Nissan Kicks Gets Fun Tech, Accessories, and Parts Focusing on Safety

Nissan Kicks Gets Fun Tech, Accessories, and Parts Focusing on Safety

Nissan Kicks for 2022 is doing very well and $100 more expensive than the refreshed model cost did in 2021. Also, it had three available trims. There is the value-driven crossover for the younger buyers which starts at $20,875 for the base S trim. This is after the $1,175 destination charge. There are goodies like a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen that runs the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Plus a driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking. Plus a blind spot warning, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, and rear automatic braking.

Nissan Kicks Goodies and Practical Features

That gets goodies like a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen running Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, to driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, and rear automatic braking. The 16-inch steel wheels hide behind wheel covers.

The Kicks SV runs $22,725 after destination. The SV does upgrade to a seven-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display in the gauge cluster, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 17-inch alloy wheels. It does add more convenience features and tech. This would include a center console armrest with storage, intelligent cruise control, and an electronic parking brake. The SV is nearly $1,900 more than the S, yet the SV, and SR, do provide a lot of extra stuff for so little money. The recommendation is really not to go with a base car. However, if you did, you would find great value in the spacious cargo area, adult-friendly back seat, very abundant standard safety content, plus excellent visibility and best-in-class fuel economy.

The SR does ask for $23,415. Also, it does go further with LED headlights, DRLs, and fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sport cloth seats, In addition, Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor system, and then the carmaker offers the only option package. In fact, the $1,200 SR Premium Package does heat the steering wheel. It also installs a security system. The Nissan Connect is offered with a WIFI hotspot. It does also add eight-speaker Bose audio with the headrest speakers for the driver’s seat.  

Ford F-150 Tremor Allows For An Evolution From The Raptor

Ford F-150 Tremor Allows For An Evolution From The Raptor

The Tremor is available with some novel features intended to make navigating off-road obstacles much easier, and most of them work quite well. Trail Control, for instance, works as a sort of low-speed cruise control, allowing for even power delivery while heading up an incline or through a rutted pass, for example. Trail Turn Assist provides more maneuverability in tight cornering scenarios by braking an inside wheel, giving the truck a tighter turn radius.

The Tremor’s available Trail One-Pedal Drive feature could use more time in the oven.

However. Like an electric vehicle, the system negates the use of the brake pedal, allowing the driver to simply push down on the gas to go forward and let off to stop. Unlike an EV, though, which uses drag from the electric motor to slow the vehicle, the Tremor’s system uses the truck’s friction brakes. The system is difficult to modulate without practice, and abruptly taking your foot off the accelerator pedal at low speeds can actually lock the brakes. In our experience at Holly Oaks, using the feature on a steep downhill slope caused some unwanted skidding. Luckily, the truck also has a more traditional hill-descent control system.

On the road, the Tremor drives much like a normal F-150. The ride is compliant for a pickup truck and the retuned suspension improves the ride quality somewhat, particularly on sharper impacts, which are more muted in the Tremor than in the standard F-150. The twin-turbo V-6 pulls strong throughout the rev range and helped the Tremor snap off a 5.3-second run to 60 mph at our test track, only 0.1 second behind the 385-pound heavier Raptor’s time. The Tremor also made it through the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 100 mph, 2 mph faster than the Raptor and 1 mph slower than the F150 Hybrid.

Subaru Solterra Throws Its Hat Into The Electric Vehicle Ring

Subaru Solterra Throws Its Hat Into The Electric Vehicle Ring

Subaru is a long-time staple, known as a dependable car brand. Who among you don’t know someone who owns a Subaru? It’s really quite more common than one would think. The Subaru is joining the electric vehicle marketplace with a smallish crossover for outdoorsy activities that Subaru owners tend to accept. The 2023 Solterra is actually a combo for the words “Sun” and “Earth.” Additionally, the electric SUV is a small, two-motor, all-wheel-drive SUV that you better not mess with. It can handle its own with a new feature called “Grip Control.” This actually enables for off-road cruise control technology. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is capable within a partnership with the Toyota bZ4X.

