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The Brumos Collection

The Brumos Collection today announced the official opening of a stunning new 35,000 square-foot interactive museum dedicated to the technology, innovation and historical significance behind some of the world’s finest automobiles. The new facility will be home to more than three dozen rare, historically acclaimed race and collector cars.

During a special event signifying this grand opening, Brumos also unveiled the newest member of this renowned collection, the iconic 1970 Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the legendary racing film “Le Mans.”

Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic racecar was initially used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. Housed in a barn for more than two decades, the 917K reemerged in 2001 and was full restored. This magnificent automobile was last seen publicly in 2017.

Also introduced to the collection today is a highly regarded 1968 Porsche 908 that conquered the Nürburgring. In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.

The Porsche 908 and McQueen’s 917K join a stable of more than three dozen hand-picked, truly remarkable vehicles spanning three centuries, providing museum guests with an up-front look at racing and automotive history.  The collection is highlighted by:

1972 Porsche 917-10

The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”

1914 Peugeot L45

Between 1912 and 1914, Peugeot made a handful of racecars with the world’s first dual overhead camshaft engines—the ancestors of all high-performance engines to follow. In the early 20th century, Peugeot racers ruled the scene with some of the sport’s greatest drivers: Jules Goux, the first foreigner to win the Indy 500; Georges Boillot, first winner of the French Grand Prix; and Italian driving ace Paolo Zuccarelli. Of those early Peugeots, this is one of only two that remain.

1979 Porsche 935

Peter Gregg won six IMSA Camel GT championships and scored 41 victories in the 1970s. In 1979, he won his final, and perhaps finest, season as he earned a record-setting eight wins and eight straight pole positions. The #59 Brumos Porsche 935 was Gregg’s last race car and is now believed to be the last remaining unmodified 935 still in existence.

The Porsche 935 was the final evolution of the legendary 911 Carrera as introduced by Brumos Racing in 1973. It is a 700+ HP, twin turbocharged racer capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph. The #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship, and is authentic in every detail, down to Gregg’s distinctive tartan seat upholstery. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Peter Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.

1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix

Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France.  Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.

A Unique Setting

In 1924, 16 years after the first Ford Model-T was produced, Henry Ford expanded production to a newly commissioned 165,000 square-foot plant in Jacksonville, Florida. The Brumos Collection is housed in a purpose-built facility whose meticulous design pays distinct homage to this part of Jacksonville’s automotive history.

From the moment guests enter the grounds, carefully crafted design details honor auto racing history. The guard rails along the roadways are reminiscent of the guard rails you would have found racing along the tracks of a bygone era; a board track walkway leads to the building entrance, and the surrounding brickwork pays tribute to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Brickyard.”

“The Brumos Collection offers an exhibit of remarkable vehicles spanning three centuries, demonstrating the collaborations and rivalries that changed the automotive world,” said Executive Director Brandon Starks. “More than a technical tale, the exhibition reveals the very soul in these machines—cars inspired by their predecessors, with never-before-seen technologies developed by the hands of masters, tested in competition, and celebrated in history. Using interactive media, we’re able to bring these magnificent vehicles to life, providing guests with the opportunity to explore at their own pace.”

About The Brumos Collection

Located at 5159 San Pablo Road South in Jacksonville, The Brumos Collection welcomes visitors on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more comprehensive information, please visit: www.thebrumoscollection.com.

*Photo credit: Peter Harholdt

Polaris SLINGSHOT, Vegas, Karen Marseille, Tyler Jacob, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

TYLER JACOB × SLINGSHOT

Written by Tyler Jacob

Edited by Vaughn Lowery

Photos/video by Karen Marseille

The 2020 new age, all improved, must-have Polaris Slingshot has been revealed in Vegas; and we had the exclusive chance to get behind the wheel. Not merely as beautiful on the outside, you can witness the time put into the fabrication as the interior matched the exterior. It’s the perfect blend of luxury and sport with the comfort of a compact vehicle but the ride thrill of a motorcycle.

