Car and people…
It is a question that has been asked more times than we can remember in the past, and one that will most certainly draw our attention again in the future:
“What is the most beautiful car of all time?”
Obviously every individual has his or hers own likes
This is an absolute fantastic car. I have own a 2007 Audi A6 Quattro. I still love driving this car every day. I pass by all of the BMW’s, Mercedes, and Volvos thinking “you don’t know what your missing”.
This car has styling….Audi has the most elegant and beautiful interiors that I have ever seen on any car regardless of price.
Absolutely Love this car. All you have to do is test drive one. If your reading this, you’ve probably already driven one and loved it. Consider this some major positive reinforcement. Why do you think Audi’s….
They are making great cars. Just look at their line (A4, A6, A8,Q5,A7 and TT coupe.) All are leaders in their respective categories and people are taking notice. Don’t be scared of the price. It’s worth it!
Your live … car
How to piss in public…Many people have brief, isolated episodes of urinary difficulty in situations where other people are in close proximity.
This occurs around towns and cities all over the planet every Friday and Saturday night, so much that the streets run yellow with rivers of urine.
But it’s not always about just finding a secluded alley and letting it flow forth.
No, there are subtleties.
It takes training and skill to accomplish this feat while in the middle of a busy crowd, or doing it under a parked car. This man will show you how. This dude is a true piss artist!…. click here
Basically, both Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid feature redesigned fronts and rears, with updated interiors and, more importantly, with four engine choices.
The Fusion offers three engine variants, all of them particularly focused on fuel efficiency, according to a Ford statement released to the press: Duratec 2.5-liter I4, Duratec 3.0-liter V6 and the initial 3.5-liter V6 upgraded to 240 horsepower.
The fourth engine is the hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder which works with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission and provides a maximum power of 155 hp with an estimated torque of 136 lb-ft.
Next-generation hybrid system
Ford’s next-generation hybrid propulsion system builds upon the proven success of the Escape and Mariner hybrids, delivering class-leading fuel economy for the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids that debut later this year.
With the new arrivals, Ford will be the producer of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans and SUVs in America – and the Fusion Hybrid is expected to perform at least 5 mpg better on the highway than the Toyota Camry hybrid.
Ford collaborated with IDEO and Smart Design, two world leaders in helping consumers connect with technology, to develop the instrument cluster.
Job One was properly integrating the driver with the cluster’s science and technology.
The driver is immediately engaged by the SmartGauge liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, on either side of the center-mounted analog speedometer, with a special greeting that combines illumination and graphics.
EcoGuide then uses a multi-layered approach to coach the driver to maximum fuel efficiency. A tutorial mode is built into the display and helps the driver learn about the instrument cluster and the hybrid in a whimsical way that does not overpower.
For instance, drivers can choose one of four data screens to choose the information level displayed during their drives. They are:
1. Inform: Fuel level and battery charge status
2. Enlighten: Adds electric vehicle mode indicator and tachometer
3. Engage: Adds engine output power and battery output power
4. Empower: Adds power to wheels, engine pull-up threshold and accessory power consumption
All levels can show instant fuel economy, fuel economy history, odometer, engine coolant temperature, what gear the car is in and trip data, including trip fuel economy, time-elapsed fuel economy and miles to empty.
Subaru Forester 2.0 XS
And because its cars were designed around the boxers, there was no way of taking the standard industry shortcut and buying-in an in-line engine from Fiat or Peugeot. So the new Forester launches as a petrol only, as previous Foresters always were.
But those diligent engineers have stuck their necks right out and developed the world’s only boxer diesel engine. It’s in the Legacy just now and is great. It comes to the Forester this September, with a six-speed gearbox.
Which is a relief, because the petrol engine doesn’t really have the guts required. Sure, it’s smooth and makes a nice burble and revs like a yo-yo, so it’s pleasant to use in town or on a curvy road.
Official EPA fuel economy figures of course aren’t yet available, but in Europe the Forester 2.0D is rated at an amazing 37 mpg city/highway combined. If you’re a driver who likes to pour on the miles, here’s your rig: With its 16.9-gallon fuel tank, the 2.0D has a range of more than 600 miles.
Got a boat or a trailer?
