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29
Oct

  Audi Introduces the 2015 Audi R8 Competition

On October 28th Audi announced the all-new R8 competition, their most powerful production vehicle to-date. This car manages to go from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds and has enough power to make it thrilling on and off the track. The automaker made the announcement at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and plans to release the vehicle in the United States in the beginning of 2015.

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The Difference between the R8 and the R8 Competition

There are two major differences between the Audi R8 and the R8 competition. The competition has a more powerful than is available for the R8. The competition also comes with a bunch of carbon fiber upgrades that give it a distinctive look while lowering the overall weight of the vehicle. The Audi R8 has three different engine options going from a V8 to an enhanced V10 engine, but even the enhanced option can’t match the 570 HP offered by the engine in the Audi R8 competition.

Closest to the R8 LMS

The Audi R8 LMS is Audi’s race car that’s won races around the world, and the R8 competition is the closest road car you can get to it. They both share the same engine, but the R8 competition comes with many refinements that make it more enjoyable to drive around the road. The model is built for driving enthusiasts specifically and only 60 models will be released in the United States.

Jam Packed with Power

It comes with a 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine that produces a total of 570 HP. This massive engine is tied to a dual clutch seven speed S-Tronic transmission and has a top speed of 199 MPH. It comes packed with the same power as the race car that won the Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races and you can feel it both on and off the track.

Highly Durable

This car’s designed for racing and it’s engine can be operated under real race conditions for 13,000 miles before it will need its first service. That’s a dramatic difference compared to most competitors engines that need servicing after just 24 hours of racing.

Cutting Edge Styling

The R8 competition relies on a variety of carbon fiber accents that not only give it a more modern look but also lower its overall weight. Carbon fiber can be found on the rear spoiler, the engine bay, the side blades, the rear diffuser, the front spoiler and the mirror housings. This same carbon fiber theme is also present on the interior of the vehicle on both the center console and as door inlays.

If you’re looking for the ultimate racing experience the 2015 Audi R8 competition is an excellent option. It’s refined enough to take out for a weekend cruise, but ultimately designed to handle like a real race car on the track. You can push its limits without worrying about it failing like a standard road car would.

27
Oct

The USC Versus Utah Game Raises 900 for Cystic Fibrosis

The LAcarGUY Touchdown to a Cure fund raiser continues to go on as the 2014 USC season progresses and with each new game the dealership donates more money to help cure Cystic Fibrosis. To recap the event a bit, each time that the University of Southern California scores a touchdown against an opposing team LAcarGUY donates $300 to the Annual Pipeline to a Cure gala, a major fund-raising event that generates money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Last Game Donations

In the most recent game the USC Trojans went up against Utah and they managed to score three touchdowns for a total donation of $900. The game resulted in a loss for the team, though it was close, with the end score being 21 – 24.

Total Donation

So far this season the LAcarGUY dealership group has donated $10,800 to Cystic Fibrosis with four more games left in the season still. The game against Colorado resulted in the biggest single-game donation so far this season when USC achieved a total of eight touchdowns for a single game donation of $2,400.

About Pipeline to a Cure

Pipeline to a Cure is a non-profit organization that strives to raise money to help fund research to cure Cystic Fibrosis. The organization throws an annual gala that brings draws activists in from all over the world and raises a huge amount of money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the research that they do.

26
Oct

The 2015 Toyota Yaris: Not Flashy But a Good Investment

Toyota understands that the Yaris isn’t overly special and that it probably won’t stand out in a crowd, but they also know that it doesn’t have to. According to them the Yaris is just your everyday car, albeit a reliable one, and that’s all it has to be with its impressively low price tag. Toyota recently released the 2015 Yaris and there were only a few major changes with most of the new additions being relatively minor, but it has improved for the better and those who enjoy the 2014 version won’t find anything to hate in the new one.

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The Changes

The Yaris has a few noticeable changes, but much of it is just the same as the old model. The suspension has been altered in a few different ways. First of all Toyota added in 36 new spot welds to increase the body rigidity as they have been doing on all their models. They added softer springs and shock absorbers to the vehicle to smooth out the ride a bit and handling should feel about the same thanks to the added welds.

