New Hyundai Elantra to have Smartstream engine and Intelligent Variable Transmission

There used to be just manual and automatic transmissions, easy enough to differentiate. Then things started to get more varied with the advent of the continuously-variable transmission (CVT), dual-clutch transmission (DCT), Sequential Manual Transmission and others. For motorists, it was still basically manual or automatic, of course, but manufacturers have had a greater choice in […]

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New Vehicle Sales And Production Summary For October 2020

♦ The upward trend seems to have flattened out with October’s Total Industry Volume (TIV) less than 1% higher (226 units) than the TIV for September. No doubt, the reduction in the cost of buying a new vehicle due to the government’s Sales Tax exemption incentive still helps encourage sales and when compared to the […]

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Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA develop advanced connected car platform for all models

Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA have developed the NVIDIA DRIVE ‘connected car’ platform which will be incorporated across all new models from the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands from 2022 onwards. The technical cooperation with NVIDIA, a well known name in the computer industry, will enable Hyundai Motor Group to develop high-performance ‘connected car’ computing […]

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Honda to offer Level 3 autonomy by March next year

With type approval given by the Japanese authorities, Honda Motor will now proceed to commercialise its automated driving system with Level 3 autonomy classification that was established by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and adopted by the auto industry as well as government agencies. Level 3 autonomy means that the on-board system monitors the […]

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1.5-litre Powertrain in Proton X50 TGDi Flagship wins China auto industry’s ‘Nobel Prize’.

The auto industry’s move towards engines that are smaller in displacement began about 10 years ago as a practical and cost-effective way to reduce fuel consumption as well as emissions. Unlike the older small engines, the modern powerplants did reduce performance or driving pleasure. On the contrary, with modern technology, they could generate as much […]

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Volvo Cars to develop electric motors in-house

As carmakers make the transition to electrically-powered cars, demand for electric motors is rising. In most cases, the motors come from other companies that have specialised in such powertrains. While this arrangement is cost-effective in some ways. It does not necessarily fully optimise performance in the way the carmaker may want it. Therefore, in order […]

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Hyundai Motor moves up to 5th place in brand value among global automakers

Despite very challenging market conditions, Hyundai Motor Company continues to grow its global brand value and, according to Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2020 survey, the Korean carmaker’s brand value has reached US$14.3 billion. This places it fifth among global automotive brands and 36th overall. Hyundai Motor is, in fact, the only automotive company on the […]

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Euro NCAP evaluations now include Highway Assist systems

Euro NCAP, the independent organization which evaluates the safety levels of vehicles sold in Europe, has developed a dedicated test and assessment protocol, as well as a grading system for its Highway Assist tests. These tests are aimed at ensuring the safe adoption of assisted driving technologies and to provide consumers information to make their […]

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New Vehicle Sales And Production Summary For September 2020

♦ The government’s Sales Tax exemption incentive continued to encourage many to buy new vehicles in September, pushing the Total Industry Volume past 56,000 units. In fact, it was 26% higher than the same month in 2019. ♦ Of the 56,444 units registered, 9.7% were commercial vehicles which includes pick-up trucks. ♦ Cumulative sales after 9 […]

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