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In recent years, with the plethora of devices and connectivity being incorporated into cars, it would appear the notion of distracted driving is at an all-time high. However, Ford Motor Company has just announced that it has been working on advanced research aimed at minimizing these distractions based on driver workload, keeping motorists safe and focused on the task at hand; driving.
Back at the New York Auto Show in April, Jaguar announced at a press conference that it would be introducing it’s new “baby” sports car the F-Type, later this year. Now we can confirm that a prototype is set to make it’s official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of this month.
It’s well documented that one of the biggest drawbacks to pure electric vehicles are their range. It’s an aspect that’s proving a significant barrier to mainstream consumer acceptance, nevertheless, some manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of battery technology, in an effort to make such a cars a more viable proposition.
BMW and other luxury automakers, are making an active effort to work more closely with those in new media. The idea is that by courting bloggers and tweeters, they stand a better chance of reaching a new group of younger buyers that can’t be targeted through traditional media platforms such as TV, radio and print publications.
With much of Europe mired in recession and seemingly ever widening debt crisis amongst member states, the very notion of spending exorbitant sums of money on activities like motorsport is coming under increasing scrutiny.
It may seem odd in these times of austerity and relatively high gas prices but truck sales are remaining buoyant. Not only that, but demand for higher end offerings, with all the bells and whistles is up significantly.
According to consumer research discussed at the Telematics Detroit 2012 Conference, social media platforms such as Facebook and twitter are among the lowest priorities when it comes to in-car connectivity features consumers want in their vehicles.
You would have thought that higher fuel economy standards would help spur growth in alternative fuelled vehicles, particularly EVs. However, it appears that the tough new CAFE regs, are actually pushing automakers to improve what they already know, namely the internal combustion engine, rather than invest heavily in new, unfamiliar technology.
Three time Olympic Gold Medal sprinter Usain Bolt and Nissan Motor Co. have joined forces for a new marketing campaign. Dubbed “WHAT IF” the campaign is designed to tantalize the senses, highlighting Nissan’s vehicles and technologies designed to “excite,” such as the GT-R supercar.
Quite possibly, according to remarks by Volkswagen of Canada’s Media Relations Manager, Thomas Tetzlaff.
Testing Chevy’s most fearsome ponycar in its natural environment
Muscle cars of the 1960s were originally conceived with one thing in mind – accelerate as fast as possible in a straight line. Today, their modern equivalents can do a good deal more, such as stop and go around corners.
Well, if photos of K9′s tooling around Southern California with state manufacturer plates are any indication, the answer would likely be yes.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season Tire Test
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season is a mouthful. Mind you, when it comes to high performance tires, this one’s key rivals, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960/970 and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, don’t exactly roll off the tongue either.
Names aside, Goodyear’s latest addition to the Eagle F1 range is designed to maintain high performance while adding all-season attributes. And when it comes to finding a place to give such a tire a good workout, the Pacific Northwest is probably as good a place as any.
In a recent article, Automotive News praised the new Dodge Dart as an example of true synergies between Fiat and Chrysler, declaring, “the Dart uses savings from its shared Fiat platform and co-developed technology to give Chrysler a larger, more powerful and technologically advanced compact sedan at a lower price than its competitors.”