On the inside of the interior you get slightly enhanced materials. They look a bit nicer and are higher quality, but it’s still obvious you aren’t in a luxury cabin. The seats are comfortable and the entertainment system has been updated on the higher trim levels. They offer USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The interior is also more highly insulated than before, helping to drown out more annoying road noise.

The Good

The Yaris is a fun little car to drive. It’s not fast, but it feels pretty quick around corners because of its compact size. Another major perk of the Yaris is how big it feels inside. Out of all the different subcompacts on the market the Yaris feels like one of the largest, even though it only offers a mediocre level of interior space. Rear passengers have plenty of leg room and four passengers can ride around quite comfortably.

The Bad

There are quite a few things to like in the Yaris, but there are a few negatives as well. The car didn’t have a very perky powertrain last year and Toyota hasn’t updated the sluggish system in any way. You still get a car that takes nearly nine seconds to hit 60 and very drawn out shifts made by an aging four speed automatic or five speed manual. The car also lacks some niceties like cruise control, making it a bit burdensome to drive over long distances.

Why Get It

If you’re after a sporty little compact the Yaris probably isn’t for you. There are more expensive alternatives that are a lot faster and more enjoyable to drive. If you’re after the most space for your money and you want a rock solid car that’s going to keep running for years to come the Yaris is an ideal option. Toyota is keeping the systems that are proven to work, and you can count on this vehicle to be reliable. Toyota sells a huge number of cars based on their reliability, and that’s what the 2015 Yaris has to offer above all else.

24
Oct

The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf Has Been Named Most Efficient in its Class

If you’re looking for a highly efficient car for commuting to and from work, or for casual driving around town, you would be hard-pressed to beat the 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf. With an EPA estimated 116 MPG of gasoline equivalent the car has been rated the most efficient in its class. It manages 126 MPGe around town and maintains a firm 105 MPGe out on the highway.

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Impressive Range

For such a compact vehicle, the EGolf manages an impressive all-electric range of 83 miles. While that isn’t enough to take a road trip comfortably, for most people it is more than enough to get them back and forth to work each day. That essentially means you could commute between 30 and 40 miles each way to work every day, or go even further if there is a charge station at your company’s location.

Fun to Drive

Although the E-Golf isn’t packed with a massive amount of power and it’s designed for efficiency more than performance it’s still a lot of fun to drive. It’s quick to start moving thanks to the high torque provided by the electric motor and it’s compact size lets you feel the acceleration and each turn along your way to work.

Won’t Waste Much Power Idling

Another bonus that most people don’t consider when looking at electric vehicles or EVs is that you save a lot of energy when sitting still compared to a standard gasoline engine. While many gasoline engines continue to burn fuel while idling, an EV only uses up energy when moving and can sit still while still being on without using up much energy at all, depending on whether you are using the climate control or not.

Several Charging Options

The car comes with a 7.2 kW charger built into it allowing three different charging methods depending on what you have available. It can be attached to a standard 110/120 volt wall outlet, a more powerful 240 volt outlet or one of the impressively quick rapid charger systems. A basic wall outlet will charge the car in around 20 hours, while the rapid charger can get it to 80% battery life in just 30 minutes.  No matter how you choose to charge up your car, you’re going to be spending less on electricity than you would with a standard gasoline vehicle.

The only true downside to the 2015 Volkswagen EGolf is its price tag. At $35,445 it will be affordable for many families, but the amount of money you save on fuel may not be enough to justify the price difference between this and a more budget friendly vehicle depending on how much you drive each week.

23
Oct

The A3 Has the Potential to Be an Excellent Trip Vehicle According to Auto Journalist Anton Wahlman

Audi recently challenged 16 different journalists to pair up and take 2015 A3’s on a trip to see how far they could travel on a single tank of diesel. Their goal was of course to increase press for their newest entry-level, and in the process show off the efficiency of the car. The A3 is rated at an EPA estimate of 43 MPG highway, but the results produced by Anton Wahlman prove that estimates aren’t always as accurate as we assume. He far exceeded those figures and managed to travel an astounding 834 miles on the single 13.2 gallon tank.

