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2017 Mazda6 Atenza First Drive!!!!

The debut of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology on its flagship sedan and wagon range, in conjunction with a bunch of noise-reducing, luxury-enhancing measures to give the Mazda 6 a chance up against other sedans.

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The interior still delivers that genuine feeling of premium quality that Mazda has been nailing for a while now, despite the far-from-premium price tag. New Nappa leather for the Atenza grades we drive at launch help even more here, but the quality of the infotainment system, switchgear design and layout, seating comfort and general ambiance remain a carryover from the previous model.
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The new steering wheel looks premium and features re-positioned buttons with better tactile feel. The Multi-Information Display in the meter cluster is now full color – like the Active Driving Display (Head Up Display) – and has a more diverse range of functions. 

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Mazda6 is virtually unchanged on the outside, with just slight tweaks to the wing mirrors to set it apart. There’s no doubt it’s a stylish design, perhaps even more so in wagon form. On the road, the wagon cuts a dashing figure that leaves me wondering why more families don’t opt for a wagon as opposed to an SUV. 

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Engine

A ‘High Precision DE Boost Control’ system improves the precision and response of the engine’s torque delivery in light-throttle situations. The unchanged 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol four also gets a bit vocal higher up in the rev range. 

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But the biggest addition to the 6 is Mazda’s GVC technology. Mazda claims that GVC reduces fatigue and increases stability by altering the amount of torque delivered to each front wheel while driving, resulting in smoother steering inputs and less roll movement.

Safety

The 2017 Mazda6 lifts its safety credentials further with an even more comprehensive safety suit which now adds pedestrian recognition to SCBSThe safety system also adds traffic sign recognition on some models and blind spot monitoring across the range.

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The boost in safety features makes the Mazda 6 one of the safest vehicles in its class, especially in the full fat Atenza variant tested here.  Every Mazda6 gets six airbags and all but the entry-level Sport get front and rear parking sensors.

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – The Minivan, Reinvented!!

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 2017 is the first electrified minivan sold in the U.S. It s the next big idea in the segment. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan makes a lot of sense—head-slapping, why-didn’t-the-industry-do-this-sooner sense.

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The Hybrid has a nice choice of materials with consistency throughout the interior. It has one of the more attractive steering wheels, dark on the outside with unique alloys and teal stitching. The Chrysler Pacifica is the only minivan in its class with the Stow ‘n Go Seating and Storage System.

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The Class-Exclusive Easy Tilt Seating lets passengers access the third row with the simple lift of a lever. The available Stow ‘n Vac powered by RIDGID, the most powerful vacuum in the segment, extends throughout the entire cabin.

Exterior

The minivan have the all-new architecture, striking good looks and unprecedented functionality. It also offers impressive available 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with tech gray pockets. Available LED lower light pipes and headlamp bezels are finished in chrome for a cohesive appearance.

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With a simple kick below the sensors, the available hands-free power sliding doors will open magically. The available tri-pane panoramic sunroof lets the outside in and keeps you connected to the Nature.

Performance

The Chrysler Pacifica and its award-winning standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission have excellent efficiency of up to 28 highway mpg. The Pacifica Hybrid’s 16-kW-hr batteries provide 30 all-electric miles, which will cover the daily driving needs of many families.

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The Chrysler Pacifica provides a Best-in-Class maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. Engineered to keep you safe, Electronic Stability Control applies selective braking and throttle control (if necessary) to help you maintain directional control.

Pacifica vs. Pacifica Hybrid

Visually, the Pacifica Hybrid isn’t much different from the gasoline-powered version — aside from a unique grille and wheels, the two versions are nearly identical. Inside, the Pacifica Hybrid gets a unique dashboard with hybrid-specific gauges, and the infotainment system includes screens that illustrate how the hybrid system operates and track your fuel economy. 

Safety

An available 360° Surround View Camera provides a bird‘s-eye view of the Chrysler Pacifica, using four cameras positioned around the vehicle to create a fully stitched image. Available FCW+ assists you by providing both audible and visual warnings as well as applying the brakes if needed. 

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The Class-Exclusive Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System controls the steering while you follow on-screen directions for the gear position, brake and accelerator. The ACC+ system uses sensors to maintain a set distance between your Pacifica and the vehicle in front of it.

 

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Waymo and Chrysler – Good Combination!!!

Whenever a NEW technology is launched, it will always be followed with an upgraded version. Till date we have heard a lot about Google’s Self-driving technology and now there is an additional wing to this technology which is called as –Waymo“.

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Waymo is developing a fully self-driving technology which makes a car do all the work for the driver so that he or she is never expected to take control of the vehicle at any time.

Waymo had the vision of turning Google’s existing self-driving technology into a practical business that could even turn a profitable by licensing out its technology to car manufacturers.

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Adding to this, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently completed production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that will join Waymo self-driving vehicle fleet.

Waymo chooses Chrysler minivans because the capacious cargo volume should come in handy for carrying technicians and extra equipment.

The setup includes sensors and on-board telematics, and there will be changes made to the vehicle’s powertrain and electronics to help it function better as an autonomous vehicle.

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) took just 6 months to execute the Waymo plan. The Testing process is also completed in California, and the initial Pacificas have been tried and tested at FCA’s proving grounds in Michigan and Arizona.

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Waymo CEO John Krafcik expects these Waymo-Chrysler vehicles to be racking up miles on the public roads early in the new year.

2017 is going to be an exciting year for Automobile Industry…

Happy 2017!!!

