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  • Lexus launches LF-SA concept at Geneva: it’s small

    Lexus arrived at the Geneva Auto Show with a number of cars. For the most part they’re what you’d expect from Toyota’s luxury division, except for the LF-SA. It’s small, very small. According to Lexus, that doesn’t really matter though. The LF-SA concept, it says, is a driver-focused vehicle, and “the real driving experience will remain the ultimate luxury”. Interestingly for a high-minded concept, the LF-SA doesn’t seem to have too many autonomous features. According to Lexus, that was a deliberate choice. The Japanese car maker claims that the LF-SA “explores a future in which Lexus drivers will still be...

  • Formula 1’s final test concludes: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    This weekend marked the end of the final Formula 1 test of 2015, with the first race in Australia just under two weeks away now. We cover the news from Barcelona. In the States meanwhile, Atlanta hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup series this week. The weather suited ducks a bit more than stock cars, so we’ll see how that went. There are also a few alternative videos, from the likes of the V8 Supercars series in Adelaide, another particularly interesting event in the same city, as well as this chap who hilariously and rather dangerously, drove an opponent into a wall. Nevertheless,...

  • This is the new Morgan Aero 8

    Be grateful that you live in an age where the expertise to build such a thing still exists. Look, we know Morgan’s an easy target for the world’s motoring press to rag on. We’re not exactly averse to it ourselves. In a world obsessed with packing all the latest tech into its cars, you’re always going to seem a little backward when some of your models still use wood as a major building material. With the updated Aero 8 though, it appears to have built something special. According to the specialist British auto-maker, the car is meant to hearken...

  • MINI launches Countryman Park Lane new JCW at Geneva

    MINI has kicked off its Geneva Auto Show with the launch of a special edition Countryman and a brand new John Cooper Works edition. The first is called the Countryman Park Lane and is MINI’s venture into what it calls the premium compact segment. We’re not exactly sure that the standard Countryman screams “peasant”, so it’s a little unclear why anyone would pay so much extra for it. Then again, MINI is owned by BMW, a company renowned for getting every penny it can out of its customers. There are plenty of minor stylistic changes, including an Earl Grey...

  • Are these 12 cars the best buys in South Africa right now?

    CAR Magazine has announced its annual Top 12 Best Buys for 2015, sponsored for the second consecutive year by leading safety technology company, Tracker. The magazine’s editors cast their votes for the best vehicles in 12 categories of the South African new vehicle market. With over 1000 individual models to choose from, the results of the 16th awards installment should give drivers a head start. Once again, technology took centre-stage as nominees across all categories were recognised for their innovation. CAR Magazine editor, Steve Smith, confirms; “Vehicles that offer better combinations of performance, efficiency, safety and convenience technology than rivals...

  • The new Audi R8 blends race car anger with tempered beauty

    Audi is rather chuffed with itself today after it revealed its shiny new R8 sports car before the Geneva Motor Show. Although the new model looks nearly identical to the outgoing R8, there are some subtle design tweaks here and there only noticeable to the eagle-eyed. For one, the new R8 is slightly larger in all aspects than the old car, more aggressively sloped and more race-car in profile. All in all, Audi notes in its presser that the “entire appearance of the Audi R8 conveys a feeling of lightness and technical precision.” The base models of the car are also fitted...

  • Here’s the fleet of special edition hatches Fiat is taking to Geneva [Gallery]

    It looks like Fiat is going to be all about special edition hatchbacks at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian auto-giant has announced that it will be using the show to launch the new 500X, 500, Panda and Doblò models. Here’s a breakdown of what Fiat says will be included in each of the four new models. Fiat 500X The crossover version of marques immensely popular city car, Fiat will be displaying two versions of the Lounge model. It calls this “the more metropolitan side of the Fiat crossover”. The new version comes equipped with an automatic and...

  • What happens if Google, Apple actually start building production cars?

    Cars are no longer just cars. No, the humble automobile has essentially evolved into an oversized personal device. Indeed, at the Mobile World Congress last year, Ford bigwig Steven Odell uttered the following words: “Cars are the smartphones of the future”. It’s an interesting perspective. And, since reports of Apple’s apparent intention to build a vehicle of its own — be it electric, autonomous or both — sent the iCar rumour-mill spinning into overdrive, it couldn’t be more relevant. True to form, of course, the Cupertino giant’s lips have remained tighter than Kim K’s smallest pair of leggings. However, Google – that...

  • The next Audi R8 may feature twin-turbo V6 option next year

    There are some things that should always be considered when building a supercar: a reactive, responsive suspension, a beautiful but intimidating body and of course, many, many turbochargers. This is my recipe, but Audi seems to wholly agree, especially when the next iteration of the Audi R8 is concerned. The company, if rumours are to be believed, will play its environment-is-important card shoving a twin-turbo V6 into the next R8, which will be based on the Lamborghini Huracan. While this news might be extremely annoying for enthusiasts who enjoy the thought of many cylinders chugging around under their vehicles’ bonnets, it’s...

  • Aston Martin’s 800bhp Vulcan is beautiful, will bring you to your knees

    If we’re brutally honest with ourselves, this post should probably come with a NSFW warning because, quite frankly, the Aston Martin Vulcan is nothing if not explicit. This 800bhp stunner, which is set to make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show, features an all carbon-fibre body and is meant to show off its maker’s racing heritage. Styled in-house by the Aston Martin design team, led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, the Vulcan is powered by the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine. More specifically, says Aston Martin, the Vulcan is inspired by the company’s plays...

  • CarVi wants to bring high-end safety tech to your old clanger

    If you’re a dedicated Motorburn reader, you’ll know that you don’t necessarily have to have a brand new car to take advantage of the best safety tech on offer today. As it turns out though, you don’t have to be completely DIY proficient either. Well, that’s if Silicon-Valley-based startup CarVi has its way at any rate. The company has developed a windscreen-mounted device which pairs up with your smartphone and, apparently, analyses road conditions in real-time. Doing so, the creators say, means that it can provide alerts when you tailgate too closely or change lanes without signaling. The device...

  • Joey Logano wins Daytona 500: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. We’re in the midst of the rigourous preseason testing schedule and while not too much ever seems to be happening, it’s always fairly important for engineers and drivers alike. The second Formula 1 test has just come to an end in Spain while the second MotoGP test has just started in Malaysia, and we have news from both...

  • Love classic cars, but hate missing out on the best tech? Porsche Classic has a solution

    So you’ve reached the point in your life where you can afford to buy a classic Porsche. That’s great. But what if you need to get somewhere you’ve never been before? You could use an aftermarket GPS unit, but that seriously destroys the vintage cool you were aiming for when you bought the car in the first place. And unless you’ve got some kind of steampunk case, your smartphone has similar issue. Fortunately, Porsche’s Classic division has come up with a suitably retro-looking solution. The German marque has launched a navigation radio with 3.5-inch navigation screen that looks like...

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