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Ford Tests Autonomous Vehicles in Full-Scale Simulated Urban Environment

Ford has recorded another landmark, becoming the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – a simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan, USA. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Centre. Mcity provides real-world road scenarios – such as running a red light – that cannot be replicated on public roads. There are street lights, ...

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2016 Kia Optima Earns Best-Buy Award

Kia Motors’ all-new 2016 Optima is the Best-Buy of the Year among midsize cars according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. With an extensive yearlong data collection process, vehicle testing and evaluation of 2016 model-year vehicles, Kelley Blue Book narrowed the list of 49 Best Buy Award Finalists down to an elite group of 12 winners. “The all-new 2016 Optima has ...

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Peugeot Sponsors Andy Murray’s Elder Brother

PEUGEOT has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Jamie Murray, Britain’s No. 1 doubles tennis player. The sponsorship which started last week, supports Murray in his competition efforts to the end of 2017. Elder brother of two-time Grand Slam singles champion, Andy Murray, Jamie specializes in doubles tennis and is currently ranked as Britain’s No 1 men’s double player. Jamie claimed victory ...

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Hyundai Motor Unveils Rendering of New G90

Hyundai Motor has revealed the first rendering of its new range-topping G90 luxury sedan, which is named EQ900 in Korea. The elegantly designed, technology packed G90 hints at the recently-launched Genesis brand’s design identity and future direction. Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center and Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, said, “Genesis’ new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver ...

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Kia Motors Global Sales Up 3.7% in October

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its October 2015 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 251,439 units sold for a year-on-year increase of 3.7%. In October, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in North America (10.6% growth with 56,061 units sold) and domestic ...

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Toyota, Nissan Cut Business with Killer Airbag Maker

Two major Japanese automobile makers, Nissan and Toyota, Friday, severed business relationship with Takata, the embattled Japanese maker of airbags, which have been at the centre of the largest automotive safety recall in history. Nissan and Toyota’s action followed similar move by Honda earlier this week, another Japanese auto maker, which had been the company’s biggest customer. According to a ...

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Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it is setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and to apply the technology to other areas of daily life. Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda told Associated Press on Friday that the company ...

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Jeep Renegade Named Car of the Year in Brazil

The Jeep Renegade was named the 2016 Car of the Year in Brazil by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo) as part of the most prestigious automotive industry awards in Brazil, which has been hosted annually by the magazine since 1966. The award was presented in a ceremony on Wednesday night at Villa Verico in São Paulo. Since its commercial launch in ...

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VW Emission Scandal Spreads to Petrol Engine

…As Consumer Protection Council Queries VW Nigeria By: MATILDA FRANCES (Motoring World’s London Bureau Chief) While Volkswagen Group was still mopping up the messy aftermath of its confession to cheating on diesel engine emission, the company’s case yesterday got messier, following its management’s admission that inconsistencies have also been detected in CO2 emissions from its 800,000 petrol engine cars. Contrary to the ...

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