Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:29:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 GM Sale of Opel to PSA Valued at $2 Billion http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-sale-of-opel-to-psa-valued-at-2-billion/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-sale-of-opel-to-psa-valued-at-2-billion/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:14:45 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112093 With a valuation of $2 billion, negotiations over the sale of GM’s European brand, Opel, to the PSA group have advanced with the possibility of an agreement to be made as early as next week, sources familiar with the matter said. The value assessment is comprised of roughly $1 billion in cash and about $1...

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With a valuation of $2 billion, negotiations over the sale of GM’s European brand, Opel, to the PSA group have advanced with the possibility of an agreement to be made as early as next week, sources familiar with the matter said.

The value assessment is comprised of roughly $1 billion in cash and about $1 billion in liabilities, but the amount is still fluid, according to the sources who wish not to be identified as negotiations are private.The valuation does not include Opel’s sister brand Vauxhall.

A deal could be reached next Thursday, the same day the PSA group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, is set to report the company’s full-year earnings, the sources say. While still making the deal financially feasible, negotiators must also find a way to reduce costs in order to earn more support from the government and unions, which is important. Additionally, before the deal can be finalized, the PSA group must figure out how a combined PSA-Opel company can maintain U.K production capacity going into the future with soon-to-be redesigned models, meaning negotiations can still be delayed.

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The partnership “could release substantial synergies and improve PSA’s market position in Europe where the company continuously lost market share since 2010,” Falk Frey, a Moody’s Investors Service analyst reported. “Diversification within Europe would increase as Opel is strong in markets where PSA is not,” he added.

With losses totaling about $9 billion since 2009, GM is very motivated for the sale. Pushing for the deal, GM’s CEO Mary Barra visited with Opel management on Wednesday and GM President Dan Ammann held meetings with officials in Germany and the U.K. this past week.

“What is pretty clear is that the negotiations with Peugeot are advanced and more concrete proposals are imminent,” Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite union that represents Vauxhall (Opel’s sister brand), told reporters on Thursday.

Source: Bloomberg

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GM Wants to Build Thousands of Self-Driving Bolt EVs http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-wants-build-thousands-self-driving-bolt-evs/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-wants-build-thousands-self-driving-bolt-evs/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:22:44 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112089 The Chevrolet Bolt EV impressed judges so much that the electric hatchback was crowned the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, now General Motors wants the EV to drive itself as part of a future ride-sharing service. In cooperation with ride-sharing partner Lyft, GM is in plans to deploy thousands of self-driving EVs in...

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV impressed judges so much that the electric hatchback was crowned the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, now General Motors wants the EV to drive itself as part of a future ride-sharing service.

In cooperation with ride-sharing partner Lyft, GM is in plans to deploy thousands of self-driving EVs in tests fleets starting in 2018, two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans reported to Reuters. If carried out, this would be the largest test of self-driving vehicles by any major auto manufacturer before 2020.

Lyft will use the majority of the specially equipped Bolt EVs in ride-sharing fleets across several states for testing purposes, one source stated. As of now, there are no plans to sell the self-driving Bolt to the public.

GM has yet to announce these plans, however, within the past year, GM executives have stated in interviews that they intend to mass-produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing fleets. Details have yet to be revealed.

“We do not provide specific details on potential future products or technology rollout plans. We have said that our AV technology will appear in an on-demand ride-sharing network application sooner than you might think,” GM said in a statement on Friday. Lyft did not comment.

This should come as no surprise as Ford has already announced plans to deploy self-driving vehicles for ride-sharing fleets in 2021. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Waymo partnered up to convert several Chrysler Pacificas into autonomous minivans. Waymo, a subsidiary of Google/Alphabet, is currently testing 60 self-driving prototypes in four states. Uber and Volvo joined forces last year to test self-driving XC90 crossovers.

In December, GM’s CEO Mary Barra stated that GM would begin building an autonomous version of the Bolt EV in early 2017 and is currently testing about 40 self-driving Bolt EVs in California and Arizona and more recently in Michigan.

GM’s car sharing service, Maven, will likely work in cooperation with Lyft in developing a ride-sharing business using self-driving vehicles like the Bolt EV. GM paid $500 million for a minority stake in Lyft last year.

