Review: 2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue

The 2015 Nissan Rogue currently ranks at number two out of twenty-four model compact SUV’s this result is based on current published reviews test drive scores, dependability and all listed safety data. The Nissan Rogue has great fuel economy along with plenty of cargo room and a well detail design cabin. The powertrain can use some refinement but still provides a comfortable ride.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a four cylinder engine that delivers power when needed although it can use a boost when it needs to accelerate for a higher speed on the highway or when climbing hills. The Rogue has a continuosly variable transmission (CVT) which had let down a few online reviewers that lacks refinement and it’s very loud when under hard acceleration. It has 26/33 mpg city/highway which gives the Rogue better fuel economy than most of the SUV’s in its class. In some reviews that are online most have concerning comment about the steering and the overall handling of the vehicle.

Test drivers placed the 2015 Nissan Rogue with an impressive looking cabin. It’s very quiet and made with very high quality material which gives off a luxury SUV feel to it. The front seats have more of a comfort feel and better support while riding. The second row has a reclining feature it gives the passengers in the third row better legroom.

Some listed featured standards are and include Bluetooth, a rearview camera and hands free text messaging. The consumer has the option for the NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and a 7 inch touch screen display with satellite radio and push button start. With onboard features such as forward collision alert and lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring plus with a new feature that is the Nissans around view finder which uses four cameras that gives a 360-degree view around the vehicle when parking.

With Nissan Rogue seating at least five and since it has a third row it can seat up to seven, it comes with a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) and comes with front wheel drive. And the Rogue comes in three trims S, SV, SL. This model Nissan Rogue was redesign for the 2014 with little changes for the 2015.

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Nissan Sees Tough Competition in the Chevy Bolt in 2018

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

At last month Auto Show in Detroit it had the first showing of the new EV concept car the Chevrolet Bolt. This car is schedule to showroom floors in 2018 and is to go on sale. The Bolt can go up to the 200 mile range from the advanced lithium ion batteries, the estimated price is at $30,000. At this present day the Nissan Leaf is currently the best electric car in the U.S. it sells at the current price of $30,000 and has only 84 miles of range when fully charged.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn released a comment “ The Bolt is not a surprise but are next generation Leaf is due out between 2-3 years and it will have more range than the current model and may even cost much less. We want to be competitive with the rest of the industry.

One company did say that the Nissan Leaf has a setback of range when comparing to the Bolt but was confident that Nissan was making progress to advance the range of the Leaf. He was referring also to the development of better batteries that have more energy density and are much lighter and cost less. With both cars coming out at the same time the Bolt and Leaf have plenty of time to develop better performance on their batteries and vehicle performance. We will see who will have the EV with the longest range.

Inside Interior in the Chevrolet Bolt

Inside Interior in the Chevrolet Bolt

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Mercedes-Benz to Develop & Release more plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2017

Mercedes Dashboard

Mercedes Dashboard

Mercedes-Benz is ready and plans to release more plug-in hybrids by 2017. Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, but this is just the start as there are ten models scheduled to be released before 2017, which is why it’s said that Mercedes-Benz hybrid family will grow more within the next few years. These new hybrids will reach the public approximately every four months it will cover not only C-E and S-Class and including new SUV’s.

The first set will be the new C-Class Plug-in Hybrid’s these new cars will look the same as the regular models but the only difference being the rear charging port which will be integrated into the rear bumper, it will also have a new feature an active shutter grille which is said to be a great way to improve your vehicles fuel efficiency by controlling the airflow and lessening the aerodynamic drag.

Mercedes-Benz will be using a new V6 engine paired with an electric motor which carries an 8.7 kWh battery pack, this particular engine is integrated/built-in to both the 2015 CLS 400 4-door sedan as well as in the 2015 SL 400 Convertible these two vehicles/models were first introduced at the 2014 Paris Auto Show . Both these brand new models are available on showroom floors here in the U.S.

New Electric Hybrid

New Electric Hybrid

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Tesla Charging Stations will see Rapid Growth in China.

