Wednesday, October 28, 2015


James Bond may be the undisputed king of suave sophistication, but England’s secret weapon also has a habit of being particularly reckless with his belongings. Over the years, 007 has messed up pretty much everything he’s touched, including all of his fancy rides. I bring this up because his latest movie, Spectre, is due to be released in the coming weeks. That might bode well for us, but not for his official ride in the movie, the Aston Martin DB10. Let’s just hope that MI6 did its homework and insured the new DB10. 

Insurance company KwikFit was nice enough to crunch the numbers to determine how much it’s going to cost to insure the DB10. Like any insurance firm worth its salt, KwikFit took into account a number of factors to determine the insurance cost of the Aston Martin movie car. Using Bond’s age (47), number of near-death experiences (100+), likelihood to take the law into his own hands (100%), number of cars written-off so far (30+), and the estimated value of the DB10 (roughly over $920,000), the insurance company arrived at an estimated insurance cost of $30,895.

That may not seem like a lot, but KwikFit also calculated the cars that Bond will face in the movie and added up the insurance costs of his recklessness. Unfortunately for MI6, it could be on the hook for about $2.3 million if Bond lives up to his name and adds the Jaguar C-X75, Land Rover Defender, and Range Rover Sport SVR to his write-offs by the end of the movie.James Bond is no stranger to Aston Martin vehicles, with no less than five models supplied by the Brits since 1964’s "Goldfinger." But unlike the iconic DB5 or the exquisite V12 Vanquish, the DB10 is the first Aston Martin specifically built for the movie. The car is not only unique, but it also previews the next-generation DB9 and, as things stand, the company’s future design language. Needless to say, the upcoming James Bond movie is an eccentric way to introduce a brand-new product, albeit only in concept form.

With Aston Martin experiencing real-life sales problems, let’s hope that it has some kind of plan for all the DB10s that are going to be used in the movie. James Bond may be the company’s most famous ambassador, but he also happens to be the costliest one too.I’m sure that Aston Martin has a plan in place to keep the lineup of DB10 models that will be used in the movie from suffering the same fate as some of Bond’s previous cars. Sure, the car itself was built specifically for the movie, but I’m really hoping that not one of the reported 10 models will get legitimately destroyed. I’m sure it’s going to make for great entertainment, but that’s going to come at the cost of maybe seeing a few auto enthusiasts faint as it happens.

On a more serious note, Aston Martin hasn’t announced its plans on the DB10 other than its starring role in Spectre. There have been rumors that the company might release a few models to the public, but even if that happens, not everybody’s going to get a chance to buy one. First, it’s going to cost a lot of money. Second, it might be so exclusive that even those with the financial capabilities to buy one might get stonewalled at the chance to do so.
Since none of us truly realize what Aston Martin's arrangements are for the DB10, I believe it's best to go see Ghost and attach for the DB10 to make it to the end of the film in one piece. That may be an excessive amount to ask given James Bond's shameless state of mind towards private and open properties, however here's to trusting that he saves the DB10 from getting split into equal parts by a helicopter sharp edge. Despite everything we feel your torment, BMW Z8.Aston Martin discharged one and only photograph of the DB10 starting 12/04/2014, however it's sufficient to give us a look into the organization's future configuration dialect. Despite the fact that it stays unmistakable as an Aston Martin and even as a DB9, the DB10 sports a totally overhauled body shell that mixes new elements and recognizable trademark signs also. Both the slanting hood and the substantial front grille seen on the current DB9 are available on the DB10, however the recent now consolidates the lower air dam for a more forceful appearance. 

At the point when seen from the side, the DB10 showcases a crisper configuration with meaty front wheel curves, strong shoulders and profoundly etched ledges with carbon-fiber side skirts. The front bumpers keep the trademark vent with upper chrome trim, yet the wrinkle is currently more profound contrasted with the DB9's and stretches out toward the entryway. The lodge has additionally been reshaped, sitting lower for a smooth appearance and donning a littler quarter-glass territory.

There are no pictures of the backside as of this composition, yet it shows up as Aston Martin picked a to a great degree short back shade and thin taillights. A metallic-dim paint employment and special, lightweight, 10-talked wheels round off the DB10's hot outside. 

In spite of the fact that the Brits were fruitful sequestered from everything the DB10's inside for a long time, one of our companions figured out how to take a fix of the auto's dashboard at an Aston Martin occasion in France. Not surprisingly, Aston planned a bespoke cockpit for the motion picture auto, jettisoning the vast majority of the styling signs utilized as a part of the current DB9. The dashboard is a considerable measure cleaner now and there's no indication of a customary focus stack. 

The new instrument group looks like that of a race car, including a greater gage in the center and two extra units on every side. Everything is by all accounts secured in fine calfskin sewed together with white string, while the tasteful Aston Martin guiding wheel has been supplanted by a level base unit with Alcantara grasp ranges. 

I beyond any doubt trust this configuration will discover its way into the DB11, which is set to supplant the current DB9.

Monday, October 26, 2015


All newer 2016 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup received a new diesel engine for this model year. And that's hot on the heels of the truck making its debut as an all-new generation for the previous model year. Along with its GMC twin, the Canyon, this new Colorado has been lauded as one of the absolute best in its class.