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Top Guinness World Records set in Automobiles

Since 1955, the Guinness Book of World of Records has been a publishing various phenomenon, exploring the incredible talents in the world.

The book is being published annually- listing world records and national records, both for human achievements and also for the extremes of the natural world.

People have been setting records frequently through different mediums, however, an Automobile is one such medium where records keep on coming.

Please find the below Guinness Book of World Records set in the field of automobiles.

 

Reverse Parallel Parking – Way to go!!

 

Twenty cheerleaders cram into one Smart car – Guinness World Records Italian Show

 

Largest Number of pickup trucks – Ram enters into the Guinness Book of World Records

 

The Yellow Driver’s World Record Jump (Tanner Foust) | Hot Wheels

 

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Hyundai Accent Adds Value Edition To The Line Up!!!

The 2017 Hyundai Accent Value Edition, like its name suggests, is a mid range model offering near base price with lots more equipment.

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The Accent fits a lot of drivers with its roomy cabin. The seats adjust for height, a nice feature in this class. The steering wheel does not telescope, though it tilts. Some of the plastic trim on the doors and center console appear to have been selected primarily for their low cost, but overall the Accent is finished better than expected for an aging subcompact.

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The back seats are reasonably roomy for the class. Cubby storage is good, with a big glovebox and various bins, including a tray for phones. 

Exterior

Despite similar exterior dimensions to many of today’s traditional subcompacts, the EPA classifies the Accent as a compact sedan, rather than subcompact, due to its over 103 cubic-feet of interior volume as a sedan and 111 cubic-feet as a hatchback. 

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Performance

An all-aluminum, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, called Gamma, propels the Accent. It produces 137 peak horsepower at 6300 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque at 4850 rpm. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma engine features a maintenance-free silent roller timing-chain.

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Safety

Six airbags help protect occupants in the event of a collision. It also has a cadre of standard passive safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TCS), and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which integrates control of the ESC and Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions and emergency maneuvers.

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Hyundai Accent Value Edition Changes

  • 16-inch machine finish alloy wheels with P195/60R16 tires
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Sliding armrest storage box

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Overview of 2017 Optima Hybrid!!!!

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid sits in the middle of Kia’s Optima sedan range, bracketed by the standard gasoline Optima and the more battery-reliant Optima PHEV

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The Optima Hybrid offers a spacious, well-appointed cabin filled with premium features, like available heated and ventilated front seats. The personalized comfort of a driver’s seat with up to 12 ways to dial into position. The ergonomically-designed center console that provides clean lines and a sense of spaciousness. 

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The 2017 Optima Hybrid is meticulously crafted with comfort-focused features for all passengers. Plus, exceptional aerodynamics, noise-reducing insulation, and improved body stiffness offer a quiet, relaxing ride. Available split-folding rear seats provide generous cargo space and a variety of storage options.

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An exterior so striking, you’ll change your perception of hybrid. Behind every clean line, every stunning detail, is future-forward thinking that combines enhanced aerodynamics with breathtaking visual appeal. Its seamlessly integrated active air flap and smooth, aerodynamic shape help maximize fuel economy, proving that design can be both effective and expressive.

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One look is all it takes to recognize the bold, iconic design of Optima—with modern touches that make it uniquely Optima Hybrid. The Plug-in Hybrid’s wheelbase and overall length have been increased by almost half an inch, but its exterior will now sport unique trim pieces and badges and special alloy wheels.

Technology

Advanced technology doesn’t end with a sophisticated hybrid powertrain. The Optima Hybrid is loaded with available leading-edge innovations, like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and UVO eServices, to make your driving experience more convenient than ever. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, as is an upgraded AVN 4.0 satellite navigation system.

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Available Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) does more than help you maintain a constant speed. Using radar-based technology, ASCC will automatically slow down or accelerate your Optima Hybrid. And the Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) alerts you when its radars detect a foreseeable impact with an object ahead.

Performance

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid’s new 2.0-liter GDI “Nu” engine, paired with the updated battery pack, delivers 154 hp, for a combined total of 193 hp from the hybrid drivetrain. The Optima Hybrid comes packed with enhancements designed to stretch your fuel even further.

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The vibrant supervision cluster displays all you need to know at a glance—and with crisp Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) LCD clarity. Track your battery charge, MPG, driving style, and much more.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, its highest score of five stars in all crash test results. The Optima Hybrid’s Iso-Structure construction is so strong, it’s made of 53% advanced high-strength steel.

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Every Optima Hybrid comes standard with active safety systems that work automatically during harsh road conditions and certain emergencies. So that you can be ready for the unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mazda’s – i-stop Technology

Mazda is always known for introducing innovative and effective technology to the customers and this time it’s no different, Mazda has again come up with a technology that soothes your engine and gives you a better driving experience. 

 

 

What is Idling Stop Technology?

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The Idling stop (i-stop) is a smart technology that saves fuel by switching off the engine when the car stops.

 

i-stop with Gasoline Engines

Conventional idling stop systems rely on a starter motor to restart the engine, Mazda’s i-stop restarts the engine through combustion; fuel is directly injected into a cylinder while the engine is stopped and ignited to generate downward piston force. The result is a quick and quiet engine re-start compared to other systems and a significant saving in fuel.

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i-stop with Clean Diesel Engines

Conventional diesel engine idling stop systems require two engine cycles to restart, Mazda’s unique i-stop needs just one cycle, thanks to its precise control of the piston positions. As a result, i-stop achieves the world’s fastest diesel engine restart time of approximately 0.40 seconds (internal measurement on vehicles with automatic transmission) and its operation is barely noticeable.

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