It’s Automatic – New AutoDrive Transmission Allows More Drivers to Join the Slingshot Community 

New Polaris ProStar 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder Engine Delivers up to 203 Horsepower at 8250 RPM

Available with the New AutoDrive Transmission or Manual, each with 2 Drive Modes for a Customizable Drive

Fully Redesigned Interior and Upgraded Finishes Brings Refinement and Style Into the Cockpit

Revised Chassis and Suspension Improves Handling and Vehicle Dynamics

Musician turned model, Tyler Jacob took us behind the scenes to get a look at the stylish yet avant-garde 2020 Polaris Slingshot. This is the introduction of their four-cylinder engine featuring 70 percent new vehicle content, the 2020 Slingshot SL and Slingshot R take the Slingshot experience to a whole new level. 

“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” asserts Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”

INTERIOR

As we entered the cabin, we took note of the new premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-function controls and integrated cruise control which immediately redefines the personal connection between the driver and vehicle. The redesigned cockpit was purposeful in its execution. Keeping the driver and passenger top-of-mind, 2020 models featured the following enhancements: a padded center console, added storage compartments for mobile devices, enlarged and repositioned cup holders and LED interior lighting. 

TECHNOLOGY 

For 2020, Slingshot introduces exciting updates to its Ride Command infotainment system with a completely redesigned display featuring a new quad-core processor to provide a faster, more responsive interaction. Talk about driver intuition. The seven-inch display receives an improved viewing angle and even brighter screen, allowing drivers and passengers to easily view and interact with the system in broad daylight. Available as standard equipment for both models, Ride Command provides convenient access to key vehicle information and mobile phone pairing via two USB ports or via Bluetooth®. Drivers can access AM/FM radio or listen to their favorite music with crystal-clear audio thanks to the 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system. This system delivers a decent sound for lengthy road trips while the wind whisks pass your helmet.

Standard with the Slingshot R, and an optional upgrade for the SL, are Ride Command’s connected services featuring turn-by-turn navigation with an intuitive search system. The GPS offering includes special routing options to locate the shortest, fastest or most scenic route. Drivers can also build a route with multiple waypoints and access real-time traffic and weather overlays to ensure clear roads for the most enjoyable driving experience. By utilizing the Ride Command mobile app, drivers can remotely access key vehicle data and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time. 

“The 2020 lineup embodies what Slingshot stands for – a creative escape to enjoy the road ahead,” said Dougherty. “We are unveiling a vehicle that truly embodies the adventurous spirit the brand stands for, the social nature of our customers, and the stand-out attitude only a Slingshot can deliver.”

PERFORMANCE

At the heart of the 2020 Slingshot is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L. Tuned to perfection and put through an exhaustive track and on-road testing program, the ProStar 2.0L was designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. The SL packs 178 horsepower at an incredible 8500 RPM, while the new R model redlines at 8500 RPM and puts out a jaw-dropping 203 peak horsepower at 8250 RPM – an increase of 30 horsepower when compared to the previous powertrain. With an all-new tuned exhaust, the ProStar engine roars down the road, ensuring everyone within ear-shot will take notice. In addition, it possses better cornering and braking than it’s predecessor.

With an improved suspension and chassis, the 2020 Slingshot is a game-changer – offering a driving experience in-line with its bold, look-at-me styling. The 2020 Slingshot exterior features a refreshed frontasia with a bodacious new signature look that only Slingshot can own. Upgrades include: new front accent lighting; new LED headlamps and signature taillights; all-new wheels and wheel options and stand-out paint as well as graphic schemes.

Accessible via the Ride Command system, or right from the steering wheel, are Slingshot’s all-new drive modes. Whether standing out during a comfortable cruise downtown or embarking on a weekend adventure through the twisty backroads, each mode provides a personalized driving experience with the ultimate connectivity between vehicle and road. “Comfort” mode is best suited for leisurely rides, while “Slingshot” mode delivers a sporty, connected, high-revving driving experience. Perfect for grabbing attention while cruising on the beach or Las Vegas Strip.

DESIGN

Slingshot owners celebrate life in their own way, and customize their Slingshots to match. That self-expression is amplified with Slingshot Engineered Accessories. New for 2020 are 23 new accessories curated into inspirational collections, including a Design, a Weekender and a Premier series. The Design series makes a statement at every streetlight with a variety of colorful components options from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. The Weekender series features overnight bags and added storage options – allowing drivers to hit the road packed for adventure. Additionally, the smartly-styled Slingshade and Ripper Tinted Wind Deflector provide improved driver comfort and protection from the elements. The Premier series combines the best elements of function, style and comfort, including Ride Command navigation, premier wheel set, interior LED lighting, and a rear fender. Each series is specifically designed to inspire personalization, as all parts are sold individually – allowing drivers to mix and match to create the ultimate piece of self-expression. 

