Saturday, November 28, 2015


With an overhauled adaptation of the Toyota GT 86 in progress, the Japanese car may at last get the all the more capable drivetrain devotees have been clamoring about since its dispatch in 2012. In the interim, Toyota is attempting to keep clients content with a wide range of uncommon release models. Taking after the presentation of the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 at the 2015 SEMA Show, Toyota has made yet another restricted version roadster. This time around, it's being offered in Australia and passes by the name GT 86 Blackline. 

In view of the extent topping 86 GTS, the Blackline bundle includes an inconspicuous body unit, another paint plan, new wheels, and a sportier inside, a large portion of which is sourced from TRD — Toyota's motorsport division. 

Restricted to just 450 units, offered with both manual and programmed transmissions, the GT 86 Blackline marks the begin of a six-month commencement to the first round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series. For the uninitiated, it's an one-make dashing arrangement that is set to initiate in Australia in May 2016. The new arrangement, which was made for genius am drivers, will keep running as a bolster classification to the exceedingly famous V8 Supercars Championship

Each entrant will drive a production-based T86RS model, with details about the car to be released soon. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the GT 86 Blackline limited-edition below. Arguably the most noticeable changes were operated on the outside by means of a TRD-built body kit and a black-and-white livery. Although subtle, the body kit modifies several body parts, making the Blackline seem a bit more aggressive than the standard model. The package includes a black splitter, which goes well with the black foglamp surrounds, protruding side skirts, a trunk lid spoiler, and a new bumper. The latter has a body-colored upper section (which on the standard car is black) and a body-colored center piece that creates the impression of a two-piece racing diffuser. The black parts that surround the exhaust pipes extend toward the rear wheels in order to create a unitary appearance with the black skirts and black front splitter. Rounding off the exterior are a set of gloss-black, 17-inch alloy wheels, a White Liquid paint, and the twin black stripes on the engine hood and the roof. All told, the Blackline name fits the limited-edition model like a glove, mostly because of its black-and-white finish. Step inside and you’ll find the same features as Australia’s range-topping GTS model. These include a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation, live traffic updates, reversing camera, scuff plates with stainless steel inserts, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, and aluminum pedals. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, while the seats have leather side surfaces and Alcantara inserts. Despite the name, the Blackline package adds splashes of bright-red on the seats, steering wheel, gearshift knob, handbrake level, and door grips. The steering wheels, the seats, the shifter, and the handbrake lever also get red contrast stitching on their black surfaces. Though it might not seem like much, a quick glance and the photos reveals a sporty two-tone interior. The red inserts make quite a difference when paired with an overall black cockpit.

Much like some other exceptional release GT 86, the Blackline accompanies no drivetrain alterations at all. The roadster utilizes the same 2.0-liter, four-barrel motor appraised at 197 pull (147 kW) and 151 pound-feet (205 Nm) of torque that mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed programmed gearbox with oar shifters. In spite of the body unit, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph is prone to stay unaltered at somewhat more than seven seconds. Creation of the GT 86 Blackline will be constrained to 450 units, incorporating 250 vehicles with manual transmissions and 200 models with automatic gearboxe. Costs begin from AUD$37,990 (about $27,505) with the manual and from AUD$40,495 (around $29,315) with the programmed. Interestingly enough, the Blackline is estimated under the 86 GTS, which retails from AUD$40,560 (about $29,370) with a manual and from AUD$43,140 (around $31,235) with a programmed. All vehicles are incorporated into Toyota's topped value Service Advantage adjusting arrangement with up to four planned administrations at just AUD$180 each.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


The A3 Sportback e-tron1 isn't your average hybrid. It's a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle  that combines the sportiness and luxury you expect from an Audi with the benefits of a hybrid.

Coupled with the Audi energy program, which includes a home charger,2 carbon offset program through 3Degrees,3 and available residential solar panel installation through a collaboration with SunPower ,4 e-tron is our comprehensive approach to more sustainable mobility.Its sleek sportback body combines form and function, offering sporty styling and practical cargo space. It's how the A3 Sportback e-tron 1 is ushering in beautiful, efficient design.                                                                                                         The A3 Sportback e-tron1 combines the best of a gas-electric hybrid car and an electric vehicle . And with a combined 204 hp, it's the plug-in hybrid that outperforms expectations.                                                                  On top of the powerful plug-in hybrid technology, the A3 Sportback e-tron 1 was also designed with advanced features and available driver assistance systems that make a smart car choice even smarter.Included in the Audi energy program for e-tron 1, Audi invests in carbon reduction projects through a collaboration with 3Degrees, an award-winning carbon offset and renewable energy company. We support Wildlife Works and landfill gas projects that help ensure forested lands remain intact and capture greenhouse gases before they're released into the atmosphere.                                                                                              Assume responsibility of your drive 

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Monday, November 23, 2015


Toyota has declared a electrified version of its solid-selling SUV… once more. The distinction? Toyota at long last made it a it a hybrid.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 half and half will get the immediate torque of an electric engine, and the accommodation of a 2.5-liter gas motor. Mated to the Atkinson-cycle I-4 will be a CVT transmission. The reach as an EV is an inadequate 0.6-miles because of a little NiMH battery pack, however the crossover powertrain produces a consolidated 194 torque, and thumps out a 0-60 time of 8.1-seconds - a second speedier than its gas-just sisters. 

EPA assessed mileage in half and half trim is a really amazing 34 mpg city, 31 mpg thruway, and 33 mpg joined - that recent figure is 8 mpg superior to the straight-fuel RAV4 AWD. Regenerative braking and on-interest all-wheel drive are standard on the hybrid.
Both the hybrid and gas-only Rav4s will receive refreshed styling: a new front fascia, new rocker panels and new front and rear bumpers. Exterior LED lighting, front and rear, is optional – if luxe lighting is your thing. Three new colors hit the refreshed SUV:  Black Currant Metallic ,  and Electric Storm Blue. also a Silver Skye Metallic,

The interior was refreshed slightly, and features a new gauge cluster -- making space for a 4.2-inch TFT display. An available 7-inch infotainment touch screen is available as well. LED lighting graces the center console, helping you find that pack of gum a little easier.

Toyota is showing off its new Toyota Safety Sense package on the new RAV4s – allowing for automated pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, pedestrian pre-collision warning and dynamic cruise control. Standard safety tech on the limited trim, and hybrid models, now includes blind spot warning.

