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  • Cadillac unveils Elmiraj at Pebble Beach

    Long rumoured to have a rear-wheel drive concept car planned for the festivities around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance in northern California, Cadillac came through with the Elmiraj. With an exterior designed by Niki Smart – credited with Cadillac’s Ciel convertible concept of 2011, also unveiled at Pebble Beach – the Elmiraj makes use of a 500hp 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The car, which is about 10in longer than the 2014 CTS sedan, hints at a rear-wheel-drive production vehicle being developed by Cadillac, the brand said. (Photo: General Motors)

  • Audi previews 700hp Quattro concept

    Sketches of what is tipped to be a gasoline-electric hybrid concept emerged this week, based stylistically on the Quattro concept car of 2010. The new concept is expected to debut on 10 September at the Frankfurt motor show, with the 4-litre V8 engine used throughout the Audi range, supplemented by an electric motor of unknown capacity. (Photo: Audi)

  • Porsche posts 918 Spyder to Twitter

    The German automaker took to Twitter to show the latest version of its long-gestating 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar. The 918, which is scheduled to begin shipping to buyers in coming months, had previously been shown only wearing camouflage or motorsport-inspired paint schemes. Producing over 800hp and capable of exceeding 200mph, the open-top hypercar is to be displayed in and around Monterey, California, through 18 August in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance. (Photo: Porsche Cars North America)

  • BMW previews M4

    Having killed off the 3 Series coupe – and with it, the high-performance M3 – in favour of creating a dedicated 4 Series, BMW released the first renderings and information for the coming M4. Though performance and mechanical statistics have not been released, the Concept M4 Coupe bears a carbon-fibre-reinforced-polymer (CFRP) roof, carbon ceramic brakes and, relative to the recently introduced 4 Series Coupe, more aggressive front and rear sculpturing. The Concept M4 Coupe will be on display throughout the collector-car festivities this weekend around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance. (Photo: BMW Group)

  • Ford downgrades MPG of C-Max in US

    Faced with class-action lawsuits from C-Max owners who claim that the hybrid has not achieved its as-advertised fuel economy rating, Ford Motor has taken the unorthodox step of nullifying the vehicle’s EPA-estimated figures. Beginning in December, 2014-model-year C-Max hybrids will carry a combined fuel-economy rating of 43mpg, not the 47mpg figure it initially carried. To make amends, Ford is sending checks for $550 to C-Max owners to cover the difference between projected and actual fuel economy. (Photo: Ford Motor)

  • Simon Cox hired on at Infiniti

    Designer of some of the most radical concept and production cars of the last 15 years, Simon Cox has been retained by Infiniti to head the Nissan luxury subsidiary’s London design studios. Cox, who is credited with the Isuzu VehiCross off-roader as well as the Cadillac Converj and Cien concepts, will report to Alfonso Albaisa, the brand’s Hong-Kong-based design director. Infiniti has hit with some stunning concept cars in the past few years – the Emerg-E chief among them – but has had difficulty translating those styling successes in the showroom. (Photo: Nissan)

  • Topsy-turvy at LeMons

    The 24 Hours of LeMons, a tongue-in-cheek race series that mandates a $500 spending cap for each car, fielded an upside-down mid-1990s Chevrolet Camaro for its latest instalment at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Campaigned by Team Speedycop, the Camaro did not outright win the timed race, but came away with the weekend’s $601 grand prize, known in series as the Index of Effluency award, paid entirely in nickels. (Photo: 24 Hours of LeMons)