Whether it's new powertrains, in-car technology or self-driving cars, automotive technology is advancing at an incredible rate. New technology and systems are reinventing many of the fundamentals of the car, and the motoring landscape is going to change forever as a result. But with so much change going on, and so much new terminology, it's easy to get confused. So we produced a special report to guide you through it. Read on to learn about the future of the car. 1: What makes a connected car? The term ‘connected’ is probably second only to ‘autonomous’ on the automotive industry’s list of future-car buzzwords. In its simplest form, a connected car is one with a built-in internet connection. Connected cars already exist thanks to the widespread use of LTE/4G cellular networks for infotainment, fleet management and safety functions (think Vauxhall OnStar). In the near future, the combination of the Dedicated ShortRange Communications (DSRC) wireless … [Read more...] about The future of the car: an Autocar guide
Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers I went to Japan for the first time in 1985, to visit the 26th Tokyo Motor Show, and after hours jostling through the jammed halls of the International Trade Fairgrounds at Harumi, Tokyo, I came away convinced I’d seen the future of the automobile. Multicam, multivalve engines; four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering; moving maps on mini screens that showed drivers where they were going: technologies you’ll find on Hondas and Hyundais today, but “Star Wars” stuff back when the Chevy Celebrity was riding high on the American new-car sales charts.Thirty years later I’m writing this in a hotel room overlooking a glittering, endlessly sprawling high-rise cityscape that at night, 37 floors up, looks like a scene from “Blade Runner.” I’ve just come back from a day at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show, and once again I’m convinced I’ve seen the future of the automobile. … [Read more...] about I’ve seen the future of the automobile, and it’s a little scary
Renault, the Renault Foundation and ParisTech celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Sustainable Mobility Institute on November 27. In 2009, the three companies had decided to create a multi-disciplinary platform to co-lead research work on the future of transport and mobility solutions. The aim of the platform is to carry out academic analysis and test innovative solutions while ensuring real-life outlets for innovations and their wide-scale rollout potential. The overarching goal is to meet the global challenges currently facing carmakers, including global warming, ecosystem re-organization adapted to electric mobility, growing urbanization and the corresponding traffic congestion problems, and the conditions for success for new mobility solutions. By harnessing the skills of academia and operational players in mobility, the platform seeks to support and further understanding on the transition phase towards electric mobility and enlighten decision-making. Collaborative work between … [Read more...] about Sustainable Mobility Institute works to co-build the future of transport
Bentley has revealed its latest concept, titled ‘The Future of Luxury,’ which serves as an imagining of what the interior of its luxury sedans might look like in the year 2036. The concept is the work of Bentley’s 50-man design team led by Stefan Sielaff, who joined the company as director of design last July. A combination of autonomous driving technology, top-class materials and advanced technology, the concept is a testament to what Sielaff refers to as a “fusion of extremes,” according to a report by Autocar UK. On one end, you’ll find Bentley’s sport and high-performance models, while the other is all about the luxury. No prizes for guessing which corner this concept belong to. Based on the image, the concept’s roofline is clearly raked towards the left side, and doesn’t appear to leave a lot of room for a human-sized driver. Furthermore, there doesn’t appear to be a steering wheel, driver’s seat, gear selector or … [Read more...] about Bentley previews ‘The Future of Luxury’ concept pod
We received an interesting email the other day here in the TTAC underwater battle station. As is frequently the case, this one was about a used car. But not just any used car. is a touring car that took my mother to and from work as a teacher in the 1920s. It stayed in the barn at my grandparents farm until the 1980s when my mother gave it to me. I had the car fully restored by a specialist in old car restorations in the early 1980s, and spent a little less that $40,000 having this done. It has 68K miles on it. I know I will never get my money back from restoring this vehicle, I am asking $25,000 for it now. This is a typical used car story: my parents drove it to work, I fixed it up a bit, I’d like to sell it. Were this a 1990 Accord, I think it could be sold in a matter of days at the right price. But this is a 1926 Dodge, which leads to all sorts of questions. It doesn’t have any value as a commuter, obviously. But it would be an inexpensive and fully-sorted entry into … [Read more...] about What’s The Future Of Everyday Classics?
