In 2017, Smart displayed their newest invention at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a musical. Smart is a small vehicle company owned by Daimler AG, the same parent company as Mercedes-Benz. The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is a self-driving intelligent vehicle that will be the future of “urban luxury”. Powered by a 30 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the ForTwo will be fully autonomous. The vehicle will not be personally owned but rather an alternative means of transportation.
The ForTwo Will Analyze Passenger Compatability
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car will pick up passengers on demand. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, the ForTwo will allow passengers to “split” expenses. The ForTwo will use advanced technology to analyze passengers Facebook pages for compatibility information. Examples of this include music preferences, Facebook likes, and profile information. The first rider can decline the matching option unlike the second rider. If privacy is a concern, the bench seat turns into a two-part barrier.
“…Cars Should Make Use of Themselves…”
The goal of the ForTwo is to have an autonomous, connected, electric, and shareable vehicle. The purpose of this is to reduce emissions, noise pollution, and traffic in the city. “The basic idea is that cars should make use of themselves in the city” said Dieter Zelsche, chairman of Daimler AG’s Board of Management. At level 5 of 5 on the self-driving scale, the ForTwo will pursue the highest automation specs possible. This car fits in the Mercedes-Benz concept to deliver 10 electric vehicles to market by 2020. Although, this vehicle will most likely never make it to the road.
The ForTwo Stores Passenger Preferences
To help passengers identify the vehicle, the headlights can be customized to a specific color for distinguishability. Once the passenger enters the ForTwo, the car will greet the passenger with their profile picture. The ForTwo will also store preferences such as in-car entertainment, places, and routes. When the ForTwo runs low on juice, it will automatically recharge at the closest recharging station. Another unexpected perk is that the ForTwo can connect and feed the grid as a “swarm battery”. Lastly, the side panels of the vehicle can display news, sports scores, time, and weather information while not in motion.
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is the Future
Overall, the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car is a vision of the future. From its fully autonomous function to its customizability per passenger, it is a leap forward in the automotive realm. The ForTwo Concept is the type of the vehicle that will inevitably replace the jobs of many drivers worldwide. At this level of technology, the vehicle can provide the feeling that it is your own. In the end, the movement of autonomous vehicles will clearly alter the world from what it is today.
In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.
European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018
BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:
VW Division: 28,941
Alfa Romeo: 2,249
Smart USA: 126
As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.
Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?
RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube
Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.
Citroën, a French automobile manufacturer, has a C4 model that it designates the Picasso edition. Whether this is a masterpiece, or not, this article will review the different aspects of the vehicle. Although Citroën does not currently offer sales in the U.S., it is still a popular vehicle brand in Europe. In recent auto news, there are hints that Citroën or Peugeot will attempt to re-enter the U.S. market in the years to come. Regardless, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso may not seem to be a special car, it truly offers a unique set of advanced features.
Six Total Engine Options for the Picasso Edition
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a fully customizable vehicle that begins with the three available trims and nine available engine options. Yes, nine total engine options are available for this vehicle. The available engine and transmission combos include the following:
PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 Auto (Petrol) [129 Horsepower/55.4 MPG]
THP 165 S&S EAT6 Auto (Petrol) [162 Horsepower/48.7 MPG]
So, basically, there are petrol and turbo diesel engine options with differing power ratios. The most powerful engine is the THP 165 S&S EAT6 Auto petrol version with 162 horsepower. On the other hand, the best MPG is with the BlueHDi 100 or 120 S&S versions which both get 74.3 MPG. We will take a deeper look at the most expensive option, the BlueHDi 150 S&S Eat6 Auto. Furthermore, the the three available trims for this car are Touch Edition, Feel, and Flair in order by lowest to highest price. For this article, we will focus on the Flair edition.
BlueHDi 150 S&S EAT6 Auto: Most Expensive Engine Option
The most expensive engine option for the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is the BlueHDi 150 S&S EAT6 Auto option. This motor is a inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows this car to hit 62 mph in 10.1 seconds. The top speed for this engine is 129 mph, which is faster than you should want to go in this car. Surprisingly, this is 100 lb.-ft. more torque than the THP edition. So, in the end, you will accept 14 less horsepower for 100 lb.-ft. more torque… sounds like a deal to me.
Citroën C4 Picasso Exterior Overview
On the exterior, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has a new design. The front contains Citroën’s 3-stage signature lights. For the rear, the vehicle features 3D effect rear lights. On the other hand, for paint jobs, there is an option for bi-tone which allows for a different color roof than body. The Picasso edition looks great in the Lazuli Blue color which is complemented by 17” black alloy wheels. Overall, the exterior may not look the most amazing but it has a ton of features to make up for it.
