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Quick Take
By John Voelcker
If you want small, fun, and fuel-efficient, there are other options to consider, but if you’re looking for a two-seat hybrid hatchback coupe, the 2015 Honda CR-Z is really your only choice. Read more »
Likes
Only small hybrid with stick shift
‘Boost’ mode adds power jolt
Dislikes
Fuel efficiency not all that high
Ride deteriorates on rough roads
CVT hurts any pretense of sporty driving
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Once you pull open the somewhat heavy door, a novel interior design awaits, a kind of cost-conscious, Honda-type attempt to deliver the arty style of a Mini or Fiat 500.
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While the production CR-Z lacks some of the muscularity of the concept, it still looks like nothing else on the road; that large, imposing grille and upslanting headlights start a design motif that finishes with a bold swish for a C-pillar and a sculptured rear deck.
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The Basics:
The Honda CR-Z is a niche car that’s never really found its niche: a sporty, fuel-efficient car that’s neither very sporty nor terribly fuel-efficient, it straddles two very different categories. Its small size and two-seat interior are also turnoffs to some, as it isn’t as useful as other small hatchbacks. It has always seeemed to be a car in search of a very specific customer.
As its name suggests, the CR-Z was intended as a followup to the beloved Honda CR-X, a small Civic-based hatchback that put an emphasis on handling and low weight. The CR-Z was to take that car’s concept, add a simple hybrid powertrain for fuel economy, and keep the fun dream alive. Unfortunately, modern safety and the hybrid powertrain added a lot of weight, and the feeling that resulted just couldn’t compare to the CRX, a car from another era entirely. So the CR-Z ends up as neither fish nor fowl. By today’s standards, it’s a tiny car for just two people, with almost no cargo space. But its gas mileage–rated by the EPA at 37 mpg combined for the more fuel-efficient model–isn’t all that good. In fact, it’s walloped by the 50-mpg combined rating of the larger, more capacious Toyota Prius.
The CR-Z’s engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit that’s paired with a 15-kilowatt (20-horsepower) electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission. A 2013 upgrade boosted the output to 130 horsepower, and the six-speed manual version now has rated torque of 140 lb-ft. CR-Zs now also include a boost function: a “Plus Sport System” lets the driver press a steering-wheel button marked “S+” that directs the motor to deliver an extra jolt of electric torque for up to 5 seconds if the battery’s charge is sufficient. The battery pack uses lithium-ion cells–the CR-Z was the last Honda to make the switch–which are lighter and have higher energy density than the nickel-metal-hydride pack used in early CR-Zs.
To address some of the criticism that the CR-Z isn’t quite sporty enough–finally–Honda will begin offering a kit that should go a long way toward transforming the car’s character. For CR-Zs equipped with the manual transmission, the Honda Performance Development (HPD) kit includes a supercharger for the engine, an HPD clutch, a limited-slip differential, new front brakes, a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, and several aero and dress-up parts. Engine output climbs to 187 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. For CVT-equipped models, the engine is left alone but the other dynamic and aesthetic improvements apply. It’s likely that fuel economy will suffer a bit, swinging the CR-Z’s balance farther toward sport, but since it’s a dealer-installed kit, the setup doesn’t get tested by the EPA.
The Honda CR-Z’s styling blends elements of the classic CRX–long hood, long doors, not much behind that–with a few cues from the first-generation Insight hybrid two-seater. Those include the narrowing tail and the extra vertical rear window in the hatch. It’s a good-looking car from most angles, but its sporty looks aren’t adequately backed up by its driving character.
Inside, the two-tier instrument panel uses bright colors to convey vehicle operating information as well as the usual speed and engine revs. The seats are well bolstered, although a number of reviewers have suffered back aches as a result of their limited range of adjustment.
The 2015 CR-Z weighs 2,600 pounds–fully 700 pounds more than the CRX of 30 years ago–and its fuel efficiency ratings are notably lower than those of the original (much slower) Insight. It has a full complement of airbags for two people, and its longer front end reflects considerably more robust crash structures. The old CRX had no airbags and would likely be horrifying in today’s tougher crash tests.
Fuel efficiency depends on the transmission you choose. Get the continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the car is rated a combined 37 mpg (36 mpg city, 39 mpg highway). It’s also available with a six-speed manual gearbox–making it one of very few hybrids indeed with a stick–which gives it a sportier driving character, but reduces mileage to 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).
The CR-Z’s challenge is that there are sportier cars out there, but there are also more fuel-efficient models. The Chevrolet Sonic and updated-for-2014 Ford Fiesta are both five-door subcompact hatchbacks that offer more space and real-world fuel efficiency in the low 30s for less money. If you want sporty, there’s the Fiat 500 Abarth, the Chevy Sonic RS, the Ford Fiesta ST, and the standard Mazda 2. Or if you’re all about fuel efficiency, four separate Toyota Prius models are all rated higher than the CR-Z–though none of them are remotely sporty. The CR-Z has suffered from this betwixt-and-between identity since its launch, and sales have been correspondingly low.
