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Artega Automobil GmbH & Co. KG was a German sports car manufacturer based in Delbrück, Germany. Founded by Klaus Dieter Frers in 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy in July 2012.

The Artega GT is a German sports car first released at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was previously thought that another sports car producer was the last thing that the auto industry needed given the economic downturn of late 2008 and early 2009 in which new car sales decreased cataclysmically, but Klaus Dieter Frers, producer of Artega, announced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that Artega was investing in a possible concept vehicle that included solar powered drivetrain-engine. Frers, with help from Henrik Fisker who also designed the Aston Martin DB9, wants to compete with Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma, both electric luxury vehicles. The price tag of the Artega GT is at €74,948 or $104,000 in Germany with taxes. The car is powered by a VW 300 Hp 3.6 liter VR6 direct-injection engine located right behind the driver and produces maximum torque of 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 2400/min. The Artega GT is weighted at 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) without passenger. Artega claimed that the GT could sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds and with a top speed of more than 270 km/h (168 mph). The Artega GT Coupe borrows styling from both Porsche and Ferrari. Artega Automobil has a close relationship with Volkswagen (March 2008). In 2010, Artega had one model set for production, the Artega GT. 

On January 25, 2010, Artega was purchased in whole by Mexican investment firm Tresalia Capital. With change of control Dr.-Ing- Wolfgang Ziebart (Former Head of Continental AG and Infineon AG) is now CEO of the Artega. Klaus Frers left the company at the same time.

In March 2011, Artega unveiled an electric version, called the Artega SE (for Sports Electric). It has a motor of 280 kW (380 hp), and a 310 kg (683 lb) water-cooled battery of 37 kWh at 350 Volt. It weighs in at 1,400 kg (3,086 lb), more than the engine version, but accelerates slightly faster. Range is between 200 and 300 km, depending on driving style. Artega says that the price will be 150,000 euro (approx. US$212,500).

As of September 30, 2012, Artega ceased production of the GT.

At the IAA in Frankfurt 2015 Artega showed two new cars. The fully electric sports car Artega Scalo and the ATV-like Karo, also a fully electric vehicle.

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ABT Sportsline is a motor racing and auto tuning company based in Kempten im Allgäu, Germany. ABT mainly deals with Audi and the related primary Volkswagen Group brands—Volkswagen, Škoda, and SEAT—modifying them by using sports-type suspensions, engine power upgrades, lightweight wheels, aerodynamic components and more. It has been active in DTM for more than a decade. After the death of their father Johann in 2003, the company with 170 employees in their headquarters in Kempten was run by the brothers Hans-Jürgen Abt (born 1962, Managing Director) and Christian Abt. Since 2011, Hans-Jürgen Abt has run the company.

Starting in 2014, they run a team under the Audi Sport banner in the FIA Formula E Championship for drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt. At the 2014 Beijing ePrix, di Grassi became the first driver to win an open-wheel motorsport race in an all-electric car. Ultimately, the team finished third in the first teams' championship.

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Tesla Motors, Inc. is a California-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA After 10 years, Tesla posted profits for the first time during the first quarter of 2013.

Tesla Motors gained widespread attention by producing the Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car,followed by the Model S, a fully electric luxury sedan.

Tesla also markets electric powertrain components, including lithium-ion battery packs, to other automakers, including Daimler and Toyota.Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has said he envisions Tesla as an independent automaker,aimed at eventually mass-producing fully electric cars at a price affordable to the average consumer.

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The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg. While its core activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment, Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems and financial services. In 2016, it was the world’s second largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks.

Although often conflated with the luxury vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars, also based in Gothenburg, the two firms have been independent since AB Volvo sold Volvo Cars to Ford Motor Company in 1999. Volvo Cars has been owned since 2010 by the Geely Holding Group, a Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company. Both AB Volvo and Volvo Cars share the Volvo logo and cooperate in running the Volvo Museum.

The company first listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1935 and it was also listed on other NASDAQ indices from 1985 to June 2007.

Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of SKF, the ball bearing manufacturer; however the Volvo Group and Volvo Cars consider themselves to have been officially founded on 14 April 1927, when the first car, the Volvo ÖV 4 series, nicknamed as "Jakob", rolled out of the factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg.

