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America’s Cup: Jun 9th highlights

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond Involved in a Serious Accident

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

He was behind a circle of a Rimac Concept One when it happened.

According to a chatter from The Grand Tour’s central account, Hammond was concerned in a critical pile-up after completing a Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland. Fortunately he didn’t humour any critical injuries and was unwavering and articulate following a accident. Hammond was means to stand out of a automobile himself before it detonate into flames.

Jeremy Clarkson also tweeted, observant it was a “biggest crash” he’s ever seen and a many frightening. Hammond was flown by Air Ambulance to a sanatorium in St. Gallen, where he was checked over, divulgence a detonate to his knee.

SEE ALSO: The Grand Tour Returns to Amazon in October

Nobody else was in a Rimac Concept One when a collision occurred, and a means of a pile-up is now different though is being investigated.

2018 Honda Accord Saves Manuals, Drops V-6; We Preview New Turbo Four with 10-Speed

Saturday, June 10th, 2017


Honda has announced that a 10th epoch of a Accord sedan will make a entrance for 2018 and will be entirely suggested after this fall. That timing shouldn’t come as most of a warn (the automobile has been on a lockstep five-year product cadence), yet dual decisions mangle with new tradition: First, a V-6 is being booted from a lineup in preference of a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Second, a new Accord sedan will offer some-more ways to get a six-speed primer gearbox, creation it accessible with possibly nonhybrid engine—not only with a bottom engine as in today’s model.

There’s other large news underneath a hood: Every Accord yet a hybrid will use a turbocharged four-cylinder. The new bottom engine is a turbo 1.5-liter 4 that’s radically a same engine used in a stream Civic and CR-V. Those who don’t select a primer will get a invariably non-static involuntary delivery (CVT), while a involuntary choice for a 2.0-liter turbo models is Honda’s possess 10-speed automatic—a chronicle of a delivery in a new 2018 Odyssey, with a same ultrawide ratio spread, nonetheless regulating a opposite final-drive ratio and graphic torque-converter calibration.

Honda hasn’t nonetheless expelled specs for a new 2.0-liter turbo. Chief operative Junji Yamano reliable that it uses a same retard as a 2.0-liter in a Civic Type R, yet pronounced most else about a engine is different—including a turbocharger hardware and a ability to run on unchanging gas.

Honda pronounced that a engine’s best multiple of energy and fuel potency was achieved by “a extensive concentration on engine cooling.” That includes sodium-filled empty valves and a two-piece H2O coupler that roughly totally surrounds a empty manifold, that itself is integrated with the cylinder head. Honda also has cut a weight of reciprocating tools and pronounced that, among vehicles in a category regulating unchanging gasoline, a Accord has a best weight-to-torque ratio.

Hoping You Won’t Miss a V-6

A brief expostulate consisting of a integrate of high-speed laps around a banked oval during Honda’s Tochigi proof belligerent in Japan demonstrated that a new 2.0-liter/10-speed multiple won’t leave us blank a V-6 in high-speed flitting maneuvers or flat-out acceleration. Yamano expects that opening numbers will be about a same as those for a effusive V-6, yet mashing a accelerator to a building is a opposite experience. The engine doesn’t slice off a line with a same scramble, snarl, and over-abundance of torque as a V-6; instead, a really low initial rigging helps fast get to this engine’s torque plateau (at around 2500 rpm), and afterwards a delivery clicks skilfully by a gears.

Honda describes a approach it wants a engine and delivery to act together as “continuous and strong,” with a linearity during partial throttle, and a new 10-speed supports that, aiming to yield gratifying acceleration during comparatively low revs. The gearbox is Honda’s possess transmission, configured around 4 heavenly gearsets and claimed to offer a 20 percent alleviation in endemic torque and a 10 percent weight rebate altogether contra a six-speed it replaces. The top integrate of gears are really tall. During a drive, a delivery didn’t select to use them most in a car’s Normal mode and not during all in Sport mode.

The 2.0T models will trim “a poignant amount” of weight contra a stream Accord V-6—on a sequence of a integrate hundred pounds, Honda said, nonetheless that’s including other weight assets in a new model.