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2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 (cnet On Cars, Episode 48)

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CNET On Cars: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 (CNET On Cars, Episode 48)
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New Genesis 5-liter: Credible, comfortable, affordable. Dash cams, the eye that never sleeps. And a Top 5 we couldn’t even imagine a couple years ago.
Radio’s off, we get this car cleared, and away we go. New Genesis 5 liter, credible, comfortable, and for its class, affordable. Dashcams, the eye that never sleeps. And a top five we couldn’t even imagine a couple of years ago. Time to check the tech. We see cars differently. We love them on the road, and under the hood, but also check the tech, and are known for telling it like it is. Ugly is included at no extra cost. The good, the bad, the bottom line. This is CNET on cars. [MUSIC] Welcome. Welcome to CNet on Cars, the show all about high tech cars and modern driving. I’m Brian Cooley. You know, we’re accustomed to looking at high end Japanese and German models for technology and engineering prowess, but recently a Korean car came through our roll up doors that has a real claim to being a pace setter in tech and engineering. Let’s drive the 2015 second generation Hyundai Genesis 5-0 Sedan and check this substantial test. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hyundai’s Genesis. It was the first announcement that that company was gonna make luxury cars. Well, now that no one’s laughing anymore, let’s drive the second generation Genesis, as it comes along to finish the job. And well finished it is. Unless you eat a lot of carrots, you might never know this is a Hyundai. It barely says so anywhere. And where it does, in very small type. It communicates Genesis in these winged badges that could have been aped right from Bentley. Now look at the overall proportions. You’ve got a long hood, a short deck, and kind of a coupe-like, almost fastback roofline. All of this communicates more youth than we expect from so-called nice luxury cars. Another thing to look at here is the lack of gaudy jewelry. In the past the Korean car makers have been very given to going kind of over-larded when they want to communicate luxury. This one’s got European restraint. Structurally, notice this, the car is almost the exact same length, nose to tail, as the outgoing. First gen car, but they pushed the wheels out three inches, the wheel base between the axels, that’s a big stretch in automotive terms. It gives the car shorter rear and front overhangs that look sportier, it also should give it more directional stability and a nicer ride [MUSIC] Now, the first thing I notice inside this Genesis is how handsome it is. That restraint I talked about on the exterior carries over inside. It’s got a lot of Kia DNA. Kia has always been more of your, your sort of Dwell magazine, Herman Miller, Knoll look, and Hyundai has always been a little fuddy-duddy, not anymore. The sole concession might be this clock, but even that’s been modernized nicely. Directly in front of me is a bit of a surprise. Traditional gauges, with dials. A lot of cars in the premium category have gone to all video here. It doesn’t bother me though, because I’ve got a very useful, very clear LCD helper panel in front. Now, the main LCD is, of course, this guy. This is an upgraded head unit, by the way. There are two levels of navigation head unit. This larger one is a 720p, high def, 9.2 inch LCD. It is a touch screen, but I almost hate to touch it. It does show fingerprints very readily. Instead, you’ve got the Hyundai controller that is along the lines of what many other car makers have. Navigation is a good system, we’ve seen this basically before in Hyundai’s, I like the fact that it’s well rendered, it’s very clean, when you do hit one of these menus, things happen, fast touch response. Now, your media controls are all up here, a quick look basically everything you need is in there, AM and FM with HD radio. Satellite radio is well done. This is a full implementation of Satellite radio, which includes pause, and restart, so it’ll buffer your. Show, if you need to pause it for a moment. Also, you can set up a favorites, sort of a hunt list. So if you wanna be alerted any time Rod Stewart is playing on any satellite radio channel, and tune to it. You can enter things like that. You can get your Genesis with built in Sound Hound. That app you may have used on your phone to figure out what song you’re hearing. But oddly, it’s only available on the bass head unit in this car. Not our upgraded one. Now, let’s go to Blue Link. Blue Link used to be Hyundai’s. Basically a version of OnStar. A lot of find your car, crash notification stuff, it’s getting more interesting though. You now can search for destinations live on the air via Google. Do an internet search and then say take me there. That’s a trick that pretty much the Germans had to themselves until recent. You’ve got send to car, of course, from your google navigation, and then the usual diagnostic and such. You’ve got Siri eyes free support in this car aswell, so if you wanna use this voice button to actually call up Siri on your IOS device, that will work. And finally I wanna show you the hood on this car. The head-up display is very ambitious, it’ll show me blind spot, lane departure, navigation. Speed, all kinds of information, but it doesn’t do it all that well. I find it’s often kind of crooked, the way it’s mounted, there seems to be some kind of wobble in the laminate of the windshield, so as I move my head around, the whole think kind of shakes like jello, they’re half way there. Oh, and by the way, this vehicle supports google glass. For some basic functions like being able to find your car. Send a POI from Glass to your car. Be able to handle things like status checks of whether it’s locked or unlocked. The first car maker we know to do that on the market. All [UNKNOWN] if that’s the right phrase, have a single transmission choice. Eight speed automatic through a very classic PRND gate. A shiftable side over here. Paddles on the wheel. There’s one little buried button right here. When you press this, you can go between an eco mode, a sport mode, a normal mode. And you can also get into a snow mode with this vehicle. Rear cam is standard on this car, unlike some expensive German cars I could mention, and it has two views. You’ve got your standard view like so, with trajectory prediction, and a top view that lets you look straight down and really get that last inch figured out. It’s good quality, not the best I’ve seen. [MUSIC] Now up in the engine bay, you can’t laugh at Hyundai anymore. They’re not the maker of a bunch of little im-balanced fours they way they were back in the 90s. This is a beautiful V8. It’s their Tao series. It’s a five liter, with direct injection, of course. Continuously variable valve timing, as any modern engine has today. Four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cam, all the basic tricks are here. But no turbo-chargers, no super-chargers. You don’t need that when you’ve got this kind of displacement. Here’s the proof. 