Subaru Wants To Promote More Than A Long Wheelbase

This makes for an interesting design that not only focuses on numerous angles and body lines but also an interest in crash safety. The sheet metal itself is able to end in short overhangs at the nose and the tail. The current design language of plastic-clad sides extends further beyond the wheel arches from the front fenders in order to flank a body-color hexagonal grille. All are complete with a blocked-out design that is able to define the Subaru Solterra as more than just a simple electric vehicle.

It is also possessive of a dual roof wing. This, therefore, serves for purposes more about looks than just aero. Therefore, it leaves real air management duties in a slim ducktail at the base of the rear glass. In such an instance, the tailgate is flanking by complicating multi-element taillights, complete with dark surrounds that run against the back profile. The styling trend with SUVs lends to believe there is an action-relative design, just waiting to be fill with changing surfaces. Something certain that the Subaru Solterra reflects. There is also about 8.3 inches of ground clearance which is easy to find between the nose and the rear. This certainly is a good development. A great one actually. When you really think about it, Subaru leads the way. As they always will. Would you believe it?

Honda Debuts A Brand New Brand For EVs Called “e:N.”

Honda Debuts A Brand New Brand For EVs Called “e:N.”

Honda is planning on debuting a brand new lineup of cars so advanced, they decided to bring in a whole new electric vehicle brand. The e:N brand is essentially the best type of option you can get for the satisfaction of the ecologically-minded in you. So let’s look at what the models are that Honda — er. I mean, “e:N” — is offering.

Firstly, they have the e:NS1 to show you.

And this vehicle is certainly wonderful with a vibrant yellow and black body. The shape of it in the front is blocky with skinny headlights.

Secondly, the auto company has the e:NP1 gives off a crossover appearance with looks similar to the Honda SUV E:Prototype from 2021. The headlights flow through the front end.

Thirdly, e:N has another trio of vehicles under the e:N Coupe Concept. Furthermore, there’s an e:N SUV Concept is also an amazing option offered up through Honda and their e:N brand. Not to mention with e:N GT Concept. There’s also a design language that makes this vehicle look nothing like the current models.

The car maker is going to dispel about ten models in the e:N lineup. These are going to be specific from dealers in Chin. Honda can’t say too much information about the e:N models’ powertrain. They’re all on a shared platform. Such an electric vehicle is going to experience proper technology, much like the Honda Sensing and the Honda Connect tech with a digital cockpit. The people behind e:N plan to get all these models for sale in China after 2030, most likely.

This company has a great idea of making hybrids and full EVs. They’re is pretty capable of creating major sales. So to say that they know what they’re doing is pretty darn obvious. Honda and their e:N brand will do the world favors again and again. It’s all simply wonderful.

Astrovan Wanted: NASA Looking For New Astronaut-Specific Motorhome

Astrovan Wanted: NASA Looking For New Astronaut-Specific Motorhome

When you’re an astronaut, you may be looking for a heroic means of getting to the moon. But the thing about NASA is that they not only get help getting to the Moon. They also get help reaching the ground floor of their go-ahead. Or have you never heard of a NASA motorhome? The vehicle allows for astronauts to enter a vestibule on wheels and relax in their final minutes to hours, on Earth, before heading high up into space. It’s there that you see astronauts from Apollo onwards drive to the Saturn V in a 1967 Clark Cortez. Otherwise known as the first Astrovan.

The Cortez had it all. A Slant Six engine from Chrysler, a four-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Even after upgrading to a 4.9-liter Ford 302 engine, the Astrovan was indistinguishably a place of comfort for the astronauts themselves. NASA used the Cortez for over 15 years during the space shuttle age. After a while, the crews on the shuttles would grow too large. Therefore cramping the style of the Cortez. Eventually, NASA changed their choice in Astrovan size to that of the Aistream Excella, complete with a rear-drive GM motorhome chassis.

NASA believes nowadays that a new astrovan is in order. As per the SLS program, NASA gears forward with the return to spaceflight given the Artemis missions. However, to reach the modern-day Orion rockets, it’s a given that the Astronauts will need an Astrovan in order to move forward in their extraterrestrial journeys. It’s still unknown who it is that will make the cut for the new Astrovan. One could say it’s going to be a Mercedes-Benz. Another could say it’ll be a modded-out Rivian. Maybe Tesla wants to wane the competition? Who knows which model it could be? As long as it takes astronauts safely, the point is well made, that you could never treat an astronaut too much like a rockstar.

