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Categories: Technology

Nissan Friend-Me Concept

On: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Friend-Me Concept test 1-1

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.

Mercedes Concept GLA Shines Laser Headlights on Shanghai

On: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Concept GLA Shines Laser Headlights on Shanghai test 1-1

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.

Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand

On: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand test 1-1

Brake regeneration is a staple of electric vehicles and hybrids. The technology repurposes the energy usually lost as heat during braking for the purpose of battery charging. Typically this is an automatic process that happens only during braking, but in the new Cadillac ELR, it’s available to the driver on-demand. 

State of the Nation: The Self-Driving Car in 2013

On: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Jon Summers

Google Autonomous Lexus RX test 2

People strike up conversation with me, as a car guy, to help them decide which new car to buy. Often I can help; however, choosing a daily driver for myself has proven impossible. I love cars which are good to drive, and these cars, with their noisy, thirsty engines, manual transmissions and hard riding suspensions are the opposite of what I need for my mogadon commute up and down Highway 101 through Silicon Valley. Stop/start traffic demands automatic transmission; volume of traffic means there is no point in having anything especially fast/powerful, no corners and potholed freeways make floaty suspension your best bet. My driving reality is thus completely at odds with the things I most love about the motoring experience. My commute is not a drive, rather it is a chore which is rendered tolerable only by audiobooks. It is a chore which would be more tolerable if the car could just handle the dumb stop-and-go itself.


History Of The Corvette LT1

On: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:53PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

The New Corvette LT1, Historically Speaking test 2

As is no big surprise by now, the next Corvette is on its way and the world is a better place for it. The C7 aims to be a better than the current Corvette in just about any way it can, and from the looks of things, it just might accomplish that goal. One of the biggest contributors to any vehicle's success or failure is, of course, its engine. And when it comes to sports cars, the engine factor is exponentially more important than in say, your average entry-level subcompact.

Designated as the LT1, the heart of the C7 certainly looks like a success on paper -- an all-aluminum 6.2-liter pushrod V8 (thank the heavens), variable valve timing, an amazing 11.5:1 compression ratio, direct-injection (which is a first for a pushrod engine), and of course the matching 450/450 horsepower/torque rating which is nothing short of glorious. All of these figures, you are bound to see over and over in the coming months, and the LT1 will be heralded as the crown jewel of the Corvette kingdom. What you may not know however, is exactly where this LT1 sits in the GM small-block lineage, and just how far back the General harked for its newest engine's name.

Innovative Fastback System Creates Transformer Sports Car

On: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Sports Car test 2

It would seem that the market is ripe for a car that shifts shapes between popular models. Over the past year, we've seen concepts that allude to the possibilities, including the Magna Steyr MILA Coupic and Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top, both of which used innovative two-part roof systems to transform from hatchback to pickup truck to convertible. Industrial design firm Xelestine presents a system that provides an even more radical transformation - sports coupe to station wagon to pickup truck.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

On: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept test 1-1

Mercedes didn't take home the trophy at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, but it did have arguably the most interesting entry. And unlike competitors that created only renderings, Mercedes built a life-sized model. Mercedes tackled the assignment of creating a highway patrol vehicle for the year 2025 by building a mean, green off-roader. The Ener-G-Force is essentially the G-Class of the future outfitted for all-terrain dominance.

How Motor Racing Made Your Road Car Safer

On: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:58AM | By: Jon Summers

Formula 1 crash test 2

Watching NASCAR or Formula 1 it is hard to see how the lessons learned at nearly 200 mph, high on the banking at Daytona, could somehow make your commute across a congested town, never exceeding 50 mph, a safer experience. However, looking closely, almost every facet of the modern automobile has been shaped by motor racing, including many things which make everyday journeys safer:

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Traci Benoit

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive test 2

When you drive a Mercedes-Benz, you aren’t trying to blend in with the crowd. And you won’t blend with much if you drive the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Mercedes went to extensive lengths to make sure that the gas powered equivalent had nothing on the electric powered version. In fact, the SLS AMG coupe is the fastest electric car available on the market today.

With 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the electric version edges out the gas version with its 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Although leading in power, the Electric Drive achieves a zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds compared to 3.8 seconds for the V8 motor. Top speed for the Electric SLS AMG is electronically limited at 155 mph vs. 197 mph for the V8. But who’s keeping score?

Cadillac's Driver Assist Package Offers Virtual Safety

On: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:23PM | By: Traci Benoit

Cadillac's Driver Assist Package Offers Virtual Safety test 2

The key role of a bumper is to absorb shock from an accident and reduce damage to the body of the car. Cadillac is saying that isn’t good enough and they want to prevent accidents from happening at all. Cadillac’s Front and Rear Automatic Braking system, which acts as a “virtual bumper,” may prevent you from backing into that mailbox or hitting a car when attempting to parallel park.

As part of an optional Driver Assist Package for the ATS, XTS and SRX sedans and crossovers, Cadillac’s new virtual bumper technology relies on a series of sensors. Radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors detect a possible upcoming crash. If the system detects an oncoming frontal collision, an automatic maximum braking effort is applied with or without your participation. So technically, you could avoid a low-speed accident while asleep, although it’s not recommended you try that.

Finally! An Auto Auction Lot That Comes With A Lifetime Mating-Prevention Guarantee!

On: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:49AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author test 2

Have a problem with getting too many women? I, being such a person, know what it’s like; they follow you everywhere, looking for any excuse to hop in your car and go…wherever.

This is why I’ve been considering replacing my eight-passenger 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser. If only I could find something that would not only seat one (and some groceries) and—most importantly—would instantly kill the mating instinct of the human female on sight.

As it turns out my ideal lust-killer’s been around since the 1980s: the Litestar Pulse. And if only I’d been at Auctions America’s Auburn Indiana sale last weekend—and been suffering from a tragic-yet-comical brain injury—I could’ve been the sad… I mean LUCKY guy who traded $22,000 actual American dollars for Lot 4052, a “1990 Reconstructed Pulse Litestar.”

Way to go, dude! No more girl-sourced cooties for you!