An entry-level model certainly doesn’t sound enticing. And it usually isn’t – well, what with all the toys and goodies reserved for more upper-class variants. Enter the C 180 Avantgarde Line, the most affordable model in Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s now wide-spanning W205 C-Class range. It sits at the very bottom of no less than seven different variants of the brand’s compact executive sedan line-up, priced at RM228,888. That’s a full RM20,000 less than the next model up, and RM71,000 under the range-topping variant. Chosen as the closer of our three Mercedes-Benz Malaysia-paultan.org road trips (the first two being the GLE 400 AMG Line to Kuantan and C 300 AMG Line to Penang), we travelled up to Ipoh with contest winner Reuben How in a pair of C 180 sedans. Can the base W205, then, prove to be the exception to the entry-level rule? It’s a tough ask, made even harder when judged by yours truly, with a C 300 being my daily vehicle of choice, and … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: W205 Mercedes-Benz C180 Avantgarde Line road trip to Banjaran, Ipoh – entry-levelled up?
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Something’s afoot in the compact executive class, where a sleeker, sexier newcomer is edging out the old school. And it’s a car wearing the Three-Pointed Star that’s causing the commotion. This one is bolder and brasher than the status quo, embracing a younger, more style-conscious crowd. Why, it’s the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, in C 300 AMG Line guise – young, fresh and sporty, if not exactly elegant. Now this, is my kind of car. In fact, the black one is my daily driver. “The C 300 AMG? It looks very, very sexy,” said Julius Kong, our Mercedes-Benz Malaysia-paultan.org road trip contest winner, a W204 C 200 owner himself, who’s waiting for his very own W205 C 300. Indeed it is. In an area of the market where style is such a big factor, ubiquity is a killer. It’s hard to make disparaging comments about the C-Class’ looks, especially in this top-of-the-range form. It’s very Mercedes, in a handsome and squat, … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: W205 Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line road trip to Penang – setting new compact executive rules
Tesla is nothing if not ambitious, and how much more ambitious could it be to demonstrate the prowess of its autonomous driving technology than to attempt a coast-to-coast road trip across the United States without any driver input? The Wall Street Journal has reported that the company is doing just that. Spanning from Los Angeles to New York, and planned to take place by the end of next year, the journey was announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a conference call last week, while providing details about the company’s latest Autopilot 2.0 hardware, coming as standard on all new Tesla vehicles. The report claims that the company could introduce fully-autonomous driving features in production vehicles by 2018, putting it significantly ahead of other carmakers, which have vowed to produce their own systems by 2020 at the earliest. However, the self-driving software still needs to be validated and has yet to achieve approval from regulators. Musk said that Tesla expects to achieve … [Read more...] about Tesla to test Autopilot autonomous driving technology with coast-to-coast US road trip in 2017 – report
“There are no bad days when you’re driving a Hemi through the desert.”—Mike Finnegan We pulled a week of all-nighters to rebuild a car, then drove it around the block three times and hit the road for a drag race 300 miles away. That’s a predictable scenario in our world, but this time it’s the surprise twist in what was becoming a plodding tragedy: After a dozen years of neglect, best intentions, and failed promises, my ’70 Super Bee lives again. The saga began in the last issue with the story “No Sleep ‘Til Vegas,” recounting our day-by-day thrash to prep the Bee, which had not seen public roads since 1993, had not raced since 1996, hadn’t run since 1999, and that we’d disassembled a year earlier. Our plan was to back down the race parts to make the Bee more driveable, and in the Aug. and Sept. ’10 issues of HRM, we de-cammed its 484ci Dick Landy Hemi from 750 to 673 hp. It seemed reasonable that we’d … [Read more...] about ’70 Super Bee Road Trip – Rumble Bee
Polarizing looks aside, the current range of Lexus vehicles is as traditionally Lexus as ever before. The cars are smooth, amply comfortable and are an all-around joy to spend time in. Trust us, we’ve done the time, and we know that the sales-superstar NX is no exception to this rule, with its functional, supple interior and strong sporting prowess. The folks over at Miami Community News know this, too. The publication’s auto reviewer recently took the NX on a four-hour road trip down south to beautiful Key West. During the trip the journalist evaluated the NX as a luxury performer and whether or not it could effectively get passengers from one place to another in comfort and style. Spark notes: It did. The writer was more than impressed with the NX’s driver and passenger leg room–all 42.8 inches of it. In the rear, the kids will not be cramped either, with 36 inches of rear passenger legroom. “The car didn’t leave us fatigued … [Read more...] about Lexus NX Deemed the Perfect Road-Trip Car
