Another victory planned with coming Merc V-Class

Facelift for Mercedes V-Class touring bus Completely new approach to design, value Even more  comfor and safety for MPV segment. MUNICH, Germany – In 2014 the Mercedes-Benz V-Class premiere delivered a completely new approach to design, value, comfort and safety among such vehicles. ”It went on,” Mercedes reported, ”to be a true success. Proof of…

Meet Batterybug: VW jump-starts chopped beach wheels

Concept vehicle based on 1960s and 70s fun cars Design ‘conveys simply getting behind the wheel World premièr at Geneva international auto show WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen will in early March 2019 revive a legend by revealing the first electric dune buggy based on its ”modular electric drive matrix” platform. Klaus Bischoff, VW’s design boss,…

Nissan Leaf e+ to widen top-seller’s market appeal

New Nissan battery-car trembling on the brink More power, quicker acceleration from bigger battery Bigger engine, more road-driving range YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has unveiled an addition to its model fleet badged as the Nissan Leaf e+, to, the automaker says, ”broaden the appeal of the world’s best-selling electric car”. The units have a new…

World premières for TWO SA-bound Mercedes-Benz

CES premières: Mercedes-Benz EQC and Vision Urbanetic Also on show the next Mercedes CLA – both for SA Cabin car tech set to go way upmarket for 2019 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and /LAS VEGAS,Nevada – Daimler’s trade fair exhibition at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas running until Jan 11 will focus…

EV specialist warns: Electric vehicles in majority by 2030

Battery-car survey throws up surprises Conventional automakers ‘should be worried” Pure-electric models preferred purchases LONDON, England – “Only five percent of people driving battery cars would ever go back to a conventional car.” That’s the conclusion of what claims to be the most comprehensive clean energy/electric vehicle survey yet conducted. The UK survey of battery-car…

Going electric? Really? Then read this UK failure feature

LONDON, England – Louise Atkinson’s sorry diary of nightmare journeys, dud chargers, and maddening bureaucracy has resulted in this: ”Electric cars? They’re shockingly BAD!” BMW, Renault, Nissan, Citroen and Jaguar have joined Tesla in the electric car revolution, louse says, so she leased a Renault Zoe which claims to have a range of 160 miles….

Future-proofing Aston classics – a swoppable electric motor

EV solution cleared for Heritage Aston Martins Radical idea to cater for future fuel restrictions Electric motor will stand in for the original engine NEWPORT PAGNELL, England – Global interest in classic cars is said to be growing annually but that in heritage models is at a record high so Aston Martin Lagonda has a…

Audi UK going high-tech with two e-tron launch editions

Under six secs to 100km/h, 400km range possible Fast charging (150kW points) to 80% in 30 minutes Virtual door mirrors, Matrix LED lighting LONDON, England – Audi’s e-tron Launch special edition due out in the UK in early 2019 will total only 30 units and come with two high-definition cameras instead of external mirrors. That…

Twice the power: Nissan’s new Nismo doesn’t need to growl

All-new, twice as powerful Nismo race car Motor on each axle doubles kW / torquepower New tech, new drivetrain for true race action TOKYO, Japan – The all-new Nissan Leaf Nismo race car, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled today (Nov 30…

Prius goes double-hybrid: Normal drive and 4×4 for snow

Next step in Toyota’s self-charging hybrid tech Styling, tech and performance improvements for 2019 Cleaner, more engaging, lines, revised front and tail LOS ANGELES, California – The 2019 Toyota Prius is on show at this city’s annual auto show today (Nov 28 2018) with, its maker says, advances in driving capability and appeal for the world’s…

2019 Mirai: It means Toyota is punting a clean future

Toyota show how hydrogen is the answer California ad campaign punting hydrogen 500km range, tank refill in only five minutes PLANO, Texas – The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s new marketing campaign ‘Real Power’, the automaker says, is intended to emphasise the power potential of hydrogen fuel-cell technology to change the world. The vehicle’s POWER button takes centre…

Kia adds solar sunroof to charge battery buggies on the move

Solar to power future production vehicles – even ICE Target is battery charging while on the move Whole new meaning to the ‘sunroof’ concept SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor, partners in the automotive business, have announced plans to introduce solar roof charging technology on some of the group’s vehicles. The electricity-generating…