Tesla Logo

Tesla Logo

Tesla has been working on a issue in china that will help support consumers who are interested in purchasing fully electric vehicles but the lack of charging stations in China has been an obstacle for many of consumers in china until recently a deal has been struck. China Unicorn has signed an agreement with Tesla which will allow Unicorn to install charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles at many locations throughout China.

Details of the Deal

Charging stations will be located 400 China Unicorn locations in about 120 cities. Now who is paying for what? Well according to Financial Times Tesla may be paying for the installation of these charging points and China Unicorn maybe paying for the complete maintenance and electricity according to Financial Times. If Tesla can manage more hefty deals like this it can definitely bring more business and growth to their charging network really fast. The both companies already had business deals including China Unicorn providing Internet service for Tesla electric cars already in China.

How important is China to Tesla?

Elon Musk has stated on many occasion that China can become the company’s biggest market to date. The Asian market for premium vehicles has risen between 2003 and 2012 at least 36% on a annual basis. If this should continue by 2016 China will overtake the U.S. for having the biggest premium automobile market. With some of Tesla competition seeing real negative publicity concerning pricing on vehicles and being investigated by China’s National Development and Reform Commission this has given a path for Tesla to excel since they have what they call customer-first policy.

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More Smaller and Affordable Tesla Sedans coming in 2016

In the later part of 2016 Tesla Motors will release what the company is calling it GenIII vehicle which is suppose to be a smaller electric sedan that is half the size of the Model S. Elon Musk was speaking at his companies annual shareholders meeting he said that the GenIII will have a much closer design to the current Tesla lineup. He gave some hints that the GenIII might have what he calls it autopilot features with some self driving features but may not be ready at the time it’s released.

Tesla is always on the verge of improving and modifying their technology for a better electric car. Tesla’s goal is to hit 200 miles to them is making for better use of technology and making a better and affordable electric car. Even more so with Tesla and Panasonic working on a new battery-cell electrochemistry that is for use in automobiles only and is pretty confident his company can achieve huge hurdles such as expanding energy storage and using energy density technology.

For this calendar year Tesla will be delivering about 21,000 units with more to come in 2015 and with more cars being delivered to Europe and Asian markets.

New Supercharging Network

Tesla has made much needed improvements to their supercharger network technology with recharging speeds from 45 minutes to 20 minutes to maintain battery range. Tesla’s goal is to spend less time at a charging stations than at a gasoline stations. Tesla has mention many times that Elon Musk is open to licensing Tesla’s batteries and charging technology to other car makers and would discuss compensation. All cost of technology is already in the price of the every car.

Retail Setbacks in Some States

Tesla has had a few setback in Texas, North Carolina and Virginia but continues to confront both national and state auto dealer associations about Tesla’s auto sales. Customers don’t realize how powerful auto dealers are especially the big national auto dealers that have the money to spend and lobby certain government law makers. Then they scream that they beat the system. But there’s no real victory in beating democracy.

2016 Tesla GenIII Sketch-Up Drawings

2016 Tesla GenIII sketch-up drawings  by Telsa

2016 Tesla GenIII sketch-up drawings by Telsa

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The Armored Jaguar XJ Sentinel The Most Secure Limousine

Now how secure is a Jaguar XJ Sentinel well to start the Jaguar has B7- Level armored protection which means the car will be able to withstand a blast up to at least 30-lbs of TNT and at close range. This Jaguars armor is heavy strength steel with Kelvar backing that is built on top of the aluminum chassis so the car will be able to withstand any impact of arms fired directly toward the vehicle. The main focus was improving the armor and embedding it in the body to direct impacts from most machine guns and heavy armor piercing rounds.

Now since the car weighs heavier from the armor it is still capable of still carry weight up to 1,100 lbs and still able to reach top speed of 121 mph in 9.7 seconds. Which is good to know what it is capable to outrun potential threats.

