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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is an Homage to McQueen

On the 50th anniversary of the cult classic “Bullitt,” Ford announced the launched of something really special. The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt limited edition is an homage to the movie and its iconic star, Steve McQueen. With unique looks and enhanced specs, the modern Bullitt Mustang is going to be one of the hottest special editions of this car ever built. 

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was introduced at the North American International Auto Show alongside the original movie car, accompanied by a film created by Molly McQueen. Obviously, the exterior color is a direct tribute to the original Bullitt Mustang – classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint and subtle chrome accents. You can, of course, order this model in other colors as well, but that kind of ruins the whole point of it. The same goes for the interior and its optional RECARO black leather-trimmed seats with unique green accent stitching. Unless you get these the whole Bullitt theme does not make much sense.

What every 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt gets, though, is a tricked-out 5.0-liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It features active valve performance exhaust system with Black NitroPlate tips, new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration. In terms of equipment, too, the Bullitt edition beats the standard GT with heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster modified to feature Bullitt-themed graphics, plus Bullitt Electronics Package with navigation and sound system.

“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”








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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Unveiled, Priced from $18,545

The compact sedan market in the U.S. has just got a whole lot more interesting. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, unveiled on the eve of Detroit Motor Show, is not only much improved over the outgoing model, it is also cheaper. The Koreans are going to have a tough time dealing with this little German. 

This four-door sedan with a coupe-like silhouette, upmarket looks and tons of tech features starts at just $18,545. You can find cars cheaper than the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, but you would be hard pressed to find one that offers such a compelling package. The exterior design with its bold face and short overhangs has a really upscale feel to it. The interior features a modern design and premium materials. And the excellent MQB structure of the car is backed by a superb 1.4 liter TSI engine.

The 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta produces 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque – decent figures for a car in this class. The sedan is front-wheel drive, and you can have it with either a a new standard six-speed manual transmission, or an eight-speed automatic transmission which has standard Start/Stop system.







But the real trump card of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the number of available tech features. If you spec this car up right, you can end up with Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, and Light Assist, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, 10-color ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated leather seats, and 400-watt BeatsAudio system, and even a class exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The new Jetta will reach the showrooms  in the second quarter of 2018 in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes G-Class Goes Official in Detroit

With a lot of pomp and circumstance, and with a guest appearance from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daimler unveiled the new 2019 Mercedes G-Class at the Detroit Motor Show. The much improved G-Wagen looks almost identical to its predecessor, and that is a good thing. 

Everybody’s happy that Mercedes didn’t give in to temptations for a radical redesign of this icon. Granted, 2019 Mercedes G-Class does look a little cuddlier around the front, but that is about the biggest change in styling you can find. The rest is just softening the rough edges and making the whole thing more round and nice. Inside the cabin, however, changes have been more profound and very welcome. The entirely new cabin of the G-Class looks better than the outgoing model and features more tech and better ergonomics.

Among the main highlights of the 2019 Mercedes G-Class inside the cabin there is the double display feature for infotainment and instruments, a design that will be implemented on all new models over the next few years. The legendary off-roader also comes with a new suspension and full LED lights, not to mention more space for people and their luggage. The chassis is partly developed by AMG and boasts independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. This and the electronic aids of the DYNAMIC SELECT system make the new G-Class even more amazing offroad and a lot better on it as well.

The 2019 G-Class launches in the U.S. in G 550 guise featuring a 420 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine with 450 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter which is the optimum choice for offroading. It is rare for a new version of a universally beloved car not to be disappointing. But the Big G pulls it off. It’s pretty much perfect!

“Enhancing an icon such as the G-Class in technological terms was both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. Each part and every bolt came under close scrutiny,” explains Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Product Group at Mercedes-Benz. “With the body, our main focus was on increasing the vehicle rigidity and the connections between the suspension and drivetrain with the ladder-type frame.”









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PostHeaderIcon Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile

Tesla has found itself in the middle of a new controversy, though the issue has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology going awry. The issue at hand revolves around the Model 3’s headliner and the material that’s being used on it. Apparently, some owners who have taken delivery of their Model 3’s were surprised to see that the headliner in their cars was covered by weaved textile as opposed to Alcantara.

The issue is cosmetic in nature, but it still left a handful of new Premium Model 3 owners fuming over what they believe to be a bait-and-switch tactic that Tesla is using to sell its new model. While the electric car maker didn’t explicitly say that the Model 3’s headliner would be covered in Alcantara, glam photos of the car’s interior reveal what looks like Alcantara headliner. Unless somebody in the company’s marketing department made a mistake with these photos, it does look like Tesla made the switch in purpose, possibly due to a shortage in Alcantara.

