Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Subaru Says NO to WRX Hatch Rumors

Subaru Dismisses Hatch Rumors

You may or may not have heard rumors from an Australian reporter that Subaru was playing with the idea of releasing a WRX hatch again in the future.  Consider these rumors dismissed.  Subaru's Product General Manager Masuo Takatsu was quick to dismiss this.  The rumor started when a quote from Takatsu was either misinterpreted or mistranslated to ... "We have received strong interest from the U.S., where the hatchback was 50% [ previous gen] of sales, so were now considering [new hatch].

Now, Motortrend and Autoblog have confirmed that Subaru has denounced any misconceptions or rumors of a hatch now being considered. In all honesty, this makes perfect sense. Subaru dropped huge amounts of their R&D budget on making the new WRX & STI their best handling, driving performance car yet.  To simply accept or state that another hatch would be in the future would be damaging to sales. After all, how many would definitely wait another year or two for the WRX hatch to return?  If stats are right, apparently half of us would...

 With all speculation, this is what I can see forth coming in the future.  Bear with me here; the Subaru Outback has gotten bigger each new model release along with the Forester. The Outback used to be Subaru's top selling hatch, yes, over the WRX. Believe it. Subaru knows they have demand for a hatchback and I believe they will deliver, not with the WRX but with the new Levorg.  Compare the new Levorg hatch with the newly released Legacy. Nearly identical, maybe we will have a surprise?

Subaru is in an evolving brand right now, their setting new records on a month to month basis and becoming mainstream. Honda & Toyota are now comparing their vehicles to Subaru in commercials trying to prove dominance, but the little AWD car company just wont quit delivering top features and mpg's for aggressive prices. The new Forester was Motortrend's top pick for 2014 and the new 2015 WRX has had nothing but positive test drive reviews (opposed to the want of a hatch).

Subaru knows their is a market for a more 'sedan-like' hatch. This year they wont have one, but following Subaru's trend for new vehicle releases, I think we will be seeing this Levorg hatch coming to the US in the near future. Subaru always delivers, their just slow at it.

The Levorg even has it's own facebook page. 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

The New York Autoshow: Best Cars

New York Auto Show Best New Cars

2015 Subaru Outback

Bigger, Bolder, Better. Then new 2015 Subaru Outback incorporates features from each of their other models. Shaped with the new WRX style headlights, a new Legacy style grill and the same good ol' fashioned hatchback.  The new legacy comes with a 2.5L & 3.6L opt Boxer engine with new state of the art CVT technology. The new outback is more spacious in every way.  We look forward to a new 3rd row seater from Subaru.

2015  Mazda MX-5 - 25th anniversary

Zoom-Zoom, Mazda is back with their redesigned MX-5, featuring a new chassis and retractable hard top.  Can we just hint at something?  Where's the turbo?

2015 Honda HRV

The new Honda Fit based cross over was revealed, the Honda HRV, formerly known as the Vezel in Japan.  Honda's New Cross over will be new to Americans. No release date thus far...

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai's new Sonata with a sleek new design, LED's and new more aggressive wheel base.  A great new look for a good economy car.

2015 Dodge Charger

Dodge has been been busy redesigning their new muscle, the new Dodge Charger has a bit of Dodge Dart look to it it's front end. Interior and Exterior changes have been made: including an 8 Speed automatic, a 3.6L V6, 5.7L V8 at 370hp and 398lb-ft of torque.

2015 Audi RS7

Ranking in at $146,000 green, the new RS7 hatch hits 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. Features 21'' wheels and a whole lot of Audi.

Ford Transit Skyliner

Ford stepped up to the plate with their new Transit Skyliner, featuring a wine bar, hardwood flooring and VIP seating.  This new little transport lets the you ride in comfort and style for quiet, comfortable ride.

Ford Focus Electric Vehicle

Stepping up and looking better than Nissan's Electric car, the Leaf. The new completely electric Ford Focus has got to be the first of the future cars to actually look like, well, a car?  For some reason automotive manufacturers have felt the need to make hybrids and electrics stand out in horrible ways. At least ford to a new concept to make it look like one of it's already mass produced vehicles.

2015 Ford Mustang 50th

It's the Mustangs 50th anniversary and Ford has completely redesigned the whole look. This has got to be one of the first Mustangs that actually looks the part. Coming out with their 5.0 at 420 horses,  390lb-ft of torque, the Camaro, Charger and Challenger all have competition.  Ford hit it out of the park.