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Other Accord Details Remain Veiled

Honda stressed that what we gathering was an engineering prototype. While a steering, suspension, braking, trim, and other sum weren’t prepared to be evaluated, a engine and delivery were tighten to their prolongation form for a U.S. market.

The automaker records that both engines are constructed during a company’s Anna, Ohio, plant, while a CVT is done during Russells Point, Ohio, and a new 10-speed in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The 2018 Accord will be fabricated in Marysville, Ohio.

Driving enthusiasts, including all of us here during C/D, can hearten a accessibility of a manual. But we’re some-more conflicted about a timid of a V-6, an engine that we’ve pronounced definitely shames a turbo 2.0-liter 4 in a Mercedes-Benz E-class—a most some-more costly car.

Even yet Toyota remains a V-6 believer with a 2018 Camry, a epoch of mid-size V-6 sedans is fading, and a Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima have any left all four-cylinder.

The turbo plan competence not have been one that Honda was fervent to take on, yet it’s notable when a association that has staked a repute on engines decides to go that route. And formed on this first, early sample, it should offer them well.


America’s Cup: Jun 10th highlights

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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Go inside a Factory and Watch a Ford GT Assembly [Video]

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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The Ford GT is built distinct any other automobile in Ford’s lineup. It’s indeed put together by mythological racing organisation Multimatic outward Toronto in a tiny bureau that employs only 100 workers. This plant looks some-more like a Ferrari or a McLaren factory—not what you’d design from Ford.

Turn 10 Studio’s Alan Hartman, a man behind a Forza Motorsport games, indeed bought a GT, so Ford gave him an inside demeanour of Multimatic’s bureau in Ontario. In a video he done about his visit, Hartman pores over a GTs in several states of completion, though there are also a lot of engaging tidbits suggested about what goes into creation a car.

Like, for example, that it takes 9 days to finish a GT from start to finish. Multimatic is cranking out GTs during a rate of one automobile per day, with 1000 cars planned before prolongation ends in 2020.

Also engaging to see is a GT’s trickle test, a final investigation before a automobile can be delivered to customers. In this test, a GT is subjected to a practical torrent to make certain all is watertight. The GT’s superstar isn’t commissioned until after this exam is completed—Multimatic’s technicians wish to make certain a interior is ideally hermetic first.

This video provides a good demeanour during what goes into building a GT. It’s a distant cry from Ford’s other public plants.

This story creatively seemed on Road Track.


Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS, Toyota Supra Interior Spy Photos, Hyundai Veloster N: Weekly News Roundup Video

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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Welcome to AutoGuide.com’s weekly news roundup, where we take a demeanour during a week’s many engaging automotive news stories.

This week, a Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS debut, a interior for a new Toyota Supra has been spied, Dodge expelled some sum on a Dodge Demon, we found some patents for Jaguar Land Rover for a new active aerodynamics system, and a Hyundai Veloster N has been spied.

Some headlines in this week’s roundup include:

Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a Track-Tuned Subie You Want

2018 Subaru BRZ tS is Built for a Corners, Not a Straights

Dodge Reveals More Details on a Demon’s Engine

Jaguar Land Rover is a Latest to Patent an Active Aero System

Toyota Supra Leaves the BMW Showing in New Spy Shots

Hot Hyundai Veloster N Makes the First Appearance

Here are some facilities we can’t miss:

Top 10 Most Rapidly Declining Vehicles in 2017

Top 10 Cheapest Cars of 2017

Top 10 Cheapest Cars of 2017

Some new automobile reviews we published this week:

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe Review

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4Matic Review

2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Mazda CX-5 Comparison

2018 BMW 440i RWD Coupe Tested: Same Recipe, More Flavor

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Although a BMW 4-series coupe was initial shown some-more than 4 years ago, a trickling out of mixed variants of a indication over time means a automobile still feels fresh. But time marches on, and 2018 brings an refurbish for a oppulance sports coupe.

