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When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.
We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.
Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.Read the entire article Lexus reinvents itself by marrying sportiness and luxury with LC 500 grand touring coupe
The race for delivering street-wise autonomous vehicles is heating up as Mercedes-Benz recently received permission from the German government to conduct on-the-road tests of its experimental units.
This isn’t the first time that Mercedes-Benz was granted permission to test its autonomous vehicles. However, the latest approval involves the next generation of the carmaker’s autonomous prototypes, now installed with its newest software dubbed as Daimler Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (DAVOS). These autonomous prototypes are derived from the Mercedes-Benz V-Class (Viano) mid-size passenger van. These test vehicles are fitted with advanced Lidar sensors to allow the DAVOS software to do its work. DAVOS employs a graphic processor and deep-learning technologies to perform as expected.
With these technical specs, these new autonomous prototypes should be able to theoretically operate by themselves. However, two specially trained drivers will be on board each test car for safety reasons. By having these prototypes deployed in real-world conditions, Mercedes engineers would be able to fine-tune the DAVOS software.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz gets permission to test autonomous cars in Germany
When it comes to being the top crossover, there are only two models that can confidently say they have been in the market for at least 20 years. This is the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. It really does not come as a surprise to know why these two are also the most popular.
Many are likely familiar with the fact that utility vehicles had a start during the 1970s with the 4x4s. However as more customers demanded vehicles that offer better ride, displays improved fuel economy, and comes with the latest in infotainment and electronic systems, this has led to crossovers entering the market.
For the 2017 CR-V in particular, Consumer Reports reveals that while the prior generation had a rather bland interior, the new version has a cabin that is not only plush, but classy as well. According to Honda, when they developed the new CR-V, they wanted a crossover utility vehicle that would be fitting for the upmarket. It is no wonder then that the 2017 CR-V not only has a cabin that is quieter but it is also a model that delivers a better ride. This was a result of two things with the first being an excellent usage of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) engineering and the second the inclusion of an active noise cancelling system. Honda however was apparently not done with this as the brand managed to give the CR-V a more enjoyable drive by using qualities previously seen on the Civic.Read the entire article Consumer Reports predicts the new 2017 Honda CR-V will be a bestseller
Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Test Drive: Striking The Perfect Balance Of Luxury And Performance
After British brand Bentley Motors became a part of Volkswagen in 1998, the first model that it came out with was the Bentley Continental Grand Tourer (GT). It has been produced in volumes since 2003 – the first Bentley really to be given the mass-production treatment. Notably, it shares a platform with the Volkswagen Phaeton. It could be differentiated from the previous Continental R & T models by looking at how it was conceptualized.
It’s believed that Bentley’s transformation into a major brand known all over the world is largely credited to the success of the Continental GT. It isn’t a coach-built vehicle and while it is mass-produced, a substantial part of the entire process is still accomplished by hand. By doing this, Bentley was able to sell it in a much lower price – approximately half of the cost of a Continental R.
Because of its affordability, it drew in plenty of new customers from a wider demographic. It was at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003 that the Continental GT was introduced. The first-generation Continental GTC received excellent reviews and its elegance impressed consumers as well as the important players in the auto industry. The excitement for this new grand tourer was mostly centered on its impeccable silhouette – a trademark of Bentley’s famed convertible range.Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Test Drive: Striking The Perfect Balance Of Luxury And Performance
How the new 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO made its global debut is quite unusual as its arrival at ZDAYZ came as a surprise. Everyone was astonished as it was unveiled at this yearly event attended by those who either own or are fans of Nissan, Datsun and NISMO vehicles.
The mood at the gathering turned into a frenzy when the new 370Z NISMO model was shown and especially when its specs were announced. Aside from the improvements inside and outside, it came with a broader lineup that includes new 370Z NISMO Tech grade as well as both 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmissions.
Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said that the decision to have its world debut in front of this crowd composed of its “most loyal and enthusiast owners” was only fitting because the brand considers NISMO to be the “heart and soul” of its performance whether it’s driving on the track or on the road.Read the entire article 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Test Drive: The Four Wheels Japanese Warrior
Buyers get added value with the Porsche Boxster GTS as it offers even more power generated by its engines as well as a longer list of standard equipment. It’s the first time for a GTS badge to be attached to an open-top model from the brand.
Porsche Boxster GTS, which was launched in 2014, costs from 71,258 euros (inclusive of VAT). What makes this model a stand-out is a distinct sportiness, which includes the use of prominent lines at the front, clear contours, and air intakes that are very hard to miss due to their size.
It also comes with a set of smoked LED daytime running lights and position lights designed specifically for the GTS. Now offered as standard on this model is a set of Bi-Xenon headlights that operate with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).Read the entire article 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Test Drive - Performance Highlights
Marking the first time for an open-top Porsche model to come with a GTS badge, the Boxster GTS is available with more powerful engines and more equipment offered as standard. Introduced in 2014, the Porsche Boxster GTS has a MSRP of $78,500 in the United States, when equipped with the PDK transmission.
