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The Vauxhall Corsa is now being offered with a battery electric motor providing zero-emissions range of up to 209 miles. It spearheads a new range of electrified Vauxhalls which will cover all the brand's models by 2024.

The Corsa-e gets a 50kWh battery that supports up to 100kW rapid charging, enabling 80% charge in just 30 minutes. The battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. The sixth gen Corsa is sleeker than before, with reduced noise and vibration as well as a low centre of gravity, improving the efficiency and handling. The efficiency is further improved with the regenerative braking to reuse the energy released during braking.

The Corsa-e gets the IntelliLux LED matrix lights and includes standard driver assistance features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. It is wider and lower, providing more space in the interior and in the boot. It also gets an option of a 7-inch colour touchscreen and a digital cockpit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for a connected experience. The driver’s seat even gets an in-seat massager.

Vauxhall claims that it is the most efficient Corsa yet, weighing 10% less than the outgoing model and offering improved performance and efficiency. The new Corsa is also available in petrol and diesel engine options.

The Corsa-E starts at £27,165 after the plug-in car grant.

 

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Suzuki has no confirmed plans to introduce a commercial version of the Jimny in order to bypass European legislation expected to remove the current model from sale in Europe.

Jessica Grimditch, Press Officer for Suzuki UK said "the introduction of the 'N1' Commercial type vehicle has not been confirmed for the UK." This follows Suzuki's admission that the Jimny's engines would adversely affect their CO2 following the introduction of Clean Air for Europe (CAFE) emission standards in 2021.

It had been suggested that the Jimny could be sold as an N1 commercial vehicle which would be exempt from CAFE emission standards. This would be achieved by removing the rear seats and commercial homologation.

The CAFE emission standards seek to ensure that manufacturers have a fleet average of 95 CO2 g/km by 2021. The Jimny engine lineup currently varies between 154-170 CO2 g/km meaning Suzuki would face fines if the Jimny remained on sale with its current engines.

Suzuki had previously stated the Jimny would remain on sale in "very limited numbers" throughout 2020 fueling speculation the car will be removed from sale in 2021.

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A Tesla Model 3 crashed on a parked police vehicle in Connecticut. The Model 3 was on Autopilot mode while driver was checking his dog who was sitting in the back, the driver said to the police.

There were two police officers on the scene waiting for a tow truck to pick up a broken-down car which was occupying left center. While they were waiting Tesla model 3 crashed into their vehicle and went ahead to hit the broken-down vehicle, said Connecticut State Police. No one was injured in this incident.

The car was still slowly travelling towards the north until the police intervened. The driver said to the police that his vehicle was on Autopilot and he was checking his dog which was in the back seat before the collision. The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

This is not the first time a Tesla car is involved in an accident. A Tesla Model X owner died in a car accident in California. Tesla has also admitted this when the company itself released statistics which shows that Autopilot incidents have been increased.

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Maserati has stopped the production of the Gran Turismo, as announced recently by the company on its social media accounts. The on-going generation was introduced in 2007 and after 12 years, the company has intimidated to bring out a second generation as an electric vehicle in 2021.

To mark the end of the production, or rather ‘celebrate’ it in the company’s words; it created a one-off Maserati Gran Turismo with an exclusive paint job, that slowly gradients from blue to black and fades off with white. It’s called the Gran Turismo Zeda, which Maserati says will “drive us towards the future”. It marks the company’s transition into a new era of cleaner, greener electric vehicles, which will start a new journey for the company and its upcoming models.

Over a production period of 12 years, Maserati sold more than 28,000 Gran Turismo cars. Work has begun in Modena plant to upgrade the production line. On its return in 2021, the Gran Turismo will compete with the likes of BMW 8 series and Mercedes S-Class Coupe.

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Tesla was officially added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, said China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently.

The American electric vehicles manufacturer was granted permission in the form of a certificate which allows it to start the production at Tesla Gigafactory 3 as and when it’s ready. The 9,300,000 sq ft facility’s construction has not been completed yet but targets year end. This will be the company’s first full scale manufacturing plant outside of the US. Tesla already has more than 20 stores operational in China and plans to make it big in this country, whose demand for electric vehicles is the greatest in the world. In 2018, an estimated 1.2 million EVs were sold in China.

The $2 billion factory is expected to produce at least 1000 Model 3 customer cars a week, with later getting into producing the Model Y SUV. Company expects production volume to be around 500,000 cars per year, with a target of 150,000 cars per year in the first phase, starting manufacturing by the end of 2019 as per a report by Reuters. “We aim to start some production in October, but the actual production volume depends on many factors including car orders we received, performance of newly hired workers, supply chain and so on,” a Tesla source told the Reuters.

This facility is Tesla’s wholly owned subsidiary and received important support from the government along the way. Earlier in September this year, Elon Musk managed to exclude Tesla models from a 10% car purchase tax. Authorities in Shanghai have also offered Tesla help to speed up construction of the plant. Tesla is also able to sideline US-China trade war with this deal and avoid heavy imports on American cars.

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MG recently unveiled the ZS EV as its second product in the Indian markets, and the first electric SUV from the brand. Rajeev Chaba, president and MD of MG Motor India said, "We truly believe that the future of the automobile is connected and electric. We are taking our first step to launch the vehicle of the future with an entire ecosystem to support this initiative".

MG ZS is the brand’s global EV that combines the practicality of an SUV with low emissions. The SUV features CCS Type 2 European standard connector for public charging stations and also an AC slow charger. Powered by i-Smart 2.0 technology, the ZS combines hardware and software applications to make driving experience smoother and smarter. It gets smart features like voice recognition, Wi-Fi connectivity and CO2 savings monitor and also charging station information. It comes with a sky roof or panoramic sunroof and an inbuilt air purifier along with a massive touch screen system, similar to the Hector.

MG claims it is the first pure electric internet SUV in the country offering connectivity on the go. It gets a 44.5 kwh battery pack which gives up to 340 km of range on single charge. The ZS EV launch is expected in January 2020 at a price of approximately 25 Lakhs INR.