The company came out with a statement on this issue, except that it didn’t address the issue directly. Instead, it admitted that “all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner” found in the Model S and Model X, and that this material “has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That’s true in some aspects because base Model 3s use textile as a standard finish. The problem is that the base Model 3 is not yet available. The variant that’s in the market is the Premium Model 3, which is being advertised as having “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” There’s also something to be said for showing images of the car with an Alcantara headliner and then pivoting to the less-premium textile headliner in the actual car.

It’s hard enough for customers to buy or put reservations on a Model 3 without actually seeing one in the flesh, It doesn’t help that they’re getting unexpected changes to what they think they’re buying, even if it’s something as trivial as the headliner material. Tesla needs to make this right.

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PostHeaderIcon New Toyota And Lexus Vehicles To Get Amazon Alexa; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Still No Go

These days, having the right infotainment and onboard technology is critical to new car sales, as evidenced by the huge number of automakers present at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The latest comes from Toyota and Lexus, which just announced it would equip “select” models with advanced feature control courtesy of Amazon Alexa.

For those of you who may be unaware, Amazon Alexa is the online retain giant’s personal digital assistant. First used in the Amazon Echo, Alexa is able to provide a host of services via voice command, including music playback, the creation of to-do lists, alarm setting, real-time traffic status, and news. If properly integrated with devices and systems at home, Alexa can also perform other tasks, such as adjusting the temperature settings for the heater and A/C.

In total, Amazon Alexa can connect to “thousands” of things for added digital convenience. As for in-car features, Alexa can handle all the basics, such as remote door lock and unlock, as well as remote engine start and basic smartphone operation.

Starting this year, Amazon Alexa will be included with new Toyota vehicles equipped with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, as well as new Lexus vehicles equipped with the Enform App Suite 2.0. Toyota says the lineup of Alexa-equipped models will expand in 2019.

Meanwhile, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still not included in Toyota’s lineup, which is a bit of a head-scratcher considering the platforms are two of the most popular smartphone support systems for modern passenger cars today. It’s great that Toyota and Lexus are stepping up their connectivity game, but with competitors flocking to Android and Apple, we can’t help but wonder how far Alexa will actually carry the brand in terms of winning over consumers.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Ranger Revealed with New Looks, More Tech

Detroit Motor Show this year sees the debut of the new 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The favorite of mid-size truckers comes with upscale, handsome looks and a lot more tech features than before. What’s more, it is one of toughest vehicles in its class thanks to its “Built Ford Tough” construction. 

Basically, what Built Ford Tough means is that the 2019 Ford Ranger is built to take some serious punishment. It features a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone and has been torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks. The muscular and athletic body reflects the rough and tumble soul of this car. So whatever your business or adventure is, the new Ranger should be able to take care of it for years to come.

Mechanically, the truck launches with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. These are complemented with available FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging. 2019 Ford Ranger boasts Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models. So even with two driven wheels you can do some serious off roading.






In terms of technology, an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC 3 system is the least of the features you get. Depending on the trim level, you can get Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System. The new Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trims. Optional packages include Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road.

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PostHeaderIcon X-Tomi’s Rendering of a Three-Door Urus Proves Lamborghini Should Make One

We’re still coming to grips with the long-awaited arrival of the Lamborghini Urus, but that hasn’t stopped artist X-Tomi Design from making us crave once again for a Urus model that may not even come. Just as soon as Lamborghini unveiled the four-door Urus, the rendering genius decided to create a different version of the super SUV, one that has two doors instead of four. This is what a two-door Lamborghini Urus looks like, and it looks incredible.


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“The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality”

Before anybody gets their hopes up, a point of order is in order. Lamborghini has made no plans of developing a two-door version of the Urus. It’s not in the cards, at least as far as we know. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish for one, especially after seeing X-Tomi Design’s rendering. The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality. That’s not to say that the current four-door Urus looks bland and upright — it’s sexy in its own way — but the two-door version looks sleeker and sexier. In other words, it looks like a proper Lamborghini.

That said, going the route of a two-door setup does have its disadvantages, specifically when it comes to space. Part of what makes the current Urus special is that it has a luxurious interior that goes well with the aggressive exterior. A two-door version could still produce that luxury element, but it’s going to come at the cost of less space in the cabin, particularly in the rear section the high point of luxury is more prominently shown. Lamborghini would have to give up that aspect of the current Urus’ offering if it goes in the direction of a two-door version.