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The Test

Eight different A3’s were devoted to a test that Audi devised. They chose journalists because they could release a story about the experiment and because there would be no accusations of them putting in professional hyper milers to come up with bloated fuel efficiency figures. The tank was sealed by the automaker and failsafes were put in place to keep anyone in the contest from cheating. Over the next few days the duo in Wahlman’s A3 managed to rack up just over 800 miles and according to him it was a comfortable ride the whole way.

Diesels Often Perform Above EPA Rating

With gasoline engines most people think of the EPA fuel efficiency rating as a dream number that you will rarely hit. That is a best-case scenario that you would be lucky to get once and awhile. While that may be the case with many gasoline models, it isn’t the same with diesel cars. Many times a diesel vehicle manages to outperform its EPA rating. The careful work done by these two journalists show that the Audi A3 is a member of that group. The A3 diesel is rated at 31 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway, and at an achieved level of 63 MPG the figures were beat by an astonishingly large number. Even if the duo kept to highways for the entire trip, they still managed to top the figure by a cool 20 MPG. That’s impressive, and that’s why it makes sense to research diesel vehicles a bit before taking the word of an EPA rating.

Look Out Hybrids

For years the Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles have been looked at as the standard for fuel efficiency. The Prius achieves around 50 MPG while out on the highway and the A3 operated by these two journalists just massacred that number.  Instead of looking at the Prius or other electric vehicles as a great all-around efficient vehicle, it makes more sense to rely on them for short-term transportation, while relying on a highly efficient diesel such as the A3 for road trips. Not only does the A3 have a superior driving range compared to most sedans out there, but it’s also quite comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

Comfortable Travel

While traveling in the 2015 A3 it’s clear that you’re riding around in a luxury sedan. The seats are all padded heavily and contour to your body exquisitely.  The A3 may not be as handsomely outfitted as say the A6 or A8, but it’s comfortable. The rear of the vehicle provides ample room for two adults, and offers enough space for three with slightly cramped quarters. Compared to more compact cars and hybrids like the Prius, the A3 is just more enjoyable to ride in.

Range that Offers Flexibility

While travelling you don’t want to constantly be worrying about where the next gas station is, or recharging station in the case of EV’s such as the Tesla lineup. Not only is it tiresome to be constantly have to look for another spot to refuel at, but it causes you to compromise throughout your trip. When you have a higher range you can pick and choose the points you stop at more freely and this results in a more enjoyable trip overall. With the A3 you have potentially 800 miles of straight driving capability before you have to stop to refuel and that gives you the freedom to choose where you eat, where you stop to rest your legs and what sights you see along your trip.

If you’re trying to get the best possible mileage when travelling locally it makes sense to go after a hybrid or an EV, however if you’re the type who enjoys lengthy road trips the diesel A3 would be hard to beat at the moment. It’s luxurious, it has an impressive range and it’s highly efficient.

 

22
Oct

Scion is Teasing their New Concept Car Before Upcoming LA Auto Show

It’s no secret that Scion’s been in a rut lately and now they’re working to bolster sales by adding a new edgy model into the mix with their iM concept. The car’s going to be the main attraction that Scion brings along with them to the LA Auto Show and it promises edgy looks and sporty performance that should liven up the brand a bit. .If you don’t want to wait until November to see the top secret concept there a couple pictures have been leaked around the web. They’re easily accessible via Instagram if you have an account to look on.

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Scion Instagram Photos

Scion took a few test shots of the new concept car and they’re releasing them around the web. The easiest way to find them is to go on Instagram and type of #iMDriven. You’ll see photos of the sporty front end as well as a few other pictures added by users conversing on the page.

Appealing to Younger Customers

The new Scion concept is designed to appeal to younger customers who are interested in trendy or edgy vehicles. The main leaked photo shows a very sporty front end with modern LED lights and very defined edges.

The vehicle will be unveiled on November 19th at 3:40 PM in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Auto Show. You can find out the latest information about the vehicle on Instagram under #imDriven, or just wait for the big release day to come.

21
Oct

Porsche’s 918 Spyder Almost Sold Out

If you fancy the Porsche 918 Spyder and actually planning on buying one of these supercars you’d better move quick because Porsche says they’re almost spoken for. That’s right, the car with a starting price of $850,000 is nearly sold out. If that isn’t a testament to the quality of the vehicle I don’t know what is.

