Volkswagen Unleashes Sedric, the New Self-Driving Car

Sedric is an electric powered vehicle, which has been designed from scratch as an autonomous vehicle. The mobility concept was designed as part of Volkswagen’s ‘Together – Strategy 2025′.

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“At the Volkswagen Group, we want to play a leading role in driving forward the transformation into a new era. We want to structure this process and we are therefore also increasing the pace of development and intensifying investments in these important innovative fields of digitalization and autonomy. We have also created a new structure within our organisation to achieve this. This will empower the Volkswagen Group to advance from being an automotive manufacturer to become a leading mobility provider. Our vision is to become a leading provider of sustainable mobility by the year 2025,” commented Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Research and Development, Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen Sedric

The car will carry 2 + 2 passengers, and has been designed for easy access and usability for users with all levels of mobility included disabled and visually impaired passengers.

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Rolls-Royce Celebrates 2017 Goodwood Revival

Rolls-Royce will celebrate the 2017 Goodwood Revival this weekend with a significant presence at the legendary motor circuit. The centerpiece will be the March Motor Works, this year renamed ‘Gordon Galleries’, echoing the shopping arcades of 1950’s central London.

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The Galleries include a period Rolls-Royce showroom, recapturing the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the marque’s glamorous premises in London’s West End during the same period.

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Within the showroom, a stunning 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Extended Wheelbase will be displayed, with a body by Freestone & Webb. Finished in black over red, the car was first presented at the 1956 British International Motor Show at Earl’s Court, London.

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1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage on Display alongside DBR1, DB11 and Vantage AMR

The much-loved Goodwood Revival is just around the corner and Aston Martin will again feature in Lord March’s annual celebration of the glory days of the motor industry.

1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The British luxury carmaker, which recently celebrated record first-half profits, will feature strongly in the Earls Court Motor Show, a unique part of the Revival where manufacturers showcase their classic models alongside their latest offerings.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The new V8-powered DB11 and the V8 Vantage AMR will fly the flag for the modern Aston Martin, while two very special delights from the past will represent days gone by for the luxury marque.

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The company President and CEO, Andy Palmer, will be thrilled to see his very own 1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage on display.  Palmer bought the car in 2015 from the company’s heritage division Aston Martin Works, which still operates at its original site in Newport Pagnell.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR V8-front shot
Aston Martin Vantage AMR V8

“I admired that car throughout my teenage years,” said Palmer. “After going through the pain of realizing it was well out of my reach when I passed my driving test in 1980, to be able to buy it now feels great and it is a rare privilege to be able to take it to the Goodwood Revival to show it off.”

Aston Martin Vantage AMR V8-rear shot

Completing the line up in the Earls Court Motor Show is a glorious example of the  DBR1. The first of the five DBR1s built recently sold at auction at Pebble Beach for US$22.5 million, making it the most expensive British car ever sold at auction.

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Aston Martin people will also be at the Revival, at the heart of the on-track action.  2017 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Darren Turner, will take part in the RAC TT Celebration race on Sunday in an AC Cobra that he will share with Rory Henderson.  The British racer will also take part in the ultra-competitive St Mary’s Trophy in an MG Magnette and he will race a Ford GT in the Whitsun Trophy on Saturday. Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman will also be on track on Saturday, racing his personal 1960 Cooper T56 in the Chichester Cup.

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Highly Automated Driving on Highways Is No Longer Just a Dream

Highly automated driving on highways is no longer just a dream, but a reality, thanks to leading automotive manufacturer Continental. The brand started testing automated driving systems on public roads back in 2012 and now has a global fleet of development vehicles.

The Highly Automated Driving (HAD) system gives vehicles the ability to take over driving on highways in accordance with national traffic regulations. At the end of a highway, control is transferred back to the driver; the handover is initiated by a state-of-the-art human machine interface. If the driver fails to respond when prompted to take over, the technology identifies a safe place to stop and pulls over using a minimum risk manoeuvre.

