Toyota facing class action lawsuit over faulty airbags, other brands to follow
Toyota is facing a class action lawsuit for selling vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbags, with similar lawsuits against Honda, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Audi and Volkswagen likely to follow in the coming weeks.
The class action was filed on November 10, accusing Toyota of being "in breach of its obligation to consumers" by selling vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbags, alleging the company knew about the problem and took no action to rectify it.
Europe plans to slash emissions 30 per cent by 2030
The European Union wants to cut its CO2 emissions from cars and vans by 30 per cent between 2021 and 2030.
With a baseline figure for cars of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre set for 2021, and 147g/km for vans, the EU could mandate a maximum of 66.5g/km and 103g/km for cars and vans respectively from 2030.
In a diesel car, 66.5g/km of CO2 translates to an average fuel consumption rating of 2.5L/100km. In a petrol-powered car, the equivalent is 2.9L/100km.
Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report
The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK.
Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate sets new Nurburgring lap record
The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate is the fastest wagon around the Nurburgring, setting a time of 7 minutes 45.19 seconds during a test drive conducted by German car magazine sport auto.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 450kW of power and 850Nm of torque, the all-wheel drive super wagon lapped the 'Ring some 13 seconds quicker than the previous record holder - the Seat Leon ST Cupra (7:58.12).
The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been snapped with minimal camouflage during development testing, giving us a peek at the new car alongside its predecessor.
Set to launch next year, the completely overhauled G-Class – or G-Wagen as it's affectionately known – will be wider and more spacious, with a greater focus on road driving.
Don't worry though; David McCarthy, local head of communications for Mercedes-Benz, says the car will still be a bona-fide off-roader.