Cars

Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo's beautiful 4C coupe will get eight new siblings by 2018, owner Fiat has promised, pumping $7bn into sports-focused new platforms, evocative design, and a return to core "brand values" to hit ambitious sales goals. The Italian car marque aims to sell 400,000 cars a year by the end of 2018 - 150,000 of which are expected to be in North America - as it finally gives its models fitting underpinnings to go with their appearance.

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Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

It's the battle of the super-niche supercars, and it's being fought with lasers. Laser headlamps, that is, with Audi following BMW in adding laser lamp technology on its flagship R8 LMX limited-edition coupe, but claiming to in fact be the first production car to actually deliver the tech to eager nighttime drivers.

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BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

Plugging in an electric car to recharge often happens in the dark confines of a garage, but BMW wants to brings its u3 and i8 EV range into the light with a new BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Mounting translucent solar panels on top of a bamboo frame - the wood picked for its rapid regrowth - the carport could be entirely off-grid, BMW claims, though you'd obviously need to get enough sun.

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Nokia Connected Car fund pumps cash into high-tech automotive

Nokia Connected Car fund pumps cash into high-tech automotive

Nokia will pump $100m into Connected Car technologies, chasing everything from high-tech dashboards that can communicate with smartphones and the cloud, through to self-driving car systems that leverage its HERE brand. The move, managed by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), will aim to "identify and invest in companies whose innovations will be important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles," Nokia says, as it tries to reinvent itself after selling off its phone business to Microsoft.

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Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

There are two types of drivers: those who use their cell phones while behind the wheel, and those who stare squint-eyed at them from a distance while experiencing various levels of distaste. Jason R Humphreys apparently fell into the latter group. On a daily basis for two years, Humphreys of Florida would fire up a cell phone jammer while commuting to and from work, neutralizing the phones of other nearby drivers and thereby ensuring that, temptation or not, nary a text message or phone call would be made while on the go.

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