Engine Specifications

The XJ Sentinel carries a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission which powers the vehicle. It can produce up to 385 horsepower that can actually move a 7,275 pound vehicle to at least 62 mph at just under 10 seconds. Never claimed it was a fast vehicle but the worth is in the protection that it gives. Now considering all the weight of the vehicle has gained it has reinforced brakes and suspension able to bring this car to a complete stop.

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Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard : Building a Better Armored Car

Mercedes-Benz has put in more than 80 years of developing and building specialize armored vehicles. When Mercedes-Benz puts out their finished product you are definitely paying for what you get which is a armored vehicle that protects you and your love ones which you can’t put a price tag on. But in a high profile life style in world of important and famous people they usually buy heavy armored cars for their exclusive lifestyle needs.

S 600 Pullmann

Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard

Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard

There is only one brand that is popular all over the world and that is the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard. Back in the thirties they sold their very first armored car to Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Now one thing about the Pullman is that it is much longer than the regular S-Class. Actually the vehicle is now 45 inches longer and a third row of seats have been added to the new model.

As in any stretch limo the front compartment is separated from the back compartment, with an addition of a partition with the only difference that the roofline of the vehicle has been modified to allow more headroom in the rear compartment. To best describe this vehicle don’t refer to it as a standard stretch limo. The new Pullman has been redesigned at every aspect this is not a converted limo by any means. The Pullman has a B6/B7 level of armor protection which is much higher than other manufactures place on their vehicles. This type of armor will protect anyone inside the car from military gun fire and hand grenade shrapnel. Mercedes-Benz even lists that it will protect against RPG fire. Now as a safety features the Pullman is carrying a self-sealing gas tank which is protected from any gunfire, run flat tires and its own fire extinguisher system.

The Pullman has a 5.5-liter twin-turbo engine V-12 engine that makes at least 510hp with 612lb-ft of torque. It ranges at least 21 feet long but there is no listing of any weight of the vehicle. Maybe considering all the armor protection on the car it is no way near of being considered light.

Listed Price for the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard

The Listed price for the is very substantial considering all the protection and safety it bring to people of importance and high profile government figures. It is listed at $1.4 million dollars which is way more than its competitors. Considering the armor it carries makes perfect sense. This is not a converted vehicle by any means this is a redesigned limo from the ground up.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 Full Review

2014 Cheverolet -Corvette Stingray

2014 Cheverolet -Corvette Stingray

The new seventh generation corvette is ready for sale with improved interior as well as for exterior design giving the corvette stingray a large upgrade than the last model. There is so much going on with this car it all falls in to place what I like most the rear fenders flow straight into the rear bumper making it look like a super fast car with plenty of details. Most of the vehicle still looks like the C6 but the rear of the car has that fastback shape. There is a new infotainment system with a new display mounted in the center dash the display panel has a fascinating new look also comes with a multi-function steering wheel keeping all controls to the driver.

The C7 Corvette Stingray comes with a 6.2-liter LTI V-8 engine has 450 horsepower and 450lbs of torque this makes the C7 a top vehicle to run on race tracks with fast lap times. The speed time on the C7 is 0-60 in 4 seconds flat and can achieve 1 g in cornering grip (when the vehicle has Z51 Performance Package). The new Corvette is expected to be the most fuel efficient vehicle meeting EPA estimated at 26 mpg this is because of the seven-speed manual transmission. Along on other models a six speed automatic transmission.

The Z51 Performance Package is for racetrack fans that loves to race this package includes a electronic slip differential, transmission cooling, suspension upgrades the Z51 Performance Package comes with other high aerodynamic features that increase and improve high speed stability. This new Corvette shares two parts with the older model which is incorporating the vehicle with all new steel and aluminum frame structure and chassis as well new exterior and interior design. They have brand new Michelin sport tires especially developed for this brand of Corvette. Now the standard model comes with regular calipers and steel discs. When upgrading to the Z51 Performance Package adds bigger slotted discs. When purchasing the Z51 Performance Package does come with a what they call Performance Traction Management which helps control and adjust torque and brake stability. With the newly design infotainment system it comes with Chevrolet Mylink which features touch screen capability on a eight inch screen with gesture recognition and a USB input for charging and uploads.

