Nissan has logged another technological first as it recently used the Autonomous Drive system on a public roadway in Japan. A Leaf electric vehicle was the model the Japanese automaker chose to demonstrate what the autonomous driving technology can do in a real-world scenario. The Sagami Expressway in Kanagawa, which is southwest of Tokyo, was the area where Nissan performed its demonstration. The governor, Yuji Kurowai, and Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga rode in the Leaf as part of the demonstration. Journalists were present to witness the car driving one hundred percent on its own while on the highway, plus later had the opportunity to ride in the car after the first demonstration was completed. Learn more about the Leaf at Nissan Dealerships.
The entire demonstration, which was designed to show off Nissan’s next generation of autonomous vehicle technology, was put on with the full cooperation of the Kanagawa Prefecture. The actual test was conducted in an area that is being revitalized through government help, called the Sagami Robot Industry Specialty Zone. Among the programs being developed in the area, with government assistance, there is a life-assistant robot facility. Nissan aims to have a working version of Autonomous Drive in production vehicles by 2020, with the new demonstration in the company’s home country a vital step in the development process. Revitalize your fleet now by going to your local Commercial Truck Dealership.
“Nissan seeks a safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly mobile future,” said Shiga, vice chairman of Nissan. “Through these tests on an expressway, we hope to further advance our technological development, with the goal of soon implementing Autonomous Drive vehicles. When starting a new project, serious effort is required to gain an understanding of all the variables involved. We were able to conduct this important testing on the Sagami Expressway thanks to the strong support from Kanagawa Prefecture.”
The government of Japan gave the Nissan Leaf used for the demonstration an official license plate back in September, making it the first licensed autonomous drive vehicle in the country.
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Siri allows Apple consumers to use their voices to send messages, place phone calls, and search things online with ease through their mobile devices. The popular technology has now infiltrated select Honda vehicles providing capabilities for iPhone customers. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced that certain Honda and Acura models, including the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX available through Maryland Honda Dealers, now have Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode capabilities as a dealer-installed accessory.
To purchase and install Siri Eyes Free integration, consumers can visit Honda Dealer Seattle or their local Honda or Acura dealerships. iPhone customers can direct Siri to perform tasks while they are driving, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Siri works with HandsFreeLink via the reengineering of the software in select vehicles through the HondaLink or AcuraLink connected car systems through the onboard microphone and speakers. HondaLink already provides a personalized experience that keeps drivers connected to news and media feeds via an audio-system based interface.
Siri Eyes Free mode helps minimize distractions by keeping the iOS device’s screen from lighting up. Functionality of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode includes: sending text messages and emails; setting up calendar events and reminders; reading incoming text messages and emails; checking the weather, sports scores, and stock quotes; and turn-by-turn voice navigation (which needs the audio system set to Bluetooth Audio or iPod mode). Additional features and benefits of this technology will be announced soon via Google Hangout with Honda.
Technology continues to be further integrated into people’s lives, so Honda wanted to provide next-generation connectivity to meet its customers’ ever-changing needs. It provides both connectivity and convenience to customers in a responsible manner. The Siri Eyes Free mode capability steers drivers away from common causes of distraction while driving.
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If you are lucky enough to be attending the Tokyo Motor Show this year, the chances are you will have set preconceptions about many of the manufacturers displaying their vehicles at the event. If one of the companies you think you know all about is Volvo, it may be time to leave your ideas about the Swedish manufacturer and its cars well behind. If you think you know what a Volvo from a dealer like Fremont Used Cars is all about, you could well be correct. A well-earned reputation for safety, reliability and dependability is nothing to ashamed of after all. However, if that’s all you would expect from a new Volvo, you need to take a good look at the company’s new design strategy that is being showcased at the 2013 Tokyo event.
This year is the first time for seven years that Volvo has had a presence at the show. Now under Chinese ownership, the business has renewed focus on a market that is becoming increasingly important for it, and one that has seen considerable recent momentum for the brand. The vehicles that have been coming to the showrooms of dealers like Stamford Volvo in the last year or two, have shown considerably bolder design cues than we have been used to from Volvo in the past. However, that’s nothing to what we may be seeing in the not-too-distant future, if the display at Tokyo 2013 is anything to go by.
