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Volkswagen, Audi and Honda Premier New Models in Paris, Renault-Nissan and Microsoft Partner, and the 2018 Mustang Spied – This Week in Automotive News

Darrek Olson

Volkswagen Sets Sights on Selling a Million Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Volkswagen premiered the I.D. electric car in Paris this week, stating it will be capable of driving 249 – 373 miles on a single battery charge. Fitted with a 125kW motor, the ID has a power output of 168 HP and a zero – 62 mph acceleration of less than 8 seconds. There is an impressive amount of tech going into the design, but the most fun may be the car head lights, which appear as if the car’s “eyes” are closed when parked, and change when the car is running based on speed. It will also feature several driving assist sensors and displays, somewhat reminiscent of the JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot. With an anticipated launch date of 2020, VW set a goal of a million electric car sales per year by 2025, when the autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode should be ready for series production.

For more information, check out Volkswagen’s Press Release.

Audi Debuts Second Generation Audi Q5 SUV

Audi debuted the next generation Q5 SUV on Thursday. The world’s top-selling SUV in its class will now feature new engines and a lighter build. You can expect 252 HP from the new 2.0 TFSI, with impressive gas mileage of 34.6 mpg. It also comes with the new Quattro drive, boosting efficiency by disengaging or reengaging the rear-axle drive whenever necessary. The interior is more spacious and comes with an array of new tech and driver assistance systems including turn assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic jam assist.

Audi Q5

For more information, check out Audi’s Press Release.

First-ever Honda-badged Type R coming to the U.S.

Honda debuted the new Civic Type R prototype Wednesday at the Paris auto show, giving spectators a glimpse into the styling of the next generation Civic.

“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R.”

The North American debut happens November 1-4 during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This will mark the arrival of the first Honda-badged Type R in the U.S.

Honda plans to officially unveil the Type R in 2017.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype

Check out Honda’s Press Release for more information.

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft Partner to Deliver the Future of Connected Driving

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft announced this week that they signed an agreement to develop next generation connected services for cars. The joint venture aims to improve customer experience through enhancements in advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote car monitoring, and real-time updates – all powered through Microsoft Azure, an intelligent cloud service.

The partnership proposes to implement customizable settings that can be shared from car to another, assist in route suggestions, make toll payments automatically, transfer control of the vehicle to family or friends without needing to give them the keys, and even locate a stolen vehicle and disable it. Can’t remember where you parked? There will be assistance for that as well.

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft

For more on the partnership, read the Full Press Release.

2018 Ford Mustang Spied in Detroit

A camouflaged Mustang GT prototype was spotted on public roads in Detroit this week.  While the overall shape of the current Mustang has been retained, there are some noticeable changes to the headlights, front bumper, tail lights, and shape of the hood. It may also be safe to speculate that the new automatic 10-speed transmission will be available in at least high-end models, the result of a Ford/GM collaboration.

2018 Ford Mustangautoevolution.com

Which new vehicle has you most excited? Let us know in the comments!

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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