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Nissan’s & Ford’s – Major Recalls

 

Washington (AFP) – Nissan and Ford issued recalls of hundreds of thousands of cars Wednesday to address problem parts that could lead to injuries.

 

Nissan said it was calling in around 768,000 Pathfinders, Infiniti JX35s, QX60s and Rogues around the world to repair two problems.

 

On Pathfinders, Infiniti JX35s and QX60s of certain model years, the hood latch might not lock, potentially allowing it to spring open while the vehicle is moving.

 

For 2007 to 2014 Rogues, water, snow and salt leaking into the car could cause a short at a certain point of the wiring and potentially a fire, Nissan said.

 

Ford recalled nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor sedans from the 2010 to 2013 model years, saying the doors could open in a crash due to a problem with the handles.

 

In addition, Ford is recalling 16,000 2014 Transit Connect vans for incorrectly tightened seat-belt fasteners. The company said it knew of no injuries related to either problem.

 

 

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10 Best Used Cars Vs. New Cars

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   AUTOBLOG.COM

 

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Buying a slightly used car over a new car can sometimes save you thousands of dollars while still giving you all the benefits of a new car. With warranties that last anywhere from 4 years all the way up to 10 years nowadays, it’s a no brainer for some buyers to buy slightly used vehicle over a new one.

 

It’s no secret that a brand new car loses thousands of dollars in depreciation value as soon as it leaves the dealer’s lot. For some people, it won’t matter. The benefits and the feeling of having a brand new car may often outweigh any financial penalty to some consumers. Buying new also sometimes gives you the option of customizing your options for your specific wants or needs.

 

For those of you that see the value in buying almost-new over new, iSeeCars.com has looked at the data for over 15.7 million cars sold over the past year and put together a list of the 10 Best Cars to Buy Used Over New.

 

Check out the gallery to find out which of the 10 almost-new cars have the largest drop in financial value; giving you, the buyer, the best purchase price advantage if you’re looking to save some money.

 

  • iSeeCars.com analyzed 15.7 million cars for sale over the last year to identify which ones had the biggest price differences between new and lightly used models.
  • The top 10 cars with the largest price differences lost 29.2 per cent to 38.2 per cent in value after only one year of ownership.
  • Buying a used 1-year-old model over a new car can mean substantial savings for consumers — from $6.8K up to $37.6K.

 

The 10 Best Cars to Buy Used Over New

Rank Make Model % Price Difference over the First Year
1 Hyundai Genesis -38.2%
2 (tie) smart fortwo -36.9%
2 (tie) Cadillac CTS -36.9%
4 Chevrolet Impala -33.5%
5 GMC Yukon XL -32.8%
6 Volvo S80 -32.6%
7 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -32.4%
8 Lincoln MKS -30.4%
9 MINI Cooper -29.3%
10 Jaguar XK -29.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Exciting New Cars Coming in 2015

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   FREEP.COM

 

 

After a strong year for car and truck sales, automakers have a flood of new models in the works to woo buyers in 2015.

Here are some of the vehicles expected to debut over the next 12 months:

 

■ Acura NSX: Designed, developed and built in the USA, this all-wheel drive hybrid super car is the heart of Acura’s plan to become a leading luxury brand. The two-seat NSX will be one of the most eagerly watched introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While it will sell in small numbers, Honda engineers are throwing the kitchen sink at the NSX — including separate electric motors for each of the front wheels and a mid-engine gasoline-electric hybrid package — to reestablish Acura as a go-to brand for performance, technology and excitement.

 

■ Cadillac SRX: The SRX crossover was an immediate hit when Cadillac introduced it, but the handsome five-seater has grown old. Cadillac needs a new model with the latest features and improved fuel economy to cash in on the boom in luxury SUVs.

“Luxury crossovers are incredibly popular,” IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said. “The SRX replacement is a chance for Cadillac to cash in on that and continue their run of excellent products.” The SRX replacement will have a new name as Caddy switches to names that combine letters and numerals, like BMW and Audi use.

 

■ Chevrolet Cruze: By far the best small car Chevrolet has built, the current Cruze’s features and fuel economy gave the brand its first legitimate competitor for the best from Japan, Korea and Germany.

GM puts such high stock on the Cruze that CEO Mary Barra, who was then in charge of product development, delayed the new car a year to make sure it didn’t repeat the mistakes of the botched redesign of the Malibu midsize sedan. The result: a roomier interior and other improvements in the sedan that goes on sale next fall.

