Motion sickness affects over 70% of people. But nausea whilst on a car journey could soon be radically reduced. That's according to Jaguar Land Rover which has created an algorithm that generates a 'wellness score' for each passenger. JLR says this can be used to automatically personalise a vehicle's driving to reduce car sickness by up to 60%. "As we move towards an autonomous future where occupants will have more time to either work, read or relax on longer journeys, it's important we develop vehicles that can adapt to reduce the effects of motion sickness in a way that's tailored to each passenger," said Spencer Salter, Wellness Technology Researcher at Jaguar Land Rover. JLR says it has already collected 15,000 miles of motion sickness data. This will help it work towards minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax in an autonomous vehicle. JLR says the findings of the research are already being implemented into further and will help it create personalised cabin experiences for its customers in future vehicles.
Abarth is celebrating achieving a new Guinness World Record after one of its 124 spider models achieved the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars' in 45.66 seconds. At the wheel of the completely standard car was world-renowned stunt driver Alastair Moffatt. He executed the astonishing manoeuvre of a figure of eight, sliding neatly between two other Abarth 124 spiders, five times in succession. The vehicle used had no modifications made to the engine, gearbox, chassis or brakes. The car's electronic stability program (ESP) was also turned off to allow the Abarth 124 spider to be controlled using the handbrake, and the tyre pressures were increased to compensate for the abrasiveness of the surface. The record was set during the 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July this year, but has only now been officially recognised by the famous world record organisation. Gerry Southerington for Abarth UK commented, "We're delighted that Alastair chose the Abarth 124 spider for this record attempt. Abarth have a long history of setting records in the past and it's great to have added a new one."
Sophisticated technologies designed to make the all-new Ford Focus driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and safer have been commended by the Euro NCAP independent crash test authority following its first ever automated driving assessment event. The Ford Focus, which earlier this year was awarded a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, received recognition from the organisation as part of a new initiative designed to deliver a greater understanding among consumers of the benefits of advanced driver assistance technologies. Focus was selected for testing after introducing a wider range of advanced driver assistance features than any Ford vehicle before, enabled by three radars, two cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies enhance protection, driving and parking. Euro NCAP evaluated the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring technologies available for Focus, which helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead; helps reduce stress during long road trips by helping keep the vehicle centred in its lane; and can adjust the vehicle speed to within legal limits by monitoring the roadside and overhead gantries for speed signs in addition to using information from the on-board navigation system. Tests conducted for the automated driving assessment event included evaluating vehicle responses when approaching slower-moving, stationary and braking vehicles, as well as responses to vehicles that cut in or out of traffic; steering support and lane re-centring when avoiding an obstacle in the road ahead; and steering support and lane-centring when driving through an S-bend. Euro NCAP also assessed how effectively the Focus user manual explained the capabilities of the systems and the role of the driver during operation, and commended the Focus driver assistance technologies as simple and intuitive to engage. "The Ford Focus delivers a very balanced package of driver assistance technologies, with the capability to make journeys safer, while also ensuring that the driver needs to remain alert and ready to take appropriate action in an emergency," said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.
Ford has announced that production of the Ford GT supercar will be extended by approximately two years, to meet overwhelming customer demand. Ford will re-open the application window to customers in selected markets, including the UK, for one month, beginning Nov. 8, delivering approximately 1,350 Ford GTs for customers worldwide. Prospective owners will be able to submit their applications at FordGT.com, and successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience. "The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with demand outstripping supply more than six-to-one," said Hermann Salenbauch, director, Ford Performance. "By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we're able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers in addition to the 80 Ford GT owners in Europe who've taken delivery of their bespoke car to-date." Production of the Ford GT began in December 2016, following the announcement of a limited run of 1,000 vehicles across four years. Successful European applicants from the extended production volume will be eligible for Ford GT vehicles produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the Ford GT's carbon fibre architecture and active aerodynamics help to achieve a top speed of 216 mph. Ford also recently announced a new Ford GT Heritage Edition model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 with a limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, including a Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme.
