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Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

By Chris Hall

Volvo unveiled the new XC90 in Stockholm this week, decked out with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, amongst a whole host of other technologies, making for an exciting SUV.B&W have fleshed out some of the details of the system. We already knew that it... Read more

BMW 220d review
4.0 stars

BMW 220d review

By Joe Simpson

BMW has gone to town on a host of new electric, performance and lifestyle models recently, including the i3, i8, X4, M4, M235i - the list has got so long we're almost struggling to keep up. The idea is that there's now a BMW for everyone. Yet what about... Read more

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

By Chris Hall

To celebrate the launch of the new Volvo XC90, the company has announced a limited First Edition of the new SUV that will only be available to order online.There will be 1,927 models of the new XC90, each carrying a individually numbered treadplates and... Read more

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

By Chris Hall

"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm.The new... Read more

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

By Rik Henderson

As part of a trip to the Belgian Grand Prix with Shell, Pocket-lint was invited to try its hand at driving a Ferrari Formula One car.Luckily for a majority of the people in the vicinity however, this was in a professional simulator rather than the real... Read more

What makes F1 drivers tick? Marc Gené takes us for a scare ride in a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (update)

What makes F1 drivers tick? Marc Gené takes us for a scare ride in a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (update)

By Rik Henderson

As part of an event to highlight the benefits of V-Power petrol over conventional fuels, and its similarity to the mixes used by the Ferrari Formula One racing team, Pocket-lint was invited to join Shell in Belgium on the eve of the Spa Grand Prix.We... Read more

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

By Joe Simpson

Just how much would you be happy to spend on a Golf? It's an interesting question posed by this, the new hottest (ever) Golf ­- the R - which starts at a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... Read more

Tesla Model S update to use iPhone Touch ID as key and remote start

Tesla Model S update to use iPhone Touch ID as key and remote start

By Luke Edwards

Tesla is reportedly going to allow iPhone owners to use their device's fingerprint recognition Touch ID sensor as a key. This will mean unlocking and even starting the electric car remotely from the phone.The Tesla Model S already has an iPhone app which... Read more

Google's driverless car with no steering wheel or brakes is now forced to offer manual controls

Google's driverless car with no steering wheel or brakes is now forced to offer manual controls

By Elyse Betters

Google's new self-driving car prototypes have hit a bump in the road. They now need to feature manual controls by next month, or else Google will no longer be able to test them in California.Google announced in May that it built a prototype self-driving... Read more

Solid-state batteries offer double the life of lithium-ion, £15,000 electric car could follow

Solid-state batteries offer double the life of lithium-ion, £15,000 electric car could follow

By Luke Edwards

A Michigan start-up company, Sakti3, claims to have created a solid-state lithium battery which offers far more density than current batteries. It should result in double the battery life of current lithium-ion batteries.This could mean double the time... Read more

Google's self-driving cars are capable of breaking the speed limit, if necessary

Google's self-driving cars are capable of breaking the speed limit, if necessary

By Elyse Betters

Google's self-driving cars are designed to break the law. Sort of.Dmitri Dolgov, the moonshot's lead software engineer, told Reuters that Google's self-driving cars attempt to stay within the speed limit, but certin traffic conditions might encourage... Read more

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

By Luke Edwards

Toyota has announced that drivers of its new Yaris will be able to download and use the Aupeo app to stream personalised music in their cars.This is the first time Aupeo has been available in a Toyota in Europe via its Touch 2 Go multimedia system. The... Read more

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
4.0 stars

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review

By Joe Simpson

The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go.Despite the average person only driving 19 miles... Read more

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

By Joe Simpson

McLaren is riding on a wave right now. Hot on the heels of the £1-million P1 comes this, the McLaren 650S. It's a riposte to those who think of McLarens as a little safe, a little boring, a little lacking in drama compared to the obvious alternative... Read more

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

By Luke Edwards

Science boffins at start-up Semprius have found a manufacturing method that will allow them to stack solar cells to improve efficiency.By piling the solar cells on top of each other they will be able to cram enough into solar panels to offer 50 per cent... Read more

BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

By Luke Edwards

BMW has announced that its cars will now have the JustPark app built-in, meaning the whole parking process can be handled from the dash.Mini will be the first car to feature JustPark with plans to roll the app out across the BMW range later this year.JustPark... Read more