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In the event it does offer a two-door Urus in the future, it’s going to enter a market that isn’t as populated as the four-door segment. By and large, companies that have launched two-door SUVs have seen their models crash and burn. The two-door version of the Range Rover Evoque has managed to remain relevant, but the list of crossovers and SUVs that had a similar configuration reads like the obituary section of the Sunday newspaper. Very few models lasted the test of time because customers didn’t want them. A two-door Urus can be an exception because it’s a Lamborghini. Its reputation as a performance car brand allows it to circumvent the usual advantages associated with four-door SUVs, including cabin and cargo space. No one’s going to mistake the Urus for a people-carrier because it really isn’t one in the first place. It’s a high-riding supercar that’s packaged as a four-door SUV.

Know what could potentially be better than that? Get rid of the two rear doors and unleash the Urus as the 650-horsepower super SUV that it really is.

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PostHeaderIcon Only in Russia: Drunk Man Crashes Stolen Tank into Store; Proceeds to Steal a Bottle of Wine

Stealing cars is a pretty common occurrence all over the world. But stealing a tank? That rarely happens, that is unless you live in Russia where bizarre crimes happen more often than you think. That was the case in Russia where a man stole an armored personnel carrier and rammed it into a grocery store, all because he wanted to steal a bottle of wine.

The crazy caper was caught on video by witnesses to the crime, a lot of whom, according to Reuters, described the criminal as being inebriated when he crates the combat vehicle into the unsuspecting store. Apparently, the man got his hands on the APC while it was parked in a “motorsport training ground.” From there, he drove the military vehicle through a forest and into the town before setting his sights on the convenience store. Along the way, he crushed and damaged a few cars, including a Daewoo that was completely flattened.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the man’s reckless behavior. The building itself received relatively little damage considering that a tank drove into it. Videos taken during the act also show onlookers not looking particularly concerned that a military vehicle was laying waste to its town. Some people walked nonchalantly by, sometimes getting within arm’s reach of the vehicle without even acting surprised about what they’re seeing. The man ended up getting arrested while he was still holding on to his stolen wine, putting a cork to this bizarre episode.


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PostHeaderIcon Elements of a Great Motoring Experience

Driving, observed superficially, is a monotonous job one needs to do in order to get to one’s destination. But with a little bit of care and effort this seemingly boring task could be turned in an amazing experience. It could refresh you, put you in a good mood, and prepare you for the day ahead. After all, there is a reason why people “go for a drive” just for the fun of it.

What you need to take into account, though, is that like everything else worth doing, there are a number of conditions to a joyful and invigorating drive. Of course, it does first and foremost depend on the mood of the driver, and not every drive can be made exquisite. But by following the practices of a great motoring experience one can ensure that all is in order when the mood strikes and the opportunity presents itself. Below we list some of the most important elements of an excellent drive…

Maintenance

What puts most people off when it comes to cars and driving in general is having to deal with mechanical niggles that requires them to spend time and money to address them. Poor condition of a vehicle can also spoil what could be the drive of a lifetime. That is why proper maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle is of utmost important. It should be the first item on a serious motorists’ list of things to check to the optimum driving experience. The best course of action, of course, is to adhere to the service timetables presented to you by the manufacturer of your car. This practice will keep the machine in tiptop condition at all times, ready to give you that sweet sensation that only driving a good car on a good road can offer.

Route & Scenery

It might seem odd that we have included the route in our list of elements of great motoring, but bear with us. It is true that unless you are setting off with the sole purpose of enjoying a drive the route you take is often not in your power to choose. But the only thing external forces can dictate to you is the destination. By taking a few minutes and studying the map on your satellite navigation system you can choose a route that is most suitable to a great drive. You want the route with the least traffic, obviously, and you can choose which route best suits your current mood. If you fancy a bit of G force, pick a road with a lot of bends and chicanes. If on the other hand you desire some serious speed, look for the route with the longest straight. And if all you want is to relax and clear your mind, pick scenic route.

Music

We don’t know why, but our favorite tunes always sound a lot better when we listen to them driving along our favourite road in a favourite car. Proper music goes a long way to enhance your driving experience, which is why we never trust the radio to do the job. These days we all have our music collection on our phones, which is ideal, because it enables us to instantly pick a tune in tune with the moos we’re in. Of course, you need to make sure your audio system is smartphone compatible for this. But even if it isn’t, there are all sort of aftermarket kits that will do the job. There is a little proviso with this element of great motoring, however, and  that has to do with how music can alter mood. While driving you want to have all your faculties focused on the job. If a song or piece of music has a profound effect on you, it’d be better not to listen to it in the car.

