BMW MegaCity May Be Offered On Lease Only Basis

BMW MegaCity May Be Offered On Lease Only Basis
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BMW is looking for an alternative to traditional purchasing options for their upcoming MegaCity urban vehicle, as the high cost of developing substantially new technology may result in the vehicle becoming prohibitively expensive for consumers. Among the projects being considered are a car-sharing service similar to the one operated by Daimler for their Smart car… Continue Reading...

Skoda To Get Minicar Based On Volkswagen Up

Skoda To Get Minicar Based On Volkswagen Up
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Volkswagen is planning to spread the platform love with its new Up city car, with Czech subsidiary Skoda being the first VW division to get the tiny car, with a SEAT-branded version to follow. Packaged as a three-door five-seater, a 1.0L gasoline engine and a 1.2L diesel engine will be offered, with an all-electric version… Continue Reading...

Aston Martin Cygnet Priced At $50,000

Aston Martin Cygnet Priced At $50,000
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The Aston Martin Cygnet, the British luxury brand’s take on the Toyota iQ, is almost ready to go on sale, and the ultra-lux city car will start £30,995, or about $50,000 USD. Using the 1.3L Toyota engine and a 6-speed manual or CVT gearbox, the iQ’s 11 second 0-60 sprint is decidedly not Aston-like in… Continue Reading...

T.27 Electric Car Designed By Ex-McLaren Engineer Passes European Crash Tests

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T.27 Electric Car Designed By Ex-McLaren Engineer Passes European Crash Tests
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Gordon Murray’s most famous project so far has been the McLaren F1. But if the legendary South African designer has his way, his next project will be the one that forms the basis of his legacy, and the T.27 electric city car may just make it after passing a European market crash test with flying… Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz Planning Rival To BMW MegaCity

Mercedes-Benz Planning Rival To BMW MegaCity
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Not one to let its long-time rival capitalize on every niche, Mercedes-Benz is apparently working on a small city car to rival BMW’s MegaCity project. Although only sketches and clay models exist, a possible synergy with the Smart brand could exist, especially in light of the brand’s recent foray into electric vehicles. The vehicle’s styling… Continue Reading...

Honda Brio Subcompact Revealed

Honda Brio Subcompact Revealed
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The Honda Brio was apparently inspired by the Citroen 2CV, as evidenced by its codename during development. Of course, the Brio is based on a much more conventional layout, but the ultra-compact dimensions, measuring 142 inches in length and 66 inches wide. For comparison, a Smart ForTwo is 106.1 inches long but 61.4 inches wide,… Continue Reading...

Mitsubishi Builds 5000th i-MiEV Electric Car

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Mitsubishi Builds 5000th i-MiEV Electric Car
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Mitsubishi recently reached a milestone with the completion of their 5000th i-MiEV electric car, which rolled off the line at its Mizushima plant this week. After starting production in June of 2009, the i-MiEV has been a hit in Japan, and will make its debut in America in late 2011 after being unveiled at the… Continue Reading...

Aston Martin Cygnet Coming To America

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Aston Martin Cygnet Coming To America
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Aston Martin‘s Cygnet minicar will come to the United States sometime in 2012 according to Automotive News. The Cygnet will reportedly cost $35,000 despite minimal changes from the Toyota iQ it’s based on. The Cygnet is a risky move for Aston Martin; a product like this is conceivably a good idea in places like London,… Continue Reading...

Audi Electric City Car Confirmed

Audi Electric City Car Confirmed
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Despite previously denying reports that an electric car based off their small A1 platform would be produced, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed that Audi would produce a small electric city car, without confirming any design or technical details. “Almost certainly, yes, we will have a small electric car. It is being investigated,” Stadler told Britain’s… Continue Reading...

BMW Breaks Ground On Carbon Fiber Plant

BMW Breaks Ground On Carbon Fiber Plant
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BMW‘s new joint venture with SGL Group on a carbon fiber plant in Washington state got underway, as the two companies broke ground on the factory. While vehicle assembly will take place in Germany, the carbon fiber material production will take place in the state, due to the large presence of aerospace expertise in the… Continue Reading...

Gordon Murray’s T.25 City Car Unveiled

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Gordon Murray’s T.25 City Car Unveiled
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After designing the legendary McLaren F1, Gordon Murray decided to try his hand at something completely different. Murray revealed his latest creation, the T.25 City Car, at an event in Oxford, England, and to say that it’s a 180 from the McLaren F1 is an understatement. The T.25 weighs in at a truly featherweight 1,212… Continue Reading...

Gordon Murray Sells T25 City Car Design To Unnamed Manufacturer

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Gordon Murray Sells T25 City Car Design To Unnamed Manufacturer
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Gordon Murray is eager to stress that his firm, Gordon Murray Design, is not in the business of producing cars, especially not his new T25 city car. “We’re not a car company; our business is selling intellectual property for the production process,” Murray told Auto Express. Murray’s proclamation comes on the heels of his announcement that he… Continue Reading...

BMW Reveals Hints About Future Plans; New Sports Car In The Cards, Megacity To Play Big Roles

BMW Reveals Hints About Future Plans; New Sports Car In The Cards, Megacity To Play Big Roles
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A new 400-horsepower sports car is in the works at BMW, but if you ask executives at the German car company, they’ll tell you that the most promising new product is at the other end of the spectrum. Speaking at a meeting in London, Ian Robertson a BMW board member told Inside Line that they… Continue Reading...

More Details Emerge Surrounding Gordon Murray’s T27 City Car

More Details Emerge Surrounding Gordon Murray’s T27 City Car
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Not long after Gordon Murray’s McLaren F1 was feted at the company’s headquarters, new details have emerged about Murray’s all-new T27 city car, being developed by the South African-born engineer independently of McLaren. Essentially an electric version of the T25 city car, the T27 uses a lithium-ion battery and a small electric motor to hit… Continue Reading...
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