Friday, April 29, 2016


We are as well known as the gondolas in Venice. That is how iconic we are in this city. " So says Ian McKeever with his Irish brogue and the overstatement that obviously influences all the steed attracted carriage drivers New York City's Central Park. "I'd say that 90 percent of the steeds you see here, on the off chance that they weren't here, they'd be dead." 

Thing is, New York's leader, Bill de Blasio, needs them gone. What's more, the every living creature's common sense entitlement activists who chose him a year ago have as of now delivered an option: a 6300-pound electric man of war styled to take after metal period engine carriages. Called the Horseless eCarriage, it's proposed to keep all the 155-or-so ebb and flow carriage drivers—each one a card-conveying Teamster—utilized, while the 218-or-so geldings and female horses presently in the visitor business are resigned to sparkling knolls where they'll discover delicate happiness among self-realized unicorns and technicolored rainbows. On the other hand, then again, Or, conversely, if you believe the drivers, shipped to a rendering plant.                                                                                                                                                       
 From the December 2014 issue of Car and Driver
“We are as famous as the gondolas in Venice. That’s how iconic we are in this city.” So says Ian McKeever with his Irish brogue and the hyperbole that apparently affects all the horse-drawn-carriage drivers in New York City’s Central Park. “I’d say that 90 percent of the horses you see here, if they weren’t here, they’d be dead.”

Thing is, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants them gone. And the animal-rights activists who helped elect him last year have already produced an alternative: a 6400-pound electric dreadnought styled to resemble brass-era motor carriages. Called the Horseless eCarriage, it’s intended to keep all the 160-or-so current carriage drivers—every one a card-carrying Teamster—employed, while the 220-or-so geldings and mares currently in the tourist business are retired to glistening glades where they’ll find gentle contentment among self-actualized unicorns and technicolored rainbows. Or, conversely, if you believe the drivers, shipped to a rendering plant.

Cars won the war against horses more than 100 years ago, but here’s one lingering battle. It was a natural for a comparison test, though it would have to be conducted in the middle of traffic in one of the busiest cities on earth. Except that the private Central Park Conservancy that manages the place generally despises all automobiles and doesn’t want the eCarriage in the park, much less a car magazine testing one. And the leaders of the pro-horse Historic Horse-Drawn Carriages of Central Park NYC wanted nothing to do with us, either. Undeterred by the challenges and unwounded by those slights, we did it anyhow.

Exploring the governance of New York City is unpleasant. But to tell this story, we must. Gotham politics are an intramural blood sport. Virtually everyone involved is a Democrat, the rhetoric is over the top, the newspapers blast lurid headlines, celebrities stir the pot on both sides, and real estate is often lurking at the core of every issue. All New Yorkers have an opinion, though only 24 percent of eligible voters turned out for the last mayoral election.

New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) is the animal-rights group behind the eCarriage. Founded in 2008 by Steve Nislick, a 70-ish parking-garage mogul who lives near Central Park, the group has relentlessly ­portrayed the horse-drawn-carriage owners and drivers as cruel and ­abusive to the animals. It’s also been politically savvy in backing de Blasio. According to the New York Daily News, Nislick contributed $170,000 for the 2013 Democratic primary, including money for attack ads against putative front-runner Christine Quinn that many believe opened the door for de Blasio’s nomi­nation. The mayor owes him and his horse-hugging cohorts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Considering Nislick's land keenness, the carriage drivers read into the NYCLASS crusade not a push to spare equines, but rather a skeptically hidden endeavor to make an arrangement for the ludicrously profitable area under the stables in which their steeds are housed. "I've never been occupied with these properties and don't need them now," Nislick composed on the NYCLASS site in January, further encouraging to not offer on any of the four stables, all situated in the quickly gentrifying west-side neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, if they come available to be purchased. 

While de Blasio has guaranteed to dispose of the stallion drawn carriages, no such enactment has yet made it to the disagreeable 50 ish -part city chamber. What's more, the issue is by all accounts descending the chairman's rundown of political needs. NYCLASS, however,had the eCarriage prototype ready for us to drive.                                   

Monday, April 25, 2016


Ordinarily, the expression "sport car" brings out the picture of a BMW, an Audi or a correspondingly pricy Teutonic four-entryway vehicles. In all actuality, there are various enjoyable to-drive vehicles that transcend the standard passenger auto admission while keeping up a MSRP of underneath $40,000. The blend of German, Japanese, American and yes, even Swedish game cars at this value point make for a captivating different option for conventional alternatives occupying the section. It likewise allows purchasers to get in the driver's seat of something really not the same as what their similarly effective associates may be driving.Let's take a look at 5 sporty sedans that less to take to  out some saving  don't need to break the piggbank.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             All new 2015 Chrysler 300 is a full-estimate vehicle that is just as proficient as it looks, with a lot of force underneath the new front and backside outside redesigns. The Chrysler 300C is talented with prevalent body control for a vehicle of its size, and its suspension never sees it loafing through corners at higher rates. The genuine point of preference of choosing the 300C or 300S trim level, in any case, is access to the vehicle's discretionary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 motor, which builds up a healthy 363 pull and 394 lb-ft of torque. The 2015 Chrysler 300 can be had in both back haggle wheel drive releases, and another eight-speed programmed transmission is incorporated with either format.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           All new 2015 Ford Taurus SHO exhibits what can be accomplished while applying a games vehicle reasoning to a full-estimate auto. This adaptation of the Taurus comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is critical to saddling the 365 strength and 350 lb-ft of torque that come shouting out of its twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor, matched to a six-speed programmed transmission. The SHO Performance package allows drivers to turn off stability control as well as test the limits of track-ready brake pads.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The all-new 2015 Acura TLX was intended to supplant Acura's TL and TSX, so this vehicle is under a considerable amount of weight. The liberal utilization of LED lighting is one of the TLX's champion elements, giving a look that is innovative yet upscale. The base trim is fueled by a 2.4-liter four-barrel motor, combined to another eight-speed double grip gearbox, useful for 206 strength. Venturing up to the 3.5-liter V-6 yields 290 strength, put to the ground graciousness of a nine-speed programmed transmission.Both options should help Acura retain its audience in the sport sedan segment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The all new  2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is a road legitimate rally machine that makes our rundown of quick and reasonable autos by method for its motorsports believability and ultra-exact taking care of. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, which is in its last year for 2015, begins at $34,495, and it conveys 290 pull and 300 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-chamber motor. A five-speed manual transmission shunts this yield to every one of the four wheels through the auto's propelled all-wheel drive system, which thusly permits the smaller car to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Venturing up to the still-modest MR trim includes the wrinkle of a six-speed, double grasp automated manual gearbox.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       All newer 2015 Chrysler 300 is a full-measure car that is just as able as it looks, with a lot of force underneath the new front and backside outside redesigns. The Chrysler 300C is is gifted with superior body control for a vehicle of its size, and its suspension never sees it loafing through corners at higher velocities. The genuine point of interest of picking the 300C or 300S trim level, notwithstanding, is access to the vehicle's discretionary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 motor, which builds up a healthy 362 drive and 394 lb-ft of torque.  All of 2015 Chrysler 300 can be had in both back haggle wheel drive releases, and another eight-speed programmed transmission included with either layout              

