Safety is something that has become absolutely paramount in the industry as manufacturers and legislators fight to make cars even safer. That said, it seems the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found a part of motoring safety that may have gone a little overlooked.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Volvo recently dropped a bucket load of teasers for their up and coming safety innovations that will be debuting on the fully redesigned next generation 2015 XC90 crossover.
Being the brand most widely associated with safety innovations, Volvo plans to introduce a new Pedestrian Detection In Darkness system, Road Edge and Barrier Detection with Steer Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steer Assist, Animal Detection, Car 2 Car Communication, and the latest version of Autonomous Parking.
While Chrysler made the move of having the Ram brand feature a light-duty diesel variant based off of the 2014 Ram 1500, this has made many of us wonder if the other two competitors within the Big Three—and foreign offerings—would follow. In a new report by Edmunds.com, word is that Ford will not be joining the light-duty diesel race because “payback time for a diesel F150 is too long.”
Want to cue up some more watchables for your usual midweek lunch break? Maserati has just launched a video on their YouTube channel that basically shows how their all-new 2014 Quattroporte is made, complete with the high-end Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
So, about that supposed Jaguar concept based on the F-Type that will be unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, it’s not exactly the coupe version we were guessing towards, but rather a special version of the F-Type convertible, inspired by the infamous D-Type racer.
Due to the impending occurrence of the infamous and world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, British automobile manufacturers have been sure to start their teaser campaigns for the things to come. Recently, Jaguar released a video teaser of their D-Type-inspired F-Type called Project 7, while Bentley too decided to launch a video teaser.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Chrysler’s Ram brand has just introduced a variant of the Ram 1500 pickup truck known as the Ram Black Express. And of course, judging by the name, you could expect this Ram to be decked out in all black.
It starts with the black 20-inch aluminum wheels, black-matching bumpers, a black grille with a color-matching front fascia, and standard fog lights (that aren’t black, surprisingly), black Ram badges all around, and more.
Our friends over at AutoBlog were able to get a little hint on pricing details for BMW’s much-anticipated i3 city car, which should over between $35,000-$40,000 US. After speaking to a supposed source within BMW, the BMW i3 plug-in will start around $34,500.
Following the debut of the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, as expected, Mazda recently revealed the all-new sedan variant officially via the web, specifically for the UK market for the time being. Though you could expect our spec Mazda3 to basically look the same, minus some fine detailing.
On the eve of the weekend opening up to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren officially announced that they’ll be revealing a new track-only version of its current bread-and-butter MP4-12C supercar called the 12C Sprint GT at this year’s event.
Chevrolet proudly announced that their latest Corvette Stingray is the “most efficient sports car on the market,” combining 455hp and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway, and 17 mpg city. For comparative purposes, GM highlighted the current Porsche 911 Carrera S, which delivers 400hp and an EPA-estimated 27 mpg.
Friday, July 19, 2013
AutomotiveNews of Europe recently reported that Infiniti will be delaying the launch of their electric car as the brand seeks to incorporate more advanced technology into the vehicle. After speaking with Nissan’s head of global planning, Andy Palmer, word is that Infinifi and Nissan are still on the path of zero-emissions vehicles.
CarAdvice.com of Australia reports that Land Rover is possibly gearing up to give a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque a greenlight, after speaking with Land Rover executives at a press conference.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mopar’s enthusiast site AllPar.com has been apparently told that a new hot SRT version of the controversial Jeep Cherokee may be in the works.
AutoExpressUK reports on receiving some new scoop on the much-rumored Jaguar SUV crossover to combat the latest and greatest from Germany and Japan. Talks about an SUV for the brand has been a longstanding discussion—nearly 10 years—and it has yet to truly turn into a reality.
Report: Hyundai investigating 50,000 2013 Santa Fe crossovers over reports of loss of vehicle control
Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated an investigation into some 50,000 new Hyundai Santa Fes over complaints about loss of vehicle control due to a failing right-front axle shaft.