PRICEPOINT

Starting at $26,499, the SL with AutoDrive is available in Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive. Both R options are available in Stealth Black and Miami Blue paint colors.

The 2020 Slingshot lineup will ship to U.S. dealers this spring.

Pre-order.  

About Polaris Slingshot

Polaris Slingshot, a wholly-owned brand of Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), continues to define the category through style, ride experience and community with our three-wheeled autocycle. With AutoDrive and manual transmission options, an open cockpit, side-by-side seating, 5” ride height and a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, Slingshot comes in a variety of models that are sure to make a statement. Step into a Slingshot for an adventurous and unrivaled ride experience. Learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.  

*Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile.  It does not have airbags and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT-approved full-face helmet and fasten seatbelts. The Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.

**In the state of California, this vehicle can be operated without a helmet because it contains a steering wheel and foot brakes.  

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The Disadvantages of Buying a New Car: The Ultimate Guide

One of the many disadvantages of buying a new car is the fact that the value immediately depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Each year, people buy over 17 million new cars in the United States. 

If you’re thinking of getting a vehicle, there’s a good chance you have considered buying a new car. You should always take into consideration the disadvantages of buying a new car. It’s a big decision, and you don’t want to rush into it.

Buying a car can be a great experience, and it can make you feel better. A lot of people avoid used vehicles because they have a stigma of being unreliable. That is not the case, with most used cars lasting for years before needing any work done. 

Disadvantages of Buying a New Car

One thing that most people don’t think of is the disadvantages of buying a new car. They believe that once you get a new car, it’ll run like perfect forever and won’t have any problems. The reality is that modern vehicles have disadvantages too. 

1. The Value Drops the Moment You Drive It 

The second you take your new car off the lot, the value of the car drops. Many new vehicles come with rebates and incentives that also immediately lower the value of the car. This means that while the car may cost you $30,000, it won’t be worth that the second you drive it off the lot. 

In general, a new car will lose 60 percent of its value after five years. That means if you purchased a new car for $20,000, It wouldn’t even be worth $10,000 after five years. Cars never stop depreciating, but after the five-year mark, the rate of decline slows down. 

2. New Cars Are Expensive 

Owning a car can be very expensive. One of the disadvantages of buying a new car is the upfront price that you’ll have to pay. There’s more to consider than the cost of the vehicle upfront, but that can be daunting by itself. 

New cars cost a lot of money, usually in the tens of thousands of dollars. Add to that the interest cost of a loan and finance charges, and you could end up spending a tremendous chunk of your income on a new vehicle. 

3. Insurance Is a Killer

The cost to insure a new car is based upon the value of that car. While the value continually decreases, your insurance does not go down as fast. If you’re carrying a note on the vehicle, you’ll have to pay for full coverage insurance, even if you don’t want or need it. 

The average monthly premium for a new vehicle can reach as high as $136. That comes out to over a thousand dollars a year that you’re spending on insurance alone. Insuring an older car can cost less than half that. 

4. Model and Year Dependability 

Car manufacturers are always adding and changing things on their new line ups every year. This can be a great benefit, but there’s something that most dealerships won’t tell you about. A harsh reality of the car market is that not all years and models are made as well as others.

New lines of vehicles and modified older ones can have reliability problems. While many cars undergo various tests, that doesn’t mean you’ll get one that could pass those tests. With the addition of so much digital technology, the potential problems increase exponentially. 

While a used car has reliable data from consumer reporting groups and reviews on dependability and performance, you won’t have the same luxury with a new vehicle. The reviews that come out have been paid for and don’t always reflect the quality of the car you’ll get.

5. The Cost to Tax and Title Your Vehicle

The cost of registering a vehicle varies based on state, but one thing that is true in every state is that the higher the price, the more taxes you have to pay. When you go to renew your tag, it will cost you more money. 

Some states even require that you pay tax on a vehicle you didn’t purchase in their state to get it tagged for that state. This means that the phantom costs of a new vehicle can be increased at every step of the car ownership process. 