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Something of a first world answer for a third world issue, while doing this 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Road Test and Review, we thought about how promptly Americans would acknowledge the thought of a game utility vehicle. Yes, the idea has two or three points of reference in this business sector; in particular the 1982 AMC Eagle vehicle, and after 16 years, the Subaru Legacy sport utility car . In any case, beside a fairly little (however excited) fan base, those models endured a dishonorable destiny. Which takes us back to our first world/third world reason. 

While we here in the USA tend to think the car universe rotates around us, the truth of the matter is there are markets everywhere throughout the world where this auto may be a solid vender. Keep in mind, Volvo (nee Geely) is a Chinese--owned company now, In rural China also India, and other nations , and different countries whose economies are becoming uncontrollably as their framework battles to keep pace, an agreeable car equipped for disregarding hole estimated potholes, motoring through mud, rock and whatever else goes along conceivably offers critical advance for the recently well-to-do who must wander out of the urban areas as a feature of their business dealings—or to visit family in the outer areas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A subset of the Volvo S60 model range, for the 2016 model year, Volvo is bringing 500 copies of the S60 Cross Country to the United States. All will be identical in content. Plus, you’ll get any exterior color you’d like, as long as you choose to like what Volvo is calling Osmium Gray Metallic. The good news is while your choices are locked in, the level of equipment offered with the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is quite generous. At $43,950 plus $995 for destination, you’ll get features like smart cruise control, lane departure warning, a premium audio system from Harman Kardon, voice activated secondary functions, navigation, rain sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry and ignition, a power actuated moonroof, electronic dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery.

In other words, the S60 Cross Country comes stocked with pretty much every feature Volvo offers for the S60 model range. That said, there are two option packages. The $925 Blind Spot Information Package fits blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, front proximity sensors, and Volvo’s lane change merge aid. The $1,550 Climate Package adds heat for the front and rear seats, windshield, wiper nozzles, and an interior air quality system. Also optional are a set of 19-inch wheels.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Better believe it, we know it would seem that a Volvo on pogo sticks, stilts, or whatever other maligning reference you'd like to apply to the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country's misrepresented ride stature. For the record, the model sits somewhere in the range of 2.5 inches higher than the standard S60 vehicle, and yes this is likely the principal part of its styling to get your attention. Nonetheless, similar to the next styling variations the S60 Cross Country takes from the standard S60 car, it serves to ensure the auto. Different contrasts incorporate the plastic moldings on the lips of each of the Volvo's four bumpers. These disregard scratches and some other confirmation of contact with the environment the S60 may experience. 

Correspondingly, the slide plates under the auto's jaw and at the back underneath the guard are intended to take acknowledge mishandle and be anything but difficult to supplant if the beauty care products begin to get a bit too unpleasant for your tastes. Those prominent 18-inch tires pad the harshness out of the ride, and the precious stone cut composite wheels give the S60 Cross Country a lively look—while fighting with potential harm. Same the side skirts running the length of every side of the S60 Cross Country.      If you’ve been in a contemporary Volvo sedan, you’ll immediately take comfort in the familiarity of the S60’s environment. On the other hand, if you’ve seen the all-new XC90, this setup might look a tad on the dated side to you. Still, it remains one of the most ergonomically prudent driving environments on the road. The layout is exceptional in its logic and intuitiveness. The center stack is canted slightly toward the driver to permit interaction with every button on it while maintaining the ideal seating position. In other words, everything is within arm’s length, allowing you to remain seated perfectly for controlling the car. Four round dials offer fine control over the systems requiring same, while the top right dial conducts functions for the infotainment monitor just above the central HVAC vent.

The keypad permits the direct entry of frequencies for the radio, and the pictogram directing the incoming air is as obvious as they come. The new instrument panel offers reconfigurable readouts for ancillary information, while the content you need most is focused within the central round section. As driver-focused cockpits go, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country has one of the absolute best you’ll find offered by any contemporary automobile manufacturer.

The remarkable Volvo Sensus features leverage the Internet to do things like provide guidance to parking spaces and let you pay from the car. You can use Sensus to stream music or listen to books. The feature also summons roadside assistance, and delivers door lock status, fuel level, maintenance warnings and other key information about the car. You can also use it to remote start the engine and pre-condition the interior to cool it in summer and warm it in winter—before you get into the car.                                                                                                                                                                 Much is made of Scandinavian outline. While the term may strike somewhere in the range of a bit Euro-driven, the truth remains Volvo assembles a standout amongst the most agreeable autos out and about. Amid our testing, we did a 200-mile spell; halting just for sustenance and the call of nature—you know, photographs and such. The supple calfskin seats in the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country effectively rank among the most strong we've ever experienced. Further, they hold you set up with chose ability. Various modification bear the cost of a flawlessly customized fit. 

