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Throughout The Car Industry
The automotive industry has gone through some enormous changes over the last several decades. When you hear that statement, technology is going to come to mind, but that is not what I'm talking about here.
Some people decide to buy a car because they have a very specific car in mind for their own reasons. This is understandable, but there are others who are just looking for a decent, reliable car at a good price, and they are open-minded.
With the Vantage now entering its 11th year of production, it is clearly way overdue for a major overhaul. Before the Vantage goes under the knife in the near future, Aston Martin has taken the wraps off of perhaps the most track-capable version that has ever been produced: the Vantage GT3 Special Edition.
Tags: Aston Martin, aston martin news, vantage, vantage gt3, geneva, geneva 2014
With the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mercedes Benz 600 now upon us, both Mercedes and its super-luxury sub-brand Maybach are celebrating the occasion by formally unveiling the limousine version of the S-Class sedan, which will be formally known as the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Tags: maybach, pullman, maybach-pullman, mercedes news
Despite a recent wave of uncertainty about not only the top management, but the survivial of Lotus as a whole, the company has announced that it will travel to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the 2016 Evora 400 Coupe, which will be the most powerful car the company has ever produced in its iconic history.
One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to the efficiency of the new, bespoke engine management tune. By definition, “chipping” must compromise reliability, since components such as clutches and driveshafts engineered to manage ‘X’ horsepower are now being subjected to ‘X+’ horsepower. The practice remains extremely popular since most people “chipping” a new car do not expect to still have the car four or five years or thousands of miles down the road, and the change is both easily reversed and impossible to detect without diagnostic tools. Illustrating this, the car I drove was leased, and soon to be returned. As the current keeper gave me the keys, he explained it had 274hp, up about 50 from standard, adding how “front wheel drivey” it was, a comment I remembered throughout my time with the car.
Tags: VW Golf GTi, Golf GTi, GTi, chip, chipping, tuning, modifying
I'm always reading the latest automotive news, and I live in Las Vegas, so the Consumer Electronics Show is very much on my radar every year. This year there was a lot of noise made about the Audi self-driving car that was making a trip from San Francisco to the CES in Las Vegas.
We live in a commercial culture, and it places a huge emphasis on brand recognition. This has been true to some extent for a very long time, but the evolution of mass media has made branding all the more important.
Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University's revolutionary Revs program (http://revs.stanford.edu/), and at a recent event a former student showed him "the latest car we have, an electric Golf". We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by all Stanford's autonomous and solar car experiments and projects.
Tags: 2015 VW e-Golf, Electric Golf, Plug in Golf, Plug in VW, Electric VW
If you strip it down to bland, cold sterility, a car is a form of transportation, something that is designed to get you from point A to point B. Here's the dictionary definition: "a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people."
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If you are a sports person like me, you may be experiencing the annual withdrawal doldrums that creep up on you this time of year. The Super Bowl is rapidly receding in the rear view mirror and football is in cobwebs until the very end of the summer.