• (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Driven: the Great Wall Steed If success were measured by fabulous naming, the Great Wall Steed would be a hit. But we require more… 1 of 6 How do you double the value of a Japanese car? Fill it with petrol! That rib-tickling side-splitter comes to you from the grand almanac of 1970s British Jokes About Japanese Cars. Seems bizarre, but that was what Brits did in the Seventies: took the mickey out of Japanese cars for being ugly, badly made and unreliable (First prize in the raffle: one Japanese car. Second prize: two Japanese cars!). You know what happened next. Japan turned out to be Actually Quite Good at building cars better than the glorious Austin Maxi and Morris Marina. Undeterred, and demonstrating our national inability to learn from history, we rehashed the same jokes for the Czechs’ efforts in the late Eighties and Korean cars in the Nineties. Skoda and Hyundai, sound the irony klaxon! As you gaze upon the glorious visage of the Great Wall Steed, the first Chinese-brand car to go on sale in the UK (yes, we’ve had Chinese produce in Britain before — the current generation of ‘MGs’, most notably — but the mighty Steed is the first to appear under its original Chinese badging), you may see where this one is going. We’ve spent a decade guffawing and thigh-slapping at the laughable … of China’s home-grown cars: the Mini-aping knock-offs, the rickety saloons that ...

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  • Hyundai to Sell Upcoming ix35 Fuel-Cell Car in All 50 U.S. States Hydrogen-fuel-cell electric vehicles make more sense than other alternative technologies, such as plug-in hybrids, which have redundant systems, Hyundai ’s U.S. CEO says. CORONADO, CA Hyundai foresees wide distribution of its forthcoming ix35 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, says the FCEV, which Hyundai unveiled at last week s Geneva auto show, will be sold in all 50 states. However, he can t say whether the rollout strategy will favor coastal regions early on, as has been the trend with other alternative-powertrain models such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The ix35, based on the Tucson cross/utility vehicle platform, will launch mass production and U.S. retail sales in 2015, Krafcik confirms to media at a Santa Fe 3-row CUV event here. Up to now, FCEVs largely have been experimental or relegated to test fleets at universities and utility companies. The exception is Honda s FCX Clarity model, which debuted in the U.S. in 2008 as a lease vehicle priced at $600 a month over 36 months. Krafcik says Hyundai plans to build and retail thousands of units of the ix35. The Honda FCX Clarity has sold a total of 40 units, according to WardsAuto data. Honda officials blame the underwhelming sales on the slowness of infrastructure development. Krafcik is unfazed by the lack of hydrogen-refueling stations in the U.S. He notes the cost to install ...

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  • First ride: Mahindra Rodeo RZ The Rodeo is considered Mahindra’s flagship scooter amongst its three offerings, all of which use the same engine. Now Mahindra is rolling out an upgrade to the Rodeo and calling it the Rodeo RZ. The name, then, is inline with the DZ they added to the Duro when it was face lifted a few months ago. Mahindra’s foray into two-wheelers has been rocky as far as motorcycles go, but their scooters have done reasonably well. And the new Rodeo should only help. It features small upgrades to the engine’s ignition system — a two-map digital ignition system and a new carburettor apart from equally small chassis upgrades — a higher riding position (ground clearance as well as seat height rise by roughly two centimetres). Plus there’s minor visual tweaks and new colours. We expect the price to continue but Mahindra is to announce the price in a week or so as it sets out to complete a phased national roll out within a few weeks, starting with the southern markets. The changes in the RZ may be minor but they do add up. The engine — based on the excellent SYM motor from the Flyte — remains a highlight. It’s a smooth, quiet engine that propels the scooter very neatly. Mahindra claim that it is even quicker in acceleration than the Suzuki Swish (our current acceleration king in the 100-125cc automatic scooter segment). On the hand, the new ignition system and the carburettor allow the Rodeo to hit 59kmpl ...

