by David Cohen

The Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible: The biggest surprise coming out from the city of Detroit

No one would ever believe you if you tell them that you were driving a convertible in December in Chicago, but  I did. 

The 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible comes with power top retractable hardtop. This model offers all the fun a convertible should, and the practicality of a conventional coupe.  These are what makes the 200 Limited Convertible a year around vehicle that you can enjoy every season..

The sculpted curves and lines of the Chrysler 200 Convertible frame every element on the exterior. The grille, the dramatic bright exhaust, the bright body side moldings, the door handles, the LED tail-lamps, and the 17-18-inch sophisticated wheel designs, all add to the refined look of the exterior that nobody expected to see coming from Detroit. 

The luxurious interior is enhanced with black and chrome trim. The armrests, door panels, and the dash board, all feature luxurious soft materials everywhere you look or touch.  When the top is up, the diffused lighting can create a soft and relaxing atmosphere. The Uconnect® Media Center Radio allows you to store thousands of songs, select play lists, videos, photos and connect you to seven radio stations including SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The color screen could be activated by touch or voice. The Uconnect® Phone is voice activated system that allows to talk on the phone while driving. It can be paired with up to seven Bluetooth® compatible phones, and allows you to program up to 1000 contacts in your phone book. 

The  200 Limited Convertible comes with a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine coupled with the AutoStick six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. It delivers 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while providing fuel economy ratings of 19 city / 29 highway mpg. In addition, it has a Flex Fuel Supply System that operates effectively on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E85.

The 200 Convertible provide highly responsive handling and comfortability. The front and back suspension, comfort-tuned springs, shocks, and premium all-season tires are all tuned to provide an optimum balance, good handling, noise isolation and a great smooth ride.  

For safety, the Electronic Stability Control in the 200 Limited applies brake pressure and reduces engine power when wheels slip, or when it senses a difference in the steering to the actual vehicle motion to regain traction and guide you back safe on your intended path. The convertible is also equipped with standard advanced airbag systems.  The front active head restraints are designed to move forward and upward to decrease the space between the headrest and occupant's head. This helps to prevent or reduce the chance of injury in the event of a rear-end collision. 

The Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System allows the engine to start with the properly encoded key. If someone attempts to start the vehicle without it, the engine will not operate.

Overall, with refined look, good performance, and raised standards, the Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible for 2013 is the biggest surprise coming out from the city of Detroit. This model is an affordable alternative for those who want the comfort, style of a mid-size convertible coup. It can be yours for $34,760.

 
 
by David Cohen

The 2013 Volvo S60 T5 is stylish, quick, with great road handeling and superb performance. This sporty sedan is an excellent alternative and a better value to the BMW and Audi models, because off it’s afordable price. 

Now available with All Wheel Drive (AWD) which improves the traction and handeling, the S60 has a 2.5 liter, 6-speed automatic transmission, and a powerful turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that accelerates like a rocket, from 0-60 in only 6.6 seconds, while maintaining a smooth ride. In addition, the advance Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) allows the system to be partially disabled, giving the S60 more room for slip and wheel spin when 
driving in the S60's Sport mod. 

Adding spoilers, revised front grille, body moldings, stylish rims, moldings, and sporty tailpipes to the extriors transforming the S60 into an edgy, slick and desirable vehicle.

The interiors are well cordinated and offer the maximum comfort for any driver and passanger. The seats with head pillow, the remote engin start, sun curtain and shades at rear windows add to the sophisticated style the S60  posses.
With many built-in and portable technical devices that work in conjunction with each other, the cabin offers the best Bluetooth® with Hands-free technology, Navigation System with map upgrades, GPS Portable Navigation,  SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio® and Volvo Sensus which conveniently control theses functions via the ergonomic steering wheel controls, allow the driver to focus on the traffic, and keep the hands on the steering wheel.

The S60 has the most inovative thecnologically advance safty features that Volvo ever developed or produced. The City Safety system is standard on all S60 models, and uses a camera and laser scanner to watch traffic and pedestrians, and other obstructions ahead of the car. If the vehicle is about to collide with any of these obstructions, it will warn the driver before applying the brakes automatically. You can understand why the Volvo S60 guarantees the best protection to it’s driver. Volvo claims that this system is responsible for about 25% less at-fault accidents than the competition. Another feature is the new full range cruise control, that can take the S60 to a complete stop in heavy traffic, and keep the car stopped until traffic moves again. 

Overall the 2013 Volvo S60 is an excellent choice for anyone who is looking for a sporty sedan that delivers sophystication, style, speed, performance and safty at a great base price of $31,900.