Intended to capture exhaustion, over the time of our expanded drive, we found the seats had the crippling condition doing existence with no plausibility of parole. Besides, liberal side reinforces on both the base pad and seat back work extremely well at keeping tenants focused in the most agreeable part of the seats. For the driver, they keep up the perfect position for the most productive charge of the auto. Be that as it may, back seat legroom is absolutely needy upon the liberality of those riding in advance—at the end of the day, no doubt, it's somewhat tight back there. 

With respect to limit, pretty much as in the S60, the S60 Cross Country offers nearly 12 cubic feet. For more capacity, the back seat backs likewise crease, and there's a different ski go through.  While the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country has yet to be reported upon by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, the 2015 Volvo S60 is ranked by the organization as one of its Top Safety Picks +. The model scored the top ranking of “Good” in small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, and side crashworthiness. Further, the Volvo pulled the top ranking in roof strength, as well as for the efficacy of its head restraints and seats at preventing injuries in crashes. Earning the Volvo S60 the designation is the available front crash prevention technologies offered with the model. These include forward collision warning and forward collision mitigation.

By now, it’s almost become cliché to even mention safety in conjunction with a Volvo, as the brand has been a leader in the area from the very beginning of its existence. All new 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country’s standard safety feature set includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. Also standard are low-speed frontal collision warning and collision mitigation with automatic braking systems. Volvo's standard On Call system includes emergency assistance, automatic crash notification, and stolen vehicle assistance.While an assortment of motors and front-wheel drive are offered for the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country in different markets; here in the United States, we'll get all-wheel drive with slope plummet control as a standard element. A six-speed programmed transmission ties the 250-strength 2.5-liter turbocharged five-barrel motor to whatever is left of the powertrain. The T5 AWD framework appreciates 266 ft-lbs of torque. Mileage is evaluated at 20 miles for each gallon in the city, 28 MPG on the interstate, and 23 joined. The front mounted motor uses an intercooler for the turbocharger to create a denser admission charge for ideal force yield. 

The 20-valve motor additionally includes direct fuel infusion and variable valve timing. Joyfully, it is impeccably equipped for delivering its most extreme yield on standard unleaded fuel. The transmission joins Geartronic manual moving, allowing the driver to choose gears as required. This, in conjunction with the S60's restricted slip differential and slope drop control include a huge measure of certainty to the Volvo S60 Cross Country's swagger in rough terrain circumstances—as well as when negotiating wet surfaces and snowy environments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     One take a gander at the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country's 7.9-inches of ground freedom will most likely lead you to think the Volvo sport utilty vehicle flounders like it's a house-bound canine in feshly mown grass when you drive on a winding street. This is patently false. Truth be told, the Volvo rides easily, retains street defects like a manager, and absolves itself splendidly on winding mountain streets. As a feature of the Volvo-supported drive occasion we went to get the foundation for this 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Road Test and Review, the organization picked a standout amongst the most fabulous games auto streets in the nation.California State Highway 1 north of San Francisco is an amalgamation of every type of curve you can think of.
On camber, off camber, clips, S-bends, expanding sweep, diminishing range, they're all there. Tough corners, downhill corners, corners with peaking zeniths; this is one exceptionally difficult street. Through all of them, the S60 Cross Country kept up an exceptionally energetic pace, followed perfectly, and body roll was everything except non-existent. Yes, in the event that you overcook a corner the Volvo pushes, however keep the Cross Country in its sweet spot and it keeps up an exceptionally respectable normal rate. While the word Volvo is gotten from a Latin word signifying "I move"; for this situation, the moving relates just to the car's tires.   

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Hatchbacks are to a great extremely popular in Europe yet never have gotten on as strongly in the United States. Still, various European auto creators keep on spreading the seal's handy gospel to the Colonies, offering a wide assortment of three and five-entryway models went for verging on each business sector specialty — and at times, making their own. These European-reared hatchbacks tackle their Japanese and American adversaries with a style and prosper that much of the time separates them from the econo-centered models of old.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           One is The 2016 Mini Cooper hatchback might not be quite as diminutive as it once was, but it's definitely one of the most stylish subcompact cars money can buy. Available in both two- and four-door configurations, the Mini Cooper hatchback is reasonably fun to drive thanks to its lightweight design and broad stance. Base models are outfitted with a 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that returns an estimated 29 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. The Cooper S graduates to a 189-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four, while the John Cooper Works model turns up the boost on the same motor to produce 228 horses. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the Mini Cooper; a six-speed automatic is optional.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Second is The 2016 Audi A7 is a hatchback more as a matter of course than configuration. In its longing to take advantage of the "four-entryway car" furor that has cleared through European auto plan, the Audi A7's clearing roofline has made a vast seal opening that gives the moderate size auto right around 50 cubic feet of load space, which predominates that offered by any likewise valued car. The A7's base motor is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that conveys 310 strength, while a turbodiesel unit (likewise a 3.0-liter V-6) gives 240 drive and 428 lb-ft of torque. You're getting an eight-speed programmed gearbox and all-wheel drive paying little heed to which adaptation of the Audi you arrange, however the TDI model strides up with a momentous fuel effectiveness rating of 24 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Third is  The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is without a doubt the most popular European hatchback ever to have been sold in America. The Golf's combination of affordable pricing, sparkling practicality (two- and four-door versions are available with up to 52.7 cubic feet of total cargo space with the rear seats folded forward), and performance makes it a formidable opponent. GTI models push out as much as 220 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and even the base Golf's turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower. All models can be ordered with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Forth is The 2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive offers a fuel free driving knowledge, made conceivable by a battery-controlled electric engine useful for 174 strength and 251 lb-ft of torque. The B-Class Electric Drive gets respectable speeding up off the line, alongside 87 miles of battery extent before it's an ideal opportunity to connect to. Notwithstanding carrying around its energy pack, the B-Class EV can pull up to 51.4 cubic feet of freight with the second column of lodging collapsed forward. Accessibility of the B-Class Electric Drive is presently constrained to only a modest limited to just a handful of states.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Five car is The 2016 smart fortwo has been redesigned to offer a wider, although not longer, platform for more interior room, but the European hatchback is still tiny enough to park facing the curb. The two-passenger Smart Fortwo also graduates to a new 89-horsepower three-cylinder engine that offers up 100 lb-ft of torque (significant upgrades), for the first time mated to a traditional five-speed manual transmission. A new, much-improved six-speed, dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is also offered. The Smart is somewhat frugal in daily driving, posting 33 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg during highway cruising.                                                       

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


BALOCCO, Italy—The last couple of years have seen the presentation of more new supercars than the previous decade. Witness the Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murcielago, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Porsche Carrera GT and Saleen S7. Not to be forgotten, Maserati has ventured into the ring with a stunning work of art of its own. Named the MC12 (Maserati Corse 12-barrel), this most up to date contender is as intriguing as they get, with every one of the trappings of a honest to goodness supercar: a screeching V12 motor, carbon-fiber monocoque suspension,6-speed sequential gearbox and a sleek, sexy shape.
Once past its striking look, the main thing that emerges is its size. We're not talking Enzo or Murcielago or McLaren F1 extents, yet something a half-estimate bigger. It's greater as far as length, width and, odd as it might sound, surface territory. With long shades front and back, a monstrous wing, diffuser and admissions aplenty, the MC12 shouts speed. It looks dissimilar to anything that is ever originated from Maserati—sleek, powerful and supremely purposeful.                                                                                                                                                                                                               The marque's signature trident rests proudly in the center of the grille, announcing to the world that Maserati is back in the business of building ultra-serious sports cars. Not only that, the MC12 also signals the company's much-heralded return to international sports-car racing. As the road-going version of its newest GT race car, this street car's sole purpose is not to impress wide-eyed onlookers, but to pave the way for a championship-winning racer.

With that in mind, the long, downforce-producing nose, roof-mounted center air intake and take-no-prisoners tail all make more sense. Built entirely of carbon fiber, the MC12's body puts function first, form second. Like the similarly proportioned Saleen S7 , its drawn-out silhouette endows it with the necessary high-downforce/low-drag aerodynamics essential for high-speed competition. As a bonus, the MC12 also sports a removable hardtop that transforms it into an attractive spider.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Swing open the conventionally hinged doors and prepare for an interior that could come only from Maserati. Working with the same basic cabin configuration as the Enzo, with which the MC12 shares its carbon and Nomex honeycomb tub, designer Frank Stephenson has crafted a spectacular blend of sport and elegance. It comes across as exotic, but also quite livable. Once comfortably inside, there's little of the claustrophobic closeness found in many exotics.

Unlike the Enzo, which is awash in carbon fiber, the Maserati's cockpit displays the material more sparingly, preferring instead to artfully combine leather, aluminum and the very hip-looking BrighTex fabric, which originally came from the fashion industry. Front and center is a large silver tachometer with huge, almost cartoon-like digits that quickly prove invaluable once underway. The seats and steering wheel are also Enzo-sourced pieces, but again, they're given a lower-key treatment. The overall effect is strangely subtle in an odd blue leather and carbon-fiber sort of way.                             Hit the blue Start catch and all consideration rapidly concentrates on the burble radiating from the four extensive fumes channels. The MC12 utilizes basically the same 6.0-liter V12 motor and 6-speed consecutive gearbox as the Enzo, which means it shares the Ferrari's 65-degree vee point, twofold overhead cams, four valves for each chamber and dry-sump grease. In Maserati pretense, this demonstrated powertrain pumps out 630 bhp at 7500 rpm and 482 lb.- ft. of torque at 5500 rpm. That is 20 bhp not exactly the Ferrari, yet the MC12 is likewise 100 lb. lighter (3125 lb. versus 3230 lb.), which everything except levels out execution. We couldn't run any instrumented tests, however anticipate that speeding up numbers close will the Enzo's (3.3 seconds to 60, and 11.1 sec. through the quarter mile) and a top velocity of more than 205 mph. 

Out and about, this strong merging of road auto and race auto is unadulterated invigoration. Be­cause of its opposition prepared center, there's no squandered vitality when driving the MC12. Step on the gas in the lower gears and the enormous 345/35R-19 back Pirellis connect so quick that it takes a sharp eye on the tach to snatch the following apparatus in time. Every draw on the Cambiocorsa system's correct oar delivers an extremely quick upshift and another ear-sticking surge of speeding up. Speed amasses exponentially, yet as quick as it gropes impacting through the riggings, power conveyance stays smooth and incredibly direct all through the rev range.   At MC12 speeds, corners have a habit of coming up very quickly. Thankfully, the brakes are up to the task, shedding speed with confidence and control. This should come as little surprise, as the Maserati is fitted with big Brembo calipers (6-piston front, 4-piston rear) and massive, hubcap- size vented cast-iron discs (15.0 in. front, 13.3 in. rear) supplemented by ABS and electronic brake force distribution. Besides the already powerful brakes, additional braking credit goes to the MC12's body­ work and the corresponding downforce it produces at higher speeds.

