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  • The Lexus LC 500h is sexy, but its clever new gearbox may just be sexier

    We won’t deny it: we reckon the recently unveiled Lexus LC 500h is an absolute belter in the looks department. Yes, this hybrid coupe – just like its purely petrol-powered LC 500 sibling – has curves in all the right places. As with the LF-LC concept car that preceded it, the LC 500h is all sweeping lines, angular lighting elements, and oversized alloys. But, wipe the drool from the side of your mouth and peer beneath the tightly wrapped skin, and you’ll soon realise that this pretty much perfectly proportioned Lexus coupe has the brains to go with its...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Mazda teases CX-4 ahead of Beijing Motor Show

    Mazda has announced that it'll unveil a new CX-4 at the Beijing Motor Show and, by the looks of things, it's not going to be short on curves and bumps. While the Japanese motoring giant hasn't revealed much about the new car, it has confirmed that it'll be the latest vehicle in its line-up to be built according to its KODO-Soul of Motion design principles. It'll also apparently feature its full range of SKYACTIV Technology.

  • Bugatti Chiron vs Bugatti Veyron: here’s how these two monsters stack up

    The motoring world was left in a flat spin when the original Bugatti Veyron was unveiled way back in 2005. The French-built mid-engined hypercar shattered expectations, defying physics and refining the term “fast”. Here was an otherworldly-looking thing, packing an 8.0-litre W16 engine (with as many as four turbochargers) worth around 736kW and 1250Nm. Top speed was pegged at a mighty 407km/h, with all of that oomph transferred to the pitiful tarmac via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. A few years later, Bugatti added the Grand Sport version, which was essentially a roadster with a pair of removable...

  • BMW unveils the highly customisable Vision Next 100 concept car

    One hundred years after BMW AG entered the commercial register, the company has shown off its latest concept: the BMW Vision Next 100. The sedan and coupé hybrid is machine built to be both driver-driven and self-driven with Alive Geometry handling the interactions between driver and can. When in self-driving mode, the steering wheel will pack away to give the car a more minimalist design. According to a BMW press release, "the BMW Group has generated a futuristic scenario with a clear vision: premium mobility by the BMW Group will be completely effortless, comprehensively available and tailored to every customer’s individual...

  • Audi SQ7 TDI boasts 320kW engine with ‘three chargers’

    Audi is focusing on the roads less traveled this year in Geneva, with updates to its Q lines across the board. But the most interesting of the lot, at least for power and eco-enthusiasts, is the Audi SQ7 TDI. Based on the mammoth five-metre long Q7, the car boasts a 4.8-litre V8 diesel engine producing 320kW and a planet-spinning 900 Nm of torque, and can reach 100km/h from standstill in 4.8 seconds. That latter number is an impressive demonstration of this car's grunt. That'll likely help off-road too (if you're brave enough to take it rock climbing, that is). Although Audi's...

  • Ford Fiesta ST200 is a ‘classic in the making’

    Hot hatches are interesting specimens, and there's one constant inherent in their DNA: they can always, always get hotter. Although Geneva Motor Show officially kicks off tomorrow for the public, today Ford and company are getting the menial media launches out of the way. And the company's latest car, the Ford Fiesta ST200, is one of the tastiest announcements of the day. It's the most powerful production Fiesta ever made, and features around 10% more power than its previous ST sibling. There's also 20% more torque on tap, which gives drivers some more thrust between those red lights. The engine responsible is...

  • This is the new Ford Kuga [Gallery]

    Ford this week chose the biggest mobile technology conference on the planet -- Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona -- to launch its new Kuga SUV. While it also announced a series of updates to it SYNC 3 connectivity technology and a commitment to tripling Ford's engineering investment in semi-autonomous vehicle technologies, the Kuga was still the big news of the day. Featuring a 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, the Kuga is packed with technology, including Ford's new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands-free...

  • Lexus LC500h shoves hybrid soul into LFA-inspired shell

    Lexus isn't a newcomer to the hybrid scene, having previously experimented with electric and combustion drive systems in almost all of its lines. Now, it's its latest Porsche 911-killing LC series getting the treatment ahead of Geneva Motor Show. The LC series is the spiritual successor to the company's manic LFA, which was possibly the best looking computer on wheels ever made. Lexus hopes to continue this with the LC500h, only this time, the coupe packs a hybrid powertrain unlike the pure V8 monster LC500 (pictured above). The Multi Stage Hybrid System, as Toyota and Lexus call it, is the former's...

  • The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class proves just how fast technology is progressing

    If we were to ask you which Mercedes-Benz boasts the very best of the brand’s cutting edge technology, we’re pretty sure we know what you’d say. The latest S-Class is the most advanced Mercedes around, right? No contest, surely? Right? Well, no. Not for the time being, at least. Rather extraordinarily, the Stuttgart brand’s flagship full-size sedan – which has long been considered the pinnacle of luxurious and innovative motoring – is no longer the most advanced vehicle in its line-up. That accolade now belongs to none other than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Yes, the tenth-generation E-Class has unquestionably eclipsed its...

  • 5 ways the new BMW 7 Series takes the fight to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    It’s been going on for generations. Yes, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series have been engaged in a battle at the top of Technology Mountain for a relative age. Each time one of the full-size luxury sedans lands an innovation-laden punch, the other responds with a stinging “first” of its own. Think back and you’ll see what we mean. The pre-emptive safety systems that are common in premium cars today have the W220 S-Class to thank for their existence. The original 7 Series, meanwhile, was the first car to come fitted with an electronic speedometer. Yes, both German automakers...

  • 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...

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