A lifetime of design and engineering innovation, first in Formula One racing and now as a manufacturer of next-generation urban automobiles, has earned Gordon Murray the title Commander of the British Empire for “services to Motoring” in the Queen’s New Years Honours, and for devising and delivering “creative and ground breaking projects” in the motorsport […]

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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe tall wagon will be the company’s first model to offer fingertip technology for unlocking and starting the vehicle, without a key or a keyfob. Placing a finger over a sensor in the door handle gets the authorized driver inside. Placing a finger over a sensor on the dash then starts […]

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Toyota has added an electric motor at the rear wheels of a new 2019 Prius hybrid model, giving the car all-wheel-drive for the first time. The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e was due to arrive at Toyota dealerships early in the new year. Without needing a center differential to distribute power to all four wheels, the […]

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Seeking to better understand how humans will interact with self-driving cars, British company Ansible Motion has developed a simulator that provides a safe and repeatable environment to test and validate the driver-assistance and autonomous technologies being fitted to new vehicles almost daily. Ansible says the driver-assistance-systems market is set to grow by US $70 billion […]

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Buyers of the coming Lincoln Aviator utility vehicle will be serenaded with music courtesy of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), instead of the usual chimes, when they leave a door ajar or a seat belt unbuckled. The DSO recorded more than 125 musical options, from which six were chosen for Aviator duty, reports automotive lifestyles […]

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After years of watching others pioneer electric motorcycling, American icon Harley-Davidson has announced plans to build its own electric bike called the Livewire. The few details released excluded battery range, output and price, however the electric motor will be mounted longitudinally and it will be a load-bearing component. Other specs include 11.8-inch disc brakes and […]

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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee have developed a wireless-charging system that they say rivals wired plug-in fast chargers. With a six-inch air gap between the battery to be charged and the ground-based charging coils, tests have shown the 120-kilowatt system is 97 percent efficient. Next up, […]

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A new trend appears to be brewing in the world of drag racing. General Motors’ Bowtie division recently revealed an electric COPO Camaro, called the eCOPO, which swaps out the regular race-prepped V-8 for a pair of BorgWarner electric motors plus an 800-volt battery pack that weighs 700 pounds. The resulting combo makes “more than” […]

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Pre-orders have started in Japan for Mazda vehicles equipped with the automaker’s latest enhanced-handling and ride-control technology, called G-Vectoring Control Plus. Mazda’s original G-Vectoring Control (GVC) varied engine torque in response to steering inputs to optimize the vertical load on each wheel “for smoother and efficient vehicle motion.” GVC-Plus additionally uses the brakes at add […]

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The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) division announced Oct. 8 it will build a plug-in hybrid version of the compact Renegade in Italy. When it goes on sale sometime in 2020, it will be one of 30 new FCA models to use conventional hybrid drive, plug-in or fully electrified systems. That mix will include a new […]

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