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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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Vertu drops luxury Windows Phone 8 plans

Vertu drops luxury Windows Phone 8 plans

Luxury smartphone manufacturer Vertu has ditched plans to launch a Windows Phone 8 device, blaming the "complexity" of adopting Microsoft's platform for the decision to focus on Android. The former Nokia-led division, since sold off to a private equity group, revealed the new Vertu Ti earlier this week, a $10k+ Android smartphone clad in sapphire crystal, titanium, and leather; the Ti would have had a Windows Phone sibling, Vertu told ZDNet, if it wasn't for development hassles.

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Vertu TI: Bizarre luxury smartphone with old Android and crazy $20k price

Vertu TI: Bizarre luxury smartphone with old Android and crazy $20k price

Desperate to get on the Android bandwagon but refuse to accept any of the tastelessly-cheap handsets on the market today? Vertu has the device for you: the new Vertu TI, finally ditching Symbian but bizarrely swapping it for an old version of Android. The ridiculously priced - from $9,600, but as much as $19,900 - TI puts Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.7-inch handset wrapped in sapphire crystal, titanium, and leather.

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Alfa Romeo 4C finalized (and it’s stunning)

Alfa Romeo 4C finalized (and it’s stunning)

Alfa Romeo has pulled the wraps off the final design of the 4C compact supercar, and in a world of lumpen hybrids and feckless luxo-barges, the rear-wheel drive coupé is a blast of gorgeousness we can't wait to see on US roads this year. Little changed from the original 4C concept first shown in 2011, the Alfa Romeo 4C wraps a curvaceous full-carbon chassis and aluminum body around a new, 4-cylinder 1750 turbocharged all-aluminum engine, which the Italian car company promises will exhibit zero turbo lag.

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Lexus 2014 IS official with F SPORT spice

Lexus 2014 IS official with F SPORT spice

Lexus couldn't help but tease us with a little-pre Detroit show 2014 IS action last week, but the meat of the sports sedan's reveal comes today, with the IS 250, IS 350, and further-heated F SPORT variants being officially revealed. Set to hit showrooms in mid-2013, the all-new cars - including the first hybrid in the IS range, the IS 300h - feature a vast upsizing of the Lexus spindle grille, rear- and all-wheel drive options, and performance features borrowed from the company's bonkers LFA sportscar.

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Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac's thinking big for its reinvention plans, but the new Cadillac ELR is a surprisingly compact four-seater coupe for the luxury tourer market, promising both eco-friendly performance and a cosseting ride. Revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, and set to hit showrooms in early 2014, the ELR is based on Cadillac's Converj concept from 2011, and uses a small gas engine to supplement Li-Ion batteries and electric motors for 300+ mile range.

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