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  • DETROIT — Jaguar plans a successor to the F-Type sports car, and it will have an electrified powertrain. Jaguar design chief Ian Callum, in Detroit last week, told Automotive News reporters and editors that the brand will not abandon the segment. "We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually," said Callum, who has led Jaguar design since 1999. "[Sports cars] are not going to go away," he said. The F-Type two-seater, Jaguar's first sports car since the E-Type ended production in 1975, debuted in 2013 and returned Jaguar to a segment that helped define the brand. But sales have been slow with only about 45,000 being sold globally since launch. Through August, Jaguar sold 2,787 F-Types in the U.S., 41 more cars than in the same period a year earlier. "There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports car can, technology being what it is," said Callum. "But there is something very em..

    Jaguar’s F-Type replacement is a go, and it will be electrified

    DETROIT — Jaguar plans a successor to the F-Type sports car, and it will have an electrified powertrain. Jaguar design chief Ian Callum, in Detroit last week, told Automotive News reporters and editors that the brand will not abandon the segment. "We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually," said Callum, who has led Jaguar design since 1999. "[Sports cars] are not going to go away," he said. The F-Type two-seater, Jaguar's first sports car since the E-Type ended production in 1975, debuted in 2013 and returned Jaguar to a segment that helped define the brand. But sales have been slow with only about 45,000 being sold globally since launch. Through August, Jaguar sold 2,787 F-Types in the U.S., 41 more cars than in the same period a year earlier. "There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports car can, technology being what it is," said Callum. "But there is something very em..
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  • Once a hallmark of only the super-est of supercars, Audi has confirmed that the next-generation RS7 will be a card-carrying member of the 700-horsepower club. Speaking to Evo, Audi design head Marc Lichte says that the 2019 RS7 will be available with the customer's choice of two powertrain options: a tried-and-true twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 good for 650 horsepower or a range-topping plug-in hybrid system that nets out a downright excessive 700 ponies—550 of which comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 of its own. If all of that sounds familiar, the less powerful, non-hybrid engine can also be found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley's new Conti while the headlining hybrid offering is the same system found inside Porsche's mind-bending Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. In the Porsche, the hybrid powertrain produces a total of 680 horsepower. Audi claims that its application will clear 700 thanks to additional development performed on the electric motors and battery. For ..

    Next Audi RS7 Will Be A 700 Horsepower Hybrid Monster

    Once a hallmark of only the super-est of supercars, Audi has confirmed that the next-generation RS7 will be a card-carrying member of the 700-horsepower club. Speaking to Evo, Audi design head Marc Lichte says that the 2019 RS7 will be available with the customer's choice of two powertrain options: a tried-and-true twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 good for 650 horsepower or a range-topping plug-in hybrid system that nets out a downright excessive 700 ponies—550 of which comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 of its own. If all of that sounds familiar, the less powerful, non-hybrid engine can also be found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley's new Conti while the headlining hybrid offering is the same system found inside Porsche's mind-bending Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. In the Porsche, the hybrid powertrain produces a total of 680 horsepower. Audi claims that its application will clear 700 thanks to additional development performed on the electric motors and battery. For ..
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  • TOKYO — The U.S. may not get Toyota's new vehicle series, but it will get some of the line's sporty spirit. Toyota has unveiled a sports car series for Japan and says it will take the line international. Dubbed GR, for Gazoo Racing, the series went on sale here last week and will expand to Europe. The idea: Offer a pulse-pumping twist on the typical Toyota. In Japan, the series kicked off with GR versions of the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and Yaris subcompact hatchback, along with select domestic models. The models get sporty tuning, rigid bodywork and performance trim such as aluminum pedals, big air intakes and small-diameter steering wheels. Toyota’s new GR sports car series gets special performance trim such as large air intakes and aluminum pedals. Photo credit: TOYOTA The new venture also plans to develop a dedicated sports car platform, executives say. And Toyota wants to inject that sporty DNA into future products for the U.S. and elsew..

    Toyota’s Gazoo line will find its way into U.S. products

    TOKYO — The U.S. may not get Toyota's new vehicle series, but it will get some of the line's sporty spirit. Toyota has unveiled a sports car series for Japan and says it will take the line international. Dubbed GR, for Gazoo Racing, the series went on sale here last week and will expand to Europe. The idea: Offer a pulse-pumping twist on the typical Toyota. In Japan, the series kicked off with GR versions of the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and Yaris subcompact hatchback, along with select domestic models. The models get sporty tuning, rigid bodywork and performance trim such as aluminum pedals, big air intakes and small-diameter steering wheels. Toyota’s new GR sports car series gets special performance trim such as large air intakes and aluminum pedals. Photo credit: TOYOTA The new venture also plans to develop a dedicated sports car platform, executives say. And Toyota wants to inject that sporty DNA into future products for the U.S. and elsew..
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  • Tesla is, without much opposition, the auto industry's biggest disruptor. Elon Musk and his crew consistently find ways to poke at the rest of the car biz, and with the Model 3's reign imminent, some believe that it's now in for the long-haul. While the hype behind the heavy-volume EV has already made a difference in the way other automakers think, Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya feels that Tesla and the Model 3 will soon dominate the market.And not just the EV category, the midsize car segment as a whole. According to the exec, consumers are completely missing the significance of silicon-valley darling."People are fundamentally misunderstanding the demand of the Model 3," he said in an interview with CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report.He went onto add that the BMW 3-Series, a direct competitor to the Model 3, will soon become defunct. Palihapitiya mentioned that the customer-centric ideology behind the Tesla and the system behind it will become the ma..