Source: Reuters

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All-Wheel Drive or Winter Tires: What Matters More? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/wheel-drive-winter-tires-matters/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/wheel-drive-winter-tires-matters/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:00:35 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1111685 Rewind back to 1988. If you wanted an all-wheel drive BMW, you had one choice: the 325xi. Today, every BMW model outside of a handful of M cars and the i3 offer the distribution of power to all four wheels. It took two more years for Mercedes to offer all-wheel drive on a car in...

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Rewind back to 1988. If you wanted an all-wheel drive BMW, you had one choice: the 325xi. Today, every BMW model outside of a handful of M cars and the i3 offer the distribution of power to all four wheels.

It took two more years for Mercedes to offer all-wheel drive on a car in the USA: the 1990 300E/300TE 4Matic. Turning to Sweden, Volvo only sold front- or rear-wheel drive models in the States until 1998. It’s as if snow didn’t exist until Ronald Reagan was on his way out of the Oval Office. How did people survive traveling in slippery conditions before all-wheel drive? Clearly, they did just fine because, while it has its benefits, you don’t necessarily need all-wheel drive.

My wife, Alice, moved to the U.S. from England in 2004, quickly inheriting my 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX for daily transportation. Along came children and a Subaru Legacy wagon, replacing the WRX in 2006. A cycle of all-wheel drive wagons from various manufactures continued until recently, when we were offered an exceptional deal on a slightly-used 2016 Volvo V60. Yes, it’s the front-wheel drive model (this column wouldn’t work otherwise). As the season of snow and ice approached, I sorted a set of factory 16-inch steel wheels fitted with Nokian Hakkapeliitta (Hakka) R2 winter tires. It’s philosophically a similar tire to the “studless” Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, sacrificing a certain amount of dry- and wet-weather handling for greater snow and ice traction.

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I’d be lying if I stated that Alice was 100 percent on board with the move away from all-wheel drive. It’s all she’s known in snowy Michigan, making her understandably leery. Her cars have always carried winter tires in the cold weather, so she felt like she’d enjoyed the best of both worlds — the right tires and the right drivetrain. I liked the price of the Volvo, and the fact that the front-wheel drive model was the only V60 in 2016 to carry the fuel efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Leveraging a bit of spousal, I trust convinced Alice that signing the paperwork on the front-wheel drive Volvo wagon made sense.

When the first snow hit, there was no question we made the right decision. Alice returned from her first expedition in a winter storm with a huge smile. “I love it,” she said. “It’s so sure footed, and the braking and overall handling is spectacular. I actually prefer it to my old Mercedes (E350 4Matic wagon) in the snow.”

I questioned that last bit, so I stole the keys to the V60 and went out for a run of my own. We had been slammed with a good 8 inches of snow and very cold temperatures. Plus, the plows were particularly slow to respond. But like the honey badger, the Volvo didn’t care. Sure, the traction control stayed busy due to only two wheels receiving power, but the Nokians confidently clawed their way through the deep white powder. Indeed, the braking was amazing.

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Even more impressive was the performance of the tires once the inevitable understeer set in due to my aggressive driving. With many tires — even winter tires, once you approach the limits of grip in the snow — they tend to lose their surface grasp quickly and don’t easily recover composure. That’s not the case with the Hakka R2 tires. They resist understeer like a champ and keep clawing for grip. I’ve never felt a winter tire with such a depth of traction in deep snow.

But is the V60 truly better than our old all-wheel-drive Mercedes in the snow? I see Alice’s point as far as braking and overall handling, but I miss the ability to rocket away from a dead stop due to all four wheels receiving power. “You drive faster than I do,” Alice noted. “The Volvo is like a mule. It just plugs along at a comfortable pace.

Yes, it isn’t as fast pulling away from a traffic light as my old Mercedes but the V60 never struggles. I no longer feel like I’m always having to lift-off the throttle due to cars in front of me not driving off quickly enough. The Mercedes also occasionally felt a bit tail-happy in deep snow.” She continued, “Not so in the Volvo. I just safely and comfortably drive around in the snow. I love it. I don’t know why most of my friends think they need an all-wheel drive SUV. I don’t. I prefer the front-wheel drive Volvo.” Well said, Alice. Just another excellent reason why I married you.

