By Greg Migliore
It's dressed up for a night on the town, or a trip to soccer practice, and was devised by Ford product gurus who noticed most Flex customers tend to take high levels of content in their vehicles.
Low-speed vehicles pose severe dangers to their drivers if allowed on public roads.
By Greg Migliore
As has been its custom the past couple of years, Nissan’s luxury-division carmaker has been revealing its wares at events surrounding the California concours. And today we’ve obtained teaser “brush strokes” of two cars to be shown there this summer.
Hackers can take control of your computer -- the one in your car.
I've read this several times and am still just completely dumbfounded.
According to Gizmag, a team of researchers composed of two groups -- one from the University of California San Diego, the other from the University of Washington -- took on the challenge of seeing if a vehicle's computer system could be remotely compromised by hackers. The answer, in a nutshell, is "and how."
According to the report:
"The team managed to bring a wide range of systems under external control, from the engine to brakes to locks to the instrument panel to (the first to fall) the radio and its display. The attackers posted messages, initiated annoying sounds and even left the driver powerless to control radio volume.
By Mark Vaughn
We drove the latest FedEx delivery truck and found the experience truly electrifying.
Yes, the Navistar-built, Modec-designed big honking van they let us pilot around a big parking lot south of the Los Angeles Sports Arena is powered by 80 kilowatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries spinning a 76-kilowatt (102-hp, 221 lb-ft) electric motor. With a range of 100 miles in city driving, an operator could complete a standard eight-hour day on a single charge.
The 'go-anywhere' utility vehicle manufacturer takes a road not often traveled with its soon-to-be-released sport ute.
Not Bigfoot, but rather the first shots of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 2011 iteration of the Grand Cherokee is an important launch for Chrysler, a company that's been hamstrung by poor sales and an even worse reputation since being bailed out by the federal government and its subsequent takeover by Fiat and that company's CEO, Sergio Marchionne. Chrysler has a number of new models slated to hit dealer floors -- many of them based on Fiat underpinnings -- though most of them are still a ways away. The new Grand Cherokee is, without a doubt, an important litmus test as to the company's near future -- and perhaps beyond. Chrysler really needs to get this one right.
What muscle car flexes more often on the big and small screen than Ford's main pony?
When people talk about the rekindling of the muscle car wars, they usually discuss horsepower, handling, torque -- all those good things. But to my mind, there's another, less cut-and-dried way to measure who's currently reigning supreme: the car's place in pop culture.
I bring this up because it's being reported that the Ford Mustang will play a major role in the network remake of the island-cop drama "Hawaii Five-O," and it seems to me that the 'Stang has got to be the most ubiquitous of the big three muscles, right? I mean, the Chevy Camaro obviously scored a major pop-culture coup with its none-too-subtle tie-in to the "Transformers" franchise (a coup in terms of exposure, not the quality of the movies in question), but where else does it pop up in the film, television or music universe? Likewise the Dodge Challenger -- sure, a classic version was featured in the original "Gone in Sixty Seconds," and I'm pretty sure Vic Mackie drove a purple one in the latter seasons of FX's cop drama "The Shield" (or was that a Charger?).
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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