2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Newer Isn’t Always Better

#Chevrolet #CamaroZL1 – 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Newer Isn’t Always Better : Sometimes, the best things are already right in front of us. In the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, its best track time has come from the use of a six-speed manual transmission rather than the recently developed ten-speed auto that apparently shifts quicker than Porsche’s renowned dual-clutch PDK.

That’s according to a Motor Trend comparison which pit the manual and auto versions of the same ZL1 against each other at the Willow Springs Raceway. The manual version ended up being 0.38 seconds quicker than the auto.

While a negligible difference, this result makes a strong case in favor of preserving the manual transmission especially when it comes to track battles. Of course driver skill has to be taken into account – sucky drivers would just give the ZL1 a bad name if made to row their own gears.

However, another factor that puts the manual option ahead of the auto is fuel efficiency. Having ten speeds is supposed to make the ZL1 a smoother performer, but official EPA estimates afford it only 15mpg combined, 1mpg less than the manual.

So it looks like having more speeds on a newer transmission hasn’t really done it for Chevrolet. We wonder how Ford would fare with its own ten-speed auto in the upcoming Mustang.

2017 Honda Civic Si Making A Debut Via YouTube? Accidental Or Planned?

#Honda #HondaCivicSi – 2017 Honda Civic Si Making A Debut Via YouTube? Accidental Or Planned? : Honda has just announced the debut of the all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si. The latest flagship will be introduced tomorrow, Thursday, April 6. Apparently, the debut will transpire via YouTube. Was it accidental or planned?

The upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Si has been confirmed to make its debut tomorrow. Honda made the announcement through its official Twitter account revealing the April 6 launch.

 

Interestingly, Honda’s announcement came out a week after an alleged specs for the 2017 Honda Civic Si circulated on the web. As we have reported last week, an email update from Honda was received by a certain Rickyg0731, who claims to have received the details of torque for the new Civic Si.

CivicX.com posted the statement of Rickyg0731 stating the details of the email from Honda. According to the latter, the email specified that the upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Si will have a turbocharged engine that can deliver 192 lb-ft of torque.

Following this email leak, Honda made an official announcement that they are now ready to reveal the specs of the upcoming Civic Si. It can also be noted that the new Civic Si is also highly anticipated to come out in the upcoming New York Auto Show, which is set next week, from April 14 to 23.

Did Honda suddenly plan to introduce the new Civic Si prior to the huge auto show in New York? Why is the automaker making an exclusive debut for the new model? Do the leaked specs preempt the debut?

Furthermore, reports also mentioned that the upcoming April 6 debut will happen through a video to be posted on the official Youtube account of Honda. It is quite intriguing to note that the debut will transpire via video clip and not through the usual grand launch on an auto show.

Whatever the reasons may be, sure the automaker has prepared something that is expected to make a greater impact through the YouTube launch. Check out this YouTube link tomorrow, April 6, to witness the debut of the 2017 Honda Civic Si.

Source : Autoworld

2018 Honda Accord To Debut With Revolutionary Steering

#Honda #HondaAccord – 2018 Honda Accord To Debut With Revolutionary Steering : A couple of months ago, Honda revealed that they are hastening the development of the next-gen Accord and this is because of the tenth-generation Civic.

The latter came out 2 years ago and it became an instant success due to having the best balance in power and fuel economy. The Civic’s attractiveness has got many adopting the car instead of the Accord thus explaining why Honda is desperate for a new-generation model.

Well, Honda teased yesterday that the next-gen Accord will be coming out later this year and one of the new things that will feature on the car is a highly-sophisticated steering wheel.

As how you can see in the video above, the steering wheel is filled with emoticons. Pressing on them will allow the Accord to create a unique sound that will alert other drivers based on the emotion selected.

But before you get overexcited for the feature, you should know that the entire content above is nothing more than a prank being played by Honda. We fell for it the first time as we forgot it was April Fool’s day. Sorry to get you involved.

Mercedes-Benz EQ-Class At Risk Of Being Left Out

#Mercedes #MercedesBenzEQ – Mercedes-Benz EQ-Class At Risk Of Being Left Out : Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that they will be launching a number of electric vehicles before 2025 and their first ever product will be called the EQ-Class.

This may sound like great news if you are a fan of Mercedes but the only unfortunate thing about it is that the carmaker is pretty late in the EV scene. Rival makes have already established their EV program with a variety of cars to choose from hence Mercedes is playing catch-up in this department.

Today, Mercedes revealed that they are already feeling the heat of being late and have called upon their developers to hasten the development of the EQ-Class. Mercedes announced that the new goal is to launch the EQ-Class in 2022 rather than 2025.

With the new projected release date, Mercedes won’t find themselves too far behind rival makes and it will give them a big chance to catch up on the sales front. The EQ-Class promises an electric experience where luxury does not compromise driving range. Are you excited?

Chevrolet Bolt: Is It Just A Spec-Sheet Hero?

#Chevrolet #ChevroletBolt – Chevrolet Bolt: Is It Just A Spec-Sheet Hero? : Things are not looking so good for the all-new Chevrolet Bolt as the EV hatchback from GM is unable to enjoy an impactful debut in the market. The Bolt showed signs of life on the sales front in both January and February but March saw the figures going south-bound.

