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Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV blurs lines in Beijing

Posted Apr 21st 2014 5:28PM

Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV

With apologies to Robin Thicke (and to anyone offended by his unarguably catchy hit song), but Mercedes-Benz has just shown that BMW isn't the only automaker that knows how to blur the lines between seemingly unrelated market niches to create something new entirely. The subject today is the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV, and its name alone tells you pretty much all you need to know about its style, shape and intentions.

Some might argue, and perhaps rightly so, that putting a sleek coupe-shaped body atop a chassis that is styled to look like it's capable of travelling off the beaten path makes little sense. Others may counter that the BMW X6 has proven that there is a market for the disjointed merger, and they too may be right. Regardless of which side of that line of demarcation you fall, here we are with MB's latest concept, powered as it is by a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6 with 333 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, sending that motive force through a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox to all four 22-inch wheels.

We suggest you take it all in by perusing our image gallery of live photos above, and you're free to complete the picture by reading through the press release below. Oh, and don't be surprised if something eerily similar to this Concept Coupe SUV hits dealership floors in the coming years...






Image Credit: Live images copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Lincoln MKX Concept goes for the gold in Beijing

Posted Apr 21st 2014 4:00PM

Lincoln MKX Concept

We've now seen the Lincoln MKX Concept in the metal, and we've shot it with the lenses of our own DSLR cameras. And we have to say, our opinion of the concept's design language has improved over our initial reaction. Yes, it's clear that this MKX shares its underpinnings with those of the Ford Edge Concept that we saw in LA, but the changes made by Lincoln stylists are a welcome departure from the angular lines of its corporate cousin from The Blue Oval.

We like the subtlety of the MKX Concept's front fascia, and the lighting elements both front and rear lend a luxurious quality to the crossover's typical two-box proportions. When combined with the smaller MKC that was shown in production form late last year, it's clear to see that Lincoln has a specific design direction that at least seems visually capable of setting it apart from the Ford models with which the brand shares its platforms. Here's hoping there are some Lincoln-specific upgrades underhood...

Have a look at our image gallery of live photos from Beijing above, reread the press release below, and feel free to let us know what you think.

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Image Credit: Live images copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

VW Golf TDI SportWagen really is a concept, sort of

Posted Apr 17th 2014 6:00PM

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept

We know it doesn't look like a concept, but the Golf TDI SportWagen being shown at today's New York Auto Show is not (yet) a production model. There will indeed be a production car bearing the same name coming to North America early next year, and it will look very much like the showcar seen above, but there are decisions that still need to be made lying under the wagon's skin before any of that can happen.

When the Golf SportWagen hits a dealership near you as a replacement for the departing Jetta Sportwagen, it will be equipped with one of two engine options, a standard 1.8-litre TSI four-cylinder unit running on gasoline and mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission or an optional 2.0-litre TDI mill sending its torque-rich diesel drippings to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. What's questionable is whether or not we'll see optional 4Motion all-wheel drive, as this concept version is equipped with, here in North America.

We wouldn't hold our breath for 4Motion, honestly, but Volkswagen says it's "under consideration," so there's that. In any case, check out the diesely goodness of the Golf TDI SportWagen Concept in our live image gallery above and read the press release below for all the details.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Ford Focus sedan shows its fresh face in New York

Posted Apr 17th 2014 10:00AM

2015 Ford Focus Sedan

That handsome fellow you see above is the 2015 Ford Focus sedan. We liked the looks of the 2014 Focus, and the updates for 2015 only improve things to our eyes, with the adoption of the Aston Martin-inspired grille that has been permeating Ford's lineup these last few years. Sweeping, slightly bulbous headlamps join a revised, more demure lower grille opening to round out the styling updates up front. The rest of the car's look is just slightly massaged, including new taillamp clusters that look much like they did last year.

New for 2015 is the availability of Ford's 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. There's also a new SE Sport Package that adds more aggressive suspension tuning, paddle shifters (when equipped with Ford's six-speed dual-clutch automatic) and a few body kit bits and pieces. Rounding out the mechanical changes are an updated electronic steering rack that promises better feel, suspension tweaks to make the ride more comfortable and some software updates designed to make the dual-clutch gearbox better behave itself.

In addition, inside there are a few interior upgrades, as well as some added comfort and safety tech that includes available blind-spot detection and lane-keeping assist, along with other more incremental changes that all add up to a better vehicle. We suggest you check out the official press release below for all the details, but not before scrolling through our image gallery of live shots above.

News Source: Ford

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Chevrolet Cruze shows its brave new face in New York

Posted Apr 16th 2014 3:45PM

2015 Chevrolet Cruze

To say the refresh performed on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is mild would be an understatement. Besides a new grille and fascia that more closely follows Chevy's corporate styling theme as seen on the Malibu and Impala, there is very little to visually set the new Cruze apart from the old. Whether the updated look is an improvement is up for debate, but we're sure all 2015 Cruze shoppers will be pleased with the increased functionality of the car's in-cabin technology.

