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Nissan Readies GT-R50 Hypercar

Nissan will begin deliveries of its upcoming GT-R50 hypercar by the end of 2020.

Pirelli Demos 5G-Enabled Tire

Italy’s Pirelli & Co. has tested a tire that uses an embedded 5G-chip to transmit road data back to the vehicle and other road users.

Mobility

Audi Suspends Work on Pop.Up Air Taxi

Audi AG has suspended work with aerospace giant Airbus on its Pop.Up air taxi project and says it has redirected its urban air mobility plans.

Design

Genesis Hires Former Lambo Designer

Hyundai Motor Co. has appointed Filippo Perini to head its Genesis luxury brand’s advanced design studio in Europe.

Design

Italdesign Aims to License Design of DaVinci Concept

Italian design specialist Italdesign unit says its DaVinci concept electric car is near-production ready and aims to license the design to one of Volkswagen AG’s brands or to another carmaker.

Nissan Readies 50th Anniversary GT-R Hypercar

Nissan Motor Co. has released images of the €990,000 ($1.1 million) GT-R50 hypercar that the company developed in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its GT-R muscle car.

Quality

Audi, Airbus Test Flying Taxi Prototype

Audi AG and Airbus SE tested a one-fourth size prototype of their Pop.Up next flying car concept at this week’s Amsterdam Drone Week conference.  

Economics

Vietnam Startup Gets $950 Million Credit Line

Vietnamese startup VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Co. Ltd. has arranged a $950 million line of credit to help launch its first model in 2019, Reuters reports.

New VinFast Models Repurpose Old Bimmer Platforms

Vietnam-based VinFast’s first vehicles, a midsize car and SUV/crossover, will be based on BMW AG’s previous-generation 5 Series sedan and X5 crossover, respectively.

VinFast Readies Two Luxury Models

Vietnam-based VinFast plans to unveil a pair of production ready luxury models—a sedan and crossover/SUV—at the Paris auto show in October.

Quality

Audi, Airbus Team Approved for Flying Car Tests

Audi AG and Airbus SE signed a letter of intent with various German government authorities that would allow the partners to test their Pop.Up Next flying car concept in Ingolstadt.

Autonomous Vehicles

VW, Apple Partner on Autonomous Vehicle Project

Apple Inc. has signed a deal with Volkswagen AG to convert VW T6 Transporter vans into self-driving electric shuttles, The New York Times reports.

Design

VinFast: A Vietnamese Auto Startup Living Up to Its Name

A Vietnamese start-up auto company is doing what it name implies: VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited is going exceedingly fast in vehicle development.

Business

Flying Car Flight of Fancy Gets Real

People have been dreaming about flying cars since the early days of the auto and aircraft industries.

Mobility

Report: Airbus, Italdesign Developing Flying Car Concept

Volkswagen AG’s Italdesign unit and Airbus Group are developing a concept vehicle with a passenger pod that can separate from the rest of the vehicle and be airlifted over traffic by a drone, Automotive News reports.

VW to Show Italdesign Supercar in Geneva

Volkswagen AG’s Italdesign unit will unveil an unspecified supercar at next month’s Geneva auto show.

Hybrid

Chinese Startup Teams with Italian Partners on Turbine-Electric Supercar

Beijing-based Techrules is partnering with two Italian companies— GFG Progetti and L.M. Gianetti—to develop a production version of the 1,030-hp turbine-electric GT96 hybrid concept car it unveiled at this year’s Geneva auto show, Automotive News reports.

Connectivity

VW, LG Partner on Connected-Car Platform

Volkswagen AG and LG Electronics Inc. have agreed to co-develop a communications platform that will enable vehicles to swap data with their surroundings.

Hybrid

China’s NextEV Readies Electric Supercar

NextEV Inc., a startup founded by Chinese billionaire William Li in 2014, plans to unveil its first model—an all-electric supercar—by year-end.   

Design

Giugiaros Launch New Design Studio

Legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio have formed a new company called GFG Design (Giorgetto-Fabrizio-Giugiaro) and are working on three new projects for two different carmakers.

Sales

VW Names New Group Chiefs for Research, Design, Product Development, Production and Sales

Volkswagen AG has named new executives to head operations responsible for research, design, product development, manufacturing and sales.

Design

Lambo Design Chief to Head Italdesign

Filippo Perini has been named the new design director of Volkswagen AG's Italdesign engineering and design unit.

Design

Giugiaro Quits Design Firm He Founded

Legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro has quit as head of the Italdesign Giugiaro SpA firm he founded in 1968.

Design

Audi Design Chief Quitting This Month

Wolfgang Egger, chief designer for Volkswagen AG's Audi and Lamborghini units for the past six years, is leaving his job at the end of December, according to today's Auto Bild.