Author Archives: Benjamin Hunting


Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

The Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept overachieves in terms of wowing CES attendees with a vast range of cutting edge technologies and features. The small, crossover-like van - which will almost certainly never be built - is intended to showcase both the brand's upcoming electric vehicle plans, as well as its forays into comprehensive connectivity, the Internet of Things, and next-generation human-machine interface development.

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Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Autonomous driving is often spoken of in absolutist terms: cars either drive themselves, or they don't. In reality, there's a huge technological grey area that occupies the space between those two poles, and at least for the foreseeable future, it's this undiscovered country that is going to play the biggest role in the eventual transition to self-driving landscape.

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Land Rover’s TD6 Turbodiesel Gamble

Land Rover’s TD6 Turbodiesel Gamble

I shouldn't have to say this, but I will: Land Rover does not use any emissions defeating technology on any of its diesel engines. When the morning starts with that kind of announcement from the engineer at the front of the room, you know the maelstrom surrounding Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has permeated the entire industry. With American trust in clean diesel design seemingly shattered by the admission that the vast majority of VW TDI models tricked sniff-testing for over seven years, it would seem to be the worst possible time for Land Rover to introduce a brand new line-up of turbodiesel SUVs.

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The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

Looking for the best SUV to buy in 2016? It's shaping up to be a good year for families seeking a fresh take on a familiar formula: how to get the entire brood from point A to point B in comfort and with a dash of style while also hauling all of life's essentials and accessories. A host of new SUVs are hitting the streets in 2016, ranging from entry-level people movers to full-on luxury cruisers, and we've picked five that represent the best of what's fresh for the coming year.

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Driving Fifty Years of Classic Mazda Rotary Power

Driving Fifty Years of Classic Mazda Rotary Power

In the early 1960s, Mazda was facing a crisis. The Japanese government, seeking to mold its nascent automotive industry into a powerful global force, had set in motion plans to combine the many different companies operating within its borders into three large conglomerates. Sensing that Mazda was on the verge of losing its identity and being absorbed into a faceless megalith that would be forced to produce only the specific vehicles deemed 'appropriate' for export by elected officials, its president, Tsuneji Matsuda, sent a group of engineers to Germany to investigate an intriguing technology developed by NSU - the Wankel rotary engine.

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Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Mazda has provided a peek at a possible future as well as celebrated a link to the past with the Mazda RX-Vision Concept, unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show. The low-slung GT car drew a crowd for more than just its sultry looks, as the Japanese brand expounded on the ties between its sporting heritage and rotary engine design and the - presumably - two-rotor mill found under the hood of the concept car.

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