понедельник, 31 октября 2016 г.

VW reveals its biggest crossover ever built-Volkswagen Atlas

VW reveals its biggest crossover ever built-Volkswagen AtlasVolkswagen's history in U.S. has a long way until now, a history measured in 61 years and qualitative cars, crossovers, vans. Even the emissions scandal wasn't able to put it down, and now the car company is back with a new crossover named Volkswagen Atlas.

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This new three-row has room for up to seven passengers, a strong VR6 engine, and available all-wheel drive. Wrapped in boxy styling with prominent wheel arches, big lights front and rear, and lots of masculine lines and creases, it's the most American-centric vehicle VW has ever conceived.

BMW recalls 5 Series, 6 Series, X5, and X6 models for fuel leaks?

BMW is recalling 136,188 vehicles in the United States and another 18,284 in Canada due to improperly crimped wiring for the fuel pump in the gas tank. The affected models are:
  • 2010-2011 5-Series Gran Turismo
  • 2011-2012 528I
  • 2011-2012 535I
  • 2011-2012 550I
  • 2012 640I
  • 2012 650I
  • 2007-2011 X5
  • 2008-2011 X6
  • 2010-2011 X6 ACTIVEHYBRID

The in-tank fuel pumps on these vehicles have insufficiently crimped wire contacts. This causes an increase in contact resistance and extra heat. Over time, the plastic around the contact pins can melt, and this can allow fuel to leak. If the pump isn’t working, then the engine could stall. If this problem occurs, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp should illuminate, and some customers report smelling gasoline in the cabin. 

Nissan's aggressive dealer-incentive program, does actually work

Nissan's aggressive dealer-incentive program, does actually workWe expect the U.S. car sales numbers to arrive this Tuesday and Nissan Motor. Co is probably gonna be the winner this October, getting the largest market share. Tyhe company's sales may have slipped only 1.5% in October, but if we compare it to General Motors which sales fell approximately 6.9% and Ford Motor with a drop of 11% than these results are pretty great.

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What actually stays behind these good sales results?! It's something we do not discuss in public every day, but something real, the aggressive dealer-incentive program that keeps its sales stronger than ever. Nissan offers big, retroactive bonuses to dealers who hit certain monthly sales targets.

BMW teases new M Performance Parts ahead of SEMA 2016

SEMA isn’t just for custom American muscle cars anymore. BMW has announced a huge range of M Performance accessories that will debut at the giant show in Las Vegas, including high-tech alloy wheels, carbon fiber wings, and engine management software that boosts power on certain models. In other words, it won’t be all show and no go at the BMW booth.
BMW says its latest alloy wheels, which are slated for M2, M3, and M4 models next summer, are derived directly from motorsports technology. Each wheel is milled from a forged blank, resulting in the lightest and strongest design engineers could muster. The wheels will be shown in Matte Black and will wear sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Among the vehicles BMW will have on display at SEMA, a highly accessorized M3 seems set to attract the most eyeballs. It’s fitted with a new carbon fiber rear wing that looks straight off a DTM racer, along with a sweet set of racing stripes. Expect these bits and baubles to hit the market in the middle of 2017. An adjustable set of shocks and springs that can lower the M3 or M4’s rideheight by as much as 20 millimeters is also on display. 

суббота, 29 октября 2016 г.

First all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQ to be built in Bremen

It becomes clear that the future home of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles will be Bremen. Starting with the new production version of the EQ conceptMercedes will build not only this electric SUV in the German city that those fabled town musicians were trying to get to, but also an “entire range of intelligent drive technologies.” Look for the first vehicles to roll out by the end of the decade. Looking further out, the expanded plan is to have 10 electric Benz models for sale by 2025, built in various plants around the world.
We think that the Bremen production announcement will fit in with Mercedes’ attempt to reduce electric vehicle spending costs. Mercedes‘ overall corporate strategy for its future mobility products is now called CASE, which stands for “Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric Drive.” The end result of all this plug-in drive work is, that electric cars will make up between 15 percent and 25 percent of the company’s sales by 2025. This includes expanded EV sales in places like China. 

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Car lovers are fighting over this special-edition Mercedes CLK

Car lovers are fighting over this special-edition Mercedes CLKAMG cars are always something worth buying but there are some special models which make us go crazy, and this special-edition Mercedes CLK is one of them. This model is up for auction for the next month, and all of the the car enthusiasts have already put their eyes on it.

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Feast your eyes on this immaculate CLK DTM AMG; one of just 40 right-hand drive versions ever made and with fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock since its first registration in 2006. It’s undoubtedly the star attraction at the 130-something lot auction on November 26, with an estimate of between £210,000 and £250,000.

пятница, 28 октября 2016 г.

U.S. sales to fall in October for third straight month

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline for a third consecutive month, but the industry’s selling rate could reach its highest point of the year because of the way October falls in the calendar. Forecasts show sales falling 6 to 8 percent from a year ago. That would be a better performance than it appears because October has two fewer selling days than it did in 2015. Analysts said Hurricane Matthew also slowed sales in the Southeast early in the month.
The forecasts translate to a seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate of 17.7 million to 17.9 million. That compares to 17.74 million last month and 18.15 million a year ago. Taking into account that there are no popular weekend sales events in October, automakers and dealers can feel encouraged by this month’s performance as they head into what they hope will be a busy holiday season. Automakers are scheduled to report October sales on Tuesday, Nov. 1. 