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Vauxhall Motors is one of the oldest established vehicle manufacturers and distribution companies in Great Britain and has its headquarters in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. It is a subsidiary of the German company Opel Automobile GmbH which is part of Groupe PSA since 1st August, 2017.

In March 2017 GM agreed to sell its interests in Vauxhall and Opel to the French automotive giant Groupe PSA (which manufactures vehicles under the Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands), ending a 90-year association with the company. Vauxhall sells passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Vauxhall marque; in the past it has also sold buses and trucks under the Bedford brand. Vauxhall has been the second-largest-selling car brand in the UK for more than two decades.

Vauxhall was founded by Alexander Wilson in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer. It was bought in 1863 by Andrew Betts Brown who began producing travelling cranes. It was he who named it Vauxhall Iron Works.It began manufacturing cars in 1903. It was acquired by GM in 1925.Bedford Vehicles was established as a subsidiary of Vauxhall in 1930 to manufacture commercial vehicles. Having previously been a luxury car brand, after the Second World War Vauxhall became increasingly mass-market. Since 1980, Vauxhall products have been largely identical to those of Opel, GM's former German subsidiary, and most models are principally engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany.During the 1980s the Vauxhall brand was withdrawn from sale in all countries apart from the UK, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. At various times during its history, Vauxhall has been active in motorsports, including rallying and the British Touring Car Championship.

Vauxhall has major manufacturing facilities in Luton (commercial vehicles, IBC Vehicles) and Ellesmere Port, UK (passenger cars). The Luton plant currently employs around 900 staff and has a capacity of approximately 100,000 units.The Ellesmere Port plant currently employs around 1,880 staff and has a capacity of approximately 187,000 units.A high proportion of Vauxhall-branded vehicles sold in the UK are produced at Opel factories in Germany, Spain and Poland, and roughly 80% of Vauxhall production is exported, most of which is sold under the Opel brand.

Notable former Vauxhall production cars include the Viva, Victor, Chevette and Cavalier. The current Vauxhall car range includes the Adam (city car), Viva (city car), Astra (small family car), Cascada (convertible), Corsa (supermini), Insignia (large family car), Crossland X (subcompact crossover SUV), Mokka (subcompact SUV) and Zafira Tourer (large MPV). Vauxhall sells high-performance versions of some of its models under the VXR sub-brand.

In April 2017 Vauxhall was called reckless by a "Select Committee" of British MPs as it allowed customers to continue driving vehicles after a fire risk was identified.

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Zenvo or Zenvo Automotive is a Danish sports car company located near Viby on the Danish island of Zealand. It is managed by Jesper Jensen, the founder and financier, and Troels Vollertsen, the car performance expert. The brand is based on a combination of their names.Zenvo ST1 from Retrieved 18 December 2008.

Zenvo Automotive was founded in 2004. The prototype was completed in December 2008 and is in the final phase of testing before production begins in 2009.Zenvo to Produce “Real Supercar with Excessive Power”. Motor Trend December 17, 2008.The designation of the car is Zenvo ST1. Only 15 cars are to be built and will be sold to approved customers.Zenvo Automotive site. Retrieved 18 December 2008.

The Zenvo is a high performance sports car. While power is available through its supercharger and turbo, it will still be drivable for everyday use. Its 7-litre V8 engine will achieve 1,104 hp (823 kW) at 6,900 rpm and 1,430 N·m (1,050 lb·ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Indeed, according to The Motor Report, recent tests returned a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds, while 0-200 km/h took only 8.9 seconds.Zenvo ST1: Denmark’s Very Own Veyron? from The Motor Report, December 18, 2008.

Despite its power and large alloy wheels, the car is small, at just 15.3 ft (4.7 m) long, 6.7 ft (2.0 m) wide, and 3.9 ft (1.2 m) tall. It weighs just over 3,020 lb (1,370 kg) thanks to carbon fiber body panels.

Zenvo offers keyless entry, satellite navigation, power telescoping steering wheel, and leather electrically adjustable racing seats.Danish firm Zenvo Automotive unveils 1,100hp ST1 supercar. MotorAuthority, December 16, 2008.