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Ford's new technology chief ponders the future of driving and mobility

By - April 1, 2015 1 Picture
Global trends appear to be moving towards a future where in many markets, car ownership may look like an expensive, impractical and inconvenient way to get around. So what's the next model of personal transport, and where do the big automakers fit in? Ford's new global VP of Research and Advanced Engineering, Ken Washington, sat down in Melbourne for a "crystal ball" discussion about autonomous cars, on-demand vehicles, car sharing, smart parking, multi-mode transport, and how a car company might learn to cater to a new generation of customers that are far more interested in upgrading their phones than getting their driver's licenses. Read More
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Six "million dollar cars" sold at Bonhams' Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart auction

By - March 31, 2015 33 Pictures
The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663). Read More
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DeltaWing road car designs revealed

By - March 30, 2015 6 Pictures
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
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Brabus revamps Mercedes C-Class Wagon

By - March 30, 2015 9 Pictures
Being a European auto tuner is an odd thing. It takes a certain amount of chutzpa to say, "What does someone like Mercedes know about auto design? I'll show them how to really do it." Yet, there are a number of tuning firms out there, and BRABUS has been at it longer than most. The German company just took a run at Mercedes' C–Class wagon and seems to have slathered on more of everything. Read More
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Porsche adds three variants to four-door Panamera model series

By - March 29, 2015 4 Pictures
The four-door Panamera may not have sat well with purists when it was introduced in 2009, but it's sold well enough, especially in China, to keep the company happy. So following in the footsteps of various iterations, including the Turbo S, the S E-Hybrid and long-wheelbase Exclusive, Porsche is rolling out three new additions, with more standard equipment and tweaked styling aimed at both the Western and Asian markets. Read More
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Ferrari Heaven at the Australian Motoring Festival

By - March 28, 2015 30 Pictures
With its screaming supercars and illustrious history in Formula One, the name Ferrari makes petrolheads weak at the knees in a way that few other brands can manage. Fans of the Prancing Horse had their fill at this weekend's Australian Motoring Festival with the chance to wander through a marquee chock full of everything from the legendary F40 to more modern offerings like the F12 Berlinetta. Read More
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Revology introduces a brand-new 1960s Mustang

By - March 27, 2015 37 Pictures
We've seen a lot of boutique revivalists in the auto industry in recent years, companies that revive true-to-original or retro-inspired car bodies with advanced modern powertrain and cabin technologies. Over the course of 2014 and 2015, we've taken a look at the classic-Mustang-inspired Equus Bass, the all-electric Shelby-based Renovo Coupe, and now the Revology Mustang. This post-modern reinterpretation of the iconic first-generation Mustang includes a full suite of the latest features. Read More
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Porsche’s electric plans decoded

By - March 26, 2015 5 Pictures
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

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