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Nokia Growth Partners will managed a new US$100 million fund for developing connected car ...

Nokia has made US$100 million available for investing in connected car technologies. The Connected Car Fund will invest in companies that are innovating in connected and intelligent vehicles. The aim is to help grow the ecosystem around Nokia's mapping and location subsidiary, HERE.  Read More

GM's rocket on wheels, the Firebird I XP-21 (1953)  concept designed by Harley J. Earl, Ro...

In looking to the future many automotive designers look to the past for inspiration. This month an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will feature 17 unique European and American concept cars, widely considered to be some of the most influential, forward thinking designs from the past.  Read More

CAMI's new US$60,000 Hydra Gator is a diesel-electric hybrid amphibious vehicle

Amphibious Vehicle manufacturer CAMI has added yet another amphibious vehicle to its range: the hybrid-diesel-electric Hydra Gator. Unlike the existing amphibians already established in the range, the cheapest of which starts at US$275,000, the Gator will sell for just US$60,000 and though it cannot be used on-road, the tiny 4X4 can take four people just about anywhere else you wish – silently in electric mode, or for long distances using the diesel engine as a generator for the electric drives.  Read More

An S60 prototype that's part of the 'Drive Me' project

Whether or not drivers are ready for it, self-driving cars are moving forward at a rapid pace. Making good on an announcement from late last year, Volvo becomes the latest automaker to start testing on public roads. The first test cars of its planned 100-car fleet are now out and about on the roadways in its headquarter city of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Read More

The Iceni Magna fastback coupe

British sports car marque Trident is sending its Iceni sports car speeding to market, calling it the "fastest and most fuel efficient diesel sports car" available. The car uses a patented torque multiplication technology to combine 190 mph (306 km/h) worth of speed potential with up to 2,000 miles (3,219 km) of driving per tank of fuel.  Read More

EcoCAR 3 tasks students with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid...

For the past 26 years, the US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the North American auto industry, has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) to provide the next generation of automotive engineers with a practical learning experience. The previous EcoCAR Challenge saw students convert and massage GM Malibus into super-efficient models, and this time for EcoCAR 3, teams are tasked with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid-electric vehicle.  Read More

The MINI Paceman Adventure concept

In a move that appears like a late April Fools' prank, MINI has revealed a pickup version of the Cooper S Paceman. The Paceman Adventure loses its rear seats in favor of a small bed and is beefed up for off-road driving. Useful or just plain weird – you decide.  Read More

McLaren points out that the MSO 650S Concept is currently being presented as a “one-off de...

With the New York and Beijing Auto Shows officially over, manufacturers now need to find other ways to attract and retain attention. Concocting specialized vehicles, sporting varying degrees of aesthetic and performance modifications, is one way automakers keep their products fresh in the global eye. This makeover technique is exactly what McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) has done with the menacing, all-black MSO 650S Coupe Concept.  Read More

The Italian-designed Mazzanti Evantra

There are sports car names you hear ad nauseum, your Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, for example. Then there are names that you hear whispered every few years. Mazzanti is one of the latter, but this time it's not whispering but shouting at the top of its lungs. Its message is a big, grunting 700-hp muscle mass that beckons you with suicide doors.  Read More

Google's self driving car waits for a cyclist who is making a hand signal

There are an extraordinary number of companies converging on the idea of self-driving cars from all sorts of different angles, but the undisputed leader of the pack is Google, whose self-driving vehicles have logged a total of nearly 700,000 development miles. In a video released today, Google shows some fantastic visualizations to demonstrate what the car is seeing in complex traffic situations. You can watch how the car handles roadworks, level crossings, complex intersections and a range of interactions with cyclists – including recognizing their hand signals.  Read More

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