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2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Cadillac CTS

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Resources, Auto Reviews, Cadillac, Car Reviews, Fanatic Car Reviews, Luxury Cars

Motor Trend is an online auto magazine that is very popular among the car lovers because this magazine provides comprehensive information on new cars, used cars, famous auto shows, auto news, car reviews and so on. Any of you can find the Motor Trend magazine quite easily and also subscribe for it because it is perhaps the most trustworthy source of information on automobiles.

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The online magazine organizes the Motor Trend Awards each year to appreciate the work of manufacturers who have come out with unique and trendy cars, trucks, SUVs etc. Motor Trend magazine puts in a lot of effort and thought in examining the automobiles that get associated with the awards every year.

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This year the Motor Trend Car of the Year award was given to Cadillac CTS. This is for the 2nd time that this honor has been bestowed upon Cadillac CTS because the car had won the similar award in the year 2008 as well. Cadillac CTS was competing against Mazda3 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (the corporate cousin of Cadillac) for the Motor Trend Car of the Year honor.

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The most amazing thing about Cadillac CTS’s victory is that it was able to beat BMW and Mercedes on quality, comfort, performance and style. Here are some details about the 2014 Motor Car of the Year- Cadillac CTS:

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Design:

The Cadillac CTS that was revealed in the year 2008 surely had no innovation in terms of design. But it was able to win the 2008 Car of the Year honor because of some other excellent features. On the other hand, the design of Cadillac CTS (third generation) has evolved successfully. The car looks purposeful, light and elegant. The most important part of Cadillac CTS is the light blade which has been extended effectively giving the car an attractive look. The interior design of the car is also very coherent, crisp and luxurious.

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Efficiency:

The engine of the Cadillac CTS which is a turbocharged 4-cyclinder 2.0 liter engine is really impressive as it adds the elements of high performance and fuel economy to the Cadillac CTS. Therefore the efficiency of the car is very remarkable.

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Engineering Excellence:

The chassis of Cadillac CTS is absolutely fantastic because it increases not only the efficiency of the car but benefits the car in terms of handling and performance. The car is an improved commuter because the vibration, harshness and noise from the suspension and powertrain are absent. However, the infotainment and climate controls in the car can become hectic at times because these have touch screens.2014-Cadillac-CTS-3-6-rear-three-quarter-in-motion

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Safety:

The Cadillac CTS provides for both active and passive safety equipments. Some of these safety equipments and preparations are: rear side, front knee side, front side, front, rear and front curtain airbags, collision warning, automatic braking, automatic car crash preparations etc.

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Value:

In relation to its competitors, Cadillac CTS has a price that is quite reasonable and the car is worth every penny you spent on it.

Cadillac will release the V series next season. But it has to raise the standard it has set this season.

2014 Toronto Auto Show

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Resources, Auto Reviews, Auto Shows, Auto Supplies, Car Reviews, Consumer Guide Auto, Fanatic Car Reviews, Luxury Cars, Mercedes-Benz, Sedans, Showrooms, Sports Cars, SUVs

Officially known as the Canadian International Auto Show, the 2014 Toronto Auto Show took place from the 14th of February to 23rd of February, 2014. The venue for the auto show was Metro Convention Center which is located in Toronto. Toronto Auto Show 2014 highlighted some of the greatest and latest upcoming technologies and features that will mark the future of the automotive industry. There was a splendid display of production cars, exotic supercars and extraordinary concepts.

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Rob Ford (Mayor of Toronto) participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the auto show on the 14th of February, 2014 and opened the annual automobile event which is popular among all Canadian car enthusiasts and consumers as it features more than thousand motorcycles, luxury vehicles, SUVs, trucks, new cars etc.

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There are certain notable things that occurred in the 2014 Toronto Auto Show:

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  • Porsche made a superb comeback in this event. After 2008, Porsche had never thought about getting associated with the most famous auto show of Canada. Therefore, the last appearance of Porsche in the auto show was in the year 2008.
  • The updated mini came at a start price of $20,990 and a base price of $25,490.

