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2015 Toyota Camry Will Show Off its Updates in New York

2015 Toyota Camry Will Show Off its Updates in New York

The new “more emotional” Toyota Camry that we discussed about back in January will finally be making an official appearance very soon. The news of Toyota’s bread-and-butter sedan will be revealed in just a short few weeks at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

 

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Toyota’s product news manager, Curt McAllister, said that “On April 16 at the New York International Auto Show, we will make an…

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2015 Chrysler 200 has better mileage than last-generation

2015 Chrysler 200 has better mileage than last-generation

The 2015 Chrysler 200 has had some mysteries about the redesigned model like the fuel economy. The EPA has released the official mileage ratings for all of the configurations of the midsized sedan.

When the car holds the 184 horsepower, 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, the Chrysler 200 is good for about 9.7 km per litre in the city and 15.3 km/l for highway driving. The 3.6-litre Pentastar V6,…

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Nissan Recalling 989,701 Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Nissan Recalling 989,701 Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Nissan is recalling 989,701 vehicles in North America because of a software problem that could deactivate the airbags.

Japan’s second-largest automaker said the software could register the passenger seat as vacant when an adult is occupying it, according to a filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because of the software issue, it could lead to the failure of…

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Ferrari Battling 21-year-old over Facebook Page

Ferrari Battling 21-year-old over Facebook Page

Sammy Wasem, a 21-year-old is suing Ferrari because of a Facebook page that he created when he was just 15. Wasem, who is an amateur racecar driver and his father, Olivier, have filed a criminal complaint against the Italian automaker claiming copyright infringement because of lost control on the site.

In March 2009, Ferrari contacted the Wasems to say the company was taking over official…

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I’ve grown up around Mercedes-Benz products of the non-sporty variety. Since the 1980s, we have had in the family a 560 SEL, two 300SDs, a 350 SDL, and most recently, a previous-generation E-Class 4MATIC sedan. I’ve put a few thousand kilometers on our E-Class and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. It was only fitting, then, that I was handed a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe 4MATIC for a week. With a significant facelift for model year 2014, the E-Class is a volume seller for Mercedes and is one of my favourite models in the lineup.

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Despite contrary assumption, the E-Class Coupe is actually built on the C-Class platform. Even though it’s built on a different platform than the E-Class sedan, it’s pretty hard to tell. The post-facelift car is simply stunning. The LED contours in the headlights as well as the taillights are gorgeous at night and turn heads wherever the car goes. The pillarless design of the windows that pays homage to grand touring coupes of previous generations makes for a particularly clean design. My Tenorite Gray tester was equipped with the AMG Sport Package that gave it chrome trim all around, and the chrome front lip looked particularly good. I received feedback from people throughout my test week that thought the styling was a hit or miss – either they loved it or they didn’t like it at all. I personally love it – the E-Class Coupe is one of the best-looking two-doors on the market right now.

 

Under the hood is Mercedes-Benz’s well-known 3.5L V6. This engine can now be had in various models ranging from the C-Class right through to the ML350 sport-utility. In this application it’s tuned for 302 horsepower and 273 lb/ft of torque. Although its main competitors (the BMW 435i and the Audi S5) are a bit up on power, I consider those cars to cater to a different market altogether. The E350 is athletic and muscular, but by no means a sports coupe. I do see it as a grand tourer. Power is ample, and the E350 produces a snarly engine note when merging onto the highway with supreme confidence. This car means business.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe interior

The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system does the job very well. As we are beginning to enter spring, I didn’t have a chance to drive this car through snow at all (which is just fine with me!). I’ve driven our E-Class at home through countless snowstorms and blizzards and can attest to its stability. The E350 Coupe also feels like it’s been carved from a single piece of solid metal, so I have zero doubts about how stable it would be in poor weather conditions. Highway driving becomes truly effortless with this car; it’s actually my ideal choice for a road trip vehicle. Running strictly on premium fuel, the car consumed 10L/100km in combined driving – not disappointing in the slightest.

