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The Lincoln Lane Keeping System

The engineers at Lincoln have developed some very advanced automotive technology with one goal in mind: your safety. In this article we will look at the Lincoln Lane Keeping System which is a combination of three interacting technologies: the Driver Alert System, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid. Let’s take a look at all three and see how they work together.

Driver Alert System

This system is basically a “drowsiness detector” and senses if a driver drifts out of their lane when driving. The way it works is that a small forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror senses the position of lane marking on the road and looks for slow drift. If the system detects drift that fits the pattern of driver drowsiness, a small red coffee cup icon illuminates on the dash and a first-level chime will sound. This is a gentle indicator to alert the driver that it might be a good idea to pull over and take a break from driving. If the driver continues to drive and still seems fatigued, then another warming chime is issued. A life saver? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 40 percent of Americans say they have fallen asleep or nodded off while driving at some point.

Lincoln Lane Keeping System

Lane Keeping Alert

The Lane Keeping Alert is designed to help drivers avoid unintentional lane changes. When the system detects the vehicle drifting close to lane markings, it will alert the driver through a vibration in the steering wheel to naturally grab the driver’s attention. This vibration can be compared to the feeling that one feels when an automobile runs over highway “rumble strips”. This allows the driver time to react and steer the vehicle back into its lane. To calculate the lane position, the Lane Keeping Alert uses data from the front camera on the windshield in addition. A display in the dashboard instrument cluster lets the driver know when the system is operational as not all roads are well-marked and they system essentially pauses detection when this occurs.

Lane Keeping Aid

The Lincoln Lane Keeping Aid technology takes this previous two technologies even further by providing steering assist to alert the driver of the need to steer back toward the center of the lane. Essentially the car gives the driver an assist to steer back to where it should be. The system calculates the amount of steering required based on factors such as the distance to the lane markings, yaw angle and curve radius determined from the front camera and other sensors in the vehicle.

Lincoln Lane Keeping

Settings

The sensitivity of the three system settings can be adjusted between normal and increased, which moves the warning zones in closer to the center of the lane. The intensity of the steering wheel vibrations can be adjusted as well between low, medium and high. The last-known setting for each selection is stored so it does not have to be set each time the system is activated.

Care to try out the fascinating Lincoln Lane Keeping System? You can find a Lincoln Dealer in the Philadelphia area by clicking the link and elsewhere in the country by visiting the Lincoln factory website.

Sparking The Conversation

You will soon be seeing an unusual little car on the road from Chevrolet that is sure to spark a lot of discussion. Perhaps sensing this, Chevrolet has actually named this new car the “Spark” and it is bound to get a lot of press because it’s a funky little thing.

First, the Spark is a cute car with a broad body and little wheels. And it’s small – a full 14 inches smaller than Chevy’s present smallest model, the Sonic. Most that see the Spark in person declare it a car “brimming with personality” and that will likely make it a hit with younger buyers. Another strong plus for the younger set is that the Spark is one of the least expensive cars on the market.

Inside A Chevy Spark

 

The 2013 Spark will be offered in three trim packages; the LS, 1LT and 2LT trims. The standard LS features include 15-inch alloy wheels, AC, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering wheel, GMs OnStar system and a four-speaker radio. Moving up to the 1LT trim adds quite a few features. You get power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry, the MyLink touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, a six-speaker audio system with USB/iPod integration, satellite radio and Internet radio. The top-of-the-line 2LT model adds fog-lights, roof rails, a sporty front and rear fascia, chrome exterior trim, high-quality faux leather upholstery, front heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Powering the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a super thrifty 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions available are a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 32 city/38 highway and 34 mpg combined for the manual and 28/37/32 mpg for the automatic.

Chevrolet Spark

Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevy Spark include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), hill-hold assist, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat knee airbags. GMs OnStar is also standard and includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

With only 84 hp, it’s clear that the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is not intended to excite those with performance motoring on their minds but there is adequate acceleration for merging onto highways. Road and wind noise are a touch noticeable, but no more intrusive than in other cars in this price range. Although far from a sport sedan, this small Chevy still manages to deliver well-mannered driving characteristics overall and is bound to be a hit for Chevrolet. If you are in the Philadelphia area, you can find Chevy Sparks at Klick Lewis in Palmyra, PA.

2013 Dodge Durango – Sculpted to Stand Apart

For those in the market for a new SUV, it is probably clear that there are many, many models to choose from. Each model has its pros and cons, special features and technology, but if you are looking to make a statement, there is only one SUV that comes to mind, the 2013 Dodge Durango. It was designed to be distinctive, to start your pulse racing both at rest and in motion. The oversized signature crosshair grille is just the eye-catching tip of a standout design. The ’13 Durango also features an integrated rear spoiler, available High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Choose a wheel design that fits your style, from 18-inch painted aluminum beauties to the three choices of 20-inch wheels. The beauty of the Durango continues into the cabin, where the interior engages all your senses, from the soft touch materials to the high fidelity of the sound system to the look and feel of the available Nappa leather trim.

Not Just For Looks, the Durango Performs

While the visual design of the 2013 Durango is impressive in every way, this Dodge model is built to perform. You can carry up to 150 pounds of gear on top or fold the crossbars down into the side rails when not in use, improving aerodynamics and lowering wind noise. Choose between the 290-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 or the legendary, 5.7L HEMI V8 with 360 horsepower. Uncompromising power is standard on both, along with the ability to go far. We recently test drove the new Durango at Arrigo Jeep of Ft Pierce, FL. While we were instantly struck by the great looks of this model, the handling of it was just as impressive.

