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Renault-Nissan Unseats VW Group As World’s Largest Automaker

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unseated Volkswagen Group to become the world’s biggest automaker in 2017.

The French-Japanese automotive alliance received a big boost in overall global sales after Nissan acquired a controlling stake in struggling Mitsubishi Motors in 2016.

According to , Nissan’s achieved a record 5.82 million for the year, while Renault contributed 3.76 million and Mitsubishi accounted for 1.03 million for a combined group total of 10.61 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Despite being nudged to second place, the VW Group set a new personal record of 10.53 million vehicles, while a once preeminent Toyota dropped from second to third position with global sales of 10.2 million units (excluding sales of its Hino Motors heavy trucks).

2017 mark the first whole-year sales tally for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands. Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault-Nissan, has promised to achieve around $12 billion in cost savings between all alliance members by 2022 and expects to raise combined annual sales volumes to 14 million units.

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Tesla Model S Emits More CO2 Than Mitsubishi Mirage

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The common belief that electric cars are more eco-friendly than conventional, gas-powered cars is not entirely founded, with a new study finding that the Telsa Model S actually emits more carbon dioxide (C02) than the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the study looked at the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the Mirage, the Model S, and the BMW 750i xDrive over the course of their respective life cycles, examining the energy required to build each car, keep it fueled up with either gasoline or electricity, and recycle it.

The Mitsubishi Mirage came out on top, emitting 192 grams of CO2 per kilometer compared to the Model S’ 226 grams and the BMW’s 385 grams.

According to British magazine , the Model S had an upper hand because the study placed it in the American Midwest, a region where electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, undoubtedly lowering its CO2 emissions. That still wasn’t enough to beat the Mirage.

Yes, electric cars emit virtually zero CO2; however, the mining and processing of lithium to use in their battery packs is a “high-impact undertaking’ that pollutes. Considering that the bigger the car, the more minerals it needs, the small Nissan Leaf might have fared better than the Mirage had it been included in the study, while the Model X would have performed even worse than the Model S.

The researchers careful to point out that the study doesn’t mean electric cars are bad for the environment, stating “Both hybrid and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars in… emissions-intensive locations.”

Even so, so much for the “clean car” theory tossed around by automakers and government officials…

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New, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is Not the Eclipse You Expected

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Remember that once-hot sports car that Mitsubishi made during the 90s and early 2000s? Well, it’s back, but don’t get too excited.

Some of you would call it an abomination, but the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a reflection of an age when crossovers and SUVs rule the roost at the determent of sedans, minivans and sports coupes.

In other words, you’ll have to live with the fact that the Eclipse is now a compact crossover and not the hot coupe you expected, one aimed at the likes of the new Nissan Rogue Sport and Jeep Compass.

Stylistically inspired by the XR-PHEV II concept that was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Eclipse Cross tries to capture some of the youthful essence of its predecessors with an aggressive X-shaped front fascia, a rakish C-pillar that gives it a coupe-like profile, and a large roof-mounted spoiler.

It looks different, to say the least, and you can expect future Mitsubishi vehicles to borrow many of its polarizing styling cues.

In North America, the Eclipse Cross will be offered with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an all-wheel drive system that comes standard. Sales begin in the second half of 2017.

Are you happy with the direction Mitsubishi took with the Eclipse? Would you consider buying the Eclipse Cross? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Top 3 Future Classic Cars – 2016 Edition

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2016 has been a good year for cars — manufacturers have managed to deliver impressive performance, refinement, and innovation, so the odds are that many of this year’s models will be future classics, ones to be remembered for decades to come.

We’ve put together a list of what we think are the top 3 strongest contenders for classic car status, and with 2016 now at an end, you can expect to see many of them in the showrooms of used dealers like . Those looking for a deal should swoop in before demand peaks.

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3. BMW 1 Series M

Engineered with maneuverability in mind, the BMW 1 Series M focuses on suspension and handling over a lot of the optional infotainment features that are often touted as a selling point these days. But it’s the real motoring enthusiasts who decide what’s a classic, and in the end the thing that stands out the most to developed tastes is the quality of the craftsmanship and the driving experience. It’s no surprise that the first run of this model sold out as quickly as it did and it’s worth keeping an eye peeled in case any turn up in future, as demand is likely to be high. The 1 Series M is practically a classic already.

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2. Nissan GT-R

As some Japanese cars reach a certain age, sometimes shines through, and the Nissan GT-R — with its truly stunning levels of performance — is the perfect example. This is a popular racetrack model, so scarcity might give unmodified examples a lot of extra value in the future. Pick up a recent model or one of the 2017 model years, keep it in good condition, and you’ll see the value soar over time.

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1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi’s offerings from the 60s and 70s are beginning to bring in large profits at auction, and there’s no doubt that the now-discontinued Lancer Evolution (or affectionately just the Evo) will continue that trend well into the future. With the power of a heavy-duty rally car compressed into a compact and stylish sedan, a distinct look, and limited manufacturing runs, you’re definitely looking at a future classic.

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