It's also worth noting that anyone looking for a midsize truck with the kind of torque and pulling power only diesel can provide is limited to this Chevy/GMC option. No other manufacturer can currently oblige. But buyers won't be complaining. Just as the Colorado is a shinnystar of its segment, the diesel version is a highlight of the range. The engine is available in Crew Cab LT and Z71 versions with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Its proper name is Duramax and it ousts 2.8 liters, which is an impressive sum for a 4-chamber unit. The piece is strong metal; the head is aluminum. Yield is a so-so 181 draw at 3400 rpm, however as is constantly the case with turbocharged diesel engines, it's about the torque: 369 lb-ft made at just 2000 rpm. That is an extensive measure of low-end punch and perfect for towing commitments. In back drive shapes, most compelling trailering point of confinement is a best-in-class 7,700 pounds. Going for all-wheel drive just means a pulling power drop of 100 pounds.

There are no numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency yet, however amid our test drive, the best normal in the outing PC's presentation was 27.9 miles for every gallon, and that is representing town and nation driving, in addition to several interstate extends. The truck gets up to road speeds with least strain and least commotion. It's a smooth and calm ride, helped to a limited extent by the motor's balancer shafts and other refinement measures, for example, pressure driven motor mounts.

A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission available, but that's no problem at all: It shifts quickly and quietly.

In light of the recent emissions issues, Chevrolet is confident enough to state that this is the cleanest diesel engine it has produced, and it's built to comply with even tougher emissions regulations anticipated by the company. It employs an exhaust treatment to reduce nitrogen oxide, and exhaust pressure is also used in engine braking -- a function sometimes referred to as a "Jake Brake" -- to reduce wear on the actual brakes during long downhill stretches.

In Crew Cab form, passenger space is more than adequate. Even the rear quarters have a decent amount of headroom and legroom, while the seats themselves are well-cushioned and comfortable.

The dash is fashioned from plastics that look fairly classy and the driver's instrument cluster houses a 3.5-inch display with resolution that's appropriate for this era of technology. This model year brings compatibility with Apple CarPlay, which is a major plus for anyone who has tried getting a handle on a vehicle's infotainment system and wondered why it couldn't just work like an iPhone. This feature brings Apple's ubiquitous smartphone into the vehicle's screen and voice command functions.

Bed lengths are 5 feet, 2 inches or 6 feet, 2 inches, while the maximum payload is 1,547 pounds with the longer bed and all-wheel drive. A factory-installed spray-in lining is available. The one-step access at each corner of the rear bumper is a smart little innovation, and the tailgate has hydraulic assistance (optional in the LT) so it doesn't slam down during opening and is also easier to close.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Several safety features on offer are normally found in premium cars, like forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. A rearview camera is standard, though, along with six airbags.

Average size is a decent size. It's anything but difficult to gage the truck's limits when arranging parking garages or tight streets. Perceivability is fabulous, and the truck feels certain and stable at any (lawful) speed. It has leaf springs as a feature of its back suspension, a setup that is basically been around since the times of the secured wagon, however this is really a 21st-century pickup. The ride is refined, not harsh; exact, not primitive. Bigger trucks frequently require some weight in them to feel right, yet the Colorado is remarkably easy to understand. 

All new Chevrolet 2016 Colorado diesel begins at $32,175 (counting $890 destination) for the mid-level LT variant. This speaks to a climb of $3,725 over a gas controlled proportional, yet thinking of it as offers helpful efficiency with fabulous towing capacities, this may at present be a superior decision than going as far as possible up to a full-size truck.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


The Dodge Charger is at present just in its second era, presented in 2011, yet Avoid's execution vehicle got a striking facelift a year ago that left it with less massive styling and a totally new front sash that carries it into line with whatever is left of the Evade lineup. It's an auto that can offer a great deal of execution for the cash, and its more sweltering execution renditions don't generally have any immediate rivalry in the realm of vehicles. 

Changes for 2016 are negligible however eminent, and incorporate another shading, "Completely Insane", that is a return to the ostentatious hues offered on Chrysler muscle autos in the 1960s and 1970s. Additionally new are the Blacktop Bundle, with various dark outside accents, another move and customize menu bar on the 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free voice control, and an accessible Super Track Pack for V6-prepared models.

Seven models make up the Charger lineup. The SE ($27,990) and SXT ($29,995) both get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces an adequate 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which can be bumped up to 300 hp with the SXT's Rallye Appearance Group. The V6 powerplants come mated to an eight-speed automatic, and are available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive . The R/T, at $33,695, gets a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, with a minor Road/Track upgrade that starts at $36,695 and adds 20-inch chromed wheels, a 3.06 rear axle, and heated and ventilated sports seats. Next up are the R/T Scat Pack ($39,995) and the SRT 392 ($50,995), both of which get the 6.4-liter V8 that makes 485 hp and allows for a 0-60 time somewhere in the mid-four second range. The Scat Pack is more or less a heritage model, with beefier suspension, launch control, Brembo brakes, and Bilstein dampers, while the SRT 392 is more of a premium performance edition that is closer to the range-topping Hellcat, and even includes the Hellcat's enormous brakes and adaptive damping system. The 2016 SRT 392 also adds Laguna leather upholstery, a navigation system, and HD radio. 

The Hellcat, speaking of, is an instant classic, noted for its insane power and certainly not intended for the faint of heart. At $65,945, it’s $1,950 more than last year but still offers a ton of car for the price with its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (there's also a setting that will tune it down to "just" 500hp). The epic Hellcat motor made its debut in the smaller two-door Challenger, but the Charger, although heavier, is actually quicker from 0-60 with a time of 3.7 seconds thanks for more effective power distribution. Because it’s a performance milestone that is arguably already collectible, people have been throwing money at Dodge in order to get their hands on a Hellcat ever since it came out. The company is being very careful about where it allocates the limited number of 2016 editions, so finding one is likely to be a lot more complicated than simply walking into your nearest Dodge dealer.