TheDetroitBureau reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into 343,000 Honda Odyssey minivans, as reports have pointed to a fault with the braking system, in which case the brakes could apply on their own.
Volkswagen announces lineup changes for 2014, Jetta gets multilink suspension and no more five-cylinder
Volkswagen released a new statement outlining a slew of changes for the 2014 model year Jetta. For starters, a new 1.8L turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-banger will be taking the place of the base 2.5L five-cylinder engine while an R-Line variant gets added to the lineup.
Report: Mazdaspeed3 supposedly on the way by December, to drop turbo engine for high-revving natural aspiration
In lieu of the latest next generation 2014 Mazda3 being unveiled in both hatchback and sedan form, driving enthusiasts and fans have been stuck wondering as to whether or not Mazda will reintroduce the hot performance Mazdaspeed3 version amidst the crunch to produce more fuel efficient automobiles—which usually translates into a major sacrifice in performance.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Report: Lexus mulling over IS F replacement, deciding whether to use forced induction or natural aspiration, no hybrid tech
TheMotorReport of Australia was apparently able to sit down with the Lexus IS’s chief engineer, who hinted that the brand expresses desire to continue producing high-performance halo variant of the IS, known as the IS F, for the next generation. The unfortunate bit of news however is that Lexus won’t be able to use the last model’s 5.0L V8 due to stricter Euro 6 emissions requirements.
Tobias Lindholm's "A Hijacking" has a very accurate title. It is simply that; a tale of Somali pirates hijacking a Danish cargo ship in the Indian Ocean. It is told in a style more akin to a documentary than a Hollywood thriller. There are no traditional heroes here. There is no uncommon bravery. There are no gut-wrenching scenes of the families of the hostages living in horror and anticipation. Lindholm focuses on the interaction between the pirates and their hostages and the leader of the corporation trying to figure out how to negotiate the release of his employees. The hand-held cameras help create the atmosphere of chaos on the ship.
It's been about 14 years since "The Blair Witch Project" phenomenon. It provoked reactions that ranged from masterpiece to garbage. Personally, I liked it. Made on-the-cheap with handheld jerky camera movements, it fostered a goodly amount of terror in the audience by depending on a formula based on impending doom rather than throwing the scary stuff in your face. It's a good way of scaring an audience.
If you see "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" I can guarantee that you will have seen nothing quite like it before. This is neither an endorsement nor a condemnation of it, though. What is remarkable about it, is that it is filmed in North Korea, which is not exactly Hollywood, or Bollywood, or even Guam. Seeing anything that was produced in North Korea, other than a bizarre appearance by the latest ruler of the country, is almost unheard of.
If you are looking for an upbeat tale or one with a happy ending that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear, you can stop reading this now. If you are looking for a documentary with a pessimistic view of where we are headed as a nation, you have hit the pot of gold with Richard Rowley's "Dirty Wars". Award winning journalist, Jeremy Scahill, and David Riker serve as the writers, with Scahill as the star and narrator.
For those of you too young to remember, in 1987, a fellow by the name of Morton Downey Jr. came on the air on local New York City television. His show featured him as a chain-smoking get-in-your-face screaming maniac who belittled everyone who came on the show with him.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
"Grown Ups 2" opens with Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) waking up and looking contentedly at his wife Roxanne (Salma Hayek) still sleeping next to him. He then turns over and is facing a full grown deer, eating from a bowl on his nightstand. He tries to coax Roxanne to awake and open the window, but, when she sees the deer, she screams. The deer rears on its hind legs and pees in Lenny's face. "Grown Ups 2" doesn't get any better than a face full of piss.
When handed a pair of those goofy 3D IMAX glasses, I'm always filled with a feeling of dread. Rarely does the technology add value to the movie I'm about to see. If anything, it's annoying, distracting and disappointing - a cheap gimmick bolted on in post-production (hello, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"). However, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" seems tailor-made for the IMAX experience, and takes every advantage of it to create a truly eye-popping, eardrum-blasting, visceral punch of a summer popcorn movie.
