Sydney joins Brisbane in adding GPS support beacons to tunnels
Frustrating underground GPS dropouts will soon be a distant memory for Sydney motorists, as the city becomes the second in Australia to receive special bluetooth beacons in a select number of its tunnels.
Sydney has joined Brisbane in introducing the new Waze-designed technology, which is able to provide phone navigation systems with a bluetooth signal even when GPS coverage is not available.
Hyundai joins forces with Californian electric vehicle maker Canoo
Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Company is set to begin co-developing an electric vehicle (EV) platform with Californian subscription-only startup Canoo.
Hyundai plans to collaborate with Canoo on its ‘skateboard’ design, a fully-scalable architecture that sees all major EV components integrated into a low-profile frame designed to deliver less weight and fewer parts.
The skateboard is also a self-contained unit able to be paired with any cabin design.
Toyota could be working on a hotted-up GR Corolla – at least, if reports from Europe are to be believed.
According to Auto Express, the pumped-up Corolla will be powered by the same engine as the GR Yaris – a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
No performance figures for the GR Corolla were mentioned, but the GR Yaris produces 199kW.
Real estate recovery set to drive luxury car sales in 2020
Luxury cars are set to defy the rest of the automotive industry by posting massive sales gains in 2020 – as the overall market fell to its lowest tally in 10 years last month.
BMW believes the recent recovery in real estate prices will help drive the prestige car market, which surged in sales in January.
BMW has shared the details of its upcoming 2020 M8 Competition Gran Coupe, a high-performance four-door sports car set to arrive in the second quarter of 2020.
Pricing for the first-ever M8 Competition Gran Coupe will start at $349,900 plus on-road costs, making it $77,000 more expensive than the existing V8 M850i xDrive variant of the 8 Series Gran Coupe.
The M8 Competition Gran Coupe scores an M xDrive all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed torque-converter transmission.