Continental, the worldwide premium tire manufacturer and technology company, recently announced that it will divert increased funds into research and development of hybrid and electric drive systems as part of the company’s new global “Powertrain Strategy 2020+”.
Focusing on two key targets, Continental is recognizing the demand for the most efficient combustion engine technologies that will lower carbon emissions and looking to benefit from the prospective growth in environmentally friendly hybrid and fully electric drive systems. While Continental’s Powertrain division won’t entirely move away from fine-tuning motors, it sees electric and hybrid vehicles accounting for 40 percent of the global car market by 2025.
Commenting on Continental’s ‘Powertrain Strategy 2020+’, Jose A. Avila, a member of the Executive Board and President of Continental’s Powertrain division said: “Moving forward, we will gradually implement our new strategy and expect a falling demand for newly developed mechanic and hydraulic engine components. In accordance with this trend, we will reduce our investment in these technologies, instead looking to the growth in innovative electronic, sensor and software systems due to increasingly stringent emission requirements worldwide.”
“Our Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) business is already experiencing a rising order intake. We expect a growing turnover of approximately $130 million today to up to $1 billion by 2021. Continental is planning to pursue business opportunities of almost $2 billion by 2025, with further investment in research and development of HEV-related technologies. This is why we intend to spend over $300 million more than previously projected,” he added.
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One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone today. First with the global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.
This ‘family’ of four Vanquish Zagato models will yield a total of 325 cars. As the first member of the family, production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupes commenced in late 2016. Next to enter production was the Vanquish Zagato Volante. Once again strictly limited to 99 cars (all of which have been sold), production has commenced and deliveries will be completed through 2018.
Of the two remaining models, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster is the rarest, with a production run of just 28 cars. As you would expect from one of the most collectible and covetable Aston Martins ever, all 28 Vanquish Zagato Speedsters have been sold with deliveries scheduled for 2018. Completing the quartet, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will also enter production in 2018, with a total build run of 99 cars matching those of the Coupe and Volante.
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The Tesla Model 3 is supposed to usher us into the era of self-driving cars, although that day isn’t here yet, nor will it be when the cars start shipping later this year.
Drivers will be operating the vehicle before full automation arrives, and they’ll probably want more assistance than a massive tablet displaying the odometer, speedometer, and navigation. How many drivers are going to end up retrofitting their new Model 3s with bad substitute HUDs, like Navdy, to make up for Tesla’s HUD disposal.
Current Tesla owners are often seen as tech-obsessed and on the cutting edge, but the company is now attempting to create the most affordable and technically advanced electric vehicle in the world with the Model 3. I’m not sure regular drivers will appreciate interior ingenuity as much as early adopters. The HUD is a comfort that’s becoming more familiar. Both luxury and midrange automakers already offer heads-up displays in either a vehicle’s base price or as an extra accessory in a package. Tesla should consider offering this same choice to consumers.
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Japanese automaker Mazda recently claimed engine ‘breakthrough’ that should worry electric car backers.
Days after striking a partnership to collaborate on electric vehicles with bigger and wealthier competitor Toyota, the scrappy engineers at Mazda announced proprietary engine technology that they say is 20% to 30% more efficient than the automaker’s conventional systems.
They plan to deploy the technology, which also boasts improving torque, in models beginning in 2019.
The technological advancement, which Mazda won’t share with other automakers, shows how the global race to meet fuel economy regulations will take multiple forms and could pave the way for consumers to save on transportation.
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After establishing a reputation for quality restorations of Land Cruisers, Toyota company wanted to push the limits, and design a 40-series Land Cruiser to meet the demands of modern driving, while honoring the timeless beauty of the original design.
Car fans love the rugged features of the 40 Series. They love its simplicity. They love its utilitarian approach… but often times, they wanted a little more.
A classic Land Cruiser that could be used for a quick spin around town – or on a weekend trip to the beach – but given the opportunity, a vehicle that could be pushed hard…. on and off-road.
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General Motors Co. is recalling roughly 800,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks worldwide.
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The F 015 autonomous car made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas more than two years ago. It’s packed with advanced (or what was considered advanced in 2015) autonomous technology, and can, in theory, run for almost 900 kilometers on a mixture of pure electric power and a hydrogen fuel cell.
But while countless other vehicles are still trying to prove that cars can, literally, drive themselves, Merc’s autonomous car offering takes this for granted. Instead, this vehicle wants us to consider what we’ll actually do while the car is driving us around.
The steering wheel slides into the dashboard to create more of a “lounge” space. The seating configuration allows four people to face each other if they want to talk. And when the onboard conversation dries up, a bewildering collection of screens — one on the rear wall, and one on each of the doors — offers plenty of opportunity to interact with various media.
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Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the new F-TYPE with the introduction of the state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. The award-winning F-TYPE family now spans from the entry-level four-cylinder model to Jaguar’s 200mph all-weather supercar – the F-TYPE SVR.
The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 300PS 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant delivers Jaguar sports car DNA with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability. This is a true F-TYPE, with its own unique character.
The new model retains the performance expected from the F-TYPE, and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in only 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. The turbocharged engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm, generated from just 1,500rpm, together with the eight-speed Quickshift transmission, delivers exceptional response throughout the rev range.
Not only is the 300PS Ingenium engine the most powerful four-cylinder unit ever offered in a production Jaguar, it also generates the highest specific power output of any engine in the F-TYPE range: 150PS per litre. It also makes this the most efficient F-TYPE in the range, with a 16 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the 340PS V6, together with CO2 emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.
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Groupe Renault has posted its best first half-year global sales in the company’s history with a growth of +10.4 percent and all of the Group’s brands increasing sales volumes and market share worldwide. Groupe Renault’s global market share is now 4.1%, up +0.3 points on 2016.
In the GCC, the newly-released figures show first half-year sales have grown almost threefold† since 2012 (up 74 percent in the region from 2016 to 2017) despite uncertain market conditions. Conversely, recent industry data showed the wider market opened the year with a significant decrease in new car sales across the region. Regardless of the difficult industry climate, Renault Middle East posted record breaking results, cementing the brand’s presence in the region.
This substantial rise in sales is, in part, the result of the introduction of new models to the Renault Middle East product line-up. In particular, Renault’s executive saloon, the Talisman and SUV model, the Koleos, have proven popular with Middle Eastern customers.
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Bentley Motors has announced full details of the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition – the car of choice for discerning Middle East customers seeking a luxury performance saloon with a more dynamic aesthetic.
The suite of striking exterior and interior features have been created by the British brand’s designers to reflect the car’s sporting character. Black gloss bright-ware, dark tint lights, gloss black window surrounds and door mirrors, and new wheels provide a more dynamic, contemporary commentary for the mighty power output of the V8 S engine.
Inside, a unique color split, with striking new accents, is available to customers, while a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and Piano Black veneer comes as standard.
Tuned for more power, the 4.0-liter V8 engine delivers 528 PS (521 bhp) and 680 Nm (502 lb. ft.), which propels the Flying Spur to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds), and on to a top speed of 306 km/h (190 mph). This power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
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