Month: November 2013

A ‘Big’ Future for Cadillac? (11/27/13)

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Reuss says big car like Elmiraj concept should be next; too many Ford Fusions; fast sale for Fisker?; Mazda rotary’s future.

from First Shift Player – First Shift with Jennifer Vuong


This SE model is not the VW Jetta you’re looking for

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I’ve driven some gorgeous rides and some hideous ones, but this is probably the most boring-looking car that I’ve reviewed all year. Call it “understated” or “timeless” all that you want, Volkswagen, but even in Tornado Red, the the slab-sided VW Jetta just looks like a lump on wheels with headlamps.

I’m of a similar mind when it comes to this 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE’s performance: it’s not bad, it’s not great. It’s just competent. If the SE were a flavor of ice cream, it would be vanilla. Most people don’t really get excited about vanilla ice cream, but it’s still ice cream, so it’s not like anyone complains much, either.

As a lover of both cars and ice cream, I was determined not to judge this scoop by its plain flavor — after all, vanilla can be downright delicious when done right. However, after living with the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE with Connectivity for a bit, I’m convinced that there are more flavorful trim levels to be found farther up the Jetta’s line.

Basic techOur SE model doesn’t feature navigation or advanced infotainment, just a single-line, monochrome RCD 310 standard audio system. Audio from its six speakers sounded merely OK. A-pillar-mounted tweeters give this system better clarity than the four-speaker rigs that you’ll find in many vehicles in this price range, but only just so. If you really care about what the music coming out of the stereo sounds like, you’ll want to look upmarket. VW’s own amazing Fender audio system, for … [Read more]


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New Dodge Durango declares the SUV is not dead

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High gas prices and the emergence of electric cars would suggest that the SUV has gone the way of the dinosaur, but the 2014 Dodge Durango makes a convincing argument for its continued survival, having evolved into a modern, connected vehicle that improves on its fuel efficiency.

My road testing of this Dodge Durango encompassed a trip down to the Los Angeles Auto Show, involving a significant amount of freeway driving and a bit of cutthroat LA traffic. For the latter, the Durango’s imposing size worked in my favor, as other drivers could not ignore it when I needed to merge.

However, I initially chose the Durango based on the idea that its capacious interior would keep the editorial crew I was bringing down to the show content for the long drive. It certainly pleased CNET’s video crew, who loaded up the back with all the camera equipment they didn’t want to take on their separate flight down.

In either sense, the Durango proved an able vehicle.

2014 Dodge Durango modernizes the SUV (pictures)

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The Jaguar C-X75 is too much for its time

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Jaguar’s C-X75 : XCAR drives the Hybrid Hypercar that never was

Picture the scene: it’s the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the new Bentley Continental GT has been launched; Lotus has announced a stupidly overambitious all-new, five-car lineup; Renault has revealed a concept Zoe EV. It was all good stuff, but nothing that would light your face on fire. Until you got to the Jaguar stand. You see, Jaguar had brought the C-X75 — a concept hypercar that had an all-electric drivetrain and jets to provide the electricity. JETS.

Jaguar said it was going to make it and was set to reenter the supercar market for the first time since the XJ220. The C-X75 looked unlike anything else around and the world wanted Jaguar to make it a reality. It wanted Jaguar to win.

Fast forward a little while and the C-X75 is in development. Gone are the jets and two of the electric motors. Jaguar had teamed up with Williams F1 to develop the car, ensuring the tech inside it would be top notch. Sitting over its spine is a 500 bhp 1.6-litre turbo and supercharged four-cylinder engine, as well as two electric motors which put out just shy of 200 bhp each. That means there’s nearly 900 bhp to play with.

The brief for the C-X75 was pretty complicated. It had to have the same emissions as a Toyota Prius (89g/km), the same electric cruising range as a Chevy Volt (40 miles), Veyron-esque performance, and the same look… [Read more]


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What Stops EV Shoppers (11/26/13)

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Many draw the line at $20K; tax issue delaying Chrysler IPO?; Hyundai’s new Genesis; a Lamborghini zooms into the sunset.

from First Shift Player – First Shift with Jennifer Vuong

Fiat: No Chrysler IPO in ’13 (11/25/13)

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Fiat expecting Q1 offering; TrueCar said to be mulling IPO; Tavares next Peugeot CEO?; dealer’s ‘Black Friday’ promo.

from First Shift Player – First Shift with Jennifer Vuong

BMW’s M6 Gran Coupe, a big, effortless rocket ride (CNET On Cars, Episode 30)

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BMW’s M6 Gran Coupe, a big, effortless rocket ride (CNET On Cars, Episode 30)


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In this episode:

  • BMW’s M6 Gran Coupe, a new member of the M family
  • Bumper impact tech may not save your life, but perhaps you wallet.
  • Detail your car instead of buying a new one – see Cooley’s products list below.
  • 5 top performance technologies that used to only be on high end cars
  • Safety tech that has trickled down from high-end cars
  • Email: When and how will Alfa ever return to the U.S.?

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from Car Tech: An automotive blog from CNET