The world’s automotive manufacturers are still in love with the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) despite the fact that the majority of them will either never be used as a utility vehicle or cannot be referenced as a sports model! Over the last decade, we have seen the market grow from a handful of models from Range Rover, Porsche and Lincoln to pretty much every luxury manufacturer attempting a late entry into the market. One of the last to market has been Aston Martin who now have two concepts under development: the Aston Martin DBX, scheduled to be on sale next year, 2020, and the Lagonda SUV which is expected to be all-electric. Both models will be built at a new factory in South Wales, near Cardiff. One report took a small comment from the media announcement and suggested that the Lagonda was designed like a super-yacht, however the extended comment is that Lagonda used styling concepts from the Concorde supersonic aircraft on the exterior with super-yacht ideas mixed … [Read More...]
Jaguar Land Rover wins a copycat case in a Chinese court against LandWind who had taken the Range Rover Evoque design and cloned it.
Toyota is buying a Mazda and rebadging it for the small city car market in the US. It is a cost-effective way of keeping in a market segment with a reliable product.
FCA has settled another lawsuit, this time relating to incorrect monthly sales figures. In fixing this problem, they have created more lawsuits!
Waymo has created a manufacturing production partnership with several companies to convert Chrysler and Jaguar cars into fully autonomous vehicles.
JET Charge is an Australian provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure technologies. They are a pioneer in this field and will help the growth of EV sales.
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Rack and Pinion Steering helped cars to improve their directional changes in a lighter more efficient way. It is based on a theory patented over a century before the steering mechanism was put into production.
Duke in New Zealand has developed an axial five cylinder engine that is highly efficient, lightweight and compact. It could be the next generation power unit.