Volvo Cars recently conducted its most extreme crash test ever, and it was not within the advanced Safety Centre but outdoors – with cars dropped from a crane! Ten Volvos, of different models, were dropped several times from a height of 30 metres. Before the drop, Volvo Cars safety engineers made exact calculations about how…

Concept cars, studies and prototypes always excite the public as they are often futuristic and contain advanced technologies that may one day be available. However, many such vehicles are kept behind closed doors, and sometimes even when they are no longer of use, they are not revealed. Over the decades, Porsche has obviously developed many…

The last time we heard about a Malaysian company developing a ‘flying car’ was a year ago when a ‘prototype’ took over at a facility near the old Subang airport. However, after that things went quiet with the project and its champion, the Entrepreneur Development Minister, also left the position to become a minister in…

No matter how many crash tests are done and how many thousands of hours of simulations are done on computers, motor vehicle accidents can still be unique due to many variable factors. While the engineers may design the vehicle to cope with various accident conditions and protect the occupants, but there will be times when…

As carmakers make the transition to electrically-powered cars, demand for electric motors is rising. In most cases, the motors come from other companies that have specialised in such powertrains. While this arrangement is cost-effective in some ways. It does not necessarily fully optimise performance in the way the carmaker may want it. Therefore, in order…

The early electric vehicles (EVs) were often small, partly because they had to be as light as possible to move on the limited electrical energy. Today, as battery and powertrain technology have advanced substantially, EVs are as big as sedans with petrol or diesel engines. For small and young customers Hyundai, it seems, is going…

Imagine a place that is something like SimCity, the urban development simulation game, where you can control what happens on the streets. You manage how many cars move along the roads and how fast they go. You allow a certain number of cyclists on a roundabout – and allow some to ignore basic rules of…

Genesis, Hyundai Motor’s premium brand, has a brand new SUV under final stages of development. It has been announced publicly in Korea so that the R&D guys can start running real-world tests on public roads. QR code on camouflage However, the vehicle, designated GV70, is camouflaged as the teaser pictures release show. To use the…