There's a battle ahead, one that many may not have seen coming. Perhaps because it's starting for an odd reason. You see, the auto industry has, more or less, ceased making bad cars. These days they're all pretty good. They'll start on a cold morning, idle happily in traffic on a hot afternoon, protect you in a crash, and look pretty good while doing it. Sure, that last point is always debatable, and certainly some cars are better suited for different tasks than others, but the key is that it's genuinely hard to buy a &… Read more
Embedded technology was a major focus of Bosch's CES press conference, where Chairman Werner Struth presented the various use cases for the company's tech in, among other things, smart home products, eco-friendly building design, and automated cars.
At the core of its push in the smart home is a new embedded sensor, the Bosch SensorTec BME280, and a new business division, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, headed by CEO Thorsten Mueller).
A descendant of Bosch's MEMS sensors, the BME280 combines temperature, humidity, and pressure into a single package. Bosch says this is the first of its kind … Read more
When Britain's Salon Prive luxury car fair opens in September, visitors will get a chance to gawk at the Vencer Sarthe, a new hand-built supercar from the Netherlands. We're already planning to sneak in.
The Sarthe is one of many ridiculously crushworthy cars we wish we could afford, along with our recent fantasizing about $8 million gold speakers, luxury timepieces, and diamond-encrusted tablets and smartphones.
The Sarthe was named after the Circuit de la Sarthe course, a famed venue of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It has a 510-horsepower, 8-cylinder engine; six-speed manual gearbox; and a top speed of 202 mph. It can do 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds. … Read more
When shopping for a new car, the old questions remain relevant. Does it have enough seats for my family and friends? Are the seats comfortable? Will it suit all the uses for which I need it? Does it get good fuel economy? Is it safe?
However, there are many new tech features available that can make your drives more comfortable, keep you out of traffic jams, and prevent accidents. In addition, there are different drivetrain options that can save you a lot of money, depending on your lifestyle.
In this guide, we will let you know what features you can … Read more
Sometimes, things just blow up.
It happens to iPhones, so why shouldn't it happen to lovely, shiny hybrid cars?
I am grateful to Jalopnik, which discovered that a lovely Fisker Karma is slightly less lovely today, after it appears to have set itself alight.
I don't think it was a protest against continued ignorance of global warming, though local fire crew in Woodside, Calif., are currently mystified as to why the Fisker lost its karma and simply flambeed.
No one appears to have been hurt in this incident, which occurred when the owner went into a local grocery … Read more
Fisker Automotive received worrying news last week when a Karma sedan burned in a house fire in Texas. The cause is still being investigated, according to the company.
The fire started shortly after a new Karma owner parked the car in a garage, according to a report in Autoweek. A fire investigator told Autoweek that the Karma, which was not plugged in, was the origin of the fire, but the cause was not known.
Fisker released a statement saying that the electric car's battery pack was intact and "does not appear to be a contributing factor in this … Read more
Most people using a smartphone for navigation will be doing 95 percent of their driving in an area with data coverage. But the most critical times for a good navigation app come out on back roads, far away from cell towers. Likewise, high data roaming charges in foreign … Read more
The unveiling of Fisker Automotive's Atlantic model last night proves once again the EV maker can design beautiful cars. But the company's far away from demonstrating it's a healthy business.
The Atlantic extended-range electric vehicle is a luxury, four-door sedan expected to cost about $50,000. Like the sportier and more expensive Fisker Karma, it has bold styling and the high-tech touches of cars in its class. It's also electric, driven by motors and a gas engine that kicks in to keep batteries charged for longer rides.
As a lower-priced car than the $108,000 Karma, … Read more
The 2012 New York auto show starts early tonight with the official announcement and unveiling of the Fisker Atlantic. The Atlantic is the second new vehicle to be debuted by the vehicle (or the third if you choose to count the Fisker Surf design concept) and is Fisker Automotive's shot at building an extended-range electric vehicle that people can actually afford.
The Atlantic doesn't divert terribly from the formula set by the Karma. The sedans feature similar mustachioed front ends, the smaller Atlantic largely maintaining a scaled-down version of the Fisker design language with a few tweaks here … Read more
Photos of Fisker Automotive's Atlantic luxury plug-in electric are online a day before the company officially unveils the car in New York.
Called Project Nina, the four-door sedan is expected to have the same powertrain as the Fisker Karma (and Chevy Volt) -- the car is driven by an electric motor and a gas engine kicks in to maintain sufficient charge on longer rides.
Fisker is hosting a "reveal" event for the Atlantic tomorrow night in New York, where there will certainly be questions about the company's future.
The company suffered delays in bringing out the … Read more