Fast Lane: Unveiling of Mercedes-AMG GLC63

Mercedes-AMG GLC63.
Mercedes-AMG GLC63.PHOTO: MERCEDES

Unveiling of Mercedes-AMG GLC63

Behold the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, a sport utility vehicle powered by a 4-litre bi-turbo V8 producing 476bhp and 510bhp (S variant).

It has air suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, all-wheel- drive with variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited-slip differential and a high-performance braking system.

It wears a Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family.


Bosch, Daimler working on 100% driverless system

Bosch and Daimler are working together on a fully automated, driverless system. The alliance aims to launch the system by the start of the next decade. The objectives include the development of urban automated taxis.


Volkswagen rolls out extended warranty

Volkswagen Group Singapore has launched a five-year warranty on all new cars.

The roll-out of the extended warranty started last Saturday, marking the German company's 10th anniversary as a manufacturer-owned dealership here. The warranty is subject to a mileage cap of 100,000km, with free servicing in the first three years (subject to a mileage cap of 45,000km).

Owners with Volkswagen vehicles aged less than 36 months and with a mileage of less than 100,000km can upgrade to the five- year warranty "for a nominal fee".

Volkswagen Singapore also announced that it will report to Porsche Holding Salzburg, a fully owned retail subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with effect from this month.

Previously, it reported to the HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany.



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Lighter A8 cars to come

Audi's next A8 limousine will be lighter, thanks to four materials used for its weight-bearing body structure (left) - more materials than in any of the brand's previous production models.

With a mix of aluminium, steel, magnesium and carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, the new space frame is in keeping with the principle of "the right material in the right place and in the right amount".



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Sporty Seat Ateca FR

The Seat Ateca FR is a sportier version of the Spanish brand's mid-size sport utility vehicle.

It is powered by a 2-litre turbocharged engine with 190bhp. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual- clutch gearbox.

It sits on 18-inch alloys (19-inch an option), framed by body coloured wheel arches and side skirts that come with an aluminium moulding running along the lower section of the doors.


Uber warned of court injunction in Waymo lawsuit

A United States judge on Wednesday warned Uber Technologies it could face a court injunction that would bar a key Uber executive from working on its self-driving car project, Reuters reported.

In a high-profile case filed by Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit, the litigation pits two Silicon Valley giants against each other over technology at the heart of a potential revolution in the auto industry.

US District Judge William Alsup said evidence amassed by Waymo to bolster its case of being robbed was extraordinary.

"I've never seen a record this strong in 42 years," he said.

A hearing on Waymo's request for an injunction on Uber's self-driving programme is scheduled for next month.

Waymo sued ride services company Uber earlier this year, claiming that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential documents before leaving the company to join Uber.


Audi, Porsche in shared vehicle project

Audi and Porsche will cooperate on a shared vehicle architecture strategy.

The two companies announced that they aim to "shape the mobility of the future together".

Through the application of development capacities, additional scope is to be created for electrification, digitisation and autonomous driving. The move deepens current cooperation within the Volkswagen Group, which the two makers belong to.



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Hyundai announces new sub-compact

SUV Hyundai Motor will introduce a new sub-compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) called the Kona (left).

The model will be the fourth member of the brand's SUV family, currently consisting of Grand Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Tucson. It will go head to head with Japanese products such as the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe