VIDEOS – 2014 Jaguar F-Type Reviews

First, the dramatic version from Male supermodel and GQ.com Car Correspondent , David Gandy:

One can’t help but stare at the XJ: it’s a fabulous piece of design. I was there in London in July 2009 when Jay Leno unveiled it to the world. The stunned silence of the audience said it all: the design was far removed from XJs of old. When I went to Paris a few months later and was driven around in a convoy of them, the Parisians couldn’t have stared any more if Elvis Presley had risen from the Seine singing “Love Me Tender” whilst riding on the back of the Loch Ness Monster…

 

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Now, the professional “Editor in Chief” review from Colum Wood of  AutoGuide.com

Driving the F-Type is an emotional experience.

Like a bullet out of a barrel the brilliant orange (Firesand Metallic) F-Type launches back out onto the open road, the exhaust note chasing closely behind, dramatically multiplied by this sound canon. Shattering the natural silence of the forest it’s so shockingly loud I’d feel embarrassed for disturbing the peace were there anyone around to judge my moment of hedonism. I half expect to see the branches of the sky-high Douglas Firs blowing in the F-Type’s wake as I let off the throttle delivering yet another aural treat of gurgles and a cacophony of successive pops.

And that is just the V6!

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Review: Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport for 2013

Longing for one of these, but feel it’s a bit of a stretch?

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - Vorsteiner 2013[Credit: Conceptcarz]

How about one of these…for about $25,000 less?…

 

2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport – Autoblog

by Michael Harley

Performance Is Not Only Reserved For The AMG Badge

2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 SportWhat if someone asked you to snatch the sexiest attributes of the C63AMG Series to create a more affordable, yet SPORTY… entry-level C-Class?

Maybe you’d say…well, take a look instead at the BMW 328i  or some other four-door models like the Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS250 and even the Audi A4 (if you are willing to accept its rear-bias all-wheel-drive system). The souped up Mercedes-Benz C250 might eventually become more conceivable, but technically…as a luxury-oriented sedan…it would likely be near the bottom of the list of realities.

But what if an entry-level C-Class could be configured to run with a sporty 3 Series, and not just at the AMG level?

We spent a full week with a 2013 C250 Sport that was fitted with a few choice options…bumping its athletic demeanor several notches….just to consider the possibilities.

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[VIDEOS] 2014 Range Rover Sport – Reviews

Watch us drive the 2014 Range Rover Sport through an airplane – Autoblog

by Steven J. Ewing

Truth time: When I wrote my first drive report of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, I left out a pretty cool, pretty important detail. You see, in addition to doing all of the nifty off-road stuff and blasting through the winding roads of the English countryside, Land Rover pulled quite the stunt by having us drive through an airplane. That is, we scaled a ramp, drove into the passenger compartment of a Boeing 747, and drove out of the plane. They even left some seats inside for effect.

Once inside the 747, Land Rover had a pretty challenging little course set up for us to test the rock crawl mode of the Range Rover Sport’s Terrain Response 2 system. At one point, the Sport was tipped at a 40-degree angle while one of the event staff informed my backseat passenger that he might want to move to the opposite side of the vehicle to balance it all out.

All in, the experience was mildly terrifying, and one of the stranger things I’ve done in my life. Words can’t really describe the full experience, but thankfully, we captured a video of the whole stunt. Check it out, below.

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2013 Range Rover Sport Supercharged review – EVO

 

Range Rover Sport prototype driven – WhatCar

May 2
The new Range Rover Sport is still a few months away, but What Car? has been given the chance to get behind the wheel of a development car for an early indication of what the new model is like to drive. The SDV6 diesel model we tried is expected to be the biggest seller in the UK, with its 288bhp output placing it between the entry-level 255bhp TDV6 diesel and the range-topping 503bhp… Read More


CNET – the boys at XCAR deliver a really cool-looking video on the new Range Rover Sport, complete with a 747 and the Daniel Craig introduction.

2014 Range Rover Sport Video Reviews

Ovalnews.com – Land Rover & Range Rover News, Pictures & Commentary by Michael Jun 14

The video reviews have started, people are actually being allowed to drive and report on them.

Reviews: BMW X5 Vs ML350 Vs Cayenne Vs Range Rover Sport:

Jaguar XF – 2013 Reviews, Test Drives & Insights

Jaguar XF - 2013 - front view

The new car realm is never short on opinions, comparisons and drive tests…and the 2013 Jaguar XF seems to be getting it’s fair share of attention.  If you’ve always had a longing for a luxurious Jag, but always dismissed the notion as too lofty, the big wigs at Jaguar North America have you specifically in mind.