6. New Cars Take A Long Time To Pay Off

Paying off a car loan that is worth $20 or $30 thousand will take you far more time than paying off a loan for a few thousand dollars. Most car loans are made out to be paid back in five to seven years. This means that you could be paying for that new car from the time your kid is in 5th grade until they graduate high school. 

Having a lot of debt will also make you less likely to be able to get another loan. If you want to buy a house or do anything that requires a loan, you’re going to have more trouble with a massive car loan out. 

Buying A Used Car 

A lot of people dream of buying new cars. This has been true for decades, for about as long as cars have been around.  For most of us, however, buying used cars tends to be a better investment and cost us a lot less. 

Used cars used to have a bad reputation because of dependability, but since the early 2000s, cars are more reliable than ever. That reliability does not magically go away because the car is resold. You can benefit from the same modern reliability from a vehicle that is ten years old or more. 

Don’t Be Fooled By The New Car Shine

The disadvantages of buying a new car are many, yet there are some advantages. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that you’re going to be coming out ahead. You won’t. 

Do your research and purchase a car from a year that is dependable and well maintained. Saddling yourself with almost a decade of debt doesn’t have to be the price of owning a vehicle.  

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The Harley-Davidson Museum Kickstarts 2020


The return of Milwaukee Museum Week, Monster Jam drivers and more events and displays make this the perfect time to visit the crossroads of 6th & Canal.

Cabin fever doesn’t stand a chance in Milwaukee this month as Milwaukee Museum Week (MMW) returns for its second installment, with even more special programming as well as free admission for kids on Monday, Jan. 20th at participating museums – including the H-D Museum. The Harley-Davidson Museum is ready to roll out the orange carpet with fun events and special programming during MMW. Read below and start planning your trip to the H-D Museum campus for even more fun ways to shake those winter blues.   

EVENTS / PROMOTIONS

Monster Jam Drivers Meet & Greet and Ticket Giveaway at the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Friday, Jan. 17, noon-1 p.m.
Come on down to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday, January 17 from noon to 1 p.m. to meet drivers from the Monster Jam Triple Threat series, get autographs and pose for pictures with a Monster Jam driver. And feel good while you’re doing it by donating new winter accessories to Milwaukee Public School’s Mitten Tree Drive. The first 100 folks to show up and donate new or hand-made winter accessories to the MPS Mitten Tree Drive will receive a free ticket voucher to Monster Jam Triple Threat Series playing at Fiserv Forum (Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19) and entrance into the Harley-Davidson Museum for Friday, January 17th.

Free Admission Friday

Friday, Jan. 17, 5-9 p.m.
Visit the H-D Museum for FREE on Friday, Jan. 17. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and beginning admirer. Tonight, be sure to check out “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory,” the H-D Museum’s newest exhibit, which provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.” Free Friday night H-D Museum admission from 5-9 p.m.; regular admission prices apply on Saturday.

Milwaukee Museum Week

Saturday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 26
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to participate in the second annual Milwaukee Museum Week January 18 – 26. Milwaukee Museum Week returns with fun events, interesting programs and special experiences at 17 participating Milwaukee museums. This special week has been created to bring to light the meaningful impact these museums have for our residents, tourism and the economy, and to forming Milwaukee’s well-rounded cultural community. More than a hundred programs or events will be offered during the week and people are encouraged to support their local museums by participating.

On Monday, Jan. 20 thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, all children 18 and under receive FREE admission to the H-D Museum with an adult.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 (and every Tuesday through April), the H-D Museum offers $10 Tuesdays with $10 admission for adults, two-for-$10 admission for kids, $10 Taco Tuesday at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and 10% off clearance items in The Shop. Guests to the Museum are also invited to participate in #MuseumSelfie day on Jan. 21.

On Thursday, January 23, the H-D Museum Curatorial staff has created a special program, Museum Mystory #1: Dial M for Motorcycle. Come and join an interactive story adventure inside the Harley-Davidson Museum. Follow cryptic clues, solve puzzles, and uncover a mystery through this fun hunt through museum galleries. Join the mysterious fun for all ages! This program is offered all day (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and is included in your admission.

