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BMW will hope to cap­i­talise on the halo ef­fect of its i8, with a new breathed-on i3s. As well as re­veal­ing a new look for the stan­dard model and range ex­ten­der, BMW un­cov­ered a tuned ver­sion with 181bhp, lower sus­pen­sion and sportier looks. Also avail­able in range ex­ten­der mode, with a petrol en­gine act­ing as a gen­er­a­tor to recharge the bat­tery, the i3s will hit 60mph in 6.7 sec­onds.


Driv­ers will be able to look for­ward to a fully au­ton­o­mous op­tion of the Smart car with zero emis­sions if the maker gives its Vi­sion EQ con­cept the green light. Smart says that by 2030 most peo­ple will share own­er­ship of ve­hi­cles, like this con­cept car, rather than own them and it is heav­ily in­vest­ing in its Car2Go pro­gramme to cater for the de­mand.


The CR-V is the first vol­ume hy­brid model from Honda since the Jazz. It fea­tures a 2.0-litre iVTEC petrol en­gine and two elec­tric mo­tors – one pow­ers the front wheels, an­other acts as a range ex­ten­der to recharge the bat­ter­ies. It works out how to use fuel and elec­tric en­ergy the most ef­fi­ciently, switch­ing be­tween EV, hy­brid and en­gine drive when needed.

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