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Drivers Cool to Idea of Autonomous Vehicles

Survey shows they definitely want a steering wheel in a self-driver.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Drivers may be unsure of how much autonomous technology they want in their cars, but over 96% want a steering wheel and brake and gas pedals.

Self-driving cars may be the future, but if a recent survey by University of Michigan researchers is any indication, it’s not the near future: just a little over 15% of drivers want an autonomous vehicle.

The survey, which was conducted by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, polled 505 people and found that 43.8% didn’t want any form of autonomous technology in their vehicles while 40.6% were comfortable some level of self-driving tech.

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However, there was a nearly unanimous response to one question that doesn’t bode well for Google and its vehicles: 96.2% of respondents want a steering wheel, brake and gas pedal in their vehicle no matter the level of autonomy. (more…)

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Horsepower getting as much attention as mileage.

by on Apr.01, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 is attracting big crowds at New York Auto Show.

“Where’s the Z/28?” asked 16-year-old Michael Kimberly as he wandered through the Jacob Javits convention center in New York on Saturday morning, tagging along on a tour his parents had signed up for at the New York International Auto Show.

The two older Kimberlys were there to check out all the “green cars,” including the new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid models making their debuts at the annual show. But younger Michael, about to get his driver’s license, had something decidedly different in mind – the super-high-performance version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was the biggest surprise introduction at the 2013 NYIAS.

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The 550-horsepower “pony car” has been drawing deep crowds to the Javits Center’s somewhat-isolated North Hall since the show opened its doors to the public last week. But it’s not alone.


Mercedes Offers First Look at New S-Class

Button, button, who’s got the buttons?

by on Mar.20, 2013

Step inside the 2014 Mercedes S-Class.

It will likely be one of the most closely watched introductions of the 2014 model-year and Mercedes-Benz is clearly stirring interest with the release of the first teaser images of the next-generation S-Class sedan.

Known inside the company as the W222, the new model will have some big tire tracks to fill.  The S-Class has traditionally been the benchmark for the premium-luxury segment that makers like BMW, Audi and even upstart Hyundai have to chase down.

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For its part, Mercedes less than modestly describes the 2013 S-Class as “the best automobile in the world,” adding that it is “the essence of luxury.” Whether that holds true remains to be seen but these images and some background from the Teutonic maker suggest Mercedes is going all-out to satisfy picky buyers – and keep the competition worried.


Hyundai May Follow 2014 Equus Update With New Luxury Models

Facelifted Equus to launch at NY Auto Show.

by on Mar.14, 2013

The undisguised 2014 Hyundai Equus.

Hyundai landed an unexpected body blow to the luxury car segment when it introduced its first-generation Genesis and followed with the well-received Equus, the big sedan taking on the likes of the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

An updated version of the Hyundai Equus is scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month but the Korean carmaker doesn’t appear ready to stop there, sources both inside and outside the company telling that an expanded line-up of luxury models could follow in the not-too-distant future.

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But it now appears extremely unlikely that Hyundai will now follow up with a separate luxury channel for the American market, something it has agonized over in recent years.


Hyundai Teases Update of 2014 Equus Update

Big sedan to get more technology, improved interior, subtle design revisions.

by on Mar.07, 2013 has pulled out a few more details than we originally saw in this teaser image of the 2014 Hyundai Equus.

Like most of our automotive media colleagues, we’ll be heading back from Geneva about the time you read this report. That doesn’t mean the automotive world will take a breather and await our return. Certainly not Hyundai, which has dropped this image into our e-mail which we’re accessing by long-distance WiFi.

We’ve also enhanced the image just a wee bit to try to bring out a little more detail on what we’re told is the 2014 Hyundai Equus, the mid-cycle update of the flagship sedan the Korean carmaker introduced here almost four years ago. It will make its debut at the New York Auto Show less than three weeks from now.

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Hyundai promises “exterior and interior design” enhancements.  Though it’s difficult to spot many specific details, that appears to include updated headlights and revised LED accent lamps, as well as tweaks to the front fascia, bumper and foglamps. The turbine-style wheels also appear to be new.


Mercedes Aesthetics S Concept To Offer Hint of Next-Gen S-Class

“Sensual shapes and stylish sportiness.”

by on Sep.06, 2012

What a relief...the Aesthetic S is more bas relief than traditional concept car.

It’s getting crowded at the top.  All manner of new premium luxury sedans are coming to market and not to be outdone, Mercedes-Benz is offering a hint of what its next-generation S-Class will look like with the upcoming Aesthetics S Concept.

Set for a formal debut at the Paris Motor Show, later this month, the Aesthetics S isn’t your typical show car, however, but the automotive equivalent of a bas relief sculpture, which the automaker describes as “an artistic glimpse of the design of the luxury saloon of the foreseeable future.”

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How much of the next S-Class can we see in the images the maker has released?  That remains to be seen, of course, but it clearly continues the steady move away from the heavy-handed, Teutonic barges of decades past, evolving into a sleek and elegant, wind-cheating form that nonetheless maintains a sense of power and prestige in the almost coupe-like roof and wide rear haunches.


New Audi Chief Aims to Topple Luxury Leaders

“We want to be the definitive luxury brand.”

by on Jun.26, 2012

Audi of America's new boss, Scott Keogh, sees significant opportunities ahead.

Long an also-ran in the U.S. luxury market, Audi is aiming to topple the established upscale leaders, said the brand’s new American CEO.

The target is to nearly double overall sales to 200,000 annually – while making sure it captures a larger share of customers willing to spend $70,000 to $80,000 for new vehicles like the top-line A8, Scott Keogh, the new president and CEO of Audi of America stressed during his first press in the new job.

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“We want to be the definitive luxury brand in America and outsell BMW and Mercedes-Benz,” said Keogh, as he outlined the brand’s plans for the near future.


Three World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Nissan Leaf, Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series are finalists for award.

by on Mar.18, 2011

The Audi A8, BMW 5 Series and Nissan Leaf are finalists for World Car of the Year.

Two German luxury sedans will face off against the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle for World Car of the Year honors. The winner will be announced April 21, prior to the opening of the New York International Auto Show.

The Germans are the Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series and the EV is, of course, the Nissan Leaf.

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The already well-decorated Chevrolet Volt was not eligible for the award because it is not for sale on two continents, as the award requires. Currently available in select U.S. markets, the Volt hits European showrooms in November.


Audi Brings A8 Technology to 2012 A6

New model features more aluminum, but weighs the same as the outgoing model because of added stiffness, safety and infotainment connectivity features.

by on Jan.10, 2011

The 2012 Audi A6 may look somewhat similar to the existing model, but it is completely new. It features a lot of technology recently introduced in the A8 flagship.

When Audi’s new A6 hits the market later this year, expect to see a lot of features that debuted on the flagship A8.

As is typical of most new luxury sedans, The A6 is crammed with several new technology features impacting safety, entertainment and efficiency.

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Anthony Foulk, product manager for the A6 and A8, said at the North American International Auto Show that the new car uses more aluminum – up to about 20 percent of the total weight, showing Audi’s extensive experience with the material.

The new car, which is virtually the same size as the current model, weighs about the same, despite increased equipment for infotainment and safety systems. Aluminum helps improve the car’s weight distribution from 60/40 to about 55/45 for the core model, the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.