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Top 10 things that'll kill your car

Posted Oct 29th 2014 8:00AM



It's no secret that today's cars are safer, more reliable, and far more efficient than the cars of even a decade ago. The enormous leaps and bounds the automotive industry has made in recent years is staggering. It's nearly impossible to buy a bad new car nowadays. And by bad, we're talking bad like AMC Pacer bad or Hyundai Pony bad. Even the fantastic Nissan Micra - the most affordable new car in Canada, starting at just a hair below $10,000 - provides a fun driving experience along with being safe and reliable with an extensive warranty to boot.

While it's quite uncommon for newer cars to be in the shop for major repairs due to problems arisen from manufacturer defects (recalls notwithstanding), it's still not uncommon for cars to be in the shop for major repairs due to its owner neglect, misinformation or common maintenance mistakes.

We've compiled a list of the Top 10 ways you could be killing or damaging your car prematurely. Check them out in the gallery or scroll down below for more.

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Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Posted Oct 28th 2014 3:00PM

14 Cars That House The Latest And Greatest Tech

Autoblog Technology of the Year

Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year's Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks... READ MORE

Lotus rolls out factory delivery program for Elise, Exige and Evora

Posted Oct 27th 2014 10:00AM

Lotus Delivery Program

"We are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct." – Jean-Marc Gales

Buying a Lotus sports car now comes with an added perk – you get a peek behind the curtain at the famous factory in Hethel, England.

It's the centrepiece of a new delivery program Lotus is launching, where customers can come to the iconic factory – where every Lotus has been built since 1967 – and pick up their new Elise, Exige or Evora. Customers receive a tour and are presented with their new car by Lotus officials. They also get a personalized owner's booklet and can visit the Lotus classic collection. Additionally, the program includes a photo shoot of the event, a signed print by Clive Chapman (Colin's son) and a car cover.

It starts at 832.50 pounds, or about $1,510. To add track time with a Lotus instructor, it's 999 pounds, or about $1,815.

The packages can be ordered through Lotus dealers.

"Hethel is the heart of Lotus, where we have been designing, developing and building the most exciting and uncompromising handmade British sports cars for nearly 50 years, and we are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct," Lotus chief executive officer Jean-Marc Gales said in a statement.

Factory delivery programs have become popular in recent years for high-end cars, as they allow brands to connect with their enthusiast buyers directly and are a source of additional revenue. BMW has long had a program that allows customers to pick up their new vehicles at its base in Munich, Germany, and tour the plant and museum. Similarly, Chevy offers a program in Bowling Green, KY, where customers can watch their Stingrays being built and spec-out their sports car down to the smallest detail.

The program is a bright spot for Lotus, which has endured controversy in recent weeks for plans to skip the 2015 model year due to air bag compliance issues in North America and news of its plans to lay off a quarter of its workforce. Currently, Lotus is selling down its inventory of 2014 Evoras in the North American market, and will sell race-spec cars during its off year. Other models are still offered in other markets.

For the official press release, click below.

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Check out the trick way you access the tire valve on this BMW Alpina B6

Posted Oct 25th 2014 7:58PM



The wheels are one of the first things you notice when checking out the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The 20-inch aluminum alloy rollers have 21 spokes that spray out from their hubs, creating one of Alpina's signature design features. But there's also plenty of function to go along with the stylistic form of this hotted-up BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

By rotating the Alpina roundel and unlocking the centre hub, you gain access to the tire valve and bolts, which are hidden inside. They're literally kept under lock and key, and they protect your Alpina's wheels from the elements and theft. This unique centre-fill system employing a hollow spoke isn't a new setup for the favoured BMW tuner, but since Autoblog had one in our offices this week, we thought we'd take the opportunity to show the unique mechanism in case you haven't seen it before. Check it out in our brief video below.

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The Price Is Right plays One Away with Tesla Model S

Posted Oct 24th 2014 4:00PM

Contestant Gets Selfish Once Face-To-Face With Luxury EV

The Price Is Right gives away a Tesla Model S

When it comes to game shows, The Price Is Right is about as mainstream as American TV gets, beaming lust for fancy new prizes into millions of homes every day. Recently, the show held its annual Dream Car Week, which this year included a Tesla Model S along with a Porsche Cayenne, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a Maserati Quattroporte and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

The contestant invited to come on down and take a crack at the bright-red Model S was Vanessa Ansoorian, who told host Drew Carey that she had originally promised her brother a car if she won one, but once she saw what it was, she began rethinking her stance. Of course, before being able to drive away with the electric car, she needed to win the game, which in this case was One Away. That means that she got a string of numbers – 6-8-4-1-1 - and needed to move each digit up or down one to find the car's price. Can you get it? We won't give away the right answer, or if she won the car, but we look forward to your guesses in the comments below, where you can also watch the tense video clip.

