Back in the day, it was predicted that we would having flying cars by now. Well, we got people working on it but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before anything feasible comes of it. The next best thing we have going for the automotive industry is autonomous driving. For some odd reason, people are really lazy and they want computers to do the driving for us. I guess people just don’t have a passion for driving anymore. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is set to premiere at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA) in Hannover, Germany.
The biggest highlight of the Future Truck 2025 is its autonomous driving system that Mercedes-Benz has tested in realistic traffic conditions in Germany traveling at speeds as high as 50mph. The truck features a slew of radar sensors which scan around the truck and head of the truck and constantly exchanging information. There is a warning system in place which notifies the driver of any imminent collisions with stationary objects as a Blind Spot Assist system that helps the driver see other road users when turning. Watch the video below to see what the vehicle is all about.
Opel has its sights on Fiat once again with the release of the Opel Adam S which is being brought to the marketplace to go head to head against the Fiat 500 Abarth. In the UK, Vauxhall will sell the Adam S. Adam S will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged motor developing a 148 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is capable of doing the 0-100km/h dash in 8.5 seconds while reaching speeds well over 200km/h (124mph). Even with the turbocharger and boost in power, the Adam S still returns a fuel economy of 6.4L/100km (36.8mpg US).
The vehicle also receives a bodykit which includes a roof spoiler, side skirts, front/rear apron, and large 18-inch wheels.
Hybrid vehicles are pretty popular these days and the trend will continue. Peugeot has taken the hybrid idea and taken it into a different direction with their HYbrid Air technology. The Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air 2L is capable of returning a fuel economy of 2L/100km (117mpg US / 141mpg UK). Those are some impressive numbers!
HYbrid Air works just like your standard hybrid system but instead of having a battery pack as a secondary power source, it uses compressed air which is stored in a tank located in the back of the vehicle. The system uses a hydraulics to manage between the engine and the compressed air. The air tank replenishes when you apply the brakes (just like regenerative braking systems) and it takes a total of 10 seconds to fill up. The Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air features a 1.2-liter engine producing 82 horsepower but not details on the combined power. The vehicle weighs in at only 1,896 pounds and is set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Toyota has always made capable and tough off-road vehicles and the all-new 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is no exception. Featuring a 5.7-liter V8 producing 381 horsepower which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the truck will take you places that many SUVs can’t. The Tundra features an aggressive off-road package which includes items such as a unique front grille, black 18-inch alloy wheels, TRD-tuned springs at the front, TRD floor mats, and a TRD shift knob.
Available in either a Double Cab or CrewMax, the Tundra TRD Pro also features equipment such as a TRD front skid plate, new springs giving it a two-inch lift, TRD dual exhaust system, and decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over rough roads. The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is available in Attitude Black Metallic, Inferno, and Super White. Pricing starts at $41,285.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Business Lounge by Brabus is one awesome and luxurious van. Behind the driver’s area features four conference business chairs facing each other featuring luxurious and supple two-tone leather. The four business lounge chairs are power adjustable via a touch-pad close to the arm rest and features amenities such as heating, massage, lumbar support, ventilation, and have the ability to keep three positions in its memory. These four chairs can also recline into full sleeping position. There is an additional row of seating at the back which is forward-facing but don’t have access to the features already mentioned. The interior also features two 10-inch displays and a 42-inch HD LCD TV. Now this is a van I don’t mind driving around in!
The iconic Toyota Land Cruiser 70 has been around for 30 years, to celebrate, Toyota is re-producing a limited run of these vehicles for the Japanese market only. These re-issued Land Cruisers will come in SUV and Double-Cab pick-up truck versions. The vehicles are powered by a 4.0 liter V6 engine, producing 288 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and mated to 5-speed manual transmissions. Prices start at ¥3.6 million for the SUV and ¥3.5 million for the double-cab.