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  • VW covers all the green bases with the hybrid addition to its popular Jetta lineup. Cons: Highest priced Jetta Is it really needed given the TDI? Some plasticky interior materials Most Americans equate hybrid technology with fuel efficiency. Few understand that diesel engines are almost as efficient and that they usually cost less than their hybrid counterparts. No automaker has had more success with diesels in America than Volkswagen. In fact, 20 percent of the Jettas sold in the U.S. each year are TDI turbodiesels. For 2013, however, Volkswagen is covering all the green bases by adding a hybrid to the Jetta lineup. Let’s take a look at how it compares to hybrids in general and to the Jetta TDI in particular. Model lineup The Jetta Hybrid is offered in four trims: base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. Pricing starts at $24,995 for the base trim, but it is only offered by special order. That makes the $26,990 SE the base car that most buyers will be able to find. Standard equipment on the base level includes vinyl upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and 15-inch alloy wheels. The SE adds keyless access and starting, a touch-screen audio system, iPod interface and satellite radio. The $29,325 SEL gets a sunroof, a navigation system, heated seats and 16-inch wheels. The top-of-the-line $31,180 SEL Premium adds bi-xenon headlights that point into turns, a rearview camera, a 400-watt Fender audio system and 17-inch wheels. ...

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  • luxury car news and reviews BMW i3: an advanced electric utility will range extender optionally with two cylinders The power project BMW i, started back in 2007, will begin to take shape this year with the launch of the first electric tourist house Munich, the BMW i3. Although we will not live until the next Frankfurt Motor Show, after the summer, it can go ahead and that beyond the sustainability of electric, BMW will position its product for its premium character (and thus luxurious for its category), the extension of autonomy, its lightweight construction and the use of unusual materials in utility and of course a technology deployment unpublished. As if that were not enough the BMW i3 will have a very powerful engine with 170 hp and torque of 250 Nm available from the first moment it step on the accelerator. Its numbers are impressive, from 0-100 km / h takes only 7.2 seconds, as fast as a BMW 118i (170 hp but also with an internal combustion engine, gasoline). Although this utility battery ensure a range of between 130 and 160 kilometers, electric , will be offered a range extender optional two-cylinder, 34 hp that will allow us to enjoy a maximum range of 300 kilometers. Will BMW found the key to solve once and for all one of the largest electrical problems? As BMW has placed special emphasis on maintaining the momentum expected from their cars, a nice touch and agile chassis with a weight distribution of 50% base. As if that were not enough this BMW i3 retain rear-wheel ...

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  • Verdict The McLaren P1 feels different from any other supercar. It’s a hybrid, and yet everything is so well integrated, you’d barely notice the electric motor. Rather than detract from the performance, it adds to it, providing a thrilling hit of acceleration. It’s usable every day in Normal mode, silent in E-mode and as focused as a serious racing car in Race mode. Following the F1 was a tough gig, but McLaren has managed it. How exactly do you become the first person outside McLaren to drive the £866,000, 903bhp petrol-electric McLaren P1 hypercar? Owning every McLaren road car ever made – including its legendary F1 forebear – might help. And so it was that we arrived in Dunsfold in Surrey to take the wheel of one of the most exciting cars of this century. As we land at the old WWII air base, we’re greeted by a black and yellow prototype P1. With the same chassis and wheelbase as the 12C, the proportions are almost identical. But the styling is completely different. This is a 12C on steroids, with the wild intakes, huge rear wing and outlandish curves all carefully honed in a wind tunnel. This car isn’t finished, so some interior switches are missing, but in the production car everything is carbon fibre and there’s just a tiny bit of padding on the dash. It just shows how much a hybrid’s batteries weigh that this car still tips the scales at 1,400kg. The figures are still scary enough, though: 0-62mph in under three seconds, 0-124mph in under seven ...

