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Roborace is moving closer to the goal of autonomous race cars with the release of its first development vehicle. Known as the “DevBot,” the car doesn’t look anything like renderings released by Roborace earlier this year, but it does pack the hardware and software the nascent race series plans to use on its actual cars. The final designs for those cars will be unveiled later this year, series organizers say. Unlike the final product, the DevBot has space for a human driver. Roborace says this is to allow teams to “fully...Continue reading »

Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) has extended its portfolio of all-electric vehicles with the introduction of the DENZA 400, Daimler’s “Made in China, for China” electric vehicle. The DENZA 400 offers upgraded battery, electric motor and electronic control providing customers an electric range of up to 400 km (250 miles) on a full charge. The vehicles are manufactured at BDNT’s independent production line at the BYD base in Shenzhen. The new flexible production line will increase capacity based on future market...Continue reading »

While Aston Martin is showing off the Vanquish Zagato Coupe for the first time in North America, it’s also using the Monterey Car Week to confirm a convertible version of the stunning supercar. Limited to just 99 cars – many of which will be spoken for this week by those visiting Aston’s Carmel, California pop-up shop – the Volante will share the coupe’s enhanced V12, cranking out 592 horsepower. The 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds is almost as quick as the 3.5 touted by the new DB11. And, of course, the topless models...Continue reading »

The German plug-in electric vehicle market had another drop last month, dropping 10% Year-on-Year, having registered 1.742 units in July. Despite the recent slowdown, Year-to-date registrations are still up 6%. The Renault Zoe was the leader last month, with 301 units, its best performance this year, followed by the Volkswagen e-Golf (136 registrations, best result in one year) and the Audi Q7 e-Tron (129 units). After the first complete month of incentives in Germany, the models that have most applications for the discount are the Renault...Continue reading »

The upcoming Infiniti QX50 crossover does not get our pulse racing, no matter how shapely the QX Sport concept that previews it may be. No midsize SUV does, to be fair. But it has something special under the hood – the world’s first production variable-compression-ratio engine. That means the QX50’s 2.0-liter turbo four, which makes 268 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, will have up to 27 percent better fuel economy. Here’s how it works. The trend of moving to smaller, turbocharged engines carries with it one...Continue reading »

The advent of new services like Uber and Lyft has created a new buzz in the transportation sector. Whether you’re looking to become a self-employed driver or work for a traditional taxi firm, though, you’ll still have a number of different options available to you. First things first, the vehicle you choose should be reliable as well as fuel efficient. After all, the last thing you want to do is be sitting by the side of the road waiting for AA or constantly heading to the nearest station to fill-up. Choosing a Manufacturer With...Continue reading »

While there have been many rumors dating back to 2008 about a mid-engined sports car from Honda, last year’s report was provided the most detail about what seemed to be a scaled-down version of the NSX hybrid supercar. Honda may have added some fuel to the rumor-fire by recently filing a trademark application for “ZSX,” reports Australia’s Performance Drive. The trademark application was sent to the European Union Intellectual Property Office late last month and is obviously close to the NSX nomenclature. The Australian...Continue reading »

The first solicitation from looky-loos about the BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid: “What is this BMW? That’s not the strange-looking i3 taking up a public electric vehicle charging spot? And why is it a large SUV?” To keep the ICE’d patrol at bay, this 5,263-pound luxury crossover assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, can indeed suckle from the electrical mains, although in this application, the charging power tops out at a depressingly not powerful 3.5 kilowatts, meaning all those Level 2 public chargers rated...Continue reading »

We’ve been waiting a long time for Audi to release a crossover. And this August, we’re going to get one. A couple of years ago, Audi let slip their intention to get into the crowded crossover space. But whether the company could deliver was met with a degree of scepticism. Many manufacturers have tried to go up against the Juke and have failed. Just look at what happened to both Renault and Citroen. Renault launched its Captur, but the reviews came back as mixed at best. One reviewer said that nobody who knows anything about cars would...Continue reading »

Germany’s new discount scheme to encourage the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles has been used by almost 2,000 people since its introduction on 1 July 2016, the BAFA economic affairs and export control agency said. Since its introduction, 1,791 buyers of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles have applied for the discounts and 581 of them were buyers of BMW models – notably its BMW i3 electric car. There were also 444 applications for subsidies from buyers of Renault EVs and 154 from buyers of Volkswagen models. Germany, one of the...Continue reading »