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  • The Volkswagen Golf VII made its appearance for the very first time in Canada at the 2014 Toronto Auto Show.  This car has been given the 2013 World Car of the Year Honor at the World Car Awards 2013.

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  • High performance and racier cars such as the 2015 WRX STI and WRX from Subaru also made their appearance at the Toronto Auto Show 2014.

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Super cars that were showcased at the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show are:

  • If the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rocked the 2013 Toronto Auto Show, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 made a superb appearance in this year’s Toronto Auto Show.
  • The revolutionary 2015 Ford Mustang was also showcased at the auto show.
  • The dynamic and fast 2015 BMW i8.
  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe which was the most trendy production car at the auto show.

Luxury cars which appeared at the Toronto Auto Show 2014 are:

 

  • Infiniti Q30 Concept.
  • Acura TLX.
  • Audi S3.
  • 2014 Porsche Macan.
  •  Jaguar C-X17 Concept.
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

In terms of practicality the cars that were displayed at the 2014 Toronto Auto Show are:

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  • Kia Provo Concept and K900.
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf.
  • Nissan Sports Sedan Concept.
  • 2015 Chrysler 200.
  • 2015 Honda Fit.
  • 2015 Ford F-150.

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After the auto show, several online magazines came out with their own list of top 10 cars at the 2014 Toronto Auto Show. Here is a look at those top 10 cars.

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  1. Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
  2. Nissan Micra.
  3.  Subaru WRX STI.
  4. Acura TLX Concept.
  5. Porsche Macan.
  6. Jaguar C-X17 Concept.
  7. Volvo S60 Polestar.
  8. Mini Cooper.
  9. Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.
  10. Dodge Challenger Shaker.

Therefore it can be seen that the 2014 Toronto Auto Show was highly successful because of the amazing cars that made their appearance at the show.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Resources, Auto Reviews, Auto Shows, Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Sports Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was the reflection of some of the best engineering skills and designs. The Corvette Stingray was revealed in January 2013 and ultimately became one of the most sought and appreciated car of the year 2014. The success that this generation of car achieved was unbelievable.

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Even after the notable achievement of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet continued with its attempts to manufacture another Corvette. Therefore Chevrolet came out with the 4th generation: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the car that will launch the Corvette into the territory of supercar when it will flood the markets of different countries in the year 2015. This car was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on 13th of January, 2014.

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Chevrolet has actually very cleverly refined and enhanced the features of Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and used them in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. According to Tadge Juechter (lead engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette series), the Corvette Z06 is perhaps going to be more balanced than the Corvette ZR1. Juechter also simply puts it that the Corvette Z06 is like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2014 on steroids.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is going to be shown at the Detroit Auto Show 2014 so that its performance can really be tested in the midst of competitors like Chrysler 200, 2015 Ford F-150, Cadillac ATS Coupe, 2015 BMW M3 Sedan etc.

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The beastly and bulky Chevrolet Corvette Z06 had been designed alongside C7.R racer car that Chevrolet has revealed in January 2014. So the design of the Corvette Z06 is very similar to the design of C7.R. The winged, vented, lowered and widened body of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 surely makes it the perfect car for racing.

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Z06’s aluminum frame bears a close resemblance to C7.R’s frame as well the frame of Stingray. For the cooling purposes, the Corvette Z06 has wider tires and wheels, flared fenders and larger vents. The aluminum wheels of the car are lightweight and wider.

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2015 Corvette Z06 has a LT4 6.2-liter engine which is actually based on the LT1 engine of Corvette Stingray. However, while designing this engine for Z06; more emphasis was given to lower torque. The engine is going to deliver a horsepower of around 625 and a torque of around 635-lb-ft which means that Corvette Z06 has a supercharged engine.

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Other attractive features of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 are: direct injection, Chevrolet’s Active Fuel Management (this feature will help you keep a track on gas mileage), dry-sump oiling system, cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing, automatic transmission, roof panel that is removable and so on.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will offer supercar performance and remarkable fuel efficiency. The interior of the car is made out of soft touch, premium materials such as sueded microfiber, carbon fiber, aluminum and Napa leather. The steering wheel of the Corvette Z06 is flat-bottomed. The car offers 2 seating options: Competition Sport and GT seat. The base price of Corvette Z06 is around $85000 (est).