Pricing for the hybrid starts at $29,265, but shoots up to $34,505 for the Limited model. Gas RAV4s start at $25,245 for a bare-bones front-wheel drive model, rising to $33,800 for the Limited all-wheel drive model. Both the standard and hybrid 2016 RAV4 models are arriving at dealerships now.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


When you ask about the 5 fastest crossover suvs, you might see a puzzled look on the faces of some people. However, while it may well seem a contradiction in desires, there is a certain subset of drivers for whom the tall profile and high seating position of the crossover SUV, along with its perceived superior utility are simply enhanced by the presence of a great deal of horsepower. In other words, some of y’all are straight up into having your just desserts and eating them too. While some might consider this much performance potential in an automobile of this nature somewhat superfluous, we get it. If you like to drive and you have to haul, you might as well have a ride that hauls—well, you know—too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The vast majority of the Jeep Grand Cherokee models are optimized for offroading (while still delivering outstanding comfort and stability on pavement), but the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is tuned specifically to give all of these European high performance crossovers a real run for the money. While the Europeans all rely upon artificial aspiration, (be it turbocharging or supercharging; one even adds an electric motor to the mix) Jeep earns its spot among the 10 fastest Crossover SUVs through sheer displacement. Boasting a 6.4-liter V8 – the largest engine here – the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s swagger comes courtesy of 475 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque. This is fed into an eight-speed automatic transmission and routed to all four wheels. The GCSRT owns a zero to 60 of 4.8 seconds. Pricing starts at $64,695.

Considerably more modern than its G-Class counterpart, the Mercedes-AMG ML63 is a cutting edge crossover sport utility with road manners like a car – in addition to an outstanding array of comfort and convenience features. With a claimed zero to 60 time of 4.7 seconds, the ML63 enjoys a 5.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 good for 518 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque. Add the AMG performance package and you’ll shave another tenth of a second off the zero to 60 run thanks to an output increase to 550 horsepower and 560 ft-lbs of torque. Among the fitted go faster features are an Airmatic suspension system with adaptive stabilizer bars and a set of 20-inch performance tires and alloy wheels. Comfort and convenience niceties include lane tracking, parking assist, and special leather upholstery for the ventilated sport seats. Pricing starts at $98,395.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The only hybrid model on this list of the 5 fastest crossover SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid boasts a zero to 60 of 5.3-seconds. This places it just a few ticks behind the Audi SQ5. A plug-in hybrid model, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is also capable of running on electrical power for approximately 20 miles. Shared with the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s powertrain is capable of speeds of up to 83 miles per hour in electric-only mode. The powertrain is comprised of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor boasting a total system output of 416 horsepower and 435 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission routes the power output into the all-wheel drive system. Pricing starts at $77,200.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Porsche quotes a zero to 60mph time of 4.3seconds for the Macan Turbo when equipped with Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, which makes the Macan Turbo the one of the 5 fastest crossover sport utility vehicles money can buy from a mainstream auto manufacturer. (And, the quickest compact crossover SUV–period.) All of this quickness is provided courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 capable of producing 400 horsepower and 406 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche’s seven-speed Doppelkupplung dual-clutch automated manual transmission routes power to all four wheels. An active suspension system gives the Macan the handling traits one expects from a Porsche-badged automobile, while also preserving a comfortable ride quality. Pricing starts at $73,900.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


All new 2016 Kia Optima arrives at a pivotal time in the automaker's existence. With a mandate to further distance itself from corporate parent Hyundai, Kia is looking to add new metal to showrooms and fill gaps in its line-up without relying too much on borrowed platforms and shared technologies. When vehicles do share a common gene pool - like the Optima and the Sonata, Hyundai's popular mid-size sedan - the brand's ability to leverage its in-house styling chops as a separating wedge has become increasingly important in the American market.

The all-new Kia Optima trades in the dowdier duds of the Sonata and instead embraces a sharper visual edge that is as distinct as the thick-rimmed glasses worn by company design chief Peter Schreyer. As I discovered after spending the day behind the wheel of the 2016 Optima in Aspen, Colorado, this sedan has been tagged by Kia to accomplish a long list of important tasks, and for the most part it succeeds. Although not a threat to disrupt the ruling family four-door order, the Optima comes across as a compelling alternative for those who appreciate that high quality design doesn't have to come with a mile-high price tag. A year after the previously fashion-forward Hyundai Sonata took a calculated step back to the mean, the 2016 Kia Optima feels like a renewal of the faith that not all inexpensive family cars have to be boring to look at. Even in its base trim, the Optima is a collection of eye-catching cues that assemble into a form that is somehow both graceful and imposing at the same time. Seen from the front the Kia offers an angled, honeycomb-laden grille that's complemented by shark-fin headlights hewn into the front fenders and the decision to replace the older model's fog lights with cooling ducts for the front brakes (which also serve to improve the overall aerodynamics of the car). I was told that the company felt the car's available LED lighting, combined with its split HID headlights offered a comprehensive enough package to illuminate the way forward (you can also find LEDs in the car's taillights).

As spruce as the Optima's early introduction may be its genuine quality is found in profile, where a long roofline teases at the capability of a seal just to end in a pleasingly upturned trunk top. The extents of the auto have been upgraded by an extended wheelbase (0.4 inches) and a more extensive track (1.2 creeps), and taken together they go far towards characterizing the Kia's effect as more befitting an extravagance auto than a day by day suburbanite. Whenever you add to an auto's wheelbase you're going to profit by a more roomy lodge, and the 2016 Kia Optima divvies up its newly discovered volume by dumping it unequivocally at the feet of those riding in the back seat. The Optima is in no way, shape or form an extensive auto, nor does it get a handle on bulky out and about, yet the back seat offers superb housing for its class. You need to look past the numbers to consider it, to be the Kia is actuality littler by-the-ruler than a few of its adversaries, yet with entryway boards and seatbacks cut out to improve the impression of space in two of the car's three measurements, investing energy in the back seat infers full-size solace. 

As upscale as the 2016 Kia Optima's outside styling proposes the auto may be, it would be a stretch to push the car's general experience as anything drawing nearer sumptuous. Kia is to be lauded for the broad rundown of elements and solace equip that can be had with the auto, including things, for example, a warmed controlling wheel, an all encompassing sunroof, carefully knitted cowhide situates, and warmed and cooled front basins. Still, when inside the priciest Optima - the $36,615 SXL - the general experience doesn't generally transcend the entirety of its parts. Everything one could need in a completely stacked family auto is available and represented, yet the Kia's character never truly rises above "great" on its approach to "extraordinary" in the way you'd anticipate that a premium auto will do. 

It's difficult to say whether this is truly an issue, as the Optima isn't focused at would-be extravagance customers. Drive the SXL consecutive with the passage level LX (MSRP $22,665) and you'll unquestionably see the distinction in inside accessories, however I'd be amazed on the off chance that you got yourself excessively enchanted by the pricier model's capable yet bland presentation and materials.One zone where the 2016 Kia Optima has nothing to apologize for is its Uvo infotainment framework. The touchscreen Uvo interface is accessible with route, satellite radio, and Bluetooth availability highlights, and not at all like a portion of the frameworks offered by its opponents it leaves vital undertakings, for example, altering the auto's atmosphere controls to a variety of catches and handles on the middle stack. It's a merry looking outline, and one that is moderately direct in standard use. 

Sadly, it's conceivable to totally wipe away the Kia Optima's downloading so as to astound Uvo experience and introducing the new Android Auto highlight on your PDA. On the off chance that I wasn't lectured by pop-ups on my gadget each and every time I associated it to the auto's USB charge port, I likely would have never seen motivation to utilize this new framework, yet I offered into the bothering and set it up.