Audio-Technica is a Japanese company founded in 1962, familiar to recording studios and audiophiles for its microphones and pick-up cartridges respectively. But its other main line is making headphones. See also Group test: What are the best headphones?
Done up in black and clear plastic, the Aspire U has a clean, modern look. The computer looks like an oversize picture frame, supported in the front by a clear plastic panel running its width and in the back by an articulating kickstand. This design lets you angle the Aspire U from nearly flat on the desk to nearly straight up. It’s an effective design if you have plenty of desk space or table area to work with. If you want to buy an all-in-one to maximize storage area in a small workspace, forget it: The area behind the Aspire U is completely blocked off. See all of our All-in-One PCs reviews.
In this season of wanton destruction (in movies) and political upheaval (in reality), it's hard to think of a film less necessary or less appropriate than "White House Down". This is the second film in which director Roland Emmerich has laid waste to the President's residence, and the second film this year (after the almost identical "Olympus Has Fallen") to show an assault on the White House. Emmerich treads no new ground here. Instead he blows it up, relieves himself, plants a flag in the rubble and expects us to cheer. Um...yay America? Granted, Emmerich isn't known for making documentaries -- live-action cartoons are his schlock in trade. But even as a brainless summer popcorn movie, "White House Down" is too ridiculous and off-putting to be a satisfying escape.
It can't match the outstanding battery performance of its 13-inch counterpart, but the updated 11-inch version of the MacBook Air still provides a welcome improvement in battery life, as well as performance that bodes very well for the forthcoming generation of Haswell-based laptops. See all Ultraportable laptop reviews.
Daisy von Scherler Mayer has spent the bulk of her career directing television episodes of various shows. With "Some Girl(s)", she is expanding onto bigger screens. Based on the play by Neil LaBute (who also adapted the screenplay), it is an examination of a successful writer in his thirties, traveling around the country, ostensibly to make peace with a multitude of women that may feel wronged by his having left them at some point. Adam Brody is the man (the credit in the film lists his character simply as Man).
Laptop docking stations can offer a perfect mix of productivity and convenience. They transform your portable computer (with its cramped keyboard, smallish display, and limited connectivity options) into a workstation connected to multiple monitors, a full-size keyboard, and oodles of connectivity options. See all laptop accessories reviews.
One of Japan's oldest audio companies, Denon has been involved with hi-fi electronics for over a century, and is now part of D&M Holdings Inc, alongside sister brand Marantz. See all audio reviews.
It is time to face up to the fact that Jeff Nichols is no flash-in-the-pan. He is one the best writer-directors working today. First came Shotgun Stories, a powerful tale of middle-America centered upon two sets of half-brothers. Next up was Take Shelter, a story about a man in a small town either going insane or possessing the ability to see things others could not. Now Nichols brings us "Mud", where a man is holed up on an island under mysterious circumstances. Matthew McConaughey is Mud and his career continues on its upswing from films that were, frankly, garbage.
There are times when you need a monitor for high speed refresh rates, rather than colour accuracy and this is where the AOC G2460P is aimed with a blistering 1ms grey to grey response rate and a lightning fast 144Hz refresh rate. Out of the box this Twisted Numatic panel has a solid feel with a brushed grey plastic bevel and a sizeable rear platform housing the PSU and electronics. The stand is ready fitted, just requiring the base to be added. Thedisplay then swivels through into an upright position if required. The interfaces are all on the underside of the rear panel and include an analogue D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. There are also four USB 2.0 ports, including two in a hub on the side, one of which is a fast-charger that can recharge appliances three times faster than the others. Finally there’s a headphone jack or you can use the built-in speakers. The controls for the monitor are physical buttons so that operating the menus is relatively simple.
Pedro Almodóvar's latest is a break from some of his recent heavier stuff. In "I'm So Excited" he returns to the tone of his earlier work. This one will win no awards, but it will score big with his legions of his fans and others who check it out, provided they have a sense of humor.
