BMW aims for Tesla as car giant begins mass i4 production
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The carmaker is striving to compete with Tesla by not using so much aluminium. BMW want half its new cars to be electric by 2023.
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France's inaugural "gigafactory" is perceived as a critical milestone in the transition towards a green economy, given that the EU is set to prohibit the sale of petrol cars beginning in 2035. In anticipation of this deadline, both France and Europe aim to lessen their reliance on Chinese suppliers, who have enjoyed a lead of over a decade.
Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla, is making a visit to China this week. As the electric vehicle company's second-largest market and a crucial player in its supply chain, the country holds significant importance for Tesla. After a meeting with the Chinese foreign minister, Musk was reported to have expressed his opposition to the idea of "decoupling" the world's two leading economies.
Russian wine suppliers have been facing difficulties due to EU sanctions. But Putin's favorite vintners have been trying to import material from Portugal and France through third-party countries.
Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro has recreated the 'lost' design of the Pony Coupe for Hyundai almost 50 years after the original sketch.
The Central African Republic is confident that its July 30 referendum will go ahead. Russia's Wagner mercenaries have been contracted to provide security. Analysts consider this an overt act of political interference.
Wiesmann is known for combining German engineering and design with British style, but the automaker hasn't released a new model for almost a decade. That's until Project Thunderball, a new EV that signifies the company's re-entry into the market.
Justice Minister Kiri Allan was charged with reckless driving and offered her resignation after speaking with the prime minister. Allan acknowledged she needed to take care of her mental health.
Salvage crews are waiting for temperatures to subside before attempting to board the burning freighter drifting in the North Sea. The Dutch government says the risk of an oil spill is low.
After several days of continued burning in the North Sea, the Fremantle Highway has been towed to port. Salvage work is slated to begin shortly.
The EU's statistical agency said Germany was the bloc's top beer producer, whereas the Netherlands was the top exporter. The majority of the EU's beer was exported in 2022 to the UK.
The amendments could see President Touadera seek a third term. The referendum was boycotted by civil rights groups and the main opposition, who decried the lack of an updated electoral register.
The German carmaker Volkswagen has clawed back the lead in domestic electric car sales from US competitor Tesla. However, both auto brands finished well ahead of their third place market rival.
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The next Olympic host nation has been embroiled in a debate around head coverings, even though no high-level French athletes wear them. It has become an increasingly thorny subject in a number of sports.
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France's ambassador to Niger has left the country amid a deterioration of relations between the West African country's new military rulers and the former colonial power.
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Britain has given the go-ahead to the development of Rosebank in the North Sea. Located 130 kilometres northwest of the Shetland Islands, it's the largest untapped oil field in the UK and is estimated to contain up to 300 million barrels of crude. The government argues Rosebank will help bolster Britain's energy security, but environmental groups disagree. Plus, in a major blow to TikTok, Indonesia has banned trading of goods on social media platforms, saying it’s harming millions of physical retailers.
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The West African country's military government — which seized power from a different junta a year ago — said it has detained four people for attempting a coup.
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Hundreds of Russian soldiers have deserted, but many do not have passports and are trying to get to safety in the West for fear of extradition. DW spoke to three of them.