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BMW i - future electric cars and SUVs

11 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Eight years ago next month BMW began manufacturing its first electric car. The i3 is not only still in production but it's selling better than ever. Filling out the numbers between 1 and 8, which was slow at first, has lately accelerated and now includes SUVs too. This report looks at what's already available and what's to come.

2021MY Jaguar XF Sportbrake P300

10 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Big estates don't come much better than the Jaguar XF. Available to buy since August 2017, the Sportbrake still looks terrific and thanks to a major revamp for the interior, has even more of a luxury air about it. The model year 2021 saloon and estate have also been given a minor exterior makeover and just as importantly, a selection of new engines.

OEMs look to blockchain solutions for compliance and parts performance

6 May 2021 | Dave Leggett

Working in a consortium Renault says it has developed a new blockchain solution for the European automotive industry to certify the compliance of vehicle's components from design to production. Supply chain visibility is an increasing issue for companies looking to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

A week with the hydrogen fuel cell Hyundai Nexo

5 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

What's like to run a fuel cell vehicle as your only car? Enjoyable and surprisingly easy is the short answer, albeit with refuelling being something of an obstacle.

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Kia’s transition to electrification

5 May 2021 | Matthew Beecham

This year is a significant one for Kia as it gears itself up to launch the new EV6 crossover. While existing models such as the e-Niro and Soul EV are based on ICE platforms, the EV6 is the first Kia based on the group’s dedicated EV platform, codenamed e-GMP. The model will feature ultra-fast 800V charging, allowing drivers to charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. To learn more, Matthew Beecham talked to Sjoerd Knipping, Kia Europe’s Product and Planning Director.

Virtual trends in the automotive industry - Q&A with Epic Games

5 May 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Games technology has been credited with "turning the automotive industry upside down". To find out how such a big claim can be justified, Matthew Beecham talked to Epic Games director of industry management, Heiko Wenczel.

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NHTSA probes 1.1m Hondas over steering

10 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Monday it was opening a formal safety probe into more than 1.1m Honda Accord vehicles over sudden loss of steering control reports.

Jidu Auto to invest US$7.7bn in smart EVs

26 April 2021 | editorial team

Jidu Auto, a new electric vehicle (EV) joint venture between Chinese technology giant Baidu and local automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said it planned to spend CNY50bn (US$7.7bn) in the next five years to develop smart EV technology.

Bridgestone and Lightyear combine on solar powered car

23 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Bridgestone says it has engineered tyres specifically for Lightyear One, a product of a Netherlands-based startup that is decribed as the world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle, which is 'set for commercial availability by the end of this year'.

Honda Motor Europe details new HR-V

22 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

UK-based Honda Motor Europe has announced the details of its new HR-V, with the small SUV to be offered in the region from late 2021 in hybrid-only form.

Tenneco supplies tech for BMW iX3

21 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

The BMW iX3, the German automaker's first all-electric SUV, will feature an optional Continuously Variable Semi-Active Suspension with external valve (CVSAe) technology from Tenneco.

New battery pack for Mercedes EV buses

20 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has delivered its first eCitaro EV buses with a new type of lithium-ion battery.

Seres launches SF5 using Huawei technology

20 April 2021 | editorial team

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies and automotive local startup Seres jointly launched the new Seres Huawei Smart Selection SF5 hybrid electric vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show this week.

Wuling to deliver 7,200 EVs to Japan

20 April 2021 | editorial team

Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry Company has won an order to produce 7,200 battery powered small vans from Japanese delivery firm Sagawa Express, according to reports in China.

Genesis premieres first electric vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2021

20 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Group owned Genesis has introduced its first electric vehicle, the electric model of the G80 ('Electrified G80') to the global market at the 2021 Shanghai Show.

Toyota announces new BEV line

19 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota will brand a new line of battery electric vehicles (BEV) bZ.

Mercedes uses Veoneer parts in new EV

19 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Veoneer announced it was supplying parts for Daimler's Mercedes EQS flagship electric sedan.

Mercedes reveals flagship EQS for its EV range

16 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the EQS, the first all-electric saloon on the EQ brand. It is described as a flagship luxury saloon for its EQ-dedicated EV range.

Hyundai unveils new Staria minivan

13 April 2021 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor on Tuesday unveiled the new futuristic-looking Staria 11-seater minibus, ahead of the launch of domestic sales later this week.

VinFast selects NVIDIA for next gen autonomous EV

13 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Vietnam-based VinFast has announced that it has selected NVIDIA DRIVE Orin  for its new generation of autonomous electric vehicles.

Mahindra global SUV W601 to be branded XUV700

9 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has unveiled the brand name of its much-awaited SUV, built on the W601 platform, as the XUV700 (pronounced as XUV, 7 double ‘Oh’).

Great Wall to lift hydrogen R&D investment

6 April 2021 | editorial team

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) plans to invest CNY3bn (US$456m) in hydrogen-related research and development over the next three years, as it looks to become a significant player in the global fuel cell vehicle market.

China's Plus raises more funds for self-driving trucks

6 April 2021 | editorial team

Chinese autonomous driving startup Plus announced it has raised US$220m in its latest fundraising round led by FountainVest Partners and ClearVue Partners.

Hyundai teases long awaited pickup truck

1 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai has released the first teaser sketch of its Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle (pickup truck) claiming it will break new ground within the SUV, truck and crossover segments "by offering a new category of vehicle unlike anything else in the US market".

LF-Z Electrified concept embodies Lexus future vision

31 March 2021 | editorial team

Toyota Motor luxury car division, Lexus, this week unveiled the LF-Z Electrified, a conceptual battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) that embodies the brand’s vision and direction for future electric vehicles.

Kia shows more of EV6

30 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Kia has announced more details of its new EV6, its first car to be based on the company's dedicated new platform for battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

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