Fuel economy, especially higher up in the model range, should probably not be a primary consideration when purchasing a Charger. Even so, the V6 versions get a pretty impressive 19 mpg city/31 highway with RWD and 18/21 with AWD. Once you add two cylinders, though, the numbers drop to the kind you’d expect from such a big, heavy car. Hemi-powered cars get 16/25, SRT cars get 15/25, and the Hellcat gets a thirsty but not ridiculous 13/22.
All Chargers aside from the Hellcat have electric force controlling, and Evade changed the suspension a year ago with a specific end goal to give the Charger better taking care of and a firmer ride. Vast entryways make it simpler to get in and out, yet once strapped in you'll understand that the high beltline that gives the auto its sharp look on the outside means restricted perceivability within. In any case, genuine inside room is more than sufficient, and the storage compartment has a respectable however unexceptional 16.5 cubic feet of storage room. Every Charger model accompany push catch begin, a force driver's seat, and a Uconnect infotainment system based on a 8.4-inch touchscreen. 

Discretionary additional items on the 2016 Charger incorporate Blind side Observing, Path Takeoff Cautioning, Cross Way Identification, and Versatile Voyage Control. The Uconnect framework additionally includes 911 and roadside help call help. These wellbeing elements come packaged together in the Innovation Gathering bundle, yet are generally just accessible in the more costly models. The 2016 model hasn't yet been accident tried, however past models have become five-star results from the NHTSA. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


On the off chance that range uneasiness has been keeping you from considering an electric auto, give the Chevrolet Volt a look. The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the second era of GM's inventive developed reach battery electric auto. With Volt, you get the advantages of an electric auto with the security of a gas let go interior ignition motor (ICE), like a module half breed. So what's the major ordeal? The Volt's ICE just comes online when the battery pack has been exhausted past its ostensible charge to keep the Volt went to its destination. As indicated by Chevrolet's representatives, given the auto's all-electric scope of approximately 53 miles, 90 percent of Volt drivers will dependably utilize power. Estimating begins at $33,995.In a nutshell, practically everything. The impetus unit has been overhauled to be lighter and more minimal, the battery pack utilizes less cells—all the more thickly pressed, the inside is totally updated, the outside styling—while well known—is likewise totally reconsidered. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is arranged to seat five instead of four, or more the driver data framework has another interface and entire new look. Electric driving extent is expanded by 25 percent, the new motor is calmer and brags a dislodging build, and mileage is up somewhere in the range of 13 percent. Besides, Chevrolet MyLink framework now joins Apple Auto Play, transforming the infotainment framework into an expansion of your cell phone. Further, the 120V versatile charger uses a less complex, more smaller configuration with a more advantageous locally available capacity area. The new styling, while unmistakably a Volt, looks more minimal—despite the fact that the new auto is just about the same size as its ancestor. The face highlights a textured upper and lower grille cushions, keeping up the Volt personality. The smooth styling uncovers the model saw extensive wind passage time amid the improvement process. The new Volt likewise fuses dynamic grille shades to further enhance streamlined features. Interestingly, while the electric Chevy looks more reduced than some time recently, there is a ton of tasteful surface itemizing in its body                                                                                                                                                   The original Volt’s flush-fitting backlit controls have been replaced by more traditional looking dials and switches. While we greatly appreciate what Chevy was trying to achieve with the first-generation model’s interior, it was something of an ergonomic challenge when it came to operating the various functions. Now before you think the new one is old-fashioned, be apprised it is thoroughly contemporary, as well as highly intuitive to operate. Yes, some key features are buried in the touchscreen, but once the car is yours and you get acclimated, this will cease to be an issue                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet is offering the Volt in two states of trim. The base model is called Volt LT. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low beam headlights and LED taillights. You’ll also find keyless entry and push-button start, remote start, automatic climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G WiFi capability, and Apple CarPlay. An additional $4,350 gets you Volt Premier with a heated steering wheel, exterior mirrors, and seats (front and rear). The Premier package also adds leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, wireless charging for portable devices, and automated parking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The interior treatment is more upscale and controls are easier to use, while the look remains thoroughly cutting-edge. There is more than ample legroom in all seating positions—save the center rear. You may recall the length of the Volt’s T-shaped battery pack runs down the center of the car. So while there is a center seatbelt in the back, anyone sitting there will ride with their legs spread very far apart. Volt boasts plenty of storage compartments, and the rear hatch makes loading cargo easy. Cargo capacity measures 10.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The 2016 Volt offers a full slate of cutting edge driver’s aids. These include lane keep assist with lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert with a following distance indicator and automatic braking, and semi-automated parking. Volt also has a pedestrian notification system to alert cyclists and people on foot when it is approaching in electric mode. A full complement of airbags, along with ABS, traction and stability control, as well as OnStar for crash notification, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle assistance complete the package.The principal gen Volt's 1.4-liter ICE has been supplanted with a lighter and calmer 1.5-liter unit. Volt's two electric engines have been consolidated into one lodging, and the force inverter unit has been incorporated with the drive unit to diminish mass and enhance productivity. By and large, the force unit measures 100 pounds not exactly the one utilized in the first form of the Chevrolet Volt. Consolidated, the electric engines make 149 drive and 294 ft-lbs of torque. Battery limit has been enhanced to 18.4 kWH, and give up to 50 miles of reach at moderate velocities. A complete energize brings 4.5 hours with a 240V source. Aggregate reach is assessed at 420 miles, and general efficiency is evaluated at 42 mpg on fuel. Volt's designing group fitted the auto with four driving modes, and a component empowering the driver to build the measure of power backpedaling to the battery pack under certain conditions.While the Volt's zero to 60 is assessed at a somewhat comfortable 8.4 seconds, it feels impressively speedier; because of having 294 ft-lbs of torque underneath comfortable tip-in. Calm and formed in for all intents and purposes each circumstance, the Volt is pleasantly responsive, handles magnificently, stops with power, and is wonderful to drive. The ICE is so smooth you'll scarcely see it running—especially in case you're in discussion or the radio is on—when it initia

Friday, October 16, 2015


All new Nissan GT-R is by a wide margin Japan's longest-running and most-discussed supercar. Indeed, even despite an all-new crossover NSX and the screaming Lexus LF-A 's V-10, the enchantment of the GT-R equation keeps on intriguing and spellbind auto gentlemen and gals over the world. 

