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Lexus’ Latest Hybrid Concept Gets More Power And A New Look For Its Sydney Debut

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/lexus-debuts-blue-sports-lf-cc-concept-2012-10

lexus lf-cc concept blue australia

The Paris Motor Show just wrapped up, and now automakers have moved south to Sydney, where the Australian International Motor Show starts tomorrow.

For the occasion, Lexus is continuing its tour of the LF-CC, its high-end hybrid concept. First revealed in Detroit in January, the LF-LC is back with an update.

The latest take on the concept is the LF-LC Blue, a sports version with a new color and a more powerful battery pack and engine to pump out 500 bhp.

Other than that, it’s the same car, but it’s still worth a closer look.

Here’s the LF-LC in red at its Detroit debut.

Not much has changed since then, but it’s still a good looking car.

For Australia, Lexus went with ‘Opal Blue.’

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Apple Announces Siri Integration With Car Companies, Car Companies Say, ‘What?’ (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/apparently-no-one-told-chrysler-that-its-supposed-to-build-siri-into-its-cars-2012-6

Apple car partnerships

One of the most exciting announcements to come from Apple’s developers conference this week was the news that it has partnered with nine automakers to integrate Siri into cars in the next 12 months. But apparently not all of the car companies are on the same page.

Fast Company reached out to each of the nine car companies and found that “just a few” confirmed they are working to add Siri into their cars in that time frame. Others like Audi said it was unsure whether the project is doable in the next 12 months and Toyota said “there are no particular applications planned at this time.”

In fact, Fast Company notes that one car company, Chrysler, didn’t even seem to know about the news when asked.

“We haven’t seen the statements attributed to Apple and we have nothing to announce at this time,” one Chrysler spokesperson told the publication.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 news No Comments

Audi, GM, others unite on 20-minute EV charging standard for green drivers in a rush

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/04/automakers-unite-on-20-minute-ev-charging/

20-minute EV charger

Fast-charging an EV isn’t new in itself, but deciding on a standard for it is. Which is why we’re glad to hear that Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, GM, Porsche and Volkswagen have all agreed to a common format for their EV charging ports, the not-very-elegantly-titled DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System. Together, the automakers are promising a consistent way to power up a car within 15 to 20 minutes, all without breaking a current Type 1 AC charging implementation. The new format will be demoed at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 in Los Angeles starting May 6. Just be aware that your first-generation Focus Electric won’t be certain to use the newly universal technology: the first cars to tout the new plug won’t be at dealerships until 2013, and the European vehicle association ACEA is only guaranteeing that charging stations on the continent will be using the DC Fast Charging system by 2017. Check after the break for a further look at the port.

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