2013 GS Series will make Lexus a contender

2013 Lexus GS F Sport

Las Vegas — Lexus has been working hard to revamp its image as a manufacturer of appliances and not desirable automobiles.

Sure, the company’s cars are virtually bulletproof and have great resale value, but where is the soul? Where is the passion other than the pursuit of perfection? I’m not asking these questions, mind you. I like the brand just fine, but most enthusiasts feel spunk needs to be injected.

That spunk came last year with the LFA, a $345,000 super car that proved this company can indeed do anything it wants. That type of think has trickled down to the GS series, once one of the hottest cars on the market. With the new redo, it just may be so again.

The fourth generation GS will not hit showrooms until February 2012 as a 2013 model. It’s been making the rounds at car shows and today was part of a regional introduction to about 40 automotive journalist.

The car has been reinvented from stem to stern. The chassis is still based on the Supra/SC400, but has been tweaked to bring it into this century, especially on the F sport version.

“From a design standpoint, The GS is the first car to wear the new face of Lexus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “It’s highlighted by the spindle grille, the symbol for the full scale change taking place at Lexus.

The dash is more high tech.

“When we launch the GS next February. . .with this car forward. . .there’s no going back,” Templin said. “This is the new Lexus.”

New indeed. The grille is much more aggressive and is the face of a wider and more creased sedan. The length is about the same as the outgoing car, but it’s two inches wider in the rear. This provides for greater rear seat room for three across seating. Even rear legroom is up a bit.

Behind the steering wheel is where you want to be. Said wheel differs depending on the model selected. I prefer the bamboo version offered in the hybrid GS450h. It’s only available in that setup but may find its way into other versions as years pass. It has a silky feel but is easy to grip.

All the models feature sharp styling, upscale interiors and a bevy of safety, convenience and optional features which include adaptive headlights, all wheel drive, six speed transmission, paddle shifters, drive mode select, dynamic rear steering, Lexus dynamic handling, adaptive variable suspension, heads-up display and intuitive parking assist. My favorite new tech is the system which measures the distance between your eyelids. If you get drowsy and your eyes start to close, the car gives off a warning. Neat. A bit over the top but certainly useful.

Rear is more roomy.

After a thorough product briefing Lexus allowed us to drive the cars on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Not on the oval, but a timed road course and handling setup.

There are 3 GS models, the 350, 450h hybrid and the F Sport. I sampled each on the handling course and my conclusions were about what you’d expect: the base model is fine, the hybrid leans a bit in the corners and the F Sport is well suited for the track.

Put it in Sport + mode and the car comes to life as it nimbly navigates cones, curves and straightaways. The F Sport is confidence inspiring, allowing a mediocre track person as myself to feel great behind the wheel. Braking, steering and handling are top notch. The F Sport trounced the Mercedes E350 on hand in steering feel and acceleration.

The 5-Series BMW was a tougher customer. It allows a more skilled driver to feel what the car is doing a be in more control. The F Sport is no slouch with its bevy of computerized handling enhancements, which will give that well established mark some competition. Neither is a bad thing, just different approaches to achieving the same goal.

Even on a highway setting each car shines. The 450h is eerily quiet until you step on the gas. The GS has an excellent blend of power and comfortable ride. The F Sport? It will make you grin on any surface.

How will the public respond to this new GS? Very well, I think. Lexus asked more than 1,000 GS and competitor owners about what they wanted in the next GS. Templin thinks the company has given them that and more. He expects the GS to give Lexus between 12 to 13 percent of the mid-luxury sedan market.

“We do see sales growth potential for this car, but, the GS plays a much more important role for Lexus,” Templin said. “The GS signifies the new, bolder and more confident direction the brand is taking.”

Prices and fuel economy have not been set but should be available next month. One Lexus official said that because of current economic conditions the car should have “happy pricing.”

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Honda Fit EV expands company’s alternative fuel offerings

Honda Fit EV

The new Honda Fit EV debuted at the LA Autoshow last week and adds to the company’s already impressive lineup of alternative fuel vehicles.