No problem. With the tank-like boxer-diesel, the Forester 2.0D can tow up to 4400 lb (compared with just 2400 lb for the gasoline-drinking, turbo 2.5L four in the Forester XT).
The engine lights off with a pushbutton starter and settles into a subdued clatter. You know right away it’s a diesel, but the sound from beneath the hood isn’t intrusive. Pull away from a stop and in a blink the turbo spools up and you’re surging ahead.
This isn’t a quick car by any means: Subaru claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 10.4 seconds. Instead, think “stout.” On an incline, the diesel powers up without fuss or undue shifting. On the autobahn, it hovered along at 90 mph with a refined thrum.
Aside from its new powertrain, the Forester 2.0D is otherwise the same immensely likeable and well-rounded machine that, in gas-powered form, has trumped such rivals as the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Mazda CX-7 in recent MT comparison tests.
Ride is well-controlled with a polished feel, the steering arcs through bends with nice weighting and feedback, brakes are strong, and you’ve always got Subaru’s full-time all-wheel-drive system on hand should the road turn gravely, wet, or snowy.
The trouble comes when you have to overtake something. Worse still is the auto: it’s just a four-speed, and in the interests of eking out a not-too-catastrophic CO2 figure, it has been given cripplingly high gearing. I was in the auto and passing a full-size white van on a dual carriageway when the road took a tiny upward incline and he unceremoniously undertook me right back again.
The Forester uses the new Impreza platform, which is wider than before and longer in the wheelbase. You feel the generosity of space in the cabin, especially the back, where there’s even a split reclining seat.
The boot’s bigger and squarer too, though it still has a high floor. No worries about loading it right up, as there’s self-levelling suspension – another purist bit of engineering most customers won’t even realise they’ve got.
Ditto the dual-range transfer lever on the manual version, which lowers the overall ratio, effectively giving you another five shorter gears,which is dead useful for off-road control, or towing.
The complex centre-console colour navigation-and-hi-fi screen won’t be coming to the UK until they do a top-of-the-line diesel version. So, at the moment, you’d probably want to add a TomTom and some sort of Bluetooth hands-free gadget, but they cost buttons these days.
Blue dials liven up the cabin a bit, certainly more successfully than the slightly dodgy metallic trim strips in two different shades. Adding to the mild shortage of surprise-and-delight, Subaru is evidently still using up an early-1990s bulk order from the First Nippon Standard Fascia Vent and Column Stalk Works.
See, that’s the trouble with the Forester. It’s commendable and enjoyable and (especially when the diesel comes) an all-round good vehicle. It’s a great tool, and past Subaru form shows it’ll never let you down.
But it’s not a piece of clothing or a lifestyle statement. Even the people who own it aren’t bothered about appearances. Subaru UK staff say the buyers, who are intensely loyal, just think of it as a tall go-anywhere estate, not as some lifestyle-statement SUV. But then, the less you feel the need to make a statement about it, the more likely you are actually to have the lifestyle.
For that, I hugely admire the Forester, even though it seems to have been deliberately styled to be unloved. You could spend thousands more on a basic X3, and you’d have a worse vehicle, albeit one that did more to elevate your social status among the know-nothings.
Subaru is demanding a lot of self-confidence from you, because the Forester, by its drabness, refuses to massage your ego. Surely it would have been possible to make something smarter-looking that was just as useful and didn’t cost any more?
Jaguar XJ 2010
Jaguar offered a first glimpse of the new Jaguar XJ at the Shanghai Auto Show and will be revealed on July 9th in London. The all-new XJ is the first car to feature the next-generation of Jaguar’s …
Technical features of the 2010 XJ include an air suspension, Jaguar’s continuously variable damping Adaptive Dynamics system and Active Differential Control.
The 2010 XJ will be offered in three separate trim levels – XJ, Supercharged and Supersport – with each model available in long-wheelbase form. The base XJ will be powered by a 385 horsepower 5.0L V8 while the mid-level Supercharged mode
l adds a supercharger to boost horsepower to 470. The customer order only Supersport model sits atop the XJ hierarchy, powered by a 510 horsepower version of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0L V8. All XJ models will use a six-speed automatic transmission.
No matter the trim level, the XJ promises to be one serious sports sedan. Thanks to its light-weight aluminum construction – Jaguar says the XJ is at least 300 pounds lighter than the competition – even the base model XJ can scoot from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.