Unfortunately, it's possible to completely wipe away the Kia Optima's excellent Uvo experience by downloading and installing the new Android Auto feature on your smart phone. If I hadn't been harangued by pop-ups on my device every single time I connected it to the car's USB charge port, I probably would have never seen a reason to use this new system, but I gave in to the irritation and set it up.

Instant regret. As soon as the link was active, Android Auto took over the Uvo display, cutting me off from the navigation route I was following and making it impossible to access the satellite radio controls. In their place was a generic Android menu that offered me Google Maps, music streaming, and a few other phone features, none of which seemed to remember that I was in fact relying on the car's nav system to get me to the hotel after a long day of driving. Also, once connected in this manner the car automatically linked its Bluetooth system to my device, and then renders said phone completely useless for any purpose until I physically disconnected it. This meant that even from the passenger seat it was impossible for me to access any of my apps. Altogether it was a thoroughly negative experience with this new system, made worse by neither the car nor the Android Auto app asking my permission at any stage of the pop-up or phone-bricking process.

As spruce as the Optima's early introduction may be its genuine quality is found in profile, where a long roofline teases at the capability of a seal just to end in a pleasingly upturned trunk top. The extents of the auto have been upgraded by an extended wheelbase (0.4 inches) and a more extensive track (1.2 creeps), and taken together they go far towards characterizing the Kia's effect as more befitting an extravagance auto than a day by day suburbanite. Whenever you add to an auto's wheelbase you're going to profit by a more roomy lodge, and the 2016 Kia Optima divvies up its newly discovered volume by dumping it unequivocally at the feet of those riding in the back seat. The Optima is in no way, shape or form an extensive auto, nor does it get a handle on bulky out and about, yet the back seat offers superb housing for its class. You need to look past the numbers to consider it, to be the Kia is actuality littler by-the-ruler than a few of its adversaries, yet with entryway boards and seatbacks cut out to improve the impression of space in two of the car's three measurements, investing energy in the back seat infers full-size solace. 

As upscale as the 2016 Kia Optima's outside styling proposes the auto may be, it would be a stretch to push the car's general experience as anything drawing nearer sumptuous. Kia is to be lauded for the broad rundown of elements and solace equip that can be had with the auto, including things, for example, a warmed controlling wheel, an all encompassing sunroof, carefully knitted cowhide situates, and warmed and cooled front basins. Still, when inside the priciest Optima - the $36,615 SXL - the general experience doesn't generally transcend the entirety of its parts. Everything one could need in a completely stacked family auto is available and represented, yet the Kia's character never truly rises above "great" on its approach to "extraordinary" in the way you'd anticipate that a premium auto will do. 

It's difficult to say whether this is truly an issue, as the Optima isn't focused at would-be extravagance customers. Drive the SXL consecutive with the passage level LX (MSRP $22,665) and you'll unquestionably see the distinction in inside accessories, however I'd be amazed on the off chance that you got yourself excessively enchanted by the pricier model's capable yet bland presentation and materials.One zone where the 2016 Kia Optima has nothing to apologize for is its Uvo infotainment framework. The touchscreen Uvo interface is accessible with route, satellite radio, and Bluetooth availability highlights, and not at all like a portion of the frameworks offered by its opponents it leaves vital undertakings, for example, altering the auto's atmosphere controls to a variety of catches and handles on the middle stack. It's a merry looking outline, and one that is moderately direct in standard use. 

Sadly, it's conceivable to totally wipe away the Kia Optima's downloading so as to astound Uvo experience and introducing the new Android Auto highlight on your PDA. On the off chance that I wasn't lectured by pop-ups on my gadget each and every time I associated it to the auto's USB charge port, I likely would have never seen motivation to utilize this new framework, yet I offered into the bothering and set it up.

You won't be carving any corners in the Kia Optima. However, I doubt that's why anyone was interested in the car in the first place, and the focus on what really matters to family buyers is refreshing in an industry that's often more interested in selling you what you wish you were driving rather than what you actually need.An interesting side effect of the 2016 Kia Optima's disconnect from marketing hoopla is the absence of all-wheel drive on the options sheet. AWD has become a critical tool for premium brands seeking to convince sedan shoppers that they should spend more money at ordering time, with the feature typically touted as being absolutely essential for anyone who might occasionally encounter snowy road conditions during the winter months.

Unfortunately, all-wheel drive doesn't just add a few extra dollars to the window sticker - it also tacks on extra weight and complexity that are frequently at odds with overall fuel efficiency. The mid-size sedan segment has been largely all-wheel drive agnostic, with only the Subarulegacy and the Ford Fusion making this feature available to those shopping for an affordable family ride. Here's hoping that the luxury AWD push doesn't turn too many planning department heads at Kia in the near future, because there's simply no need to increase fuel consumption and bloat the Optima's curb weight with technology whose benefits can be mostly replicated with a good set of winter tires. The 2016 Kia Optima has seen significant investment in its active safety features as compared to the generation of sedan that preceded it. A new driver's knee airbag up front helps prevent injuries resulting from impact with the dashboard, but there's flashier stuff to be found inside the Optima too: namely, an automated braking system tied in to a forward collision warning feature that can bring the car to a complete stop if traveling at 50-mph or less (with partial activation at speeds greater than that). It's tied in to the adaptive cruise control feature available on certain Optima models, which itself boasts the ability to start and stop in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Just like in 2015 the new Kia Optima also comes with a blind spot monitoring system, and this is joined by a fresh lane departure warning system that keeps an eye on the white and yellow lines on the road.     

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Brabus is becoming the center stage at the 2015 Dubai Engine Show with yet another tuning pack for one of Mercedes' most up to date models. Concurring with the disclosing of the Mercedes S63 AMG Rocket 900 Desert Gold Release, the German tuner has now pulled the spreads off of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S - 700. 

The new tuning system is for the GLE 63, Merc's first offering to a car SUV section as of now populated by any semblance of BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne. The GLE has yet to pick up the accompanying that it's rivals have had in years, however Mercedes, and Brabus by expansion, would like to change that with projects like this one. 

All over, the B63S - 700 checks all the required boxes of a thorough system. It has restorative overhauls, streamlined upgrades, and motor improvements. It even has a suspension upgrade, which demonstrates how point by point this unit truly is. 

Amidst every one of the progressions made to the GLE 63, despite everything I get the inclination that Merc's car SUV still needs to gain its keep. This Brabus program absolutely gives it a tad bit of validity. Yet, that coin will just stay legitimate for whatever length of time that the GLE 63 is pertinent. It's too soon to say how famous it will be, however at this moment, despite everything it has a great deal of miles to cover before it can get up to speed with its more settled adversaries. As meticulous as Brabus is when it comes to its programs, there are times when the German tuner opts for subtle improvements instead of its penchant to go over-the-top. Such is the case with this program. The GLE 63 gets a few cosmetic and aerodynamic improvements, beginning with a front spoiler lip that helps cut down the lift on the front axle. This, in turn, helps the SUV’s overall handling stability. The side air intakes also gets their own upgrades in the form of ailor-made air deflectors with integrated LED side markers.