Dodge Durango Interior Red 2013 Dodge Durango

With the 5.7L HEMI VVT V8 with Fuel Saver Technology you get the best of both worlds with the available 360 horsepower and impressive 2WD V8 highway fuel efficiency. Fuel Saver technology automatically switches from eight cylinders to four during cruising. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 features Variable Value Timing (VVT), which helps maximize power and efficiency. All while getting up to 23 hwy mpg. It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. With all standard six airbags, including side-curtain airbags that help protect occupants in all three rows, Electronic Stability Control and a near-perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, the Dodge Durango lives up to its name as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK.

2013 Dodge Dart now available with Alfa Romeo DNA

Chrysler has recently revived the legendary Dart brand name for its Dodge compact car line. While the brand does not stand specifically for high-end automotive design and execution, Dodge Darts have historically been very solid, reliable entry level cars. No doubt part of this brand resurrection is retire the Neon brand which has become a bit long in the tooth.

The Dart is being touted by Chrysler as being offered “with Alfa Romeo DNA” a slogan that notes that that Chrysler, being an Italian-owned automaker, is bestowing Italian design elements to the dart to create a vehicle that is not only fuel efficient but stylish too.

Dodge Dart

 

The 2013 Dodge Dart may be an entry level compact but Chrysler offers it with in a number of trim packages. Starting with the SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and capping out with R/T version. Prices range from $16,000 for the SE to $22,500 for the R/T version.

On-board technology is beginning to be more and more standard these days and the 2013 Dodge Dart offers quite a bit. You really need to look no further than the 8.4 inch touchscreen display in the center of the dash. Chrysler says this is the largest display offered in a compact car and it certainly makes not only the vehicle control icons easy to see but also the image displayed on the rear-view backup camera. Integrated in the control system is a vehicle navigation sourced by Garmin, an am-fm-satellite radio and a voice recognition system. We wondered if this was available on all the Dodge Dart models so we called a friend at Firkins Auto, a leading Tampa dealership and we were informed that “it is a little complicated”. Frankly, it depends on the trim level and in some cases the control system is standard and in others it is optional.

Dodge Dart Interior

 

Now to the Alfa Romeo DNA part. Aesthetically the 2013 Dart is a stunning vehicle. It would seem that other car manufacturers are content to rest on their brand name rather than invest in snazzy styling. Of course, it is a little easier for Chrysler to offer some of the best looking cars around due to their stable of distinquished Italian stylists.

Standard on all Darts, with the exception of the R/T model, is a 160hp, 2.0 liter in-line engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard but a six-speed automatic is optional for those that are shifting-challenged. For those who want additional thrills, the top of the line R/T model boasts Chrysler’s Tigershark 2.4 liter engine which pumps out 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2013-dodge-dart-review/#ixzz2DQsas38J

 

2013 Fiat Cabrio Review

The 2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio utilizes a retractible textile roof; a design that has solid European roots. The Cabrio roof first appeared in the 1920s on many German automobiles and was often called a “Webasto” after the German company that was the main supplier for the assembly. Cabrios are really fun cars because the fabric roof can usually be fully retracted revealing what is essentially one giant sunroof -the entire top of the car, in fact.

Continuing the fun-loving Cabrio tradition is the 2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio. This car is visually very similar to the other Fiat 500 coupes but offers the Cabrio two-layer cloth roof assembly that that pulls back from the windshield and folds up like an accordion on the rear deck. Inside the Cabrios is just as nice too. Often the designers of Cabrio models opt for more basic interiors. Fortunately, the designers at Fiat made the decision to leave the interior untouched in the Cabrio vs the fixed roof models. This means when the Cabrio roof is fully closed, the car interior has the “fully-appointed” look and feel of a comfortable little fixed roof coupe.

In the power department, the Cabrio models sport the same 101-hp MultiAir four cylinder engine as the rest of the 500 line and can be optioned with either a five speed manual or six speed transmissions. The 500Cs EPA fuel economy is rated 30 mpg city/38 highway for the manual gearbox and 27/32 for the automatic.

The 500C is more expensive than the standard 500 Sport Hatch models, in fact, the actual price for this “full internal sunshine”, is some $4000 over the 500 hatch models; a bargain some would say considering how much more panache a full Cabrio has. The base 500Cabrio is the Pop model and it includes 15-inch steel wheels, the five-speed manual, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sporty cloth seats, power windows and Bluetooth. Options include $500 15-inch sport wheel wheels (in place of the standard steel wheels), a $1250 upgraded Bose sound system with satellite radio. For an additional $1000 one can select the six speed auto matic transmission.

The next step up in the the Cabrio lineup skips right over the Hatch’s Sport model and moves to the Lounge. For $24K, the striking Cabrio Lounge adds an automatic gearbox, Bose sound system, handsome 15-inch styled wheels, fog lights, internal climate control and “premium” cloth seats. In addition to the 14 exterior colors and 12 interior combos offered, the 500C can be equipped with either a black, red, or brown top. If you max out a lounge, you can rack up some $27K.

Yes, the additional money for what is effectively a large cloth sunroof is substantial but the 500C is super-cute and super-chic. If you want to discover a really neat little car, give it a look. For anyone in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area, the dealership you want to visit is Holt FIAT of Texas. The folks at Holt will be glad to let you test drive a Cabrio and discover the fun for yourself!

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