Maserati Levante, a new premium crossover. It was only about ten months since Maserati began producing Levante, but already the brand’s debut Crossover has suffered two withdrawals in the United States alone.
Almost more than a month ago, Levante including joint Ghibli and Quattroporte in brand-wide recall nearly 7,500 vehicles over problems with their reversing camera. Now another luxury crossover just 1,515 examples were withdrawn due to transmission errors.
According to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software engine in 2017 Levante S “may cause the transmission to shift to neutral, or the engine to shut down, when the vehicle speed is approximately two miles per hour.”
This problem is different from the previous FCA recall 1.1 million examples of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee over the bed unexpectedly associated with electronic shifter unintuitive.
This latest problem, however, is thought to increase the risk of accidents, so Maserati call them in: 1,515 samples from them, to be exact. That may not seem like much, until you realize that account for every last sample of companies have been sold in the US so far.
Model S is the higher end of the two versions of the Maserati Levante offered in North America. It is distinguished from the base model, especially with a more powerful version of the brand Trident 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – producing 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque instead of 345 hp and 369 lb-ft in the standard specification.
Luckily this, like many other modern problems, is expected to be repaired by a simple software update. The campaign is already running, but if you’re one of those 1,515 owners and do not take you on to reflash, best supervise the transmission position indicator and ready to take corrective action.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed that it will produce Chrysler Portal or something very similar after 2018.
Unveiled at CES 2017 and displayed at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, Portal is an all-electric concept car. According to the FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, will act as the fifth generation car brand.
Both Marchionne also FCA head of passenger cars for North America, Tim Kuniskis, would say whether the portal will hit the market like, but it seems like a likely scenario. What’s more likely, is that the Chrysler Pacifica would complement the electric minivan drawing on the Portal for the design and powertrain.
Speaking with The Detroit News in an ongoing Detroit Auto Show, Kuniskis said, “We haven’t been shy to say that we see the Portal as what we view as the future of family transportation. People ask me, is it a minivan? Is it a crossover? Is it a UV (utility vehicle)? We just say it’s the fifth generation of cars.”
In addition to the powertrain, Chrysler Portal supports Level Three autonomous driving courtesy of navigation sensors and radar. Importantly, the hardware found on Portal can be updated to support a greater degree of autonomy.
It was only a matter of time before this will come to the surface. In fact we were a little surprised it took this long. We refer to the vehicle you see here: the modification Ferrari 488 GTB by Liberty Walk, which recently debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon.
An entity known among fans of treatment “stanced” Liberty Walk is a Japanese aftermarket tuner that has made a name for himself by dropping a suspension on high-end exotic supercars and fitting an extra-wide body kit.
The latest project is based on a mid-engined, twin-turbocharged, eight-cylinder supercar Maranello – forced-induction successor to the 458 Italia, F430 and 360 Modena, a few examples of the Liberty Walk called upon to apply a signature style. Just because it has so many Prancing Horse’s rivals, such as Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 650S.
It is not for the faint of heart, or for those who have an appreciation of exotic cars comes from their love clean shapes, elegant. But then it was not the Liberty Walk after.
Without many changes, Jaguar introduced the updated F-Type, the visual differences with the pre-facelift F-type to be negligible and identify the new bumpers, new LED front lights, like the new tail, which now is LED technology.
“Great sports car design is about proportion and purity. The most challenging element of the process for designers is to focus on and maintain an exciting silhouette that promises performance. For the 2018 model year F-TYPE, we looked at how we could fine-tune key details to deliver even more clarity of purpose in the overall design – for the driver, the passenger and onlookers.” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
Inside there are new, lighter seats by 8 pounds, the new information and entertainment system Touch Pro, chrome and aluminum decorations and new leather upholstery, the British automaker to introduce the R-Dynamic package to F-Type with the V6 engine, which combined with wheels 19 “or 20”, as with black details on the bumpers and bonnet.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Exterior
The F-TYPE’s grille shape and graphic are unchanged, remaining – as ever – key elements in the sports car’s design DNA. However, for the 2018 model year, designers paid particular attention to the bumpers, introducing bolder surfaces and simpler forms with discreet signature features subtly enhancing the front end form, providing greater differentiation across the model range, from the F-TYPE up to the F-TYPE SVR.
The Jaguar also offers application ReRun which combined with GoPro camera produces high quality video to the vehicle data.
“The ReRun app combines several unique features from our Developer Toolkits to help F-TYPE drivers to create premium quality, easy-to-share videos of their driving experiences. Thanks to the close collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Apps team and our Developer Program team, ReRun offers outstanding functionality and is intuitive to use. We’re looking forward to the launch and seeing the first customer videos online.” said Adam Silver, Senior Director of Accessories and Developer Solutions, GoPro.
