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Running a red light on a motorcycle will be legal starting October in Nevada [video]

Dangerous ?

Nevada authorities will allow motorcyclists, mopeds, cyclists and tri-wheel riders to legally run a red light.

This decision was taken because traffic light sensors do not always detect motorcycles and many times riders have to wait until a car arrives in order to trip the sensor. As a consequence, motorcyclists can wait up to 3-4 minutes instead of the regular one-minute wait at the red light. This will change starting October 1 as riders will be able to run a red light as long as they have waited a minimum of two light cycles.

Although the Nevada police isn’t against this new law, they acknowledge it will be quite difficult to enforce the two red light-cycle law. In other words, it will be quite hard for the police officers to observe a violation and give a ticket. If the person in question will disagree with the penalty, he will have the possibility of taking the case to a court. The Nevada Highway Patrol admits it will be tricky to prove a motorist didn’t wait two light cycles before entering the intersection while on a red light.

BMW X5 eDrive concept will spawn production variant

 BMW X5 eDrive concept will spawn production variant

BMW Concept X5 eDrive 22.08.2013

Could be out in 2015

BMW has revealed plans to launch a production version of the X5 eDrive concept plug-in hybrid.

The company’s head of production line for large vehicles, Peter Wolf, told the X5 eDrive will receive a production version but he didn’t provide an exact timetable. He did say it won’t happen in 2014 so chances are this could occur sometime in 2015 or 2016.

The only problem left to fix concerns the battery packaging which affects all future plug-in hybrid cars. BMW has reiterated its objective to have a plug-in hybrid model for each model family as part of the firm’s EfficientDynamics strategy. They already have full hybrid versions of the 3-, 5- and 7-Series, along with the recently introduced i3 and i8 models.

As a reminder, the BMW X5 eDrive concept makes use of a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The all-wheel drive concept will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 7 seconds and can return 61.8 mpg (74.3 mpg UK or 3.8 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of less than 90 g/km. It can run solely on electric power for up to 19 miles (30 km) during which it can achieve a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).

Honda details the 2014 Civic Tourer [video]

Early 2014 market release

Honda Civic Tourer chief engineer Adrian Killham has offered a brief description of the company’s latest product developed exclusively in Europe.

The biggest asset of the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer is its class-leading 624-liter (22 cubic feet) cargo capacity which makes it more spacious than the previous first place holder, the Skoda Octavia Combi (610 liters). If you fold down the rear seats, the Civic estate boasts an impressive luggage capacity of 1,668 liters (58.9 cubic feet). It also comes with rear “Magic Seats” that can be easily folded in just one motion.

The design closely mirrors the five-door hatchback with the exception of the bigger and longer rear designed to increase boot space. Powering the 2014 Civic Tourer will be a 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine outputting 120 HP (88 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. Customers will be able to pick a 1.8-liter i-VTEC motor developing 142 HP (104 kW) and 128 lb-ft (174 Nm).

The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer will be manufactured in United Kingdom and is programmed to go on sale early next year.

Finnish police receives Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 350 CDI 4MATIC [video]

Offered by Tekniikan Maailma magazine

Finland’s police authorities have received a brand new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 350 CDI 4MATIC.

At the beginning of the year, local magazine Tekniikan Maailma (World of Technology) asked its readers which person or institution should receive a new car and they also wanted to know what type of model would be the most appropriate. This interesting inquiry was as part of the magazine’s 60th anniversary.

The readers placed their votes and selected the police force is the most suitable entity to receive the gift, specifically the traffic control unit. The chosen car was a Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 350 CDI 4MATIC considered to be the most compatible vehicle for that department.

The car is certainly up to the task thanks to its V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine delivering 262 bhp (195 kW) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque which grants the vehicle with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 6.7 seconds and an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Aside from being a quick and practical car, the CLS Shooting Brake 350 CDI remains quite economical as it can return 35.6 mpg US (42.8 mpg UK or 6.6 liters / 100 km).

Audi RS Q3 2014

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Audi revealed the 2014 Audi RS Q3, which made its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class.

The 2014 Audi RS Q3 features a more aggressive design that reflects on its bumper design, grille and side skirts. Outside, the exterior is equipped with 19-/20-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser and high-performance brakes.

It is powered by the 2.5 TFSI engine producing a maximum power of 228 kW (310 hp) at 5,200-6,700 rpm and torque of 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) is available between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.5 seconds – the best performance value in this segment. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

It will go on sale in Germany at a base price is 54,600, with deliveries to begin in fall 2013.

Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale 2014

2014 Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale

Maserati unveiled a modified version of the GranTurismo MC Stradale at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the updated GranTurismo MC Stradale will go on sale in Europe this summer. The new model comes with several styling updates, major one being the 2+2 seating layout.

