06 Dec 2013
Here at Autoblog, we've officially stamped December 5, 2013, as Ford Mustang Day. Sure, the sixth-generation Pony Car started leaking out onto the web days ago, but all of the official, non-embargoed hotness has come out today. And man, there's been a lot.
In terms of new car debuts, this is a really big one - not unlike all of the Corvette madness that kicked off the 2013 automotive season. So to make sure you haven't missed anything, here's a wrap-up of everything you need to know about the 2015 Ford Mustang.
- Deep Dive: 2015 Ford Mustang
The most comprehensive, all-encompassing post with every last detail surrounding the new 'Stang. Ford is still keeping many of its specs - namely, performance - under wraps, but this Deep Dive covers all of the car's vital information that's presently available.
- 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible shown on Twitter
We attended the reveal events in Dearborn, MI and Los Angeles, CA today, and sadly, neither one of them involved a look at the droptop version of the 2015 Mustang. But it's out there, and here's a closer look at the wind-in-your-hair model.
- Ford dissects the heart of the 2015 Mustang, its engine range
As we said, official performance data for the new Mustang still hasn't been released, but that hasn't stopped Ford from giving us a closer look at the car's mechanicals. Here, you can check out cutaways of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four. Expansive details about the Mustang's new independent rear suspension can be found here, too.
- J Mays on the 2015 Ford Mustang
During the reveal event at Ford's headquarters in Dearborn today, we spoke to J Mays, the company's head of design, who not only gave us some insight into the styling of the new coupe, but gave us his thoughts on how the car should fare on a global scale, as well.
Of course, photos and text are only half of the story. Thankfully, we've scoured the depths of YouTube to bring you the latest and greatest videos of the 2015 Ford Mustang, including what appears to be the car's very first commercial. Here's a summary of all the videos we've embedded for you. Scroll down to watch all 12 of them.
- Introducing the all-new Ford Mustang via FordMustang
- Live reveal in Dearborn, MI via AutoGuide
- Live reveal in Sydney, Australia via Ford Australia
- Live reveal in Barcelona, Spain via CarParkru
- Ford Mustang: Seen for the first time via Ford Europe
- Ford Mustang revealed by Sienna Miller (plus behind the scenes) via Ford Europe
- 2015 Ford Mustang sneak preview via Automobile
- 2015 Ford Mustang first look via Motor Trend
- Original reveal video via Ford
- Mustang exterior design video via Ford
- Mustang interior design video via Ford
- Mustang colors and materials video via Ford
Of course, we want to know what you think of the 2015 Ford Mustang, so be sure to sound off in Comments, and vote in our poll below.
2015 Ford Mustang: Obsessively covered [w/videos + poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
06 Dec 2013 12:59am GMT
What is it about slow-motion video that makes everything so much cooler? Whether it's as simple as slapshot during a hockey game or as complex as a hypercar, filming in slow motion adds a new sense of depth, technicality and beauty to the subject. That's especially true when the video in question includes a rare Ferrari F50 and the team from Tax The Rich.
One Autoblog staffer called it "mesmerizing" the first time he watched it, and we're certainly inclined to agree. The F50 has never been a very pretty car, but in this setting, it's somehow incredibly compelling, as it drifts around a corner and does donuts at an agonizingly slow pace. Scroll down for the entire video, and let us know what you think in Comments.
06 Dec 2013 12:29am GMT
A San Diego woman who was ticketed in October by the California Highway Patrol for wearing Google Glass while driving pleaded not guilty and will fight the citation in court, Yahoo reports. The woman, Cecilia Abadie, was pulled over for driving 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone.
After Abadie was pulled over for speeding, her attorney reportedly claims that the Google Glass switched on when she looked up at the CHP officer, who was standing by her window. The device was designed to respond to a head tilt by turning on.
Abadie's ticket is believed to be the first citation issued for wearing Google Glass while driving, but California has no laws specifically banning the use of the device while behind the wheel. There are places that are considering legislation to ban wearing Google Glass while driving, such as West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and in the UK.
To use Google Glass, one must look up into a screen slightly above the right eye. Users can read texts, search the Internet, make calls and more with the hands-free device, and it can even be used for GPS navigation.
Woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass to fight charge originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
06 Dec 2013 12:01am GMT
05 Dec 2013
American consumers will remember the Land Rover Defender as a utilitarian SUV that was sold in the US for a short time. What many may not realize, though, is that in its home market the Defender is arguably one of the most versatile vehicles around, available in a number of different body styles ranging from a three-door hardtop to a chassis cab. Naturally, there's a pickup variant.
As Land Rover continues to wrestle about what to do with the next Defender, it throws into question the future of Land Rover's hauler. Now, a report from What Car? is claiming that we'll see a new Defender-based pickup in 2017, and that it will rival Volkswagen's Amarok.
What Car? spoke with Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design boss, who indicated that a pickup will join the Defender's replacement, but only after more conventional five- and seven-passenger SUVs are launched. Unlike the current Defender pickup, this new model would follow more of a luxury theme as well, although just how luxurious Land Rover could go without alienating the rough-and-tumble bunch that value the Defender's spartan nature remains unclear.
Even if a new Defender Pickup is launched, much like the Amarok, we shouldn't count on it making a trek across the pond (although there's still hope for the standard model), according to Motor Trend. Blame America's Chicken Tax for that.
05 Dec 2013 11:31pm GMT
Whether the board of the Morgan Motor Company was justified or not in ousting its former chief executive from its ranks, you could understand that Charles Morgan might take a defiant stand. He is, after all, the grandson of the company's founder, and before the board stepped in, it was his show to run. But don't expect Charles to be starting up a rival outfit any time soon.
Rumors of Charles' possible intentions emerged after he reportedly indicated that he wanted to "stay involved in the car industry". But when contacted by Autocar for comment, Charles kiboshed the idea of establishing a rival operation. For one thing, Charles remains a major shareholder in the company he used to run. For another, he says there's just not enough room in the industry to support two Morgans.
He may be right, particularly with niche automakers across the UK and Europe going belly-up. Just don't tell that to the people behind Castle Three, which aims to take on Morgan in the retro three-wheeler business.
05 Dec 2013 11:01pm GMT
The Grand Theft Auto videogame series is loved and loathed by many, and, as it turns out, Lindsay Lohan can be added to the latter group - unless GTA's publisher, Rockstar Games, cuts her a check. More specifically, TMZ reports, the troubled actress and her lawyers are drafting a lawsuit against the publisher demanding money for using what she says is her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V without permission.
The character in question includes a cover image of a blonde woman holding a cellphone. In the game, there are two missions involving characters that are claimed to resemble Lohan. One mission features a female character (named Lacey Jonas) who asks for help avoiding paparazzi and to be driven home, and the other has players visiting a location resembling Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont hotel - a known Lohan hangout and her previous residence - to take pictures of a female character having sex.
Take a look at the woman in the cover image (pictured) and feel free to head below to watch a TMZ video report of the situation with in-game footage of the "Lacey Jonas" mission. What do you think: is Lindsay Lohan in GTA V?
Lohan drafting lawsuit against GTA V's Rockstar Games? [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 10:40pm GMT
Wolfgang Egger, Audi's chief designer, is leaving the company according to a Automotive News Europe, which cites a report from Germany's Automobilwoche. Egger won't be going far, though, remaining within the Volkswagen family and taking up head design position Italdesign Giugiaro, a VW subsidiary as of 2010.
Egger took over the position at Audi from Walter de Silva, and has been responsible most recently for the Audi A6 and A3, as well as the 2010 Quattro Concept and the E-Tron Concept. He previously was head of design at Lancia and then at Alfa Romeo, where he was responsible for the achingly gorgeous 8C Competizione.
If Egger does move to Italdesign, his successor is likely to be Marc Lichte, the Volkswagen designer behind the current Golf. Of course, these personnel changes haven't been officially confirmed, and Audi is thus far refusing to comment on either Egger or Lichte's possible career shifts. We'll stay with this one, so sit tight.
Audi design chief Egger leaving for Italdesign Giugiaro originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 10:20pm GMT
It was 1998 when Subaru made some crucial changes to its World Rally Championship Impreza, such as increasing the displacement of the turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine from 2.0 to 2.2 liters and fitting wide fender flares. Subaru won the WRC manufacturer championship with the car that year, and it also was the year of the automaker's 40th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, the company came out with this limited-edition, road-going Impreza, the hallowed 22B STI, which looked nearly identical to the rally car.
