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Mini unveils new logo

BMW's Mini division has unveiled its new logo. It looks a lot like the old one, but the company explains it "combines stylistic elements from the early phase of the classic Mini with a future-oriented appearance." It will begin appearing on cars in March of 2018.   

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Porsche Cayenne, Macan coupes still possible

Porsche hasn't ruled out building coupe variants of its Cayenne and Macan crossovers, according to Automotive News. It's unclear whether the so-called coupes would have two doors, or if they'd arrive with a four-door layout and a fastback-like roof line in the vein of the BMW X6.   

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AMG 53 line coming next year

Mercedes-AMG will expand its ever-growing line-up next year with a model line called 53. The nameplate will be inaugurated by the CLS53. 53-badged cars will be more powerful than the 43-badged variants, and they'll receive a straight-six engine with a 48-volt electrical system. We'll learn more details (and, possibly, see the first car) next month in Detroit.   

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Hennessey announces 1,200-hp Corvette ZR1

American tuner Hennessey promises it will build a 1,200-horsepower version of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Adding a supercharger, aluminum pistons, and headers lowers the 'Vette's zero-to-60-mph time to 2.2 seconds.   

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Porsche again hints at more electric cars

Porsche has again hinted its electric car offensive won't stop at the Mission E. "We have to check if it makes sense for Porsche to come with an SUV. But the so-called Mission E isn't going to be the last project in electro-mobility. We will continue. That's very, very clear," said company boss Oliver Blume.   

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Lamborghini Urus rendered as a coupe

X-Tomi Design has rendered the brand-new 2019 Lamborghini Urus as a two-door coupe. There's no indication the Raging Bull will expand its SUV line-up in the foreseeable future, so the coupe will most likely remain a mere rendering.   

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Ford finds engine problem with Focus RS

Ford has admittedly early examples of the Focus RS suffer from an engine problem. Affected cars burn coolant, which causes white smoke to come out of the exhaust. That's normally a tell-tale sign of a blown headgasket. Ford has already replaced several engines, according to Autocar, and it's working on a permanent fix.   

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Mercedes-Benz to show next UI at CES

Mercedes-Benz will show its next-generation user interface at CES early next year. The company promises its MBUX software will usher in "a new era of infotainment and connectivity."   

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Ford to build electric SUV in Mexico, not Michigan

Ford won't build its upcoming electric SUV in Michigan after all. Production will instead take place in Mexico. The company needs the production capacity in its Flat Rock factory to manufacture self-driving cars, the company explains.   

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Jailed Volkswagen exec could ask to serve sentence in Germany

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt could ask the U.S. Department of Justice to serve his seven-year prison sentence in Germany, according to Automotive News. The request would have to be approved by authorities in both countries.   

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