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All Hail the Driverless Car!

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson and SAFE Autuomous Vehicles VP Amitai Bin-Nun won a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “All Hail the Driverless Car!” by convincing more of the live NYC audience that a self-driving future would lead to fewer accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and greater accessibility.

Their opponents, arguing that driverless cars might never be truly safe or affordable to anyone beyond the wealthy, were NYU data journalism professor Meredith Broussard and MIT transportation researcher Ashley Nunes.

Hear the complete debate as a podcast now here (or on all podcasting platforms under “Intelligence Squared U.S.”): https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/all-hail-driverless-car

Read selections from all four debaters’ remarks in the new issue of Automotive News: https://www.autonews.com/debate-all-hail-driverless-car

Mitch Evans Wins First Formula E Race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Rome

Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E win in Rome. It is Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain showers, an impressive performance from Mitch saw the Kiwi driver clinch P2 from Super Pole. Teammate Alex claimed a ninth place qualifying, before being penalised for exceeding the maximum power limit and started at P21.

An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.

Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead of the race. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Paris E-Prix on 27 April.

Mitch Evans commented about the win:

“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered. I wanted to use Attack Mode when Lotterer didn’t have it to gain that power difference. We had great pace from the beginning, so I really felt confident out there today.

It’s been years since I had a win, so this really feels amazing. I’m so happy for the team, for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for all their hard work and to Jaguar Land Rover for their support over the past three seasons. This has really come at a great time.”

Collector Cars Auction in Paris

Based in Neuilly-sur-Seine for 25 years and well established in fourth place among the auction houses in France, Aguttes will this year organise three sales of classic cars in Paris.

Taking place at 4PM on Sunday 17 March at the Espace Champerret, the Spring Sale will give enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to acquire one of the 69 cars chosen by the Aguttes on Wheels team. Covering the years 1927 to 2012, a wide range of different cars with a colourful past will be offered for sale; you can already admire them by consulting the online catalogue

 

Among this selection of 69 cars, the presence of several first-class collections should be noted. To mark the firm’s centenary, no fewer than 21 Citroëns are presented in the catalogue, including one of the most amazing European collections, featuring no fewer than 11 Traction Avants with unique or unusual specifications, produced in the factory at the quai de Javel or at Slough and Hammersmith in England. 

Comprising three delightful Italian models, the collection ‘Il Fascino Italiano’ will be sold at auction; it will bring together an iconic trio made up of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 SS, Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 and Fiat Dino 2.4 Spider. A keen collector of Maseratis, their owner decided to diversify his collection by acquiring these three models several years ago.

Unusually, Aguttes will also offer a collection of three Honda motorbikes for sale. One is an RC45 VFR750 in road trim, while the other two had a proud history in competition. The Honda RS 250 R SPL in Rothmans livery is one of the rare competition models built for private customers in 1992, while the RC45 Endurance competed in the 1999 Bol d’Or and finished 5th at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000.

For many years now, Aguttes has regularly turned the spotlight on motorsport in the pages of its catalogues. On this occasion too, you can marvel at some splendid cars which have contributed to the history of the sport. Among them, a Group 4 Audi Quattro which is a perfect replica of the car driven by Michèle Mouton when she became the first woman to win the San Remo Rally in the World Rally Championship. Another era and another champion: in 2002 Jutta Kleinschmidt finished second on the Paris-Dakar driving a Mitsubishi Pajero MPR9, with which Stéphane Peterhansel won the Rally of Tunisia that same year. Fully reconditioned today, it will be sold with a large stock of spare parts. Finally, one of the four Fiat 508 CS Balilla Aerodinamica Mille Miglias still in running order today will be one of the stars of this auction. Estimated at 200,000 – 300,000 €, this stylish little car with its very clean and innovative lines has been in the same ownership for 49 years and is now in very good condition with an elegant patina. 

Dodge Durango SRT 392

The Dodge Durango SRT is a performance powerhouse. 

Cut from the cloth of our most powerful SRT vehicles, the Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with the ability to go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

PEAK PERFORMANCE

The Dodge Durango SRT is pure muscle. It has a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,700 lbs. Powered by a monstrous 6.4L HEMI V8 engine, it’s more than capable on the track.

POWER TO ADAPT

No matter what lies ahead, the Dodge Durango SRT is ready with seven SRT drive modes. There’s one to handle any adventure.

REFINED MUSCLE

The Dodge Durango SRT rocks a powerful body and aggressive styling. And fitted with a signature SRT hood and cold air intake, it has the goods to back up its looks.