Carve through a series of turns and the Maserati's race-car personality quickly comes to the fore. Double wishbones and pushrod-actuated coil-over shock absorbers keep the chassis planted at all four corners, while traction control helps keep the tail safely aligned with the nose. As you'd expect, there's little to no dive under braking, and body roll is barely perceptible in any­thing but the most severe maneuvers. Driven at fast, public-road speeds, the chassis feels almost understressed, its limits are so high and the grip it offers so good.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An easy handler at ordinary speeds, the MC12 wakes up as the pace climbs and cornering loads increment. Like any great race auto, the huge Maserati offers more input the harder the body is pushed, reacting with expanded levels of hold, control and guiding feel. Any past clue of corner-section understeer vanishes with expanded skeleton loads. Mid-turn conduct is dependably shake strong and wagging the tail in anything besides first and second apparatus turns requires a conscious push to back the auto off the street. What's more, once into triple digits, downforce contributes further to the car's grip, adding an unusual element of faith to negotiating fast sweepers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Soundness stays four-finger secure above 170 mph and ride solace demonstrates shockingly enlightened for a hyper-outlandish. Not that the MC12 is an auto anybody would need drive every day, except it has enough ride solace to make the prospect enticing. What's more, notwithstanding such considerable outside measurements, the auto's responsive nature blesses it with a much littler feel from in the driver's seat. All things considered, the long nose (which can be raised electronically to clear garages) and the absence of a rearview mirror will probably consign the MC12 to a weekend thrill ride. 

It ought to come as meager shock that the MC12's cost is as breathtaking as its execution. At generally $795,000 (600,000 Euros) it's madly costly, additionally to a great degree restrictive. A quarter century were assembled (and sold) a year ago and the current year's 25 are as of now represented. (Shockingly, it's not for the U.S.) As for one year from now, it stays to be seen whether there will be a 2006 creation keep running by any means. 

So how does the world's most current supercar stack up against its prominent rivalry? Amazingly well, most definitely. It's blindingly quick, shockingly reasonable, determinedly secured and a demonstrated race victor. All of which looks good for its less fascinating creation auto kin. On the off chance that the MC12 is any marker of Maserati's more execution situated center, the future guarantees to be an energizing one.               

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Ford is arguably the company responsible for expansion of the contemporary SUV. The organization's Explorer—presented in 1990 as a 1991 model—turned the consideration of an immense swath of the motoring open to the game utility vehicle. Consolidating the roughness of a truck with the common luxuries of an auto, Explorer discovered prepared acknowledgment. 

In the end however, purchasers needed the accommodation and solace of an auto, without the ride and taking care of bargains forced by the truck stage whereupon the Explorer was manufactured. Hybrid game utility vehicles based upon auto stages turned into the thing—and keep on dominating the section right up 'til today. 

Portage's reaction was the 2007 Edge. Joining the ride and treatment of a vehicle with the roominess and hoisted ride tallness of a game utility, the Edge rapidly got to be one of Ford's smash hit models. The organization overhauled the Edge starting from the earliest stage for the 2015 model year. In this way, the 2016 Ford Edge bows with yet few changes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For the 2016 model year, Ford is offering the Edge in four trim levels.

Standard equipment on the $28,100 2016 Ford Edge SE includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, A/C, a split folding back seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 4.2-inch video monitor, a rearview camera, and Ford’s Sync system. This incorporates voice controls, Bluetooth, and smartphone applications integration.

Starting at $31,500, the Edge SEL adds heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, a rear parking sensor array, Ford’s exterior touch sensitive entry pad, and satellite radio. ,         keyless entry and ignition, a leather cover for the steering wheel,dual-zone automatic climate control.

Ford’s $2,700 optional 201A Equipment Group is also offered for Edge SEL. This brings the MyFordTouch infotainment system with its eight-inch touchscreen, a reconfigurable instrument panel, and Sync Services. This garners traffic info, as well as turn-by-turn directions. Other 201A features include leather upholstery and a nine-speaker audio system. Like all modern Fords, the 2016 Ford Edge comes to market with a remarkably robust roster of advanced safety features.

Depending upon how you tap into the options list, you can drive away in an Edge equipped with inflatable outboard rear seatbelts, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning and mitigation, and a braking system capable of priming itself for emergency stops when the Edge senses a collision is imminent.

Speaking of clairvoyance, Ford’s Curve Control is capable of sensing when you’ve entered a curve too quickly and the Edge is potentially in danger of tipping over. In this instance, the Curve Control system enhances your control over the Edge to prevent this calamity

Naturally, more prosaic modern safety features are fitted as well; these include ABS, traction control, stability control, a full slate of airbags, a rearview camera, proximity sensor arrays, and emergency crash notification capable of summoning assistance in severe situations.

Ford’s MyKey system is also standard, enabling the vehicle’s administrator (read: owner) to preset various operating parameters and elect to receive notifications when they are exceeded. In other words, MyKey will snitch if your kid does stupid stuff while out in your shiny new 2016 Ford Edge.                                                                                                                                                                                                    With the 2015 upgrade came a stiffer body structure and a reexamined suspension framework, which enhanced both ride and taking care of attributes. The front-wheel drive Edge still uses a MacPherson-sort front suspension, yet at the back, the Ford runs an indispensable connection free setup with loop springs and a bigger antiroll bar. 

This, in conjunction with the new more unbending body structure conveys a calmer and smoother ride, while in the meantime empowering prevalent taking care of. Adding to the upgraded inflexibility is the consolidation of high-quality steel in the development of the 2016 Ford Edge's body. 

The base 2.0-liter motor was revised to convey more power, and in addition preferred mileage over the comparative motor it supplanted in the Edge's portfolio. Further, the recently redesigned Edge is 3.8 crawls longer than the 2014 model, which gives it more inside space for travelers and in addition extended freight limit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The plush factor is way higher in this new version of the Edge. Soft touch surfaces abound, and with them so does the perception of quality. Everywhere your body comes into contact with the 2016 Ford Edge (or is likely to come into contact with the Edge) is padded in some way.