Tesla maps show huge expansion of Superchargers across the world by next year

Tesla maps show huge expansion of Superchargers across the world by next year

By Elyse Betters

If you're mulling a Tesla purchase but are worried about the lack of Superchargers for charging your electric vehicle, have no fear: Many countries across the world will soon be chock-full of Supercharger sites.Tesla Motors already announced earlier this... Read more

Driverless cars are coming to the UK as government confirms laws

Driverless cars are coming to the UK as government confirms laws

By Luke Edwards

The UK will be home to driverless cars as early as next year as the government outlines measures to legalise them.At the moment driverless cars, for the few that are made, are only allowed on private roads.In December the Treasury said it would create... Read more

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

By Stuart Miles

The BMW X4 can be seen in two ways, either as a baby version of the popular X6, or as a souped up version of the company's popular X3 model.For all intents and purposes the best way to look at the X4 is like an X3 plus. The car delivers you a few more... Read more

Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past

Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past

By Leon Poultney

Think of the Targa-topped Porsche 911 and, assuming you were alive, your mind is likely to be transported to times past, a time when men with slick hair shouted into enormous mobile phones about buying low and selling high. But the top is back in the... Read more

Tesla Model S hacked, doors popped open while being driven

Tesla Model S hacked, doors popped open while being driven

By Luke Edwards

Students at Zhejiang University were able to attack a Tesla Model S using a hack that popped open the doors while the car was moving at speed. This obviously has dangerous connotations for the fully electric car.But the attacks weren't on just anyone,... Read more

New Toyota minivan has a mic that lets parents yell at kids in the back, without really yelling

New Toyota minivan has a mic that lets parents yell at kids in the back, without really yelling

By Elyse Betters

Toyota is definitely targetting families with its 2015 version of the Sienna minivian. The new vehicle features a built-in microphone that can amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers, enabling parents to yell at children without having to... Read more

Forget about Tesla: Sunswift Eve is a solar-powered car that goes 87 mph

Forget about Tesla: Sunswift Eve is a solar-powered car that goes 87 mph

By Elyse Betters

Tesla Motors may be all the rage with its electric-powered car that can travel more than 110 mph, but a team of engineering students from the University of New South Wales has designed a different type of clean energy car that's just as impressive. The... Read more

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review
4.0 stars

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

By Mike Lowe

The electric era is upon us. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first hybrid car the company has put onto its production line, combining an electronic motor with established 1.4L TFSI petrol hybrid to deliver that Audi Sportback experience but with a... Read more

Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google's board, following Android Auto debut

Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google's board, following Android Auto debut

By Elyse Betters

Google launched a pared-down version of Android for vehicles just last month, and now the company has welcomed Ford's former CEO to its Board of Directors.Alan Mulally retired from Ford Motor Company, an 111-year-old automaker headquartered in Michigan,... Read more

Wireless power delivery being tested in new Tesla tower this year

Wireless power delivery being tested in new Tesla tower this year

By Elyse Betters

Imagine a world where humans only rely on clean energy harvested from the sun, without the use of power lines. It's dream currently hindered by costs and technical difficulties, though it is possible. And a new campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo... Read more

Hyundai gets stunt drivers to dive out of moving cars to show them self-driving

Hyundai gets stunt drivers to dive out of moving cars to show them self-driving

By Luke Edwards

We've heard of cars driving themselves in convoys, but never seen it looking so cool. Hyundai has got a bunch of daredevils to dive from moving cars onto a truck bed, while the cars carry on driving.The best bit isn't just the Hyundai Advanced Smart Cruise... Read more

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

By Joe Simpson

Standing in a small car park on the far Western Coast of the Scottish highlands ought to be the last place you'd expect to draw a crowd. But so futuristic is the look of the new BMW i8, especially in Prototonic blue, that right now it's cameraphone central... Read more

Jaguar Land Rover develops a self-learning car, the potential future of motoring

Jaguar Land Rover develops a self-learning car, the potential future of motoring

By Luke Edwards

Jaguar Land Rover, in the heart of its laboratories, is working on an intelligent car that will make the future of driving more intuitive.The proposed car will use the latest artificial intelligence algorithms to learn a user's driving style, habits and... Read more

