2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Base S550 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Expert Review

The following review is for a 2014 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at. All-new, with more of everything. Introduction The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a soft-spoken style but boasts technology unheard of when the previous S-Class arrived as a 2007 model.  Essentially, the new 2014 S-Class has more of everything. Leaving alone for a moment the sumptuous perforated-leather seats, the rear-seat legroom that would accommodate a stretched-out LeBron James, the illusion that the windshield actually seems to widen out toward the top, well, there's the extraordinary safety systems and sophisticated electronics built into this iconic automobile.  The 2014 S-Class deserves a doctorate as a study in automotive technology and safety features. It is stuffed with sensors, surrounded by cameras and radar, and it can s...

By AOL  Posted Thursday, September 10, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs and Prices WT 4x2 Regular Cab 133.6 in. WB SRW

2016 Silverado 3500HD New Car Test Drive

Introduction The Chevrolet Silverado HD (and GMC Sierra HD) is the least truck-like of the heavy-duty pickups. Apples to apples Silverado HD usually has a better ride, more precise steering and quieter interior, yet it can still do the work you expect of an HD pickup. For 2015, Silverado HD's cab and interior match the changes made to the light-duty Silverado for 2014, as do safety features such as forward collision alert and lane departure warning.  Chevrolet Silverado HD, Ford Super Duty and Ram HD compete constantly for weight rating superiority and bragging rights. At introduction, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD fares well with the top payload rating (by less than 75 pounds) and top conventional trailer tow rating (by 1100), but the Ram bests Ford and GM by more than three tons on max fifth-wheel or gooseneck ratings. It's important to note that while there is an SAE standard for trailering ratings, none of the manufacturers quote figures accordi...

By AOL  Posted Monday, October 19, 2015
2006 Subaru Baja Turbo 4dr Crew Cab

2006 Baja New Car Test Drive

Introduction Ford’s Ranger compact pickup has been in the lineup since 1993 and represents the best-selling line of compact pickups in the United States.  How hot a seller is it? During one recent month, it actually outdid the industry’s No. 1 sales car, the Ford Taurus.  The Ranger started out about a dozen years ago as a domestic basic pickup, built to answer the challenge presented by the Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Isuzu mini-pickups. They had become established on the West Coast and were in the process of moving eastward. Until then, Ford had no compact or mini-pickup of its own, but sold the Mazda B Series in this country as the Ford Courier.  The Ranger and the Chevrolet S-Series/GMC Sonoma are the dominant players in this league, though the Toyota and Nissan do well in the West and South. And, in the same way that the S-Series/Sonoma is the basis for GM’s all-new sport/utility vehicles in 1995, the Ford Explorer spor...

By AOL  Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Porsche Mission E Concept puts Tesla Model S in its sights

  To power the Mission E, Porsche's engineers use two permanent magnet synchronous motors, and they are similar to what's found on the company's  919 Hybrid  LMP1 racecar. In a single unit, the devices can both accelerate and recover braking energy. All-wheel drive with torque vectoring and four-wheel steering help the electric sedan lap the  Nordschleife  in less than eight minutes, the company claims. Capable of hitting 124 mph in less than 12 seconds, the Mission E is undoubtedly quick, but its speed in charging is especially impressive too. The concept utilizes an 800-volt system that Porsche claims can charge the sedan to 80 percent in just 15 minutes, assuming you can find a source for that much energy. That would be enough to offer about 249 miles of range in less time than getting a cup of coffee at a busy Starbucks. The E could also use a traditional 400-volt charger or power up inductively. The Mission E's design looks like a futuristic&...

  Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015
2009 Volvo C30 T5 2dr Hatchback

2009 C30 New Car Test Drive

Introduction A halo car is an automaker's most desirable model. It's meant to bring new customers into dealerships with the hope that they'll buy another car in the lineup. It's often a test bed for performance technology, and it's usually inserted at the top of the company's lineup. A halo car shows what a company is capable of, and it can change an automaker's overall reputation.  With the release of the 2008 Volvo C30, Volvo is offering what one company executive calls a reverse halo car. Although this two-door hatchback comes in at the bottom of Volvo's lineup, Volvo hopes it can bring new people into its dealerships and give the company a sportier reputation.  The C30 is a new model for Volvo, but it shares most of its mechanicals with Volvo's compact S40 sedan and V50 wagon. While similar to these cars, the C30 has considerably less standard equipment, allowing Volvo to make it its lowest priced car.  That value pricing doesn't ma...

