With the New Year passed, and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit right around the corner, there are some new vehicles in the press, and many of those vehicles feature new technology and designs. This week, alternative powertrain vehicles are in the news, starting things off with BMW and Lexus. Uber, Tesla, Infiniti, Porsche and the 2017 U.S. auto sales numbers ended the week. Check out all the stories below and click through to the ones that pique your interest.

BMW 7-Series Plug-in Hybrid Gets Updates for 2019

BMW 7-Series Plug-in hybrid updates for 2019

BMW’s 7-Series plug-in hybrid is known as the 740e, but that is about to change due to some updates to the vehicle’s powertrain and technology for the 2019 model year. The next 7-Series plug-in hybrid will be the 745e and have more oomph from the electric motor that helps propel this car down the road smoothly.

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Lexus Slashes 2018 RX Hybrid Prices

Lexus price cuts on RX450h

Lexus decided, shockingly, to reduce the price of its RX450h and RX450h F Sport vehicles by over $7,000. This price cut does not extend to the non-hybrid models. That should make people considering alternatives to the RX think twice. While it’s still a pretty penny, for a rather large crossover of the RX’s caliber, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

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Will SoftBank Help Uber’s Business and Image?

Softbank group teams up with uber

Uber has had tons of bad press over the last year, and it’s now under new leadership. One of the first new moves for the company is to sell a significant portion of its shares to SoftBank and expand its board of directors. A new Uber seems to be on the horizon. It will be interesting to see how things shake out in the future.

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Tesla Model 3 Production Improves But Still Badly Lagging

Tesla model 3 production still lags

We wanted the Tesla Model 3 to be a major success, really, we did. However, it seems that the electric car company is struggling with its most affordable model. Tesla failed to reach its predicted production numbers in 2017, and while things are off to a bit of a better start for 2018, there are still plenty of articles to overcome.

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The Infiniti Q Inspiration May Return to the Original Q45’s Greatness

infiniti Q inspiration could return the brand to greatness

Infiniti’s greatest sedan ever was the original Q45. It had advanced (for the time) engineering and technology, and interesting exterior and a classy, yet simple, interior. Since that car, Infiniti has had some good cars, but nothing on the same level. Hopefully, the new Q Inspiration concept car that is set to appear in Detroit will be the brand’s next big thing.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Leaked Ahead of Detroit Debut

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class leaked images

Mercedes-Benz has an all-new G-Class for the 2019 model year, and the company plans to officially unveil the SUV at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ahead of its scheduled debut, images of the squared-off luxury ride surfaced, and it looks great. It keeps its classic styling while updating the suspension, frame, interior, and engine options. 

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