60 years of screen legends: Top 5 iconic cars in films

From the time-travelling Delorean to the “Love Bug” VW Beetle, cars have played many iconic movie roles. Watch as some of the greatest car icons in films come to life.

What to do if you're pulled over in a foreign country

Nothing ruins a leisurely holiday like an unpleasant run-in with the law. Here's what to do when you get pulled over in a foreign country.

Next-gen tyre ‘brings out hybrids' best’

2015-03-25 09:29

NEXT MITSUBISHI PHEV: Mitsubishi's XR-PHEV II made its debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Image: Mitsubishi

A new tyre sporting different tread areas could combine sporty handling and efficiency for future plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) SUVs.

Tyremaker Falken said: “Engineers have struggled to develop tyres that offer low rolling-resistance to increase the car’s range while offering the sharp and sporty dynamics expected by SUV drivers.”

In March 2015 Mitsubishi will debut its XR-PHEV II concept SUV, powered by a new PHEV system, and fitted with Falken’s hybrid tyre.


The outer third of Falken’s tyre is primarily a low rolling-resistance slick surface with water-dispersion grooves to prevent hydroplaning and enhance grip. The inner tyre wall has a curved (like a motorcycle) surface for better cornering.

Falken’s UK director Matt Smith explained said: “People want to have the best range with a hybrid but aren’t prepared to sacrifice an ‘involving’ driving experience. A new type of tyre is needed and this concept highlights how Falken could help SUV drivers to achieve efficiency without sacrificing a sportier driving experience.”


No production date has been set but Falken believes its tyre technology could be the future of tyre design.

Smith said: “Tyres play a critical role in the way a vehicle drives and stops. Expect to see more bespoke tyres to extract the best performance for a car.”

NEXT-GEN TYRE: Falken believes its hybrid tyre concept, fitted to the new Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II, could be the future of tyre development. Image: Mitsubishi

Read more on:    mitsubishi  |  suv  |  hybrid  |  tyres

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.