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The Nissan Juke must be one of the more polarizing designs in the modern auto market. This oddly styled small crossover is definitely a love it or leave it design. For those who love, and want to buy, the 2014 model, there's some good news: The 2014 Juke carries over base pricing from 2013.
We already knew that the McLaren P1 would be one of the highest performing pieces of road machinery in the world. But just how that quantified into hard specs remained in question until this week. The general performance specs like "0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds" have gotten a little more specific.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports, Technology
Tags: McLaren, P1, supercars, hypercars, performance, hybrids
With Halloween just around the corner, we need to remember how much bigger our cars are than the average trick-or-treater. This seems simple. It’s just common sense, right? Not so common according to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Almost three times more pedestrian fatalities occur on Halloween than on an average day. Some of this is the fault of the pedestrian and some the fault of the driver, but these can be avoided if we all pay attention.
Volvo has detailed some cutting-edge reserach that it claims makes conventional batteries a thing of the past. The automaker believes a newly developed carbon fiber-based nanomaterial has the potential to replace heavy centralized battery systems by building energy storage into car components, such as doors and body panels.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Volvo, batteries, EVs, electric vehicles, technology, research
I lived in Germany for two years. We didn’t have a car. We really didn’t need one. We lived in a small farm town with everything necessary within walking distance. We did have friends with cars, however, and we went castle-hopping on the weekends or into Frankfurt to shop at the big department stores that seemed to believe that all Americans wore cowboy boots and huge belt buckles. At least that’s what all the “American” manikins wore. To get to Frankfurt we had to take the Autobahn. To people who haven’t been there, an Autobahn is an interstate with no speed limit. This isn’t entirely true. There are stretches that have posted speed limits and fines for exceeding them. For the most part though, the recommended speed is 81 mph. There are actually fewer accidents compared to American interstates but the fatality rate is higher. It’s a trade off I guess.
We've heard about Canadian supercars in the past. But they have had a way of appearing and disappearing without ever fully materializing. The last one we heard about was the HTT-Plethore, and while its website says it's available to the select few, we haven't heard or seen anything about this car in years—not even a tweet since last August.
That's okay because there's another contender laying claim to building the first true Canadian supercar. Montreal-based race car manufacturer Magnum has teased a new road-legal supercar that it plans to debut in less than two weeks.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Supercars, new cars, teasers, videos, Magnum, Canadian
As part of a bid to entice new buyers, car companies these days offer a series of “configurators” on their websites. These are essentially graphic tools that allow people to “build” and spec any car that the company currently offers. They range from basic cosmetic options, like paint color and wheel type, to incredibly granular tweaks, such as the color of the stitching on the seats, and whether you want the suspension to have one, three, or five modes. What I’ve decided to do is go through (more or less) all of the configurators that are available, pick the best and the worst, and explain how pithy little applets can tell you a lot about an automaker. So, without further ado, the awards:
Posted In: Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Car Reviews
Tags: car, configure, sale, buy, lamborghini, rolls-royce, ferrari, VW, Ford, Jaguar, Volkswagen, RR, web design
Road trips are as much about the journey as the destination. The best stories come from the road, not the place we intended to go. For those of you who believe the best part of life is what you can’t plan for, here are some places you might want to check out if you happen to be in the neighborhood. These are truck stops easily accessible from the interstate but they aren’t just for truckers anymore.
Have you ever been jealous of those children who get to sleep in those cool beds shaped like a car? Well, be envious no longer! You can have one for yourself along with a truckload of other home furnishings made from various parts of an automobile.
It may just be that people like to look at fast, pretty cars, but Porsche has scored highest among automakers for website design. On second thought, it might not be the fast, pretty cars at all. Acura, whose cars are not quite as fast or pretty as Porsche's, save for the NSX, tied for the top spot. The recognition comes from J.D. Power's 2013 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study.
Posted In: Reports, Car Reviews, Technology
Tags: Porsche, consumers, surveys, J.D. Power, studies
The dropping of prices on hybrids and electric cars continue. Toyota has announced pricing for the new Prius Plug-In, dropping the base price by over $2,000, to help the model slide in just below the $30,000 mark. The 2014 Prius Plug-In receives that price drop without any accompanying loss of equipment.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Prius, hybrids, Toyota, Prius plug-in, new cars, pricing