Considering its late entry into the game, the ground covered by the sport utility vehicle has been astounding – at the dawn of its arrival, few would have thought the body-type would end up being the runaway success it has been, but it has, with the segment now accounting for more than a third of vehicle sales globally. The swell of offerings in the category and the rapid pace at which things progress means that it has become increasing difficult for a product to see through a regular lifecycle without being badgered by something newer, flashier and – as is usually the case – far better specified. Nothing of course can be done about the set timeframe for a product in the ongoing arms race, but speed to market is of the essence once it’s out. It’s something Honda found out with the fourth-gen CR-V, the RM’s late arrival here costing it dearly. With a facelift, there’s arguably a little more leeway, especially if the original didn’t really … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2019 Nissan X-Trail facelift
Q. A friend of mine owns a 2004 Ford F-150. Recently the truck wouldn’t start so he had it towed to his usual repair shop. The shop told him that he needs a new timing chain, but was honest enough to say that the job is beyond their capabilities. What should I do now? A. It’s good to see that the shop acknowledged their limitations. Too many times I’ve seen technicians get in over their heads on repairs. The repair itself is an all-day job. Along with the timing chain and gears, the chain tensioners should also be replaced. A good technician will also look for wear in other components and recommend replacements. John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to [email protected] … [Read more...] about The repair shop refused to do a timing-chain job. What now?
By Lyndon Conrad Bell, MOTOR MATTERS Published 11:00 pm CDT, Saturday, July 20, 2019 Audi is driving the race to bring fully autonomous cars to the mainstream. The automaker debuted its Traffic Jam Pilot (TJP) option on its 2019 A8 flagship sedan. Affording drivers complete hands-off, eyes-off automation in slow traffic, TJP is capable of driving an A8, totally free of driver intervention, in traffic at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. Unfortunately however, TJP is not offered in the United States yet, owing to a maelstrom of legal, consumer, and infrastructure concerns. Undeterred, Audi has partnered its Autonomous Intelligent Driving group (AID) with the Silicon Valley-based company Luminar to further advance its autonomous vehicle development. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Munich, AID has a team of 140 people spread around the globe. Luminar is credited with producing the first Light Detection and Range (LiDAR) system, capable of making autonomous vehicles … [Read more...] about Audi Autonomous Driving partners with Silicon Valley
Renault is going mainstream in Indonesia. To do that, one will have to play in the core segments here, which is the Low Cost Green Car category (three row models include the Toyota Calya, Daihatsu Sigra and Datsun GO+) and the Low MPV class (Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia twins, Honda Mobilio, Suzuki Ertiga, and the Mitsubishi Xpander and Nissan Livina tag team). Here’s the car that the French brand thinks can straddle both budget segments, the Renault Triber. First unveiled in India in June, the three-row MPV (with a touch of SUV design, as is the norm these days) is designed primarily for India, as the sub-four metre length (3,990 mm) proves. “India is a key market for Groupe Renault. For that reason, we are bringing Renault Triber, another breakthrough concept, targeted for India’s core market. Renault Triber was conceived, developed and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before we take it to the world. It is a real game-changer.” said Renault … [Read more...] about GIIAS 2019: Renault Triber
By Arv Voss, MOTOR MATTERS Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, July 20, 2019 The 2019 Land Rover Discovery blends a new exterior design with a versatile interior capable of seating up to seven adults comfortably in three rows with usable space for gear, resulting in a revolutionary “go anywhere, do anything” vehicle that brings new levels of capability and versatility to the Discovery stable. Overview The 2019 model remains unmistakably a Discovery despite its very different appearance. Surfaces are more sophisticated and proportions have been optimized, blended with appealing detailing and precision manufacturing, creating a highly capable SUV with more emotion. Evocative design inside and out CarPro Approved Outside, the previous distinctive roofline remains, providing the ideal solution to practical interior spacing. Up front, sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlamps, and raked windshield deviate from tradition, with the daytime running lamps … [Read more...] about Land Rover Discovery updated for 2019