VW buggy, Porsche 911 Hybrid, Shell chargers, Tesla profits: Today’s Car News

2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X

Tesla reported profits, and revealed new model lineups for its Model S and Model X—and another price cut. Volkswagen announced it will build a concept electric dune buggy for the Geneva auto show. Details of the upcoming Porsche 911 Hybrid have emerged. And Shell has bought its first charging network in North America. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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Tesla revamps Model S and X lineups without battery size numbers

2017 Tesla Model S

As Tesla struggles to balance prices to maintain profitability in the face of lower tax credits for its cars, the company is simplifying its Model S and Model X lineups.

After Tesla cut prices across the board to make up for a reduction in the federal tax credits  and CEO Elon Musk announced earlier this month that the company would stop taking orders for the base 75D versions of its Model S and X, the company on Wednesday posted new model lineups for both cars. Continue reading “Tesla revamps Model S and X lineups without battery size numbers”

Porsche 911 Hybrid sports car tech will arrive in two forms

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Valencia, Spain, January 2019

Porsche is known as an engineering company. Its technical solutions are often complex and unusual, but often provide inspiration for others to follow.

Now details have filtered out about Porsche’s new hybrid-electric powertrain for its upcoming 911, which could inform what engineers are thinking about in terms of bringing hybrid power to other sports cars.

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Shell acquisition of charging network Greenlots points to juice as the new gas

Shell charging station in Britain (higher res)

Electric cars are getting the attention of oil companies.

On Wednesday, one of the largest fast-charging networks in the U.S., Greenlots, announced that it had been bought by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell—via the subsidiary Shell New Energies US LLC.

Greenlots includes more than 350 mainly DC fast charge stations across the U.S., the kind electric cars drivers are meant to visit occasionally when they need a quick charge to complete a Continue reading “Shell acquisition of charging network Greenlots points to juice as the new gas”

Some Wise Snow Driving Advice You’ll Be Glad Of…

IAM RoadSmart brings you expert advice on driving in snow from its head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

The best advice is to avoid travelling in extreme weather. If no one is moving, you just add to the problem – so listen to travel advice.

If you do have to travel in bad weather, plan your journey thoroughly. Think about where you are going and what it will be like all the way along the journey. If you can, avoid travelling on less-used roads or country Continue reading “Some Wise Snow Driving Advice You’ll Be Glad Of…”

Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge launched

The special edition trim level adds a host of extra equipment and a handful of chassis upgrades to the standard Octavia vRS

Skoda has launched the Octavia vRS Challenge; a special edition trim level at the top of the model’s range which adds a host of extra equipment and a handful of chassis upgrades to the standard Octavia vRS. On sale now, prices for the hatchback start at £30,085, with the estate model starting at £31,285.

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New Porsche Cayenne Coupe gets ready for launch

Porsche’s rakish new coupe-inspired SUV has been spied during its winter assessment, and looks ready to take on the BMW X6

Development of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe seems to be entering its final stages, as indicated by this largely undisguised test mule. Porsche will expand its line-up with this new model, seeking to rival the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe in the world of niche SUVs.

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New 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe snapped again

BMW’s flagship 8 Series Gran Coupe 4-door has been spied tearing around a winter proving ground during its cold-weather assessment

BMW’s final model in its new 8 Series range has been caught on camera again, this time during winter testing. The flagship BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe saloon will face the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS when it arrives later this year.

These latest spy shots follow our recent images of the Gran Coupe undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. This Continue reading “New 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe snapped again”