понедельник, 31 июля 2017 г.

Are you sure you still want the $35,000 Tesla Model 3?

Tesla made a big deal about its Model 3's base price of $35,000. The price makes it attractive to a whole new range of buyers who couldn't afford its more expensive Model S or Model X. While it's certainly true that a Model 3 will be cheapest way to get into a brand-new Tesla, let's be clear that there will be practically zero Model 3s at its base starting price of $35,000. Here's why.

Choosing any color other than black raises the Model 3's price by a grand. If you want an upgraded interior package, that will cost you additional $5,000. To be fair, a package that includes upgraded 12-way power heated seats, open-pore wood trim, a higher-end audio system, and a center console with docking for two smartphones is very attractive at that $5K price point. It's such a good deal, in fact, that we'd be surprised if most Model 3s weren't so equipped, which raises the non-black electric vehicle to $41,000. Another of Tesla's well-publicized features is Autopilot. Read more

Ferrari 430 Scuderia destroyed 60 minutes after purchase?

This is a story of every Ferrari enthusiast's worst nightmare – the sad story crashing the newly acquired pride and joy just after receiving it. This time, it was an ultra-rare Ferrari 430 Scuderia. The supercar got smashed up and doused in flames. The driver, who has not been identified, lost control of his brand new car, a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, on a motorway in South Yorkshire, England, on July 27.

The police report that the car was found roughly 150 feet down an embankment where it caught fire, which is how it ended up in such a sorry state. Based on the post, the road was wet, and the implication is he may have been driving more aggressively than he should have based on road conditions, but not at illegal speeds. The police reported that the driver only suffered a few cuts and bruises, which is remarkable considering the severe damage. Read more

Eighth-generation Phantom-the most luxurious Rolls-Royce ever?

Eighth-generation Phantom-the most luxurious Rolls-Royce ever?: The eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is being built currently, and from what we’ve found out it seems like it will have an all-new aluminium spaceframe and an all-new V12 unit. The naturally-aspirated 6.75 litre unit is now gone, and a twin-turbocharged V12 took its place. It churns out 563bhp and a frankly more important 663 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,700rpm. This helps the car propel itself to 60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. This Phantom VIII is 60dB quieter than the previous generation at 62mph.


Rolls-Royce has installed a gallery in the dashboard, perfect for those buyers wanting to take their priceless collections with them on the road, hidden inside a glass casing. Then of course there are the seats, either ‘Lounge’ or ‘Individual’, with console variations and drink holders in any denomination you’d like.

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Porsche recalling 22,000 cars due to diesel cheating concerns

Porsche recalling 22,000 cars due to diesel cheating concerns: Just because your name is considered to be synonym for quality, doesn’t mean you will always follow these rules, and don’t make mistakes. If you don’t believe that, just see here how many Cayenne cars Porsche is recalling for having a software glitch fixed with an update


The number of Porsche Cayenne Diesel models affected with the software issue is more than 21,500 vehicles in Europe from model years 2014 to 2017, including 6,000 in Germany, all powered by the 3.0-litre V6 Diesel. The issue is with irregularities in the engine control software which is easily fixed with an update – a patch, if you will.

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суббота, 29 июля 2017 г.

McLaren’s next road-legal hypercar will be mental

McLaren’s next road-legal hypercar will be mental: It seems like McLaren Automotive is in hurry to come up with the successor of its super popular P1 hypercar. We’ve heard some rumors that the new model is already ready to debut, well that’s fantastic, we’ll get to see it messing up the market for the first place with AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie.


And it’s going to be banging, this P15, boasting an 800 horsepower non-hybrid 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8. That is less than what the P1 offered, but the McLaren P15 will be faster seeing it’s designed to be a stripped-out but still road-legal track toy with a weight of just 1,300 kg. So it’s fair to say the P15 won’t be any good around Casino Square or Knightsbridge, but it’ll kill at Silverstone or Spa.

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пятница, 28 июля 2017 г.

Renault-Nissan beating Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors

Renault-Nissan beating Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors: When two automakers with lots of potential make an alliance there is no wonder that their sales get global. That’s exactly what happened after Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA of France got together. The automakers claimed the top rank for the first time, by beating perennial top-sellers Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors.


The Nissan-Renault alliance, which has included Mitsubishi Motors Corp. it acquired the Japanese automaker last year, sold 5,268,079 vehicles around the world in January-June. That was more than Volkswagen AG at 5,155,600, and Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp., which said Friday it sold 5,129,000 vehicles in the first half. Volkswagen, which includes Audi and Lamborghini nameplates in its group, became the world's top selling automaker last year for the first time.

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четверг, 27 июля 2017 г.

