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Tuner gives Mazda Miata 250-hp turbo four

British tuner BBR has unleashed a turbocharged Mazda Miata with 250 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Offered in the United States, the hot-rodded ragtop hits 60 mph from a stop in five seconds flat. Pricing information hasn't been released yet.   http://bit.ly/2oT9uAM

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Porsche to open experience center in Shanghai

Porsche is in the early stages of building an experience center in Shanghai, China. Like the existing centers in Europe and in the U.S., the facility will give current and prospective customers the ability to test new cars in a wide variety of conditions -- including on the track -- while providing them with insight into the company's history.   

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Next Volkswagen Polo GTI getting 2.0-liter?

The next generation of the Volkswagen Polo GTI could buck the industry's downsizing trend. A recent report coming out of England suggests Volkswagen's smallest hot hatch will receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower, 10 more than the current model.   http://bit.ly/2oTbLMj

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BMW sees the end of three-pedal M cars

BMW predicts the end is near for M-badged cars equipped with a manual transmission. "I'm not even sure the next generation of M3 and M4 models from BMW will have the option of a manual gearbox," conceded Peter Quintus, M's vice president of sales and marketing.   http://bit.ly/2oT50Kx

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ZF expands Shanghai engineering center

German supplier ZF invested 50 million euros into its Shanghai, China, research and development center. Opened on April 18, the new facility now stretches 170,000 square feet. ZF hopes the investment will allow it to capture a bigger share of the nation's mobility market.   

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China's GAC prepares to go global

Chinese car-maker GAC Motor is ready to expand into international markets, according to the general manager Yu Jun. "We will launch the star models of GA8 and GS8 to overseas markets, providing high-quality products and services for international consumers," he told newspaper China Daily. The brand plans to re-name its Trumpchi brand in the United States.   

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BMW M4 CS limited to just 3,000 units

Executive comments suggest other M cars could get the CS treatment, raising hopes that the M2 CS will be next on the list.   http://bit.ly/2oSroUx

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Fiat dealers in Italy invoiced for inventory they didn't order

Fiat dealers in Italy are speaking out over having their inventories stuffed with cars they never ordered. According to Automotive News, multiple dealers claim to have been invoiced for thousands of Tipos and Ducatos they did not order, and accused Fiat of including configurations of the slow-selling Tipo that are difficult for dealers unload.   http://bit.ly/2p0cKc4

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Honda to offer cheaper Civic Type R next year?

The company is expected to sell just a Touring trim later this spring at US showrooms, followed by a less expensive base model in 2018, according to a rumor posted by <em>AutoGuide</em>.   http://bit.ly/2oSeINi

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BMW EV chargers are coming to a National Park near you

Keep an eye out for new EV charging stations in America's National Parks, thanks to an infrastructure project partnership between the National Parks Service and BMW. Don't expect to find one at Isle Royale or Dry Tortugas, as BMW is prioritizing those parks in reach of existing EV markets.   http://bit.ly/2oRVmaQ

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