Several months ago, Ford PR sent out a somewhat humorous press release about etiquette at public charging stations for Electric Vehicles, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. The point was that electric vehicles take longer to refuel than combustion vehicles. Cars that run on dino-juice can pull up to any gas station and refill the tank in around five minutes. Electric vehicle take much longer to recharge; anywhere between four and sixteen hours depending on the supply voltage and the state of charge. Such lengthy charging times require the EV drivers to plan ahead, and possibly plan trips around availability of charging stations.
Scion has officially unveiled the final pricing ladder for the redesigned 2014 Scion tC coupe which made its world debut earlier this year at the 2013 New York Auto Show and promises to bring new technology, performance, and styling to the tC model family when it arrives at a local Scion dealer near you later this month.
Bentley has always had a long history of success both on and off the track. In particular, the brand has won the grueling 24 hr of Le Mans race an impressive six times with four of those wins occurring consecutively between 1927 and 1930. To celebrate this impressive racing accomplishment, Bentley has officially unveiled six different Le Mans packages that will be equipped to the brands flagship Mulsanne sedan as well as the equally exclusive Continental lineup.
News like this gives gearheads the world over reason to rejoice. Jaguar will reportedly be creating more high performance “R-S” and “R-S GT” models of both current and future cars. Similar in philosophy to the manic Black Series range from Mercedes-Benz and the M-cars from BMW, Jaguar’s R-S and R-S GT packages will bestow increasingly higher levels of performance to each model.
Even though the 2013 Ford Fiesta is not as strong in overall sales as Ford first thought it would be when it arrived on our shores a few years ago, the tiny subcompact is succeeding in bringing in new customers for the company which should please the company as it fights for a sizable slice of the subcompact car market.
With the 2013 Worthersee Volkswagen Tuning Group Festival fast approaching, Volkswagen has unveiled several teaser sketches of its “Design Vision GTI” concept, a unique one of a kind GTI (first reported here a few days back) that showcases the pinnacle of styling and performance for the brands iconic hot hatchback as well as what could be in store for future models.
Continuing from Part I of the SMMT Test Day 2013 series, where I test drive the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, the 2013 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC, the 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid, the 2013 Toyota GT86 and the Toyota AE86.
I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to the 2013 Test Day of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), given our relatively minor presence among the British press. It is a great step for Autosavant, a golden opportunity to network with motor manufacturers as well as to drive the latest cars in the market.
If you’re like most people, you probably love the idea of getting a new car, but hate the process that makes it all possible. Whether it’s the fact that negotiations aren’t really your strong suit or you feel like the deck is just stacked against you (the dealers have something you want and you all know it), that feeling of dread is actually pretty common – and can easily be overcome. All you need to do is learn how to play the game.
If you need a vehicle that offers passenger space, cargo space and true versatility, a crossover or SUV may be just what you’ve been looking for. But if you’re on a budget (and really, who isn’t?) are these vehicles truly affordable? Yes – in fact, every crossover on the list below starts at $30,000 or less, and all of the full-sized SUVs start at less than $45,000. Plus, all of the vehicles offer a wide range of options and upgrades if you’re able to go above the base models – and many automakers offer incredible new car deals on vehicles with the features you want most.
According to U.S. News & World Report, some of the most affordable crossovers and large SUVs available in 2013 include:
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