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Porsche 917 that starred in Le Mans movie up for grabs

A 1970 Porsche 917K that starred in Steve McQueen's movie Le Mans will cross the auction block during this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Gooding & Company expects it will sell between $13 and $16 million.   

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Belgian beats hypermiling record

Two Belgian hypermilers have set a new distance record for production electric vehicles. Driving at a steady 24 mph for 24 hours, the duo managed to squeeze 560 miles of range from a Tesla S 100D.   

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Geely to build Lotus cars in China?

Volvo parent company Geely just bought a controlling stake in Lotus. Executives want Lotus to be profitable, so they're considering shifting at least part of the production from England to China.   

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Potential Takata whistleblower and Honda engineer admits he had it wrong

A Honda engineer who believed he had inside information about the Takata airbag failures walked back his claims this month in a sworn affidavit submitted to a Florida court. In an email sent by the engineer to a colleague in 2013, he claimed that he knew the root cause of Takata's airbag issues. In light of the federal government's investigation of Takata's faulty inflator design, he now says he had it wrong, Reuters reports.   http://reut.rs/2tDmH0O

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VW waives appeal in German Dieselgate cases, will buy back vehicles

In the wake of German court rulings in favor of plaintiffs seeking compensation following Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, the company has decided to forego the appeals process and agree to begin a buyback program, Reuters reports. This is a significant reversal of position for the German automaker as VW has long held that its emissions work-arounds did not violate European laws and thus didn't warrant any sort of compensation program like those implemented in the United States.   http://reut.rs/2t3IeTo

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2018 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,195

Subaru has released pricing information for the 2018 Legacy. The updated model starts at $22,195, which makes it more expensive than last year's base model by a few hundred bucks. The top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited trim starts at $31,945.   

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Daimler continues to fight Uber in Europe

Mytaxi, a Daimler-owned Uber rival, is expanding its presence in Europe. The company recently bought a Romanian rival named Clever Taxi to reach more customers, according to Automotive News. The acquisition gives Mytaxi instant market share without having to fight for it.   http://bit.ly/2t1ql83

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel spotted testing

Spy photographers caught a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 test vehicle fueling at a diesel pump, confirming for the first time that a light-duty oil burner is in the works for GM's pickup line.   

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Lamborghini could introduce a four-seater sports car

Looking ahead, Lamborghini is open to the idea of launching a four-seater sports car. The model would arrive "in the 2025 to 2030 horizon; we are already thinking about it," according to company boss Stefano Domenicali.   

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Electric Subaru coming in 2021

Subaru will introduce its very first electric car in 2021, according to British magazine Auto Express. To cut costs, the battery-powered model will be based on an existing car, not a standalone model. Details such as range and pricing will be announced closer to the model's unveiling.   

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