Picasso Edition Interior
The interior of the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has a ton of special features that may surprise anyone. First, there is the RELAX function. This means the front seats have an electric massager and adjustable-lumbar support. To take this to the next level, the front passenger seat has an electrically adjusted footrest. On top of this, the seats offer extra support headrests. This setup focuses on comfort and quality, just don’t expect Mercedes level leather.
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso offers a Connect Navigation system with a smart phone inspired 7” design. This system offers a Touch Drive interface as well as a 3D interactive navigation map. The navigation system also offers voice control as seen in most modern vehicles. From here, the vehicle also has an option for Park Assist 360 which covers every angle of the vehicle. This allows for maximum safety while parking anywhere.
Safety Features of the C4 Picasso Edition
On the safety side, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has an insane amount of protection. Beginning with driver assists, this vehicle has an adaptive cruise control with stop function. Next, there is a driver attention alert system that checks driver responsiveness. Furthermore, this vehicle has active lane departure warnings as well as active blind-spot monitoring. On top of this, the C4 Picasso has active safety brakes and a speed limit recognition system. Lastly, the Picasso edition has an emergency collision alert system. All of these safety features combine to create a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a Masterpiece of Technology
Overall, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a vehicle with a ton of available options. Although the vehicle may not be an exteriorly beautiful masterpiece, it is a masterpiece technology-wise. From it’s advanced seats to it’s abundant safety features, this car is an example of what all basic vehicles should be. Fully loaded, with every option and the most expensive features, the C4 Picasso can be yours for slightly over $42,000. Unfortunately, this is only within the EU… for now. In conclusion, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a unique masterpiece that should hit U.S. markets.
In September 2017, a duel between Daimler AG and Elon Musk occurred on Twitter. Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, was called out by Elon Musk about electric car investments. The entire dispute began when Musk posted a story from USA Today. This story discussed Mercedes-Benz $1 billion investment into the electric cars market. This led to Elon Musk stating that Mercedes-Benz should’ve invested more into the market, a recommendation of $10 billion dollars.
Elon Calls Out Daimler on Twitter
On September 24, 2017, Elon Musk tweeted out “That’s not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they’d do more. Off by a zero.” This post, by such a well-known person, immediately caught the eyes of Daimler AG. They responded the next day, on the 25th of September, with a firing back statement.
Daimler “Fires Back” at Musk
Daimler Response to Elon Musk – Twitter – EuroDrift
“You’re absolutely right @elonmusk. Here the missing zero: Investing >$10bn in next genE Vs & >$1bn in battery prod…”. In this tweet, Daimler calls out Elon Musk stating that they are investing over $10 billion into the next-generation EVs as well as $1 billion into battery production. Besides the poor quality of grammar in the response, this is seen as Daimler “shooting back” at Tesla’s Elon Musk. After this response, Elon Musk responded with an extremely simple tweet “Good”. In response to another tweet at Daimler, they responded “I am sorry but we’ve announced this investment back in 2016”.
Daimler Addresses Other Tweets with More Backing Information
Another statement by Daimler in response to another tweet is as follows: “the smart was the first #EV in mass-production since 2007. We are working on Evs for over 100 years and we believe in it’s potential”. Although the Smart is the first EV, it is definitely not a top choice for many car enthusiasts. Honestly, it is surprising that Smart still exists today. Regardless, Daimler seems confident about their investment into EV and makes a substantial claim of working with it for over 100 years. Whether or not that is a stretch, Daimler will be pushing forward into the EV market with Mercedes-Benz over the next few years.
The True Battle of the EVs is Yet to Come
Overall, the Twitter war between Daimler and Elon Musk wasn’t really a true battle. It was simply the fact that Elon wasn’t properly informed of these investments and Daimler aimed to clear it up. This minor dispute led to a spill out of over reacting by the community. Elon was most likely happy to hear that Daimler was investing more into the EV market. In the end, people may say Daimler won this dispute but the true battle of the EVs will occur over the next 5-10 years.
Ever since the implementation of vehicles into society, road rage has been an occurring problem. In modern times, the number of cars on the road is steadily climbing leading to an increase in overall road rage incidents. Out of 10,000 road rage incidents, there have been 218 deaths and 12.6k related injuries. When road rage occurs, 50% of people tend to reach to road rage with their own actions. This in turn leads to a 66% traffic fatality rate due to road rage. These are unfortunate statistics but a reality in today’s world. In this article, we will review a few ways to avoid and manage road rage.
