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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR: Humming A New Tune With Comfort Features

Highlights:  This is the second model year for the Versa Note, which is a hatchback. A sedan model is also available.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $19,180 (base price $15,005)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features (SR model) airbags; ABS; traction control; electronic brake distribution; a vehicle stability control system; fog lights; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (SR model): 16-inch wheels; a CVT automatic transmission; manual suede-like (front) seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat;  a leather wrapped sport-steering wheel; active grille shutters for fuel efficiency measures; remote keyless entry; cruise control; power windows; automatic rolling door locks; keyless entry system; a rear spoiler; and a USB port

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Segment Exclusive: The Evoque Goes Topless In 2016

The 2016 Range Rover Evoque

Tata Motors, which owns Land Rover and Jaguar, is creating a segment buster in 2016, going topless with its stylish premium compact utility, the Evoque in 2016.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Recall Mondays: Cadillac, Chrysler, Hyundai And Kia Are In The Hot Seat

1. AUTOMAKER: Cadillac
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to February 9, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the power-operated roof panels auto-close when the non-recessed "Slide" or "Tilt" switches are pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Lexus RC 350: The Coupe We’ve Been Waiting for The Luxury Automaker to Build

 Highlight: The last two door coupe in the brand’s line up was the SC which faded away in 2000, after being replaced by a mature looking hardtop convertible.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $53,880 (Base Price $43,715)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; daytime running lights; LED headlights; ABS: electronic brake distribution; a brake assist system; a traction control system; heated outside rear mirrors; and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect Automatic Collision System

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tweet Of The Day: Inside A Car Design Studio

Ed Welburn: One Of The Most Influential Car Designers Named Black Engineer Of The Year

Earlier this month General Motors vice president of global design Ed Welburn received the Black Engineer of the Year Award at this year’s Becoming Everything You Are (BEYA) STEM conference.
Some 6,500 conference attendees – students, educators and industry representatives –watched as GM Board of Directors member Errol Davis and executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain Mark Reuss, presented the top award to Welburn. He is the first African American to lead a global automotive design organization.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday Auto Rewind

Make: Toyota

Model: 1967 2000 GT Coupe

Engine: 2.0-liter

Horsepower: 150-hp

Info From Wikpedia:  a limited-production, front-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seat, hardtop coupé grand tourer designed by Toyota in collaboration with Yamaha. First displayed to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965, the 2000GT was manufactured under contract by Yamaha between 1967 and 1970. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cadillac Debuted New Flagship At The Oscars

Cadillac took a page from Nissan with their recent Super Bowl ad, revealing their much-anticipated flagship, the Maxima.  Cadillac did the same with their new flagship, the CT6, which is slated to go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series. Like the Nissan Maxima, the CT6 will make its first auto show appearance at the New York Auto Show. This is fitting for Cadillac since they are relocating the luxury brand to the Big Apple.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 BMW Gran Coupe 428i xDrive: The Brand’s Stylish Reinterpretation of a Hatchback Sedan

Highlight:  The Gran Coupe is a hatchback version of the iconic 3-Series sedan.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $55,075 (base model $41,250)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; Xenon headlights with LED accents; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; a tire pressure monitoring system; rain sensing wipers; stability control system ABS brakes; and BMW’s SOS assist system

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; a rear wheel drive configuration; an 8-speed transmission; iDrive system; power moonroof; automatic temperature control; a keyless ignition starter system; a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel; four driving modes (sport plus, sport, comfort or economy); pseudo leather seats; power front seats; power adjustable mirrors with a dimming feature; a power liftgate; and a rear seat center armrest