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some­thing called En­er­gis­ing com­fort con­trol. This sys­tem pro­vides cli­mate, mas­sage and even mu­sic con­trol to suit the mood of the oc­cu­pants. Re­mem­ber when a car had an op­tional ra­dio?

Honda has an­nounced that it will ditch diesel for its new CR-V in Europe and switch to a hy­brid, which it will re­veal at the show. The de­ci­sion is a lit­tle strange given that diesels still ac­count for the vast ma­jor­ity of SUV sales in Europe, but the winds of change are al­ready be­ing felt, so who knows. The new model fea­tures a 2.0l petrol en­gine which is used for propul­sion, as well as elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion as well as a reg­u­lar elec­tric mo­tor. Honda isn’t giv­ing de­tails of out­puts at this stage, say­ing it is a pro­to­type.

Re­nault will fol­low its stun­ning Tre­zor con­cept with a new con­cept called the Sym­bioz. It says the con­cept will re­veal its de­sign strat­egy un­til 2030. It will also show­case the com­pany’s elec­tric vehicle tech­nol­ogy.

Still with Re­nault, it will also show its new Duster, al­though of course in Europe it wears a Da­cia badge. The new gen­er­a­tion gets a big styling up­grade and a com­pletely re­designed in­te­rior.

Kia will show a con­cept of the next gen­er­a­tion of its C’eed hatch­back. It brought a ver­sion of the out­go­ing model to the SA Mo­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence at Kyalami, pre­sum­ably to gauge in­ter­est ahead of de­cid­ing if it will bring the next gen­er­a­tion to our mar­ket.

Skoda will have its new Karoq SUV on show in Frank­furt. Skoda? Why are we talk­ing about Skoda? Mov­ing on.

SPORTY GEN­ER­A­TION

Ford has re­vealed the first of­fi­cial pic­tures and in­for­ma­tion of its new EcoS­port model, which we ex­pect to ar­rive in SA late in 2018. For the first time there will be an all-wheeldrive ver­sion, as well as a sporty ST-Line deriva­tive, al­though lo­cal mod­els have yet to be con­firmed. The EcoS­port will also get a new 1.5l EcoBlue diesel en­gine, as well as a long list of equip­ment, in­clud­ing Sync 3 in­fo­tain­ment, cruise con­trol and elec­tronic au­to­matic tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

We have re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that the de­layed new Ford Kuga will launch in

RIO RE­CALL

Kia has is­sued a re­call in SA for its 2017 Rio mod­els. The com­pany says there is a pos­si­ble fault with the child locks on the rear doors due to a faulty ac­tu­a­tor ca­ble. Any­one who owns a 2017 Rio should take it to the dealer for a quick re­pair.

PER­SONAL AS­SIS­TANT

Do you re­mem­ber the con­cept of hav­ing an avatar that con­tains all your in­for­ma­tion that you could just sit on the dash­board? The idea was that you only need to carry your avatar and then you get into a shared car and your avatar would tell the car ev­ery­thing it needs to know about you and off you go.

Well, Jaguar has picked up the idea and re­vealed Sayer, a por­ta­ble steer­ing wheel. The idea is that it is a per­sonal as­sis­tant that can live in your home in the same way as a Google Home or Ama­zon Echo but then travel with you, also pro­vid­ing all your in­for­ma­tion to un­lock and use a car shar­ing vehicle or sim­i­lar.

Does this mean that one day we will go into a tech store and buy a steer­ing wheel in­stead of an ac­tual car? Per­haps.

Mercedes will show its new S-Class coupe in Frank­furt. Re­nault has re­leased the first im­ages of its new Duster.

Ford has re­vealed the next gen­er­a­tion of its EcoS­port.

Honda has re­vealed its CR-V hy­brid pro­to­type.

Jaguar’s Sayer por­ta­ble steer­ing wheel is also your per­sonal as­sis­tant.

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