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Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Toyota Compared to last year's model, there's not much that's new in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid -except the price tag. The nominally updated PHEV will lose $2,010 off of its base price while ke...
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Toyota Compared to last year's model, there's not much that's new in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid -except the price tag. The nominally updated PHEV will lose $2,010 off of its base price while keeping all of the tech and options from the 2013 model. The new base model will therefore start at $29,990, while the Prius Plug-in Advanced model gets an even bigger cut - $4,620 - and will now start at $34,905. Those prices do not include destination fees, which Toyota has not revealed (note: they were $810 for 2013). The price cut comes after many other plug-in vehicles in the US have seen their MSRPs fall and Bloomberg says Toyota's mission here is to push up sales numbers. The PHEV Prius's sales are up only slightly in 2013, with 7,974 sold through September. In the same time period in 2012, Toyota sold 7,734 units. You can find additional details pertaining to the vehicle's pricing and packages in the press release below - special Blizzard Pearl paint, for example, will cost you $395 - but the real fun comes when we look to Japan's model. That's where the new Prius PHV gets a visual refresh (pictured), including available eye-catching two-tone paint, new LED lighting and new wheels, according to Indian Autos Blog. On the inside, there's a new padded smartphone compartment and available dark wood grain accents. We enquired to see if any of these goodies will make it to the US, and Toyota's Cindy Knight told AutoblogGreen that she was "not aware of upcoming cosmetic tweaks for the US version." Given that the official US press release includes an image of one car and the caption, "2012, 2013 and 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid," we're gonna go out on a limb and say the upgrades are JDM only. We're less clear on the manufacturing changes that Indian Autos Blog mentions. Apparently, Toyota will make its home-market 2014 Prius PHEV with upgraded welding equipment that helps "new spot welds contribute to a slightly enhanced body rigidity." We'd expect something fundamental like that would be used in Prius Plug-in Hybrids destined for any market, but are still awaiting confirmation.Continue reading US Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets price cut, won't get JDM two-tone paintUS Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets price cut, won't get JDM two-tone paint originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Dedicated race fans are nothing new to NASCAR, but the diverse group headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway for this weekend's Bank of America 500 weekend festivities may be as unique a group as any in recent memory.
Dedicated race fans are nothing new to NASCAR, but the diverse group headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway for this weekend's Bank of America 500 weekend festivities may be as unique a group as any in recent memory.
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Some new photos of the BMW 4-Series Convertible were leaked as of recent via BMWBlog. As expected, the 4-Series Convertible replaces the outgoing BMW 3-Series convertible for the new generation and of course, it is essentially a 4-Series...
Some new photos of the BMW 4-Series Convertible were leaked as of recent via BMWBlog. As expected, the 4-Series Convertible replaces the outgoing BMW 3-Series convertible for the new generation and of course, it is essentially a 4-Series Coupe with its head chopped off. Click here for more news on the BMW 4-Series. Due to the photo leak, this usually signifies that there’s an impending reveal on the horizon. That said, details weren’t spared, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that the 4-Series Convertible will receive the same 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-banger and turbocharged 3.0L inline-six available in the 3-Series sedan and 4-Series coupe. Much like outgoing 3-Series convertible, details point to the use of a folding hardtop once again instead of resorting back to far less complicated and much lighter soft top system. The 2014 BMW 4-Series will receive full exposure for a worldly debut at this year’s 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Source: BMWBlog
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RT @AudiForLife: .@Audi is well represented in this list --> The Best Luxury Car Buys Of The Year via @HannahElliott…
RT @AudiForLife: .@Audi is well represented in this list --> The Best Luxury Car Buys Of The Year via @HannahElliott…
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A recent press conference was held at Porsche’s North American headquarters where Jalopnik has learned that the Zuffenhausen-based automaker will be adding some updates to their lineup. Such updates include the Porsche Bosxter, Cayman, t...
