The Garmin Nuvi family of GPS devices just keeps growing and growing, and today the company added two new members to the crew: the Garmin Nuvi 200W and the Nuvi 250W. Both models are similar to the Garmin Nuvi 200 we just reviewed, except they boast larger 4.3-inch touch screens (versus 3.5 inches). The 200W comes preloaded with maps of the contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, while the 250W throws in maps of Canada and Alaska to boot. Like the rest of the Nuvi series, the pair offers tools for the traveler, including currency and unit … Read more
Toyota plans to announce specifics next month regarding collaboration with Isuzu on diesel engines.
Toyota has been in discussions with Isuzu, a company known for its expertise in diesel engine technology, since November, said Tina Ewald, assistant manager for media and investor relations at Toyota Motor North America.
Earlier Friday the Nikkei, Japan's leading business daily, reported that Isuzu has invested in a plant in Hokkaido, Japan for the purpose of supplying Toyota with 200,000 low-emission diesel engines per year. The report said the plant will be operational by 2012.
Toyota would not confirm or deny the report.… Read more
If there's one childhood gadget fantasy that's endured through adulthood, it would be the car boat. But the few we've always seen have looked too weird to ever drive on the road, kind of like a canoe with wheels. U.K.-based Gibbs Technologies, however, has one that looks convincing on both land and sea.
Not only that, but Popular Mechanics says the "Aquada" has a 175-horsepower engine that can reach 100 mph on the road. Then, in less than 13 seconds, the amphibious wonder can retract its the wheels and switch to water-jet propulsion, … Read more
If you want to get the bargain price on the Tesla Roadster, the all-electric sports car, act now.
The company is raising the price. The 2007 model sold for $92,000, and the 2008 model will sell for $98,000. Of course, the 2007 model isn't even out yet. It won't hit the streets until November or December of this year, but the company has already booked a couple hundred deposits. You can still get a 2007 model for $92,000 if you book now.
The company didn't say what consumers will get for the extra money. … Read more
It's design month here at CNET Car Tech, and as part of our analysis of the automotive design landscape, we've rounded up some of the least attractive autos on the road. While we're all for innovative styling, bold accents, and daring design cues, there are times when you just have to tell it like it is. Check out our slide show of the 10 ugliest cars to cross our garage threshold over the past year.
It was only a matter of time before in-car Internet went mainstream. Over the past couple of weeks, Avis has begun to roll out its in-car Wi-Fi service, which allows drivers to turn their rental cars into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The service, called Avis Connect, is provided by Autonet Mobile using 3G and 2.5G (EVDO, 1xRTT) connections.
For an extra $10.95 per day, Avis says renters get wireless broadband connectivity "at all times and places during their travel, from airports to meetings to hotels, and everything in between." We're not sure how the Wi-Fi signal … Read more
We were impressed with Sony's MEX-BT5000 Bluetooth-enabled in-car stereo when it came out last year in all respects but one: it cost more than $300. For those of us who want a hands-free and Bluetooth-audio-enabled stereo with a more attainable price tag, Sony has just released an entry-level version called the MEX-BT2500. Check our review and our slide show.
We extend our thanks in advance for your indulgence of our trip down memory lane this morning. Honest, we've tried to shake this nostalgia bug, but it keeps coming back--and this time we're not going to fight it, and you'll see why.
The Speed Racer car is real. That's right. The "Mach 5" has been brought to life in full glory from the '60s animation version (at least the body, anyway) for the Warner Bros. movie scheduled for release next year, according to Gizmodo. And thank goodness for that, because it's probably the … Read more
Taking a leaf out of Harman Kardon's gadget book, Nokia is about to launch a in-car minidisplay to allow drivers to control their cell phone calls when on the road. The Nokia Bluetooth Display Car Kit CK-15W features a 2.2-inch TFT color display, which can be mounted on a car's dashboard to give drivers the information they need for making and controlling calls via some handsome-looking menus.
Like some of the Bluetooth stereos we have reviewed recently, the CK-15W will have the ability to download cell phone contact books. We'll be doing our best to get … Read more
When GM unveiled the Chevy Volt at this year's Detroit auto show, it admitted that the electric-powered required a technological breakthrough in battery development for the concept to become a reality. Skeptics suggested that the unveiling was little more than pie in the sky or PR hoopla intended to paint the General in more a more non-electric-car-killing light.
This week, however, GM has gone some way to dispelling that skepticism by awarding contracts to two firms with credentials in the lithium ion battery and automotive industries to come up with a solution to the Volt's power requirements. Compact … Read more