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Archive for April, 2010

MyFord Touch Debuts on 2011 Ford Edge

April 19th, 2010

2011 Ford Edge

The question of whether or not you’re content with your current portable media player or smart phone, progress just keeps marching forward, constantly rendering last month’s model obsolete. Same goes for cars.  Just as we were getting used to Ford’s highly-praised SYNC in-car connectivity system, they released their latest technological wonder: MyFord Touch.

The new system will debut on the new 2011 Ford Edge, and runs on the second generation SYNC platform developed by Microsoft. Like its predecessor, MyFord Touch is fully capable of connecting Bluetooth, interfacing with Microsoft Zune products and integrating voice commands. Unlike the first generation system, which responded to only 100 voice commands, MyFord Touch recognizes roughly 10,000 different commands. While we never personally had a problem with SYNC’s voice command system, you have to admit that the new one is vastly improved.

MyFord Touch System

Three LCD screens make up the MyFord Touch display, including two small screens to the left and right of the speedometer in the gauge cluster and one 8-inch touch screen located in the center console. Using the center display grants you access to all the system’s infotainment capabilities, which include navigation, Zune interface controls and available apps like Pandora streaming radio.

But without a doubt, the coolest function of MyFord Touch is that the navigation system has a handy Eco-Route option that allows you to find the most fuel-efficient way to get to your destination, in addition to the fastest and shortest routes. So while you may not need all the newest bells and whistles, the MyFord Touch system makes it hard not to want them.

Click here for the video of MyFord Touch in action.

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Update: Toyota Recalls 2010 Lexus GX 460

April 19th, 2010
Image Courtesy of Consumer Reports

Image Courtesy of Consumer Reports 2010

Toyota has reportedly issued a recall on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 to fix the potential issue of the SUV rolling over, effecting some 6,000 units that have been sold since the GX 460 went on sale in December 2009.  This comes after Consumer Reports issued a stern “Don’t Buy” label in its ratings due to the vehicle skid control activating too late during high-speed emergency maneuvers.

The fix may be as simple as a re-flash of the vehicle’s ECM, in essence updating the timing of the GX 460′s vehicle skid control so it kicks in sooner.  If you are the owner of a 2010 Lexus GX 460, you will be contacted by Lexus regarding what to do.  If you do not want to wait, contact your Lexus Dealer by clicking here.

See the video of the Lexus GX 460 almost rolling over here.

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Nissan and Mercedes-Benz form Alliance

April 15th, 2010

Crown and Coke.  Kit Kat and coffee.  When two great things come together, the result is usually nothing short of, well, fantastic. This past week introduced yet another natural pairing to the world when Renault-Nissan and Daimler (parent company of Mercedes-Benz), announced a partnership that will include engine and platform sharing as well as various collaborative development efforts.

The biggest change in store for the future is the use of a Mercedes-Benz  4-cylinder engine in an Infiniti G model. While this is a huge change for the G lineup as we currently know it, it brings the model closer to its roots—the Infiniti G20 was the brand’s first entry-level model way back in 1991 and was equipped with a high-revving 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

Ultimately, the goal is to offer efficiency, refinement and sufficient power at a price point substantially lower than the $34k+ G37. While this combination may sound like it will cut into sales of entry level C-Class sedans, experts at Daimler claim that customers don’t usually cross-shop between Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.

It’s difficult to say which of the two automotive giants will benefit the most from this alliance, but one thing’s for sure: the consumer has the most to gain as one of the most potent (not to mention one of the best looking) luxury sport sedans on the market is about to get a whole lot more affordable.

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Toyota Temporarily Halts Sales of 2010 Lexus GX 460

April 13th, 2010

2010 Lexus GX 460

The last thing that Toyota needs is its luxury brand, Lexus, to come under fire for safety reasons. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what seems to be happening. Consumer Reports has issued a rare “Don’t Buy” rating for the 2010 Lexus GX 460. When the trusted consumer publication put the GX through its routine handling test, it performed poorly when taking an “unusual turn” and slid until it was sideways. Mind you, that’s a pretty fast turn.

[Scroll down and click the link at the end of this post to see the video]

The problem, according to Consumer Reports, is the SUV’s traction control system.  Apparently, the TCS kicked on too late to make a difference in the aforementioned “unusual turn”. In a real-world driving situation, Consumer Reports believes this could lead to the vehicle completely rolling over and is the reason why it has placed the warning on this model.

To its credit, Toyota, certified professionals in situations like this, responded rapidly, stating that it is very concerned with the organization’s findings and will work to duplicate the conditions of the test in order to see just how serious the problem really is.

In the mean time, production of all Lexus GX 460 models has been halted and Consumer Reports’ “Don’t Buy” rating still stands until the issue has been fixed.  For what it’s worth, it should be noted that only 1 out of 4 road test editors found this to be an issue.

And we don’t know anyone who takes a 5000-lb SUV and throws it into a turn that fast. Unusual turn, is right.

Here’s the video: 2010 Lexus GX 460 Safety Risk Video.

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Ford Swap Your Ride Sales Event

April 8th, 2010

In case you missed it the first time around, the Ford “Swap Your Ride” sales event is back. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, allow us to retort: As long as you drive a non-Ford vehicle, you can trade it in and get 0.0% APR financing plus $1,000 cash back on a brand new Ford, including the 2010 Ford Mustang and 2010 Ford Fusion. This is in addition to the value of your trade-in, of course.

With only a few exclusions (Taurus SE, Edge SE AWD, Shelby GT500, F-150 Raptor and all hybrid models), this offer applies to most of Ford’s 2010 vehicle lineup. So if you’ve been waiting for a chance to pick up a brand-new Ford, this is an opportune time to do so.

You should hurry though, as you only have until May 1, 2010 to swap your ride.

2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Ford Fusion

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