Audi to unveil latest infotainment system at CES 2019

Audi to display “mobile movie theatre” style entertainment system, which will eventually work with its automated driving technology   Audi will present its plans for the future of in-car entertainment at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), showcasing its latest infotainment system alongside a new “mobile movie theatre”. Both systems will be displayed in the new e-tron SUV. • What is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit? The German car maker states that in the future, due to the rise of autonomous vehicles, drivers will have more “free” time behind the wheel. So,…

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Facelifted Audi Q7 spied during winter testing

Audi’s largest SUV receives a mid-life facelift, borrowing technology from the company’s flagship Q8. The updated version of Audi’s Q7 has been caught on camera during its winter testing programme. It appears to borrow a number of design cues from the Q8, the company’s recently-released flagship SUV. Exterior alterations to the new Q7 aren’t particularly dramatic. The front bumper has adopted the design of the larger Q8, with a shallower front grille and more defined side intakes. Also, the rear bumper now hides the exhaust tips under the body. Its…

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New 2019 Toyota Supra: official images, specs and prices revealed

The fifth-generation Supra retains the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat layout of previous versions. The Porsche 718 Cayman rival has been honed by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance division and was developed alongside the BMW Z4, with which it shares a 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged engine, producing 335bhp and 362lb ft, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Prices for the new Supra have also been confirmed, with the ‘base’ variant kicking things off from £52,695, rising to £56,945 for the fully-loaded and limited-run A90 edition. Deliveries will commence in the summer. The BMW-developed inline six-cylinder used…

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Lexus LC Convertible concept to make production in 2020

With a contoured rear deck designed to store a retractable roof, the convertible retains the same dimensions as the LC coupé, and looks to be as production-ready as that car. There is no indication yet of whether the model features a fabric soft-top or folding metal roof. The LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo model for Lexus, with the company hinting that its design will serve as the inspiration for future models. David Christ, Lexus Group vice president, said the LC coupé is “one of the most sought-after vehicles we’ve…

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Nissan IMs concept previews electric “elevated sports saloon”

The new Nissan IMs concept, launched at this week’s Detroit motor show, is “a completely new type of car”, according to the Japanese brand. The electric vehicle is described as an “elevated sports sedan [saloon]” and follows on from the IMx SUV shown at last year’s Tokyo show. Nissan says the IMs is closer to a saloon than a crossover and its raised cabin height is due to the battery being located under the floor. The design shares much with the IMx and has been heavily influenced by the flexibility…

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Kia Telluride SUV gets eight seats and all-terrain response

The Telluride, unveiled at Detroit motor show, is designed specifically for the US and will not be sold in mainland Europe or the UK. However, some of its technology will trickle down to more familiar models, such as the seven-seat Sorento and five-seat Sportage. On sale later this year, the Telluride uses a 3.8-litre GDi V6 petrol engine making 287bhp and 262lb ft of torque. The car was first hinted at when a Telluride concept was revealed at the 2016 Detroit motor show, featuring 3D printed parts and a hybrid powertrain. It has…

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New US-market Volkswagen Passat heads to Detroit show

The second-generation model, which is mostly unrelated to the European Passat in terms of mechanicals, is due to arrive at dealerships in the summer. It’s said to have been redesigned “to cater specifically to American buyers, with more interior space and creature comforts” as well as what Volkswagen describes as a “fun-to-drive nature”. The exterior, in particular the front end, takes design inspiration from the recently released new Touareg SUV. Inside, it’s typical Volkswagen fare, with a standard glass infotainment screen, although there’s no mention of the Active Info Display digital…

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Ram 1500, Hyundai Kona, Genesis G70 win Truck, Utility and Car of the Year

The ballots have been counted, and the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards were announced this morning at the Detroit auto show. The Genesis G70 sports sedan takes the car honors; the Hyundai Kona family won the utility bracket; and the new Ram 1500 took home the truck honors. The NACTOY awards are chosen by a panel of 54 jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. The awards are based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and…

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Automakers are stockpiling parts as no-deal Brexit looms

As the U.K. heads toward a likely no-deal Brexit on March 29, without a formal agreement with the European Union, automakers with operations in the U.K. are already feeling the stress. Without a deal in place for frictionless borders, automakers are preparing for significant delays in receiving parts from thousands of suppliers in an industry that relies on just-in-time manufacturing. Automakers typically have just a couple of days worth of parts in their warehouses to keep assembly running, which means days-long backups in ports could leave assembly lines at a…

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Meet the 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209: Subaru’s 341-hp special edition

​After nearly 20 years of waiting, Subaru is finally bringing over one of its top-of-the-line S-Line STI models. The special edition will actually be built exclusively for the US market, and churn 341 hp out of the 2.5-liter H4. Along with more power, the S209 STI adds extra track prowess from a wider body, track-focused suspension and specially formulated Dunlop rubber. Subaru is squeezing more power from its EJ25 2.5-liter H4 with more boost — raising the boost pressure from 16.2 psi to 18.0 psi. Subaru also upped the turbine and compressor inside…

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