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New challenges for the world’s auto shows as some car makers stay away

A Rolls-Royce Ghost on the opening night of the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show. Alex Atack / The National. Motor shows have been around for more than a century and are traditionally the chief place where carmakers whip silk sheets off their latest offerings, watched by a massive audience and a huge media throng. The 1989 Frankfurt motor show drew 1.2 million ... Read More »

Big insurers brace for perilous future as climate risks escalate

After one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, the world’s biggest insurers say the industry needs to get its act together if it wants to survive climate change. Insuring against weather natural disasters could reach unaffordable levels for households and companies, while the potential damage is so unpredictable it may be impossible to model—an unacceptable risk to insurers. ... Read More »

Renault India eyes one new car a year as medium-term plan

French carmaker Renault is planning to expand its presence in India by unveiling one new model every year as part of a medium-term strategy in India, Sumit Sawhney, country CEO and MD, Renault India Operations said. Talking to The Hindu, he said, “We are keen to build the right portfolio of good cars from our company for this market and [are] ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz sees self-driving EVs as the future of car sharing

Earlier this year, Daimler announced plans to develop a self-driving, car-sharing system with fully autonomous vehicles geared towards city living. Today, the company says that the first part of that vision — Smart’s Vision EQ Fortwo concept vehicle — will be presented at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show next month. The EQ Fortwo is a level five, fully autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals. Via ... Read More »

Diesel and petrol car ban: Plan for 2040 unravels as 10 new power stations needed to cope with electric revolution

Plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a bid to encourage people to buy electric vehicles are a “tall order” and will place unprecedented strain on the National Grid, motoring experts have warned. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has warned that Britain “can’t carry on” with petrol and diesel cars because of the ... Read More »

As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their regulation. CreditJeff Swensen for The New York Times Self-driving cars are zooming at breakneck speed toward America’s roadways, and Washington is finally reaching for its ... Read More »

As Rolls-Royce tests its first SUV, the future of the ‘normal’ car looks uncertain

The new Rolls-Royce 4×4, codenamed ‘Cullinan’, is seen here in disguise Can anything stop the stampede of the Sport Utility Vehicle? Last year’s sales of SUVs and ‘crossovers’ increased to 25 per cent of the total European market and while the charge has slightly slowed this year, SUVs are still well ahead. Manufacturers are now talking about conquering the B-segment crossover ... Read More »

‘Toxic’ car finance could work out as the best way to pay for a new car

More and more drivers want to be driving the newest cars available CREDIT: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP As Britain’s appetite for driving the newest and flashiest cars shows no signs of abating, the Bank of England has issued apocalyptic warnings about the state of the motor finance industry. Banks are “failing to learn the lessons of the past”, said governor Mark Carney last month ... Read More »

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

BMW’s show car at CES in Las Vegas, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. CreditBMW Group Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows? As driverless car technology develops, companies, design institutes and researchers are asking the question: What does the car of the future look like on the inside? With companies like ... Read More »

Anil Kumble’s Future As Coach Depends On Meeting With Administrators

There are reports of a rift between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.© AFP As the deadline for application for the post of head coach for the Indian men’s cricket team ended on Wednesday, any prospects of Anil Kumble’s continued association with the team hung on the meeting that he and team captain Virat Kohli is to have with the Chairman ... Read More »