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Electric Aston Martin Rapide S

Electric Aston Martin Rapide S

Electric Aston Martin’s don’t get mentioned very much here at Beating Spirit, but that might be about to change as the company has now showcased a fully electric concept of its Rapide S four-door sports saloon.

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Volvo to introduce plug-in hybrids

Volvo to introduce plug-in hybrids

Volvo has announced that plug-in hybrids will be introduced across its entire range. It will develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019.

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Volkswagen Group recalling 8.5 million vehicles in Europe

Volkswagen Group recalling 8.5 million vehicles in Europe

The Volkswagen Group will recall a total of approximately 8.5 million vehicles in Europe, including 2.4 million vehicles in Germany.

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Volkswagen Group reaction to diesel emissions

Volkswagen Group reaction to diesel emissions

In a further response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the newly-formed Volkswagen Brand Board of Management has taken more strategic decisions at a special meeting about the future of its diesel and electric cars.

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New BMW 7 Series with 134.5mpg

New BMW 7 Series with 134.5mpg

The new BMW 730d has a combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg, equating to 124g/km CO2, and the forthcoming BMW 740e will be capable of 134.5mpg and 49g/km CO2 emissions – as well as having 326hp, 500Nm torque, and a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds.

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Peugeot 208 takes victory in MPG Marathon

Peugeot 208 takes victory in MPG Marathon

Some good news for diesel cars – a Peugeot 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 Active 5-door hatchback has taken overall victory in this year’s MPG Marathon, achieving average fuel economy of 104.5mpg in real-world driving conditions over 385 miles.

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Volkswagen’s designed to cheat emissions tests

Volkswagen’s designed to cheat emissions tests

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that Volkswagen had installed illegal software – a device designed to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) – to cheat emissions tests, allowing its diesel cars to produce up to 40 times more pollution than allowed.

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Electric Porsche Mission E Concept

Electric Porsche Mission E Concept

Porsche says that the all-electric, four-door and four-seat Mission E Concept is what the Porsche of tomorrow might look like.

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Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

The Nissan Gripz Concept is equipped with an EV technology-based series hybrid system known as ‘Pure Drive e-Power’, which incorporates an efficient petrol engine and the electric motor from the Nissan LEAF.

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Audi e-tron quattro concept: 310 miles range

Audi e-tron quattro concept: 310 miles range

The all-electric Audi e-tron quattro concept, with a driving range of 310 miles, previews an electric SUV that Audi will launch in 2018.

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