Aug 22

10 Driver-Friendly Features The Ford F-150 Team Thought of – So Customers Wouldn’t Have To

 All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Litre EcoBoost V-6 Engine Delivers V-8 Capability and Performance

 There are 10 features of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pick up that were designed to satisfy customers without them ever even noticing.

“If I do my job, the customer simply intuits that things are right – both inside and outside of his truck – without even having to think about it,” said Cary Diehl, Ford human factors engineer, who worked on the design and development of the all-new F-150.

The 10 things F-150 engineers thought of

1. Hard buttons on keypad: Designers wanted smooth capacitive touch keypad buttons on the outside of the driver-side door, but pickup truck drivers prefer tactile feedback, allowing easier usability for when they’re wearing gloves. For customers who wear bifocals, hard buttons also enable input by feel, instead of having to tilt their head back to read numerals.

10 Driver Friendly Features on the 2015 F-150

2. Beltline armrest on front doors: The beltline on the front doors is wide enough to accommodate most arms with the window up. The feature could be considered an armrest, and is at the same height as the center armrest.

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Aug 15

New 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Is The World’s Quickest, Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan

Road-Test.org, 2015 Dodge Charger HellcatAugust 13, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario - Dodge is upping its high-performance game again with the unveiling of the new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

  • With 707 horsepower, an NHRA-certified quarter mile (402 metres) elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 328 km/h, the world’s only four-door muscle car is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever
  • Supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI® Hellcat engine produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Quarter mile (402 m) elapsed time in 11.0 seconds on street tires, 0-160-0 km/h in under 13 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h
  • Dodge and SRT designers re-sculpt and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear
  • 8-speed automatic transmission – delivering fuel-efficient street driving & maximum track performance with 160 millisecond shifts with rev-matching
  • 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, adaptive damping three-mode suspension and three-mode, heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission
  • New SRT Performance Pages allow drivers to tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension
  • Two key fobs – one black that limits power and one red that unlocks all 707 horsepower
  • New interior design elements, including SRT three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch multimedia centre with touchscreen, Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seating

The new Charger SRT Hellcat will feature the supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI® Hellcat V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the quickest, fastest, most powerful production sedan in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in North America.

“For the last eight years, a large part of the Dodge Charger’s successful formula has been its many personalities. It’s a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family capable sedan; its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge and SRT Brands. “And now, with a NHRA-certified quarter mile (402 m) time of 11.0 seconds and a 328 km/h top speed, the new 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat redefines itself again, as the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan in the world!”

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Awe-inspiring powertrain; largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle
The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by the new supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine. Its 707 horsepower matches the highest rating of any V8 engine in Chrysler Group’s celebrated history – that of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The all-new supercharged V8 engine is mated to the beefy new TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V8 supercharger technology, featuring a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons, developed using advanced telemetry measurement, are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.

The supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, which are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

Standard on the Charger SRT Hellcat is the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle, which were first introduced on the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management and thermal capacity and longevity.

The unrivalled four-door performance numbers tell an impressive story with the quarter mile (402 m) in 11.0 seconds, 0-160-0 km/h (100 mph) in under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph). Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Road Test – 2014 Jaguar XF 3.0L AWD

Jaguar XF 3.0L AWD, Road-Test.orgMy love-affair with Jaguar cars goes way back to when I was knee-high to a grasshopper… I have vivid memories in 1971 of playing in my uncles 1950’s era Mark 2 Jag – thrilled at the time to even be in the presence of it! I can still remember the smell of the leather and the details of that car today. A few years later I got the opportunity to sit in the infamous Jaguar E-Type at a car dealership while my parents were shopping for a new car. I can still remember the pale-yellow convertible that The Daily Telegraph newspaper include in a list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. Only 8,626 of those beauties were ever made and I got to sit in one – what a thrill! A number of years ago my wife and I got a surprise invitation from BMW to test their new 5-series against several competitive cars – the Jaguar S-Type was among the choices and I immediately grabbed the keys to that. Although much-maligned I liked the S-Type even though my nod went to the fantastic BMW 528. So after all these years I finally get the opportunity to spend some quality time with the car that I’ve loved for almost 50 years. How will it stack up after a week? Will it live forever be on the pedestal that I placed it on all those years ago? Sure, it’s a completely different car and a the company’s run by a different owner now.. but it’s a JAG!

The XF comes in two versions, a 3.0L supercharged V6 that comes standard with all-wheel drive or the 5.0L V8 supercharged XFR with 510 horse power 461lb ft torque.

What Is It?  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Ford of Canada to Celebrate 50 Years of the Iconic Mustang at Annual Car Show

Ford Logo [344x135]Two-day event to attract hundreds of enthusiasts from across Ontario Ford of Canada is teaming up with The Golden Horseshoe Mustang Association and The Greater Toronto Area Mustang Club to host one of the largest gatherings of Ford Mustangs in Ontario.

On July 26th and 27th, hundreds of Mustangs from across the ages – including the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang – will gather at Ford of Canada’s headquarters in Oakville, Ontario to celebrate 50 years of the iconic muscle car. Hundreds of enthusiasts will proudly display their vintage and custom pony cars for the public and talk about the shared passion that fuels their love for the Mustang.