The most recent R35 Nissan GT-R is the most refined in the family heredity by not just commanding the press in Asia and Australia — where the past gen autos were sold — additionally taking features crosswise over America and Europe. 

Also, the features are great. Not the standard "newcomer tries to beat Porsche , loses" we are all so acquainted with. The GT-R is a machine that wins objective and subjective examination tests against a flat out's percentage snappiest and most noteworthy tech machines on the planet. 

It has taken two eras of 911 Turbo models to go anyplace close to the GT-R's pace, and the $100,000 Nissan likewise routinely punishes Ferrari's finest . 

To such an extent that Porsche and Ferrari will no more let one of their autos be in a comparo with the GT-R . Now that is an accomplishment. 

So where to run with this legend of a race auto? Keep the world-beating pace and all the most recent segment overhauls from the inevitable GT-R Nismo , however enhance the weight parity, focus of gravity, streamlined features and style.

A daunting task, to say the least. Luckily, the TopSpeed artists and graphic design team have created a few exclusive previews of where the GT-R’s styling will go in the next generations.

Tagged a 2016 Nissan GT-R, these renderings are purely speculative design studies. The ideas presented here are still quite interesting, with two distinct flavors of modern GT-R from which to select your favorite.Is it a leak or just an artist’s rendering? We don’t know, but the consensus seems to agree that this is actually a leaked image of the 2016 GT-R. What’s more, the awesomely restyled body isn’t the big news. Nope, the big news is the new hybrid powertrain that company insiders are putting at more than 800 ponies, thanks to the same 3.8-liter V-6 tuned to 580 horsepower and a KERS system that adds 250 more horses.These renderings are pretty outstanding and well-executed considering the fact that Nissan has said virtually nothing about a replacement for this R35 GT-R . Traditionally a very long model cycle, the Nismo engineers have been unable to leave well enough alone over the current car’s four-year tenure on the market.

Most of the extra detail tweaks to the GT-R have been under the skin, however. Only the LED running lights that joined the bumper in year two were added to the hot and technical beauty of the GT-R.

BMW ’s "Evo/Revo" logic is the most rational when predicting how all carmakers will replace their lineups. What we dubbed Evo/Revo refers to the way BMW BMW revamps their models. An all-new car is on market for four years, then gets a superficial update for another four years on the same platform. That is the ’Evolution’ part. Then after eight years, the ’Revolution’ brings a new chassis.

By this logic, the new GT-R is most likely be an "Evolution" and not "Revolution" of a totally new chassis.

To accomplish this, the car must be totally revamped and restyled outside as a way to draw in the trendiest shoppers, and keep the previous loyal buyers when they are trading up.The new GT-R’s nose is one of its most remodeled and repackaged features. A much lower hood height is visible in these renderings, with an even more extreme expression of the latest boomerang headlamps. The V-bar grille from the TopSpeed 2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo rendering is present in shape, but not in chrome finish.

The nose of the GT-R looks far meaner with visible-weave carbon-fiber forming its lower structure on a contrast black versus the white paint of these renderings.

The air intake setup looks very similar to the current GT-R, but adds a slim hood scoop just above the grille. Whether feeding the intake or serving an active aero function, a scoop like this could replace the current car’s NACA ducts higher in the hood.

The biggest change from rendering number one to number two is the lower side sill. The second rendering finishes this piece on contrasting black carbon-fiber, helping the GT-R to look leaner and meaner that the body-color scoop.The side view of the forthcoming F36 GT-R is arguably the most refined versus the nose and tail, which are expected to keep the familiar cues from today.

The roofline appears dramatically lowered from even the current GT-R’s (very low) 54-inch height, but the blacked-out front fenders and glasshouse continue to the new generation of models.

The daylight opening, or window line, appears to be carved lower into the door frame than today, while the rear three-quarter glass arcs upward instead of downward on the current car.

The anchor point for the whole floating roof is the C-pillar, with a pinched and layered surface that is also expected on the next Maxima and 370Z. The curved and sensual buttress just below the C-pillar is very attractive and unique, adding some premium feel to the functional surfaces of today’s car.

This outline signs for the rooftop up the show and supercar position of the GT-R, furthermore makes it less demanding to impart the new look to other body styles. In profile, the primary distinction between the two renderings is the back's treatment side lights. The second rendering components to a greater degree a stream and C-formed brake light obvious from the side.The tail is additionally two stages of potential style makeovers. One could be considered as the "Evo" idea, and another the "Revo." The Evo thought keeps the monster four fumes funnels down beneath and the four-pack of round brake lights close to the top corners of the storage compartment. Extra venting and air specifying is unmistakable close to the lower diffuser regions, where the GT-R should expand its down power and solidness to reach higher top paces than the present auto. 

Etched edges are kept for the back corners in light of the fact that it is the cleanest treatment for streamlined smoothness.

