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Toyota on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles. The car, whose concept model was unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be able to converse with drivers, while building up knowledge of users’ preferences, habits and emotions through deep learning, the company said. “By using AI technology, we want to expand and enhance...Continue reading »

Lexus has been inspired by a butterfly’s wing to produce a dazzling new paint shade that uses ground-breaking technology developed during a 15-year research project. The Lexus research team’s inspiration for the new colour Structural Blue came from the American Morpho butterfly which is renowned for the deep, shimmering blue of its wings. Structural Blue is the result of painstaking research into how advanced technology can produce a finish that is deeper, more lustrous and essentially more “blue” than anything...Continue reading »

Business owners which need their employees to be on the road often for work purposes are likely to be responsible for grey fleet drivers. Here, long term van hire specialists Northgate outlines everything you need to know about the grey fleet and some alternatives which you may benefit looking into at your business: Grey fleet: what is it? Any vehicles which are used for business purposes but not owned by the business that is using them can be referred to as grey fleet. As a result, a grey fleet driver may be someone who uses a vehicle...Continue reading »

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and they’re right. This year’s R&T Performance Car Of The Year marks the fifth anniversary of a feature that still has a that new-car smell to it as far as we’re concerned. Here’s something else to make that same point: the movie Happy Gilmore was released more than twenty-one years ago. At the time that Happy Gilmore was filmed, Lamborghini was still building the Diablo, most notably in VT Roadster form. The Diablo VT Roadster was more or less unsurpassed at being outrageous,...Continue reading »

The 2018 Volvo XC60 carries on the Swedish brand’s breathtaking visual makeover under the direction of design chief Thomas Ingenlath. With crisp lines, beautifully restrained surfacing, and a dash-to-axle ratio that makes it look like there’s a longitudinal engine under the hood, this XC60 presents a more elegant exterior than the previous model. But a rising beltline, subtle haunches over the rear wheels, a more steeply raked windshield and backlight, lower nose, and a shorter wheelbase ensure the XC60 is still perceived...Continue reading »

Why do people obsess over Ferrari? To outsiders, Ferrari fandom may seem like a nonsensical cult, but when you learn about cars like the 250 LM, it starts to make sense. This 1960s sports prototype is the quintessential Ferrari—fast, beautiful, and successful, with an overall win at Le Mans in 1965 to its credit. Just watch this film from Petrolicious featuring a 1964 250 LM and tell me you still don’t get the whole Ferrari thing afterwards. The 250 LM was one of Ferrari’s first mid-engine sports cars, an early member of...Continue reading »

Despite the badge, few vehicles feel as wholly American as the Honda Accord. Since 1982, Honda’s self-described flagship has been built in Ohio, not too far from the U.S. auto manufacturing Mecca that is Detroit. From the moment the cover was pulled off this new model, there’s been quite a stir from Honda enthusiasts. What seemed to cause the greatest fuss was the move to an entirely turbocharged lineup. The days of high-revving naturally aspirated Honda engines is nearly gone, replaced by turbocharged engines with lots of...Continue reading »

Struggling to choose between a diesel or petrol car? Things are about to get a lot more difficult, as alternative fuelled vehicles are becoming an increasingly viable option. Hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered cars are already on the forecourts, so which one should you choose? Examining the future of alternative fuel vehicles is used Honda Jazz retailer Motorparks; read on to find out more: Electric vehicles The foundations of electric vehicles date back to as early as 1828, when Anyos Jedlik invented a model car that was powered by...Continue reading »

Driving helps you get from one place to the next in a quick manner, but if you’re not careful—or not driving defensively—then there’s also the risk of getting into an accident. Although no driver ever wants to experience this, it’s still important to be prepared for what you need to do and what you should expect in the event you are in a collision. Whether the accident is your fault or another driver’s, here are eight important things you must do if you’re in a car accident. Move to a safe area. Depending on the severity...Continue reading »

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 443,712 Ram pickup trucks in the United States for faulty water pumps that can potentially catch fire, the company said Tuesday. The 2013–2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups as well as the chassis-cab 3500, 4500, and 5500 models have water-pump bearings that can overheat and cause a fire under the hood. Only trucks with the diesel 6.7-liter inline-six engine are affected. FCA said there have been no reported injuries or accidents; a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...Continue reading »


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