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The 2013 Honda Accord will offer integration with Apple's Siri personal assistant

The 2013 Honda Accord will offer integration with Apple’s Siri personal assistant

In another step towards the iPhone’s ever-increasing ubiquity, Honda has teamed with Apple to integrate support for the software giant’s Siri personal assistant in its vehicles. The first cars slated to receive the high-tech treatment are the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and Acura ILX.


Dubbed Apple Siri Eyes Free, the service connects to drivers’ iPhones via Bluetooth, bringing the smooth-talking assistant into your car. Through the program, drivers can dictate texts, make phone calls, play music and get directions without ever touching a key or taking their eyes off the road. Developed with the idea of minimizing distraction in mind, Eyes Free works with steering wheel controls, and also keeps phones from lighting up in order to keep the temptation to respond immediately at bay.

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The BMW 750i is available for chauffeur service at all Fairmont Hotels in the United States and Canada

The BMW 750i is available for chauffeur service at all Fairmont Hotels in the United States and Canada

BMW recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, offering complimentary local shuttle service at all U.S. properties. Already available at Canadian locations, the service will be available to all Fairmont President’s Club members, and will feature both the BMW 750i sedan and the X5 SUV. For those looking to experience their surroundings at a somewhat slower pace, Fairmont also offers complimentary usage of BMW Cruise Bikes. Designed for frequent Fairmont guests, the President’s Club is free to join, and includes additional benefits such as high-speed wireless internet, expedited check-in and check-out, and athletic apparel by Reebok.

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Browsing the internet while driving is a growing problem on the road

Browsing the internet while driving is a growing problem on the road

While law enforcement agencies across the country have been cracking down on texting while driving in recent years, a new study shows that surfing the web behind the wheel is a growing problem, as well. According to a survey by insurer State Farm, which polled a group of 4,000 drivers over the age of 18, 48 per cent of respondents ages 18-29 admitted to surfing the web while driving, up 29 per cent since 2009. Those over the age of 29 are also browsing the net in bigger numbers, with 21 per cent owning up to the practice.

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series making its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series making its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

World-Class Car Convention


From PCH to the Sunset Strip, Southern California was made for cruising, and there’s no bigger celebration of the Southland’s car culture than the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. Open to the public November 30 through December 9, the 2012 LA Auto Show promises to rev SoCal car fans into a frenzy, with nearly 50 vehicle debuts including both concept cars and soon-to-be-available production models. Among the anticipated unveilings at this year’s show is the world debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, as well as the North American debuts of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept.

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Better Place electric car charge station

Better Place electric car charge station


The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) is driving to a greener future. Or at least it’s hoping its guests will. The hotel chain recently installed electric car charging stations in the car parks at some of its Australian hotels in New South Wales. IHG recently announced five new participating hotels: Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and Holiday Inn Old Sydney. This brings the number of IHG hotels with charging stations to eight.

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An Aston Martin outside the DUKES hotel in London

An Aston Martin outside the DUKES hotel in London


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film “Dr. No,” DUKES hotel in London is rolling out two red-carpet-worthy package specials. Now through January 13, 2013, guests can live out their 007 fantasies at the legendary hotel that author Ian Fleming used to frequent.

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RelayRides provides a safe and easy way for car owners to rent their vehicles

RelayRides provides a safe and easy way for car owners to rent their vehicles

Rent Out Your Car for Extra Cash


With urban dwelling on the rise and gas prices sitting stubbornly above the four-dollar mark across much of America, car sharing is catching on as a smart alternative to traditional vehicle ownership. While services like Zipcar have helped pave the way for by-the-hour car rentals, San Francisco-based start-up RelayRides has taken things one step further by providing a platform for vehicle owners to rent out their rides to other licensed drivers. Launched in 2010 by Harvard Business School grad Shelby Clark, RelayRides boasts some 20,000 members sharing 1,000 vehicles — and hopes to continue expanding its fleet as more and more drivers open up to the possibilities of peer-to-peer car rentals.

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The entryway of the Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York

The entryway of the Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York

Following collaborations with Tiffany and Dior, the St. Regis New York has turned to the automotive industry for inspiration in designing its latest signature suite — and found an ideal partner in Bentley Motors. The Bentley Suite, which debuted September 19, 2012, showcases a stylish synthesis of the iconic British badge’s unique aesthetics with the luxury hotel’s discerning eye for quality and comfort. Featuring one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, an entryway foyer, a spacious dining room and a living room replete with floor-to-ceiling windows on the fifteenth floor, the suite isn’t cheap at $9,500 a night; however, the fees also include access the St. Regis’ opulent array of amenities. Guests staying in the Bentley Suite are treated to an in-suite Champagne bar, butler service, and complimentary chauffeur service within a ten-block radius of the hotel.

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The Volkswagen Golf is one of Strategic Vision's top-rated vehicles of 2012

The Volkswagen Golf is one of Strategic Vision’s top-rated vehicles of 2012

The Volkswagen Group of America once again took the top spot in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Quality survey, which measures overall customer satisfaction with new car purchases. The marketing and consulting firm cited consumer favorites like the Audi A4 and A8, as well as the Volkswagen Golf, Eos and Tiguan as factors in VW’s ranking. The Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Company followed close on Volkswagen’s heels in a tie for second place, with the Ford Flex and F-Series pickup, as well as the Fiat 500, all earning high marks in the Total Quality survey. Along with its namesake brand, the Volkswagen Group also owns luxury car badges Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini.

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The 2013 Nissan NISMO 370Z in action

The 2013 Nissan NISMO 370Z in action

Following in the formidable footsteps of Mercedes‘ AMG line and BMW‘s M badge, Nissan is planning to expand its own “NISMO” division of (more affordable) high-performance vehicles. Featuring fifteen per cent more power, distinctive exterior designs and sport-tuned suspensions and steering, the first wave of new NISMO-badged cars are scheduled to hit showrooms early next year, beginning with a 285-horsepower Nissan Juke boldly styled with eighteen-inch wheels and bright red highlights. Also in the works is a NISMO Leaf expected to generate 125 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque — a significant boost in performance for the all-electric hatchback. Other models expected to receive the NISMO treatment include the GT-R and an updated version of the NISMO Z.

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