The rear section also gets its share of new items. Just like the front spoiler lip, the roof spoiler at the back serves the same function of reducing lift on the rear axle. A new diffuser has been put in place to complement the pair of ceramic-coated designer tailpipe tips on the exhaust system. Carbon surrounds on the side air outlets are aesthetic additions.

The last addition to the GLE 63 is the new set of Monoblock Y "PLATINUM EDITION" high-tech forged wheels. Customers have a choice of availing these wheels in either 21-, 22-, or 23-inch sizes and should have no problem finding suitable tire partners from Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama tires.The interior of the GLE 63 has been dressed to the nines, even if the overall layout remains the same. The highlight of the modifications is the azure-blue Mastik leather. The color creates a nice contrast to the black leather that’s been fitted throughout the cabin. Square quilting patterns can also be seen on the seats and the center sections of the door panels. Brabus Brabus also added a number of custom accessories to complete the interior upgrades. For starters, the stock door lock pins and pedals have been replaced with aluminum. Stainless-steel scuff plates, each with a backlit logo of the German tuner, have also bee installed to match the crossover’s interior ambience lighting. As most high-performance SUVs go, performance is one of the most important, if not the most important quality to have. Mercedes-AMG addressed that by giving the GLE 63 S a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately for us, Brabus took that engine and its corresponding numbers and determined that it wasn’t enough, hence the addition of the new B63S - 700 performance kit that adds massive amounts of power to the SUV.

Just like the recently reviewed S65 AMG Desert Edition, Brabus added two special turbochargers to the V-8 mill of the GLE 63. These turbos come with larger compressor units, allowing them to produce higher boost pressure that aids in a smoother power distribution from the engine. The German tuner also installed gold sheathing on the intake and charge-air pipes. In addition, a new exhaust system with free-flow catalysts and 3-inch down pipes have been put in place to create better interplay among the new components.

As a result of these modifications, the GLE 63 is now able to produce an astonishing 691 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque — good enough to drop the SUV’s 0-to-62-mph sprint time from 4.2-seconds to a 4.0-seconds and improve the top speed from 155 mph to 186 mph. The improved output still sends the power generated by the V-8 to the two rear wheels courtesy of a new SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission system.

On the off chance that these numbers aren't up to your loving, Brabus is likewise offering a different motor program that is as of now been highlighted in these pages back in September 2015. This system, called the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo 4x4 Car, depends on the Mercedes GLE 63 Car. The dislodging has been expanded to 6.0-liters and the subsequent yield hitting 850 drive and 1,069 pound-feet of torque. In the event that you thought the 700 pack is quick, the 850 is much speedier. It gives the GLE 63 enough squeeze to drive from 0-to-62 mph in 3.8-seconds to run with a top rate of 200 mph. Brabus' dedication to enhancing the SUV's corrective and execution qualities didn't come to the detriment of the GLE 63's suspension. The German tuner additionally did take a shot at that respect, including a control module for the AIRMATIC air suspension. The setup drops the SUV's general ride stature by 1.4-inches, bringing about a brought down focal point of gravity that ought to enhance its taking care of abilities. 

Brabus hasn't recorded a cost yet for the B63S - 700 execution unit yet in the event that the past 850 system is any sign, don't anticipate that this update will come modest. The 850 has a recorded cost of €289,218.79, which would be around $324,600. Doing somewhat scientific acrobatic, the B63S - 700 tuning pack could be valued at some place around $270,000. That is only an unpleasant appraisal on my part so don't take that to the bank.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Trying to make a name for yourself in the compact crossover class is a tough deal considering how much the market has grown in the past few years. Stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 have been around since the late nineties and have heritage on their side. Other models such as the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue have design and Hyundai is rocking the boat on the highway's and country trail's.

So what does new entrant in the compact crossover class, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, have to offer? Well, it seems to follow the formula that Hyundai has perfected over the past few years; offer a vehicle with great looks, an impressive feature set, and a price tag that can make your jaw drop.The 2016 Hyundai Tucson lineup begins with the base SE. With a base price of $23,595 (including an $895 destination charge), the SE comes with many essentials that buyers are looking for. Standard equipment includes a 2.0L four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry, five-inch color touchscreen with a backup camera; and a driver’s blind spot mirror. It should be noted that the SE model only comes in front-wheel drive.

Next is the SE Popular. This model includes the Popular equipment package that adds a power driver’s seat, LED daytime running lights, side rails for the roof, and an auto-down/up driver’s power mirror. This is also the first trim where you can option all-wheel drive, which adds a windshield de-icer to the list of standard equipment. Prices start at $24,345 for the front-wheel drive model, and $25,745 for the all-wheel drive model.

The Eco trim is next up and gets a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, chrome-tipped dual exhausts, and premium front and rear fascias. Eco models start at $25,045 for front-wheel drive and $26,445 for all-wheel drive.

Following the Eco is the Sport trim, which gets 19-inch wheels, hands-free smart tailgate with auto open, push-button start, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert; lane change assist, and heated front seats. $27,045 gets you into the Sport front-wheel drive model, while an extra $1,400 can net you all-wheel drive.

Topping off the 2016 Tucson lineup is the Limited trim which boasts a number of premium features such as LED head and taillights; leather seats, a power seat for the passenger, eight-inch touchscreen with navigation; dual-zone climate control, and Blue Link telematics system. If you want some more luxuries, then you want to opt for the Ultimate package. This package adds HID headlights, lane departure warning, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Limited models start at $30,095 while the Ultimate package adds $3,450 to the bottom line.The 2016 Hyundai Tucson’s design can best be described as striking. Using version 2.0 of the automaker’s fluidic sculpture design language, the new Tucson boasts a look that is more athletic. Such design touches include a hexagonal grille, slimmer headlights, low-profile roof rails, and wheel arches that are raked forward. 17-inch wheels come standard on the SE and Eco models; larger 19-inch wheels are standard on the Sport and Limited models.

The interior doesn’t fully match the exterior’s striking look, but Hyundai has done an impressive job of getting close. A wraparound dash design boasts a fair amount of soft-touch materials and contrasting trim pieces.The 2016 Tucson scores big when it comes to comfort. Passengers up front are treated to supportive seats with a number of adjustments to help find that perfect position. Backseat passengers will find loads of head and legroom, along with the ability to recline the seat to make themselves a bit more comfortable.

In terms of cargo space, Tucson is on the small side when compared to the best-sellers in the class. With the seats up, the 2016 Tucson boasts 31 cubic feet of usable area - this is 4.2 cubic feet smaller than the best-selling Honda CR-V. Fold the seats down and space increases to 61.9 cubic feet which, again, is bested by the CR-V's 8 cubic feet.Hyundai does an excellent job when it comes to equipping their vehicles. The base SE model nets a five-inch touchscreen radio with a backup camera, Bluetooth, and keyless entry. From there, Hyundai increases the amount of equipment ranging from an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation to dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and windshield-wiper de-icer.

Controls are within easy reach of the driver and passenger and falls easy to hand thanks to a simple layout. Meanwhile, the 5-inch and 8-inch touchscreens are some of the best in the industry with an easy to understand interface and quick response times.One of the key items Hyundai focused on with the 2016 Tucson was safety. Compared to the outgoing model, Hyundai used more high-strength steel to improve overall strength and rigidity. There’s also a full suite of airbags to protect all passengers.

