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China blacklists Faraday Future founder over debts

China put Faraday Future founder Jia Yueting on a list of defaulters, China Daily reports. He owes at least $70.2 million. An earlier report suggests the company doesn't have enough money to survive another month.   


Alpine begins A110 production

Alpine has started building the A110, its first car since the mid-1990s, in its historic Dieppe, France, factory. The company invested over 35 million euros (about $41 million) into the facility to build the Porsche Cayman-fighting coupe.   


Final McLaren Senna sells for $2.67M

McLaren sold the final Senna build slot for $2.67 million. The proceeds from sale will be donated to charity. To put that figure into perspective, the other 499 examples of the sold-out supercar retailed for about $1 million each.   


Toyota, Panasonic could form battery joint-venture

Toyota and Panasonic are considering creating a joint-venture to produce prismatic batteries. They also want to collaborate on solid-state batteries, according to Autocar.   


British insurer offers discount for Tesla owners

British insurance provider Direct Line is offering Tesla owners a five-percent discount when they use the brand's AutoPilot system. The company told Reuters it's encouraging use of the system while aiding research, so it presumably examines driving data.   


Volkswagen confirms two new crossovers

Volkswagen will expand its North American line-up with two new crossovers. The first will be a coupe-like model, while the second will slot below the long-wheelbase Tiguan, according to Autoblog.   


New Audi A8 gets Sport package

Audi has released a Sport appearance package for the brand-new A8. It adds more muscular-looking bumpers on both ends, specific alloy wheels, and side skirts. It's an indication of which direction the company will take the next S8 in.   


Watch an Audi SQ7 race a Porsche Panamera

Top Gear recently staged an unlikely drag race: an Audi SQ7 against a Porsche Panamera. Both cars use an evolution of the same basic 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged diesel, but the SQ7 benefits from an electric compressor that virtually eliminates turbo lag. It's also a lot heavier; who wins?


Fiat Punto gets zero stars in Euro NCAP test

The Fiat Punto received a zero-star rating in the Euro NCAP's crash test. "The aging supermini is outclassed by every car tested in recent history and becomes Euro NCAP's first car ever to be awarded zero stars," the NCAP wrote in a statement.   


Mercedes-Benz confirms 2019 G-Class for Detroit debut

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed we'll see the brand-new 2019 G-Class next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Look for more details about the comprehensively updated model in the coming weeks.