“We needed a more affordable entry point to Jaguar, and we haven’t had a model at that price level in many, many, many years,” says Andy Goss, president and chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover North America.  People think all of our cars start at $100,000. The XF helps to reposition the brand in people’s mind, showing that we can compete at different price levels.”   More – Bloomberg

 

The Car Connection (High Gear Media) gives the Jaguar XF for 2013 an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 “meta”.

If we had to pick a single weakness for the XF, it’s that the swoopy roofline leaves behind an especially small back seat. The XF is packaged more like a four-door coupe than a family sedan, which limits back-seat head room… More – TheCarConnection

Edmunds points out that the obvious way to affect price point of the XF and make it more accessible to the masses was to create more consumer friendly and cost effective power-train options.

If we had to pick a single weakness for the XF, it’s that the swoopy roofline leaves behind an especially small back seat. The XF is packaged more like a four-door coupe than a family sedan, which limits back-seat head room… Read More – Edmunds

Wanna take an XF for a ride?  If you don’t have time just yet…or don’t want to hassle with salespeople…here’s the next best thing. Take a look at this POV test drive from Winding Road magazine!

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The only free insight offered up by Consumer Reports in this pre-review…is how impressed they were with the home delivery of the new XF to the buyer/tester’s front door.  That guy must not get out much.  My local Honda dealer even delivers cars to buyers homes…every day.  But if you want the real meat of their test drive review, you have to be a subscriber to their publication.  That’s a fair trade for an unbiased assessment on a $50K purchase.  More – ConsumerReports

 

Australia’s Motoring website says the Jaguar XF…

It might fall a little short on fuel consumption, but it’s a winner everywhere else – especially on price

Motoring AU - Jaguar XF rearview

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US News Ranking & Reviews compares the 2013 Jaguar XF to 15 other Large Luxury cars…with a side-by-side comparison to the 2013 Infiniti M and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2013 Jaguar XF ranks 5 out of 15 Luxury Large Cars.  This ranking is based on our analysis of 53 published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar XF, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.  More – US News Ranking & Reviews

 

Car and Driver divulges that Tata (Jaguar’s latest parent) is giving Jaguar the attention it deserves…to the tune of $2 Billion in R&D outlays over the next 5 years:

Under Tata, Jaguar is getting the attention it was denied during its stint as furniture in Ford’s living room. In the auto industry, attentiveness is fairly easily quantified, and Tata’s doting rings in at $2 billion. We’re told that’s the amount the Indian industrial conglomerate has earmarked for Jaguar R&D for each of the next five years.  More – Car and Driver

 

Kelly Blue Book only gives the Jaguar XF a 7.2 out of 10 rating, and claims that contrary to what tradition suggests, the XF is “borderline-stiff in its ride quality.”

Tradition suggests a Jaguar will be softer and more isolated in its driving experience than other, particularly German, luxury sedans but the XF in any iteration is taut, responsive, balanced and gives good feedback through the steering and brakes.  More – KBB

 

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Paintless Dent Repair – Snake Oily or Saucy?

 What are the top two (2) causes of car dents?

  1. Trash cans – people can’t stop driving into them
  2. Husband & Wife (or boyfriend & girlfriend) confrontations

Maybe you’ve heard of the paintless dent removal concept, but were just a bit skeptical. Probably the most tempting notion was the money part…that they could actually repair dents at a fraction of what a body shop might charge.

Well, it’s true…we do indeed “have the technology”.  The hard part is finding a truly tenured and skilled craftsman that really knows what he’s doing…and been doing it for several years (isn’t it always?).  That’s why the attrition rate is so high in that particular niche of the auto body repair industry.  But never fear!  We have our own trusted specialist right here on staff/on call for those situations where sanding and painting just isn’t the right call.  As always, our motto here at City Body Repairs is to “Do it right the first time.”

Dent Repair & Removal - Snake Oily or Saucy?

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 Maserati Ghibli set to be company’s first diesel | CNET

The Maserati Ghibli is smaller than the Quattroporte, and seems designed for a larger market. (Credit: Maserati

Maserati released photos and a few details of a new car it will unveil at the Shanghai Motor Show. The Maserati Ghibli looks to be an attempt at more of a mass-market car than the Italian makers other models.