This is what a Formula E car sounds like: the future

This is what a Formula E car sounds like: the future

By Luke Edwards

The future of Formula 1 is about to arrive with the electric racing cars of Formula E. Now the cars been given a test outing ahead of their first race date set in September.The Formula E electric race will first take place on the streets of Beijing... Read more

The all-electric Lamborghini that anyone can afford

The all-electric Lamborghini that anyone can afford

By Rik Henderson

Even second-hand a Lamborghini Murcielago will set you back considerably more than £100,000, but not at John Lewis as it expects to shift several of them in time for Christmas for considerably less. And its version is all-electric to boot.Okay, the Lamborghini... Read more

Apple CarPlay adds nine new carmakers including Audi and Jeep to roster, raising count to 29

Apple CarPlay adds nine new carmakers including Audi and Jeep to roster, raising count to 29

By Elyse Betters

There are now 29 automakers on-board to integrate CarPlay into their vehicle dashboards.Apple has announced nine new companies as CarPlay partners. Those companies include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram, and they... Read more

Titanium Strong Blackout challenge: Drivers behind the laser-laden driving promo video talk the future of racing

Titanium Strong Blackout challenge: Drivers behind the laser-laden driving promo video talk the future of racing

By Mike Lowe

One month ago to the day Castrol put out the latest promo for its latest motor oil. Oil, that's boring no? Not when there's budget and a bit of imagination. The proof is in viewership as the Castrol Edge Titanium Strong Blackout video has already racked... Read more

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT is a Gran Turismo 6 supercar in the flesh

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT is a Gran Turismo 6 supercar in the flesh

By Elyse Betters

Nissan has introduced a new supercar designed specifically for gamers.At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, attendees were able to see the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo in person. It's a powerful car featured in the PlayStation-only Gran... Read more

The only way to drive the new Aston Martin DP-100 is on PS3 and GT6

The only way to drive the new Aston Martin DP-100 is on PS3 and GT6

By Rik Henderson

Aston Martin has launched a new car during the Goodwood Festival of Speed but you'll never be able to sit behind the wheel. Not physically at least.The Aston Martin DP-100, you see, is not a physical car at all, it's entirely a virtual vehicle and the... Read more

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

By Mike Lowe

Despite its prickly-sounding name, the Citroen C4 Cactus is anything but. We first saw the Cactus as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and things have moved along fast.The road-worthy C4 2014 model, shown here, has bypassed the HybridAir... Read more

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

By Mike Lowe

It's one thing taking a look at the new Ford Fiesta ST3. It's another thing entirely to lob it round the Goodwood Hillclimb circuit at this year's Festival of Speed. Which is exactly what we did, and what a thrill this 1.6-litre turbo-charged beast is... Read more

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

By Mike Lowe

It's not the first time we've seen the Jaguar C-X17 concept 4x4 Sport SUV, but it is the first time we've seen it appear in a red coat of paint and one step closer to its 2016 anticipated release date.Measuring 4.72m long and at 1.96m wide the crossover... Read more

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

By Chris Hall

The Gran Coupé is the third model in the 4 Series family. We've previously driven, and loved, the regular BMW 4-Series Coupé and the BMW 4-Series Convertible models, so we had high expectations for the Gran Coupé. And it delivered.Slipping into the... Read more

Cruise could turn any car into an automated driverless vehicle next year for £6000

Cruise could turn any car into an automated driverless vehicle next year for £6000

By Luke Edwards

Driverless cars are nearly here and Cruise, a San Francisco start-up, wants to make sure Google doesn't control the market. Cruise can already be added to an Audi, for £6000, to make it driverless – and it wants to work on all cars soon.Cruise uses... Read more

Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

By Joe Simpson

Set up a few years back, Polestar is a company all about high performance cars. To date it's created a number of one-off, very high-performance Volvos, one of which made a cameo appearance on Top Gear.That was the tipping point: since then there has been... Read more

Boris Johnson: London's already got driverless cars...

Boris Johnson: London's already got driverless cars...

By Stuart Miles

London Technology Week has kicked off with a bang with London Mayor Boris Johnson and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg competing to build a brand new computer designed for kids.The event, in which the American's won, started off London Technology... Read more