420 horse, 383 pound feet of torque, that’s pretty good, even though the car does weigh over 4,500 pounds. It’s a pretty big vehicle, yet 60 comes up in around 5.2 seconds. The downside is you’re only going to get 15/23 MPG and part of the issue there is Hyundai has yet to introduce anything like hybridization, auto start/stop, even brake force regeneration. This car basically lets its momentum go. Now the first thing you’re gonna figure out about the Genesis sedan is that this ain’t no BMW. Wheel. The handling is no slouch, but this is more tuned toward comfort, for isolation of engine sounds. When you want a lot of power, you more or less get it. In sport, of course, it’s even more magnified. Turn on that Active Lane Keeping technology, and I dare you to overpower [LAUGH] it. It gets involved as soon as I start to drift toward that line. And it’s really aggressive, as well as being very smart and nuanced. In addition to that active lane correction, it’s also got some steering guidance, where it’ll find the curve in the road, slight curves we’re talking about, and guide you along, and keep you in the lane. You can also get this car to stop all the way down to zero, from up to 50 miles an hour. An hour. That’s part of its pre-collision technology. Adaptive cruise control, of course. That’s almost required on a car in this class. But it’s standard in this car, not in all of its competitors. You’ve got cross-traffic alert. You’ve got blind spot technology. You don’t have any parking assist on this car, though, which is interesting. Much as it leaves out things like start-stop and brake regeneration, it’s got some odd holes in its technology lineup. In sum, if I were in the market for a largish, imported luxury sedan right now, this is absolutely on the short list, period. Okay, let’s price our Genesis sedan $50,000, the V8, about $52,500 with destination. There was really only one box to tick off to take it fully CNET style, and that is to add the ultimate package, which costs $3250. That brings in adaptive suspension, the head up display that I’m eh about, premium navigation, which we have, 17 speaker Lexicon audio, and a power trunk opener and closer. Now here’s where I’d like to price out the all wheel drive upgrade, but, like with that sound town integration, you’ve got to go down scale to get it. The V6 can have all wheel drive. The V8 cannot. Now here’s the question I’ve got. You can do this car for a little under 56 thousand. But you have to also consider the V6. It has excellent power on paper, even though I’ve not driven it personally, 400 pounds less, most of that comes off the nose and that might make for the perfect balance. It’s not unlike the early Lexus SEs where the smart money went for the six, not the eight. [MUSIC] Buy the four of you on that Hyundai Genesis 5-0, the new second generation car, on cars.cnet.com. but of course around here, we’re all about the latest modern cars. But a lot of us have a soft spot for the older ones as well. My ?daily driver’s an 88. But when you’re driving a car, even as old as the early 90’s, you’re really not driving an. Peak in terms of safety. And that’s of interest to the smarter driver. There are many factors impacting your safety in a car. Speed. Intoxication. Weather conditions. And, last off. Been discussed, the age of your car. [MUSIC] You have less control over that, of course. It’s a lot easier to slow down or not have that drink than to go buy a new car, but knowing the risks of an older vehicle is important. [MUSIC] Data from NHTSA’s fatality analysis reporting system for the years 2005 to 2011 found that the older the car you’re in during a crash, the more likely it is, you’ll come out dead. Compared to a baseline new car, that is zero to three years old. You are 10% more likely to die in a car that is just four to seven years old, all the way up to a sobering 71% more likely in a car that is 18 years or older. My wagon’s 25 years old. Better believe I pay attention on the road and slow the hell down. By the way, the research data also shows that this affects the likelihood of teens to be in fatal car accident because they tend to buy and use. Choose older, more affordable cars. Also know that being buckled up in a newer car, is more effective than being buckled up in an older car. In a newer car, you see seatbelts, airbags, structural improvements, and more, all work together as a system. Not a bunch of little islands. The list of innovations that make newer cars safer is long. But here’s some of the greatest hits. Electronic stability control, required on cars since the 2012 model year. A rockstar technology, reducing fatal rollovers by 70% and all fatalities by 14% in cars, double that in SUVs. Intelligent air bags and lots of them. Only since 2006 have cars been required to use air bags that factor in size, weight and position of the occupant to blow better on impact with less collateral damage. And in the last ten years auto makers have been on a bit of an arms race to have more bags than the other guy. ABS, still not legally required on cars in the US. [NOISE] But I haven’t seen a new car without it since about 2012. Improved rollover standards. Rollovers account for just 3% of all serious crashes, but about 30% of people killed in cars. The latest update to roof crush standards came in 2009 for full phase-in between 2012 and 2017. Then of course, there are the newer tech