Porsche brand has defended its top position among US customers

If you love Porsche cars, you’ll be glad to find out that Porsche is again the most attractive car brand for drivers in the USA. For the 13th time in succession, the sports car manufacturer has finished top of the overall rankings. The Porsche 911, Cayenne and Macan models also took the top positions in their categories. More than 69,000 new car owners took part in the survey, assessing 243 models from 33 car manufacturers in 10 categories.
Oliver Blume, President and CEO of Porsche AG, says that the aim of the company’s actions is to have thrilled customers. The results of the survey give them renewed confidence that they are following the right path with their strategy. It is now clear that alongside the quality of the product, it is also the level of service and communication with the customers that resonates. For the third time in a row, the Macan has taken the top spot in the “Compact Premium SUV” segment in the APEAL vehicle rankingsRead more

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is the fastest Mustang ever?

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT is being claimed as the automaker’s fastest version ever. According to official announcements, it will be able to make 460 hp, 420-pounds of torque and go 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, which makes it faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera. Thanks to the new Drag Strip mode, the 2018 Mustang GT is now the fastest Mustang GT ever.
The new engine and transmission have an impressive number of updates. A new drag-strip mode manages the drivetrain electronically so torque doesn’t drop. According to Ford promises, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo engine also gets faster, hitting 60 m.p.h. in less than 5.0 seconds. The 2.3-liter adds torque and the 10-speed automatic and 30 more pound feet of torque, to 350. Read more 

среда, 26 июля 2017 г.

BMW aims to electrify all brands and model lines

BMW has officially announced that it plans to produce a fully electric version of the three-door hatchback Mini. The car will go into production in 2019, and the battery electric drivetrain will be produced at BMW’s Bavarian facilities, then transported to Plant Oxford where it will join the cars. BMW says there will remain a diesel variant in addition to the petrol, plug-in hybrid, and EV versions of the Mini. No prototype shots have been released of the upcoming cars; the current one was unveiled in late 2013.
The UK production location isn’t the only place where BMW builds Minis, as the former Volvo/Mitsubishi/Smart NedCar plant in the Netherlands has been tooled to build some of the 360,000 Minis built yearly. UK Business Secretary Greg Clark considers the choice to build EV Minis in Britain a “vote of confidence” despite Brexit, and that it would see battery technology development boosted in the UK. By the time the EV version starts production, UK will likely have already left the European Union. Read more 

Meet your entry-level world-class racecar – the new Mercedes-AMG GT4!

We hope you remember that last year MercedesAMG teased the entry-level version of the GT racecar, the Mercedes-AMG GT4. This week at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, the German automaker finally pulled all the wraps off the new car. The GT4 is based on the AMG GT R and has been homologated for FIA GT4-spec racing series. It’s more affordable than the GT3-spec car that debuted more than two years ago. Still, it’s sure to be a beast in whatever series it enters.
The 24-hour race at Spa provides the perfect place to debut the new car, as this is the sort of racing series the GT4 will be competing in. This isn’t the final version of the car, as it will spend the rest of the year testing and going through final tuning, making its way into customer hands by the end of the year. The car’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 is able to make up to 503 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transaxle (rather than a seven-speed dual-clutch). Read more

вторник, 25 июля 2017 г.

FCA's restated sales show some big swings

A review of restated Fiat Chrysler sales at the model level points to a company that either didn’t accurately know what it was selling month to month or was playing fast and loose with its fleet sales. In its unprecedented restatement a year ago, which revealed that its then-vaunted streak of year-over-year sales gains actually had ended in 2013, FCA US downplayed the differences between what it had historically reported as its monthly sales and what a new reporting methodology showed was actually occurring.
Let’s take a deeper look at the figures. FCA and its dealers reported more than 15,000 sales of the Chrysler 200 sedan from July 2015 to June 2016 that the automaker now says didn’t occur. It also originally underreported the sales of almost 6,200 Dodge Grand Caravans and about 5,800 Jeep Compasses — sales that appeared only after the switch to its new reporting methodology. The three vehicles come from different FCA brands, but they have one thing in common: a high percentage of fleet sales.

A sweet breeze: 2018 McLaren 570S Spider First Drive

If you ever had a chance to test-drive the McLaren 570S Spider, you would definitely agree that it is madness. Not the car itself, which is a cogent convertible design based on the already handsome coupe. What is crazy is that a 562-hp machine that hammers to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds is only considered a sort-of, kind-of supercar. The Spider will be McLaren‘s volume model in its lowest-priced, lowest-tier Sports Series designation. As such, it is the company’s starter supercar.
Should you have $208,800 in your Venmo account, you won’t give up anything except that fixed roof. There’s no perceivable performance demerit when it comes to this retractable hardtop, as it was developed alongside the regular 570S from the onset. The 0-to-60 time is a non-discernable one-tenth of a second slower, and it still gets to a 204-mph top speed when the roof is up. If you insist on a top-velocity hurtle with wind bathing the cabin, it would only limit you by 8 mph. So, yes, madness.

