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Close up with the Volvo 40.1 and 40.2 Concepts: 2018’s XC40 and S40

Close up with the Volvo 40.1 and 40.2 Concepts: 2018’s XC40 and S40

“I think we’re all fed up with it,” says Volvo’s senior VP of design, Thomas Ingenlath. We’re at Volvo’s design studio at its Torslanda headquarters—a typically sleek building amid a typically woodsy Scandinavian surrounding outside of the typically Swedish city of Gothenburg—and Volvo has just unveiled the 40.1 and 40.2 concepts, effectively the 2018 Volvo XC40 and S40 (maybe, more on that later). Immediately this was clear: there is nothing typical about them.

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Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo has given us the first glimpse of its new 40 Series cars, in the shape of two new concepts: an aggressive crossover and a punchy sedan. Built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the new cars aim to distill the style, safety, and technology of the award-winning XC90 SUV and the upcoming S90 and V90 luxury sedan and wagon, down to a mass-market price.

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Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac has quietly pulled the plug on the ELR, its clever but slow-selling hybrid alternative to Tesla's EVs. The coupe's demise actually came in February this year, it's been confirmed, with Cadillac discretely retiring the 2016 ELR and leaving just a few remaining cars in dealerships.

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Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi is planning to launch a new electrified car every year from 2018, while the all-new flagship Audi A8 will be the automaker's first autonomous vehicle. The news came courtesy of Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, speaking today at the company's Annual General Meeting in Germany, and demonstrates Audi isn't willing to cede the high-tech crown to BMW.

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BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW is promising a flagship electric car for 2021, bringing autonomous driving and all-new cabin design under the banner "i NEXT". The tech-filled vehicle roadmap was revealed by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, amid praise for the company's electric car momentum, though he did caution that the path to fully self-driving cars still had plenty of potholes to navigate.

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Electric GT created fully electric Ferrari because Ferrari won’t

Electric GT created fully electric Ferrari because Ferrari won’t

Electric cars, or even just hybrids, are all the rage these days, especially considering all the pressure on car makers to be more eco-friendly. Some, however, consider electric engines a poor fit for a certain brand of cars. One of those is Ferrari, whose CEO considered it unnerving how the Tesla Model S is so eerily quiet. So what are electric car and Ferrari fans to do? Why, make their own, of course. Risking being burned at the stake, that is exactly what Electric GT did when it converted a burned up Ferrari 308 GTS into the world's first, but unofficial, all-electric Ferrari.

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Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla is famous for its Easter Eggs hidden in the software updates for some of its most popular models. Back in February of 2015, it was discovered that Tesla had put an image of the James Bond Lotus submarine in the menus of the Model S EV as an Easter Egg for owners of the car to discover. Tesla also showed off another Easter Egg that Elon Musk claimed would play any song at any time. This week another Easter Egg has been discovered and this one makes the charge port colorful.

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Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Fiat Chrysler doesn't have much in the way of an autonomous car strategy itself, but riding Google's coat-tails into the self-driving future may be the answer. The automaker has already inked a deal to provide 100 of its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for Google to turn into autonomous cars, but that could be only the beginning for a deal that would bring FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) back into competition with rivals General Motors and Ford.

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Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft will trial autonomous taxi service with a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs within the next twelve months, it's reported, as GM accelerates its car tech research. The automaker and the ride-sharing firm announced back in January that they had plans to collaborate on self-driving cars, with the eventual goal being an on-demand, autonomous vehicle network that could be summoned from a smartphone.

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Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Affordable sedans don't typically find themselves on the "covet" side of the supply/demand curve, but it's looking like the Tesla Model 3 will buck that trend. The most affordable model in the automaker's all-electric line-up has already seen record reservations, and now CEO Elon Musk is warning that those who don't stake a place in line may be forced to wait even longer than initially expected.

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Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla is pushing the limits of in-car upgrades, offering some owners of its Model S sedan the option to add more range without changing a single battery or motor. The automaker has quietly been putting its 75 kWh battery pack inside its entry-level Model S, but badging - and selling - the car as the Model S 70, billed as having a 70 kWh pack instead.

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BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of a higher battery at the same size

BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of a higher battery at the same size

Normally, a battery with a bigger capacity occupies more space than one with lower figures, which usually means having to adjust physical designs to accommodate the larger packs. BMW, however, has managed the rare feat of cramming higher capacity batteries in the same amount of space. That's what the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of. Don't let the rather unusual name fool you. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) takes all the great things about the previous BMW i3 and takes it further, literally, with a 94 Ah, 33 kWh battery, all the way up to a 114 mile range.

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