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Obviously, a key component to all of this are winter tires but remember that all winter tires aren’t created equal. I love the Hakka R2 tires setup for us because we get a ton of snow in West Michigan and our Volvo V60 T5 isn’t a performance car. Steering response and grip aren’t very impressive with the Hakka R2 tires when the snow melts, but it’s manageable on a non-sporting car like the Volvo. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is a happier tire when the roads clear. Adding a few psi of air pressure to the Hakka R2 tires does seem to improve dry road performance. The snow and ice grip advantage over its competitors makes up for this shortcoming but I’d consider a less-aggressive winter tire for milder climates or higher-performance automobiles.

The big confirmation that came out of this experience is that winter tires are, without question, far more important than all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive doesn’t help you steer or brake, meaning that all-season tires aren’t good enough no matter how many axles receive power. But many car people in the know are already up to speed on that fact.

The bigger lesson has to do with the combination of all-wheel drive and winter tires. I always thought it was the holy grail setup for winter but I may be changing my tune. When you start looking at the lower purchase price and improved fuel economy of most two-wheel drive models versus their four-wheel drive siblings and add in Alice’s thoughts on her Volvo experience, maybe all-wheel drive isn’t the preferred setup for most drivers in the winter. It’s surely something to think about.

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Just Listed: 1968 Volvo 122S Wagon http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-1968-volvo-122s-wagon/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-1968-volvo-122s-wagon/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:39:45 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112084 If you’re anything like us, cars like the Alfa Romeo GTV, BMW 2002, and Datsun 510 are all close to ideal classic cars. They’re light, rev-happy, charming and, unfortunately, rather expensive. If you’re looking for a small rear-wheel-drive classic that won’t break the bank, the ship has already sailed on the aforementioned cars. However, if...

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If you’re anything like us, cars like the Alfa Romeo GTV, BMW 2002, and Datsun 510 are all close to ideal classic cars. They’re light, rev-happy, charming and, unfortunately, rather expensive. If you’re looking for a small rear-wheel-drive classic that won’t break the bank, the ship has already sailed on the aforementioned cars. However, if you’re willing to think a little outside of the box, Bring a Trailer’s 1968 Volvo 122S Wagon might check all the right boxes.

Sure, the badge might not have the same level of pedigree as an Alfa Romeo or BMW, but that doesn’t mean the simplistic Volvo 122 isn’t without merit. Like the BMW or Datsun, it’s a compact rear-wheel-drive platform powered by a small four-cylinder managed by a manual transmission. The coke-body styling is vintage in all the right ways, and is ripe for a cruise-in or classic car point-to-point rally, if you’re so inclined.

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This particular 122 is as clean as they come. The regular B18 four-cylinder has been updated to the more powerful B20 spec, which should give the wagon some extra pep. It appears to be fresh off a relatively recent restoration, as the paint and interior condition are top-notch.

Head over to Bring a Trailer to submit a bid on this gorgeous 1968 Volvo 122S Wagon before its gone.

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Watch a Ford Mustang GT Rip Through Paris in VR Rendezvous Tribute http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-ford-mustang-gt-rip-through-paris-in-vr-rendezvous-tribute/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-ford-mustang-gt-rip-through-paris-in-vr-rendezvous-tribute/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112050 In 1976, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch released a short film starring a Ferrari driving through Paris at high speed. The shoot was unsanctioned and the film has become legendary among car enthusiasts and rebel filmmakers alike. Now, 40 years later, Ford has recreated the driving action in C’etait un Rendez-Vous with a Mustang GT for...

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In 1976, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch released a short film starring a Ferrari driving through Paris at high speed. The shoot was unsanctioned and the film has become legendary among car enthusiasts and rebel filmmakers alike. Now, 40 years later, Ford has recreated the driving action in C’etait un Rendez-Vous with a Mustang GT for a virtual reality experience it calls ReRendezvous.

Because this isn’t 1976 and Ford doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of the law, it got all of the proper permits this time around and says “no laws or speed limits were broken in the making of this film.” While that may take away some of the allure of the original, which showed a driver speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, and running traffic lights in a single continuous nine-minute shot, it’s still cool to see a Mustang GT zipping past famous Parisian landmarks, albeit in controlled traffic conditions.

The car’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine note adds a nice soundtrack, though perhaps not quite as aurally pleasing as the V-12 song of the 1976 film. Then again, those Ferrari sound effects were dubbed over the actual noises produced by the Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 camera car (did we just blow your mind?).

Ford-Mustang-GT-Paris-ReRendezvous-01-1Just like the original, the new film ends at the park across from Sacré Coeur Basilica. A long-lost love is there to meet the driver and they embrace passionately. In a progressive twist, this time the roles are reversed and the driver is a woman.