To the extent incident evasion, Hyundai moreover equipped all Tucsons with a fortification camera and balance and trustworthiness control. Higher trim models get blind spot ID with back cross-action prepared, way departure forewarning, and modified emergency braking with walker detection.The Tucson SE gets the 2.0L GDI four-chamber from the Elantra lessened. The base engine produces 164 draw and 151 pound-feet of torque and is coordinated with a six-rate customized. Mileage is evaluated at 21 City/31 Freeway/26 Joined for the front-wheel drive model. All-wheel drive models see to some degree lower amounts of 21 City/26 Interstate/23 Combined. 

Eco and higher trims get the turbocharged 1.6L four-barrel from the Sonata Eco. Execution figures stand at 175 drive and 195 pound-feet of torque. The turbo engine is coordinated with a seven-speed EcoShift twofold grasp customized. Mileage figures contrast dependent upon model determination. The Tucson Eco sees evaluations of 26 City/33 Roadway/29 Merged for the front-wheel drive model, and 25 City/31 Freeway/27 Joined for the all-wheel drive model. 

Why would that be a distinction between the Eco and Game/Restricted mileage numbers? It generally comes down to wheels. The Eco has 17-inch wheels, while Game/Restricted get bigger 19-inch wheels. 
Before I plunge into my contemplations on how the 2016 Tucson fared amid our drive, it's imperative to take note of that my impressions are construct just with respect to the turbo 1.6L. I didn't find the opportunity to get in the driver's seat of the Tucson outfitted with the 2.0L amid the first drive, which is the more conservative decision. 

The turbo 1.6L is an exceptionally strong motor and makes the Tucson feel light on its feet. This is because of the 195 pound-feet touching base at 1,500 rpm and proceeding with onwards to 4,000 rpm. So in circumstances where you have to make a pass or proceed onto the turnpike, the motor is prepared and willing to get you up to speed. Hyundai has additionally made a few enhancements to the seven-speed EcoShift double grip programmed to make the shifts much smoother. The distinction is clear as the transmission conveys a quick and smooth reaction. 

Regarding ride and taking care of, the Tucson strikes a pleasant harmony in the middle of solace and game. The suspension confines knocks and street blemishes to convey a wonderful ride for everybody inside. Hyundai has additionally dealt with enhancing clamor separation on the Tucson with more stable hosing materials. Wind and street commotion are stayed silent and could trick you into suspecting that you're driving a more costly vehicle. 

At the point when the street gets stunning, the Tucson generally sparkles. The vehicle feels planted around corners and there is no indication of body roll. The main drawback is the Tucson's directing. There isn't sufficient feel to tell the driver what is going on. Not improving the situation is a no man's land in the guiding when you start turning the wheel. The wheel will start to take care of as you turn further along, however this doesn't generally move certainty for a driver. For most purchasers, however, this will presumably rank as just a minor concern.Hyundai has done it by and by with the 2016 Tucson. The upgraded model delivers a focused bundle with a broad elements rundown, enhanced driving flow, and a particular configuration. The individuals who need more fun in their driving ought to give the Mazda CX-5 a look. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are considering the typical suspects of the Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, then the Hyundai Tucson merits a long look as well.

Friday, November 13, 2015


SUV customers have a practically unlimited thirst for luxury , particularly on the off chance that you take a gander at the business figures for the most prominent models in the fragment. The 2016 Passage Traveler Platinum follows in the strides GMC's Denali image in amplifying a full scope of premium elements past the pickup truck causes of the Platinum (initially a F-150 trim) with a specific end goal to please families looking for the plushest individuals mover they can get outside of a Lincoln showroom. 

To hotshot the freshest, most upscale individual from the Voyager family, Passage has assembled a voyage through North America's most stunning common marvels, beginning in Vancouver, English Columbia, and consummation down in Taos, New Mexico. I made up for lost time with the troop in Montana and had the opportunity to pilot the 2016 Passage Adventurer Platinum through West Yellowstone and the Excellent Teton mountain range. When I wasn't being diverted by the apparently boundless regular magnificence contained inside of the fringes of these two normal parks,I was able to focus on the Explorer formula and get a feel what Ford is trying to accomplish with its Platinum strategy.Top-shelf luxury is frequently a platform for excess, but the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum takes a more restrained path towards satisfying the desires of potential premium customers. From the outside, there's not much to identify the Platinum's special status in the Explorer line-up aside from unique 20-inch wheels and LED running lights, with sharper eyes also picking out a pair of silver-hued skid plates from and rear.

Once inside the cabin, however, things start to come to the fore: Ford has wrapped the dash and door sills in genuine leather trim, matched with wood and aluminum highlights (with the latter continuing in the form of a brushed Blue Oval - or is that Silver Oval - on the steering wheel). That wheel also gets the wood-and-leather treatment, and the hides wrapped around the seats feel like a fair upgrade over those found in the next-in-line Explorer Limited. The Platinum model also builds on the already impressive feature list of the Limited, hands-free liftgate, navigation system) with items such as adaptive cruise control, automated parking,front and rear cameras ,a massage function for the two front thrones, a dual-pane moonroof or sunroof, and a 500-watt Sony surround sound audio system.The calm is often just as important as the (performance) storm in a luxury vehicle, and Ford was chuffed to explain to me just how much quieter the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum was compared to its lesser lineup-mates. This is because the Platinum model has been hit with a whole whack of sound-proofing processes, including the decision to locate and seal as many air gaps in the cabin as possible. If a breeze flows through it, so can sound, and the additional insulation injected into the SUV gave it a composed character even at highway speeds. I even had to roll down the window to hear the hooves of the bison clomping on the asphalt beside me during one of many encounters with Yellowstone's most massive citizens.All newer 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is not the biggest three-line SUV you can discover, measured as far as either payload space or traveler room. That respect goes to illuminating presences like the beforehand specified Acadia Denali Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Navigate twins. Still, the Traveler Platinum is an impressive weapon for meeting life's different errands and rock roll up and down the highway or off road country sides.

Second-push lodging are great inside the vehicle, yet the third column of seating in the Portage is youngster situated, particularly with the heated second-line seat that comes standard with the Platinum. You can manage this in two routes: settle on second-line chief's seats that expand the rearmost zone's legroom (and lessen aggregate seating limit from seven to six), or do what I did and basically overlay down the third line utilizing the catch at the back to appreciate a totally level burden floor. There's just shy of 82 cubic feet of aggregate payload space accessible inside the Adventurer - respectable however not class-driving - despite the fact that when the vehicle is completely possessed the measure of room found between the liftgate and the third-push seatback bounced surpasses the greater part of its game utility adversaries.All upgrade 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum comes standard with the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which is linked with the SYNC voice command interface for mobile devices and assorted vehicle functions. It's a handsome design, but it's one that has drawn the ire of existing Ford customers frustrated with slow response times to touchscreen button pushes, as well as a few perceived ergonomic missteps.

