Crazy concepts merge Apple products with popular car models

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Apple Car: Hyundai Ioniq Electric x Apple Mouse
It’s a car. It’s a mouse. It’s a mashup of a car and a mouse. But it’s probably not the Apple Car.
Concept: LeaseFetcher

It’s an open secret that an Apple Car is on the drawing board, but no one has a clue what it’ll look like. A new collection of concept designs doesn’t make serious suggestions but takes the idea for a fun spin. The designs combine popular car models with Apple products

Take a look at what they dreamed up.

Not so fast: Apple car relationship with Kia may be revving up again

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Apple's partner on the Apple Car project could be Kia. Again.
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The will-they-won’t-they drama involving Apple and Kia’s possible team-up to build an Apple car is on again.

Shares in the automaker rose by up to 8.1% Friday, after rumors abounded that there is still a chance that they will work with Apple on an electric vehicle. Even if it turns out to be a slightly different vehicle to the one some are expecting.

Bye, Hyundai! Nissan looks like ‘most likely’ Apple car partner now

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Apple's next manufacturing partner?
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Nissan is the latest automaker mentioned as a possible manufacturing partner to produce the rumored Apple car.

Makoto Uchida, Nissan’s CEO, was asked about teaming with Apple at a press conference Tuesday. Uchida responded that Nissan should be looking to “work with companies that are knowledgeable, with good experience, through partnership and collaboration,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

That’s not exactly a “yes,” but it’s certainly not a “no,” either.

E-GMP: A look at the Hyundai electric vehicle platform that (may have) caught Apple’s eye

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Hyundai's E-GMP platform is like a Lego base for electrical vehicles.
Hyundai's E-GMP platform is like a Lego base for electrical vehicles.
Photo: Hyundai

According to the latest news, talks between Hyundai and Apple may have stalled. Still, if things start up again, the South Korean automaker’s E-GMP platform could be key to Apple’s ambitions to build an electric vehicle.

Hyundai’s promising E-GMP platform has a lot to love.

Apple and Hyundai reportedly hit the brakes on Apple car relationship

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The idea of working with Apple to build a car reportedly makes some Hyundai execs nervous.
Apple had supposedly been working with Hyundai on its electric, self-driving vehicle.
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Apple and Hyundai may have had the business equivalent of a high school relationship in the past few weeks. First they were just friends, then going steady, and now they appear to have broken up — and Apple’s got the hots for someone else. All on a suitably compressed timeline, of course.

Bloomberg reported the breakup Sunday, saying Apple has paused discussions with Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors about building an electric car. Apple’s now supposedly talking to other automobile companies about a possible deal.

Kia and Apple build up supply chain for rumored Apple car

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"Supply chains assemble!"
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Kia reportedly started contacting potential partners in Georgia about working on the Apple car, The Wall Street Journal says.

This is the latest development as Apple and Kia parent company Hyundai supposedly prepare to team up in a $3.6 billion deal to build a self-driving electric vehicle. Kia reportedly could manufacture as many as 100,000 Apple cars per year.

Apple gears up to sign $3.6 billion deal with Kia to build Apple Car

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Cars could then hit the road by 2024.
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Apple could be poised to sign a $3.6 billion deal with Kia Motors to build Apple Car, Bloomberg reports Wednesday, citing Korean news outlet DongA Ilbo.

The report says Apple and Kia, which is owned by Hyundai, could sign a deal as soon as February 17. It would then aim to “introduce Apple cars in 2024,” with a possible target of produce 100,000 electric vehicles per year, according to DongA Ilbo.

Apple car could finally hit the road in 2025, but it won’t be cheap

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Making a car could produce a massive windfall for Apple.
Ming-Chi Kuo offers more details about Apple car in his latest report.
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An Apple car could ship in 2025, and will be “positioned as a very high-end” model in terms of pricing, claims TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo doesn’t give a dollar figure. But he writes that the sticker price, as well as the cost of Apple car components, will come in much higher than a those for a regular electric vehicle.

Hyundai execs reportedly worry that Apple Car partnership could damage automaker’s brand

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The idea of working with Apple to build a car reportedly makes some Hyundai execs nervous.
The idea of working with Apple to build a car reportedly makes some Hyundai execs nervous.
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Hyundai executives are reportedly split on whether the South Korean automaker should partner with Apple to build an electric car. Their concerns, which are supposedly “dimming the outlook” for a deal, apparently center on fears that Hyundai could become simply a contract manufacturer for Cupertino.

Hyundai could pass Apple Car collaboration off to Kia

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Apple's partner on the Apple Car project could be Kia.
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Hyundai’s Kia Corporation will reportedly be the company responsible for working with Apple on the electric, self-driving Apple Car project, a new report states.

As per the South Korean news outlet, eDaily, “If Kia decides to do this, the Apple Car production base will be at Kia’s Georgia plant in the US.”