The choices regarding he taillights are tricky because round brake lights have been a GT-R styling theme since the beginning. Even so, to move the car forward the LED shape is likely to be inside the trunk metal or ditched altogether.

The C-shaped scratch of LED lights is another area that will allow better transfer of this look to the 370Z and Maxima . While the round likes work on the GT-R, they would look too much like a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the Maxima .

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


All new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris is an all-new midsize van, slotting in just below the Sprinter, a successful product for the company. This is the other side of the three-pointed star. When we usually think of Mercedes-Benz, we tend to conjure up images of expensive, opulent cars. But it also produces excellent commercial vehicles. Most of this output is in Europe, but now the United States has two such choices in the Sprinter and the Metris.

While the previous is a full-estimate van, the last could be only the right size for some organizations. It can deal with tight city roads, fit into multi-level stopping structures and even be stopped in some home carports. 

The Metris goes on sale this in October 2015, so it's still too early to assess aggregate expenses of proprietorship, however Mercedes-Benz has effectively made the Sprinter an advantageous recommendation, having won Best Armada Quality recompenses throughout the previous three years running and been perceived as getting a charge out of the most noteworthy resale values in its class. 

The decision is basic: payload or traveler van. The freight variant begins at $29,945; the traveler rendition begins at $33,495. Both costs incorporate $995 destination charges. There won't be a variety of variations. It's one stature, one wheelbase and, as such, one drive train.

The cargo version has just two seats up front, a passenger-side sliding side door as standard, and its rear doors can open to a really useful 270 degrees. The passenger Metris can accommodate up to eight occupants and sliding doors are available for both sides. These can also come with a powered option. It is possible to remove the second and third row of seats, but it’s not something to do on a frequent basis, since they’re quite heavy.

While we’re talking money, Mercedes-Benz puts service intervals at 15,000 miles and plans on having each vehicle in the shop for as short a time as possible, so it can be back out on the road earning its living.

 Just like the Sprinter and its rival, the Ford Transit, the Metris follows the European school of van design: kind of narrow, kind of tall. Having a big three-pointed star set into the grille gives it some cachet and it’s certainly agreeable to look at. A large windshield helps with visibility and keeping the cab light, and the passenger version could easily be mistaken for a family minivan — although Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want to market it as such.

The basic dashboard (a posher version is optional) seems to borrow most of its shapes, materials and equipment from the least-expensive Mercedes-Benz cars from a few years back. It’s not unpleasant, but doesn’t look cutting-edge either. Function would be the key word here, since it’s a working vehicle and has no other requirement.A tired driver is not good for business, so the Metris does its best to keep fatigue at bay. The driver’s seat has plenty of support for the back and thighs, while adjustable armrests are standard for both front seats. All seats are covered in a tough-looking fabric that’s still easy on the eye.

The steering wheel adjusts for height only, but most people should find a decent driving position with a minimum of fuss. The most remarkable fatigue-combating aspect, though, could be how quiet the Metris is to drive. It keeps wind whoosh, tire roar and engine noise to an absolute minimum.

Although customers may want their Metris vans to be kitted out in special ways according to the work required, cargo versions start out with a maximum space of 111.5 inches deep (with a through-loading partition), 66.3 inches wide and 55 inches high. Total cargo volume is 186 cubic feet, while payload is 2,502 pounds. Gross vehicle weight is 6,742 pounds and maximum towing capacity is 4,960 pounds.

Cargo models also have a wood floor as standard, which helps to keep the noise levels low. But lashing rails are part of an optional protection package.The size of the Metris should make it useful to many: 202.4 inches long, 88.3 inches wide (including mirrors) and 75.2 inches tall. And the relatively small turning circle of 38.7 feet wall-to-wall could be a boon. Remember, the Metris was designed in Europe where city streets are often narrow and torturous.

A self-parking function that handles parallel and perpendicular spaces, satellite navigation, rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, blind spot alerts, and collision prevention assist are all on the options list.Naturally, both the engine and the gearbox are fine examples of Mercedes smoothness. And even if power is not prodigious, it’s perfectly sufficient for most applications.

And in addition a shockingly calm lodge, the Metris drives with a quiet self-control — much like a SUV or hybrid. There's that comparative raised driving position, while reactions to driver inputs don't feel anything like those ignoble vans of the twentieth century. The controlling really has a decent unequivocal quality to it in light of the fact that the driver sits so close to the front pivot. 

The suspension tune is distinctive for every variant, however. The traveler model has the marginally gentler ride of the two; the freight van's is amplified to take heavier loads — however don't stress, it's still consummately comfortable.Apart from being the least expensive new Mercedes-Benz discounted in the United States, the Metris ought to take after the case set by its greater Sprinter kin of making a persuading business case for itself. The organization knows it can't rival the huge players like Passage as far as numbers, so it means to remunerate by offering awesome client administration. Mercedes has additionally as of late reported connections with all the more upfitting operations, organizations that will outfit a van with gear and/or capacities for specific purposes.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Bits of gossip around a conceivable Koenigsegg One:1 exceptional release began to surface on the Internet an extended period of time back. At first, the odd utilization of the most obvious in its name was on account of it will be a coincidental model, however as more subtle elements turned out we found that this is really in light of the fact that the auto has one pull for every kg — a practically hopeless accomplishment. 

Tragically, the One:1 is quick, as well as super-uncommon, as just six units will be discharged. On top of that, every one of the six units have been sold for a great looking aggregate of about $2.4 million, with the dominant part of them going to the Chinese market.With its constrained numbers and enormous force yield, the Koenigsegg One:1 will turn into a practically quick legend in the supercar world. 

