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Posts Tagged ‘car tint’

Updated 2016 Acura ILX will Debut At Los Angeles Auto Show

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Acura had high hopes for its newest gateway vehicle, the ILX compact sedan, which was introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The idea behind its creation seemed logical enough: by basing an Acura model on the Honda Civic, the automaker could lower the price of entry and attract a younger, hipper audience to the brand.

 

What the automaker didn’t count on was the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Audi entering the segment with compact sedans of their own, priced just a couple of grand higher than the ILX. Acura attempted to tempt buyers with a few sweeteners for 2014 but now a much more substantial update is coming.

 

Yes, Acura has confirmed that for the 2016 model year the ILX will receive some styling updates, a new powertrain and a substantially upgraded interior. Acura also released this teaser image of its 2016 ILX, which shows new graphics and clear lenses for the tail-lights.

 

The ILX currently offers the choice of 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines. A hybrid option was available at launch but dropped for the 2015 model year.

 

We’ll get our first look at the updated car at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, which commences November 18.

 

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The First Porsche was Electric!

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The world’s very first Porsche was uncovered in remarkably good condition — in a shed in Austria (via The Atlantic Cities).

 

The act of automotive archaeology took place in January.

 

The “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model,” or P1 for short, was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche himself, first hitting the streets of Vienna on June 26, 1898.

 

A little over a year later, in September 1899, Porsche demonstrated the power of his new model with a first-place finish at the  International Motor Vehicle Exhibition in Berlin. His new car finished 18 minutes ahead of the second-best competitor, with half of the vehicles failing to complete the race due to technical difficulties.

 

According to USA Today, the P1 was stored in an old shed in 1902.

 

Though it may look a lot like a horse-drawn carriage, the P1 was an electric car.  Its “octagon” motor could travel up to 50 miles at a time, hitting a maximum speed of about 22 miles per hour.  According to Porsche, the engine could deliver 3 horsepower during usual performance with bursts of up to 5 horsepower as it reached its maximum speed.

 

The entire vehicle weighed some 3,000 pounds and relied on more than 1,000 pounds of battery.

 

porsche p1

 

The original wood and metal frame remains, which includes the steering wheel and a dashboard measuring voltage and amperage.

 


porsche p1

 

Porsche engraved “P1″ (Porsche number 1) on all of the vehicle’s essential parts, subtly taking credit for the design and giving it its unofficial name. You can just make out a P1 in the center of the axle below.

 

porsche p1

 

The P1 is now be on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Blue translucent plastic was inserted to give visitors a better idea of what the car’s original seating would have looked like, though the bright color may be a bit deceiving.

 


porsche p1 exhibition

 

Photos Courtesy of Porsche

 

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Recall of 184,215 Dodge and Jeep SUVs

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Chrysler Group is recalling 184,215 crossover SUVs because the component that controls that air bags may be faulty.

 

The occupant restraint control module may not work in certain 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler warns. The component can be disabled by internal electrical short-circuits. If that happens, the air-bag warning lamps will illuminate, Chrysler says. Owners should take that as a signal that supplemental restraint systems, such as air bags and seat-belt pretensioners, may be disabled.

 

Chrysler says it doesn’t know of any injuries or accidents due to the faulty module.

 

Since only some vehicles from the 2014 model year are affected, Chrysler says it will tell customers when they bring their vehicles into dealers for service. That’s when they will install a new module.

 

Of the vehicles covered by the recall, 126,772 are in the U.S., 8,106 are in Canada, 3,722 are in Mexico and the rest were sold in other countries around the world.

 

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Chicago Unveils World’s First 3-D Printed Car

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What’s being billed as the world’s first car made by a 3-D printer was unveiled in Chicago last week.

 

The Strati, a two-seater “neighborhood” electric car with a range of 120 miles and a maximum speed of 40 mph, was assembled live in front of attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

 

According to Local Motors, the Phoenix, Arizona-based company behind the Strati, it took just 44 hours to build.

 

“We expect in the next couple of months to be below 24 hours and then eventually get it below 10 hours,” Local Motors CEO John Rogers told Scientific American. “This is in a matter of months. Today, the best Detroit or Germany can do is 10 hours on a [production] line, after hundreds of years of progress.”

