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Audi today announced that it received three 2012 Best Resale Value Awards from Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used vehicle information. The annual Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership. The 2012 Audi Q7 received two awards, and the 2012 Audi A5 also received recognition.
The 2012 Audi Q7 was named Best Resale Value in the Luxury Utility Vehicle class and was one of the Top 10 cars with Best Resale Value. The seven-passenger Audi Q7 exceeds driver and passenger expectations for functionality and comfort. Q7 customers have the option of a gasoline turbocharged, fuel-injected 3.0-liter TFSI engine, or a powerful yet fuel efficient V6 turbocharged direct injection TDI clean diesel engine.
Posted In: Reports, Car News
Tags: Audi, 2012, A5, Q7, KBB, Kelley Blue Book, resale, award, value
On the all-new XTS, Cadillac will debut a network of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards and intervene to help avert potential crashes. This is the strategy Cadillac calls control and alert.
In some cases, Cadillac’s enhanced vision and sensing systems will act without the driver, such as though automatic braking based on information indicating potential obstacles.
The new XTS contains several features using visual and audible alerts designed to identify potential threats with sufficient warning for the driver to react and make changes. One example is the Safety Alert Seat feature, which vibrates either the left or right side of the driver’s seat cushion depending on the location of the impending concern. Intervening features, such as automatic braking, take action automatically if the driver is slow to initially react.
Tags: 2013, Cadillac, XTS, control and alert, technology, assist, safety
Starting this November, Ram Truck will be offering a new Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service package for law enforcement and other emergency agencies through Chrysler Group Fleet sales. The newest Ram model features a selection of severe-duty-adapted equipment available on the 2012 Ram 1500 and several unique features.
Made for extreme-duty cycles, emergency and municipal service trucks are sometimes can be left idling for extended periods of time. The Ram 1500 includes 100,000-mile sparkplugs and a larger oil cooler to protect the engine.
To handle the high electric loads, the Ram 1500 Special Service Truck includes a 220-amp alternator. A unique wire harness is capable of providing power, ground and fusing for a variety of law enforcement lighting, siren, computer, modem, radar or camera systems. The package also includes a Power Distribution Center (PDC) with fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two separate 100-amp main fuses for camera, computer, modem and printer systems.
The new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG is more of a high-performance SUV - and rightly so, if you look at the horsepower figures. The standard engine is the AMG 5.5-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with an output of 525hp - which is 15hp more than last year’s model. And if that isn’t enough, there is the AMG Performance package which puts out 557hp.
The new ML 63 AMG comes with an interesting technology package: the engine features spray-guided direct fuel injection with piezo injectors, ECO start/stop system, an all-aluminum crankcase, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air-water charge air cooling and generator management. With a displacement of 5461cc, the eight-cylinder engine generates a maximum power output of 525 hp. Engine dry weight is 449 lbs.
Earlier this month, Nissan showed how one of its NV people movers will help to transform the way that New York taxi passengers commute around the city. More recently, it showed us how its NV series can transform private commutes.
Nissan previewed its NV3500 HD Passenger Van ahead of its commercial launch next year. This big monster can carry up to 12 people or all kinds of equipment, depending upon what you need it for.
Posted In: Reports
Tags: Nissan, van, NV, NV3500, HD, people mover, commercial, consumer, 12 passenger
Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.
The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Concept Cars, Car Reviews, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: VW, Volkswagen, Beetle, R, shows, stateside, LA, Frankfurt, specs, pics, pricing, price, concept
Now I was a high-performance-driving natural, earning seven straight Big Wheel Racing Championships in my neighborhood (and/or mind) before I turned pro at 11. Since then I’ve moved up the ranks to professional “production car test driver that sometimes does so on race tracks,” which—though short on trophies—is big on, well… seat-time, I suppose.
It took a long time—and many expensive driver training courses I mostly didn’t have to pay for—to get to my level of awesomeness. But let’s say you don’t have the “connections” it takes to bill someone else for your driver training, let alone the scratch it takes to pay your way into them the way you’re supposed to.
If only someone could package the combined knowledge of nearly every professional in auto racing—including drivers, team owners, car builders, receptionists, and anyone else nearby—regarding nearly every aspect of racing, into video clips that could be found at one slick website….
Posted In: How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Racing, Safety, Videos
Tags: Safe, safety, driving, racing, internet, website, Safe Is Fast, training, skill
As of today, almost every major news source has picked up and extolled the virtues of Ford’s 2013 Escape. During an official unveiling at the LA Auto Show, automotive journalists and enthusiasts alike were treated to a huge array of information and sexy ad posturing. The trouble is, this latest Escape sort of downgrades the things about the former Escape which we’ve all come to know and love. Sure, the 2013 version looks refreshed, more modern, and offers superior gas mileage, but what happened to the Escape’s rugged, boxy look? What happened to a mini-SUV that made us feel like going on holiday?
Now we’re stuck with a CUV, strongly resembling the Ford Focus, which looks best navigating the crowded supermarket parking lot. There are some good points though…
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car Reviews, Videos
Tags: 2013, Ford, Escape, pics, images, video, fever, pitch, hype, hits, price, engines, CUV, SUV
For 2012, the Ford Mustang has some new features that make it an even better car - American style with powerful engines delivering outstanding fuel economy across the lineup and it puts the driving experience in the customer’s hands with new selectable steering. The 2012 Mustang offers customers selectable steering that tailors the driving experience to fit their needs. With a choice of three settings, the feature allows the customer to select the steering effort, depending on his or her style of driving.
Sport mode provides the most road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the highest level of steering effort, allowing the driver to be more in tune with how the vehicle reacts to the road. Comfort mode provides the least amount of road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the least amount of steering effort, which is ideal for long, relaxing drives. A standard mode also is available and is a balance between the comfort and sport settings. The settings are accessed and programmed through the message center.
Two new optional packages, the Reverse Sensing System and Security Package and HID Headlamps and Security Package, also debut for 2012.
The 2011 Orlando Festivals of Speed was originally scheduled for October 7 – 9, however, due to uncooperative weather, the Motorsports Collection Display portion of the weekend event was postponed to November 13.
We were there, cameras in hand; so were some of the greatest cars on the planet.
Check out our pictures from the event.
Tags: Festivals of Speed, Orlando, Florida, exotics, supercars, classics, hot rods, car shows
For over a year, rumors have suggested that the next generation Corvette (C7) will be one of the most radical redesigns in the car's history. Some aspects, like the split-glass Stingray-style rear window, have been attributed directly to GM sources, while others, including the mid-engined layout, have been loose rumors. Between the official sound bites and rumors, it has long appeared that the C7 Corvette would be somewhat of a revolutionary redesign.
A new report this week suggest that the new Corvette will benefit from evolution, not revolution. While GM will look to update the Corvette, the sporty flagship will likely look a lot like the same, ol' Corvette that we see now.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Chevy, Chevrolet, Corvette, rumors, C7, sports cars, muscle cars