Posts from ‘Technology’

May
19

BMW 7-Series Cabin Lighting

We recently had a 2017 BMW M760i in through the Consumer Guide fleet for our usual rounds of editor test drives and evaluations. We’re no strangers to high-end luxury vehicles at CG HQ, but even by premium-brand standards, the M760i was one of the most lavishly equipped (and priciest) vehicles we’ve tested in quite a while.

May
01
GM Key to the Future video

In the 1956 short film “Key to the Future,” General Motors predicted a hands-free driving system not unlike the Cadillac Super Cruise option due for 2018.

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is slated to offer Super Cruise–General Motors’ first true hands-free driving technology–when the car goes on sale this fall. That’s great, but we think GM had autonomous driving nailed more than 60 years ago. Well, maybe not nailed, but the company certainly had a good handle on what hands-free driving might look like one day. In the promotional film “Key to the Future,” GM explores the possibility of hands-free driving from the perspective of a family of vacationers. The film was first seen in 1956 as part of GM’s annual touring Motorama exhibition.

Apr
26
2018 Dodge Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

Dodge unveiled the 2018 Challenger Demon earlier this month via an hour-long, live-streamed press event that put P.T. Barnum and company to shame. Rock-concert pyrotechnics, Metallica’s “Fuel” (an oft-used, hard-rocking tune that might as well be the official theme song for automotive ass-kicking), a full dragstrip-style burnout and launch on the stage, and Vin Diesel were but a few elements of the over-the-top ceremony. The Demon’s final unveiling was the culmination of a full three months of hype. The first of 13 official Dodge teaser videos was posted in mid-January, and there were also plenty of clues trickling out in social media about the Demon’s co-starring role in The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the cash-cow Fast and Furious movie franchise.

Apr
11

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS

As far as automotive fads go, four-wheel steering (4WS) is one of the more technically sophisticated examples. Beginning with the 1988 model year, four American-market Japanese models were available with 4WS: the Honda Prelude Si, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, Mazda 626 Turbo, and Mazda MX-6 GT Turbo.

Apr
04
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Consumer Guide First Spin It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.

Mar
30
2015 Kia Soul EV

Our long-term Kia Soul EV on the charger. Can you tell it’s cold outside but warm inside? Probably not.

One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Feb
01
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Orange Burst Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.

Jan
19
Waymo Pacifica

Google’s “Waymo” autonomous-vehicle initiative includes evaluation of 100 specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

As seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Fleet Academy training exercise designed to test the character of cadets. The Maru simulation forces cadets to choose between ignoring a dire request for assistance by a stranded ship (the Kobayashi Maru), or staging a rescue of the ship–despite strong indicators that the distress call is a trap set by an enemy.

Dec
07
2017 Dodge Challenger GT

2017 Dodge Challenger GT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge division issued a press release today introducing the Challenger GT, an all-wheel-drive variant of the brand’s performance-oriented coupe. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490 and comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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