Audi Develops Electric Cars With Ken Block In A Shockingly Cool Deal

Audi Develops Electric Cars With Ken Block In A Shockingly Cool Deal

Audi is teaming up with Ken Block in order to change the way the industries’ outlook on the whole of electrification in racing.

Recently, Audi has been investing their energy into redeveloping the electric vehicle portfolio they possess. This is just another step in the race against the other carmakers. Ken Block has made it known that his association with Ford has recently been easy to extinguish. According to Block, “Audi is the brand that ignited my passion for motorsport… Together, we will develop innovative projects and push the boundaries of electric mobility.”

Audi HQ received a visit from Ken Block recently.

And in that visit, the Audi Sport Quattro S1, as well as the Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo, were on full display. Ken Block has the capacity to move electric cars fast and far. Audi nor Ken Block have been specific about their plans regarding the projects but to be fair, the Head Hoonigan is citing the union as a “game changer.” Audi Sport managing director Julius Seebach has made it known that “With Ken Block, we’ve got exciting things in store that go perfectly with our strategy.” For Ken Block, they’re the obvious choice. He references his kids as a real inspiration for his decision to synchronize with Audi. Especially when it comes to family ties. “They think that the sound of electric cars is just as cool as the sound of internal combustion.”

Some critics on the Internet are torn. They enjoy that Ken Block is involving himself, similar to the Gymkhana series from years before. Whereas some individuals view this as unnecessary. After all, why speed up the odometer when the charging time remains slow and sluggish when using an electric car. Nonetheless, he’s an insider looking out for a car company, much like he can provide the car company some clarity. Then again, the carmaker may very well have paid the most for his flexibility.

Volkswagen Taos 2022 Subcompact SUV Romanticizes Crossovers

Volkswagen Taos 2022 Subcompact SUV Romanticizes Crossovers

If you have any idea about Volkswagen these days, you know they’re laying heavily into the SUV sector. Whether it’s the Tiguan, Atlas models or the incoming EV ID.4, Volkswagen has the bases covered. In any case, there’s a new car in town. And it’s also known to be the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. This vehicle happens to belong to the subcategory of subcompact SUVs.

Therefore, this is an offering the Germans are likely making to best appeal to other vehicles. Taos happens to utilize an MQB-based architecture. It’s where the wheelbase reaches either 105.6 inches for the AWD or 105.9 for the FWD. In either case, there is enough space that can access a large amount of cargo. (Approximately 25 cubic feet.)

Furthermore, if you’re unaware of the distinguishment between the Taos and other Volkswagen models, you may very well rest your sights on the broad and wide LED lightbar.

Volkswagen has a brand new 1.5-liter version of the EA211 turbocharged inline-four engine.

The original version of that Volkswagen engine can be easy to find in the Jetta sedan. In which case, there’s a 1.4-liter EA211. The variable geometry of that turbocharger allows the engine to push towards a 6400 rpm redline while creating 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In which case, it all produces about 1750 rpm. When you consider it, that’ll be a good use to merge onto highways and create a front-wheel-drive that will accelerate the turbo-four along with a conventional 8-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle itself has very smooth shifts and even features a drive-mode selector, showcasing Normal, Eco, Sport as well as Individual settings. In the most aggressive of modes, there’s also the dual clutch enabled.

Overall, to grab this car for an AWD SEL model of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, that would cost you about $32,685, with another $1450 at least.

NHTSA Looks Into Tesla And Their Autopilot-Related Crashes

NHTSA Looks Into Tesla And Their Autopilot-Related Crashes

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA, there have been actualy evaluations looking into the faultiness found within the Tesla Autopilot systems. Amazingly enough, this shows plenty of ways the driver assistance technology has been able to work in order to “monitor, assist, and enforce the driver’s engagement with driving while Autopilot is in use.” In total, the NHTSA has been able to spot about 11 crashes to occur in about nine states. Yet, the 765,000 different models of these electric vehicles by Tesla run the risk of going through a recall for safety’s sake. The actual evaluation is really just making sure that the crashes weren’t able to top while the Tesla models themselves were on Autopilot or perhaps Traffic Aware Cruise Control engaged.

