Category: Cars

Electric Cars

Electricity powered cars seem to be gaining ground each passing day. These vehicles appear to have floored the gas powered cars. The major factor behind these recent developments is that they are noise free and do not cause any form of pollution. Nowadays, news is all over about these types of cars. One of the most popular electric models now is Tesla Model S.

An electric car solely relies on electricity in order to operate. Whereas a gas powered car is installed with an internal combustion, this one is fitted with electric motors and controllers. The features of electric vehicles are much better than those of gas. The only weakness of these electric cars is their delivery of power, a challenge that is being worked on at the moment.

Electric Cars

Recent studies reveal that most people prefer electric cars to gas cars. This is primarily due to the ease with which the owners are able to power their cars. These cars are being recharged from the plugs in sockets at home. This aspect is economical in terms of cost with comparison to cars that use gas. Charging stations are equally mushrooming almost everywhere. This is an indicator that electric cars are being embraced hence many users will comfortably take them on the road.

Electric cars do not emit pollutants as their main source of power is electricity. This means that they are eco-friendly. They only get power from batteries hence do not require combustion of gases. Individuals who have a soft spot for the environment find these electric cars a must-have asset. Besides, these vehicles conserve energy in a very efficient manner. When one breaks, electricity is produced and then stored in the batteries. Electric vehicles can also derive power from solar panels thus reducing the usage of electricity.

The negative side of these cars is that they are quite expensive and batteries have to be replaced every 3 years. But with technological innovativeness, such drawbacks will be a story of the past.

Tesla Just Launched a Vegan Version of the Model X

Are you trying to be more socially conscious? Are you interested in vegan friendly products? Well, Tesla is trying to promote an all vegan version of the Model X, so we figured that we’d tell you all about it.

A lot of top notch cars offer all leather interiors, but very few are offering synthetic interiors that are designed to address the tastes of vegan car owners. Obviously, a vehicle has its own share of issues but Tesla has worked tirelessly on improving the details, increasing the environmental viability dramatically.

Model X tesla

Zero emission powertrains help take the pressure off the planet, still allowing us to make it to work on time without tearing the environment apart. The first color offered is “Ultra White”, and it’s an option for the Model X.

If you have been on the fence about investing in Tesla’s vehicles, you might want to check out the Model X. It’s a crossover that’s fully electric, with a driving range of over 250 miles. Seven adults can fit in this vehicle, making it not only efficient but very spacious. The Model X can go from 0-60 mph in roughly 3.2 seconds. Continue reading

10 things to know about the new Renault Kadjar

Renault revealed its new C-segment crossover earlier this year in Paris. It’s called Renault KADJAR, and it looks absolutely fabulous. For a Renault, that is. It’s mission is to compete with his sibling, the Nissan Qashqai, for supremacy in a segment that brings up to 30% of sales in China and is larger and larger in Europe.

Renault Kadjar

1. It has 4×4, 4×2 and Extended Grip, that will allow it to reach difficult terrain, even if the car is not prepared for hard off-road.

2. It’s 4.45 m long, 1.84 m wide and 1.6 m tall – a compact crossover, larger than the Renault Captur but smaller than the Koleos.

3. It’s geared towards the young living an active lifestyle, with plenty of boot space for its segment (472 litres) and interior modularity at its best (the front passenger’s seat can be transformed into a table, and the rear bench can fold 1/3-2/3.

4. It’s also geared towards the asphalt road, with up to 19 inches wheels, but its 190 mm road clearance means that it can also attack some country roads (18 degrees attack angle, 25 degrees rear angle).

5. It’s spacious enough for 4 adults and a child, that means a family will have no problem using it as a family car.

6. It has a modern interior, with Renault’s R-Link 2 multimedia system and connectivity providing high-tech entertainment and mobile apps designed to help the driver on the road. Continue reading

Mitsubishi ASX drive test. Fighter jet!

Mitsubishi ASX is a bold move from the Japanese manufacturer in the crossover segment, and after Outlander’s success, it’s presence on this segment was mandatory, especially in the face of such as Nissan Qashqai and co.

We’ve tested the European version fitted with the 1.6 litre 115 PS gas engine, and were surprised by this little SUV destined to be liked by youngsters and small families. The three main points to like? Exterior design, handling and modularity. The three main points not to like? Plastic quality, smallish engine and extremely annoying beeps coming from the car when you start the engine without having put your safety belt in advance.

