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Ford KeyFree Lightens Password Log-on Load

On: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford KeyFree test 2

The rumor mill is turning once more, spinning a sci-fi thriller which might affect the very fabric of our everyday lives. Ford’s KeyFree technology, commonly known for automatic door locking/unlocking and – everyone’s favorite gimmick – push-to-start ignitions, has popped up on a French Vimeo site with an altogether new software update.

So far, all we know is that a new version of Ford’s KeyFree system is coming soon. And this time, multiple password storage and automatic log-on will be the name of the game.

Users of the Ford KeyFree app will be able to save usernames and passwords for social media, email, internet shopping, and the like. Upon entering a device’s Bluetooth range, connected computers will automatically log on to each individual account.

Plug-ins Go 4WD With Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

On: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 2:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Plug-ins Go 4WD With Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV test 2

Mitsubishi announced this week that it will unveil the 2014 Outlander PHEV at the Paris Motor Show in September. The automaker calls the model the "first permanent 4WD electric car in series production."

Living in the mountains, I've discovered two things about vehicles: I need four-wheel drive for snow and dirt roads, and SUVs with four-wheel drive tend to get terrible gas mileage. I've been waiting patiently for an electric or plug-in hybrid with all/four-wheel drive. I thought it was going to be the Toyota Rav 4 Electric, but Toyota sticks with two-wheel. It looks like the Outlander PHEV will finally fill the void.

2013 Hyundai Equus Breaks $60,000 Mark

On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 12:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Equus Breaks $60,000 Mark test 2

A decade or two ago, the proposition of a $60,000 Hyundai would have caused an eruption of laughter. But these days, Hyundai has grown its reputation and upped its reach to higher ends of the market. Until it creates a distinct luxury brand, we'll have to get used to Hyundais costing up into the $60,000s. The 2013 Equus starts at just over $60,000.

Hyundai announced last week that the 2013 Equus will start at $60,150, after the $900 destination charge. That's only $250 more than last year's model, but it pushes the base price of the Equus over the $60K mark.

Volvo Dangles Polestar S60 Concept

On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 10:32AM | By: Chris Salamone

Volvo Polestar S60 test 2

Last November, Volvo dropped the Polestar performance upgrade for the company’s hot hatch C30. And ever since, Volvo fans have wondered when the next Polestar treatment would come – and more importantly, which vehicle would receive the upgrade.

Fortunately for all involved, the wait was worth it. Just a few days ago, Volvo unveiled vehicle specs for an upcoming Polestar S60, injected to the brim with performance enhancers. Sure, the old school S60 Type R could jump from 0-60 in a blistering 5.4 seconds. But this S60 is a whole other animal.

Of course, that’s not surprising when you consider a T6 with modified cylinder head, combustion chambers, inlet manifold, and air intake. Tack on a Garret turbo and the Polestar S60 is good for 508 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque.  

Oh, and a projected 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.


Production Nissan Juke Nismo Debuts

On: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Juke Nismo test 2

The Juke R was a wild pipe dream that somehow managed to turn itself into a reality. The Juke Nismo, on the other hand, was always much more of a realistic, grounded vehicle headed toward production. Nissan introduced the production version of the tuned Juke at the weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans event.

Nissan originally showed the concept version of the Juke Nismo at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. Nismo will enjoy an expanded role at Nissan, and the performance Juke is the first example of that role.

Ford Launches MyFord Mobile App For Focus Electric

On: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Launches MyFord Mobile App For Focus Electric test 2

It's not really an electric car unless it comes with a smartphone app for battery charging. Ford launched the MyFord Mobile app earlier this week, offering Focus Electric owners a mobile platform for monitoring and controlling battery charging.

Focus Electric deliveries started a couple of weeks ago, and the first owners can now download the mobile app from the iTunes store. The app connects with the car via an AT&T wireless module and allows remote access to battery charge information and other features. When the Focus Electric is plugged in, value-mode charging works with the Microsoft cloud to check local utility rates and activate charging when prices drop, helping to save owners money. Ford calls the technology an industry first.

