DMC Ferrari 458 ELEGANTE

by Isaiah on January 27, 2014

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DMC has showed off their latest styling package for the Ferrari 458 Italia. Called the DMC Ferrari 458 ELEGANTE, this sports car is finished in an amazing matte black and comes with a more prominent front spoiler lip, chunkier side skirts, blacked out windows, smoked front and rear lights, blacked out tailpipes and a set of ADV1 wheels. [MW]

Infiniti QX60 By LARTE Design

by Isaiah on January 24, 2014

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Check out the latest styling package for the Infiniti QX60 by LARTE Design. Coming in black exterior finish, the QX60 comes with a new radiator grille featuring wide struts and a grille insert in the front apron, twin fog lamps, five square LED DRLs, a quad exhaust system from stainless steel at the rear and a bespoke set of 22″ alloy wheels finished in matt black and fitted with low-profile tires. [AR]

Highlights Of The Detroit Auto Show

by jerm on January 23, 2014

Every year around this time, the world’s automotive industry gathers in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. Along with a few other key shows around the world, this is where automotive news is made – carmakers unveil the latest and greatest models, along with a stunning array of concept cars that give a hint of what the industry may look like in a few years’ time. There’s always a palpable air of excitement at the show, as journalists jostle with industry insiders to get a front-row seat at some of the biggest announcements of the year. The 2014 show, which has been open to journalists this week and opens to the public on Saturday, has been no exception – the news has come thick and fast.

One of the biggest stories at the show has been the new Ford F-150, which was unveiled at the show on Monday morning. The presentation itself was out of this world – the stage occupied nearly the full length of Joe Louis Arena. However, going beyond the hype, this was an incredibly important announcement for Ford – the F-150 has been the best-selling full-size pickup in North America for the last 37 years. The industry was looking to Ford to announce something that would continue that dominance – particularly since GM has recently launched a new set of redesigned pickups, and the Dodge Ram has also undergone a total makeover.

Ford didn’t disappoint. Although some analysts voiced their concern that the radical redesign represented an enormous risk for Ford, there is nothing to suggest that Ford has put a foot wrong. To start with, it has stripped no less than 700 pounds out of the vehicle while increasing the strength of the body. This is a result of the new frame, which is made of high-strength steel, as well as a body that is now made from high-strength aluminum alloy. Ford also introduced an economical 2.7 L engine for the pickup – which includes stop-start technology – while still continuing to provide the option of a 3.5 L engine and a 5.0 L V8.

Mercedes-Benz

The luxury German car manufacturer has been constantly in the headlines at the show, making a number of major announcements and showing off some of its new models for the first time. One of the main attractions was the new GLA45 AMG, a high-performance version of the new compact crossover SUV that Mercedes will be launching this fall. Along with aggressive styling elements, the AMG version of the vehicle featured a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 355 hp – and only takes 4.8 seconds to take the vehicle from 0 to 60. If you make a compact luxury SUV comparison, you’ll see there’s really nothing else in the market that can match this performance.

Another big announcement by Mercedes-Benz was its new 2015 C-Class. Compared to the previous model, the carmaker has increased both the size and luxury levels of the vehicle, while reducing the weight. These changes take the car to a new level – it’s no longer an entry-level Mercedes, but instead a roomy four-seater luxury car that will delight customers. It’s powerful as well. The 3.0 L V-6 engine provides 329 hp, while the more economical 2.0 L version develops a very respectable 235 hp.

Mercedes also had its new top-of-the-line S600 on show, which will replace the existing S550 when it goes on sale in the fall. It also had an S-Class coupe on display that it bills as a concept car, but which in all likelihood is going to form the basis of a production coupe down the road. Both cars were truly impressive, with the styling on the coupe managing to be both refined and aggressive.

Corvette Stingray

General Motors also managed to grab the limelight with its Corvette Stingray. The iconic sports car took Car of the Year at the show, thanks in large part to significant improvements in its interior quality, as well as a massive 445 HP V8 that makes the 2014 model more powerful than any previous version. When you consider that the base model starts at a price of $51,000, the Stingray is a lot of car for the money.

