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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
BMW regards the latest generation – the seventh – of the 3 Series as its pride. After all, the 3 Series represents one of the cores of its sales, being one of the best-selling models at BMW. Thus, it is only natural for the company or its people to react if bad things are to be said about the all-new 3 Series.
Klaus Frohlich, the head of development at BMW, seemingly has been tired of hearing auto journalist and other people comparing the fifth and sixth generation of the 3 Series to the fourth generation. The fourth-gen 3 Series – with the codename E46 – has been regarded as the last true 3 Series, bearing the attributes that defined this model such as sportiness and dynamism as well as luxury and elegance. Many consider the generations after the E46 – like the E90 and the F30 – as not living up to the promise of the 3 Series.
Now, Frohlich is having none any of the complaints saying that the latest generation of the BMW 3 Series – the G20 – as inferior to the 3 Series E46. These bad reviews would be injustice to BMW’s development team headed by Frohlich. After all, the bad reviews on the E90 and F30 generations were what prompted BMW to make the newest generation much better, even surpassing the E46 models. In its press release for the all-new 3 Series, the carmaker said that the all signature characteristics of a BMW -- modern design, agile handling, exceptional efficiency and innovative features -- have been raised to a higher level.Read the entire article BMW wants no bad media reviews for the all-new 3-Series G20
Jaguar Land Rover fans can now drive some of the marque’s most classic vehicles. The automaker just launched a classic driving experience that will be held at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, UK. For a price, customers are eligible to spend the whole day test-driving classic models including the Jaguar E-Type, Land Rover Series I, and even their most famous 4x4s. Other models include the Range Rover Classic, Series I and Series III (introduced in 1971)
But that is not all. There will also be a selection of sportier cars from their sister company, Jaguar, such as the XK150 from the late 1950s, the Series I E-Type from the 1960s, a Series III E-Type from the 70s and another famous model, the Mk2.
To take part in this event, customers will have to be willing to spend £495 (around $647). As mentioned earlier, this will happen in and around Eastnor Castle estate, which is also where the automaker develops their modern off-roaders. Customers will be able to experience driving the company’s current models on the dirt tracks and the challenging slopes around the estate as well. While the company is allowing the public to drive their heritage models on off-road courses, Jaguar vehicles will only be allowed on metalled roads.Read the entire article A classic driving experience is waiting for Jaguar Land Rover fans at the UK’s Eastnor Castle
In 2011, Ford announced the retirement of certain vehicles including the Ford Crown Victoria, the Police Interceptor Sedan that is based on the Ford Taurus, and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility - vehicles that served as options for many police forces around the United States. But just recently, Ford introduced the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and the new F-150 Police Responder to further expand its range. And both models are now pursuit rated.
To become a pursuit rated vehicle, the car must go through a test that includes driving 32 laps around the Grattan Raceway. Undergoing these laps evaluates the vehicles’ features such as its durability, pertaining to how its powertrain, suspension, brake, and tire systems perform.
After going through tests, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which we first heard of in April, did better than the Crown Victoria when it comes to efficiency, and it is faster too. The former returns an EPA-estimated mile per gallon rating of 40 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined, while the latter does 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined rating.Read the entire article New Ford police vehicles – hybrid sedan and F-150 – are now pursuit rated
The company has named this software AutoPark, which basically works the way it sounds. This system automatically gets activated when the driver leaves the car and is left in gear. What happens is AutoPark will stop the car while leaving it on accessory mode - this will keep the radio and other feature stay active for 30 minutes before it shuts off. This feature will also be activated when the driver opens his door with the seat belts unbuckled. This software update was introduced back in April. However, cars that have this software were only released in the summer.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was not only put on the spot over the new shifter designs. They were in hot water last year when actor Anton Yelchin met a tragic accident. The problem with the new shifter is not because it is complicated to use, but because it does not tell the driver whether the car is already parked. This is a problem because drivers have gotten used to this for decades now, as it is a standard in all vehicles.
The reason for the outrage was because the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 266 crashed, 68 injuries, and 686 complaints were related to the electronic shifters that were the same as that on Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. After the incident, the company had to recall a total of 1.1 million vehicles in April 2016, so that they could upgrade the software on the shifter designs.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler 300 gets software updates, now recommended again by Consumer Reports
Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the company, it seems like the sports sedan will be at par with Mercedes and BMW’s new offerings.
Firstly, the said model has been equipped with a powerful 3.3 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). To prove those numbers, the company decided to take the Stinger out for a drive at no other than the Nurburgring. One thing we know is that only the good sports sedans head to that track to prove themselves worthwhile.
So, the Kia Stinger proved itself right as it went through 480 laps and over 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring in a span of a few weeks. But that’s not all, as the diesel-powered Stinger also sprinted around the Green Hell for double the distance - that is 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers). We owe thanks to the Kia designers and engineers for ensuring that the aerodynamically sport sedans were made to perform as we expect them to. With all that mileage used up during the test phase, we are pretty confident with the Kia Stinger’s stamina.Read the entire article Prototypes of the Kia Stinger took on the Nurburgring with 480 laps of hard testing
The BMW New Class of automobiles are considered as adorable boxy premiums. It was a generation of automobiles produced around 1962 and 1977 that has spawned the BMW 2002, which is treated as a must-have for the loyal BMW patrons. The New Class cars consists of models that include the 1500, 1600, 1800 and 2000 models- the last of which gave us the coveted 2002.
