For 2013, Ford will bestow Platinum status upon its Super Duty crew-cab lineup. The trim level, which will sit at the top of the range, was previously available only on F-150 pickups. Out of concern that the Super Duty King Ranch didn’t offer plush enough surroundings for the discriminating workingman, Ford has stirred in a bevy of convenience, styling, and luxury tweaks, as well as MyFord Touch, which also will be available on other Super Duty models.
In the appearance column, the Platinum scores its own satin-chrome grille with mesh inserts and an upsized Ford logo, shiny letters spelling out “Platinum” tacked onto the bed sides, a satin-chrome appliqué on the tailgate, and a chrome exhaust tip. The rest of the truck gets a monochrome effect, with painted bumpers. Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels with black inserts are standard. The 2013 Platinum will be available in Ruby Red, Kodiak Brown, Tuxedo Black, Ingot Silver, and White Platinum. Another new exterior color, Blue Jean Metallic, will be available for non-Platinum Super Duty models.
A ten-way power-adjustable driver’s is included, and it and the other seating surfaces are covered in remarkably supple leather that Ford claims is as durable as it is soft. A heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel features real wood accents; the instrument panel, door trim, and center stack make do with Ford’s finest faux-grain finish yet. Interior color choices include Pecan and Midnight Black.
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Echo boomers, Generation Y, Generation Following: no matter what you call them, people who were born in the starting of the 1980’s are now an important demographic group for any business. And their preferences may modify the kind of cars we will drive in the future.
According to the annual survey performed by the Deloitte consulting organization, Generation Y buyers, who the organization describes as those aged from 19 to 31, want their new vehicles to be hybrids laden with high-tech features.
“This could be the generation that leads us away from standard gasoline-powered vehicles”, comments Deloitte automotive consultant Craig Giffi who oversaw the research.
According to Deloitte, 59 % of Generation Y consumers questioned replied that they favor “an electrified vehicle” to any other form of auto or truck, with their definition of “electrified””getting mostly a gasoline-electric hybrid.
In comparison, only 37 % stated that they preferred gasoline-only powered designs, even though 2 % would rather have an all-electrical model.
The Lamborghini Aventador J may well only be a a single-off to please one particular extremely fortunate and quite wealthy man, but some of its facts will be utilized in the future models. The car is fundamentally a preview of the upcoming Aventador Roadster. It also hints at the details of the Aventador SV, the super high-performance variant.
Now, to give you an notion of what that SV may appear, an automobile artist who calls himself Wildspeed got active with his Photoshop. This fellow is bloody great at utilizing his Photoshop to create amazingly realistic photos of fantasy automobiles. This is what he came up with, applying the Aventador J’s details on a normal Aventador to generate the SV. Stunning.
Test him out right here: WildSpeed
The all new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is on sale now but this summer time, an all-new Ecotec 2.5 liter will be debuting in the Malibu’s lineup as one particular of the most powerful naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engines in the midsize segment – topping output from the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry. Later this fall, a new Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine will join the lineup.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with a two.5 liter Ecotec has been SAE-certified at 197-hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. That gives it 19 more horses and 21 far more lb-t than the Toyota Camry 2.five liter 4-cylinder and 27 far more horses and 21 a lot more lb-ft than the 2013 Ford Fusion’s two.5 liter four-cylinder.
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The Ecotec two. liter turbo has received an SAE-licensed 259-hp and 260 lb-ft. That gives it the capability to run from to 60 mph in six.3 seconds.
“The 2013 Malibu is the latest entry in Chevrolet’s expanding international car portfolio, which has noticed virtually an entirely revamped lineup in the final 15 months,” mentioned Chris Perry, global Chevrolet marketing and advertising vice president. “We sold 4.76 million Chevys globally in 2011 – one particular each six.5 seconds – and the new Malibu will support us expand the brand globally even much more this year, where it will be introduced for the first time in several markets.”
At the Geneva Motor Present, BMW introduced the F20 125i M Performance automobile designed in near collaboration with BMW M in the areas of powertrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit.
The BMW 125i Hatchback showcased at the BMW stand in Geneva requires benefit of a BMW M Functionality aerodynamic package with 19-inch BMW M Efficiency light alloy wheels, a BMW M Efficiency brake system and BMW M Functionality Top rated Stripes.
In a new video released by BMW, the business explains the process that will take spot behind the scene just before the M Functionality auto comes to marketplace. The concentrate of this video is largely on the layout of exterior and interior elements, as properly as the M Overall performance exhaust method and upgraded braking technique.
Interesting is the fact that the M Overall performance Parts are also tested in the wind tunnel for optimized efficiency.
The video is in German, but BMW gives English subtitles.
Top rated Gear — By MR on March ten, 2012 at 2:07 pm — No Feedback
The final Best Gear episode for Season 18 airs tomorrow Sunday the 11th of March 2012 at 8PM on BBC2 and BBC HD. The three guys are back with a new investigation, two vehicles at the Top Gear track and a F1 start in the Suzuki Liana.
Can you go motor racing for significantly less than it costs to perform golf? A question no sensible person has ever asked. This week, Jeremy, James and Richard see if you can go motor racing for much less than it charges to perform golf.
Richard is on track duty this week with the new twin-turbo, V8-powered BMW M5 and James drives a Ferrari 250 GT California. Kimi Raikkonen is the F1 Star in the old Reasonably Priced Vehicle. Slash is the Star in the latest Reasonably Priced Automobile.
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March 9, 2012 at six:12pm by Erik Johnson
The Lamborghini Gallardo has been a smash hit for the company—more than 12,000 have been sold the subsequent bestseller for the brand is the discontinued Murciélago, at 4099—so it will be important to get its replacement correct. We recently spoke with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, and his feedback, as well as details gleaned elsewhere, have given us added hints at what to expect when the vehicle arrives sometime following year.Very first, Winkelmann stated that the automobile will make “a clear cut” from the Gallardo, specifically visually. “We constantly say that layout is not an evolution but a revolution, and this will be the philosophy of the follow-up to the Gallardo.” We’d guess that the automobile will take on far more of the menacing angularity of the Aventador flagship, though don’t count on it to adopt its sibling’s carbon-fiber-intensive development. (Winkelmann: “What we have accomplished for Aventador is not necessarily the appropriate thing to do for a various automobile.”) This will aid preserve pricing the place the merely rich—as opposed to the hyper-wealthy—can afford the car.
The next entry-degree Lambo will ride on the VW Group’s modular sports-car architecture (a.k.a. MSS), which also will underpin the up coming Audi R8, as effectively as future Porsches. Stephan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro performance subsidiary, tells us that the Gallardo substitute and the next R8 will share 15- to twenty-percent more components than do the current automobiles.
As for powertrain, the existing V-10 is probably to be retained (with a lot more energy it should near 600 horses), and will mate to a dual-clutch automated transmission. As we reported final fall, there will be no classic manual.