GM’s Chevrolet Silverado also took Truck of the Year, giving GM a sweep of awards at the show. This is a new model for GM, and is likely to find itself in hot competition with Ford’s F-150. One advantage it may have over the F-150 is its fuel economy, which may be why Ford has introduced the new 2.7 L engine option.

Maserati Quattroporte S Coming To Australia

by Isaiah on January 22, 2014

Maserati-Quattroporte-S

Assembled by Ferrari at its Maranello factory, the all new Maserati Quattroporte S will go on sale in Australia from late February for $240,000. This luxury sports sedan is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine (w/ ZF eight-speed automatic transmission) that generates 301kW and 550Nm. The car has a top speed of 285km/h and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds. [Car Advice]

Review: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 ALA49R GX AWD

by jerm on January 21, 2014

RAV4 ALA49R GX AWD

For years, fans of the Toyota RAV4 have been clamoring for a diesel version of the famed medium-sized SUV. With the release of the 2013 Toyota RAV4, what was once just a fantasy is now reality. That’s just one of the many changes the 2013 model of the RAV4; which was significantly overhauled this time around, unlike the 2012 release. We took a look at Toyota’s newest addition to the RAV4 family on the DVG website and noted what we found below:

Under the Hood

Because of the major redesign, there is a lot to cover. To start with the all-new diesel engine; the 2.2-L turbo diesel power plant packs a maximum of 110kw of power and 340Nm of torque. These make uphill climbs a walk in the park, even when carrying a rather large amount of cargo. The fresh addition is connected to a six-speed manual/automatic transmission. Its tow rating is quite average compared to other vehicles in its category however, as it’s only capable of 550 kg. Toyota claimed that this conservative approach is tailored to Australia’s rather tough conditions.

Of course, a petrol version of the Toyota RAV4 remains available, which was also improved for this iteration. Toyota lends the 2.5-L four cylinder engines from the Camry to the 2013 AWD model of the RAV4. This power plant is capable of delivering as much as 132kw of power and 233Nm of torque, and is paired with a six-speed manual/automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the impressive MultiDrive Sport seven-step CVT with sequential manual mode is exclusive to the 2WD model.

Further improvements to the RAV4’s mechanism include the now electrically assisted power steering. Braking is top-notch in any weather, too, thanks to the four-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front rotors.

The Interior

Upon comparing the 2012 and the 2013 RAV4, one could easily observe the amount of polish that the latter received in this department. It’s definitely sleeker, as the materials used for the interior are evidently of superior quality—you’ll love the look and feel of the dashboard. The cabin is more spacious to boot, which is especially noticeable in the more generous leg room of the rear seats. The cargo area has increased in size as well, and it’s even easier to access due to the addition of the top-hinged tailgate.

The Exterior

The styling of the 2013 RAV4 displays a stark contrast with its counterparts from the yesteryears. While it retains the classic cues from its forefathers, the 2013 RAV4 looks stronger, bolder, and more contemporary than previous models. The exterior features redesigned headlights, bumpers, and fenders, among other elements, some of which were borrowed from the modern Corolla.

The 2013 RAV 4 is undoubtedly worthy of the name of Toyota’s beloved medium-sized SUV line. It’s competitively priced, too, which makes it quite an enticing buy. There’s not a lot that you won’t love about the stylish 2013 RAV4, so making it your next ride is certainly not a shabby idea. To see a video review of the new RAV4, click here.

2014 Callaway Corvette SC610

by Isaiah on January 20, 2014

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Callaway Cars hits back by showing off the supercharged version of the 2014 Stingray called the Corvette SC610. This sports car is equipped with an Eaton supercharger that enables the 6.2-liter V8 engine to produce 610 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 115 hp and 96 lb-ft). The car also receives visual modifications which consist of a carbon fiber hood, door sill panels and Callaway badges. [Autoevolution]