That figure drops to just 4.9 seconds for the Supercharged model, with the range-topping Supersport model making the same sprint in 4.7 seconds. The base XJ tops out at 121 mph while the supercharged models have free reign all the way up to 155 mph.
Although fuel economy is rarely a concern with a vehicle of the XJ’s ilk, the big cat manages a respectable 19 mpg average in base guise and a decent 18 mpg in supercharged form.
Jaguar has yet to release pricing for the big cat, but the 2010 XJ is current available for order by U.S. customers. Deliveries of the XJ are expected to begin early next year.
A promotional video for the 2010 Jaguar XJ sport sedan.
Acura ZDX – 2010
The ZDX defiantly blurs the line between modern luxury and flexible utility. In addition to a powerful 300-hp, 3.7-liter, VTEC® V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and signature technologies such as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™13, it offers new features like the available Integrated Dynamics System and blind spot information system that define the next era of Acura innovation.
Acura’s largest engine is so powerful, it rivals many V-8s. This 3.7-liter, VTEC® V-6 dishes up 300 horsepower and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque, while operating with a smoother, more responsive feel, thanks to significant weight reduction measures.
* Magnesium-alloy cylinder head covers that use hardened aluminum cylinder sleeves help improve vehicle balance and the power-to-weight ratio.
* A forged crankshaft results in lower weight and increased strength.
* A high-flow exhaust system increases the engine’s power efficiency.
* The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system adjusts throttle response so it can be easy to modulate in slow speeds, yet extremely responsive when high performance is called upon.
* EPA fuel mileage27 is 16 / 23 mpg (city/highway), which, combined with a 21-gallon fuel capacity, gives the ZDX the potential for attaining a 400-mile or more cruising range.
Though it has the same all-weather attributes of conventional all-wheel drive, Acura developed its revolutionary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system to enhance high-performance dry-road handling. The result is enhanced high-performance cornering that simply can’t be matched by front, rear, or conventional all-wheel drive systems.
* The system continuously determines the optimal level of power distribution between the front and rear wheels, and also between the rear wheels.
* Power distribution is based on an analysis of wheel speed, steering angle, lateral G-force and yaw rate.
* The system reduces understeer and increases stability by turning the outside rear wheel slightly faster than the rest of the wheels, rotating the vehicle through the turn.
The AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic- feature helps you steer clear of gridlock by providing continuously updated traffic information in major metropolitan areas across the 48 contiguous United States.
* Interstates and expressways are color-coded to indicate traffic flow levels.
* Icons indicate the location of incidents and traffic conditions affected by construction and weather.
* Traffic Rerouting™ will suggest an alternative route if the system determines that the alternative is at least two minutes or 10% quicker than the plotted route.
* The information is aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources, including highway patrol incident reports and transportation departments.
* The information is updated approximately every 90 seconds.
* Following the 90-day free trial period, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic data services are available on a subscription basis for a fee, which can be combined or separate from other XM® subscriptions.
The available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) can adjust suspension stiffness in a split second, based on driving conditions. This allows the ZDX to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm when the road requires high-performance handling. In addition, the driver can adjust the suspension and steering feel through the Sport and Comfort settings.
* The dampers—also known as shock absorbers—are filled with a fluid that significantly thickens in the presence of a magnetic field. The stronger the field, the stiffer the damper.
* Each damper can adjust from soft to race-car stiff in as little as five milliseconds.
* The Sport setting creates a firmer baseline for the dampers while they continue to adjust according to conditions. Likewise, the setting reduces overall power assist to the steering system for increased road feel, though the assist continues to increase at lower speeds.
* The IDS is always on whenever the ignition is engaged.
The ZDX may be equipped with Acura’s new blind spot information system that can assist you when making lane changes.
* If the system detects a vehicle in an adjacent lane in the ZDX’s “alert zone” (approximately from the rear half of the ZDX to half a car-length back), an indicator will appear on that side’s windshield pillar.
* If the driver activates the turn signal in the direction where a vehicle has been detected in an alert zone area, the pillar light will begin to flash.
* No sounds are emitted by the system, in order to avoid disturbing the driver or passengers.
* The indicators only light up when the ZDX is traveling above 6 mph, so they stay off when parking, at stop lights, and in stop-and-go traffic.
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