Only 424 22Bs were built, and most of them stayed in Japan. But Dominick Infante, national manager of product communications at Subaru of America, was able to secure a drive in one of the only two 22Bs in the US. He details the car's history and some of the design and engineering cues that made the Impreza STI so popular both in motorsport and on the street, but we were caught up listening to the exhaust and admiring the timeless blue-and-gold paint. You should too, so head below to watch the video.
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The cost of a gallon of fuel may go up if a Democratic representative from Oregon gets his way. Earl Blumenauer has reportedly proposed a bill in the House of Representatives to raise the federal gas tax 15 cents per gallon in a bid to cover a shortfall in transportation funding (we told you so?). The current federal tax is 33.4 cents per gallon on gas and 42.8 cents per gallon of diesel.
"Every credible independent report indicates that we are not meeting the demands of our stressed and decaying infrastructure system - roads, bridges and transit," Blumenauer said in a press conference cited by The Washington Post. The Post reports that the federal tax hasn't been increased since 1993.
"The average motorist is paying about half as much per mile as they did in 1993"
"With inflation and increased fuel efficiency, especially for some types of vehicles, there is no longer a good relationship between what road users pay and how much they benefit. The average motorist is paying about half as much per mile as they did in 1993," Blumenauer said.
While we can understand anger over increased gas prices, Blumenauer has assembled an impressive coalition to support the tax hike. AAA's vice president of public affairs, Kathleen Bower, notes, "The country desperately needs additional funding for infrastructure and, for the moment, there is no better means than the fuel tax. The proposed increase is well overdue and in line with what most experts suggest would be appropriate." In addition, Blumenauer pointed out other supporters "including the US Chamber of Commerce, national AFL-CIO, the construction and trucking industry, cyclists, professional groups, numerous associations of small and medium businesses, local governments, and transit agencies."
As we've shown as recently as last year, there's support among American motorists for a tax hike. Of course, you know where we're going with this. Let us know what you think about a potential hike in the gas tax by having your say in Comments and in our poll below.
House proposes 15-cent federal gas tax hike [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 9:30pm GMT
Filed under: Motorsports
Several months typically pass between when the FIA releases the provisional calendar for the next year's Formula One World Championship and when it releases the final version. The gap is usually bridged by a fair share of back-and-forth speculation over which races will make the cut, but this year's has looked even more feverish than usual from where we sit, principally for one reason: namely, that the provisional calendar included a new race in New Jersey.
After much speculation, the FIA has released the final calendar for the 2014 Formula One World Championship (along with a number of other series it sanctions). While the provisional calendar had a whopping 22 races on it, the final version has been whittled down to 19. And as you might have guessed, Jersey didn't make the cut.
New races in Austria and Russia are included, but the proposed expansion race in Mexico joins Jersey's fate, along with the Korean Grand Prix, which has been held at Yeongam for the past four years but won't be held next year. F1 fans in North America needn't worry, though: those who might have enjoyed the Mexican Grand Prix won't have far to go to enjoy the United States Grand Prix (which is still on the calendar for November 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas) and those in the northeast can head up to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 8.
You can view the full release below from the last meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council this year to see the final calendar for F1 as well as the world championships for touring cars, endurance racing, rallycross, Formula E and Formula 3. But for North American racing fans, the parts you need to know about are the F1 races in Montreal and Austin, the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas (also in Austin), the WTCC race in Sonoma, the new rallycross event in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and the Formula E races to take place in LA and Miami.
New Jersey cut from final 2014 Formula One calendar originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 8:59pm GMT
Tesla's strategy to sell cars, such as the Model S, through manufacturer-owned retail stores has rubbed traditional franchise auto dealerships the wrong way. The battle between Tesla and the Ohio Auto Dealers Association heated up quickly over the past week because a proposed amendment to an Ohio road-maintenance worker safety bill (Senate Bill 137) threatened to ban Tesla stores in Ohio. The automaker asked for help from its supporters to fight the amendment, and on Tuesday all 12 members of the Ohio senate passed the bill without it, Transport Evolved reports.
