Aston Martin inline-6 reportedly in the works

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

Talk of Aston Martin returning to inline-6 engines dates back all the way to 2011, and despite official denials the rumors persist.

The latest rumors come from Autocar, which reported Friday that Aston Martin is developing its own inline-6, one potentially featuring hybrid technology, to eventually replace the current V-8 engine the company sources from Mercedes-AMG.

The report cited an anonymous source.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in September revealed Continue reading “Aston Martin inline-6 reportedly in the works”

2019 Audi e-tron has cameras instead of mirrors*, but do they really work?

2019 Audi e-tron first drive – Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

The 2019 Audi e-tron will skip out on one piece of technology when it arrives in the United States, hence our asterisk in the title. U.S.-spec e-trons will not receive the futuristic camera-as-mirror technology. Thank outdated regulations for that.

Instead, we’ll receive standard side mirrors, while Audi outfits international models with a side-camera system, something Lexus offers on its ES in some markets.

Green Car Reports Continue reading “2019 Audi e-tron has cameras instead of mirrors*, but do they really work?”

DrivingElectric Magazine Now On Sale

Dennis, the number-one UK content provider for automotive news and reviews, has launched DrivingElectric magazine, a definitive guide to electric and hybrid motoring. The 100-page quarterly magazine is now on sale in WHSmith high street and travel outlets for £5.00.

DrivingElectric is the first print magazine to be born out of the success of Dennis’ new automotive site of the same name, which launched in October this year. DrivingElectric.com delivers reviews, insight and Continue reading “DrivingElectric Magazine Now On Sale”

Four in 10 people know a drink driver

Research finds 37 per cent of people have friends who they believe have driven while over the drink-drive limit

Some 37 per cent of people know someone who has driven while over the drink-drive limit, according to new data. 

Research shows 65 per cent of motorists believe there is more pressure in general to drink alcohol during the month of December and the Christmas period, while 28 per cent would be unprepared to try and talk a friend out of driving if they thought they were over the Continue reading “Four in 10 people know a drink driver”

Automakers face big fines in Europe for missing CO2 targets

Smokestacks pollution air quality

As global leaders meet in Poland to hammer out details about how to meet Paris Climate Accord targets, a new study shows that European automakers aren’t introducing electric cars nearly fast enough to meet European standards—and the delay could cost them.

The European Union has set the strictest limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from cars anywhere on the planet: 95 grams of CO2 per 100 kilometers, which would require cars there to average the Continue reading “Automakers face big fines in Europe for missing CO2 targets”

Hyundai plans to take hydrogen fuel-cell systems beyond vehicles

Hyundai Mobis fuel cell announcement

Hyundai sees a lot of potential in hydrogen fuel-cell technology. And it may find success with it by looking well past cars and SUVs—to other uses that could, as the company puts it, “transcend the transportation sector.”

With this week’s opening of a second plant making fuel-cell systems, in Chungju, South Korea, Hyundai’s Mobis unit will increase its annual production of fuel-cell systems from its current 3,000 annual units to 40,000 units by Continue reading “Hyundai plans to take hydrogen fuel-cell systems beyond vehicles”

Toyota Prius AWD-e drive, Hyundai fuel cells, CO2 fines, Audi cameras: Today’s Car News

2019 Audi e-tron first drive – Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

We have a first chance to drive the new all-wheel-drive Prius AWD-e. Hyundai plans to build more fuel cells, but not necessarily for cars. Automakers face big fines for missing tight emissions targets for carbon dioxide in Europe. And our first experience driving with side-camera “mirrors” on Continue reading “Toyota Prius AWD-e drive, Hyundai fuel cells, CO2 fines, Audi cameras: Today’s Car News”

Battery breakthrough could lead to more stable, higher-density batteries

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018

Honda believes it has discovered a breakthrough in solid-state batteries that could lead to higher-density units compared to today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new battery is also much more stable, a boon over today’s lithium-ion batteries which pose a risk of overheating due to their property nature.

Scientists at the Honda Research Institute in partnership with researchers from California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Continue reading “Battery breakthrough could lead to more stable, higher-density batteries”

Young Driver lessons: teaching your kids the rules of the road

We spend the day at a Young Driver lesson to find out the benefits of teaching your children to drive young

Is it ever too young to learn to drive? Apparently not, according to Young Driver. Britain’s leading driver tuition programme for children and teens has seen a spike in interest in its courses for the very youngest pupils.

Earlier this year, it expanded its national fleet of electric Firefly cars – used to teach five to 10-year-olds – from three to eight due to the popularity Continue reading “Young Driver lessons: teaching your kids the rules of the road”