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 EventsThe 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 21230WHY: 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.
by David Cohen
There is only one word that can describe the new Cadillac XTS sedan––luxury.
The Cadillac XTS vehicle uses two of the brand’s DNA, being big and leading technology. With complete entertainment and information system, the XTS is the first to receive the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) two uniquely advanced entities, a like tele-matics system with iPad like controls.
The dash board is completely digital and very impressive. You can watch the little tachometer hum up and down as the car’s engine idle adjusts. The control button in the center is very simple but elegant, and the speedometer, analog-style needle, and the navigation screen can be changed from a performance focused to a complete digital style in seconds.
This high tech design of the dash board gives you the illusion of driving a futuristic car. The screen that can sits still for 20 seconds while the surrounding controls and icons fade away, can reappear so fast when you move your hand towards it.
Roomy enough for any tall person, the XTS won’t be as comfortable for three people sitting in the back. With higher grade leather coating every possible surface and all seats, Alcantara headliner, soft brushed aluminum mixed with beautiful wood and heated back seats, the Cadillac XTS has the best car interior I have seen in any Cadillac models in decades.
The safety Driver Awareness Package includes a vibrating driver seat, rear cross traffic and forward collision alerts, lane departure and blind spot warning systems, and three distance settings in the collision alert make the Cadillac XTS to be safer than ever before.
With great standard Brembo brakes, fast reacting dampers, magnetic ride shock absorbers, and light steering, the XTS performs as one might expected and far more capable machine than most will ever need.
But there is one area where the XTS fails to impress, it’s the power-train. Motivated by the same 3.6-liter V6 engine and with 304 hp and 264 torque, the XTS is good, but not great. The V6 power-train and front-drive configuration appear to be the only compromises made in offering a full-sized luxury sedan at a mid-size price of $55,810.
Overall, there is no rival car that can match the extensive technology or luxury the XTS model has to offer. The Cadillac XTS is in a league of its own.
by David Cohen
The first electric car that runs on more than electricity
Buying a new car is always a big decision, especially when making the switch to electric. You may have even owned an electric car before, but you've never owned one that can also run on gas.
General Motors has giving us the Chevy Volt 2012, the perfect car that bridge between hybrid to a full performance electric vehicle with extended range.
The energy is stored on board in a 16–kWh, T–shaped lithium-ion battery. The battery powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for an initial range without using a drop of gas. And when Volt's electric range has been used up, a gas engine works with the electric motors to keep you going. So whether you want to go crosstown or cross-country, you're free to drive wherever youwant, efficiently. And even though Volt plugs into any standard 120 V household outlet, if you don't have a chance to charge it, all you have to do is fill it up just like you do with your car now.
If you wonder what it is like driving the Volt, there will be only three words to describe it––A terrific experience. The Volt is quiet, smooth and fast at start up, unlike gas engine cars which need time to build up the power. And that's not all, the Chevy Volt can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only nine-seconds.
With a tax credit of $10,000 (on federal and state) and many corporate incentives, this green car priced at $39,995 is not cheep, but in the long run for the money you will be saving on gasoline and the tax credit the Volt is a good buy.
As one of the most talked about car, no wonder why the Chevy Volt won the title of the 2011 North American Car of the Year.
With a turbocharger, aggressive bodywork and large 18-inch wheels, The 2012 Volkswagon Beetle Turbo is certainly bringing the old beetle "bug" into the 21st century.
The new slicker look, the extra power and good performance credentials make the new Volkswagen's workhorse 2.0-liter turbo beetle more appealing to men. With 200 hp, and 207 lb-ft of torque with an EPA rated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the Turbo is fast and powerful enough to get you out of any corners quickly.
The design of the 2012 Beetle is magnetic and unique. The new turbo "bug" is 6" longer and 3.3" wider, 18" dual-tone alloy wheels, and it is closer to the ground compare to the previous Beetle models. The power sunroof, Monsoon audio with a six-disc CD changer, leather seats, power windows and mirrors, keyless remote entry, stainless-steel foot-pedal cladding, and tasty aluminum trim touches inside, all make the turbo more sporty and luxurious.
Both Turbo and TDI models get additional gauges mounted on the dash that show oil temperature gauge, a clock with stopwatch function and a boost pressure gauge.
In addition to upgraded brakes and VW’s XDS electronic limited slip differential, Turbo models get a fully independent rear suspension.
Start at $23,395, the 2012 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle is certainly a step in the right direction. The good news is, Volkswagen is working on a quicker version of the Bug to show up in the near future.