 

■ Honda HR-V: Honda’s entry in the hot subcompact SUV market, the HR-V could win the brand new buyers, thanks to slick looks and one of the larger engines in the segment. “It’s going to get a lot of attention,” Brinley said. “We’ll be talking about small crossovers all year.”

Fuel economy, price and features will be key for the HR-V, whose competitors will include the Chevrolet Trax and Fiat 500X. The HR-V looks to have one of the roomier interiors in the pack.

 

■ Hyundai Tucson: Hyundai’s smaller SUV will grow slightly larger in 2015 to make room for — you guessed it — a future subcompact crossover. That will push it closer in size to the Santa Fe, potentially creating a traffic jam on Hyundai dealership floors.

“These vehicles are smash hits in the rest of the world,” Cars.com Detroit bureau chief Aaron Bragman said. Hyundai thinks a roomier interior and new looks could make the Tucson a hit with U.S. buyers.

 

■ Jaguar XE: Jaguar’s first compact sedan launches the British brand into direct competition with aggressive sport sedans like the BMW 3-series and Cadillac ATS. It’s a tough market, but success is vital to Jag’s global growth plan. An expected all-wheel drive model could help.

“Jaguar’s never had a viable candidate in this segment, but this one ticks all the right boxes” with contemporary looks and features, Bragman said.

The XE is one of the first tests of the Indian Tata Group’s ability to develop a luxury car without former Jag owner Ford’s help.

 

■ Jeep Renegade: Developed primarily for sale in Europe, China and other regions, the subcompact Renegade’s appeal in the U.S. is unknown, but Jeep could use an appealing entry-level model. A lot will depend on whether the Renegade delivers on Fiat Chrysler’s promise of serious off-road capability.

“It gives young buyers the classic Jeep looks and all the benefits of a Wrangler with a better price, higher fuel economy and more safety equipment,” Bragman said. “You’re going to see them all over college campuses.”

 

■ Lexus RX: Like the similar-sized Cadillac SRX, the RX is one of the older five-seat midsize luxury SUVs on the market. It’s also the best-seller in its segment, and the vehicle other automakers gear themselves up to compete with.

“The RX is the most popular luxury crossover in the U.S.,” Bragman said. “It’s the vehicle that made Lexus a volume brand.”

Expect advanced features and a luxurious interior to keep the competition on its toes.

 

■ Lincoln MKX: Ford’s luxury brand is basking in the warm response to the smaller MKC SUV it launched in 2014. The five-seat MKX needs to make a big impression to maintain that momentum and compete with the replacements for the SRX and RX.

“The MKX’s success is very important to Lincoln,” Brinley said.

Look for Lincoln to build on its strength making high-end interiors with the new MKX. The new Revel audio system will also debut on the MKX, which should be on sale this spring.

 

■ Mazda MX-5: Mazda might still exist without the affordable little roadster also known as the Miata, but its “Zoom-zoom” claims to be a brand for enthusiasts would ring hollow. The curvy new model boasts a 50/50 weight distribution for handling and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

“The MX-5 is Mazda’s icon, the car that sets the stage for the rest of the brand and defines Mazda as a company,” Bragman said. “It impacts the whole company, every model in the lineup.”

 

■ Nissan Titan: Nissan was the first Japanese automaker to build a full-size pickup, but the Titan has never met sales targets. At one point, Nissan nearly quit Titan development all together to use a truck developed by Chrysler’s Ram division. When that deal fell apart, Nissan doubled down on the Titan, developing the 2016 Titan that will debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Titan promises to be more capable, with a wider choice of models and a powerful and efficient 5.0-liter V8 diesel from Indiana-based Cummins Engine.

 

■ Toyota Tacoma: The midsize Tacoma pickup is one of Toyota’s core models, with as avid and loyal a following as the Camry or Corolla. The 2016 model debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit faces unexpectedly strong competition from the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.

“Toyota’s likely to remain the sales leader, but it’s possible they were caught a little off guard by the Colorado,” Brinley said. The strong likelihood that the Nissan Frontier midsize pickup expected later in the year will offer a V6 Cummins diesel adds to the 2016 Tacoma’s challenges.

 

■ Volvo XC90: The XC90 was one of the most popular European SUVs when it debuted, but it’s been on the market too long, with too few updates. Volvo product development slowed to a crawl when Ford sold the Swedish brand to a Chinese company during the Great Recession.