innovations like adaptive headlights, front collision, blind spot, and lane departure tech and night vision screens along with head up displays. So unless you’re lucky enough to be buying a new car every three years. [MUSIC] It pays to double check the shortcoming of your aging ones. And drive safely, either way. [NOISE] [MUSIC] Coming up, technology ends the era of he said, she said on the road. [NOISE] CNet On Cars rolls on. [MUSIC] This is the Porsche 919 hybrid. It’s a car that marks Porsche’s return to endurance motor sports. It’s powered by a turbo charged two liter v-4 motor. It’s not a configuration known for being hugely. Reliable. We’re gonna find out how it does later in the year. [MUSIC] Find more from the X Car team of CNet UK at cnet.com/xcar. Welcome back to CNet on Cars, coming to you from our home at the Marin Clubhouse of cars, de Whitiack, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Well a number of you have written to me asking for our take on DashCam. They’re real popular in many parts of the world, for example, just about anytime something happens in the news in Russia, it seems like the footage came off of someone’s DashCam. But here in the US they’re almost unheard of. So it time now for a nice equalizing Car Tech 101. Let’s get everybody on the same page on awareness of dash cams. [MUSIC] It’s a wild world out there. [MUSIC] Having a recording of it can be handy. To show who’s really at fault in a crash, provide evidence of a crime that you weren’t involved in, saw. That **** who hit your car in the parking lot just drove off. dash cams have a hosted unique feature for capturing all that easily and better then just a standard digital camera or clipping your smartphone up here. They are constant recording that means they are always running and merely overriding the old clip once they fill up the card. Dual lenses are common, not always, but common. They all have at least one lens that looks out through the windshield but some cameras also have one that looks back in the cabin at you. Think of like the cameras you see in taxi cabs commonly, others have a remote second camera that can be put in the back to look at the person who’s about to rear-end you. GPS data is typically recorded by these cameras to both know where the car was. When an impact happened, let’s say, but also to monitor its speed, could be handy when you have one of these mounted up to your kid. They typically have impact sensors, that’s used to save a clip and locket, so it doesn’t get deleted if it was recorded during an impact. Cuz, it assumes you want that one. If you park in a sketchy place where your car is getting banged into all the time and it’s making you nuts. Look for a camera that has motion detection. It’ll basically sleep until it sees something moving and then roll video on the shenanigans. And it can be pretty affordable, let’s face it, most of us don’t want to dedicate something to just this one purpose that costs a ton of money so these are definitely available in the $100 to $150 range. They can go higher, but not often. And just buying a dash cam isn’t the entire answer. You need to know how to use it so here are some tips. First of all, know where you can mount it. Wouldn’t it be ironic to try and be Johnny Law-abider by having it. One of these, and then break the law by putting it basically where I have it. Most states require you stick it over in one of the far, low corners of your windshield, not here in the middle where everyone tends to put it. Be ready for a lousy, frustrating interface. When I got our cameras in for testing, I finally found out where all those people who used to engineer television interfaces in the ’90s went. To get a job. Power cords. Just about every dash cam out there requires a constant source of power from a nearby 12 volt outlet which isn’t that nearby cause it’s in the windshield. So you have to deal with dressing this, putting it away somewhere, so it’s not hanging here. These do not have long life batteries, that’s not in their design. And finally, know about eavesdropping laws. Recording video is one thing, recording people’s audio is actually a much touchier area. 12 US states are what are called 2-party states. You can’t record a conversation unless everybody involved has given permission. That’s something to be aware of, most of these cameras have the ability to turn off their microphones for that reason. And in many countries like Spain, Austria, Switzerland, even recording video of the public road, without being given permission, is banned. Now, you might ask, what kind of insurance discounts do I get for. Do exist. Well, in the U.S., as far as we can tell, none. There is one insurer in the U.K. that is offering a supposed 10% discount for having a dash cam, but you’re kind of ahead of the curve with one of these. Also note that these are not primary fatality or injury reduction devices, they’re secondary litigation devices. So these don’t keep you from getting hurt, as a result the insurance companies aren’t that enthralled by them yet. [MUSIC] Now, it’s beyond our scope or expertise fo advise you on the law of obtaining this video. Can the police take it? Can the other guy’s attorneys take it? Is it totally your property? That’s something to check out in your area, before you start to use one of these. ‘Cuz, once you get into a wreck, someone’s gonna see you have one. And then it’s gonna be a ball in play. And finally, realize that if you don’t wanna go this route, you can get some really good dash cam apps for your smartphone. It requires tying up your phone for that use, of course. You have to follow all the other rules I have mentioned but its an easy or free way to at least try out this behavior. In a moment the other cost of diesel cars and engines that are missing something when CNet on cars returns. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] This car was designed to make you feel good. And that is precisely what it does. [MUSIC] The Leon itself is brilliant, we got one as a crew car, and every drive in it is an utter, utter joy. [MUSIC] Find more from the XCar Team of cnet.uk at cnet.com/xcar. Welcome back to CNET on Cars. I’m Brian Cooley. Time for some of your email. This one comes in from Chris T. who asks about diesel cars. He said, I recently watched your review and real cost calculations on the BMW 328D Diesel wagon. He says, my understanding. This is that BMW covers the AdBlue solution it requires for four years, or 50,000 miles. What about Mercedes, can the EPA start putting the cost of AdBlue on the sticker, because to him, it’s just part of the cost of fueling up the car. These are good points Chris. Now, let’s get everybody up to speed on AdBlue. First of all, AdBlue is a urea liquid solution. That you add to modern diesel cars that is used to catalyze the exhaust and scrub out some of the nitrous oxide emissions. It goes into a separate tank and it’s injected by the car down in the exhaust system. The thing is with AdBlue, if you’re out of it, your car is not supposed to. Start. That per EPA regulation that you can’t drive around in an out of compliance diesel. So if you’re looking to buy one of these modern diesel cars and I recommend many of them heartily, here are four things to bear in mind to have the whole cost in your head. First, does the car require this AdBlue solution. Second, how many miles will you get between AdBlue fill ups? It could be 6 to 15,000. How much AdBlue does the car hold? And fourth, does factory maintenance cover replenishing the AdBlue in your car? And if so, is that only during a scheduled maintenance appointment. To the dealer or can you just roll up and say, I need some more AdBlue. BMW will keep the AdBlue fluid maintained free of charge during scheduled visits which they cover for 4 years of 50,000 miles. Mercedes will also keep the AdBlue topped up during scheduled maintenance visits, but those are paid for by the customer. All of this is part of the total cost of ownership of a modern diesel. And Chris makes a good point. You need to budget that along with the cost of fuel. Now, know this. You can put Ad Blue in your diesel yourself. You have to get the right little filler funnel to go into this special filler cap that is usually next to the diesel filler, but it might be under a separate door. Ad Blue solution is. About $15 a gallon. You can buy it on Amazon. You just have to get the technique down and watch the indicator on the dash that tells you when to put more in. So bear this all in mind if you’re looking at one of these new modern diesels, which we tend to find are very interesting cars, but you gotta have the whole cost in mind. [NOISE] Now, recently did a top five about the brawniest new four cylinder engines that have so much power, like you wouldn’t have imagined. 10 of 15 years ago. But of course, that immediately got all of you to throw down the gauntlet, and say hey Cooley, what about powerful three cylinder engines. So, here you go, here’s my top five list of some powerful peg-legs. [NOISE] Yes, threes are back, thanks to their lightweight, fewer parts. Zippy MPG numbers and now really good power. Your friends will never need to know you’re missing a cylinder, as long as you keep the hood down. Here we go. Number five is the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. Yeah, they’re still around. Sixty-two horsepower per liter. It’s a 1.2 liter and does 74 horsepower. 40 MPG average with a stick is quite good. But beyond that, nothing about it tries to be anything other than stingy. So it’s fittingly at the bottom of our list. Number four, the 2014 Smart ForTwo. 70 horsepower per liter. Now Smart must love this. They’re not at the bottom of a list for once. That 70 horse out of it’s one liter engine, sadly gets worse MPG, however, than the Mistu. gets out of a larger engine. Smart does 36 average. This, by the way, is perhaps the oldest three cylinder on the market. Four twos have had an inline three since launch, back in 1998. Now, there is a Brabus edition of the smart, that eeks out another handful of horsepower, but not enough to move it to number three, which is, the 2014 Mini Cooper, 91 Horse per liter. Here we have the veritable big boy of our group. A relatively portly one and half liter engine, but just three cylinders. 136 horsepower, thanks to a turbo, and direct injection. With a stick, your average MPG is 34. Incidentally, this is the same basic engine found in the very different BMW i8. But in that car, it’s been hotted up to 228 horsepower, but ut’s part of a hybrid system. So that’s another [UNKNOWN]. [NOISE] [MUSIC] Number two is the 2014 Opel Adam. 115 horse per liter. Now, our U.S. viewers won’t know what I’m talking about. But this is, in a nutshell, a hot looking alternative to a Fiat 500 made by the Opel division of General Motors. It’s one liter three uses high compression, direct injection and a turbo to break the three digit mark at 115 horse per liter. On demand oil and water pump are some of its other tricks, to make sure that it sips fuel and doesn’t squander its three cylinder miserliness. Before I get to the number one, the king of the three cylinders is actually Nissan’s DIG-TR. The one and a half liter that does 400 horsepower. That’s a specific output of 266 horse per little tiny liter. You’re not gonna find one of these in your Versa any time soon. It’s purpose-built for the Delta Wing Zeod RC hybrid race car. The engine is small enough to qualify as a carry-on at the airport. Though at 88 pounds it would do a number on your rotator cuff as you wrestle it into the overhead. Though I’ve seen some of you put heavier things up there. [NOISE] Our number one might three cylinder engine is found in the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE. It does 123 horsepower per liter. This little turbo direct-injection powerhouse is only found in this special lean edition of the Fiesta. And only with a manual transmission. Which is fine by me, since Ford’s power shift dual clutch gear box doesn’t exactly inspire love letters. And in this combination, you’ll get 36 miles per gallon average. [MUSIC] Hope you enjoyed this episode. Thanks a lot for watching. You know, I get a lot of email from our viewers saying, hey, I just bought a new car based on what I learned about a certain model on either this show or watching our CNet Car Tech reviews. If you bought a new ride lately, share it with us. Send us a photo and share it on Facebook or Twitter or Google Plus. All the information’s right there. I’ll look forward to seeing what you bought. I’ll see you next time we check the tag. [MUSIC] Okay, that’s the beat.

