U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14

November 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet  - front three-quarter view, red2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin

It’s Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it and see if it’s worth the money.

Mazda2 sedan - front three-quarter dynamic viewMazda2 Sedan Images Released

North America is already expected to get a new hatchback version of the Mazda2 subcompact, but now that we’ve seen the new sedan variant, we want the chance to drive it, too. These first images come courtesy of Mazda as the car gets ready for its official reveal at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28.

2015 Ford F-150 - Front three-quarter view2015 Ford F-150 to get up to 26 miles per gallon

The We’ve been waiting for fuel economy ratings on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup for a long time, and now we’ve got ‘em. In its most efficient guise, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-Series will score 26 mpg according to the EPA. That’s an impressive figure, the best among gas full-size pickups. However, your mileage may vary – Autoblog has had particular difficulty achieving EPA estimates on a number of Ford EcoBoost vehicles, including the new F-150

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What you missed on 11.21.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14

November 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet  - front three-quarter view, red2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin

It’s Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it and see if it’s worth the money.

Mazda2 sedan - front three-quarter dynamic viewMazda2 Sedan Images Released

North America is already expected to get a new hatchback version of the Mazda2 subcompact, but now that we’ve seen the new sedan variant, we want the chance to drive it, too. These first images come courtesy of Mazda as the car gets ready for its official reveal at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28.

2015 Ford F-150 - Front three-quarter view2015 Ford F-150 to get up to 26 miles per gallon

The We’ve been waiting for fuel economy ratings on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup for a long time, and now we’ve got ‘em. In its most efficient guise, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-Series will score 26 mpg according to the EPA. That’s an impressive figure, the best among gas full-size pickups. However, your mileage may vary – Autoblog has had particular difficulty achieving EPA estimates on a number of Ford EcoBoost vehicles, including the new F-150

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What you missed on 11.21.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14

November 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet  - front three-quarter view, red2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin

It’s Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it and see if it’s worth the money.

Mazda2 sedan - front three-quarter dynamic viewMazda2 Sedan Images Released

North America is already expected to get a new hatchback version of the Mazda2 subcompact, but now that we’ve seen the new sedan variant, we want the chance to drive it, too. These first images come courtesy of Mazda as the car gets ready for its official reveal at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28.

2015 Ford F-150 - Front three-quarter view2015 Ford F-150 to get up to 26 miles per gallon

The We’ve been waiting for fuel economy ratings on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup for a long time, and now we’ve got ‘em. In its most efficient guise, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-Series will score 26 mpg according to the EPA. That’s an impressive figure, the best among gas full-size pickups. However, your mileage may vary – Autoblog has had particular difficulty achieving EPA estimates on a number of Ford EcoBoost vehicles, including the new F-150

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What you missed on 11.21.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Los Angeles: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it’s ready to conquer

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class just keeps growing – both in terms of dimensions and in terms of variants. Nevermind the S-Class Coupe for a moment and focus only on the sedan: in North America alone, you can get the big Benz in S550, S600, S63 and S65 spec, and at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, Daimler has rolled out the new Maybach version as well. But if it’s a more environmentally friendly way to woosh around town in serene luxury that you’re after, you’ll want to look at the new S550 Plug-In Hybrid.

Joining Daimler’s growing range of battery-powered models alongside the E400 Hybrid, B-Class Electric Drive and Smart ED (the latter soon to be replaced by an all-new version), the S550 PHEV is the German automaker’s first plug-in hybrid. It was first announced over a year ago and made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, but now the US-spec car is making its North American debut in LA.

Promising “the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model,” the S550 PHEV pairs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 to an 80-kW electric motor, the S550 PHEV packs a combined 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque to reach 62 in just 5.2 seconds, top out at 130 miles per hour or drive up to 20 miles on electric mode alone. On the European combined cycle, it’ll return an impressive 84 miles per gallon, all the while never skimping on the luxury.

Scope it out in our gallery of photos from the show floor in LA and delve into the details in the press release below.

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Los Angeles: 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Long before Volvo got into the crossover-utility game with the XC90 and XC60, it was making ruggedized all-wheel-drive wagons. In fact it’s been doing so longer than Audi has, and almost as long as Subaru. And now it’s returned to that tradition with the debut of its new V60 Cross Country on the floor of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The latest Cross Country is based on the well-liked V60 wagon, with changes including a higher ride height, reinforced fender flares and skid plates all around. Its 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five drives its 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels and even comes standard with Hill Descent Control, just like a real sport-ute, only without the extra weight and bodywork. Or to put it another way, think of the V60 CC as the newer, leaner version of the XC70 – a model that, with a new V90 (and subsequent Cross Country version of that) in the pipeline, Volvo might finally be able to put out to pasture.

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Motorsports: Ferrari confirms Vettel in, Alonso out

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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For the past several months, a big shift on the Formula One grid has been rumored for next season, but with a big piece of the puzzle now confirmed, much of the speculation can end. Ferrari has announced that it is parting company with Fernando Alonso and bringing in Sebastian Vettel to take his place.

The move is a big one for both drivers – each multiple World Champions in their own right – who have lead their respective teams for half a decade now, Alonso coming second in the championship three times with Ferrari, and Vettel having scored four consecutive titles with Red Bull.

