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Tesla introduces Model S 70D as its new entry level vehicle

Tesla Model S 70D

Tesla has removed the underperforming (sales-wise) Model S 60 entry level vehicle from its lineup, and has replaced it with a new, more powerful base model that it’s called the Model S 70D. The new Tesla Model S 70D bring with it a dual-motor all wheel drive feature that packs a 329 horsepower punch, as compared to 302hp offered by the departing Model S 60. The allows the Model S 70D to go from 0-to-60 MPH in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 140 MPH. Access to the Tesla Supercharger network is now included, a perk that Model S 60 customer had to pay extra for. Same goes for a bunch of the features that were previously included in the technology package.

Tesla begins shipping the Model S 70D shortly, and you can order one at a base price of $75,000, or lease one starting at $818 per month.

Read More | Tesla

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2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition details

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Transportation

2016 Nissan GTR Gold anniversary

This is the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition. No, when looking at the Premium model, the Anniversary edition isn't any faster, but like the gold Apple Watch Edition, it's much more exclusive than the standard offering. In fact, Nissan will produce just 30 of these for the US. The color is a special hue that they're calling "Silica Brass," and other details include a color-matched VIN plate, and a plaque inside the vehicle that commemorates this edition. Aside from that, you'll find all the goodness here that you find in the rest of the 2016 GT-R lineup, including all-wheel drive, build-in driving recorder, 3.8-liter 550 horsepower twin turbo V6 engine, and 11-speaker Bose audio system with noise cancellation. For for pricing, but you can be sure it'll cost $1,000 more than the $101,770 Premium edition, plus a $1,595 destination charge.


Bleeding Edge TV 525: Toyota on the Future of Car Multimedia

Ever wonder about what the cars of the near future will offer in terms of entertainment? There's a balance between entertainment and safety, and in this episode Andru Edwards chats with Toyota's Ken Parkman about new features coming soon to the Entune App Suite, a feature of Entune Premium Audio that allows you to access some of the most popular smartphone apps right from the car dashboard.

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Bleeding Edge TV 524: Toyota Entune App Suite review

The Toyota Entune App Suite allows you to access your favorite smartphone apps right in your vehicle, hands-free. Compatible apps include Pandora, iHeartRadio, Bing, Facebook Places, Yelp, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, and more. Andru Edwards brings you a demo of the Entune App Suite from a 2014 Toyota Highlander in this episode!

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Bleeding Edge TV 523: Toyota Entune Premium Audio review

In this episode, Andru Edwards brings you a look at Toyota Entune Premium Audio, and the features that it offers to make your driving experience safer and more convenient. Coming to you from Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, California, here's a rundown of what's covered in this Entune Premium Audio & Entune App Suite demo, using a 2014 Toyota Highlander:

Entune Premium Audio includes:

  • 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen
  • AM/FM/CD
  • iPod/USB2.0/AUX
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Phonebook
  • Advanced Voice Recognition
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • HD Radio
  • HD Traffic
  • Weather
  • AM/FM Radio Cache
  • Navigation
  • Entune App Suite

In case you missed it, be sure to also check out our Toyota Entune Multimedia overview & demo!

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Bleeding Edge TV 522: Toyota Entune Multimedia Overview & Demo

We visit Toyota Headquarters to bring you a look at Entune, Toyota's in-car multimedia system. Andru Edwards brings you a look and demo of Entune in a few different vehicles. Check out what you get with the different trim levels of Entune:

  • Entune Audio: 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen, AM/FM/CD, iPod/USB2.0/AUX, Bluetooth Streaming, Phonebook, Advanced Voice Recognition
  • Entune Audio Plus adds: SXM Radio, HD Radio, HD Traffic, Weather
  • Entune Premium Audio adds: AM/FM Radio Cache, Navigation, Entune App Suite
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio adds JBL speakers and amp for high-quality sound

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Apple CarPlay, Power Programmers and Making Your Ride Zombie Proof

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Transportation

Apple CarPlay zombies

The following article is a sponsored post by AutoAnything.

When the undead rise up and take to the streets, it will already be too late for you to upgrade your vehicle’s power and efficiency. So, while the zombies are still safely nestled in their graves, it’s time to think about how to prepare your vehicle for escape.

Ask yourself: can your car tell you where you need to go and get you there in the fastest and most efficient way possible? Can you control your in-cabin features without taking your hands off the wheel? Chances are you answered no. Fear not, fellow future zombie heroes! We have technology on our side, and with the brains of Apple CarPlay and the brawn of a power programmer, our vehicles can be completely zombie-proof in no time.

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A look at the next-generation 2016 Chevy Volt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Rumors, Transportation

2015 Chevy Volt

GM is set to debut the next-generation Chevy Volt at the North American International Auto Show, which is just over five months away, taking place in Detroit in January 2015. The 2016 Chevy Volt will be the first redesign for the game-changing electric car, and details are obviously scarce since the company is going for the element of surprise. However, this morning they gave us a peek at the next design. Above you see what appears to be the rear liftgate, lit up by a sunset. My wish list? As a Chevy Volt owner, I'd like to see the 2016 model pick up a 50-mile electric range, 50 miles-per-gallon in range-extending mode, and a redesigned battery pack that will allow for three seats in the rear. We'll know more in a few months!

Read More | Chevy Volt Twitter

Bleeding Edge TV 514: 2015 Ford Edge revealed

We were on-hand in Detroit where Ford revealed the 2015 Ford Edge to the world during its 2014 Trends Conference. Check out this video and watch the intro video, followed by the unveiling of the rebuilt SUV. As you can see and hear, the 2015 Ford Edge has been rebuilt from wheel to roof--all new design, and a ton of new technology features.

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GM working on bringing down price of Chevy Volt for 2016 model

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Transportation

Chevy Volt 2016

As a brand, the Chevy Volt is well-known in the electric vehicle market. That said, mind-share doesn't equal sales, and GM is set to step up its efforts to make the Volt the car that EV buyers end up choosing when it's time to buy. To fix this, GM is planning on bringing down the entry-level price of the 2016 Volt, and then offering tiered upgrades, similar to the way Tesla sells the Model S.

At the low end, the 2016 Chevy Volt should cost just over $30,000, which is about $5,000 less than it currently costs now, bringing it closer in line with competing vehicles like the Honda Accord plug-in and Ford C-Max Energi. Total range of the entry-level Volt should be under 300 miles, and won't be as heavy on the upgraded feel of the car--but if those options aren't your jam anyway, then you can save yourself some money.


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