 

Local Motors’ mission “is to manufacture faster, but also more democratically,” the magazine reports. The design for the Strati was selected from more than 200 entries submitted by the company’s online community.

 

Before the Strati, the company was most known for the Rally Fighter, a “street legal off-road desert racer.”

 

“Our whole bet has been for the military or average civilian consumers or for fleet customers, that if you can change the way you make a vehicle, and do it faster, then you can catch innovation as it comes along more quickly,” he said.

 

The company plans to start selling Stratis for $18,000 to $30,000 later this year.

 

Rogers told WGN that, eventually, they’ll be built while you wait.

 

“The hope is the way we’ve simplified the build and the technology,” he said, “we’ll not only be able to make leading technology cars, but that these things are ultimately affordable.”

 

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Tesla’s Cheapest New Car – The Model 3

REPOSTED BY  MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS – AUTO   FROM:  THE HUFFINGTON POST

 

Tesla’s much-anticipated somewhat affordable electric car will be called the Model 3.

 

The electric carmaker hopes to start selling the smaller, cheaper offering by early 2017, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview published late Tuesday night by British car magazine Auto Express.

 

The car will cost around $35,000, about half as much as its top-rated Model S, making the car about as expensive as lower-end Lexus sedans, mid-range Hondas and the Chevrolet Volt.

 

“I can confirm that the next vehicle Tesla will produce after Model X will be a mass-market electric car known as Model 3,” Liz Jarvis-Shean, a Tesla spokesman, told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “We don’t have any more details to share at this point.”

 

Auto Express provided HuffPost with mock-up renderings of the car, which Musk said would be unveiled in 2016:

 

Known for months as the Model E, it became fodder for salacious headlines as the car would have finished off an erotic acronym alongside models S and X. In June, Ford sued Tesla to prevent it from using the name.

 

“I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex,” Musk said. “So we’ll have to think of another name.”

 

But the company wiggled “SEX” back into the picture.

 

“The new model is going to be called the Model 3,” he added, “We’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”

tesla model 3

The Model 3 will be Tesla’s third generation battery-powered electric car. During a meeting last March with the California Public Utilities Commission, Musk revealed that the car and its battery would be 20 percent smaller and could go 200 miles on a single charge. He said it would be half the price of the $71,000 Model S.

 

“In order to achieve that, you better reduce the cost of the battery,” Musk is seen saying in a video that surfaced on YouTube of the meeting. “Since the car is 20 percent smaller, you’ve got to get a 50 percent reduction.”

 

Tesla’s “gigafactory” should help to cut costs. By 2020, the company expects the battery assembly plant to produce more lithium-ion packs in a year than were created in the entire world last year.

 

But the car could still get stuck in the Silicon Valley company’s pipeline traffic jam.

 

It’s behind the already-delayed Model X, an SUV-crossover, which will go into production next year, a Tesla executive told HuffPost last month. Buyers have already paid about up to $5,000 to reserve the cars.

 

“We don’t like to carry inventory,” Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development, told HuffPost at the time. “We’ll be delivering as soon as we produce.”

 

Until then, the Model 3 — which was supposed to debut in 2015 — is a back-burner priority.

 

“Our focus continues to be on Model S and preparing for the introduction of Model X,” Jarvis-Shean said.

 

 

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RECALL – 1.6 Million BMW’s for Airbag Concerns

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BMW Group is recalling 1.6 million of its popular 3 Series vehicles, making it the latest global automaker to issue a massive recall based on concerns over safety.

Last month the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said seven automakers — BMW, Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANF), Toyota (TM), Mazda (MZDAF), Chrysler andFord (F) – would be recalling vehicles to fix a possible safety defect in air bag inflators built by the Japanese firm, Takata.

 

Thousands of GM (GM) vehicles have also been recalled over similar Takata-built airbag problems.

 

The recall affects BMW cars manufactured between mid-1999 and mid-2006. The company said roughly 574,000 cars could be recalled in the U.S.

 

This follows a NHTSA investigation into six reports of airbag inflator ruptures that occurred in other vehicles, all of which happened in Florida and Puerto Rico. High levels of humidity are believed to contribute to the airbag problem. Over 7.9 million vehicles have been recalled globally due to the problem.

 

BMW said it had not received any reports about problems with its airbags.

