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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, S-Class Win Businesscar Awards

Mercedes-Benz has won two awards at the first ever BusinessCar awards. The C-Class won the ‘Best Premium Car’ title, while S-Class was named as ‘Best Luxury Car’. Both models were praised for their comfort levels, technology and competitive monthly running costs. The S-Class in particular was singled out for its luxurious – and unrivaled – interior. Rob East, Head of ...

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Ex BMW Designer to Head Styling At Kia Motors

Kia Motors has named Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. In a statement released on Thursday, the auto maker expressed a belief that Leclercq’s appointment will accelerate the establishment of what it described as a consistent design DNA across the expanding Kia model range. As the newly-established Head of Styling, Belgian-born Pierre Leclercq will be responsible for developing ...

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South African Taxi War Latest:Cars Burnt with Petrol Bomb

A violent feud between South African meter taxi drivers and ride-hailing services Uber and Taxify escalated with another three vehicles torched using petrol bombs, police said on Thursday. Drivers for Uber and Estonian start-up Taxify operating in Johannesburg and capital Pretoria have faced threats and protests from regular taxi operators who accuse the app-based drivers of poaching customers with cheaper ...

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Frankfurt Motorshow: Chancellor Merkel Visits Volkswagen

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel on Thursday visited Volkswagen stand at the ongoing Frankfurt International Motor show. During the visit, the Chancellor was given a glimpse of the automotive future, courtesy of Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, Dr. Herbert Diess. He stated: “The automobile has its best days ahead of it. With the right concepts, ...

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Nissan Extends Global UEFA Champions League Partnership

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. confirmed a three-year extension to its global partnership with the UEFA Champions League, including the UEFA Super Cup. Legend Gareth Bale celebrated the announcement by surprising a group of schoolchildren and teaching them how to recreate his iconic winning goal from the 2014 final against Club Atlético de Madrid. The agreement comes ahead of the first ...

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Euro NCAP Launches Road Map 2025

…In Pursuit of Vision Zero EuroNCAP has launched its Road Map 2025, setting out for the first time the programme’s priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience. In a statement released on Tuesday, the organization through lights on what the programme is meant to achieve. “Our objective,” it stated, “is to offer ...

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Ford Launches Drive2greatness Program

Ford Motor Company’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continues this year with the launch of the first HBCU Drive2Greatness program. Ford will donate a total of $300,000 to support STEAM initiatives at HBCU’s across the country. From now through Oct. 27, students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school ...

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Auto Makers Warn Europe Over Electric Cars

Europe shouldn’t rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show. The comments come as the future of the car has become a hot topic in campaigning ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 election, especially after Britain and France ...

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Ford Self-Driving Test Van ‘Talks’ To Pedestrians

Ford Motor Co and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a way to enable self-driving vehicles to communicate their movements visually to pedestrians, cyclists and to human drivers, the researchers said on Wednesday. The new communications method, which uses simple light signals to depict whether a self-driving vehicle is slowing or accelerating, has the potential to become a universal industry ...

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Toyota Plans Higher-Performance Hybrids

Toyota Motor Corporation announced plans to develop higher-performance versions of its world-leading hybrid technology for core models. The significant announcement accompanied the world premiere of a striking hybrid concept car based on the C-HR SUV at the Frankfurt motor show in Germany. Created by Toyota’s European design studio ED2, the C-HR Hy-Power Concept explores a more performance-focused hybrid powertrain as ...

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