Driving Gear

Granted, it is kind of ridiculous to dress up and put on special gear for a drive. But if you enjoy this, by all means indulge in it. This is especially true of classic car drivers who may want to first put on their goggles and driving gloves before setting off. It is not all about personal accessories, either. Every driver can enhance their motoring experience by getting the proper smartphone kit, cup holders, even sun visors and window int. It is these little details that add up to make a big difference in the way a simple drive might feel. Some, of course, go further and modify stuff like the gear shift or even steering wheels and pedals in order to have a more “personalized” take on the task.

The Car Itself

Last but not least, the vehicle with which you go in search of that sensational drive has to have the right specs for what you are after. If have a family sedan, a nice and relaxing drive could give you a kick. If you have a sports car, a spirited drive around the B-roads is the thing to do. SUV owners find that a spot of light off-roading in the country will make them feel better about purchasing a 4×4 vehicle when they live in the city center. You don’t necessarily have to have a big, expensive car to enjoy a good drive. With the right mindset every car on every road can give you a proper driver’s high!

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: McLaren 570GT Sport Pack

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Quick Specs

The Mazda3 has been around since 2003, but the current version debuted for the 2014 model year. Thankfully, Mazda hasn’t let it trudge through the last four years unchanged. Small updates each year have kept it fresh. The same is true for the 2018 model year, which is exactly why I wanted to test the latest version. Parked in my driveway is a 2018 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring coated in Soul Red Metallic and equipped with the six-speed automatic and the well-equipped Premium Package.

Like before, the Grand Touring trim is the highest of the Mazda3 range, and when combined with the Premium Package, offers some pretty nice features, creature comforts, and a strikingly classy ambiance for well under $30,000. But before I dive into my subjective thoughts and impressions, I wanted to cover the objective stats and specs of this Japanese hatchback.

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Exterior Specs


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The 2018 Mazda3 5-Door is a compact hatchback with a small footprint. With a total length of 180 inches, the 3 will fit just about anywhere. Yet, thanks to its wheelbase of 106.3 inches and track of 61 inches, it has a stable ride at highway speeds and around corners. Best of all, the car is pretty light at only 3,098 pounds. That means its 184-horsepower four-cylinder has less to move. It also helps with fuel economy, too.

Wheelbase (inches) 106.3
Length (inches)
w/License Plate Holder
180.3
Width (inches) w/o Body Side Protector 70.7
Height, unladen (inches) 57.3
Track front/rear (inches) 61.2/61.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,098

Interior Specs


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As compact as the Mazda3’s exterior is, its interior is impressively spacious. Front occupants have a good amount of room, with 42.2 inches of legroom and 38.6 inches of headroom. And despite the car’s track being only 61 inches wide, the front occupants enjoy 57.2 inches of shoulder room.

Rear passengers have a bit less room, though, measuring 35.8 inches in legroom, 37.6 inches of headroom, and 54.4 inches of shoulder room. Still, the back seat is just fine for kids and will easily accommodate two adults on anything shorter than a road trip.

The 5-Door’s advantage is cargo room. There are 20.2 cubic-feet of cargo room behind the second row and 47.1 cubic feet of room with the 60/40-split bench folded flat.

Headroom, front/rear without Moonroof (inches) 38.6/37.6
Headroom, front/rear with Moonroof (inches) 37.6/37.5
Leg Room, front/rear (inches) 42.2/35.8
Shoulder Room, front/rear (inches) 57.2/54.4
Hip Room, front/rear (inches) 55.5/53.5
EPA Passenger Volume (cubic feet) 96.4
EPA Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 20.2
EPA Cargo Volume with rear seats down, (cubic feet) 47.1
EPA Total Volume (cubic feet) 116.6

Drivetrain Specs


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While the Mazda3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder, the Touring and Grand Touring trims come with the more powerful 2.5-liter SkyActive four. The engine makes 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at only 3,250 rpm. A silky smooth six-speed manual comes standard, but the optional six-speed automatic transmission is available.

The sprint to 60 mph takes only 6.8 seconds, and its top speed is listed at 130 mph. Fuel economy is slightly more impressive, though not class-leading. The EPA estimates the Mazda3 5-Door with the automatic at 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. Staying with the manual transmission reduces each figure my one mpg.

Engine Type-SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC
Horsepower 184 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 185 @ 3,250 RPM
Transmission SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual
Optional Trans SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic
Fuel economy 25 / 34 / 29 (Manual trans)
Fuel economy 26 / 35 / 30 (Automatic trans)
Top Speed 130 mph

Pricing Specs


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The 2018 Mazda3 5-Door starts at $19,345. Comparatively speaking, that’s a reasonable price. The Volkswagen Golf starts at $20,715, the Honda Civic Hatchback starts at $19,730, the Hyundai Elantra GT starts at $20,235, and the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback starts at $22,195.

