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  • The recall documents also warn against using Sport mode or the shift paddles. If you own a new plug-in hybrid BMW or Mini, you’re going to want to pay attention to this recall, since some very odd actions are required on the driver’s part. BMW has issued a recall for 4,509 vehicles in the US, and 26,900 vehicles globally. All the models affected are plug-in hybrids, which use larger batteries to permit a couple dozen miles’ worth of all-electric propulsion at a time. Here’s the full list of affected vehicles: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e 2021 BMW 745Le xDrive 2020-2021 BMW 530e, 530e xDrive, 530e iPerformance 2020-2021 Mini Cooper Countryman All4 SE 2020-2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 2021 BMW 330e, 330e xDrive 2020 BMW i8 The issue stems from the Samsung battery used in the affected PHEV models. According to the recall documents, debris may have entered the battery cells during production, which can cause a short circuit. In "rare cases,"...
  • Škoda Breaks The Sound Barrier: New Sound Analyser App Able To Diagnose Car Health Just By Listening • New artificial intelligence app can detect the smallest changes in engine sound •Algorithm compares sound map against stored pattern and detects any changes •App developed in-house by ŠKODA software team •Rapid diagnosis of problems - 90 per cent success rate in trials •App could potentially reduce service time for customers   ŠKODA has completed successful trials of a new vehicle health diagnostic app that can listen for any problems through a smartphone app and give an instant diagnosis to technicians.  The remarkable artificial intelligence app – called the ŠKODA Sound Analyser – was designed and developed by ŠKODA’s in-house software developers. It allows technicians to quickly detect whether any service work is required. The system is so sensitive that it can recognise even the smallest irregularity in the engine sound and can suggest a...
  • Elon Musk Promises to Make a $25,000 Tesla (in 3 Years) Tesla said it was working on advances that would lower the cost of batteries and increase their capacity to store energy. Tesla is working on cheaper, more powerful batteries for its electric cars, but many of the required innovations are still works in progress, its chief executive, Elon Musk, said Tuesday at a much anticipated presentation at the company’s California factory.   The advances could ultimately cut battery costs more than 50 percent and increase the distance Tesla’s vehicles can travel by nearly as much. That would set the stage for the company to make a “compelling” $25,000 electric vehicle three years from now, Mr. Musk said, speaking to a parking lot full of Tesla owners in their vehicles, honking in approval. But Mr. Musk, who has a reputation for promising game-changing innovations that often take far longer than expected or never arrive, said the company had not yet made the advances...
  • Toyota C-HR has always stood out on account of its daring design, smart cabin and accomplished driving dynamics. Now, three years on from launch, it’s been given a little makeover and, in contrast to its rivals, it comes solely as a hybrid. With more than 400,000 sales to its name, the C-HR has been a hit for Toyota. Designed and engineered in Europe, it was built to tap into the insatiable demand for small SUVs, with 50,000 of those cars finding homes in Britain. Toyota hasn’t tinkered with the styling that much; there are new front and rear bumpers, two new alloy wheel designs, new lights and, if you’re an I-Spy fan, you’ll win 50 points for noticing the front foglamps have moved outwards in the bumper. According to Toyota Europe, the 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain has also been "improved", though doesn’t exactly divulge where these improvements have been made. The 122hp (91kW) system power output remains unchanged. Elsewhere, the C-HR picks up a revised...
  • It makes 212 horsepower and weighs just 423 pounds Meet the BMW M 1000 RR. It’s BMW’s first M-branded motorcycle, and as such, it’s chock full of the best bits and pieces the German manufacturer could scrounge up in an effort to meet its maximum two-wheeled on-track performance capabilities. It all adds up to a 212-horsepower package that weighs just 423 pounds. The M 1000 RR’s 999cc four-cylinder engine is fitted with Mahle two-ring pistons and titanium connecting rods from Pankl. All the air-pumping bits have been redesigned, the compression ratio bumped to 13.5:1 and the exhaust system is crafted from titanium. The engine’s redline sits at 15,100 rpm, peak power is made at 14,500, and BMW says it makes more power from 6,000 to redline than the standard S 1000 RR. Put another way, it’s clearly designed for track supremacy, but BMW says it’s still tractable enough for the street. Take a gander at the high-res image gallery to see all...
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG A35- review Mercedes-Benz brings exciting updates to its lineup year after year. we are eager to show off all of the styles, features, and performance improvements that have been made to our top models. The all-new 2020 Mercedes-AMG® A 35 sedan combines sportiness, exceptional driving dynamics, comfort and versatility for both people and cargo. The A 35 is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine that creates 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This performance-oriented luxury sedan is equipped with the variable AMG® Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, the AMG® Suspension, and an AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 7-Speed Transmission The A 35 accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in an estimated 4.6 seconds. Even a special “shearing plate” – an aluminum plate beneath the engine – adds to the torsional rigidity at the vehicle’s front end. The interior design provides above-average shoulder, elbow and headroom, as well as a large trunk opening...
  • Bentley Bacalar roadster Bentley has a history of restrained elegance, but the British luxury brand has broken a few of its own rules with the Bacalar roadster. Bentley Mulliner has revealed the all-new Bacalar. The rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era, and the ultimate expression of two-seat, open-air luxury, this definitive Grand Tourer spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world. Just 12 examples of this striking, limited edition model are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance. The car costs from £1.5m (plus taxes) but all 12 are already sold – to buyers who placed an order without even seeing it. At the heart of Bacalar’s dashboard is an advanced, fully digital, driver-focussed instrument panel and the now famous Bentley Rotating Display. This digital MMI display has been elegantly designed by Bentley with a customer-configurable home screen....
  • 2020 Audi A4- short review If a nice-driving, well-equipped, and handsomely styled luxury sedan is what you’re after, make sure the 2020 Audi A4 is on your shopping list. This tech-forward ride offers all of the most popular features, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, driver-assistance features, onboard Wi-Fi, and a digital gauge display, although some are optional extras. The A4 feels more like a smartphone or tablet than rivals such as the BMW 3-series or Mercedes-Benz C-class, but that’s not saying this Audi doesn’t have the moves of a sports sedan. While some competitors offer myriad engine choices, including hybrids and diesels, Audi keeps it simple: a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a less powerful, more fuel-efficient version of that engine called the Ultra, which makes 188 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system is optional. Buyers...
  • As the most powerful and quickest factory Mustang ever, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 blends modern sports-car performance with iconic muscle-car presence. It builds on the same racetrack-capable chassis as the excellent Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, with an additional 234 horsepower that lends it credibility at the drag strip as well. The GT500 makes speed effortlessly with equal parts brains and brawn, including a supercharged V-8 that hammers out 760 horsepower, a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and magnetorheological dampers. The Mustang Shelby GT500 is all new for 2020, reviving a nameplate originally introduced in 1967 and last used from 2013 to 2014. The 2020 Shelby GT500 is the best-performing Mustang to ever exit a Ford assembly plant. The Mustang Shelby GT500 is palatial compared with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. But if you want comfort with your tire-smoking burnouts and quarter-mile launches, you can’t do better than the Dodge Challenger SRT...
  • How To Prepare Your Car For Fall As it begins to creep into October, you know that colder weather is on its way. This means that it is time to prepare your car for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. Your car is negatively impacted by the cold temperatures in many ways. Treat the Fall season as a time to prepare your car for the harsh chill that Winter brings. Cold weather makes it more difficult for your tires to maintain grip and makes the windshield more defenseless against cracks. What can you do to prepare your vehicle for the drop in temperatures? Here are 10 Tips to Preparing Your Car For Fall: 1. Check the Belts and Hoses. Look for cracks, leaks, and wears in the belts and hoses. You want to ensure that there are no signs of splitting, fraying, or glazing. One major problem with faulty belts and hoses is overheating. Although this usually occurs in the Summer, it can occur anytime of the year, including during the colder months. If you notice any problems with these car...
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