The 2015 Cruze boasts a seven-inch touchscreen in the center console powered by the latest versions of the brand's OnStar and MyLink software packages. With it comes the ability to act as a 4G wifi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users, and, soon, access to the new Chevrolet AppShop. The interior sees a few minor improvements, such as reshaped cupholders and some switches and buttons that have been made more conveniently accessible.

As we said, the updates are all pretty minor, but the Cruze has held up well since it first went on sale in North America for the 2010 model year. Check out our high-res image gallery of live shots from the New York Auto Show and feel free to read through the press release below.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Brandon Turkus / AOL

Motus and Race Car Replicas debut RCR Monoposto and Baby Block MV4 engine [w/video]

Posted Apr 12th 2014 7:59PM

RCR Monoposto powered by Motus Baby Block KMV4 engine

The beautiful red racecar you see above may not be what you think it is. It's not vintage, it has never actually seen competition, and it's not from Italy. What it is, though, is the wrapper that debuts a new powerplant from the crew at Motus, the small-scale North American motorcycle manufacturer from Down South in Alabama. It was built by Race Car Replicas from Fraser, MI, and we think it's pretty darn awesome.

The beating heart underneath that sinewy bodywork is known as the Motus Baby Block MV4. This pushrod engine, with design help from such well-known engine builders as Katech and Pratt and Miller, and more recently Mast Powertrain and Performance Design, has been tuned to produce more than 180 horsepower at 8,200 rpm with a wide, flat torque plateau that peaks at 126 pound-feet at 5,000 rpm. Couple that kind of power with the 544-kilogram (1,200-pound) weight of the 1958 Ferrari F1 replica this particular MV4 resides in, and you'll be welcomed with quite the potential for performance.

Motus isn't yet talking pricing in the public, but is more than willing to hear your plans for its MV4 engine. The bright-red beauty seen here is set to make its public debut on April 11-13 at the Circuit of the Americas track, which, of course, will be otherwise preoccupied by hosting a round of MotoGP racing. Check out the high-res image gallery above, then scroll down below for some video and the official press release from Motus.

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Meet Colin Furze, creator of the World's Fastest Mobility Scooter

Posted Apr 3rd 2014 7:00PM

Colin Furze riding the World's Fastest Mobility Scooter

Surely you remember Colin Furze. You know, creator of scooters with flamethrowers, a 25-seat motorcycle, a massive wooden wall of death fashioned from old pallets and the world's fastest stroller and mobility scooter. It's that last vehicular creation that's the subject of the video embedded below, filmed by YouTube content creators Car Throttle.

The crew from the UK sat down with Colin in the same shed he uses to craft his own brand of crazy. He talks about his mishaps, his successes and the Guiness Book of World Records that he calls his own. With its high production values and ridiculous subject matter, the video below is most definitely worth a watch. Enjoy!

News Source: Car Throttle via YouTube

Tesla Model S prone to password hacking?

Posted Apr 2nd 2014 4:00PM



As more and more technology gets crammed into our automobiles, replacing once simple mechanical systems with electronics and other such wizardry, hackers and people much smarter than ourselves are finding more and more ways to exploit them. The latest such case comes from a man named Nitesh Dhanjani, who has reportedly managed to send wireless codes over the internet to the Tesla Model S that can unlock the car's doors.

According to an article from Reuters, the six-digit passcode required to gain entry into Tesla's electric sedan isn't the only flaw in the car's security Dhanjani – himself a Tesla Model S owner – has found. That said, the car's electronic key fob is still required to start and drive the vehicle, meaning thieves would only have the ability to steal things left inside the car and wouldn't actually be able to operate it or drive it away... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: Reuters

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Is the Chevy Camaro Z/28 a Godzilla Slayer at the track?

Posted Mar 31st 2014 7:59PM



Godzilla. It's a name that strikes fear in the minds and hearts of giant monsters (Mothra!) worldwide, not to mention a number of automobile manufacturers that produce high-performance coupes... including Chevrolet. The Bowtie-cladded company has one rather obvious model that lines up squarely in the sights of the Nissan GT-R, that being the Corvette.

Interestingly, though, Chevy's halo coupe isn't the vehicle the boys from Motor Trend decided to match up at Barber Motorsports Park against the Japanese Godzilla, opting instead for the brand-new Camaro Z/28. A glance at the spec sheet of the Z/28 clears up any consternation regarding MT's choice – more horsepower for the Nissan, more torque for the Chevy and roughly the same weight means they are on pretty equal ground when it comes to what's under the hood.

The rest of the spec sheet looks to tilt the argument in the GT-R's favour (especially considering that MT's test car is a Track Edition model), as it boasts all-wheel-drive traction, a quick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a price tag that's about $45,000 higher than that of the Z/28. Oh, and don't forget the GT-R's legendary computer-controlled reflexes. Does any of that matter with a professional race car driver like Randy Pobst behind the wheel? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.

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News Source: Motor Trend Channel via YouTube

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