The company’s getting back on its feet, and the XC90 is key to winning back safety-conscious family buyers who are Volvo’s core audience.

“The interior is striking,” Bragman said. “They used some very creative materials and design themes. It’s a stunning place to sit.”

 

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Luxury Vehicle of the Year – A Truck?

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TrueCar forecasts the latest pickups from Ford and Ram will be the most popular models sold among all vehicles with prices over $50,000.

Who says pickup trucks aren’t glamorous?

 

New data from TrueCar forecasts that the latest pickups from Ford (F) and Ram (FCA-IT) will be the most popular models sold in 2014 among all vehicles with average transaction prices higher than $50,000.

 

Eight of the 10 best-sellers above that threshold are pickups or SUVs, and six are not luxury brands, according to TrueCar.

 

Ford’s F-Series, the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra and Ram pickup are projected to sell a combined 350,000 vehicles above $50,000.

 

It’s easy to see why these trucks remain the profit drivers at the Big Three. Take the F-Series pickup.

 

TrueCar estimates Ford will sell more than 751,000 of the F-Series this year, with nearly 190,000 going for more than $50,000.

 

That means the best-selling vehicle in the country will generate about $32 billion in revenue, with nearly $11 billion coming from higher-end models, according to TrueCar projections.

 

John Krafcik, president of TrueCar, said the results underscore the fact that people often misunderstand pickup trucks, which are no longer just for moving around. Instead, they have increasingly become high-end vehicles, he said.

 

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Ferrari’s New FXXK

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If you thought the Ferrari LaFerrari was fast or exclusive, think again. This special, hardcore track-only limited edition is bigger, more powerful and rarer in every way.

 

Making its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this month, Ferrari describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”

 

The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison. The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.

 

The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial. The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.

 

Ferrari won’t reveal other performance statistics, but it’s safe to say that a car that is not restricted by road car regulations or by race car rules either — the FXXK will only every compete with other FXXKs — it will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.

 

If you like the sound of the FXXK and fancy snapping one up, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.

 

 

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Great Winter Car & Driving Tips

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:  ONE GOOD THING BY JILLEE  

 

While the weather where I live has yet to turn anywhere near “frightful”…I know it’s only a matter of time before it does! Every winter I vow to be better prepared for all the unique challenges that winter driving presents, but never really have gotten my act together. This year I vow to do things differently! To that end I am making my list of handy tips and tricks and checking it twice! You can take a peek at it too!

 

 

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Here are some of the most unexpected and helpful winter car care tips I have found to help survive winter driving:

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Fixing foggy windshields

 

Cold months often mean constantly being plagued with fogged up windshields and windows, a dangerous condition if you’re on the road. To quickly clear fog without leaving a smudgy mess behind, keep a chalkboard eraser in your car.

 

 

Alternatively, rolling down the window and letting some fresh air in will quickly defog windows.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Fog-PROOFING your windshield

 

  • Put shaving cream on the inside of your windows and then wipe it off. Shaving cream has a lot of the same ingredients that commercial defoggers have, and it leaves a layer on the window to keep the fog off.
  • Fill a stocking with kitty litter which absorbs water and keep that in your car overnight.
  • Before you turn your car off each night, open the windows and let cold air in. The moisture from you breathing in your car will be replaced with dryer air.
  • Don’t leave water bottles or other drinks in your car because the water becomes frost on the inside windows of your car.
  • Also, the AC is one of the best defoggers around. The compressor takes the humidity out of the air.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

SOCKS in the GLOVE box

 

Tons of people swear by this trick! During winter, keep a spare pair of socks in your car’s glove-box to put on OVER your shoes. This trick gives you better traction in case you have to push your car over ice, or you just need to walk in snow and ice for some reason.

 

 

Spare socks are cheap, compact, and always useful. Plus they’re convenient as a makeshift cloth in a pinch.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Socks as windshield wiper covers

 

Those extra socks can also come in handy for your wiper blades. Use an extra pair to cover your windshield wipers at night to keep the snow off of them. Raise the wipers off of the windshield and cover them up for easier de-icing in the morning.