Renault grabbed headlines around the world when it peeled the covers from its EOLAB concept at 2014’s Paris Motor Show. This supermini-sized stunner mixed breathtaking looks with the promise of 282mpg economy from its cutting-edge hybrid drivetrain. We see what it means for the Clio of the future. Powertrain The EOLAB features a hybrid drivetrain comprising a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the Twingo, which develops 74bhp, and a small electric motor generating 67bhp and 200Nm of torque. This is powered by a 6.7kWh battery. • Best superminis on sale right now A dual-clutch or CVT automatic gearbox would be too heavy, so Renault has used a three-speed clutchless box to suit city driving. The car is front-wheel drive only, covers 0-62mph in nine seconds and hits a top speed of 75mph. Those figures are comparable with a Clio you can buy today, but the EOLAB is far more efficient. Aerodynamics One of the most radical aspects of the concept car is its slippery … [Read more...] about Renault EOLAB: the future of Renault
To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, think. I know something exciting will be revealed, right? Just kidding. We’ll see the new BMW M2 coupe, and a bunch of incredibly exciting crossovers. Regardless, it will be hard for this year’s big show to match the excitement of last year’s event: there’s no Ford GT painted in an unobtainium shade of blue and no Shelby GT350R doing smoldering donuts around it. But it’s still NAIAS, and that still means something. Or does it? A case could be made that NAIAS isn’t even the most important car show taking place in January. With the ever-changing technology present inside our cars today (and its increased … [Read more...] about What’s the Future of the Car Show? – Bark’s Bites
Failure to conquer the U.S. market could be the undoing of Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn if Ferdinand Piëch, the head of VW’s supervisory board, gets his way. Just last week, things looked splendid in Winterkorn’s world. With two years remaining on his contract as CEO, his eyes were firmly set on a subsequent five-year tenure as Piëch’s successor at the top of VW’s supervisory board. That world has been shattered by a few choice words delivered by Piëch through the German magazine Der Spiegel, in which he said, “There is a distance between me and Winterkorn.” The message to Winterkorn: Your time is up. So what’s happening, and why now? At a cursory glance, the VW Group appears to be in good shape. Together with GM and Toyota, it is a top contender for the spot of the number-one global carmaker; its stable includes some of the most profitable and prestigious nameplates the business has to offer. But closer analysis … [Read more...] about VW Drama: Why Piëch Wants Winterkorn Out—and What the Future May Hold
The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar is already one of the lowest-priced models for sale in the U.S. market; and late this year it's going to delight a lot of no-frills shoppers—in being the lowest-priced new car to offer a fully functioning in-dash touch-screen navigation system. In the Spark, that's accomplished not with a standalone navigation system—expensive, as they need their own storage, processing, and location-based services—but with an embedded smartphone application. Simply put, the BringGo app projects a fully functional navigation system, with live traffic alerts and most of the features you're used to in a full-feature nav system, on a seven-inch touch screen. Yet it uses the MyLink system that's standard on the $14,495 Spark LT, and the app itself only costs about $50 per handset. Smartphone has the maps, the cloud has POIs GM calls the BringGo system 'cloud-based,' which may set off alarms for a number of frugal smart-phone users. While cloud … [Read more...] about 2013 Chevrolet Spark: Is A Smartphone App The Future Of Navigation?
This doesn’t seem like the best way to sell cars: just three models on display in a bustling shopping centre retail unit sandwiched between the Body Shop and the Disney Store, with no salesmen and barely any staff from a motoring background... However, the people behind the Hyundai Rockar store in Bluewater, Kent, think this is the way we could all be buying cars soon. And with such a bold claim, Auto Express went behind the scenes at the new venture to see just how it will work. • Opinion: car buying hasn't changed much in 50 years, until now The idea is the brainchild of Simon Dixon, who once owned online car leasing company jamjar.co.uk as well as conventional dealership Dixon Motors. After leaving the industry, Simon returned to buy new cars as a customer, and didn’t enjoy the experience. “I was so frustrated with the whole thing,” Simon says. “When you speak to people about buying a car they usually have a bad story about a poor salesman, or … [Read more...] about Is Hyundai Rockar the future of car sales?
