Infiniti unveiled the new QX50 crossover at the 12th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Not only has the exterior of the popular QX50 undergone aesthetic changes that reflect the current Infiniti design direction, but the crossover’s overall length is also increased by 80 mm to now measure 4630 mm.
Exterior upgrades include a new-look grille and front bumper assembly that incorporate a sportier design headlight as well as standard LED daylight running lights.
Volkswagen revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion – a progressive research vehicle with a fuel cell drive.
As the power source of the future, hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the fuel cell to form pure water. Energy is released in this "cold combustion" process – drive energy for an electric motor that turns with zero emissions. The front wheel drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion accelerates to 62 mph in 10.0 seconds. The hydrogen is stored safely in four high-tech carbon-fibre tanks, which are located in a space-saving way in the under body. Their fuel capacity enables a driving range of 310 miles. Refilling of the fuel tank of the concept car takes just three minutes.
LTA will unveil their new crowd-sourced taxi booking application in December. Dubbed Taxi-Taxi@SG, the app aims to better match taxis to commuters by showing them the availability and location of taxis all across the island.
The onboard map enables commuters to locate the number of taxis near them. Taxi drivers can use the app to seek out potential customers as well, which should help reduce the time spent on roads looking for customers.
Toyota is ready to help with clever improvements to its parking support technology that it will be featuring on new models from next year.
Toyota’s Intelligent Clearance Sonar(ICS) not only detects obstacles, it also helps prevent or lessen collisions where the driver hits the accelerator by mistake – a familiar hazard when backing out of a parking space. Toyota has improved the system by adding extra sensors that can detect objects further away, increasing the breadth and depth of scanning.
The Los Angeles Auto Show hosted the world debut of the new Lexus LF-C2 concept, a 2+2 roadster design study that captures the key themes in a strong future style direction for Lexus. The concept is derived from a pure and simple sports coupe idea, with a highly styled 2+2 layout. Designed to give driver and passenger the best top-down driving experience, it has no roof or cabin covering of any kind.
The exterior styling was influenced by the way surface shapes interact with different type of light. The designers created edges, planes and curves that allow LF-C2 to project a different character when seen from different angles and in different lighting conditions. This approach, combined a layered paint process, results in a striking appearance and a progressive interpretation of an open-top luxury GT. The show car’s golden yellow finish has been created using a multi-layered paint process. A primer coat is followed by silver, a clear coat, then a yellow which reflects off the silver to create a brilliant lustre, followed by a top coat.
The new international car brand, Qoros, will reveal its third series production car, the new Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T, at the 2014 Guangzhou International Auto Show. The high point of the range, the compact City SUV is designed and engineered to appeal to consumers with an appetite for living life to the full, and who are looking for a car to fit into their active, premium, city lifestyle. With its distinctive, modern design it has the flexibility to balance the requirements of the urban commute with the pursuit of weekend leisure activities in the countryside. The new compact urban SUV is scheduled to go on sale before the end of December 2014.
Developed by an international team of experienced specialists and new, young automotive talent from China, the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T exhibits the top quality engineering and excellent safety standards with which Qoros is making a powerful global impression. The City SUV is being manufactured in the brand’s new highly-efficient and environmentally-sustainable assembly plant in Changshu, 80km north-west of Shanghai, on the same production line as the 3 Sedan and 3 Hatch.
From hard to soft and slick to ribbed, you are never short of tyre choices when shopping for a new set. While tyres vary in size and performance between manufacturers, there’s one brand that has had a foothold in producing race winning performance tyres for more than half a century.
The requirements for road tyres and race tyres vary dramatically in their requirements. While race tyres are meant to maintain performance integrity for just a couple of laps, road tyres have to maintain their performance over two or three years which amounts to a distance of 20,000 to 30,000kms.
Bridgestone first unveiled the RE001 in 2007 that married both performance and everyday usability in one tyre. Aimed at the enthusiast crowd, the RE001 strived t...
Volkswagen unveiled one of the sportiest all-round cars in the compact class: the Golf R Estate. This new car fuses the high performance, driveability and comfort of the Golf R hatchback, which was launched in March this year, with the spacious boot of the Golf Estate; this is the first time that the Golf R has been developed in an estate body style.
Like the hatchback, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine which develops 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 380 Nm is available from just 1,800 rpm right up to 5,500 rpm and is channelled via a standard 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Distribution of the power across all four wheels guarantees maximum traction, performance and active safety.