Mitsubishi ASX

This having been said, let’s tackle them in order in our Mitsubishi ASX test drive review:

Design 8/10: it really looks like a fighter jet on steroids. Its frontal part seems to be taken directly from the superb Lancer and is so mean that other cars in the fast lane are in a hurry to make way for you. For those looking for the most striking car in the segment: here it is! It’s a pity that the interior doesn’t catch on the exterior and is the usual somber ‘look at me I’m soo serious’ black on black that we usually get from Mitsubishi.

Quality 7/10: the interior materials on the Invite level are hard plastics on the doors combined with somehow softer plastics over the dashboard, durable textiles on the chairs and high-quality plastics on the door handles and central console. If you manage to get the Intense or Instyle packages the leather provided is of good quality but the overall feeling of sturdiness remains. It’s a well-assembled car, but without any refinement. Continue reading

The new 2015 Audi Q7

The new Q7 renounces the massive looks of the first generation and now looks more like a family car than a bulky SUV. This should add more space inside, but also more sportivity, as the car seems to be lower than the former generation and slightly wider. The car is also 660 lbs (350 kg) lighter, and this should also bring a lot of sportivity and fuel efficiency.

2015 Audi Q7

If the outside looks are more like an evolution, inside we have a very different story. The dashboard is completely new, with the air conditioning vents spreading on its entire length, Passat-like, and with a new central display finally put where it belonged – directly in the driver’s line of view.

We can also see a second digital display behind the wheel, and we can expect the same amount of graphical entertainment already seen on the new Audi TT. Expect a plethora of driving assistance systems for the driver, including auto-braking, lane keeping, blind spot warning and auto-parking.

Powertrain-wise, we can expect to have a twin-turbo V6 TDI developing 385 PS with the help of a third supercharger, but also the usual lineup of 6 and 8 cylinders – just more powerful and more economical than the current engines. Also be aware that we’ll have an e-tron version combining the V6 TDI with an electric motor that should provide enough range for daily 100% electric driving (30 miles/50 km in full electric mode) or for hitting the road big time (800 miles/1300 km total range).

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show and it surely is a step forward in the right direction for the Korean brand. Known as ix45 in Europe, it will start selling in April in the US, and towards the end of the year in Europe.

Hyundai prepared two variants of the new Santa Fe. As you can see from the pictures, the new Hyndai Santa Fe Sport (the shorter version) is a compact SUV, 184.6 inches long (4.690 mm), 66.1 inches tall (1.680 mm) and 74 inches wide (1.880 mm). It’s wheelbase is 106.3 inches, which is a lot for this segment.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

Under the hood, the new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will have a choice of two engine: 2.4 l GDI offering 190 hp and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm), and a 2.0-l T-GDI turbo developing 264 HP and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque. Both engines are coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the front axle is benefiting from Torque Steering Control.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is also prepared with safety in mind: customers can opt for a Lane Departure Warning System, while the car comes in standard with no less than seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.

Among comfort technologies that will be available on the new Santa Fe we can count a Start/Stop button, keyless entry, a multimedia Supervision Cluster incorporating a color LCD, BlueLink connectivity, LED headlights, heated steering wheel and sliding second-row seats.

BMW 1 Series 2012

We had the opportunity to test and review the new BMW 1 Series 2012 (F20) at the Berlin official launch, and we’re able to bring you the main good and bad points of this car, as well as a comprehensive photo gallery from the test drives.

First of all – BMW 1 Series 2012 at a glance:

1. The car is bigger, wider and the interior space is taller. You have more space for the ankles and feet in the back due to the wider wheelbase, as well as more space for the head and shoulders. This means that now you can have 1.80m (6 ft tall) and sit relaxed in the back. The third person on the back seats will not sit as comfortably, though, so this car is for 4 adults only.

BMW 1 Series 2012

2. The back seats can fold individually, as well as the headrests. This is nice if you want to travel with lot of luggage, the 360 liters offered being above the standard offer in the C segment. Also, you have plenty of storage space in the front, and the door panels are designed intelligently to fit all kind of bottle sizes.

3. Trim quality is up a little, you get better plastics than in the former generation, but the textiles, Sensatec and real leather remain of the same quality (that is, abysmal for the textiles, good for the Sensatec and very good for the real leather).

4. You get the latest installment of the iDrive interface, which at first is extremely confusing and complex, but with time you will grow to like it because of the vast array of options that it offers: from synching with an iPhone to BMW’s Assistance program that can help you (in Europe) find practically anything you want, downloading the data on your navigation system. Continue reading