Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Automotive

We asked Monster Jam drivers Colt Stephens, Charlie Paukin and Tom Meentz to talk us throu...

Monster trucks weigh over 10,000 pounds, make over 1500 horsepower, ride on 66-inch tires, and can leap more than 30 feet into the air. The Monster Jam show is an astounding experience – the racing part of the evening is an ear-splitting prelude to the "freestyle" event, where each driver competes on pure spectacle, jumping, rolling and crashing their US$250,000 vehicles until the clock runs out or the truck is totaled. We asked Monster Jam drivers Colt Stephens, Charlie Paukin and Tom Meentz to talk us through the unique experience of driving one of these beasts, and then to Madusa crew chief Lindsey Hilgendorf on how to put 'em back together after the drivers smash them to bits.  Read More

Pioneer's new in-car multimedia systems are the first to feature support for Apple's CarPl...

Apple's CarPlay announcement back in March would have certainly caught the attention of many iPhone-toting drivers. But with the system to be integrated only in selected vehicles, at least initially, it may have left many scratching their head with their free hand. Pioneer has now come to the party, launching three multimedia systems that can be fitted to any vehicle and feature Apple CarPlay to offer smartphone control from behind the wheel.  Read More

A means of powering electric vehicles using radio frequency transmission has been demonstr...

Two issues preventing the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are recharging time and lack of range. Now, scientists have shown one potential means of negating these issues. Their demonstration of electric power transfer via the car-wheel is claimed as the world's first.  Read More

Members of the Sunswift team and the eVe after it's record-breaking run (Photo: Sunswift /...

The world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 km (311 mi) claimed by a group of engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) earlier this year has now been officially homologated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).  Read More

The 121-hp Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo

Can-Am has launched what it's calling the market's first factory turbocharged side-by-side. The forced air on the mid-mounted Rotax V-Twin of the company's latest Maverick side-by-side lets the off-roader put more power and torque to work on dirt and sand, while a revised frame and suspension ensure stable, nimble riding follows from that boosted power.  Read More

The G-Class Edition 35 with one of its older siblings

The Mercedes G-Class is 35 years old, and the German manufacturer is celebrating with the aptly-named G-Class Edition 35 models. Both the G 350 BlueTEC Edition 35 and G 500 Edition 35 are fitted with small styling changes inside and out, to help them stand out from the standard models.  Read More

A driverless Audi RS7 will lap Hockenheim on October 19

Two years ago, the idea of driverless cars on our roads seemed crazy to many people. Today, the technology is being built into our cars, and a driverless Audi RS7 is set to lap Hockenheim at the same pace as a professional racing driver. The event on October 19 will show just how far driverless cars have come.  Read More

Kia believes the T-Hybrid powertrain will raise performance and fuel economy (Photo: C.C. ...

The Paris Motor Show was stuffed so full of dazzling concept and production cars we had to split our photo round-up into separate galleries showcasing French design, adventure vehicles and general highlights. At such a show, it would have been quite easy to overlook a a plain white Kia Optima tucked away in a far corner. However, that low-key car was the base of one of the more interesting technological concepts in Paris: a 48-volt hybrid with electric supercharging.  Read More

Project 360° is developing a system for integrating data from a suite of onboard sensors

Driver assistance technologies are becoming more common and more sophisticated with each passing year, but despite this, their function is still to reduce accidents rather than eliminate them – at least, for now. Volvo's project 360° is going the whole hog with a new technology that the Swedish car maker believes has the potential to eliminate deaths and injuries by a Volvo car or truck by 2020.  Read More

A V12 engine allows the F60 to sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.1 seconds

Ferrari has been in America for 60 years, and is celebrating the milestone with the (very) limited-run V12 F60America convertible of which just 10 examples will be made. Powered by the V12 engine from the F12 Berlinetta, the F60America will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds.  Read More

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