 

 

 

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Wiper blades frozen to your windshield

 

Soak a soft cloth with full-strength rubbing alcohol and wipe each blade. The alcohol will keep the blades from sticking to the window so they’ll function properly even on the coldest day of the year.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Ice-Scraper in a pinch

 

If you find yourself with frozen car windows but no ice scraper, you have a couple options – grab a spatula if you’re at a home, or use any plastic card in your wallet to get under the ice and scrape it away. Hopefully you’ll never forget your ice scraper again! :-)

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Mother Nature’s windshield defroster

 

Whenever you can, make sure to park your car facing east. Since the sun rises in the east, it will naturally defrost your windshield in the morning so you won’t be stuck scraping ice in the freezing cold. With this trick you should be able to use your windscreen wipers to do the not-so-heavy-lifting for you.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Cheap and easy DIY de-icer

 

If parking facing east isn’t possible (or the sun isn’t cooperating)…mix three parts vinegar with one part water and spray the mixture onto your windshield to prevent ice from forming.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Keep plenty of windshield washer on hand

 

Here is an easy do-it-yourself recipe using basic household ingredients – Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De-ice frozen car doors, locks, and handles

 

There are several clever ways to do this:

 

  • Heat your car key with a match or lighter, then gently push the heated key into the lock to melt the ice as you apply pressure. Just be careful as that key will be hot!
  • Another option is to take a regular drinking straw and blow directly onto the frozen lock. The heat from your breath should melt the ice in no time.
  • Rubbing your key or door handle with a squirt of hand sanitizer will have the same effect. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice and shortly allow you to unlock your car.

 

 

 

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Keep doors from freezing

 

  • Sometimes putting WD-40 in the keyhole before the winter will keep any ice from forming in there in the first place.
  • Cooking spray in the cracks of your doors and on the rubber will prevent them from freezing shut at night. Water that melts during the day runs in between your doors and freezes, but cooking spray keeps the water from resting in the cracks in the first place.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Frosty side mirrors

 

To prevent ice from forming on side mirrors, cover them the night before with plastic bags secured with rubber bands or clothespins. When you remove the bags in the morning, the mirrors will be ice-free.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Increase headlight visibility

 

With the harsh weather and road conditions, headlights are especially important during the winter. Cover each light with toothpaste and rinse off with warm water. This will drastically improve the clarity of your lights and is MUCH cheaper than the kits they sell at the store that provide the same service.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Headlight protection

 

For added clarity, apply a layer of wax after you’ve removed the toothpaste. It will keep snow and water from sticking to them for weeks!

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Keep your car’s “underthings” clean!

 

Make sure to clean your car often during the winter, as de-icing products can damage a car after prolonged exposure. To clean all the dirt, salt, and ice off the more difficult to reach under-carriage, run a lawn sprinkler underneath the car on a slightly warmer day. Just slide it under your car and drive back and forth over it. It will work wonders.

 

 

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

Easy ways to get un-stuck

 

Keep keep a couple twenty pound bags of kitty litter in your trunk on snowy days. They’ll put some weight on your back tires — which is great for traction if you have rear-wheel drive — and if you do get stuck you’ll have something to provide a little traction. Just spread some under the tires and under your feet. A small shovel is helpful as well.

 

Another great trick for getting your car out of a snowbank? Your floor mats. Take out a floor mat and use that under the spinning tire. Place your front floor mats under your tires to give you some traction when on an icy surface. Just don’t forget to pick them back up after you get moving.

 

 

 

And finally……

 

Winter Car Hacks

 

A quick & easy emergency kit

 

Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but if you do, it could literally be a lifesaver!

 

Unzip a winter coat. Inside, place extra socks and underwear, knit hat, gloves, scarf and snow pants. Zip the coat back up. You now have a compact emergency cold outfit.

 

Also – a candle and some matches (it will heat your car and add light,) a warm blanket, charged mobile phone, hand/foot warmers, flashlight, bottle of water and energy bars are really necessities if you do any kind of winter driving more than walking distance from civilization.

 

Now we should all be ready to face whatever driving challenges winter has in store for us this year!

 

 

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Most Fun Cars for Winters Driving

 

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   YAHOO AUTOS

 

Mercedes 6x6 Snow photo

 

With winter upon most of the country, it seems the right time to make a list of the 5 best cars  for winter driving. A list comprised of a few select cars able to brave the freezing temperatures and snowy hell that will undoubtedly befall great swaths of the country.

 

From SUVs to sedans and even a few wildcards, these 5 cars will help you brave the winter weather all while having a good time doing it.

 

5. 2015 Subaru WRX STI

 

Subaru WRX STI winter driving photo

 

It’s a favorite for enthusiasts that live in an area that has the phrase Polar Vortex in the vocabulary. The WRX STI has remained the dominant winter car throughout its time here in the States.

