NeoCarsYou don't have to be a car nut to want to get the most pleasurable experience from your wheels. Whether it's choosing the right car, figuring out how to make the most of ownership, or improving your driving skills, here's some useful information to start you down the right road ...
"The Most Beautiful Car Ever"
What's your pick for the best looking car ever made? The upmarket British newspaper The Telegraph got a diverse response from the readers' poll which determined its list of the top 100 … but even so, the number one choice got four times as many votes as any other. To see it, and the rest of the top 20 (a list unsurprisingly heavy on car names that end in vowels), click here.
New electric car has Segway scooters included
General Motors has released details of its Flextreme electric-diesel concept car (Opel Flextreme in Europe, Saturn Flextreme in the US, with the rest of the world to follow). The eye-catching car, with its batwing doors, comes complete with two Segway scooters, cleverly tucked into a rear compartment, that recharge while the car itself is recharging via an ordinary household electric outlet. Click here for more.
Chinese car manufacturers eye the global market
Chanfeng Motor's handout material at the 2008 North American International Auto Show was far from slick, but only the foolish would dismiss the seriousness of the company's intention to break into the US and other global markets. This is a plan driven by necessity: "Competition in China is saturated," says the company's chairman, Li Jianxin. Read more here.
Mercedes teaches drivers to cut back on the juice
Mercedes-Benz is to introduce a feature which displays to drivers their fuel usage as it is happening and suggests the optimum gear to use at any given moment for fuel-efficient driving. "Internally, we call it our built-in fuel efficiency trainer," says Thomas Weber from the company's R&D division. It will go first into the new diesel models, then in all new models across the range. Click here for more.