The viewing experience is probably better if you have a VR headset and the FordVR app, but we’ve posted the video, along with the original C’etait un Rendez-Vous, below. What do you think of Ford’s tribute to the celebrated short film? Tell us in the comments section.

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The Diesel is the Enthusiast’s Chevy Cruze http://www.automobilemag.com/news/diesel-enthusiasts-chevy-cruze/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/diesel-enthusiasts-chevy-cruze/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:50:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1111915 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors powertrain boffins are very enthusiastic about the new 1.6-liter Ecotec turbodiesel that is available in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. And why not? It has an aluminum block that weighs 44 pounds less than the iron block in the 2.0-liter diesel it replaces, is 68-percent quieter than that engine, peaks at...

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DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors powertrain boffins are very enthusiastic about the new 1.6-liter Ecotec turbodiesel that is available in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. And why not? It has an aluminum block that weighs 44 pounds less than the iron block in the 2.0-liter diesel it replaces, is 68-percent quieter than that engine, peaks at 240 pound-feet of torque with 219 pound-feet available from 1500 rpm to 3250 rpm, and gets 52 mpg on the highway when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 1.6-liter Ecotec available now on 2017 Chevy Cruze LT sedan and hatchback with the choice of the aforementioned six-speed manual or a new nine-speed automatic will soon be added to the all-new Chevrolet Equinox, albeit with only the automatic gearbox.

Sound like Chevy is going after Volkswagen’s customers, who won’t ever be able to buy a brand-new diesel VW in the U.S. again? Yes, precisely. But while that’s good news for enthusiasts, it doesn’t mean much for GM’s bottom line.

In 2016, Chevrolet sold a total of 432,071 Cruze compacts and Equinox SUVs, topping the entire VW brand in the U.S. by 109,123 units last year. That’s after Cruze sales shrunk along with most of its segment and Equinox sales dipped after Chevy unveiled the new-for-’18 model.

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Mazda will join Chevrolet in the diesel passenger vehicle fray when it adds a turbodiesel option to its CX-5 compact sport/utility. With VW out of the game, Chevy, GMC, and Mazda will be the only mainstream, non-premium brands to offer diesels in passenger cars and SUVs.

The 1.6 diesel offers “choice, with better fuel economy and performance for Chevrolet customers, and it’s one of the lowest-cost options for reduction of CO2 emissions Nicholson said at a briefing on the new engine for its Cruze application,” said Dan Nicholson, GM’s vice president for global propulsion systems, at a briefing on the engine’s application in the Cruze.

About 9 percent of the 146,174 Chevy Colorados/GMC Canyons sold last year were equipped with the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel, Nicholson said, adding that he would be happy if diesel volume reached 5 percent of Cruze volume — about 10,000 units based on last year’s sales.

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The 1.6-liter Ecotec, developed primarily at GM’s Turin, Italy facility, along with Pontiac, Michigan and in Germany, features an all-new engine control system which premiered in the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon 2.8-liter Duramax diesel. It also features:

  • Variable-flow oiling system
  • Crankshaft-driven oil pump
  • Variable-swirl intake manifold
  • Cross-flow cooling system
  • Electronic throttle valve
  • Variable-vane turbocharger rated for a maximum boost pressure of 42 psi
  • Common-rail direct-injection

It is B20 biodiesel capable, and uses emissions- and particulate-control technology, which means a urea-based after-treatment system. The urea tank, with its filler tube located next to the fuel cap opening, must be refilled about once every 4,000 miles, said Mike Siegrist, assistant chief engineer for the 1.6-liter Ecotec.

Engineers added ceramic glow plugs for the North American market, where the climate is generally colder than in Western Europe, Siegrist noted (the change has since been added to all 1.6 Ecotecs). The glow plugs are rated for starting in temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit; a dealer-installed accessory plug-in heater extends that to -40F.

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The variable-vane turbocharger uses an actuator to change the profile of the turbo vanes, and the exhaust-gas recirculation system has a bypass to warm up the heater quickly in cold weather. Among the noise and vibration mitigation features is placement of the camshaft drive in the back of the engine, instead of the front.

The new engine is rated 137 horsepower at 3,750 rpm. It hits its 240 pound-feet of torque maximum at 2,000 rpm and, Siegrist says, the automatic can reach peak in all nine gears.