 

Couple the rally heritage with interior space to fit your friends, and you’ve got the makings of one of the most perfect snow hooning machines on the planet. Add a set of snow tires and it’s a snow bound supercar!


4. 2015 GMC Yukon

 

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This truck is your family hauler most days, which means it barely sees the mud-strewn areas that it can rightfully handle. We had it for a week and it just plowed through everything we could throw at it; including a 500-mile road trip that seemed like it only took ten minutes.

 

Couple that wonderful V8 to the incredible 4WD system, and this truck is one of the most capable snow conquerors around.

 

It’s most likely invincible. However, if you ever are stuck, an occurrence we highly doubt is possible, you can always just relax in the back and watch Empire Strikes Back! You don’t even have to slice open a Tauntaun because this big boy has seat warmers throughout the cabin.


3. Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 Brabus Edition

 

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Brabus Edition photo

 

Whether you’re a oil sheik in the Middle East, a rich playboy in California, or a Russian oligarch, this is the ride for when you want off-roading performance, but want to stay classy. And show off how much cash you have to burn. The Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 tuned by Brabus is possibly the most ostentatious automobile on the list.

 

It’s size could be compared to some small battleships and the interior is designed for someone with more money than taste. Nothing matters when you’re behind the wheel of this behemoth. Not sand, not snow, not the poor. Nothing. It will conquer all, and leave you with a satisfied look on your face while doing it. Polar Vortex be damned, nothing can stop this bruiser.

 

However, while its potent 700-horsepower engine can hit 60 in just 4.4 seconds, sometimes what you need is suspension travel. Something to help you go right over those snowplow made berms.


2. Local Motors Rally Fighter

 

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This truck/Baja buggy is one of the most insane things we’ve ever been in. It’s just ridiculous in its entirety. And that’s why we love it. Because of its ridiculous stats and technical engineering, the Rally Fighter hits our #2 spot with all the force that LS motor can muster.

 

Take away the crowd-sourced body and that wonderful sounding LS motors, and you would think you were staring at something that was purposely built for off-road racing. Races like Baja, or Dakar. Not something that could take your kids to school in on a public road.

 

The Rally Fighter is just one of those Frankenstein’s monster kind of cars. It combines all the right ingredients and then throws the entire thing on its head for sheer lunacy. It’s one of the quintessential off-road machines. However, it doesn’t hit our top spot, because nothing can compete with the original hoon.


1. Ken Blocks Hoonicorn 1965 Mustang

 

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If you haven’t seen this epically awesome, wonderfully insane, adjective inducing, KO punch to environmentalism, where have you been? Before it even debuted, spy shots had everyone talking about what a monster this next iteration of Gymkhana car would be. No one, though, expected what actually came out of Ken Block’s insane mind.

 

845 horsepower comes from a Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8 out of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Car. That was then matted to a 6-speed Sadev sequential all-wheel drive transmission, which turned 720lb-ft of torque and a set of Pirelli Trofeo R tires to pure smoke.

 

Who needs suspension travel or snow tires when you have 845 horsepower powering all four wheels? It is the ultimate snow hooning machine. Nothing can compare.

 

 

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Owners Prefer Tesla Model S over Porsche Per Consumer Reports

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Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) drivers were more likely than Porsche owners — or anyone else — to say they’d buy their cars again in this year’s edition of the closely watched Consumer Reports buyer survey.

 

Tesla’s Model S luxury electric sedan topped the U.S. survey a second year in a row, scoring 98 out of a possible 100, after posting a 99 last year. This year’s No. 2 brand, Porsche, scored an average of 87 out of 100 across its model lines. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, co-founded and led by billionaire Elon Musk, said last month that it expects to sell 50,000 Model S cars next year.


“Not only is the Tesla roomy, comfortable, and a lot of fun to drive, but it also has low operating costs,” Consumer Reports said.

 

The survey may bolster the 11-year-old carmaker’s image as the leader in the business of making high-end electric cars. It comes about a year after U.S. regulators started a four-month investigation into fires that took place after Tesla’s cars struck road debris.

 

The investigation ended without a formal recall, giving Musk more room to expand sales of the Model S and develop the long-awaited Model X SUV, whose delivery Tesla postponed again last month. It’s now expected in the third quarter of 2015.

