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Ultra-compact electric vehicles (above).
Ultra-compact electric vehicles (above).PHOTO: NISSAN

Car-sharing in Yokohama

Nissan Motor and the City of Yokohama have started a round-trip car-sharing service with a fleet of ultra-compact electric vehicles. Users can pick up and return the cars in 14 locations around Yokohama station. Cars can be reserved 30 minutes in advance and can be driven within the city.


Jaguar's high jinks

A Jaguar F-Pace driven by stunt driver Terry Grant defied gravity last Friday. The SUV set a new world record by driving in the world's largest loop. Both the F-Pace and Grant had to withstand a 6.5 g-force to successfully navigate the 360-degree, six-storey loop with a width of less than 4m (below).


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SUV to be Seat's flagship car

Seat will produce a big sport utility vehicle, which will arrive in showrooms next year. The model will be positioned above the Ateca and will become the Volkswagen-owned Spanish manufacturer's flagship car. Featuring five- and seven-seat versions, it will be designed and developed in Barcelona and made in the Wolfsburg factory, Volkswagen's headquarters factory in Germany.



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Electric Citroen

Citroen's new E-Berlingo Multispace (above) is an electric five-seater with a range of up to 170km. It has a boot volume of 675 litres, which can be expanded to 3,000 litres when the second-row seats are folded down.


Bosch to create car's brain

Bosch is creating the brain for self-driving cars of the future. At the recent international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin, the components supplier envisioned a computer which can guide self-driving cars through complex and unexpected traffic situations. It will be able to recognise pedestrians and cyclists. It is not known, however, if it can deal with erratic behaviour, such as lane-swerving without signalling or road-hogging.



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Fiat's pick-up a lifestyle choice

Fiat is the latest to unveil a stylish pick-up truck. The Fullback Cross (above) was designed to appeal to lifestyle consumers. It will be the first Fiat commercial vehicle to be made available at its passenger dealerships. Available as a double cab, the Fullback Cross comes with a 2.4-litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180bhp and 430Nm.

It comes with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.


New SUV  from Ssangyong

Ssangyong will introduce a new large sport utility vehicle at the Seoul Motor Show next month. It is based on the LIV-2 concept shown at last year's Paris Motor Show. To be available with either rear- or all- wheel-drive, the car, codenamed Y400, will incorporate a new steel material in its construction. The car is 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high and has a 2,865mm wheelbase. It will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines. It should be in showrooms by year-end.



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Elise Sprint with carbon fibre

A new iteration of the Lotus Elise has been released. The Elise Sprint (above) incorporates carbon fibre in its structure to shave off 41kg.

Tipping the scales at merely 798kg (dry), the sports car is available with either a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated or 1.8-litre supercharged engine. Its interior has also been upgraded.



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Take I-Pace to KL on one charge

Jaguar has started testing its I-Pace electric crossover (above) on public roads. The car is slated to reach showrooms next year.

The company claims it has a range of more than 500km, allowing one to drive it from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on one charge. The all-wheel-drive is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery producing 400bhp and 700Nm of torque.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe