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This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

Electric cars may already be out on the roads around us, but that doesn't mean the segment isn't ripe for some innovation, and while Tesla might be doing its level best to push speed and luxury at the top end of the market, so one German team believes it has something similarly ground-breaking at the entry-level. Visio.M is the handiwork of researchers at TUM in Germany, tasked with cooking up an electric-powered city car that not only looks and drives well, but which cuts some of the legacy ties with old-fashioned production techniques, inefficient materials, and needless expense. The result is a somewhat 80s-esque coupe with a range just shy of 100 miles.

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The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

BMW has been forced to change its fuel economy ratings for select 2014 Mini Cooper models, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some testing of its own and found the German firm had over-estimated exactly how frugal the distinctive car could be. The audit covered four 3-door versions of the Mini - the Cooper and Cooper S - and was started after the EPA spotted several road-load conditions in BMW's own testing didn't meets its standards. As a result, the mpg figures for the cars will drop by as many as 4 points.

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This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

Owning a McLaren of any sort is something most people don't get to experience, so we'll forgive you for trying to achieve the feeling of sitting inside the bespoke track focused racer by checking out these brand new interior shots and making "vroom-vroom" noises. McLaren revealed the P1 GTR's swooping exterior and crazy 986HP engine back in August, but had kept the driver accommodations secret until today. Perhaps the best part is the distinctive steering wheel, inspired by the McLaren MP4-23 that won the F1 championship in 2008.

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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our partnership and cooperation," Daimler board member Bodo Uebber said of the sale. Nonetheless, evidence of Tesla's work can be found throughout models in Mercedes-Benz's range, from the Smart city car upwards.

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Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla has been dealt a major blow in their quest to sell direct to customers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is set to sign legislation that will make it impossible for auto manufacturers to sell direct to customers. Tesla has long-held the position that it’s best for the consumer if they buy direct from Tesla, with the company opening several showrooms across the country. At least in Michigan, Tesla is going to have to try the same route other auto companies make use of.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder pricing unveiled

2015 Nissan Pathfinder pricing unveiled

Nissan completely redesigned the popular Pathfinder SUV in 2013 moving the car off the small truck platform onto a completely new platform that increases the comfort and luxury of the vehicle. There is a bunch of version of the Pathfinder ranging from the base model up to the SL with all the bells and whistles; a hybrid version of the Pathfinder is also available. Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2015 Pathfinder SUV and made some slight changes to the options included in some packages. No major changes to the outside of the Pathfinder or the inside were made.

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Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi has taken the wraps off its latest TT racer ahead of the Audi Sport TT Cup next year, which will feature a 24-car lineup, with six of those cars in reserve for guest drivers. The new TT racer itself boasts 310hp joined by a push-to-pass boost function kicking in another 30hp when needed. The racing version's weight has been slimmed down to 1,125kg, and Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg has said, "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers."

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1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

If you're a James Bond fan and have a spare $1,000,000 laying around, there's a new eBay auction right up your alley. The 1977 Lotus Espirit submarine car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me has been listed on the auction website for a solid seven figures, with the owner boasting that it is only one of three Lotus submarine cars remaining. The car is an original movie prop that has been completely restored.

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Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford has slashed the price of the Focus Electric for the second time in less than eighteen months, as it tries to keep the electric car competitive against increasingly affordable rivals from Nissan and others. The EV had launched as a conversion of the regular gas Focus back in 2011, slowly spreading in availability across most of the US, though sales have remained underwhelming. In fact, less than 4,000 Focus Electric cars have been bought since it hit showrooms.

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