Lamborghini has brought in Huracan as replacement of Gallardo, which was on the market for ten years. The best elements from the Gallardo have been transfered to the Huracan, while of course the weakest have been replaced. A dual-clutch unit has been brought in, replacing the old single-clutch gear box. Moreover, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter…
When you look at a Mercedes E-class, you realize it is not just the work of a group of people. It is the result of a constantly refined tradition, with an unending story told best by the all new Mercedes E-250 Elegance. This baby not only has sleek aerodynamics that defines visual perfection, it has also provided a super smooth ride synonymous with comfort and elegance for over 100 years.
First introduced in2010, the current Mercedes Benz E-Class has been a top seller for the German luxury automaker and on March 2012 the 500000th E-Class sedan rolled off the production line in Sindelfingen, Germany. (This figure only represents the production of current generation e class sedans with exclusions of the E-Class coupe and e class cabriolet.) Their ingenuity not stopping short, the e class designers recently unveiled the hybrid version: the E-400 and E-350 Blue TEC Hybrid capable of 56 mpg on the European combined cycle.
This is one car you will not have to chew your lips off while stuck in traffic. A new chassis and dampers that adapt to the driving conditions make this as comfortable and cruisy as a luxury sedan can get. Sitting on the driver’s seat alone is quite an experience and certainly only in few cars will you find the working of the gear lever transmitted electronically through a cable. It entails full Bluetooth audio streaming as well as a 6 GB hard drive to store your favorite tunes. Talking of music, it is played through Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7 surround system to cater for the long journeys. The rear seats are slightly reclining with plenty of head and leg room, which are very practical for a family car.
Want to die in an accident? Then don’t drive an e class. Its safety measures entail the PRE -SAFE systems which not only tightens the seat belts before an unavoidable accident, but also automatically closes windows, sunroof, fills up air cushions on the multi -contour seats and even moves the front seats to a safer position in the crucial moments before an accident. It also includes 11 airbags: front, side and rear ones, pelvic bag, full size window-bags for driver and front passenger and a knee-bag for the driver. That aside, the prime thought that you are in a Mercedes E-Class is enough to prevent you from dying. Ha! Ha!
The E-Class is a beautiful car in its own right, and like BMW and AUDI its going for a more subtle look of sublime elegance, only that it’s doing much better; you will surely want to have one of these.
The turning feel is so smooth, more like an S-Class than a C-Class that at times you forget you are connected to the front wheels. There is almost no feedback and the suspension is best suited for normal driving though when push comes to shove it responds with profound agility around tight corners and in sudden directional changes.
Believe it or not, the 1.8L German engineered engine has the power output of engines with twice the capacity. The 1.8L E-250 CGI delivers 150kw (200bhp) and 310Nm of torque with a top speed of 242km/h and an acceleration from 0-100 km in 7.5 seconds. The more costly 2.1L E-250 CDI delivers the same power but with 500Nm of torque with a top speed of 240 km/h. its acceleration from rest to 100km/h is 7.7 seconds.
If you have five woes and fuel bills is one of them, now you have four to worry about. The engine size is a pocket friendly 1.8L for the CGI, smaller than most cars in its league yet with power commensurate or greater than theirs. The fuel economy is more like a 1.5L Toyota at 7.6L/100km (for my drive it was 7.8L/100km which I did extensively enough,) and with an additional $ 320 you get the E-250 CDI with an unbelievably low 5.1L/km, only 0.1L/100km more than the overrated Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Mercedes has never believed in smoke screen as part of its defense, and the E-250 CDI takes it even higher by being the least polluting car in its range. It emits 154g/km of C02 and promises 47.1 mpg economy-an improvement of 20g/km and 4.4 mpg over the previous generation E-220 CDI. The E-250 CGI is the least polluting e class at 134g/km of CO2.
Critics leveled against it suggest that the tail lights connote a Toyota-like appearance (many Mercedes owners hate Toyota.)
You also have to manually adjust your seat instead of electronically and that it lacks a reverse camera. The COMAND is not as intuitive as BMW’s iDRIVE and the satellite navigation system is not as advanced as of the BMW 5 series.
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The H3 is HUMMER’s midsize SUV and the third model in the vehicle lineup. Based on the Chevrolet Colorado pickup platform, the H3 is designed to deliver authentic HUMMER style and off-road capability in a smaller, more fuel-efficient package. For 2008 the H3 Alpha was added to the lineup featuring a unique look and a more powerful engine. The OnStar advanced communication system is standard on the Hummer H3
|Posted on 11.11.2013 16:00 by Simona|
Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.
Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar, but with a hybrid powertrain.
This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.
Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame, meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.
Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 – the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.
BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:00 EST.
First Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra
By Mark McNabb on Saturday, September 14th, 2013
The US truck market is a cut-throat environment where sales are won and lost by narrow margins. Outdated iron is often passed up for the latest model with the newest equipment and features, leaving truck makers to revamp their lineup fairly often just to stay relevant. And the Toyota Tundra is no exception.
With the current Tundra showing its age, Toyota set out to give customers something new for 2014.
Although it’s advertised as all new, the 2014 Tundra has a few carry over parts, namely the powertrain. The interior and bodywork, however, have been heavily modified.
Gallery2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive
Crisper, more chiseled lines give the truck a tougher look with a massive grille, high-arch, squared-off wheel openings, and a unique tailgate complete with TUNDRA stamped into the sheet metal. New details give the truck a much more distinctive look over last year’s model. LED daytime running lights on the premium trim levels, the standard spoiler on the tailgate lip, and completely revised bed take the truck a large step in the right direction.
Clever three-piece bumpers front and rear not only look cleaner, sharper, and more dramatic, they also reduce repair costs when your brother-in-law jackknifes a U-Haul trailer into the rear bumper corner. Lucky for his wallet.
Perhaps the best parts of the 2014 redesign are found within the truck’s cabin. New materials are Lexus-grade, the controls and knobs are smarter looking, and the overall fit and finish is spot on. The new-for-2014 1794 Edition trim package competes with Ford’s King Ranch, Ram’s Laramie Long Horn, and Chevy’s upcoming High Country editions. Yes, it’s yet another Western-style motif, but it’s pulled off with more class and less gaudiness than the others we’ve seen. Adding to its street cred, the 1794 Edition is named after the founding year of the Walsh Ranch, on which the Tundra is now built outside San Antonio, Texas.
Sitting next to the 1794 Edition in luxury, the Platinum model caters more towards the urban cowboy. Clean titanium and black interior trim pieces are tasteful and rich looking, without being ostentatious. Below the two top trim levels, the Limited, SR5, and SR models round out the Tundra stable.
The new instrument cluster and center stack are also a warm welcome. The driver-oriented center stack features Toyota’s updated Entune infotainment system with either a 6.1- or 7.0-inch touch screen, depending upon trim level. The new system is quite easy to use with a split screen view showing both navigation and music information simultaneously. Touching either section brings it full screen for easier manipulation.
The center console itself is rich in features. The armrest features a great cell-phone holder with plenty of storage down below. Just forward of the gear selector is another storage spot with quick access to the two 12-volt power outlets and single USB/AUX input jack. That single USB/AUX input jack was our biggest complaint with the Tundra’s new cabin. Why have only one, especially when the competition has more USB ports than a DELL desktop from 2004?
Tundra’s optional JBL premium sound system, however, is worth its weight in classic vinyl albums. Plugging in my personal test mix, I was first greeted by the theme song from Apollo 13. James Horner never sounded so good. The clarity and depth of the music was simply outstanding. With the system turned off, any outside noises, rattles, tire hum, and wind noise weren’t intrusive. Only the bellowing 5.7-liter V-8 was perceivable.
That 5.7-liter V-8 returns for 2014 relatively unchanged – as do the 4.6-liter V-8 and 4.0-liter V-6.
Power ratings for all three engines are sadly back of the pack in 2014. The 5.7-liter comes in at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque; the 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque; and the aging 4.0-liter V-6 only musters up 270 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque.
Keep in mind the competition is only getting stronger with a completely new engine lineup from GM, Ford’s outstanding EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8, and Ram’s impressive Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and HEMI offerings – not to even mention Ram’s upcoming V-6 EcoDiesel.
But with the competition aside, the 5.7-liter equipped Tundras we drove felt very capable of pulling trailers up to its 10,400-pound limit. In fact, the Tundra is the only pickup whose max towing capacities conform to the strict SAE J2807 towing standards. The Tundra doesn’t bluff its numbers.
We got the chance to tow a bass boat and Airstream trailer, both weighing roughly 4,000 pounds. The 5.7-liter didn’t feel overly taxed or underpowered at any point. Pulling onto a road from a standstill didn’t present much problem with acceleration feeling only slightly more sluggish than when unladen. The extra weight didn’t bother the suspension either. The truck stayed level and bumps were soaked up without issue.