#MuseumSelfie Day

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Grab the selfie stick and put on a happy face because #MuseumSelfie Day returns to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 21 during Milwaukee Museum Week. There’s no better backdrop for a selfie than the unrivaled collection at the H-D Museum. Visitors are encouraged to share their best pics on the Harley-Davidson Museum’s social pages. #HDMuseum @HDMuseum

$10 Tuesday are back!
Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays from October through April is just $10 and kids are just two for $10, too! At The Shop, take another 10% off clearance items. Plus, a Hamilton gets you the delicious chef’s choice Taco Tuesdays at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant.

NEW INSTALLATIONS

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)

A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

Experience Gallery: Model Year 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Always a favorite photo opportunity for riders and non-riders alike, the H-D Museum’s Experience Gallery has been revamped to feature five 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles – including the all-new, all-electric LiveWire™!

Custom Culture Installation: “Blackbird”

Blackbird, from the minds of Bobby Greene and Justin Walls, pays homage to Joe Petrali’s 1936 EL landspeed motorcycle. Elements of Petrali’s machine are imitated in this contemporary custom bike. Both vehicles use Harley-Davidson handlebars and forks made for board trackers; both have hillclimber frames; and their wheels are the same design and size. On display for a limited time, race fans will be thrilled to get an up-close look at this tribute to historic motorcycle landspeed racing.

SAVE THE DATES

Date Nights, Thursdays in February
“Around the Corner” Season 9 Preview Party, March 3

About the Harley-Davidson Museum

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

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CADILLAC XT4 SPORT AWD

“Spunky with muscle tone and loads of curb appeal!”360 MAGAZINE

By Krishan Narsinghani × Vivek Lalchandani × Vaughn Lowery

Big, boujee, and imposing. Three words which are normally used to describe Cadillac SUVs. With more people buying smaller SUVs and crossovers rather than sedans, Cadillac had no choice but to roll out this new compact crossover. So, can the XT4 AWD hold its weight in this ultra-competitive market?

Design

Let’s start with playing the shield game, ever heard of it? Try counting how many Cadillac shields you can find on the vehicle – let’s keep a count. Starting out front and center is the signature Cadillac emblem located inside, you guessed it, a shield shaped grill (2). Admittedly it looks terrific and adds the touch of luxury that Cadillac loyalists expect. Outlining the grill are full LED headlights across all trims with signature lobster claw lookin’ DRLs. Looking at the side profile, the XT4 has one of the best profiles of any compact crossover out there. It’s slightly boxy like other Cadillac crossovers and SUVs but still has curves and swooping lines like its European competitors, the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2 and the Range Rover Evoque. All XT4s come standard with 18” wheels but 20” inch wheels are optional. Also visible from the side profile are two more logos prominent on each front fender (4). Wrap around to the back to find full LED vertical taillights wrapping around slightly to the side of the vehicle. They work well on the XT4, making it appear bigger and wider. An interesting attention to detail is the two lower trims, Luxury and Premium Luxury, come with red taillight lenses whereas the top Sport trim comes standard with clear taillight lenses to add to the sporty aesthetic. Below is a dual exit exhaust setup with a single tip for each side. Rounding off the rear is the Cadillac shield placed right above the license plate which is placed within another shield shaped cutout (6). Overall, the XT4 is a very handsome breed that exudes luxury and sportiness.

Interior

The XT4’s interior is a much-needed upgrade over the past piano black cladded plastic feel. The soft touch materials, soft leather seats (ventilated and heated) and design integrate well with the exterior design. Slide back the shade over the sunroof and watch the white leather pop – making the interior feel airy and open. This must have sunroof is unacceptably optional. The design is refreshingly modern and upscale with a minimalistic approach. Cadillac nailed the balance between on screen vs. physical buttons… there’s even a volume knob! Step into the backseat and you’ll find class leading rear leg room. It’s a six foot passenger’s dream come true. The materials get slightly worse in the rear of the cabin but not obnoxiously. The rear passengers get their own climate control zone, lined up to resemble our favorite logo (7).