 

Interior quality is where all Mercedes-Benz products have excelled. There isn’t a panel gap or a poorly-fit trim piece anywhere in this car. Every single surface looks and feels luxurious and high-quality. I know I’ve complained in the past that certain new cars cost far too much for what you get – this car is worth every single penny of the $70,500 as-tested price. The Multicontour front seats feel great and are adjustable in many ways. There is also a plethora of settings for lumbar adjustment. If you can’t get comfortable very quickly in this car, there may not be much hope left for you. At just over six-feet tall, the car fit me like a glove. The panoramic sunroof, as great as it looks, does impede a little bit on headroom.

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My E350 Coupe tester came equipped with the aforementioned AMG Sport Package (nicer seats, 18” AMG wheels, sport steering wheel, trim all around), the Premium Package (park assist, a rear-window sunshade, Harman-Kardon, a 360-degree camera, and Keyless Go), the LED Lighting Package, and a Driving Assistance Package. Pricing for the E350 Coupe 4MATIC starts at $63,000. The toys added onto my car brought the as-tested price to $70,500. For all the toys you get for this price, it’s actually a bit of a bargain. The media interface is very simplistic to use, however the available USB port does not work with my Apple iPod. Mercedes-Benz does include a proprietary iPod cable in the glovebox. Sound quality from the Harman-Kardon system is crisp and distortion-free; I found myself listening to classical symphonies throughout my test week.

 

It’s pretty hard to find flaws in a car you’ve essentially fallen in love with. The pillar-less window design makes for a little more road noise than I’d like. When cruising down the highway in the sublime comfort of this car, I would expect library-levels of quietness. The steering becomes very light and easy-to-modulate at parking lot speeds, and it tightens up the more aggressively you drive. It’s a bit artificial, and I can’t say I love it. This system does, however, make quick maneuvers simple and predictable. It’s important to note that while the E-Class is a very good handler, rather than booting through the curvy backroads, it’s far more comfortable transporting you down the highway in serene comfort.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe rear

If I were shopping for a midsize luxury car, the E-Class would definitely be at the top of my list. I don’t really see a necessity to opt for the V8-powered E550 – if I wanted brute power I’d go straight to the fire-breathing E63 AMG. A “personal executive coupe” such as this E350 4MATIC would fit the lifestyle of quite a few young execs I know. It exudes class, elegance, and luxury from every possible angle. There really is no substitute to the excellence that comes from Mercedes-Benz’s years of development. This car is thoroughly brilliant in every way, shape, and form.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe Gallery

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe I’ve grown up around Mercedes-Benz products of the non-sporty variety. Since the 1980s, we have had in the family a 560 SEL, two 300SDs, a 350 SDL, and most recently, a previous-generation E-Class 4MATIC sedan.
Hennessey Quick to Reveal $1.25M ‘World’s Fastest Edition’ Venom GT

Hennessey Quick to Reveal $1.25M ‘World’s Fastest Edition’ Venom GT

After the Venom GT attained the Guinness World Record as the quickest car to reach 300 km/hr to go along with a healthy 435.31 km/hr top speed that was recorded last month on NASA’s space shuttle landing strip, Hennessey decided it was time for a celebration. To revel in the glory of being faster than a Bugatti Veryon, Hennessey built a special edition of the Venom GT and bluntly named it the…

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When I was first told that I would be reviewing a Nokia Lumia 1020 as a long-term tester, I was thrilled. This will be the first part of our two-month coverage of what I am sure will be a really fun and quirky phone. The Lumia 1020 is the fruition of Nokia’s efforts to assert itself in the smartphone industry since the 808 PureView. With competition from industry giants such as the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, Nokia has seen its position as an a telecom stalwart challenged. With the Lumia 1020, however, Nokia responds with a volley of technology, aesthetics, and a stunning camera.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Long Term Test Intro

The first thing I noticed about the Lumia 1020 was  how striking it was. Our version was matte black, but in white and yellow, the show is quite eye-catching. With a screen size of 4.5 inches (1280 x 720) screen and a weight of 158 grams, the phone is slim but still maintains a presence in your hand. The only issues I had with the phone were the camera breaking up the phone’s sleek lines and the plastic on the back of the phone doesn’t provide much grip. Retrieving the phone from my pocket has led to a close call once or twice.