This intelligent function will be part of the system when it is ready for production in 2020, well in advance of many government plans in the region to develop smart cities and boost autonomous driving. While, for instance, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s goal is to make 25 percent of all journeys driverless by 2030, in Saudi Arabia plans for the US$100bn King Abdullah Economic City have been remodeled to better accommodate driverless cars in recognition of potential future demand.

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“The automated system brings a two-fold benefit when it comes to safety,” said Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems & Technology in Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “Firstly, automation avoids human error in regular operation while also offering a comfortable ride. Secondly, it includes an additional fall-back mode that is not included in conventional vehicles. If the driver is unable to take control of the wheel again, then the technology safely brings the car to a stop.”

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Jaguar’s past, Present and Future Models Will Be Electrified

From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified. The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year.”

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Jaguar E-type Zero

Jaguar E-type Zero

The electric Jaguar E-type Zero future-proofs one of the world’s most famous cars. Acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, the E-type now combines breathtaking design with electric power for the first time. E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just 5.5sec. It was engineered by Jaguar Classic at the company’s new Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

With I-PACE we started with a clean sheet and engineered a bespoke, tailored, pure electric SUV from the ground up, creating a beautiful design with everyday practicality. It’s a performance SUV, it looks stunning, is great to drive and will be on sale next year.

Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE

The Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE is a vision for the car of 2040 and beyond. The fully autonomous virtual concept explores mobility for the connected world of tomorrow, where vehicles could be shared not owned.

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Hyundai to Invest Heavily in Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hyundai is taking a leading role in the transition towards a more environmentally sustainable motor industry, by creating a practical path forward in moving from fossil fuels to electric vehicles that will suit a wide range of worldwide markets.

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Hyundai’s hybrid engine

While there is now a consensus in the motor industry that electric vehicles will dominate the future, Hyundai’s Head of Operations for Africa and the Middle East, Mike Song, says there is a tendency for companies to focus too heavily on a limited choice of technologies. As a result, the products in development may not be suitable for all markets, or all uses.

Hyundai is taking a different approach. Instead of committing to one form of technology, the Korean company is now manufacturing models using four different approaches to electric power: fully electric, hybrid, plug-in, and hydrogen fuel cell.

Hyundai to Invest Heavily in Electric

“Most major carmakers are developing cars with electric motors, and there is a general understanding in the industry that this is the future, and that electric cars are essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the effects of climate change,” said Mike Song. “The problem is how do we store the electricity needed to drive an electric motor? Electric power has always been possible, and in many ways better than internal combustion, but energy storage has always been the limiting factor.”

Until recently, most alternative drivetrains in production were hybrids, with an electric motor and internal combustion engine sharing the work of turning the wheels. Hybrids are being joined by a growing number of cars that only use an electric motor to move the car. These either rely on rechargeable batteries to store energy to drive the motor, or can be a plug-in hybrid, which has a battery-electric drivetrain, but with an internal combustion engine acting as a generator when the batteries cannot be recharged from an external power source.

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The Aston Martin Vanquish S Pearl Edition: A Bold Showcase of the Bespoke Personalization by Aston Martin

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Pearl Edition is a bold showcase of the bespoke personalization service offered by Q by Aston Martin. The Vanquish S Pearl Edition will be limited to just 15 examples, available exclusively in the Middle East which has a long association with the pearl industry.

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Pearl Edition

The fascinating cultural history of this spectacularly rare and elegant natural material has been at the heart of the region’s heritage for thousands of years, capturing the imagination through mythology and legend. The Pearl Edition celebrates this.

Marek Reichman, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, who oversees the dedicated Q by Aston Martin team at the company’s HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire commented: ‘The Vanquish S Pearl Edition is an extremely special car, it is a chance for us to demonstrate our skilled application of exotic materials as well as the Q by Aston Martin team’s attention to detail.’

