VW will spend $50 billion over 5 years on electric, connected and self-driving car tech

November 16, 2018 14:51 CET

Volkswagen Group is significantly raising investment plans for the next five years in the race to keep up with the shift to electric and self-driving cars, as well as new services in connected cars.

VW will spend 44 billion euros ($50 billion) through 2023, part of a push for now more than 50 full-electric models by 2025. This is 10 billion euros more compared with last year’s planning round.

The company’s supervisory board voted on Friday far-reaching Continue reading “VW will spend $50 billion over 5 years on electric, connected and self-driving car tech”

UK Chemicals company will decide on SUV production in Europe or UK this year

November 16, 2018 16:30 CET

LONDON — Petrochemicals company Ineos said it will decide on the manufacturing location for its new off-road vehicle, currently in design and development, by the year end and flagged a number of “very strong options” in the UK and Europe.

Media outlets had reported that Ineos is in talks with Ford to make its Land Rover-inspired vehicles at Ford’s Bridgend engine plant.

“While Ford Bridgend engine plant has a long-established and successful record in the Continue reading “UK Chemicals company will decide on SUV production in Europe or UK this year”

Black Friday 2018: best deals for UK motorists and petrolheads

We look at the best Black Friday Deals 2018 for motorists at the annual cut price shopping event extravaganza

Black Friday 2018 is almost upon us, but even before the day itself on 23 November, companies are giving out deals and offers to customers left, right and centre – including many products perfect for motorists and car fans.

Rather than queuing for ages in the freezing cold and getting into an altercation with other angry shoppers, you can take the easy option and view all the Continue reading “Black Friday 2018: best deals for UK motorists and petrolheads”

Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Tesla Autopilot safety, Rivian pickup: Today’s Car News

Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service

Toyota announces it will build a hybrid version of the Corolla. Rivian teases images of its upcoming electric pickup. Mercedes-Benz launches a consumer fuel-cell test fleet. And we crunch the accident-rate numbers on Tesla’s Autopilot. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

At a California event this week, Toyota announced it will build a hybrid version of its most venerable economy car, the Corolla in 2020. It’s not clear what Continue reading “Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Tesla Autopilot safety, Rivian pickup: Today’s Car News”

Rivian teases electric pickup and SUV planned for LA auto show

Rivian R1T electric pickup concept teaser

A new startup automaker, Rivian, plans to beat Tesla to the punch with an electric pickup truck.

After years of stealth, the company is finally poised to reveal its new pickup and SUV at the LA auto show later this month.

This week, the company set up a media site complete with space for pictures of its upcoming vehicles, and released a teaser video that gives a glimpse what its truck might look like.

Paralleling the four-door R1T Continue reading “Rivian teases electric pickup and SUV planned for LA auto show”

Mercedes-Benz delivers first F-Cell plug-in hybrid fuel-cell SUV in Germany

Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes delivered its first plug-in hybrid F-Cell fuel cell SUV in Berlin earlier this week.

Like earlier projects from Toyota, Honda, and GM in the U.S., Mercedes is only leasing or renting the vehicles (it says “renting short-term or long-term”) to select customers in German cities where hydrogen refueling infrastructure is available.  Those include Berlin, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, and Cologne.

Germany Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz delivers first F-Cell plug-in hybrid fuel-cell SUV in Germany”

Tesla fatal crash rate with Autopilot still no better than with human drivers

Tesla Autopilot

Since Tesla’s Autopilot was introduced back in October 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made extravagant claims about its superior safety. Last month, reacting to what Musk considers sensationalized media coverage of Tesla accidents, the company released the first of its promised quarterly safety updates.

The report claimed that, compared to the U.S. automobile crash rate of one every 492,000 miles, Teslas in the second quarter of 2018 had an accident “or crash-like Continue reading “Tesla fatal crash rate with Autopilot still no better than with human drivers”

Chevy Corvette ZR1 named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019, Aston Martin DBX prototype, 2019 Hyundai Veloster N priced: The Week In Reverse

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

We named the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019; Aston Martin confirmed the DBX name for its SUV and showed it in prototype form; and Hyundai priced the Veloster N, its first hot hatchback for North America. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here on Motor Authority.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 outdid a list of fierce rivals to become the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019. The super Corvette beat out Continue reading “Chevy Corvette ZR1 named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019, Aston Martin DBX prototype, 2019 Hyundai Veloster N priced: The Week In Reverse”

Private parking firms set to pay DVLA £16m for record number of driver details

DVLA on-track to share 6.5m driver details to parking firms in 2018/19 financial year, with companies paying £2.50 for each record

The DVLA is set to share a record number of drivers’ details to private parking firms this financial year, with companies on track to pay £16.2m from the records – up from £14.2m last financial year, and £9.2m in 2015/16.

Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and analysed by Auto Express show 3.2m drivers’ details were issued to Continue reading “Private parking firms set to pay DVLA £16m for record number of driver details”