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The Volvo V60, which showed up at dealerships very early in 2014 as a 2015 model, marks the return of the traditional Volvo wagon back into the U.S. market. But it’s far from the boxy Volvo wagons of the Seventies and Eighties. Instead, it’s now a low, sleek sporty wagon version of the current mid-size Volvo S60 sedan, which was launched in 2010 as a new design. It’s offered in three different… Read More Below »
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The Volvo V60, which showed up at dealerships very early in 2014 as a 2015 model, marks the return of the traditional Volvo wagon back into the U.S. market. But it’s far from the boxy Volvo wagons of the Seventies and Eighties. Instead, it’s now a low, sleek sporty wagon version of the current mid-size Volvo S60 sedan, which was launched in 2010 as a new design. It’s offered in three different powertrains, including front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and a high-performance sportier version.
But its relatively cramped rear seat and not-very-impressive cargo volume mean that it’s closer in spirit to European sport wagons from Audi, BMW, and Volkswagen than it is to its own ancestors. Volvo says it’s for buyers who want a versatile vehicle that retains the handling of a sport sedan, and the company has relatively modest volume targets for the car–although it says customers have reacted enthusiastically to the return of the traditional (non-crossover) Volvo wagon.
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If you want cargo space and hauling capacity, this is probably not the Volvo for you–look toward the Swedish brand’s three different utility vehicles. The V60’s sleek, descending roofline and angled tailgate provide just 43 cubic feet of volume for luggage after you’ve folded down the rear seat, far less than in Volvo’s related XC60 crossover. The rear seat is split into three segments–40/20/40–and provides a pass-through for skis, but like its S60 sedan sibling, the V60 is tight for four adults.
As launched for 2015, the $35,300 base V60 T5 uses Volvo’s new “Drive-E” direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It generates 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and drives the front wheels only through a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Volvo notes that the Drive-E engine has an “overboost” mode, in which its turbocharger can boost torque to 280 lb-ft under hard acceleration for up to 10 seconds. This is the V60 model with the fastest acceleration: Volvo quotes a 0-to-60-mph time of just 6.1 seconds.
The middle of the V60 range is the T5 AWD model, which pairs an older 250-hp five-cylinder engine to a six-speed automatic and the company’s all-wheel-drive system. It starts at $36,800. Finally, the T6 R-Design offers the most powerful engine in the range, a 325-hp in-line six that’s also paired with all-wheel drive, starting at $44,300.
Ultimately, Volvo will migrate all of its vehicle lines to the new and highly efficient Drive-E engine family, but for the moment, its use in the go to website S60 and V60 will be restricted to front-wheel-drive models only due to packaging constraints in a platform that’s now in its sixth model year. That engine now includes a start-stop system as standard–it’s very quick on the restart, which we applaud. All V60 models offer three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Eco+, which cuts off the air conditioning and remaps the throttle and transmission for more efficient performance.
Fuel efficiency for the new V60 is at its best with the Drive-E engine and front-wheel drive, at 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway). The T5 AWD model comes in at 25 mpg combined, and the T6 R-Design at 23 mpg combined. A moonroof is standard equipment on all Volvo V60 models.
Volvo introduced models with the new Sensus Connect infotainment system as ‘2015.5’ models, so as to differentiate them in lots. The new system in the 2015.5 Volvo S60 includes Volvo On-call concierge and roadside-assistance services, cloud-based services, 3D maps for the navigation system, and new Harman Kardon premium sound. 
