LOS ANGELES -- We all scoffed at Porsche when it built the Cayenne, but that model has gone on to become the brand's volume sales leader. In 2012, the automaker sold nearly as many Cayennes as it did 911s, Boxsters, and Panameras combined. Now, at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the automaker is set to do it all over again, unveiling the fifth model in its current lineup: the so-called "baby Cayenne," now officially known as the 2015 Porsche Macan.
LOS ANGELES -- It's that time of year again, where the Green Car of the Year is announced at the LA Auto Show. This year, the honor goes to the the Honda Accord, chosen from a field of 5 finalists that included the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla.
The Accord was chosen for its because it offers a reasonably efficient conventional gasoline model, up to 50 mpg from its hybrid variant, and an impressive 115 mpg combined equivalent from its plug-in hybrid model. The Green Car Journal's panel, which is responsible for choosing the … Read more
Aside from making the name slightly longer, R-Spec designation signals that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gains a few go-faster tweaks, but loses a few premium features, offering enthusiasts and tuners boosted performance over the standard model, without the boosted price.
In the "upgrades" column, the Veloster Turbo R-Spec's handling has been improved with higher spring rates, … Read more
TOKYO -- It's all too easy to fall under the spell of concept cars that automakers trot out at car shows. But some make it nearly irresistible.
Nissan showed off its BladeGlider electric vehicle concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, and it was the sickest set of wheels on the floor at Tokyo Big Sight.
One of several vehicles that seemed to be pulled from a sci-fi film (more "Tron" than "Blade Runner"), the three-seater has a knife-like shape and doors that swing up like wings. … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, I had the rare opportunity to drive a car that won't hit U.S. showrooms until 2015, the Audi A3 e-tron. There will be an A3 model here before that, but it will be a sedan and only comes with gasoline and diesel engines. Audi takes a different tack with the A3 e-tron, using its wagon body and fitting the model with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
In fact, the A3 e-tron will represent the first plug-in hybrid car from Audi.
LOS ANGELES -- Mansions, yachts, limousines: luxury often equates to large, but Audi has other things in mind with its new A3 model. The smallest car in its US lineup, the all-new 2015 A3 sedan gets features found on Audi's flagship sedan, the A8.
US buyers may be a little confused by the new A3, which has gone from a wagon body style to a sedan, and skipped a model year in the process. Audi intended to market a sedan here, a more popular body style, but development of the three- and five-door hatchbacks took precedence in other markets. … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- For some time now, we've been anticipating the day that you'd be able to unlock yourby simply approaching it with your smartphone in your pocket. It turns out that the technology has been right under our noses.
The first generation of the Mobile Enhancement Specialist's (MES) Bluetooth Passive Keyless Entry module hit the market earlier this year and, after being professionally installed in almost any car with power locks, can automatically unlock the vehicle's doors when it recognizes your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone is within range. The phone doesn't even have to … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- In a review of the 2014 Ford Fiesta earlier this month, I suggested waiting for the EcoBoost version, which Ford has promised will be available in just a month or two. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, I proved myself right when Ford gave me a chance to drive a 2014 Fiesta SFE with the EcoBoost engine.
This engine is a story unto itself, in that it is a lot smaller, but a lot more powerful, than the Fiesta's current engine.
Under the hood of a current generation Fiesta, you will find a fuel efficient, but … Read more
On Monday, Microsoft released a new Windows Phone 8 app called Office Remote. Office Remote turns your Windows Phone 8 into a presentation remote for a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with Office 2013 and Bluetooth.Office Remote currently supports PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. With this app you can perform actions such as jumping through slides, and using a remote laser pointer in PowerPoint. In Word and Excel, you can navigate through documents and zoom in and out. If you want to set up your Windows Phone as an Office remote for your PC, here's how:
Step 1: … Read more
Mini previously released a few details about the long-awaited update to its iconic little Cooper hatchback, but today the bulldog comes completely out of his shed. The photos Mini released look very much like the previous-generation Cooper hatchback, but the press release reveals big changes for the suspension, engine bay, and cabin electronics.
One thing Mini did not do with the new Cooper was follow the example it had set with recent model variants, all of which are bigger, and not quite as fun, as the hatchback.
The new Cooper hatchback is bigger than its predecessor, but only slightly, gaining … Read more