My Grand Touring tester with the automatic transmission carries a base price of $24,945. Several á la carte options add cost, but also add convenience and style. These items include the $75 cargo mat, the $300 Soul Red Paint, the $100 rear bumper guard, the $125 scuff plates and door sill trim plates, and the big one – the $1,600 Premium Equipment Package.

The Premium Equipment Package adds navigation, paddle shifters, adaptive front lighting, smart brake support, radar cruise control, traffic sign recognition, auto-dim rearview mirror with HomeLink, a heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Needless to say, that $1,600 is well spent.

Sport MT SKYACTIV-G 2.0L Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed manual transmission $19,345
Sport AT Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed automatic transmission $20,395
Touring MT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed manual transmission $20,840
Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed automatic transmission $21,890
Grand Touring MT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed manual transmission $23,895
Grand Touring AT SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine with SkyActiv-MT 6-Speed automatic transmission $24,945

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PostHeaderIcon Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too

Volkswagen may soon have more company in the ranks of accused cheaters now that Ford is being accused of doing the same thing. The Blue Oval finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that’s accusing the automaker of rigging at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickups to beat emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that models of Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 are releasing emissions that are 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants.


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“The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman. Interestingly enough, Hagens Berman is the same law firm that accused Daimler and Audi of similar cheating devices in 2016. Steve Bermann, a managing partner in the law firm, claims that Ford’s own onboard diagnostic software “grossly exceeds the standard.” In addition to Ford, Hagens Berman also named Robert Bosch GmbH — better known simply as Bosch — in the lawsuit, accusing the German parts supplier of working with Ford to mask the vehicles’ inefficiencies in order to maintain overall performance.

To no one’s surprise, Ford and Bosch have vehemently denied the allegations lobbied against them by the law firm. Ford spokesman Daniel Barbosa responded to the suit, saying that all Ford vehicles, including models running on diesel engines, “comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”

“Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices,” Barbosa added in a statement to Bloomberg. “We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”


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“The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.”

For its part, Bosch also released a statement through spokesman Rene Ziegler. “Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously,” Ziegler said. “Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation.”

It is interesting that Hagens Berman finds itself in the middle of another lawsuit against an automaker. The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.

As serious as these allegations are, it is curious that Hagens Berman is always the one that aggrieved drivers turn to for their gripes. Either the firm is as good as it says it is, or this tactic of accusing one automaker after another of cheating has become a go-to trick to get payouts. Hopefully, we’ll find out more details about the lawsuit as they become available.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Brings Together Consortium of Tech Startups To Focus on Future Mobility

In case it isn’t obvious by now, the Consumer Electronics Show attracted just about every automaker that has a vested interest in future mobility. Honda was in attendance at the event, where it announced plans through Honda Xcelerator to bring together a consortium of tech startups with the goal of developing new technologies that are geared towards future mobility. Included in this list of startups are BRAIQ, DeepMap, DynaOptics, EXO Technologies, Tactual Labs, and WayRay.


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“Honda’s goal in partnering with BRAIQ is to one day personalise its own Adaptive Cruise Control system to improve trust in autonomous driving technology”

Each of the six startups brings something different to the table. BRAIQ, for example, is a company that focuses on developing technologies for the autonomous vehicle space, specifically through the collection of biometric information that it can analyze to add what it describes as a “layer of emotional intelligence on top of artificial intelligence.” Honda’s goal in partnering with BRAIQ is to one day personalise its own Adaptive Cruise Control system to improve trust in autonomous driving technology. For its part, DynaOptics’ service revolves around state-of-the-art optic lenses. The Singapore-based startup is known for its free-form optic lenses that work better than traditional lenses in certain specifications. Honda’s tapping into that ability to improve its own light-to-camera sensors.

Honda’s goal of improving its own GPS service is a big reason why it’s bringing startups DeepMaps and EXO Technologies into the fold. DeepMaps is based in
California, and it provides high-definition (HD) maps and real-time localization as a service to autonomous vehicles. As it is, the company is building a cloud-based, scalable platform that can create 3D HD maps for autonomous cars equipped with Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy. Meanwhile, Israel-based EXO Technologies provides its own brand of GPS solutions that focus on improving in-car navigation among autonomous vehicles. These two partnerships fall in line with Honda’s plan to take its GPS service to a level that can be used by autonomous vehicles.


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“PRISMä technology is capable of wrapping a free-form object in accurate in-air, skeletal, and contact sensing and construct the human hand and body in 3D”

Another startup, Tactual Labs, has been brought into the fold by Honda because of the startup’s PRISMä technology. This tech feature is capable of wrapping a free-form object in accurate in-air, skeletal, and contact sensing and construct the human hand and body in 3D. Honda’s collaboration with the Toronto-based company is tied into its plan to create a new and smarter user interface that can provide drivers increased functionality while inside their cars or aboard their motorcycles.

