Auto Sector

Hyundai to launch hydrogen-powered SUV next year

South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced its plans to launch a hydrogen-powered vehicle next year.

Hyundai aims to roll out its sports utility vehicle (SUV) dubbed Tucson, which will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, in the United States sometime in 2014. It is going to be the first mass-market hydrogen-powered vehicle to be sold or leased in the country.

John Krafcik, chief executive officer at Hyundai North America, recently said, "These things [hydrogen-powered vehicles] are now ready for prime time."

GM recalls 44,000 Chevrolet Malibu cars in North America

American automobile giant General Motors Co (GM) has confirmed a recall of more than 44,000 units of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu in North America for fixing a technical glitch that can cause the cars' window-defrosters to malfunction.

The computer-controlled ventilation system of the Chevrolet Malibu sedans has been found reverting to the previous setting when the driver select the defrost setting, which could leave the vehicle’s windshield fogged.

Tesla under scrutiny after three Model S fire incidents in six weeks

In what was the third fire incident involving electric carmaker Tesla's Model S sedan in the last six weeks, a Model S owned by a Tennessee man caught fire on Wednesday after running over a trailer hitch.

Though none of the three drivers of the Model S sedans involved in fire incidents received any injuries, the occurrence of the incidents in quick succession have apparently delivered a blow to Tesla's image.

Focus beats Corolla to become world’s top-selling car: Ford

American auto giant Ford on Wednesday claimed that one of its models has become the world's top-selling car, beating rival manufacturer Toyota's widely acclaimed car Corolla.

Citing registration data compiled by research firm R. L. Polk & Co., Ford said that its Focus car sold a total of 589,709 units between start of January and end of June across the globe. The figure represents an increase of 20 per cent in sales of Focus from the corresponding six-month period of last year.

Elon Musk defends Tesla Model S after fire

Tesla Motors Co Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday came forward to defend his company's electric car Model S after a video showing the car in flames dragged the company's shares down.

Tesla shares slipped more than 6 per cent after an automotive blog called Jalopnik published images of widely acclaimed electric car Model S in flames. The car caught fire after it met with an accident on Tuesday south of Seattle, Washington. The video received thousands of page views.

Australians create world’s first attention-powered car

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia has unveiled an Attention Powered Car that runs on full capacity only if its driver is fully alert.

Created by the Royal Automobile Club in partnership with electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring headgear-maker Emotiv, the Attention Powered Car, a Hyundai i40, aims at decreasing the number of accidents caused due to inattentive driving.