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Raven D110

In its natural habitat, RAVEN will be the top of the pecking order on KAHN® Defend 1983 18” alloys and BF Goodrich® T/A KO2s. The glossy deep green finish of this Defender is complemented by the Satin Black chequer plate and a KBX® Signature Grille. With its extra fuel tank and twin circuit battery, nevermore will the owner of this station wagon be hindered by distance on adventures into the unknown.

1) Exterior: Fungus Green body with Satin Black chequer plate | Satin Black KBX wing top vents & Signature Grille| Puma hood with Land Rover badge | A-bar with LED spotlights | Heated windscreen | Front Runner® roof rack with 5 LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | KAHN Defend 1983 18″ alloys | BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tyres | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Rear Solihull Heritage badge | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step (2″ receiver type) | Auxillary fuel tank | Secondary twin circuit battery with isolator switch

2) Interior: Brown leather trim with chocolate box stitch | Elite heated front seats | 2 premium high-back centre row seats | Lock boxes in front and centre rows | 4 tip-up seats in load area | Matching leather door cards | Alloy gear knobs & door furniture | Black suede headlining | Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel | Ice White LED lighting package | Alpine® premium sound system with reversing camera | Sunroof | Air conditioning

D90

This D90 has been fully restored and is preparing to join the ranks of Arkonik Defenders across the USA and Canada. CADET is looking sharp in its Grigio Cenere Grey and Java Back livery finished with black Boost alloys polished to a high shine. It is now ready and waiting to begin its post in New York, making a statement with bold Caldera Blue upholstery and red interior lighting.

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1) Exterior: Grigio Cenere body with Java Black roof | Zambezi Silver chequer plate | Original style hood with Defender badge | A-bar with LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich® T/A KO2 tyres | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Rear Land Rover Solihull Heritage badge | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step (2″ receiver type)

2) Interior: Supersoft Caldera Blue Ruskin Inside™ trim | Modular heated front seats with central lock box | 1 Lock & fold and 2 tip-up seats in load area | Matching leather door cards with black anodised door furniture | Black suede headlining | Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel | Red LED lighting package | Pioneer® premium sound system | Sunroof | Air conditioning

VALEO x CES 2019

At CES in Las Vegas for the sixth consecutive year, Valeo is unveiling its latest technological innovations at the epicenter of the revolutions shaping mobility, i.e., the advent of autonomous vehicles, powertrain electrification and digital mobility. These three disruptions transforming the automotive industry are also driving profound change in society.

Valeo develops new technologies to make this transformation a reality. One example that can be seen and tested in the streets of Las Vegas during CES 2019 is Valeo Drive4U®, the Group’s first autonomous car, which is unique in that it can perform all operations using only Valeo sensors that are already series-produced (ultrasound, cameras, lasers, radars and LiDARS) and artificial intelligence. The vehicle is essentially equipped with a full-fledged digital brain that can process the inputs and learn from the scenarios it encounters in the city.

One of the key challenges in autonomous driving is safety. Road accidents are a global epidemic and most often the result of human error. Valeo’s goal is for its systems to significantly reduce accidents, setting the target of less than one major incident for every billion kilometers driven, which would represent a higher level of safety than in the aeronautics industry. To achieve this result, Valeo is presenting two major innovations in Las Vegas: Valeo Drive4U® Remote to operate autonomous vehicles remotely when assistance is required or even vital, and Valeo Voyage XR, which is able to simulate the virtual presence of a person – based in a fixed location – on board the autonomous vehicle during the journey. This means that the car could potentially be controlled externally by somebody who is aware of what is happening within the vehicle. Based on this innovation, Valeo has designed a new form of communication that allows a “stationary” passenger wearing a virtual reality headset to teleport into a moving vehicle.

Also with a view to increasing safety, Valeo will be showcasing Valeo XtraVue Trailer and Valeo PictureBeam Monolithic. The first of these two innovations causes a trailer or caravan to appear invisible in the rearview mirror of the vehicle towing it, making all maneuvers easier and safer for the driver. The second is a high definition lighting system developed in partnership with CREE, the US market leader in the manufacture of LEDs. The solution generates a high definition beam of light on the road without ever blinding other road users and projects information and images onto the pavement.

Lastly, since usage patterns are changing, with digital tools giving access to new ways of getting around, Valeo is developing technologies to promote their widespread take-up. Examples include the Valeo Clean Road app, which generates customized routes to avoid peak pollution areas, and Valeo Oxy’Zen, which can be used to activate air purification systems inside the vehicle cabin.

With these innovations, Valeo is once again demonstrating its capacity to imagine, design and develop technologies conducive to new forms of mobility that are widely accessible yet adapted to individual needs.