Personally, I don't have a problem with MyFord Touch, but I can understand the irritation of having to tap a radio preset or navigation command once, twice, thrice before the vehicle acknowledges you. That being said, SYNC 3 - an all-new infotainment system designed outside the Microsoft infrastructure underpinning the current iteration - is on its way for the Explorer's 2017 model year. SYNC 3 is already available in both the Ford Edge and the Ford Fiesta, so my advice is to head down to a dealership and try it out on one of those vehicles before deciding whether you're willing to wait nearly a year to experience it in the larger SUV.All newer 2016 Ford Explorer is accessible with three powertrains, however the Platinum trim level is only offered with the big cheese EcoBoost V-6. Shunning the actually suctioned 3.5-liter six-barrel unit (290 pull horsepowers) and the mid-range 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four-chamber (275 stallions, 300 lb-ft of torque), the Pioneer Platinum catches the same 360 horsepower , 3.5-liter twin-turbo creature engine found in the Game trim. Likewise fit for creating 350 lb-ft of torque, as in each Traveler it comes yoked to a six-speed programmed transmission. All-wheel drive - highlighting Passage's 'Territory Administration system' is likewise standard with the EcoBoost V-6. 

The twin-turbo Voyager Platinum is muscular, no doubt, but at the same time it's carrying around 4,500 lbs - not as tubby as a couple of other full-estimate SUVs I could name, yet at the same time enough to sap a portion of the EcoBoost muscle hiding under its hood. Increasing speed is great, just not rocket-like, which will be more than fulfilling to 99 percent of Platinum drivers. Mileage during my time in the recreation center was additionally better than average, with the 22-mpg execution coordinating the turbocharged V-6's consolidated EPA rating.All new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum's curb weight doesn’t just inform its off-the-line sprint but of course also plays a role in shaping its handling out on the road. For the most part, it's a non-issue: the Explorer Platinum remains stable and calm as long as you obey posted speed limits, especially on twisty roads. Push the SUV like you would a sport sedan on curvier stretches of pavement, and you'll encounter body roll and the protestation of the front tires as they fight understeer. In summary: a perfectly acceptable, and natural state of affairs from any big sport-utility vehicle.

I didn’t have the chance to sample the Explorer Platinum's Terrain Management System, as the rangers who run Yellowstone take a dim view of anyone who dares disturb the pristine land protected by the park. Rather than risk handcuffs, I chose instead to draw on my experience with the same system on older Explorer models in inclement weather. The system offers excellent stability at speed and good grip from a stop when road conditions turn slippery. True all-terrain fiends will most likely want to limit the truck's exposure to rocks and ruts, as the Ford's overhangs and lack low-range gearing make it more suited to gravel, grass, and decently-packed sand.Ford has an amazing reputation track record when it comes to introducing high-tech safety gear in as many models as it can, regardless of price point. It's just common then that the 2016 Passage Wayfarer Platinum hotshot the whole panoply of cutting edge driver's helpers and defensive gear accessible from the brand. 

The Platinum benefits from forward collision warning system , and a path keeping help include that was very great at keeping the SUV inside of the at times thin lines on more rough areas of Amazing Teton's esplanade. There is a blind side observing system and additionally a full supplement of airbags (including a knee airbag for the front passenger and the already specified front and back cameras that offer a wide-point take a gander at the zones instantly encompassing the vehicle. Novel in its portion are an arrangement of inflatable safety belts for those riding in the second column, an airbag feature that has yet to be duplicated by any other automaker.n the rush to the top, one has to wonder just how much cash is left out there to be sopped up by progressively shinier SUVs. According to Ford, it's actually a case of demand outstripping supply: close to half of its existing Explorer orders tend toward the Limited or Sport end of the spectrum, each of which boasts an MRSP above the $40k mark. This number can climb even higher once the vehicle's numerous options packages are taken into account.

The Explorer Platinum retails for $52,970, a near-$10k stretch compared to the Limited, but when contrasted against the similar prices paid for its GM and Chrysler equivalents, it's a reasonable ask. Given the phenomenal success of luxury pickup trucks almost across the board - with some brands offering multiple flavors of premium, in some cases tailored to specific regions of the country - it doesn't seem like Ford's taking much of a risk by offering an all-the-marbles edition of the Explorer.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


No chance Chevrolet and Chrysler were going to let Ford have the compact van market all to itself with the Transit Connect. In the case of Chevrolet, the response to Ford’s successful little van-let is the 2015 Chevrolet City Express. Like its Dearborn competitor, the City Express is nicely sized for urban-based service businesses or any other light-duty oriented activities really.

With its customizable interior, the Chevrolet is perfect for hauling medium-sized loads and a worker, while remaining nice and agile for dealing with the vagaries encountered while negotiating crowded city streets. The City Express also returns good fuel economy when operated in stop and go traffic.

By the way, if you’re looking at the Chevrolet compact van with something of a “Hey, haven’t I seen you before?” expression, you have. GM rebadged the Nissan NV200 to get the subject of this 2015 Chevrolet City Express Road .For the 2015 model year, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express is being offered in two levels of trim. 

Standard equipment on the City Express LS includes 15-inch steel wheels, power front windows, a height adjustable driver’s seat, a fold flat passenger seat, air conditioning, a stereo audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input port, 40/60 split rear cargo doors, a pair of sliding side doors, seats upholstered in cloth and vinyl, and a tilt steering wheel. Cruise control is offered as an option.

Moving up to the City Express LT will add power door locks, heated power adjustable exterior rearview mirrors, a rear parking sensor array, keyless entry, and a 12V power outlet in the cargo compartment.

Glass and Appearance packages are available to enhance both the LS and LT. The Glass package fits privacy glass, a passenger side rearview mirror, and a rear defroster. The Appearance package adds wheel covers, and a chrome grille, along with body colored bumpers, mirror housings, and door handles. The LT’s Technology package makes navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera available.Riding upon a wheelbase of 115 inches, with an overall length of 186.3 inches, parking the City Express takes up about the same amount of space as an Audi A4. Unlike the Audi, however, the design of the City Express is all about maximizing cargo capacity.

With its compact front-drive powertrain consuming very little of the overall volume of the City Express, its cavernous interior can be given over to the passenger and cargo compartments. Of course, City Express is a work van; so minimal interior space is given over to the driver and passenger—leaving the vast majority of the Chevrolet available to haul gear.

The dual rear sliding doors facilitate loading as well as ingress and egress on either side of the City Express, while the dual rear doors have two braking points. One is at 90 degrees and the other is at 180 degrees to provide maximum access to the rear compartment.Utility is what the Chevrolet City Express is all about. Tie-down points abound, as do pre-determined mounting points for racks and shelves.

As we mentioned before, the passenger seat is configured to fold flat to provide a worktable for the driver to review and annotate work orders, or even just eat lunch. The tray molded into the seatback is also ideal for accommodating laptop computers. In addition to providing a nice flat area for the driver to use for whatever need may arise, the fold-flat passenger seat can also be used to accommodate longer items such as piping and lumber—fully enclosed within the vehicle.

 While we're talking about the traveler seat, you'll discover a stockpiling plate underneath it for records, little devices you'd like to keep close within reach, or anything you'd like to keep outside of anyone's ability to see throughout a working day. 

The load compartment measures 82.8 inches long by 54.8 inches in width, and 53 inches in tallness. As far as general conveying limit, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express offers 122.7 cubic feet of freight limit, and is fit for a most extreme payload of 1,500 pounds. Making it all the more helpful is a low lift over stature of 21.1 inches for stacking materials into the back compartment.The traveler region makes entering and leaving simple for the driver and the traveler as well. Regardless of having its essential center put upon the settlement of rigging, the general population part is pleasantly dealt with as well. 

The driver's seat is flexible six routes, with lumbar and armrest backing gave. The middle console consolidates tablet/hanging document envelope stockpiling, a pen/pencil plate, a Cd holder, and double cupholders.  Recessed storage areas are provided on the upper instrument panel for folders and documents.

Instrumentation is both simple and informative, plus the standard audio system and the climate control system has large knobs, making them easier to operate while wearing gloves.

In other words, as work vehicles go, the City Express is as well thought out as the best of them.Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes at all four wheels. The front wheels get disc brakes, while the rear wheels use drums. The braking system also employs electronic brake force distribution. Traction control, stability control, six airbags (including side curtain and front-seat side impact), and tire pressure monitoring are also included as standard features.

Optional safety features include a rear parking sensor array and a rearview camera.

Likewise on the genuine feelings of serenity record are a three-year/36,000 mile heavily congested guarantee, five-year/60,000 mile powertrain guarantee, and free booked upkeep for a long time or 24,000 miles. It ought to be noticed some armada clients get a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.Kept well inside of the limits of its abilities, the City Express is an honorable little workmate. Around town it handles effortlessly, rides easily and stops anyplace a reduced vehicle would fit. With the sliding side entryways, you can even get things all through the Chevrolet effortlessly on the off chance that you need to stop it between two different vehicles. 

With MacPherson struts in advance to enhance dexterity, the building group ran with leaf springs in the back to offer the humble van some assistance with hauling gear without hanging. This influences ride and taking care of just negligibly, while giving required potential fortification. The City Express is sufficiently lithe to manage the snag course that is the labyrinth of development, twofold stopped autos, and different impediments one experiences in urban communities. 

As you may envision, however, the general execution of the Chevrolet City Express is to a great extent subordinate upon the administration into which it is squeezed. With 131 pull and 139 ft-lbs of torque, on the off chance that you go for the most extreme payload, you'll consistently see lessened execution and mileage. Then again, the more rigging you have stacked into the little van, the calmer it will be—as that huge inside we bragged about beforehand encourages sound to reverberate.While a moderately new classification, there is still a considerable amount of rivalry around there. As we said at the start, both Slam and Passage have offerings in this fragment. Also, as it were, the City Express contends with itself in the pretense of the Nissan NV20

Monday, November 9, 2015


We knew it was coming; we simply didn't know when - the Renault Twingo is at last accessible with an EDC transmission. It makes life a ton less demanding for individuals who don't prefer to change adapts or aren't great at it. 

The gearbox is a minimal six-pace twin-clutch automatic that's shared with the smart  fortwo and forfour. In England, the Twingo offers this as a £900 alternative on two trim levels that are outfitted with the 0.9-liter turbo motor, the all the more capable of two units available.

Of course, smart also offers the gearbox with the cheaper and less powerful 1-liter non-turbo unit, but maybe Renault knows its customers better.

Starting at £12,595, the Twingo Dynamique TCe90 is not exactly the cheapest car you can buy with an automatic gearbox. I think you can pick up a new 108 with what Peugeot calls a 2-Tronic' for £10,495. The Skoda Citigo triplets cost about the same, and the £10,815 Hyundai i10 is also noticeably cheaper.

However, none of these cars has the power and torque of Renault's 0.9-liter turbo. And yes, it does feel odd to praise such a small engine.

None of the Twingo's opponents has a twin-grip setup either. While one gear-tooth is locked in, the following one is prepared, and this rolls out improvements quicker. Additionally, the Hyundai utilizes an ordinary auto with just four velocities. 

The transmission's "wet blanket" capacity likewise offers the driver in creeping some assistance with trafficking, pulling endlessly continuously when the brake pedal is discharged. All models likewise accompany Slope Begin Help as standard, guaranteeing safe slope begins when banded together with the "wet blanket" framework. 

We would prefer not to express the conspicuous here, yet there's another tremendous distinction between the Twingo and its opponents - the motor arrangement. Following 22 years available, Renault totally changed the equation with help from Daimler. The motor sits at the back, directly under the storage compartment floor. That implies there's more space at the front, which designers used to build the point at which the wheels turn.

The car is offered in a choice of four vibrant colors - light blue, white, yellow and red - which are also found scattered through the funky interior. Changes have also been made to the Twingo’s specification, with six-spoke 15 inch Ariane alloy wheels becoming standard on Dynamique trim.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


BAT MOBILE BECOMES A LEGO SET  Lego universe now encompasses countless TV and film properties, but while you can buy plenty of Batman-themed Lego sets in stores, one item that hasn't been reproduced in hundreds of plastic bricks is the Batmobile from the original 1966 TV series, created by the late car customizer George Barris.

That could change soon if a Lego Ideas set by builder B. legoson (not his real name) gets the go ahead from the company and joins the official lineup, becoming a set you can purchase directly from Lego.

The set includes the car itself, which in the TV series started out in life as a 1955 Lincoln Futura prototype, and Gotham scenery for original Batman and Robin figures.

"The car is relatively small with it's 7 stud wide build-up, yet big enough to hold 2 minifigures," B.Rick writes. "Those figures can be placed and removed without taking off any part. I built this car with loads of playfeatures the original car also had: Atomic Turbine Engine, Bat-Radar, Rocket launchers, opening decklid to reveal the Mobile Crime Computer, Bat-shutes, Chainslicer in the nose, as well as a Bat-a-Ram, Aluminum dashboards, and last but not least, the Bat-Phone."

A Lego Ideas project needs 10,000 votes from users to advance to the next stage, which is review by company designers. The panel of Lego designers evaluates projects that have reached the review stage based on a number of factors, with originality and ease of production playing a role. While the builders themselves who submit projects for review typically have an unlimited supply of brick types, there are only so many in production at any given point in time, which tends to restrict some proposed sets.

 The first "Batman" television arrangement including the DC Funnies universe characters kept running for three seasons on ABC, from January of 1966 through Spring of 1968. The arrangement was the first TV adjustment of the famous comic book saints, with Adam West playing Batman and Burt Ward playing Robin. The television arrangement was not the first to depict the Batmobile - there was a Batmobile present in first appearance of the superhero, in Investigator Funnies issue #27. The first form of the auto, as found in the comic books, was just a red-shaded vehicle. The Batmobile itself would experience a wide range of changes in the comic books before the cutting edge television arrangement went into creation. 

The first Batmobile found in the television arrangement was based by Barris in view of a Herb Grasse plan, however the Lincoln Futura show model was the principle altered component in the custom form. Barris finished the auto in record time - three weeks by a few reports - and rented it to the studio for the length of time of the show's run. Barris kept the auto after the show finished, offering it just as of late in 2013, with the auto hammering for $4.6 million at Barrett-Jackson. batman.  