2015 Ford Mustang First Look

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Resources, Auto Reviews, Car Reviews, Fanatic Car Reviews, Luxury Cars, Sports Cars

Ford officially unveiled the 2015 Ford Mustang on the 3rd of December, 2013 and according to Ford the design of this car has been completely revamped and the inspiration for this car came from the fifty years of heritage of Ford Mustang. While designing the 2015 Ford Mustang, many expert engineers, designers and executives were given the opportunity to share their opinions because of which the Team Mustang was able to do exceptional work on the car.

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The 2015 Ford Mustang is exquisitely sculpted and it has a fastback design which is absolutely striking. If one beholds the 2015 Ford Mustang from a distance of about 50 feet then he/she will notice that the car has a soldier-like appearance as if it is ready for action, lean, sleek and yet muscular all at the same time. When one moves closer to the car, the appearance of the car remains as impressive as it was.

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The wheelbase of 2015 Ford Mustang is 107.1 inches which is similar to the earlier generations of Ford Mustang cars. However, the designers have lowered the roof, rear decklid and the hood. The Mustang’s car track has been widened as well.

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Interior designers of the 2015 Ford Mustang made sure that the interior of the car is extraordinary. They mixed the aviation theme and high-end luxurious theme to create an interior that is top-notch.

There are 3 engine choices that are available in the 2015 Ford Mustang:

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  • The all powerful V8 5.0-liter engine which will produce a horsepower of around 420 and a torque of around 390 lb-ft.
  • The V6 3.7-liter engine which will produce a horsepower of around 300 and a torque of 270 lb-ft.
  • The EcoBoost 4-cylinder 2.3-liter engine is said to produce 300 lb-ft torque and 305 horsepower. This engine will be a more powerful option that the V6 engine.

All the above mentioned three engines will offer better idle stability, fuel economy and lower emissions.

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2015 Ford Mustang has the following unique features that make it the 21st century Ford Mustang:

  • Track Application.
  • Keyless Entry.
  • Remote Start.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring.
  • Launch Control.
  • All-new rear and front suspension system.
  • Cooled and Heated seats.
  • Driving mode selector which has three options- Snow/Rain, Track and Sport.
  • Windshield wipers which are sensitive to rain.
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch.
  • Shaker Pro audio.
  • Blind spot monitors.
  • Cross traffic alert system.

Therefore it can be seen that new technological upgrades have been done on the 2015 Ford Mustang because of which the car has become more dynamic and splendid. According to the designers, the car is going to be more fun and noticeably faster because of its lowered and widened stance and lightweight.

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The stopping, lateral handling and acceleration of the 2015 Ford Mustang have also been enhanced tremendously. Thus driving this car is going to be an easy task for able drivers. The cost of the new Ford Mustang has not yet been revealed by the manufacturers.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Reviews, Car Reviews, Fanatic Car Reviews, Luxury Cars, Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has added power enhancements and all-wheel drive system to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S. These are the same features that were added to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The logic behind this addition was simple- adding power to the car will turn out to be useless until and unless there is sufficient traction to keep it under control. There is little surprise in the fact that CLS 63 and E63 are practically very identical to each other.

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Exterior Design: The exterior of the car is aggressively styled. Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC looks rather rakish, poised and sleek. The roofline of the car will remind you of the top-notch architectural projects. Even when the car is parked, you will get the feeling that it is talking about going fast. The muscular body of the CLS 63 is surely something that is really impressive.

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Interior Design: The interior upgrades that this car has undergone really deserve appreciation. The CLS 63 cabin is exquisitely crafted to suit the needs of the driver as well as the passengers. The interior of the car gives you the feeling of complete escape and total connectedness. Along with that enjoyable, intuitive and attentive technologies make the driving experience unforgettable. The upholstery and the paintwork of the car are very exclusive and exotic.

