One of the most interesting aspects of being an automotive writer is discovering the back-story behind the technical, physical, and design elements of creating a better vehicle. Like fashion, electronics, and other industries, automakers update their products every year. But, how and why do they do it?
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The new 2014 Lexus IS series includes a new multi-link rear suspension and eight-speed transmission (IS 350 RWD), while the wheelbase of both models has also been increased by nearly three inches for more rear legroom and cargo room. The 2014 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 are equipped with V-6 engines and available All-Weather Drive for a safer driving experience.
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What do car sales patterns tell about regional
consumer preferences? More than you might think. According to Ford sales data
on the new Escape and Explorer, San Francisco
residents are tech geeks, Philadelphia residents are more eco friendly than the
rest of the nation, Seattle seems to be the leader in mindful driving, and New
Yorkers are stargazers.
Those are just a few of the findings from
Ford’s annual look at U.S. car-buying preferences. Analysis of its U.S. sales
data helps Ford identify buying patterns and to better understand unique
consumer preferences by region. The analysis helps Ford ensure it is
delivering the specific vehicles and options to those parts of the country
where they’re most in demand.
“Across America – from its most sprawling
suburban areas to its largest industrial centers – technology now plays a
defining role in millions’ lives,” said Scott Steinberg, technology analyst for
strategic consulting firm TechSavvy Global. “Going forward, from better ways to
connect and communicate to more energy-efficient travel, innovative and
eco-friendly solutions are only expected to have a growing impact on how we
live, work and play.”
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launched its 2014 IS sports sedan at the notorious “Rock” (Rockingham Speedway) outside of Raleigh/ Durham, North Carolina. The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. It has since changed its length, shape, and altitude and has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series
races, last known as the Subway 400 (1966–2004) and a significant list of other races. Used as the spot for movies and TV filming, the track is currently home to Fast Track High Performance Driving School and is utilized extensively for NASCAR testing.
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smart, the iconic microcar, is wrapping up its cross-country
tour bringing the all-new smart electric drive to eco-minded urbanites across
the country and giving shoppers an opportunity to drive the most affordable
electric vehicle on the market, with an MSRP of $25,000 (additional federal,
state and local subsidies may further reduce the cost of the car). The smart
electric drive achieves 122 city MPGe, or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.
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By Sue Mead
Different, but the Same
El Capitan Canyon Campground,
California: It was a brilliant move for GMC !
Do something distinctive to introduce the 2014 Sierra to U.S.
autowriters—because, really, the truck really isn’t that much different. What
we mean is this: The news was already out on GM’s light trucks, with the intro
of the Chevy Silverado (http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado-pickup-trucks.html), with more than 130 auto evaluators driving the
Silverado at the Knibbe Ranch in Texas recently. So, GMC decided to put a
clever and different footprint in the sand, with a ride and drive of the more
upscale Sierra along the Pacific Coast in southern Califonria, inviting a smaller group of 30 to try out the truck the way many of its
buyers might use it: touring, towing, and ‘glamping.’ (In case you haven’t heard—or done it-this is a term for glamorous
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Kia previewed the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan at L’Auberge Del Mar, an intimate resort outside of San Diego, California that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The property has 121 rooms with private balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, two lighted tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a verdant garden path that winds down to the ocean. The property once hosted the glitter of Hollywood in its glory days, including Lucy and Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby and Esther Williams. The resort, like the Cadenza, is comfortable, stylish and carries the assurance of a long-standing institution. Kia Motors America (KMA) recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.
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By Sue Mead
Knibbe Ranch, Spring
Branch, Texas: This celebrated cattle ranch in the Hill Country of Texas was
the perfect place for ‘The General’ to get back in the saddle! Now launching
its next-generation pickup trucks, General Motors is truly back in the truck wars and hosted the
first drive of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado at this working ranch that has been used for a
handful of years as the proving grounds to evaluate the country’s top trucks
each fall, in an annual shoot-out sponsored by the Texas Auto Writers
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From the outside, the new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid looks exactly the same as the rest of the Fusion family -- until you notice its charger port, which lights up to indicate that the battery is fully juiced.
On the inside, you get the same roomy comfort you'll find in the other Fusion vehicles. Standard features on the Fusion Energi's base model includes heated leather seats with driver seat memory and MyFordTouch infotainment system.
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By Diana Claussen
The Texas Auto Writer’s Association met recently at
Texas Motor Speedway to choose the top cars of Texas. More than 50 model year 2013
and 2014 vehicles were available for TAWA members to drive and review during the two-day event. By the time the event was over, a few surprising models
came up on the top of their winner’s list. A few of the most notable vehicles were equipped with
conveniences, comfort, and safety features sure to appeal to busy women on the go.
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