the german design house has just unveiled a set of vinyl and record players that combine aluminum with wood for minimalist perfection.
the german design house has just unveiled a set of vinyl and record players that combine aluminum with wood for minimalist perfection.
According to the latest data from General Motors, sales of the Chevy Volt have now reached 100,000 units. The milestone underscores a growing demand for alternatively powered automobiles.
“The Chevrolet Volt delivers not just a fun driving experience behind the wheel, but has become the first vehicle with plug-in electrification technology to truly become mainstream,” said Steve Majoros, Director of Marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
The second-generation Volt features a two-motor drive unit now 100 lbs. lighter. Overall, the new Volt is 220 lbs. lighter than the prior generation and more efficient. Drivers can travel upwards of 50 miles in EV mode with fuel economy improving to 106 mpg-e and 42 mpg. Total driving range for the 2016 model Volt is a GM-estimated 420 miles.
According to Majoros, Chevrolet is building on the momentum already established by the Volt.
“Not only is the Volt a class-creator, it serves as the foundation of a Chevrolet electric family that will soon add the first long-range, affordable EV available to customers across the U.S., the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” he said.
The weight reduction accounts for a 19 percent stronger 0-30 mph electric acceleration too.
The 2017 Volt runs on an electric drive system with an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, paired to a 1.5L gas-powered engine. The Volt’s “Regen on Demand” feature is controlled by a paddle on the back of the steering wheel.
Based on GM’s research, with regular charges, a 2017 Volt owner can go a 1,000 miles or more before putting gas in the car. Chevy Volt owners have logged 2.5 billion miles collectively, 1.5 billion of which have been driven in EV mode. This translates to nearly 58 million gallons of fuel saved, enough to fill 87 competition-sized swimming pools.
Last year, we examined the top jobs at GM, some of which focus on alternatively powered vehicles. Other automakers, like Volvo and Ford for example, are sharing a similar stance when it comes to electrification, and are planning more electric variants for their lineup.
As future generations consider the impact driving has on the environment and as the tech responsible for electric vehicles becomes more available and practical, EVs, like the Volt, could see a further increase in sales. If you are considering an electric car, we think this guide from Consumer Reports would be helpful.
*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.
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Hennessey Performance Engineering is going to smash its own world record on Monday, teasing a run that goes past 270.49 miles per hour.
The 2017 Victory Octane set a new, though irrelevant, Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle burnout during a stunt at Orlando Speed World in Florida.
Over the weekend, Danielle and I did some holiday shopping. As we walked through the parking lot, both of us commented on a new Buick Regal GS sitting near the mall entrance. My Grandmother had a Buick for years and I fondly remember her bight red Skylark.
It was a red similar to the 2015 Regal GS above.
Buick is entering 2016 on a high note and will set a global sales record for the third consecutive year. As of mid-December, annual sales surpassed last year’s record of 1,170,115 vehicles and is expected to top 1.2 million by the end of 2015.
“Buick’s momentum is undeniable as new customers worldwide discover Buick’s lineup of beautiful, approachable premium vehicles,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global Buick.
In China, Buick topped 100,000 units for two consecutive months and annual sales are expected to reach 1 million there for the first time. In addition, booming crossover sales worldwide have helped. In the United States, for example, the Encore has grown for 23 consecutive months, putting it on pace to become the best selling single Buick in eight years.
Combined with China, Encore sales will top 140,000 globally.
Crossover sales industry wide increased 3 percentage points in 2015 in the United States. Crossovers now account for 40 percent of all new vehicles sold. Encore and Enclave sales account for 60 percent of Buick sales in the United States so far this year. We reviewed the 2015 Enclave and found it was a nice balance of luxury and performance.
According to Aldred, the automaker plans to capitalize on this success with a series of product reveals.
“We think 2016 will be another watershed year for the brand with the global launch of the new 2017 LaCrosse, the North American launch of the Envision, the U.S. launch of the Cascada, and the Chinese launch of a new Verano hatchback,” he said.
The Verano hatchback and Verano GS are available for pre-order in China currently. The Cascada,
Buick’s first convertible in 25 years, goes on sale early next year, while the Envision will arrive at North American dealerships this summer. The 2017 LaCrosse, billed as Buick’s most advanced sedan, will be available this summer as well.
Like with any successful brand, customer service must compliment a solid product. Buick has topped the J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index rankings, among mass-market brands for two straight years. And certinately, that 2015 Regal Danielle and I saw over the weekend stood out.