Then there’s WayRay, a Swiss developer of a holographic augmented reality (AR) navigation system for cars, giving us an idea of Honda Xcelerator’s plans with this partnership. One of WayRay’s calling cards is its Holographic AR, a display device that can turn a car’s windshield into a window of information that’s capable of displaying multicolored virtual objects. The tech is compact in size, but it is capable of creating a fully-featured, non-wearable augmented reality infotainment system that can serve multiple functions, including detection of road obstacles and pedestrians, displaying points of interest, or alerting the driver to hazards. In other words, Honda wants to go Minority Report on all of us.

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PostHeaderIcon Looking For A Porsche 911 GT3? How Does A Fleet Of 18 Never-Driven Examples Sound?

We like the Porsche 911 GT3 – quite a lot, actually. It’s purposefully built, looks great, and goes like stink. However, this classified ad seeking a buyer for 18 fresh in-the-box examples looks to be a whole new level of devotion to the Stuttgart superstar.

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“The Porsches are completely identical and come draped in white paint”

Sometimes when I get takeout, I like to buy a lot – you know, like three or four meals at a time, just to have ’em chilling in my fridge, ready to go in case I get hungry later on. This is kinda like that, except with high-powered six-figure German sports cars. You know, just in case.

The ad comes from a classifieds website in the Netherlands called Marktplaats, and appears to show 18 brand-spanking-new 2015 Porsche 911 GT3s, all lined up and parked in a giant warehouse. The whole lot of ’em are up for sale, but buyers can snack on just one, or binge on all 18, if the mood strikes them.

The Porsches are completely identical and come draped in white paint. Apparently, each has never been driven, either, and each also comes with the optional Club Sport Package.

For reference, the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 makes 476 horsepower thanks to a rear-mounted all-atmosphere flat-six engine, with power routed to the rear axle by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The equipped Club Sport Package also makes them track-ready, throwing in goodies like an external fuel tank, six-point harnesses, black bucket seats, and a roll cage. It also appears as though they come with steel brakes, rather than Porsche’s carbon ceramic units.


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“Why would anyone buy a fleet of 18 GT3's to simply park 'em? One Twitter user suggests they were originally intended for use on a race track that was never actually built, which makes sense”

So then, what’s the story here? Why would anyone buy a fleet of 18 GT3’s to simply park ’em? One Twitter user suggests they were originally intended for use on a race track that was never actually built, which makes sense.

For us, though, this feels like the Costco of top-shelf sports cars. We just wish there were more free samples to go with it.

Unfortunately, there’s no Costco-esque pricing here, as each unit is going for 134,500 euros (around $162,000), while all 18 are going for a cool 2.4 million euros (roughly $2.9 million). And that’s kinda pricey, as the same models would have gone for about $130,000 a pop here in the states.

But we wanna know – what would you do with 18 brand-new Porsche 911 GT3s? Let us know in the comments section below!

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PostHeaderIcon Emotional Attachment to Cars – It’s Only Natural!

Believe me, I get it. Unless you are a monumental car bore, getting emotional about a car is probably the most uncool thing you can think of. After all, what kind of person forms an attachment to bits of metal, plastic and oil? But you see, us car guys know that that exists and it’s real. Many of us have experienced it. So is there something wrong with us?

No. Well, yes, maybe. Everyone has faults and flaws. But as far as your emotional attachment to your car goes, it is only natural. Humans grow fond of people and things because those people and things satisfy certain needs they have, be it material or spiritual. I’m not saying you fall in love with your car because it gets you from A to B. You love that thing because of the memories you associate with it, because of how it once made you feel.

And that is the most natural of human behaviors. Now, some people say this should only apply to other human beings or at least other living things. But that is not necessarily true, because at the end of the day this is all about biology. We don’t really have much say in it. No matter how much poets and romantics try to convince you that it’s a matter of soul and spirit, science proves that falling in love and forming attachments are, in their essence, biochemical reactions to external stimuli.

When you fall in love with a girl, it is not her beautiful face or rocking body that causes it. It is the secretion of certain chemicals in your bloodstream those features trigger that result in that most celebrated of human peculiarities. What’s more, your brain subconsciously apprises the features and characteristics of that girl against your needs and ideals – accumulated throughout your life depending on your genome and epigenome – and decides if that person is the one to address them satisfactorily. Meanwhile your conscious mind is busy ogling those luscious lips and bangin’ bosom.

