Apr 14

e-smart – The Market Leader For The Third Time In A Row

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Stuttgart.  When it comes to new registrations of electric cars in Germany the same name takes first place every year: smart fortwo electric drive. This is a hat trick for the battery-electric two-seater – for the third time in a row it has beaten all competitors with all-electric drive (without range extender).

With more than 4700 new registrations since the first generation in 2007, the e-smart is Germany’s most successful electric car by far. It is also very popular among Daimler AG employees who have covered more than 1.5 million zero-emission kilometres to date within the framework of the electric mobility project “charge@work”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

No text, call or social media update is worth a crash – #DistractedDriving

#DistractedDriving 40 mph = 65 km/h

Mar 30

INTRODUCING THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONCEPT

INTRODUCING THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONCEPT


Elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene, the Lincoln Continental Concept signals the future of quiet luxury and the all-new full-size sedan coming next year.

“Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations, rather than being the loudest statement on the road,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward. It also is a strong indication of what’s to come next year as we introduce our new Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

ALL-NEW 2016 KIA OPTIMA MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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Instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, Kia will introduce the all-new 2016 Optima at the upcoming New York Auto Show on April 1st at 1:20 PM.  Available with multiple engine choices, the all-new Optima features a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and a number of technologies not previously offered on Kia’s best-selling mid-size sedan.

Mar 02

Road Test: 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé

2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé, Road-Test.orgFirst came the the BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible, and then the Gran Coupé – for those that wanted more than two doors and didn’t want a 3-series sedan (!?)… or GT.

Hmm that doesn’t make sense, but here we are.

According to BMW the “4 Series Gran Coupé combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment.” To you and I that means – it’s a 4-door hatchback. I know I’m getting old, but it don’t look like a 2-door coupe to me – it looks like a 4-door sedan with a bonus huge rear hatch that looks like a trunk not a hatch.

This raises some serious questions – most notably – WHY does this vehicle exist? Time for me to investigate. So off to Germany we went – to the home of high-speed autobahns… Time to see just what this thing is all about… Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 05

2015 Canadian International AutoShow – The AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES

Don’t forget…. We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/RoadTest.org using the hashtag: #cias2015

The following exotic vehicles will be on display at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

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PFAFF
2015 MCLAREN 650S Coupe, 2015 650S Spider & a 2012 12C
Pfaff | McLaren is thrilled to be back at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show for another successful year. Guests can look forward to seeing 3 McLaren models at this year’s show, including a 2015 650S Coupe, a 2015 650S Spider and a 2012 12C Coupe that features a custom MSO (McLaren Special Operations) front bumper. 

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LOTUS
Evora Sports Racer
The Evora Sports Racer is available (Canada only) with the Supercharged 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve power train, and with either 6 speed manual or IPS transmission.  Loaded with optional extras and the 2+2 seating option as standard. The ‘Sports Pack’ provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs. The ‘Tech Pack’ provides upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7″ WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth® mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod® models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Preview 2 – 2015 Canadian International AutoShow

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As promised, here are some more details of the vehicles you’ll see at the 2015 CIAS in Toronto running February 13-22, 2015. Tomorrow we’ll preview the AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES from the show..

The following vehicle premieres will take place at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

ACURA
NSXRoad-Test.org, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015

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AUDI
2016 Audi RS7
Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance.

2016 Audi TTS Coupe
A modern classic re-launched: Audi introduces the third generation of the TT to the road. The compact sports car captivates as a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports car and a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Preview – 2015 Canadian International Auto Show

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Once again the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) is about to arrive in Toronto for 9 days, and we’ll be there for the Media Day on Thursday February 12th. Last year we tried something a little different and we’ll continue expanding on that again this year.

We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/RoadTest.org using the hashtag: #cias2015

45 Canadian premieres
So what are we going to see at the show this year?
Here’s a quick overall view of the show… Next week we’ll expand and give you more details. This is going to be the best show yet!

The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) has been redefining “car shows” since 1974, bringing more dynamic, interactive content and an expanded lineup of spectacular new metal to Toronto every year.

The CIAS is the largest consumer show of any kind in Canada — in size and attendance, with more female visitors than any other show. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

The All-New FORD GT Supercar – Will Be Built Next Year

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  • All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine
  • Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower!

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Jan 13

All-New 2016 Lincoln MKX Delivers Personal Luxury To Attract New Global Customers

Road-Test.orgDETROIT, Jan. 13, 2015 – The all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX, debuting today at the North American International Auto Show, is designed to attract a wide range of customers in the United States and beyond by more technology, engine choices and personalization options.

Lincoln MKX offers the first high-end Revel® audio system in a vehicle (an automotive first), and an available advanced 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V-6 engine, helps make this the most powerful, best-handling, quietest Lincoln MKX ever.

“We are focused on delivering engaging and refined luxury vehicles with innovative and thoughtful technologies.” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “The all-new Lincoln MKX reflects that focus.” Read the rest of this entry »

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