Autotalks X CES 2019

Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, was selected by HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, to provide the V2X chipset for its Telematics platform which will be showcased at CES® 2019. Autotalks’ second generation chipsets, which were selected, are mass-market ready and support both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol).

HARMAN will showcase an impressive connectivity display of its Telematics platform with C-V2X capabilities. The live demonstration will show a vehicle communicating with a motorcycle using C-V2X direct communications, where the Autotalks chipset is used in both. Harman’s solution consists of a modular TCU (Telematics Control Unit) accommodating a cellular NAD (Network Access Device) side by side Autotalks’ second generation chipset providing C-V2X capabilities. Autotalks C-V2X capabilities consist of a 3GPP compliant PC5 modem, with dual antenna and diversity for both transmission and reception, as well as an optimized closed-loop remote antenna solution for the highest radio performance. 

“Autotalks is proud to work with HARMAN on their TCU with our secure and deployment ready C-V2X solution,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “We are excited to have our chipset inside HARMAN’s Telematics platform and to demonstrate the flexibility and maturity of our global V2X solution which has been chosen for series production by leading automakers.”

“Together with HARMAN, we will achieve deployment readiness before the mass-commercialization of C-V2X in China and elsewhere.” added Zyss.

“We are pleased to showcase Autotalks’ C-V2X capabilities in our Telematics platform at CES 2019,” said Mike Peters, President, Connected Car division at HARMAN. “The Autotalks chipset provides us with the flexibility, security and performance needed in today’s worldwide market for telematics and V2X.”

Autotalks’ V2X chipset is currently available for customer and partner demonstrations.

To watch Autotalks’ new video: https://youtu.be/_PJR0ZZjxGY

Cadillac CTS-V

By Vaughn Lowery x Reid Urban x Anthony Sovinsky

Cadillac is widely known for being America’s premier luxury vehicle. As for most luxury vehicles, it is focused on a classy, curb-appealing design with a comfort-oriented ride and top of the line technology. As a result, then appeared the 2004 debut of the Cadillac CTS-V, continuing to meet all the previous high-end expectations with some Olympic level athleticism.

The upgraded 2004 CTS-V inherited the Corvette’s 400-hp 5.7 liter V-8 engine and offered it only in a 6-speed manual, which is a unique addition to a unique consumer: the sports car enthusiast. This was a historical step for Cadillac as they now entered the luxury sport sedan realm with the likes of the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. What better way to make a statement than to be featured in one of the best adrenaline pumping car chase scenes of that time as seen in the 2004 movie The Matrix Reloaded.

Fast forward to its second best debut in 2009, which engraved Cadillac in the record books by setting a lap time of 7:59.32 at the Nurburgring for fastest production sedan. This was achieved with a 556hp supercharged 6.2 liter V8, enhanced handling due to the introduction of magnetic ride control, and brembo brakes on all four corners. This catapulted the CTS-V to the top of the ranks of the sport sedan class in performance,  beating the M5 and E63 AMG respectively from zero to 60 mph. 

PRESENT TIME 

The CTS-V will continue its reign in the high performance sport sedan category with the introduction of the astounding new and approved 2019 Cadillac CTS-V.

The front-end greets you with very sharp fighter-jet like lines matched with mesh grills and vents. It is clear the intent of the vehicle is to be as aerodynamic and performance-centric as possible. It features a carbon fiber splitter to redirect wind-drag to down force and keep the vehicle firmly planted for increased traction at higher speeds. The hood is also finished in carbon fiber with functional vents strategically placed to perform a variety of roles including: cooling of the high revving power plant, increased aerodynamics, and a slight weight reduction compared to its stock counterpart.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the side profile is reminiscent of a base model CTS until you spot the 19-inch forged premium painted alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer-only low profile tires. Peering through the light weight forged alloy wheels are gargantuan racing-inspired six-piston front, four-piston rear, fixed caliper Brembo performance brakes with vented rotors that remind you to not forget the V. Moreover. The rear features a carbon fiber spoiler and rear diffuser accompanied by sport badging and quad pipes that announce top of the line engineering. The aggressiveness of the body suits the power in perfect synergism.

The various performance aesthetics are functional for two reasons: compliment the driver and compliment the engine. Let’s start with the engine. The boisterous opulent sedan is blessed to be a part of an incredible gene pool that continues to be one of the fittest on the road. Well-endowed with a supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, it plans to be catapulted by this ostentatious hotrod from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. The horses are put down to the road with an 8-speed automatic transmission available in several drive modes: from the least powerful but still faster than your Eco Mode, to the keep-both-hands-on-the-wheel Track Option. Track mode will tighten the suspension and open all of the cylinders for more power while the transmission will hold gears and have quicker shifts for increased acceleration.

