Trying to find a place to park your car in busy areas can be stressful and time-consuming. BMW's new Dynamic Parking Prediction system is aimed at making things a bit easier. The research project uses digital mapping and fleet data to predict where there will be free spaces nearby.
Few cars have gone under as many names as the Mitsubishi Challenger, which has been called Pajero Sport, Montero Sport, Shogun Sport, Pajero Dakar and Nativa in various territories, but regardless which title you’re used to, these patent renderings are the first glimpse of the upcoming model's final design.
BMW was the first premium brand to offer a jacked-up all-wheel drive hatch to buyers – and boy did they love it, with over 730,000 sold since its debut in 2009. The new X1 features a bigger body and more efficient engine options than its predecessor, but also follows in the footsteps of its stablemate, the 2 Series Active Tourer, by making the switch to front wheel drive.
Introduced in 1991, the Opel Astra has been around for 10 generations, but its competition has never been stronger. From the solid Volkswagen Golf to Ford’s recently restyled Focus, the market for hatchback buyers is stacked with quality offerings. It’s not surprising, then, that Opel has thrown everything at the latest version of its hatchback, which is lighter and more efficient than the car it replaces.
High-end luxury carmaker Bentley has been hyping its upcoming sport utility vehicle
for many months now. Although the company has been keeping the key
details and design under wraps for the most part, Gizmag has come across
some spy shots of the car being tested in the field.
With the growth of wearable technology, car manufacturers are pushing to integrate support for devices into their vehicles. With similar capabilities to the apps released by VW and BMW, Volvo has jumped aboard with an update to its On Call app, which now works with Android Wear and Apple Watch.
Revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Audi R8 e-tron is already a technological tour de force. Its combination of battery-powered range and speed is equalled only by the Tesla Model S. At the inaugural CES Asia show, Audi made the R8 e-tron even more high-tech, rolling its autonomous driving suite into the electric coupe. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept can unleash 456-hp worth of performance on the street ... without a driver stepping on the pedal.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the accompanying Villa Erba auction put on yet another spectacular show at the weekend, with 11 cars selling for more than a million dollars, 34 of the 39 lots on offer sold, and an average sale price of $880,000 per car. While the auction was spectacular, the three day show across the adjacent villas was beyond spectacular in every respect, with the finest of Europe's vast automotive heritage on display.
Tesla grabbed the attention of the entire electric vehicle (EV) industry when it opened up all of its patents last year, and now it looks like this apparent altruism is inspiring others to follow suit. Ford, like Tesla, has now opened up its EV patents to its competitors, though unlike Tesla's they won't come free of charge.
Back at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Lamborghini gave the world a look
at what a modern Raging Bull-badged sport utility vehicle might look
like. Not a bad-ass, ultra-rugged Rambo Lambo redux, but a car-like crossover for the new, eco-conscious millennium. They called it Urus.
In the three years since, there's been plenty of "will they, won't
they" in the auto media, and each passing month has seemingly increased
the chances that they would not. Well, Lamborghini has now put any doubt
to bed, announcing this week that it is moving ahead with production of
a luxury SUV.