Mapping the future of the self-driving car

(Relaxnews) – As Daimler, Audi and BMW move to acquire Nokia’s Here mapping division, TomTom and Bosch have revealed that they’re now working together to develop ultra-accurate maps and the specifications that will enable autonomous cars to read them. Digital maps,...

Honda drives into the future with new Accord, Silicon Valley R&D center

(Relaxnews) – To mark the official opening of a new facility aimed at harnessing the latest technological breakthroughs for automotive use, Honda took the wraps off its new Accord and offered a preview of some of the high-tech functions and features that could be standard fare in...

Have reports of the Land Rover Defender’s demise been exaggerated?

(Relaxnews) – The original rugged off-roader, one of the most iconic and recognizable vehicles in the world, was meant to be heading out to pasture at the end of 2015 after a job well done. The company had even built three celebratory models to highlight the car’s glorious past...

Mitsubishi Motors reports sixteenth month of year-over-year sales increases

Best-ever sales month for Outlander Sport; Best-ever sales month for new Mirage Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) achieved its 16th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in June, reporting 7,963 units sold – an increase of 32.3 percent from June 2014....

Scion announces prices for new models iM and iA

(Relaxnews) – The Toyota-owned automobile brand Scion has just announced the prices for its latest models: the iM hatchback and iA sedan. In accordance with brand policy, Scion’s new iM and iA are priced within an affordable price bracket, designed to attract a younger consumer...

Kia Motors earns best-ever ranking in 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Third straight year of IQS Improvement Places Kia second among 33 brands IRVINE, Calif. – With more units in operation in the U.S. than ever before, Kia Motors reached another historic milestone today when J.D. Power recognized the brand as the second-highest scoring nameplate...

Is an electric car battery breakthrough on the horizon?

(Relaxnews) – Demand for the current crop of plug-in electric cars may still be weak but Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen are all confident that a mass-market electric car is just around the corner. This week Nissan added a new model to its range of Leaf electric cars. The...

Lotus presents its quickest production road car of all time

(Relaxnews) – Lotus cars has unveiled its fastest and most expensive series production car to date: the 3-Eleven. The British manufacturing leader in high performance sports cars made the showing at the 2015 Goodwill Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. The Lotus 3-Eleven...

Blade, the first 3D printed supercar

(Relaxnews) – American start-up Divergent Microfactories has unveiled Blade, a surprising 700hp supercar whose chassis was entirely printed in 3D before being assembled by hand. Divergent Microfactories is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and its harmful health and...

Google clocks up its millionth autonomous driving mile

(Relaxnews) – Google has hit a significant milestone. Its self-driving cars have now covered over 1 million fully autonomous miles. “Along the way, we’ve navigated more than 200,000 stop signs, 600,000 traffic lights, and seen 180 million vehicles-with several thousand traffic...