BMW tweaked a 4-series’s engine lineup and fixing gathering in 2017, and those continue for 2018. The 4-series is accessible as a turbocharged four-cylinder 430i or turbo-six 440i in two-door coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe forms. With a two-door coupes there is a choice of possibly a primer delivery (not passed yet) or an automatic, while all physique styles offer a choice of rear-wheel expostulate or all-wheel drive.

The theme of this exam was a 440i two-door coupe with a eight-speed involuntary and rear-drive, in a flattering Estoril Blue Metallic. It came with a $2000 Premium package (heated front seats, navigation, incomparable instrument-cluster display) and a $2550 M Sport gold (18-inch M star-spoke wheels, foe seats, Aluminum Dark Carbon interior trim, M foe suspension, M steering wheel, aero kit, dim extraneous trim, and anthracite headliner). With $550 for a paint and $1450 for black leather with blue contrariety stitching, a exam automobile totaled $56,245.

Lights and Colors

The 4-series was already good, and a 2018 modernise provides a lightest of improvements. As when we click a automatic-fix wand in iOS’s Photos app, we can notice a differences usually when we put a outcome subsequent to a before image. Both a head- and taillights have been upgraded to full LEDs, with a headlights gaining a dual, open-hexagonal pattern that recalls a strange 4-series concept.

The front fascia now facilities customary haze lights and wider atmosphere intakes, and a back fender also has been tweaked. There are new 18- and 19-inch circle designs and dual new extraneous paint colors: Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange. Overall, a 4-series’s styling is reduction extroverted than that of competitors such as a Infiniti Q60, a Lexus RC, and a Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe.

The interior sees tiny updates as well. New gloss-black trim adorns a core console, a lurch has resisting double stitching, and, with navigation, a infotainment complement has a new interface with configurable tiles. The facelift also brought a grippier steering wheel, 3 new leather tone options, and a aforementioned carbon-look trim.

Although a cabin is easily designed, it’s a sincerely undisturbed aesthetic, and a materials in that it’s rendered leave us cold. BMW’s common texturized-rubber surfaces are used throughout, though they’ve been around so prolonged that they make a cabin feel rather dated. The Mercedes-Benz C-class has set a bar for interiors in this class, and a 440i is nowhere nearby as lush or stylish. Storage space stays scarce.

Hold a Line

When a 4-series debuted, we hailed a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in a 435i. “The 3.0-liter turbo 6 is one of a best engines accessible in any sub-$100,000 car—period,” we said. While that was a prior N55-generation six, a new B58 in a 440i is usually as good, if not better. The turbocharged 6 creates 320 horsepower during 5500 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1380 to 5000 rpm, adult from 300 in both measures previously.

With a eight-speed involuntary transmission, a rear-wheel-drive 440i edged out a 435i xDrive we tested in 2015, scoring a 4.4-second time to 60 mph. By comparison, a twin-turbocharged V-6 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 did 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds, a 321-hp Cadillac ATS V-6 coupe indispensable 5.6, and a 306-hp Lexus RC350 F Sport ran it in 5.7. From 70 mph, a BMW stopped in a important 166 feet.

With a enticement of that acceleration accessible with a elementary flex of an ankle, one competence design fuel economy to take a hit, nonetheless a 440i nailed a 25-mpg EPA total figure during a contrast (EPA city/highway estimates are 21/32 mpg).

Predictable Suspense

Finding a honeyed mark between offset rigidity and gentle float peculiarity is a black art. With a refresh, BMW worked on formulating a stiffer cessation and a softened steering setup, with considerable results.

The electrically assisted steering is on a light side, though turn-in is discerning and there is some feedback—which is some-more than we can contend about many BMWs of late. The 2018 refurbish enclosed tweaked damping, and a 440i provides a fast ride, with a cessation that capably absorbs bumps while still carrying a connected feel to a road. Despite a frozen float with small physique roll, a numbers contend a 4-series trails behind a foe during a skidpad. It purebred 0.86 g, since a Q60, ATS, and C-class have strike 0.90 g or more. It is value noting, however, that a 440i was on all-season Pirelli tires and expected would post a softened series if it were versed with a discretionary $1700 Track Handling package, that includes Michelin Pilot Super Sport opening rubber.