The standard interior uses leather in minimalist black. It is standard for the Boxster and Boxster S to get the three-spoke sports steering wheel.
Two ergonomic switches benefit those who request the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). If the Sport Chrono Package and PDK options are selected, there would be an extra display on top of the airbag module to indicate if the SPORT, SPORT PLUS and Launch Control functions have been turned on.Read the entire article 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Test Drive: A Supercar in Disguise
The latest Range Rover model has all the trademark elements seen in the previous versions but somehow, its designers were able to build on them and create a fresh style while keeping its elegant nature.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern said that with the passing of four decades, the brand felt the need to preserve the icon’s DNA in creating the next-gen model. He shared that the group that handled its design sought to retain its classy measurements and untainted surfaces in order to keep its identity as a Range Rover.
Every aspect of the new model’s engineering was revamped with the primary goal of making the most capable model yet. At the center of this undertaking is the next-generation Land Rover's Terrain Response system that is a pioneer in the industry.Read the entire article See why Range Rover's interior is the most luxurious among SUVs
While the 4th generation Range Rover can’t be mistaken for any other model, merely glancing at it makes the viewer detect a certain freshness about it. At the Paris Show in September 2012 where it was launched, countless people visited the automaker’s booth to see just how the first SUV in the world to have a lightweight all-aluminum monocoque body structure would look.
They were not disappointed since the Range Rover still has its original iconic design and its adventurous essence; however, it was built from the ground up. Its lines remain elegant and clean but it’s apparent that its design elements were given a new twist.
This Range Rover reflects the brand’s intention to bring its look a step forward in its evolution timeline. If anyone were to ask an expert or an avid fan on what makes the Range Rover distinctive, the answer would probably be its trio of lines on the lower accent graphic, its unbroken midline, and a ‘floating’ roofline.Read the entire article 2015 Range Rover HSE: extreme test drive on the Dubai dunes
No other sport utility vehicle in history can claim that it is as tough as it is luxurious. Only the Range Rover model built by British automaker Land Rover holds a reputation of providing unrivalled off-road capabilities from a four-wheel drive SUV while offering the highest level of comfort and convenience.
The motoring industry has not been the same ever since the first-generation Range Rover was launched in 1970. Unsurprisingly, production of this model only ended in 1996. The second generation arrived 25 years after the first model rolled out.
It came with improved Rover V8 engines as well as with a 2.5 BMW turbo diesel. Upgrades were made just so it could be successful in rising above its competition, which includes several Japan-produced models and the G Klasse.Read the entire article 2015 Range Rover HSE Test Drive In The Dubai Desert
Buick has launched the “24 Hours of Happiness" – a test-drive program that allows customers to take test-drive vehicles home overnight. The automaker has planned a national advertising campaign that includes TV ads. The automaker is urging dealerships to enrol in this program. But rather than being a promotion that’s short-term, Buick actually intends for this to be a long-term strategy.
This offer is a “long-term brand promise,” according to Buick brand chief Duncan Aldred. He made the decision to push through with this program on the national level after he received positive customer feedback from a pilot program that was recently conducted in the Phoenix area. When interviewed, Aldred said that this move proves to customers that they’re really confident in their vehicles.
This concept of a 24-hour test drive isn’t a new one. In 2003 to 2004, GM had a similar campaign across its brands. GM went beyond and offered to give $250 to anyone who had test-driven a GM vehicle but decided to later on buy from a rival. GM had focused on boosting sales. For the 8-month period of the promotion in 2003, it recorded more than 500,000 extended test drives.Read the entire article Buick lets you test-drive their vehicles for 24 hours
An experiment is underway to test self-driving vehicles on a portion of the A9 autobahn that connect Berlin and Munich, according to Transportation Ministry spokesman Ingo Strater. The experiment would the first to be done on a stretch of public highway, an unrestricted one nonetheless. Strater remarked that the German auto industry has recognized that field of driverless vehicles is developing, adding that the government would want to support that.
The driverless section in the autobahn underscores the current push for cars that don’t need the drivers’ intervention when on the move. According to Strater, the project would allow autonomous cars cruising on the test section of the autobahn to communicate with each other as well as with the infrastructure itself. He said that the goal will be to link the road and the vehicles to cut traffic jams and improve road safety.
The autonomous autobahn project will initially include testing sensors, measuring systems and vehicle communication, according to the Transport Ministry. The first autonomous car to cruise the autobahn may not happen before the end of the year.Read the entire article Section of A9 Autobahn to be used for testing self-driving vehicles
Although the new halo car for Lexus, it appears that the specialized media is not too interested in the new RC sports coupe. The Japanese company notified journalists that a new-car test-drive event was canceled and the reason is quite unusual: lack of interest. What’s more interesting is that both Japanese and non-Japanese media were invited.
