Elantra GT gets refreshed for 2014 with 25 more hp in 2-liter engine

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LOS ANGELES  – Hyundai Motor America introduced the refreshed 2014 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show today. The 2014 Elantra GT adds a more powerful engine to a model known for its design, five-door functionality, sophisticated suspension tuning and interior space.

Hyundai upped both the horsepower and torque on the refreshed Elantra GT to make it even more fun to drive. The GT now includes a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year. This powertrain in the Elantra GT produces 173 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at 4,700 rpm. With these gains along with a low curb weight, Elantra GT can now boast the best power-to-weight ratio and specific output in the segment. Furthermore, Elantra GT now produces more horsepower than the Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, Mazda3 five-door and Volkswagen Golf five-door. To sharpen the look of the 2014 Elantra GT, Hyundai engineers added LED taillights. To improve visibility a new integrated driver’s blind spot mirror was also added. The 2014 Elantra GT goes on sale in December.

New for 2014:

  • 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine replaces 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine
    • Horsepower: 173 at 6,500 rpm
    • Torque: 154 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm
    • Best power-to-weight ratio in the segment
    • Best-in-class specific output
  • Driver’s blind spot mirror
  • New available premium feature: LED taillights

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014 ELANTRA GT

  • ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf
  • Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first
  • Hidden rear camera
  • More aerodynamic than Impreza or Golf

TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE
The 2014 Elantra GT enjoys the more powerful 2.0-liter Nu engine. Fuel is delivered to the 2.0-liter Nu by a high-pressure Gasoline Direct Injection, which contributes to improved engine response. Power is rated at 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,700 rpm, which is a significant improvement compared to the 2013 Elantra GT’s 1.8-liter engine that developed 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque – from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm – for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline.

2014 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine compared WITH 2013 1.8-liter Nu MPI engine

This powerplant delivers an impressive 24 mpg city/33 highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating with the available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. (When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Elantra GT achieves 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating).

Horsepower Torque
2013 Elantra GT 148 hp 131 lb.-ft.
2014 Elantra GT 173 hp 154lb.-ft.

The performance gains were achieved by stroking the engine from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to increase the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. This high-tech, all-aluminum engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. A lightweight intake manifold also reduces weight by 30 percent over a cast unit. The aluminum “bed plate” located below the cylinder block reduces engine NVH levels and improves block rigidity by 30 percent.

THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION
This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are “dished” to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder.

‘FLUIDIC SCULPTURE’ DESIGN
The ‘Fluidic’ essence provides the Elantra GT with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Elantra GT is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into a smoother ride.

2014 Elantra GT 2013 Mazda3 2014 Ford Focus 2013 Subaru Impreza 2013 VW Golf
Coefficient of drag 0.30 0.28 0.30 0.33 0.32

Up front, Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. It’s all finished off in the rear with the new available LED taillights.

THE BENEFITS OF A LOW CURB WEIGHT IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT
Elantra GT’s widespread use of high-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,908 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra GT is lighter than most of its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf. Elantra GT is 40 pounds lighter than Focus and 194 pounds lighter than Golf.

SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS
The Elantra GT can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Elantra GT’s six-speed manual transmission provides short, crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

2014 Elantra GT interior

2014 Elantra GT interior

INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY

2014 Elantra GT dash

2014 Elantra GT dash

Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold down all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to fold-flat rear seats and rear seat cushions that can flip upward.

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT seating layout

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT seating layout

The Elantra GT includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cup holders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, sliding armrest, front storage tray and front seatback pockets. The cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for consumers who desire to plug in their portable electronic devices.

Volume Cu. Ft 2014 Elanta GT 2014 Mazda3 5dr 2014 Ford Focus HB 2014 Subaru Impreza 2013 VW Golf
Passenger Volume 96 96 91 98 93
Cargo Volume 23 20 24 23 15
Max. Cargo Capacity (Seats folded down) 51 47 45 52 N/A
Total Interior Volume 119 116 115 121 108

 ELANTRA GT ARCHITECTURE

Elantra GT is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is comprised of a light weight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a stiffer twist beam and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT’s Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode adjusts power assistance levels in each mode and moderates on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, allowing for a very natural, progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return gain and high frequency friction levels have also been optimized for Elantra GT in this system. Even more, Elantra GT’s turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Focus and Golf.