Entering this test, a BMW 4-series was among a favorite oppulance coupes, and a incremental changes usually softened an already clever package. The cessation is gentle though still athletic, a engine is matrimony material, and a comparatively elementary styling looks softened after any day spent with it. The interior is somewhat out of step, and a automobile competence need stickier rubber to make a many of a chassis, though there are options accessible to residence those issues—for a price, of course. Although BMW has fiddled a bit with a recipe, this stays one juicy two-door.

Swede InMotion: NEVS Unveils Autonomous-Car Concept during CES Asia

Saturday, June 10th, 2017


National Electric Vehicle Sweden, or NEVS, isn’t only an car company, it’s a mobility company. And in formulation for a destiny of mobility, NEVS denounced a InMotion judgment during CES Asia in Shanghai. The self-driving judgment previews what a Level 5 unconstrained car could demeanour like. It done a entrance alongside the Saab-based all-electric NEVS 9-3 sedan and 9-3X wagon.

NEVS sees a electric InMotion portion as a form of open travel and not as a car to be purchased for personal use. To give users a personal experience, a judgment is tied in to a mobile-phone focus that is means to store any user’s personal settings for his or her InMotion ride. From a app, users can adjust a interior lighting, climate-control settings, and chair position. Along with elementary chair adjustments, a seats can also be organised in one of 3 ways: a Private setup, a Social arrangement, or a Meeting grouping. Driving duties are left totally to a InMotion, that is abandoned of a steering circle or pedals.

While a InMotion’s totally unconstrained inlet brings tears to a driving-loving eyes, a concept’s styling gives us wish that self-driving cars will during slightest offer some clarity of extraneous style. Unlike the Volkswagen Group’s Sedric autonomous concept, a InMotion is a surprisingly dynamic-looking car with a cabin pattern that is some-more than only a elementary box. It’s a tiny dump of lemonade to be found even yet this high-tech judgment creates a tellurian motorist radically obsolete.


2018 Honda Accord Kills a V6, Adds Type R Engine

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The 10th era of Honda’s princely Accord will entrance for 2018 but a V6 engine option.

A few months after to a all-new midsize celebration than a next-generation 2018 Toyota Camry, a new Accord will not follow a Camry’s confirmed trail of providing business with a bottom four-cylinder and a V6 upgrade.

Instead, Honda will make do with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4 already underneath a hood of a 10th-generation Civic and a fifth-generation Honda CR-V. As an upgrade, Honda will offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged section from a 2018 Honda Civic Type R. In both cases, Honda has not nonetheless suggested a energy output. Honda will continue with an Accord Hybrid, as well.

But a V6 is a goner.

The effusive Honda Accord’s discretionary V6 engine was a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter with 252 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy, according to a EPA, totalled 21 miles per gallon in a city; 33 highway with a six-speed automatic.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

In a all-new Accord that Honda says will entrance after this year, a simple 1.5T — a non-VTEC powerplant — will be related to possibly a invariably non-static delivery or a six-speed manual. The 2.0T, on a other hand, will be charity with both a 10-speed involuntary or a six-speed manual.

Honda says usually about 10 percent of Accord buyers were selecting a V6.

Honda began charity a V6 engine in a Accord for a 1995 indication year. That 170-horsepower 2.7-liter section was superseded by a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 in 1998 and a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter in 2003. Displacement grew to 3.5 liters in 2008. In a CR-V, a stream 1.5T produces 190 horsepower. The Civic Type R’s 2.0T is a 306-horsepower powerplant.

Honda says a new Accord will underline “a dramatically reduce and wider appearance” after going by a new-from-the-ground-up redesign. Its engines are built in Anna, Ohio; a 10-speed involuntary hails from Tallapoosa, Georgia. The Accord’s public plant is in Marysville, Ohio.

As for a Accord Coupe, there’s no word nonetheless on timing. At a Civic Type R eventuality in Montreal, Quebec, Honda orator Sage Marie told TTAC’s Mark Stevenson, “Stay tuned.”

On a sell basis, Honda says, a Accord has been America’s best-selling midsize automobile in any of a final 4 years. The Camry has claimed altogether sales care in 15 uninterrupted years.

