2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

Since 2007, when the Nissan Versa first came to the U.S, it became a favorite by many. In 2013, Nissan revamped the Versa for its 2nd generation and added the 'Note’ name to designate the Hatchback version from Sedan.

This time around, the 2015 Nissan Versa-Note SR spices up the interior and exterior that adds comfort along with a fun driving experience.

Little has changed on the engine, but the SR brings sportiness to an already impressive economical vehicle.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.8 gals (41 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 163.7 in. (415.8 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 60.5 in. (153.7 cm) Width: 66.7 in. (169.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 2460 lbs (1116 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 18.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder DOHC Twin CVTC Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 109 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 107 lb-ft @4400 rpm Transmission: X-tronic®

* 2014 Versa Note S Plus US specs

Performance

Under the hood, the car is powered by an inline 4, 1.6 liter dual overhead cam VVT engine. This produces 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with a torque of 107 lbs ft at 4,400 rpm.

As far as fuel efficiency goes, you can expect 31 mpg city/40 mph highway, and 35 mpg combined.
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Exterior

The car rides on 16-inch bright alloy wheels in dark-finished contrasting pockets. A spoiler over the rear window give the SR a menacing aura; the sleeker upgraded side mirrors together with chrome SR badges help the Versa Note look more grown up.

The steeply angled hood together with the windshield helps create excellent forward visibility just like the tiny small side windows next to the outside mirrors. The car’s tall roof-line allows great visibility trend all around the car.

Interior

The inside of the SR trim has been treated to a make-over. Seats have a nice looking orange strip down the center with matching orange stitching. This orange contrasts very well with dark suede fabric seats.

The car's leather-wrapped steering wheel was inspired by the 350Z and even comes with radio controls, Bluetooth and some trip computer buttons.

Other features include cup-holders and a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (manual).

Another interesting feature is the false floor located in the cargo area; this provides a 6 inch deep of hidden cargo space that is good for hiding tools, valuables and supplies.

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April 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

2015 Ford Expedition

Recently unveiled was the updated full-size 2015 Ford Expedition at the Dallas Auto show.

The new Expedition has been thoroughly updated; it has a new power-train along with an extensive list of new technologies and bold new styling inside and out.

The SUV is more comfortable, more advanced and still fun to drive.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 28 gals (106 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 221.3 in. (562.1 cm) Wheel Base: 119 in. (302.3 cm)
Height: 77.7 in. (197.4 cm) Width: 91.8 in. (233.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 108.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 6 people
Performance*
Engine: V6 EcoBoost Ti-VCT Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 365 HP Max RPM: 5000 RPM
Torque: 420 lb-ft @2500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2014 Expedition specs

Engine & Performance

The engine is the new twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 that is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. Four wheel-drive is optional.

The EcoBoost is expected to be much more powerful and fuel efficient compared to the previous engine. It is expected to hit the market later this year.
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Exterior

It is hard to tell the difference between the 2015 and the 2014 version. This is because the improvements are limited to the new head and taillights, the addition of the LED running lamps together with the restyled bumpers.

The sheet metal used is the same; there is a brand new grille up front and a fender trim has actually been added to the wheel wells.

New wheels are also offered with an option for 22-inch wheels. The base Expedition has a 119-inch wheelbase allowing for 3 rows of seating or 108.3 cubic feet cargo room.

Interior

Few changes have been effected to the interior. The SUV keeps the traditional look. Ford has added a push-button start and the latest connectivity. An 8-inch touch-screen is found on the refreshed console along with upgraded gauges with twin 4.2 inch LCDs.

Passenger comfort is aided by the independent rear suspension that allows the 3rd row of seats' to be easily folded flat into this car's floor.

Basically, this means the 3rd row can seat adults. The interior comes in high quality leather in 2 colors; black or Brunello dark red.

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April 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The all new 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class people mover has been unveiled.

It has replaced the Viano and Valente editions in the German auto manufacturer's line-up.

The new V-Class is said to be more passenger-focused and can fit up to eight people.

This edition boasts of a new design, improved efficiency and safety features.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: MPV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.5 gals (75 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 42 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 192.7 in. (489.5 cm) Wheel Base: 125.9 in. (320 cm)
Height: 74 in. (188 cm) Width: 74.8 in. (190.1 cm)*
Curb Weight: 4826 lbs (2189 kg) Maximum Seating: 6 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 CDI Diesel Displacement: 2.1 Liter
Horsepower: 134 HP Max RPM: 3800 RPM
Torque: 243 lb-ft @1400-2400 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Towing Capacity: 1653 lbs (750 kg) Maximum Speed: 112 mph (180 km/h)

* Viano short model specs

Engine

This new edition comes with a six-speed manual transmission; however some versions have the option for a seven-speed automatic transmission.

It comes with a 2.1 liter turbo diesel engine, and will have three choices when it comes to power output levels.