By AOL  Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Specs and Prices SE 4dr Front-wheel Drive Hatchback

2016 e-Golf New Car Test Drive

Introduction All-new the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup comes in three- and five-door body styles plus a new wagon, with a wide choice of powertrains that use gasoline, diesel or electricity for propulsion. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf marks the beginning of the seventh generation of these compact, front-wheel-drive cars.  We've found the entire lineup of 2015 Volkswagen Golf models fun to drive, with a ride that's firm but comfortable. The interiors are very nice, comfortable, convenient, and everything is easy to operate. These are great cars. And we aren't the only automotive journalists to think so: The new Volkswagen Golf earned the prestigious 2015 North American Car of the Year award.  The 2015 Golf lineup started with the gasoline-powered Golf TSI and sporty Golf GTI models. Next came the Golf TDI with efficient diesel power, followed by the all-electric e-Golf, the high-performance Golf R, and a roomy new 2015 Golf SportWagen.  All s...

By AOL  Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015
2015 RAM 1500 Tradesman|Express 4x2 Regular Cab 120 in. WB

2015 RAM 1500 Expert Review

Introduction The Ram 1500 pickup serves the half-ton pickup truck market, among the most contested in all motor vehicles. Permutations are numerous with three engines, two fuels, three cabs, two types of suspension, three bed sizes and almost all of them available in 2WD or 4WD.  The 2015 Ram 1500 is changed little over 2014 when Ram got a diesel engine and some styling details.  Ram's 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel is shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and in the Ram 1500 garners EPA ratings of 20/28 mpg City/Highway, higher than any other half-ton or mid-size pickup.  Gasoline engines include a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 and a 395-hp 5.7-liter V8 Hemi. Ram V6 (gas and diesel) use an 8-speed automatic transmission, the V8 uses a 6-speed or an 8-speed automatic. Unlike the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ram offers its biggest engine in Regular Cab models.  The Ram 1500, considered a half-ton, can carry loads of stuff and can to...

By AOL  Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Google's self-driving car

It’s one of their most ambitious projects to date, so naturally, Google’s self-driving car project requires some pretty impressive leadership. And on Monday, that leadership took the form of John Krafcik, a venerable elder statesman of the car industry whose resume includes 14 years at Ford Motor Company, a decade at Hyundai (five of which were spent as the president and CEO of the U.S. division), and most recently, as the president of TrueCar, a car-shopping service. “This is a great opportunity to help Google develop the enormous potential of self-driving cars,” said Krafcik in a statement. “This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can’t wait to get started.” In addition to Krafcik’s extensive experience in the automotive industry, his background as a Stanford University-trained mechanical engineer means that Google’s autonomous car ...

By Lulu Chang  Posted Sunday, September 27, 2015
2016 Jaguar XF 35t Premium 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2016 Jaguar XF Expert Review

The following review is for a 2015 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at. Introduction An all-new Jaguar XF is coming for the 2016 model year.  Until then, the 2015 Jaguar XF is available, a solid, stylish, midsize luxury sports sedan with rear-wheel drive. Elegant, flowing lines make the XF a more visually interesting alternative to many of the better-selling cars in its class. The 2015 Jaguar XF has presence, that intangible quality that allows it to stand out in any line of similar luxury sport entries. Underway, the Jaguar XF is smooth, quiet, and comfortable.  New Portfolio and Sport versions have been added for 2015, each offered with rear-drive or all-wheel drive, making a total of eight XF versions. A Premium Pack is now standard on the turbocharged four-cylinder XF 2.0T Premium, which has become the entry-level model. Standard equipment has been expanded, with fewer op...

By AOL  Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Apple's electric car may hit the road in 2019

Last year, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook approved a mysterious project nicknamed "Titan." Current reports indicate that hundreds of Apple employees are working on this new venture in tech giant’s new automotive research lab, possibly with the ultimate goal of creating a fully-autonomous electric vehicle. The latest tidbit regarding the tech giant’s automotive ambitions comes via the Wall Street Journal, which on Monday reported 2019 as Apple’s target date for unveiling its much-talked-about electric vehicle. Apple recently hired former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Johann Jungwirth as Director of Mac Systems Engineering. Mercedes has expressed its intentions to create its own autonomous vehicles on numerous occasions in the past. Additionally, a number of staff from Apple and Tesla have crisscrossed between the two companies. Whether or not Apple acturally intends to build its own fully autonomous electric vehicle remains unclear. It's also possi...

By Chelsea  Posted Sunday, September 27, 2015
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