After the vote, Tesla sent out an e-mail to its supporters thanking them for their help, which you can read below:
Dear Tesla Advocate,
Earlier today, the Ohio House of Representatives Committee on Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security voted out Senate Bill 137 without the anti-Tesla amendment attached to it. We would like to thank all our customers and supporters who took the time to contact their local representatives and express their views on the matter. Your help was crucial to stopping this amendment! Tesla looks forward to continued investment in the state and serving our customers in Ohio, including at our new stores opening in Columbus and Cincinnati this month.
Thanks again for your support!
The amendment was added to SB 137 at the last minute, and the bill originally was to be voted on yesterday. But Tesla wrote e-mails to its advocates on Monday asking for help to fight the inclusion of the amendment, and the vote was quietly moved to Tuesday.
Both republicans and democrats expressed a desire to be careful with the issue of manufacturer-owned dealerships. Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) says, "I've watched amendments go through at the last minute and making mistakes." He continues, "This issue is of such importance that it shouldn't be rushed," The Columbus Dispatch reports.
"Are we standing in the way of something that is innovative?" Rep. Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) reportedly asked. "This is an up-and-coming, 6,000-employee group that should be given an opportunity to expand."
So for now, Tesla's business model is legal in Ohio, and its first store in the state is scheduled to open in Easton on Friday. A week later the automaker will open a second store in Cincinnati. Of course, there is another incentive for Ohio to not block Tesla's business model. As Damschroder puts it: "[Tesla] might have future potential in Ohio - they are looking for somewhere to build their pick-up trucks," The Columbus Dispatch reports.
05 Dec 2013 8:29pm GMT
As we've explained before, we have a soft spot for small, funky motorcycles. We've expressed our admiration for cafe racers and their culture, and while those modded bikes are extremely cool, we may have just discovered another niche of even more interesting two-wheeled contraptions, thanks to the team at Petrolicious.
On this week's video, there's a visit with Hugo Gallina, the owner of Vintage Italian Restoration in southern California. Gallina specializes not in the traditional Italian motorcycles - Ducati, Moto Guzzi or MV Agusta - but in the smaller, seriously vintage (think 1950s) single-cylinder bikes from little known or long forgotten brands like Benelli, Gilera, or even Maserati (yes, that Maserati). These tiny bikes are kind of like the Honda Grom of their day.
Really, if you're interested in a different era of motoring (or even motorcycling, as it were), this latest Petrolicious video is really worth a watch. Check it out by scrolling down.
Restoring 50's Italian single-cylinder motorcycles is a labor of love originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 7:59pm GMT
J Mays, head of design at Ford, may be retiring from the company after 16 years, but not before showing the world his swan song: the 2015 Mustang. Ford officially revealed its new coupe and convertible to the public at events around the world on Thursday, including a live unveiling on ABC's Good Morning America, and Mays was in attendance at the automaker's home event in Dearborn, MI, which is where we caught up with him for a few words about his new baby.
"It's a joy" to design the Mustang, Mays told Autoblog, adding that this sixth-generation coupe is his "favorite design so far." Of course, the 2015 model takes cues from all of the generations that came before it, but Mays said it was important to edit down the specific elements from previous models, leaving just enough off to let the customer "participate and fill in the blanks."
"If it doesn't sell itself, you probably aren't a Mustang fan."
"We could have gone down and checked the list," Mays stated. "We did that a little bit in 2005." There aren't any fake scoops on this car, no added plastic bits, and the faux-gas cap look to the GT emblem on the rear has been axed. "That's walking away from something [that] doesn't need to be there," we were told. Overall, the final 2015 Mustang design needed to be a cohesive package that tells a story of confidence, power and aggression. And while Mays said there were plenty of designs that he and the team really liked ("at some point, those will surface"), the company strived to find essential elements that would make this car a proper Mustang, even though so much of the design work "ends up on the cutting room floor."
As we told you in our Deep Dive, the Mustang will be offered with three engines, including a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder, expected to produce more than 305 horsepower. But unlike other models in the Ford range, Mays confirmed that the Mustang will not have specific EcoBoost badging. There's also the Convertible variant, which was absent from the Dearborn reveal, and Mays notes that the droptop model was designed right alongside the hardtop, since it was important to create a profile that would work on both bodystyles.
