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Renault Driverless Electric Symbioz Concept Merges Home and Car

Press a button for a “French Kiss.”

by on Sep.14, 2017

Renault's Symbioz Concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and reflects how we might live our lives in the future.

For many folks, the automobile has become a second home. So why not make the car quite literally part of one’s house?

What happens when automakers begin delivering their first driverless, connected and battery-powered vehicles in the coming decade? Such vehicles are expected to dramatically change not only the way we travel but many aspects of the way we live our lives more broadly – or so says Renault, which is giving a glimpse of how this might happen with the debut of its Symbioz concept car at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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As the name implies, embraces symbiosis, the concept of living together in harmony. In this case, it is envisioned as “an integrated house and car.” And, no, Renault isn’t suggesting you sell your home and live out of the backseat of the Symbioz, but it actually could operate as an additional room for your existing house, and even provide back-up power in the event of a grid outage. (more…)

Where Are the Diesels? You Have to Look Hard at Frankfurt Motor Show

They're still there...but you have to look for them.

by on Sep.13, 2017

BMW's unveiling of its electrified vehicle line-up highlighted the lack of diesels at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

For most of the past two decades, the Frankfurt Motor Show might have been described as the Diesel Motor Show, manufacturers spending much of the biennial event’s press days talking about the virtues of what they heralded as “clean diesel.”

As this year’s Frankfurt media preview draws to a close, however, one couldn’t help but notice the lack of diesels on the floor of the sprawling convention complex. And, when a manufacturer did bring up the subject of diesels it was, as likely as not, in some form of an apology.

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That’s largely the result of the ongoing scandal triggered by the revelation, almost exactly two years ago, that Volkswagen had crafted a way to cheat on emissions tests for 11 million diesel engines. Since then, other automakers have faced accusations, in both the U.S. and Europe, of using similar “defeat devices” to deceive regulators. (more…)

China’s Chery Hopes to Exeed European Expectations

New SUV aimed at cracking into Euro market; offers hint of U.S. plans.

by on Sep.13, 2017

Chery is hoping its Exeed might lead it to be the first Chinese maker to find success outside of China.

China is now the world’s largest automotive market yet, on a global scale, domestic Chinese manufacturers are insignificant players. They’ve nudged into Brazil and a few other third-world markets, but they are all but invisible in Europe and entirely absent from the U.S.

But that could soon change. After years of touting plans, several Chinese automakers are making critical breakout moves, as Chery is demonstrating at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. There it has rolled out two models that it hopes will anchor its global push.

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They include the Tiggo Coupe and Exeed TX SUV. The coupe crossover is meant to suggest that the state-owned manufacturer can stand up to the best European manufacturers when it comes to pushing the design envelope. Though clearly more conventional, the Exeed shows what Chery is ready to deliver Europeans right now. (more…)

Ferrari Makes it Official with Frankfurt Debut of New Portofino

No more California Dreaming.

by on Sep.12, 2017

The new Ferrari Portofino made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's the replacement for the California.

The term, “entry level” can carry quite a different meaning, depending on whether you’re talking about a subcompact hatchback or a new Ferrari.

So, don’t worry about shortcuts in comfort or performance with the debut of the new 2018 Ferrari Portofino. The replacement for the outgoing California model, if anything, is a significant upgrade.

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“The object here was to come up with something that made no compromises,” said Enrico Gallieri, the exotic automaker’s chief marketing officer, as he prepared to lift the covers on the new hardtop convertible. That means, if anything, more performance as well as improved comfort. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Brings 3 New S-Class Models to Frankfurt

Coupe, Cabriolet and Plug-in Hybrid join maker’s top-end line-up.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes took the covers off all three iterations of its new S-Class at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Buyers looking for a premium luxury model will find Mercedes-Benz rolling out three new options at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker now offering more versions of its big S-Class family than ever before.

The new-for-2018 variants include updates of the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models, as well as the new S 560e Plug-in Hybrid. It’s the first Mercedes offering to wear the new EQ badge, part of an entirely new line-up of electrified vehicles the company plans to roll out over the coming decade.

