Toyota has launched a new JDM-only SUV for the Japanese market called the Toyota Vanguard. The new mid-sized SUV is based a long wheelbase version of the third generation Toyota RAV4, but features 7-seats with an electrically foldable third bench. Two engine options are available – a 170 PS 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE mated to a Super-CVT-i continuously variable transmission, and a top of the range 280 PS 3.5 litre 2GR-FE V6 mated to a 5-speed Super ECT gearbox. The inline-4 engine makes 224Nm of torque at 4,000rpm while the V6 puts out 344Nm of torque at 4,700rpm. All variants come with Toyota’s Active Torque Control 4WD system which works hand in hand with the Vanguard’s S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control) system to keep its 7 passengers safe if you happen to lose control of the car. More photos after the jump. … [Read more...] about New JDM Toyota Vanguard 7-seater SUV
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This Peugeot 5008 was snapped last week while traveling on the LDP via a trailer together with what looks like a 308CC by reader CL Chin. Given that there are only one model of each car on this trailer I think they could be in Malaysia for display at Nasim’s KLIMS 2010 stand. Nasim has already revealed their intentions to bring in the 5008 MPV into Malaysia in the past so this is no surprise, the only question being when, what specs and for how much? The 5008 is essentially Peugeot’s take on the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso MPV, and the more quirky sibling is already available in Malaysia for RM138,000 non-OTR, equipped with the Prince 1.6 litre turbo engine mated to a 6-speed EGS automated manual transmission. Peugeot’s 5008 will likely have the same 156 horsepower 1.6 litre Prince turbo engine but will use conventional torque converter automatic instead, with 6 cogs as well. It’s basically the similar powertrain as the one found in the 3008 crossover, and the … [Read more...] about Peugeot 5008 7-seater MPV spotted on trailer in Malaysia!
Auto Expo 2014, the 12th edition of the expo, marked a turnaround in the history of Indian auto shows – it was well organized, and the new venue was a hit with both visitors and exhibitors. So, as the rush, madness, and fanfare around the expo subsides, we take a look at the vehicles of the show, which of them mattered and who made a splash. Audi A3 As expected by most, Audi chose to showcase its latest product in the Indian market – the A3 sedan at the Auto Expo 2014. Powered by 1.8-liter turbocharged petrol and a 2-liter TDI diesel engine options, the A3 is smaller than the A4 sedan and promises to lower the entry barriers to the world of luxury automobiles for an even bigger section of Indian customers. And in the face of increasingly tough competition in the luxury segment, Audi is placing its bets on the A3 sedan to give it a leg up on rival manufacturers as far as pure sales numbers are concerned. Given that it’ll have less interior space than even the … [Read more...] about AUTO EXPO 2014 – Cars
Bystanders will have plenty to take in at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but one car — a wildly painted BMW M3 GT2 — will turn more heads than any other car lapping the Circuit de la Sarthe. Although it will be battling for a place in the winner’s circle, the M3 is more than just a GT2 competitor — it also happens to be BMW’s 17th Art Car, a project that melds German engineering with world renowned artists. Previous projects have been showcased in venues as varied as the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and pit row at Le Mans. Since the latest Art Car will have its fifteen minutes (or 24 hours) of fame this weekend, we found it fitting to run through all of BMW’s mobile masterpieces — some of which were given the opportunity to compete in Le Mans endurance races of long ago. BMW Art Car # 1 – 1975 3.0 CSL by Alexander Calder BMW’s Art Car tradition didn’t start within the corporate halls in Munich. Instead, French racing … [Read more...] about Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW’s Art Cars
One of the greatest innovations to come about thanks to the gigantic popularity of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer format. The AMA becomes especially worthwhile, of course, when the person(s) answering the questions have detailed information or insight on products we love.So, in the case of the recent AMA session with Gran Turismo creator and mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi (above), and his buddy and Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura (right), it was basically must-read stuff.The pair really lived up to our expectations, too, with Kaz offering a lot of useful information about the future of the Gran Turismo franchise (especially the upcoming GT7 for Playstation 4), and Shiro promising to bring some interesting new ideas back to his colleagues at Nissan.We'll start there, as Shiro's bit is quicker. Perhaps the most interesting response to a question that the Nissan designer gave all day was when he was asked about any interest in doing a Nismo-tuned Titan. … [Read more...] about Kaz and Shiro talk Gran Turismo 7 details, Titan Nismo and more in AMA
