2014 Mitsubishi Mirage at 2013 New York Auto Show
Mitsubishi has unveiled the new 2014 Mirage subcompact at this week’s New York Auto Show.
Rival for cars like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic, the new Mirage claims impressively high fuel economy figures and high equipment levels, set to make it a tempting option in the subcompact class.
Unfortunately the Mirage isn’t as interesting to look at as many rivals, riding high on small wheels with a slightly subdued, apologetic look at odds with its efficient engine.
That engine is a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC), the company’s variable valve timing system. It develops a modest 74 horsepower and 74 pounds-feet of torque, and offers the option of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously-variable transmission.
Toyota announces minor changes to 2013 Camry lineup, mostly addressing concerns with interior quality
Toyota has interestingly announced that some minor changes will be made to the 2013 Toyota Camry, despite the fact that the current Camry just debuted a little over a year ago as a 2012 model. Though according to the press release, a lot of the changes were done to the interior as it was originally criticized for lacking in quality, which I even saw when we had our first test-drive of the Camry at the time of its debut.
The changes were specifically made to the LE and SE models, including the Hybrid LE, which all receive slightly upgraded interior appointments such as color matching armrests and door panels with stitching accents for those equipped with leather seating. Additionally, the base L model now comes standard with a Display Audio LCD screen for the infotainment system.
Toyota also said that they made some minor change with the way the Camry drives as well, which include “improved driving dynamics and even a quieter ride.” Though, I’m not sure what exactly means as driving dynamics and Toyota Camry are as opposite as they get. Additionally, the Toyota Camry is already so boringly comfortable and quiet, how can it get any quieter?
Either way, if you’re more curious about what the new 2013 Toyota Camry has to offer, check out the press release after the jump.
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2013 Chicago: Toyota updates Tundra for 2014 year with facelift, internals largely carry over unchanged
The Toyota Tundra has been with us in its current iteration since 2007. As a result, Toyota had given its full size pickup a facelift while much of the Tundra’s mechanicals carry over largely unchanged. That facelifted model was revealed today at this year’s 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
“Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example,” said Bill Fay, Toyota’s group vice president and general manager. “Tundra’s new exterior design and all-new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want instead, in addition to what they need.”
Powering the Tundra is a base 4.0L V6 good for 270hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, while the V8s also carry over in both 4.6 and 5.7 form. The 4.6 is good for 310hp and 327 lb-ft of torque while the full 5.7 achieves 381hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.
There are also a variety of new options for the 2014 year, which include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a standard back-up camera, and standard Bluetooth. Additionally, the interior, much like the exterior, has received a visual and design update.
The Tundra can still be had in a variety of trim levels and cab/bed layouts, all of which still carry over from the previous non-facelifted Tundra.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
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It’s strange and sad that a time of such rapid automotive innovation should produce a vehicle fleet ever more homogenous and bland. But compounding regulation drives up development costs, and humanity is falling out of love with the automobile. The people who design and engineer our preferred mode of transport are left serving a diverse number of masters, few of whom properly appreciate cars as machines of soul and romance. What follows is a rundown of the enemies of cars as we know and love them.
↳ Clarence Ditlow
Executive director of the Center for Auto Safety since 1975, Ditlow will never see a car he deems “safe enough.” Formed by Ralph Nader, the CAS has been at the forefront in pushing for vehicle recalls—some justified, others not—since 1970. We’re not going to argue against safe cars, but there’s no way to engineer a vehicle to survive every possible contingency—and trying to do so only makes them larger, heavier, and more expensive. If you’re unbelted and too distracted to avoid running your car into a wall, maybe some shattered bones are a fair reminder of the personal responsibility we all assume when behind the wheel.
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It’s long been an adage that if you “build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your doorstep,” but what if you do not have the end-all, be-all mousetrap?
Or, in the case of the automotive industry, what if you don’t have the end-all, be-all powertrain technology yielding superlative fuel economy, but with sufficient performance, and at a price everyone will clamor for?
With an eye toward ultimately weaning away from petroleum altogether, the common theme at this week’s Detroit Auto Show is all manufacturers are making some kind of nod to fuel economy in every product featured. Also in plain view is it’s a time of mixed messages, unclear direction, competing views and more.
At this stage, automakers’ products in essence represent hedged bets and run the gamut.
You have all-electric, plug-in hybrid, full hybrid, mild hybrid, micro hybrid; technologies like stop/start, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, CVT transmissions, dual-clutch transmissions, “regular” automatics with eight- and nine-speeds and so on. You have “clean diesels” either present or said to be on their way like the pending Chevy Cruze diesel, and even natural gas vehicles are present or pending as well. Also, highlighted are plenty of advanced materials that lighten the car including more use of aluminum alloys, magnesium, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber.
I’m sure most of you readers remember Lexus’s TV ad spot, which featured their latest virtual driving machine, designed to simulate real-world scenarios for future research and development in automotive safety. That said, in lieu of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas, NV, Toyota Motor Corporation and Lexus have decided to seize this moment to show off their latest efforts in automobile safety research and development.
Along with their press boost, ToMoCo and Lexus showcase their latest field technology, which mainly surrounds a radically equipped Lexus LS600hL sedan that seems to have received Wayne Szalinski’s solar treatment from “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Though all those external apparatuses aren’t used for solar propulsion.
Lexus said that they’re used to create their active safety research vehicle, which is “equipped with an array of sensors and automated control systems to observe, process and respond to the vehicle’s surroundings.”
“In our pursuit of developing more advanced automated technologies, we believe the driver must be fully engaged,” said Mark Templin, Toyota group vice president and general manger of the Lexus Division.”For Toyota and Lexus, a driverless car is just a part of the story. Our vision is a car equipped with an intelligent, always-attentive co-pilot whose skills contribute to safer driving.”
For full details on what Lexus and Toyota Motor Corp. have in mind for the future of automobile safety, check out the full press release and video below.
Published October 26, 2012
By Jeff Cobb
Audi’s A8 e-tron, first shown in Frankfurt as a concept in 2009, and until recently said to be due for production early in 2013, has been postponed until further notice, and the project may be canceled altogether.
Citing factors including high battery costs, limited range performance for the money, and possible lack of sufficient customers, Car & Driver magazine this week reported that Wolfgang Dürheimer, Audi’s new head of R&D put a halt to the development.
The magazine said it was “explicitly” told the R8 e-tron project may not be restarted with battery costs and range among the top prohibitive obstacles, among “numerous” reasons.