This holds throughout the interior wherever it’s practical. However, the center stack uses hard plastic and some slightly cut-rate looking buttons. While the overall effect is arguably good-looking, when compared to the other interior components, it falls off a bit.

All new Ford Sync 3 interface is bold, crisp and much easier to use than the outgoing MyFord Touch interface. A single bar at the bottom of the screen allows direct access to Audio, Climate, Navigation, Applications, and Communications functions. The system responds very quickly, and is exceptionally logical. The layout is considerably less complex, and the color scheme is much more pleasing to the eye.   As we specified some time recently, the new Edge is somewhat under four creeps longer than the past rendition of the average size hybrid utility vehicle. Passage's item group carefully exploited this extra length to enhance the inside solace and load limit of the 2016 Ford Edge. 

The front basin seats offer a lot of legroom, and the back seat inhabitants appreciate extra land, as well. The roosts in our Titanium-trimmed analyzer were upholstered in calfskin, keeping in mind we discovered them pleasantly steady, the seat base could have offered more thigh backing. Interestingly in any case, shorter travelers griped they needed to raise the seats too high to see out of the Edge. 

The numerous conformities managed the controlling wheel do help to some degree in such manner; be that as it may, as a recently presented model, we were searching for it to expand upon the accomplishments of the past model, as opposed to present imperfections of its own. 

All out freight limit is a somewhat liberal 73.3 cubic feet when the back seats are collapsed away. Send them, despite everything you can assert 39.1 cubic feet of limit. This is truly noteworthy for the class.                                                                                                                                         Three engines, and also a decision of front-or all-wheel drive, and a six-speed programmed transmission are offered to inspire the 2016 Ford Edge. 

We specified the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four prior in this posting. The motor creates 245 pull and 275 ft-lbs of torque. As indicated by EPA gauges, you can expect 24 miles for every gallon in joined city and roadway operation with front-drive, and 23 mpg with all-wheel drive. 

There is likewise a typically suctioned 3.0-liter V6, which is useful for 280 strength and 250 ft-lbs of torque. Consolidated city/expressway fuel utilization with this motor comes in at 21 mpg with front-drive, and 20 with all-wheel drive. 

The top line Edge motor offering is fitted to All new  2016 Ford Edge Sport. This is a 2.7-liter V6 useful for 315 pull and 350 ft-lbs of torque. Efficiency is evaluated at 21 mpg consolidated for the front-drive powertrain, and 20 with all-wheel drive.                                                                                                                                                                       

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


After a huge invigorate for the 2015 model year, the 2016 Chrysler 300 Sedan goes generally unaltered. While the enormous Chrysler has certainly experienced better days deals astute, the model is still an exceptionally convincing full-measure vehicle advertising. 

Proclaimed as a styling triumph at its presentation in 2004 (as a 2005 model), the Chrysler 300's particular outline has stayed unaltered for going on 12 years. Be that as it may, unobtrusive improvements have kept it sensibly new. All things considered, something you'll be happy hasn't changed is the decidedly certain way in which the huge Chrysler goes over the road street. 

All in all, the 2016 Chrysler 300 sedan is a very persuasive package. While thoroughly American in style, comfort, and features, the Chrysler flagship covers pavement with the alacrity of a European sports sedan.                                                                                                                                                                                                             For the 2016 model year, Chrysler is offering its flagship model in four different trim levels. These are Chrysler 300 Limited, Chrysler 300C, and Chrysler 300C Platinum.

The 300 Limited starts at $31,695 and features a V6 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, a rearview camera, keyless entry and pushbutton start, cruise control,  leather, heated front seats,dual-zone automatic climate control,an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Wifi, Siri EyesFree, voice activation, and Bluetooth.

The $35,070 Chrysler 300S adds a more powerful version of the V6 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressively tuned suspension system and steering calibration, a sporting oriented dual exhaust system, remote start, LED foglights, and a 10-speaker Beats audio system. There is also an optional performance tuned suspension system.

All new 2016 Chrysler 300C starts at $38,070. In addition to the features of the 300 Limited, the 300C gets a comfort-oriented suspension system, remote start, LED foglights, auto dimming rear-view mirrors, a dual-pane sunroof or moon roof, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a rear sunshade, navigation, and an Alpine audio system.

All-wheel drive is offered with every trim level, while a V8 motor can be had with all aside from the Limited. While we're all entirely used to taking a gander at it today, the Chrysler 300 made a significant sprinkle when it hit auto pools in 2005. The "Infant Bentley" look pulled in a great deal of consideration and made the enormous Chrysler a gigantic deals achievement. 

While the essential lines are still here in 2016, they have been mellowed impressively, so the 300 isn't exactly the champion it used to be. The one component seeing the most change over the lifetime of the auto has been the grille. For the 2016 models, the winged Chrysler identification just about seems as though it's gliding inside of the composition of the grille as the foundation retreats. 

Found in profile, the 300 still has an exceptionally solid shoulder line, which serves to infer strength, while likewise pleasantly improving its unmistakable wheel curves. The tall beltline and relatively short window treatment keeps the Chrysler looking particularly custom, and also somewhat evil. For the 2016 model year, Chrysler is putting forth the 300 with seven distinctive wheel design's.
At the rear, the sculpted LED taillights enhance the planted stance of the car, while the black lower valance keeps the car from looking too massive. An air of sportiness is added to the elegance of the appearance by twin exhaust outlets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             All new 2016 Chrysler 300 interior treatments have been coordinated to reflect the personalities of La Jolla, Calif., Manhattan, Detroit, and Sausalito, Calif.

La Jolla is reflected in a two-tone Indigo and Linen color scheme. This is intended to project the coastal city’s ocean views, sandy beaches, and hidden coves. The quilted and perforated leather upholstery, two-tone steering wheel, and natural pore wood trim are offered exclusively with 300C Platinum.

