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Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

Youxia X is China’s answer to the Tesla Model S – copycat?

Jul 29, 2015

A Chinese copy of the Tesla Model S has surfaced called the Youxia X, once again demonstrating the Chinese car industry’s utter disdain for intellectual property and originality. Admittedly the car does seem well executed,...

Aston Martin Vulcan road car under consideration

Jul 29, 2015

Aston Martin wants to unleash its rip-snorting 600kW Vulcan track monster on public roads to share with unsuspecting road users, a report has revealed. The Vulcan was revealed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed....

Next-gen Nissan LEAF to come in multiple body styles; SUV?

Jul 29, 2015

When the next-generation Nissan LEAF arrives in 2-3 years, a number of other body styles could join the hatch potentially including an SUV, according to an international report. The news surfaced when Nissan’s executive vice...

Apple ‘iCar’ could be based on BMW i3 – rumour

Jul 29, 2015

Rumours that tech-juggernaut Apple may be developing a car almost broke the internet earlier this year, when Apple started hiring some former automotive industry heavyweights, and testing strange-looking Chrysler Voyagers around its headquarters. Insiders revealed...

Hyundai Santa Cruz ute production decision to come in November

Jul 28, 2015

Ute fans rejoice. It looks like another entrant is set to squeeze its way into an already diverse playground, with rumours suggesting Hyundai will confirm production of its Santa Cruz concept in November. Hyundai has...

2017 Toyota Camry to adopt new 2.0T engine – report

Jul 28, 2015

Toyota may soon ditch the 2GR-FE V6 engine used in its Aurion and overseas Camry V6 models, potentially using the 2.0-litre turbo engine first introduced in the Lexus NX 200t instead. This would see Toyota...

Mercedes-Benz ute to be proper premium vehicle, most expensive in class

Jul 28, 2015

Following confirmation earlier this year that Mercedes-Benz will be competing in the lucrative and expanding dual-cab ute segment, the company has shed more light on the upcoming vehicle. The company has indicated it will be...

Video: Tesla Model S P85D up against Caterham’s mental 620R

Jul 27, 2015

Here are two very different vehicles which you would never expect to line up for an angry battle. A 2238kg electric luxury sedan squaring up against a 545kg featherweight club-racer. The drag racing escapades of...

2016 Lexus IS update revealed for USA, IS 300h gets 3.5L V6

Jul 27, 2015

The Lexus IS has undergone engine and specification revisions for the 2016 model year, with the big news being the addition of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine first seen in the NX 200t. As previously confirmed,...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles in USA to rectify hacking issue

Jul 27, 2015

Following recent demonstrations of how its cars can be hacked by computer programmers via the infotainment system, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has rushed a voluntary recall of some 1.4 million vehicles. The purpose of the recall...

Video: Mercedes-Benz SLC prototype spotted, SLK replacement

Jul 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is very busy testing the replacement of its SLK roadster, to be called the SLC, which is expected to debut at the Frankfurt show in September. Spotted at the Nurburgring, we can see the...

Top 10 engine conversion ideas for production cars

Jul 26, 2015

As manufacturers succumb to increasing pressure from emissions targets and mass-market demands, some formerly renowned favourites of enthusiasts are becoming lacklustre and same-same. Let’s cast our minds to a parallel universe, where the enthusiasts call...

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