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It's A Repeat, Sort Of, Since BMW i3 EV Won This Award Last Year

BMW i8 plug-in hybrid wins UK Car of the Year Award from British journalists.

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The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship will end with two races held back to back around Battersea Park on the south bank of the River Thames in London.

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Pavegen Tiles Would Even Generate Electricity From Walkers

The design firm Gensler won an award for its proposal called the Underline to convert unused rail tunnels underneath London into routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The pathways would generate some of their own electricity from special tiles that collect the kinetic energy from people walking on them.

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Motorists in England have one more way to worry about getting stopped by the police this spring. The cops are using an unmarked semi to look down on drivers and check for any offenses, like using a cell phone or texting.

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The Lutz Pathfinder is a little electric pod that is among the first autonomous vehicles to be officially tested in public in the UK. It's part of the country's push to support the tech, and the Lutz starts testing in Milton Keynes later this year.

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The European diesel backlash is continuing, as a member of the British government has come out against the popular fuel.

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Prince Charles toured Nissan's Sunderland plant in the UK, where the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is produced.

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Toyota is teasing its new RND Concept with this shadowy image. However, the wait for more information shouldn't be long, as the company is revealing the vehicle on January 26 in the UK. While technically a concept, Toyota claims that pricing, supply and manufacturing are already prepared to put the vehicle on sale. It's all very mysterious.

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Englishman David Silver is building a Honda motorcycle museum in Suffolk, England that will house a collection from the fifties to the nineties - everything from the first Cub F engine from 1952 to the Honda CBR900 RR Fireblade in 1992.

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Honda is offering a predictive cruise control system on the Exectuve Grade CR-V in Europe starting this year. Advancing the capabilities of the present adaptive cruise control, the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) will be able to foresee and automatically react to other vehicles cutting in ahead of you up to five seconds ahead of it happening.

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Englishman Paul Bacon spent 18 months in his back yard building the Cosmotron, with custom bodywork sitting on the bones of a 1998 BMW Z3. It's got six SU carbs. Topped by salt-and-pepper shakers.

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Thanks to the UK's Home Office approving a "drugalyzer" kit last month, roadside drug testing began over the Christmas holiday last year and will be introduced throughout England and Wales this year.

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Two years in development, Hyundai UK partnered with Simon Dixon to open its Hyundai Rockar retail dealership store in Kent, England's Bluewater shopping mall. Akin to Audi and BMW retail stores where people can buy cars in an atmosphere more relaxing than a dealership, Hyundai expects it to be among its top 10 UK dealers by the end of 2015.

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In racing, there are the haves and the have-nots. Marussia is sliding into the latter category, but its demise now means that Haas has a European base of operations for its new American F1 team.

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When is someone happy? When he loses something and finds it again. If that old Yiddish proverb is anything to go by, the guys at Red Bull Racing must be at least a little happy right now, because they've recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from the team's headquarters earlier this month.

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The Veloster, Hyundai's funky, four-door hatchback, has been pulled from the British market after just three years on sale. The blame, as is usually the case in these circumstances, is being placed on slow sales. Auto Express reports that, much like it has in the United States, the Veloster has failed to resonate with both customers and critics.

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Some automotive assembly plants have test tracks on premises. We've even heard of a few that have test tracks on the roof. But at GM's Ellesmere Port factory in the UK, one driver performs his tests inside the factory, and has been doing so for the past half century.

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Give someone a hammer and every problem looks like a nail; hand volunteers radar guns and expect to find a whole lot of speeders – too many in fact. The police in a village in England can't keep up with the paperwork from all of the scofflaws. Now, the cops are asking these folks to stop trying to enforce the speed limit.

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Suzuki might be gone as an automaker in the US, but the brand is still driving along in other parts of the world. In fact, it even has new products in the pipeline and among them is a replacement for the venerable Jimny compact SUV (better known as the Samurai in America).

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They like the Tesla Model S across the Pond, too. The California-made electric vehicle was one of about a dozen models given props by the UK's Next Green Car Awards. And the prizes ran the gamut between conventional, diesel, plug-in and battery-electric powertrains because who doesn't like variety?

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With its razor-sharp wedge shape, high performance and minuscule ride height, the Lamborghini Countach has always been a supercar made to be gawked at and grab attention. Even the model's name supposedly comes from an Italian exclamation. But not all recognition is positive, as is the case with this Lamborghini illegally parked within sight of London's famed Tower Bridge.

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