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Hyundai forecasts 8.13m vehicle sales in 2106, lowest in 10 years

SEOUL: Motor and its affiliate Kia, have forecast their slowest sales growth in a decade for 2016, due to slumping demand in China and a strong Korean won. South Korea’s largest automakers estimated combined total sales of 8.13 million cars worldwide this year, compared to about 8.0 million in 2015, Chung Mong-Koo, who heads the Hyundai Motor Group, said in ... Read More »

Honda Jazz RS may be showcased at Auto Expo 2016

TOKYO: Honda Jazz, which was launched in India in July, 2015, is all set to add another variant to its line-up. The RS, much like the Mobilio RS, is primarily a body-kit that not only adds to the car’s style quotient, but also offers additional equipment. Honda is expected to showcase the Jazz RS at the Delhi Auto Expo in ... Read More »

BMW fined $40m for recall violations in US

NEW YORK: The US auto safety regulators has imposed $40 million fine on German auto giant BMW for not conducting a timely recall on vehicles that failed crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the carmaker acknowledged it had violated US recall standards with respect to the Mini 2 Door Hardtop Cooper, which failed crash tests in ... Read More »

Japan: Nissan CEO focuses on Toyota in sales race

YOKOHAMA: Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, aiming to grab 10 percent of the U.S. market, is already looking past Honda Motor Co. to the next rival in his quest to conquest share. In his sights is Toyota Motor Corp. Ghosn said Nissan will be “closing the gap” with the world’s No. 1 carmaker by 2020. This month’s reshuffle of ... Read More »

EU officials were VW whistleblowers: US authorities

It was EU officials who tipped US authorities off about German auto giant Volkswagen (Other OTC: VLKAF – news) ‘s emissions cheating scam, the head of California’s environment agency CARB told German media. “Officials from the EU informed the US environment group ICCT about the possible cheating on nitrogen oxide emissions,” Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, ... Read More »

Honda Civic set to finish 2015 as Canada’s best-selling car for 18th straight year

OTTAWA: There may still be two months worth of sales remaining on the calendar, but, for all intents and purposes, this race is over. The Honda Civic has already generated enough sales activity in 2015 to cement its position atop the list of Canada’s best-selling cars for an 18th consecutive year. Not since 1997, when Joe Carter was still at ... Read More »

Porsche recalls near 60,000 cars over engine leak

BERLIN: One of the world’s top luxurious brands Porsche has recalled near 60,000 vehicles worldwide due to risks of engine leaks. The luxury arm of beleaguered auto giant Volkswagen said the recall would apply to its Macan S and Macan Turbo models, which could be prone to leaks in a low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment. “This is a purely ... Read More »

New 2016 BMW 7 Series launches on Chinese car market with price starting at 1.18m yuan

OSLO: The new 2016 BMW 7 Series has just been launched on the Chinese car market with pricing starting at 1.18 million yuan and ending at 1.98 million yuan ($187,000-$313,000). BMW has repeatedly said the Chinese market is the second most important after U.S. and the Bavarians plan to offer all the gimmicks available in the new 7er. One of them ... Read More »

Volkswagen to start recalling vehicles from January

BERLIN: Volkswagen has announced to recall its emissions-scandal-hit vehicles from January, said company’s new chief executive Matthias Mueller. In an interview with a German newspaper, he said that all affected cars will be fixed by the end of 2016, adding that only a few employees have been involved in the scandal. Europe’s biggest carmaker has said emissions test-cheating software is ... Read More »

Tesla launches long-awaited Model X with bio-weapon defence system

Electric car-maker Tesla has launched its long-awaited Model X, which has a “bio-weapon defence” system and double-hinged doors that open upwards. It is the third vehicle produced by the firm, and was unveiled nearly two years later than originally planned. The firm – which has yet to make a profit – said about 25,000 people had pre-ordered the car. Analysts ... Read More »

Volkswagen to repair up to 11 million vehicles after emission tests scandal

Volkswagen said it will repair up to 11 million vehicles and overhaul its namesake brand following the scandal over its rigging of emissions tests. New Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said the German carmaker would tell customers in the coming days they would need to have diesel vehicles with illegal software refitted, a move which some analysts have said could cost ... Read More »

Toyota investing $50m to introduce cars with artificial intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO: The world’s largest automaker, Toyota, has announced to introduce smart cars having artificial intelligence technology with $50 million investment. The joint research with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will take place over the next five years, Toyota Motor Corporation said, emphasising its interest in technology that could be used by people as they grow old ... Read More »

Renault introduces its first one-tonne Ute

PARIS: It’s been a long-time coming but Renault has finally revealed a close approximation of how its first one-tonne Ute will look. Dubbed the Renault Alaskan Concept, the bold new Ute will – according to the French car-maker — offer best-in-class fuel economy and a payload of more than one tonne. And yes, the Nissan Navara-based dual-cab is a global ... Read More »

All you must know about 2016 Subaru BRZ, WRX STI Series. HyperBlue Priced

SYDNEY: Pricing for the 2016 Subaru BRZ Series. HyperBlue and 2016 Subaru WRX Series. HyperBlue has been announced. The rear-drive BRZ Series. HyperBlue coupe starts at $28,485, while the WRX STI Series. HyperBlue sedan starts at $39,790 (including $795 destination). 2016 Subaru BRZ Series. HyperBlue Available only with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2016 Subaru BRZ Series. HyperBlue is priced ... Read More »

First batch of new Lotus Evora 400 sports cars destined for customers, dealers

NEW YORK: The first batch of the new Lotus Evora 400 sports cars destined for customers and dealers have driven off the assembly line and are soon to arrive at dealerships across the UK and mainland Europe. The significant occasion was marked by a small celebration with proud members of the engineering and manufacturing team at Lotus, who are responsible ... Read More »

BMW introduces BMW M Performance parts for new G11/G12 BMW 7 Series

BERLIN: BMW have introduced BMW M Performance parts for the new G11/G12 BMW 7 Series. Most of these parts require either the M Sport package or the M Aerodynamics package to be equipped to your car, but some parts like the wing mirror caps and boot lid spoiler do not. If you’re not satisfied with having carbon fibre actually integrated ... Read More »

Jaguar XE is one of most important cars to be launched in 2015

LONDON: The Jaguar XE is one of the most important cars to be launched in 2015, but behind all the hype is this small executive saloon really a worthy rival to the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class? To find out, Chris Knapman puts a 2.0-litre diesel version of Jaguar’s company car contender to the test on UK roads. ... Read More »

All you must know about Peugeot all-electric Fractal Concept coupe

SYDNEY: Peugeot has provided a snapshot of future urban commuting with its all-electric Fractal Concept coupe. The squat and menacing looking coupe features a removable roof and offers seating for four in a package that’s shorter than a Peugeot 208 hatch. Power is supplied by a 40kWh battery pack, mounted in the centre tunnel, driving two 75kW electric motors – ... Read More »

Bugatti to pull wraps off its Vision Gran Turismo concept

BERLIN: We won’t see the Chiron hypercar for some time, but at this month’s Frankfurt auto show, Bugatti will pull the wraps off its Vision Gran Turismo concept. Intended to be offered as a downloadable car for the Gran Turismo video game series, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo takes visual cues from successful Bugatti Le Mans racing cars of the ... Read More »

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, pure electrics, are increasing; their share of market is tiny

LONDON: Last month, Toyota sold its eight millionth hybrids since the first Prius went into showrooms in 1997, and spy pictures of the next Prius are circulating on the internet ahead of its official unveiling at Frankfurt in a fortnight. The seven million mark was passed just 10 months ago, and Prius is one of 30 Toyotas now available with ... Read More »