понедельник, 24 июля 2017 г.

2002 Chevrolet IMPALA

2002 Chevrolet IMPALA2002
Chevrolet IMPALA for sale

This Impala feels solid on the road, visibility is excellent. The ride is
nice, quiet and smooth. very roomy and safe. Seats are very
comfortable. The interior is quite handsome. Unbelievable mileage for
a car of this size.

Price: $900 Details:

пятница, 21 июля 2017 г.

Lotus Evora GT430 the most powerful road-going sports car ever

Lotus Evora GT430 the most powerful road-going sports car ever: No matter what you’re doing right now, if you’re a car enthusiast you must stop it and get excited for the new Lotus Evora GT430, and at the same time the most powerful road-going sports car ever.


Obviously there are no rear seats in this one, but ‘hand-crafted’ carbonfibre body panels help lower the centre of gravity and cut weight to 1258kg dry – 26kg less than the Evora Sport 410despite 9kg of extra components. It laps the Lotus test track in 1m25.8s, which is an Evora record.

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Self-driving cars which don't meet the safety standards to be deployed

Self-driving cars which don't meet the safety standards to be deployed: Automakers now can deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules, this decision has been taken on Wednesday and approved by U.S. House panel.


Representative Robert Latta, a Republican who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee overseeing consumer protection, said he would continue to consider changes before the full committee votes on the measure, which is expected next week. The full U.S. House of Representatives will not take up the bill until it reconvenes in September after the summer recess.

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Audi made an ad in China comparing a wife to a used car

In an Audi commercial from China, a mother-in-law interrupts a wedding ceremony to inspect the bride, checking whether she’s up to standard. The older woman grabs the bride’s nose and ears, pinches her lower lip and peers at her teeth and tongue. The bride gets an OK – along with an extra warning to cover up her cleavage. It’s an ad from Ogilvy & Mather Beijing promoting used Audi cars that have been checked out and officially certified for resale.
But the ad is getting pushback on social media for comparing women to merchandise — specifically, to used cars that need to be checked from every angle. The ad was surprising given that Audi has made campaigns tackling gender stereotypes a centerpiece in markets from Spain to the U.S. One social commenter contrasted the Chinese spot to Audi’s messaging during the Super Bowl, about equal pay for women. Read more 

Mercedes-Benz unveils its 2018 X-Class pick-up truck

Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing vans for the commercial vehicle market – but now the brand is branching out further with its new pick-up truck, called the X-Class. While this may seem like an all-new model for Mercedes, the X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara, the global successor to the Frontier. This gives the Mercedes some serious truck cred while allowing the German automaker to thoroughly customize its standards. Those hoping for a version here in North America will likely be sorely disappointed, as Mercedes announced plans to sell the X-Class in overseas markets, but not the United States.
The exterior is essentially a Nissan Navara with Mercedes-Benz styling front and rear. Not much has changed from the concept version. Still, it’s a handsome thing, with the familiar two-bar and three-pointed star grille, LED-accented headlights, and a wide lower intake up front. The flat rear features another large emblem flanked by tall, thin tail lights. There’s a large bar in the bed, presumably to mount lights. It also looks like roof rails and a tonneau cover are available on some trims. Read more

четверг, 20 июля 2017 г.

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom keeps the old looks but still slays!

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom keeps the old looks but still slays!The eight-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom’s first pictures have been leaked to Chinese media over a week before it actually had to be officially revealed. The images, from an online brochure that isn’t meant to be live yet, prove that the new car keeps much of the old one’s looks, despite using a brand new platform that will be shared with the ‘Cullinan’ SUV the firm is working on.

It keeps the signature chrome grille and narrow headlights, albeit with a slightly altered shape, and the second pair of headlights is now gone. it looks like two-tone paint will again be a popular feature. The images show a long-wheelbase Phantom, which isn’t news in itself because we knew it was coming, but we have to admit we’re a bit disappointed in the centre console, which, in these photos at least, doesn’t look much like it belongs in a £350,000 car.

30 Vehicles charred by the flames at a Chevy dealership

30 Vehicles charred by the flames at a Chevy dealershipSometimes you simply leave your car for service, and instead of getting it back fixed, you don’t even get to see it at all, because it burned completely, until nothing has been left from it. This Tuesday night at this Chevrolet dealership, shortly after 7 p.m. a janitor was cleaning in the service building at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, Mich., and spilled cleaning supplies, causing what the fire chief called a “big ball of flame to erupt.” About 30 vehicles were destroyed in a blaze.