Technology

Looking into the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, Cadillac has come a long way in intuitiveness and display quality. The system is very easy to use with either the touchscreen or the control knob like its European competitors. Climate controls have their own set of physical buttons also lined up to resemble the Cadillac shield (8). The fully integrated display is cleaner than the stuck-on tablet looks of many vehicles nowadays. Its only downside must be that the screen is slightly tilted away from the driver attracting potential glare. CUE also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with one touch NFC pairing for the latter. Optional features include a head up display, digital gauge cluster, thirteen speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system, wireless phone charging, massaging front seats, and a rear view camera built into the rear view mirror that resembles a Cadillac shield (9).

Safety

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking and rear park assist. Level up to the premium luxury trim and you get front and rear park assist, lane change alert with blind spot alert, and rear cross traffic alert. Other optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, advanced adaptive cruise control, and enhanced automatic emergency braking. Unfortunately, Super Cruise from Cadillac is not available. XT4 follows suit with its GM siblings by alerting the driver of blind spot detections and lane departure warnings with the vibration of the driver’s seat.

Performance

Cadillac has made a name for itself in driving performance and the XT4 does not disappoint. Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the XT4 makes 237hp at 5000rpm and 258 lb/ft torque from a respectable 1500rpm. That’s 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. Not bad for the 3600lbs being carried plus a slight disadvantage due to the shape being less aerodynamic than rivals. Handling feel is good for a crossover and it rides very well on the 20-inch wheels. Stick with the 18s and expect a very comfortable and cushy ride. Go with the 20s and opt for the active sport suspension to get the best ‘drivers’ version of this vehicle. Heck you should be able to keep up with a base model Dodge Charger on a rainy day. All in all, casual drivers should have enough power and handling feel to fulfill their needs. Fuel economy is everything in today’s age and eco-goers can appreciate the fuel consumption of this one The FWD models get 24/30 city/highway while AWD models get 22/29 city/highway. The AWD system Cadillac threw at this is interesting in that it’s a dual clutch setup, enabling it to disconnect power going to the rear wheels to help fuel economy.

Overview

In a saturated market, 360 Magazine can confidently say the XT4 drives for comfort, boasts luxury, and combats rivals with dashing looks. One may argue that Cadillac has never built a crossover or SUV that truly belonged in the same conversation as major German or British players but now we have a winner. If you want a crossover that will haul your family, let others know you made it, and provides a fabulous trip experience, Cadillac will gladly sell you this one. Pricing begins at a reasonable $35,600 base. Counting nine shields on this vehicle, not including the logo on the wheels and the steering wheel (surely we missed a few), the branding imposes itself on consumers and spectators.

Rolls-Royce, Cullinan, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, bespoke, luxury, auto, SUV, NYC, travel

ROLLS-ROYCE BREAKS RECORDS

·         Annual sales of 5,152, the highest in the marque’s 116-year history

·         Sales reflect growth of 25% on 2018’s previous record of 4,107 

·         Significant sales growth in all regions worldwide

·         Cullinan, the brand’s new SUV, makes major contribution to sales growth

·         Black Badge continues to enjoy strong demand, particularly amongst younger clients

·         Strong demand for Phantom, Wraith, Dawn and Ghost (in its final year of production)

·         Spectacular Bespoke commissions and Collection Cars reaffirm Rolls-Royce’s status as the world’s foremost manufacturer of luxury products

·         Significant new investment in manufacturing plant at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood

·         50 new jobs created to meet expanded global demand

·         Record number of Apprenticeship Programme recruits in 2019  

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered an historic annual sales record in 2019, with a global performance unequalled in the company’s 116-year history. A total of 5,152 cars were delivered to customers in over 50 countries around the world, an increase of 25% on the previous high set in 2018. With these historic results, Rolls-Royce continues to make a meaningful contribution to the overall performance of its shareholder, BMW Group.

Commenting on the results, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “This performance is of an altogether different magnitude to any previous year’s sales success. While we celebrate these remarkable results, we are conscious of our key promise to our customers, to keep our brand rare and exclusive. We are pleased and proud to have delivered growth of 25% in 2019. Worldwide demand last year for our Cullinan SUV has driven this success and is expected to stabilize in 2020. It is a ringing testament to the quality and integrity of our products, the faith and passion of our customers and, above all, the skill, dedication and determination of our exceptional team at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and around the world and our dedicated global dealer network.”