    Tesla Model 3 Will Bring BMW 3 Series Sales ‘to Zero,’ Investor Says

    Tesla is, without much opposition, the auto industry's biggest disruptor. Elon Musk and his crew consistently find ways to poke at the rest of the car biz, and with the Model 3's reign imminent, some believe that it's now in for the long-haul. While the hype behind the heavy-volume EV has already made a difference in the way other automakers think, Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya feels that Tesla and the Model 3 will soon dominate the market.And not just the EV category, the midsize car segment as a whole. According to the exec, consumers are completely missing the significance of silicon-valley darling."People are fundamentally misunderstanding the demand of the Model 3," he said in an interview with CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report.He went onto add that the BMW 3-Series, a direct competitor to the Model 3, will soon become defunct. Palihapitiya mentioned that the customer-centric ideology behind the Tesla and the system behind it will become the ma..
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  • Self-driving cars rely on a holy trinity of sensors—cameras, lidar, and radar—to "see" their environment. But a new startup wants to streamline that sensor suite. Aeva is a Silicon Valley-based company founded by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk. As described by The New York Times, Salehian and Rezk have created a device they believe can outperform current self-driving car sensors.The Aeva co-founders left Apple late last year and founded Aeva in January. They believe the current trifecta of cameras, radar, and lidar leave gaps in the data they produce. Aeva's sensor is based on lidar—but instead of sending out individual pulses like current lidar devices, it sends out a continuous wave. This creates a more detailed image of the object being tracked, and allows the device to measure velocity as well.By measuring both the distance between the car and an object as well as velocity, the device can essentially do the work of both lidar and radar, according to Ae..

    Former Apple Engineers Claim Their Self-Driving Car Sensor Will Make Lidar Obsolete

    Self-driving cars rely on a holy trinity of sensors—cameras, lidar, and radar—to "see" their environment. But a new startup wants to streamline that sensor suite. Aeva is a Silicon Valley-based company founded by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk. As described by The New York Times, Salehian and Rezk have created a device they believe can outperform current self-driving car sensors.The Aeva co-founders left Apple late last year and founded Aeva in January. They believe the current trifecta of cameras, radar, and lidar leave gaps in the data they produce. Aeva's sensor is based on lidar—but instead of sending out individual pulses like current lidar devices, it sends out a continuous wave. This creates a more detailed image of the object being tracked, and allows the device to measure velocity as well.By measuring both the distance between the car and an object as well as velocity, the device can essentially do the work of both lidar and radar, according to Ae..
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  • With all of the drama surrounding McLaren's recent split from Honda, the Woking-based outfit is looking to step forward in its new Renault partnership. The collaboration between the two will begin in 2018, and according to McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, the team is incredibly optimistic that Renault will help put it back to its glory days of yesteryear.In a recent tell-all interview with the official Formula 1 website, Boullier explained things with Honda had become a "proper disaster" for the team's racing credibility. The struggles caused by the failed partnership have left McLaren without a podium for three years, not to mention a strained relationship with star driver Fernando Alonso. Collectively, Boullier tells that it was enough for his team to pull the plug. "The crucial moment was after the Barcelona testing, when we tried to work and help Honda to improve the situation in a very short time, including having discussions with the other engine manufacturers, ..

    McLaren Says Renault Will Put the Team Back Where It Belongs

    With all of the drama surrounding McLaren's recent split from Honda, the Woking-based outfit is looking to step forward in its new Renault partnership. The collaboration between the two will begin in 2018, and according to McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, the team is incredibly optimistic that Renault will help put it back to its glory days of yesteryear.In a recent tell-all interview with the official Formula 1 website, Boullier explained things with Honda had become a "proper disaster" for the team's racing credibility. The struggles caused by the failed partnership have left McLaren without a podium for three years, not to mention a strained relationship with star driver Fernando Alonso. Collectively, Boullier tells that it was enough for his team to pull the plug. "The crucial moment was after the Barcelona testing, when we tried to work and help Honda to improve the situation in a very short time, including having discussions with the other engine manufacturers, ..
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  • Comments from OPEC ministers - Suggested using exports to authenticate output data - Libya and Nigeria glad to contribute once they stabilize Russia's Novak:

    Kuwait oil minister says will probably wait until next meeting to decide on extension

    Comments from OPEC ministers - Suggested using exports to authenticate output data - Libya and Nigeria glad to contribute once they stabilize Russia's Novak:
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  • US Secretary of State up to the mic 22 Sept - US relationship with Russia very strained - US trying to identify areas to work with Russia but serious differences remain All very fractious out there right now. Let's see what the week-end brings apart from the New Zealand and German elections.

    Tillerson says US will continue diplomatic efforts on North Korea but military options remain open

    US Secretary of State up to the mic 22 Sept - US relationship with Russia very strained - US trying to identify areas to work with Russia but serious differences remain All very fractious out there right now. Let's see what the week-end brings apart from the New Zealand and German elections.
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  • US president responds to earlier comments from North Korea 22 Sept Full tweet reads: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" What, no words in block capitals ?

    Trump tweets that Kim Jong Un “will be tested like never before”

    US president responds to earlier comments from North Korea 22 Sept Full tweet reads: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" What, no words in block capitals ?
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