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Keyless systems of older VW cars can be hacked, researchers say

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Vehicles vulnerable to this attack include most Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda models sold since 1995. Photo credit: Reuters FRANKFURT — Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG over the past 20 years are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap technical devices, according to European researchers. Computer […]

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McLaren Automotive sees sales doubling after 2015 profit drop

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The McLaren P1 car is pictured during the second media day of the 83rd Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva March 6, 2013. REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE McLaren Automotive, which only began building its range of luxury sports cars for general sale in 2010, said on Thursday it was on course to double its […]

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Mitsubishi concept hints at “high-end SUV coupe”

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Mitsubishi Ground Tourer Concept TOKYO — Mitsubishi is dangling a new “high-end SUV coupe” concept to showcase a new direction in design and product. The Ground Tourer Concept will debut at this autumn’s Paris auto show. A teaser photo of the coupe-styled utility vehicle shows a low-riding body with a narrow greenhouse, muscular fender molding […]

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Reference and reverence: Heritage in automotive design

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We worship the concept of heritage, especially in motoring, but, asks Stephen Bayley, what is it exactly? And does it stifle creativity? Look at the Land Rover DC100 concept and you can see nearly 70 years of design heritage. Though glittery and modern, it is recognisably derived from the ancient Series I that the then-chairman […]

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Lamborghini Centenario to Debut in North America at Petersen Automotive Museum

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Lambo lovers in Southern California will be making a pilgrimage to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for the North American debut of the Lamborghini Centenario on June 11. The free event, being billed as a “Lamborghini Cruise-in,” will commence at 8 am and is open to enthusiasts and owners of the Italian marque’s […]

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Honda merges into autonomous traffic

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After years on sidelines, Honda aims to catch up in self-driving technology An autonomous Acura RLX approaches a mannequin during one of Honda’s self-driving demonstrations at the GoMentum Station. CONCORD, Calif. — In a secretive decommissioned Navy base here in the rolling hills just northwest of San Francisco, a dummy stands next to a duffel […]

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Fiat 500s, Jeep Wranglers in global recall

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FCA is recalling Fiat 500s to fix a glitch with the clutch release system on some manual transmissions. Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 Fiat 500 subcompact cars and Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide in two actions. FCA will recall 80,474 Fiat 500s from the 2012 to 2016 model years with manual transmissions globally to fix […]

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Volvo XC90 plug in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future

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Volvo’s all-new XC90 three-row SUV, the first car produced under ownership of China’s Geely, is a stunning entrant into semiautonomous plug-in hybrid field.  Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those. The redesigned three-row SUV with a plug […]

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FLAT BATTERIES: THE NUMBER 1 CAUSE OF IRISH BREAKDOWNS

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Flat batteries are the most common cause of a breakdown at any time of year, but particularly so in winter says AA Rescue.  Flat batteries account for nearly 25 per cent of breakdowns in Ireland, according to the findings of our most recent Annual Breakdown Review. AA Rescue reports that a breakdown in batteries can […]

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