When Ford showed the world its new crop of compact-based cars and MPVs at January’s Detroit Auto Show, it announced that its C-Max compact MPV would be coming to the US in 7-passenger Grand C-Max form. But in a strangely prophetic turn of events (see video above), the 7-passenger model refused to show up. Now, according to Ford, the 7-passenger Grand C-Max won’t be coming to the US… instead the 5-passenger version will be sold as a dedicated hybrid model with a plug-in option. Why? Because it’s big in Europe… and because “One Ford.” Hit the jump for Ford’s explanation, and then wonder along with us: seriously, why not sell the 7-seat version too?According to Ford’s presser:The new Ford C-MAX five-passenger vehicle, which is the base for the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, is leaving European dealer lots at twice the rate of last year’s model. More than 100,000 of these new vehicles have been sold in Europe since … [Read more...] about Ford Cancels 7-Passenger C-Max For US, Now Coming As Hybrid/Plug-In Only
Somewhere way off in a future California, a line of 35 computer-driven cars is trundling up Interstate 5 in a tight, wind-cheating formation at 110 mph, each car a mere two inches off the bumper of the preceding car. Now let’s say a tire blows on car 17, or an electronic glitch befalls car 7 and it locks a wheel. Passengers will be rudely awakened from their intravenous-doughnut haze, their quadruple lattes doing the old abstract impressionist bit on the headliner. Let’s hope everyone’s safe. Or imagine a computer-controlled vehicle puttering around a city, with no one at the wheel, slowing down to pick up a passenger. Then, because of an insecure network, the car gets hacked by the Brotherhood for Authentic Mexican Cuisine, and it sails past the loading zone, whizzing at high speed into the nearby Chipotle. Or imagine a bird sails into the sensor array of a Level 5 vehicle, knocking out the car’s ability to see. Mayhem ensues. Who is to blame? Who … [Read more...] about When Autonomous Cars Crash, Who’s at Fault?
From the Detroit News all the way to the Miami Herald, you will receive the good news that “China’s July auto sales are up 6.7 percent.” They are not. According to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), automobile production in China rose 1.26 percent in July to 1,306,100. Sales rose 2.18 percent to 1,275,300. In case you don’t read Chinese, China Daily provides a translation. The numerical crime was perpetrated again by the Associated Press. The AP is a repeat offender.If I would have anything to say, I would revoke APs right to report on anything that has to do with car sales, especially in China. The AP did not accept our offer of a free remedial course in car counting. Instead of honing the fine art of copying correct counts from a press release, the AP continues to write what I should have a monopoly on, namely BS. A grizzled editor once told me: “If you find that the other guys are consistently wrong about … [Read more...] about China’s July Car Sales Edge Up While Associated Press Slips Badly
Remember when Google wanted to keep its autonomous-car crash interventions under wraps? The tech giant is now keeping some of its testing private, as well, as its cars are driving around with no human aboard.According to Forbes, onlookers at a park near Google’s Mountain View, Calif. caught sight of the company’s car sans passengers, but were ushered aside by security so as no hard evidence of testing could be posted online.As for why the commuter pod was tooling around with no soul to keep tabs on its progress, a likely idea, according to writer Mark Rogowsky, is an autonomous taxi being used by transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft whenever the car’s owner isn’t using it. A report by Morgan Stanley cited by Rogowsky states that a car is used for only 52 minutes per day, sitting idle the rest of the time. Were a vehicle to be put into service by a TNC, it would see more road time, providing more transportation options in so doing.Though Google … [Read more...] about Google’s Autonomous Car Drives Sans Passenger, Hides Behind Security
Say you're a soccer mom who's too stylish to drive a minivan, but you still need to haul half the team. Where can you turn for the right vehicle? Well, if you plan to crush any vehicles that cross your path, you call GM or Ford, or even Toyota, and ask for the Leviathan Department. But if you want an affordable, earth-friendly seven-seater, Suzuki believes it has the answer in the XL-7 version of its Grand Vitara line. It certainly makes a compelling argument. First off, the rear-wheel-drive models start at just over 20 grand, and cheapo versions of the four-wheel-drive XL-7 can be had for $21,499. Our test vehicle was a four-wheel-drive Touring version and included ABS, a CD player, and a sunroof. That boosted the sticker to $25,074. Until an XL-7 Limited model appears, with leather seats in addition to everything already noted, this is as loaded as XL-7s get. As a stretched compact SUV (it is 19.2 inches longer than the normal Grand Vitara), the XL-7 seems a … [Read more...] about Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7