Many of you are about to flock to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that I just returned from covering during its preopening. Here's a good, short list of important cars to see. Bring your phone and earbuds and use these videos as a walk-around guide as you look at each car. I think these will concisely put each one into perspective for you. The videos are in walking order, starting in the South Hall.The BMW i3, the company's first full-fledged electric car and the launch of the new i Series that could reinvent the brand. Jaguar's F-Type Coupe … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.
- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.
- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.
- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.
LOS ANGELES -- It's that time of year again, where the Green Car of the Year is announced at the LA Auto Show. This year, the honor goes to the the Honda Accord, chosen from a field of 5 finalists that included the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla.
The Accord was chosen for its because it offers a reasonably efficient conventional gasoline model, up to 50 mpg from its hybrid variant, and an impressive 115 mpg combined equivalent from its plug-in hybrid model. The Green Car Journal's panel, which is responsible for choosing the … Read more
To me there's nothing sadder than a car that lacks Bluetooth. Well, OK, there are lots of things sadder, but for anyone who drives and owns a smartphone, it's definitely a bummer.
Because without Bluetooth to link the phone to the car stereo, how does one listen to one's playlists? One's podcasts? How does one conduct a hands-free call? One does not! This is how sad that makes me.
Fortunately, you don't have to throw out your car and buy a new one. All you need is an FM transmitter that can act as the … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- For some time now, we've been anticipating the day that you'd be able to unlock yourby simply approaching it with your smartphone in your pocket. It turns out that the technology has been right under our noses.
The first generation of the Mobile Enhancement Specialist's (MES) Bluetooth Passive Keyless Entry module hit the market earlier this year and, after being professionally installed in almost any car with power locks, can automatically unlock the vehicle's doors when it recognizes your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone is within range. The phone doesn't even have to … Read more
iPads are great for car travel, especially those lucky buggers in the back seat who get to kick back and watch movies the whole trip while Dad fights traffic and has to listen to whatever's on the radio. (What, me bitter?)
Of course, maybe they're not so lucky if they have to hold the tablet in their lap the whole way, craning their necks, tiring their arms, and never being able to keep the screen steady for more than a few seconds at a time. The horror. The horror!
One option is to mount the iPad on the … Read more
Narrowing the choice down from many to one is a tough enough task at the best of times, but an enforced ceiling of £2,000 reduces the motoring selection box to unloved flavours closer to their sell-by date.
Interesting cars past their prime are worth a punt if you've got deep pockets, but I'm tighter than a Yorkshireman's grip around a 50 pence piece.
So, what to buy? Another Alfa? No, dubious electrics and tin worm. A fourth Citroen? Ditto the electrics with the added potential of hydropneumatic ills.
This time pragmatism kicked in, to a … Read more
In this episode:The all-new (aside from engine) Lexus IS350 F Sport Roof crush resistance technology How often you should change your oil Understanding the varieties of adaptive suspension Safety tech that has trickled down from high-end cars
Car brands enjoy testimonials from happy drivers.
But there's something a little more powerful, when the testimonial is from a driver whose car just caught fire.
He ends his explanation with a line that not everyone would expect: "I would buy another one in a heartbeat."
Shibayama said that he struck a three-pronged trailer hitch in the middle lane of the interstate. He continued:About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning … Read more
There must be something a little strange in the water at Nissan design headquarters. Over the last few years it's produced such funky models as the Juke and the Murano CrossCabriolet. And proving the point further, the company just released photos and video of the BladeGlider, a vehicle it insists is not a concept.
The BladeGlider is a three-seater vehicle with an electric drivetrain. In Nissan's press materials, it points out the BladeGlider shares engineering principles with the Leaf.
While both use lithium ion batteries, the BladeGlider gets two in-wheel motors on the rear wheels, as opposed to … Read more