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“By 2022, we will electrify the entire Mercedes line-up,” brand boss Dieter Zetsche promised during a news conference marking the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Some product lines will offer conventional hybrid options, others a plug-in, such as the S 560e. Still others will be available in pure battery-electric form, and some will offer buyers multiple electrified drivetrains. (more…)

Audi Elaine, Aicon Concepts Reveal an Autonomous Future

German automaker creating new family of vehicles: Audi AI.

by on Sep.12, 2017

The Audi Elaine debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, The Level 4 autonomous concept is part of Audi AI, a family of technology advanced vehicles.

Audi’s two concepts – the Elaine and Aicon – in Frankfurt reveal the German automaker’s plans to not only electrify its vehicle line-up, but also to ensure they’re autonomous as well.

Each of the two features AI in their names, representing the maker’s new group of automated vehicles. The Audi AI family will feature a variety of innovative systems that relieve strain on drivers and offer new possibilities to use the time spent in the car.

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Audi will accomplish this using strategies and technologies from the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, hence the reference to AI. The Elaine and the Aicon are the first two concepts for this new family. (more…)

Land Rover Amps Up Discovery with new SVX Edition

New model features enhanced off-road capabilities.

by on Sep.12, 2017

The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the first Disco that the maker's Special Vehicle Operations team has gotten its hands on.

For Land Rover aficionados concerned that they may not be able to buy a Discovery with enough off-road capability, the automaker has heard their cries, unveiling the Discovery SVX at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Calling it the “ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures,” the brand worked with its Special Vehicle Operations team to add extreme all-terrain capability. SVX sits alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography.

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Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ A Puts Big Battery Pack in a Small Hatchback

“We are serious about electric mobility,” says CEO Zetsche.

by on Sep.12, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ A is the luxury brand's move toward an all-electric line-up.

By the middle of the coming decade, expect to see some form of battery-based option for every vehicle in the vast Mercedes-Benz line-up, brand boss Dieter Zetsche announced Monday night. And the German automaker is offering a clear indication of the options that strategy will take at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The German maker’s stand features products as diverse as the new GLC F-Cell, an SUV that combines both a hydrogen fuel-cell system with in plug-in lithium-ion battery pack, and the new AMG Project One, a 1,000 horsepower hypercar using a four-motor plug-in hybrid system based on Formula One’s KERS technology. Both models are debuting in Frankfurt this week.

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While all of the traditional Mercedes models will be offered with electrified options, the company also plans to launch an entirely new sub-brand, dubbed Mercedes-EQ, which will deliver 10 pure battery-electric models by the middle of the coming decade. That is likely to include a version of the Concept EQ A hatchback also making its Frankfurt debut. (more…)

Mercedes Tackles Zero-Emissions Driving with the F-Cell

New fuel-cell, battery electric hybrid makes its debut.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new fuel-cell, battery-electric hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Like many other European automakers, Mercedes-Benz is making a substantive push toward electrifying its line-up in the wake of multiple problems with diesel engines.

Much of Mercedes efforts have focused on straight battery-electrics, the automaker is looking at other zero-emission alternatives. That effort has culminated in the GLC F-Cell, a fuel-cell/plug-in hybrid the company debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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One of the major advantages of this option is that the interplay between battery and fuel cell, along with short refueling times, is everyday practicality and long-distance motoring. With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437 km or about 280 miles in the NEDC. (more…)

Kia’s New Stonic SUV Ready for Prime Time

Automaker fills hole in product portfolio.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Kia unveiled its new Stonic small SUV, which will help the maker fill a gap in its product portfolio.

Kia took another step toward expanding its product portfolio with the debut of the Stonic, a new subcompact crossover, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Stonic, which is a blend of “speedy” and “tonic,” helps the South Korean automaker fill a gap in one of the more popular auto segments in Europe as well as the U.S. The new model features a European design flair even though it was designed in Europe and Asia.

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Kia claims the Stonic is “one of the smartest cars in its class,” as it’s laden with technologies designed to improve the crossover’s handling, safety, comfort and convenience. The car’s intelligent packaging results in a spacious cabin and enables a high level of storage versatility. (more…)

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