A few concepts to take into mind to avoid and manage road rage include:
Calm Down if Angry or Tense
Don’t Respond to or Stare at Angry Drivers
How to Handle Tailgating
Listen to Music
Minimize Use of the Car Horn
Observe Your Own Driving
Plan Ahead for Possible Delays
Wave Hand to Signal “Sorry” to Other Drivers
Calm Down if Angry or Tense
In the event that you are angry or tense after experiencing an action on the road, stay calm. There is no reason to act in road rage over a parking space or someone cutting you off. Simply take a moment to consider the implications of doing so and realize it is not important. It is best for everyone on the road if people involved in these events stay calm and move on with their day. Road rage only leads to problems and a risk of an accident, death, or injury. Regardless who is at fault, do everything you can to stay calm.
Don’t Respond to or Stare at Angry Drivers
In the event there is an angry driver on the road, simply don’t respond to their actions and don’t stare at them. By responding or staring, the angry driver may take aim at you to release steam. If you’re cut off, tailgated, or flipped off, simply keep focus on the road and ignore it. If it persists, you have the right to report the driver to local authorities by calling 911 and providing their license plate and the situation. If cops witness road rage, it is most likely to be viewed in a very negative manner and may lead to loss of license or wreckless driving charges.
How to Handle Tailgating
First off, everyone should do their best to prevent tailgating other vehicles on the road. There is always the one person who’s holding up the left lane, even in violation of the law, and this leads to tailgating and a risk of accidents. If you tend to tailgate people, try to back off. If you’re being very impatient or the person is violating the law, you can simply try flashing your high beams a few times to let them know to move over. If they do not move over, do not tailgate or rage – simply wait for a safe time to pass or simply be patient. Patience is a virtue, remember that.
If you are being tailgated, simply find the next safe spot to move out of the way and let them pass. This can be as simple as moving over a lane or require you to put on flashers to pull onto the side of the road. After the driver passes, do not attempt to chase them down or return the favor. They will usually reach in a negative manner and possibly even slam the brakes. This simply increases your chance of an accident as well as other unfavorable consequences.
Listen to Music
A great way to stay calm while driving is to listen to music. Although this may depend on the type of music, calmer music such as pop can allow you to keep calm through tense situations. Music such as heavy metal and rap may lead to more aggression as music can persuade a person’s actions. Music, overall, is a great way to de-stress and clear the mind. Simply turn on the tunes and be yourself, there is no reason to rage on the road.
Minimize Use of Car Horn
Minimizing the use of a car horn is a great way to lower road rage incidents. The horn is a vehicular tool that allows drivers to alert others to situations. For instance, someone is sitting at a green light not paying attention – simply lightly honk the horn to alert them to go. Another instance is for warnings such as to avoid an accident. The horn is meant for major dilemmas and not to be used for simple road rage purposes. Using a horn can tick people off and lead to road rage.
Observe Your Own Driving
While on the road, be sure to observe your own driving patterns. By driving cautiously and safely, road rage can be avoided in many cases. In many instances, it is at fault of another driver – but sometimes it can be due to your driving. If you’re hogging the left lane going under the limit, don’t wonder why people begin to tailgate you. Simply move over into a slower paced lane of traffic. You are not the police and should not be trying to control traffic, leave that to the actual police. Also, be sure not to tailgate others or cut people off unnecessarily. Cutting off can happen accidentally, simply wave your hand to signal that you made a mistake. Also, always use a blinker when switching lanes as this can prepare other drivers for your motion.
Plan Ahead for Possible Delays
Although many people rely on Google Maps to get around town nowadays, it is best to plan some time just in case of a delay. Delays can lead to aggravation and stress, so it is best to stay calm. If there is traffic, there is nothing anyone can do to resolve it. It simply needs to resolve on its own. By leaving slightly early, you’ll be better off to make your appointment or be on schedule which is helpful just in case there are delays.
Wave Hand to Signal “Sorry” to Other Drivers
If you accidentally cut someone off or cause concern to another driver, simply wave your hand to signal sorry. Do not use inappropriate gestures as those can only intensify the situation. Accidents happen, including accidental cut-offs on the highway. By waving your hand out the window or visible to the rear windshield, the person will understand you are saying “my bad” or “sorry”. It is also a great way to say “thank you” to people who let you slide into the lane.
Common Reasons for Road Rage
There are many reasons that people may road rage. A few of those concepts are:
Honking Too Much
If you drive on the road, you should keep these 7 concepts in mind. Try not to brake unnecessarily, if you’re on the highway and the road is clear, there is no need to tap or jam the brakes. If you need to stop or are distracted, simply pull over. Braking can easily trigger angry drivers, especially when it isn’t necessary. If you’re braking due to concerns, simply move into the slowest travel lane and allow drivers to pass if necessary.
