Whether you like Jeremy Clarkson or not, you cannot deny that he is a significantly influential voice in the automotive media industry. Above all, his critique of automobiles is hugely entertaining, especially when the cars are bad.
Speaking of which, it just so happens Clarkson announced his list of the 10 worst cars he drove in 2015 and 2016 for his latest column in The Sunday Times.
He criticized these cars for simply lacking in imagination and failing to give him “the Fizz,” or the sort of excitement that good cars tend to give. Naturally, Clarkson also responded with his top 10 list of cars he did love in 2015 and 2016.
Check out his hated list after the jump, and his loved list here.
The Kia Rio is nearly four years old, so it isn’t necessarily old enough to be needing replacement. But that isn’t stopping Kia from moving forward with a next-gen model since the company just released some teaser sketches of one.
Posted on the automaker’s global press site, the new official renderings provide us with a very concrete look as to what to expect visually with the fourth-generation Kia.
The next Rio’s design is described to be a result of a collaboration between Kia’s two satellite design centers in Germany and California, and the main HQ in Namyang, Korea. Both are ultimately led by the one and only Peter Schreyer.
The Kia Rio is the automaker’s best-selling model and to no surprise, it isn’t revolutionary in anyway means. Instead, to keep the formula consistently successful, Kia evolved the fourth-generation model to be as good as the outgoing car, but with all the latest and greatest updates.
Expect the new Rio to berevealed on September 29, at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.
– By: Chris Chin
Scion was sentenced to death earlier this year and it was a blessing in disguise. Despite trying to reach down to the younger spectrum of the car-buying market, Scions ended up being bought mostly by old people and first-time drivers wanting a sports car. The latter are the reasons why the Scion tC sold, which was an OK car.
But making OK cars just wasn’t enough, even with the amazing FR-S and so thus, Scion had to be shut down. That said, the FR-S now receives the badge it deserves, being called the 2017 Toyota 86. Similarly, the European Auris-based Corolla comes to the US now as the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM, versus the Scion iM in 2016.
That said, pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86 was also announced, ticking the invoice at $26,255 with a six-speed manual. That is just an $950 increase over the FR-S, while the automatic rings up at $26,975, or $570 more than the outgoing FR-S equivalent. Though we don’t know why you would want to buy one with an automatic.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM on the other hand starts at $18,750 for a variant with a six-speed manual with the automatic CVT-equipped car marking the bill down at $19,490 to start.
Deliveries will commence early in September, next month.
– By: Chris Chin
Photo Source: Toyota
Here at egmCarTech, I’m not worried one bit to be experimental and so, some experimenting is going to happen.
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Tomorrow, at around 8AM Eastern Standard US time, I’ll be boarding a seaplane on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which will whisk me away to the eastern tip of Long Island, to a small ocean town called Montauk. There, Volvo arranged for yours truly to try out the new 2017 Volvo S90 along the pretty coasts of the Hamptons.
Should all go well, and technology be cooperative like you would hope, I will be live streaming my entire experience periodically on Facebook as well as providing a first-drive review, as part of a collaborative project with Guys Gab, a popular mens’ lifestyle blog.
So stay tuned to our Facebook page, or Guys Gab on Facebook to check in with me, starting at 8AM EST.
As a refresher, the 2017 Volvo S90 was revealed in December of 2015 as a successor to the aging S80 flagship sedan. The S90 will be later accompanied by a wagon V90 version, both of which ride on the same Scalable Product Architecture as the latest XC90. Power is provided by a range of forced-induced gasoline engines for the US-spec car. Full specifications will be revealed at the drive tomorrow.
– By: Chris Chin
Tesla’s on a huge sales offensive to meet end-of-the-year goals. This benefits the customer usually in the form of discounts and easier purchasing or leasing options–and that’s exactly what happened as of recent.
Earlier today, Tesla officially announced to be introducing new two-year lease options for the Model X and Model S electric vehicles. While you might think this new option works in the potential buyers’ favor, the numbers don’t exactly crunch out much in the way of savings.
In a recent email tipped to Electrek, Tesla is offering a new Model S 60 with a lease rate of $593 per month for a 10,000-mile yearly mileage cap for 24 months. With that rate, you get a pretty basic Model S 60 with virtually no extra options or kit. Oh, that’s also forgetting the need to cough up $6,000 for a down payment. The MSRP for the Model S 60 is otherwise $66,000.
