Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fresh New Look for 2011 Corsa

Complementing the Corsa's fresh look 2011 corsa are five new exterior colours in the range. Lime Green pearlescent (see pic) and Chilli Orange metallic enhance the car's new look, with Guacamole (see pic) – a solid hue – completing the pallet of all-new Vauxhall colours. Sunny Melon (a bright yellow) makes a welcome return to the Corsa range, while Pepperdust metallic is carried across from the new Meriva range. opel corsa 2010

Vibrant new colours also dominate the Corsa's cabin, with seat trims such as Steel Blue and Tabasco Orange brightening the interior, accompanied by a range of different coloured door trims, centre consoles, air vent rings and door handles. car news

Also inside, is Vauxhall's new optional Touch & Connect multi-media system, which replaces the existing CD60 unit. Touch & Connect uses a five-inch touch screen display featuring both 2D and 3D maps for the navigation system, as well as a CD/tuner, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hertz and CODA Automotive Make All-Electric Transportation a Reality for Consumers

 CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and The Hertz Corporation , the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, entered into a partnership making 100% all-electric CODA„¢ Sedans available at select Southern California Hertz® locations.

"The 100 percent electric CODA was designed to meet the needs of most Americans with dependable, all-season range, and fast, convenient charging," said Mark Jamieson, CFO & COO, CODA Automotive. "With one of the world's largest rental car fleets, Hertz is uniquely positioned to catalyze the adoption of all-electric vehicles and infrastructure supporting electric mobility."

"Hertz is committed to the widespread use of electric vehicles globally and we are laying the foundation to make electric vehicle mobility a reality today," commented Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Hertz Corporation. "The CODA Sedan represents an outstanding zero emissions solution, one that will appeal to the needs of our consumers from urban dwellers, travelers and corporations. Companies like CODA Automotive align with our vision to provide tomorrow's driving solutions to consumers today."

Hertz operates the world's largest fleet of general use airport rental cars with access to many different groups of consumers at over 8,300 locations. This access gives Hertz a unique opportunity to introduce the all-electric CODA to a broad group of potential consumers.

The partnership with CODA represents Hertz's commitment to developing a sustainable eco-system for alternative forms of transportation. Hertz is working to leverage the company's rental and car sharing locations as bases for electric vehicles and charging stations in the United States and abroad. Hertz plans to roll out its EV rental program with full-scale deployment in the United States and abroad beginning in 2011.

In addition to reducing carbon and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions sharply, electric vehicles like CODA are cost-effective ways for commercial fleets to reduce and stabilize fixed energy costs. After each CODA Sedan has been driven 100,000 miles or more, consumers will experience an average CO2 savings of 21.8 tons relative to a 25 MPG internal combustion engine vehicle(i). Based on an average of $.11 per kWh of electricity nationwide, the CODA costs approximately $3.50 to charge from depletion €" enough for up to a 120 mile drive.

New 2011 Camaro and Grand Cherokee

2011 Camaro review convertible is offered in 1LT/2LT (V-6) and 1SS/2SS (V-8) trim packages and priced from $30,000 MSRP (including $850 destination). Nine production exterior colors are available, with tops offered in black or tan. Rear parking assist is standard on all convertible models.
Camaro LT convertible models are offered with a 3.6L direct injection (DI) V-6 that delivers more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. It is rated at 312 horsepower (232 kW) and 278 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). Peak fuel economy with the direct injection V-6 is 29 miles per gallon on the highway. automobile news

2011 grand cherokee Two 6.2L V-8 engines are offered in Camaro SS models, including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on the 2008 Corvette, with an aluminum block (with cast iron cylinder liners) and aluminum cylinder heads. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 (298 kW) and torque is 410 lb.-ft. (556 Nm). The LS3 develops 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm). 

Monday, November 15, 2010

2011 Buick Regal CXL Review

I was anxious to try the new Buick Regal for a couple of reasons. First, my wife drives a 2001 Buick Park Avenue. While they're not quite in the same weight class, I wanted to see if the Buick name had lost (or gained) any luster. 2011 buick regal review

Second, One of my wife's favorite cars was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, with was a platform mate of the Buick Century. Yeah, I know the Century and Regal were different cars, but they were close enough to compare, like Macintosh apples and Rome apples . automobile news

Well, the new Regal is smallish, but it's ideal for a small family, or grandparents with charges. While the Monronie label that came with the car didn't identify it as such, I'll bet it qualifies in the compact class. Sure, it's advertised as a 5-passenger, but that center passenger in the back better be pretty slim.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible Review

Today the best of convertibles comes from manufacturers like Audi, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and of course Infiniti. My drive today is the 2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible which is a stand out. The sleek lines of the exterior are close to the sensuous design of the G37 Coupe. The best in the Infiniti G37 is the interior. Normally a convertible lover like myself does not care that we can perform. We just want the wind and sun. Sure you get this with the Infiniti G37 but the exhilarating power is amazing. Wards awarded Nissan and Infiniti for over ten year their V 6 as one of the 10 best engines manufactured.. Yes it is and the fact that that with so many superb features the Infiniti G37 is one of the best hard top convertibles made.

The power of the infiniti G37 G Convertible is spectacular. The engine is an upgrade from the previous award winning engine. The newest engine is more fuel efficient and more powerful. So many new feature allow this to happen including more air into the cylinders from the start of acceleration, VVEL technology delivers a quicker response for instant power.

The Infiniti G convertible has a 7-speed automatic transmission. More gears and Drive Sport means you always have the optimum selection for quick and responsive acceleration. And the 7th gear allows lower-rpm cruising for greater fuel efficiency. Adaptive Shift Control optimizes the automatic transmission for smooth and seamless shifting. For a more hand-on connection, switch into manual mode with Downshift Rev Matching and use the available solid magnesium paddle shifters. Or opt for the 6-speed manual transmission and take direct control of every shift.

new ford explorer

new ford explorer. innovative technology creates new 2011 Explorer that adapts to drivers and roads to deliver new levels of comfort and safety. update news today.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Aston Martin Unveils New V8 Vantage N420

Aston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420 which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range. the hot news today.

Friday, November 12, 2010

NASCAR: What you need to know for Phoenix; TV schedule

Pirelli, the 2011 Formula One tire supplier, continued to prepare for its Grand Prix racing return by completing two days of wet-weather running at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France.However, the conditions did not come courtesy of rain but thanks to the circuit's advanced sprinkler

Matt Hagan is three points closer to wrapping up the NHRA Funny Car championship. On Thursday in Pomona, Calif., at the season finale, Hagan put his DieHard Dodge Charger at the top of the time charts and earned three bonus qualifying points over John Force, who has the Castrol High Mileage Ford.

Barring a meltdown of unimaginable proportions, Todd Bodine will lock up his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The youngest of the three racing Bodines--brothers Geoffrey and Brett are no longer active--needs only to start Friday night's

Tesla pursues global growth, eyes RAV4 production in California

Roger Penske is leading Chevrolet return to Indy-car racing, but Team Penske won't have special or preferred engines from the manufacturer. Izod IndyCar Series officials made that point clear Friday at a news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum. IndyCar Tony Cotman said there will be no "works" teams. To prevent that, all engines will be randomly distributed

Aiming to stamp out any glitches before they balloon, Nissan Motor Co. is setting up a rapid-reaction task force in the United States to troubleshoot possible customer complaints with its Leaf electric vehicle after its launch next month. The team of technicians, to be headed by about 10 lead

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says Japan will be the electric-car maker's No. 2 market after the United States and that Asia will account for a third of its global sales by 2015. Musk also said the initial batch of electric SUVs it agreed to supply to Toyota Motor Corp. will likely be made at the

Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The official fuel economy numbers for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco are in and they're good. Segment-leading good. It delivers an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway (manual transmission models), with equally impressive city fuel economy of 28 mpg. hot news today.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Acura TSX Manual

Acura TSX Manual. It's a bit short on torque, with just 172 pound-feet (170 pound-feet with the five-speed auto), but with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 all-season performance tires you'll reel off a 0-60 time of 7 seconds flat. Keep the pedal pressed and the 3338-pound small sedan eventually finishes the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90.3 mph. hot news today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

I recently had the pleasure of batting and booting the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with the uncorked Performance Package option around the Hudson River Valley in Upstate New York. The twin-turbo, direct-injected 5.5-liter V-8 brawler of a motor serves up a spine-compressing 563 horsepower and an astonishing 664 pound-feet of torque. The car is so powerful it's silly. hot news today.

