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New Mazda6 Coming To Paris Motor Show

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mazda Takeri Concept test 2

From New York to Paris: Mazda announced that it will introduce the 2014 Mazda6 at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The new model will hit the market in the first quarter of next year.

We've already seen plenty of the Mazda6 by way of the Takeri concept. In New York this week, Mazda confirmed what everyone that follows these things already knew: The Takeri is a strong indication as to what the next Mazda6 will look like. Color us satisfied, because the Takeri is a very stylish car and a very fitting update for its mid-sized sedan.

The Takeri concept was debuted at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and made it across the Pacific for this week's New York Auto Show. The concept is the first to feature the new Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, and also has other Skyactiv technologies like i-start and i-ELOOP.

2013 Subaru BRZ Gets Price Tag

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 11:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Subaru BRZ test 2

The Subaru BRZ was originally rumored to be the more upscale of the two sports coupes coming out of the great Subaru-Toyota team-up. In spite of those rumors, the Subaru got the same exact engine and output as its Toyota cousins. While it doesn't pack more power, it does pack a little more price.

The Subaru BRZ officially starts at $25,495 in North America, as announced by Subaru this week. That's just under $1,300 more than the Scion FR-S, which was priced last month. The base model uses a six-speed manual transmission; the automatic version starts at $26,595. Both base models, called 'Premium' by Subaru, come with touchscreen GPS navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Turns Heads In New York

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

2013 Lincoln MKZ test 2

We’ve waited, and waited, but finally Lincoln’s latest Ford Fusion luxury spinoff has debuted as something entirely more sophisticated. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ takes on a long list of impressive new features, as well as styling which pays homage to elegance for the sake of…well…elegance.

In previous generations of Lincolns, we couldn’t help feeling like the company attempted to gussie up old pigs with new lipstick – taking less expensive cars and adding chrome, plus other doodads, to rev up pricing. But the 2013 MKZ is different.

This is a vehicle which could re-define Lincoln as a brand, standing separate and above Ford.

2013 Nissan Altima: 38 MPG, $21,500

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Nissan Altima test 2

The Nissan Altima may not be the glitziest debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but it's one of the cars surest to make the most people happy. The car loses weight, gains fuel economy and keeps price relatively low.

The 2013 Altima isn't just aiming to keep in its class, it's aiming to define the class. Nissan anticipates that the mid-sized sedan will lead its hot-selling class in several parameters, including weight and fuel economy.


Land Rover Pushing Ahead With Upscale Range Rover

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Pushing Ahead With Upscale Range Rover test 2

Land Rover is facing more competition than ever. These days, every luxury automaker offers an SUV, and the format is about to go ultra-premium in the form of Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini SUVs. Land Rover will respond by bumping the Range Rover up in price and package to keep from losing the spotlight.

We originally heard tell of a higher end Range Rover last year, and Land Rover is reportedly pushing full steam ahead in moving the next Range Rover up market. The company tested the waters with last year's Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a limited edition, $170,000 version of the Range Rover Autobiography with such ultra-premium accoutrements as a drink cooler and an aluminum and Kalahari wood laptop table. That model sold with no issues, experiencing particular success in China, Russia and the Middle East.

AT&T Working On GPS-Based Vibrating Steering Wheel

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 3:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

AT&T Working On GPS-Based Vibrating Steering Wheel test 2

It looks like cars of the future are going to rattle and shake like video game controllers. Just a few days ago, we saw the vibrating driver seat in the new Cadillac XTS. Now we have some news of another vibrating component being developed by AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.

AT&T Labs is working on a haptic steering wheel that's capable of sending vibrations based upon GPS navigation. If you need to turn right, for instance, a series of vibrations rotate clockwise around the steering wheel, prompting you to turn. The steering wheel has a series of 20 actuators integrated inside, which can vibrate in a multitude of patterns. The motors can also intensify vibrations as you get closer and closer to a given turn.

BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars test 2

Although BMW may indeed be the Ultimate Driving Machine, as it turns out, even they are not built flawlessly. BMW has issued a recall of 367,682 vehicles consisting of 5-Series and 6-Series models built 2004-2010 as well as M5 models built from 2006-2010 and M6 models built from 2007-2010.

It seems that the positive battery cable may have been improperly connected to the trunk floor, which may cause the bolt connecting the cable to loosen. This loosening may then cause an increase in electrical resistance and as a result, the connection may overheat to the point of catching fire. The car does not even have to be running to be a potential fire risk, which is why BMW has advised owners to keep their cars parked outdoors until they have had the necessary repairs.

Read on for the full report ...

Honda's Hilarious April Fools' Anti-Theft System

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

Honda's Terii test 2

Year after year, Honda consistently ranks highly in reliability and value. But another, less advertised, Honda attribute also tops some lists. Few automakers, in the history of cars, can attest to having a longer track record for attracting thievery. And even fewer still are the automakers which have mastered the art of April Fools’ advertising.

Honda usually spearheads the list of most stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau – but all that is about to change. Honda plans to address would-be criminals and nervous consumers in one fell swoop. In 2013, Honda vehicles will feature a new security technology which attempts to prevent theft with negotiations and psychoanalysis. Say hello to TERII, and what is perhaps the best April Fools’ joke in recent memory.

While TERII will offer some familiar features, like keyless entry and voice command, Honda’s latest anti-theft system is unlike anything currently available on the mass market. Meaning, buyers could pay top dollar to get a celebrity-like, aftermarket security unit, but Honda plans to make artificial intelligence security mainstream.

Study: Breathalyzer Systems Work In Fighting Drunk Driving

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Study: Breathalyzer Systems Work In Fighting Drunk Driving test 2

According to a new study, ignition interlock systems, which require drivers to blow into a breathalyzer before starting their cars, are effective at cutting the number of repeat offenders. Some jurisdictions require that those convicted of drunk driving install interlock systems in their cars, and the study took a look at the results in one such location.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted its research in relation to Washington state, where interlock systems are mandatory for anyone convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). It looked at DUI conviction records from January 1999 to June 2006. In 2004, Washington expanded its mandatory interlock law to include everyone convicted of DUI. The original 1999 law included only repeat offenders, high-BAC offenders, and those who refused an alcohol test. So the IIHS was able to study the law's effect on first-time simple offenders, noting a 12 percent decrease in repeat offenses in the second quarter of 2006 over what would have been expected without the interlock requirement.

Cadillac Seats To Vibrate As Crash Warning

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac Seats To Vibrate As Crash Warning test 2

GM plans to launch a vibrating driver's seat in the upcoming 2013 Cadillac XTS. The seat isn't designed to relax or massage the driver, but rather to warn him of impending dangers.

The new system, which GM calls the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat, uses directional tactile sensation - a fancy way of saying a vibrating seat bottom. The seat vibrates on the left side or right side, depending upon which side the danger is on. When the danger is coming from the rear or front, the seat vibrates on both sides. For instance, if you begin to veer over into the right line, the right side of your seat will start to vibrate as a cue to straighten out.

Hyundai Reveals 2013 Santa Fe

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe test 2

Hyundai likes to show up big for the New York Auto Show. The Korean automaker has a history of bringing a big model or concept debut to the show, and this year is no different. It will premiere the all-new 2013 Santa Fe at the show, and it's given us a glimpse a little early.

Hyundai released pictures of the Santa Fe on its blog Hyundai Like Sunday. Interestingly, the blog post spends as much time talking about competitor debuts like the Dodge SRT and Buick Enclave as it does about the Santa Fe. All it says is that the new version of the crossover will "break new ground just like the first generation did" - the kind of line that every automaker likes to give about every one of its new debuts.