Minggu, 13 Agustus 2017

Charities Earn Money By Using Trucks To Make a Difference

AmericanTrucks is excited to officially announce the launch of the Positive Payload program. Reinvesting in the community through supporting non-profit charities, the Positive Payload program assists charities that rely on pickup trucks to get the job done, with a $2,000 donation. AmericanTrucks is looking to help any non-profit charity organization that uses F-150s, Silverados, Sierras, or Rams in any capacity to better their community.

Positive Payload has already donated to two charity organizations that represent the embodiment of what this program is about. The first is the Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) that is based out of  Charlottesville, VA. BG works in various communities all around the world from Honduras and Costa Rica to Mississippi and Colorado, partnering with local contractors, craftsmen, and volunteers to build community centers, women’s centers, and homes. 

The second is Operation Finally Home, based out of New Braunfels, Texas. Operation Finally Home was founded in 2005 as a non-profit dedicated to building custom-built, mortgage-free homes for American Veterans and the widows of fallen soldiers. Partnering with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, and volunteers, Operation Finally Home welcomes our service men and women back by providing them with a house they can call their own.  Positive Payload will be selecting two winners twice a year, once in thesummer and once in the winter.

To enter a charity you know of or work with that meets the eligibility requirements, all you have to do is go to: https://www.americantrucks.com/positive-payload.html and fill out the form with the appropriate information. The person who nominates the chosen charity will also receive $200 and a free t-shirt. The Positive Payload program has no end date and will be offered indefinitely. By investing in the community and supporting the hardworking men and women volunteering their time and their American-made Trucks, we hope to make a positive difference that will impact the lives of many for years to come.

Sabtu, 26 September 2015

New Car: 2016 Honda Civic

Honda just revealed the tenth-generation of its iconic car, Civic at a special event in Los Angeles. 2016 Honda Civic brings a lot of new things, including new design, new chassis, new technology, new engines, and a new body style for US market, 5-door hatchback. Interesting!

New Civic is designed based-on Civic Concept that made its debut at 2015 New York Auto Show. Compared to the concept, the production version comes up with more elegant design. Of course, Honda’s designers have done some changes in the some parts of its exterior. Up front, Honda redesigned its headlights that features LED headlights. The chrome accents are on the grille and above the headlights. At the rear, the C-shaped taillights is taken from concept version.

The new chassis features a revamped strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe, while other notable changes include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, standard 4-wheel disc brakes and the application of Honda’s Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology.

Under the hood, Honda offers new engines, The first powertrain is a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbo (this is the first ever Honda with turbo in the US) which produces 173 hp. It means that 30 hp more power than current 1.8 liter engine. Another engine is a 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder producing 158 hp. For the gearbox, if you bought 1.5 liter, you only get a CVT transmission, but if picked 2.0 liter you can choose a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT transmission.

Honda Civic’s latest features is a 7-inch HD Display Audio touchscreen that runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. After launched the sedan, Honda is expected to release Coupe, Si, 5-door hatchback, and Type R to compete with Ford Focus RS.

Spied: 2017 Bentley Mulsanne

Do you feel that current Bentley Mulsanne looked weird? And the other hand, you want it so bad but you don’t want your friends or family pouting you because of your newest ride. Take it easy. Because Bentley is preparing the refreshment of its flagship, Mulsanne next year.

The British automaker was caught testing the facelift of Mulsanne on public road. According to Carscoops, 2017 Bentley Mulsanne likely to get squarer and wider front-end, more upright grille, redesign headlights, three big air intakes in the front bumper, and a long wheel-base version (LWB). The ultra-luxury sedan is expected to make its debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, next March.

Moreover, the Bentley Mulsanne will get derivatives. Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer told Automobile Magazine, “Wait for the next motor shows to come and what we have to announce, but I can tell you that we are taking close care about the Mulsanne. Mulsanne will get further derivatives, and we are going to enlarge this beautiful flagship model line.”

Report said that the first derivative of Mulsanne would be a Mulsanne Grand Convertible that is expected to make its world premiere at 2016 LA Auto Show and to be launched in early 2017.

Thanks to: Carscoops

Frankfurt Show Highlights: Thunder Power Sedan EV Concept

From German, let’s move to Asia. No, I don’t mean Japan, South Korea, or even China. I mean Taiwan. At 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Taiwanese automaker, Thunder Power introduced EV Concept to the world. It’s 4-door sedan that wants to beat Tesla Model S. The company plans to launch its product in Europe in 2017 and in China in 2018.

The EV Concept is designed by Italian designer, Zagato. The exterior design is unique. Yeah, I said that it was ugly when I saw it for the first time. But I saw it for awhile and it’s not that ugly or even weird (at least it has own design). Up front, we can see boomerang-shaped headlights and chromed-rounded grille. At the rear, there’s the same shape taillights like the headlights.

How about its performance? Thunder Power offers two electric powers, 308 hp and 429 hp. The more horsepower version can reach 100 km/h from zero in under 5 seconds and it’s claimed that its top speed is up to 155 miles per hour. Its driving range is more than 600 km, thanks to 125 kWh battery  that is placed in the floor which is is based on unique high-energy-density lithium-ion cell technology.

Frankfurt Show Highlights: Porsche Mission E Concept

The rumor that was reported that Porsche wants to build an all-electric car to beat Tesla is completely true. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker unveiled its latest concept car, Mission E. It’s not a two-door sport coupe like 911, but it’s a four-door sport sedan. Indirectly, it might preview the next generation of Panamera or even Panamera junior.

