3 Luxury Car Air Conditioning Systems That Might Surprise You

Do you ever find yourself torn between renting a flashy convertible for your upcoming vacation to Florida…or selecting a more reserved vehicle that will keep you cool and comfortable in the sultry south? Luckily for you, both options are available. You can choose to let your hair fly or relax in a luxury car with air conditioning to ward off the heat and humidity of the outside world.

Air Conditioning Wasn’t Always an Option

For much of the history of the automobile in America, though, air conditioning was a dream. In the early 1900s, your best bet at “conditioned air” was through the installation of the Kool Kooshion. This simple seat cover used small springs to lift you about a half-inch above the car seat, allowing air to circulate under you and behind your back. read more

Buffering: Aston Martin Smartphone Ranges from $6k-$30k

Supercar themed smartphones are not a new thing, and while they seem to be fading out a touch, a high-priced gadget still makes headlines here and there. Like the latest Aston Martin smartphone, which ranges delicately in price from $6k-$30k. Seriously, it is dubbed the Aston Martin Racing 808 smartphone, though those wielding it could perhaps be perceived as dummies for dropping so much on something that will be old within a year. On the upside, owning an Aston Martin car would sustain a lasting curb appeal. read more

Another Player Enters the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Game

hydrogen fuel cell

The automotive arena is all about change these days, with alternative powertrains positioned firmly at the top of the agenda. The movement began at a snail’s pace and took some years to gain any real traction, but now, many brands are off and running and it is now completely commonplace to see new hybrids emerge. Honda has not only entered the arena, but is moving forward with hydrogen fuel cell technology—something few are dipping into at this juncture.

Photos ©Honda

Honda announced that it intends to show off a model of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as early as the Tokyo Motor Show, which shall commence October 29th-November 8th with the title “Mobilityscape Tokyo” and the overall direction of smart mobility and city cars. This makes the event ideal to unleash a new variant, which has been code named the Honda FCV at this early stage in the game. Here is what we know so far: read more

Armored Land Rover Products Make Protection Seem Cool

armored Land Rover

It could be said that the new Range Rover Sentinel is ballistic for ballistics shielding. While most of us do not have to concern ourselves with stray bullets on the way to our destinations, there remains a demand for armored vehicles in many not-so-savory places. The armored Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel and other offerings are for the types who many not need to drive through a mountain range to get to work—but need that option just in case.

The Range Rover Sentinel is understated and secretive when it comes to its protection capacity. read more

Mercedes-Benz Checkmates in Frankfurt with Shape Shifting Concept

Mercedes-Benz IAA

So Mercedes-Benz just created a real transformer. The Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) has just taken the annual Frankfurt Auto Show by storm—showcasing the first-ever automobile capable of changing shapes whilst driving down the road.

This technology is different than just the typical automotive ability to produce a rear wing at high speeds. The Mercedes-Benz IAA is essentially a shape shifter, able to alter its physical form at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour. To make it even cooler, depending on preference, it is a hybrid. read more

Battle of the Brands: The 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

The 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing—and the competition this year is fairly fierce. Automakers from all over the planet have gathered in Frankfurt, Germany to show off their wares and have a bit of a go with their people. It is an annual draw that is followed and looked forward to by millions. Without further fuss, let’s take a gander at what is happening this year in what I will call the ‘Battle of the brands’.

The year old Peugeot Quartz concept

While some companies use these types of shows to tout their upcoming models, some take advantage of a widespread arena to showcase fantasy creations—perhaps to test the waters, or just to tease. Some are production ready and some are mere concepts at various levels of project commitment. Still others are mere video game cars. The battle seems to be waging on as follows: read more

Aston Martin CEO Pushes Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode Button

There are occasions to be reserved and gentlemanly—but the press is no longer one of those places, thank you Internet. Media outlets of all types have become a sort-of adult playground where players can freely express how they truly feel about things without having to ‘sugar coat’ it for mass consumption. Case in point: The CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, recently shared with the world exactly how he feels about Tesla’s new ‘Ludicrous Mode’. Recall that the ‘Ludicrous Mode’ is a button enhancing the performance of the Tesla Model S. read more

Will Tesla Ludicrous Mode Be Equipped to Compete with Bigger Brands?

Tesla Ludicrous Mode

The Tesla Model S emerged as a more modestly priced and eco-gentle luxury vehicle. With its power and admirable trim options, it provides something for those not quite at the Maserati or Bentley levels but still craving a suitable daily. That may be changing with the introduction of the new Tesla Ludicrous Mode, an option to take the looker up a notch in the power arena and possibly compete with supercars.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model X SUV

Is the Ludicrous Mode exactly what it claims to be? Let us examine the specs: The Tesla Model S Ludicrous Mode at a glance: read more

Just A $10 Million Dollar Driverless Car City

With the world barely grasping the idea of an autonomous vehicle, the University of Michigan is constructing a $10 million dollar, 32-acre driverless car city where companies can freely utilize and test their products. The city is named “M City”, fittingly, and the idea lends some interesting avenues to explore.

The clip above provides a brief synopsis of the overall goals and perks of M City along with helpful visuals.

The driverless car city would provide the ideal testing field in an urban setting, where things are constantly changing and the volume of vehicles and pedestrians is concentrated. How will autonomous vehicles react together in such a setting? That seems to be exactly what is on the agenda to learn and study prior to them becoming legal in regular cities with…you know, humans gripping the wheels. read more

BMW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

The glorious BMW i8 is continuing along its personal road, and that journey is defined by the future and potentially powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. It would not be BMW’s style to simply settle for the current hybrid and electric powertrain trends, now would it? This is, after all, a brand that analyzes what is going to be popular far into the future and focuses on preparing for what is to come just as hard as it does on what it is currently producing. The formidable competitor is rumored to be experimenting farther into the future than most competitors at this juncture. read more