Limited Units Produced

When you create such a high performance vehicle like the 918 Spyder you can only make so many of them because the market for a car closing in on a million isn’t very large. Porsche decided on the magic number of 918 cars, and by the end of March or the beginning of April they will have reached that special figure.

They’re Spoken For

According to Porsche only 30 cars have been delivered so far, but nearly the entire production line has been spoken for already with just a few stragglers remaining. The production process started last fall and customers have begun receiving cars this year. Just locking down one of these cars demands a $200,000 deposit, but it’s good enough to garner substantial interest.

A Look at the 918 Spyder

Just in case you don’t remember the specifics about the 918 Spyder that we posted earlier, here’s a quick overview again. This hybrid supercar packs in a powerful V8 naturally aspirated engine, along with two electric motors for a total power output of 887 HP and 944 lb.-ft. of torque. This car speeds up exceptionally fast (try 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds fast), and since electric power is being added through both axles it drives like it’s all-wheel drive. The electric motors allow it to accelerate faster than a standard gasoline engine ever could, and they help make the whole system more efficient as well.

A Supercar Bargain

It’s hard to imagine ever calling the $850,000+ price tag put on the 918 Spyder a bargain, but compared to vehicles like the LeFerrari or the McLaren P1 that both go for over a million dollars it’s quite an affordable option. Both of those vehicles are just as difficult to grab, if not more so than the 918, but they were each produced at a volume of less than half of the supercar’s.

It’s vital that you act now if you still want one of these cars at the original selling price. It’s likely that a few collectors will pick up the car and decide to resell it, but there’s no guarantee you will be paying the original price at first, and you could find yourself going up over the million dollar mark to obtain one of these rare supercars.

20
Oct

The 2015 Subaru Impreza Gets EyeSight Technology

Subaru is all set to add their EyeSight safety technology to the 2015 Impreza,  as one of their biggest selling vehicles this could be a very smart move. This technology provides a much safer driving experience and dramatically reduces the risk of a collision between you and the driver in front of you.Subaru currently only has an option for their technology in three of their vehicles, the Legacy, the Outback and the Forester. With the inclusion of the Impreza, their lineup becomes safer and more desirable than ever before.

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Tapping into the Family Market

Currently people buy Subaru’s because they are known for being able to handle the great outdoors better than most other brands. Most of their models are equipped with powerful all-wheel drive, and they are setup to handle rough driving conditions. Subaru doesn’t want to only be known for their all-wheel drive and great handling, they want to tap into the family market more.

By adding in their powerful EyeSight safety package as an option on one of their most popular family sedans they are hoping to grab a larger chunk of the family market. This tech will make it safer to drive for Impreza drivers than ever before, and for those who want the technology it could be just the reason to decide to go with a Subaru.

EyeSight Technology

Subaru’s EyeSight technology offers a powerful adaptive cruise control system that helps you avoid colliding with drivers in front of you. The car is fitted with a powerful stereo camera that is capable of seeing colors and identifying important cues such as rear lights and brake lights of vehicles ahead. As long as you aren’t driving more than 31 miles per hour faster than the driver in front of you, the car can stop you completely before you run into them, even if you aren’t watching the road.

The system also offers corner-responsive fog lights for all US versions of the car. When the driver is going around a corner the corresponding fog light turns on and illuminates the outside edge of the road, making for safer night driving conditions.

Fuel Efficiency Improvements

On top of the improved safety features available for the Impreza, it also gets better fuel efficiency than previous versions. The upcoming version of the Impreza gets a bump up to 37 MPG on the highway, slightly better than the 36 now offered.

Adding EyeSight technology to the Impreza is likely the first change of many to come, and Subaru is hoping to increase the number of vehicles that they sell with this technology in years to come. Only 10 percent of Subaru buyers in the US pick up this impressive technology, while 76 percent of buyers in Japan opt for it. By making improvements and trying to get the word out about how impressive the tech is they hope to change that in the future.

 

19
Oct

Audi Shows the World the Power of Automated Vehicles

Over the weekend Audi showed the world that they have a good handle on self-driving technology, when one of their RS7 cars zipped around the track at the finals for the German DTM series. During a break in the final race, Audi put two RS7’s on the track. One manned by a professional driver and the other operating all on its own using computer automation technology, the results were impressive to say the least.

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Audi’s Self Driving Car

During the demonstration, the self-driving car managed to beat the one being operated by a professional driver by a resounding five seconds. The car made all its turning decisions by itself and demonstrated that a driver isn’t necessary to zip around at top level speeds.

How the Car Functions

While going through the race the car was responsible for making all the decisions on its own. It relied on a GPS system accurate down to the centimeter, but that only supplied the right and left borders of the track, the car was in charge of deciding which path to take while moving through the course. In order to verify its current position Audi equipped the RS7 with a 3D camera that compared its video stream with prerecorded images of the location. Together with this information as well as the GPS borders the car was able to decide which path would be the most effective.

The Race

Throughout the lap that the RS7 zoomed around the track, it managed to achieve a top speed of 190 MPH and it moved around the course with precision. The demonstration made it very clear that self-driving vehicles are a possibility and that they can be better than cars manned by humans.

Releasing Self-Driving Cars to the Masses

With each demonstration such as the one put on by Audi people are going to gain more confidence with self-driving technology. It’s pretty hard to argue about the possibility of a car driving itself when you see it happening right before your eyes. It’s also difficult to argue that it’s a danger when the vehicle performs better than one operated by a highly skilled driver.

As long as governments get on board with the technology, and they allow it to be used, it’s likely to begin showing up in the next couple years. The car industry is going to be worth up to 87 billion dollars a year by 2030 according to Lux Research located in Boston, and Audi, BMW, Toyota and a host of other automakers all want in on that action.

Automated cars are no longer a dream, they are slowly becoming a reality. Audi impressed everyone with such an effective performance over the weekend, and more demonstrations like this are likely to occur in the future. Automated cars are being tested in several states in the US currently, and it’s only a matter of time before they go up for sale. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for them.

17
Oct

The 2015 Lexus LS Comes with Some Nice Improvements

The Lexus LS is one of the longest lasting models in the luxury dealers lineup with 25 years behind it, and the 2015 touch up of the model enhances the already refined sedan. The exterior of the LS was revamped quite heavily in the last couple years, with the spindle grille update happening last year, so Lexus decided to go easy on the exterior without making any noticeable changes. The interior is a different story entirely.

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Multimedia Enhancements

The 2015 Lexus LS received a media update helping it stay modern. The navigation system now predicts what traffic will be like and helps you avoid congested roads which should improve your commute times noticeably. The system also suggests the nearest gas station automatically when you start to run low on fuel. The rear backup camera now features dynamic gridlines, which is a nice feature that should enhance accuracy while backing up just a bit more.

Remote Smartphone Application

The latest Lexus LS comes with a remote Lexus Enform App that lets you use your smartphone as a remote for the vehicle. You can easily adjust certain things in the car, such as the climate control, lock and unlock the doors and start the vehicle remotely. You also have a handy guest driver monitor so that you can see how your friend or family member is treating your precious car when you’re not going along for the ride.

The system now comes with an impressive 12.3-inch display and offers HD Radio, Bluetooth audio sync and an automatic phone book transfer feature so you don’t have to waste time punching in all the names and addresses from your phone. The HD radio system gives you the ability to record 15 minutes of live radio and play it back at a later time, which is a pretty cool feature for when you’re sitting in a parking lot or for when you want to replay a favorite song. iPhone users now have Siri Eyes Free Mode integrated into the vehicle so they can enjoy using voice commands with the vehicle for the first time.

Improving the F-Sport

The more powerful and fun F-Sport model gets more significant changes than the standard level. It gets noticeably more aggressive front fascia making it stand out from the other models much more than before. It also got 19 inch forged alloy wheels and a new air-ride suspension that drops it just a bit lower to the ground. That air suspension also provides more control over how the car feels while driving. You can switch between a sport mode or a comfort mode depending on what level of stiffness you want to experience. The new blacked out interior is classy and edgy at the same time, and a torsion limited slip differential adds a bit more bite to the rear-wheel drive F-Sport.

Overall the 2015 Lexus LS is the same classy car that countless owners have come to love, it’s just a little bit better now. The media system is more enjoyable and feature rich, the F-Sport model is a bit more responsive and looks a whole lot meaner, and you’re smartphone just became a lot more useful.