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  • Is this the best 24 Hours of Daytona finish ever?: the motorsport roundup

    We might've missed last weekend's motorsport action, but this weekend will definitely make up for it. MotoGP is back in session (if you consider testing important), the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was also run this weekend, with drivers from across America and the rest of the world running at the famous tri-oval. And finally, we roundup the news and results from one of motorsport's most famous events, the first round of the WRC Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo. MotoGP: Loris Baz has ridiculous shunt at 290km/h It's bad crashing on a bike at any speed, but at 290km/h? Just ask Loris Baz. The...

  • VW is actually building its BUDD-e concept

    A little while back, we told you about the BUDD-e concept that Volkswagen unveiled at the Cosumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas back in January. Well the embattled carmaker this week announced plans to actually build out. Built to be a contemporary replacement for the German company's legendary microbus, the BUDD-e is built on a new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) designed specifically for plug-in vehicles and built with the Internet of Things firmly in mind. Originally designed to show what will be possible in the next three to four years, when it anticipates that electric cars will have...

  • Vintage goes green: Morgans to be electric, hybrid by 2019

    If I asked you to picture a typical Morgan driver, you'd probably imagine someone with a predilection for tweed and a fear of anything remotely "new-fangled". But it turns out the bespoke British marque isn't afraid of a little innovation. In fact, you may well be able to lay your hands on an electric Morgan by as soon as 2019. Electric 3 wheeler soon, rest 2019? https://t.co/jbSiVPl4n6— Charles Morgan UK (@charlesmorganuk) February 1, 2016 According to Jalopnik, Morgan's bid to go electric is part of an US$8.6 million partnership its struck with British government. To pull off its bid...

  • Is the Hyundai Ioniq the hybrid to finally topple the Toyota Prius?

    The hybrid is no longer an unusual automobile. But, interestingly, the vast majority of the world’s modern examples are based on existing, conventionally fuelled models. Yes, these days, you can have a hybrid version of everything from a BMW X5 or Volvo XC90 to a Ford Fusion or even a Toyota Yaris. Indeed, what’s rather more rare is a hybrid that takes the form of a standalone model. Honda tried it with the Insight, which lasted a couple of generations. Chevrolet is still trying with the Volt, which does things a little differently by treating its petrol engine as...

  • Opel thinks its GT Concept is the future of sports cars

    Meet the latest concept from Opel. Set to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, running from 3 to 13 March 2016, the German manufacturer reckons it's the future of sports cars. According to Opel, the front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive GT Concept is a direct descendant of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept and represents the next step forward in its design philosophy. As is the case with many concept cars unveiled over the past few years (and approximately none on the road), the GT Concept features no door handles or wing mirrors. "We are taking...

  • 5 things I learned taking the Suzuki Vitara on holiday

    Late last year, we gave you our first impressions of the Suzuki Vitara, the new compact crossover from the Japanese manufacturer. By and large, our feelings towards the Vitara were positive, but it's not easy to fully get to grips with a car in a single day. Fortunately, my time with the Vitara wasn't limited to a single launch trip. During my recent end-of-year holidays, spent in KwaZulu-Natal, I was given a couple of weeks with the compact crossover. Here's what I learned: 1. It battles up steep hills Most of the time, the Vitara's 1.5l engine has more...

  • Audi: fully autonomous cars still at least a decade away

    While Elon Musk is having to curb Tesla owners from being overly exuberant with their autopilot functionality, Audi thinks we're still a decade away from fully autonomous cars. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Audi USA president Scott Keogh expressed the belief that we won't see a fully autonomous car on the market for at least 10 years. That appears to fly in the face of Musk's assertion that an autonomous car will drive across the US in the next two to three years and Nissan's plans to launch an autonomous car by 2020. But, as Keogh...

  • The 8 safest cars crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2015

    Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when the crash-crazy folks over at Euro NCAP reveal their annual list of “Best in Class” vehicles. Keen to learn which models tested in 2015 topped their respective segments? Well, then read on – but bear in mind that Euro NCAP does not profess to assess every variant of every new car to hit the market. Instead, it aims to provide a broad range of useful information to consumers. In fact, this year it focussed on 40 vehicles. As before, each vehicle’s overall score comprises ratings in four specific areas: adult...

  • Yup, drones can now autonomously land on moving cars

    If you find anything to do with autonomous drones scary, look away now. Not content with being able to do everything a human pilot can do -- at a fraction of the cost and danger -- it's now possible for drones to land autonomously on top of moving cars. Admittedly, the car does need a giant net on the roof but there are other potentially big pay-offs. According to the researchers at the German Aerospace Center who pulled the stunt off, a moving landing on top of a car means that you can ditch a drone's landing gear and...

  • GM gets ready to take on Uber with new Maven brand

    Well that was fast. General Motors has announced the launch of its ride-sharing brand Maven less than a month after making a US$500-million in Lyft and just a few days after buying failed Uber competitor Sidecar. It's an interesting move from one of the world's largest car makers, but it's clear that it's seen the rapid rise of Uber as a portent of things to come. According to a release from GM, the new brand will launch with a global team including more than 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride- and...

  • South Africans shine in Dakar Rally 2016, Peterhansel dominates: the motorsport roundup

    Another weekend has passed by in 2016 and another spate of news from the world of motorsport we've ought to cover. This weekend saw the Dubai 24 Hours, and the aftermath of another riveting Dakar Rally across the Argentinian and Bolivian wilderness. So, without further ado, here's your motorsport news roundup. 1. Dakar Rally: Staphane Peterhansel claims 12th Dakar win, de Villiers finishes third It was a long, arduous and attritional rally raid with any one of the top three Peugeot drivers in the running for the overall win. While Sebastien Loeb hit the road running, Peterhansel often returning blows and Carlos...

  • US drivers will be able to remotely park their future BMWs

    Depending on how much other stuff you've got in there, parking in a garage can be a right royal pain in the exhaust. It's probably a good thing then that a growing number of car manufacturers are building vehicles that allow drivers to park their cars remotely. Earlier this year, Tesla added remote parking to its autopilot functionality and now BMW has received the go-ahead to include the functionality in the US version of its new 7 Series. While the feature is already available in European models of the German marque's luxury saloon, current US legislation has prevented the...

  • The Chevrolet Bolt has beaten the Tesla Model 3 to the affordable EV punch

    Chevrolet and Tesla are two exceedingly different automakers. One is a 104-year-old American manufacturer peddling everything from dinky city cars to chunky SUVs, fire-breathing muscle cars, and macho pick-up trucks. The other is a potential market disruptor that has quickly become known for its blindingly fast, highly desirable electric vehicles. But these two divergent brands share one particularly significant goal: that of bringing a mass-produced electric vehicle (with a decent range) to the US market at a relatively affordable price. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Indeed, the upcoming Model 3 – which Elon Musk promises will be unveiled...

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