 

Including an earlier announcement, BMW has now recalled about 1.8 million 3 Series vehicles over these airbag issues. Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda have also recalled millions of vehicles related to issues with the Takata-made airbag inflators.

Takata said last month it would work with the automakers to replace the problematic parts in Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands — places that are known to have high humidity.

 

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J.D. Power’s Top 2014 SUV’s Based on Initial Quality

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J.D. Power conducts its Initial Quality Study (IQS) each year, surveying thousands of new car, truck, SUV, and van buyers who have owned their vehicle for at least 90 days, asking them about the quality of the vehicle during the initial ownership period. Derived from this research, Power Circle Ratings are consumer-friendly reflections of the information and are used by consumers when they research new vehicles.

 

This Top-Rated 2014 SUVs guide lists those models that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality. For a list of the top-rated 2014 crossover SUVs, see the separate guide.

 

 

2014 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Suburban is a full-size SUV seating up to 9 passengers in 3 rows of seats. In advance of a complete redesignChevrolet discontinued the heavy-duty Suburban 2500 for 2014, and dropped the bigger 6.0-liter V-8 engine, leaving the light-duty Suburban 1500 and a standard 5.3-liter V-8 paired with an automatic transmission and 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

 

The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

 

 

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Think of the Chevy Tahoe as a shorter Suburban. It still seats up to 9 people in 3 rows of seats, it just can’t carry as much cargo at the same time. The Tahoe features a 5.3-liter V-8, automatic transmission, and a choice between 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. For 2015, the Tahoe is redesigned.

 

The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

 

 

2014 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV that carries up to 8 passengers in 3 rows of seats. Offered in regular- and extended-length body styles, the Expedition is equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. For 2015, the Expedition is restyled.

The 2014 Ford Expedition receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

 

 

2014 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV able to carry up to 9 people in 3 rows of seats. Regular- and extended-length (Yukon XL) versions are available, as well as luxury-oriented Denali versions with unique styling and equipment. All 2014 Yukons have a V-8 engine, ranging in size from a 5.3-liter to a 6.2-liter, as well as an automatic transmission and a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The Yukon is redesigned for 2015.

The 2014 GMC Yukon receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

 

 

2014 Lexus GX

The Lexus GX is a midsize SUV that seats up to 7 passengers in 3 rows of seats. It shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner and is equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and a standard full-time 4-wheel-drive system.

 

The 2014 Lexus GX receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

 

 

2014 Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a midsize 5-passenger SUV designed for optimum performance both on and off the pavement. Engine selections include a V-6, turbo-diesel V-6, V-8, twin-turbocharged V-8, or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain with a supercharged V-6. All feature standard all-wheel drive, and all have an automatic transmission except for the standard Cayenne model, which comes with a manual gearbox.

 

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

 

 

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a midsize 5-passenger SUV styled to recall the iconic FJ40 models. In its final year on the market, the FJ Cruiser is equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Choose the optional 4-wheel-drive system and a manual gearbox is also available.

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

 

 

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Ferrari 250 GTO Hopes to be Most Expensive Car Ever Sold

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Is it possible that the selling of an exclusive Ferrari 250 GTO, worth tens of millions of dollars, can be deemed boring? With so many fancy old Ferraris hitting the auction block over the last few years, you’d be forgiven for feeling tiresome at the news of another. But this particular 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, set to hit Bonhams’ blocks in August, has quite the back story and the timing to potentially set the record as the most expensive car ever sold.

 

From the Maranello Rosso Collection, chassis number “3851 GT” was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta of 39 to roll of the assembly line, and it has remained within the same family for the past 49 years. Prior to Fabrizio Violati purchasing the car in 1965, and hiding it from his parents — only driving it in the death of night when the rest of the world slept — the car was delivered to leading French racer Jo Schlesser for use in high-profile events like the Tour de France Automobile – a race that was dominated by Ferrari 250 GTs and GTOs during the 1950s and ’60s.

 

Schlesser and his co-driver, French ski champion turned race car driver Henri Oreiller, finished second in the 1962 race to a 250 GT. Oreiller, a French sports hero who had fought for the resistance in World War II and won two gold medals in skiing at the 1948 Winter Olympics, was back behind the wheel just a few weeks later at the Coupe de Salon race in Monthlery, France. On Oct. 7, 1962, Orellier started the race on a rough track with heavily worn tires. One blew, causing the car to flip and nearly break in half. Orellier, 38, died in the wreck, .