By Summer Delaney President Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court Justice nominee next week, ushering in a new era in the nation’s highest court that could shape and decide legal precedents for decades." class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)--sm Mt(0.8em)--sm" data-type="text" data-reactid="25">President Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court Justice nominee next week, ushering in a new era in the nation’s highest court that could shape and decide legal precedents for decades. But in addition to hearing new cases, the appointment of a new justice raises the question of whether past decisions might be reversed. One potential precedent that could be overturned is Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights decision. In 1973, the Supreme Court held that a “right to privacy” exists in the Constitution and that this right protects a woman’s choice to have an abortion but must be balanced against the government’s interest in protecting … [Read more...] about What’s the future of Roe v. Wade in a Trump administration? [Video]
Following his remarks on the future of transportation during the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh last week, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sat in a conference room on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. Around the corner from his location, ride-hailing company Uber picked up passengers in an autonomous vehicle. Down the road, dozens of traffic lights that incorporate artificial intelligence and real-time sensor data provided smoother traffic flow for motorists and trimmed their travel times by nearly a third. In Pittsburgh and elsewhere, the transportation future that Foxx had just finished describing is playing out very much in real time. Technology advances, in some cases, have made developments including autonomous driving possible. But in other areas, that transportation future is occurring now because of unconventional policies promoted by Foxx and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The DOT chief, … [Read more...] about The Future of Transportation: Q&A with DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx
2015 has been a massive year for Honda, with a raft of exciting new and updated models, plus a return to Formula One. But it’s not stopping there, with a new NSX on the horizon and one of the stars of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2&4. To find out more about Honda’s resurgence and what lies ahead, we caught up with another new Honda arrival, CEO Takahiro Hachigo, who only took over the top position in February, and quizzed him on his plans for the brand. Q: It’s been a busy year so far for Honda, after a very quiet time – why have we been waiting so long for new models and then they all arrive at once? A: “Honda has taken steps to evolve our global operations to swiftly respond to the needs of an increasingly competitive, ever-changing global marketplace and deliver products that will satisfy our customers. The new Jazz and new HR-V, which were both developed under this system and employ our next- generation drivetrain, can be called truly global … [Read more...] about The future of Honda: Q&A with Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo
If there were any doubt that supercars would survive in the face of tightening efficiency regulations and increasingly ecoconscious buyers—yes, at least some of the superrich give a damn—these cars should put it to rest. The five poster-worthy machines detailed here go above and beyond the usual supercar tropes of ludicrous speed and lust-worthy sheetmetal, featuring intensely high-tech powertrains, state-of-the-art materials and construction, or both. Not only are these technological advancements going to keep the supercar species alive, but many of the innovations will eventually trickle down to the cars we regular folks buy, too. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept Rumors pegged Lambo’s Paris show car as its replacement for the lascivious Murciélago, but the radical Sesto Elemento—Italian for “sixth element,” i.e., carbon—showed up instead. Even more dramatic than the concept’s styling, though, is how far … [Read more...] about 2010 Paris Auto Show: The Future of the Supercar
We received an interesting email the other day here in the TTAC underwater battle station. As is frequently the case, this one was about a used car. But not just any used car. is a touring car that took my mother to and from work as a teacher in the 1920s. It stayed in the barn at my grandparents farm until the 1980s when my mother gave it to me. I had the car fully restored by a specialist in old car restorations in the early 1980s, and spent a little less that $40,000 having this done. It has 68K miles on it. I know I will never get my money back from restoring this vehicle, I am asking $25,000 for it now. This is a typical used car story: my parents drove it to work, I fixed it up a bit, I’d like to sell it. Were this a 1990 Accord, I think it could be sold in a matter of days at the right price. But this is a 1926 Dodge, which leads to all sorts of questions. It doesn’t have any value as a commuter, obviously. But it would be an inexpensive and fully-sorted entry into … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s The Future Of Everyday Classics?
To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, think. I know something exciting will be revealed, right? Just kidding. We’ll see the new BMW M2 coupe, and a bunch of incredibly exciting crossovers. Regardless, it will be hard for this year’s big show to match the excitement of last year’s event: there’s no Ford GT painted in an unobtainium shade of blue and no Shelby GT350R doing smoldering donuts around it. But it’s still NAIAS, and that still means something. Or does it? A case could be made that NAIAS isn’t even the most important car show taking place in January. With the ever-changing technology present inside our cars today (and its increased … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: What’s the Future of the Car Show?