The Fit EV, like the Nissan Leaf, is totally electric and uses no gasoline. The car, depending on the driving mode (Econ, Normal and Sport), can achieve 123 city miles off a single charge. City/highway distance should be around 76 miles.

The Fit EV can be fully recharged in three hours. American Honda will offer the car in California and Oregon markets in 2012 and in several east coast states by 2013. Other than a higher seating position, The Fit EV is nearly identical to its gasoline powered sister. Hope you like Reflection Blue Pearl. That’s the only color available for the first vehicles.

“The Fit EV is the next critical step in Honda’s portfolio approach to alternative fueled vehicles, said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for Honda. “There is no other automaker on the planet whose spirit is more deeply invested in the effort to realize a cleaner, more energy-efficient and ultimately more sustainable transportation future than Honda.”

The Fit EV will coast $36,625 and will available for lease only. Honda says average monthly payments should be around $399. Steep? About average for such electric vehicles. The Fit EV is intended for running about town more so than hitting the interstate. It can go there, but it, like the Leaf, is more of a commuter car.

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Mercedes casts off Maybach lineup

Maybach's last voyage will be sometime in 2013.

Mercedes will dim the lights on its uber automobile line called Maybach by 2013 to concentrate on the next S-Class sedans, according to Automobile Weekly.

Maybachs have lagged behind the projected 8000 per year and Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche had not given the go ahead for the replacement for the aging limos. The company will instead concentrate on the next S-Class which will be offered in at least six different versions.

“We came to the conclusion that the sales chances for the Mercedes brand are much stronger than those for Maybach,” Zetsche told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Maybach competes in rare air indeed, up with Bentley and Rolls-Royce, both of which Mercedes tried to buy but was outbid by Volkswagen in 2002. Volkswagen has since passed Rolls on to BMW.

Maybach is held in high esteem in Germany, but the rest of the world hasn’t caught the fever. Athletes, rappers (Sean Combs gave one to his 18-year-old son Justin), mega preachers and business folks have plunked down as much as $450,000 for the 62 (named for it’s length with is 6170 mm or 242.9 inches) and about a hundred grand less for the 57.

The S600 pullman will debut around 2013 as the Maybach disappears. Many of the outgoing cars features will be incorporated into the Pullman, which should push the S-Class into the $200,000 price range.

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New ad from Samsung takes on iPhone, but does it work?

Samsung’s new TV ad makes no bones about targeting Apple’s new iPhone 4S. We’re treated to a view of one of those typically long iPhone lines on what appears to be launch day outside a typical Apple Store.

In the ad, people wonder why the design of the iPhone 4S hasn’t changed, they wonder how they will tell the difference between the 4 and the 4S–and then they notice someone using something altogether different: the Samsung Galaxy S II. The ad then touts the Galaxy’s larger screen and 4G capability.

The ad is effective at getting its message across, but in doing so it also highlights that Samsung is a distant second to Apple in public consciousness and sales. The spot depicts hundreds of people using older iPhones and wanting new ones even as they are depicted as overly cutting edge and mockingly “creative.”

It also suggests Sammies are easier to get than iPhones, if only because fewer people want them.

As ads go, it’s a well done piece, something that you may have seen from Apple during the Mac vs. PC ad wars. But ultimately, we don’t think it’s a great idea to advertise your competition, and anyone who watches it will get a hefty dose of iPhone. It speaks to Apple’s marketing and mindshare that Samsung makes no bones about who it’s going after here and how quickly you realize it. And that’s before we are treated to a side-by-side shot of the product Samsung wants you to forget about, juxtaposed beside Samsung’s own product.

But all this also means that Samsung has hit its mark. The ad appeals to those who see themselves as separate from the pack, not following the herd. It is those buyers have ensured Android phones as a whole continue to best iPhone in overall sales. Can they help Samsung overtake the iPhone? What we do know is the Galaxy S II is a serious contender and they have no problem saying so.LIC460 Набор ЗИП для масок дайв серииseo company usqx3 neoтехнология укладки фанерыjessie jane analручная работаdvd дискиGSM-камераколесо магазин

T-Mobile will offer a white Samsung Galaxy S II phone for the holidays

Just in time for Santa, T-Mobile says it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in white.

