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Friday 22 March 2019

Volvo introduces Care Key as standard on all cars for safe car sharing

Volvo reveals the Care Key, allowing any Volvo buyer to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members or friends. The Care Key allows Volvo drivers to set limitations on the car’s top speed, before lending their car to other family members or to younger and inexperienced drivers such as teenagers that only just received their drivers’ licence.

The Care Key will come as standard on all Volvo cars from model year 2021.

Volvo has also announced installation of cameras and other sensors on board its cars capable ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

The Lister Motor Company launches LFT-C open-top version limited to 10 vehicles

Following high demand for LFT-666, iconic British car manufacturer Lister Motor Company is launching its most powerful open-top supercar ever - the LFT-C

Compared to the LFT-666 on the FTC-C Lister has uprated the suspension and braking system and added a bespoke exhaust system to enhance the sound of the 666 bhp supercharged V8 engine.

The LFT-C has a top speed in excess of 330 km/h, and a 0-100 km/h time of just over three seconds,

Every LFT-C will be built to a bespoke customer specification on Cambridge factory ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

Toyota and Suzuki to start new global collaboration on EV and compact car

Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation announced their agreement to begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields.

The two factories have been considering the concrete details of such collaboration since having concluded a memorandum of understanding toward business partnership on February 6, 2017.

The partnership between Toyota and Suzuki, in addition to bringing together their respective forces in electrification technologies and compact vehicles, intends to grow in new fields, such as joint production collaboration and widespread dissemination of electrified vehicles.

In addition to supply Toyota Hybrid System to Suzuki ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

Lexus presents the first documentary about Takumi master craftsmen

In the West it’s often considered that it takes 10,000 hours of study for the average person to become an expert in their subject. But in Japan you’re not considered a master of your craft until you’ve spent 60,000 hours refining your skills. That’s the equivalent of working 8 hours a day, 250 days a year for 30 years.

A fascinating documentary presented by Lexus unveils the world of the Takumi – the highest level of artisan in Japan questioning the future of craftsmanship against ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launches Alliance Intelligent Cloud

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform that is enabling Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies.

Culminating joint development efforts between the Alliance and Microsoft, the auto industry’s connected vehicle program will be deployed utilizing cloud, artificial intelligence and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure. Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to securely capture, manage and analyze vehicle data to deliver intelligent ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

Porsche to resume a limited production (4 units) of 911 GT2 RS model

Production of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS ended last February, but Porsche is resuming manufacturing (at least a 4 cars) in order to attend to a handful of customers in Brazil, whose vehicles were lost in a recent shipping accident.

A cargo ship named Grande America sank off the coast of France on March 12 following a fire that broke on one of the containers on deck, taking with it some 2,000 cars.

Audi Brazil reportedly confirmed that the ship was carrying a number of A3, A5, Q7, RS4 ...

Thursday 21 March 2019

Lexus Hybrid Service: up to 10 years warranty on hybrid and mechanical parts

In conjunction with the launch of the UX Hybrid crossover, Lexus announces the new Hybrid Service program which provides the possibility of having an additional guarantee for Full Hybrid Electric cars renewable annually for up to 10 years.

Lexus Hybrid Service is characterized by an additional guarantee without additional costs for the customer in case of regular maintenance of Full Hybrid Electric cars at authorized dealers and car workshops, renewable up to 10 years or 250,000 km for hybrid and mechanical components and unlimited mileage for the hybrid battery.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Volkswagen china and FAW-Volkswagen establish new joint venture for connected services

Volkswagen Brand China and its Chinese joint venture FAW-Volkswagen are scaling up their cooperation in the area of digitalization and connectivity.

A new joint venture between Volkswagen Group China and FAW-Volkswagen will be established in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The company will operate under the MOSI brand (Mobile Online Services Intelligent).

The objective is to develop and offer digital services for all future Volkswagen models of FAW-Volkswagen, including vehicles based on the modular electric toolkit MEB from 2020.

Vehicle-related services will be developed in close cooperation with Volkswagen’s ...

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Ford USA increases production of Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUV of 20%

Ford will again boost production of its hot-selling Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator for second time as both vehicles continue to gain share over their competitors in the large SUV segment.

Surging demand for Expedition and Navigator is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold ...

Wednesday 20 March 2019

ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere

ZF has acquired a 60 percent share of 2getthere. The company offers complete automated transport systems and is located in Utrecht/Netherlands, with offices in San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore.

Applications range of 2getthere goes from driverless electric transport systems at airports, business and theme parks to dedicated urban transport infrastructures.

With this strategic investment, ZF is executing its Next Generation Mobility strategy to strengthen its foothold in the Mobility as a Service and automated guided vehicle growth markets, and complements its existing activities.

2getthere has more than three decades ...