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  • Average User Score 2012 Honda CR-V Review The 4th-generation Honda CR-V debuts for 2012 with a full redesign, including a new exterior look, improved horsepower and fuel economy, a new automatic fold-down rear seat, and a number of cutting-edge tech features, such as Pandora streaming radio and a voice-oriented text-messaging function. With a focus on fuel economy rather than performance, the new Honda CR-V can feel sluggish at times, especially when passing at highway speeds, and all CR-Vs retain a 5-speed transmission, rather than a 6-speed shifter utilized by some competitive vehicles. The CarGurus View By most accounts, Honda has made a good vehicle even better. The automaker’s goal when redesigning its popular, family-oriented CV-R for 2012 was to make the vehicle more efficient and functional, and Honda has succeeded on both fronts. Add in a number of new tech features sure to keep the competition on its toes, and the 4th-generation CR-V should prove a hit with buyers of all ages, but especially those with growing families. At a Glance The redesigned, 4th-generation Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV rolls into 2012 with a sleeker exterior design, an updated powerplant, a new all-wheel-drive system and a number of new interior features, including class-leading technology functions. Since its introduction in the mid-’90s, the CR-V has been a hit with buyers, thanks to its versatility and practicality. For the CR-V’s 4th generation, the automaker focused ...

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  • Instead of broadband, utilities opt for cheaper, lower-speed connections. California’s three biggest utilities are charging customers nearly $4.6 billion to install millions of smart meters at homes and businesses. These newfangled meters, the utilities promise, will revolutionize energy usage by giving consumers far greater control over how much they pay for power. Unfortunately, the meters could be outdated before they’re even operational. David Lazarus Instead of installing meters capable of receiving high-speed broadband Internet signals, Southern California Edison. San Diego Gas Electric and Pacific Gas Electric have opted for cheaper, lower-speed connections. Yet the utilities are also laying the groundwork for advanced smart grid networks that will use broadband technology for managing power supplies and distribution. The upshot: smart grids and smart meters that, in essence, won’t speak the same language. Relative to the meters you have now, the new ones are pretty smart, said Kurt Yeager, executive director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, a nonprofit group focused on improving the national power infrastructure. Relative to the meters they should be installing, they’re pretty stupid. The utilities insist that lower-speed meters will function fine with a high-speed grid, and that ratepayers shouldn’t be concerned about being sold a pig in a poke. The two-way communication is the key component, said Paul De Martini, director ...

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  • Car Specs Description Lexus RC F Sport Based on the striking Lexus RC, the RC 300h F Sport and the RC 350 F Sport will feature exclusive, even more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features, and enhanced driving dynamics. Building on the Lexus enhanced ride and handling characteristics delivered by the RC and the GS and IS models before it, the F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension systems, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with the SPORTS+ driving mode and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system, providing drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience. STUNNING TWO-DOOR COUPE EXTERIOR DESIGN The design features a compact cabin contrasted by aggressively flared wings and body contours etched with deeply sweeping lines. Readily identified by a model-specific ‘F’ mesh design, the front of F Sport models features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille. Befitting the coupe’s styling flair, the grille is wider and lower than that of other Lexus models. Perfectly integrating design and function, it incorporates both fog lamps and air intakes for brake cooling. The RC’s compact, triangular headlamp design evokes the sporting characteristics of the LF-LC concept. Each light cluster in the simultaneously-illuminating, three-lamp design contains both high and low beam lamps. The Lexus trademark L-shaped design of the low beam lamps ...

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  • Jeep CEO Talks Wrangler and the Brand s Growth Potential [2014 Detroit Auto Show] At the 2014 Detroit auto show. we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeep CEO Mike Manley. With the Wrangler due for some major changes, we ask him about the brand s halo model, efficiency, and how the brand can move forward. Car and Driver: The Cherokee launch was pretty rocky. What did you learn? Mike Manley: We were very clear right from the beginning that the vehicle would only be launched when we were 100 percent happy with the quality and development work. And that took us longer than we thought, for sure. So we delayed the launch until we were comfortable that we had the right calibration in the transmission and everything was fine for the car, which we think was absolutely the right thing to do. What we’ve learned is that we made the right decision that it has to be right before it s launched, and that we have to be less transparent with the media as to what our target dates are because it’s unhelpful when you’re saying “the vehicle’s delayed, the vehicle’s delayed,” when we’ve been clear that we’re not going to release it until the vehicle is ready. C/D: Do hybrids fit the Jeep brand? MM: Over time, absolutely. It’s impossible for me to say very specifically when, but we’ve made significant gains in fuel economy with every vehicle we’ve launched, we’ve brought diesel to Grand Cherokee. and we’ll continue to drive fuel economy gains. And at some stage, ...

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