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2014 Morgan Plus 8 Speedster Limited Edition...
2014 Morgan Plus 8 Speedster Limited Edition : Photos

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2015 Acura TLX : Current Models
2015 Acura TLX : Current Models

Much has been made of Acura’s meandering quest for a strong identity. The new TLX rolls onto the scene as the instrument for bringing the company’s amorphous image into sharper focus. The star of Acura’s New York show, the TLX replaces both the TSX and the TL, preserving the TL’s wheelbase but with an all-new body shell that the company says is both stiffer and lighter.

High-strength steel accounts for almost 60 percent of the new unitized body, according to Acura. While the New York presentation furnished no specifics regarding rigidity improvements, it did include dramatic assertions about weight reduction—up to 230 pounds have been shed compared to the TL, depending on equipment.

Fortified with new four-cylinder and V-6 engines, two new automatic transmissions, updated editions of Acura’s Super Handling All-wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS), the TLX is poised to deliver what Acura vice president and division general manager Mike Accavitti characterizes as “a thrill like no other.”

Utilizing Honda’s VTEC and iVTEC variable-cam systems, both engines are nourished by direct fuel injection, the 2.4-liter four rated for 206 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V-6 generating 290. The four is mated to a new dual clutch eight-speed automatic that’s uniquely teamed with a torque converter, while the V-6 is allied with a new nine-speed automatic, developed by Honda. As with the nine-speed ZF-built automatic used in some Chryslers and Jaguars, the TLX has an electronic gear selector, but the Acura uses pushbuttons for gear selection. There is no traditional shift lever.

In addition to improved performance for the TLX compared to the previous TL and TSX models, Acura anticipates improved EPA fuel economy ratings: 24 mpg city/35 highway for the four, 21/34 with the V-6, and 21/32 for the V-6 and SH-AWD.

Eyes Only
Whether or not the TLX delivers the dynamic thrills Accavitti anticipates is something for a future report. In the meantime, its visual impact is likely to be a little less sensational. The lines are clean, the front fascia is consistent with current Acura (beaky!) design language, and its reduced overall length (at 191.2 inches, it’s 3.8 inches shorter than the TL) makes for a tidier appearance thanks to less car protruding beyond the front and rear axles.

LED headlights brighten the front-end appearance, and there are also LED turn-signal repeaters in the mirrors, taillights, and even the license plate surround. Beyond that, though, the TLX is a tidy and conservative styling job that is unlikely to provoke any product-liability suits related to scorched retinas.

Inside, the one-piece upper dashboard surface is soft touch, while the instrument panel, center stack, and door panels are embellished with aluminum and/or genuine wood trim. Milano leather upholstery and trim is available, and there is the usual extensive menu of connectivity and infotainment options, including the latest generation of the cloud-based AcuraLink system, Acura nav system with real-time traffic info, a 455-watt 10-speaker ELS audio option, and Siri Eyes Free, a must-have feature for owners with iPhones.

Safety technology also gets top billing in the new TLX. Most notable under this heading is the Road Departure Mitigation system, which monitors the car’s road position via a forward-looking monocular camera and can initiate steering correction and braking when the system’s brain perceives an imminent brush with roadside scenery. The camera and adaptive-cruise-control radar also play a role in the new Collision Mitigation Braking system, which initiates warnings and can apply the brakes when an impact with another car or pedestrian appears imminent. Other standard and available safety features include blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, an expanded-view driver’s side mirror, lane-keeping assist, a rear-view camera, and a rear cross-traffic monitor.

Acura representatives were not prepared to discuss pricing at the New York reveal, but did say that the TLX will reach showrooms in late summer.


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Sources : 2015 Acura TLX Photo | 2015 Acura TLX Article | 2015 Acura TLX Photo 2 | 2015 Acura TLX Interior Photo
1967 OSI-Ford 20M TS Coupe : Classic Catrs
1967 OSI-Ford 20M TS Coupe : Classic Catrs

OSI (Officine Stampaggi Industriali) was established in Turin in 1960 as a body-manufacturing offshoot of the Italian styling house Carrozzeria Ghia, its founders being Ghia president Luigi Segre and Arrigo Olivetti of the Fergat automotive components company. The company began by manufacturing the FIAT 2300 coupé and Innocenti S. Gradually asserting its independence, OSI began producing cars of its own based on Italian and other platforms. The best known and most successful of these was the Ford 20M TS coupé, which was based on Ford Germany's contemporary Taunus and first seen on OSI's stand at the 1966 Geneva Salon. Featuring four-seater coachwork designed by Ghia's director of styling, Sergio Sartorelli, some 2,000-or-so of the 2.3-litre Ford V6-powered coupés were built between 1966 and the end of 1967 when OSI ceased car production.

