Hollywood can be attributed as one of the biggest enablers for the love of the automobile. When a car ever ends up on the big screen, it immediately gains it’s own fame since they’re often picture-perfect portrayals of relatable situations. Hey, if James Bond drove a Ford Mondeo in Casino Royale, then the Ford Mondeo must be cool, right?
Well, you get the point. More often than not, big screen appearances certainly influence our buying decisions, or so marketing firms and committees think, since they believe, if James Bond was cool enough to be seen in a Ford Mondeo, rather than driving one with a paper bag over his head, than it must be socially acceptable to own one in real life. The basic psychology of product placement.
But seldom the moment comes when you can actually buy and own the actual prop cars used in certain Hollywood flicks. Right now, is one of those moments, if you’re a big Mad Men fan.
General Motors loves badgineering, as is evident with their latest line of full-size SUVs, which continues to this day, unbothered by the lingering fear of skyrocketing fuel prices.
Nonetheless, GMC decided to make their offerings a little bit more accessible, by producing a new trimline called the SLT Premium Edition. Think of it, as other journalists have put it, as a GMC Yukon Denali-lite. Or, the GMC Yukon “the poor-man’s Denali.”
It starts off life as a near-fully loaded Yukon SLT, but only comes with the base 5.3L Ecotec V8 with 355hp. But it comes with some handsome looking appointments, such as massive 22-inch wheels, and chrome inserts for the front lower fascia. This package is available on both the short-wheelbase and long Yukon XL.
– By: Chris Chin
The Lamborghini Miura, a car that basically needs no explanation, like the Jaguar E-Type, for it is forever engraved in history as one of the world’s most iconic cars. But, we’re going to explain anyway, simply because of how awesome the Miura really is, and how special today is for Lamborghini’s most important car ever.
Fifty years ago, in 1966, Lamborghini, once a manufacturer of fast and beautiful boutique GT cars, and tractors, gave birth to the revelation to supercars, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Miura, which set the standard for nearly all mid-engined supercars since then.
Behind the passenger cell, nestled deep within the confines of the middle of the platform ahead of the rear axle, for optimal weight distribution, lay a transverse-mounted 4.0L V12 with 350hp and 262 lb-ft of twist, and a manual transmission, allowing it to take the title at the time as the world’s fastest production car, sprinting to sixty in seven seconds and a top speed of 171 MPH.
As we go about our daily lives, the United States Federal Court is arbitrating over how Volkswagen will compensate owners affected by Dieselgate in America. Now, a new statement from Volkswagen, along with a supporting report by Reuters, says Volkswagen could come to an agreement and settlement with the U.S. Federal Court over how the company will pay its dues over emissions cheating.
By the time the settlement will be announced, on July 26th, the amount of time elapsed since the initial filing will have reached about 10 months of painstaking investigations and negotiations.
So far, the Volkswagen Group begun rolling out a compensation program for owners of affected cars, while offering to fix or buy back the 482,000 cars flagged with the affected 2.0L turbodiesel four-banger.
In addition to the repair costs involved with 482,000 cars, fines could be imposed heavily by the government and so far, projections in the tens of billions in total damages have been estimated.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Volkswagen, Reuters
Believe it or not, Acura officially produced their first NSX. No really, they did it. It’s not a “near-production” model or a prototype, or a test mule. It is, the actual, #001, 2017 Acura NSX, and it rolled off the assembly line a few days ago in Marysville, Ohio.
Despite feeling like old news, the 2017 Acura NSX is still a relevant topic as the first one naturally fetched a hefty price of $1.2 million, after being auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson show earlier this year. That’s quite a premium over the NSX’s MSRP of $156,000. The winning bid was placed by Rick Hendrick, with all proceeds going to Camp Southern Ground and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
As a refresher, the 2017 Acura NSX comes with an all-new DOHC 75-degree 3.5L V6 and a nine-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic, which is then assisted by an aft-mounted direct-drive electric motor, netting a total of 573hp.
It’s 2016 ladies and gents, and what a time to be alive with the evolution of technology, with the mass abundance of what we now call smartphones, or basically, miniature supercomputers in our pockets.
The latest development comes from Apple, where a report from several sources discovered a patent filed by the Cupertino-based tech giant, that basically describes a new smartphone application that can pretty much remote control your car.
“This already exists,” you may shout. However, not officially and specifically in the way Apple apparently has envisioned. Sure, there are multiple connectivity apps available through various automakers, where you can remote control in-car amenities such as the HVAC, door locks, and even the windows and ignition. With Tesla even, you can enable “summon mode,” where the car can crawl to your position.
Now, Apple wants to basically develop their own application, in house, for iOS. This is most likely from Apple’s overall initiative to get more involved with the automobile industry, with intents to even make their own car.
After countless rumors and teasers, almost to the point where I completely forgot this was in the works, Toyota’s and BMW’s hotly rumored midsize sports coupe is now beginning to take shape in production form, as reports suggest the companies signed a deal with renowned firm Magna Steyr, to build and assemble the car. That’s the same Magna Steyr Mercedes-Benz has been using for decades as the builder of all Gelandewagens and Unimogs that pretty much live in the world.
Magna Steyr also builds the Mini Countryman and Paceman, but the Paceman is scheduled to be discontinued while the Countryman’s production will relocate in-house at Mini in the UK.
Other cars are also made by Magna Steyr, however, in terms of future capacity, they’ll be the sole producers of BMW’s and Toyota’s new sports car collaboration, says German outlet, Kleine Zeitung.
The production version is scheduled to arrive in 2018.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Kleine Zeitung via AutoBlog
It just seems like BBC’s new generation of Top Gear is off to an awful start as Britain’s The Sun reports that host Chris Evans had a rage-quit moment during the four-hour taping of the season’s first episode, in front of the audience, I might add.
I mean, we get it, it’s a pretty damn tall order to fill the shoes once occupied by the one and only Jeremy Clarkson–like that’s not a lot of weight on one’s shoulders…/s.
Evans suffered some stage fright it seems as he simply got fed up from needing to do 10 takes of the show’s intro. He got so fed up, he even started swearing and ridiculing the crowd’s posture in front of the camera.
Co-host Matt LeBlanc also felt the steam and the difficult chemistry as he struggled with his lines, reportedly. To rub salt in the wound, renowned actor Brad Pitt was scheduled to be the first star guest, but he apparently dropped out last minute. Jesse Eisenberg and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey instead took Pitt’s place.
Fans of Mercedes-Benz and electric cars are probably wondering what Stuttgart has in store to compete with the likes of BMW’s i and Tesla Motors, as the luxury EV wars continue to heat up and gain momentum.
Mercedes did say that they could create a sub-brand similarly to BMW’s i program, but they decided not to and preferred to integrate the new models into the already preexisting lineup. They think it’ll be an easier and smoother sell to offer alternatively powered vehicles in an already familiar package, to avoid confusion by creating an entire new lineup, like BMW with the i3 and the i8.
The result, according to AutoCar, are some new electrified vehicles from the Silver Arrow, specifically, two new sedans and two SUVs by the year 2020. This is on top of the already pending next-generation B-Class Electric Drive, which will be launched in Europe later this year.
The Takata Recall saga continues as Toyota and Lexus both officially announced to be expanding their recall of cars affected by the original Takata airbag inflator issue, leading to one of the auto industry’s biggest recalls in history. It’s the sort of mass hysteria you’d expect when one company basically monopolizes a very specific market in the world of automobile parts supply.
Not too long ago, the recall was expanded by nearly 40 million airbags in total, as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In this specific case, Toyota and Lexus are including the following cars on their list as cars needing airbag replacement: