After previously experimenting with electric power for the ActiveE Concept, BMW is finally ready to enter the EV segment with the all-new i3, a lithium-ion battery-powered hatchback set for commercial release in the second quarter of 2014. Continue reading “BMW i3 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Set for Production — Car News” »
by Nick Winfrey
While we’ve all put in the hours—and the elbow grease—buffing hoods and waxing wheels and spritzing windshields with streak-free solutions, few of us take the time to care adequately for our cars’ interiors. However, upholstery upkeep is an essential part of any vehicle cleaning regimen, especially for those of us with leather or vinyl surfaces that can quickly crack or fade when neglected. Thankfully, Mothers has your seats (literally) covered with its line of LeatherTech car care products.
Whether you’re looking to take an extended test drive, or are simply in need of a cool car to tool around town in while on vacation, Toyota has you covered with its new rental car program. Offering a total of 27 models that cover a broad spectrum including sedans, SUVs, trucks and hybrids, Toyota Rent a Car is available at over 85 percent of Toyota and Scion dealerships across the country. Toyota does not have rental stations at airports; however, dealerships do offer off-site pick-up service. Rates are competitive, and 24-hour roadside assistance is complimentary, making the service a viable alternative to traditional rental car companies. Afraid of falling in love with your rental? No worries! Most vehicles are available for sale after four months of service.
While Aston Martin has long been known for its fast and fuel-thirsty luxury vehicles, a pair of recent partnerships hint at the British badge’s increasing interest in alternative fuels. In May, Aston Martin made racing history by entering the first hydrogen-powered car in an FIA-sanctioned event at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The result of a collaboration with powertrain specialist Alset Global, the Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was also the first car to complete emission-free laps in an international race—at times at speeds of up to 160 mph. Fitted with the same 6.0-liter V12 as the base model Rapide, the four-door sports car can run on pure gaseous hydrogen, standard gasoline, or a combination of both. Although it has already proven itself road-worthy after this grueling event, a production version of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide is at least another five years away.
by Michael Gately
Three Months of Stylish Paint & Body Protection
Let’s face it: auto bras, those pesky pieces of vinyl that protect the front-end of your car from road debris, are ugly and quite expensive. Besides, what guy wants to suffer the embarrassment of squeezing his car into a “bra”?