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GM Ultra Cruise Advanced Autonomous Tech reportedly in development - NZ Autocar
Rumours surfaced last year regarding something called “Ultra Cruise” that was being developed by General Motors. The automotive giant filed a trademark application for the term in September 2018, although nothing official was said of it.
Rumours surfaced last year regarding something called Ultra Cruise that was being developed by General Motors. The automotive giant filed a trademark application for the term in September 2018, although nothing official was said of it.GM already has a semi-autonomous driving system at Cadillac called Super Cruise, and an upgrade to this tech will further expand GMs autonomous driving range. According to a report from CNBC, GM Executive Vice President of Product Development, Doug Parks, dropped some insight on the system during Citis 2020 Car of the Future symposium. Specifics werent divulged, although Parks did allegedly say there was a large internal team at GM working on the tech. It was also said that Ultra Cruise would offer autonomous driving capability on certain highways and motorways, as well as city streets and other areas. This would be a significant upgrade to the Super Cruise system, which can only operate on certain limited-access highways. It will also serve as a major step to battling Teslas system. Details regarding the Ultra Cruises sensors and systems remain unclear, though the original trademark application from 2018 mentions computer software, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, and GPS systems.
Future Volvo models to adopt this autonomous feature - NZ Autocar
Volvo has been using autonomous driving tech since 2016 and looks set to expand on its usage.
Volvo has been using autonomous driving tech since 2016 and looks set to expand on its usage.The Swedish firm has announced a partnership with Luminar to develop better autonomous driving technology for the brand. At the centre of this collaboration is LiDAR, which is set to be introduced into the next generation of Volvo models. LiDAR stands for light detection and ranging, and uses laser tech to measure distances, illuminating oncoming and upcoming obstacles with laser light, and using sensors to determine their proximity. The next-gen Volvos using the SPA 2 architecture will have the Luminar LiDAR integrated into the roof when production begins by 2022. Once the technology is ready, the software will be updated to allow autonomous driving. This tech will only be available for use on motorways and highways, as Volvo has already stated. It will also only activate once it is verified to be safe for individual geographic locations and conditions. The tech will also be used to improve Volvos advanced driver assistance systems. The next-generation XC90 is believed to be the first to receive this new technology, and is slated for introduction in 2022.
Puma with sharper claws coming here? 2020 - NZ Autocar
Ford has had nothing of note in the small SUV sector for quite some time. Well apart from the Ecosport, but as we said, nothing of note.
Ford has had nothing of note in the small SUV sector for quite some time. Well apart from the Ecosport, but as we said, nothing of note. Thats about to change with the introduction of the Puma, the base model arriving later in 2020 and with an indicative price of $34k, while the better specified ST line will go for $38k. Now Ford is teasing us with a hotter ST version, wearing the wheels of Fiesta ST and borrowing that cars engine to boot. It will therefore run with the 1.5 cylinder triple mill good for 147kW and 290Nm of torque. So it should hit 100 from a standing start in under seven seconds. Distinguishing differences between this and the plain Jane equivalent include a body kit, twin exhausts, lowered and stiffened suspension and bigger brakes. Options overseas that might well come standard here include a limited-slip differential, selectable driving modes and launch control. It will no doubt have competition here when it arrives, in the form of Juke Turbo and incoming Hyundai Kona N.
Ruf commemorates 80th anniversary documentary - NZ Autocar
Ruf Automobile has released an extensive documentary that celebrates the firm's 80-year history of manufacturing Porsche-based road missiles.
Ruf Automobile has released an extensive documentary that celebrates the firm's 80-year history of manufacturing Porsche-based road missiles.Starting out as a passion project, Ruf Automobile soon morphed into a fully-fledged manufacturing centre. Over the years, the German firm has developed Porsche-based vehicles from the ground up with its own unique take to distinguish them from the contemporary Porsche models. CEO Alois Ruf Jr said the film is being used to showcase the brand and its operations to the world, This film pulls back the curtain. We want to share with the world that it has taken the work of hundreds and the passion of many more to get us where we are today. This is for the employees, the customers and the fans who helped turn our vision into a reality.
Audi RS 3 spied at Nürburgring - NZ Autocar
Audi’s new RS 3 hatchback has been spotted lapping the Nürburgring, sporting less camouflage than the previous mules subjected to testing.
Audis new RS 3 hatchback has been spotted lapping the Nürburgring, sporting less camouflage than the previous mules subjected to testing.Based on the images, the RS 3 will come with a revised front bumper with large air dams in the corners. The side sills are more prominent, the wings at both ends are wider, and it rides on large-diameter wheels with double spokes. At the back, the rear spoiler on the roof has been enlarged, and the rear bumper now has cut-outs for the exhaust outlets. The RS 3 uses an upgraded version of Audis 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is expected to produce 294kW (394hp) and 480Nm of torque the same tune as the RS Q3. According to the German publication, Auto Motor und Sport, there is a possibility of an RS3 Performance on the way that would produce as much as 331kW (444hp).