The Kobo family has been joined by Aura HD – an eReader with integrated front light and high-resolution screen. The Japanese company’s new top ebook reader can now pitch against the competing Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
Shaken out of its brown card box, the flagship Aura HD initially disappointed us by not having the tactile quilted feel of the Kobo Touch.
KEF is a long-running audio brand founded in the UK, and as with Onkyo's entry here, the KEF M500 are the company's first ever headphones. See all audio reviews.
The M500 headphones have a strikingly simple and modern design – a sleek combination of black vinyl and matt silver aluminium which looks right at home with a MacBook or iPad. See also Group test: What are the best headphones?
The gaming world will welcome the Sony PS4 and the Microsoft Xbox One this year. Our PS4 vs Xbox One comparison review will look at the price, specs, controllers, features and games of each next-generation games console. Updated on 04/07/13
After a long wait, we've got full details for the PS4 and Xbox One. Since we've got information on prices, specifications, controllers and features, here's our comparison of the two big guns.
Monday, July 15, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new flagship Android smartphone from the Korean tech giant. It comes 13 months after its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, almost single handedly propelled the Android smartphone market into being a force to be reckoned with. Since then several Android smartphone makers have caught up with Samsung in terms of phone spec and features. Read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review to find out what we think about one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2013. See also: Group test: What's the best smartphone?
Proof that that you no longer have to dig deep to own the latest TV tech, the 42-inch LG 42LA690V offers internet TV, 3D and seamless smartphone integration, for just £899.
Throw impressive build quality into the mix, and you might wonder what the incentive is to spend more. Need bigger glass? This formidably equipped mid-ranger is available in two other screen sizes, the 47-inch 47LA690V and the 55-inch 55LA960V, priced at £1199 and £1599 respectively. See also: Group test: what's the best TV?
Like its Seagate Wireless Plus and Corsair Voyager Air storage competition, the Patriot Aero is by all appearances a simple, if somewhat large, 2.5-inch external USB 3.0 hard drive. The only clue that it's also a wireless multimedia streamer is the Wi-Fi indicator light. With apps for Android and iOS, you can easily access the Aero's content from the majority of portable devices, but it has no DLNA server on board to ease access for those people who are using other platforms.
Undersea depths of 200 metres and pressures from 10-ton vehicles are shrugged off by the XtremKey. Those are some of the claims made by LaCie for its latest designer dongle, a USB 3.0 thumbdrive available with either 32 or 64 GB of flash storage. See all storage device reviews.
Wired2Fire’s Business Accelerate certainly lives up to its name and also comes with some unique features. However, it’s also by far the most expensive. See all business PC reviews.
Based on the 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670, the Business Accelerate employs the same quad-core Haswell processor as used in Arbico’s HS4670 Pro. Take a look at Group test: What's the best office PC?
Most smart TVs have the ability to take advantage of USB storage for time-shifting and recording. WD's My Book AV-TV is a hard drive that is specifically designed to be the storage space for these TVs, allowing them to be turned into personal video recorders (PVRs) quite easily.
It’s been less than nine months since Windows 8 was launched to the public, but it feels a lot longer. The radical redesign remains a source of frustration for many long-time Windows users, as the split personality is both confusing and jarring.
See also: Windows 8 review
Windows 8.1 addresses some of these problems by refining the interface and adding new features, such as the familiar Start button on the desktop.
The Samsung UE55F8000 is the jewel in Samsung's market-leading TV crown. It boasts a cutting-edge feature set which includes second-generation voice and gesture control, updated smart-TV functionality and a battery of picture technology refinements.
But at £2499 it certainly doesn't come cheap, and it isn't a fancy 4K model: you get the standard 1920x1080 pixels. If this 55-incher looks too rich, the same set is also available as the 46-inch UE46F8000 and the 40-inch UE40F8000, priced at £1899 and £1449 respectively. See also: Group test: what's the best TV?