In 2010, The Price Is Right also offered up a Tesla (in that case, a Roadster) on Earth Day. You can see how that attempt went here.

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2015 Kia Soul EV

Posted Oct 18th 2014 12:00PM

Progressing The Game, Just Not Changing It

2015 Kia Soul EV

You'd be forgiven if you weren't fully aware of this vehicle's existence. While the Soul EV is a big deal for Kia, as it marks the Korean brand's first foray into the world of pure electric vehicles here in North America, it simply has not a been able to garner much regard from the average car fan or, really, the automotive press.

As a green car, it has to be tough to compete with Elon Musk's remarkable ability to consistently hold our attention with nearly everything he touches at Tesla. Add that to the fact that the Soul EV doesn't offer a ton in the way of aesthetics to differentiate itself from its gasoline-powered sibling – save a few tweaks here and there – and its limited initial availability (CA only for now), and you end up with a vehicle that just isn't on a lot of people's radar. And that's too bad.

You see, none of the above is meant to imply that this is a bad car. In fact, as you read through our driving notes, you'll see that the reality is actually the opposite: Kia has a genuinely solid product on its hands.

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LeBron James signs new deal to rep Kia K900 fit for a king

Posted Oct 17th 2014 10:00AM

LeBron James 2015 Kia K900

"I was a Kia K900 driver and fan before we decided to become partners, so I'm really excited to be Kia's first-ever luxury ambassador." – LeBron James

LeBron James is taking his talents to Kia?! The 10-time NBA all-star has signed on with the Korean automaker as a spokesman for Kia's first luxury sedan, the 2015 Kia K900. While the move isn't as shocking as his 2010 defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat (he re-signed with the Cavs this summer), it has raised eyebrows, as James is a noted car collector who has owned a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and some other high-end vehicles.

Still, James said that he was a fan of the K900 before he signed on as a pitchman. Perhaps telegraphing the upcoming deal, he e in August, saying: "Rolling around in my K900. Love this car!"

Kia said James reached out to the company to sample the K900. "I was a Kia K900 driver and fan before we decided to become partners, so I'm really excited to be Kia's first-ever luxury ambassador," he said in a statement. He added: "For me, a partnership has to be authentic and real to who I am, and that's what makes this one so special."

Kia is a longtime sponsor of the NBA and serves as its "official automotive partner." In 2009, James received a Kia Borrego for earning MVP honours, though he donated it to the Akron (OH) Urban League... READ MORE

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LISTED: Top 15 SUVs of 2015

Posted Oct 16th 2014 2:30PM



Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included some of our own personal favourites like the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Tahoe and BMW X5. But, the buff book has awarded the top spot to... wait for it... the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you just a little, well, get to the back of the line.

The list looked at six different categories ranging from overall design to efficiency – both fuel economy and carbon footprint – to safety and value to pick its winner, singling out the refreshed Honda while paying particular praise to its new 2.4-litre Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. A tighter steering ratio was also cited as a big source of improvement.

"There was a lot of contentious debate," Motor Trend Technical Director Frank Markus told Autoblog, indicating that nearly half the judges approached the final round of voting with an eye towards the redesigned Jeep Cherokee. "This year's field included some pretty fancy and fast iron, but the thoughtful changes made by Honda to hone its best-seller entry in that crowded compact cross-over segment really did the trick."

What are your thoughts on Motor Trend's decision? Based on the full list of top 15 SUVs of 2015, would you have chosen the Honda CR-V? Click here to view the full list of contenders and finalists, then tell us what you think on our facebook page.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Named Best Midsize SUV

News Source: Motor Trend

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2015 Tesla Model D test drive

Posted Oct 15th 2014 3:00PM

Tesla D Test Drive
With so much hype around the new AWD Tesla Model D, we caught up with our friends at Engadget to take Tesla's new D electric car for a quick spin. Click on the video above to watch our test drive with the latest Tesla, as we take a much closer look at Elon's latest work.

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