 

Ferrari took the GTO back, repaired and restored it, then sold it to other racers, before Violati took ownership in 1965. Having been maintained until his death in 2010, Violati and his family continued to race the 250 GTO into the 2000s, making it one of the last of its kind to compete regularly.

 

 

When it goes on sale without reserve Aug. 15 at the Quail Lodge in Monterey, Calif., the GTO should easily pass the record for a car sold at auction, currently held by Fangio’s Mercedes W196 that sold for $29.6 million. Its owners will have a higher record in mind: the 1964 250 GTO that sold privately for an outright record of $52 million last year. If any car’s going to do it, history tells us it’ll be a 250 GTO.

 

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Dodge Challenger SRT 708 HP Most Powerful American Car Ever?

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Turns out the Hellcat is a real fire-breather.

 

Dodge has announced that its new supercharged V8 will be rated at an astonishing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque when it debuts in the 2015 Challenger SRT later this year, making it the most powerful mass produced American car ever.

 

The 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI engine features an iron block, forged alloy pistons and is fed by a 2,380cc supercharger blowing at 11.8 psi. It will be available with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

 

Not only does the Hellcat put the Challenger SRT at the top of the American muscle car list, besting the 662 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by a fair amount, but the monster motor is also the most powerful V8 in the world and the car third among all non-electrified autos sold by major automakers, trailing only the 16-cylinder Bugatti Veyron and V12 Ferrari F12.

 

Oh, and if you’re worried about handing the keys over to your kids or a valet, don’t. At least not as much. The Challenger SRT will come with two sets, one that restricts the engine to 500 hp and another that opens the gates of the Hellcat.

 

No word yet on fuel economy, but don’t expect it to break any records. At least not the good kind.

 

The car plants the flag for the rebooted Dodge brand, which will focus on performance cars in the coming years, while Chrysler gives up its luxury aspirations to build more mainstream vehicles.

 

The Hellcat will be unleashed on showrooms in the third quarter of 2014, and is widely expected to make its way into a 4-door Charger SRT sedan at a later date.

 

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3.8 Million Car Safety Sets Recalled

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Nautilus child seat was one of the seats recalled by Graco because the buckle can become difficult or impossible to open.

 

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped, but is refusing to recall seven other infant seat models, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice.

 

In the seats being recalled, the buckles may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat. That increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required.

 

“NHTSA’s investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency’s consideration of the review of the seven remaining seat models is completed,” the agency said in a statement.

 

That means the agency and company will continue to negotiate on whether a recall is warranted for the SnugRide infant seats. NHTSA threatened civil penalties and told the company to remove statements that underplayed the seriousness from public documents.

 

In an e-mailed statement, Graco said it “identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.”

 

The company is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost.

 

In addition, NHTSA said that last month, it started investigating four models of Evenflo child safety seats, which have a design similar to the recalled Graco seats and may use buckles made by the same manufacturer, AmSafe Commercial Products Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana.

 

Graco also emphasized that the infant seats were not included in the recall, because they are “uniquely designed to detach from their base for quick release if needed.” Those who have difficulty with an infant-seat buckle, however, should contact Graco and can also get a replacement buckle, Graco said.

 

The child seat recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.

 

“Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child,” the company said in the statement.

 

NHTSA says it has at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents said they had to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle. In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.

 

Graco said in a letter to NHTSA that it had been monitoring the performance of the buckles since 2009 and had given owners advice on how to use and clean them, and offered replacement buckles.

 

The recalled models include: Cozy Cline; ComfortSport; Classic Ride 50; My Ride 65; My Ride with Safety Surround; My Ride 70; Size4Me 70; Smart Seat; Nautilus; Nautilus Elite; and Argos 70.

 

Child safety advocate Joseph Colella emphasized that the Graco seats should continue to be used.

 

“Since this investigation is not related to crash protection, the affected car seats should still be used until the repair kits are available, but repairs should be made as soon as possible,” said Colella.

 

Consumers can contact Graco toll free at 800-345-4109 or at or consumerservices@gracobaby.com.


 

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