Chevrolet already has publicized the Cruze diesel manual’s 30/52/37-mpg city/highway/combined EPA mileage estimates (which, uncharacteristically for a car already on-sale, are not yet published at the fueleconomy.gov website). Ratings with the nine-speed automatic are 31/47/37. Price for the Ecotec diesel option is about $2,800 for either the sedan or hatchback, Chevrolet says (the diesel is not yet configurable at the chevrolet.com consumer website).

GM says it will have a total of 10 diesel-powered models on the U.S. market by 2018, which include the Chevrolet Cruze, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon, Chevy Express/GMC Savanna, Heavy Duty Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and the upcoming 2018 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. That leaves one more model to come unless GM counts the Cruze sedan and Cruze hatchback as two

While Nicholson, Siegrist, and the Chevy crew are ecstatic about the new engine and its North American applications, GM’s recent acknowledgement it is in talks with PSA Peugeot-Citroen to sell the French carmaker its Opel/Vauxhall operation could pose problems.

GM builds the 1.6-liter Ecotec in its St. Goddard, Hungary engine plant, which is owned by Adam Opel, which charges a “transfer cost” to any other GM divisions. Although Nicholson told WardsAuto that GM will maintain diesel technology knowhow if Opel/Vauxhall is sold, GM would have to either buy the engines from Peugeot-Citroen, negotiate to keep the Hungarian plant (unlikely if GM essentially pulls out of the European market), or move 1.6-liter production to another engine plant. GM builds 2.8-liter Duramax engines in Thailand and 6.6-liter Duramax engines in Ohio, both with partner Isuzu. Any of those three options could be costly to buy an engine that already adds more than 10 percent to the sticker price of a Chevy Cruze.

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Only a Few Days Left to Order the Chevrolet SS http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nows-last-chance-order-chevrolet-ss/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nows-last-chance-order-chevrolet-ss/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:15:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112048 If you want a Chevrolet SS, you’d better act now because the order books are closing in just a few days. February is the last month to order a Chevrolet SS, reports GM Authority. Earlier this year, General Motors announced it would cease production of the SS in Australia, where it is known as the...

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If you want a Chevrolet SS, you’d better act now because the order books are closing in just a few days.

February is the last month to order a Chevrolet SS, reports GM Authority. Earlier this year, General Motors announced it would cease production of the SS in Australia, where it is known as the Holden VF Commodore. No replacement vehicle is planned.

The rear-drive sedan receives no special send-off for its final model year. The 2017 Chevrolet SS still comes equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 415 hp.

Losing the Chevrolet SS won’t put a major dent in the automaker’s U.S. sales. The SS was never intended to be a high-volume player in the U.S., and in 2016, only 3,013 copies were sold. That’s an increase of 4.1 percent from the previous year.

Though it was a niche product for sure, we’re definitely going to miss the SS. It was a true sleeper sport sedan with very few competitors. V-8-powered four-doors that start below $50,000 don’t come along very often, and the SS was one of the best. So if you want one, you’d better hurry.

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Jaguar Launches In-Car Payment System for Shell Gas Stations http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jaguar-launches-car-payment-system-fueling-stations/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jaguar-launches-car-payment-system-fueling-stations/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1111671 If you drive a 2018 Jaguar XE, XF, or F-Pace, you may never have to get out of your car to pay for gas again. Jaguar is introducing a feature that allows drivers to complete the entire transaction via the car’s touchscreen. Jaguar has partnered with Shell to make this technology possible, so drivers can...

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If you drive a 2018 Jaguar XE, XF, or F-Pace, you may never have to get out of your car to pay for gas again. Jaguar is introducing a feature that allows drivers to complete the entire transaction via the car’s touchscreen.

Jaguar has partnered with Shell to make this technology possible, so drivers can only use the cashless payment system at Shell gas stations. After installing the Shell app, drivers can simply pull up to any Shell pump and use the car’s touchscreen to select the amount of fuel they need. Then, drivers will pay via PayPal, Apple Pay, or starting later in the year, Android Pay. Finally, a receipt is sent to the touchscreen and to the driver’s email address.

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Jaguar says the Shell app is especially handy for times when drivers forget their wallet or don’t want to wake up kids in the backseat to take them into the gas station. The obvious downside is, of course, you’ll still need to get out of your car to actually pump the gas.