Toyota's dealer gets sued by competitors

Toyota's dealer gets sued by competitorsToyota has lots of headaches this time with the potential deadly airbags. After it has recalled approximately six million more vehicles worldwide over defective Takata air bag inflators, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled to more than 23 million, it had to face another problem.

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A California woman died last month because of the faulty inflators- and it's one of the eleven victims in the U.S.. Used car dealers can sell vehicles with open safety recalls legally, even though many consumers may be unaware of the cars’ dangers. But now one dealership owner is taking an unusual step to try to save lives by stopping the sales of cars with dangerous recalls. The dealer's name is Earl Stewart, and he was selling Toyota cars even after until the accident happened. After finding out someone has died probably because of the issue on the car he was selling, his competitors sued him. Saying he knew about the recall, and he sholud've stopped the selling on Takata models.

четверг, 27 октября 2016 г.

Ford recalls Shelby GT350/GT350R for faulty oil cooler

Ford announced today that it is recalling 8,000 2015-2017 Shelby GT350 and GT350RMustangs for an improperly crimped engine oil cooler tube assembly that could leak. It affects GT350s built from February 24, 2015 to August 30, 2016. The defect could lead to the hose separating and causing a leak, which, if bad enough, could cause a major loss of oil and significant engine damage. The oil leak also presents a potential fire hazardFord hasn’t received any reports of fires, accidents or injuries, and will replace the assembly at no cost to the owner. Also, Shelby GT350 Mustangs are still available to purchase, however they can’t be driven or delivered until the part is replaced.
The top-tier Mustang isn’t the only Ford model to receive a recall today. The company also recalled 400,000 2010-2012 Ford Escapes, 2010-2011 Mercury Mariners, and 180 2017 Super Duty Chassis Cabs. The recall on the Escape and Mariner models only affects those with the 3.0-liter, flex-fuel V6. On these vehicles, the flange on the fuel delivery module, which consists of the fuel pump and fuel level sensor, could crack, leading to a fuel leak and possible fire. 

The Apollo Arrow hypercar is Gumpert's glorious resurrection

There’s a sordid history behind the Apollo Arrow supercar. Its predecessor was the Gumpert Apollo, a wild-looking mid-engined car powered by a twin-turbocharged Audi 4.2-liter V8. Gumpert was founded by Roland Gumpert, an ex-Audi engineer who wanted a no-compromises supercar that would be comfortable enough to daily drive.
Gumpert folded a while back, and the company was revived as Apollo with the backing of a Hong Kong-based venture capital firm. This past March in Geneva, it showed off the Arrow concept, a sleek if somewhat generic-looking supercar. The news today is that Apollo will utilize the chassis that Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus developed for his SCG003, a car we also saw at the same Geneva show in brilliant bare carbon fiber. 

2017 Mini Countryman isn't that mini anymore

2017 Mini Countryman isn't that mini anymore

The jokes about Mini are done because this time the automaker is back with its new Countryman, and there's nothing “mini” about it anymore. The second-generation Countryman is wider, longer and rides on a stretched wheelbase. The plug-in hybrid is the first electrified Mini since the Mini E last seen in 2010.

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By adding 8.1 inches of length and 1.3 inches to the width, the Countryman is easily the biggest Mini ever built. As a key-carrying fan of Mini's older pint-sized models, this is a disappointment.

It's the second time ever Tesla reported such great sales

It's the second time ever Tesla reported such great sales:For the second time in its history Tesla Motors Inc. reported net income, making $22 million net for the third quarter. This month, Tesla said it delivered 24,500 cars in the third quarter, putting it on track to hit its goal of 50,000 vehicle sales for the second half of 2016.

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A significant part of Tesla’s third quarter revenue came from pollution credits it sold to other automakers. In the third quarter, Tesla booked $139 million in those credits, up from $39 million a year ago. The company said it expects revenue from those credits to decline in the fourth quarter. Quarterly revenue more than doubled compared with the third quarter of 2015, coming in at $2.3 billion compared with $937 million.

среда, 26 октября 2016 г.

Bill Ford says future of cars is in Detroit, not Silicon Valley

Bill Ford is tired of hearing the future of cars belongs to Silicon Valley. Yet for years, theApple and Google crowd have been telling him that only Big Tech can make driverless vehicles. The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman and great-grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford said that probably they were “too dumb to get it”. He’s not kidding. Tech giants Apple Inc. and Google, once intent on disrupting, if not destroying, Detroit, have concluded for now that they don’t want to build cars. Sure, they still bank on supplying the autonomous software that will drive robot rides, but the concession that they’re not up to the complex task of mass production tilts the balance of power to traditional automakers.
Vehicle manufacturing is a massive undertaking. There is the metal bending and assembly, a highly evolved process in itself. Car companies also integrate millions of lines of code that control everything from the radio to the radar sensors that will soon allow hands-free driving. Detroit also has deep experience managing the long chain of suppliers that provide roughly 30,000 parts. James Kuffner, former head of Google Robotics and now chief technology officer at the Toyota Research Institute said that all that complexity is something a lot of IT companies getting into the business realized the hard way. He considers that making a car is not an easy task. 