 
 
by David Cohen

There's nothing more difficult to drive than a big car that drives seven passengers, but when it comes to the 2013 Flex Limited AWD driving is easy. Because of it’s size, and it’s unique look, the Flex stands out in a big “way” anywhere, simply because there is nothing else like it. 

With linear, simple, and  clean lines the Flex is bold, boxy, contemporary, distinctive in style, and innovative in design. 

With a spacious room the cabin offers all 7 passengers plenty of leg room, making any long trip a comfortable and easy ride.  The ambient lighting feature allow you to create an atmosphere and offers 7 different moods : Ice Blue, Orange, Soft Blue, Red, Green, Blue, Purple. You can add colorful accents in the front and rear footwalls, front center console bin, and front two cupholders. 

The Flex Limited comes with The Sony® Audio System that can kick out 390 watts of power through 12 premium speakers in ten locations. It has a Voice-activated Navigation System with integrated SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link.  It combines a Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with 3-D mapping that provides voice-guided to any turn you’ll make.  The SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link  provide a complete traffic information, weather forecast, gas station and theater locations with movie listings, times and cost.  After the trial expires, you will have to buy a package subscription for this service.

The Flex Limited comes with a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 that combines direct injection and dual turbocharger technology, and deliver the performance of a V8 and the fuel economy of a V6.  With 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, the EcoBoost V6 engine creates better traction and better way to handle the All-Wheel Drive.

Your choice of drive mode, engine and suspension depends on the way you use the vehicle. To make it easier on drivers, the technology used in Ford engines will do some of the thinking for you by narrowing the gap between power and fuel efficiency. The same was done with safety, Ford built into the engine an advance supplementary devices making safety a priority.  

The sleek 2013 Flex Limited AWD is not a car for everyone, but it is fun to drive and will generate many looks and comments, and somehow can put you in the center of attention for only $42,570.

 
 
After 34 years of production Mercedes-Benz has restyled the legendary G-Class once again securing the 2013 G550 status in a class of it’s own. 

Defined by it’s military, boxy, brawny, tough, capable, and good looks, the G-Class has been the off-roader since it was first introduced in 1979. Known for its practicality as the G-wagon, the 2013 G550 is all about luxury, and it is the most expensive SUV on the market today. If you got the dough, this may be your best bet.

The new G-Class got many significant updates from the inside out; a new gauge cluster that includes a vivid TFT color display between two round dials, a tablet-style display for the standard Command system which dominates the center console, merging navigation, entertainment, connectivity functions, a safety Blind Spot Assist, Distronic adaptive cruise control, and a parking aid feature called Parktronic, all included as standard features. 

The external modifications include LED daytime running lights and new exterior mirrors. The AMG version features a new AMG radiator griller with double louvers, and a distinctive new bumper with large air intakes. There is an optional add-on of red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels that has never before been offered before.

The G550 comes with 382-hp, 391 ft lbs of torque, 5.5-liter V-8 and seven-speed automatic. The 2013 G550 gives up none of its all-conquering off-road capability. Retaining a full complement of off-road gear including locking differentials, low-range transfer case, and a revised stability control that enables the G550 to enhance a trailer stability and functionality.

If money is not an issue, than the 2013 G550 can be yours for only $118,155.00. For more information visit www.mbusa.com.
 
 
by David Cohen

The BMW M5 Sedan is the answer to the high demands for driving dynamics, agility and precision. This vehicle combines high-performance and aerodynamic design. Every detail in this car is athletic and stylish while integrating the flowing silhouette into a sedan.

Showing off its tapered front lets where air simply glide past, the M5’s high-performance transmission and compound disc brakes are cooled via the air inlets. The exposed wheel arches  forged M light-alloy wheels. The curved M exterior mirrors deflect the wind, while the M rear spoiler and diffuser provide a powerful backdrop for the final sporty touch added by the twin tailpipes.

With a feeling of a sport car, the interiors of the M5 is elegant, spacious and comfortable. Everything on the dash board is placed exactly where the driver needs it to be, with a perfect driver‘s seat fit allowing the driver to experience an enjoyable high-speeddrive.  

The M Drive system allows the driver to adjust six parameters: engine management and throttle response, Servationic steering assistance, M DCT with Drive-logic mode, DSC mode, shock absorber firmness, and M Head-Up Display mode.

The Turbo V8 engine in the BMW M5 Sedan provides peak performance with excellent efficiency and can’t be ignored. While the boost in efficiency is possible thanks in part to the Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, High Precision Injection, and twin-scroll turbocharging technologies. Overall, all the new features in the M5 are about 30% better than its predecessor. 

Localized stiffening of the front of the car optimizes stability and increases the precision of steering responses. Combined with the M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine, it creates an automobile that sets new standards for dynamic driving.