The Audi Quattro

The Audi Quattro concept revealed at the Paris auto show is being seriously considered as a high-priced, low-volume boutique production car. "I want to do it," Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told Motor Trend. It would cost the equivalent of $560 million to develop the new body onto an existing RS 5 chassis. He envisions the Quattro as a full range of cars with different engines, and a global annual volume of about 35,000 to keep the price affordable. hot news today.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4MATIC Wagon Review

Admittedly, I've been smitten with the Mercedes Benz E-class station wagon through many of its generations. Other station wagon offerings on the market today come mostly from European brands—they are extremely popular in Europe, and there is also the relatively new Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon and the Audi A6 Avant are the closest in size to the E350, with the E's one slight advantage being the rear-facing third seat making it a 7-passenger.

I had an opportunity to get some good seat-time in a 2011 E350 4MATIC Wagon at the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Fall Rally. A new-generation of the wagon, joining its sedan, coupe and cabriolet siblings in the E-Class family, the E350 wagon is only offered with a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard and nicely integrated with the 

Audi Quattro Concept Could See Production

The Audi Quattro concept revealed at the Paris auto show is being seriously considered as a high-priced, low-volume boutique production car. "I want to do it," Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told Motor Trend. It would cost the equivalent of $560 million to develop the new body onto an existing RS 5 chassis. He envisions the Quattro as a full range of cars with different engines, and a global annual volume of about 35,000 to keep the price affordable. automobile news

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4MATIC Wagon

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4MATIC WagonOther station wagon offerings on the market today come mostly from European brands—they are extremely popular in Europe, and there is also the relatively new Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon and the Audi A6 Avant are the closest in size to the E350, with the E's one slight advantage being the rear-facing third seat making it a 7-passenger. hot news today.

kia sorento : review

Kia's medium sized SUV, Sorento, has received a 2011 model year refresh across the range with a long list of enhancements ranging from Bluetooth technology to leather wrapped instrument cluster housing. Recommended Retail Pricing for the KIA Sorento. 

The Fiat 500EV

The Fiat 500EV powertrain is comprised of three main systems: high power electric powertrain module, advanced lithium-ion battery and an EV control unit to manage power flows. All powertrain engineering and vehicle development will take place at Chrysler Group headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.  hot news today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

the jaguar xj

the Jaguar XJ is Scotland's 2010 'Best Luxury Car', according to the judges of Scottish Car of the Year awards. The Jaguar XJ - a landmark for the revitalised Jaguar brand – was tested by motoring experts from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) and beat the BMW 5 Series GT and the new Audi A8 to win the top Luxury Car prize. Hot news today.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Review 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

Newark Toyota World of Delaware would like to present the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, an SUV that has served as the brand's flagship for decades. Intended as a paradigm of luxury and utility, the Land Cruiser has made a name for itself as an SUV combining first-rate off-road ability with luxurious appointments for up to eight adults. Recently modernized for the new century, all Land Cruisers ride on a full ladder frame for the highest levels of 

ruggedness and solidity. Standard full-time 4-wheel-drive, Crawl Control, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and an array of limited-slip differentials work in concert to ensure potency in off-road situations, while a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter DOHC V8 keeps the Land Cruiser's acceleration and towing ability competitive. All the while, the 2010 Land Cruiser considerable noise isolation and plush ride quality maintain a dignified demeanor.

2011 Lexus CT 200h Preview

The Lexus CT200h is a lean, green luxury – and performance – machine. A real game-changer for the company, the CT 200h possesses a combination of attributes not seen on any similar sport crossover competitor, luxury-based or not. This is because the entry-level premium compact standouts apart for two solid reasons: a hybrid engine achieving a combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 42-mpg; and a driver-centric feel featuring an array of cutting edge interior technology at your finger tips. automobile news

I was able to test drive several 2011 Lexus CT200h trims at a recent media event held in Palm Springs, California. All CT200h's are equipped with a 134-horsepower Lexus Hybrid Powertrain system that can go from 0-60 in 9.8 seconds. The eco-kudos on the Ct 200h are long: The design incorporates numerous energy saving and environmentally-conscientious measures such as LED lighting, a lightweight energy-efficient audio system amplifier with bamboo charcoal speakers, and the use of bio-sourced materials. Price is yet to be determined, but Lexus states the CT200h will be the most affordable Lexus in the lineup.