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Pearl Edition-Interiors

Dr Matthew Bennett, Head of Q by Aston Martin added: ‘The Pearl Edition is a true representation of what Aston Martin stands for – it brings together new materials and skills with what we consider the lifeblood of every Aston Martin, design.’

The Vanquish S Pearl Edition takes the tradition, value and rarity of the pearl, with its long association with the Arabian Gulf, and uses the artistry of the Q by Aston Martin team to create a truly spectacular car. Every Aston Martin is a hand-crafted, high performance sports car, and the new Vanquish S represents the pinnacle of the model’s engineering and design refinement. A sublime driving experience, thrilling dynamics and exceptional refinement are paired with the soft and natural beauty of the Arabian pearl, with its timeless allure and understated character.

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Subtle but striking details abound. Most prominently, the Aston Martin wings on the front and rear of the car are inlaid with iridescent panels of delicate mother of pearl. The same material is also carefully incorporated throughout the car’s sumptuous interior, including down the center of the waterfall-style central console, on the dashboard rotary switches, sill plaque and sterling silver fender badge.

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The Top 70 Players on the PGA TOUR Tee-off at the BMW Championship

Once again the cream of world golf has risen to the top in the quest to qualify for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on the outskirts of Chicago from September 14-17. As the third and penultimate tournament in the FedExCup Playoffs, the BMW Championship is one of the most important and prestigious events on the PGA TOUR. It carries a prize fund of $8.75 million, with $1.575 million going to the winner

The championship field is made up of the leading 70 players in the season-long standings, from which the top 30 will go through to the Tour Championship in Atlanta (Sept 21-24) and the chance to scoop a $10 million bonus as the overall winner of the FedExCup.

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The list of competitors seeking victory at Conway Farms reads like a roll call of the game’s great and the good. Among those leading the way is young American Justin Thomas, who won his first major at the PGA Championship last month and set a record for the playoffs on Sunday when he had eight threes in a round of 64 at the Dell Technologies Championship. He went on to win the tournament – his fifth title this season.

Picking a winner from the field that will assemble for the BMW Championship is almost impossible although Dustin Johnson, the world No.1, can probably be considered a slight favourite by dint of the prodigious distances he hits the ball off the tee. The 33-year-old American is the defending champion and one of only two players (the other is Tiger Woods) to have won the title twice.

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Chevrolet Equinox 2018 to Reach the Middle East Soon

The modern mid-size crossover offers state of the art safety features and two turbocharged powertrains.

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The overall vehicle is up to 180kg lighter than its predecessor, boosting dynamics and efficiency.

Inside, the dual cockpit design style is finished with high durability material, while a new flat-folding rear seat enhances functionality and enables easier loading.

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The 2018 Equinox also offers Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies, including 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and are Android Auto ready.

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Harley-Davidson to Launch Complete Custom Revolution

To celebrate its 115th Anniversary year, Harley-Davidson is launching a complete custom revolution: eight all-new Softail® models that merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna® line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line.

Designed under the largest Product Development Project in company history, the new bikes feature a stiffer and significantly lighter frame built to harness the high torque output of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight® 107 and 114 engines.

With high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension and an easily adjustable hidden rear monoshock, the aggressively styled 2018 Softail models are faster, lighter and better handling than any of their Big Twin cruiser predecessors.

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Model Year 2018 New Model

Paul James, manager of Product Portfolio, Harley-Davidson Motor Company:

“The new Softails are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history. Thousands of hours of research and testing were put into the complete ground-up design of these new cruisers. We focused on taking the total rider experience to a higher level, where authenticity, heritage and soul meet the modern edge of technology for a ride that must be felt to believe.”

And interpreting Harley-Davidson’s history, authenticity and styling DNA through a modern lens, the eight new Softails feature all-new designs that strongly differentiate them from their predecessors and each other. From a new base of style, comfort and performance the next generation of factory custom cruisers is ready for riders to elevate even further with their own personalization.

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