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Ford expects increasingly slower sales, decline in year-end performance

Ford is expecting its year-end performance to fall below that of 2016's despite better-than-expected second-quarter profits, Reuters reports. Ford's improvement came on the backs of its higher-margin vehicles, while less-profitable small cars contributed to a 43,000-unit sales deficit worldwide (8,000 here in the States).   http://reut.rs/2w10daK

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Fuel-burning engines may be off-limits in the UK by 2040

The UK government announced this week that it is doubling down on its plan to end sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars within its borders by the year 2040, committing further investment to electrification infrastructure and ULEV programs in the meantime.   http://bit.ly/2w0x9jp

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BMW 8 Series spied on the Ring

BMW will soon dust off the old 8 Series nameplate for an all-new flagship coupe. Filling the void left by the departed 6 Series coupe, the new 8 Series is expected to make its market introduction in 2018.   http://bit.ly/2v83NmN

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McLaren preps P15 hypercar

McLaren is working on a new hypercar called the P15. Essentially a P1 without the hybrid drivetrain, the P15 is expected to debut by year's end.   http://bit.ly/2w0vLxr

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First take: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

"Though still a little short of the VW Golf GTI in terms of driving dynamics, the 2018 Elantra GT Sport is also expected to be cheaper by a few grand."
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Waze now available via Android Auto

Google's smartphone integration platform is now compatible with Waze, the popular navigation app featuring crowd-sourced traffic information. Owners of compatible phones and vehicles will be able to operate Waze via voice commands and factory entertainment interfaces.   http://tcrn.ch/2w0oMVl

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DOT may revise fuel efficiency requirements starting from 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation may impose less stringent fuel efficiency standards than previously outlined starting with model year 2021, Reuters reports. Rather than having standards scale up through 2025, they may freeze them at the 2021 level indefinitely.   http://bit.ly/2v5jJX0

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Like your gin with a splash of assembly oil? The Archaeologist may be for you

Renowned custom bike builder Uwe Ehinger has set off on a new mission: selling gin with Harley-Davidson parts in it. The Archaeologist is a premium dry gin sold in bottles containing parts from classic bikes found around the world.   http://prn.to/2v5wxga

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Daimler board will meet to discuss cartel allegations

The Daimler AG supervisory board will meet Wednesday to discuss allegations made by European investigators that German automakers engaged in anti-competitive behavior in setting the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems, Reuters reports.   http://reut.rs/2v5oznk

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Suzuki Swift Sport to debut in Frankfurt

Suzuki has announced it will introduce the new Swift Sport this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Hotter than the standard Swift, it's expected to get a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower.   

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