Hyundai Veloster Spy Pics
Jul14

Hyundai Veloster Spy Pics

The boys at CarAdvice.com got some great spy pics of the upcoming sport coupe from Hyundai, the Veloster.  This early in the game Hyundai is keeping the Veloster under camouflage and we are still waiting on some interior pics.

Although dubbed a sport coupe, it will only be powered with a tiny 1.6 liter four cylinder engine.  It's expected that shortly after launch Hyundai will start offering a bigger engine with more power as an upgrade.

The Hyundai Veloster will most likely remind viewers of the Honda CRZ and will be aimed at selling to same market.  Personally, I'm not a fan, there is only so much use you can get out of a tiny engine and even smaller car.  How much abuse can the little thing take?

Check out the Hyundai Veloster Spy pics below:

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2011 Ford F-150 6.2 Liter Spy Pic
Jul12

2011 Ford F-150 6.2 Liter Spy Pic

The fast eyes over at PickUpTrucks.com have already got spy pics of the new 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited, with a 6.2 liter V8.  The truck is a massive step in the opposite direction of getting smaller is getting greener, but man is it a sharp looking truck.  Amazingly enough, this spy pic doesn't even have zebra stripes or camouflage of any kind, even complete with badging.

My problem with the new 6.2 liter V8 is the serious lack of horsepower.  Currently Ford has produced the 2011 Mustang GT, which has a 5.0 liter engine and produces over 400 horsepower.  Yet, this new 6.2 liter produces just 411 horsepower and 434 lb ft of torque.  The power gains just doesn't seem to warrant the research and development into the 6.2.

Consider that the 2011 Ford F150 Lariat is just like previous years, it will be built in limited production.  For example, just as far back as 2008 only 5,000 units were produced.  Likely demand plays a small roll in this luxury pickup truck, with a small bed, but plenty of room for pasengers.

View the 2011 Ford F150 Lariat Spy Pics Below:

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2011 Ford Escape For The Blind
Jul06

2011 Ford Escape For The Blind

Believe it or not, Ford has developed technology that would potentially allow a blind person to drive a vehicle.  However, it's not just any vehicle, on display at the National Convention For The Blind annual convention is a 2011 Escape, which is outfitted with technology that will allow blind people to drive.  It's truly a leap of faith in technology to allow an SUV on the highway with a blind person, but Ford says we are not far from that reality.

If the technology is a success and a price point can be met, blind people will have their first opportunity to drive legally.  The SUV uses technology that sense which way a persons should steer and transforms those signals into vibrations in specially developed gloves that the driver would wear.  Personally, this makes absolutely zero sense to me, but it is a real technology being used today.

It's called nonvisual interface technology, which utilizes a drivers other senses to translate what's going on around them.  For example, vibrations in special gloves or even compressed air being blown in the face or body of the driver to indicate when traffic is near.

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2011 Mercedes CL Class, Means Business
Jul05

2011 Mercedes CL Class, Means Business

The new 2011 Mercedes CL Class is a brute force combination of power and luxury.  Gone are the days when luxury sedans, often large in size, were burdened by weak engines.  The new 2011 CL Class destroys this mantra by providing 429 horsepower via a twin-turbo charged V8.  It's a sports car wrapped in a mild mannered skin.

Imagine rolling up to one of these black monsters, unknowingly giving the stuff shirt in the drivers seat a crooked look.  Next thing you know he's blown the doors off of your drop top sports car and your girlfriend instantly becomes no longer interested.  The 2011 Mercedes CL Class achieved this greatness through a 5.5 liter V8, which is how it got it's name, the CL 550.

If the 2011 CL 550 isn't enough bite for your bark, consider purchasing the CL 600, which promises a similar setup with a full forced 6.0 liter V12.  The CL 600 skirts from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds, thanks to twin hair dryers producing over 500 horsepower and over 600 lb ft of torque.

Inside it looks like the cock pit of a rocket ship, albeit a very elaborately decorated rocket ship.  Bezels are wood grain and trimmed with polished aluminum and the seats are made of the highest quality leather.  Furthermore, the CL Class provides enough digital gauges and buttons to make your head spin.  And impress the new girl friend you just picked up on the way back from the Mercedes dealership.

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Chrysler Offering Vehicle Apps
Jun17

Chrysler Offering Vehicle Apps

Chrysler has started offering vehicle apps in place of manuals for new car buyers. Although it's not as nice as getting a brand new iPad with new car purchase, it is a step in the right direction for replacing the bulky books that accompany new cars.  Yet another way to look at this technological advance is that it saves the manufacturer money, but costs the consumer in the long run.

To find the value of car manuals one needs to only look so far as the collector car market.  Antique cars, old muscle cars, and any other collector car becomes more valuable if the original books and information are sold with the car.  Even on their own, many manuals for antique cars go for a pretty penny on places like eBay, mainly purchased to 'complete' their restoration.

We all know the real reason Chrysler is including an app with each car purchase is because it saves them the money on printing all those books.  It does however allow them to be more thorough, include finer details, and even examples in an electronic format that wouldn't be possible with traditional print on paper.

The vehicle brands that will be affected first will be Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat, which already include a DVD at purchase time.  Not only has Chrysler taken the big step going electronic with manuals, they are also pushing FloTV, the first mobile television subscription.  Also, new Chrysler vehicles have the option of buying technology that turns their vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot.  Going electronic with a vehicle manual app is the next logical step.  But what will we be selling on eBay in the future when collectors start restoring that 2011 4-Door Jeep Wrangler?

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