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Mercedes unveils green car that uses paintwork as solar panel

BEIJING: These days, people are giving preference to more environment-friendly vehicles, so the automobile makers are finding ways to cut emissions through launching bizarre cars models. Now Mercedes-Benz has unveiled what it claims to be the ultimate in ‘green driving’- a concept car that doubles up as a huge solar panel to generate energy. Using something known as ‘multi-voltaic’ silver ... Read More »

BMW crushes Mercedes, Lexus thrashes Audi

NEW YORK: The BMW brand defeated Mercedes-Benz in its strongest October sales, which recorded its best month so far this year. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz duke it out for the top two spots, Lexus had its 13th consecutive month of sales gains. BMW, 2014’s top-selling luxury brand through October, sold 30,602 vehicles last month for an 11 percent year-over-year boost. ... Read More »

Smallest racing car smashes speed world record

BERN: Do not underestimate this smallest electric racing car as this hi-tech machine has broken all the previous speed records by accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in under 1.8 seconds. Called the Grimsel, and developed by Swiss researchers, it broke the previous world record for acceleration by going from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.785 seconds in under 30 metres. ... Read More »

160-horsepower BMW S1000XR to be on roads in 2015

BERLIN: German automaker BMW is going to launch 160-horsepower sportsbike S1000XR in 2015. Having 1000cc and inline 4-cylinder engine, the XR is a fire-breathing, road focused light adventure bike with as much potential for long-range touring. It also features this year’s latest must-have gadget – lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro, as well as BMW’s wonderful cruise control unit to round out ... Read More »

$336,000 BMW i8 knocks down Porsche, Prius, Aston Martin

SYDNEY: The super hybrid, BMW i8, has beaten all of its counterparts including Porsche, Prius and Aston Martin in speed and fuel efficiency. It’s a big claim, but BMW says its new hero, the petrol-electric i8 coupe, has a range of superpowers that other sports cars don’t yet possess. It is the German brand’s new technological flagship and the first ... Read More »

BMW ‘launching’ 1-Series Sport Cross to ‘beat’ X1

BERLIN: The German automobile, BMW, is going to ‘launch’ a small crossover of 1-Series Sport Cross to slot below the X1. According to German media, the entry-level BMW crossover will allegedly get the 1-Series Sport Cross moniker and will ride on the UKL front-wheel drive platform. It will be part of an enlarged FWD 1-Series family that will also include ... Read More »

Toyota sells 104,700 vehicles in China, records 27.1% growth

BEIJING: Toyota Motor Corp and its two Chinese joint ventures sold about 104,700 vehicles in China in October, up 27.1 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Monday. That followed 26.1 percent year-on-year jump in September and 8.9 percent rise in August. In the first ten months of the year, Japan’s biggest automaker by sales volume sold ... Read More »

Ferrari to pay $3.5 million fine

NEW YORK: Ferrari would pay $3.5 million fine after the company allegedly failed to submit reports identifying actual or potential safety issues for three years, said US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Federal law requires large manufacturers and their affiliates to submit comprehensive emergency warning reports every quarter in order to give the Department of Transportation notice of potential safety ... Read More »

400 horsepower BMW M2 to hit hard Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS3

BERLIN: The German automaker BMW is all set to hit hard Mercedes-AMG A45 and the second generation Audi RS3 with the launch of another racy two-door with 2016 arrival of the M2 Coupe to challenge. Once out, the M2 will be dropped into a three-way fight with the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 and the second generation Audi RS3. New BMW M2 Coupe ... Read More »

$2 million Submarine Sports Car unveiled

LONDON: Here comes another invention for motoring enthusiasts as now they buy a $2 million (£1.2 million) sports car that can be driven underwater. The ‘Submarine Sports Car’, inspired by James Bond’s famous sub-Lotus, is powered by an electric motor that allows it to reach a maximum speed of 75mph (121kph) below the waves. It claims to be the only ... Read More »

567 horsepower BMW X5 & X6 are hottest-of-the-hot family haulers

WASHINGTON: Ready-to-be-launched M versions of BMW’s SUVs are being dubbed as hottest-of-the-hot family haulers. BMW’s X5 M and X6 M’s top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour. Zero to 60 mph times are about 4 seconds. The X5 M is squared off in back while the X6 M has more a sleek, coupe-style roofline. The pair have 3% ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalling 381,876 trucks in US to rectify fire hazard

NEW YORK: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chrysler Group said 381,876 ram trucks are recalling mostly in the United States to correct a potential fire hazard. Chrysler said in a statement that problems with 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with Cummins (CMI.N) diesel engines could cause fuel-heater housings to overheat and fuel to ... Read More »

Mercedes India to triple sales to 200,000 units by 2020

CHENNAI: Mercedes Benz India is intending to triple its sale to 200,000 units by 2020. The German luxe marque has internally set that as a target for the fast growing Indian market and the company has stepped on the gas with as many as nine launches so far this calendar year with the GLA 45 AMG 4MATIC SUV being the ... Read More »

Audi India recalls 382 Q7 SUVs over brake issue

NEW DELHI: German luxury carmaker Audi AG has recalled 382 sports utility vehicle (SUV) Q7 vehicles over brake system flaw in India. The company said the recall is part of a global exercise under which it has called back about 70,000 units of A4, A5, A6 and A7 sedans and SUV models Q5 and Q7 to replace the vacuum line ... Read More »

Airbag issue: Volkswagen recalls 270,635 Audi cars in China

BEIJING: Volkswagen AG is recalling 270,635 Audi cars, including A4 and A4L, in China due to an air bag software issue. The source of the airbags was not immediately clear. The recall coincides with a lawsuit against Takata Corp, a Japanese company whose potentially defective airbags have led to the recall of millions of vehicles. The Audi recall also comes ... Read More »

Mercedes B-Class EV to beat BMW i3 in price with £27,000 tag

LONDON: Mercedes will charge £1,500 more for its B-Class Electric Drive than BMW’s quirky-looking i3. The company has said that due to be launched in the UK next year, the 100 per cent electric premium MPV will be the first car to use the company’s new technology. The newcomer will cost £27,000 after the £5,000 Government grant and Mercedes will ... Read More »

Takata sued for ‘unsafe vehicles’

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata and several carmakers that used its products are being sued in the US over allegations they sold unsafe vehicles. The class action lawsuit comes after millions of cars were recalled over potentially dangerous airbags. It claims Takata and automakers such as Honda and Toyota hid the alleged airbag defects from consumers. At least four deaths and ... Read More »

Ford invests $billion to compete Mercedes, BMW

New York: Though Ford a lucky automaker remained successful in avoiding a government-based bailout, yet it still isn’t exactly out of troubled waters because Lincoln is still lingering in limbo and strives to stay relevant. It still may have the stigma of being a car of choice for the AARP club or the nearest airport taxi union, but Lincoln is ... Read More »

Honda registers 6-month net profit up 19%

TOKYO: Japanese automaker Honda said its 6-month net profit climbed almost 19 per cent, even it cut its earnings outlook for the full fiscal year. The Civic and Accord maker posted US$2.67 billion net profit in the six months through September. However, Japan’s number three automaker cut its full-year to March net profit estimate to ¥565 billion from an earlier ... Read More »

Porsche, Mercedes, Audi set to launch electric cars to counter Tesla

LONDON: Porsche, Mercedes, and Audi are all set to launch electric cars to challenge the success of the Californian newcomer Tesla with its Model S. Porsche’s chairman Matthias Müller reportedly said that the company is working on an all-electric car that will be based on the company’s Modular Standard Platform (Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten in German, or MSB for short) and look ... Read More »