The CT stands for "Compact Touring." Lexus positions the lexus CT200h next to the Audi 3, Volvo C30 and BMW 1-Series; however, the styling is more reminiscent of a Mazda3. Lexus is careful not to dub it a hatchback, although it is a 5-door vehicle. Lexus hopes to capture an entirely new group of buyers with the CT200h. In fact, the company estimates 60 percent of sales will comes from non-Lexus "conquest sales" – more specifically males in their 30-40's moving up into the luxury car segment for the first time.

The NASCAR Car Wash Company Signs with Richard Miller of Sierra Car Wash to Own and Operate NASCAR Branded Car Wash Sites in Northern Nevada and Northern California

The NASCAR Car Wash Company (NCW), exclusive developer of NASCAR themed car washes emerging in North America and the U.S. territories, has entered into an agreement with Richard Miller of Sierra Car Wash, a Northern California and Nevada enterprise, to reflag, build and operate car wash locations under the NASCAR Car Wash brand along the I-80 corridor of Northern Nevada and from the southern border of Oregon to mid state of California over the next 5-6 years. This market can accommodate 50-60 NASCAR branded washes.

The NASCAR Car Wash Company is an exclusive partner working with NASCAR to create a vast network of NASCAR branded car washes. The first such locations are expected to open in early 2011.

Richard Miller remarked, "We view NASCAR as a great brand from which to develop a strong and high quality car wash experience. Over the last 20 years we have strived to deliver a superior car wash product, in great locations at a terrific value. We are pleased to join with the NASCAR team to further the development of this exceptional car wash brand."

In keeping with NASCAR's legacy as one of the most powerful and highly-respected American brands, NASCAR Car review Washes will offer speed, high quality, innovation and design that will quickly establish NCW as the market share leader. 

Daniel Dyer, the Chairman and CEO of NCW, is quoted as saying, "Richard is a fantastic operator, and we think he's the perfect fit for what we are doing. Richard knows how to treat his customers, he has a great team in place, and we are excited to roll forward with him. We encourage anyone with a car wash tunnel in the Northern California market to contact Richard to learn how partnering with us by reflagging their existing wash can be a terrific opportunity."

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4X4 Crew Cab LTZ Review

Model: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4X4 Crew Cab LTZ. The Bottom Line: The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 isn't your daily commuter and it's a bear to park. But it is a capable workhorse with enormous carrying and towing capacity. If you're in the market for something this size, it's hard to overlook. Hot news today.

Friday, November 5, 2010

NEW Citroen Berlingo LX

The versatile and award-winning Citroën Berlingo range has been further extended with the introduction of a two-seater version of the best-selling Berlingo LX model from November production. Until now, new citroen Berlingo LX vans have only been available equipped with the multi-functional, modular Extenso occasional dual passenger seat.
Equipped with a driver's and single passenger's seat, the new Berlingo 1.6HDi 75 L1 625 LX version is priced at £12,075 MRB* representing a cost saving of £190 + VAT compared to the same Berlingo model with the Extenso-equipped dual passenger seat. This latest means that the Citroën Berlingo range offers an unmatched choice offactory-produced models, including:

Berlingo L1 van in 625kg or 850kg payload configurations
Berlingo L2 van with a 750kg payload
choice of 1.6i 90hp petrol or 75 & 90hp 1.6HDi diesel engines
X (2 seat), LX (in 2 and 3 seat configurations) and Enterprise (3 seat) trim levels hot news today

NEW Citroen Berlingo LX

The versatile and award-winning Citroën Berlingo range has been further extended with the introduction of a two-seater version of the best-selling Berlingo LX model from November production. Until now, Berlingo LX vans have only been available equipped with the multi-functional, modular Extenso occasional dual passenger seat. HOT NEWS TODAY.

Ford Fiesta Sedan SEL 2011 Review

Ford Fiesta is a world car, meaning that it's sold around the world in as close to a single specification as possible. There are minor differences under the skin, as American safety specs are just different enough from European or Asian to require such, but a North American Fiesta still looks nearly identical to its foreign counterparts. With one exception. While the rest of the world has only hatchback versions of the Fiesta, in two- or four-door form (three or five counting the hatch as a "door"), we get the four-door hatch and a four-door sedan.

