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GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Velar hints at Range Rover luxury car

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Premium luxury brand considers move into passenger vehicles as Range Rover stretches boundaries The new Range Rover Velar could be a significant step toward the British SUV brand building luxury passenger cars for the first time. That’s the possibility aired by Land Rover’s chief design officer Gerry McGovern, the man ultimately responsible for shaping the […]

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Autonomous city driving on a rainy night now a reality

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Silicon Valley start-up demonstrates its self-driving technology in sketchy conditions Can an autonomous, driverless vehicle drive safely through busy city traffic on a dark, rainy night? You bet it can, if this new video from Silicon Valley-based start-up Drive.ai is any indication. Indeed, as you can see from this 3:46 time-lapse film shot in a […]

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Why these are the perfect vans for our businesses

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  4Richard Phelan Cathal Doyle talks to four owners and reports on what persuaded them to choose the brands and vehicles for their companies. CITROEN / CITYLITES GALWAY   As chief buyer for Citylites, Galway, Anne Cummins spends a lot of her time travelling the world, sourcing fine lighting products. Citylites is the retail lighting […]

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Audi sales soar worldwide

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The 2016 Audi Q2 AUDI has announced a new record year for sales in 2016 with 1,871,350 models sold since January, representing an increase of 3.8% on 2015. In all five of its largest individual markets [Europe (+7.6%), in North America (+5.3%) with further growth in the plateaued U.S. market (+4%) and Asia-Pacific (+0.5%)], 2016 has […]

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‘Insurance cost doubled’: Call for swifter implementation of report

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DEPUTY Niall Collins has welcomed the recent publication of the Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance but has called for swifter implementation of some of its key recommendations. “If implemented without delay I believe the report can halt the trend of rapidly rising motor insurance premiums. While the Government cannot directly control motor insurance premiums, we have always argued it can influence the factors […]

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Osram Shows New Smart Automotive Technologies at CES

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Virtual reality experience at CES: During a virtual tour at the Osram booth, CES visitors will experience the newest car technologies and learn how an autonomous car detects its surroundings (Photo: Business Wire) LAS VEGAS & MUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Osram, the global No. 1 in automotive car lighting, will unveil its latest high-tech automotive applications at the […]

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Car wars: The battle for automotive tech

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, BMW CEO Harald Krueger and Mobileye CTO Amnon Shashua recently announced a collaboration to bring solutions for fully automated driving into series production by 2021. A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. And so it […]

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Automotive startup unveils world’s fastest electric car

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An electric supercar developed by Chinese-backed startup NextEV is claimed to be the fastest vehicle of its kind in the world. NextEV’s NIO EP9 electric supercar The company, best known as one of the eight manufacturers involved in the Formula E electric racing series, has announced that earlier this autumn its NIO EP9 electric supercar […]

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BMW posts flat profits as investments erode automotive margins

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1The rear view of the BMW 5 series BMW posted flat third-quarter operating profit on Friday as investments in new technologies to cut pollution and increase safety ate into profits from sales of its premium cars. BMW said third-quarter earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was €2.38bn, in line with the €2.37bn consensus estimate in […]

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VW Group ramps up digital initiatives with FAST suppliers

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Volkswagen Group says it has visited selected partners in the FAST (Future Automotive Supply Track) initiative at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) for intensified work on ‘digitilisation’. The motto of this year’s industry showcase for suppliers was “digitalisation of mobility”. The Volkswagen Group says it is intensifying its efforts to master digital change and the associated transformation […]

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