Automaker 2008 model year 2025 model year % Change Aston Martin 1,370 1,182 -13% BMW 353,120 550,665 56% Chrysler-Fiat 1,659,950 768,241 -54% Daimler 287,330 441,786 54% Ferrari 1,450 7,658 428% Ford 1,770,893 2,224,586 26% Greely/Volvo 98,397 143,696 46% General Motors 3,095,188 3,197,943 3% Honda 1,511,779 1,898,018 26% Hyundai 391,027 845,386 116% Kia 281,452 460,436 64% Lotus 252 316 25% Mazda 302,546 368,172 22% Mitsubishi 100,729 109,692 9% Nissan 1,023,415 1,441,229 41% Porsche 37,706 51,915 38% Spyker/Saab 25,956 26,605 3% Subaru 198,581 331,692 67% Suzuki 114,658 124,528 9% Tata/Jaguar-Land Rover 65,180 122,223 88% Tesla 800 31,974 3897% Toyota 2,211,500 3,318,069 50% Volkswagen 318,482 784,447 146% TOTAL 13,851,761 17,250,459 25% Reasonable minds can disagree about the wisdom of the auto bailout, but according to analysis by the EPA and Department of Transportation (based on data from the Department of Energy and auto … [Read more...] about Feds Predict The Future Of The Auto Industry, Foresee Chrysler Freefall, GM Stagnation
Rolls-Royce has provided a unique insight into what the ultimate luxury car might look like over the next century with a new EX103 Vision Next 100 concept. The model was unveiled as part of an event celebrating owner BMW’s centenary held at the Roundhouse in North London, and sits alongside similar futuristic models from BMW and stablemate MINI. Described as the first ‘purely visionary’ concept in the brand’s 112-year history, the model is clearly recognisable as a Rolls, and at 5.9 metres long, is broadly the same length as a Phantom. • Best luxury cars to buy now The concept’s body work almost completely encases its wheels, giving the impression that they're floating a few inches off the ground. The curving roofline and pinched rear end are classic sports car and probably the sportiest thing seen on a car carrying the Rolls-Royce badge in living memory. In profile, the uncompromisingly vertical Rolls-Royce nose is evident while the shoulderline … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce 103EX Vision Next 100 concept reveals the future of luxury
Peugeot Sport’s headquarters in the Parisian suburb of Vélizy are unremarkable to behold. Only if you know what goes on behind its gates, as Bruno Famin does, would you be quite so happy to sit in a stuffy office, to be quizzed on the brand’s future. As director of Peugeot Sport, Famin is intimately familiar with cars such as the 208 and 308 GTi, as well as more extreme projects like the 500bhp 308 R HYbrid concept and the Dakar-winning 2008 DKR. It’s these cars, as well as the ethos behind Peugeot Sport, that we’re here to discuss. • Top 10 greatest Peugeot Sport road cars Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport director: Q and A Q: What is the philosophy of Peugeot Sport? What are your priorities? A:“The priority for us is to add value to the brand. Since 1981, Peugeot Sport has been at the heart of the brand’s strategy. We are back now at the origin of what was supposed to be Peugeot Sport. We are here to help improve the image of the Peugeot … [Read more...] about The future of Peugeot Sport with boss Bruno Famin
Luton. It’s not the sort of place you might find a NASA-style connectivity command centre hidden behind closed doors, but it is where General Motors has chosen to base the HQ for its hi-tech European OnStar programme. To get a taste of what’s to come in Luton, Auto Express was given exclusive access to the OnStar command centre at General Motors’ US base in Detroit – a city with some similarities to Luton. Both were once hotbeds of car manufacturing and have fallen on relatively hard times. Yet both are on the road to recovery – Luton with all hands to the pumps making as many Vivaro vans as possible, while Detroit is the subject of a multi-billion-dollar rejuvenation, led by a car industry bouncing back from the depths of despair. OnStar launched in 1996 in the US, providing touch-of-a-button telematics operated by a call centre – everything from turn-by-turn navigation downloaded to your car to emergency call-outs in the event of an accident. … [Read more...] about GM OnStar: the future of connected car tech