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Chrysler and Google launch virtual 200 factory tour [w/video]

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 6:00PM

Chrysler 200 Factory Tour from Google

Google is no stranger to showing off some of the most interesting automotive destinations in the world, like the museums for Lamborghini and Ducati, or even a Tesla showroom. However, it's taking that technology even further with a new, in-depth look of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant where the Chrysler 200 is made. Unlike these earlier online excursions, the new Chrysler factory tour is a fully guided experience that includes several 360-degree videos explaining many parts of the production process.

"Just as we pioneered a completely new Chrysler 200, we are pioneering a new way for consumers to research a vehicle. The Factory Tour is an opportunity for us to prove to consumers that the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is not one ever built before," said Olivier Francois, Chrysler's chief marketing officer, in the company's release.

Chrysler was already pretty proud of its nearly $1 billion in recent updates to the Sterling Heights factory having released a look at the 200's assembly process earlier this year. However, the new Google tour goes far deeper by including 12 videos, and between highlighted stops, viewers can swing the camera all over to get a full view of the action. The whole thing is an intriguing way to show the way a modern car gets built.

You can take the Chrysler 200 Factory Tour for yourself, here. Just keep clicking on the blue arrow along the way to follow the guided view. Or scroll down to watch a video showing a few of the sights and read the full announcement for the collaboration.

News Source: Chrysler via YouTube

Honda CR-V updated for 2015

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 5:00PM

2015 Honda CR-V

The CR-V was first introduced way back in the mid-90s, but Honda has done a good job of keeping it fresh. Now four generations in, the CR-V has been replaced every four or five years. And though the latest version just arrived on the scene a couple of years ago, Honda's giving it a refresh for the 2015 model year.

We've already spied these changes, but now, the Japanese automaker has officially released the image you see above, showing the updated 2015 CR-V with some cosmetic enhancements. The chrome bar at the bottom of the grille integrates smartly with the LEDs outlining the projector-beam headlights, capping a reshaped front bumper with new fog lamps.

Of course, the wheels and mirror caps have been redone as well, but we'll have to wait until Honda releases the full monte to see what the new CR-V looks like around back, inside and under the hood. All Honda is confirming at the moment is that the revised styling "portends the significant enhancements made to the 2015 CR-V" and that it will release further information on September 30 before the updated model goes on sale October 1, so watch this space for more.

News Source: Honda

2015 Mustang-based Saleen S302 to boast as much as 640 hp

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 3:57PM

2015 Saleen S302 Mustang

2015 Saleen S302 MustangThe Ford Mustang is obviously a famous performance vehicle in its own right, but it often works even better as a platform for the aftermarket to upgrade. With the all-new 2015 model just now hitting the scene, the famous tuners at Saleen are getting their improvements for the new pony car ready for the world. After recently teasing it, the specs for its fresh S302 model are officially here, along with a first look at it in profile.

Of course, the biggest question on everyone's mind is how much power the company can get from the Mustang's V8. With the 2015 V8 model rated at 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, Saleen expects to bump the Ford factory numbers slightly to 450 hp and 410 lb-ft in naturally aspirated form, or with the benefit of a supercharger, it will rocket the engine's output figures to 640 hp and 565 lb-ft. No matter which powerplant a buyer chooses, there are a wide variety of available final-drive ratios with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Available as either a coupe or convertible forms, Saleen will offer its S302 in three trim levels – White Label, Yellow Label and Black Label. The White Label is the only naturally aspirated one of the bunch, but it still benefits from upgrades like a new exhaust, limited-slip differential, improved suspension, heat extractor hood and rear wing.

The real action is in the supercharged Yellow and Black Labels. The Yellow version basically follows the same path as the White trim, except with extra power. However, the Black gets the full suite of mods, including a center induction hood, side skirts, a new rear fascia integrated with the exhaust, further suspension upgrades, illuminated sill places, leather and Alcantara seats, plus a whole range of optional colors.

The company is currently taking reservations for the S302 for US$2,015 (we see what you did there, Saleen). Scroll down to read the company's brief press release about its latest, tuned Mustang, and click through the gallery to read the whole order guide, including this supercharged pony car's specs.

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News Source: Saleen

Triumph takes us on an emotional journey over the salt

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 3:00PM

Triumph Castrol Rocket at Bonneville Salt Flats

Every once in a while, Mother Nature has a rather tenuous relationship with her children. Such a scenario plays out each and every year as mankind clings to one of the last vestiges of open space left on our planet, the Bonneville Salt Flats, to which hundreds of men and women each year flock to take out their frustrations with the pace of life by attempting to outdo and one-up the accomplishments of those who dared make a similar attempt in years prior. It's a vicious cycle, and one that depends upon the cooperation of Mother Nature in order to keep itself perpetually spinning.

When it comes to actually producing some meaningful documentary-style video on the symbiotic relationship between mankind and Planet Earth, nobody does a better job than the British. Beautiful cinematography joined with well-written prose and a soothing voiceover with a pleasant accent makes for a nice way to spend a few minutes, and that's exactly what we suggest you do as you watch the videos we've embedded right down below. They are brought to you by Triumph and Castrol, which have teamed up to break the 400-mile-per-hour (640-kilometre-per-hour) barrier in a machine they have aptly named Rocket.

News Source: Triumph North America via YouTube [1], [2]

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept is bringing its sexy back to Paris

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 2:00PM

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

A little over a month ago, Infiniti hinted at a new concept car it was apparently lining up for the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Then a few weeks ago it showed us a little more. But now, we're getting our best look yet at the new showcar.