“Our products and our customer service have never been better,” Aldred said.
What do you think of Buick?
*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan
This Indian tuk-tuk pilot shows masterful balance in putting his little vehicle onto two wheels and riding that way for huge distances. He even holds the Guinness World Record for the stunt.
Despite noise restrictions and a busy track, the Koenigsegg One:1 managed to whittle its own lap record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit down by another second.
The 2016 MY Briggs Automotive Company Mono debuted this year at Goodwood, where it even set the unofficial fastest time for a production car. The revised Mono managed to sprint up the hill in 47.9 seconds, beating the previous time of 49.29 seconds, set by The Nissan GTR Nismo Time Attack.
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The 2015 Nissan Juke RS completed the Goodwood circuit on two-wheels in a period of 2 minutes and 10 seconds, breaking the previous record by a healthy 35 second margin.
Th Nissan Juke itself has been one of the wackiest experiments that the Japanese manufacturer pulled out in recent times, and the automaker managed to take the entire concept to a whole new level when it introduced the Juke R and the Nismo RS versions later in the timeline. At the 2015 Goodwood Festival Of Speed (FOS) in the UK that was held over the weekend, Nissan once again enthralled the audience with the 2015 Juke Nismo RS as it created a new Guinness World Record of driving the crossover on two wheels.
In this latest stunt, the 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS completed the Goodwood FOS circuit on two wheels in the very capable hands of stunt driver Terry Grant. The Juke Nismo RS ran the uphill course of 1.86 kms filled with several twists and turns at an average speed of 48 km/hr and completed the entire length in 2 minutes and 10 seconds, shattering the previous record of 2 minutes and 45 seconds. The difference has been a healthy 34 seconds. The fun part is that Grant was allowed six attempts to beat the previous record, but did so in the first attempt itself. Clearly, the All-Wheel Drive crossover managed to “balance” things well.
A special mention also goes to the commentators in the video below that make the entire event sound more like a test cricket match on a bright day. That probably has to do with the country’s creation of the sport we assume. The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is an untamed version of the crossover with the underpinnings of the GT-R for some unadulterated driving fun. Make sure to check out the Nissan Juke Nismo RS in the video below, because this takes some stellar driving skills.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC is coming off a strong April in sales. In the United States, the automaker moved 189,027 units, a 6 percent increase compared with April figures of last year at 178,652 units.
This is the Auburn Hills, Michigan based automaker’s best April sales since 2007.
Nine FCA vehicles posted sales records last month, making April 2015 their 61st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.
The Dodge Challenger, Dart and Journey all saw increases in sales while Ram Truck and Ram ProMaster logged their best April sales ever.
Jeep country was booming with the Wrangler, Patriot and Cherokee, the latter recording a 27 percent increase in sales from April of last year.
The Jeep Renegade stood out among its off road peers last month especially.
“Our all-new Jeep Renegade small SUV is off to an exceptional start with more than 4,200 units sold in its first full month,” revealed Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The Renegade’s solid figures were an essential part of FCA’s successful April 2015.
“This helped to propel our Jeep brand to its best monthly sales ever,” he said.
We recently got our hands on the new Jeep; Rahul Raman gives us an inside look here.
Overall, Chrysler 200 was a huge winner. The mid sized sedan achieved a 348 percent year-over-year increase – the largest percentage increase of any FCA US vehicle in April.
Chrysler’s 26 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US vehicle line during April.
Sales were strong for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Canada and Mexico during April 2015 too.
In Canada, a total of 27,473 vehicles were sold, making it the best April sales there since 1989.
In Mexico, Ram sales jumped 56 percent in the best April since 2010 for the truck.
The Saltillo Assembly Plant celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, one of two assembly plants where Ram is produced.
Photos: FCA US LLC
Ford Sets Planet Record for Most significant Sizzling Wheels Auto Observe Loop in Assistance of Consider Your Youngster to Function Working day
• To assist kids cultivate an fascination in science and engineering, Ford attempted to established a new planet document for creating the biggest Hot Wheels® automobile track loop as element of this year’s Consider Your Little one to Function Working day
• Ford Mustang Sizzling Wheels automobile started out at much more than a few tales large inside of Ford Investigation and Innovation Middle
• Old document loop stood at 9 ft, 9 inches tall
DEARBORN, Mich., April 23, 2015 – Ford ran circles all around the outdated Hot Wheels® report loop as part of this year’s Consider Your Youngster to Function Working day. When the energy was full, Ford experienced produced a entire world report endeavor with a Very hot Wheels auto track loop that exceeded 12 ft tall.
