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Porsche axes all diesel variants from line-up

Porsche has officially ended production of all diesel vehicles in the face of changing consumer demand and upcoming stricter emissions tests. In a move that a Porsche spokesman said mirrors the “cultural shift” of the brand’s customers, the German manufacturer has discontinued its last two diesel models, the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel (pictured below), just 16 years after the very first oil-burning Porsche hit the market. The cull comes after the brand chose not the launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine. The…

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Mercedes-AMG A-Class Sedan Caught Testing in New Spy Shots

Earlier this month, Mercedes showed off the newest version of its entry-level hatchback, the A-Class. With a CLS-inspired front end and a cabin that borrows more than few design elements from the E-Class and S-Class, the new A-Class has upmarket features to spare. And while it won’t come to the U.S. in hatchback form, the sedan version will arrive later this year. Soon after the A-Class lands on dealer lots, it also looks like an AMG-tuned A35 will quickly follow.…

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Investors beware, EVs are a slow train coming – COMMENT | Automotive Industry Comment

Mastering manufacturing process and the supply chain is a challenge for Tesla as it raises output Tesla is a fascinating company to watch. It’s a start-up (not exactly new though), is still losing money, but is making cars that serve a segment of the market set for major growth – battery electric vehicles. There is much to admire about Elon Musk’s vision and execution, but let’s not get too carried away. Electric vehicles are, to paraphrase English comedian Peter Kay,…

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Vehicle parts prices are rising — and so are vehicle thefts, NICB says

Cars and trucks today have achieved a high level of average quality, with safety and technology features that keep occupants safer than ever and meet consumers’ high expectations. But the National Insurance Crime Bureau finds that those components come with a rising price tag, leading to expensive repair bills — and rising vehicle thefts to support a thriving black market for parts. The nonprofit NICB said it looked at the cost of replacement parts for the top 10 stolen 2016…

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What Wannabe Smart Cities Can Learn From Ski Resorts

It’s the Winter Olympics, that time of year when couch-bound, chip-stuffed, dip-drowned television viewers across the globe watch professional skiers and snowboarders do their thing and think: Why don’t I do that? The reason, of course, is the chips (and a lack of talent). But an enterprising few may actually dust the crumbs off their laps and make it to the ski slopes. There, at a quaint mountain resort, they will encounter something they didn’t come looking for. Something oft-hyped…

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Lexus’ new pricing math for hybrids

Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan. Lexus has mostly sold the hybrid versions of its mainstream sedans and crossovers at a steep premium to its gasoline-only models, locking in environmentally conscious buyers or the occasional penny pincher during times of high gasoline prices. But paying several thousand…

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December Car Sales on Track to Deliver a ‘True Photo Finish’ for Annual Record in 2016, Says Edmunds.com

SANTA MONICA, CA — December 21, 2016 — Edmunds.com, the leading car information and shopping network, forecasts that 1,629,011 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in December, for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.7 million. This reflects an 18.5 percent increase from November 2016, but a 0.3 percent decrease from December 2015. Based on this forecast, Edmunds.com projects a new annual record of 17,480,294 new cars and trucks will be sold in the…

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