Motoring

BMW presents its self-balancing motorcycle of the future

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise sans helmet — all of the thrills with none of the danger — according to BMW. The German automaker unveiled Tuesday its Motorrad Vision Next 100, a sleek, self-balancing prototype the company released as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. The zero-emissions bike has self-balancing wheels designed to stand upright even at a complete stop, stability that the company […]

Electric cars purr at post-‘dieselgate’ Paris car show

by Tangi QUEMENER PARIS, France (AFP) — Automakers at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday unveiled several electric cars with a range of up to 400 km, a technological leap designed to turn the page on the “dieselgate” scandal that sullied the industry’s image. Troubled German automaker Volkswagen led the electric charge on the opening day of the biennial show, where it aims to rebound from the emissions cheating scandal that engulfed it a year […]

Motor Image Pilipinas 10th Year Anniversary and Subaru Palm Challenge Face Off 2016

Manila, Philippines – Motor Image Pilipinas Inc., the official distributor of Subaru in the Philippines will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on August 13 to 14, 2016 at Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig. There will be an AWD test drive, Car D ress-up Display from Subaru Clubs, Lifestyle Exhibit that features selected Subaru car models and special offers for those who will make reservation on the day itself. Another highlight of the 10th Anniversary will […]

Rare Alfa Romeo expects to fetch $15 million at auction

NEW YORK, United States (Reuters) — A preview at Sotheby’s in New York City on Thursday (July 21) showcased a rare 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, which is expected to fetch in excess of $15 million (USD) at auction. “This is a personal favorite of mine, the 1939 Alfa Romeo is one of the grandest pre-war cars ever built,” said Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast division. “It combines an absolutely spectacular […]

British cars sales shift into reverse

PARIS, France (AFP)–Sales of new cars fell in Britain last month as the nation voted to leave the European Union, data showed Friday, while elsewhere in the bloc they continued to accelerate. Registration of new cars fell in Britain dipped 0.8 percent in June, the first decline in the market this year, which has seen sales growth brake as the Brexit vote approached. Sales of new cars in the first half of this year increased by […]

California rejects VW plan to fix 3-liter diesel cars

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– California regulators on Wednesday rejected a plan by Volkswagen to fix some 16,000 diesel vehicles involved in the carmaker’s costly emissions-cheating scandal. The measures proposed by Volkswagen for recalling its 3-liter diesel cars were “incomplete, substantially deficient and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements,” the California Air Resources Board said in a letter to the automaker. Authorities would “continue the on-going technical discussions” with Volkswagen to “ensure a legally and technically […]

US probes second suspected Tesla Autopilot crash

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US highway safety officials said Wednesday that they are investigating a second crash of a Tesla car that may have been operating on the vehicle’s pioneering self-drive Autopilot technology. A week after a fatal Florida crash came to light involving the luxury electric car’s Autopilot hands-free system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was looking at a non-fatal accident that took place on July 1 in Pennsylvania. […]

Formula One: Hamilton survives Rosberg battering to win

by Tim COLLINGS SPIELBERG,Austria (AFP)–Lewis Hamilton emerged from a last-lap battering by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and misguided post-race boos from disgruntled fans with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. The 46th win of Hamilton’s career ended Rosberg’s dream of a hat-trick of triumphs in the Styrian Alps and cut his advantage in the title race to 11 points, just a week before defending champion Hamilton’s home British Grand Prix. The feuding […]

Record VW payout in US ‘dieselgate’ settlement

by Rob Lever WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)–Volkswagen has agreed to a record $15 billion US payout over its emissions-cheating diesel cars, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000. The German auto giant agreed in a settlement filed in federal court Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to American consumers and US authorities, and announced a separate deal to pay $603 million to settle consumer […]

Honda Malaysia says Takata airbag ruptured in deadly crash

KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia (AFP)–Honda announced Monday that an airbag made by Japan’s Takata exploded after a minor crash in Malaysia where the driver was killed after suffering chest injuries. There have been 13 deaths worldwide linked to faulty Takata airbags in Honda vehicles but the carmaker said “no official cause of death has been yet determined” in the latest incident. “Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in a crash,” it […]

Auto Racing: Aussie Power wins IndyCar race at Road America

CHICAGO, United States (AFP)–Australian pole sitter Will Power won his second consecutive IndyCar race on Sunday, defeating Brazil’s Tony Kanaan by 0.7429sec at the Grand Prix of Road America. Power led 46 of 50 laps over the famed 4.014-mile (6.46km), 14-turn road circuit to win the first IndyCar event at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, since 2007 in 1hr 39mins 10.3044sec. American Graham Rahal was third, almost six seconds adrift, followed by compatriot Ryan Hunter-Reay and Brazil’s Helio […]

Fiat waiting to investigate car in death of ‘Star Trek’ star

CHELSEA, United States  (AFP)–A Fiat Chrysler executive said Thursday said the automaker plans its own investigation into the role of a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Yelchin died instantly on Sunday after his 2015 Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and pinned him against a concrete mail box outside his Los Angeles home, according to police. Fiat Chrysler had announced a recall of the car and others in April after […]