суббота, 21 апреля 2018 г.

The new Vladimir Putin's transport to cost more than 100 million

The new Vladimir Putin's transport to cost more than 100 million: When it comes to choosing the car we are going to drive we might get a bit silly, because well, we all want to drive the best cars. But, what can we expect from a president who buys a car? Check out the entirely bespoke creation that will soon be the primary transport for the most important man in Russia- Vladimir Putin.

This isn’t an existing car. It uses a 4.6-litre turbocharged Porsche engine with 592bhp and 650lb ft of torque, but otherwise, it’s apparently an entirely bespoke project designed and specified by the Russian government in tandem with Porsche and Bosch. Stick that in your Cadillac truck-based pipe and smoke it, President Trump. The whole thing is rumored to have cost around £85 million to develop, although that cost covers the price of building other body styles, too. There’s said to be a range incoming, from a saloon to an MPV and even an SUV.

пятница, 20 апреля 2018 г.

Porsche's head of powertrain development gets arrested

Porsche's head of powertrain development gets arrestedThe German police have arrested the head of powertrain development at Volkswagen's Porschebusiness, Joerg Kerner. The arrest was related to ongoing inquiries into emissions manipulation, a person familiar with the matter said. Police are holding him on remand.

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The police are holding him on remand because he is considered a flight risk. The arrest of Joerg Kerner was related to ongoing inquiries into emissions manipulation at Volkswagen, more than two years after the German carmaker admitted cheating on U.S. exhaust tests.

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Ford Mustang Hybrid Coming in 2020

While Ford takes power to the extreme with its upcoming GT500, the carmaker wants to embrace the eco-friendly scene with its first hybrid Mustang, that is to debut at an unspecified time in 2020. This should help unlock Mustang’s potential in other global markets, too.

Even if the hybrid will be more fuel efficient, this doesn’t mean that it’ll be boring; it will still cater to performance enthusiasts with V8 levels of power and even more torque. Ford is already looking ahead to its next-generation Mustang, already imagining more possible variants to maximize its appeal in 2020. They don’t go into detail, but they could consider options like all-wheel drive or even a fully electric version of the Mustang.

Houston Car Sales Climbed, Prices Fell in March

In the first quarter of 2018 new car sales grew by 12.6 percent over the last year as high consumer confidence and low unemployment favored Houston dealerships. Local car dealers sold 22.278 new cars in March, which is more by 6.4 percent over the last year.

However, the average price for a new vehicle fell for the second month in a row to $37,217, which is less by $554 or 1.5 percent. Prices fell in all car categories, cars, trucks, and SUVs. Average prices fell because the market share for trucks and SUVs has fallen. Since SUVs and trucks cost more than sedans, a loss in market share translates to lower average prices.


The 2019 Lexus ES previewed ahead Beijing Auto Show

The 2019 Lexus ES previewed ahead Beijing Auto ShowWho else is waiting for the 2018 Beijing Auto Show? Well, we’ve got only a few more days until the show will be officially open. One of the models we would like to see there is the new Lexus ES.

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The previous versions of the ES were all distinctly different than their sibling, IS, GS and LS, boasting decidedly less premium design features. It was as though the ES was not worthy of the brand’s corporate look. That does not seem to be the case with the 2019 Lexus ES. This one seems to be a smaller version of the top dog LS luxury saloon.

Wells Fargo might pay $1 billion fine for loan abuses

Wells Fargo might pay $1 billion fine for loan abuses: The company which is about to set a record fine of $1 billion imposed by two U.S. regulators for its risk management business is none other than Wells Fargo & Co. Lask week the company got a proposal from U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), to resolve probes into auto insurance and mortgage lending abuses at the third-largest U.S. bank.

Wells has acknowledged that it charged customers for excessive auto insurance, a burdensome expense that caused some to see their cars repossessed after defaulting on loans. Wells Fargo declined to comment on the reported settlement. The bank, still smarting from a prolonged scandal in which bank employees created millions of fake bank accounts in customers' names, found inconsistencies at its auto lending and mortgage in summer 2017, leading to further probes by regulators.

четверг, 19 апреля 2018 г.

Chevy Halves Cruze Production Due to Falling Demand

Sedan sales are falling across the industry, and automakers are reacting to this. General Motorsreacts by halving Cruze production at its Lordstown, Ohio factory, probably impacting around 1,500 workers there. This factory only produces Cruze, and there are working just under 3,000 employees.

The news comes as sedan sales, in general, are down 13.2 percent this year while crossoverSUV, and truck sales grew seven percent. Sales for the Cruze are even worse than the industry average, 28 percent. Last year, Chevy sold just over 184,000 Cruze models. The sales' decline forced the Lordstown factory to cut back to only two shifts in 2017. It’s not a good time to be a sedan on the market right now.

