Fuel engines hit back at battery in MPG marathon

Winning Ford Fiesta diesel gets 2.44 litres/100km Honda Jazz smashes its official figure by 60% Electric Hyundai Ioniq makes 227km on charge LONDON, England – Awesome results have come from a Fleet World/ALD Automotive fuel-economy run in the UK that scoff at internal combustion engine nay-sayers. For instance, one petrol-fuelled entry recorded 2.83 litres/100km and…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Diesel debate: Misleading info as diesel deals increase

Diesel car prices continue to increase despite debate Diesel still UK’s most searched-for fuel type (55% share) 47% of diesel sellers intend to buy another one LONDON, England – The Big Diesel Debate continues. Auto Trader, a print and digital market for new and used cars, has published a market report containing findings in stark…

Hyundai reveals ‘Smart Stream’ engine at Frankfurt ’17

Smart Stream’ tech at heart of matter Turbo engine comes with eight-speed auto Electric fine, but petrol won’t disappear yet FRANKFURT, Germany – Hyundai Motors has unveiled its next-generation drive train technology here alongside the public debut of the high-performance i30 N and the sub-compact, Kona SUV. The Korean automaker revealed the first in its…

Britain putting electric cars on pole – will SA follow?

Progress pendulum swinging higher for EV’s Prices falling as automakers board bandwagon Range, initial cost, still major disincentives LONDON, England – More than half of car owners in the UK are expecting to own an electric car in the next five years with, perhaps, an internal combustion machine as a back-up. A poll of 1000 car…

Battery Jag puts new spark into E-Type classic

Battery Jag is faster than original to 100km/h Classic Sixties E-type gets new-century makeover Future restorations could use the same motor PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover Classic will present a battery-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest when it opens in London on September 8 2017. An electric E-Type… how come?…

Mercedes and Tidal coming in with 60 000 000 songs

Mercedes’deal for ultra driving music Tidal coming in to new partnership Are there really than my songs around? STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz is to partner with global music/entertainment platform Tidal to stream a choice of 60 000 000 songs and 185 000 music videos free for a year to its cars and their owners’ smartphones…

Bee-bah, bee-bah! Scooter cops to clean up the city

London cops to gas up on hydrogen Police aim to clean up the city Long-term test of pre-sale superscoots LONDON, England – The British capital’s Metropolitan Police intend to reduce exhaust emissions with a trial of Suzuki’s Burgman hydrogen-fuelled scooters. They have a range of about 120km. The 18-month trial using seven Burgman Fuel Cell…

Park your future Jaguar on the coffee table

Jaguar planning to sell only steering-wheels Autonomy from 2040 for London tech show Vision of mobility involves not owning a car LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover will reveal an “intelligent and connected” steering-wheel of the future at an inaugural Tech Fest at the Central St Martins art, design and technology college in London. “The…

Fresh hope for bulwark against mass battery cars

• Achieving climate targets needs not only electromobility • New synthetic fuels can suck CO2 from atmosphere • Synthetic fuels could chew up 2.8 gigatons of CO2 by 2050 GERLINGEN, Germany – Until recently a carbon-neutral combustion engine was the stuff of dreams – but not any more. Indeed, a new process can capture carbon…

Be careful: Dashcams might be hashcams in court

Dashcams sometimes miss whole picture High-profile police patrols still necessary Protection? It could be the opposite… LONDON, England – The UK’s biggest road-safety charity has warned that the rush of drivers buying a dashcam might not create as many prosecutions for dangerous driving hoped. It could even lead to to fewer traffic patrols as officers…

Cyber protection: What about your local garage?

UK research highlights car cyber attacks Regulation needed for automakers, techies Survey shows huge ignorance on cyber theft LONDON, England – The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars but urges focus on the technicians that work on the vehicles, too. The same type…