Today at High Gear Media we review the 2012 Ford Flex while Nissan details the Juke-R’s engine. The Diesel Coalition says diesel demand will rise and Toyota is losing the number one automaker spot. All this and more in today’s car new, right here on The Car Connection.
We review the 2012 Ford Flex and find it to be a unique vehicle with copy-proof styling, and thrones for seats.
The 2013 Lexus GS F-Sport will make its debut at the 2011 SEMA show, finally.
Toyota is about to lose the number-one automaker spot as VW and GM are riding the wave to the top.
Aptera says there’s something coming, but won’t say what.
Nissan’s released video that details the Juke-R’s engine.
Road travel dips to historic lows because you’re driving less.
Halloween is coming and we have some safety tips for both kids and parents.
The Diesel Coalition says diesel demand will increase.
Unlike any other auto show on the planet, the SEMA Auto Show isnâ€™t so much about the glitz and glamor of concept cars and world debuts like other shows. SEMA is about seeing some of the latest tuning projects from the worldâ€™s best auto aftermarket companies be displayed in all their audacious glory. One such vehicle that fits that description to a tee is this custom Ford F-150 Raptor by Street Concepts. The modded pick-up is part of Toyo Tiresâ€™ four-vehicle contingent and since its headed to the event, you can be sure that it comes packed to the brim with some of the latest tuning parts available on the market. Among the many additions to the F-150 Raptor, the most obvious is the the custom Snow Camo vehicle wrap that was added in by Street Concepts. There are also new bumpers, a new lighting set-up, Brembo brakes, and a new suspension system courtesy of Icon Vehicle Dynamics. Inside the pick-up, the modifications include a carbon fiber-wrapped interior thatâ€™s accented with luxurious black Alcantara. Thereâ€™s also a comprehensive audio system that was supplied by Kenwood to give some more oomph to what already looks like a beastinâ€™ machine. Under the hood, the F-150 Raptor comes packed with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.
This year’s Geneva Motor Show holds even less interest for American consumers than usual, but Ford’s Iosis MAX concept is of vital importance to the company’s U.S. lineup. Ford says this is a look at the design it’s considering for its next global C-car. That’s the size of the Ford Focus here in the States. Ford has already said the next U.S. Focus will be the same model as what’s sold globally, unlike the current model, which is made strictly for the U.S. market.
The iosis MAX is a study for the next generation of Ford’s compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV) as well as a glimpse at the design direction Martin Smith and his team are taking for the company’s next generation global C-car family.
The exterior and interior designs based on a fresh interpretation of Fordâ€™s kinetic design form language.
Main exterior design elements include a coupÃ©-like side profile, a new window line graphic , with a â€˜flying buttressâ€™ C-pillar design, newly designed lower trapezoidal grille and front / rear lights.
The interior features dynamic shapes and advanced materials; the centre console has a three-dimensional touch-screen surface. The lightweight seats are supported on spine-like bridge, offering occupants a sensation of â€˜floating on airâ€™.
The car adopts a number od solutions which enhance its environmental performance, such as lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics, and a preview of the European development of Ford’s global EcoBoost petrol engine technology coming in 2010.