The Ghibli will be offered with a choice of two turbocharged V-6 engines, one of which will burn diesel, mated to eight speed automatic transmissions. Maserati says the car will come in rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions.

The Ghibli is intended to bolster Maserati’s plans to sell 50,000 cars per year.

The interior picture shows luxury materials one would expect from Maserati. Red leather covers the seats and carbon fiber panels top the console.

The center LCD only has two dials, one on either side of the bezel in standard volume/tuning format. The lack of other controls suggests the Ghibli will have a touchscreen. The LCD appears close enough to the driver to allow touchscreen operation.

Anime fans may perk up at the name, referencing director Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli in Japan. Wikipedia that the studio’s name was taken from the nickname for an Italian warplane, the Caproni Ca.309, from World War II. That derivation seems likely considering Studio Ghibli’s film, Porco Rosso.

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Rethinking the lithium ion battery revolution over cost, safety | AutoNews

On the eve of a Washington forum, a growing number of engineers say the lithium ion battery revolution in cars and other products has stalled, undercut by high costs, technical complexity and safety concerns.

 

Facts About Fuel Ratings | CarandDriver

 Find out the facts about fuel ratings and find out how you can reduce the cost of driving your car.

 

Wheelchair van makers see growth | AutoNews

Colorado retailer Tim Myers sums up his optimistic outlook for the wheelchair van market this way: More Americans with disabilities simply want vehicle mobility. And that’s creating an opportunity for retailers.

 

Petrolicious profiles one of the final Jaguar E-Types | Autoblog

by Seyth Miersma

There’s no question that David Paddison has got a very lovely 1974 Jaguar E-Type convertible. The rubber bumpers of this late E-Type may distract ever so slightly from the purity of the lines, but that doesn’t mean we’re still not completely jealous of the latest Petrolicious subject car.

As usual, the team of vintage car videographers has done a fine job capturing a small moment of gear-headness with this latest installment – The Last of the Breed. We do wonder why we don’t get to hear a little bit more of that famed Jaguar V12 rumble, however. There’s just a whiff of engine and exhaust sound in the middle of the video, while the rest of the piece sounds like it was scored by Amy Grant’s rhythm guitarist. See for yourself, below.

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Did Your Body Shop Do It Right?

Walking (hopefully) away from the scene of an accident can be an emotionally challenging ordeal to say the least.  Dealing with the repair process, insurance companies and to the adjustment of driving your temporary rental/loaner car can be an antagonizing extension of that same ordeal.  But when it comes time to pick up and drive home your newly repaired vehicle, you may be all out of emotional gasoline and a bit too willing to accept the process and your restored friend at face value.  “Just Don’t Do It” says the Society of Collision Repair Specialists .  Take a deep breath and two extra minutes in advance to potentially save yourself  hours of heartache and $1000′s of Dollars in your cars ultimate worth.

If you’re clear on what the shop is going to fix and how it will do the repair….get everything in writing…and ask about the shop’s warranty on its work. When you return, review the paperwork to confirm that the shop did the repairs correctly. “A reputable repair facility will go through everything with you, walk you through all the steps they took…” says the SCRS.

  1. Keep It Clean, Baby – a bare minimum standard is that your car be thoroughly clean
  2. Just a Closer Look at Thee – scrutinize the actual repaired areas
  3. Color Matching & Paint Finish Consistency – If at all possible, pick up your car from the body shop during the day so you can  look at it in the sunlight…making sure the new paint matches

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BMW X4 Concept Images Leaked Ahead of Likely Shanghai Auto Show Debut | CarandDriver

BMW X4 concept

Are no auto-show surprise reveals sacred anymore? It seems as though in recent years, the number of image leaks that spill the beans on automakers’ big production- and concept-car reveals before their scheduled debut has only increased. Case in point: It appears as though BMW’s X4 crossover concept has shown up naked on the same website—AutoWP.ruthat last month leaked photos of Mercedes-Benz’s CLA45 AMG just before its New York auto show debut. (It’s worth noting that the same Flickr user, upcomingvehiclesx, who leaked photos of the new Cadillac CTS, also has posted the shots of the X4 concept.)