The specs on the phone haven’t changed. Just the color.

T-Mobile says it’ll be available in coming weeks.

That means the white Samsung will feature the beautiful Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display technology. It’ll have a huge–and we mean HUGE–4.52 inch screen and a 1.2 gig processor.

It will work on T-Mobile’s advanced 3G network, which it touts as 4G, and has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash plus 1080P video recording and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.видеорегистратор и антирадар 2в1оптимизациявидеорегистратор купить Москвакоттеджи в лапландиикупить тур в африку на сафариsv-autoтурагентство украина онлайншины для автомобилястоимость оптимизации

Hess Express App helps find good gas prices, shopping deals

The Hess Corporation has redesigned its “Hess Express” mobile app and website to help customers find real-time gas prices, traffic info and customized deals and coupons. Of course, you can also find the closest Hess location. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can get text alerts.

The press release:

Hess Corporation and OpenStore™ by GasBuddy today announced the launch of the Hess Express mobile app and redesigned website, HessExpress.com, to provide busy people on the go with customized deals and coupons, real-time gas prices and traffic information .

“This digital initiative will take the way we serve and build relationships with our customers to the next level,” Rick Lawlor, vice president of Retail Marketing for Hess Corporation, said. “It’s a new way for us to deliver on our long-standing commitment to convenience and quality.”

With the new Hess Express app and newly designed website, consumers can find the closest Hess location, check real-time gas prices, and find the latest deals and product offerings. Customers without smart phones can receive Mobile Hess Express Deal Alerts by plugging in their mobile numbers online.

In addition, the Hess Express app includes a unique combination of directions, traffic reporting and gas prices to help customers navigate to their destinations while finding the best gas prices at convenient locations.  The “My Hess Express” module of the app and web site allows consumers to select a Hess Express store as their favorite to get the latest gas prices and Hess Express deals and coupons specific to that location.

“The digital world is rapidly increasing and changing the way companies interact with customers,” Jason Toews, co-founder and CEO of OpenStore™ by GasBuddy, said. “Hess is making the most of web and mobile tools to find innovative ways for connecting with customers.”

Hess is also driving innovation and transforming the way customers engage with the company with the addition of Idea Bank to the Hess Express mobile app and website. Powered by BrightIdea, this interactive feature creates a collaborative social experience where customers can submit, comment, as well as vote on ideas on how to make their Hess experience more enjoyable.

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Verizon to drop prices on XOOM & Galaxy tablets for Black Friday

If you’re in the market for a tablet, Verizon is planning some pretty appealing Black Friday sales.

Verizon is dropping the price of the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE tablet with a 10.1 inch screen to $199 and the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE will drop to $149.

Other special discounts on devices include:

-4G Pantech Breakout – $49*
-4G LG Revolution – $49*
-4G Novatel 4510 WiFi – $29*
-4G Novatel 551L USB modem – FREE*
-4G CPO Novatel 4510 WiFi – FREE

*After $50 mail-in rebate

 

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First Test: New AT&T 4G LTE Network

AT&T turned on its 4G LTE network Sunday, bringing faster internet speeds to customers in Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. That brought AT&T’s high speed wireless service to a total of 15 market. The company said it plans to reach 70 million U.S. customers by year’s end.

Since Alldaytech.com is headquartered in Charlotte, NC–aka the Queen City–the folks at AT&T were nice enough to offer a demonstration of the AT&T 4G LTE service at its Charlotte flagship store, as well as outfit us with an HTC Vivid 4G LTE phone to try the service in the wild.

In the store–a futuristic set-up with beautiful flat screen TVs and display stations–we saw download speeds of 13 megabits down per second on a pretty 8.9-inch Samsung tablet device. Of course, the store was probably optimized to return great results.

Using the service in the field was a little different.

Our initial review after playing with the AT&T 4G LTE service around town? Stop us if this sounds familiar…but when you get an AT&T signal, you REALLY get an AT&T signal.

In the photo that accompanies this story, you’ll see the Speed Test app results for the HTC Vivid smartphone on AT&T 4G LTE vs. the HTC Rezound (the “Beats Audio” phone) on Verizon. Verizon is on the left. Those were taken inside today (11/21) about noon.