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Fitch currently does not envisage any changes to LeasePlan Support Rating given the current shareholder structure. LeasePlan is the largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company in the world. It has a global franchise with operations in 32 countries across Europe, North and South America and the Asia/Pacific region. The group has top-three positions in most markets where it operates. LeasePlan’s fleet totaled 1.4 million vehicles at end-2013. Wheels, Inc. KEY RATING DRIVERS – IDRs AND COMMERCIAL PAPER Wheels’ IDRs and commercial paper ratings are supported by the company’s position as a leading provider of fleet leasing and management services in North America, as well as its solid portfolio performance and consistent operating cash flow generation over time. The ratings also factor in the inherent cyclicality in the commercial fleet leasing business, reliance on predominantly secured funding, and modestly higher balance sheet leverage, compared to other leasing companies. Operating performance has been stable, reflecting modest revenue growth and stable earnings over the last several years. During the third quarter of 2014 (3Q’14), earnings were modestly lower year-over-year compared to 3Q’13 but the company has remained solidly profitable. Fitch expects operating performance to remain stable in the near to medium-term as Wheels increases product penetration to existing clients and continues to sign new clients and add vehicle backlog. Asset quality has been excellent and Wheels has not experienced a significant loss during its 75 year operating history. The overall portfolio is well diversified by customer and is of good credit quality. The top 10 customers have an average credit rating of ‘A-‘, based on a composite of Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) and Wheels’ internal ratings. Some industry concentrations exist however this is largely mitigated by the strong underlying credit quality within these concentrations and the focus on industry sectors and sub-sectors for which the continued use of commercial fleet leasing is more essential to their business Windows 8 auto care software Try Now models. Fitch notes that overall portfolio concentrations and credit quality have remained relatively consistent over time. The portfolio is comprised predominantly of open-end leases, which transfer residual value risk of the vehicles to the lessees. The essential business use of the vehicles leased by Wheels’ customers also helps to mitigate the probability and severity of lessee default under the leases. As a result, net losses have been minimal over time. Given Wheels’ historical loss experience, Fitch believes current credit reserves are more than adequate and appropriate. Wheels’ liquidity is solid given its core operating cash flow generation, which has been consistent over various economic and capital market cycles.

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Talk about instilling a lack of confidence. Thats exactly what happened, Salberg said. Becca, 19, is now happy living at home and attending school nearby. Amanda Mroczek, 22, was diagnosed with cancer at 13. She finished treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006 but relapsed at 16, finishing treatment again in 2009. She went off to a Michigan university on two maintenance drugs and her scans have been clear since. I became a bit of a hypochondriac within the first couple of years in college, fearing another relapse, she said. It became really difficult to sometimes make sure I took my meds on time. You get distracted. You forget and the next day you realize, Oh shoot, I didnt take them, said Mroczek, who still lives in Ann Arbor, where she went to undergraduate school, as she awaits word on her medical school applications. Womens health nurse practitioner Barbara Dehn in Los Altos, California, has a busy practice with lots of teen girls. She has seen it all in 25 years and will soon send her 18-year-old son to college. Med schedules are a recurring issue after campus drop-off, she said. A lot of kids I see have ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD. Sometimes, with the stress of living away from home, they stop their meds, have more depression, more anxiety, Dehn said. Some tips from Dehn: Even if parents are providing full financial support, they have no rights to academic or health information unless their child is gravely ill. Ask for a health care proxy, a health care durable power of attorney and-or an advance health care directive form if you want to be part of the process. Your over-18 child must agree. Oftentimes you dont need carte blanche, Dehn said. In other words, you dont want to know about sexually transmitted infections, but you do want to know things in the event of a car accident or a broken bone. Visit the campus health center with your teen. Bring back a brochure and tape it to the back of the main door for easy access to telephone numbers, hours of service and emergency procedures. Go to the nearest off-campus pharmacy and urgent care facility, so he or she knows how to fill prescriptions and where to go just in case. Check insurance policies to make sure such things as ambulance rides are covered.

