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Auto Sales Expected to Lift in May, Edmunds Forecasts

SANTA MONICA, CA — May 23, 2018 — Edmunds forecasts that 1,565,683 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in May for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.7 million. This reflects a 16 percent increase in sales from April 2018 and a 3.5 percent increase from May 2017. “The summer selling season is off to a healthy start,” said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds manager of industry analysis. “Despite rising gas prices, shoppers are clearly demonstrating…

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Porsche’s Cayenne E-Hybrid Checks Your Route to Pick Your Power

Porsche’s new Cayenne E-Hybrid sees farther down the road than most cars, and not in the figurative “electric is the future” sense. It’s in the “tap into the navigation system, see where you’re going, and have just the right mix of battery and combustion energy to get you there” sense. Before we do the smart stuff, let’s cover the basics. The 300-pound, 14.1-kWh battery tucked under the Porsche SUV’s trunk is good for a respectable 27 miles of all-electric driving.…

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Ferrari SP38 one-off special revealed

Based on the Ferrari 488 GTB, the SP38 is the newest creation from Ferrari’s One-Off programme. Built for one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers, the SP38 has been redesigned both inside and out to create a unique car. The SP38 carries the same 3.9-litre turbocharged engine as the 488 GTB, and performance figures have remain unchanged by the new body, meaning 661bhp and a top speed of 205mph. The running gear and chassis have also been kept the same as…

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‘Choice of apps could soon decide which car we buy’

There’s a massive battle going on in the front of your car, and you may not even be aware of it. It’s the tussle for your data – and the right to turn it into money. Conservative estimates suggest in-car data globally could be worth $750m (£555m) annually by as soon as 2020 – and that’s only the start. • Best driving apps for iPhone and Android The theory goes that once autonomous tech really kicks in, we’ll all have…

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Kia Sportage facelifted for 2018 with 48v mild hybrid tech

Kia has revealed a fresh Sportage for 2018, facelifting what is its biggest seller in Britain with a mildly revised design and new powertrains, including a new option utilising 48-volt mild hybrid assistance. On sale this Autumn, design changes are limited to new front and rear bumpers, new headlights and a fresh taillight setup with a full-width LED lighting bar spanning the width of the tailgate. New alloy wheel designs are available, 16, 17 and 19 inches in size. Five…

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New 2018 SEAT Tarraco spied testing

The SEAT Tarraco has been spied testing ahead of its official reveal – and Auto Express has exclusive images. This disguised testing mule shows that the Spanish brand are closing in on an official reveal, expected for mid-2018. Under the skin, the Tarraco is closely related to sister brand’s Skoda Kodiaq, placing it above the Ateca in SEAT’s existing SUV family. Even through the camouflage we can see that the car’s silhouette clearly resembles the Skoda – the roofline and…

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Government to target particulate pollution from brakes and tyres

Pollution caused by tyre wear and brake dust is to be tackled by a new Government Clean Air Strategy. With plans already in place to tackle air pollution from exhaust emissions, the Government’s next focus will be particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5) emitted by tyres and brakes as they wear. • All-season tyre test 2017/2018 Owing to their small size – roughly 5 per cent the thickness of a human hair – PM2.5 emissions…

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