2002's powerful 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine and its lightweight features proved to be irresistible to many car enthusiasts. Moreover, it’s difficult to find these cars in good shape because there’s intense competition in getting the amazing models. The so-so models will require plenty of modifications to be considered at par.
Now, the American comedian Jay Leno has brought this modded 2000 beauty in his garage. This particular BMW 2002 was made by the Bavarian Workshop, and the automobile was built for a certain customer who preferred to see their father's car restored back to its former glory. The automobile was not driven for many years, but nevertheless was in a good shape. This made it the perfect candidate to be modified.Read the entire article Jay Leno welcomes BMW 2002 restomod to his garage [w/video]
The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you were not one of the first few hundreds to sign up for the test-drive.
What I mean is that if you purchase a Tesla Model S online or at the showroom, there is a higher chance of you getting your vehicle way ahead of time, than you getting that 20- to 30-minute test drive. In fact, the wait list is so long that it would take six months for those who signed up last. And nope, that was not a typing error when I wrote six months.
The reason behind this is that Tesla only has two showrooms in South Korea, and both of them are fairly new. Each showroom can only accommodate around 10 test drives per day, giving each person the chance to take the car out for a drive for about 20-30 mins. So, ten times two, that’s just twenty people per day for the whole nation. Having said that, there’s probably around 3,600 people in line to test drive the Model S. And the only way to fix that problem is for Tesla to open more showrooms, or to accommodate more people per day.Read the entire article There’s a six-month waiting list to test drive Tesla’s Model S in South Korea
And the best car brand for this year goes again to Audi! If there’s anything we can count on to tell us which among the automotive brands makes the best cars, it’s Consumer Reports. For two years in a row, Audi claimed the highest spot in the annual ranking of car brands. Audi is trailed closely by Porsche, BMW and Lexus. Audi has the highest overall score of 81 against Porsche with 78 and both BMW and Lexus getting 77.
The fifth spot went to Subaru with the score of 74 while the remaining six out of ten spots went to Kia Mazda, Tesla and Buick. Luckily for Porsche and BMW, the two were able to show significant improvement in their ratings as compared to last year. The overall scores are basically a combination of several factors such as safety, predicted reliability, road tests and owner satisfaction rating. So while Audi got the highest total score in the overall ranking, Porsche got a higher score in the road test with 88 points while both Audi and BMW got 86 in the same category.
The top five car brands from last year are actually the same group this year. Only the rankings changed. Subaru has lost two spots this year. Porsche and BMW went up by two slots while Lexus has moved down by one. Meanwhile, Tesla takes the lead when it comes to the highest US automotive brand this year after having earned the 8th position with a road test score of 88 points and overall score of 73 points.Read the entire article Audi is named best overall car brand for 2017, Tesla is ranked highest among US brands
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
There are many reasons why customers purchase a brand-new car. It could be the likelihood of no-hassle ownership or the fewer instances of service problems over time. But while there’s no guarantee of perfection, we all still want to get the most value for our money.
Consumer Reports recently released its 2016 Annual Auto Survey, which lists the 10 least reliable vehicles. These car owners face the highest risk of visiting their dealerships sooner and more frequently than others.
The same survey considers the different factors that can go wrong, specifically in 17 trouble areas. These include simple nuisances like an interior trim that is broken or noisy brakes, all the way to major problem areas like issues with the 4-wheel drive systems or transmission repairs no longer covered with warranty.Read the entire article 2016 Consumer Reports Survey of the 10 Least Reliable Cars
Tesla is one of the leaders of manufacturing electric vehicles. It has since been doing various developments in perfecting its autopilot system and has even started to venture out into autonomous or self-driving cars. The American automaker’s futuristic mindset is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Now Tesla is under fire after a fatal accident occurred early this year that involved their autopilot system. On May 7, 40-year old ex-Navy SEAL Joshua Brown met his unfortunate end after his Tesla Model S on autopilot mode nearly collided with a truck before tumbling a few yards away.
Since then, Tesla has been under NHTSA’s scrutiny because its self-driving system has been pinpointed as one of the main reasons for the accident; the brake and forward-collision warning functions on Brown’s Model S seemed to have not worked as it should, thus resulting to the man’s death. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also been keeping its eye on Tesla after the American automaker failed to report the accident which most people believe would potentially decrease their stock prices and lose investors. Now, non-profit product evaluating American magazine Consumer Reports has been calling for Tesla to make changes on the way that the automaker has advertised its self-driving cars to the public.Read the entire article Consumer Reports Calls on Tesla to Deactivate Autopilot System
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
The Consumer Reports has released its 2015 Car Brand Report Cards which ranks the different automobile manufacturers worldwide in terms of various factors. The first is the raid test performance which gets the average of the results from the test conducted by Consumer Reports on the different brands.
Another major factor considered is reliability which shows how each car, on average, is able to hold up. These two main factors, plus a host of other ones, are then combined to come out with an overall score which forms the basis for the ranking.
The results showed that Lexus has retained the top position it got last year too. Rounding out the top 5 list, in order, are Mazda, Toyota, Audi, and Subaru. The bottom 5 included Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Mini, and Jeep. However, some brands were not included in the ranking as according to Consumer Reports there was insufficient data in order for them to be part of the review.Read the entire article Consumer Reports releases 2015 car brand rankings
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
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