Jeep, the brand best known for 4x4, have started a 5-3-5 campaign for their award-winning SUVs. Starting this week, it consists of a five-year warranty, a three-year servicing programme, plus five years roadside assistance. The offer applies to all models in the current Jeep line-up - Wrangler, Renegade, Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and will run until further notice. It's all part of a major push to further underline the Jeep brand's confidence in the quality of its vehicle line-up. "There has never been a better time to buy a new Jeep vehicle," says Andrew Tracey, Country Manager, Jeep UK. "I am delighted to announce that Jeep UK is launching this attractive 5-3-5 programme. The offer of a five-year manufacturer's warranty especially gives customers real peace of mind." Visit www.jeep.co.uk for current availability.
DS Automobiles in the UK is now represented solely by a DS dedicated network. As part of the new offering, is the DS CERTIFIED programme for pre-owned DS cars. In the programme, DS Cars come with a number of customer benefits, including history and mileage checks and a 120-point DS Certified Pre-delivery Inspection. Buyers will also get benefits like the DS Assistance, MOT Test Cover, 30 day/1,000-mile exchange programme and the additional DS ONLY YOU customer experience services for assistance on Finance and Part Exchange. DS cars registered after 1 Sept 2015 with up to 50,000 miles on the clock will get a minimum 2-year period of warranty and for DS cars over 4-years and up to 7-years with up to100,000 miles on the clock a 1-year period for warranty DS Assistance. The warranty is equivalent to the new car dealer warranty giving the customer as close to a new car experience as possible.
Aston Martin Lagonda have announced two important new additions to its UK site operations. The Aston Martin Test and Development Centre at Silverstone and the creation of a central London office. It means that Silverstone will become a new hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling. "The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands," said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. "I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development." Since the announcement of the company's seven-year Second Century Business Plan in early 2015, there has been a progressive retooling of every area of the business. With the addition of Silverstone and London, Aston Martin Lagonda will operate out of 10 locations across the UK and by the end of 2022 is set to employ 5,000 people. "Aston Martin will soon become one of the leading automotive employers in the UK", said Dr Palmer.
The year was 1978, UK inflation hit a six-year low, the Bee Gees dominated the charts, while flared trousers and bouffant hair were the height of fashion. It was also the year that Mazda unveiled the RX-7. The RX-7 played a vital role in establishing Mazda's reputation for building celebrated driver's cars. Responding to the challenging environment, Mazda's brightest brains set about creating a new kind of sports car - one that would be smaller, lighter, more efficient and - most important of all - fun to drive. The original RX-7 'FB' proved a huge success. More than 470,000 driving enthusiasts bought one, before the second generation 'FC' model was introduced with turbo power in 1985. The third generation 'FD' followed in 1992 until production of the iconic RX-7 ended in 2002. To mark the iconic vehicle's 40th anniversary, Mazda brought together all three generations of the sports car in a film that documents the evolution of the most successful model to be powered by a rotary engine. You can view it at: https://youtu.be/jaOtLK4hDF8.
Popular UK rental company Supercar Hire has recently added a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder to its car selection. It will be joining an already impressive fleet featuring esteemed brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche. 'Since the start of our journey, the Supercar Hire mission was to make the absolute best supercars in the market easily accessible to a greater number of people," said company spokesperson Aaron Girling. "The Huracan Spyder is the epitome of thrilling, cutting-edge supercar design, a modern motoring masterpiece." While this recent acquisition marks yet another milestone for the East Midlands based company, Girling also hinted that clients can look forward to more exciting additions in the coming months.
Vauxhall's all-new Combo Life, aimed at active families and empty nesters, will arrive in showrooms in September. It comes in two trims, Design and Energy, with Energy models available as either a five- or seven-seater. Priced at £20,530 on-the-road, the entry-level Design 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model features standard specification including air conditioning, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth audio streaming and 16-inch steel wheels with styled wheel covers. Moving up the range, the Energy trim starts from £21,970 on-the-road for the five-seater 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model. The standard specification includes eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors. If you need space for more passengers, the Energy seven-seater starts from £22,530 on-the-road for the 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model. The spec here includes 35/30/35 split-folding second-row seats with fold-flat facility, two removable third-row seats and two foldable tables with cup-holders.