The new Koenigsegg One:1 will be making its North American introduction amid Classic Car Week in Monterey , California. The model to be shown in the States is the last from the six client autos constructed by Koenigsegg and will be conveyed to its American proprietor in the close future.The fashioners at Koenigsegg investigated every possibility to make the One:1 as efficiently proficient as could reasonably be expected. The outcome is a hypercar that looks more like a track-just apparatus than a street legitimate auto. 

To streamline cooling, the auto highlights two substantial intercooler admissions on the sides alongside various gills and radiators. Additionally present is a colossal 

The outcome is a hypercar that looks more like a track-just apparatus than a street lawful auto. 

element back wing to give the best mix of downforce, drag and braking. The main thing this great as far as the looks and optimal design is most likely the Pagani Zonda R , however how about we not overlook that it's not road legitimate. 

Washed with carbon fiber, the gills, wind stream chiefs, mirrors, back wing, air scoops and the vertical stabilizer add to the execution and also the brutal look of the auto, so it can't generally be confused for an Agera. 

Different choices incorporate full-bare carbon body, custom body stripes, titanium debilitate outlets and painted brake calipers if the regardless it doesn't feel sufficiently unique to yo
Koenigsegg One:1 - Exterior Dimensions

Total length 4500 MM (177.16 inches)
Total width 2060 MM (81.10 inches)
Total height 1150 MM (45.27 inches)
Ground clearance Rear: 74-90 MM (2.91-3.54 inches) Front: 59-100 MM (2.32-3.93 inches) plus 50 MM (1.96 inches) lift system
Wheelbase 2662 MM (104.80 inches)
Front track 1700 MM (66.92 inches) Rear track: 1650 MM (64.96 inches)
Front overhang 944 MM (37.16 inches) Rear overhang: 900 MM (35.43 inches)Compared to the exterior, the interior is less extreme. Extensive use of weight-saving material along with removal of unnecessary luxuries have contributed to a lower curb weight.

Bathed in carbon fiber and dark Alcantara highlighted with orange accents, the interior of the One:1 has a purpose-built appearance.This is where the One:1 really shines. Powered by Koenigsegg’s 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that can burn biofuel, race fuel or standard gasoline for flexibility.

Koenigsegg hasn’t announced the 0-to-60 time for the One:1 and for a car this fast it would be pointless. Instead, it let us know that this hypercar

Things are ridiculous when you're measuring a car's output in megawatts

can rocket to 400 km/h (248 mph) in about 20 seconds. My best estimate on a 0-to-60 time of this beast would be the 2.5-second range — maybe even quicker.

Power is rated at 1 MW (1,341 horsepower) — things are ridiculous when you’re measuring a car’s output in megawatts — with a peak torque of 1,371 Nm (1011 pound-feet) available at 6000 rpm.

Add to the outrageous power output the use of advanced M55J high modulus fibers to decrease the weight of the chassis by 20 percent compared to the standard Agera chassis, and the result is a car with a dry weight of just 2,954 pounds. To put that in perspective the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a weight of 4,052 pounds and 1,200 horses propelling it.

Top speed for the car has not yet been officially announced by Koenigsegg, as it said "Top speed has not been a priority." They aren’t fooling anyone, considering the fact that the car comes fitted with custom Michelin Cup Tires with a speed rating of 440 km/h (270mph).

Type Koenigsegg aluminum 5,0L V8, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts with optional Flexfuel capability
Power output (HP @ RPM) 1340 @ 7,500
Max torque 1,011 lbs-ft @ 6000 rpm
Acceleration (0-400KM/H) (248.5 MPH) 20 Sec.
400 - 0 km/h (248 mph - 0) 10 Sec
100-0 KM/H Braking distance (62 MPH - 0) 28 Meters (91.9 Ft)
Lateral G-force 2.0 G
Weight distribution 44% front, 56% rearFor a car this exotic and rare, price shouldn’t really be a concern. But if you are still curious, it’s rumored to be in excess of $2.4 million and all six units have been spoken for.One challenger that the Agera One:1 could is the Veyron SS, which has been around for a while. Though the Bugatti’s looks aren’t really to everyone’s liking, the unarguable fact is that the Veyron is one of the biggest engineering marvels since the McLaren F1 .

Powered by 16-cylinder, 8-liter engine, the Veyron does 0 to 60 in a mere 2.5 seconds, and if you are crazy enough to open it all the way up, it’ll hit 265 mph.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


A time traveler from as late as the 1980s would likely be somewhat confounded on the off chance that he were in the position to experience a cutting edge auto as of late. Without a doubt, there aren't that numerous specialized contrasts between a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190, yet regarding wellbeing and solace highlights, they are as distinctive as feathered creatures and bats.

The only high-tech safety systems you can find on a 190 (W201) are seatbelt pre-tensioners, a collapsible steering column, crumple zones, an optional ABS system and a front driver airbag (on later models). Part of the active safety features on a C-Class (W205) involve ESP, Pre-Safe, Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake, Attention Assist, Active Blind Spot and Active Lane Keeping Assist, Intelligent LED headlights and many, many, more.

Technology overall has evolved exponentially in recent years, but that doesn't mean it has stopped in 2015. On the contrary, the stuff of Sci-Fi movies will soon be upon us, most of the upcoming car safety systems sounding almost like alien technology even for millennials. When acting together, they will likely change the act of driving as we know it.

In essence, this future system will be the easiest to implement, especially since a lot of current and upcoming cars have built-in wireless Internet capabilities. As early as 2013, Mercedes-Benz integrated a Car-to-X communication system on some of its models, but it was obviously an antique and much simpler version of what's to come in the next few years.