Although official statistics have yet to be revealed, this edition is said to save drivers up to 28 percent in terms of fuel use as compared to its predecessor.

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Performance

The new V-Class focuses on luxury and comfort. It has a generous sense of space and lightness. The van delivers a smooth drive and is equipped with a new multi-function steering wheel which was inspired by aviation technology.

The new V-Class is comfortable, economic and fuel efficient. The new and improved suspension is the benchmark for agility as well as safety.

Exterior

The van will be available in three different lengths, from 16 feet (4.9 meters) to nearly 17 feet (5.17 meters). It is equipped with high-tech cross-wind assistance systems which help aerodynamics.

Interior

The interior comes with a microphone system so that the driver can communicate with the rear passengers of the van. It comes with a new infotainment system with improved technology.

The 2015 V-Class is luxury-focused with a sleek design and small details which increase comfort. It features new technologies and have passed the Euro 6 safety standard. It is an impressive van with interior infotainment functions that cater to the needs of the passenger.

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April 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

2015 McLaren 650S

The 2015 McLaren 650S is officially out, it is the new model in McLaren’s growing portfolio.

This car was launched in a bid to compete with Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche at the top of the supercar league.

This car is powerful compared to the previous models.

The car is not only sensational to drive but it’s also generously equipped to give extraordinary comfort.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 177.6 in. (451.2 cm) Wheel Base: 105.1 in. (267 cm)
Height: 47.2 in. (119.9 cm) Width: 82.4 in. (209.3 cm)
Performance
Engine: V8 Twin Turbo Displacement: 3.8 Liter
Horsepower: 641 HP Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic

Engine & Performance

The engine in this new sports car is the M838T turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 engine found in the 12C and P1.

The car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3 seconds. It takes 8.4 second to hit 124 mph and 25.4 seconds to hit 186 mph.
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At a speed of 186 mph, this car run the quarter-mile in only 10.5 seconds. The top speed is 207 mph.

The McLaren Air-brake has also been refined and is now more intelligent in how it deploys. The Air-brake doesn’t just work while braking, its rear wing now flattens at very high speeds in a straight line, just like the Formula 1 DRS system.

Exterior

The exterior of this sports is a combination of the 12C and P1. However, from the front end, the car is modeled after new P1 super-car.

The large intakes behind the doors feed air into the radiators to keep the turbo V8 cool. Split-spoke wheels are all forged and are actually bespoke to 650.

The car tires are branded MCI and are exclusive to 650S. They were actually developed by Pirelli just for the 650S.

Interior

The interior is identical to the 12C. Sufficient leather and suede-finished surfaces have been lavished on the 650S, including the navigation and control system furnished with an updated version of McLaren’s ProActive Chassis-control system.

The standard equipment include Bluetooth, a satellite radio and the navigation. For those who wish to add extra weight, you can opt for the fixed-back racing seats which are made of the carbon fiber.

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April 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

2015 Lincoln Navigator

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator debuted at the recently concluded 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The latest Navigator underwent more than a basic "facelift".

The SUV went through a handful of changes, yet, still focusing on meeting expectations of its base of loyal young customers. The Navigator has been long-defined as the full-size luxury SUV in its segment in the automobile industry.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 28 gals (106 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 207.4 in. (526.8 cm) Wheel Base: 119 in. (302.3 cm)*
Height: 78.3 in. (198.9 cm)* Width: 79.7 in. (202.4 cm)*
Luggage Capacity: 54.4 cu ft(behind 2nd row)* Maximum Seating: 8 people
Performance
Engine: V6 EcoBoost® Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 370 HP Torque: 430 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Towing Capacity: 9000 lbs (4082 kg)

* 2014 Navigator Specs

Engine

The old v8 engine of the Navigator has been replaced with a direct-injected EcoBoost 3.5 liter V6. It is now equipped with a more powerful, yet fuel-efficient turbocharged engine.

This new engine is set to deliver 370 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. This powerful new engine is predicted to set records for this year's best-in-towing.
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Performance

Critics claim that this edition handles better than previous models. It sports electronically adjustable shocks and rides smoothly over bumps on the road.

Although the Navigator's automatic transmission only has six speeds, it comes with a 4.10 drive ratio.

Drivers can also control the ride of the vehicle by selecting one of three modes.

Interior & Exterior

The new Navigator received an upgrade on the interior. The stitching along the seats and doors compliment the newly installed treated leather. It also improved noise reduction inside the cabin.

The exterior was designed with the guidance of Max Wolfe, and the new edition received an all new signature split-winged grill.

The tailgate has also changed, receiving a full-width lighting treatment which gives it a modern and refreshed look. Similarities to older models are still evident.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator brings luxury through technology. Although the exterior remains true to the previous models released years ago, a number of significant changes contribute to the vehicle's comfort and performance.

The new Navigator is to hit showrooms as early as the third quarter of 2014.

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April 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm | No comment

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