Friday, 18 January 2019

2020 Toyota Supra debuts in Detroit

2020 Toyota Supra debuts in Detroit

The lead-up to this one has been long in the making, with plenty of hype and spy shots and teasers - even a NASCAR tie-in. Finally, the wait is over, as Toyota has given the 2020 Supra coupe its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales starting this summer.

This is the two-seat sports car enthusiasts have been waiting for, with 335 horsepower, 50:50 weight distribution, a long distinctive hood and personal input directly from Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who tested the car on the Nürburgring.
2020 Toyota Supra

Let's start with the key mechanicals. The Supra is powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six engine with a variable intake valve lift system. It produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. That's good enough to push the Supra from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, before propelling it to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. It's all put to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) and a standard active differential (with electric motor and multiplate clutches) to distribute torque.
To further help handling is a standard adaptive variable suspension. As specified by Toyota Gazoo Racing, that suspension is a double-joint spring strut front axle, and multi-link at the rear. The car also features variable-assist, variable-ratio electric power steering. At the corners are 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports, 255/35R19 up front and wider 275/35R19 in back. It features four-piston Brembo brake calipers and 13.7-inch front brake rotors.

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The 2020 Supra has selectable driving modes, but just two of them: Normal and Sport. Sport mode dials back the traction and stability control, increases throttle response, sharpens shifting, gives the steering more weight, adjusts the suspension and boosts exhaust noise.

Toyota kept the concept of grand touring in mind when building the new Supra, so it's not just a stripped-down coupe. It features many of the creature comforts many have come to demand. Keyless entry, dual climate control, automatic windshield wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, power folding side mirrors and a leather steering wheel are standard equipment. All Supras will also have a suite of safety tech including forward collision warning and auto emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, road sign recognition and auto high beams. Also available will be adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and rear-end collision warning.

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The Supra will be offered in two grades: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. The standard Supra has a 6.5-inch display controlled by a rotary knob. The Premium model gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple Carplay, wireless phone charging and a 12-speaker sound system from JBL.

If you're curious about the dimensions of the 2020 Supra, Toyota has offered up some of those details as well. The car is 172.5 inches long, 73 inches wide and 50.9 inches high, with a 97.2-inch wheelbase. The track at the front is 62.8 inches up front, and 62.6 inches in the rear. Curb weight comes in at 3,397 pounds.

Now then, the cost:

The Supra 3.0 will start at $50,920, including $930 in destination fees. It will offer navigation and a JBL sound system as a $2,640 option. The 3.0 Premium starts at $54,920. The Driver Assist Package for the 3.0 Premium adds another $1,195.

The first 1,500 Supras built we be special Launch Edition versions, starting at $56,180. Based on the 3.0 Premium grade, they'll come with a few features to set them apart, including red mirror caps, matte black 19-inch alloy wheels, carbon-fiber accents, and a numbered, carbon-fiber plaque bearing the image of Akio Toyoda and his signature. White and black Launch Editions will include a red interior, while red ones will feature a black interior.

2020 Toyota Supra Debuts In Detroit

Friday, 11 January 2019

Fingerprints Key to New Hyundai Technology

Hyundai to replace vehicle keys with fingerprint technology.
To unlock the vehicle, a driver places a finger on a sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information is identified and delivered to a fingerprint controller inside the vehicle.
The automaker says smart fingerprint technology will allow Hyundai drivers to unlock their vehicle doors and start the vehicle.
Hyundai says it will introduce the technology in the Santa Fe SUV to be released in select markets during the first quarter.
To unlock the vehicle, a driver places a finger on a sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information is identified and delivered to a fingerprint controller inside the vehicle.
The driver can start the vehicle by touching the ignition button, also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
In addition, the technology provides a customized driving environment. Matching driver-preference information with fingerprint data, the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected-car features and side-view mirror angles.
"Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the adjustment of temperature, steering-wheel position and many other features which will be tailored to drivers' preferences," Albert Biermann, head of Hyundai's R&D Div., says in a statement.
Biermann says Hyundai is addressing the security issues raised by the smart-fingerprint technology.
With capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip, the technology efficiently prevents forgeries and use of faked fingerprints.
The technology's chance of misrecognizing another person's fingerprint as the driver's is one in 50,000, making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys, Hyundai says. Through real-time learning, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.
Fingerprints Key To New Hyundai Technology

Friday, 4 January 2019

These are the 19 top new vehicles coming in 2019

If the New Year is a time for determined optimism and resolutions that may not be kept, the world's automakers are in perfect tune with January 2019:
  • Optimism is required, thanks to threats ranging from tariffs to trade wars, and an economic cycle that seems overdue for a downturn.
  • Automakers are drawing ever closer to the day when they have to prove they can sell the mass-market electric vehicles, self-driving cars and mobility services they've promised for years.
Dozens of new vehicles will hit the market in 2019. The shift from cars to SUVs adds to the uncertainty, as do a pair of midsize pickups that will test the limits of demand for a segment automakers nearly abandoned less than a decade ago.
Here's a look, alphabetically by brand, at some of the most important and interesting vehicles coming this year:

2019 Audi E-tron Quattro

The first in a family of E-tron luxury vehicles, the Quattro five-passenger SUV is the first real test of Volkswagen Group's conversion to electric vehicles. Early reports from the first drive in Abu Dhabi have been largely positive on comfort and performance (124 mph top speed, 5.5 seconds 0-60 mph), but they're not particularly relevant until EPA ratings for range and charging time are available.
U.S. E-tron Quattro prices will start at $74,800. Cars will be built to order, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter.

