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Affordable Electric Car? Kia Soul EV ‘Special Edition’ Review

Affordable Electric Car? Kia Soul EV ‘Special Edition’ Review. For – cute, high quality, terrific drive, impressive performance. Against – too expensive, inadequate motorway range. Highway cruising range – 133.2 miles *** £37,295 The Kia Soul EV is a fantastic little SUV, with Germanic interior and exterior quality, every known gizmo, and a huge battery […]

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Will Tighter European CO2 Rules Herald A New Electric Era, Or Bankruptcy?

Will Tighter European CO2 Rules Herald A New Electric Era, Or Bankruptcy? “Manufacturers will soon start dismissals because R&D will end. Banning ICE is denying the simplest, cheapest way to improve sustainability. It’s stupid, they want to ban hybrids too” The European Union (EU) is expected to tighten the already harsh 2030 limit on carbon […]

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Daimler Plan Impresses Investors But A Stumble Would Revive Takeover Talk

Daimler Plan Impresses Investors But A Stumble Would Revive Takeover Talk. “3 options.  A German-German, German-French-Japanese, or German-Swedish-Chinese” Investors seem happy after Mercedes parent Daimler announced new goals which included slashing costs, cementing profit targets, moving upmarket and building up its electric car portfolio to try and keep up with Tesla and Volkswagen. Any sign […]

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Car, SUV Sales Growth Stalls In Europe, But Electric Sector Relieves The Pain

Car, SUV Sales Growth Stalls In Europe, But Electric Sector Relieves The Pain. “the overall picture remains one of a heavy full year contraction” Western European sales of cars and SUVs stagnated in September, damaging hopes that the recovery from the coronavirus might represent a healthy looking “V” shape, but strong sales of electrified vehicles […]

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EU, British Auto Makers Say Free Trade Deal Failure Will Cost $130 billion

EU, British Auto Makers Say Free Trade Deal Failure Will Cost $130 billion. “ONS data shows WTO might not be a disaster for U.K. Auto” The European Union (EU) and Britain must urgently seal a free-trade trade deal because failure would cost Europe’s automotive industry about €110 billion ($130 billion) in lost trade over five […]

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Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari’s Portofino Has More Power, 8-speed Gearbox, Costs 4% More

Ferrari’s Portofino Has More Power, 8-speed Gearbox, Costs 4% More. “Ferrari has struggled from coronavirus, but not as badly as mainstream auto makers” Ferrari unveiled its new Portofino M, a convertible sports car which boasts a 612-hp turbo-charged 3.9 liter V8 motor, and an 8-speed gearbox. The previous Portofino made do with 592 hp and […]

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Car Makers Need “Connectivity” Upgrade, Or Concede Big Profits

Car Makers Need “Connectivity” Upgrade, Or Concede Big Profits. “Automakers must quickly capture their share, which will give them access to data they can monetize to reduce costs, optimize R&D, products and services, and limit emissions” New car buyers will be familiar with the wonders of modern “connectivity”. That’s the mesmerizingly impressive set of high-tech […]

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