The undoubted star of the show for the manufacturer is the Volvo Concept Coupé, which showcases the capability of the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. It is also the first in a series of three concept cars demonstrating the new design direction of Volvo Cars, and paves the way for the introduction of the all-new XC90 in 2014. The Concept Coupé is a stunning-looking car that anyone would be proud to own, and shows that the Swedish automaker is now as concerned with styling as it is with its more traditional values of safety and reliability.
Lex Kerssemakers, the Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, explained, “We are creating a new product portfolio that blends a strong heritage with innovative technology and emotional design. Every core area is brought into a new dimension, also injecting more emotion into the rational properties that are the heart and soul of Volvo.”
It seems that Volvo is about to get very exciting indeed; don’t say you haven’t been warned!
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Honda has announced it will unveil a new hydrogen cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, giving the world a sneak peak at its future alternative fuel vehicles. The FCEV Concept car will be on display at the Honda booth, showing a potential design direction for a future fuel-cell electric vehicle that is set to launch in 2015 for Japan and the United States. The future vehicle will later be released in Europe. For the best deals and financing options on a new Honda, see your Manchester Honda Dealers.
“The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company’s vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles. As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co. See the current lineup of Honda vehicles by taking a trip to Providence Honda.
A leader in the automotive industry when it comes to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Honda continues to push forward with what it believes is the future of alternative fuels. Back in 2002 Honda made history by being the first automaker to put hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the hands of fleet customers, which provided Honda with a fairly controlled, real world sample of how the technology performs on a daily basis. Then in 2005 Honda made history again as the first automaker to offer retail customers the opportunity to lease the FCX Clarity, providing even more real world feedback on the performance of the technology.
The Honda FCEV Concept is set to debut on November 20 at 1:35 p.m. Pacific Time. At the same time, Honda plans to show off the revised 2014 Civic, making for a hugely important launch for the Japanese automaker. Honda fans across the world can view the unveiling or see pictures and more details after the fact by going to Honda’s website.
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Mitsubishi Motors has announced that it is working with the Renault-Nissan Alliance on the potential of working together on the joint development of several new technologies, shared product platforms and factory production methods as a way to increase its competitive edge in the marketplace. Nissan and Mitsubishi have already collaborated together on a few projects, with both companies calling the ventures a success, which has led to this potentially larger and more impactful agreement. Purchase your next car at Used Car Dealers CT.
One of the main areas where Mitsubishi and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are looking to share information is for electric vehicles. All three automakers have been early to the electric car market, with each one offering unique approach to EV design. The arrangement would allow all three automakers to share technologies and product assets for late model electric vehicles, giving them an edge of other automakers trying to make headway into mass-produced EVs. See the current lineup of Mitsubishi vehicles at Mitsubishi Dealership www.citymitsubishicars.com.
Currently Mitsubishi and Nissan are working together to develop a new small segment car for distribution globally, with the possibility of an all-electric version of the car. The two companies would base the car on a jointly developed “Kei car” platform that is popular in the two companies’ home country of Japan. At the moment neither company has specific details about the project.
At the moment, Mitsubishi is anticipating the creation of two new vehicles from the partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The vehicles would be based on platforms from the Renault portfolio of vehicles. The first car will be a full-size sedan that would compete in both the United States and Canadian automotive markets. The car would be manufactured in Busan, South Korea, at a Renault assembly facility located there. The second planned vehicle will be a mid-size sedan that will compete globally. Exact details of the sedan, including where it will be assembled, are still being hammered out by the three automakers.
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Racecar driver Sebastian Vettel recently took an Infiniti Q50 for a test drive on the Nashville Superspeedway before the beginning of the U.S. Grand Prix. Vettel showed off the performance capabilities of Infiniti’s newest performance sedan, which signals a new direction for future vehicles. He took the luxury sedan through both slalom and handling tests as a way to properly display the vehicle in action. Various passengers were able to climb in and let the Vettel, who is the Director of Performance for Infiniti and a quadruple Formula One World Champion, show off what the car can do in tight maneuvering scenarios. See the Q50 in person at Lilburn Infiniti.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing recently celebrated the fourth Formula One World Championship won by driver Sebastian Vettel, plus the team’s fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship. Sebastian Vettel, Team Principal Christian Homer and Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey all met with the press before joining the rest of the team at a celebration at Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s headquarters. Learn more about financing options at Infiniti Westborough.