 

Other than that, though, the phone has been terrific so far. A stunning display complemented with a wonderfully responsive touch screen makes it a dream to operate. The OS is also quite user friendly. It took a day or two to adjust from IOS 7 to Windows Phone 8, but I found the Windows interface to be quite intuitive and user friendly. It has a few great features such as the ability to double tap the screen to activate your phone and turning it over to silence it. In daily use, it didn’t lag, the screen didn’t get spotty, the call sound quality was excellent, and the camera was absolutely brilliant.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Long Term Test Intro

Another plus was the battery life. On a full charge I was able to go a day and a half without having to scramble for my charger. I was only using the phone to send and receive calls, send the occasional text, check my e-mail, facebook, and browse Reddit. My concern before getting the phone was that I’d have to keep my charger on me at all times to ensure that I have power, but this didn’t turn out to be the case.

 

That brings me to my next point. That camera is brilliant. Granted, I am in no way a trained or gifted photographer. But to be able to take stunning photos (including a particularly sharp one of the 2014 Audi A6 TDI we tested the other week) with a smartphone is unheard of. Every photo I take is absolutely beautiful. Whether it is of Audis, BMWs, or a particular dish on a foodie night out in Toronto, the photos are terrific. The one thing that I wasn’t a big fan of was that you have to touch the screen to take the photo. There’s no designated button to snap a photo, you have to poke the screen. This is problematic when you try to focus the photo before taking a picture. The camera focuses itself before it takes a photo so you don’t have to order it to do so, but for those novice users who aren’t aware of it, it takes a bit to get used to.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Long Term Test Intro

Overall, so far this phone has turned out to be quite the nice surprise. It handles its own as a smartphone and, in my opinion, has allowed Nokia to reassert itself in the smartphone game. It isn’t perfect, but it’s absolutely brilliant for the ‘casual’ smartphone user such as myself. Also, the camera is phenomenal. Over the next couple months, we will discuss how this phone is fairing with our daily grind – auto integration, photography, battery life, and daily usability, amongst other things.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 – Long Term Test Intro When I was first told that I would be reviewing a Nokia Lumia 1020 as a long-term tester, I was thrilled.
Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 Rumoured for New York Auto Show

Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 Rumoured for New York Auto Show

Mazda is celebrating the 25th birthday of the Miata MX-5 and this year at the New York auto show, the automaker will be hosting its largest birthday party.

Mazda will showcase 15 of its favourite MX-5 vehicles that range from race cars to concepts. According to Autoweek, the Japanese automaker will be debuting the new MX-5 at the New York auto show. The new generation was created in conjunction…

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Bentley aims for top speed of 200mph with new SUV

Bentley aims for top speed of 200mph with new SUV

Bentley is planning on getting faster with their SUV. After a recent teaser, more details are being revealed and according to Autocar UK, the SUV is said to be aiming for a top speed of 200mph, which is about 321 kilometres per hour. The SUV will be released in 2016.

The EXP 9F, which first debuted in Geneva in 2012, has been in the production process for about a year, but a large amount of…

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King of NYC: Ford’s 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Mustang

King of NYC: Ford’s 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Mustang

Ford plans to kick off the 50th anniversary of the Mustang model line by recreating the original impressive 1965 stunt in which the iconic Mustang Convertible is placed atop the Empire state building.

 

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How will they do it you ask? Well, to get the 2015 Mustang convertible up to the 86th floor observation deck, Ford will have to replicate just what they did 50 years ago: technical will…

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