Nissan Is Turning An Armada Into Mountain Patrol Overlanding SUV

If you ever wanted to give your input on automotive designNissan will give you the opportunity to vote. The Japanese automaker is working on constructing the Armada Mountain Patrol. Over the next three weeks, fans can vote on a few of the elements of the new truck by visiting the automaker’s social media pages.

The categories that are open to vote include exterior vinyl wrap, tire model, and roof-mounted tent. Voting will continue through May 10 and the truck will debut at the 2019 Overland Expo WEST May 18-20 in Arizona. The Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol started from a stock 2018 Nissan Armada. Under the hood, it has a 5.6-liter V8 with 390 horsepower that goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Having seating for up to eight people and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, the 2018 Armada is a great base for such a project.

среда, 18 апреля 2018 г.

Buick Velite 6 Debuts In China As Pure EV And Plug-In Hybrid

Buick is ready to roll out two production models. Both go by the name of Velite 6. However one of them is a fully electric vehicle and the other is a plug-in hybrid. Buick notes that the Velite 6 will play a vital role in GM’s overall vision of zero emissions.

The plug-in hybrid version has a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine that has been adapted for hybrid cars. It works together with two electric motors, a variable transmission controlled electronically, and a lithium-ion battery. That gives the partially electrified Velite a maximum range of 435 miles. In the combined cycle, fuel consumption is remarkably low 168 miles/gallon.

China Eradicates Rules That Exclude Foreign Automakers

The Chinese government made a surprising announcement that it plans to eradicate the protectionist rules that stop foreign car makers from selling their cars in the country, opening its markets to the capitalist vehicle manufacturers from 2020.

Today’s rules state that to sell cars in China without big taxes, car makers need to establish joint venture companies with local firms and can’t own more than 50 percent of its Chinese partner. These measures were introduced by the Chinese government in 1994 trying to promote local companies and limit the already-rich Western auto companies that were seeking the potential of the huge Chinese market.

1993 Nissan Skyline R33 for Sale

Very rare 1993 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR. One of the first legal R33 GTR allowed in the USA. Serviced twice a year, just recently had replaced exhaust manifold studs and had the speedo changed to read in miles. Brand new brake lines. 110873 miles, $6,000.

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вторник, 17 апреля 2018 г.

Audi Transforms the Virtual Into Reality With Real-Life Gran Turismo Car

Audi has transformed a virtual car that was initially designed for the video game Gran Turismo into a real-life racing vehicle. Named the Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo, it was conceived as part of a challenge set by the game’s producer for vehicle manufacturers to design cars for virtual races.

This originally developed exclusively for virtual races on PlayStation Audi, was transformed into reality in conjunction with Formula E. The all-electric concept car debuted at the Rome Formula E race 14 April 2018, used as a race taxi to transport Audi’s guests. Launched to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the game’s launch, in 2012, the Vision Gran Turismo has led many car makers to design virtual two-door racing cars, known as grand touring cars.


Ford Mustang Was The Best Selling Sports Coupe of 2017

For Ford Mustang enthusiasts, April 17 is a special date. In 1964, Ford unveiled the pony car at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. It became an overnight sensation. Now, 54 years later, the iconic muscle car is the best-selling sports coupe in the world for 2017. Ford sold 125,809 Mustang coupes and convertibles in 2017.

The world is falling in love with this car, Mustang representing the best of American design, performance, and freedom with unmistakable personality. The United States is the car’s best market. Ford sold here 81,866 Mustangs. But, other markets love it, too. More than one-third of all Mustang registrations occurred in other car markets.


пятница, 13 апреля 2018 г.

New Ford Focus is Cheaper and Lighter

It’s been 20 years since Ford launched the Focus and now it’s part of the scenery in the UK, where it has dominated the bestseller list for the last two decades. It has sold almost two million vehicles here, and over 16 million globally. Even the Pope used one at times.

Now we get Mark IV version. It is visibly bigger, 100 lbs lighter, 10 percent more economical, and cheaper. The new Focus is a very rare thing; a virtually all-new, non-premium car. The fierce competition in these days means that companies often have to adopt carryover parts, drivetrains, and even windows and doors to make their new model more economical. That’s not the case though for the Focus, which is a fresh vehicle from bumper to bumper.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales Nearing 400,000 in California

During the last 9 years, more than 800,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. Almost half of that number falls on the state of California, which aims for 1.5 million by the year of 2025.

Plug-in electric car sales in California are approaching the level of 400,000 vehicles, which is expected to be reached in April. A most recent graphic shows 388,815 sales to the end of March, 12,631 being sold in March alone.

четверг, 12 апреля 2018 г.

