Ford Ranger is launching with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four, a turbocharged engine with very healthy specs in the Mustang and Focus RS. The new Ranger's direct competitor, the Chevrolet Colorado, offers three engine choices. Considering the one-upsmanship battle raging between the brand new 2019 Silverado 1500 (and its still mysterious Duramax inline-six diesel engine) and the F-150's new diesel V6, we don't think Ford is leaving things there.There are a few engines that could find their way under the hood of the Ranger. Let's cover them in turn. The Ford Transit offers the Power Stroke 3.2-liter engine backed up with a six-speed automatic in the United States, which is sold as a Duratorq in other parts of the world. It's an inline-five, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 185 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. In the Transit, it offers great payload and towing numbers: 3,280 lbs and 4,800 lbs, respectively. The EPA doesn't list fuel economy numbers for this vehicle.The … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford Ranger: other diesel and gasoline V6 engines possible?
Volkswagen and technology partner NVIDIA have announced their future vision for the use of AI in vehicle development at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. At the kickoff of CES, Volkswagen chief executive officer Dr Herbert Diess and NVIDIA founder and chief executive officer Jensen Huang discussed on stage how AI is transforming the automotive industry. The two gentlemen spoke about the new I.D. BUZZ, Volkswagen's reborn MicroBus EV infused with AI technology for the cockpit and self-driving. "Artificial intelligence is revolutionising the car," says Diess. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, enables us to take a big step into the future." "In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality," says Huang. "Working with … [Read more...] about Volkswagen and NVIDIA infusing artificial intelligence (AI) into future electric vehicles
Kia Motors has presented their future mobility plans at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They have called this vision ‘Boundless for all’ and have elaborated new range of technologies as a part of their new ‘ACE’ strategy towards Autonomous, Connected and ECO/Electric cars of the future.With the three core elements of ACE, Kia plans to commercialise Level 4 autonomous technology and begin testing in 2021. By 2025, Kia plans to adopt connected car technology across the range with an aim to make every product a connected car by 2030. Additionally, by 2025, Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrains and products which include a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, in addition to launching an all-new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020.At the CES this year, the Kia Niro EV Concept has also been showcased. The Niro EV Concept is a fully electric compact SUV designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. The traditional … [Read more...] about CES 2018: Kia reveals Niro EV Concept and vision for future mobility
Technology major Bosch says that for years, touchscreens, handwriting recognition, and gesture control have been gradually replacing conventional mechanical buttons and switches in the car – to the detriment of road safety. It says that controlling the navigation system, the on-board computer menu, or the radio is a distraction.At CES 2018, Bosch is showcasing its smart cockpit technology that lets drivers concentrate on driving, eyes can be kept where they should be – on the road. “We are uncluttering the cockpit. The more complex the technology in modern vehicles, the simpler and more intuitive control systems need to be,” said Dr. Steffen Berns, president of Bosch Car Multimedia. Artificial intelligence helps transform the human-machine interface (HMI) into a command centre that thinks ahead.“Initial functionalities with artificial intelligence feed valuable information into the HMI about the driver, the vehicle, and the surroundings. That enables … [Read more...] about Bosch re-imagines the future of vehicle cockpit
Recently, noted Swiss tuner and concept creator Rinspeed showed off the Snap, its latest concept, ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. While not necessarily intended for production, the Snap is Rinspeed’s idea of a fully autonomous electric vehicle. Like we’ve seen before with concepts like the GM Hy-wire to the Faraday Future FFZero1, Rinspeed packaged the powertrain and the chassis together, creating a “skateboard” platform that’s separate from the pod-like body. The Snap is different, however, because it allows the body pod to be swapped out constantly.The benefit of this approach is two-fold. First, the pods could be customized to serve a wide variety of purposes, from a taxi to an easily moved pop-up shop, or even a food truck. The release also suggests it could be used as “a cozy cuddling pod,” but we’re not going to touch that one. Second, Rinspeed sees the … [Read more...] about Rinspeed Snap Envisions an Autonomous, Fully Electric Future