We then tortured the suspension of a TRD 4×4 model through a high-speed off road course. Loose sand and medium sized rocks were handled without a care. The Tundra’s stability control systems were somewhat noticeable in high-speed turns as the truck fought for grip, but they never cut power or impeded our fun.
The large Michelin tires did an admirable job propelling the truck up steep hills and through deep sand even in 2WD. Turns became much smoother when 4-wheel high was engaged and the front tires helped pull the Tundra’s nose around corners. The truck never seemed outmatched by the terrain we sent it over. Most impressively, we didn’t notice any squeaks or rattles inside the cabin of our abused pre-production test truck.
Buy-in price of a base model Tundra starts at $25,920 – some $1,850 higher than its closest competitor, but pricing gets more competitive within the more premium trim levels. Both top-line Platinum and 1794 Edition start at $44,270, while the Limited trim starts at $36,940 and mid-grade SR5 starts at $29,465.
Overall, we came away very impressed with the 2014 Tundra. Toyota certainly did their ergonomics and design homework to bring a fresh take on their full-size truck. Time will tell if the changes are enough to take on Ford, Chevy, and Ram. The Tundra has never been Toyota’s bread and butter sales maker, but it has the potential to strike a chord with truck buyers and steal away sales from the other guys.
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After being left to languish for years, the Impala has finally gotten a much-needed redesign. The new Impala features contemporary styling and a choice of direct-injected engines, including the venerable 3.6 liter V6, a new 2.5 liter 4-cylinder, and the 2.4 liter eAssist “mild hybrid” system found in other full-size GM cars. New technology includes an active noise cancellation system for four-cylinder models.
With 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, the drivetrain falls well short of the 288 horsepower offered up by the Ford Taurus, though it does so while returning significantly better fuel economy. GM Says the four-cylinder Impala will return 35 mpg highway, six mpg better than the full-size Ford.
Those who need a little extra grunt can step up to the company’s tried-and-true 3.6-liter V6 with 303 horsepower and 234 lb-ft of torque, and there’s also a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder available that produces 195 horsepower, while all three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Keep scrolling for the official press release from Chevrolet, and check our galleries of live and official images while you’re at it.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is built on the brands emblematic dual-cockpit interior. As you can view on the pictures below, the designer have put a greater attention to the details. In addition, they have included upscale features.
The new 2014 Impala is obviously all about comfort and refinement. This is due to the stronger body structure, designed to foster a quieter passenger environment and an enhanced feeling of quality. The stiffer architecture also offers refined ride and handling, which results bigger feeling of control and comfort.
In addition to all this, there is featured a comprehensive package of sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing which makes the 2014 Impala Chevrolet’s quietest full-size sedan.
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Lincoln has an image problem. We know it, Ford knows it. Shaking its rep for being little more than tarted-up Fords for old folks isn’t going to happen overnight. But if the 2013 Lincoln MKZ set to hit the stand at the 2012 New York auto show is any indication, it looks as though things are finally starting to move in the right direction for the storied American luxury brand.
The Lincoln MKZ Concept promotes the company’s design future with a style that the company describes as “elegant simplicity,” a language that’s “warmer and more restrained and moves away from complex designs and traditional luxury.”
Inside, the Lincoln MKZ Concept is the picture of a warm styling mixed in with a spacious four-seat configuration. The sweeping design of the instrument panel creates a visual and comfortable interior. Lincoln used a combination of poplar wood and aluminum in bright and satin finishes for the prevalent material, as well as leather help create a sculptural, luxurious and comfortable interior space. The leather seats have been dressed in a Champagne hue perforation patter with matching dark taupe accents.
As far as technology is concerned, the MKZ Concept comes with an innovative interior that features push-button transmission gear selection, an open, tiered center console, and liquid crystal instrumentation. In addition, a reconfigurable 10.1 Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD is also part of the set-up, positioned just ahead of the driver and operated with the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch system.
As for the engine line-up, Lincoln didn’t reveal details on what kind of powertrain the MKZ Concept carries, although we expect the 2013 MKZ to be powered by the same line found on the MKS: a standard 300 HP 3.7-liter V6 engine and an optional 355 twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
Lincoln has penciled a production date for the MKZ later this year. At this point, no price tag has been given yet.
