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Convertible Nissan Leaf Open Air uncovered

Nissan has celebrated 100,000 sales of the Leaf in Japan, by creating a one off convertible version, called the Leaf Open Car. It was unveiled in front of forum of 100 people in Tokyo, but there are no plans to put the convertible into production. The Leaf was first launched in 2010 and is now in its second generation; over 300,000 examples have been sold worldwide since production started. The Leaf is a key part in Nissan’s plan for an…

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Uber’s Self-Driving Crash, Elon’s Twitter Rage, and More Car News This Week

Nothing will make you believe that time is a deeply personal experience than seven days like those the WIRED transportation desk just lived through. No surprise, Elon Musk was at the center of it all. Between detailing his plans to tunnel under Los Angeles, the ongoing struggle to build the Tesla Model 3, and an epic Twitter tirade slamming the media, the high-profile CEO kept America’s transportation reporters chained to their desks. Then on Thursday morning, the National Transportation Safety…

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California’s top air regulator takes swipe at Trump

Nichols: “I am ready.” Photo credit: BLOOMBERG California’s top air-quality official disputed the Trump administration’s description of a meeting about the future of fuel economy standards, suggesting it was actually a dud. “Sounds like a great meeting based on the WH press release. Too bad it’s not the one we attended,” Mary Nichols, the chair of the state’s Air Resources Board, tweeted Thursday, attaching an image of a statement released by the Transportation Department and EPA. “To quote the President…

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Novelis expands in China amid trade friction

BEIJING — Novelis Inc. said it would invest about $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity in China, as it seeks to tap demand from the country’s growing electric vehicle market. The Atlanta-based company, which is owned by India’s Aditya Birla Group, said the investment would add around 100,000 tonnes of capacity at its Changzhou plant, in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, with the new operations to begin by 2020. “The timing of this investment is closely…

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New Citroen C5 Aircross makes European debut before early 2019 UK launch

The new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV has made its European debut in Paris, months on from its Chinese market launch. Now it’s ready to hit British showrooms next January priced from around £23,000. It arrives as Citroen’s flagship SUV and is closely inspired by the Aircross concept revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015. It sits on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, shared with sister cars the Peugeot 3008 and the DS 7 Crossback, plus Vauxhall’s Grandland X. •…

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New 2019 BMW 3 Series spied again ahead of Paris debut

BMW is gearing up to launch its most important car of the decade: the all-new, seventh-generation 3 Series. The saloon will be the brand’s star at September’s Paris Motor Show and will usher in a new platform and more electrification when it arrives in UK showrooms early next year. Ahead of its Paris debut the new saloon has been spied testing yet again, and the wraps are really starting to come off the firm’s next Mercedes C-Class rival, confirming an…

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