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?
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Dean Shaw, Volvo Cars USA’s handsomely bespectacled VP of corporate comms, bellows the word to a ballroom full of sleepy-eyed car journalists—conceivably to both wake them up and emphasize what the morning’s lecture would focus on: “Electrification!” (Full Disclosure and Editor’s Note: In July 2017 (yes, 2017) I asked Deadspin video god Tim Burke if he wanted to handle a Volvo press drive for us in Denver, because he’s a not-so-secret car guy and was interested in buying a V90 wagon at some point. He then promptly never turned in a story, leading to some uncomfortable emails and phone calls between me and Volvo. Our relationship has since recovered somewhat. Now, at long last, on Burke’s last day before he takes a buyout, here is his much awaited story on the future of the Volvo lineup. It is all presumably current as of last year. Also, it should be noted Volvo flew Burke to Denver, fed him, gave him cocktails, and put him up in the … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Car Company Does Volvo Want To Be?
Motoring by Press Association 21/03/2018, 11:16 am Updated: 22/03/2018, 9:10 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? The words Range Rover conjure up images of opulent interiors, intimidating looks and go-anywhere ability. But scrape under the skin, and the engine choices have remained stubbornly powerful, polluting and thirsty. Enter the plug-in Range Rover hybrid, which gives city-dwellers an alternative to plain old internal combustion. It combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, capable of travelling up to 31 miles on battery power alone – perfect for cross-city jaunts. This engine sits near the top of the existing model line-up – undercut by both V6 and V8 diesels plus the V6 petrol, but less expensive than the fire-breathing V8 petrol models. It can count the new Bentley Bentayga hybrid and Porsche Cayenne hybrid as rivals. What’s new? The biggest … [Read more...] about First Drive: Plug-in Range Rover makes a lot of sense in the city, but not so much out of it
For a video review of the 740Le in Malaysia, click here. The idea of going the hybrid route in a flagship luxury sedan may come across as odd, especially to the buyer who can afford such an item and has no considerations about fuel consumption, but it’s really not, given the way the world works now. Environmental friendliness is everything these days, and so not even range-topping products are immune to the workings of that particular siren song. It’s inescapable, the green agenda, and allied to downsizing, the need for improved, more efficient mechanisation has become integral to workings on an ever-widening line. Fighting on all fronts means the upper spectrum has to get involved as well, and it’s perhaps even more importantly so that it does, because there’s no better means to highlight that the development has achieved the necessary maturity and desired sophistication than by having it plonked into a range-topping product. Initially slow to get into the … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: BMW 740Le xDrive plug-in hybrid review
After launching a slew of IMA hybrids between 2012 to 2014, Honda Malaysia (HM) has been resolute in its path to introduce more advanced versions of hybrid cars equipped with its Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) system, especially the Honda City. The company has been going back and forth with the decision to launch the sedan here since 2014, things going quiet amid concerns relating to the dry dual-clutch transmission in Japan. Well, Honda claims to have rectified the issue through an extensive two-year testing programme which was conducted in Malaysia. The study led to the strengthening of several components within the dry dual-clutch transmission, giving Honda a good enough reason to finally give the Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid the green light for Malaysia. We are the only market outside of Japan to receive the hybrid duo. Slotting in at RM89,200, the locally-assembled City Hybrid undercuts the range topping City V by RM2,800, which is incredible considering the … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Honda City Sport Hybrid review