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Some of Ford’s hybrid models will soon be getting free software updates to help improve fuel economy. 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford C-Max, and Lincoln MKZ hybrids are the target of this software update in an effort to get actual MPG closer to what the EPA estimated mileage reads. The window stickers on of all these models states that they get 47 miles per gallon in highway and city driving—the actual fuel economy appears to be closer to 40 miles per gallon or less.
Leasing a car used to be a trend reserved for luxury car drivers, but leasing of many different models and classes of vehicles has hit record levels over the last few months. Easier credit qualifications and attractive deals have more people looking to lease their next vehicle.
Technology in cars is moving at a very rapid pace. New predictions have projected that most cars will be connected to the internet and have the ability to communicate with the road and other vehicles in the near future. This technology in cars is possible through the use of the vehicle’s command center, or infotainment system. Reviews show that the ways the Big Three currently handle infotainment varies greatly.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Technology
Tags: Infotainment, GM, Ford, Chrysler
2013’s Great Race kicks off today, June 21st, for the 30th time since 1983. The Great Race course in 2013 begins in St. Paul, Minnesota and ends in Mobile, Alabama. This path takes drivers through Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Around 100 cars are expected to start this race—how many will finish is yet to be determined.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Racing
Tags: Events, Races, The Great Race, Vintage, Classic
The executive vice-president of Nissan, Dr. Andy Palmer, is calling upon auto makers to better cater towards the female drivers. Palmer has presented research to back up this notion, citing that half of female drivers are unhappy with their personal vehicles, and an astounding 75% feel misunderstood by the auto industry. They want more attention on important features like leg room, and less focus on horsepower and drivetrain. Women also seem to be put off by frivolous features that serve little purpose outside of being flashy. Females are the key influencers in the purchase of a vehicle, but they are feeling ignored in this industry.
It used to be that supercars only came from a handful of countries like Italy, the U.K., and the United States. No more. We've seen supercars from every continent not covered in a massive ice sheet, and some countries are slowly catching up with the leaders. The Netherlands is one such country. Spyker returned to the scene more than a decade ago, and Savage Rivale gave the country another legitimate supercar—or super convertible, in that case. The new Vencer Sarthe makes three.
Earlier this month, Bugatti announced a claimed world speed record for convertibles in its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1,183-hp open-topped Veyron screamed down Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessein track and was clocked in at 254.04 mph by the German inspection and certification aficianados at TUV. Bugatti followed the feat up by revealing a Grand Sport Vitesse "World Record Car" special edition at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Tags: Bugatti, world records, fastest cars, convertibles, Veyron
Nissan latest concept car is described as a "four-passenger sedan designed for a generation with a different automotive outlook," a fact that's clear from its social-network-inspired name: Friend-ME. The concept car puts a Chinese-focused spin on technologically loaded small cars aimed at a new generation of auto buyers.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Technology
Tags: Nissan, Friend-Me, concept cars, 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, technology
Following the New York Auto Show earlier this month, the auto show season here in North America has calmed down. But that doesn't mean there aren't new concepts and car models launching around the globe. The Shanghai Auto Show got underway over the weekend, and Mercedes debuted a concept crossover at the show. It calls the GLA Concept an escape from the everyday.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Technology
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, concept cars, GLA, 2013 Shanghai Motor Show
With the success of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, it’s no surprise that Nissan is toying around with an entry level sports car of its own. It already has the flagship GT-R and mid-range 370Z, and a smaller 200SX revival has been funneling around the rumor mill for months. According to Australian auto media sources, Nissan will show one potential direction for an entry level sports car at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s likely to include some form of electric powertrain.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Reports
Tags: Nissan, sports cars, 370Z, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, new cars
The Honda Urban SUV doesn’t just take from the Acura design book; it rips the whole page out, which is why it looks like an Acura RDX, Honda CR-V, and NSX concept mash-up; which is not entirely a bad thing.