2019 BMW X7 and 2020 BMW M340i

BMW has the auto industry's best slogan - "the ultimate driving machine" - but there have been mutterings that recent vehicles don't live up to that promise. The brand's main new vehicles this year pose a particular challenge on that front.
Nearly the size and weight of a Chevy Tahoe, the X7 will have its hands full delivering thrilling performance that can compare to the 7-series sedan that's been the brand's top model till now.
X7 prices start at $73,900. Sales begin this spring.
The M340i must silence detractors who say the 3-series sport sedans that built BMW's reputation have grown too big and soft. The M340i is a new, 382-horsepower model that hopes to change their minds and create a glow in which lesser 3-series models can bask. An all-new chassis, 4.2-second 0-60 time and optional sport-tuned all-wheel-drive xDrive provide cause for optimism.
The M340i should go on sale in July.

Cadillac XT6, CT5 and Escalade

This is a huge year for Cadillac. The XT6 three-row SUV, debuting in conjunction with the Detroit auto show Jan. 14, is the brand's long-awaited, desperately needed answer to popular luxury SUVs like the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and the new BMW X7. If done right, it will raise the brand's image and prestige by giving buyers what they want and setting new standards for style, comfort and technology.
The CT5 sport sedan replaces the CTS, an outstanding sport sedan that's struggled to establish itself as a competitor to the BMW 3-series and Audi A4. If the  CT5 can't do the job, it's worth asking how long Cadillac will continue to build cars in addition to SUVs.
Arriving late in the year, the Escalade large SUV is Cadillac's undisputed flagship: the vehicle most customers think of when they hear the word "Cadillac," the brand's biggest moneymaker and most prestigious vehicle. The all-new 2020 needs far more luxurious and beautiful interiors to regain the spotlight from the Lincoln Navigator.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer and 2020 Silverado HD

The five-passenger Blazer midsize SUV should give Chevy a strong competitor in a growing segment. A lovely exterior design is a start, but the interior looks, comfort and features need to bring their A game to compete with the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge and new Honda Passport. Sales begin early this year.
The new Silverado HD, a workhorse medium-duty pickup with show-horse looks and features, is sure to be a hot seller, as will its GMC sibling, the Sierra HD. Capability or features that go beyond the expected might help Chevy's Silverado family regain attention that shifted to the surprising Ram 1500 light-duty pickup last year.

Ford Shelby GT 500 Mustang, Explorer, Ranger

Expect the Shelby GT 500 to be the most powerful Mustang ever when it debuts at the Detroit auto show Jan. 14.
If that's not enough excitement from the Blue Oval in January, an all-new Explorer SUV that shares its architecture with the Lincoln Aviator will bow in Detroit Jan. 9. Expect three rows of seats, a rear-drive base model, optional four-wheel-drive and a hybrid.
The new Ranger midsize pickup arrives in dealerships any day. In addition to more city-friendly dimensions than the F-150, features include a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and electronic controls for tricky off-road situations.

2019 Honda Passport

The five-passenger Passport midsize SUV looks a lot like a shortened version of Honda's popular Pilot three-row SUV. Selling points will include interior room and safety features.
The Passport joins the Chevrolet Blazer, the second new player in what's likely to become a rash of five-seat midsize SUVs.
Sales begin early this year.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai's biggest vehicle, the Palisade three-row SUV, introduces a new design theme for the brand. The big grille and upright sides are more formal than the flowing lines of models like the Sonata and Elantra.
Selling points will include lots of driver assistance and safety features and power-folding third row seats.
Sales begin this summer.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Gladiator is Jeep's first pickup in more than 20 years and the other reason to be excited about midsize pickups this year. A rare pickup that should be recognizable at 100 yards, the Gladiator will offer locking front and rear axles, limited-slip differential and disconnecting sway bars for off-road capability. Either a soft or hardtop is available, and both can be removed, as can the doors.
Jeep will build the Gladiator only in four-door-crew cab models with four-wheel drive; there's no cut price single-cab base model.
Sales should begin in the second quarter.

2020 Lincoln Aviator and Corsair

The elegant 2020 Lincoln Aviator three-row SUV uses a brand-new architecture that's likely to provide the basis for other Lincoln models, as well as the already-announced 2020 Ford Explorer. The Aviator has a roomy interior and will offer the brand's Black Label luxury trim. A twin-turbo V6 and plug-in hybrid model will be available from launch.
"Corsair" is expected to be the name of the compact SUV that will replace Lincoln's MKC. Based on the same underpinnings as the Ford Escape, it may reach the market late in 2019.

Toyota RAV4, Highlander, Corolla sedan

The aggressively styled 2019 RAV4 compact SUV has big shoes to fill. It's become a cash cow for Toyota, and the outgoing model was virtually certain to end 2018 as America's bestselling non-pickup for the second year in a row. In addition to tougher looks and a four-wheel-drive system that claims greater off-road ability, the new RAV4 offers lots of standard driver assistance features and a hybrid. Gasoline RAV4s should be in dealerships now. Hybrids arrive in March.
The new Highlander three-row family carrying SUV joins the RAV4 in the second half. Expect a long list of standard safety and driver assist features and improved fuel economy.
There was a time when a new Corolla was front-page news, but consumers' flight from cars to SUVs renders a new compact sedan almost a curiosity in 2019. The new Corolla will feature the famous nameplate's first hybrid, making it the latest the latest Toyota that will try to escape the massive shadow cast by the Prius.

These are the 19 Top New Vehicles Coming in 2019