Gm Says To Invest $2.8 Billion In Brazil Over Five Years – Yahoo News

View photo General Motors CEO Mary Barra appears onstage during a launch event for new Chevrolet cars before the BRASILIA (Reuters) – General Motors Co will invest 6.5 billion reais ($2.8 billion) in Brazil over the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Thursday, reaffirming the automaker’s long-term plans despite a sharp downturn automotive management software Download here in the local market. Speaking to reporters in Brasilia after meeting President Dilma Rousseff, Barra said capital spending will be focused on new products and technologies, as well as plant maintenance. “We recognize that there are challenges right now, (but) over the midterm and long term we see great prospects in the Brazilian market,” Barra said. Brazil’s auto industry, which makes up one-fifth of the country’s manufacturing output, has slashed production by 16 percent in the first seven months of the year and laid off thousands of workers as the economy stagnates. Detroit-based GM and a metalworkers union outside of Sao Paulo are at loggerheads over plans to place some employees at a local factory on paid leave. The union has said the plans could threaten the jobs of 1,000 workers. The union said later Thursday it will hold GM to the promise of increasing investment at Sao Jose dos Campos plant. At a press conference, Barra did not mention labor issues. Barra said she thanked Rousseff for tax incentives for automakers and improved credit conditions in Brazil. Despite tax breaks, automakers are reducing payrolls in one of the world’s largest car markets as demand for new vehicles tumbles. Germany’s Volkswagen AG put 900 workers in Brazil on paid leave in May and France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen SA started a voluntary leave program for workers in Rio de Janeiro state that same month. ($1 = 2.2696 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Carolina Marcello; Writing by Alonso Soto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) Labor Issues

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2014 Hyundai Veloster

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The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is more sporty coupe than sports car; but with available turbo power and a standout three-door design it isn’t short on excitement and flair. Read more »
Likes
Way more practicality than most sports cars
New R-Spec realizes Turbo’s potential
Dislikes
Sluggish off the line (base engine)
Steering can be vague; on Turbos, heavy
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The 2014 Hyundai Veloster carries multiple identities; it’s at once a sporty coupe, a stylish three-door hatchback with innovative packaging, and a model that can almost provide the driving experience of a sports car, At best it’s a superhero of sorts, and at worst it’s a car that ends up feeling a little compromised in all those roles. 
For the 2014 model year, the Veloster gets closer to the sports-car label—with the new 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec, a leaner, stripped-down version of the Veloster Turbo that’s configured for those who want a big step up in performance from the base model but could do without all the extra comfort and convenience features.
Relative to the Veloster Turbo, the Turbo R-Spec gets a stiffer suspension, different steering tuning, and a B&M sport shifter. Sportier interior trim and special badging are part of the new model’s presentation, and it’s offered only in Marathon Blue, Sprint Gray (exclusive to the R-Spec), Elite White and Ultra Black
The Veloster remains mostly unchanged otherwise; and that’s a good thing. As a synthesis of different types of vehicles, it’s daring when its competition isn’t, and that starts with its grabby, sport-shoe styling and arresting look that erupts from its unconventional four-door layout. There’s a hatch in back, a driver-side door, and two smaller front-hinged doors on the passenger side. Only in the most generic way does it mimic some of the shapes of the Accent and Elantra that it borrows parts from. Altogether it’s distinctive and energetic, with lots of disruptive lines and surfaces that never seems to run out of ways to entertain owners and onlookers. Inside, the Veloster is nearly as much of a trendsetter; it’s put a V-neck on the Veloster’s dash and tucked a big LCD locket in the middle—avoiding the clutter, and reconciling sporty and functional.
At the base level, the Veloster’s 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has been cribbed from the Veloster. On that model, it’s teamed with a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic, and they’re both good enough for us to say that you should leave it to personal preference. It’s a little short on torque off the line, but its EPA highway fuel economy of 37 mpg highway is excellent, and we saw more than 30 mpg in an extended test. Go for the Veloster Turbo and it’s a different story entirely; it packs a twin-scroll turbocharger for 201 hp in all, a 195-lb-ft blast of torque on tap at low engine speeds, and a choice between six-speed manual and paddle-shifted automatic transmissions. good for 0-60 mph times of about 7.0 seconds or less, with just a slight crimp in gas-mileage numbers.
To fit the Turbo’s greater power, these models get stronger brakes and stickier tires—which helps improve the Veloster’s handling in general. We’re not wild about the electric power steering; it’s low on feedback, and weighty when it doesn’t need to be, but it doesn’t disrupt the Veloster’s generally flat, crisp cornering, which gets unsettled only if it’s pitched over bad sections of pavement.
The Veloster is quite spacious up front for two, even with the available sunroof or panoramic roof. As for the back seat and that catchy side door, they’re more playful than practical. Anyone greater than child-size is going to find it tight back expert car care there. The Veloster just isn’t meant to be a four-person commuter; think of it instead as a versatile two-door hatch, with rear seats that fold down easily to create a very useful cargo area. And there are plenty of bins, cubbies, and nooks for stowing away smaller items.
At a base price of well under $19k, the 2014 Veloster stands out for its generous list of standard features for the money. Audio features on all Velosters include a USB/iPod interface, RCA inputs, Bluetooth hands-free, and GraceNote music display technology that allows you to request music with voice commands. Upgrades on the Turbo model, which starts around $23k, include leather seats, big wheels and tires, a rearview camera, and more. Options include a huge panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, upgraded wheels, and a 115-volt outlet. Automatic climate control is newly optional in the Turbo for 2014, and daytime running lights are a standard feature across the model line. And as part of the Blue Link suite of services, the Hyundai Assurance Connected Care service is included for three years regardless of the level of subscription.
If you opt for the edgy Turbo R-Spec, you’ll do without some features. Push-button start and proximity key; the electroluminescent instrument cluster, side-mirror turn signals, and leather heated seats are among the many items deleted in this focused performance model.
 
Way more practicality than most sports cars
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