BMW X4 concept

The X4, for those scratching their heads, is going to be to BMW’s X3 what the X6 is to the X5—a coupe-ier, less-practical, and more attractive version of an existing, relatively pedestrian crossover. Given that the blue X4 concept images have popped online now, we’re guessing the crossover is set for a debut in the not-so-distant future, meaning a Shanghai auto show reveal is a pretty safe bet. As for the X4′s looks, well, it’s pretty darn attractive. The concept is a bit dressier than the X4 rendering we published nearly two years ago, but the basic elements are there: A sharply sloping roofline; a high, chopped tail; gaping front intakes; and an aggressive stance.

Porsche plugs in the Panamera | CNET

 

Porsche replaces the speedometer with a power gauge in the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and keeps the tach front and center. (Credit: Porsche)

In announcing the 2014-model-year Panamera, Porsche released details of a new plug-in hybrid variant, a replacement for the current Panamera Hybrid model. The new model, termed the Panamera S E-Hybrid, gets a larger battery pack and more powerful electric motor than the previous Panamera S Hybrid.

Porsche says the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid will drive over 20 miles under electric power.

That distance may not sound like much, but it is a robust number for plug-in hybrids. Ford rates its C-Max Energi at 21 miles of electric range, while the Chevy Volt, the leader in the class, rates at 38 miles.

Porsche also notes the Panamera S E-Hybrid can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, faster than the previous Panamera S Hybrid model.

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Mazda, aided by weaker yen, eyes first annual profit in 5 years | AutoNews

The slide in the yen has turned Mazda’s biggest weakness into its biggest strength. All Japan’s most export-dependent automaker has to do now is sell more cars.

 

Daniel Craig nets $1M to show up at Land Rover NY, leaves quickly [w/videos]

by Zach Bowman

Daniel Craig driving the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - video screencap

The New York Post reports actor Daniel Craig pocketed a cool $1 million to appear at a the New York Auto Show on behalf of Land Rover this week, despite staying at the function only briefly. The actor appeared at the Skylight at Moynihan Station on Tuesday, and was shown in a video driving the to the venue before driving onto a stage, live. From there, the actor who plays James Bond walked along a line of photographers and vanished from sight.

While speaking with The New York Post, a representative from Land Rover said, “We won’t comment on our relationship with Mr. Craig beyond confirming that Land Rover supports the charity SAFE, of which the actor is a patron, and will continue its charitable efforts with a vehicle donation later this year.”

You can watch Craig’s entrance as well as an interview with the actor in the videos below.

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2014 Jaguar XJR unleashed just ahead of New York show [w/video] | Autoblog

by Seyth Miersma

2014 Jaguar XJR - front three-quarter view, silver

Just a week after teasing us with the first image of the car, and mere hours before revealing it to the public at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar has pulled the wraps off of its 2014 XJR super sedan.

The British automaker has confirmed that the XJR will be kicking out a full 550-horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8, affording the sedan a 0-60 mile per hour sprint of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 174 miles per hour. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will still allow for respectable fuel economy, as Jag estimates ratings of 15 miles per gallon city and 23 highway.

Newly tuned dampers and stiffer spring rates, along with an electronically controlled differential should ensure that the massive power of the engine isn’t wasted in transition to the road. Jaguar has also tweaked steering software and hydraulics, with the goal of increased road feel, response and overall feedback. 20-inch signature wheels carry wide Pirelli rubber (265-section up front, 295 in back) to keep the XJR planted.

Visually, the unique wheels, grille badges, sills and a discrete trunklid spoiler all call out the newest and most fearsome member of the XJ line. Inside, R badges on the seatbacks and elsewhere, as well as some unique seating, trim and stitching options, mark out the XJR. All in, the standard wheelbase XJR will carry an MSRP of $116,000, with $119,000 asked of the long-wheelbase model. Scroll down to see a video of the 2014 Jaguar XJR in action, as well as to find the full press release.

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Fisker furloughs U.S. workforce for a week | Autoweek

Fisker Automotive, the struggling maker of $100,000 plug-in hybrids whose namesake founder abruptly resigned earlier this month, has furloughed its entire workforce in the United States this week to preserve cash as it seeks a financial lifeline.

Range Rover Sport evokes a little bit more lust for 2014 | Autoblog

by Seyth Miersma

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - front three-quarter view

Land Rover has substantially updated the appeal of its middle-child Range Rover Sport at this year’s New York Auto Show, giving the model a new look, a new powertrain and an optional new third row. Functionality abounds.