Both phones showed about “2 bars” worth of signal during the times of those tests. The AT&T fluctuated between 4G LTE and AT&T’s “other” 4G, HSPA+ — which you should simply think of as an advanced version of 3G. We only showed the LTE results in the photo.

When LTE is not available, AT&T’s LTE phones will drop back to HSPA+ and speeds are strong, averaging about 5 megabytes down per second. For comparison, most Verizon and Sprint phones we’ve tested, via their 3G signal, return less than 1.5 MB down. You’ll notice the lack of speed when trying to send an attachment or streaming a movie. So, if you’re ever in an area that doesn’t have Verizon 4G and you drop to 3G, there is a tremendous speed drop. With AT&T, as long as you get signal, there won’t be.

Still, Verizon’s speeds indoors were nearly twice as fast as AT&T on average during tests at the first location.

In a different location, near a school on the south side of town, AT&T’s 4G LTE hit 3 and 4 bars and returned 22 megabits down, inside and out, besting Verizon which returned 18-20. Of course, Verizon’s network is being used by thousands of customers and AT&T’s is much newer, but these numbers are promising.

I was able to get AT&T “4G” and 4G LTE signal on the HTC Vivid in spots where I couldn’t get much of a signal on the AT&T iPhone 4S. And even when the LTE service wasn’t available, tasks like uploading large files, sending photos and watching YouTube were much responsive on the Vivid running AT&T’s “other 4G” than iPhone, which is quite speedy on AT&T’s good ol’ 3G network in its own right.

I really liked being able to load up YouTube “HQ” videos and have them play instantly without any pauses via the 4G LTE. You could scroll almost instantly across the span of the video as soon as the video started playing, which was nearly instantly.

Think of using 4G LTE pretty much the way you use the Internet on your home broadband network. It felt about the same to me.

We’ve seen this type of performance via Verizon 4G LTE for some time, but it’s nice to see that kind of quick responsiveness on Ma Bell.

Overall, in multiple locations, we averaged about 8 megabits down via AT&T’s 4G LTE. That’s slightly better than what we’ve seen from Sprint’s WiMax around town but decidedly slower than Verizon, which has consistently returned an average of 12-14 down. I’m sure AT&T will tweak its network as it’s new. I’d expect speeds to get better.

The biggest difference between Verizon and AT&T, however, was consistency. Where I got super fast AT&T signal sometimes, it just wasn’t everywhere. As the signal degraded, so did speeds. With Verizon, almost everywhere you went you saw speeds faster than many people have at home.

AT&T has good coverage in Charlotte and that may or may not be true for your city, but 4G LTE looks like it might help improve signal strength issues and it certainly improves speed. Is it enough to buy a new device? If you’re spying a new Android phone and you like AT&T, the Vivid is a solid entry, and there’s a bunch of new Android devices on the way, too.

I don’t think I would be signing a contract on anything Android that wasn’t 4G LTE on AT&T. And if you’re an Apple person and you didn’t bite on the iPhone 4S, I’d wait for a 4G LTE iPhone sometime next year.

Can’t wait to see where AT&T goes with its network moving forward, but the speed is better than anything ever on the network. Even when you don’t get the 4G LTE signal, at least in Charlotte, speeds and signal quality and calls didn’t fall off the map; neither did coverage.

Verizon is still better on coverage, but with this move AT&T is clearly trying to climb the ladder to the top.яндекс поисковые запросыкупить духи киев тестертест определения уровня английского языкаDunlop SP Sport LM703Компьютерные комплектующиекрышка для сковородыодежда обувь аксессуары интернетраскрутка сайтов заказатьgopro hero 3 black editions

2013 Ford Escape debuts at LA Auto Show

2013 Ford Escape

Thinking of buying a Ford Escape? Hold off until the 2013 hits the street next spring. Debuting at this week’s L.A. Auto Show, the Escape will feature all-new sheet metal which looks much like a tall Ford Focus. It is. Most of the mechanicals come from Ford’s hot selling sedan, which means the Escape will have a European feel.