Cutting-Off Traffic & Hand Gestures
Cutting-off traffic is another common reason to road rage. Simply try to avoid cutting people off by planning ahead to get into the proper lane by the time required. It is a simple task yet many times people wait until the last second to save a few seconds. Another problem can be hand gestures. Negative hand gestures such as flipping another driver off can lead to road rage. There’s a simple concept to this, simply don’t do it.
Hooking Too Much & Parking Spaces
Honking too much can aggravate other drivers. Honk once or twice but there is no need to blare the horn or honk for a minute straight. Another major road rage causer is parking spaces. Sometimes, people will be fighting over parking spaces. If there is visible parking space around, there is no need to fight over parking. Simply take another spot. If there isn’t any parking, simply pull aside and wait for the next person to leave. If the area is known for parking problems, it may be smarter to try a transportation service such as Uber.
Slow driving can lead to tailgating and other road rage incidents. If you’re a slow driver, that is okay. But, there are a few things to keep in mind. Avoid going into the left lane on the highway if you’re planning to run the speed limit. It is known to be the “fast” lane on many highways and should be left as so. Another pointer is to let the police do their job, they will handle speeders if seemed necessary.
Lastly, tailgating is a major cause of road rage. Tailgating slow drivers or even someone going above the limit isn’t a great idea. Many drivers will automatically take the next chance to move over if you’re approaching behind. The other ones, will simply ignore you or even attempt to slow you down. Avoid tailgating by using your high beams to try to let them know to get over or simply use a different lane when it is safe to pass. If you’re being tailgated, simply move over and let the person pass – it’s that simple.
Road Rage Isn’t Worth Your Time
Overall, road rage isn’t worth your time. From the increased risk of accidents, death, or injuries to the other circumstances, it is best to avoid it at all costs. By using this guide, you will hopefully have an idea on how to avoid road rage in these instances. You can also use the guide to be more aware of your own driving to make sure you aren’t the cause of the issue. No matter the situation, be smart and avoid road rage.
The 2019 Bentley Continental GT was revealed by Bentley at their headquarters located in Crewe, England. Parked next to a 1953 Bentley R-type Continental Coupe, the vehicle was analyzed with its relation to the 1953 model. The 2004 Continental GT was inspired by the 1954 R-type Continental Coupe and it still shows on the 2019 version. The 2019 Continental GT is the third-generation of the modern Continental. There are many differences between the new model and the previous generations.
Twin-Turbocharged W12 Motor with 626 Horsepower
The new 2019 Bentley Continental GT sports a twin turbo W12 motor. The W12 motor produces 626 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 664 lb.-ft.of torque from 1350 rpm to around 4000 rpm. This is a jump of 26 horsepower over the previous edition. Fortunately, fuel efficiency was raised by 16%, leading to a few more mpg. On the other side, the top speed is an astonishing 207 mph. Lastly, the Continental GT can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
220+ Pounds Less than Predecessor
On top of the engine improvements, the 2019 Continental GT has other visible differences. The vehicle is 220 to 286 lbs less than the previous version but still weights a total of 5,000 lbs. The body of the vehicle is about ½” wider and similarly longer. The wheels on the new GT will sit 4.1” farther forward than on the current design. This leads to a front weight reduction down to a 55% front-to-rear ratio. Lastly, the GT will sit atop Pirelli P Zero tires.
Bentley Dynamic Ride System
On the technological side, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT will have the Bentley Dynamic Ride system. This system allows for management of spring rates, shock dampening, anti-roll bar stiffness, height to balance, handling, and front-to-rear grip. That is quite a list of adjustable features on this car. The 2019 GT will have 4 car modes: comfort, sport, custom, and Bentley. As expected, comfort leads to a comfortable ride while sport leads to a sportier ride. The custom option allows the driver to choose options individually to their preference. Lastly, the Bentley mode is the setup favored by Bentley’s engineers.
Semi-Autonomous Steering Capabilities
The 2019 Continental GT will also have semi-autonomous steering capabilities. This is far from a full out autonomous vehicle but a move towards that direction for the future. The vehicle also has smart LED headlights that can adjust beams to prevent other drivers from being blinded on the road. On the inside, there is a 12.3” infotainment touch screen. In addition, the vehicle has a compass, timer, and exterior temperature gauge.
Priced at Slightly Over $200,000
As expected, the 2019 Continental will be for sale at a hefty price of slightly over $200,000. The vehicle should be arriving to market sometime in mid-2018. Between the powerful W12 motor and the technology advancements, this will be the best GT yet. Hitting high speeds and maneuvering through turns will not phase the new Continental GT. Overall, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT is a beautiful, stunning vehicle that will display prominently on the roadways.