 

Tesla shares fell 1.6 percent to $227.79 at 10:20 a.m. in New York. The stock gained 54 percent this year through yesterday, outpacing the 11 percent rise in the Russell 1000 Index.


Sports Cars

The next three most satisfying vehicles in the Consumer Reports Survey, after the Model S, were sports cars: General Motors Co. (GM) ‘s Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with a 95 percent satisfaction rating, and Volkswagen AG’s Porsche Cayman and Boxster, which tied for third with 91 percent of buyers saying they’d purchase them again.

 

The survey covered 350,000 vehicles from one to three years old and took into account “attributes such as styling, comfort, features, cargo space, fuel economy, maintenance and repair costs, overall value, and driving dynamics,” Consumer Reports said.

 

Hybrid, electric and diesel-powered cars outscored gas engines throughout the survey, with the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Prius leading the compact-car category and Honda Motor Co. (7267)’s Accord Hybrid and Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Fusion Energi atop the list of mid-sized sedans.

 

 

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BMW’s 3 New Plug-In Hybrids

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If there was any doubt that we’ll see a spate of new plug-in hybrids over the next few years, a set of three different announcements from BMW last week should put that to rest.

 

The Bavarian maker of “ultimate driving machines” launched a long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan for China with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, showed a prototype 3-Series plug-in hybrid sport sedan, and described a new Power eDrive system that produces a remarkable 670 horsepower.

 

It’s long been known that BMW will introduce a plug-in hybrid X5 sometime next year.

 

That mid-size SUV will compete with the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 ‘Twin Engine’, a plug-in hybrid model of the refreshed 2016 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV (to be renamed GLE at that time), and perhaps an updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid–among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW X5 e-Drive plug-in hybrid prototype, test drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 2014

 

The plug-in BMW X5 uses a powertrain that combines a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 70-kilowatt (95-hp) electric motor sandwiched between the engine and an adapted version of BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission, in which the electric motor replaces the conventional torque converter.

 

The lithium-ion battery holds 9.9 kilowatt-hours, of which about 6 kWh are usable for power.

 

Versions of that powertrain are now spreading into other BMW models across the globe.

 

The BMW 530Le introduced last week at the Guangzhou Motor Show, for example, is a long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan sold in China, where extra space in the rear seat is crucial for businesspeople with chauffeurs and new owners who haven’t learned to drive.

 

Combined power output of the engine and electric motor is given as 272 hp, similar to that of the X5 plug-in hybrid, which was expected to be 270 hp or higher. Unlike the X5, however, the 530Le does not include all-wheel drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid

 

The same powertrain will also soon go into a production version of the smaller 3-Series sedan, as previewed by a so-called “prototype” version shown to European media last week at BMW Innovation Days.

 

Also a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the plug-in hybrid 3-Series sedan has peak power of 245 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. BMW quotes an electric range of 22 miles (likely 15 to 18 miles on U.S. test cycles), and an electric-only top speed limited to 74.5 mph.

Additional models are likely to follow as well.


But BMW is clearly thinking beyond its current system to future generations of plug-in hybrids. And it’s using components from its BMW i3 and i8 electric cars to boost their performance.

 

At the same Innovation Days event, the company showed a system it calls Power eDrive, which uses a 200-kW (268-hp) electric motor to power the rear wheels. This lets the vehicle run much of the time solely on electric power alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW 5-Series GT development prototype for Power eDrive plug-in hybrid system, Nov 2014

 

A combined engine-motor-transmission combination powers the front wheels as well, making the car a through-the-road hybrid, for longer distances. This time, though, the front motor is rated at 150 kW (201 hp).

 

Installed in a BMW 5-Series GT mule, the battery pack occupied the tunnel and the space below the rear seats ahead of the rear axle.

 

The system is the next stage of vehicle electrification, the company said, with the goal of maximizing the amount of time a vehicle operates in all-electric mode, which naturally boosts its efficiency.

 

Combined with battery packs of up to 20 kilowatt-hours, the output of these systems will be more than 500 kW (670 hp), letting the vehicle operate solely on electric power throughout two-thirds of its usage cycle.

 

The Power eDrive system will be a natural choice for more upmarket vehicle types, BMW suggests, where it will combine largely electric operation and dynamic response with unlimited long-distance capabilities.

 

With multiple first-generation plug-in hybrid models due over the next three years, and a second-generation system that maximizes electric driving time in the wings, BMW’s commitment to electrifying its model range is now clear.

 

We can’t wait to drive the cars.

 

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