Conventional thinking in the auto industry is that hatchbacks are seen as entry-level, bottom-feeder "econoboxes", with a smattering of performance models. Hatch sales are far less than ten percent of total passenger cars, so Ford's strategy seemed to make sense. Except that in early sales, 60% of Fiesta buyers have opted for the hatch. Still, that's a sizable 40% for the sedan, and the mix could change. The other surprise with early Fiesta sales is that premium, not entry-level, trim levels have been the best-sellers. 2011 ford fiesta review

In the Fiesta sedan lineup, that means SEL, not the base S or mid-level SE. And SEL means "fully-equipped", with ambient lighting, Ford's SYNC® in-car connectivity system, a good AM/FM/CD sound system with jack and USB inputs, and Sirius® satellite radio. Where there are a variety of small gasoline and diesel engines in other markets, the extra weight from U.S.-spec emissions and crashworthiness standards and the longer distances traveled here mean any engine you want as long as it's a 1.6-liter, 120-horsepower four-cylinder.

Transmission choices are five-speed manual, no surprise, or a six-speed "automatic". Why the quotation marks? The PowerShift is not a conventional torque converter-based automatic, nor is it a CVT. It's an electro-hydraulically controlled dual-clutch automated manual, as used in high-performance and racing cars. It's more efficient than a torque-converter automatic, for improved fuel economy, and uses a variety of electronic systems to work nearly seamlessly.

Jaguar XF Black Pack

The highly successful Jaguar XF sports saloon is now available with a dramatic new appearance pack for customers who want their Jaguar to make an even stronger visual impact. The exclusive new Jaguar XF Black Pack brings an added sense of power and purpose to the sought-after XF range, and follows closely in the wheel tracks of a similar option on the XK sports car which has aroused huge interest since its launch earlier in 2010. car news

Featuring menacing dark-grey 20-inch Draco alloy wheels with diamond turned rims, a gloss black grille and gloss black window surrounds, the Jaguar XF Black Pack is available on XF Diesel S, the 5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and XFR models, with prices starting at £950. "The Black Pack gives the XF a highly distinctive, very modern and a slightly edgy appearance," said Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK. "Since the Black Pack and Speed Pack were launched on the XKR sports car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, almost half of XKR coupe buyers have selected one or both options

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Toyota Reports October 2010 Sales

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October sales of 145,474 units, a decrease of 0.9 percent from the same period last year, on a daily selling rate basis (DSR).  On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in October 2010, compared to 28 selling days in October 2009, TMS sales were down 4.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

Toyota Division recorded sales of 124,383 vehicles, a decrease of 2.8 percent from the year-ago month, on a DSR basis.  On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were down 6.2 percent from last October.  Lexus Division reported sales of 21,091 units for the month, up 12.2 percent over October 2009, on a DSR basis.  Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 8.1 percent compared to the year-ago month.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded sales of 68,501 units, a decrease of 16.6 percent from last October.  Toyota sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid, which posted combined monthly sales of 25,014 units.  Corolla recorded sales of 18,636 units for the month.  The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid reported sales of 11,731 units. sales toyota motor report october 2010

Toyota Division light trucks posted sales of 55,882 units in October, up 22.0 percent over the same period last year.  Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV, which recorded monthly sales of 14,694 units, up 9.1 percent over October 2009.  Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined sales of 8,664 units, up 50.3 percent over the year-ago month.  4Runner posted sales of 4,197 units for the month.  The Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 9,028 units, up 4.9 percent over October 2009.  The Tundra full-size pickup recorded sales of 7,187 units.  The Sienna minivan reported sales of 9,253, up 16.3 percent over last October.

Scion posted October sales of 4,654 units.  The all-new, redesigned tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,162 units, up 112.1 percent over last October.  The xB posted October sales of 1,618 units. The xD reported sales of 874 units for the month.

Best Emiossion car

A few weeks ago, in an effort to prove that they continue to be the dimmest bulb in the chandelier, Edmunds felt the need to do a story that claimed that the Chevrolet Volt is not an electric car, but a hybrid. They are wrong, of course (see link to that story below).