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Buick recently looked back at the sporty, mid-size sedan heritage of the Regal, while at the same time stating the new iteration of the long-running model is sportier than ever before. The Regal was first launched in late 1972 as a 1973 model and was originally called the Century Regal. The car was positioned as an upmarket member of the GM Century line of “personal luxury” cars. From the start the Century Regal was made as a driver’s car, complete with a sportier suspension tuning that in other Century sedans. The 1973 Century Regal was a sales success, selling 91,557 units and pushing Buick past its previous all-time sales record set in 1955. See the new Buick Regal in person and understand why the car delivers both luxury and a sporty driving experience by going to Buick Miami.
When the Regal was first launched, it came with a 350 cu. in. V-8 engine that helped the model start off as an innovator when it came to powertrain setups. The car quickly adapted to the first oil crisis in the 1970s, with the 1975 Regal being the first mid-size American car to drop its V-8 engine and offer only V-6 engines to help reduce fuel consumption. See the entire Buick lineup in person and take a vehicle for a test drive, all by going to your Indianapolis Buick Dealers today.
The Buick Regal was an innovator when it came to turbocharging as a means to improve fuel efficiency while at the same time improving performance. Turbos first made an appearance in the Regal back in 1978, with Buick eventually creating some of the most powerful and quickest production cars in the 1980s.
“The Buick team was on the leading edge and reacted to the need of more fuel-efficient engines,” said General Motors Heritage Center manager Greg Wallace. “Engineers worked around the clock to get the V-6 program up and running in a fraction of the time it typically took, while making sure to retain Buick’s reputation for reliability.”
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Chevrolet rolled into the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a number of concepts, including a Gen 5 LT1 crate engine concept it showed off to the public. The engine is based on the small block V-8 that is found under the hood of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, which pumps out an amazing 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. At the moment Chevrolet is evaluating whether it will release a crate engine package based on the LT1. Learn more about the Corvette Stingray by going to Bullhead City Chevrolet.
As with past Chevrolet crate engines, the LT1 would be available for enthusiasts to install in their hobby car, giving vintage vehicles an efficient, reliable and powerful means of propulsion. The concept crate engine was showed off with a wiring harness, making the potential crate engine package a true plug and play application meant for an easier installation job for vehicle owners to perform themselves. Public reaction to the crate engine concept is weighing heavily into Chevrolet’s decision of whether or not to move forward with production. Purchase your next vehicle at Used Cars Dayton.
People attending the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas were treated to an unusual sight: a 2014 Toyota Highlander SUV converted into a SpongeBob Square Pants-themed aquarium. The vehicle, which is known as the 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition, made its debut at the show this November. The stars of Animal Planet’s “Tanked” created the unique aquarium, which houses an impressive 800 gal. of water and 115 fish, with over 32 species represented.
“Tanked” stars Brett Raymer and Wayde King built the tank to run from the back of the Highlander to just behind the driver and passenger seats. Both colorful exterior wrap and interior features reflect the SpongeBob Square Pants theme. The aquarium is home to a number of different fish, including clownfish, flame angel, pilot fish, and even starfish like SpongeBob’s sidekick Patrick.
Although the tank was likely the most noticeable feature of the Highlander for most SEMA Show attendees, a production 2014 Highlander comes with several upgrades that are sure to draw in buyers. Enhanced storage space, high-tech features, and a redesigned style are among the changes that the Highlander has undergone.
The SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition is scheduled to appear at the LA Auto Show next. People who haven’t attended either show can still see the unusual vehicle on “Tanked” during March 2014.
Although there probably won’t be anything as exotic as the SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition at local car dealerships in Peoria IL and elsewhere, anyone who is interested in Toyota offerings like the 2014 Highlander should still stop in to see the vehicles up close.
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