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  • Smart’s latest ForTwo and ForFour cars ooze tiny tech and city swagger

    After we revealed sketches showcasing what they could look like, Daimler-owned Smart has finally unveiled its new bite-sized ForTwo and ForFour city cars. And we can safely say that the new models are nowhere near as ugly as those they replace. In fact, they're rather good looking. Codeveloped by Renault, the cars will share a majority (70%) of its parts with the Twingo and draw inspiration from Mercedes' safety pedigree. Aesthetically and technologically, the models mark a change for Smart, but certain philosophies remain prominent. Both keep the ultra-mobile, easily manoeuvrable, rear-engined park-it-anywhere layout that their pioneering predecessors embodied. A 2.69m...

  • Tesla’s Model III all-electric family saloon to go on sale by 2017

    Tesla, according to its eccentric CEO Elon Musk, is planning to build a mid-range, all-electric family saloon by 2017, dubbed the "Model III." Although there has been rumours abound since March about Tesla's entering the mid-range family sedan space, the vehicle has today been given its official name. And what a story that is. "We were going to call it model E for a while, notes Musk in an interview with Auto Express, "and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to...

  • Jaguar XE all-aluminium super saloon set for September launch

    Following the announcement of their arcade-like driver's assistant, Jaguar has spilt a few more blueprints of their latest sports saloon, announcing the technology and the launch date for its upcoming X-TYPE replacement. Although Jaguar flaunted the XE for the first time at March's Geneva Motor Show, the company has finally provided details of the innovations the car will harbour. Jaguar, continuing their obsession with lightweight materials, have engineered a completely fresh aluminium monocoque, while the suspension comes courtesy of its F-TYPE roadster (front) and a newly developed Integral Link at the rear (akin to the new Mustang). Judging by the setup, the...

  • Self-braking Hyundai Genesis slows down before speeding cameras

    Breaking the cusp of technology is always an exciting prospect in the motoring world, but for drivers, breaking the speed limit comes with all sorts of repercussions and consequences. But if Hyundai has anything to say about it, speeding tickets may soon be motoring legend. The Genesis sedan features an adaptive cruise control system, dubbed "Automatic Emergency Braking", that senses speed cameras and reacts in kind, braking the car if above the speed limit. Using a combination of GPS plot points and readings mated to the system, the car will "beep 800 metres before a camera," notes Hyundai spokesperson Guido...

  • Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellcat packs a Lamborghini-killing 707 horsepower

    Dodge was a marque largely absent from this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed powerfest, but this doesn't mean the company is softening up by any means. The Chrysler-owned brand has today announced its aptly named Challenger SRT "Hellcat", and it's one of the most powerful production sedans ever built. It also turns out that conquering muscle cars isn't enough for Dodge -- the Hellcat will likely have some supercars for breakfast too. "The most powerful muscle car in Chrysler history" doesn't fully express the depth of this car's engine metrics. As if the standard HEMI engine didn't produce enough grunt, Dodge's...

  • Toyota’s hydrogen-powered FCV will go on sale from mid-2015

    Most recent advancements in automotive engineering has been biased, favouring either electric or rechargeable petrol and diesel units. Toyota however, wishes to differentiate slightly. The Japanese company has finally unveiled their new production-ready FCV sedan, powered solely by hydrogen fuel cell technology. Initially showcased as a concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the vehicle has been given some futuristic clothing -- very similar to the new Aygo city hatch -- and a Japanese price. If you happen to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you can get one for around 7-million Yen (US$70 000). Although the...

  • Update: Harley-Davidson has revealed Project Livewire, its first electric motorcycle

    Harley-Davidson, if its latest teaser video is anything to go by, will be unveiling a new electric motorcycle tomorrow. If you thought Bentley's video of its upcoming SUV was coy and unhelpful, wait until you've seen this. The 16 second clip simply dubbed "06.19.14", is about as helpful as a flashlight with flat batteries, but the sound of the two-wheeled machine is what really gives it away. If this is indeed the case, it will be the manufacuturer's first electric motorcycle ever. As it buzzes past the camera focused on a "Route 66" marker, the unmistakable whine of an electric motor...

  • Porsche, Martini Racing pay homage to Le Mans with limited edition 911

    Porsche is getting serious about its Le Mans 24 Hours return, and to flag the occasion, the German marque has released a road-going beautified "Martini Racing Edition" 911 Carrera S. This weekend will mark the Stuttgart-based company's first participation in the legendary race for over a decade and which will see it competing with Audi and Toyota for top honours. It will however be using the Porsche 919 Hybrid, while the Martini Racing Edition 911 will be for public enjoyment. Martini has been a regular motorsport sponsor in all racing series since the early 1960s. The car's coat is reminiscent of...

  • Audi’s stylish RS7 TFSI focuses on performance without sacrificing economy

    Audi has revealed details of its revised RS7 Sportback sedan, that will retail in Germany later this year for around US$154 000. The Ingolstadt-based marque has recently given its A7 range a nip and tuck - a move that has has gradually filtered its way onto the company's performance model. The now-prettier RS7 sports new LED headlights and an infotainment system powered by chip manufacturer Nvidia. Under the car's glinting red bonnet, the 4.0 V8 bi-turbo TFSI engine is both powerful and efficient, producing 560 horsepower while coughing up a mere 221 grams of CO2/km. Peak torque of 700 N.m. is...

  • Uber keen to replace drivers with self-driving cabs in the future

    Google recently unveiled its self-driving car prototype to the world. It's to no-one's surprise then that it got people talking about how this might impact the future. Uber is one of the first of its kind to go on record saying that it'll likely replace its drivers with computers when push comes to shove. Hailing from San Francisco and operating across the globe, luxury cab service Uber is well-known for staying ahead of the curve. The tech company has kept the media entertained with gimmicks such as glamorous helicopter lifts, kitten and ice cream deliveries, and free rides for South Africans...

  • Get a first-person view of a speed racer’s lap thanks to Google Glass [video]

    We've discussed the exciting applications for Google Glass when it comes to cars before. From apps that wake drivers up when they fall asleep at the wheel to simple tools that allow them to seamlessly unlock their cars, the list is extensive. Similarly, the use for Google's augmented reality glasses gets as exciting when it comes to sports. Especially motorsports. This recent YouTube video proves it. The clip, brought to us by Engage Mobile and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, puts the viewer in the seat of a racing driver as he powers through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speed racer,...

  • From phones to wheels: Nokia invests US$100 million in connected car technology

    Nokia has pledged to invest a total of US$100 million in connected car technology, a few days after selling its devices and services division to Microsoft. Yes, the world may never see another Nokia phone again, but that doesn't mean the Finnish company will just simply fade into the past. In a few years, the world may see intelligent car technology funded in part by Nokia. In fact, investing in connected and smart car technology puts it in direct competition with Apple and its automotive endeavours. The "Connected Car fund," managed by Nokia Growth Partners, will "invest in promising auto tech...

  • Should Tesla be worried about the Model S being hacked?

    We can't wait to see how Elon Musk responds to this one. A hacker going by the name Nitesh Dhanjani has reportedly managed to send wireless codes over the internet to a Tesla model S that allowed him to unlock its doors. According to Reuters, the hacker, security consultant and Tesla owner demonstrated the vulnerability at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore. While Dhanjani didn't find any other software flaws, he did caution that we needed to be more careful with our cars' security in the future. "We cannot be protecting our cars in the way we...

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