NHTSA says: “No commercially available motor vehicles today are capable of driving themselves.”

A preliminary evaluation is up-to-date in the sense that the agency has a better opportunity. In an effort to comprehend 11 Tesla crashes occurring since 2018. The NHTSA has mentioned before to not really take these cars very seriously. And you would have to be an idiot not to agree with that. To be able to program a car to drive by itself and without an accident is totally ridiculous. NHTSA is essentially collecting intel on how Tesla had their Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autopilot technologies work for the better.

Of course, they have been curious on multiple occasions.

Back in 2019, the NHTSA asked Tesla for more information for how the automaker would respond. This in regards to fires occurring in vehicles. Then, in 2020, there was the issue of immediate acceleration in their vehicles. Other aspects of these vehicles have come into play and affected the agency’s judgment of Elon Musk’s brainchild. It’s pretty wild to think about but the NHTSA is actually doing all they can to warn Tesla. In an effort that maybe they shouldn’t be the biggest automaker in the world. The NHTSA is likely

Ecto-1 And All The Fun That Can Be Had With The Ghostbusters Vehicle

You have to acknowledge that Ghostbusters is maybe one of the best horror-comedies of all time. And with that said, they had the coolest props. Specifically, we’re referring to the Ecto-1! A super rad ghostbusting-mobile that revs to the rescue of our scientific heroes! The Ecto-1 has a lot of history behind it. Would you like to know more?

What more is there to the Ecto-1?

The vehicle was a 1959 Cadillac chassis Miller-Meteor ambulance and hearse in one vehicle. There had been two used in the movie. Most folks would likely be more familiar with the post-transformation version. Leading up to the movie, the Ecto-1 was driven all around just for people to take notice. Who would have even noticed the adult film star, Ron Jeremy, as a extra stunned by the Ecto-1 tears up on the scene?!

If we’re going to be honest, the Ecto-1’s original model wasn’t all the rage back then. Only 400 units were built of a vehicle with a 320-horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 below the hood. The unfortunate part is that the car itself had weighed beyond 7,300 poinds and was not the easiest car to drive.

Another fun fact was that the Ecto-1 had a very different look in conception. The vehicle was supposedly going to be black, with purple, green and yellow details all around the vehicle. But during filming, it would not have looked as simple to distinguish from other bumps of the night. If you think that’s scary, the collaboration between former automakers Miller and Meteor is stunningly difficult to recreate.

Are you aware that the Ecto-1 itself had at one point almost phased out of existence? Were it not for a collective of committed fans, the vehicle wouldn’t really have that much prevalence in the world that we live in today. Check out the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife below.

Ghostbusters | July 27th, 2021

Stellantis Has Brand New Plans For EVs With 500-Mile Range

Stellantis Has Brand New Plans For EVs With 500-Mile Range

Stellantis is making a merge between Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group one year, and then makes electrification plans throughout all brands as a result. There’s plenty of room based on the new electric vehicle platform, upwards of a 500-mile range that allows for power underneath the brands of Dodge, Chrysler and plenty more. Stellantis has made it known that they’re fronting an “electrification strategy” which involves a €30 billion investment.

A CEO of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, has made it known that this union of machine and electricity is very well-sought out in the industry. Tavares had this to say about Stellantis: “The strategy we laid out today focuses the right amount of investment on the right technology to reach the market at the right time, ensuring that Stellantis powers the freedom of movement in the most efficient, affordable and sustainable way.”

Stellantis has been teasing all-electric editions of vehicles from their main brands anyway.

So it’s interesting to know that we’re seeing a future where battery-electric vehicles will vary per different sizes. What a shocker!

This is all based on the latest of electric vehicle platforms with a new policy! 500-miles will have to reach in range before you even think you’re going to run out of juice. This is underneath the Dodge brand and others.

More announcements were made later on throughout the day. And from the looks of it, Stellantis has a very bright future ahead of them when it comes to their services.

This includes a strategy to target more than 70 percent of sales in Europe. Additionally, it’ll rise to over 40 percent in the USA for Low Emission Vehicles by the year 2030.

There are also plans of dual battery chemistries, such as high energy-density options and nickel cobalt-free alternatives throughout 2024. There are also solid-state battery tech introductions that will come through in 2026.

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