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Engine: The engine of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC is the twin turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine which produces a horsepower of around 585 and a torque of around 590 lb-ft. This means the car reaches the 60 mph mark in about 3.5 seconds. The V8 engine of this car is the pinnacle of competency and efficiency as it has a combination of both fuel efficiency and high performance. No other competitors of the CLS 63 have such a proficient engine.

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The all-wheel drive system and air suspension makes the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC almost suitable for any of the road conditions. The car has the capability of withstanding also the tough and snowy road conditions. The grip on road surfaces especially the wintry and wet ones and the driving safety is enhanced tremendously thanks to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

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Controls for infotainment and climate are very familiar to any of the Mercedes-Benz cars. Once a person gets to spend some time with the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC, the controls and their operation will become clearer and pretty straightforward.

CLS 63 is the car which is giving tough competition to cars such as Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ R, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Audi RS7. Some of the other attractive features of the CLS 63 car are:

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  • Electronic Stability Control.
  • Forward Collision Mitigation.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor.
  • Parking Aid.
  • Driver Assistance Package.
  • Mbrace2 Emergency S.O.S.
  • Driveline Traction Control and ABS.
  • Side Impact Beams.
  • Daytime Running Lights.
  • Automatic Transmission.

The base price for the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG-S 4MATIC is around $122,250. All in all, it can be said that the CLS 63 is an outstanding piece of machinery.

2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

Written by Car Fanatic Blogger. Posted in Auto Resources, Auto Reviews, Car Reviews, Consumer Guide Auto, Fanatic Car Reviews, Lamborghini, Luxury Cars, Sports Cars

Lamborghini Aventador was first unveiled in the year 2011. However, it seems that Automobili Lamborghini was not satisfied with the 2011 version and came out with the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster in the year 2014. In the super car and sports car world, the 2014 Aventador Roadster has surely made a landmark because of its beautifully sculpted body and hardy built.

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This Lamborghini car is a convertible car which offers splendid driving experience and ultimate sports and super car sophistication. The upper area of the car gives it a unique profile and the geometric lines extending from the roof to the hood give the car a very extraordinary appearance. The sleek lines of the car offer a very sporty and elegant look to the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. The car even has a close resemblance to jet fighter planes.

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The design of the Roadster was created in such a way so that the following things can be implemented:

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  • The car can have a luxurious styling.
  • It can offer top-notch performance.
  • Drivers find it easy to use and drive the car.
  • The car can provide an unforgettable driving experience.

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2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster boasts of a record performance because it has the ability to reach 100 km/h in about three seconds. The maximum speed of Roadster is around three hundred and fifty kilometer per hour.

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This car has a V12 6.5-liter engine that produces a horsepower of around 691 and a torque of around 509 lb-ft. The V12 engine of the car is highly competent and gives a lot of advantage to the car in terms of performance and efficiency.

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In order to ensure that the car is efficient as well as environmentally-friendly, the designers of Lamborghini Aventador Roadster have come out with two unique systems:

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  • First one is the start-stop system which makes sure that the engine shuts down in a stop-go traffic or at the traffic lights. In this way, you save fuel. This system is based on a super capacitor which is faster and lighter in relation to restarting the motor.

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  • Second one is the cylinder deactivation system. During a situation of light-throttle, half the cylinders of the V12 engine shut down and only six cylinders keep working. After the driver comes out of the throttle situation, the other cylinders automatically start working.

Some of the notable features of the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster are:

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  • All wheel drive system.
  • Tire pressure monitor.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Driveline traction control and ABS.
  • 7-speed gearbox.
  • Push-rod suspension.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • Navigation system.
  • Bluetooth.
  • On-board computer.
  • USB and iPod interface.

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The interior of the car is absolutely luxurious because a type of leather known as the Sabbia Nefertem is utilized to make the upholstery. The cars which are considered to be the competitors of 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster are: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster, McLaren MP4-12C Spider and Ferrari 458 Spider. The price of the car in Europe is 300,000 Euros. US pricing has not been announced.