Interior – 2018 Jaguar F-Type
The 2018 model year F-TYPE’s interior, it said like the exterior, evolves into a purer, more concentrated expression of the car’s original elegance and sportiness. Jaguar’s interior designers focused on refining a handful of key elements to create a greater sense of harmony in the finishes, enhance the sense of balance between luxury and performance and to introduce new material options that give the car an even more exotic feel.
One of the most significant upgrades are the new lightweight slimline seats which combine an ergonomically-optimised form with outstanding comfort. The seat’s flowing contours and sculpted surfaces also contribute to the F-TYPE interior’s heightened sense of anticipation and poise.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Specification and Performance
Mechanically now, the Jaguar version adds the F-Type Sport 400. This is placed between the F-Type S and F-Type R, has a black rims 20 “, the braking system with large brakes, gray decoration, special signals, improved framework and under the bonnet lies a 3.0-liter V6 engine performance 400 hp with 460 Nm of torque.
The 0-100 km / h does it in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 275 km / h. Other variants retain their horsepowers by merely F-Type attribute 340 hp, the F-Type S 380 horses, the F-Type R 550 horsepower and the F-Type SVR 575 horsepower. Manual transmission is offered only in the rear-wheel drive F-Type, with four-wheel drive can be combined only with the 8 speed automatic transmission. The versions with V8 engine is now only four-wheel drive. Sales of the renewed F-Pace will start in the first quarter.
After a teaser photo uploaded to the Skoda’s Facebook page, sparked rumors of a stronger version of the renewed Octavia RS, but eventually the news proved coal, since the Skoda just presented the renewed Octavia and Octavia RS in special event organized in Vienna.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Exterior
The updated version of the Octavia, acquires new lights, which are available with LED technology, new grille, new bumpers, new LED rear light clusters, as new design wheels from 16 “to 18”.
The version Octavia Scout is fitted with new bumpers, redesigned wheels black plastic protectors in various parts of the body, aluminum roof rails and 33mm increased distance from soil. The space of the luggage reaches 610 liters, which after folding the rear seat goes up to 1,740 liters.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Interior
Inside we find the most advanced Columbus infotainment system with touch screen 9.2 “supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate, fewer physical buttons, inductive charger, the Octavia can be equipped with devices such as smart protection pedestrians, Front Assist, parking assistant, blind spot detection, Rear Traffic Alert and assistant trailer. In additional equipment meet removable flashlight in the trunk of the Octavia Combi, heated steering wheel, wrench settings for each driver and folding tables on the backs of the front seats.
Mechanically, the new Octavia is available with five petrol engines and four diesel with a capacity of 1000-2000 mL performance from 84-184 hp. The engines are combined with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI can be combined with all-wheel drive. The system Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is available in versions Comfort, Normal and Sport, and there is a CNG version wearing the 1.400 cc engine generates 110 hp.
The Octavia RS is offered in sedan and wagon versions and have new wheels dimensions from 17 “to 19” gloss black diffuser and LED lights plate lamp.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Specification and Performance
Movement gets the 2.0 TSI engine strengthened by 10 horses and delivers 230 horses with 350 Nm torque. The 0-100 km / h does it in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km / h. The engine is combined with either 6’s mechanical, or 6’s automatic DSG gearbox.
In Octavia RS diesel, the 2.0 TDI produces 184 horsepower with 380 Nm of torque, with 0-100 km / hour need 7.9 seconds, with top speed reaches 232 km / h. The 2.0 TDI engine is mated with a 6 speed transmission or DSG 6 speed for power sent to the front axle, the all wheel drive version to be offered only with the DSG.
The suspension of the renewed Octavia RS is 15 mm lower than that of simply Octavia, the rear track has increased by 30 mm. The brake calipers are painted in red and inside we find sports seats and the new Columbus infotainment system with touch screen 8 “or 9.2”.
Chevrolet spokesman in statements made on the sidelines of the Detroit Motor Show, made it known that the new Corvette ZR1 will be presented to the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase IMSA event, in August. The most notable absence at this year’s Detroit auto show is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The beastly capper to the C7 generation initially was scheduled to premiere in the Motor City, but that plan changed late last year.
The issue will be placed on top of the range of Corvette, above the Z06 and Grand Sport is expected to produces close to 700 horsepowers, the engine can be combined with either a 7-speed automatic gearbox, or with the new 10-speed automatic . It is also available as an open version, the model stand out from the new, much more aggressive and aerodynamic bodykit, with enormous dimensions rear spoiler stand out from afar. The price is expected to exceed the $ 100,000 barrier.
A high-ranking Corvette engineer assured us that there are no delays in the development programs for the current C7 (which includes the ZR1) and the future C8 (the much anticipated mid-engined car).
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Images Gallery Spy Shot