JLR’s high-tech ‘seat of future’ targets back pain

JAGUAR LAND ROVER is developing the vehicle seat of the future and describes it as ”a pioneering, shape-shifting, system designed to improve occupants’ wellbeing by tackling the health risk of sitting too long. The ”morphable” seat created by JLR’s cabin research division has actuators in the squab foam that make constant micro-adjustments to convince occupants…

Ford’s Smart Window ‘displays’ view to blind passengers

LONDON, England – Smart Window enables blind or semi-sighted people to visualise everything from rolling hills to mountain ranges, views make any road trip memorable, which for blind passengers had until now been missed. A still-in-development prototype will enable blind or partially-sighted people to visualise passing scenery through touch. Feel The View takes pictures that are…

Volvo driving forwards with battery-car crash protection

MALMO, Sweden – The advance of electric cars, Swedish automaker Volvo believes, represents the biggest change in the history of the automobile as – for the first time in more than a century – cars move without a petrol or diesel engine and have a battery under their floor. (That statement, of course, doesn’t acknowledge…

Coming in 2020: Meet the new Mercedes AMG GLB 35 SUV

THE NEW seven-seat Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 has joined the compact SUV segment, motivated by a turbocharged two-litre, four-cylinder, engine capable of 225kW and driving through an AMG SpeedShift DCT8 transmission and equipped with an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive. All of which co-operated to produced a 5.1sec launch to 100km/h takes only 5.1 sec. Up…

Farming flexing tyres: Electicity from rubber by Sumitomo

TOKYO, Japan – Electricity generation from inside your car’s tyres is being worked on by Falken Tyres parent company Sumitomo Rubber and a professor at Kansai University. The theory is that static electricity – ”frictional charging” is the technical name – is said to produce power, efficiently, as the tyre rotates. The plot involves two…

Toyota goes autopark – no more ‘did I set the handbrake?’

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor North America has announced two feature updates to its vehicle line up – automatic engine shut-ff and autopark. The automaker says they show Toyota’s ”relentless commitment to continuous improvement”. The additions will be fitted to 2020 vehicles, Toyota says; auto shutoff will have audible and visual warnings, the former automatically…

World’s best four? Affalterbach, of course!

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – With its output of up to 310kW the completely new Mercedes-AMG two-litre M139 engine is claimed to be the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production. With this engine Mercedes-AMG has even exceeded the previously most powerful M133 engine by 30kW and max torque has increased from 475-500Nm. With an…

Sophisticated and sporty: Kia introduces the Seltos SUV

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has named its upcoming compact sport utility vehicle that’s scheduled for international markets… among them South Africa. The model name, the automaker says, was inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of Celtos, the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtos, the inserted ‘S’ in…

New Mini Cooper Electric muscle-car in it for the long-haul long haul

Special trial and demo for electric Mini Cooper SE Mini ‘muscle car’ doubles as Frankfurt airport tug Take a look at the slow, but steady, demonstration MUNICH, Germany – Silent, emission-free, but very powerful: the Mini folk are talking about their Mini Cooper SE Electric which will soon be on the world’s roads. A recent “test…

RGB Mustang conversion: New 945kW challenger for SA drag strips

RGB conversion takes Mustang to full gallop 945kW/1100Nm from Ford conversion All supported by full drivetrain changes JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – What better way to celebrate International Mustang Day (it was April 17) than collecting your 945kW/1100Nm Ford Mustang from tuning house RGMotorsport? That’s what one lucky customer got to do… the supercharged, 5.4-litre, V8 under…

Jaguar i-Pace clean-sweeps three World Car awards

World Car, World Car Design, and World Green Car Third success announced at New York auto show Jaguar SA taking orders – configure your car here CAR AWARDS TREBLE FOR JAGUAR: Image: Jaguar Land RoverNEW YORK – The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has completed an historic treble at the 2019 World Car Awards: not only has it…

Jaguar Project 8 supercar blitzes Dubai Autodrome (V)

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets Dubai Autodrome record Now world’s fastest four-door production car… …thanks to supercharged 441kW/700Nm engine DUBAI AUTODROME, United Arab Emirates – The world’s fastest four-door sedan, Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8, has added a lap record to its global achievements by lapping the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome GP circuit in 2min18.81….