Bill Ford says future of cars is in Detroit, not Silicon Valley

If you like pickup trucks, you will be glad to find out that Mercedes-Benz has previewed the name and appearance of its upcoming mid-sized pick-up. On a stage at the Artipelag art museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the Concept X-Class arrived in two forms: a pearly white “stylish explorer” and a pea-green “powerful adventurer. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the Mercedes-Benz pickup will help the company to close one of the last gaps in their portfolio.
The new midsize pickup that will actually be sold under the Mercedes-Benz Vans division when it goes into production. The styling mixes traditional truck boxiness with some elements borrowed from Mercedes’ SUVs. On the inside, design elements like round air vents and infotainment screens propped up atop the center stack tie both versions of the X-Class to Mercedes’ current cars and SUVs. The designs hint that the X-Class will be more of a luxury vehicle than a spartan workhorse. Mercedes promises connected services that will allow owners to track their vehicles’ locations and import navigation destinations from phones, among other features. The production X-Class will also feature modern driver assistance systems based on cameras’ radar, and ultrasound sensors. 

GM earnings double in the third quarter

GM earnings double in the third quarterStrong US and China car sales and a drop in costs for the faulty ignitions recall helped General Motors double profits in the third quarter. The sales in the two biggest GM markets helped the company offset ongoing slumps in Europe, South America and elsewhere. With unit sales up 3.8% from a year ago to 2.42 million cars and trucks in the quarter, helped by a 17.3% jump in China.

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The company meanwhile warned that its hopes for a return to stability in Europe were at risk to fallout from Britain's vote to pull out of the European Union, including the weak pound. Breaking even in Europe this year is going to be very very challenging, said GM chief financial officer.

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was worth the wait

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was worth the waitAs it's easy to guess, the arrival of a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class was something expected by millions. Even the word E-Class associates with luxury, so yeah we had really high hopes on it. But let's get straight to the point, the new Mercedes has finally arrived, and here's what it hides underneath its beauty.

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Under the hood the vehicle has prepared a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, with 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that promises totally variable front-to-rear torque- there's no mention of lateral torque vectoring-Mercedes' new super sedan is faster off the line than the 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V.

вторник, 25 октября 2016 г.

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad shows its power on a first drive

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad shows its power on a first driveI guess we all love those big crossovers which look more like SUVs, and give us the commanding view of the road we crave so much. And there are crossovers which don't fit in this category, and here's where we must introduce you the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad. The 2017 Allroad is a rather good-looking alternative to a mid-size SUV.

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You can have a two-tone Allroad in one of 13 colors with gray trim along the bottom and the fenders. Or, pay an extra $1,000 on top of the cost of metallic paint and you can opt for one of five monochrome color schemes. The drivetrain is identical to that of the A4 sedan, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Lexus, Toyota and Buick top new auto reliability survey

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus and Toyota brands held their lead atop Consumer Reports’ annual reliability rankings, while General Motors Co.’s 117-year-old Buick line became the first from the U.S. to win one of the list’s top three places. The survey, a buying bible to car shoppers that has been dominated by Japanese automakers, has more international representation this year. As other automakers catch up to Japan’s manufacturers, bothSubaru and Honda tumbled from the top group of “more reliable” brands, with Honda’s Civic compact car losing its longstanding recommendation from Consumer Reports.
Besides GM’s BuickVolkswagen AG’s Audi luxury line ranked fourth and Kia Motors Corp.’s namesake brand came in fifth. Sedans, selling poorly amid low fuel prices, scored best, while hot-selling SUVs are among the most error-prone models because of their complexity. Dashboard infotainment systems and fuel-saving multispeed transmissions caused the most trouble. The survey started in 2001 and at the time looked back at more than 20 years of data. That means Buick’s entry into the top three is the first for a domestic brand in more than 35 years of record-keeping. 

Atieva becomes Lucid Motors and reveals its 300-Mile EV

Previously, the company Atieva was known for developing battery packs. Not long ago it has reinvented itself as an automakerAtieva, the electric-vehicle startup whose test-mule van smoked a Tesla and Ferrari in a drag race this summer, has changed its name to Lucid Motors. The Silicon Valley company may show a concept version of its electric sedan by the end of the year and says it will start sales by 2018. 
Lucid Motors’ sedan will house a 87-kilowatt-hour battery pack that will provide the car with a whopping 900 horsepower and a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour acceleration time of less than 3 seconds. The company has put some teaser images on its website, but hasn’t revealed a ton else, though touts its car’s “long-range driving and exhilarating acceleration.” Well, Atieva, which was founded in 2007 by a group of former Tesla and Oracle executives, rebuilt an all-wheel-drive van out of an old Mercedes-Benz Vito utility truck with one of its powertrains, and named that van Edna. This summer, Edna was shown not only drag-racing a Tesla Model S and Ferrari California, but beating them.