Watching the evolution of electric cars is a lot like watching the evolution of fighter jets. The first generation of fighter jets, such as the Bell P-59 Airacomet, could travel at high-subsonic speeds, but otherwise early fighter jets largely followed the design principles of piston-engine fighters before it. If we break Electric Vehicles (EVs) into generations, the first typically followed the design principles of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles such as the GEM, with quirky golf cart-like shapes and less than 80 miles of range. Like the supersonic and delta-winged second and third generation of fighter jets that followed, the second generation of EVs and onwards saw electric cars grow more assertive in design and ranges increase up to 99 miles. Some second-generation EVs, such as the 2017 BMW i3 Range-Extender (REx) I’ve spent the past few weeks driving, are the beneficiaries of advancement in battery chemistry, upping their ranges above 100 miles per charge and into third-generation EV territory.
* Once purchased, firmly refuse the excess policy offered by the car rental firm. They will insist on taking a pre-authorisation on your credit card for the excess amount on their rental and then use that if the car is damaged or stolen. You can then claim it from your excess policy after you get home.
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“We pride ourselves on delivering not just reliable equipment of excellent quality [and] premium aftersales services, but also non-stop solution services where customers [can] get full warehousing, logistics, and transportation consultancy, all in one place.”
The cornerstones of BMW’s reputation have always been performance and driving engagement, but with the 3rd generation 7 Series, its engineers proved they could do all-out luxury as well as the industry titans, without losing that fun spirit. Sporting looks that still hold up today, incredible interior space, and a pair of potent powertrains in the 4.0-liter (later 4.4-liter) V8 and 5.0-liter V12, as well as the 7 Series’s first diesel engine in Europe and elsewhere abroad, the E38 is the ultimate 7 Series. In fact, it was so good that it was chosen to be James Bond’s ride of choice in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies . If it’s good enough for 007, it’s good enough for us.
A BMW spokesperson said: “BMW vehicles, along with those of many other manufacturers, have been targeted by organised criminal operations using highly sophisticated equipment to steal vehicles. BMW’s specialist security teams work constantly to design and enhance the best possible vehicle security systems. We also work in partnership with police and other authorities in responding to the latest threats and anticipating new ones. The challenge evolves continually as organised-criminals, targeting cars, become ever more sophisticated.”
I hate people that drive with DRLs at night but I recemtly found myself one of them. I blame my new 4Runner. The default position is off. The next position is DRL on. So I’m driving and it starts to get dark so I move my headlights to next position. I see light in front of my car and my gauges are well lit so I think my lights are on. Wasn’t till a couple days later when I went to experiment with the fog lights that I noticed. So the switch goes off, drl, parking lights, then headlights. Why even give an option for DRL or not. Also fter reading owners manual I find that the headlights will turn off automaticly after 30 seconds or I hit lock button on fob. When I restart car they come back on. The gauges are lit so well that when I turn on headlights at dusk I can’t see my gauges, particulary the nav/stereo screen as they dim for night viewing.
And yes, you can put this sneaky Lexus in your garage but there’s a catch. The asking price is a whopping $40,000 – roughly $35,000 more than the typical 1999 Lexus GS300 in good condition. Obviously this isn’t a typical GS300 by any stretch of the imagination, but still, that’s a lot of coin for a car that looks like a typical $5,000 Lexus. Yes, the engine is amazing, but the average buyer with a $40,000 budget wants something that performs and also gets some attention. It’s the sleeper double-edged sword – owning one is terrific fun, but when it comes time to sell you’ll never, ever get back what you put in.
The Toyota Corolla Altis facelift has finally gone on sale in India priced at Rs 15.87 lakh to Rs 19.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Corolla Altis has been one of the most successful sedans in its segment and with the facelifted model Toyota now offers improved styling, new features and a more premium-looking sedan. In its new avatar, the Toyota Corolla Altis is now better equipped to compete with the like of the new-gen Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. 2017 Toyota Corolla Altis are also mainly cosmetic. Among the several new additions the exterior of the car now features a sleeker pair of new advanced Bi-beam LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, new 3D bumper design and a wide grille with round foglamp on each side with chrome bezels. The overall silhouette of the car more or less remains unchanged but the profile has been updated with a new stylish set of 16-inch alloy wheels and new sharper-looking ORVMs that come with integrated turn single lights that are electrically operable. The rear section of the car is largely similar to the older model with the exception of the slightly restyled LED taillamps. The Corolla Altis is now also available in an all-new dark sparkling luxurious ‘Phantom Brown’ colour, in addition to the existing colours – White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Mica Metallic, Champagne Mica Metallic, Grey Metallic, Super White & Celestial Black.