The two day event will include cruise convoys, displayed show cars, live musical performances, and an award ceremony for the show’s most impressive ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 01

It’s July in Toronto – It’s IndyCar Time!

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One of the highlights on the IndyCar Series circuit is the July stop in Toronto. Each year the race in Toronto turns out to be one of the most exciting on the calendar. There are always bumps, crashes and controversy, a driver can still win the race even if he starts from the back – and that’s why the fans love it. But wait, there’s more! That’s right, there’s 2inTO! 2014 marks the second year in a row that Toronto will host two, back-to-back IndyCar races that are part of a fantastic annual Canadian Summer Festival by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Having covered the Toronto Indy photographically for various media outlets since the year 2000 we were ready to experience it all from the other side of the fence. Last year (2013) we decided to cover the event from a fans perspective for our own website – TravelBloggers.ca. It was great to actually enjoy the festivities simply as real race fans – no early morning photographer’s meetings, no daily deadlines – just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the whole event – something we’d never experienced before.

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May 23

Being Able To Safely Talk & Text While Driving Is Delusional – Here’s The Proof

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Contrary to popular belief, humans are incapable of multi-tasking – doing more than one thing at a time and doing it competently.

As Robyn Robertson, the president of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation puts it: “Multitasking is a myth, but we often convince ourselves that we are capable of it. Humans are serial processors of information and they are only capable of consciously focusing on one task at a time.”

Recent studies prove that it’s not just holding the device in your hand that’s an issue. Here are some eye-popping statistics from the Canadian Automobile Association (March 2014)…

  • It takes 33.6 seconds to reply to a text,
  • 10.6 seconds to answer a cell phone, and
  • 26.7 seconds to adjust a GPS

That’s pretty quick – right?

Well according to Canadian Global Road Safety research, 80 per cent of all collisions occur when drivers look away for three seconds, or less. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

The Best Car Cleaning Article – EVER!

Road-test.orgAccording to the calendar, it’s Spring!  According to the thermometer, Spring is a myth here in South Central Ontario and we’re experiencing “Sprinter” (Spring/Winter). Regardless, in your region it’s either time to Spring clean your vehicle, or it soon will be!

If you’re interested in getting the best out of your vehicle in terms of performance, economy, efficiency, longevity, value and head-turning admiration, you should give it some special care at least a couple of times each year. That said, Road-Test.org has decided to bring you some Spring Cleaning tips for your vehicle. (While a thorough cleaning inside and out could take you half a day, there’s nothing wrong with splitting these tasks up into more manageable chunks that may fit better with your schedule. Just don’t cheat yourself – or your car – do them all!)

Interior

Clear out before you clean out. Grab a garbage bag for the trash and have a box or basket handy for all those items you will be keeping. Empty your vehicle of all the unnecessary bits and pieces that you’ve been carrying around. Throw out all the trash – check all the corners, crevices and under the seats. Check your glove box and give it a quick purge and tidy too – it’s amazing how many napkins you accumulate from the drive-thru! Put away your winter emergency kits, that bag of kitty litter you been lugging around in case of emergency, snow brushes, snow boards and especially those heavy hockey bags! Every little bit counts, and extra weight can create additional drag which means your vehicle is less efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

ROAD AMERICA UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW THUNDER VILLAGE

 

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., May 1, 2014 - Many of today’s modern racetracks have everything the average racing enthusiast is looking for including new concession choices, entertainment venues, new corporate suites and even active garage areas where fans can watch their favorite teams and drivers or grab an occasional autograph. What most racetracks don’t typically offer, however, are dedicated buildings where active motorsports enthusiasts can pursue their dreams of driving and storing race vehicles, motorcycles and classic automobiles.  

 

One of the world’s most renowned circuits, Road America, plans to fill that void by being one of the few authentic racetracks to offer dedicated structures specifically designed by motorsports enthusiasts, for motorsports enthusiasts, who are looking for a truly unique way to fulfill their passion. The concept is appropriately called Thunder Village, and it will be nestled under the trees on the picturesque hillside overlooking Thunder Valley, which stretches between turn 12, affectionately known as Canada Corner, and turn 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

Dodge Debuts New 2015 Challenger at 2014 New York Auto Show

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  • Offers 470 Horsepower, Track-ready All-new 6.4-litre Scat Pack Model,
  • 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker,
  • All-new Interior and
  • Segment-first Standard TorqueFlite Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

April 17, 2014 – The horsepower wars are alive and thriving, and the Dodge brand shook the foundation of the Jacob Javits Center in New York with the roaring exhaust note of its new 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker model during the auto show reveal of its newest evolution of an iconic North American Muscle car.

“For 2015, we’re going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with an exceptional 470 horsepower 392 HEMI and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension, new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

2015 Dodge Charger – The World’s Only Four-Door Muscle Car Gets All-New Exterior Styling

Road-Test.orgHighlights:

  • Standard 300 Horsepower V6 and Segment-Exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed Automatic Transmission
  • New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch customizable in-cluster display, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and colour combinations
  • Charger offers more than 70 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Park-Sense Rear Park Assist systems
  • Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, and new 3-D navigation
  • Charger’s segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience

Windsor, Ontario - The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-litre Pentastar™ VVT V6 engine and new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-litre HEMI® V8.

“Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. Read the rest of this entry »

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