A recent press conference was held at Porsche’s North American headquarters where Jalopnik has learned that the Zuffenhausen-based automaker will be adding some updates to their lineup. Such updates include the Porsche Bosxter, Cayman, the introduction of the latest 911 Targa, and the midsized Macan crossover SUV. Porsche will be revealing new GTS variants of the Boxster and Cayman at this year’s Beijing Motor Show in April with upgrades including a hike of 15hp each, a standardized manual cog swapper with Porsche’s PDK still optional, standard Porsche Active Suspension management and more. The Macan on the other hand is still on track to be revealed at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show i November, donning either a 3.0L turbocharged V6 for the base model or a more powerful 3.6L variant. Pricing is said to start at $52,000 for the base model and $75,000 for the S and Turbo models. A new 911 Targa will also show itself at the Detroit Auto Show next year with a base price of around $100,000. Based on the latest Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, the new Targa is said to offer a new and clever automatic sliding roof. No official word has left Zuffenhausen from the lion’s den, though you can still head to Jalopnik to read what they have to share. Source: Jalopnik
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Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Specialty, Off-Road, Racing The driver of the monster truck tragedy that occurred last weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing nine people and injuring at least 80, was char...
Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Specialty, Off-Road, Racing The driver of the monster truck tragedy that occurred last weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing nine people and injuring at least 80, was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday after state prosecutors claimed that 51-year-old Velazquez Samaniego did not meet age and health requirements to be driving the Big Show monster truck, the Associated Press reports. It is not immediately clear what those requirements are. Samaniego claims that his helmet came off after the initial jump and he hit his head on a metal bar inside the cabin (presumably the roll cage), rendering him unconscious as he careened into the crowd of spectators at the end of the arena. The makeshift arena was built in a park, according to event organizers, and people had gathered without permission in the pit area. According to the report, however, veteran monster truck show organizers have stated that spectators should never have been allowed to be as close to an arena unprotected as they were at Chihuahua show.Driver in Mexican monster truck tragedy charged with manslaughter originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Filed under: Europe, Safety, Technology, Videos, Ford As automakers continue to find uses for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Ford of Europe has announced that it is developing a self-parking system for future use. Mo...
Filed under: Europe, Safety, Technology, Videos, Ford As automakers continue to find uses for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Ford of Europe has announced that it is developing a self-parking system for future use. More advanced than the Active Park Assist already offered in many Ford products, the new Fully Assisted Parking Aid can take full control of the vehicle and can navigate angled and perpendicular parking spots. While today's Active Park Assist can only parallel park with the driver controlling the gas, brake and gear selection, Fully Assisted Parking Aid can operate steering, gas, brake and gear selection all while making sure the car is properly parked in the intended space. As with APA, the driver pushes a button to make the car look for a proper spot (at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour), and when an adequate space is located, the operator pushes another button (either inside the car or outside via remote control) for the car to park itself - the button must be pressed throughout the whole parking maneuver. Even though Ford says that the car can effect gear selections on its own, the system must still start from Neutral, and the automaker isn't saying whether the car can put itself into Park when done or put itself in Drive when the operator is ready to go. Ford is also taking the opportunity to announce its new Obstacle Avoidance technology. This automated system is able to detect objects - including pedestrians - in the road, warn drivers of said objects and, if needed, stop and steer automatically to avoid hitting the obstacle. Both systems are still in the prototype phase, so there is no word as to when we could see either on a production vehicle. Scroll down to watch the Fully Assisted Parking Aid in action (both in CGI and in real-world testing) demonstrated on a Ford Focus, and also check out press releases for both this self-parking and the Obstacle Avoidance system.Continue reading Check out Ford's fully automated self-parking car [w/video]Check out Ford's fully automated self-parking car [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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The Los Angeles Police Department is testing new police motorcycles from Brammo and Zero, trying to determine if it should add electric models to its existing fleet of gas-powered motorcycles. Chief Charlie Beck made a bit of a splash la...
