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Nissan this week unveiled a lunar rover prototype in partnership with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The automaker and JAXA have been working together on this project since January 2020, Nissan said in a press release. Nissan said it’s applying motor-control knowhow from the Leaf and the e-4orce (pronounced e-Force) electric all-wheel drive system
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Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday announced it will partner with Woburn, Massachusetts-based Factorial Energy to develop solid-state batteries for future electric vehicles. The announcement comes just a month after a similar partnership was announced between Hyundai Motor Group and Factorial. It also comes the same week Nissan announced it will start offering cars with solid-state batteries by
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Alpina is still not widely known in the U.S. but for BMW diehards the brand is synonymous with performance, individuality and craftsmanship. Based in the German state of Bavaria, the same as BMW, Alpina was founded in 1965 as a tuner of BMW cars, making it older than BMW’s own M division. Today, it’s regarded
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A vintage Dodge concept car will cross the block at Mecum’s auction set for Kissimmee, Florida, in January. The Dodge Dart Swinger 340 concept debuted at the 1969 Chicago Auto Show, previewing the production Dodge Dart Swinger that debuted shortly after as a trim level for the compact Dart. Built by Alexander Brothers in Detroit,
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Dutch firm Ugur Sahin Design has reimagined the Ferrari F50. Dubbed Project Fenix, the concept was created to celebrate the firm’s 15th anniversary. The design’s integrated basket-handle rear wing and black body line are clear references to the original F50, but its larger front air intakes and slim headlights and taillights are more modern touches.
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Bentley may have celebrated its centennial in 2019, but this week marks the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the first Bentley customer car. That car was a Bentley 3 Litre, bought by wealthy British racing enthusiast Noel van Raalte in 1921, according to a Bentley press release. Manufactured at Bentley’s original factory in Cricklewood,
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Hyundai recently revealed two restomods of important models from its past with electric powertrains. Over the weekend, the automaker unveiled an EV concept based on the first-generation Grandeur. Launched in 1986, the Grandeur was Hyundai’s first attempt at a flagship luxury sedan, setting the stage for today’s Genesis luxury brand. The Grandeur EV restomod retains
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After their moment in the spotlight is over, concept cars are often forgotten. But Volkswagen recently took a look back at eight of its concepts from the past 30 years, including some fairly unusual ones the world has forgotten about. One of the earliest concepts in VW’s retrospective is also one of the weirdest. Unveiled
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