Auto shows can be crazy places with half-thought out ideas all over the place. Gyroscope-stabilized briefcase warmers for the back seat. Cop cars with integrated doughnut dispensers. Turbine-powered iPad docks. Lots of nutty stuff that will (thankfully) never see the light of day. Sadly, Lexus and their new partner, genetic screening company 23andMe have teamed up for “Genetic Select” and it looks like they’re “serious.” Lexus made the announcement in conjunction with the 2018 New York International Auto Show. “Finding the perfect vehicle that meets your every need was once only a fantasy, but now it’s becoming reality,” crows Lexus inaccurately. Finding my perfect vehicle is easy guys. Finding the money for it, that’s the hard part. Genetic Select is the “Ultimate Answer to Vehicle Customization” and a revolutionary new car buying experience. It also pegs the goofy meter. Perfect Fit Available on April 1st at Lexus … [Read more...] about Want Your Next Lexus To Start? Lick The Steering Wheel. No. Seriously.
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As somebody whose first car cost a mere £450, it seems amazing to fathom that new drivers today fork out an average of £4,627 on their entry into the world of automobile ownership. That, however, is the figure uncovered in our latest research, which sought to find out how the amount drivers spend on their first cars has varied over the past 70 years. The results, when adjusted for inflation, show that the average sum spent by new drivers today is actually £1,375 less than drivers were paying back in the 1950s and ‘60s. It is more, however, than the average spend in the 1990s, which stood at a mere £3,264 – dragged down no doubt by my F-reg Renault 5. Our research also reveals that the most popular first car in five of the seven decades was a Ford, with drivers obviously aware of what great value for money cars such as the Anglia, Escort and Fiesta represent. In the case of first-time car shoppers today the Ford of choice is the Ka. Originally launched in … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. First Wheels: Ford Ka Buying GuidePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
It’s not uncommon for us to bring you news of a cool celebrity-owned car that’s coming up for sale, but usually there’s only one famous owner to speak of. Not so with this glorious 1969 Dodge Charger in ‘Bullitt’ spec. Bought by Hollywood actress Demi Moore for her then-husband and action hero Bruce Willis, Willis owned the movie-inspired car for 10 years before it was bought by none other than Jamiroquai front-man Jay Kay, who once owned this stunning Lamborghini Diablo as well. He imported the left-hand drive giant to the UK in 2008 before spending £25,000 in 2014 to have the engine rebuilt and upgraded, improving the performance and driveability of the slightly ridiculous 8.2-litre V8. Jay Kay still owns it, but it’s now being sold through Silverstone Auctions. When you have this much torque, three speeds are all you need. That’s lucky, really, because a trio of cogs are all you get from the torque converter automatic transmission. Much … [Read more...] about Monday Sucks, But Here’s A Mint 1969 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ For Sale
Got a garage, or a shed, or some form of large container that you haven’t checked in a while? Check again. Right now. Chances are, you’ve forgotten you left an exquisitely rare classic Ferrari - worth millions - in there. It happens quite a lot, apparently. The latest is this: a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, which was purchased by the current owner in March of 1985. He remembered he bought this car right up until 1991, at which point he put it into his new garage and clearly forgot he bought it. Because it sat there for some 26 years. Not that it’s rare or anything: it’s one of 205 built to ‘Long Nose’ spec, and of those 205, one of 80 built from aluminium. Oh wait, it is actually quite rare. Gooding & Company reckons it’ll sell for between $2.5m and $3.25m. In other ‘look what I found in the shed’ news, the same owner also parked a rather gorgeous 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra in the same garage as the 275, in 1991 (though he … [Read more...] about Abandoned Ferrari and Cobra go up for sale… for millions
DETROIT - General Motors Co is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car -- one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal -- to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV -- a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV -- has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.Company President Dan Ammann told reporters GM had filed on Thursday for government approval to deploy the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls."GM is part of … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV plans autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals