Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 17, 2018 I just cast my votes for the auto industry’s top awards: North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year. I’ll tell you which vehicles I voted for, and why, in a minute, but first, here’s how the awards work: After evaluating vehicles all year, ballots from the 50-plus jurors were due Nov. 15 to Deloitte accountants. To be eligible, a vehicle must be entirely new or very significantly changed. A new drivetrain or body style for an existing vehicle isn’t enough. It’s one of the highest standards among all best-vehicle awards. Jurors consider a number of factors, including value, innovation, design, safety and performance. Each juror had 25 points to divide among the semifinalists. No vehicle can get more than 10 points. Jurors must vote for at least three vehicles. You can divide your points among as many as you like. The top three in each category will be announced Nov. 28 … [Read more...] about Here’s how I voted for NACTOY awards — and why
How hybrid cars work animation
Unlike the conventional format of the current endurance race cars, the Holden Time Attack Concept racer is envisioned as a single-lap tearaway, pitted against the clock. This type of racing is commonly known as Time Attack in motorsport circles. The Holden Time Attack Concept racer was developed entirely virtually, using sophisticated simulation technology and driven by the world-class expertise within GM Holden’s Melbourne Design Studio. GM Holden’s Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo explains: “The technology we employ today has transformed the way we design cars. We have the ability to simulate a car’s appearance, technology and dynamics in convincing animations, which enables us to deliver better designs in a shorter time. A large part of our work is Advanced Design and we use this technology to develop concept designs for our parent company, General Motors. This concept is a digital advertisement for the advanced skills, capability and technology of the GM … [Read more...] about Holden’s Bathurst Time Attack Concept Car Is A 1-Megawatt Beast! @ Top Speed
THEY SAY IT’LL BE LIKE HORSES. That once the world truly jibes with the self-driving car, humans will be moved to hang up the keys. Maybe through gentle social shaming at first. Then increased insurance costs or government regulation. Human-guided automobiles will be limited to private land or dedicated parks, as with horses or dirt bikes or anything else fun and whiffing of danger. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This feature originally appeared in the September, 2018 issue of R&T.It’s also been suggested that we won’t have much choice—that eventually, new cars will winnow to a few sensible blueprints. Mostly short-range electric runabouts, mid-size SUVs, and throwback exotics. Those blueprints now power three growing segments of the new-car market. So we built a crystal ball of sorts, to suss a glimpse of the future. We rented a private hillclimb, for our own version of that driving park. And I spent a full day there, bombing around and thinking … [Read more...] about How Will It Feel When Computers Finally Kick Us Off the Street?
Defra, the government department responsible for the environment, food and rural affairs, is replacing a significant proportion of its diesel company car fleet with British-built Toyota Auris hybrid electric models. The changeover, expected to cover more than 400 vehicles, is already underway and will continue throughout 2018 in a rolling replacement process. The cars will be used by four Defra organisations: Environment Agency, Marine Management Organisation, Rural Payments Agency and Animal and Plant Health Agency. Jim Gregory, Strategic Fleet Manager for Defra Group Fleet Services said, “The cars from these four Defra organisations already represent one of the lowest CO2 emitting fleets in the UK and we have reduced nitrogen oxide gases (NOx) emissions, linked to respiratory illness, by nearly 10 percent, and CO2 by nearly 30 per cent, across our 7,000 cars, commercial vehicles, plant and machinery. We have challenged ourselves to go even further by buying only hybrid or … [Read more...] about Defra replaces 400 diesel cars with British-built Toyota Auris Hybrids
Compact SUVs are all the rage these days, and the trend is not limited to a certain region or class – from Europe to Asia, mass market to premium, the high-riding hatchbacks are a must have in any range. The Renault Captur leads a European B-SUV brigade that also has the Peugeot 2008, Opel Mokka and Nissan Juke, while in ASEAN we have the all-conquering Honda HR-V. In the compact premium club, the BMW X1 has been joined by the Audi Q3 and lately, the Mercedes-Benz GLA. As BMW will testify, the early bird gets the worm. The X1 did not so much ride the wave, but help created it back in 2009. By the time the mid-life facelift came along in mid-2012, Munich had already shifted over 275,000 units of the X1. The E84 was then brought to America for the first time, and the series ended with over 730,000 units sold. That book is now closed as BMW has rolled out its second-generation X1, which is set to make its public debut at Frankfurt this September. About time, as the previous X1 was … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW X1 F48 Review