Vettel has long been a personal protege of former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, having won his first grand prix in a Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso at Monza in 2008. Now confirmed by the Scuderia for a three-year deal, Vettel will be driving next season alongside Kimi Raikkonen, who won the title for Ferrari in 2007.

That was the same year in which Alonso last drove for McLaren, the team for which he’s all but confirmed to be driving next season. The announcement from Woking reportedly hinges on the team’s decision over who will drive alongside him, between Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen or another driver altogether.

The confirmation from Ferrari does, however, put to rest wild rumors that the series would move to three-car teams and that Maranello would field Alonso as well as Vettel and Raikkonen.

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Report: Amnesty International slams Abu Dhabi ahead of F1 race

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Human rights and motor racing don’t typically belong in the same sentence, but a damning report issued by Amnesty International regarding political dissent in the United Arab Emirates was just released ahead of the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 80-page report entitled There is No Freedom Here: Silencing Dissent in the UAE alleges that the UAE has embarked on a concerted campaign to silence dissidents within its borders since the rise of the Arab Spring of 2011 that saw governments overthrown across the region.

According to the report, the government of the UAE has prosecuted over 100 activists critical of the government.

“Beneath the façade of glitz and glamour, a far more sinister side to the UAE has emerged showing the UAE as a deeply repressive state where activists critical of the government can be tossed in jail merely for posting a tweet,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme. “Millions of spectators from across the world are expected to tune in to watch the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix this weekend – yet most of them will have little clue about the ugly reality of life for activists in the UAE.”

According to the report, the government of the United Arab Emirates has prosecuted over 100 activists critical of the government (60 of whom, it alleges, remain in prison), including lawyers, professors and students. Amnesty reports that some of those jailed have been tortured and their families penalized as well.

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Official: Qoros 3 City SUV unveiled in Guangzhou

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Qoros 3 City SUV

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Qoros has revealed its third model. (Or the third version of its existing model, anyway.) Never heard of Qoros, you say? That’s alright: it’s a Chinese automaker recently set up by joint venture between Chery and shipping/energy giant Israel Corporation.

Qoros doesn’t, as of yet, participate in the North American market (or really any outside of China), but after launching just last year, it’s already expanding its product portfolio with the reveal of the Qoros 3 City SUV at the Guangzhou Motor Show.

Joining the Qoros 3 Sedan and Qoros 3 Hatch, the new City SUV takes a more rugged approach that’s more crossover than sport-ute. Think of the transformation Subaru performed on the Impreza to make the XV Crosstrek or Volkswagen on the Golf to make the Alltrack, and you’ll be on the right track. Only the Qoros, we’re sorry to say, doesn’t have all-wheel drive. Instead, its 1.6-liter turbo four drives its 156 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels, taking over ten seconds to reach 62 and topping out at around 128 miles per hour, depending on the transmission.

Chinese buyers will also be able to choose between four trim levels and five exterior colors, but either way, they’ll get German designer Gert Volker Hildebrand’s now familiar design, albeit beefed up with a higher-riding suspension, wider track, lower body cladding and upgraded rolling stock.

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Followup: Jules Bianchi out of induced coma, moved to France

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Race

Toward the end of the Japanese Grand Prix in early October, Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed into a recovery truck that was removing Adrian Sutil’s Sauber from the circuit. Taken to the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center for care, the Frenchman had been in an artificial coma for the past seven weeks while doctors attended to his severe head injuries.

Bianchi’s family has issued an update on Jules’ condition, with the news that doctors have removed him from the artificial coma, and that although still unconscious, he’s breathing on his own. His critical yet improved condition allowed him to be transported from Japan to Nice, France, where we’re told “His treatment now enters a new phase concerned with the improvement of his brain function.”

You can read the full statement below, and we will continue to hope for Bianchi’s full recovery.

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2015 BMW i8: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist

November 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 BMW i8 - front three-quarter view

Traditionally, nominations for the Autoblog Technology of the Year award are earned for specific developments – a new-think powertrain, a uniquely developed material, a groundbreaking smartphone app, or what have you. In the case of BMW’s marvelous i8, it so bristles with novel applied sciences and fresh features that we broke with tradition and nominated the entire car.

We just couldn’t help ourselves. Oh, we could’ve focused on the i8’s carbon-fiber monocoque, or its well-resolved plug-in-hybrid powertrain that incorporates a tiny 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, or its seamless through-the-road all-wheel drive. This is a car that will even have frickin’ laser beams for headlights – at least it will for our friends in Europe (and it will in the US, should our legislators ever catch up).

It may sound odd to suggest that a six-figure sports car is a good value, but there’s an argument to be made. The i8 isn’t just a bit of street theater that stops traffic better than any Lamborghini or Ferrari. It also has performance that’s comparable to far more conventional automobiles like Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4 (a car that isn’t that much less expensive when similarly equipped), yet it offers whisper-quiet, gas-free electric commuting, too.

The Autoblog team tested the i8 exhaustively this fall, from dynamics testing on Northern Michigan’s undulating Tunnel of Trees route to assessing ride quality and fuel economy during long interstate slogs, to poring over all of its menu-driven features and various drive modes. It’s the real deal, and it looks, sounds, and drives like the future.

In the end, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to nominate a single aspect of BMW’s exotic yet surprisingly livable sports coupe – it had to be the whole package. Can you blame us?

2015 BMW i8: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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