The Escape will be called the Kuga in Europe and will be nearly the same version it gets.The V6 option has been cancelled, but three engine choices will be available. The 2.5-liter four cylinder has been refined and makes 168 horsepower. A 1.4-liter turbo will give the best gas mileage in the class, according to Ford. A 1.6-liter turbo may be the hot ticket, making 237 horses.

2013 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac took the wraps off of its XTS sedan. It’s a bit more sedate than the CTS or even the SRX but its better looking than the banished DTS or STS cars. This is will compete with Audi’s sparkling A6 in size and price. The XTS features loads of equipment as standard and a boat-load of options. Ed Welburn, vice president of global design introduced the car to the press Wednesday.

Hyundai has now totally revamped its sedan offerings by reshaping the odd Azera to fit its current lineup. This will be the only non-Genesis Hyundai to offer a V6, which will make 293 horsepower and deliver 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 Hyundai Azera

The car’s fluid styling is years ahead of the Azera it replaces but I’m thinking Hyundai may be beating that horse to death. Stylish it is, new looking it’s not. All the sedans now looked like stretched or shrunken versions of each other. Still, the exceptional warranty, build quality and a price that may start a little above the $26,270 entry level of last years model will be enough to pull consumers in by the truck loads.управление репутацией в поискеДОМОФОНЫпарфюмер 2 смотреть онлайн бесплатноЗеркальный фотоаппарат Canon EOS 700D Bodyавтобусные туры в болгарию лето 2015купить сувенирыбумажная форма для выпечки куличаЧехлыgopro hd hero3 white

Chevy Camaro 2SS offers power, looks, value

2011 Camaro 2SS Convertible

I’m online in a WiFi hotspot where the air is blasting and it’s barely 50 degrees outside. It makes me think back a couple months ago when it was 80 degrees and I was driving topless in the Camaro 2SS convertible.

Yes, the car was topless – not I. This torso doesn’t come out. I was tempted to at least do the wife beater thing but that idea was nixed as well. That’s how good the SS convertible made me feel – a bit bold and daring.

That’s how I describe the car’s looks. We all know the current Camaro. Marketing the car in the Transformers movies, which have grossed about a bazillion dollars, was one of GM’s smartest ideas. Their best idea was to actually do the car when development money was tight. The car is a brilliant throw back but much better built than its predecessor.

I like this SS, with its wide squinty body and aggressive interior–in color, anyway. There’s bit too much plastic on the dash but I love the two-toned leather seats. Grey isn’t the most exciting shade but the red contrast made it interesting.

Ahhh, but who cares about color pallets when you can hit the gas pedal and hear the glorious rumble of a 6.2-liter V8 engine. It’s an angry growl, as if it’s ready to pounce on the competition. The engine makes 426 horsepower with 420 pounds feet if torque. GM says it will return 24 miles to the gallon on the highway, which is impressive if a bit hard to believe. I don’t think I managed that number but I also found myself approaching twice the double-nickel speed limit most of the time.

Driving the Camaro SS with the top down is a blast. Gone is the claustrophobic feel of the blind-spot laden cabin. Barreling down the highway at ridiculous speeds isn’t as noisy as you’d think.  Sixty miles an hour takes about 5.0 seconds from zero, which is fast enough for a car this heavy. You may get quicker results from the six-speed automatic. The six-speed manual is a tad notchy. Handling is good, but cornering requires a bit more finesse than a Mustang or Charger. Ride quality? Really? It’s a Camaro with a sport suspension. Still, not bad. The Brembo brakes are wonderful and that Stabilitrak with traction control comes in handy.

My only real gripe is that once the power-operated top goes up, your ability to see out this thing goes down. The 2012 offers a backup camera, which you should definitely check on the options list. Other than not having a usable back seat, that’s about the worst of it. The 2SS comes with about everything you’d need at $39,650. If you must have 20-inch painted wheels, high intensity discharge headlights, an interior accent trim package and a few other goodies, expect to pay $42,995.

If you are looking for an affordable sporty car with exotic looks the few aforementioned niggles should not keep you from considering the SS convertible. I’m not of the Transformers generation so this isn’t the pony car I’d saddle up. Still, the Camaro is a tempting package and a well sorted one to boot.

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