2013 Chevy Volt Gets Bigger Battery And Range Boost

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Chevy Volt Gets Bigger Battery And Range Boost test 2

The Chevy Volt is really giving the Nissan Leaf a run for its money. For the 2012 model, its price inched ever closer, and now another important figure is creeping up on Nissan. The 2013 Volt will use a re-engineered lithium-ion battery to increase both electric-only range and overall fuel economy.

The new Volt, which will hit dealerships in August, adds three miles to its zero-emissions range for a total of 38 miles. In terms of overall efficiency, the new Volt boasts a 98 mpg-e figure, up from 94 mpg-e. The new Volt can travel a total of 380 miles on a full charge/full tank of gas, according to GM.

NHTSA Expands Probe, Chrysler Holds Breath

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Salamone

Jeep Grand Cherokee Explodes test 2

Late last year a Lake Mary, Florida accident rose to the attention of national media. A 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was involved in a rear-end collision, and then proceeded to explode and roast a 24-year-old male caught in a series of tragic, and unexpected, events. And, while heart-wrenching, the incident reached critical media mass not because of the vehicle, driver, or ensuing disaster. Instead, it seemed that the accident verified AND fueled an investigation already underway by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – which started a full year before, in August 2010.

Even so, up until recently, the NHTSA was set on evaluating only 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Apparently though, after a half year, the NHTSA has finally decided to broaden the scope of the agency’s investigation to include the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and…you guessed it…the 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee. That brings the total to a whopping 5.1 million Chrysler vehicles.

The heart of the debate is the location of Chrysler’s fuel tanks. In older models, mostly made before 2005, the company placed plastic fuel tanks behind the rear axle and slightly below the rear bumper. The Center for Auto Safety alleges that such a location makes the tank more prone to leak or rupture during an impact.

Japanese Brands Score Big In Conumser Perception, Ford And Hyundai On The Right Track

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 9:36AM | By: Chris Weiss

Japanese Brands Score Big In Conumser Perception, Ford And Hyundai On The R test 2

Auto industry research and analysis firm ALG recently released the results of its spring 2012 Perceived Quality Study. The semiannual study polls consumers in regards to how they view the quality of automotive brands. Japanese brands like Honda and Toyota lead the way, while Ford and Hyundai are most improved.

"Perception is a powerful force in consumer buying behavior. Consumers often base their beliefs about quality on the emotional connection they have with a brand, regardless of the actual quality. Alternatively, a brand that experiences an instance of bad publicity may take years to shake off the negative effects, even if the actual quality is good," ALG describes.

Click It Or Ticket Goes Canine In New Jersey

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Click It Or Ticket Goes Canine In New Jersey test 2

The image of a golden retreiver's mangy furr fluttering carelessly in the 55-mph wind on the other side of a car window is nearly as timeless as the automobile itself. Yet, that image will soon be no more in one state. New Jersey has instituted new fines, ranging from $250 to $1,000, for drivers that don't buckle their pets up. Another weird but true law hits the books.

NJ police officers, as well as officers of the NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, can now pull over drivers for traveling with their pets unrestrained and issue fines of up to $1,000. Drivers are also vulnerable to disorderly person charges for animal cruelty.

Focus ST Overboosts Initial Impressions

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 2:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford Focus ST test 2

The only thing new age car junkies like more than hatchbacks are hot hatchbacks. With that said, the market for sub $30,000 tire-shredding utility boxes is pretty limited. Amidst a worn grouping, including VW GTIs and sluggish Subaru Imprezas, Ford has decided to once again prey upon its limping competition with the second coming of the company’s Focus ST. For months now, we’ve heard lots of good things. And Ford isn’t letting up anytime soon.

In short, the Focus ST continues to impress – especially now that we know an ‘overboost’ feature will be assimilated into the vehicle’s turbocharged engine. Please, oh pretty please, can we also get a Men in Black-type little red button?