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|Posted on 08.13.2013 14:00 by Simona|
Hyundai unveiled the HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and now plans to show it one more time at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The concept will be displayed on the Concept Lawn, which brings into focus some of the most innovative concepts of the moment and presents “future automobile development in the context of its gloried past.”
Each year only 20 concepts are accepted for displayed on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn, so having your vehicle presented there is a huge privilege. Before being accepted onto the lawn, each concept needs to pass rigorous Concours criteria for its overall design propriety and technological significance. Alongside the concept, the automaker needs to bring to the lawn the lead concept designers who will have to talk about the concept and to present their vision of the future automobile’s unlimited potential.
“The HCD-14 speaks powerfully in terms of both premium design trends and advanced driving technologies, making it a perfect fit for the Concept Lawn venue. We’re looking forward to hearing opinions from some of the world’s leading automotive enthusiasts on this ground-breaking concept from Hyundai.”
Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept to be Displayed at Pebble Beach Concours originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:00 EST.
The 2013 Scion FR-S, with its affordable $24,000 base price packed with value, is a true rear-wheel drive sports machine, not some vague imitation with front-wheel drive pretending to be a sports coupe.
The FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder boxer engine that can crank out 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,400-6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic, with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology, for an additional $900. EPA fuel economy ratings with the manual gearbox is 22 city/30 highway/25 combined mpg. Interestingly, the automatic transmission, which has some taller gears and the same final drive ratio as the manual, gets 25 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg according to EPA estimates.
Lightweight and nimble handling are FR-S cornerstones. This is accomplished with a favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity. Agile maneuverability and inspired handling are achieved with a tuned suspension setup consisting of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. Lightweight 17 7 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 215/45R17 summer tires and 11-inch ventilated disc brakes are standard on all four corners.
Further weight savings are accomplished with an aluminum hood, solid roof, and a real trunk instead of a hatchback design. The FR-S coupe weighs an impressive 2,758 pounds with the manual gearbox and 2,806 pounds when equipped with the automatic.
The 2013 Scion FR-S interior is a 2+2 seating configuration with a back seat about as useful as the backseat in an RX-8 – suitable for humans with very short legs or a couple bags of groceries. Of the three-gauge cluster, the large center-mounted tachometer dominates your attention and features a programmable shift indicator that lights up when redline is reached. The driver can set the warning to go off in 100 rpm increments starting at 2,000 rpm. Speed is displayed by both digital and analog gauges.
Connecting the driver to the dynamic machine is a performance oriented, 365mm diameter, leather-trimmed steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustments.
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Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Armada large SUVs due to incorrect or missing information about the vehicles’ rims. Also included in this recall are certain 2012 model year Nissan Titan full-size pickups.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 26,626. Documentation from Nissan (PDF) breaks down the numbers as follows: 11,365 Armadas, 15,261 Titans.
Affected vehicles were built at the automaker’s Canton, Mississippi plant from August 12, 2011 (start of production) through March 13, 2012. According to Nissan, vehicles built before and after these dates are not affected because their certification labels contain the specified information.
At issue is noncompliance with S4.3.3 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, specifically, that the rim size is not specified on the Part 567 Certification label.
The NHTSA bulletin indicates that omission of the rim size may lead to an incorrect tire and wheel combination, which may increased crash risk.
Also missing on the label (but specified on a separate Tire and Loading information placard) are specified tire size and label pressure. However, failure to show tire size and label pressure on the Part 567 Certification label is not a noncompliance.
What Nissan will do
Nissan will supply owners of affected vehicles with a new label and instructions on how to install it. Owners will also have the option of taking their vehicles to an authorized Nissan dealer to have the label installed at no charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin on or about May 14, 2012.
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Looks like Toyota and Gazoo Racing will be bringing more than just the Lexus LF-A to the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race this week. In a surprising announcement, the Japanese automaker will also bring their new mid-engine convertible hybrid concept to Nurburgring, which they’ve christened as the Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II.
An updated version of the first concept that was introduced at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is an MR2-based hybrid concept that features plenty of styling cues from the fabled MR2 sports car. It was also designed in a far more aggressive detail befitting of its status as a new-age hybrid concept car.
In addition to the advanced convertible design language of the car, Toyota and GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN2) also improved on the car’s mid-engine sports-hybrid AWD system that now carries a 3.5-liter Type 2GR-FXE V6 engine that produces 249 horsepower to go with a front electric motor that bumps up the output to 299 horsepower.
So far, these are the only details we have of the new Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, but rest assured, we’ll have more details when the car makes its official debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this weekend.
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