When you think of a luxury SUV, a Cadillac Escalade or Land Rover Range Rover might come to mind. But the luxury SUV action right now is in a smaller size class, so Cars.com has staged its first Luxury Compact SUV Challenge, pitting seven models from around the world against one another in more than a week of testing in the city, suburbs and on a drag strip. 2018 Luxury Compact SUV ChallengeHow We Tested | Video We set a price target of $50,000 as equipped, plus or minus $3,000, and requested volume-selling engines. Willing contestants included several new or freshly redesigned models: the 2019 Infiniti QX50 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60; the popular 2018 Cadillac XT5 and Lexus NX 300 also participated. All came equipped with optional all-wheel drive. Four judges individually awarded points in 13 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, cargo storage, in-cabin storage, multimedia features, convenience features, handling, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Luxury Compact SUV for 2018?
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Well, what do we have here? Reader Soon Aik Seng has spotted the facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class making the rounds here in Malaysia ahead of its debut soon. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) promised to bring the refreshed luxo-barge here in the middle of the year, so it’s right on the money, I suppose. This mule you see here is dressed to the nines with the AMG Line package, Multibeam LED headlights (with Ultra Range high beam) and snazzy 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. As the previous S 400 h came here pretty much fully specced up, expect the new model to come with most of the technological bells and whistles introduced on the facelift. These include touch-sensitive steering wheel controls, front and rear wireless smartphone charging and the new Energizing comfort control system that adjusts the climate control, air fragrance and the seat heating, ventilation and massage features according to your moods and needs. Driver assistance features have also been given an upgrade, with the … [Read more...] about SPIED: W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift in M’sia
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, ALTON, VA. (May 20, 2018)—They came, they saw, they conquered. Nearly 50 of the country’s fastest track cars descended upon Virginia International Raceway May 18-19 for the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports. The weather played a huge part in the results as rain fell during every single session. These conditions ultimately rewarded those who could best adapt to the changing conditions. After a full day of thrills and spills, a victor emerged: Franklin Futrelle and the Élan Motorsports Technologies team took the overall win in their Élan NP01 with a 2:01.083 lap time. It lapped Virginia International Raceway roughly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Dan Raver and his Superlite SL-C. Élan Motorsports Technologies developed the Élan NP01 for a spec road racing class hosted by the National Auto Sport Association. We drove the car after the event–look … [Read more...] about Elan Motorsports Technologies Claims Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Cr
Full Car Details More Reviews The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is the brand’s flagship, and one of those rare cars that coddles front- and rear-seat passengers as much as the driver. It’s the big Benz, the roomiest and most cosseting offering in the luxury brand’s sedan lineup. For 2018, it receives a mildly refreshed exterior, revised powertrain lineup, and updated infotainment, safety and semi-autonomous driving technology. The lineup includes twin-turbocharged V6- and V8-powered luxury 4-doors, super-opulent stretched-wheelbase Maybach sedans, and AMG-enhanced high-performance 4-doors with twin-turbo V8 or V12 power. Prices start at $90,895 for the new-for-2018 V6-powered S450, ranging to $230,495 for the V12-powered AMG S65 sedan. New engines Last year’s S550 Plug-in hybrid is no longer available. There’s no diesel either, and after the Volkswagen diesel scandal, probably never will be going forward in the U.S. A new, … [Read more...] about Short Report: The refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to define the modern luxury flagship automobile
Dotronix owner Kurt Sadler sits amid an array of monitors, including the curved DNR-27, at his warehouse in New Brighton, Minn. (Courtney Perry for The Washington Post) The Hirshhorn Museum’s current exhibition on ’80s pop art raises serious questions about consumerism, marketing and the artist as a brand, but it also spotlights a less cerebral issue facing many museums today. Where do they get all those old video monitors, and how come they still work? It’s simple: The Hirshhorn has a guy. Kurt Sadler is the museum world’s secret weapon, an old-tech guru who operates out of a warehouse in the suburbs of Minnesota’s Twin Cities. He sells and services the retro monitors that are critical for exhibitions such as the Hirshhorn’s “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s,” a multi-artist, multimedia examination of a decade that features many time-based works — video, film, slide and computer-generated imagery. Many works in the … [Read more...] about A guy in Minnesota is the museum world’s answer to old technology