 

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2014 Goodwood Festival debuted both Fords 2015 Focus ST and Focus ST Diesel Model.

The Ford Motor Company debuted 2 new models the 2015 Ford Focus ST (standard gas model) and the ST Diesel at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past June 26-29th, 2014. Ford has added new features to their both the new Focus Hatch-back model and the Focus ST Diesel model but for some reason, there is no current information on the diesel model will not be released in the U.S.

2015 Ford Focus ST and 2015 Focus ST Diesel

The new updates on the latest models can be seen in the chassis, tuned suspension, steering, improved balanced tires that “grip” the road which is said to help improve road conditions and deliver a better driving experience. Additional features are in the front and back suspension that have been fitted with updated springs and more durable shock absorbers. Also steering is now electric assisted which has been modified to help improve the feel when steering the Focus ST. Fords Focus ST & ST Diesel have been fitted with 18 inch wheels which might be a standard feature for these models.

There have been no upgrades to the power-train so it still comes equipped with the 2.0 Eco-Boost 4-cylinder engines which have 252 hp and 270 pounds of torque which was in the previous model. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission making for quick acceleration even in lower gears this gives the vehicle a reported 0-60 mph in about 6.0 seconds. The Ford Focus ST Diesel is fitted with a 2.0 diesel engine which ford estimates will do approximately 0-60 mph in 8 seconds flat.

When it comes to the Focus ST & ST Diesel models exterior décor they have been fitted with new headlights, bumpers, new sporty rear wing spoiler, new hexagonal centered tail pipes, and all door knobs and levers have been fitted with satin chrome accessories which helps set the mood and the feel of the cars. As for technological advances or improvements these models have been fitted with new reversing camera and is a standard feature, also the Ford Sync system which will allow drivers to make hands-free telephone calls, control music and navigate thru other functions with the use of voice commands will be added for better connectivity. At this time only Fords Focus ST (non-diesel model) will be on sale starting this fall. As for the Focus ST Diesel model it appears that it will only be sold overseas.

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2015 Ford Focus -ST

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Information on 2015 BMW i8 and Release Date.

Hybrid Sports Car

Hybrid Sports Car

The new sports car the 2015 BMW i8 was design with an abundance of new technology the car also comes with plug-in hybrid powertrain and a all-wheel drive system that will make this BMW one of the most requested and best selling. This sports coupe has a 0.26 coefficient of drag which help fuel economy and increases efficiency. As for the large wheels and tires for a sturdy grip on the road. BMW did add a pair of air intakes that are located underneath the front headlights so that it creates a air curtain surrounding the front wheels and towards the rear there is mounted ram air intakes that are placed in front of each rear wheel.

Engine Specifications

The uniqueness of the i8’s combination small gas engine paired off with a electric motor. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine is place right behind the cockpit, the specified specs on the current model is 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine so the 2015 BMW i8 is half of the current model that is avaibable right now. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and has a 11hp belt driven starter motor generator which helps keep the lithium –ion batteries charged. The Batteries cells are located in the center of the vehicle normally you would find the transmission tunnel there.

Near the front axle is the 129-hp electric motor with 2-speed transmission the transmission only operates when the car is in first gear and at very low speeds in electric-only eMode. Then it will switch to higher of the available gears at all other times. But when the car is in electric only eMode the 2015 BMW i8 has a range of 22 miles and can top speeds of and up to 75mph and then that will automatically start the turbo 3-cylinder will start. And what amazes me that the car can decides on how much power to transfer to all wheels just by the speed and traction only. The gas-electric powertrain can give up to 360-hp with 420lb.ft of torque which can boost the i8 from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds at a speed of 155mph. When tested in Europe it had a zero-emission at top speed of 75 mph.

After the Auto show in Frankfurt this vehicle is one of this year’s anticipated releases with first examples just coming off the production line. European deliveries begin later this month and information on U.S. deliveries soon to come.

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