With no V6 in a Accord, America’s midsize segment’s six-cylinder engine options will be singular to a Camry, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, and Subaru Legacy.

A chronicle of this story creatively seemed on The Truth About Cars

Discuss this story on the Honda Accord Forum

From Detroit, Transportation Secretary Delivers Message to Silicon Valley

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Donald Trump Announces Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative At White House

Donald Trump Announces Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative At White House

Silicon Valley and a Trump administration already have an nervous relationship. That’s not expected to change any time soon. Less than a week after Elon Musk stepped down from an administration mercantile advisory house in response to a country’s withdrawal from a Paris meridian accord, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao critiqued a Bay Area innovators whom Musk has come to represent. Speaking in Detroit this week, she pronounced that Silicon Valley needs to do a improved pursuit explaining all a recent record to a masses.

“The gait of record is entrance so fast that consumers can’t take it all in, and they can’t catch it all,” she pronounced during an entrance during a tellurian automotive attention eventuality on Monday. “For Silicon Valley, that comprises so many brilliant, creative, innovative people, they have a shortcoming to teach a rest of a American open on a new technologies they’re meditative about, new technologies that are miles and miles forward of many people’s understanding.”

Chief among those technologies are self-driving vehicles, and she pronounced consumers won’t buy them if they can’t sense how a technical underpinnings and facilities work. That misses a symbol in some respects—autonomous vehicles will expected initial strike a highway in blurb operations and not indispensably be sole to motorists in a normal tenure indication for a foreseeable future.

“My plea to Silicon Valley is, in fact, understanding of Detroit, since we consider a automobile manufacturers are perplexing really tough to incorporate new technologies into vehicles.”

Still, surveys uncover that a American open is doubtful about a reserve of self-driving vehicles. Three-quarters of motorists recently told AAA they are fearful to float in an unconstrained car, and 84 percent pronounced they perspective tellurian pulling skills as higher to those of programmed systems.

But a breach between a Trump administration and Silicon Valley comes during an pivotal time. Chao pronounced Tuesday that a Department of Transportation will refurbish a less-than-year-old Federal Automated Vehicles Policy in a entrance months, and Congress is building legislation that addresses unconstrained vehicles. While automakers traditionally aren’t penetrating on supervision regulation, in a box of these new cars, they’ve been pulling for sovereign care to assistance yield unchanging manners for contrast and deployment opposite a country.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Input into law and legislation seems some-more expected to come from Detroit than Silicon Valley. Musk’s high-profile depart from President Trump’s mercantile advisory house followed that of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who quit a house in Feb after many consumers deliberate his chair a taciturn publicity of Trump’s transport anathema and a #DeleteUber debate gained serve traction. General Motors CEO Mary Barra, on a other hand, has remained a member of a house with meagre protest.

Before Chao ventured off on a debate of Detroit on Monday, she applauded a Motor City’s efforts to say a powerhouse production sector, maybe a curtsy to a administration’s Midwestern base. Further, she conjured a days when Silicon Valley was noticed as a aspirant to Detroit rather than a vital collaborator. Much as she embellished bland Americans as struggling to stay sideways of a Bay Area’s latest innovations, she suggested Detroit’s automakers face a same plea in traffic with upstarts.

“My plea to Silicon Valley is, in fact, understanding of Detroit, since we consider a automobile manufacturers are perplexing really tough to incorporate new technologies into vehicles, and they’re doing a good job,” she said.

Of course, with partnerships like a ones Waymo has shaped with Chrysler and General Motors has shaped with Lyft, and a investments Ford has done in a series of smaller West Coast companies, a fortunes of both regions are some-more tied together than ever. But it was Silicon Valley that drew a scrutiny.

“I wish there to be a strong American production industry,” Chao said. “I wish Silicon Valley to assistance explain a technologies that they are building and promoting, so some-more people can know how this new record will indeed urge reserve and diminution fatalities, and assistance mobility for the comparison adults and people with disabilities. These are all good things, though they’ve got to step adult and speak some-more about them.”