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Outside, the all-new RAV4 has the profile of an Olympic cyclist, with a low front bumper shape that wraps up from below like handlebars and a roofline that slopes steeply back from the A-pillar like a hunched-over speed racer. Glistening headlamps have an asymmetrical shape that slants inward toward the nose, which features a V-shaped grille that emphasizes this “cute ute’s” more aerodynamic look. The rear of the ute, which features an integrated spoiler with LED lights, has a bulbous shape that belies the cargo space inside. We’re thrilled that a liftgate replaces the swinging rear door of previous model years which also held the spare tire; standard steel wheels are 17 inches, with 17- and 18-inch alloys available on higher-end trim lines. The spare is now tucked under the cargo floor.
Auto shows have a personality and the Chicago Auto Show is described by automakers and autowriters as a “down-home” show—and they love it! There’s even an event sponsored by all the automakers for the press and other early attendees called “Sweet Home Chicago”! But, don’t let its slower pace and more comfortable setting make you think it’s small. In fact, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and this year’s show marked the 105th annual event, which makes it the longest-running and one of the best-attended shows in the world. Sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association dealers, the show is held at the McCormick Place Convention Complex where the enormous amount of space on hand brings an ease for car makers to offer free concerts and set up experiential test tracks. There’s also a ‘social media day’ now held annually that draws a wide variety of presenters and consumers to come together to evaluate and promote this new landscape and its effect on the automotive industry. AskPatty.com was one of the presenters this year, helping to showcase the exciting and rapidly-growing arena of Marketing to Women.
But, at the end of the day, an auto show is really about new sheet metal and the introductions of new models soon to hit the streets along with the unveiling of concept vehicles that are experiments in design and technology and are meant to take the temperature of the audience, plus help automakers make decisions about whether to move forward with a particular model or technology. There were a number of both-new models that will be in dealerships soon and a few hot concepts. My personal favorites were the 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram Promaster, the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO and Nissan NV200, and the Kia Crossover CUT Concept.
General Motors says that today’s pickup truck buyers don’t just use their trucks from 9-5, but also from 5-9, too! They want trucks that have the DNA or core technology of toughness for work, carrying payload, and hauling trailers, but also comfort and room for taking their kids to ball games and ferrying their family around town, as well as connectivity and good gas mileage. Listening to their customers, who are also buying more extended cab models, GM has just taken the wraps off of its next generation Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 that have been updated and renovated for 2014.
Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the stablemates have a refreshed exterior, a completely redesigned interior and upgraded powertrains for more power—but also improved fuel economy. We took a ‘first look’ at the new models recently in Detroit; pricing has not been announced. While General Motors played it safe with this model year update, and kept some familiar exterior design cues and, in some areas made modest changes, there are also some significant improvements, particularly with some technology features – the improvements offer a welcome change and are clearly a sign of many new and good things to come from The General.
Although southern California is celebrated as a sports car mecca, sport utility vehicles of every size and type were among the biggest hits at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. More than 40 different brands parked their new models and concept renditions on the ‘red carpet’ at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as 50 new vehicles made their premier entrance or global debut. The LAIAS is among the most significant shows in annual big-city show season in the U.S. and the home of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Dealers Association (GLANCDA), the umbrella organization for local and regional dealers. The LAIAS is followed by 2013 auto shows in Detroit (January), Chicago (February), New York (April) and other cities across the nation.
The SmartRadar will make the perfect gift for those who love technologically but do not love getting speeding tickets.
- Radar/laser receiver with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology with brackets and guides
- Mini display controller which mounts behind one’s rear view mirror What’s It Does
- Can adjust laser sensitivity and even mute any X band which can sometimes be caused by interferences such as grocery stoor doors.
- Includes anti-falsing software to eliminate excessive alerts from erroneous X- and K-band sources, such as traffic flow-monitoring systems.
- Can change the sound of the warning tones and alarms
- There are also multiple settings for driving including; highway, auto, Auto No X
- SmartRadar also includes seven user-selectable programmable features so one may customize their detector to meet their needs. Display Brightness, Power-On Indication, Power-On Sequence, Signal-Strength Meter, AutoMute, Voice, and Bands.
The SmartRadar featues ESCORT Live, an iPhone application specifically for this unit. This feature provides linked access from ones iPhone and sync’s with ESCORTs real-time ticket protection network, which warns you of upcoming alerts received by other users in the area. It also includes access to ESCORTs DEFENDER® Database, which warns the driver of verified speed traps, speed cameras, and red light cameras. There are also other GPS based features which sync with the iPhone , including speed-limit data for over-speed alerts, live traffic data for driver’s current location, and TrueLock™ to help eliminate false alerts. A driver may also tag locations on the ESCORT Live iPhone map to show if police are in the area (offering real-time information to other users) or if certain X or K bands are false the radar will store this information for future reference.
There is a software update available but I would not necessarily call it easy. When I first attempted to load the software (onto my iPhone from ESCORTs website) I was brought to a page where I could buy the radar detector, not run the free/included application. So I went back to the home page and started over. I re-hit the download button to download ESCORT live. Needless to say after many hang-ups I was finally able to download the application onto my phone.. This took over an hour. In essence ESCORTs SmartRadar was pretty reliable although I did still pick up a few false alerts. Although the ESCORT live feature is pretty cool I found that it would be distracting if I were to be driving, looking at the radar message, and my phone to see where the red light cameras are, so opted to test the live iPhone program within the confines of my home. However, the unit with its multiple adjustable features and Bluetooth capability are proof that the radar detector industry has come a long way.
The ESCORT Live program allows your phone to give info to other live users to let them know if and where it has come across actual radar or speed traps. The subscription for this service is $4.99/month or $49.99/year.
ESCORT provides a one-Year Limited Warranty and warrants the SmartRadar device against all defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year.
The product is made for; iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS but no word if the program is compatible with iPhone 5.