Manhattan is symbolized with black leather, satin chrome, and bright chrome. Black Olive Ash Burl wood trim with bronze trim contrasts nicely with the black leather. The Manhattan treatment is offered across the board.

Detroit pairs black with Ambassador Blue Nappa leather and silver accent stitching. Piano black trim adds gloss, while the center console and armrests are color matched to the seats. This treatment is exclusive to 300S.

For Sausalito, black and linen are paired to evoke a sense of Zen. Bright chrome, satin chrome, and charcoal metallic accents blend nicely with the Black Olive Ash Burl wood trim with bronze stitching accents of 300 Limited and 300C.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The modern iteration of the large and luxurious American family car, the 2016 Chrysler 300 offers exceptional comfort at each of its four main seating positions. As this is a rear-wheel drive car, the driveshaft tunnel divides the rear passenger footwells into two compartments.

Still though, more than adequate legroom is offered for everyone, and even with the “chopped” look of the roofline, there is more than adequate headroom throughout the interior of the Chrysler. Further, the combination of the tilt and telescoping steering wheel with adjustable pedals means practically anyone can achieve an exceptionally comfortable driving position at the wheel of the 300.

Ingress and egress are beautifully facilitated by some of the widest opening doors we’ve ever seen on a passenger car. In fact, it’s possible to open the doors so wide, once you’re seated you have to lean out of the car to close them if you take advantage of their full range of travel.

Cargo capacity measures 16.3 cubic feet. This is a top line lux model so a full range of safety kit is expected—and delivered. ABS, traction and stability control, a full set of airbags, a rearview camera, and active head restraints are all standard features. This is in addition to automatic crash notification, on demand roadside assistance, and remote door unlocking as well as stolen vehicle location and tracking.

Optional features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The IIHS rates the 300 as "Great" (its top positioning) in everything except little cover front accident testing—in which the 300 scored "Minimal" (the alongside most minimal rating).The 2016 Chrysler 300 vehicle's base powerplant is a 3.6-liter V6, which creates 280 to 290 drive and 260 ft-lbs of torque. A game bundle is offered for this motor with a modified fumes framework (among other minor changes), which knocks yield to 300 drive and 260's ft-lbs of torque. 

The V8 alternative is offered for each trim level—spare the Limited. It's a 5.7-liter V8 useful for 360's drive and 390's ft-lbs of torque. 

Back wheel drive and an eight-speed programmed transmission are standard with both motors. The V6 can likewise be had with all-wheel drive. 

Mileage with the V6 is evaluated at 22 miles for every gallon general with back drive; 21 with all-wheel drive. The V8 is appraised at 18 to19 miles for every gallon general. About the 2016 Chrysler 300C (our V8-fueled test auto), one of our staff members commented—from the traveler situate—"This auto feels substantial." Rather than a neg however, she implied it as a positive. On the roll, the Chrysler 300 feels strong, planted. 

With its underpinnings about-facing to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class presented in the last part of the 1990s, the 300 stops by this normally. Truth be told,  the Chrysler feels decidedly Mercedes-like on the road. It’s smooth and powerful, handles exceptionally well for a car its size, and mutes exterior noise nicely.

Even if you order the 300S with its more aggressive suspension and steering calibrations, the big 300 still delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. You can wheel it around town with ease, taking advantage of its remarkable agility, or you can go Rock and Roll down a two-lane back road no sailing on the road.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


When you're accustomed to moving a quarter million models a year - like Chevrolet has become acclimated to with its Equinox minimal SUV - you know you've hit on an effective recipe. Overhauling the second most famous model in its line-up (after the Silverado full-estimate truck) was an errand that the Bowtie brand drew closer with child gloves, particularly since following six years of the second-era Equinox everybody was expecting a full upgrade for the 2016 model year. 

Rather, we got something else: a restyled rendition of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox that jam business as usual under the skin while dropping a couple of more standard treats into the base model that weren't there the prior year. More present day has a striking resemblance everyday common sense that have made the Equinox a hit would appear to be a strong technique while Chevy awaits its opportunity attempting to make sense of how to tangle lightning in a container a second time with a completely overhauled adaptation of this little SUV. I as of late spent a week in the driver's seat of the 2016 Equinox on the sunny roads of L.A. to show signs of improvement familiar with its revived charms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Blink and you'll miss the updates made to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's sheet metal. In fact, aside from its revised grille you're more likely to spot the classier lighting that’s been affixed to the SUV front and rear. LED daytime running lights are standard above the base L and second-in-line LS models, and you'll also find projector headlights and revised taillights across the board. The rear bumper of the Chevrolet has been lightly retouched as well, but the vehicle is still very recognizably an Equinox, which will make dealers happy when families wander into the showroom looking to re-up. At the same time, it's just enough of a difference to keep the SUV's styling current alongside other models like the Trax and even the Malibu sedan, helping to strengthen the family bond that guides the overall line-up.

Inside things even less in your face, with a new storage shelf carved into the center stack just below the HVAC controls offering a drop for your phone if you don't mind the console-mounted USB plug tangling its charge cable in the shifter. Chevy didn't really need to update the Equinox's digs just for the sake of change - I would have maybe preferred a full-color driver information display between the tachometer and the speedometer instead of the corporate blue setup - but it does feel like I've been looking at the SUV's same dashboard for as many years as I can remember.                                                                                                                                                                                       It would be a mistake to think that the six-year gap between the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox's 2016 model year and its 2010 introduction has meant treading water in the technology department. Perhaps the biggest leg-up that the compact SUV has over its competitors is its standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Internet hotspot, even on the entry-level L trim (which, strangely enough, also features Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, but not for audio streaming - a side effect of its more modest touchscreen audio system). Still, while you might not be able to play your tunes via the base infotainment interface, the new-for-2016 seven-inch display is a healthy upgrade over the previous stereo, and it's also bundled with a standard rearview camera.

