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Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • Meet Merc’s tasty new E Class Estate [Gallery]

    While they've played a much smaller role in the market over the past few years, estate cars remain a favourite of motoring journalists. And it seems the manufacturers are pretty big fans too. Proof of that lies in the slew of quality estates coming onto the market, including the latest effort from Mercedes Benz. The new E Class Estate, set to make its debut at the MercedesCup tennis tournament, currently underway in Stuttgart, Germany. According to Merc, the new E Class Estate is sportier, roomier, and more practical than its predecessor. "The new Estate is as dynamic as...

  • Check out Ford’s innovative mobile wind tunnel

    Building a proper wind-tunnel facility can be a seriously costly exercise, especially if you're developing multiple vehicle models in multiple locations around the globe. In a bid to find a workaround for that, the clever people at Ford have put together a mobile wind tunnel using little more than a couple of shipping containers and some high-tech aero-accoustic measuring technology. Each container includes aeroacoustic vanes and internal ducting to provide smooth, controlled airflow at the nozzle end of the machine, while two 16-bladed, six-foot-diameter ducted fans – each powered by a 250-horsepower electric motor – deliver a maximum blast...

  • Nissan’s new compact crossover is called Kicks

    Nissan has unveiled its newest compact crossover and, to be completely honest, we're not really sure what to make of it. Called Kicks, the car is slightly larger than the Juke, the Nissan compact crossover which helped kickstart the segment. According to Nissan, the car retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2014 and is built for "busy city-dwellers". The Japanese automaker says that it's spent a lot of time working on the car’s overall aerodynamic performance – not only to benefit its dynamic performance, but...

  • Autonomous Volvos to hit London by 2017

    Within the next year or so, Londoners could find themselves sharing the road with a fleet of autonomous Volvos. An unlike other autonomous driving trials, this one won't involve a bunch of scientists and engineers carefully observing what the cars get up to. Instead, real families, travelling on real routes will be ferried around by the autonomous fleet. The Swedish car maker says it will source its data from these everyday users and use this data to develop AD cars that are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Drive...

  • Volvo wants to put 1m electric cars, hybrids on the road by 2025

    Volvo has a pretty ambitious set of goals for the next few years. The most well-known of those is its bid to ensure that, by 2020, no one dies in one of its cars. But it now seems that it also has serious plans for the electric car space. According to a press release sent to Motorburn, the Swedish automaker hopes to have one-million electric and hybrid cars on the road by 2025. It hopes to achieve this by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and by releasing its first dedicated all-electric car...

  • Volvo is all about intelligent media, wearables in 2016

    Volvo has revealed its plans for the future, and they largely involve you sitting back and relaxing on your daily commute. In a press release issued by the Swedish carmaker, it outlined the vision behind all the products it unveiled at CES 2016. According to Volvo, the "intelligent, high-bandwidth streaming capabilities" it's developing with its technology partner Ericsson will "ensure drivers and passengers get the most out of their time travelling in an autonomous Volvo". “We recently unveiled our design vision for fully autonomous cars with Concept 26. Now we are actively working on future solutions to deliver the best...

  • Bugatti has a yacht, and it’s beautiful

    What happens when the ultimate luxury car maker teams up with the world’s largest motor yacht builder? Well if the Niniette series of yachts, built by Palmer Johnson under license from Bugatti, is anything to go by, then the answer is sheer unadulterated beauty. The series bears the Niniette name, is available in three models from 42ft to 88ft, and features plenty of carbon fibre and aluminum. Prices for the smallest model start at €2 million. According to Bugatti, the series is actually a return to the company's historic roots. Company founder Ettore Bugatti developed racing boats and yachts in...

  • Ford working on tech to take the stress out of traffic jams, remote control parking

    Traffic is awful. No matter how much you like cars, there's no getting around that. Stressful as it is though, it's just a part of daily life for many around the globe. In a bid to alleviate that stress, Ford is reportedly working on a number of high tech solutions. Ford Traffic Jam Assist assists the driver in keeping the vehicle centred in the lane and brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front of it. According to Ford, if and when Traffic Jam Assist makes its way onto the market, it'll be activated by pushing a...

  • Volvo, Microsoft team up for HoloLens showroom

    In the very near future, your experience of a new car may expand well beyond going to a dealership and taking it for a test drive. In fact, if you own a HoloLens, you may not even have to step out of your living room. At least that's if the latest collaboration between Volvo and Microsoft is anything to go by. The two companies recently announced plans to jointly develop next generation automotive technologies including, but not limited to, use of the HoloLens platform. Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the...

  • Volvo’s Concept 26 is all about screens, the future of not driving

    Volvo is serious about you being productive in traffic. So serious that it's released a new concept aimed specifically at working commuters. According to the Swedish car maker, Concept 26 (named to reflect the average daily commute to work of 26 minutes) is meant to take the frustration out of your daily commute. Mostly though, it's about choice. If you're in a massive tailback and you need to take care of a few emails, the car can take care of things for you. And if you're tearing down a scenic mountain pass then you can resume control. "It’s all...

  • Ex-Stig says Ford Mustang is best stunt car of all time

    Ben Collins is probably best known for spending a number of years as The Stig on Top Gear, but he's also one of the world's best stunt drivers, having worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Batman, Fast & Furious and the latest James Bond movies. His new film, called Ben Collins: Stunt Driver, combines those two aspects of his career and sees Collins embark on a 48 hour quest to find the world's ultimate stunt car. Narrative isn't terribly important in this kind of film so we have no problem revealing that the Ford Mustang fastback -- powered by a...

  • Ford looks to the gecko for inspiration in its cars

    This is pretty cool. US auto giant Ford has teamed up with Proctor&Gamble to explore potential applications of biomimicry technology. The two companies are particularly interested in ways to copy the mechanics of gecko toe pads. The lizard’s toe pads allow it to stick to most surfaces without liquids or surface tension. The reptile can then easily release itself, leaving no residue. Consider, too, that a typical mature gecko weighing 2.5 ounces is capable of supporting 133kgs. According to Ford senior technical leader for plastics and sustainability research Debbie Mielewski, the gecko could inspire a host of adhesive...

  • Four in five UK teens believe that their first car will be electric

    My first car was a petrol powered dinosaur made by Toyota, which I thought was the pinnacle of automotive engineering. But times are definitely changing. According to a new survey undertaken by Go Ultra Low, a UK government-backed campaign to increase the sales of low-emission vehicles, found that 80% of teens queried aged 14 years believe that their first car will be electric. It's quite a staggering number, and made even more staggering by this factoid: around 90% of them believe that all cars on the road currently should be electric. Electric car sales have seen a massive growth spurt in developed...

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