Worldwide Sales Growth

Sales grew across all regions during the year, driven by strong customer demand for all Rolls‑Royce models. The company reported significant sales growth in every one of its key global markets. North America retained top status (around a third of global sales) followed by China and Europe (including UK). Individual countries that achieved record sales results included Russia, Singapore, Australia, Qatar and Japan. In 2019, Rolls-Royce motor cars were sold in more than 50 countries worldwide through a global network of 135 dealerships. As part of its commitment to long-term sustainable growth, Rolls‑Royce announced two new dealerships during 2019 – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Brisbane and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Shanghai Pudong. Development of the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars flagship dealership in Berkeley Street, London – more than twice the size of the previous location – is underway and is due for launch in 2020.

Strong Demand for All Models

Phantom retains its rightful place as the company’s pinnacle product, with Dawn and Wraith continuing to dominate their respective sectors; strong demand was experienced for all three models during the year. Cullinan, the marque’s new SUV, successfully translated the media plaudits and public acclaim into the largest advance order book and fastest post‑launch sales growth of any Rolls-Royce model in history. In November 2019, the marque completed its dark, edgy Black Badge family with the addition of Cullinan Black Badge alongside Ghost, Dawn and Wraith variants, all of which were highly sought-after by customers seeking a more individual, rebellious expression of the Rolls‑Royce brand.

Cullinan: ‘Effortless Everywhere’ delivering on its promise

In its first full year of availability, Cullinan exceeded even the highest expectations raised by its successful launch. The world’s pre-eminent super-luxury SUV has become the fastest-selling new Rolls-Royce model in history. The fervor throughout the year around the arrival of Cullinan was matched only by the media and public sensation occasioned by the launch of Cullinan Black Badge, ‘The King of the Night’, in November. This completed the Black Badge family of unapologetic, dynamic products created for an emerging generation of super-luxury consumer; people who refuse to be defined by traditional codes of luxury, follow their own path and make their own rules.

Farewell to Ghost – But Not for Long!

2019 marked the end of Ghost production after 11 years of uninterrupted commercial and critical success. Since its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, Ghost has established itself as an undisputed modern classic. The most popular Rolls-Royce model of the Goodwood era, Ghost attracted a new audience of younger, often self-made, entrepreneurial customers to the Rolls-Royce brand. An extended wheelbase version was introduced in 2011 and an updated Ghost Series II was unveiled in Geneva in 2014. The last Ghost of the current generation left the Goodwood production line at the end of 2019. Ghost has been a highly successful and vitally important car for Rolls-Royce. Over its 11-year lifecycle – a truly remarkable record for any motor car – it became the biggest-selling Rolls-Royce not just of the Goodwood era, but in the entire history of the marque. The commercial success of Ghost placed Rolls-Royce in a position to scale up its production and make the massive investments that have led to it becoming the truly global brand it is today.

Ghost’s successor is due for launch in mid-2020 after five years in development. With market availability from the fourth quarter, the successor will elevate the Ghost name, and the company itself, to new heights of excellence and ambition in design, engineering, materials and driving dynamics.

Bespoke: The Jewel in the Crown of Rolls-Royce

Global demand for Rolls-Royce Bespoke reached a new peak in 2019. The Bespoke Collective at The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, comprises several hundred creative designers, engineers and craftspeople. These highly talented men and women take enormous pride in fulfilling unprecedented levels of customer requests for Bespoke personalisation and delivering on beautiful individual commissions such as the Rose Phantom. Undisputed global leaders in their pursuit of perfection, the Bespoke Collective captured the imagination of customers, enthusiasts, media and fans alike in 2019 with some of the most spectacular Collection Cars ever created in the history of the brand. Bespoke IS Rolls-Royce! Among the year’s Bespoke highlights was the Zenith Collector’s Edition of Rolls-Royce Ghost. Limited to just 50 examples, this masterpiece was created to mark the end of Ghost’s remarkable 11-year reign.

Wraith Eagle VIII celebrated the centenary of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight (powered by twin Rolls-Royce Eagle engines). Tranquillity Phantom, inspired by space exploration, features a unique Gallery inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket and, for the first time in a Rolls-Royce, incorporates meteorite as an aesthetic embellishment. New accessories added to the existing, much celebrated Bespoke offering included the exceptional Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest.

