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2015 Ford Expedition

Posted Jul 25th 2014 12:00PM

2015 Ford Expedition

While the tide of bigger-is-better SUVs has been in recession since, well, the recession, fullsize utes are still very much with us. Conservative creatures that have been loathe to evolve, fullsize SUVs nonetheless remain enduringly popular among large families, livery customers, and anyone with lots of friends, relatives, and toys to tug around. With respect to Toyota and Nissan, the only players that really matter in the segment are the new-for-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL, and this truck: the Ford Expedition, the latest evolution of which we just drove for the first time at a press preview in West Virginia.

Unlike the General Motors utilities, the standard Expedition and the long-wheelbase Expedition EL are not all-new, but rather are heavily refreshed versions of the same basic truck Ford started selling way back in 2007. The front fascia is where most of the exterior update happens for 2015, with a new three-bar grille design, halogen projector headlamps, and new bumper design with available LED foglamps. Despite all the new bits, the facelift breaks exactly zero ground in terms of design; in fact, it already looks dated, and will only look older once the macho 2015 F-150 bows later this year. Even less has changed out back, where the tailgate gets a wide chrome band spanning the taillamps and a new chrome exhaust tip. Other exterior changes are generally limited to colors and an all-new wheel lineup that includes a gleaming set of six-spoke 22-inch polished wheels on high-end models.

Speaking of high-end models, a new Platinum trim is positioned above the cowboy-spec King Ranch model for 2015. Both the Platinum and King Ranch get their own color combos and exterior trim finishes (satin metal for the Platinum, chrome everywhere and ginormous badges for the King Ranch) and posh, leather-lined interiors with their own aesthetic. The Expedition family also now includes a price-leading XL model, as well as XLT and Limited grades.

That's nice and all, but we didn't fly to Appalachia to ogle new headlights and caress leather seats. The real draw was to see how the Expedition fares after making the switch from its outgoing V8 to turbocharged V6 power, the only way it will come henceforth. The change makes sense on paper, given that the turbo six – the same engine found in the F-150 EcoBoost – simply trounces the old V8 with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, compared to the outgoing 5.4's 310 hp and meager 365 lb-ft of torque. Notably, the EcoBoost V6 also outmuscles the 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque produced by the 5.3-litre base V8 in GM's portfolio, though it comes up shy of their forceful – and thirsty – optional 420-hp, 460 lb-ft 6.2-litre V8.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steve Siler / AOL / Ford

Mall in China debuts bigger pink parking spots just for women

Posted Jul 25th 2014 9:00AM

AFP

A Chinese mall is in the spotlight after creating larger parking spots specifically designed for women. The ten pink outlined spaces, which are found at the Dashijiedaduhui -- "World Metropolis" - shopping centre in the northern city of Dalian, were drawn in after managers decided women were having difficulty getting into narrower spaces.

They are approximately 30 centimetres wider than normal, and bear the statement "respectfully reserved for women."

These spaces come on the heels of Chinese policemen offering undeniably skewed advice to female drivers last year, like not to panic if they suddenly can't find their way to their destination, or to release the handbrake before beginning to drive... READ MORE

News Source: Newsy via AOL On, The Huffington Post Canada

Image Credit: NBC / Newsy via AOL On, Johannes Eisele via Getty Images

Darth Vader and Superman watch as angry man breaks into cop car

Posted Jul 24th 2014 4:00PM

Darth Vader & Superman Watch as Man Breaks Into Cop Car

Superheroes and villains are a common sight along Hollywood Boulevard, but an angry man smashing a parked police car is not. Watch the video above as Darth Vader and Superman stumble upon a cop car smashing vandal in action. Could any superpowers or Vader's "force" halt the crime in progress?

After brazenly smashing the windows of the LAPD car
at one of the busiest intersections in Hollywood, the man was taken into custody by police. According to witnesses and video footage caught on camera by a KTLA photographer, the man was heard yelling "I love Jesus Christ" before he began smashing the windows of the parked patrol car near Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.

News Source: KTLA via AOL On

How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos]

Posted Jul 23rd 2014 1:01PM

Our Favourite Cars From The Big And Small Screens

Generally, General Lee

The car enthusiast's passion generally isn't founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area's culture and, almost always, the media.

The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show known to mankind. Today the editors at Autoblog, Autoblog Canada and AOL Autos are paying homage to a few of these, acknowledging the ones that stand out in our minds as having played a profound part in forming our ardor for all things automotive.

Head on past the jump to see the cars from the big and small screen for which our staff still pines. And make sure to tell us about your favorite movie/TV cars, in Comments.

Image Credit: Bruno_me - Flickr

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car will make you cry for mommy

Posted Jul 22nd 2014 7:00PM



Nissan GT Academy USA winner Steve Doherty takes the wheel as our friends at GTChannel.com show us what it's like to ride shotgun during a quick spin in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car.

Click here to watch the video footage as the mighty Nissan GT-R might make you cry for mommy!



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News Source: GT Channel via AOL On

The Japanese sub culture of Kanjo street racing

Posted Jul 22nd 2014 6:00PM


Kanjo: Illegal Street Racing in Tokyo

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat delivers epic tire-shredding burnout

Posted Jul 22nd 2014 4:58PM


2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Epic Tire-Shredding Burnout
Hold onto your butts. "600-plus horsepower" is what we were originally told to expect from the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 engine. But as we found out, those were incredibly conservative numbers, since the range-topping Challenger will hit the asphalt with 707 – seven hundred and seven – horsepower, making it the "most powerful muscle car ever."

Of course, 707 hp is only part of the story, as the Hellcat has also been confirmed to produce 650 pound-feet of torque. All that power will run exclusively to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that differs from other Challengers. The new gearbox, 8HP90 (rather than the 8HP70) is "upgraded to handle the extra power and torque," says Dan Reid, SRT's manager of product design and motorsports.

We certainly hope you're prepared to spend a ton of money replacing tires in addition to the $63,995 starting price in Canada for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat! Still well worth it if you ask us. Hellcat, hell yeah!

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Explained: What is a HEMI engine?

Posted Jul 22nd 2014 3:00PM

Hemi Engines Explained
What is a Hemi? Well, it's an engine technology, a trade name and something of an anachronism today. Click here to watch the video above as we
visit Keith Black Racing Engines in Los Angeles to see perhaps the most famous shop to ever build Hemi engines and find out more.

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Best new driving apps you can't live without

Posted Jul 22nd 2014 1:00PM


Top 5 Apps for Driving

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