Wednesday, November 4, 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 former is a full-size van, the latter could be just the right size for many businesses. It can handle tight city streets, fit into multi-level parking structures and even be parked in some home garages.

The Metris goes on sale in October 2015, so it's still too early to assess aggregate expenses of proprietorship, however Mercedes-Benz has officially made the Sprinter a beneficial recommendation, having won Best Armada Worth grants throughout the previous three years running and been perceived as getting a charge out of the most elevated resale values in its class.The decision is basic: freight or traveler van. The freight form 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 drivetrain. 

The payload adaptation has only two seats in advance, a traveler side sliding side entryway as standard, and its back entryways can open to a truly valuable 270 degrees. The traveler Metris can oblige up to eight tenants and sliding entryways are accessible for both sides. These can likewise accompany a controlled alternative. It is conceivable to uproot the second and third line of seats, yet it's not something to do on a regular premise,.  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 6,740 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. Crosswind assist (is a proprietary Mercedes-Benz system that comes as standard, along with a load-adaptive electronic stability program and driver attention assist. 

The Metris houses six airbags. There’s the usual duo in front of the driver and passenger, plus two for thorax protection and another pair for the sides. The side airbags in the passenger model are longer than the cargo version’s, covering the full length of the seating area.Despite Mercedes-Benz building excellent diesel engines for many of its other vehicles, the Metris comes with one gasoline-powered, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that makes a turbocharged 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This modest amount of muscle goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

here are no EPA utilization figures just yet, yet a discretionary Eco mode stops and re-begins the motor, which should have any kind of effect in city driving. On longer excursions, a normal of 28 mpg is completely conceivable. Mercedes-Benz prescribes 91-octane gas on account of the turbo, yet surrenders that 87-octane is fine.Naturally, both the motor and the gearbox are fine cases of Mercedes smoothness. Also, regardless of the fact that power is not enormous, it's consummately adequate for most applications. 

And a shockingly calm lodge, the Metris drives with a quiet self-control — much like a SUV or hybrid. There's that comparable lifted driving position, while reactions to driver inputs don't feel anything like those graceless vans of the twentieth century. The controlling really has a pleasant unequivocal quality to it on the grounds that the driver sits so close to the front hub. 

The suspension tune is distinctive for every form, however. The traveler model has the somewhat milder ride of the two; the freight van's is bulked up to take heavier loads — however don't stress, it's still superbly .

Monday, November 2, 2015


This is the sweet spot for the luxury segment. In most cases, it encompasses the mid-sized and mid-priced models for each luxury manufacturer represented. More than anything else, this list of the best new luxury cars under $60,000 demonstrates how good a given luxury manufacturer can be when price is a consideration. While budget is also an issue for their flagship models, the commensurately higher prices charged for them mean more room to elaborate. Meanwhile, at the $60,000 and under price point, if a builder is going to make its car stand out, the company really has to innovate.                               Absolutely one of the best new luxury cars under $60,000 for 2016, the Audi A6 woos buyers with outstanding dynamics over the road, an extraordinary interior treatment, a wide variety of engines—including a diesel offering—and a dazzling tech quotient. Further, the A6 is remarkably spacious. In other words, this is one very well rounded car. Upgrades for the 2016 model year include a mild styling refresh, more power for its gasoline-fired engines, and an updated multimedia interface featuring a faster processor,  4G WiFi capability.and 3D animated graphics, starts at $46,195.
just as its 3 Series cars rule the roost in the luxury performance sedan category, BMW’s 5 Series cars are the envy of the industry in the mid-size luxury performance sedan category. Going into the 2015 model year, BMW product planners made the decision to soften the 5 Series a bit to provide even more comfort. The 2016 BMW 5 Series sedans offer exceptionally sophisticated engines and an interior treatment free of superfluous details. Changes for 2016 include enhanced USB and Bluetooth functionalities and a power trunk lid for the 550i. Pricing starts at $50,195.

The contemporary small Cadillac sedan and coupe are easily the best vehicles the marque has ever fielded in this category. Further, they are fully capable of running wheel to wheel with any of their European counterparts in any area you can name—including ultra high performance. For the 2016 model year, Cadillac has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving the ATS the capability of mirroring the functions of smartphones running those operating systems on the touchscreen in its center stack. A host of new active safety features have been added, along with a new, more powerful V6 engine. 2016 Cadillac ATS pricing starts at $33,215.                                                                           Among the best 2016 luxury cars under $60,000, the Chrysler 300—though getting somewhat long in the tooth—is an outstanding value. The quintessentially American rear-drive luxury sedan delivers all-day comfort on the Interstate, slices and dices winding two-lanes, and shows well in any urban center you can name. Further, the 2016 Chrysler 300 is roomy, comfortable, and nicely appointed. New infotainment and driver’s aid features for 2016 keep the Chrysler in the hunt against its competition. An absolutely amazing bargain, 2016 Chrysler 300  starts at $31,895.                                                                                                                                                                                              If you’re well familiar with luxury cars, have never looked at the Hyundai Genesis, and like surprises, go check one out. Just make sure you’re ready for the jaw drop you’ll experience when you see how much car you actually get for the money. Oh, and spoiler alert—when you drive it, your jaw will drop again. Yes, it’s that good. Fresh off a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, the Hyundai’s Genesis is now a luxury sport sedan of the first order, and most definitely one of the best 2016 luxury cars under $60,000. Pricing at $37,995.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Anyone surprised to find the Lexus ES350 on this list of the best luxury cars under $60,000 is probably just awakening from a 27-year coma. Since its introduction in 1989 the mid-size Lexus has consistently been one of the best in its class. The very picture of quiet, comfortable, and composed, the Lexus gets new sound deadening to make it even quieter for 2016. Some may decry the fact the Lexus ES focuses on comfort more than performance, but if fast is what you’re after—with a Lexus badge—the similarly-priced Lexus GS will serve you exceptionally well in that regard. For 2016, Lexus ES350 pricing starts at $37,950.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For 2016, Volvo has introduced a long-wheelbase version of its S60 sedan, endowing the mid-size luxury car with the rear seat legroom of a car one class above it. Meanwhile, as the top of the line trim level, the Inscription package infuses the S60 with wonderfully understated luxury touches such as plush leather, satin metal, and genuine walnut. At once more comfortable and more nicely equipped, while remaining every bit as good looking as the standard wheelbase S60, the 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription is absolutely one of the best 2016 luxury cars for under $60,000. Pricing  at $38,700.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     With the recent introduction of new, smaller class of Mercedes-Benz sedans, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has room to move further upmarket, as it is no longer tasked with serving as the entry-level Mercedes model line in the USA. Taking full advantage of this development, the C-Class evolved just in time to be a stronger competitor in the emerging compact luxury sedan class—though its size could qualify it as a mid-size offering. As the model was all new for the 2015 season, the Mercedes goes into 2016 with few changes and still ranks as one of the best luxury cars under $60,000.  starts at $38,950.