Lexus just released the first teaser photo for a new model set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks.
From the looks of the closely cropped teaser photo, the so-called F Performance Coupe appears to be based on the automaker's IS sedan, largely sharing its styling. The photo also reveals a slight hood bulge, into which is inset what appears to be a functional hood scoop.
We expect that the rest of the body will also receive a round of "more aggressive and sporty" updates -- not … Read more
One of the first things every young Lego builder attempts is a vehicle of some kind; all you need is a flat tile piece and four wheel pieces and you're off.
Raul Oaida, a 20-year-old Romanian Lego genius, is just a little more ambitious. He's built a full-scale Lego hot rod that actually drives (although at a relatively slow pace, 12-17 mph, thanks to the fragility of the construction).
2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 It came, we saw, and it conquered. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 shows forward thinking in every aspect of its being, and highlights the kind of technical advancement that gave the world adaptive cruise control. The new S-Class is everything Mercedes-Benz needed it to be to stay at the forefront of luxury sedans, but what really swayed us was its near-self-driving capability. Its advanced adaptive cruise control system works in stop-and-go traffic, and Mercedes-Benz added the new steering-assist system, which can drive the car hands- and feet-free in slow traffic. The rollout of these types of technologies is what will ultimately lead us to fully self-driving cars.
Other technical achievements include a powerful V-8 engine making use of direct injection and turbochargers, a comfortable air suspension, and one of the least annoying idle-stop features extant. The fact that the new S-Class does away with incandescent lighting completely in favor of LEDs is another step forward. A 3G data connection comes built into the car, and Mercedes-Benz has begun to bring well-known apps on board. The Burmester audio system is audiophile-quality, and topping the whole thing off is a built-in aromatherapy system.… Read more
With space for six or seven passengers, a whisper-quiet cabin, a respectable load of safety tech, and an available rear-seat entertainment, the 2014 Buick Enclave AWD Premium seems like it would be a nice minivan alternative for moms and dads. However, the presence of the tri-shield Buick badge places it firmly in many prospective owners' minds as more of a grandma and grandpa kind of ride.
The automaker has been making great strides to update its image and appear more youthful with a string of sporty sedans with greatly improved tech. Has any of this young DNA seeped into the … Read more
Aston Martin is one of those brands that ooze with nearly unquestionable appeal. The company's cars look great, sound great, have all the prestige and provenance you could want, and just happen to have a long history of being driven by one of the suavest men in movie history. That your average Aston Martin is typically more expensive and slower than its closest competition rarely factors into the discussion -- it's all about the experience.
Many experiences are heightened by the proximity of loved ones, and so, the more the merrier, right? Thus the idea of a four-door, … Read more
While impressive that the Corvette model has been in continuous production for over 60 years, more astounding is the lack of a slacker in its seven generations. You might decry the crippled power output of some mid-70s models, or sniff a little at the C4's design. But none of these could really be called bad. So Chevy faced an uphill battle designing the 2014 Corvette, the C7, for seventh generation.
The company felt it did so well with the C7 that it is called the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; the Stingray name having only been applied to two previous … Read more
I love a small, fast car with plenty of cornering capability, so was more than thrilled to attend a press drive event for the 2015 Subaru WRX in Northern California. The long-awaited newest generation of the WRX met the public eye at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month, two years after the launch of the vehicle on which it is based, the newest generation of the Subaru Impreza. Unlike the Impreza, the WRX only comes in a sedan format, 80 percent of its sheet metal is different, and it 268-turbo-boosted horses are stabled under the hood.
With a generous loadout of safety features, innovative technologies like Driver Easy Speak, and a thrifty Hybrid power train option, the 2014 Toyota Highlander may be the ultimate mom-mobile.
The slightly enlarged seven-passenger crossover debuts for the 2014 model year with a laundry list of new features, including a revision of the automaker's Entune dashboard app interface, a suspension and chassis that have been retuned and refined for a quieter, more comfortable ride, and a new look that blends the trapezoidal grille and eagle-eyed headlamps of the automaker's Tundra and Sequoia with a dash of Lexus-inspired finesse. It'… Read more
Ford Motor unveiled its first self-driving car this week -- well, a prototype anyway. The Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle, developed with the University of Michigan and State Farm insurers, will help the storied US automaker "test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- and mid-term deployment," Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development, said in a statement.… Read more
Getting a little bored with the chase-or-be-chased gameplay in Need for Speed Rivals? Maybe a little pony power is all it will take to get you back on the streets of Redview County.
The 2015 Ford Mustang, unveiled with no shortage of pomp just last week, today joins the ranks of playable cars. A patch hitting all platforms sometime before the day is through will add the car to the game. Also included will be a series of liveries, some created by the devs, others voted on by the fans.