Every year, Automobile Magazine picks its All-Stars. There are no contorted rules, no categories—they’re just our favorite vehicles. This time, though, we’ve added a twist, bringing together this elite group and going on a road trip. To read about our journey from Detroit to New Orleans, read on. If you’d like to see a list of the ten All-Stars, click here.Sunday: Detroit, Michigan to Indianapolis, Indiana297 milesWhere is spring? Not here. I’ve just come off a trans-Atlantic flight and find nothing but freezing temperatures and gray skies. It’s the sort of Sunday afternoon you spend watching a movie or sleeping. That is, if there aren’t ten Automobile Magazine All-Stars waiting in a parking lot at Detroit’s Eastern Market. I climb into one of them, a searing orange Jaguar F-Type V8 S, lower the top, and peel away. Let’s go find spring.But find it where, exactly? Anyone who has planned a family vacation knows this is the hard part. … [Read more...] about 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Stars Road Trip
Brian Horn may have the best job in the world. Horn is a guide with Grand Teton Fly Fishing in Wyoming. He spends all of his days, or at least the ones when the sun stays in the sky way past dinner time, guiding fly fishermen down the Snake River, and along no less beautiful rivers and streams, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.When fishing season ends there, he is off to Belize, the Florida Keys, or New Zealand, casting, catching, and releasing rainbowed, speckled, water-colored, aqua-breathing, dry-fly gobbling trout, or a related finned cousin. And when the days become really short and temperatures drop and water freezes, he is up in the Montana backcountry hunting 800-pound elk. Kind of beats the hell out that 9-to-5 gig, wearing a coat and tie, staring at the blank spot in your cubicle, and suddenly realizing you are only in your mid-30s and there is another 24 years before you get that company going away party, doesn’t it?I met Horn a week ago, when I realized I had spent too many … [Read more...] about A Mesmerizing Road Trip in a 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
CAR Magazine is well known for travelling to the ends of the world on epic road trips – and in the new May 2010 issue of CAR, out on 21 April, we drove along a frozen river in Canada to one of the most remote spots in the motoring world. As part of the build-up, we asked our readers to guess where we'd been and you can read our clues in the story below. Mules and Batty won special spot prizes for guessing correctly where we drove to and for making us laugh, respectively!And now the subscribers' copies of CAR have been dispatched, we can confirm the venue for our latest epic road trip: a frozen river in Canada, that for four months a year links Canada's northernmost town, Tuktoyaktuk, to the outside world. It lies within the Arctic Circle and proved a spectacular proving ground for the Jeep Wrangler in tough-as-old-boots Rubicon spec. Read the full, amazing 10-page adventure in the new May 2010 issue of CAR. DAY 1 CLUEWhen I took this picture, the temperature had plummeted … [Read more...] about Can you tell where CAR’s next road trip is to?
24 Hours of Le Mans with Audi and we figured we'd make the world's biggest endurance race even more interesting by driving from Munich to Le Mans in an R8. We've also had a brief chat with Audi driver Allan McNish, and if you haven't already, check out all the multimedia ways to enjoy the next four days from the Circuit de la Sarthe, then read on.The R8 we've been driving – a white, 430-horsepower V8 coupe with the S-tronic seven-speed gearbox – is a bag of tricks when it comes to making a road trip, some of those tricks sublime. The obvious reason to want to do a road trip to Le Mans in an R8 is because, ahem, it's a road trip on occasionally unrestricted Autobahn in an R8. The next most obvious reason is that this car is, for the moment, the master link between what Audi does on the race track and sells on the road.In truth, however, tied at number one is that we wanted to see if we could find a way to love the R8. Not appreciate it, not respect it, but love it – to … [Read more...] about Autoblog gets ready for Le Mans with an R8 road trip and Allan McNish
Summer is nigh upon us, and that means two things: Your electric bill is ridiculous, and it’s time for a summer road trip.We’re going to suspend our disbelief here. We’re going to pretend that there is no reason why any and all of us cannot take off for a week or two and explore this beautiful country of ours during the most gorgeous weather of the year. We’re going to pretend that we have little to no responsibilities and that we are free, fun-loving 25-year-olds with generous benefactors who fill our gas tanks, and us with a sense of adventure that never steers us wrong.While we’re at it, let’s pretend I get to work both the Miami and Hawaii auto shows this year. Neither of which have anything to do with road trips, but a little dreaming can’t hurt…And with that, let’s take off on our summer road trip!First, the rules…Road trip rule #1: Always use a fake road trip name. Your escape from reality can not possibly begin until … [Read more...] about The Booth Babe Chronicles: Road Trip Rules. Or Road Trips Rule