As we outlined yesterday, the 2014 Range Rover Sport can now be had with a 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, for an opening price of $63,495 in SE trim. Start ticking options boxes on the Range Rover website, and you’ll end up with a 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill at the heart of your $93,295 Range Rover Sport Autobiography. No matter how lushly you specify your Sport, however, you’ll now have the ability to haul two more small children (or unhappy, normal sized adults) in the optional foldaway third-row seating.

We’ve got live images of the 2014 Range Rover Sport, fresh from the floor of New York’s Javits Center, for your approval. Browse at your leisure or scroll down for a second pass at the Land Rover press release.

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Night time curfews won’t work | BodyShopMag

 Ingenie welcomes the government’s focus on young drivers and all efforts to make this disproportionately high-risk age group of drivers safer

New Audi A3 revealed with big car tech | CNET

by Wayne Cunningham

Audi’s new A3 model comes out next year as a 2015 model, in sedan form and a plug-in hybrid Sportback. (Credit: Audi)

NEW YORK–Audi showed off the cabin tech for the new A3 model at 2012 CES, setting the first milestone for what looked like a highly anticipated update. And while Audi put the updated A3 in sedan and Sportback form on the stage in Geneva and Paris last year, it is only now that we get to see the U.S. version of the car.

However, shown as a 2015 model, the A3 will not hit showrooms until next year.

Audi equips the new A3 with the same cabin electronics, and more, as its bigger vehicles.

The MMI controller in the A3 includes a touchpad embedded on the center dial.

The new A3 will come out in far different form than what most Americans are used to. The sedan looks to be Audi’s ma… [Read more]

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 Are you the 2014 Range Rover Sport? | Autoblog

by Steven J. Ewing

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport spy shot

Less than 24 hours after Land Rover released its first video teaser of the upcoming 2014 Range Rover Sport ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, it appears someone has already spilled the beans. The image you see here comes from the VMax 200 Facebook page, and it clearly shows what looks to be the new Sport hanging out in a garage.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport spy shotDesign-wise, the new Sport appears to borrow heavily from the smaller Evoque crossover while still having plenty of cues that tie it to the all-new Big Daddy Range Rover. The two-tier grille mimics the three-tier one of the larger Range Rover, and the headlamp and taillamp clusters follow similar design cues (though the rear lights are more squared off than vertical), but parts of the front fascia are clearly reminiscent of the pretty little Evoque, as are the rocker panel flares that remind of the three-door model. Unlike its costlier Range Rover sibling, there are no vertical faux side vents embossed in the door skins – instead, there’s a small fender vent above the front wheels with a pair of matte silver strakes to give directional thrust.

Land Rover has not yet released any details about the 2014 Range Rover Sport, only saying that it will be the company’s “fastest, most responsive and most agile vehicle to date.” Stay tuned for the official unveiling on March 26.

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BMW X4 will attract new buyers to brand, sales chief says | Autonews

BMW’s new X4 model will bring a new type of customer to the brand, sales chief Ian Robertson said. The X4 will launch next year as a sportier version of the X3 SUV with a lower roofline and coupe styling.

 

Subaru designs will embrace angular face of Viziv concept | Autonews

 Subaru will gradually adopt the angular face of the Viziv concept crossover shown at the Geneva auto show across its lineup, the brand’s global design chief says.

 

Watch the trailer for Jaguar’s short film starring the F-Type and Damian Lewis | Autoblog

by Seyth Miersma

Jaguar continues to think well outside of the box when it comes to marketing it’s new F-Type, now furthering plans for a short film which highlights the sexy roadster. Desire, featuring Damian Lewis (star of the hit series Homeland), Jordi Mollà (unforgettable in Bad Boys II) and Shannyn Sossamon (that girl you had a crush on for like a month in 2002 after you rented A Knight’s Tale), Jaguar is clearly pulling out all the stops for this one. Well, nearly all the stops anyway ­- the “Ridley Scott Associates” billing isn’t quite the same has having the man himself, if we’re splitting hairs.

The short video below is still just a trailer for Desire – the full film will make its debut sometime in April, we’re told. The sketched out plotlines tell us that Lewis’ character Clark, “…delivers cars for a living, running into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious, young woman (Sossamon) in the middle of a lawless desert.” The car looks good, at any rate.

Call us crazy, but the Desire trailer feels an awful lot like a spoof on the cool-but-overly-serious short films that BMW has done in this vein, already. Maybe we’re just being cynical? Tell us what you think in comments after watching the clip. Continue reading Watch the trailer for Jaguar’s short film starring the F-Type and Damian Lewis

 

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