Some are blaming it on GM for being sluggish in pushing out the Bolt on a nationwide basis but this is not the only issue for the car. It appears that the public is now learning on the cons of having a Bolt EV and it repelled them away from owning the car.

Those that have seated inside the Chevrolet Bolt have been loud in criticizing the comfort aspects of the vehicle. The seats feel cheap and they are too narrow and stiff for a comfortable journey.

Then there is the fact that the price is perceived as too high by the average consumers. Other points to note include the lacking in ability for a long road-trip and the lacking of real fast charging network.

With all these variables combined, it prevents the Bolt EV from making it big in the auto industry. This is such a waste as the Bolt is already an attractive vehicle on the specs sheet. The car can offer 238 miles of driving and it also has a useful infotainment system.

GM better buck up or risk having the Bolt being turned into just another spec-sheet hero.

Is a Sauber-Honda F1 Team Coming in April?

#Honda #F1 #SauberF1 – Is a Sauber-Honda F1 Team Coming in April? : The Sauber F1 team could be announcing a change to Honda engines next month. Currently, the team is using 2016-spec Ferrari engines because of budgetary constraints.

According to F1-life.net via The Drive, the Melbourne team will be announcing a change to Honda engines in April. The team stretched its cast limit so much so that it would have been forced to withdraw from the sport. Luckily, the team finished ahead of Manor F1 at the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix. The prize pool was able to keep them on the grid.

Sauber was forced to cut a deal with Ferrari for their outdated 2016 engines. This came at a huge discount, similar to how Scuderia Toro Rosso used Ferrari’s 2015 engines for last season. However, considering the new 2017 rules, the use of older engines was too much of a handicap. Any chance to upgrade to a current spec engine is thus very welcome for the team.

Honda is Sauber’s chance to remain relevant this season. It was already previously confirmed by the team’s chief, Monisha Kaltenborn, that the Melbourne team is considering Honda and Mercedes as top alternatives for 2018 engine options.

McLaren also uses Honda engines and they have suffered since the start in 2015. Apparently, Honda promised them the world and only showed up with a globe. The Japanese automaker cannot be blamed for the bad situation because they do not get enough data compared to other engine suppliers.

If the Sauber F1 team will use Honda engines, they now have more access to more data. The new development program hopes to progress faster than before and deliver. This year could also be a make-or-break deal for the McLaren-Honda F1 pairing.

In another report by Sky Sports, Honda remains tight-lipped on the issue. The Japanese automaker acknowledged that they already have a responsibility to provide engines for more than one team. However, the car maker declined to comment on the report.

The Sauber F1 team need to work hard this season. However, with a newer engine, hopefully, they will do better. Will the Sauber-Honda team come true next year? That remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more Formula 1 news.

Refreshed 2018 Jaguar F-Type Shows Off Its New R Dynamic And Limited Edition Sport Models

#Jaguar #JaguarFType – Refreshed 2018 Jaguar F-Type Shows Off Its New R Dynamic And Limited Edition Sport Models : Jaguar is giving their F-Type line a refreshing look and adding two new variants for 2018. The all-new 2018 F-Type features new LED headlights and slightly darker taillights.

Every model except the SVR also gets some updates on the front bumpers. The most noticeable change is on the side vents, which morph from the double slots to single openings. The F-Type R’s large side vents are also bisected horizontally.

The two new F-Type versions are the R Dynamic and the limited edition 400 Sport. But the R Dynamic isn’t that exciting since its pretty much package for the entry level 340- and 380- hp. All the models are available in 19- and 20-inch wheel options, as well as gloss black-painted hood vents, side sills, rear diffuser, and splitter.

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic model is equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces either 340 or 380 hp. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission. In addition, the R Dynamic is also available in both coupe and convertible.

On the other hand, the 400 Sport model is powered by a V6 engine that produces up to 400 hp. But the only available transmission is the Quickshift automatic. It also comes with larger brakes, unique 20-inch dark gray wheels, and black-painted calipers. There are also performance seats included, black brushed-aluminum trim and yellow contrasting stitching.

The two other major updates for the F-Type line involve the infotainment system. Every model now comes standard with Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system and its 8-inch touchscreen which the driver can interact. There is also a new cool app that the automaker developed with GoPro. It’s called ReRun, which allows the drivers to connect a GoPro camera to the vehicle, and download footage to the phone.

The new 2018 Jaguar F-Type range goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017. According to a Jaguar representative, further information such as the price will be revealed at the New York Auto Show.

Source : Autoworld

Honda Civic Type R To Be Priced Aggressively And Competitively

#Honda #HondaCivicTypeR – Honda Civic Type R To Be Priced Aggressively And Competitively : Honda Australia has announced that it will be pricing the Honda Civic Type R competitively. The move is to get as many of the vehicles as possible out on the road as well as to highlight the brand’s return to produce high performance and quality sports cars.

Honda Civic Type R to be have aggressive and competitive price. Honda Australia executive Stephen Collins told CarAdvice at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix last week that the Civic Type R had generated a lot of interest for the company, even more than any other of its brands.

