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All posts by Stuart Thomas: Motorburn Editor

  • Volvo goes for ultra luxury with S90 Excellence Interior Concept

    Volvo's gone for the very top end of the market with its latest interior concept. Unveiled this week at the Beijing Auto Show, the S90 Excellence Interior Concept is strictly for people who have no idea what their butler's surname is. “We had such positive feedback with our original Lounge Console Concept in the XC90 that we wanted to take it a step closer to reality in an S90 Excellence interior. With this interior we wanted to create a piece of art, a sculpture. We’ve taken many of the original concepts and made them come to life,” said Robin...

  • Merc’s yacht concept looks better than any car you’ve ever seen

    If you're a car maker and you want to remind people that you're all about luxury, it's hard to beat building your own yacht. Bugatti did it in 2015, and now Mercedes Benz has come to the party. Launched in Nice earlier this week, the "Arrow460–Granturismo" is a 706 kW (960 hp) piece of ocean-going beauty. Nick-named "Silver Arrow of the Seas", Merc says the yacht combines the performance of Mercedes-Benz sports cars with unique innovations from the boat industry. The yacht can accommodate up to 10 persons and includes large side windows that are retractable, and the windscreen...

  • Ford Fusion 1.5L EcoBoost: sensibility with a sting in the tail

    A few weeks ago, on this very site, I revealed that I wasn't a fan of automatics. The car I reviewed in that article, the Volvo XC90 failed to convert me. But after a week with the Ford Fusion, I'm starting to think I could live without a clutch pedal. Of course there's plenty of other stuff to say about the latest Fusion, a car which was only launched in South Africa in 2015 -- some three years after it made its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2012. And we'll get to all the...

  • Renault joins the estate resurgence with Talisman

    This seems pretty neat. Renault has announced the launch of a new estate, providing further evidence that the form factor may be coming back into fashion. The will stand alongside the model’s saloon version that was revealed on July 6 2015. And according to Renault, this new large estate car delivers the same technological features as the saloon, along with extra load-carrying ability. Despite that extra carrying capacity, Renault says the Talisman is pretty frugal. According to the French automaker, its fuel consumption is as low as 3.5l/100km. "The TALISMAN Estate is a natural extension of the model’s saloon version,"...

  • Opel might actually put its GT concept into production

    This seems promising. Opel is reportedly set to put its ultra-futurstic GT Concept into production. When Opel launched the GT Concept in Geneva a few months back, it was pretty clear about the fact that it was just an exercise in design and engineering and that it had no intention of bringing a production version into being. Now however, it seems to be changing its tune. That may be down to a positive response from the press and public, although taking the GT from concept to reality isn't going to be a straightforward exercise. According to Carscoops, one...

  • Nissan to unveil new GTR in New York?

    The Nissan GTR has always personified geeky, tech-fueled motoring and now it looks as if the Japanese motoring giant is set to launch a new version at the New York International Auto Show, which will commence on 23 March. Evidence of the launch comes in the shape of a GIF showing off taillights and the silhouette of something that looks very much like the current generation GTR. According to Jalopnik, this is likely to be the GTR's final hurrah before it gets replaced with a hybrid version. The car blog suggests that the new GTR will get Nissan's "V-motion"...

  • Volvo XC90 review: a seriously safe Swedish SUV

    Before we start, there's something you should know. I am not, by inclination, a fan of large SUVs. Nor, for that matter, am I all that fond of automatics. So when the very large, very automatic Volvo XC90 arrived at Burn HQ recently, it had its work cut out for it. And while a week with this Swedish giant wasn't enough to convert me on either of those things, I'm fairly confident that if you do like big, automatic SUVs, then you'll love the XC90. The safest tough car on the road Realistically, an SUV is never going to...

  • Tesla to unveil Model 3 on 31 March

    Tesla fans around the world can finally breathe again. The revolutionary electric car company has announced that it will be unveiling the Model 3 on 31 March. The latest car to emerge from Tesla, details around the Model 3 have been thin on the ground -- although there have been plenty of rumours. One thing that is certain is that it'll be more affordable than its siblings, the Model S and Model X. While those cars have appealed mainly to people with fairly large amounts of wealth to their names, the Model 3 is Tesla's first attempt at a...

  • Toyota’s latest project? Mobility for the blind

    This is interesting. The latest concept from Toyota isn't some crazy, high-tech supercar, or a tiny runabout, but a personal mobility solution for the visually impaired. Called Project Blaid, the device is designed to fill the gaps left by canes, guide dogs and basic GPS devices by giving users more information about their surroundings. Worn around the shoulders, Toyota says the device will help people better navigate indoor spaces, such as office...

  • Ford steps up its efforts to stop you taking spy shots

    This is going to be really annoying for people who get off on taking spy shots of upcoming cars. Ford has seriously stepped up its efforts beyond the bulky black vinyl that until now has been the industry standard. Ford now uses vinyl stickers with patterns that trick the eye and hide body lines to cover its vehicles. The modern patterns create an optical illusion that makes it difficult to see details. Such techniques result in obscure photographs, allowing Ford not only to hide its products from spy photographers, but to preserve its confidential designs and sustain its competitive...

  • The Bugatti Chiron: replacing a legend isn’t easy

    When it launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron was the pinnacle of motoring engineering, a position it largely maintained throughout its production run. Not, then, an easy act to follow. But that's exactly what Bugatti's new hypercar, the Chiron, has to do. It's certainly got the speed and power part right, with the Chiron's 1500bhp powertrain propelling the car to a top speed of 420km/h (on the road) From a looks perspective, many of the elements that made the Veyron so great have been retained in the Chiron. That's good, and also appears to be a deliberate move on...

  • BMW 7 Series gets a new flagship

    If you feel like your current high-powered German saloon doesn't tell people just how serious-minded and, well, high-powered you are, you might be pleased to learn that the BMW 7 Series has a new flagship. Called the M760Li xDrive, the car comes with a 12-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet. That engine is capable of pushing 448 kW (600bhp) at 5 500 rpm. While that hardly puts it in the realm of tear-your-pants-off speed, it's more than sufficient for the kind of people likely to be driving the M760Li xDrive (the name doesn't exactly...

  • Volvo to go keyless from 2017

    If you're a loyal Volvo buyer, prepare for something a little different next time you walk into your dealership. The Swedish carmaker is set to start selling cars without keys (physical or electronic) as of 2017. Volvo customers will instead be offered an application on their mobile phones to replace the physical key with a digital key. According to the Swedish motoring firm, the Bluetooth-based digital key technology will offer Volvo customers far more flexibility, "enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars". Using the app, Volvo drivers will be able to lock and unlock...

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