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Mazda not looking for partners to build next rotary sports car

Mazda split the cost of developing the Miata with Fiat, but it's not interested in creating a similar partnership to bring a rotary-engined sports car to the market. "Currently we have absolutely no plans to make any such alliances," a spokesperson for the company told Auto Express.   

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Alfa Romeo preparing first hybrid drivetrain?

Alfa Romeo is ready to jump into the world of electrification, according to a report published by Automotive News. The Italian brand's very first gasoline-electric hybrid model will be its flagship sedan, whose launch has been pushed back from 2018 to 2021.   

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Bugatti Chiron to get eight-year life cycle

Bugatti will build the Chiron for a total of eight years, according to the company's top executive. That means it will stick around longer than the Veyron, its predecessor, which was in production for 12 years.   

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Genesis not getting N performance models

Hyundai's performance blitz won't reach its Genesis division. Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald told Australian website Motoring the brand has no plans to follow rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi into high-performance territory.   

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Mazda to revamp U.S. dealer network

Mazda's American dealers are in for a makeover. Automotive News reports the company wants some of its dealers to move to new locations, and it wants to strengthen the training process they go through. Mazda stores across the nation will be getting a new look, too. The company hopes the update will help it achieve a two-percent market share.   

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Next Mazda RX concept to debut in Tokyo

Mazda has confirmed plans to introduce the next RX-badged concept car next month at the Tokyo Auto Show. "With the Tokyo show we will be introducing a new design concept - you can think of it as an evolution of the theme of the RX Vision," said Mazda's vice president for R&D in Europe in an interview with Auto Express.   

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Volkswagen in no rush to build electric commercial vans

Volkswagen's electrification plan doesn't place a big emphasis on battery-powered commercial vehicles. Tesla's electric semi truck will debut next month, but the Wolfsburg-based automaker is intentionally watching from the sidelines before committing to the segment.   

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Ford, Mahindra join forces

Ford has teamed up with Indian automaker Mahindra to work jointly on product development and mobility programs. The agreement could expand to other areas of the automotive industry in the coming years.   

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BMW bringing back CSL nameplate

BMW has confirmed plans to resurrect the heritage-laced CSL nameplate. "CSL will be the top-of-the-line track tool, made on the track for the track, just with a number plate," BMW M boss Frank Van Meel told Road & Track. The CSL designation will replace the GTS badge.   

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Intel to power Waymo's self-driving tech, company says

Waymo is known for developing its self-driving technology in-house, however the company has revealed that processor giant Intel is providing much of the horsepower, TechCrunch reports. Intel isn't the only company in the tech sphere with its toes in the waters of autonomous driving; well-known graphics firm Nvidia has a much-publicized partnership with Volvo.   http://tcrn.ch/2fg3Bf6

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