The Los Angeles Police Department is testing new police motorcycles from Brammo and Zero, trying to determine if it should add electric models to its existing fleet of gas-powered motorcycles. Chief Charlie Beck made a bit of a splash last month, arriving at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month on the Brammo Empulse LE test unit. The electric motorcycle provided an interesting contrast beside the museum’s collection of retired police cars dating as far back as the ’30s. An avid motorcyclist, it was Beck that requested the LAPD test vehicles using green technology. Other law enforcement agencies around the world have begun adopting electric motorcycles to their patrol fleets. Zero already supplies police motorcycles for Hong Kong and Bogota, Colombia. Brammo also supplied electric motorcycles to law enforcement officers in Hong Kong. The Empulse LE costs $24,995 per unit while the Zero DS Police the force is also testing is priced at $17,945. By comparison, a fully-equipped gas-powered police motorcycle costs about $35,000 each. Sgt. Dan Gomez, the officer overseeing the project for the LAPD, says testers will look at whether the limited range of the electric bikes can suit the department’s needs. [Source: AP (via Greenwich Time); photo by LAPD Communications (Facebook), Chief Charlie Beck (Twitter)] The post LAPD Testing Brammo Empulse LE and Zero DS Police Motorcycles appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
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Ford China has sold 647,849 wholesale units in the first three quarters od 2013, an increase of 51% compared to the same period last year. Driven by continued strong demand for Ford’s new product lineup in China, September sales increase...
Ford China has sold 647,849 wholesale units in the first three quarters od 2013, an increase of 51% compared to the same period last year. Driven by continued strong demand for Ford’s new product lineup in China, September sales increased by 61% with 96,111 wholesales sold, compared to 59,570 sold in September last year. The all-new Ford Mondeo—launched at the end of August—had its first full sales month in September, selling 9,676 wholesale units. The new Ford Mondeo offers 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost engines for leading fuel economy and high performance. The Focus nameplate posted 37,271 wholesale units sold, up 11% compared to September 2012. The Ford EcoSport SUV sold 7,664 wholesale units in September while the Ford Kuga sold 10,365 wholesale units. Ford’s imported passenger cars—the Ford Focus ST, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Edge and Ford Explorer—sold 16,405 wholesale units in the first three quarters, up 254% compared to the same period last year. In September, imported car sales were up 234%. Sales at Ford’s passenger car joint venture in China Changan Ford Automobile were up 69% in the first three quarters with 466,248 wholesales sold. September sales reached 72,231 wholesale vehicles, up 66% from September 2012. Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) posted 165,196 wholesales sold in the first three quarters, an increase of 12%. September sales were up 41% with 21,874 wholesales sold. The Ford Transit performed particularly well, with 49,055 wholesales sold in the first three quarters, a jump of 20% from a year earlier.
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Filed under: Performance, Aston Martin, Earnings/Financials, Luxury All is not well in Gaydon, as Aston Martin has reported a 24.6-million pound ($39.3M USD) pre-tax loss, an increase from the previous year's 21.2-million pound - $33.9-...
Filed under: Performance, Aston Martin, Earnings/Financials, Luxury All is not well in Gaydon, as Aston Martin has reported a 24.6-million pound ($39.3M USD) pre-tax loss, an increase from the previous year's 21.2-million pound - $33.9-million - loss. That, friends, is not good. Citing a nine-percent drop in sales for its range of sportscars (and a now discontinued city car) and a nearly 50-percent drop since its 2007 peak, AM only managed to bring in 461.2-million pounds ($736.6 million), according to The Telegraph. The official statement from Aston Martin blames a "market segment [which] has been severely affected by recession," with a particular drop in European sales. Things might not be as bad as they seem, though. Part of the loss is being blamed on the launches of the new DB9, Vanquish and Rapide S, which are mostly one-time expenses. And even though it's going to take a while for the deal to take effect, it has a new technical partnership with AMG which could blossom into a more all-encompassing arrangement if things go well. Aston also has had additional cash since Investindustrial agreed to infuse a bunch of money into its depleted coffers. Of course, it's also fair to mention that Aston has spent the better part of its 100-year history in one spot of financial trouble or another, so we've become somewhat immune to the company's continued reports of economic hardship - hopefully this news is just another bump in the road.Aston Martin takes $39.3M pre-tax loss originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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