Self-driving autonomous vehicles have been dominating the headlines this year like never before: they've gone from sci-fi fantasy to actual reality in a very short space of time, and manufacturers say some form of automobile automation will arrive by 2020 or even earlier. If you're wondering exactly how far the technology has come and how far it has to go, we're here to answer some of those questions.
McLaren hasn't been mass-producing road cars for very long, but that hasn't stopped it from rapidly adding to its range. Having created and launched the new entry-level Sports Series, the British marque has expanded the top of its Super Series, with the new 675 LT. We climbed inside for a closer look.
Mercedes has taken the wraps off its gorgeous new C-Class Coupe. Thanks to a raft of driver-assistance systems and fuel-efficient engines, Mercedes has sent it into battle with the substance to back up its great-looking exterior design.
Earlier this year, BMW revealed a tribute to its legendary 3.0 CSL, the Hommage. Now the company has used the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the official world premiere of another. The 3.0 CSL Hommage R has been designed to celebrate 40 years since BMW landed in North America.
Audi is expected to show an all-electric crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, and this week the company revealed that the eventual production EV will boast a 310-mile (500-km)-range battery built on cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. That battery will be integrated neatly into its new MLB platform, which will be dressed in new design language.
Monterey Car Week's auctions began on a positive note tonight when the Pinnacle Portfolio became the most valuable single owner car collection ever sold at auction. Sales from the 25-car auction totaled more than US$67 million, exceeding the previous record by nearly 25 percent. The top sellers were a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which sold for $17,600,000, and a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification", which sold for $13,750,000. Nearly half the cars in the collection set new world records for the models.
If you’ve ever scanned the comments section on an electric car or bike article, you’ll be familiar with this complaint: "that’s not green, it’s just a coal-powered vehicle." Well, not this one. The Immortus is an electric car built to generate its own power through some 7 sq m (75 sq ft) of solar photovoltaic paneling. You can charge its battery off the mains if you have to, but if conditions are sunny, the inbuilt solar panels alone will let you drive at more than 60 km/h (37 mph) for an unlimited distance.
For the second year in a row, Triumph has been forced to suspend its effort for a new land speed record after its pilot, Guy Martin, was injured during the Ulster GP Superbike race on Thursday, August 6. Triumph was to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats speed trials on August 24-27, but Martin’s accident and subsequent operation mean that he will not be fit in time for vital tests before the official event.
Technology to power electric vehicles wirelessly from under the road surface is about to be trialed in the UK. Highways England has announced that it plans to carry out off-road (test track) trials with a view to carrying out subsequent on-road trials of the technology, which is designed to increase the range of EVs.
Once associated with bargain-basement driveaway prices on boring hatchbacks, in recent times Hyundai has been moving to compete with the best that the Germans and Japanese can offer. The latest indicator of this upmarket move is the Vision G Concept Coupe, which previews the direction for a future line of luxury Hyundais.