This example of one of the rarest of Italian sports cars was purchased at auction by the current owner in 2003. At that time it was reported that the car had recently benefited from considerable expenditure to bring it up to scratch including a £5,000 bodywork restoration by Marquis Cars and re-trimming the interior to original specification in red leather and black vinyl. It had been fitted with a reconditioned 2.8-litre V6 from Burton Engines together with a new clutch and stainless steel exhaust system, while the front suspension and brakes had been refurbished also, returning the car to sound mechanical condition. Trips to France had been undertaken in 2000 and 2002, and the OSI had also featured in the November 2002 edition of Classic & Sports Car magazine.

After purchase the OSI was shipped to the current vendor's home in Japan where it was maintained and serviced by J Garage in 2002, 2006 and 2008. In 2010 the car was shipped back to Europe and since then it has been garaged at the owner's holiday home in Italy. Kept maintained but seldom driven, it was brought to the UK in the spring of 2014 and is described as in generally very good condition, ready to use and enjoy. Offered with SORN, V5C registration document and a good history file, 'CMU 927' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and exclusive model from one of Italy's foremost styling houses, which thanks to its Ford components should be relatively easy to maintain, unlike other exotica.


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Sources : 1967 OSI-Ford 20M TS Coupe Photo | 1967 OSI-Ford 20M TS Coupe Article
BMW Increasing i3’s Production : News
BMW Increasing i3’s Production To Meet Up With Strong Demand : News

BMW has increased the production of the i3 electric car by 43 percent to meet up with the strong demand for the model.

The new BMW i3 is one successful vehicle and in fact the model is so successful that the carmaker had to increase the production by 43 percent in order to meet up with the strong demand. The Leipzig facility, where the i3 is being assembled, has raised its daily output from 70 to 100 units according to the company’s production chief, Harald Krueger. The executive says that the company has already produced 5,000 units of the i3 this year and if the same production rate will be maintained, almost 20,000 will be assembled by the end of the year.

The standard version of the BMW i3 is available for order across the United States from 41,350 USD, before the federal and state incentives, plus the 925 USD destination and handling charge. The range extender version is available from 45,200 USD. In Germany, the popular electric vehicle is coming from 34,950 EUR for the all-electric variant, while the other version is taking the price to 39,450 EUR. The BMW i3 production began in November 2013.


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Sources : BMW Increasing i3’s Production To Meet Up With Strong Demand Photo | BMW Increasing i3’s Production To Meet Up With Strong Demand Article
2014 Jeep Wrangler Sundancer : Concept Cars
2014 Jeep Wrangler Sundancer : Concept Cars

For the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Jeep designers combined the legendary capability of the Jeep Wrangler with a touch of sophistication - and a sense of fashion - to create the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer.

The design concept is painted a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color with gold accents. The fender flares feature a unique Golden Bronze tone-on-tone ghosted pattern, and the windows also have bronze tinted glass.

The unique front and rear bumpers are equipped with linear LED lighting and have been painted a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color coupled with Golden Bronze accent inserts to match the exterior. Completing the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer's impactful exterior appearance are 20-inch pale gold billet aluminum wheels with polished gold inserts, and a unique multi-piece billet aluminum fender badge.

The Wrangler Sundancer's interior features Axis II perforated seat inserts and exclusive Berry Baltique Semi-Aniline leather, the same leather found in the most luxurious labels in fashion. The door panels and upper instrument panel are wrapped in premium leather and hand sewn provocateur lace stitching can be found on the outer deck seam, steering wheel and center lid console. The gold color scheme from the exterior continues into the interior, with new 'Gold Rush' interior paint on the door handles, steering wheel bezel, grab handle, gear shifter trim ring bezels and sill plates.

Finishing touches to the interior include Romina premium leather trimmed/wrapped floor mats.

The Jeep Wrangler lineup in China currently includes the Sport, Sahara and the Rubicon model on which the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer design concept is based. Jeep Wranglers in China are fitted with 3.6L V-6 Pentastar petrol engines, or 3.0L V-6 Pentastar petrol engines.


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Sources : 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Concept Photo | 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Concept
2015 Dodge Challenger : Videos

2015 Dodge Challenger : Videos

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We've learned a lot in 100 years and it shows in the latest additions to our lineup.


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Sources : 2015 Dodge Challenger Photo | 2015 Dodge Challenger Video