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
The Elantra GT rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. The height is 57.9 inches and the width is 70.1 inches.

CABIN REFINEMENT
Cabin refinements on the Elantra GT are inspired by the high standards of the entire Hyundai lineup. Located in the center console, the available navigation system is displayed via a seven-inch touch-screen and incorporates the rearview camera screen. Elantra GT’s rearview camera is like no other. This mechanized camera is hidden behind the Hyundai flying H badge on the rear hatch and only appears when needed.

Dual-zone climate controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys, and the addition of a panoramic sunroof provides increased natural light within the cabin. The Dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature in the Elantra GT is a CleanAir Ionizer that automatically cleans the air when the heater or air conditioner is running.

Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also standard. The sound system plays CDs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system’s home screen.

Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as:

  • Standard cooled glove box
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard driver’s blind spot mirror
  • LED taillights
  • 10-way power driver’s seat including power lumbar support
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Clean Air Ionizer
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Automatic headlights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition

HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK®
Hyundai’s industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on all 2014 Elantra GTs equipped with Blue Link for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

BLUE LINK® PACKAGES

Blue Link Assurance package:

Safety:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Car Care:

  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
  • Recall Advisor
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link

Blue Link Essentials package:

Remote Access:

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Car Finder

Vehicle Safeguard:

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/.

SAFETY FEATURES
The Elantra GT features the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS (anti-lock braking system) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management). In terms of passive safety, the Elantra GT is fitted with seven standard airbags – front, side and curtain including an Elantra-first driver’s knee airbag. The Elantra GT will also offer a standard driver’s blind spot mirror. The blind spot mirror is a traditional side view mirror designed with a secondary convex spotter in the top corner, which provides a view of the driver’s blind spot.

Volvo’s S60, V60 Polestar ready for world debut in 2014

2014 Volvo V60, S60 Polestar

2014 Volvo V60, S60 Polestar 

BY GERRY MILES

Finally Volvo has something to get excited about.

After a slow year or so, and finally securing finances from Geely, Volvo Cars of North American announced that the S60 and V60 Polestars are set for their world debut in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. Additional markets and sales goals, as they say in the industry, will be released later.

The key features of the Polestars are their ability to scoot up to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph. 0 km/h in 4.9 seconds for these limited edition vehicles. Delivery is expected to begin in June 2014.

“We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Polestar V60

“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo wagons, such as the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

“Our motorsport cooperation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).

“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar has been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing during the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development miles have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

Polestar performance engineering

Chassis

Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 percent stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes, combined with the tailored high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar wheels, result in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.

Brakes

The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimeter ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.

Aerodynamics

To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimizing the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing down force.

Engine

The six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 hp at 5700 rpm and 369 lbs.-feet already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.

Transmission

The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.

Interior

Volvo Polestar Interior

Volvo Polestar Interior

The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colors, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.

“All in all, we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.

“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step toward a range of Polestar engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Volvo-polestarsVisit http://www.nextpolestar.com for more information.

Technical Specification

Performance

0-100 km/h 4.9 sec

0-200 km/h 17.7 sec

80-120 km/h 4.7 sec

Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited

Chassis

Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system

Polestar bespoke rims, 8×20” ET53 with 245/35R20 tires

Engine

6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc

257 kW (350 hp) @ 5700 rpm

500 Nm (369 lbs.-feet) @ 2800-4750 rpm

Max 6500 rpm

New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo

New intercooler

Polestar 2.5 inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5 inch tail pipes

Weight

S60 Polestar: 1752 kg

V60 Polestar: 1822 kg

Transmission

AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system

Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality

Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution

Polestar calibrated stability control system

Brakes

Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers

371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs

Rear: 302×22 mm ventilated disc

Pioneer’s new in-dash receivers boasts multi-media DVDs

 

AVH-X5600BHS

AVH-X5600BHS

LONG BEACH, Calif.  – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. unveiled its new 2014 line of in-dash multimedia DVD receivers that focuses on providing the most entertainment options in the car. Consisting of the AVH-X1600DVD, AVH-X2600BT, AVH-X3600BHS, AVH-X4600BT and AVH-X5600BHS, all five models have a refined, sophisticated look and offer advanced technologies that provide users with a variety of entertainment options including MIXTRAX® virtual DJ technology, DVD/CD media playback, MirrorLink™, improved AppRadio® Mode for iPhone® 5, Pandora® station creation, SiriusXM® satellite radio compatibility, built-in HD Radio® and USB connectivity. For added convenience and smartphone connectivity options, all new DVD receivers feature Bluetooth® wireless connectivity1, Android™ Media Transfer Protocol, wireless iPod® Control and Siri® Eyes Free functionality.

· USB CONNECTIVITY2 – When connected to an iPhone, iPod, portable USB drives and now Android devices via the USB port, users can use basic controls (Play/Pause/FF/Rev/Random/Repeat) and display of track, artist and album information. Android devices must run OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and newer with Android Media Transfer Protocol2.

· MIRRORLINK (All Models) – For the first time, all new DVD models are MirrorLink compatible with Pioneer’s CD-ML1003 interface cable (sold separately, $100). Created by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), MirrorLink technology enables consumers to connect compatible smartphones to access Music, Contacts and Maps through the MirrorLink interface for a more convenient and safer in-car experience.

· APPRADIO MODE (All Models) – Pioneer’s revolutionary AppRadio Mode is available in all 2014 DVD receiver models (compatible iPhone and Pioneer accessory cables required, sold separately). Using the free of charge Pioneer AppRadio App, users can easily view and control compatible third-party apps* installed on their compatible iPhone devices on the receivers’ large WVGA LCD touchscreen displays, expanding the receiver’s functionality to more than just a traditional in-dash receiver.

Pioneer simplifies the AppRadio Mode connectivity using an iPhone 5 with the new CD-IV203 cable (sold separately, $70), a lower priced cable solution that includes a 2 meter (RGB 26-pin to VGA) connector and a .5 meter (Lightning to USB) cable.

· PANDORA STATION CREATION (All models) – An industry first, all new Pioneer DVD receivers allow users to quickly create new Pandora stations while connected to an iPhone or compatible Android smartphone device. Models that are equipped with Bluetooth enable wireless control and display of Pandora internet radio content, no longer requiring a physical cable connection with a smartphone device. Users can simply touch the “plus” icon on the receiver and the unit will display a pop-up menu to create a station dynamically using the artist name or track information.

· BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY – Models AVH-X2600BT and up feature built-in Bluetooth wireless capability for convenient hands-free calling and receiving (HFP) as well as music streaming (A2DP) with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. The models also support Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) version 1.3 for wireless control of devices and related metadata (if available) to be viewed directly on the Pioneer touchscreen display, as well as the Serial Port Profile (SPP) for streaming and control of Pandora internet radio from Android smartphones.

Bluetooth enabled Pioneer receiver models provide iPhone 4S (or newer) users with Siri Eyes Free functionality for a safer and more convenient smartphone experience. With Siri Eyes Free, users can utilize the power of voice control to make calls, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, listen to notifications, and add reminders.

· MIXTRAX MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (All Models) – Pioneer’s revolutionary MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology is incorporated into each model, transforming a music library into a nonstop playlist that delivers a unique DJ-infused listening experience. The MIXTRAX virtual DJ inserts transitions and effects to music played from a compatible iPhone, iPod or USB storage device. For advanced customization, users have the ability to pick the types of effects and transitions added between songs as well as the length a song plays before transitioning to the next song.

· SIRIUSXM RADIO CONNECTIVITY (AVH-X3600BHS and AVH-X5600BHS)

AVH-X3600BHS

AVH-X3600BHS

Both the AVH-X3600BHS and AVH-X5600BHS are SiriusXM compatible with the SXV200 SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required) and include the Tune Start™ and Tune Scan™ features. The Tune Scan feature scans through songs from the user’s favorite music presets. When a user enables the Tune Start feature and tunes to a favorite preset music channel, the current song will automatically start playing from the beginning.