What all of that means is, you can have the same “emotions” about your pet, your phone, and indeed your car. Yes, even objects can trigger that condition in us as long as they click with certain conscious or unconscious conditions we have inside us. In fact, the word on the sidewalks of science is that in a few decades there will be robots that take better care of us physically and emotionally than any human ever could.

For me, though, forming an emotional attachment to a car is mostly about memories, what that car reminds me of… or who it reminds me of. It’s not just that we get used to them. Most of us experience our first kiss in a car, our first cigarette, or first guy trip. It is only natural that we develop feelings for them. Just make sure those feelings don’t get out of hand!

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai and Cisco Present Faster, More Secure Car Networking Technology

The growing partnership between the auto industry and Silicon Valley took center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show. One example that can be gleaned from these collaborations is the tie-up between Hyundai and Cisco. Together, the two companies revealed a new technology platform that brings 1 Gbps worth of Ethernet connectivity inside our cars. The technology sounds appealing for kids who will have no shortage of bandwidth to use inside a car, but the more important purpose of the tech is to allow automakers like Hyundai to load web-capable sensors and gadgetry in the name of accelerating the growth towards full-fledged autonomy.


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“These sensors are in charge of a variety of things, including scanning surroundings, recognizing traffic conditions, and watching for debris and pedestrians.”

The relationship between in-car Ethernet access and autonomous driving technology can be broken down into two things: sensors and apps.

Car companies like Hyundai that are pushing forward in developing autonomous driving technology will need sensors in their cars to act as catalysts for the tech functions they’re going to put into the vehicles. These sensors are in charge of a variety of things, including scanning surroundings, recognizing traffic conditions, and watching for debris and pedestrians. The sensors then relay what they see to the myriad of autonomous driving features that a specific car could have in the future. As more of these features become available, the need for cars to carry Ethernet-based software becomes more important.

Apps come into the picture because they can have access to these sensors, at least if there’s a technology available for it. Automakers can create specific apps for specific purposes tied into autonomous driving tech, and accessing these apps from inside a car will require a lot of data and a network that’s big enough to handle that load without breaking down.

“The relationship between in-car Ethernet access and autonomous driving technology can be broken down into two things: sensors and apps.”

This is what Hyundai and Cisco are bringing to the table. The latter’s expertise with computer networks helps validate the proprietary technology, something that Hyundai is expected to use for its production vehicles in the near future.

Ruba Borno, Cisco’s vice president of growth initiatives and chief of staff to the CEO, believes that the company’s partnership with Hyundai will “accelerate innovation” in the auto industry. “By creating a flexible, scalable, and secure platform, we are allowing automotive companies to deliver better cars – faster”, she added.

Hyundai has not given details on which of its models will get first dibs on Cisco’s 1Gbps Ethernet networks, but it did say that the technology will be available in 2019 models of its premium lineup.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Keeps Teasing The New Veloster

First hitting North American shores back in 2011, the Veloster is Hyundai’s sporty little three-door hatchback, offering a nice combination of fun and practicality in a modestly affordable package. Now, there’s an updated model just over the horizon and Hyundai is teasing it big time, with the latest refresh shown in a brief 15-second clip composed of quick shots of the front and rear panned against a shadowy background.

Although brief, the video does seem to reveal that the 2019 model year won’t be a huge break from what we’ve seen before, with the updates mostly centered on bringing the Veloster’s aesthetics up to par with the rest of the automaker’s current lineup. There’s still a three-door body style, with one door for the driver and two for the passenger side, plus a low stance and bubbly profile. However, Hyundai does mention that the A-pillars were moved rearwards to give the car a longer look.

Draped over the body panels, we find a blazing orange paint job, although black was also added to the top portions of the car, suggesting a two-tone paint scheme above the window line. In front, the fascia gains a sharper headlight design, with lower daytime running light accents set in LEDs. The central intake uses a hexagonal shape, and there’s a lower splitter element acting as underspoiler for the chin. Smaller side intakes were added to the bumper corners, and while they don’t look functional, they still lend the thing a cool design element thanks to their upward-swinging wing pieces.

In the corners, the wheels use an aggressive turbine design, while higher up, there are decently flared fenders. There’s also a few character lines stretching up into the profile, while black offsets are used for the side skirts and side-view mirrors.

The rear end gets a chunky bumper design with a center-mounted dual-tip exhaust, while the hatch gets a roof spoiler. The rear bumper also comes with a diffuser element for added aero points. Finally, a new taillight design wraps up into the flanks.

In terms of the oily details, expect a front-mounted 1.6-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Once again, muscle is routed exclusively to the front axle.

