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Blaupunkt offers classic car radio packed with modern tech

Classic car owners may love the experience of driving a vintage machine, but they may also miss some modern conveniences like Bluetooth connectivity when behind the wheel. Enthusiasts should be delighted to learn that car audio company Blaupunkt is bringing back a fan-favorite solution, only this time, it’s gotten with the times. The company revealed the SQR 46, a modern reincarnation of a beloved aftermarket radio from the 1980s. Since it’s been more than 30 years since the original’s introduction, it comes with a lot of today’s technology baked into…

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2020 Audi Q3 Sportback revealed, won’t reach US

Audi has gone all guns blazing into its SUV offensive. The automaker already offers six SUVs ranging from the Q2 right up to the Q8, and now it’s about to launch coupe-like offerings of many of these, or Sportbacks, in Audi parlance. The first of these was revealed on Wednesday in the form of the Q3 Sportback, which is essentially Audi’s latest Q3 compact SUV with a fastback roof. Previously thought to be called a Q4, we now know Audi is reserving that name for a compact electric SUV previewed…

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BMW doubles battery production capacity at US plant

BMW has doubled battery production capacity at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in preparation for an onslaught of new plug-in hybrid models. The plant is the biggest in BMW’s global production network and currently responsible for the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 lines. The automaker said Wednesday that it has invested more than $10 million to add an extra 86,000 square feet to the plant and install a new battery assembly line. This essentially doubles the capacity for battery production at the site, according to Michael Nikolaides, BMW’s…

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McLaren’s next Ultimate Series member is reportedly a speedster

McLaren will reportedly add a dramatic speedster as the next addition to its range-topping Ultimate Series, to sit alongside past greats like the P1 hypercar, track-focused Senna and upcoming Speedtail. The speedster will be a two-seater designed with a focus on road use, Autocar reported on Wednesday, citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the car. The source also revealed that the design will take inspiration from earlier open-top sports prototype race cars. Don’t be surprised if there are a few cues pointing to McLaren’s Can-Am racers of the 1960s,…

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2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback spy shots

Audi has just launched a new compact crossover SUV badged a Q3 Sportback, and today we have spy shots of a prototype for the high-performance version from the Audi Sport division: the RS Q3 Sportback. The Q3 Sportback is a coupe-like crossover based on the same structure as the recently redesigned Q3, i.e. the latest version of parent company Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. Unfortunately, the Q3 Sportback isn’t bound for the United States, and thus neither will the RS Q3 Sportback. We know this latest prototype is for the RS…

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China’s BAIC acquires 5 percent of Daimler

Daimler’s Chinese partner BAIC has increased its stake in the German auto giant to 5 percent, the automakers said Tuesday. Daimler and state-owned BAIC have jointly operated several plants in China for more than a decade and Daimler has been an investor in BAIC since 2013, with its current holdings standing at 9.55 percent. “We are very pleased that our long-standing partner BAIC is now a long-term investor in Daimler,” Daimler CEO Ola Kaellenius said in a statement. The increase in BAIC’s stake will prevent fellow Chinese automaker Geely from…

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Audi Q3 Sportback, Jaguar XE SV ‘Ring record, Ford F-150 EV: Today’s Car News

The Q3 Sportback is the first strike in Audi’s coupe-like SUV offensive, and yes there will be an Audi Sport-tuned RS version. Unfortunately, Audi has ruled it out for our market. Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 is the fastest sedan in production right now. It just lapped the Nürburgring in a time of 7:18.361, which is the fastest time for a sedan by a significant margin. Ford is working on a battery-electric F-150. Recently, the automaker gave a preview of the zero-emission pickup truck’s performance. You’ll find these stories and…

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2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray buyers can customize VIN–for a price

If a standard VIN won’t do, know those who order a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can take things a step further. Much like the C7-generation car’s program, those who place a factory order can customize their VIN with digits that have a deeper meaning. Cars Direct reported on the news on Tuesday after viewing the latest order guide for the mid-engine Corvette Stingray. Just like the C7 Corvette’s program, the VIN customization will be relegated to the last five digits of the number. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray That leaves open…

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Next one-off Bugatti to take inspiration from the EB110 SS?

Bugatti’s next “one-off car” is confirmed for August’s Monterey Car Week, and the latest rumor points to the design taking inspiration from the EB110 Super Sport. Classic car dealer Girado & Co. posted the rumor on its Instagram page back in June, along with details such as a 10-car build run and a price tag of 8 million euros (approximately $8.9 million). We’ll remind you that Bugatti’s last one-off car, the La Voiture Noire unveiled in March, was also inspired by an earlier Bugatti, in this case the legendary Type…

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