Called the Q80 Inspiration, the concept takes the form of a four-door fastback – something along the lines of the Porsche Panamera or Audi A7, but with Infiniti's signature swoopy lines. Created to serve as "a design and technological highlight to which Infiniti's four worldwide design studios will refer regularly in coming years," the Q80 Inspiration may be more design study than pre-production prototype. But the concept is to be taken, according to the statement below, "as clear intent to have an entry into the newly defined premium fastback segment."

Incrementally larger than the Panamera in every dimension but height, the Q80 features a teardrop greenhouse, with four doors opening "portal style" into a four-seat cabin done up in carbon fibre, aluminum and leather. Watch this space for more as Infiniti continues the gradual reveal of its new show car as its debut in Paris approaches apace.

News Source: Infiniti

What happens when you take an engineer sliding in a BMW i8

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 1:00PM

bmw i8 safety car qualcomm engineer video

The BMW i8 is a pretty impressive car, and a highly visible one at that. It's a great brand ambassador, but not just for BMW. It's really no surprise that Formula E chose it as the safety car from the electric racing series. And, for its duties at tracks around the word, the i8 safety car got some slick upgrades, including wireless charging capabilities courtesy of Qualcomm.

It's not your regular, cut-and-dry technology presentation.

In the video below, Qualcomm engineers explain a little bit about what they do to enhance electric vehicles. But it's not your regular, cut-and-dry technology presentation. The engineers are forced to answer questions about Qualcomm's technology while riding along in the BMW i8 Qualcomm Safety Car driven by none other than Formula E driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. Sure, riding shotgun for hot laps at Donnington Park in an i8 sounds like a lot of fun, but these guys have a job to do, and Mr. Piquet isn't making it easy for them. The Qualcomm guys talk about taking technology and beefing it up for automotive use, explain the benefits of wireless charging and discuss some other stuff that's hard to pay attention to while watching the i8 get totally sideways in a smoky powerslide.

See for yourself in the video below. If you miss something, don't worry; Qualcomm provides more explanation about its automotive technologies at its website, including safety, communication and, of course, inductive charging.

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News Source: Qualcomm

2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Review [w/video]

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 12:00PM

The New Steed For The New Breed

Amidst the great oil crisis of the early '80s, Ford unleashed the 1984 SVO Mustang upon the world as an alternative to the gas-guzzling 5.0. The SVO arrived on the scene with with a more advanced 2.3-litre 4-cylinder, intercooled and turbocharged motor boasting an underrated 175 bhp and 210 lb-ft. That 175 hp figure was more often than not proven to be on the low side once the car hit the dyno. For that model year, the V8 GT 5.0L was also pushing out 175 hp but with a slightly higher 245 lb-ft of torque available.

Along with the advanced fuel-injected turbo motor, the SVO shipped with 4-wheel disc brakes, a Ford Traktion-Lok Differential (LSD), a quicker ratio steering rack, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a modified front suspension geometry setup and a complete Koni suspension system featuring tuned adjustable shocks and struts. The resulting cost of the SVO was thousands more than the V8 GT model and as awesome as it was, this was the sports car no Mustang owner wanted to pay for and as such, the SVO saw underwhelming sales and Ford axed it in 1986.

Now fast forward to 30 years later-it's 2014 and Ford have just unbridled the all-new 2015 Mustang-yet again offering up an advanced 2.3 L turbocharged motor, this time, in the form of the already proven Ecoboost series.

We spent the morning driving the GT around the canyons and streets of Los Angeles and we couldn't say enough good things about the new car. Since the Ecoboost and the GT models share the same chassis and running gear (minus 4 cylinders and plus one turbo), check out the first drive review of the GT here, then come back and get the breakdown on the Ecoboost variant.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Ronnie Fung / Drew Phillips / AOL

10 things to know before buying any car

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 11:30AM



Shopping for a new or used car shouldn't be a long and frustrating process many consumer often complain about. If you arm yourself with the right knowledge, tools and tips, you'll find it's fairly simple to quickly get through the car buying and avoid the pesky negotiation process without any major headaches or feeling you've been overcharged.

Our list of Top 10 things to know before buying any car looks at the most crucial steps that can get in the way. Click here to read through the quick check-list featuring some of the most important things to do before you walk into a car dealership.

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Man gets 4 DUIs in 30 hours in bid for World's Worst Driver

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 10:57AM

Man Charged With 4 DUIs In Less Than 2 Days

How? That is the dominant question on the minds of our Autoblog Canada staff after reading this astonishing tale out of Rhode Island. How did a man get arrested four times for driving under the influence in just 30 hours? How could he afford to have four vehicles impounded? And how could police let it get to the point that he'd have four arrests in such a short period?

53-year-old John Lourenco's alleged DUI spree began when he crashed a Dodge pickup into an SUV, causing minor injuries to the two children in the backseat. According to The Providence Journal, Lourenco was taken to the hospital – where he had to be restrained after trying to hurl a jar of urine at the staff – before being released to his parents.

Lourenco took a break overnight before crashing a Chevrolet sedan at 7:00 AM the next morning. No one was injured this time around although Lourenco registered a blood alcohol content of .220. That's nearly triple the legal limit in Rhode Island. Once again, he was released to his parents.

A mere four hours later, he was pulled over in a Plymouth Barracuda for driving erratically. He was taken to the hospital for yet another BAC test and was released to the staff's custody. Then, at 5 p.m., a dump truck he was driving crashed into a tree in Providence, south of where the first three crashes happened in Cumberland.

This final crash led to minor injuries and yet another trip to the hospital. Following this last crash, police have to decided to keep the 53-year-old Lourenco in custody for his day in court. Lourenco was arraigned and released last week on a $25,000 surety bond for the first three crashes. He'll be arraigned later this week on the dump truck incident.

News Source: The Providence Journal via Gawker

Image Credit: Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

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