Well now some auto media outlets, in an effort to show that they can be every bit as dim*, are trying to dispute Nissan's claim that the new Leaf is a ZERO emissions vehicle. The accusation is based upon the argument that in order to make the electricity to power the Leaf that "bad" fuel generating sources may be used; such as coal.

While it is accurate to say that electrical power is often created by non-green resources, it is a gross distortion to say that the Leaf is not a ZERO emissions vehicle. Just because a worker on the Nissan assembly line hit his wife, you wouldn't say that the Nissan Leaf is a wife-beater car. The Nissan Leaf does not have any engine emissions - it does not emit any of the gases or particulates that are associated with typical internal combustion engines. It does not even emit the clear water that is emitted by a hydrogen-powered car. It has no emissions. Since "NO" can also be displayed as the numerical value zero, it has zero (0) emissions. Consequently it is a "ZERO EMISSIONS CAR." It is a zero-emissions electric car. The Chevy Volt is a not-zero-emissions electric car because it can utilize a small internal combustion engine (that does emit gases) to charge its batteries and power it electric engine (however, it is not a hybrid).

2011 Toyota Camry Review

For eight years in a row and 12 of past 13 years, 2011 Toyota Camry has surpassed all other brands models to become the most popular midsize sedan sold in the U.S. Everyone knows there have been big issues and challenges recently at Toyota and in the auto business generally, but one thing remains the same, the Camry with its enviable reputation of quality and reliability is still the leader and the 2011 version is the best iteration yet.Its combination of styling, amenities, performance and pricing sets the category bench-mark, but the competition is heating up. There are many brands pushing Toyota to be the new leader. toyota camry

The latest version of the venerable Camry is again setting the standard for the classic family sedan, starting with the 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine that has an energetic 169 hp with 167 lbs of torque and gets a thrifty 22/32 mpg EPA rating of the automatic transmission and 22/33 mpg for those who like to shift gears. The V6 engine gets 20/29 mpg rating while the hybrid model is 31/35. More power is available in other Camry automobile news

toyota camry 2011

For eight years in a row and 12 of past 13 years, Toyota's Camry has surpassed all other brands models to become the most popular midsize sedan sold in the U.S. Everyone knows there have been big issues and challenges recently at Toyota and in the auto business generally, but one thing remains the same, the Camry with its enviable reputation of quality and reliability is still the leader and the 2011 version is the best iteration yet.Its combination of styling, amenities, performance and pricing sets the category bench-mark, but the competition is heating up. There are many brands pushing Toyota to be the new leader. Hot news today.

Ford Flex Titanium

A couple of months back, MT's Detroit editor, Todd Lassa, said in an item introducing the Ford Flex Titanium that you could option it into the 50K range — right smack in the Lincoln MKT's wheelhouse. automobile news
The MKT, in case you aren't up on MK nomenclature (and really, who is), is Lincoln's version of the Flex, and it's supposedly more luxurious and otherwise gloriously differentiated from its Ford sibling. But tack on the Flex Titanium package with the EcoBoost engine option, and suddenly, there's not so much differentiation going on here short of the sheetmetal. For a vehicle that starts right around 30 grand, the Flex is generally meant for the people-moving masses, a hipper (depending on what you consider hip) alternative to the minivan set, with lots of room for multiple humans and their stuff. But when you want it all, and you don't want it from the Lincoln dealer, you can now turn to the 2011 Ford Flex Titanium.
We recently had the chance to roll in a Titanium-clad Flex for a couple hundred miles around metro Detroit. The white platinum metallic tri-coat sprayed ($495 option) tester with a black top hat and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost option started at $45,195. Add on the paint, active park assist ($550), the second row 40/40 auto fold seats ($750), panoramic vista roof ($1495), second floor console ($100) with the refrigeration option ($795), and Ford F-150

Ford F-150 EcoBoost

It's not going to be easy to convince truck buyers that they can have all the power, performance, and durability of a V-8 with just six cylinders, but that's the task in front of Ford with its new 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine for the new F-150. Maybe you've seen the first installment of Ford's torture test campaign, rolled out as a multipart Internet short-form documentary with the "Dirty Jobs" guy, Mike Rowe, highlighting all the tests Ford put the new engine through in six months. Hot news today.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ford Flex Titanium

