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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Volvo lifts lid on new S90

    Volvo this week unveiled its new S90 and, by the looks of things, the Swedish carmaker sees a big future for itself in the US. Following a strong lift in US sales through 2015, Volvo says the decision to unveil the latest version of its premium sedan at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit was a very deliberate one. “We have always placed great significance on our presence in the US. That is why we decided to present our S90 to the public for the very first time at the Detroit show, and why we have begun...

  • 6 of the geekiest compact cars we can look forward to in 2016

    So, 2016 is here. The fireworks have fizzled out. The parties have died down. And countless New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. However, if your resolution involved buying a compact, technology-filled car, you’re in luck. This year, the choice is even broader, thanks to the impending arrival of a number of new players. So, we’ve created a list of six upcoming small vehicles (nothing bigger than a C-segment hatchback) scheduled to hit the new car scene at some stage in 2016. And there’s something for pretty much every brand of automotive geek. Yes, there’s everything from a performance coupe...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 2016 Green Car of the Year Awards: here’s why the 5 finalists are special

    The Green Car of the Year Awards have been around for a decade now, showcasing environmental progress in the automotive industry by crowning an efficiency champion each year. Interestingly, the first three years of the Green Car Journal competition saw hybrids reigning supreme, before a couple of diesels from Volkswagen and Audi put a cat amongst the eco-friendly pigeons. Of course, thanks to the emissions-cheating scandal currently engulfing the Volkswagen Group, both of these so-called “clean diesel” models have since had their trophies rescinded. Ouch. Other interesting winners include the 2012 Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle and the 2015 BMW i3...

  • BMW introduces the world to new M2 Coupe

    BMW has unveiled the new M2 Coupe, and if the stats are anything to go by, it may well be the most exciting car in BMW's current line up. The M2 comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension. Styling-wise, the M2 is very clearly a BMW, but it's still one of the boldest designs to come out of the German marque for some time now. According to BMW, "the new M2 Coupe makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential". That three litre six-cylinder engine reportedly works in sync with the M...

  • Toyota unveils new Prius specs ahead of Tokyo debut

    Back in September, Toyota gave us a glimpse of what the new Prius will look like. Now, the Japanese motoring giant has revealed that the car will, among other things, have a targeted fuel efficiency of 40km/l. That's pretty damn impressive, but as Toyota itself notes, environmental specs are no longer enough to get people to buy a new car. Which is why, it says, it rebuilt the Prius from the ground up, "broadening the car's appeal by overhauling its design, improving performance, and adding personal touches both inside and out". Given that we've already covered the exterior and...

  • Honda joins the Hydrogen party with production ready FCV

    After a fairly lengthy hiatus, it looks like Hydrogen fuel cells have received fresh impetus. In 2014, Toyota announced the Mirai, and now Honda has announced a production ready version of the fuel-cell concept it showed off in Detroit earlier this year. The production-car, imaginatively titled the FCV, apparently features a cruising range of more than 700 km. According to Honda, that big range doesn't come at the cost of the motoring experience, with the Japanese car maker claiming that "exhilarating driving is made possible by the high-output motors". That suggests that Honda may have tweaked the power unit from...

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