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Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac's first 2014 ELR hybrids have been snapped leaving the production line, though the "range-extended" car itself still isn't expected to arrive in showrooms until early in the new year. The initial ELR cars - which borrow much of their mechanical and technological magic from the Chevrolet Volt, but wrap it up in a coupe shell with various luxury extras - are destined for further testing, similar to the cold-weather conditions tests GM put the ELR through back in February.

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2014 BMW X5 revealed plus meaty M Performance diesel

2014 BMW X5 revealed plus meaty M Performance diesel

BMW has taken the wraps off of the new BMW X5, the company's third-gen full-sized SUV, complete with a more aggressive exterior, more luxurious interior, and a fresh range of personalization options. Set to arrive on forecourts in Q4 2013, the new X5 will come with a choice of gas or diesel engines (depending on country) and more in-cabin tech than you could feasibly play with, including Facebook and Twitter integration, speech-recognition for dictating emails and text messages, streaming media, and night-vision.

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BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé hints at 8-Series grand tourer plans

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé hints at 8-Series grand tourer plans

Add German and Italian heritage together and, if you're unlucky, you'll end up with a bratwurst dipped in espresso; if you're lucky, however, you might find the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé on your drive. A one-off design exercise for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este 2013 - that could nonetheless easily spawn a production GT - the long, low, lean two-door pairs Germanic road-crunching technology with Italian design flair, for something that could probably get most drivers whimpering "bellissimo, mein herr!"

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Aston Martin CC100 marks centenary with crazy one-off racer

Aston Martin CC100 marks centenary with crazy one-off racer

A new Aston Martin is something worth shouting about, but it'll take a number of loud (and rich) voices if the one-off CC100 Speedster Concept is to spawn a production version. The pared-back racer, crafted by the British sportscar company to celebrate its centenary, borrows the long, low, lean style of Aston Martin's 1950s DBR1 racers, but brings the technology up to date with a 6.0-liter V12 engine good for a 0-62mph dash in "a little over four seconds."

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2014 Mercedes S-Class revealed (and it’s a tech-monster)

2014 Mercedes S-Class revealed (and it’s a tech-monster)

Plutocrats and CEOs, your new ride is here. Mercedes-Benz has finally taken the wraps off of the new 2014 S-Class, and as you might expect it's a cacophony of brand new tech, luxury fittings, more intelligent driving-aids than just about anything else on the road, and even a nod to fuel-efficiency and the environment. Set to hit dealers in September, the well-appointed four door is the first car not to feature a single traditional light bulb - everything is lit up by nearly 500 LEDs - and can even squirt non-lingering perfume through the cabin to "individualize the smell of the interior."

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2015 Honda NSX production plans reveal boutique super-hybrid ambitions

2015 Honda NSX production plans reveal boutique super-hybrid ambitions

Honda's reinvention of the NSX, due to return to roads in 2015, will see the hybrid sportscar produced in an equally high-tech $70m US facility, the car company has confirmed. The new Ohio plant - dubbed the Performance Manufacturing Center - will be a boutique arrangement, employing around 100 specifically-skilled experts and sited at the heart of Honda's R&D facility, as the car is finessed from the NSX Concept shown off in January to a highway-ready racer.

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Range Rover Hybrids due late-2013 (but the US misses out)

Range Rover Hybrids due late-2013 (but the US misses out)

Range Rover's hybrid versions of its two big SUVs will make their public debut in September, though neither of the diesel-hybrid cars will be headed to US forecourts. Range Rover expects to show off the duo - the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport - in hybrid form at the Frankfurt Motor Show, chief programme engineer for RRS Stuart Frith told Car Sales Australia, with sales kicking off in Europe by the end of the year.

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Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

The days of mysterious espresso brewing behind hulking machines may be over, if one coffee startup, Modbar, has its way, burying all but the glamorous end of the process under the counter. Revealed today at the opening of the SCAA's (Speciality Coffee Association of America) annual expo, Modbar is a striking, modular series of espresso groups, pour-over taps, and steam arms which can be hooked up in multiple numbers and configurations, with the promise of greater temperature control, a cut in prep time, and even geek-friendly features like touchscreen operation and support for temperature monitoring in Kelvin.

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New Range Rover Sport teased ahead of NYC debut

New Range Rover Sport teased ahead of NYC debut

There's no denying Range Rover has been on something of a roll the past couple of years: the Evoque in 2011, the new Range Rover in 2012, and now 2013's Range Rover Sport. Finishing the luxury/off-road trio, the new model slots in-between the Range Rover and Evoque, and will make its official debut on March 26 at an event in New York. Still, that doesn't mean Range Rover can't get in on the teaser action in the meantime.

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Bentley Flying Spur revealed: Most beastly 4-door to-date

Bentley Flying Spur revealed: Most beastly 4-door to-date

Bentley has revealed its new Flying Spur, billed as the fastest, most powerful four-door Bentley to-date, and packing even vaster quantities of technology into its cosseting wood, leather, and metal-clad cabin. Set to officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, the new Flying Spur squeezes a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 powerplant under the hood, pushing out 616bhp and 800Nm of torque for a 200mph top speed and a 0-60mph dash in 4.3s. However, inside, there's a combination of comfort and gadgetry, with a 1100W Naim audio system and touchscreen controls.

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