· HD RADIO TECHNOLOGY (AVH-X3600BHS and AVH-X5600BHS)

For listening to high quality audio broadcasts, the AVH-X3600BHS and AVH-X5600BHS feature built-in HD Radio, providing clear digital reception of HD Radio HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations around the country. Both models also feature the HD Radio Artist Experience™, displaying album art or station logos (when available) in addition to the artist and song title information.

BUILT-IN FEATURES

Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers offer a stylish and elegant cosmetic design that can refresh the look of any dashboard with a large 6.1 or 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display. Their graphical user interface (GUI) along with Pioneer’s Touch Slide Control and finger EQ setting feature provide quick control to sources and features.

Each model offers three preamp outputs, DivX®/MP3/WMA/AAC playback, aux input (rear), MOSFET 50W X 4 high power and Advanced Sound Retriever. The AVH-X4600BT and AVH-X5600BHS both feature high volt (4V) RCA outputs for increased sound quality connection when used with external amplifiers.

Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers are now available with suggested prices of $300 (AVH-X1600DVD), $350 (AVH-X2600BT), $400 (AVH-X3600BHS), $450 (AVH-X4600BT) and $500 (AVH-X5600BHS).

Toyota pledges $500,000 in aid to Phillippines

Toyota Will Match Employee Donations

BY GERRY MILES

It’s all too easy to bash a big company while you hold the recent newspaper story that shows they had huge profits and can afford to toss more bucks your way to lower your payment.
Toyota, however large it may be, is not afraid to support humanitarian efforts with its wallet.
Having already pledged some 10 Million Phillipine pesos to relief efforts from Typhoon Haiyan, the car maker has pledged an additional $250,000 – bringing its total pledged to $500,000.
Earlier this year, after pledging monies to relief efforts and Americans along the NY/NJ seashore from Super Storm Sandy if viewers clicked and watched a YouTube video, it twice upped donations of money and provisions to keep pace with the response.
Toyota will also match employee contributions to the American Red Cross and other non-profits doing relief and recovery work.
Commenting on the donation, Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North America Region, said, “On behalf of Toyota, we express our sincere condolences to the families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and surrounding areas. Thanks to the generosity of our associates and team members, Toyota’s giving will go even further to help families in need.”

Special Edition Ridgeline lists at $37,505

2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition.

2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition.

BY GERRY MILES

Honda, which had previously listed the details of its 2014 Ridgeline pickup line, released its Special Edition (SE) edition for $37,505.

On top of the standard fare, the SE adds:

  • Exclusive 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes
  • Special Edition badging on the rear tailgate
  • A black trim package including black headlight and brake light housings, black tailgate and black honeycomb grille with black surround
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 featuring Voice Recognition and Zagat Survey® restaurant information, including XM® Radio3, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a Multi-information display

Color choices for the Special Edition that complement the standard black leather interior are:

  • Taffeta White
  • Crystal Black
  • Alabaster Silver

View, build and price a 2014 Honda Ridgeline at http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline.

TRIM

MSRP1

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings4

(city/highway/combined)

Ridgeline RT

$29,575

15/21/17

Ridgeline Sport

$30,720

15/21/17

Ridgeline RTS

$32,380

15/21/17

Ridgeline RTL with leather

$35,155

15/21/17

Ridgeline RTL with leather and Navi

$37,505

15/21/17

Ridgeline SE with leather and Navi

$37,505

15/21/17

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the Ridgeline RTL and SE in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

3Required XM Radio subscription sold separately after 90-day trial period. Subscriptions are governed by the XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com/service terms. Other fees and taxes apply after trial period; see XM Customer Agreement for details. Fees and programming subject to change. Service not available in Canada, Alaska, or Hawaii. 2013 SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. SIRIUS, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.

4Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Lotus adds Elise S Cup R to racing portfolio

Lotus Elise S Cup

Lotus Elise S Cup

Following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and its hardcore sibling the Exige V6 Cup R, the Lotus Elise S is adorned with the Lotus Motorsport magic to present the track-only Elise S Cup R.

Evolving from the 1.6-liter Elise platform, this is the first time the supercharged Elise S’ mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine has been used in a Cup variant. Priced at an MSRP of $66,650 and boasting bespoke livery and aerodynamic body kit, the Elise S Cup R showcases the marriage of form and function perfectly so that performance is optimized yet retains its stylish and iconic aesthetic.

Performance is enhanced over the road-going Elise S thanks to a motorsport-specific engine control module (ECM) and a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) proven aero pack comprising; front splitter, barge boards, winglets, rear diffuser, floor extensions and rear wing. Despite the extra body kit and race-ready additions, Lotus Motorsport manages to maintain the road car’s light weight of just 2,037 lbs. These modifications and the clever manipulation of air-flow to create extra down force, combined with adjustable dampers and springs, reduces lap times by 4 seconds on a 3.1 mile track over the standard Elise S.

The Lotus Elise S Cup R is eligible for entry to the production class in the 2014 Lotus Cup series which operates under the banners Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Italia, Lotus Cup USA, Lotus Cup Japan, Lotus Cup Thailand, Lotus Cup China and Lotus Ladies Cup. The Lotus Cup is open to all Lotus owners and their Elise, Exige, Evora, 340R and 2-Eleven vehicles. To make a statement on some of the best tracks in the world, the Elise S Cup R has a selection of bespoke color and trim options courtesy of the Lotus Design team.

The Elise S Cup R at a glance:

Enhancements:

FIA Compliant Rollcage (as previous Cup versions)

FIA Compliant Fire Extinguisher

Motorsport Mapped ECU

Electronic Battery Isolator

6-Point Race Harness (Driver’s Seat)

HANS Compliant Race Driver’s Seat

Track Specification Front Tow Eyes

Quick Release Steering Wheel

Body Kit

Brake Pad Upgrade

Single Way Adjustable Dampers

Hardtop

Motorsport Specification Triple-Pass Radiator

Polycarbonate Rear Screen

Forged Alloy Wheels

Options:

FIA Fuel Cell

Air Conditioning

Race Passenger Seat (with 4 point race harness fitted)

Ultra-lightweight Motorsport Wheels

Powertrain:

All alloy, 1.8 liter DOHC 4-cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16 valve with Magnuson R900 supercharger utilizing Eaton TVS™ technology

Power:

217 hp / 220 PS / 162 k

Torque: 181 ft. lbs. / 250 Nm

Transmission:

6-speed manual gear box standard

Suspension:

Up-rated TCA Kit

Brakes:

Twin-piston fixed aluminum alloy front brake calipers. Single-piston sliding rear brake calipers. 288 mm diameter, 26 mm thick front and rear cast-iron cross-drilled & ventilated brake discs

Wheels:

Forged Alloy

Tires:

Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tires F: 175/55 R16 & R: 225/45 R17

Safety systems:

Lotus ABS/ EDL

No splitting hairs this is the best (Van) Damme Volvo commercial

Jean Claude Van Damme performs in a commercial that can only be called epic.

Jean Claude Van Damme performs in a commercial that can only be called epic.

BY GERRY MILES

The good news? Volvo has something that’s created some buzz about its brand.

The bad news? It’s about Volvo’s commercial trucks and Jean Claude Van Damme.

In what is clearly the coolest commercial since Volvo showed off its trucks’ stability with a high-wire act between the two Volvo trucks, JCVD is shown performing a split between two Volvos as they drive in reverse and Jean Claude displays nerve, strength and more to perform the feat.

The commercial, which was filmed at sunrise on a closed airstrip, was designed to show the stability of Volvo steering, explains Jan-Inge Svensson, the engineer behind the development of the system’s software at Volvo Trucks, on the Volvo website. “The stability and control are so good that you can reverse a truck over a long distance with very high precision, which is exactly what we’ve had to do in this film. It had to be perfect — right down to the last centimeter.”

It was done in just one take but had plenty of planning ahead of time.