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Jaguar XK to return?

Jaguar design boss Ian Callum wants the brand to return to the 2+2 coupe market. His team is working on a replacement for the XK, though the project hasn't been approved for production yet. The model will be built alongside the next-gen F-Type if it receives the green light.   

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Land Rover: Next Defender to spawn family of models

Land Rover has confirmed the next-generation Defender will spawn an entire family of models. Automotive News speculates the lineup will include a two-door soft top, a five-seater wagon, a seven-seater model with a stretched wheelbase, and a pickup truck. Most of those will be sold in the United States, though the pickup will remain overseas due to the Chicken Tax.   

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New London taxi begins testing

LTC's new London taxi has started its first round of real-world testing in the British capital. Built by Geely, the same company who owns Volvo, the plug-in hybrid cab is capable of driving on electricity alone for short distances. Pricing starts at 55,599 pounds, a sum that represents nearly $75,000.   

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Next Defender won't go retro

The next-generation Land Rover Defender won't receive a retro design, the company has confirmed. "I am a modernist. I look forward, not back," said Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern.   

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German Tesla employees to get pay hike

Employees of Tesla's German division will receive a 30% pay hike, Reuters reports, thanks to bargaining by the Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH Works Council. Tesla recently terminated hundreds of workers from its U.S. operations in what many called a cost-control measure.   http://reut.rs/2hNQJdc

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Nissan's domestic inspection scandal spreads

Nissan announced earlier in October that it would recall more than one million cars sold in Japan due to the vehicles undergoing final quality inspections by uncertified technicians. Wednesday, the company announced that internal investigation had revealed that uncertified inspections continued to take place after the initial scandal broke, despite assurances to the contrary. An additional 3,800 vehicles inspected by uncertified inspectors since September 20 will be recalled as a result, Reuters reports.   http://reut.rs/2hOtLCS

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Next MINI Hardtop will have shorter overhang

MINI design chief Oliver Heilmer has given his team a clear mission as they begin working on the next-generation Hardtop: reduce the front overhang. Designers have plenty of time to figure out a solution because the hatchback won't get replaced until 2021 at the earliest.   

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