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Hyundai Motor has received the Jury Prize at the JEC Innovation Awards 2015 for its innovative carbon-fibre frame design showcased on the Intrado concept car. The prize was presented during the JEC Europe 2015 conference in Paris this month. The JEC Innovation Awards recognise technical excellence, market potential and originality, rewarding the most innovative composite solutions worldwide. The organisation selected the lightweight and futuristic frame of Intrado, which complements the concept’s advanced fuel-cell powertrain and design,...Continue reading »

The Lexus NX Line has been awarded the highest rating of five stars in a recently conducted Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) test. The NX crossover SUV features an advanced body and interior design as well as an extensive range of safety features to protect the driver and its occupants. These include dual frontal, side chest, curtain and driver knee airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic stability control. Lexus NX’s frontal and side collision protection measures, including...Continue reading »

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee today officially opened a first-of-its-kind EV fast-charging depot at the new Bellevue Nissan outside Seattle. The fast-charging depot features six fast-charging stations – the largest group of fast chargers at any dealership in America. Bellevue Nissan, formerly Nissan of the Eastside at Bellevue, is opening the new charging depot at their brand new dealership, which is also opening today. As one of the nation’s top-selling Nissan LEAF dealers, Bellevue Nissan identified an opportunity to increase...Continue reading »

Data collected over decades from across the globe is helping ensure the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu can handle the world’s worst roads even if the all-new midsize sedan never drives on them. Data collection boxes are placed in cars in real-world driving conditions around the world. Since 1972, these devices have accurately recorded the harshness and frequency of every jounce, bump and shudder inflicted on the car on roads in the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and developing markets. “Although most Malibu owners will never put their car through...Continue reading »

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) experienced another strong month with February 2015 vehicle sales of 7,533 units, a 26 percent sales increase from February 2014. Year-to-date (January through February) sales for the brand are up 29.3 percent from the same period last year. The American-made Outlander Sport 5-passenger compact crossover – the brand’s perennial best-selling vehicle – recorded sales of 2,394 units for its best-ever February sales total. The Lancer compact sports sedan once again posted strong sales...Continue reading »

The new Toyota Hilux Invincible X – the range flagship – has arrived in the UK.Finished in Pure White and featuring 17-inch matt black Rica alloy wheels, the model in our pictures arrived at our HQ on March 13 and is equipped with the Style Pack. A no-cost option on the Invincible X, the Style Pack comprises a front guard with silver under-run, chrome door handles, aluminium scuff plates, a chrome air intake surround and chrome fog and tail light surrounds. Buyers can choose between the style pack or a chrome hi-over bar. Combining...Continue reading »

Volvo Cars has unveiled a D5 Twin Engine Special Edition of its bestselling V60 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. The new car will take the established Volvo Cars plug-in hybrid solution to a wider audience. “We were the first car maker to develop and produce a diesel-based plug-in hybrid powertrain with the launch of the V60 D6 in 2012. Since then we have been working on further refining our innovative approach to electrification and hybrid powertrains, as can be seen in our brand new XC90 T8 Twin Engine which is just entering full-scale...Continue reading »

Refining and strengthening an already solid foundation was the plan for Dodge/SRT engineers when they developed the suspension of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT® 392. Incorporating new technology to complement the handling characteristics, chassis balance and driving feel of the outgoing Charger was the objective. The suspension development process also took into account the fact that the Charger SRT 392 is a four-door sedan, which categorically differentiates it from its Dodge Challenger SRT 392 counterpart. “We wanted the Charger 392...Continue reading »

The all-new Sorento, revealed overseas for the first time at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, has become the latest Kia model to achieve internationally-recognised certification for its whole-life impact on the environment. TÜV Nord, a leading independent technical inspection organisation, has certified the new Kia Sorento according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard. LCA forecasts the environmental impact of a vehicle during its full life, as well as a wide range of development and manufacturing factors – including...Continue reading »

Finding the right car can be a difficult task. It can drive mere mortals to the brink of despair. But, when it comes to finding your perfect car, you don’t have to spend hours meandering around forecourts, listening to salesmen. On the contrary, you can do some desk research in the comfort of your home. Then, you can hit the forecourt and pick up the car of your dreams. Here is the only 5-step guide drive from Automotive blog that you will ever need when it comes to finding the perfect car for you. Step 1: Determine Your Budget  One...Continue reading »