Look for a full reveal of the 2019 model year Hyundai Veloster next week at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Adds More Flavor To Its Lineup With A V-8 Bentayga

Lovers of the opulent, over-the-top Bentley Bentayga have reason to get excited, as the British automaker just announced it would expand the nameplate’s offerings with a new V-8 model. While slightly down on power compared to the previous 12-cylinder variant, the new Bentayga V8 still comes brimming with luxury, technology, and impressive speed.

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“The V-8 also manages up to 25 combined mpg thanks to start/stop tech and cylinder deactivation that turns the 'eight into a four-banger, a vast improvement compared to the W-12 model's 15 mpg combined.”

When Bentley initially announced its intentions to create its very first SUV, it hoped to do it right by offering customers the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive SUV in the world. The end result is a luxury box on wheels with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine, 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, an eight-speed automatic transmission, AWD, advanced air suspension, a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph. Pricing starts at over $200,000.

All told, Bentley frames the Bentayga as “the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions.” Impressive stuff, no doubt about it, but obviously any time you create the “ultimate” of anything, you leave the door open for the creation of something, well, slightly less ultimate.

Enter the V-8 model, which arrives with a VW-sourced 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant, once again packing in the air thanks to two turbochargers. Standout features include 32 valves and a hot-vee placement for the twin-scroll turbos. Peak output is rated at 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, while the top speed clocks in at 180 mph and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds. The V-8 also manages up to 25 combined mpg thanks to start/stop tech and cylinder deactivation that turns the ’eight into a four-banger, a vast improvement compared to the W-12 model’s 15 mpg combined.


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“Peak output is rated at 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, while the top speed clocks in at 180 mph and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds.”

Bentley claims that this new V-8 model assumes the nameplate’s “most sporting guise to date,” but considering the numbers in play here, we can’t help but question that statement. After all, the V-8 isn’t as powerful and the model isn’t nearly as fast as the ’12, while the rest of the equipment looks more or less unchanged.

Drivetrain Specifications

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Type 4.0-litre, 32-valve, twin-turbocharged V8 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI
Max Power 542 HP @ 6,000 RPM 600 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM
Max Torque 568 LB-FT @ 1,960-4,500 RPM 664 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,500 RPM
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox
Top speed 180 mph / 290 km/h 187 mph / 301 km/h
0-60 mph 4.4 secs 4.0 secs
0-100 km/h 4.5 secs 4.1 secs

But maybe Bentley is referring to the brakes, as the V-8 Bentayga also comes with the option for carbon ceramic stoppers. This motorsport-inspired system is a first for the model, and Bentley brags its the largest front brake system available on any production car on the market, measuring in with
enormous 440 mm (17.3-inch) diameter discs and 10-pot calipers. Meanwhile, the rear gets 370 mm (14.6-inch) diameter brake discs.

Keeping it shiny side up is a multi-mode suspension system, with Bentley Drive Dynamics offering a variety of settings that adjust the SUV’s attitude to better suit either comfort or sportiness. The V-8 Bentayga also continues with standard off-roading settings for the Drive Dynamics system, and includes a variety of variable for the ride height.


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“Bentley brags the optional carbon brakes are the largest front brakea available on any production car on the market, measuring in with enormous 440 mm (17.3-inch) diameter discs and 10-pot calipers.”

In terms of aesthetics, the V-8 Bentayga offers buyers 11 individual wheel design options, including a new 22-inch five-spoke design painted in polished black. Overall though, the V-8 model looks quite similar to the older W-12 model, with only minor visual cues added as indication of the new engine under the hood. That includes a black chrome grille up front and twin-quad exhaust tips in back.

Inside, the V-8 Bentayga continues the theme of superlative luxury, and now gets new wood trim and hide on the steering wheel, plus a new carbon fiber panel in high-gloss finish for extra sporting cred. A high-end stereo is also on the options list, offering 1,950 watts of power routed through 18 speakers. An 8-inch touchscreen takes its place in front, and there’s a removable 10.2-inch Android tablet in back, plus onboard WiFi support. Rounding out the tech suite is a variety of driver assists, such as adaptive cruise control, traffic assist, park assist, night vision, traffic sign recognition, and the like.


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“Pricing for the V-8 Bentayga has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be well below that of the W-12 model.”

Pricing for the V-8 Bentayga has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be well below that of the W-12 model.

For reference, the new Bentayga will go up against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged.

The Merc is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making around 415 horsepower and comes packing with some very impressive off-roading chops, and the whole package is expected to see a solid upgrade with the up-and-coming 2019 model year. Pricing starts at $123,600.

Meanwhile, the Range Rover gets 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque thanks to a blown 5.0-liter V-8, and while it’s definitely designed primary for paved-road duty, it’s got the goods for a jaunt in the rough stuff as well. Pricing starts at $104,890.

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