A couple of months back, MT's Detroit editor, Todd Lassa, said in an item introducing the Ford Flex Titanium that you could option it into the 50K range -- right smack in the Lincoln MKT's wheelhouse.  Hot news today.

hyundai sonata hybrid

To start, Hyundai slightly revised its estimated fuel economy numbers for the Sonata Hybrid to 36/40 city/highway mpg — down 1 city and up 1 highway. Against the likes of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid, the highway number is right at the top of the class. Then there's range. Given the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's 17.2-gallon tank, you could theoretically roll more than 680 highway miles between fill-ups. latest news today.

all new dodge cars

Dodge today announced pricing for its new 2011 model year lineup, and with competitive pricing, new powertrains, new driving dynamics and all-new interiors, customers looking for fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient vehicles designed for performance with a nice dose of attitude will also be pleasantly surprised at the tremendous value they're getting. all new dodge cars 2011.

Friday, October 29, 2010

2011 BMW 550i Review

"Ultimate," as an adjective, means "last or last possible, final" according to the Oxford American Dictionary. Of course, BMW's advertising wizards were thinking about "ultimate" as a noun ("best achievable or imaginable") when they wrote "The Ultimate Driving Machine" tagline.
The adjective applys to the E39, the BMW 5 Series now two generations old, sold here from 1996 to 2003. Like the smaller, less costly 3 Series that made the brand the envy of every other premium automaker, the E39 offered the right balance of suspension compliance, sharp handling, and crisp steering. For its feel, feedback, and precision, the E39's steering became a benchmark for BMW's competitors.
The 2004 E60 5 Series was a disappointment for its new, active steering and BMW's least successful application of Chris Bangle's flame-surfacing design language. The car just seemed bigger, heavier, and more complex. automobile news
with optimism and apprehension. The new sedan shares its component set (similar to platform sharing) with the hatchback 5 Series GT, and with the 7 Series that was new for model year '09. The F10 5 Series is essentially a shorter version of the 7 Series, though the 5 Series remains one of the few cars in its class still available with a manual transmission, negligible as its take rate may be.
Opt for two pedals and you get eight forward speeds, with tall seventh and eighth gears for improved highway speed fuel efficiency (sixth is "direct drive"). With four planetary gearsets and five clutch packs, the new transmission is designed so that no more than two of its clutch packs freewheel at a given time. hot news today

The six-speed gearbox is available with the 535i, which has the single twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 rated 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet, and the 2011 BMW 550i with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, rated 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The 528i, powered by a 240-horsepower naturally aspirated 3.0-liter, comes with the eight-speed automatic, only. And xDrive all-wheel-drive is available on the 535i and 550i, but not the 528i.
Servotronic, or active steering, is back on the F10 5 Series, though now it's an electronic power steering assist, a first for a car in this segment, according to BMW. breaking news today

Dodge today introduced the new Dodge Avenger 2011, totally overhauled for 2011 with an all-new interior, a redesigned exterior and performance attributes that put the "fun" in functional. A new powertrain lineup and completely redesigned and retuned suspension mean drivers will experience Dodge's fun-to-drive dynamics in a front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan.
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The Avenger's fun-to-drive quotient rises exponentially for 2011 with a significantly upgraded suspension to give drivers agile, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it's a spirited adventure on twisty roads or an emergency maneuver. Dodge engineers retuned or redesigned virtually every part of the suspension for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. The suspension and the geometry were completely rethought. The track is an inch wider, tire width increased from 215 to 225 millimeters and the vehicle is 12 millimeters lower in the front and 6 millimeters in the rear for a more aggressive stance. Customers will feel more confident when driving the new Avenger because of less body roll, less vehicle shake, improved isolation, better steering precision, response and feel and the increased grip of new premium tires. breaking news today

A new and improved powertrain lineup also contributes to the 2011 Avenger's driving experience. The vehicles has a standard 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, which has been recalibrated and is now available mated to a new smooth-shifting six-speed transmission for an exceptionally fun and fuel-efficient driving experience. Avenger customers also can opt for the new Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that gives customers the best of both worlds – best-in-class 283 horsepower (an increase of 20 percent compared with the engine it replaces) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (an increase of 12 percent) combined with competitive fuel economy. ferrari 458 italia review