Porsche’s designers give the Mission E a fresh exterior design.No more rounded headlights at the front. It is replaced by four headlights with laser Matrix technology that is adopted from Audi. The concept car has suicide door and it means that Mission E doesn’t have B-pillar. Meanwhile at the rear, Porsche said that it had typical sport car architecture. At this part, we can see LED taillights that sweeps away from left to the right. A three dimensional ‘PORSCHE’ badge makes Mission E looked more interesting.

Inside, Porsche shows a futuristic interior styling. Just like, E-Tron cabin there are no buttons anymore and replaced with touchscreen displays using OLED technology. There are two layers 3D display. The first layer is driver’s display and the second is a holographic display that places from center cockpit to front-passenger side. The second layer displays media, navigation, climate control, contacts, and vehicles. Interestingly, the concept car features instrument that can be operated by eye-tracking, gesture control, and even hologram. And the 3-spoke steering wheel feels classic in a good way when I see it for the first time.

Porsche Mission E uses two PSMSs (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors) which can produce total output 600 hp and its driving range up to 500 km. The car with all-wheel-drive and all-wheel-steering system can reach 100 km/h from zero under 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, it can reach 200 km/h less than 12 seconds! The most impressive thing about this car is charging time. It can reach 80% only in 15 minutes, thanks to the first ever 800-volt drive system in the car’s industry.

Frankfurt Show Highlights: Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

After releasing some sketches, Audi shows E-Tron Quattro Concept off at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. As I mention above, the crossover concept hints the-coming-soon Q6 which will be launched in early 2018. So, the exterior styling probably look like this with some changes in some parts to make it better. At the front, the sharp and sleek headlights bring Matrix laser, while below section there are OLED lights technology that debuts on the concept car. Another new technology is a solar roof that will put a little bit of energy to the battery. The Audi’s typical trapezoidal grille comes up with chromed horizontal lines. At the rear, E-Tron Quattro has the same OLED technology for its taillights.

Clean, simple, sleek and roomy probably are the right words to describe the interior of the concept car. Say goodbye to the complicated buttons on the center cockpit. Audi replaces it all with touch screens which has OLED technology. Just like Audi’s latest cars, the E-Tron Quattro comes up with virtual cockpit display that will inform the driver about map, battery status, range driving, and even music that is playing. At least but not least, the crossover concept has 615 liters of luggage.

The car with drag coefficient of 0.25 has 95 kWh battery capacity and 3 electric motors that drives front axle (1 unit), and rear axle (2 units). Total output is 429 hp, but while boosting it can produce 496 hp for short periods. Furthermore, it has 800 Nm of torque and its performance from 0 km/h to 100 km/h is 4.6 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is electronically-limited up to 210 km/h and its driving range is 500 km.

The battery can be charged using current DC electrical with 150 kW output and it takes around 50 minutes until it’s fully-loaded. The concept study also brings autonomous driving technology which is equipped with radar sensors, a video camera, ultrasonic sensors, a laser scanner, and central driver assistance controller (zFAS). Audi claims that the technology is nearly ready for production cars. I expect to see it in next-gen Audi A8.

Frankfurt Show Highlights: 2016 Jaguar F-Pace

At 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show everyone was surprised when Jaguar unveiled C-X17 Concept. It was an SUV concept that previews the first ever utility vehicle from British carmaker. And two years later, at the same event Jaguar introduced the production-spec of its first SUV, called F-Pace. So, why Jaguar builds an SUV? Ian Callum, Design Director of Jaguar said that The world was telling them in no uncertain terms this is what they wanted.

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is built-on Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture. The exterior design is almost the same like other Jaguar cars (I’m a little bit disappoint because I hope a brand new exterior styling). Up front, the LED headlights has the same shape like 2016 XF and it features LED Daytime Running Lights, too. Other Jaguar’s typical part on the exterior are a big grille and big air dams is featured in this SUV. And at the rear, you can see LED taillights that has same shape like in latest XF and F-Type. Overall, even though I’m a little bit disappoint and F-Pace is looked like XF SUV, it still has nice exterior styling. Even, it’s better than Bentley Bentayga.

For the powertrain, Jaguar offers gasoline and diesel engines. The entry level is 2.0 liter diesel producing 177 hp, 2.0 liter gasoline with 237 hp, 3.0 liter diesel produces 296 hp, 3.0 liter gasoline with two option maximum outputs, 335 hp and 375 hp. The car is offered with RWD or AWD system. For the body structure, Jaguar announced that it has 80% aluminum too keep light. It means that F-Pace is the only SUV with aluminum-intensive monocoque in the segment.

To be able driving off-road, Jaguar immerses torque-on-demand all-wheel-drive system which is claimed as the most sophisticated and has the highest torque capacity. It has IDD (Intelligent Driveline Dynamic) that you can find in F-Type AWD. IDD retains rear-wheel drive agility and handling character but can seamlessly transfer torque to the front wheels to get extra traction on all surfaces and in all weathers. Jaguar F-Pace also get Land Rover’s technology, like Adaptive Surface Response (ASR), developed from the Terrain Response technology. Integrated into Jaguar Drive Control, ASR identifies the type of surface and optimizes the mapping of the powertrain and Dynamic Stability Control system.
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