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…

Kia e-Niro: Korean giant strides further into e-mobility

Crossover practicality, zero-emissions, 485km range Efficient battery power, passenger space and practicality Advanced driving assistance systems available PARIS, France – Kia’s e-Niro, on the Kia stand at the 2018 Paris auto show, is Kia’s first fully electric crossover utility vehicle and boasts a 485km range on a varying route. Kia asserts eye-catching design, crossover utility…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

New diesel engine on way for Audi A6 and A7 Sportback

First four-cylinder A7 Sportback 40 TDI in UK A6 sedan and A6 Avant also become available for September Digital controls, comprehensive connectivity, mild hybrid tech LONDON, England – The latest Audi four-cylinder TDI engines are all set to power the two-litre, 150kW 40 TDI in the A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback – the first four-cylinder…

Back on display: World’s most fuel-efficient sport car

Flashback time: World’s most frugal sport car Less than a litre/100km from hybrid tech VW masterpiece on show at stately home LONDON, England – It looks like a supercar but the 2015 Volkswagen XL1 on show for mid-2018 visitors to the National Motor Museum at the Beaulieu estate in England is one of the world’s…

Here comes the first three-cylinder (but 115kW!) Volvo

One engine for now – but lots of trim levels Stainless-steel belly plates part of the deal XC40 is a Euro Coty winner now going volume  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo’s XC40, the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history, is now available in South Africa as a T3. The all-new, 1.5-litre, direct-injection petrol engine,…

Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according…

Kia to launch 2018 diesel 48V mild hybrid

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid power train in the second half of 2018 using the Sportage as the host. ‘EcoDynamics+’ is said to reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ”off time” with a new mild-hybrid starter/generator unit. KIA…

20 Jaguar i-Pace sedans all ready to race

I-Pace racecar shakedown, tyre tests, done World’s first production e-cars on way Jaguar Racing to work with M-Sport’s techies PRETORIA, Gauteng – The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will have its global public debut on the streets of Berlin on May 19 ahead of the FIA Formula E-Prix there. The standard version of the Jaguar I-Pace was…

Next Toyota RAV4 heading for SA showrooms

All-new RAV4 to reach SA in 2019 First RAV4 on a new chassis architecture Petrol and petrol/electric hybrid models NEW YORK – Toyota says ”all the stops were pulled” for the global debut of its all-new, 2018, fifth-generation, RAV4 small SUV here at the New York auto show (March 30 – April 5 2018). ”The…

Bentayga, thy name is serenity – Bentley says so

‘Serene driving, future-focused technology’ Bentley’s first step towards electrification Advanced motor combines with new V6 petrol engine CREWE, England – Bentley has at last revealed in-depth info on what it claims is ”the world’s first luxury hybrid car” It’s the Bentayga and is said to be the brands first step towards full vehicle electrification for…

First look: Jaguar unveils electric I-Pace ahead of Geneva

Jaguar unveils all-electric I-Pace before Geneva show Watch what nine-year-olds Lola and Hudson say 80 years of auto experience added to the EV market LONDON, England – Jaguar’s first all-electric production vehicle, the I-Pace, has been unveiled to the world in a live TV broadcast. British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall, self-proclaimed EV enthusiast and…