Should you choose to purchase an Equinox LT or higher - essentially the third of four trims for the Chevy SUV - you'll benefit from the more feature-filled MyLink infotainment system, which is notable for its eye-pleasing graphics, logical menu systems, and app availability. To be honest, I have never felt the need to migrate my apps from my phone to my car, but if you're into car-based streaming audio (made easy with the Equinox thanks to its 4G connection), then you'll be happy with what MyLink has to offer. 

I wasn't as impressed with the lack of navigation on the Equinox LT I was driving, however, as the OnStar-based turn-by-turn directions (subscription based, of course) aren't as intuitive, and require you get in touch with a human operator to outline your itinerary. 'Traditional' nav is, of course, available as an option, and I have to applaud GM for how effectively it's managed to develop the OnStar telematics service and use it as an inexpensive way to deliver high-end features in affordable automobiles like the Equinox.                                                                                                                                                                           All new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox makes a deal with purchasers: cherish me for my huge rearward sitting arrangement, and don't grumble about the way that there's around ten cubic feet of aggregate freight space missing when contrasted with class pioneers like the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. It's not an awful arrangement, to be completely forthright, particularly when you've tested the Equinox's slide and lean back capacity that considers an amazing level of solace in the second column of facilities, notwithstanding for taller travelers. Regardless you get 31.2 cubic feet of capacity between the seatback and the trapdoor opening, which is respectable for a family hauler, and 62.6 3D shapes absolute on the off chance that you overlay the rearward sitting arrangement level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It's elegant for littler vehicles - hatchbacks, hybrids, SUVs - to plunge more profound into the pockets of purchasers consequently to provide no less than a small amount of "premium" feel. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox offers a solid rundown of accessible components, no doubt, however there's truly nothing beside the vicinity of warmed calfskin seats inside the vehicle that proposes it's an extravagance ride of any sort. 

There's a justifiable reason explanation behind this - General Motors depends on the Denali version of the GMC Terrain (the Equinox's stage twin) to attract very much heeled families - however it's a shrewd move regardless of the fact that Chevrolet didn't have an in-house portion mate to ensure. I've generally felt it's ideal to underpromise and overdeliver with regards to top of the line yearnings at low-end costs, and by declining to make claims about the Equinox's submit in the pecking request that would be hard to guard despite the opposition, Chevrolet can approach reduced game utility customers with a more fair esteem proposition.   You won't locate any extravagant turbos or high pressure setups in the engine of the passage level 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, only a 2.4-liter, four-chamber plant putting in a fearless, if not especially motivated execution amid your day by day drive. With 182 strength and 172 lb-ft of torque on tap, the four-chamber motor has enough snort to persuade the SUV's mass, however you'll rapidly get to be mindful of its straight-line confinements with the pedal to the floor. I never felt incapacitated by the 2.4-liter, nor by its six-speed programmed transmission, and the lovely reaction of its humble yield was 23.5 miles for each gallon in blended driving (versus an official rating of 22-mpg city and 32-mpg interstate). 

In the event that you need more power, it's accessible as a direct-infused 3.6-liter V-6 that pushes out 301 stallions and 272 lb-ft of torque. Like the four-barrel, the V-6 is coordinated with a six-speed autobox and offers the accessibility of all-wheel drive. Try not to search for loud increasing speed from the six-chamber, however you'll have somewhat more certainty when going at cruising speeds with this unit on account of its huge torque reward (which obviously accompanies a fuel mileage punishment of 17-mpg around town and 24-mpg on the roadway).                                                                                                                                                                                                                             You'd be surprised what number of trucklets surrender the apparition with regards to towing nowadays, with evaluations of 500 lbs to 1,000 lbs - or no formally endorsed towing limit by any stretch of the imagination - not in the least phenomenal amongst minimized and subcompact SUVs. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox evades this pattern by offering a most extreme of 3,500 lbs of trailering limit in V-6 trim, a number that happens to correspond with the with normal burden weight pulled by American towing fans. Suffice it to say that the V-6 Equinox is all that could possibly be needed vehicle to handle the lion's share of your towing needs, and even the four-barrel demonstrate that I drove ventures up with a rating of 1,500 lbs. This ought to be sufficient to handle the periodic tag-along U-Haul or utility trailer without issue.                                                                                                As I clarified before, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox doesn't set its sights on premium awards, yet that doesn't imply that it'll shake your bones when the going gets unpleasant. The Equinox conveys a tranquil and created driving background that consolidates with a calm lodge to safeguard your rational soundness when driving to and from work. Indeed, even my front-wheel drive analyzer offered a level of cornering capability that had me totally sure about the SUV's capacity to manage more compelling on-street circumstances. 

I'm not too intrigued by game utility vehicles that pride themselves on physicality over smooth character, in light of the fact that on the off chance that I need to have a fabulous time in the driver's seat I'll swap out into the left seat of a genuine games auto. For its expected reason - pulling family, companions, and the periodic heap of goods over from Home Depot - the Chevrolet Equinox's staid character is welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Moving past 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's MyLink infotainment system  and on-board Internet, there's additionally its impressive cluster of cutting edge wellbeing hardware to consider. Throughout the years, the Equinox has been stayed up with the latest with a portion of the most recent dynamic wellbeing advances, which implies you'll advantage from rigging like a forward impact cautioning system, a path takeoff cautioning system, a blind side screen, and stopping help. This is far beyond the OnStar suite of elements, for example, the capacity to track a stolen vehicle and also programmed warning of specialists on call in the case of a genuine mishap. OnStar is standard, while a large portion of whatever remains of that rigging is accessible from different alternatives bundles over the Equinox line-up.