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No one was reported injured, fire officials said. The cost of the damage was unknown. About 15 vehicles in the service building and 15 more outside were charred by the flames, said Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin. When the fire crews arrived, they “realized they had a big problem on their hands,” Martin said. “The roof came down. The walls came down.”. Martin called for a fourth alarm after arriving at the scene, which summoned every community in Macomb County north of Detroit to help control the fire.

среда, 19 июля 2017 г.

Mustang P-51 named after the famous Second World War fighter plane

Mustang P-51 named after the famous Second World War fighter plane: If you ever get to think that the 5.0litre engine Ford Mustang has isn’t enough for it, then don’t hurry up to move to another car, the famous Ford tuner Roush has strapped a pretty enormous supercharger to the Mustang’s V8 to create the 2017 P-51, named after the famous Second World War fighter plane.


The P-51 Mustang isn’t the first Roush special to bear the name; you might remember the company has done this before. But it is the most powerful, with a healthy 727bhp courtesy of a supercharger with the same 2.3-litre cubic capacity as an entire Mustang EcoBoost engine

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Daimler invests $25 millions in Mercedes cars with Illegal software

Daimler invests $25 millions in Mercedes cars with Illegal softwareDaimler’s management board just approved some measures to cut diesel pollution including an investment of 22o million euros to update more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel cars in Europe. German regulators might have been the main reason why the company has taken these serious steps, since they have blamed it for causing respiratory disease.


The plan extends a service action that began in March on compact cars and also included V-class vans. Germany’s Transport Ministry declined immediately to comment on the recall. Daimler executives last week were summoned to attend a meeting with government officials in Berlin to explain the automaker’s role in possible diesel-emissions cheating after two engines used in Mercedes vehicles drew increased scrutiny from prosecutors. The recall marks a change of approach after the company vowed to fight accusations of cheating by “all legal means.”

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2001 Toyota TACOMA

2001 Toyota TACOMA:

2001 Toyota TACOMA for sale

4 cylinder, short bed, regular cab, alloy wheels, runs pretty good, 4×4 engages fine. Price: 3,000

вторник, 18 июля 2017 г.

Do smells make people spend?

Sometimes the new-car smell isn’t what it used to be. At least not at Land Rover South Dade in Miami, where customers are greeted with subtle scents of cedar, vanilla and violet. General Manager Mark de la Cruz infuses the dealership with a custom scent called “My Way” to ensure that his vehicles don’t smell like other new cars. He said the store needed a cultural change. They had to change their style of customer service, and aroma became a big component in that.
The fragrance enters through the ventilation system and spreads from ceiling panels above the sales pavilion and service department. It puts customers into a different frame of mind. There’s a lot of apprehension about making a large purchase such as a luxury automobile. The combination of scents and sounds makes the experience more soothing for them. De la Cruz was also intrigued with using smell to unlock memories, thinking that perhaps shoppers would associate fond recollections of their vehicles with Land Rover South Dade. Read more 

Cars to bet on: Audi R8 Performance Parts and TT RS Performance Parts

Cars to bet on: Audi R8 Performance Parts and TT RS Performance PartsAudi just revealed its new upgraded models Audi R8 Performance Parts and its little brother the TT RS Performance Parts at its 2017 Summit, and this time this car must finally get the attention it deserves. As the name suggests, Audi Sprt Performance Parts are a number of extras, usually available through tuners and aftermarket brands, offered to you straight from the factory. They help make the cars lighter, faster and nicer to look at… at least if you are into naked carbon and big spoilers.


In the case of Audi R8 Performance Parts the main highlights of the package include sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings with steel or ceramic carbon discs, two- or three-way coilover suspension, clear carbon aero kit covering front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser, giving the car not just more attitude but also greater downforce. The R8 now delivers 250 kg (551.2 lb) at 330 km/h (205.1 mph), an increase of over 100 kg (220.5 lb). You also get sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus and carbon shifters.

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Drug dealers used Ford Fusions to import $1 million marijuana in U.S.

Drug dealers used Ford Fusions to import $1 million marijuana in U.S.The service department of a car dealership in Portage County, Ohio discovered nearly 500 pounds of pot worth more than $1 million stashed in the spare tire compartments of 15 Ford Fusions.

Authorities found five more sedans at a rail station in Warren, Ohio, and another nine at dealerships in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Each Fusion contained about 14.5 kilograms — or 32 pounds — of marijuana that was tightly packed into half-moon shapes. The drugs are worth more than $1 million, according to Silverio Balzano, the resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown, Ohio office.
“It’s my belief the drugs were never intended to make it to the dealerships,” he told. “Certainly the cartel wanted to unload them prior to that.”