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Toyota Hilux returns to Japan

Toyota is once again selling the Hilux on the Japanese market. It was axed 13 years ago due to relatively slow sales. Toyota now hopes to sell about 2,000 units annually, largely to commercial buyers. The Thailand-built truck is only offered with a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive.   

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Tesla could turn Supercharger stations into convenience stores

It takes time to charge an electric vehicle, and Tesla wants to capitalize on the thousands of owners waiting for electricity by adding convenience stores to Supercharger stations. "They want to eat, they want to have a cup of coffee, they want to use the restroom," said Tesla CTO JB Straubel. He added people spend on average 20 to 30 minutes at Supercharger stations.   

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 getting automatic transmission?

The high-performance Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be available with an automatic transmission, according to recent spy shots. It could be an eight-speed or a 10-speed. Of course, a manual transmission will be also be available.   

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Uber plans to appeal London ban

Uber, whose license to operate in London will be rescinded after Sept. 30, is moving to challenge the decision "immediately," the company's UK manager said Friday.   http://bit.ly/2xzJsXW

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Ford employs HoloLens for global vehicle design

Ford is supplementing traditional clay modeling with Microsoft's HoloLens "mixed reality" for design visualization, TechCrunch reports. Ford has been using VR design tools to improve global development collaboration.   http://tcrn.ch/2fn82Vs

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BMW M rules out four-cylinder-powered model

BMW M has surfed the downsizing wave in recent years, but it's not ready to launch a car powered by a four-cylinder engine. "If you look at it with a four-cylinder, I don't see characteristics that I would like on an M car, on a small displacement turbocharged four-cylinder engine," affirmed M boss Frank van Meel in an interview with Australian website Car Advice.   

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Lexus to extend F treatment to new LS

The Lexus LS will be the next vehicle to get the brand's F hot rod treatment. It's expected to debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show with a twin-turbocharged V8.   http://bit.ly/2fncqDI

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Daimler investing $1B to build EVs in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler will pump $1 billion into its factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The investment will go towards upgrading the plant to allow it to churn out batteries and electric cars. The first battery-powered Mercedes with a "made in America" label is expected to see the light of day in 2020.   http://reut.rs/2xycqHQ

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Infiniti QX60 hybrid gets axed

It's too late to order the hybrid version of Infiniti's QX60. A company spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority the model has been axed due to slow sales.   

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2019 Jeep Wrangler looks ready for the trail in unofficial renderings

Jeep won't show the next-generation Wrangler until the Los Angeles Auto Show, and enthusiasts are getting impatient. A computer-savvy fan has created a rendering that shows what Jeep's next off-roader could look like, and we think it's pretty spot-on.   

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