• 2009 Toyota FT-EV Concept

    It's enough to make the car enthusiast's skin crawl. Visions of autonomous cars making their way along the highway while the occupants go about their daily business. If you love driving and cars, handing over control of your car to a machine is like handing over a child. Bill Reinert, a mechanical engineer who led the Toyota Prius design team, sees driverless cars as part of our future though. When someone who made the disruptive hybrid technology mainstream makes predictions about the future, you're inclined to take notice. Having passengered in an automated Prius between Mountain View and...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
    2012 Ford Focus Has 'Torque Hole Filling' Auto Trans Tech

    Changing gear is a necessary evil. Of course, for driving enthusiasts it can be a challenge and a pleasure, and in cars with automatic transmissions you can sit back and let the car do the work for you, but the downside with the shifting process is always the momentary pause in progress...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 6.0L AMG Grille
    Report: Mercedes-Benz Working On Nine-Speed Automatic

    Yes, you read that title correctly. According to latest reports coming out of the UK Mercedes-Benz is looking to one-up the competition with the release of a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The automaker is reportedly in the process of designing the new gearbox, which it plans to use for its...

  • ZF 8-speed automatic transmission
    Report: Audi Considering 8-Speed Automatic For Most Models

    Audi’s top-of-the-line 2011 A8 has been fitted with ZF’s whiz-bang eight-speed automatic transmission, catching up to rivals like BMW that has already installed the advanced transmission in several of its models. Audi is yet to confirm the news but reports claim that following the new...

  • 2009 Audi A3
    Audi Automatic Transmission Now Available With Engine Stop-Start

    Audi is offering its A3 with a S tronic dual-clutch transmission and engine stop-start capability.

  • ZF 8-speed automatic transmission
    Gearbox specialist ZF promises more fuel-saving tech for 2010 model year

    German gearbox specialist ZF unveiled an 8-speed automatic gearbox at the Vienna Motor Symposium back in 2007 but this was just the first of a raft of advanced technologies the company is planning for the coming years. The addition of these new features are claimed to be able to improve...

  • 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible (nee GranCabrio)

    Maserati officials have confirmed the convertible version of the GranTurismo will arrive in showrooms by March of next year and now we have a few new details about the car, which is expected to go by the name GranTurismo Spyder. Maserati is yet to reveal if the car will sport a traditional canvas roof or a new hard-top, but according to most sources it will come with a conventional soft-top in order to keep weight as low as possible. The latest spy shots and renderings below give us a good indication as to what the final styling may look like. The new Spyder is also expected to be priced from...

  • BMW 760i
    BMW adds V12-powered 760i and long-wheelbase 760Li to lineup

    While many doubted BMW was going to add a V12 option to its new 7-series, the carmaker has today unveiled its flagship saloon powered by a brand new twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine. The V12 engine option also sees the 7-series fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, although the...

  • ZF 8-speed automatic
    BMW will focus on eight-speed automatic transmissions

    BMW will soon be offering a new eight-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF that is set to appear first in the 7-series flagship saloon. The new transmission is said to be both more fuel-efficient and cheaper to manufacture than the current six-speed unit, and its performance is also claimed...

  • Lexus Enform and Safety Connect
    Toyota and Lexus announce plans for new telematics system

    Toyota has announced that it will launch a new telematics systems later this year for select Toyota and Lexus models, similar to the current service offered by General Motors’ OnStar system. Named ‘Safety Connect’ for Toyota, and Lexus Enform for the carmaker’s luxury...

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