For those who don’t know, the Lexus RC sports coupe was unveiled last year and is inspired by the LF-LC Concept. Lexus will offer its new coupe in two versions, the RC 350 powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 306 hp (236 kW) and 227 lb-ft (375 lb-ft) of torque and the hybrid RC 300h, which uses a 2.5-liter engine.
The most powerful version of the RC Coupe will be the RC F Coupe. This model is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine which delivers more than 450 hp and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque.Read the entire article Journalists are not too interested to test drive the Lexus RC sports coupe
From Oct. 11 to Dec. 21, 2014, people in 38 cities across the United States could participate in 20,000 test drives of the new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup. The program – dubbed as “Built Ford Tough Roundup” -- part of the carmaker’s bid demonstrate the truck’s abilities and capture buyers for it.
Twenty-six of the 26 cities have already commenced the program. According to Ford spokesman Mike Levine, the test drives could happen at shopping malls or big-box retail stores. During the test drive, participants will be accompanied by product experts to explain the truck’s features, including its Ford-claimed best-in-class towing and payload capabilities.
The program will also allow Ford to demonstrate the performance benefits gained from the aluminum shift as well as educate customers who might be concerned of the metal’s toughness compared to steel. The 2015 F-150 is up to 700 lbs lighter than the outgoing version and has up to 900 lbs more towing power – at 12,200 lbs – than the 2014 model.Read the entire article Ford will offer 2015 F-150 test drives in 38 US cities until December
Mitsubishi Motors has completed another stage of testing during the development of Outlander PHEV, this time letting the vehicle experience cold weather in Russia for two months. The testing was part of the goal to make the Outlander PHEV a truly global vehicle that could thrive in all possible driving conditions in all regions in the world.
Prior to the Russia testing, the Outlander PHEV already went hot weather testing in the United States and cold weather assessment in Canada. Three test cars accumulated over 30,000 km during over eight weeks of testing in Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, where they were subjected to a very low temperature of below -30° C and snow-covered road surfaces.
Despite the harsh weather, the Outlander still managed to eke out a good performance, with no issues for the charging system. Mitsubishi’s engineering team has already subjected the Outlander PHEV to places where conventional EVs thrive, testing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on various road surfaces.Read the entire article Mitsubishi completes Russia cold weather testing of Outlander PHEV
General Motors will provide a $5,000 incentive to Cadillac dealers who would offer test drives of its ELR plug-in hybrid. Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said the offer, dubbed as Demonstrator Allowance Program, is designed as a tactical move to attract more test drives of the ELR, who was off to a slow start following its launch.
Caldwell said GM initiated the program due to the “newness of the ELR,” adding that that it is a “different brand.” GM is also offering discounts of up to $3,000 to customers, according to recent report by The Wall Street Journal. ELR inventories are steadily rising, with around 1,700 ELR coupe models in stock at the end of April, equivalent to a 725-day supply, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Caldwell remarked that GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck site that builds the ELR has had heavier production since the start of 2014 it will in the summer or fall. Industry analysts, however, view things differently. Cadillac started selling the ELR in late December for a starting price of $75,995 -- including shipping – something which analysts and dealers didn’t welcome.Read the entire article GM to launch incentive program for Cadillac ELR test drives to boost sales
First launched back in 1995, the Renault Megane has been on the market for almost 20 years and continues to be quite a rival for its German competitors and other players on the market. Last week, we had the chance to test the 2014 Renault Megane Facelift, which was launched back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we must admit that we were quite impressed with the car. We had the chance to drive this model last week in Spain, where we also visited the Palencia site, the place where Renault builds the Megane.
For those of you who do not know yet, the latest facelift includes a larger and more prominent Renault badge, a redesigned bumper and a new bonnet, but also new daytime running lights and redesigned headlights. Although these are the only made at the exterior, this is a sophisticated makeover, which boosts the image of the Megane.
A reversing camera helped us park the cars and avoid any obstacles found behind the vehicles. But this is not all, as the Megane comes with a reversing radar too, able to show the drivers how close they are to an obstacle via a sound alert.Read the entire article 2014 Renault Megane Review: A Facelift In Its True Meaning
In each Romanian's mind, Dacia is one of the inland brands of highest pride today. It's course has been spectacular since Renault took over the lead. We can say that is one of the best export products that brings honor abroad.
Developers have taken the plunge and launched some interesting models. One of them is Dacia Duster, which registered a brilliant success. Dacia Duster was first launched in 2010 and, so far, over 450,000 customers have been convinced by the car.
New Dacia Duster Facelift made its debut in September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and has a starting price lower than the previous model, ie €10,900 . Duster Facelift retains all the qualities of its predecessor, introducing though a new design that can be observed in details, such as a new grille, a new lower-set air intake and redesigned headlamps that integrate daytime running lights. The SUV character of the car is enhanced by new roof bars, which bear the inscription Duster.Read the entire article Dacia Duster Facelift Review: Evolution, Personality and 100% Off-Road
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