The Model X is also equally expensive at $730 per mont under the same terms. This earns a basic Model X 60D, otherwise MSRP’d at $74,000.
The promotion starts now and is on-going until September 12th. All orders made before then will quality for the lease program.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Tesla via Electrek
Photo Source: Tesla
Volvo Cars continues to move forward with its efforts to innovate and the company’s latest partnership with Uber is living proof. Just recently, the two entities joined forces to cooperatively develop autonomous driving vehicles to develop a self-driving fleet for Uber.
In the latest statement, the two pledged a combined total of $300 million USD to researching and developing the entire project. It consists of Uber buying a bunch of XC90, S90, and V90 vehicles, and fitting them with Uber’s latest autonomous driving tech. That tech is what’s going to be developed between the two companies, but there’s a specific reason why Uber chose Volvo.
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The XC90, S90, and V90 cars are all built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, which is jargon for the company’s modular platform for large vehicles. Not only is the SPA platform, designed with the latest in structural safety, they are also designed with autonomous driving tech in mind. So they basically are premade to accommodate technology expansion with electrification and autonomous driving tech.
Volvo didn’t mention the use of its Compact Modular Architecture, or the new platform currently being developed for the company’s new line of compact and subcompact cars. So this means the project will focus mainly on use of the XC90, the S90, and V90.
The automotive industry isn’t without its fair share of trends, mostly stemming from advances in technology. For instance, automakers are in constant battles with each other to competitively one-up each other.
It started with examples like, who could design the biggest tailfins, or build the largest displacement engines. Now, it’s down to how many gears automakers can cram into an automatic transmission, all in the name of fuel economy and drivability.
In some cases, it has worked, with modern-day six-speed automatics performing way better than the old-fashioned three-speed automatics from the 1960s and 1970s. While companies like ZF, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz working on nine- and ten-speed automatics, Honda apparently wants to top them all off by producing an 11-speed automatic. And even when you thought two-clutches were enough for the modern DCT automatic, Honda’s unit will have three.
The transmission plans were discovered through a patent filed at Japan’s patent office.
Jeremy Clarkson’s recent history with the BBC is of no mystery after the former host of the “world’s greatest motoring show” was fired for punching a producer in the face. Despite this “fracas” as it was labeled, former head honcho of the BBC, Mark Thompson, publicly called Clarkson’s firing a huge mistake for the company.
Just in case you forgot, Jeremy Clarkson was filming for a season of Top Gear as usual last year. After some stressful filming, Clarkson was apparently overworked and hangry (hungry + angry = hangry, or being irritated from hunger) to the point of punching producer Oisin Tymon in the face, for not having hot food available behind the scenes.
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Since then, it has been an unfortunate snowball of events, leading to Clarkson’s firing from the BBC, with co-hosts James “Captain Slow” May and Richard “Hamster” Hammond following behind. They’ve all moved on to strike a deal with Amazon Prime to produce a new show called The Grand Tour.
It’s almost nearly impossible to imagine Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance without Aston Martin and Zagato. Luckily, both of them made sure to not sit this one out.
In addition to showcasing the Vanquish Zagato Coupe from Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May 2016, Aston Martin and the renowned design firm introduced a convertible version as well. Naturally, they call it the Vanquish Zagato Volante.
A bespoke convertible limited to just 99 reproductions, the new Vanquish Zagato Volante is essentially the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, but with a collapsable head. The result is a head-snapping and gorgeous luxury sports grand tourer with a million feet of headroom.
This means the Volante gets the same 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 with 598hp, netting a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds.
Deliveries are expected to commence in 2017.
Nobody likes a new car that seems outdated, which is why Cadillac is moving to evolve its current design language, starting with its latest concept from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Named the Escala Concept, the latest and greatest design study from America’s top brass resembles an Audi A7 mockup, or a “shooting brake,” or a “four-door coupe…” Whatever you may call it, the Escala previews various design cues we could potentially see in future models. Caddy also labels the Escala Concept as a showcase for technology.
“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said Johan de Nysschen in the press release, Cadillac’s president. “First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”