For the first time, Ford will officially offer the Mustang in markets outside of North America, and Mays isn't worried about it failing to attract customers. Why? "It's drop-dead gorgeous" and there's "50 years of pent-up demand." The design boss said it was more important to get the design finalized first, and then offer it to the world. Sure, things like European pedestrian crash standards were baked into the car's design from the get-go, but being able to succeed on a global scale wasn't a major factor in creating the shape of the sixth-generation car. Besides, as Mays says, "If it doesn't sell itself, you probably aren't a Mustang fan."
05 Dec 2013 7:32pm GMT
Saab is officially building cars again. Production of the 9-3 Sedan has kicked back off in Trollhättan, Sweden, and the first example is reportedly earmarked for the company's museum. Initial sales are targeted for China, although Swedish customers will also be able to buy new Saabs built in their country right away, too. It isn't immediately clear if the model will be available in the rest of Europe, let alone in North America.
The initial run of 9-3s will be powered by a 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder before an electric model joins the range next year. There are no Biopower or XWD all-wheel-drive models presently in production. And while the lion's share of the 2014 9-3 is a carryover from the pre-bankruptcy car, there are some changes, including a new anti-whiplash seat system and a "greater number of non-GM parts," reports SaabsUnited.
"I am very proud of the dedication and the focus that NEVS management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan, and who have made this possible. Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group's focus on green technology is our strength for the future," said Kai Johan Jiang, the founder of Saab's parent company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden.
Sales of the new 9-3 will start in Sweden via NEVS' website on December 10. Prices for the manual-trans model start 279,000 Swedish Krona ($42,842), while the automatic starts at 289,000 ($44,377). That pricing is said to be roughly 10 percent less expensive than a similarly spec'd Griffin model cost in 2012.
Scroll down for a full press release on the relaunch of Saab from NEVS, and check out our friends over at SaabsUnited, who have done an excellent job chronicling the rebirth of the 9-3, including live pictures from the plant.
05 Dec 2013 7:00pm GMT
For the third consecutive model year, Honda has given its Civic lineup some substantial improvements, and with the 2014 Civic Coupe and Sedan going on sale this week, the automaker has released pricing and fuel economy numbers for its gas and non-Si models. Honda has not released any images of the 2014 Civic Sedan yet, but we got our first look at the updated Coupe last month at SEMA.
Aside from styling changes introduced on the 2013 Sedan being carried over to the 2014 Coupe, the biggest update to all 2014 Civics might be the addition of the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy figures carry over for cars with the manual transmission, but models swapping the previous five-speed automatic for the new CVT are seeing a boost in city fuel economy by 2 mpg helping the Civic max out at 31 mpg city for the fuel-miser HF trim level.
In terms of pricing, the 2014 Civic is getting a modest price hike of $225 for the base LX models, which now start at $18,190* for the Coupe and $18,390* for the Sedan (*not including $790 for destination charges). The sedan-only HF trim level is up $175, there's a $275 price increase for the EX and EX-L Coupe and EX Sedan models and an extra $475 has been tacked on to the EX-L Sedan.
Still no word when Honda will drop more info on the Civic Si, Hybrid and CNG models, but the full press release for the LX, EX and HF models is posted below.
2014 Honda Civic priced from $18,190*, new CVT boosts city mpg originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
05 Dec 2013 6:31pm GMT
When Bugatti first introduced the Veyron, production was limited to just 300 coupes (including the original 16.4 and the Super Sport). Those were followed by an additional 150 roadsters (both Grand Sport and Vitesse), of which 100 have now been sold, leaving just 50 examples left before the Veyron finally roars off into the sunset.
The 400th Veyron built was the third and final example of the Jean-Pierre Wimille edition pictured here. Based on the Vitesse roadster, the Wimille edition is the first in a series of six Legend specials that pay homage to the Alsatian marque's history. The second is dedicated to Jean Bugatti, and the third to racer and factory team manager Meo Costantini, with three more of these three-unit special editions to follow out of the remaining 50 cars to be built at Molsheim. We're expecting one of the remaining three to be named after Rembrandt Bugatti, designer of the company's elephant hood ornament.
Given that it has taken the company over eight years to build those 400 cars, it figures to take Bugatti another year or so to complete the final 50, by which point it'll hopefully have a successor in place. For more news on the landmark, see the official press release below.
05 Dec 2013 6:01pm GMT
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