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VW-ID-Showcar-Detroit-2017VW microbus in Detroit: Rumours of a new member of the ID family have been confirmed as Volkswagen releases teaser images ahead of the Detroit Motor Show. It looks like it will indeed be a microbus and VW revealed it will have two electric motors, AWD and autonomous driving capability.,

Audi Q8 tease: The VW brand leaked images that show a near production-ready version of the Q8 SUV coupé prior to its debut in Detroit. Its front looks edgy but more importantly, the e-tron badge confirms that it will be offered in a hybrid variant from 2018.,

Knorr-Bremse took over the electrical systems unit of Vossloh. With Vossloh Kiepe, the brake maker is adding drive technology for rail and commercial vehicles to its portfolio. The acquisition must be approved by the anti-trust authorities.

Hyundai strengthens FCV: The next Tuscon Fuel Cell will boast 30 percent more range, 560 km to be exact and is due in January 2018 for about 50,000 dollars. One year earlier, Hyundai wants to launch a fuel cell bus – the same year Toyota designated to launch its own FCV bus, too.

Mercedes A-class PHEV: An entry level Mercedes A-cards may be offered from 2018, Autocar learned. It will also be available as plug-in hybrid.

Tesla update: Due to the volatile pound, Tesla will increase its UK prices by 5 percent from Jan, 1 2017. Existing owners may expect software update 8.0.2 within a few days. The new version shows amenities around Superchargers and links driver profiles to fob keys. (update), (UK price)


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