Audi Q8 Concept First Look: Getting in on the Fastback SUV Game

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Concept Closely Previews Production Model Erick Ayapana Words Audi had a lot of metal to show at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, but the Q8 e-tron concept was the debut that stole the spotlight. The coupe-inspired crossover closely previews a production model slated to arrive sometime next year, built on the same modular platform that underpins the Audi Q7. The automaker says the Audi Q8 concept is a mix of coupe-like styling with a few elements harkening back to the vintage Ur-quattro as well. For starters, the wide C-pillar is…

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2020 Porsche ‘Mission E’ electric car spy shots

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Porsche confirmed in 2015 to put into production an electric car based on its Mission E concept unveiled at that year’s Frankfurt auto show. Today we bring you the first spy shots of a test mule for the car, spotted undergoing cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The test mule is using the modified body of a second-generation Panamera but there are a handful of clues that reveal the true identity. You’ll immediately notice that the test mule is somewhat taller than the Panamera. This is due to the flat…

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Infiniti Is Ready To Rumble In The EV Sports Car Market

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Infiniti is not going to be confused as a serious mover and shaker in the premium market, at least in the way Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are treated. However, Nissan’s upscale brand did make some strong gains in 2016 when it delivered more than 230,000 vehicles for the entire year. Not only was that number up seven percent compared to its total in 2015, it also represented a new sales record for the company. So with bright and sunny days seemingly ahead for Infiniti, now appears to be a good…

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Toyota 86 Shooting Brake concept revealed

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A radical Toyota sports car that was born in Australia could be heading to the world. The 86 Shooting Brake was conceived in Melbourne, built in Japan, and has already triggered massive interest in Europe. It’s an extension of the 86 sports car that is already a global best seller and has the personal backing of the car’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada. Toyota has previously tried to spin the 86 into a convertible, even building a concept car for motor show displays, but Tada believes there is more potential in…

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Kia Stinger sports car will arrive locally in 2017

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Kia will be taking a giant dive into the unknown with the production version of the Stinger, which has been developed to be more like a hardcore BMW M4 than the brand’s previous sporty-ish efforts, among them the Proceed GT and Koup. It’s also heading for a new price high for the South Korean brand, beyond the R700,000 of its flagship Sorento SUV. “This car is the CK. It comes next year,” says Kia Motors Australia chief SH Cho — CK being the Kia codename for the production version of…

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