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Ben Purvis

There’s been no secret that Maserati is working on an SUV derived from the Kubang concept of 2011, although original plans to have it on sale in 2014 have fallen by the wayside. The latest rumors suggest the Levante SUV will take its bow at the Detroit show in January 2016, but in the meantime patent drawings that provide the first glimpse of the production car’s styling have surfaced.

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Back in January Jaguar Land Rover announced its tie-in with Intel and Seeing Machines to develop eye-tracking technology that could be used prevent drowsy driving – but the firm also has other ideas for eye sensing tech that are both more mundane and more useful in day-to-day terms.

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While the fashion in high-tech automotive developments might lean towards hybrids and electric vehicles at the moment, there’s still plenty of scope to improve the good old internal combustion engine and one of the holy grails of such development is the creation of a viable variable-compression-ratio system. Now Porsche is working on just such an engine, revealed in the form of a newly-published patent, which will be able to alter its compression ratio. Read More
Honda revealed the first preview of its 2016 Honda Civic in concept form at the New York International Auto Show last month but these new pictures show the car as it will look in showroom form when it’s officially released towards the end of the year. Read More
The Qoros 2 crossover SUV is due to make its first official appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 20. The firm officially revealed a sketch of the concept earlier this week, complete with the usual oversized wheels and squashed proportions typical of a show car, but we’ve managed to get our hands on images that provide clearer insight into how the real thing will look when it enters production towards the end of 2015. Read More
There can’t be many racing car projects in recent years that have attracted as much interest and support as the radical DeltaWing and now its makers have announced that they’re going to build a road-going version. What they haven’t done, though, is hand out pictures of that road car. So it’s useful that the firm has patented its design instead instead, giving us an early glimpse of the likely appearance of the road going machine. Read More
While this month's news of plans for an electric-powered Porsche sent the traditional car press into a frenzy of speculation there’s been little substance behind the talk of which direction an all-electric model might take, with many suggesting the company will opt for a Panamera-like Tesla rival. But a spate of patent applications from the firm reveal that in fact it may be working on something far more like a battery-powered 911 – right down to the trademark rear-mounted powerplant. Read More
The oddball styling of Honda's forthcoming VFR1200T tourer isn't just the result of a designer's whim; the shape is designed to radically reduce rider injuries in the most common sorts of accidents. The appearance of the touring version of Honda's fourthcoming V4 has already been revealed in design patents which copyright the bike's styling, but for the first time we've managed to dig beneath the skin and discover that the looks aren't simply there to catch buyers' eyes. In fact, they've been dictated by the technology underneath. Read More
MOST tests involve a long process of careful assessment to judge the relative benefits and disadvantages of the bike in question, painstakingly attempting to judge whether the new machine has any clear advantage over its competitors. But on swinging a leg over the only existing 4MC prototype there's just one big question to be answered - can a motorcycle have four wheels? Ben Purvis finds out. Read More
Dean Kamen – the multimillionaire inventor behind the Segway personal transporter – is well down the road in the development of a new bike that combines electric power and a radical generator which will allow it to burn almost any fuel. Although the majority of the work that goes on in Kamen's product development company, Deka, is shrouded in mystery, as it includes significant projects for the US military, details are emerging about Kamen's new two-wheeler, which is part of a project that also includes a car designed around the same technology. Read More
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