 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible

The Corvette Z06 is looking mean and aggressive. Chevrolet introduced the new convertible at the New York Auto Show and we normally don't like convertibles, but this Z06 is slick and looks ready to conquer the road.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Volvo's New Car Seat Backpack?

Volvo's New Wireless, Collapsible and Lightweight Inflatable Car Seat.

Business Insider reported that Volvo released a new concept and it's not a car.  They have made an inflatable, durable fabric car seat that can sustain high pressure and then collapse into a backpack/bag.  Apparently the design came from a military concept of an inflatable plane... 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014: The Year of the Automotive Recalls

 2014 Automotive Recalls

Automotive manufacturers have had a rough start in 2014. Vehicles have thousands of moving parts, all of which have to work in sync and do their own part to keep the car on the road efficiently and safe. The NHTSA (national highway traffic safety administration) has announced 35+ major recalls since January of 2014 from different manufacturers. General Motors may be in the hot seat right now over ignition switch recalls, but other companies like Fiat, BMW, Nissan and Toyota have issued recalls as well.  Some of which pretty big, like corroding brake boosters, faulty seats, engine bolts and more! 
Below is a list of recalls from March 10th – April 10th 2014.

March 10
Monroe Trucks including Chevrolet C7500 and Ford F-350
Battery epoxy sealing that may melt and start a fire.
March 10
Izuzu and Chrysler
Aisin World Transmissions recalled for potential loss of power transfer which may increase the risk of a crash.
March 13
Motorcycles from 2013 including C 600 Sport and F 800 GS Recalled for potential shutdown while being ridden.
March 13
Graco Car seats
4.1 million carseats 2006-2014 recalled because harness buckle may become stuck, causing difficulty to remove child.
March 18
18,092 500L Vehicles from 2014 recalled for the transmission gear which may not shift in certain temperatures, increasing risk of crash
March 18
Dodge / Jeep
Durango’s and Grand Cherokee’s from 2012-2013 Recalled for a potential hard brake pedal feel, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle.
March 18
2013-2014 XTS recalled for potential corrosion of brake boosters.
March 18
Odyssey’s from 2005-2010 recalled for potential fuel leak, increasing risk of fire
March 18
Buick / Chevrolet
Recalled for faulty side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.
March 21
GM / Buick / Chevrolet
Impala and Regal’s recalled for gear shifts that may not shift, increasing the risk of rollaway or injury
March 27
Chrysler / Dodge
Chargers recalled for the sub-harness on the headlights which may overheat, causing the low beam headlights to go out.
March 27
Nissan / Infiniti
2013-2014 989,701, Leaf and Q50’s recalled for passenger seats failure to detect when adults are seated, resulting in failure of airbag deployment in an accident.
March 27
GM: Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn
Cobalt, Solstice and Ion recalled for faulty ignition switches causing vehicle to stall and airbags to not be deployed during accident
March 28
2014 911 GT3 Engines recalled for fires, potential damage to crankcases.
March 28
ELR 2014 vehicles recalled for potential loss of directional control.
March 31
Avalon’s from 2003-2004 front airbag recall, inadvertent deployment.
April 1
2013-2014 Cruze recalled for the right front shaft which may fracture, causing the vehicle to lose power.
April 1
Chevrolet / Saturn /
ION and HHR models recalled, electric power steering may fail.
April 2
Chrysler / Jeep / Dodge
2011-2014 Brake boosters that may allow water to get inside and limit braking.
April 4
2010-2012 Mazda 6’s recalled for potential fire risk.
April 9
Passat’s from 2012-2013 Low beam headlight bulb becomes loose.
April 10
Toyota / Scion
2006-2010 Yaris, XD models recalled because seats may not lock into position.
April 10
2006-2010 Highlander and Corolla recalled for driver airbags that may have been deactivated.
April 11
2010-2012 1,3,5,6-series, x3,x5x6 and Z4 recalled due to Camshaft timing bolts that may come loose or break.

Friday, April 11, 2014

F1 Cars Made Out Of Paper

Paul was a man with a dream. From Paper to Carbon Fiber.


This video made by David Betteridge shows how dreams come true. Young Paul "turned his hobby into a profession, replaced paper and glue with carbon and software." He is now part of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team and helped design the new RB 10 Racer, creating new designs at the click of a mouse.

2 Year Old Girl's First Carwash Experience

Cuter Than Cute.

Have you seen this?

Have you seen this? 2 Year old's first experience in an automated carwash.