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  • Production problems hamper Tesla’s drive to roll out the Model X

    Innovative electric car company, Tesla Motors, the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk bid farewell to 2015 in an upbeat way, tweeting this message and video on the last day of the year. Safest, fastest & full of tricks Model X spread its wings in 2015, hitting roads around the world in 2016 https://t.co/mhZWOP3iud— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) December 31, 2015 But the tweet masked the true nature of some difficult problems that the California-based company is struggling to overcome and which are making some investors nervous. The Guardian newspaper revealed on January 4 that Tesla had only managed to produce 507...

  • Ford teams up with drone maker for disaster relief concept

    This is pretty cool. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday Ford announced a partnership with drone maker DJI aimed at creating vehicle-to-drone technology for the United Nations. Aimed specifically at first responders to disaster zones, the technology is designed to allow those first responders to deploy DJI drones and assess the situation without leaving the vehicle. With a fleet of Ford F150s and drones at its disposal, the first responders would be able to get close to the disaster zone without putting themselves in unnecessary danger. According to Ford the driver could identify a target area and...

  • 4 reasons the Volvo S90 sedan is destined for success (and one reason it isn’t)

    The Volvo Cars brand is in the midst of what could just turn out to be quite the transformation. Indeed, with the launch of the widely acclaimed second-generation Volvo XC90 in late 2014, the Swedish automaker took its first public step towards the sort of success that seemed impossible during its final years under Ford ownership. And now, still boasting the considerable backing of the Chinese automotive giant that essentially rescued it, the Gothenburg-based manufacturer has taken the wraps off its next flagship sedan: the 2017 Volvo S90. This sleek premium saloon – which replaces the largely forgettable S80...

  • 4 rumours about the upcoming Tesla Model 3: which ones are likely true?

    Elon Musk once said that developing a long-range, affordable electric vehicle was at the very top of Tesla’s list of long-term goals. And the Model 3, which the 44-year-old Tesla Motors CEO promises will be unveiled to the no-doubt drooling public in March 2016, is intended to be that very car. So, there’s plenty riding on the upcoming model, which will see the California-based electric car-maker finally move into a volume segment. In fact, it’s this vehicle – along with perhaps the Model X, to a smaller extent – that the brand believes will drive annual sales to the 500...

  • 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...

  • Mazda MX-5 vs Fiat 124 Spider: exactly how do these unlikely siblings differ?

    The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider draws its roadster inspiration from two distinct sources. The first, of course, is the most obvious. The revival of the nameplate takes us back to the original Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124 Sport Spider 2+2 convertible sports-car, which the Italian brand built from as early as 1966. Nearly 200 000 units were sold over a lengthy production run, making it a tremendously popular offering, particularly in the United States. Fitting, then, that the new model -- which doffs its cap at the original with a handful of smart styling cues -- was unveiled at the 2015...

  • The Suzuki Vitara: first impressions

    Motorburn readers with a long memory might recall the original Suzuki Vitara, released nearly 30 years ago. Those with a slightly shorter memory might recall the Grand Vitara, the slightly larger, more well-equipped version that launched a little later. The current Vitara, recently launched in South Africa has little to do with those earlier predecessors, and that might not be the worst thing. Built on an entirely new platform, the latest generation Vitara is more of a compact crossover, and is Suzuki's attempt to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Ford Ecosport. Whether it manages to...

  • Ford builds suit to show off the dangers of driving on drugs

    What's the best way to ensure that young people don't get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs? Well according to Ford, we should ditch the preachy PSAs and just let them experience what drugs do their driving reactions while sober. The US automaker's European arm this week unveiled its Drug Driving Suit -- the latest in a series of tech-driven demonstrations aimed at improving people's driving behaviours. According to Ford, the suit was developed together with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany to simulate some of the effects of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin,...

  • 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...

  • Confused by Merc’s new model-naming system? Let us break it down for you…

    Way back in 1994, the heavyweights at Mercedes-Benz HQ decided to shake up the brand’s model-naming system. And so, determining the designation of each new derivative came to involve halving the age of the chief vehicle designer’s second-born child, multiplying by 13.74, and tacking this rounded-down number on to the end of whichever letter – or three – happened to be pulled out of Heinrich’s traditional Alpine hat that day. Okay, so this is obviously somewhat of an exaggeration. Heinrich wouldn’t have been caught dead in one of those hats. And the nomenclature did, admittedly, make sense to a point....

  • 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...

  • Mazda sketches out the CX-9 it’ll release at the LA Motor Show

    Mazda has released a sketch of the CX-9 it intends to release at the LA Motor Show and it doesn't look bad for a mid-sized SUV. At this stage, Mazda hasn't released much in the way of detail around the CX-9, except to say that the three-row car is a high-end model of its new-generation lineup and that it will incorporating the latest technologies in its SKYACTIV platform. Looks-wise the car borrows heavily from the Koeru concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year.

  • The Lexus LF-FC concept adds a touch of class to Hydrogen-powered cars [Gallery]

    Toyota really wants Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to work. As well as the recently-launched Mirai, it's got a whole host of fuel-cell concepts on display at the Tokyo. Heck it's even roped Lexus, its luxury in with the LF-FC concept. According to Lexus, the LF-FC offers a "peek into the design and technology of the Japanese luxury marque's future flagship sedan". Among the technological innovations is the way the fuel-cell itself operates. As well as driving the rear wheels, it also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making LF-FC all-wheel drive. Lexus reckons that doing things this way...

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