New VW Jetta GLI Coming With GTI-Grade Improvements

When the new Volkswagen Jetta was revealed it seemed to be softer and reverting back to a more primitive torsion-bean rear axle. But it seems that it will instead get some major improvements.

The new GLI will not use the base Jetta’s torsion-beam rear suspension. It will get a modern multi-link independent rear suspension, just as the Golf lineup has. Besides that, it will also get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It will most likely be the unit found in the GTI, that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

среда, 11 апреля 2018 г.

New Car Sales Drop 15.7 Percent in March

New car registration figures for March reveal a sharp drop in sales. The number of sales is 15.7 percent lower compared to the same month last year.

A big part of that fall is due to bumper sales in March 2017, as drivers flooded the dealers to beat the then-new road tax system. The old tax model based on carbon dioxide was favorable to diesel cars. That’s because diesel-powered cars emit lesser CO2 than their petrol counterparts. That explains in a way diesel’s decline, with a 37.2 percent fall in sales last month, compared to a fall of 23,5 percent in February.

вторник, 10 апреля 2018 г.

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Gets a New Look

Chevrolet Camaro – one of America’s iconic muscle cars gets a refreshing look. It greets the world with a big smile a new Turbo 1LE option and a couple of technology upgrades. Now Camaro is smarter, slicker and more track-ready than before.

The 2019 Camaro is very easy to distinguish from its predecessors; it gives the world a wry smile with its reshaped, enlarged upper grille. The design is enriched by the new LED dual-element headlamps and the hovering fin air curtain design. It is made clear by Chevy that the new design isn’t just cosmetics, as the new front-end elements and hood elements are designed to optimize the airflow.


Ford Recalls 350,000 Trucks and SUVs for Transmission Issue

Ford is making two safety recalls to fix some mechanical issues that affect the control of the transmission on several 2017 and 2018 models. The manufacturer is aware of one reported injury-causing accident related to the first and largest recall.

This safety recall will affect almost 350,00 pickups and SUVs made in 2018. They want to fix a potentially unseated gear shift cable locking clip which can set the transmission in a different gear state than the one that the driver selects. That means the vehicle could move even when in parking mode, with no warning message on the dashboard or warning chime when the driver door is opened. The recall affects F-150F-650F-750, and Expeditions equipped with six- and ten-speed automatic transmissions.


четверг, 5 апреля 2018 г.

Morgan Aero GT: The retro-modern sports car

Morgan Aero GT: The retro-modern sports car: The limited run Morgan Aero GT is celebrating the start of its production. After the debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, we’ve found out that this vehicle will keep up with the old-school styling.


Even though the new Morgan is a retro-modern sports car, it’ll have up-to-date build quality and fit and finish. The chassis is also pretty modern, with adjustable suspension and stuff. But it comes with a manual gearbox and the interior is also appropriately retro. It is hand-finished and comes with a series of painted stitching and pinstripe accents, and an extended choice of wood options.

среда, 4 апреля 2018 г.

Detroit Automakers Reported March Sales

Detroit Automakers Reported March SalesGeneral Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, both posted sales gains in new vehicles in March. The luckiest this month is GM, the company revealed a 16% jump in new car sales compared to the same month last year.


Fiat Chrysler reported a 14% increase in sales in March. FCA said it saw a 45% spike in sales of its popular Jeep models, giving the brand its best sales month on record. The strong results for March followed a weak performance in February. Last year, U.S. auto sales fell 2 percent after hitting a record high of 17.55 million units in 2016.

вторник, 3 апреля 2018 г.

2002 Toyota Tacoma

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All Cars in Europe Will Call The Police Themselves

All Cars in Europe Will Call The Police Themselves:

After a car crash, some people may not have a clear enough head to do exactly what they need to do. They may forget to call or may wait too long. Some of them may be even unconscious or trapped inside the car.

But starting April 1st, 2018, the drivers in Europe don't have to worry about these things anymore because all the new cars will have to be equipped with eCall, a technology through which the cars will call the police themselves. According to a law that was passed in 2015, all the automobile manufacturers will be required to equip their vehicles with eCall technology. It is designed to automatically call 112, the European equivalent of America's 911.

The astonishing 2019 Subaru Forester Gets Revealed

The astonishing 2019 Subaru Forester Gets RevealedWith so many automakers building quality crossovers and Sport Utility Vehicles, it’s sometimes very hard to make a choice and finally manage to purchase one. Well, from now on it’s gonna be even harder to chose because Subaru has revealed its 2019 Forester model and it’s really good.

The 2019 Subaru Forester which is gonna be launched in America later this year, will be the roomiest and most capable model ever. The vehicle will come in five trim levels of standard, Premium, Limited, Touring and new Sport. You only get one engine for the lot though, which is a bit of a bummer. It’s a 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine, mated to a CVT transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.