Honda invests in revolutionary R&D driving simulator

Simulator housed at Honda’s German technical centre Experience close as currently possible to road driving Supports next-generation vehicle development and testing OFFENBACH, Germany – Honda claims it is about to become the world’s first automaker to adopt driving simulator technology based on a revolutionary new architecture called DiM250. No, that’s not a slur on learner…

Artificial intelligence: Audi taking lead on highways

California hosting talks on artificial intelligence ‘Neural network’ generates 3D environments Driving further down the road to autonomy LONG BEACH, California – Automaker Audi is exhibiting a pre-development project at what is described as “the world’s most important symposium for artificial intelligence” here. The conference has been co-sponsored by Audi and will run from Dec…

Locally-built Ford Ranger gets new touches for 2018

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford SA has introduced a number of product updates on its locally assembled Ford Ranger for 2018. Tracey Delate, marketing manager at Ford SA, told The Corner: “The  Ranger has cemented its status as one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles and has topped the monthly sales charts several times through 2017. “The 2.2…

VW Polo GTI rally cars ready for 2018 World competition

Super variant of new Polo GTI¹ for global rallying 200kW turbo engine, all-wheel drive, roll-cage Race debut scheduled towards end 2018 WOLFSBURG, Germany – The stage is set for the rally GTI with VW’s Polo GTI R5 having had its world premiere at an official driving presentation of the Polo GTI² on the island of Majorca…

New Stelvio star of FCA’s Jozi pop-up store

MIDRAND, South Africa – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to open the brand’s first pop-up store in South Africa in time for Christmas 2017. The selling concept is growing in popularity across Europe but this one will be erected by Arnold Chatz Cars, an FCA franchise, at Johannesburg’s Clearwater Mall (see map) in Strubens Valley on the …

Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo F1 team

By AGNIESZKA FLAK ARESE, Italy – Formula E champion Charles Leclerc will move up to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber for the 2018 season. Marcus Ericcson will remain on the drivers’ list  despite scoring zero points through 2017. The announcement, according to Reuters, was made by Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne on Saturday…

Ferrari boss says F1 ‘walking a tightrope’ in US

MILAN, Italy – Formula 1 is walking a tightrope as new owner Liberty Media plans to grow the sport in America, according to Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne. According to Reuters. Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, recognised there was a big opportunity to win new audiences in the United States but “the sport’s heritage has…

Toyota concept: Next wheels for ‘Jurassic Park’ remake?

Another step in Toyota’s adventure concept vehicles Petrol or hybrid all-wheel-drive possible Bold design shows ‘confidence of existing SUV’s LOS ANGELES, California – Toyota says it has taken its series of “adventure” concept vehicles to the next level with the global premiere of what the automaker describes as “our brash and versatile Future Toyota Adventure…

Project Wicked Stick: Something new from Ford Performance

Hot extras design for Ford Performance cars New range out designed by Ford Europe  Perhaps play with your ‘Wicked Stick  BRENTWOOD, England – Ford Europe is introducing a range of high-quality, tailor-made, Ford-approved Performance Parts to enhance the appearance, sound and driving attributes of its performance models. The parts were shown at an autoshow in…

New Chevy Corvette drop-top to dock at LA Auto show

Chev Corvette: ‘It’s a supercar in all respects’ It’s still the Corvette Coupe – but roofless Wings take top speed way beyond 300km/h LOS ANGELES, California – Chevrolet has dropped the top on the 2019 Corvette ZR1 with the global introduction of the ZR1 convertible, the first ZR1 drop-top since the original 1970 ZR1. The…

Lynk & Co’s opening blasts car-sales world record

Gone in 137 seconds – 6000 online vehicle orders Swedish sales invention to change auto marketing Hassle-free ownership through internet deals NINGBO, China – Lynk & Co, a connected and shareable mobility brand designed and engineered in Sweden, has started global sales and within minutes created world automotive records. Lynk & Co explains that it…

US West Coast launch for Gen 3 Mercedes supercoupe

Choice of three engines – petrol or diesel Great connectivity through 34cm screen Global market launch set for March 2018. LOS ANGELES, California – Mercedes-Benz has chosen the 2017 auto show here to launch the third-generation CLS four-door supercoupe with a new design idiom The first generation, launched in 2004, was a mid-size but luxury four-door fastback…