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Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

“Spotters” have been an integral part of off-roading. Cresting a hill or picking a way over obstacles is difficult when the hood is in the way seeing what’s there. The spotter, standing along the trail, points just where to go, how fast and how much to turn the wheel. But spotters will soon be on […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

The freshman chemistry student knows chemical reactions are typically slowed by cold temperatures, and everyone who owns a pure-electric automobile knows—or should know—that basic chemistry means there’s less electricity available from a battery when the weather turns cold. But by just how much? That’s a question that the American Automobile Association asked as well. It […]

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

The Cadillac CTS has suffered, if that’s the right word, a gap between the regular CTS models, powered by a two-liter four-cylinder engine, or a V-6 of 3.6 liters, and the V-8-powered Cadillac CTS-V. The four-cylinder engine, turbocharged and making 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, is not the anomaly-in-a-Cadillac one might expect. And […]

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Five driving tips that could save your life

Five driving tips that could save your life

Your car has thousands of dollars in safety equipment, from seat belts and air bags to, perhaps, automatic brake drying and even collision avoidance braking. They’re all worthwhile, certainly, but here are five simple no-cost ways avoid collisions and maybe even save your life: Do a good turn daily  When waiting to make a left […]

December 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rolls-Royce Bespoke lets you roll your Rolls your own way

Rolls-Royce Bespoke lets you roll your Rolls your own way

Miriam-Webster defines “bespoke” as “made to fit a particular person,” and nothing could be a more accurate application for the word than the Bespoke program at Rolls-Royce. The folks at Bespoke will make any Rolls model fit a particular person, as defined as a specific individual, who is particular, as in exacting, about what he […]

November 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
What is ‘active intake manifold’?

What is ‘active intake manifold’?

  Read any article about or review of any vehicle powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi SRT V-8 engine—for example, our recent look at the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392—and you’re like to find mention of an “active intake manifold.” And likely there’s no explanation of what that exactly is. If you don’t know, here’s the […]

October 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
How do the new Infiniti Q models compare to the old model names? Here’s your cheat sheet.

How do the new Infiniti Q models compare to the old model names? Here’s your cheat sheet.

Are you having trouble keeping the new Infiniti nomenclature straight? Exactly how do the new Q/QX labels compare to the old names, the outgoing semi-arbitrary alphanumerics? The general answer is that anything with a Q prefix is an automobile. Anything with a QX is a sport utility or a crossover. Infiniti says it provides “a […]

October 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Continental Tire gives tire noise the silent treatment with ContiSilent tire

Continental Tire gives tire noise the silent treatment with ContiSilent tire

Tire noise is a major component to interior cabin noise, particularly as manufacturers reduce wind noise, so when a tire manufacturer can reduce roadway racket by up to .9 decibel—that’s diminishing it to almost one tenth of what it had been—that’s huge. It’s something that Continental Tires says its new ContiSilent tires can do. The […]

August 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cadillac announces Vsport, Twin Turbo XTS

Cadillac announces Vsport, Twin Turbo XTS

If you’re wondering – as we have – what a 21st-Century Elvis might drive, this week Cadillac conveniently supplies the answer: A 2014 iteration of its XTS luxury sedan offering a twin turbo V6. And while the historically-excessive Elvis might wonder what happened to his vaunted V8, EP can rest easy; the new twin turbo […]

June 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
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