There is even a Car 2 Car Consortium, which Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, GM, Honda, and Volvo are already part of, and it should make it easier for regulators and carmakers to implement a global standard. This means that in the future, no matter what brand of car you drive, your vehicle will be able to communicate wirelessly with any other car, and even with certain parts of the infrastructure.

The cars could exchange information about the local speed limits and current road conditions in any area. The possibilities are almost endless once the infrastructure also adapts to the technology, since a traffic light that is about to turn red or green will be able to alert oncoming cars about the change so that drivers can either accelerate or start braking well before they see the intersection. 

This will help reduce accidents and also improve the flow of traffic. Emergency vehicles will be able to give a heads-up without using their sirens in busy areas, so that other cars can get out of their way in due time. Information regarding impromptu road-works, accidents, traffic jams and even local weather changes can be transmitted between cars and, therefore, avoided in time. Driving in the near future will certainly be less stressful. 

Firmly identified with Car-To-X correspondence, arranged autos with self-sufficient capacities will most likely change the whole thought of open transport. Hold up, not transform it; make that take it to the lawn and shoot it. This year denoted the tenth version of the Future Networked Car occasion at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Composed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations' organization for data and correspondence, it flagged by and by that a mishap free future and completely proficient open transportation is practically around the bend. What's more, It's all on account of the fast advancement as far as auto security innovations.

Truth be told, contingent upon how enactment advances, by 2020 we might as of now have self-ruling taxis, with organizations like Uber being prime contender for its execution. Utilized particularly as a part of expansive urban areas, the systems administration of open transportation with different vehicles and with the encompassing foundation will diminish clog and discharges, definitely enhance street security and build the elderly's portability and/or persons with incapacities in the meantime.

I know, we as of now have head-up presentation frameworks in autos, some of them even shading and loaded with accommodating data like current vehicle rate, turn-by-turn route bolts or neighborhood speed notices. Regardless of being condemned by some, in any event in their present shape, the warrior plane roused innovation speaks the truth to get a ton more muddled in a couple of years.

Ordinarily, "more confused" would decipher into considerably more diversions for the driver, however this shouldn't be the situation if HUDs advance on the right way. The supposed "super multi-perspective head-up presentation" will consolidate subtle elements like an enlarged reality show on the windshield, while the front traveler will have his own perspective of totally distinctive attributes.

Rather than watching a 2D show that just shows fundamental data, the driver will have the capacity to see road names written in 3D crosswise over close-by structures or into the separation, drifting over the scene. The usage of expanded reality will even permit you to drive in no ability to see conditions (mist, rain or snow), subsequent to a locally available PC will reproduce the vast majority of the surroundings and the HUD will extend them continuously over the windshield. The PC will get the essential data from laser and radar sensors all around the auto, cross-referencing it with 3D maps of the encompassing zone. It sounds unnerving and somewhat unrealistic, yet we're as of now while in transit to arriving.

A group of Japanese researchers from the Institute of Engineering in Tokyo and another from Denso's Research Laboratories have as of now had real leaps forward here as right on time as 2011. Their thought includes a purported "smooth movement parallax," which implies that the 3D HUD won't require exceptional glasses and the driver won't have to conform his eyes so as to see the information over the windshield without encountering cerebral pains and obscured vision.

The quick headway in innovative work is step by step taking after a more extreme bend, which implies that it will turn out to be progressively more hard to foresee when an advancements' portion above will be actualized on an expansive scale. What we know is that the world is evolving quickly, and a specialty research territory like car security system will have the capacity to change more than our driving propensities: it may change our own one of a kind presence.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Volkswagen has started taking propelled orders for the all-new 2016 Touran with the R-Line bundle. You may feel that a straightforward body unit doesn't mean much, however merchants need exceptional preparing to offer this stuff, as a  R-Line MPV is like a lifestyle choice.
We’ve been saying for quite some time that the Touran is the most impressive MPV launched in a long tine. Unfortunately, part of its charm comes from the controversial TDI engines. Theoretically, the 2016 Touran will stay clear of any recalls, since Euro 6 engines don’t have defeat devices. That means you could enjoy a family car that looks this good and yet drinks very little fuel.

Right, let’s discuss the details. We already know what the package looks like because that’s what they showed at the Frankfurt Motor Show to begin with. The R-Line kit starts out strong with a new upper grille and radically revised front bumper. Everything looks like it came from the Golf R.

On the side, there’s a subtle badge that’s easy to miss and black side skirts. The rear features gloss black accents and a diffuser. The model also features R-Line exhaust tips and silver anodized roof rails.

If you want to further improve the design of your MPV, a choice of 17- or 18-inch Salvador or Marseille wheels is available. However, you need to understand that they are not included in the R-Line kit and cost a pretty penny.

Volkswagen allows you to order just the exterior package for €760. However, if you’re willing to give them €2,150, the will throw in the interior goodies too. Considering you’re already paying for a brand new car, you might as well make it special.

Race seat upholstery is something to look for, meaning that you’ll get Alcantara trim similar to the Passat’s. The Touran R-Line also gains a black headliner, a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel and aluminum pedals.New R-Line packages for the Touran

New R-Line bundles for the Touran 

Selective components for the outside and inside 

New Touran R-Line New Touran R-Line 

Advance deals have now started of the new Touran R-Line. The bundles of exceptional components outlined by Volkswagen R give the new conservative MPV an unmistakably lively, dynamic appearance. 

