Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept
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Honda's hope is that by making it easier for programmers to work with Android Auto, it will spawn some killer apps for the car.
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Mercedes has engineered the seals around the Maybach's doors with a tube-like shape that traps road and wind noise before it reaches the interior compartment. (BLOOMBERG)
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The 2X, created by GM's North Hollywood Advanced Design Center, is more of a suit than a race car.
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Honda plans to launch its HR-V small crossover in the spring and neither CarPlay nor Android Auto will be on board. (BLOOMBERG)
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Henrik Fisker, right, and Beau Boeckmann, left, of Galpin Auto Sports present the Galpin-Fisker Rocket at its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
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Ford has spent billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied F-150, and at least a billion more perfecting a high-speed aluminum riveting and bonding production system, and retooling its plants. (REUTERS)
Posted 3:26 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 21
The 2015 F-150 is only the first of three big changes that may eventually give Ford fuel economy leadership in the segment -- assuming everyone else stands still or makes incremental gains.
In September, we crunched the numbers
in an attempt to predict the fuel economy ratings for the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Turns out, we were pretty darn close.
Today, Ford finally released those long-awaited official EPA numbers
for its lightweight aluminum truck.
Some of the gains are i ... Continue reading "Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag" » Nov 21, 2014 3:26 pm U.S. ET
LOS ANGELES -- Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience.
That trend was on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where Volvo Cars showed the plug-in hybrid version of its forthcoming XC90. It’s a full-size crossover that seats up to seven and delivers about 400 hp. But thanks to its large battery pack and electric motor, the vehicle can achieve the equivalent of up to 90 mpg, according to Volvo.
That blend of high performance a ... Continue reading "Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee" » Nov 21, 2014 2:41 pm U.S. ET
LOS ANGELES -- Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the Southern California tuner Galpin Auto Sports, Fisker unveiled the Galpin-Fisker Rocket, a 725-hp, carbon-fiber-bodied Mustang that goes on sale next year.
Priced above $100,000 and sharing no sheet metal with a stock Mustang besides the doors and roof, the Rocket was envisioned as a modern -- not retro -- take on the Mustangs of the 1960s.
“I ... Continue reading "Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang" » Nov 20, 2014 2:55 pm U.S. ET
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems.
Apple has made a show of publicly demonstrating its CarPlay software, which will enable drivers to use their dashboard screens and steering wheel buttons and knobs to control iPhone apps for navigating, streaming music and other tasks.
Google has touted the consortium of automakers, including General Motors and Audi, that are working to tailor infotainment systems around the company’s Android Auto technology.
... Continue reading "Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom" » Nov 20, 2014 11:09 am U.S. ET
It’s ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports.
Chevrolet revealed a real-life mock-up of its imaginative Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept during the Los Angeles Auto Show, simultaneously challenging the boundaries of vehicle design while paying homage to a legendary racing brand known for innovation.
The 2X will be available for download on “Gran Turismo 6” for the PlayStation 3 this holiday season, joining a slew of other concepts for the Vision Gran Turismo initiative that invites automakers to ... Continue reading "Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future" » Nov 20, 2014 3:36 pm U.S. ET
One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you’re not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it.
Mercedes-Benz is touting the $200,000 car as the quietest on the road, and went to significant lengths to ensure the car’s occupants are sealed off from outside distractions.
The noise-deadening measures start with an extremely stiff underbody, which reduces vibration, said Hermann Storp, director of global S-class development. The body-in-white is made up of steel and aluminum treated with special coating that further inhibits noise. Th ... Continue reading "Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment" » Nov 20, 2014 11:09 am U.S. ET
LOS ANGELES -- To help Google Inc.’s new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda Motor Co. is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals.
Today, at a connected-car conference ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Google released the first software developer kit for Android Auto, which puts the navigation and other features from an Android smartphone onto a vehicle’s display screen.
But a developer kit needs developers.
Enter Honda, which today announced the opening of a garage in Silicon Valley for coders who want to write apps for Andro ... Continue reading "Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling" » Nov 18, 2014 1:00 pm U.S. ET
Traffic apps that alert users about upcoming delays aren’t new.
Mobile app Waze, for instance, has turned the navigation experience into a community event thanks to a crowd-sourcing approach where drivers notify one another of upcoming road closures, police traps and traffic conditions -- dotting maps with an array of colorful notification icons.
It’s a useful tool.
But what if drivers could actually see what’s happening at a particular location on their vehicle screens when they’re 5 miles -- or even a couple states -- away?Continue reading "Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it" » Nov 18, 2014 3:36 pm U.S. ET
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Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. ...
Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to ...
Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a ...
Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a ...
Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight
These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups. ...
Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level
Ford has held the line on prices for the refreshed 2016 Explorer crossover, but a new top- ...
Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. ...
M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus c ...
SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars ...
Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech
With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif. ...
Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of t ...
'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi serv ...
Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. ...
Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel econ ...
Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the ...