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Blockchain technology is weaving its way through various businesses. Porsche is the first car company to implement blockchain technology for their vehicles.
What is blockchain technology? Without getting into the technical details too much, it is a distributed ledger of transactions verified by independent third parties with everything being encrypted. Basically, it is a log of events that everyone can see to determine what has happened in the past. In other words, with blockchain, you can easily access the history of a second-hand car and see every single detail of its life.
Porsche is implementing blockchain technology to transfer data more quickly and securely, and to give its customers more peace of mind in the future. This will be the case whether they are charging, parking, or need to give a third [...]
Comments Off on Newly Revealed Mercedes-Benz X-Class Now On The Market
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed a new vehicle on the market, the X-Class. Aside from the G 6 The X-Class is a premium pick-up based on the Nissan Navara and was introduced as part of the Mercedes-Benz family. Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have been working together since April 2010 as the automotive industry is becoming more competitive and brands need new models. Partnerships are becoming the new normal for the car industry.
The X-Class is the first vehicle Mercedes-Benz created as a result of this alliance. Despite the Nissan factor in the X-Class, the Navara is robust and reliable. Therefore, Mercedes-Benz preferred this platform for a new vehicle.
The other question is, why a Mercedes-Benz pickup? We can clearly see that Mercedes-Benz realised that there was a gap in the premium pickup market globally. Despite the existence of American pickup trucks, there are a very limited number of premium pickup vehicles that can be purchased under a luxury [...]
Comments Off on Ferrari SUV will be on the market sooner than we expected
2018 started with a big surprise from Ferrari. Fiat boss, Sergio Marchionne, said that the Ferrari SUV would be on the market sooner than we expected. It will be ready by 2019 and it will be the fastest SUV of its type. Marchionne even created a new name for the Ferrari SUV, the Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV).
Until the Ferrari SUV arrives, the fastest SUV will be the Lamborghini Urus that offers a 641hp twin-turbo V8 engine, and is capable of reaching 62mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190mph. Beating this is more likely to be Ferrari’s real target, whether they see it as a competitor or not.
This plan will outrage Ferrari fans and will create a massive shockwave. However, FCA, the group that owns Ferrari, is looking forward to [...]
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is over. It was packed with electric cars, a number of SUVs and extreme supercars. We have already shared photos from the show, and you can also view them at the end of this article. It is no wonder that 2018 was the year of electric cars coming of age. No longer can Tesla own this space exclusively as full electric power becomes a mainstream niche!
Also, we can’t ignore the plug-in hybrids. Audi, Jaguar, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Porsche and Ssangyong all featured their electric and plug-in hybrid cars this year.
One of the most eye-catching electric car was the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Even though Porsche recently stated that the 911 would not house a full electric drive train, we can see what they can do with the rest of the range.
The Bugatti Chiron was the most powerful car in the show, and Bugatti revealed a new [...]
Comments Off on The Defender Is Back! Land Rover Release Defender Works V8
The Defender is back! Land Rover recently released a new Defender, sort of! This is called the Defender Works V8. It is built as a limited edition that celebrates the Land Rover brand’s 70th anniversary and aims to recapture the market taken by the Defender customisers.
This is a limited edition run of 150 units based on selected low mileage used Defenders from 2012 to date. It’s an interesting move to see that the factory decided to “restomode” used vehicles to build these.
According to Land Rover, the idea emerged in 2014 when LR was approaching the end of the Defender production. LR recognised the gap in the market and had designed this model much earlier. The decision to reveal the Works V8 is a bit tactical. The company wishes to keep the Defender brand alive, whilst Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the second-generation G-Wagon.
This is an extraordinary Defender Works V8. A V8 produces 400 [...]
Alfa Romeo’s first SUV, Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the first SUV from Alfa Romeo that promises to be the fastest SUV available on the market until the Lamborghini Urus becomes available.
We are interested in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio in that it produces 510 bhp from a 2.9-lt bi-turbo V6 engine with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. It reaches 62mph in 3.9-sec and has a top speed of 177mph! The weight distribution is 50:50 and the Quadrifoglio weighs 1.8-tonne.
This power unit is derived from the Ferrari California T, with only two cylinders being removed. That’s how this Alfa Romeo SUV finds such power.
Stelvio is a driver-focused car and with the interior architecture from the Giulia. The driver-focused controls and the 8.8-inch infotainment clearly show the resemblance.
With the Quadrifoglio spec, you will find leather seats, LED headlights, carbon ceramic brakes, driving assistance systems (autonomous braking, [...]
Comments Off on Dodge revealed the latest RAM at Detroit Motor Show
At the recent Detroit Motor Show, Dodge revealed the latest RAM. This time Dodge has removed 102 kg, and have introduced an eTorque mild-hybrid system and 14-inch front brakes. The weight loss is achieved by the use of high-strength steel in the frame and the body. We are quite familiar with the use of high-strength steel in the case of European cars, but now the Americans are following this trend.
As the SUVs have been morphing into. the new MPVs, pickups are becoming the new SUVs, and we can clearly see this with the RAM’s recent improvements, from engine technology to driving assistance systems.
Starting with the bonnet, the RAM houses a 5.7-lt V8 Hemi that generates 395-HP and 555 Nm of torque. As the V8 Hemi is a petrol engine, we can’t get the high levels of torque as we can with a diesel engine. However, the new mild-hybrid system adds 176 Nm [...]
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The new Aston Martin Vantage has now been revealed. It was first introduced in 2005 to compete with the Porsche 911. Despite its best efforts, Vantage never managed to be the perfect substitute for the Porsche 911. However, the Vantage created its own fans! It also reintroduced V8 engines to the range where for many years V12s were standard engine configuration in Astons.
Being an entry level Aston Martin has never been a problem for the Vantage. It has had the Aston Martin DNA since the beginning, with an aggressive engine with unique exhaust notes and the iconic Aston Martin handling. Unlike other entry level sports car, the Vantage offered a proper Aston Martin experience. The addition of the V12 motor produced one of the most satisfying Aston’s to drive in years.
Now Aston Martin has revealed the brand-new Vantage. This time, Aston Martin created the Vantage without the Ford. Instead, we see a Mercedes-AMG 4-lt [...]
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS was revealed a few weeks ago. The third generation CLS has not broken the original format and remains based on the latest E-Class, sharing the E-Class’s modular platform technology, nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC four-wheel drive system. Also, the CLS is available with three different suspension systems, standard springs, adaptive dampers and full air suspension.
The CLS was a new challenge for Mercedes-Benz when it was first introduced in 2005. A four-door coupe with a radical design was something new to the Mercedes-Benz brand. Until that time, Mercedes-Benz had clearly separated coupes and sedans. However, the CLS was the first car of that genre combining coupe looks with saloon car design. This radical movement brought new customers to Mercedes-Benz and changed the perception of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The G-Wagon is soon to be revealed. Mercedes-Benz first introduced the G-Wagon in 1979. Since then, there was no second generation of the G-Wagon. Instead, a continuous facelift was preferred. Therefore custom updates can bring a 1979-model into a 2017-model look with minor alternations in the exterior design.
Despite the retro-classic design, the G-Wagon was the most outdated Mercedes-Benz vehicle in their product range, and the engineers did not have an opportunity to apply the latest forms of driving assistance and semi-autonomous systems to the G-Wagon. In addition, the G-Wagon was designed during an era in which fuel efficiency was not the main concern. Therefore, the G-Wagon is not a very competitive in terms of fuel consumption vehicle when compared with the other luxury SUVs.
What was not anticipated was the super cool market [...]