A long wheelbase Range Rover will be available from next March - the first in 20 years. But it is unlikely to arrive in Singapore
Fast Lane The Range Rover (above) available next year will offer morerear legroom. -- PHOTO: RANGE ROVER

LONG WHEELBASE RANGE ROVER

A long wheelbase Range Rover will be available from next March - the first in 20 years. But it is unlikely to arrive in Singapore.

The car, which will probably be targeted at the Chinese market, offers 140mm more rear legroom, and seats that can recline further.

Range Rover will also launch the Autobiography Black version, with an interior even more distinctive than the Autobiography car.

TESLA DRIVERLESS CAR BY 2016

Tesla will launch an autonomous car as early as 2016. Chief executive Elon Musk told The Financial Times that its new car will be 90 per cent self-driving. He said the car will be developed in-house.

Tesla's plans are more ambitious than others who are making autonomous cars, including Google, Daimler, Volvo and Nissan. These companies are expected to roll out the first of such cars by 2020 or later.

NEW WAGON FROM SUBARU

Subaru will unveil a new wagon at the Tokyo Motor Show this month. The Levorg concept hints at a new vehicle currently under development for market launch in Japan next year. The car will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre horizontally opposed direct injection turbocharged engine.

The Levorg sports tourer prototype will be joined on the Subaru show stand by the Crossover 7 concept, a seven-seat SUV.

INDUCTION CHARGING MORE SPEEDY

Volvo has completed testing induction (contactless) charging for electric vehicles. Volvo Cars supplied the car for the inductive charging project: an 89kW Volvo C30 Electric.

The car could be fully charged without a power cable in about 21/2 hours - significantly shorter than the six to eight hours required for charging via household mains.

POWER-PACKED S60

Volvo's S60 T6 FWD with 306 horsepower and a new eight-speed automatic is the first non-hybrid car in the segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram of CO2. The car accelerates from 0-100kmh in 5.9 seconds. Its new 2-litre four- cylinder engine has both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Similar to twin-charged Volkswagens, the supercharger kicks in at low revs, and the turbo takes over when airflow builds up.

CROSSHIKER CONCEPT AT TOKYO SHOW

Suzuki will unveil the Crosshiker compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show this month. The size of a compact car but weighing just 810kg, the Crosshiker is powered by a newly developed 1-litre three-cylinder engine.

AUTO BRAKING REDUCES CRASHES

Insurance claims data suggest that autonomous emergency braking systems can reduce rear-end crashes by 25 per cent or more.

From January, the European New Car Assessment Programme will start giving credit to cars equipped with robust forward collision warning and/or automatic braking technology.

There are two types of self-braking systems: those that work at low city speeds, and those for higher inter-city speeds. Recent Euro NCAP tests reveal the Mercedes Benz E-class' Pre-Safe, Volvo V40's City Safety and Mitsubishi Outlander's Forward Collision Mitigation are the best.

PANAMERA TURBO S GETS BEEFIER

Porsche's facelifted Panamera Turbo S may well be the world's fastest four-door grand tourer when it makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov 22. With a 570bhp twin-turbocharged V8 powering all four 20-inch wheels, it hits 100kmh in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 308kmh. Along with the 50bhp increase in power, it pushes out 750Nm of torque - from 700Nm before.