The automaker is currently working with other companies to expand its in-car payment feature. “Whether it’s paying for fuel, parking, tolls, or even at a drive-through restaurant, the aim of cashless motoring is to make life easier for our customers,” Peter Virk, director of Connected Car and Future Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said in a recent release.

The Shell app is currently available to download in the U.K. Additional markets including the U.S. will receive the feature sometime later this year.

Meanwhile, Jaguar is making a number of other big changes to its 2018 model lineup. The XE, XF, and F-Pace models receive engine updates as well as new convenience technologies and safety features. Jaguar’s 2018 models start arriving in the U.S. in May.

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Patent Filing Has Us Hoping Honda Will Bring Back Project 2&4 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/patent-filing-hints-honda-may-bring-project-24-concept-life/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/patent-filing-hints-honda-may-bring-project-24-concept-life/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:30:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1111690 Back in 2015, Honda debuted the Project 2&4 concept that blended the best elements of a motorcycle and a car. Now, Honda has filed a patent for a similar type of vehicle, and it has us wondering what the automaker has up its sleeve. Recent patent documents include drawings of an open-air sports car with...

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Back in 2015, Honda debuted the Project 2&4 concept that blended the best elements of a motorcycle and a car. Now, Honda has filed a patent for a similar type of vehicle, and it has us wondering what the automaker has up its sleeve.

Recent patent documents include drawings of an open-air sports car with a cast-aluminum backbone chassis. The patent says the body structure requires relatively few components, and has one support member that can attach to parts needed for the steering, pedals, seat, and footrest. The structure is very light to improve fuel efficiency, and it’s also stiff to “give the occupant a direct feel of acceleration like an automobile.” Since this light frame can be produced using aluminum die casting, Honda should be able to shorten manufacturing times and reduce costs.

The drawings show the engine is mounted in the middle of the vehicle, much like the Project 2&4. Although the patent drawings show a four-wheel vehicle, the setup can also be used on a three-wheel vehicle or even a vehicle with more than four wheels, the patent says.

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While the Project 2&4 was shown as a one-seater, this version appears to have two seats. But to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, the passenger seat can be removed in this model, according to the document filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Furthermore, a protection member secures the vehicle at three key points to protect occupants in the event of a rollover.

We certainly wouldn’t mind if Honda decided to bring the Project 2&4 to life. The car’s striking design was inspired by the Honda RA272 Formula 1 car from 1965, but instead of using a V-12 engine, it featured a tiny 1.0-liter V-4 engine making 212 hp. This engine was said to be specially tuned for street driving. Remarkably, the concept weighed just 893 pounds.

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Manual-Only BMW M2 M Performance Edition Leaks http://www.automobilemag.com/news/manual-bmw-m2-m-performance-edition-leaks/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/manual-bmw-m2-m-performance-edition-leaks/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:26:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1111679 BMW’s dealership ordering system appears to have leaked the upcoming M2 M Performance Edition ahead of its official introduction, reports BMW Blog. Under the ordering code ZL9, the 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition will be only available to U.S. customers with a limited run of only 150 units. Unfortunately, this isn’t the rumored BMW...

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BMW’s dealership ordering system appears to have leaked the upcoming M2 M Performance Edition ahead of its official introduction, reports BMW Blog. Under the ordering code ZL9, the 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition will be only available to U.S. customers with a limited run of only 150 units.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the rumored BMW M2 CSL, but rather an M2 that’s been lightly modified with BMW’s M Performance parts. Included in the M Performance Edition are manually adjustable sport seats, basic keyless entry, automatic climate control, black mirror caps, black grill inserts, black side gills, M Performance illuminated door sills, and LED door projectors.

In terms of performance parts, the BMW M2 M Performance Edition will receive an M Performance exhaust system with titanium exhaust tips and an M Performance coilover suspension. Unlike the standard M2, the M2 M Performance Edition will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission. It will also be equipped with the M Driver’s Package, which ups the top speed to 168 mph from the standard 155.

The BMW M2 M Performance Edition will also only be available in Alpine White. Also leaked was the car’s price of $61,695, an $11,000 increase over the standard M2. As we get to know our Four Seasons 2017 BMW M2, maybe we’ll look into getting some of these parts to for our.

What wasn’t detailed in leak was when the BMW M2 M Performance Edition will be hitting dealerships. But, given that it has already hit dealership ordering systems, we’re confident that BMW will release more information soon, so stay tuned. Hopefully, BMW will announce the M2 CSL soon as well.

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