Top Selling Plug-in Hybrid Electric Crossover Comes To America Mitsubishi is an almost invisible brand in the United States with slim model choices well within the mainstream of what is on the market. Then surprise, along comes the 2018 Mirauviahi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC that will make consumers take notice as one of the first affordable plug-in SUVs. Before we go much further, let’s take a run at what that alphabet soup means. Mitsubishi is out front in the crossover PHEV market PHEV = Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, meaning the car can run on electricity only, but also has a gasoline engine GT = Gran Tourismo trimline S-AWC = Super-All Wheel Control. Mitsubishi’s terminology and philosophy for its all-wheel drive system So, what does this get you? For starters, hopefully a bit of confidence. The Outlander PHEV was, as of January 2018, the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid crossover. With more than 100,000 sold in Europe 2015-2017, it is one of the … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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You wouldn't invite just anyone into your car or truck, would you? While most of us would never allow a total stranger to hop aboard, a growing number of car owners are increasingly comfortable letting their insurance company come along for the ride — every ride. Usage-based car insurance allows a customer to potentially save money by more accurately tracking driving criteria such as the mileage driven in a given month or the time of day someone's routine driving is taking place. Related: Driving Smart Video: Do I Need Gap Insurance? In some cases, a sensor is plugged directly into a car's diagnostics port to monitor the car and driver. Other programs use smartphone apps that work with a Bluetooth-enabled sensor positioned in the vehicle. That eliminates the need for a fixed connection to the car itself. "Think of these devices as a way to get insurance more 'custom-tailored' to the way you drive," said Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute, an … [Read more...] about Big Savings or Big Brother? Your Usage-Based Car Insurance Is Watching
A tag that says simply "Best" hangs next to a price tag for Dr. McDougall's oatmeal on a shelf at Giant Food. A tag below Diamond sliced almonds reads "Good," while another below a can of Amy's Organic Soups says "Great."The designations are part of a ratings system the Landover-based grocer is testing in nine of its stores that measures the sustainability of food, both fresh and processed.Giant's pilot program, developed by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based HowGood, comes as more and more consumers want to know how their food is grown and made, and retailers are looking for ways to give them information in a digestible way. One grocery analyst dubbed 2017 the year of sustainability for groceries as consumers begin to embrace the idea much as many started seeking organic products in recent years."Sometimes it can be difficult for consumers to read through the product label and understand exactly what the health benefits are," said Jamie Miller, a spokesman for Giant, the Baltimore area's largest … [Read more...] about Supermarkets look to sustainability as the next organic
Traveling brings challenges both maddening and mundane: fees for overweight suitcases, tight fits in overhead bins, lost luggage and ever-shifting security policies. Fortunately, gadget makers have your back, inventing all kinds of new devices that may bail you out on a trip and still fit in a carry-on suitcase.After reviewing the best of what's new, we've chosen seven time-saving and stress-reducing gadgets to help you check your travel troubles at the gate.LUGGAGE SCALEIt's no fun having to unpack your overweight luggage at the check-in counter to transfer a few pounds of your unmentionables to another suitcase so you can avoid additional fees.The Balanzza Mini compact hand-held scale lets you weigh your luggage before you get to the airport and avoid hassle and embarrassment.Attach the USB-powered scale to your suitcase and lift the ergonomic handle. After a few seconds, the back-lit screen displays the weight in pounds or kilograms. The handy scale is about the size of a harmonica, … [Read more...] about 7 travel gadgets you should pack in your carry-on
In this round-up we’ll not report an exhaustive list – for that we refer you to our directory pages in the Design Software section. Instead, we have compiled a list of proven alternative solutions, dividing them into two main categories (drawing/sketching and painting/illustration), even if most of them allow to do both drawings and paintings. Digital drawing and sketching alternative software For pure line drawing and sketching, there are really some great alternatives that can be considered far better than Photoshop. Features that set them apart include more responsive brush engines and drawing-focused features – like for example custom rulers, perspective guides and symmetry tools – that have been requested by many Photoshop users for a long time, with very little success so far. 1. Autodesk SketchBook Pro (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android) Given its natural target towards product and industrial … [Read more...] about The Top Ten Photoshop alternatives for drawing and painting
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Almost exactly one year after it arrived on CAR’s fleet, the slate grey BMW i3 has gone, leaving me with pangs of loss. It didn’t set my trousers on fire dynamically, nor can I fondly recall individual drives, but the i3 fostered a new type of connection.It’s the modernism at the heart of the i3 where the magic happens. When you open the pillarless doors and sink into the minimalist cabin you feel good – it’s decluttered, and roomy with that lack of central transmission tunnel. Optional £780 twin sunroofs bathe the recycled dashboard in daylight, while the suicide rear doors draw more interest than ire (the fronts must be open before the rears).We regularly carried four passengers – this is a roomy car for something less than four metres long. A practical small electric car? Nearly. There’s no fifth … [Read more...] about A year-long test of a BMW i3 Range Extender: what did we learn?
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Our stint with the i3 is nearly at an end. It’s facelift time, see, though you’d be hard pressed to tell from the car (above) unveiled in Frankfurt. Blacked-out A-pillars and roof lines, some fresh paint choices, reprofiled bumpers and a chrome strip running across the rear are about your lot.What is new is the i3 S, a warm hatch with 10mm lower suspension, 20mm wider tyres and 0-62mph in 6.9sec. Count us as interested…You can read our full BMW i3 S review here. By Tim PollardThis month's big picture (above) is what the i3 is all about: it's a reminder that electric cars can be fun to drive! This is heartening news in an age where it's easy to be sucked into a vortex of negativity about the future of motoring, automotive pleasures as know them crippled by taxation, emissions, congestion and headline-grabbing ministers pledging to eradicate … [Read more...] about Our BMW i3 has been superseded by a facelift