I loved the Auto Start-Stop function which turns off the engine when the BMW M5 Sedan is not moving. The intelligent electronics system does everything for you. It calculate and checking the battery’s charge level, and releasing it as needed. The engine will start in a second if u touch the brake or pushing in the clutch pedal.

Overall, The BMW M5 Sedan is unique and should make any driver’s experience an exhilarating one. While others appreciate passion, BMW inspires it, every time the driver gets behind the wheel, and as BMW claims,  they do make one of the ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE around, and at a high price tag price of $107,995 they should!
 
 
by David Cohen

The 2012 LR4 HSE is more sophisticated and more luxurious than ever before. The 2012 model offers additional features of distinction, versatility and for an aggressive off-road dynamics.

Instantly recognizable for its bold exterior, superb interiors and performance the LR4 HSE has modern silver grill mesh, door handles, bright mirror caps, and full-length silver roof rail are some of the features that help distinguish the model from the competition.

The outstanding levels of craftsmanship interiors include premium leather heated seats, heated steering wheels  wrapped with perforated leather grips, fully-functional automatic easy-to-use dashboard controls, practical touch screen display units, and a keyless push-button ignition are all pure luxury. 

As the car pulls away, other features are revealed. A stainless steel rear bumper tread plate and the bright tailgate trim frame at the vehicle’s rear end separate the LR4 HSE from the rest. Finally, a bright metal "HSE Luxury" designation sits at the lower right corner of the tailgate.  

The HSE builds on the already impressive LR4 specifications with an array of additional features. The powerful V8 engine with a 6 speed automatic tranmission– featuring a torque-actuated dual independent variable camshaft phasing system harnesses the latest technology to deliver superb drivability and performance, while achieving enhanced efficiency.

The innovative approach to substantiality named “Our Planet”, covers four key initiatives that are designed to reduce our impact on the environment and support conservation and humanitarian partnerships. It includes one of the world’s most comprehensive CO2 offset programs.
 
While designed to master the off-road, the refined steering and suspension systems of the LR4 HSE can hold it’s own on the road, evident in congested city streets where the LR4 can maneuver into tight spaces, or parallel park with smooth, efficient ease: a perfect match for the high-end, all-terrain vehicle enthusiast with a base price tag of $53,975.
 
 
by David Cohen

The new design of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is all about style and status. The SL550 is a bit longer and wider and has many luxurious features including a panoramic sunroof, 12-way adjustable heated leather seats, state of the art media interface, command navigation, Sirius satellite radio, real-time traffic, and electronic cruise control. These exemplary features provide the ultimate comfort and conveniences for both the driver and the passenger.

The SL550 is the first all-aluminum-bodied model for mercedes-benz. This keeps the car extremely rigid, as well as 275 pounds lighter from the previous models. The 4.6-liter bi-turbo direct injection v-8 engine with 429 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque, and turbo boost of 13 psi, causes a reduction in fuel consumption which can be attributed to the engine’s start-stop function. In addition, the SL550 has the ability to be at 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds from zero start. The seven-speed automatic transmission with the Comfort, Sport, and manual modes are an improvement in performance from previous years, making the SL550 very powerful and a fun car to drive!

Other features include the Magic Vision Control ––a heated wiper blade that releases washer fluid ahead of the blade to keep the windshield clean. The heated wiper allows warm water to be applied onto the wind- shield in cold temperatures that helps prevent the buildup of snow and ice in the winter months. FrontBass is a new technology that takes advantage of the aluminum structure and provides a "concert hall ambience." finally, the Hands-Free Access system allows the trunk to be opened with a swipe of the driver’s foot below the rear bumper.

The 2013 mercedes-benz SL550 will be available in the u.S in spring 2013. If money isn’t an issue, this gem could be yours for only $131,305. 

 
 
Toyota Financial Services Empowers and Educates Consumers at The Toyota Financial Services Financial Fuel Events

The series features bestselling author of “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” “Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!” and “Girl, Make Your Money Grow,” Glinda Bridgforth.

WHO: With an overarching theme of “Financial Empowerment and Education,” Toyota Financial Services (TFS) created a series of events intended to help men & women who typically don’t have easy access to financial tools explore ways to reach financial security. TFS has partnered with Glinda Bridgforth, a leading financial expert who delivers a wealth of financial experience, to help build awareness about the factors that inhibit financial success. Bridgforth has over 30 years ofexperience related to financial consulting and will speak at the Toyota Financial Services Financial Fuel events to provide guests with a holistic approach to money management. She will further encourage lifestyle changes and provide insights into money relationships that will help develop new habits to improve financial security. With Glinda's guidance, guests can develop an action plan to help reduce debt and increase savings simultaneously.

