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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

President Trump invites GM, Ford, FCA bosses for talks on industry future

Jan 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to host chief executives of Detroit’s three big manufacturers for talks on Tuesday, according to the White House. Chief executives from General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)...

Bernie Ecclestone no longer F1 CEO, following Liberty Media takeover

Jan 24, 2017

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, 86, has been ousted from F1 altogether after a takeover bid from Liberty Media. The takeover bid, valued at just under AU$10 billion, has resulted in a confirmation from Liberty...

Range Rover Sport SVR does 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds on sand (video)

Jan 24, 2017

Land Rover has released a clip of the mighty Range Rover Sport SVR showcasing its impressive acceleration figures on low-grip surfaces. The clip (below) shows the 405kW Range Rover Sport SVR logging 0-100km/h sprints on...

Hennessey Venom GT production ends, special edition announced

Jan 23, 2017

Hennessey has announced the end of the line for its Venom GT, marking the occasion with a special edition Venom GT Final Edition, which produces 1082kW/1565Nm. The Hennessey Venom GT, among many other feats, was,...

NHTSA Tesla investigation finds no defects, following fatal crash

Jan 23, 2017

Safety regulator NHTSA in the U.S. has concluded there were no defects or compliance failures on Tesla’s behalf in the case of the fatal Tesla Model S Autopilot crash involving a truck last year. The...

Next Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ to adopt hybrid tech – rumour

Jan 23, 2017

Toyota and Subaru may be planning on utilising some form of hybridisation in the next generation 86/BRZ models when they arrive in 2020, according to rumour. The rumour in question stems from an autoevolution report,...

2017 Kia Rio on sale in Australia from $16,990

Jan 23, 2017

Kia Australia has introduced the latest generation, 2017 Rio, promising an enhanced ride specifically tuned for Australia, alongside more safety and entertainment tech. The Kia Rio has underpinned Kia’s success here in Australia and around...

Tesla Panasonic to expand partnership, develop autonomous tech

Jan 23, 2017

Electronics giant Panasonic has signalled its intention to expand its partnership with Tesla Motors over the current battery-supply agreement. Panasonic is set to be attempting to pivot away from purely electronics and expand its automotive...

Carmakers continue Mexico production plans, despite Trump – study

Jan 23, 2017

Manufacturers will continue to invest in Mexican production, despite public threats from US president Donald Trump, according to a recent study. The study in question was formulated by LMC Automotive, who released its forecast model...

Ex-VW boss Winterkorn denies knowing about defeat devices

Jan 20, 2017

Volkswagen’s ex-CEO, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, has told German lawmakers he was unaware of the existence of any defeat devices fitted to 11 million VW vehicles before late August, 2015. Winterkorn, who has since resigned...

Maserati salesman killed in Ghibli crash, after selfie video

Jan 20, 2017

An employee at a Maserati dealership has been tragically killed in a car crash, shortly after posting a video of himself accelerating in a 2017 Ghibli. Brandon Gianopoulos, a 24-year-old salesmen at Mike Ward Maserati,...

Tesla Model 3 components to be built at Gigafactory

Jan 19, 2017

Tesla Motors has announced another expansion package that will see an additional $350 million of investment in the U.S. The announcement was made not by CEO Elon Musk, but the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval,...

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