The world document endeavor was the brainchild of Ford dynamometer technician Matt West, who had constructed more and more huge Sizzling Wheels loops with his six-12 months-old son Blade at their residence in Monroe, Michigan.
The attempt took place in the 3-tale atrium of the company’s Investigation and Innovation Centre in Dearborn in help of Ford’s participation in national Just take Your Kid to Perform Day.
“It began as part-fun, component-physics lesson with my son at residence,” said West. “We developed one in our playroom, and then developed a 5-foot- tall loop in our backyard. When men and women at Ford heard what we have been up to, everybody imagined it would be a wonderful way to get young men and women excited about science and engineering by striving to break the globe file on Take Your Youngster to Function Working day.”
The existing record of 9 toes, 9 inches tall was set in Ohio. West and his pals at Ford productively created a Mustang Hot Wheels auto total a twelve-foot, six-inch loop.
“On a observe, a Sizzling Wheels auto can only go so rapidly, so carrying the momentum of the car by means of an total loop is harder than you may possibly think,” explained West. “In a entire world where youngsters are inundated with TVs and tablets, I imagined teaching my son with actual relocating motor vehicle types would be so significantly more gratifying, and then it took on a existence of its personal.”
Early on, West and Blade went to function dreaming up the planet record-breaking loop. With the support of other individuals at Ford, like John Jaranson, technological expert in interior systems, and Grant Compton, personal computer-aided design engineer, they created the loop making use of laptop-aided design and style software program called CATIA, which is frequently utilised for auto layout.
Knowing they had to create the super composition out of four-by- 8-foot sheets of plywood, they designed the loop into sections that would get bolted collectively.
After developed, the group enlisted the aid of Will Brick, general supervisor of TechShop Detroit, a membership-primarily based, do-it- yourself workshop and fabrication studio, to bring the electronic design information to life. Jaranson is a member of TechShop, thanks to Ford’s innovative relationship with the firm, a component-time instructor who will help other customers use the accessible tools. The group lower the sheets of plywood using a h2o jet cutter.
“At TechShop, we like to say, ‘Build your desires listed here,’” said Brick. “It was wonderful to help Matt and to operate with the Ford crew to bring his son’s thought to fact.”
“It’s an honor for Sizzling Wheels to have motivated Matt West and the Ford team to embark on this sort of an epic entire world document endeavor,” mentioned Chris Down, senior vice president and basic manager, Scorching Wheels. “Ford and Mattel have a background likely again far more than four a long time. We the two have tremendous enthusiasm for pushing the limitations of design, and we’re satisfied to be concerned in making an attempt to produce enthusiasm for science and engineering for children almost everywhere.”
With its signature one:sixty four-scale types, Very hot Wheels has designed hundreds of Ford Motor Company cars, like a lot of of the unique 16 Hot Wheels versions unveiled in 1968 – a customized Mustang, Thunderbird and Cougar.
￼About Ford Motor Organization
Ford Motor Company, a international automotive industry leader based mostly in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes cars throughout six continents. With about 187,000 personnel and sixty two crops globally, the company’s automotive brand names consist of Ford and Lincoln. The organization provides economic solutions through Ford Motor Credit rating Organization. For far more details regarding Ford and its items around the world, make sure you pay a visit to http:// corporate.ford.com.
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Given that 1968, Very hot Wheels® has been passionate about producing thrilling vehicle ordeals via progressive product and content material. With a supporter base of far more than 41 million folks, Scorching
Wheels® is the No. one car home in the United States creating the coolest cars conceivable. The Hot Wheels brand name commenced as a line of 16 1:sixty four-scale die-forged cars nowadays, it has evolved into a real, worldwide life style model for boys of all ages with segments that selection from aftermarket areas to certified clothing to branded electronic content. Check out out the formal Very hot Wheels internet site for the hottest car game titles and racing video clips, and be confident to check out the Hot Wheels® Fb page.
Goodbye, Seat. Stage aside, Renault. You will find a new King of the Ring – at least as far as front-generate scorching hatches are concerned – in the type of the new Honda Civic Sort R.
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