Bridgforth has been featured in publications such as: USA Today, Essence, Ebony, Money, Black Enterprise and Jet Magazine. Additionally, she has been seen on television and radio shows nationwide, including; “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “Larry King Live,” “CNN,” “ABC News Now,” and “Fox Business News.”

WHAT: The ToyotaFinancial Services Financial Fuel includes four speaker events that will instill “Financial Empowerment and Education” for those who want to achieve financial success. The first will kick off in Baltimore on November 1; the remaining Toyota Financial Services Financial Fuel events will be held in Chicago, (November 14), Philadelphia (2013) and Los Angeles (2013).

WHEN & WHERE:  November 1, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland-7 to 10pm
American Visionary Art Museum • 800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD 21230

WHY: This unique event will provide you with the fuel you need to meet your financialgoals or improve your financial health. For Toyota Financial Services, it is important to educate and empower consumers, enabling diverse communities to achieve their financial goals. With the TFS Financial Fuel Series, TFS can continue to serve and positively impact the community through providing financial stability. For more information on TFS, please visit http://toyotafinancial.com.

About Toyota Financial Services
Since 1983, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has helped millions of Toyota customers drive the vehicle of their dreams. From flexible lease and finance plans, to vehicle and payment protection and insurance products that add peace of mind, TFS programs are designed to meet the unique needs of Toyota drivers. Toyota Financial Services is a leading provider of automotive financial services, offering an extensive line of financing plans and vehicle and payment protection products to Toyota customers and dealers in the U.S.

Source; Press real ease from Toyota
 
 
by David Cohen

The new mid size 4-door sedan, the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is bold, sporty and stylish. From the inside out, this vehicle delivers one of the best value in the sedan category of its class.  And as it means in Japanese "something great is coming" you will discover it shortly after you slide into the driver seat and start the engine and drive. As a matter of fact, the more I drove the Kizaski the more I liked it.

Powered by 2.4 litter DOHC-J engine,  230 torque, and All Wheel Drive (AWD) system with a driver mode that allow you to save gas, these features make this sedan very appealing. This vehicle offers a great ride and performance in a very upscale European style sport sedan.

Some of the features in the Kizashi include a six-speed manual, or performance tuned CVT with steering wheel paddle shifters, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, power windows, doors and mirrors, and ambient foot-well lighting.  These features will make you "fall in love " with this  gem, who is will be wining some awards as the previous 2010  and 2011models won for "Vehicle Satisfaction Awards" and "Best Buy."

With some of the best accident-safety features in the industry such as Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), and an advanced electronic stability control program (ESP),  and eight standard airbags, including rear seat side airbags and ample use of ultra-high-strength steel throughout the vehicle to help protect passengers, making the Kizashi very desirable with these wide range of safety features.

The sporty and luxurious cabin has many advanced features  with enough headroom and legroom inside. A tilted leather steering wheel equipped with cruise control, and a stylist dashboard with AC vents, the latest audio system to include 7 speakers, instrument panel, CD/MP3 player, integrated bluetooth with audio streaming, wireless mobile phone integration, and USB/iPod input port, making this sedan to be on the desirable list for media features.



The driver's seat is 10 adjustable positions with the memory capacity for three positions, and it is electronically powered assuring the driver comfortable ride. The front seats are very spacious due to longer wheelbase, but the back seats are not as spacious as the ones upfront.

So with technology-packed features, sporty stylish look, and affordable price that starts at about $18,000, you are looking at the best sedan on the market, and you will not find anything better then the Suzuki Kizashi which is most likely the best model for you.

 
 
by David Cohen

What have been compromised in the past is no longer an issue in the new Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD. This new vehicle is more than just a crossover. Finally, this car the  Mazda CX-5 has what it takes to be called a good car.

The new philosophy called SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is more that just engineering––it is harmony. It is the ingenuity of putting all the components together, make them work smoothly, and giving the car a clean life. These are the elements that make any car stand out wherever they are on the road or in your own garage.  

With the skyactive-drive 6 speed sport, manual shift mode, 155 horsepower, 150 torque, AWD and 4 wheel disc brake the mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is stronger and more efficient than ever before.
 
With a sleek exteriors and sophisticated interiors that includes comfortable leather sport seats, a clean dashboard, with remote keyless ignition, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio cruiser, bluetooth controls, power automatic door locks, a sunroof, back up camera, 19“ wheels, dual zone auto climate control, Bose speakers and audio system, super navigation and HID headlights, the Mazda CX-5 finally has the luxurious status it deserves, giving you the confidence to take it out for as many rides as you possibly can, and each time it will be a ride statement a ride of PRIDE.

For a fully equipped car the cost of $30,000 is a great deal on and for a great safety record and  best return on  highway MPG of any SUV (28mpg), the Mazda CX-5 is a good car that does the job and finally delivers!

For more information visit www.mazdausa.com.