Suspension has been one of the major highlights of the CTS-V since 2009 with the introduction of magnetic ride control. It’s an important feature that reads the road up to one thousand times a second, allowing for incredibly sharp responses from driver input at the wheel. Supplementing “Mag Ride” are multilink MacPherson struts with independent front-and-rear suspension connected to a light-weight stiffened chassis. Such handling technology is especially important to expand the confidence the driver has on and off-track with a vehicle exhibiting as much power, size, and precision as this one embodies.

Interior finishing further address the performance capabilities, as it is fitted with Recaro racing seats up front that are tastefully badged with the V-series logo. Designed for a glove-tight fit for both driver and passenger, the racing-inspired seats keep you firmly situated to resist lateral G forces while hauling through twist and turns through your favorite canyons. However, also comfortable enough to endure a lengthy road trip or frequenting your executive meetings at the office. Rear seats comfortably sit three full-sized adults allowing for a total of four in tow. Don’t worry! It will take more weight than a cabin full of people to slow this bad boy down. The infotainment system is equally accessible to both passenger and driver for ease of use. Simple and straight forward, controls are all touch sensitive as to make the dash sleek and non-distracting. Additionally, the souped-up caddy is laced with some cool features including automatic window shades for more privacy, a digital rear view mirror that allows for more greater vision surrounding the vehicle, blind spot indicators, and Apple Carplay that is compatible with Siri for ease of use and hands-free connectivity with your super car.

Base models for the CTS-V are priced just at $86,995, which is a great value per dollar of horsepower you receive comparatively to other vehicles in its class. Not only that but you have the option to deck it out and become a real show-stopper with carbon fiber and Recaro seat package, which will put you over the 100k mark with a price tag of $106,000. All-in-all, the 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is one of the best performance sport sedans in the world and deserves a spot in your garage.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery,

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Honda To Lead 2019 Rose Parade

On January 1, 2019, American Honda will ring in the New Year and its 60th anniversary celebration with the lead float in the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The company’s float entry, “Celebration of Dreams,” will pay tribute to Honda’s heritage in the U.S. and its dreams for the future.

The 25-foot tall float will be shaped like a giant birthday cake to mark the occasion, complete with special “candles”—60 members of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands. The band members’ schools recently participated in the Honda Battle of the Bands, an annual showcase created by Honda as part of the company’s commitment to the HBCU community and music education.

The floral confection will also feature a re-creation of the company’s first Los Angeles storefront. The float will be punctuated by vibrant color, music and video, with screens that share the story of American Honda’s commitment to the community.

“For 60 years, Honda has celebrated the power of dreams and has been committed to making the communities where we live and work better places for future generations,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility, American Honda. “We look forward to celebrating this anniversary with our customers while continuing to provide products and services that will bring them joy for years to come.”

The main float will be surrounded by five satellite units, each dedicated to Honda products, themes and milestones:

  • Honda Super Cub. The product that marked American Honda’s debut and represents Honda’s motorcycle heritage.
  • Environment. This unit will showcase a floral re-creation of the 1975 Honda Civic CVCC, the vehicle that was the first to satisfy U.S. Clean Air Act standards without the use of a catalytic converter. It serves as a reminder of Honda’s mission to reduce the impact of its products and operations on the environment.
  • Safety. Honda believes in Safety for Everyone. To visually demonstrate this, the float unit will feature crash test dummies surrounded by an arch with five stars. The arch symbolizes the top crash safety rating available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s NCAP program, which top rating has been earned by many Honda and Acura vehicles.
  • American Manufacturing. Focused on American Honda’s manufacturing presence, this float will highlight the 25 millionth vehicle built in the U.S.—and one of the best-selling vehicles in its vehicle lineup—the Honda Accord*.
  • Future. Honda believes in the Power of Dreams and is fulfilling its dreams of flight on the wings of HondaJet.

In keeping with Honda’s commitment to the environment, the float will be powered by a specially configured low-emission, Honda hybrid powertrain. The Parade’s theme banner float will also be powered by Honda hybrid technology.

In addition to the float, the 2019 Honda Insight will be the Parade’s Official Pace Car. The Insight offers exceptional fuel economy ratings and advanced standard safety features and joins the Clarity series and Accord Hybrid as the fifth Honda electrified vehicle introduced in the past year. The 2019 Acura RDX will serve as the Sound Car. This third-generation RDX is the first to be designed and engineered in America, with styling design conducted in the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, and development and manufacturing conducted in Ohio.

The 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda will be broadcasted at 8:00 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.