The new four seater GranTurismo MC Stradale is the perfect combination of sportiness, luxury and elegance, comfort and style, functionality and dynamism that can now be enjoyed by four people.

It is powered by the 4.7 litre, 460 HP aspirated V8 engine. Combined with an MC Race Shift 6-speed electro actuated gearbox, this engine ensures outstanding performance – with a top speed of 303 km/h.

The new aesthetic exterior features include a new carbon fibre bonnet which frames an important central air intake and two rear extractors and the new forged 20″ alloy rims and Brembo carbon ceramic brake disks. The new GranTurismo MC Stradale boasts a cabin with new interior design featuring new materials and style.

2012 Volkswagen Passat Video

2012 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen has taken a different approach with its redesigned 2012 Passat family sedan that, so far, has the approval of our editors. The family sedan is now larger and more affordable, and it maintains the elegant, quality craftsmanship that Volkswagens are known for in the States, according to editor Mike Hanley.

Designed in Germany and made in America, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the world’s newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant.

The new 2012 Volkswagen Passat, the largest ever, is the only midsize sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – the only clean diesel option in the segment – is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles.

The all-new 2012 Volkswagen Passat offers three drivetrain options: a responsive 2.5L gasoline engine, a remarkably eco-friendly 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and a powerful 3.6L VR6.

The 2.5L five cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb.-ft.), which is being offered in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat for the first time, will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 2.5 multi port injection engine may be paired with a 6-speed automatic.

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2012 Fisker Karma Received Emission Certification by EPA

Fisker Automotive has confirmed that the 2012 Fisker Karma sedan has received emission certification and fuel economy ratings from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), allowing the company’s dealers to begin selling the car to customers immediately in most states.

The EPA found that, when running in electric mode, the Fisker Karma sedan achieves the energy equivalent of 52 miles per gallon city/highway combined. The Karma’s all-electric range was found to be 32 miles by the EPA under its test criteria. To put that figure in perspective, a Karma driver with a 40-mile commute who starts each day with a full battery charge will only need to visit the gas station about every 1,000 miles and would use just 9 gallons of gasoline per month.

Fisker’s own analysis suggests that many Karma drivers will actually experience a longer all electric range under most every day driving conditions. Research also reveals that more than half of American’s have a daily commute of less than 32 miles, a comfortable distance for the Karma to run in electric-only mode from a single charge. Car News – By MR

The Top 10 Highest MPG Cars On Sale Today

2012 Mitsubishi i – First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

If you’re in the market for a new car and your top priority is fuel efficiency, what do you buy?

With so much to choose from now including gasoline, diesel, natural gas and electric cars on the market as well as a range-extended electric vehicle and hybrids galore, the options are bewildering.

If MPG is your ultimate priority, we’ve drawn up a list of the top ten cars on sale in the U.S. today, ranked by average MPG and MPG equivalent (MPGe).

2012 Mitsubishi i – 112 MPG

Top of the list is Mitsubishi’s powered jellybean, the “i” electric car. The looks might not be to all tastes but with an average of 112 MPGe, it currently ranks top on the EPA’s leaderboard of fuel efficiency.

2011 Nissan Leaf – 99 MPG

The Mitsubishi i might be at the top but for many drivers, the Leaf will make more sense. It’s larger, more refined, better to drive and with an official range of 73 miles to the Mitsubishi’s 62, more usable on a day-to-day basis.

2012 Chevrolet Volt – 94 / 37 MPG

The Volt gets two ratings because it effectively has two separate modes of running. EPA gives an all-electric range of 35 miles (GM claims between 40-50 miles) and 94 MPGe, but once the gasoline generator kicks in range extends to 344 miles and MPG decreases to 37.

2011 Smart Fortwo electric drive – 87 MPG

The Fortwo electric drive is in limbo at the moment as we wait for the 2012 model unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, promising greater speed and greater range. The 2011 model has a range of 63 miles, and manages to drive better than the regular gasoline Smart.

2012 Toyota Prius – 50 MPG

A list of high-MPG vehicles wouldn’t be complete without the Prius and at 50 MPG combined it’s still one of the most efficient vehicles on the road. It’s also good to drive, seats 5 people and Toyota has a proven track record in hybrid technology, meaning reassuring reliability.

Wald Mercedes SL R230 Black Bison

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Wald has always made the coolest body kits for high-end cars. For this Mercedes SL though, they’ve given it an unusually flamboyant touch!

It’s really terrible to be honest, and ruins the great styling of the R230 Mercedes SL. Well, the front-end is alright, with the new bumper and LEDs, but then you have the massively flared arches with side vents, side skirts, and that weird tail spoiler.

The worst part however is the rear apron with that giant thing in the middle of the diffuser! Who thought that’s cool? The car also gets new tailpipes and a set of posh 20-inch wheels.

Hopefully they will get it right next time.

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