Nissan luxury automotive brand reveals new tech, Infiniti gas-engine

Nissan luxury brand Infiniti is claiming a breakthrough in engine technology that will allow for variable compression for the first time in a production vehicle. The technology provides more power and better fuel efficiency by raising and lowering pistons depending on driving conditions. Currently, engine pistons move at a constant distance as they go up […]

Volvo in deal to supply Uber with self-driving taxis by 2019

Volvo Cars disclosed Monday a deal with Uber Technologies Inc. to supply the cab hailing company with a fleet of 24,000 self-driving taxis beginning in 2019, one of the first and biggest commercial orders for such vehicles. The deal between Volvo, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Uber is a framework agreement […]

Coffee wastes to help power London buses

Waste coffee grounds would be used to help fuel some of London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and clean Technology company, Bio-Bean said on Monday. A new biofuel, which contains part coffee oil, is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification, the companies said […]

Electric car boom drives rush to mining’s $90 billion hub

A scramble by the lithium market’s biggest players to tie up a supply of the high-tech metal is gathering pace in the 170-year-old heartland of Australia’s $90 billion mining industry. Rising Chinese demand for lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles and energy storage is driving significant price gains and an asset boom in Australia, already the world’s largest lithium producer. The fast-developing hub is […]

Toyota’s game plan features robots, M&A, self-driving cars

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to buy a stake in Mazda Motor Corp. and jointly build a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. Asia’s largest automaker will also invest more in areas like self-driving cars to stay relevant in an industry upended by technological changes. As new rivals emerge and cars become autonomous and connected, Toyota will […]

Tesla’s Musk hands over first Model 3 electric cars to early buyers

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the Model 3 had over half a million advance reservations as he handed over the first 30 to employee buyers, setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the company’s strategy to become a profitable, mass market electric car maker. Outside Tesla’s Fremont, California factory, […]

​Kakao, Hyundai to cooperate on in-car speech recognition

South Korean chat giant Kakao will cooperate with car makers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors to apply server-based speech recognition technology to cars that utilise its AI platform Kakao I, the company announced. The technology, which was co-developed with Hyundai and Kia, will first be applied to Hyundai’s Genesis G70 model in September of this […]

Uber Nigeria partners Germaine Auto Center to service drivers’ vehicles

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Uber sealed a pact with Germaine Auto Centre, a Nigerian based auto service, and maintenance company, to provide maintenance services to its driver partners. With the partnership, which was sealed Friday, July 14, Uber driver operating in Lagos can have their cars maintained and serviced at a world-class auto facility at stipulated fees. Africa Business […]

Global automakers call on China to ease “impossible” electric car rules

Global automakers have urged China to delay and soften planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid cars, saying its proposals will be impossible to meet and would severely disrupt their businesses, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The June 18 letter addressed to the head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, […]