Mustang still the world's best selling sports car - NZ Autocar
While some might struggle to call the Mustang a sports car, that’s what the industry identifies it as. The 56-year-old nameplate has once again been crowned as the world’s best-selling sportster, a title it has assumed for the past five years.
While some might struggle to call the Mustang a sports car, thats what the industry identifies it as. The 56-year-old nameplate has once again been crowned as the worlds best-selling sportster, a title it has assumed for the past five years. The sixth-generation Mustang has been on sale since 2015 in markets around the world, and Ford has moved 633,000 of them in total. Some 102,000 of those were sold in 2019, most in the US. The home market accounted for just over 70 per cent of sales. Almost 10,000 were sold in Europe, while NZ chipped in with 270 sales. Were proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance variants, said Jim Farley, Chief Operating Officer, Ford Motor Company. From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs. We are honoured to serve our owners, enthusiasts and fans for 56 years and counting. It looks like next year the Mustang line-up will be bolstered with a new Mach 1 variant which will offer a similar specification to the Bullitt but with a more powerful V8 and a few handling tweaks to help justify its premium.
New Porsche 911 GT3 spied - NZ Autocar
The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been spied testing at the Nurburgring, sporting a new bonnet design with vents at each end and a large rear wing.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been spied testing at the Nurburgring, sporting a new bonnet design with vents at each end and a large rear wing.The exposed fasteners on the rear wing suggest that manual adjustment will enable the driver to tune it according to how much downforce they want. As well as this huge rear wing, there is also a small ducktail spoiler. Below the bumper are two, circular exhaust tips and a prominent diffuser surrounds the outlets. The improvements are not purely cosmetic, however. The new car reportedly has a heavily revised 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine, tweaked to deliver 410kW (550hp) to the rear wheels. It remains unclear at this stage when the 911 GT3 will make its debut, as the pandemic continues to hamper the automotive industry.
Virtual Tour – LeMay: America's Car Museum - NZ Autocar
Based in Tacoma, Washington, America’s Car Museum is a multi-level facility that houses vehicles that shaped automotive history in the United States.
Based in Tacoma, Washington, Americas Car Museum is a multi-level facility that houses vehicles that shaped automotive history in the United States. There are also exhibits dedicated to motorsport, Ferrari in America, and other international motoring icons. Thanks to Google Maps, you can take a virtual stroll through these halls. Click here to view virtual tour >>
New Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2021 - NZ Autocar
Jeep hopes to have two big new SUVs on sale next year in the form of an all-new Grand Cherokee and the return of the Wagoneer. We say ‘hope’ as these are uncertain times we live in, as everyone keeps saying.
Jeep hopes to have two big new SUVs on sale next year in the form of an all-new Grand Cherokee and the return of the Wagoneer. We say hope as these are uncertain times we live in, as everyone keeps saying. Anyhow, the current Grand Cherokee is now more than a decade old, having debuted in 2010 (pictured below) and some of its bits date back to the days of Daimler Chrysler. Word is the new one will sit on a heavily modified version of Alfas Giorgio platform that is used underneath the Stelvio. So the new GC should drive alright then, even if the underpinnings are stretched beyond recognition under the Jeep. Jeep will offer the choice of rear- and all-wheel drive models, and no doubt there will be a trail-rated Rubicon all-conquering version as well, with a low-range transfer case and beefier off-road ready suspension. Given the Stelvio can be had with four- and six-cylinder engine options, so will the Cherokee, and you can bet theyll find a way to stuff the Hemi under the hood too, including the insane Hellcat mill. Electrification is expected to feature with a mix of mild and plug-in hybrid versions. The Grand Cherokee will remain a five-seater SUV as Jeep intends to add another model to its range next year in the form of a new Wagoneer (the 1963 version pictured above). This will sit on a modified Ram 1500 pick-up chassis, but will come with an independent rear end, and likely feature air suspension too. Itll offer three rows of seating, with accommodation for up to eight people. Expect this to be huge as its intended to compete with Fords Expedition and Chevs Suburban, while a longer wheelbase Grand Wagoneer will add the luxuries to compete with the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade. An engine line-up similar to the Ram 1500 would make sense, especially those that are hybridised to help limit the guzzling. No word on whether the Wagoneer is earmarked for RHD production given its XL size and predicted OTT thirst, unless it can be engineered with the Rams diesel as well.