Talking about the vehicle, Collins said, “It has been enormous. I know that a couple of weeks ago, Type R was the biggest showroom hit on our website. I think it had over 10,000 individual visitors in one week, which actually superseded any other model we’ve had.” He further added, “All we had there was some pre-registration information and a lot of our dealers are holding orders, and of course we haven’t given them any indication on price or anything yet, but it think it shows the ground swell of people who had a historical interest in the car and an interest in this car coming.”

The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged iVTEC 4-cylinder engine that can produce 306 horsepower at 6,500rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at a maximum of 4,500rpm. There are no details as to how much the vehicle will exactly cost. Collins has mentioned that it will be priced in a manner that will generate a lot of buzz for the Japanese brand in the market.

“Certainly wherever we can add more sportiness to our range we would do that. In the short term its Type R and NSX, but even if we can add more sportiness – like the RS Civic is an example of that – you know it’s not an out-and-out sports car but we are trying to add more sportiness. And wherever those opportunities arise, we will certainly chase them,” the Honda Australia executive said.

Source : Autoworld 

NEWEST MITSUBISHI SUV IS KNOWN AS THE ECLIPSE CROSS

#Mitsubishi #MitshubishiEclipseCross – NEWEST MITSUBISHI SUV IS KNOWN AS THE ECLIPSE CROSS : Next month’s Geneva Auto Show will see the unveiling of Mitsubishi’s newest SUV. The vehicle has been confirmed to be the Eclipse Cross and is expected to directly compete with the Nissan Qashqai as it known in Europe and Rogue Sport in the US.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV. The Eclipse is a name instantly recognizable to US buyers and was exclusively associated with the popular two-door sports car that came in coupe and convertible models. It was unfortunately discontinued back in 2012. The car manufacturer will revive the name but will be using it for its newest SUV instead.

The name references the original Eclipse with the new SUV’s coupe-like shape and sporty design. The Eclipse Cross features steep rear windows, a sloping roofline at the rear, and a sporty and chiseled front. The Eclipse Cross will supposedly sport a roof spoiler as well as a one-piece taillight.

The Japanese car manufacturer has confirmed that the name of its new compact SUV is what it will be known as in Europe and the United States. It will sit between the mid-size Outlander SUV and the smaller Outlander Sport. Although it is a compact SUV, it will have a more coupe-like profile.

The Eclipse name was used for a sports car produced by Mitsubishi from 1990 to 2012. The Japanese car manufacturer was able to churn out four generations of the car. Fans of the sports car would know that the second generation Eclipse was featured and immortalized in the 2001 movie “The Fast and the Furious” and driven by Brian O’Connor played by the late Paul Walker.

No other details on the Eclipse Cross SUV are available to date. It seems that the company is keeping mum on information about the vehicle preferring to wait until the Geneva Auto Show next month. The yearly auto trade show will be held from March 9 to 19 at the Geneva Palexpo convention center located next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport.

Source : Autoworld

2017 JEEP PATRIOT REVIEW: CRITICS SAY IT IS THE DISAPPOINTING OFFERING OF JEEP! DETAILS HERE

#Jeep #JeepPatriot – 2017 JEEP PATRIOT REVIEW: CRITICS SAY IT IS THE DISAPPOINTING OFFERING OF JEEP! DETAILS HERE : The 2017 Jeep Patriot is considered to be the disappointing offering of Jeep. Critics have so much to say about this SUV and unfortunately, it is leaning towards the negative side. This is also surprising as Jeep has been producing best of the best vehicles. Well, there’s always an exception to the rule.

According to The Car Connection, the site only gave it a rating of 4.7 out of a scale of 10. The 2017 Jeep Patriot belongs to the lower half of rated vehicles which is considered the disappointing side. It did not even make it to the half mark.

The site considered the interior tight and dated, which is unlikely of a Jeep vehicle. Most of Jeep’s four-wheeler and other vehicles are considered top-of-the-line and has insane and deadly appeal. The Patriot does not in any way resemble that.

It also has disappointing mediocre fuel economy and awful CVT. Again, surprising words to use a Jeep vehicle. Other models boast of impressive fuel efficiency and performance. In addition, the safety features of the Patriot do not match that of others the car manufacturer produced.

As reported, the only consideration for purchasing the 2017 Jeep Patriot is it’s affordable. Because of the lack of features, it is then made relatively available for many. However, it is also unfortunate that competitors offer the same price with better and impressive features. The Patriot has lost the battle in more ways than one.

As added by Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 Jeep Patriot also lacks infotainment features every rival offers. Its reliability history is also nothing hear of. Yes, it does come with the standard safety features and is still enough to make the passengers safe in any given unfortunate circumstance, however, competitors offer the better.

In spite of the negative words associated with the 2017 Jeep Patriot, consumers still gave it a rating of 8.1 out of a possible 10. No vehicle is perfect, SUV or what not and the 2017 Patriot belongs to this category. It may have lacked advanced features readily offered by its competitors, but the Patriot still possesses the Jeep name. The Patriot may be one good disappointment which Jeep can learn a lot from.

Source : Autoworld