Especially striking elements of the full R-Line bundle, which covers various outside and inside points of interest, incorporate the trademark front and back guards. The primary configuration contrasts at the front are two body-hued wing-like air admissions with C-shape shine dark mark and a R-Line logo in the radiator grille. At the back, the guard has lively forms and is embellished by a chrome strip. Recognizable side-on elements of the family MPV incorporate polished dark side ledge augmentations, silver anodised rooftop rails and R-Line logos as an afterthought areas and front entryways. 

Composite wheel edges upgrade the Touran R-Line even more, with clients offered a decision of 17-or 18-inch Salvador or Marseille wheels. Seating with "Race" fabric covers and the additional agreeable front seats make a dynamic inside atmosphere. This is further added to by the titanium dark rooftop liner, 'Dark Lead Gray' brightening trims for the instrument board and front entryway boards, fabric floor mats with improving sewing in 'Precious stone Gray', front entryway tread plates in aluminum and pedals in stainless steel. A cowhide trimmed multi-capacity games guiding wheel with beautifying aluminum trim and R-Line logo rounds off the Touran R-Line's general energetic look. 

The full R-Line bundle is accessible from €2,159. For clients simply needing energetic customisation of the bodywork, the R-Line "Outside" bundle is the ideal decision. It is accessible from just 

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Marrs M1 electric bicycle  Kacy Marrs was working at a Chick-fil-A when he first met Brad Fanshaw three years ago. Fanshaw is a hot-rodder through and through, an entrepreneur who partnered with Boyd Coddington and turned that name into custom-car superstardom. Fanshaw had run the American Bicycle Association and rode professional BMX before joining a skateboard and clothing company called Vision. Kacy had moved to Southern California from Alabama, devouring every motocross track once he got here; as the general manager of his Chick-fil-A, he was on his way to opening his own franchise when the two paths crossed over cheap chicken sandwiches.

Kacy had designed the  in his spare time, then taught himself to weld and built two prototypes. They tested these for a year and a half -- through SoCal's "cold" weather and Santa Ana's 100-degree heat. This was around the time when all those Biker Build-Off shows were getting popular, said Kacy -- and somehow, it hadn't occurred to either of them that electric bicycles, the strand cruisers they saw going up and down the beach, could benefit from such creativity. "Why do electric bikes have to be stupid?" Marrs said. "Why can't we build something cool?"

Kacy's result looks like an Indian board track racer, a Triumph bobber from the Nixon administration and possibly a Schwinn Stingray. The springer seat, in fact, does come from a Triumph bin. The front-leaf spring is achingly vintage. A solitary rear brake, a hydraulic disc, is more than effective at stopping the Marrs Cycle's 140 pounds. (Unencumbered by braking filigree, the front wheel looks massive.) And Kacy has a goal to snap up every Harley-Davidson kickstarter pedal on eBay: they are painted gold, then machined to fit.

The bicycle is powered by a brushless 3-phase DC motor, attached to a 48-volt lithium battery. The electrical components come from overseas, but the frames are built on a jig in a cramped garage in Anaheim that plays host to Brad's Bonspeed endeavor as well as a 392 Hemi-equipped MOONEYES dragster that hasn't been started since 1976. The air-cooled battery box is welded from aluminum by one of Brad's hot-rod connections. In raw, unpainted aluminum, the cases look rough and sinister.

You sit naturally upright atop the springer seat, which is wide, lumpy and thinly padded. From ground to handlebar, the bike is a mere 36 inches tall. The pedals stretch forward almost like a recumbent bicycle. Twist the throttle, and the bike hums with near-instant speed; the big and wide motorcycle tires allow for graceful lean-in. Despite the wheelbase, it's surprisingly agile. The learning curve is nonexistent.

Expect 25 miles of riding on a single charge, said Kacy, which takes 5-8 hours. Pedaling from a standstill is cumbersome, but, at speed, it feels like powering through on high gear. Kacy has had to ride it home after the battery ran out.

At 20 mph, it's as fast as Marrs could make it while keeping it classified as a bicycle. Kacy claims to have reached 60 mph on a downhill stretch of the PCH, propelled forth by gravity, a 60-volt battery and sheer hubris.

"We should totally take it to the Velodrome, race around," said Brad. "Electric bicycle racing -- wouldn't that be awesome?"

Since production started in August, Kacy and Brad have sold 10. One went to Australia. Another went to Thailand. And yet another, with custom saddlebags, went to London to a man who rides it every day instead of paying congestion charges on his Aston Martin. James Hetfield of Metallica was the first to buy one. He loves his. He rides it between concerts and badgers Kacy about improvements. That kickstand on newer bikes? Hetfield's idea, possibly. His merely had a detachable stand.

The price of a Marrs M1 is $7,500. For the craftsmanship and the handcrafted nature, Kacy and Brad think that's fair. "I mean, there's an electric bike from Germany that costs $50,000," said Brad. "And that's because it's all carbon fiber!"

If that's too steep for you, then take this to heart: Next year, Kacy and Brad promise to introduce a new generation of electric bicycle that's half the price. Expect it to look as polarizing as the M1. Because "...the bikes you normally see," said Brad, "They're geeky, they have no personality. This is the hot rod of electric bicycles."

On Sale: Now

Base Price: $7,500

Drivetrain: brushless 3-phase DC motor, 48-volt battery, one-wheel-drive

Curb weight: 140 lbs (with optional 175-lb rider)

0-60: not recommended

Fuel Economy: 5 Steppenwolfs Per Hour (SPH)

Options: headlight, rear fender, saddlebags, custom seat upholstery (TBA); Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild: A Retrospective" ($18.99)