Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service
Volkswagen will launch an autonomous, electric ride-hailing service in 2019, as part of a partnership with Mobileye and Champion Motors in Israel.
The pure-electric cars will come from Volkswagen, a plug-and-play Level 4 autonomous kit is being supplied by Mobileye, and Champion Motors will manage the fleet control centre. Although the project launching next year is only a trial, the goal is to commercialise it by 2022.
2015-16 Land Rover Discovery Sport recalled for Takata airbags
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has initiated its recall for the 2015 and 2016 Discovery Sport has part of the Takata airbag campaign, with 4806 units affected.
As with all Takata-related notices, vehicles included in this recall could be fitted with faulty inflators with propellant that degrades over time as a result of exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Hyundai, Kia launching smallest and largest SUVs in 2019
The bosses of Hyundai and Kia have shed light on each brand's upcoming SUV rollout, set to complete their respective line-ups by the end of next year.
Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Woonhee Lee, CEO for Hyundai Motor Group, said two new crossovers and a light pickup truck are in the brand's plans, which should help grow Hyundai's market share in North America.
Photographers have snapped images of what is believed to be the upcoming Alpina XD7 at the Nurburgring in Germany, giving us an early preview of the tuning arm's take on BMW's largest SUV model.
While little distinguishes this camouflaged prototype from the recently-revealed BMW X7, trainspotters will notice the (normally fake) intakes on each side of the front bumper are open, feeding air into a pair of intercoolers.
The Mazda CX-8 has received a refresh in its home market of Japan, in similar fashion to the smaller and related CX-5, adding two petrol engine options to the range.
Like the CX-5 and the CX-9, the 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine makes a healthy 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.