By Sue Mead
Nissan went after families when remaking the Pathfinder last year. This somewhat trucky SUV morphed into a kinder, gentler crossover with an uplevel interior that can carry seven passengers and, at the same time, tote up to 16 cubic feet of cargo; there’s even way more room when you have fewer riders.
What could be better? Nissan realized that many women with children are also looking for the better fuel economy, so has now expanded its Pathfinder lineup, adding the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid to the list of 14 available models that include both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (4WD) versions.
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Most people don’t think that a truck can be tough and green.
However, the 2014 Ford F-150 is proving everyone wrong when it comes to
reducing the truck’s environmental impact.
Ford now uses several sustainable
materials -- including rice hulls, and many others -- inside the vehicle to
make it more ecofriendly.
“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford’s
environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager.
“But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using
sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities, and trucks.”
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2014 Ford Escape
When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.
Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.
Kathy settled in and murmured, “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…
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By Sue Mead
What is the 2014 Nissan Versa
With three names and three trim lines, the 2014 Nissan Versa
seems like a lot of car, at least on paper. But call it simply ‘the Note’ as
they do in non-U.S. automotive markets around the globe, and you’ve got a
straightforward, family-friendly small people-hauler with some nice features,
notable options, and helpful technology under the hood. The Note is a small car with lots of features for women to love. The
attractively-designed, five-door, five-passenger hatchback is especially “cargo
friendly” for its size, and has been value priced starting at $13,999 making it
the lowest-priced hatch in its segment.
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“Your mileage may vary,” says the familiar disclaimer, and it’s not often a vehicle delivers better fuel economy than originally promised.
However, according to a recent release from Chevrolet, many Volt
owners are not only consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage
of its 98 MPGe gasoline-free mile estimates, many are even exceeding it.
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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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It begins with green electricity, water, and carbon dioxide.
The end products are hydrogen and a synthetic methane Audi calls “e-gas.” It
is virtually identical to fossil natural gas and is climate neutral.
Audi opened an e-gas plant in Germany this week, making it the first automobile
manufacturer to develop its own sustainable energy chain, but major
German energy utilities have since taken up the idea of power-to-gas
cogeneration and are following Audi with initial projects of their own.
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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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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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