An Expanding Family

At more than 2,000 strong, with 50 nationalities represented, the workforce at the Home of Rolls-Royce is now at its largest since the opening of Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre for Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, in 2003. During 2020, 50 new jobs were created to meet expanded global demand.

This year’s intake of 26 new entrants on the company’s highly successful Apprenticeship Program included the first-ever Sir Ralph Robins Degree Apprenticeship candidates. Named after the ex-CEO of Rolls‑Royce plc, Sir Ralph has served as a non-executive Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since its inception in 2003.

Since the launch of the Apprenticeship Program in 2006, almost 200 participants have completed a combination of hands-on practical training alongside skilled Associates and vocational training at local colleges. A number of these remarkable young men and women have gone on to hold important technical and supervisory roles within the company.    

Confidence in the future

The year saw significant new investment in the manufacturing plant at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, reaffirming both the company’s commitment to its UK operations and its buoyant outlook for the years ahead. Projects included further refinements to the already world-class manufacturing facilities, equipment and processes, to maximize efficiency and ensure the highest levels of quality as demanded by Rolls-Royce customers. A new two-story development, due for completion in the first quarter of 2020, will add more than 1,000 square meters to the ground floor Assembly Hall, and create additional first-floor office space. In closing, Mr. Müller-Ötvös said, “There is no other company like Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: we are all conscious of what a privilege it is to design, build and deliver the best car in the world for our customers.  PersonalIy, I continue to feel honored and humbled to have led this great company for the past decade.”

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FISKER OCEAN

Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – is giving early reservation holders an exclusive sneak peek of the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV at a private event in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. The world’s most sustainable vehicle will be captured on camera for the first time ever – with a live stream sharing the moment at the following link HERE.
 
“With the Fisker Ocean making its public debut at Consumer Electronics Show 2020 this coming week, we wanted to give our reservation holders a special preview to get up close to our production intent prototype right before it makes its way to Las Vegas,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. “The Fisker brand is committed to real, direct and authentic engagement and interaction with our passionate customers at every touchpoint – and we wanted to reinforce this by having them be the first people to see the actual vehicle. We’re delighted that the rest of the world will be able to tune in with a live stream straight from this private event – and we look forward to fully showcasing the Fisker Ocean at CES.”
 
About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable and eco-friendly electric vehicles. Passionately driven by a vision of a clean future for all, the company is on a mission to become the No. 1 e-mobility service provider with the world’s most sustainable vehicles. The company is engaged in intensive research and development around next generation electrification technologies, including the patent pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery.

To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com and download the revolutionary new Fisker mobile app from the App Store or Google Play store. 

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How Helmets Can Save Your Life (And Face)

Helmets have been proven to be effective at reducing a person’s risk of head injury or death in the event of a motorcycle or ATV accident. There are numerous ATV accessories you can get for your ride, but the one you do not want to go without is a helmet. Some states may not have laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, but even if that describes your state, you still need to wear one at all times while on a bike. It may just save your life. The next time you find yourself scrolling through ATV tires online, take some time to make sure your helmet is good to go.

Protecting Your Head

The purpose of a helmet is to absorb some of the impact of a collision. In the event you hit the ground, your skull would otherwise take on the full impact. This can lead to traumatic brain injury or even death. A relatively small collision where you were traveling slower than 15 miles per hour can still result in serious injuries without the proper protective gear in place.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Road

A helmet is also good for focusing your attention. A helmet will limit the amount of wind force and noise that comes blowing in your face. With less wind in your ears, you should be able to better hear the cars around you. Similarly to driving, you need to know what other drivers are doing so that you can anticipate anything out of the ordinary. You should also look into purchasing a helmet that will keep sun glare out of your eyes so that you do not hamper your vision.

Safeguarding Your Face

Your skull is not the only thing at risk during a motorcycle or ATV collision. Your jawbone, eyes and nose are also at risk. A lot of riders do not want to wear a helmet because they worry about how it will make them look.

They may also fret about helmet hair once they reach their destinations. However, it is better to go out with friends with helmet hair than a smashed nose. Plus, you can definitely find some stylish helmets that will go splendidly with your ensembles.

Saving Your Life

Caring about your looks is certainly one good reason to wear a helmet. However, the main reason to wear a helmet is that it could potentially save your life. Hundreds of people lose their lives every year because they should have worn a helmet while riding a motorcycle or ATV. You do not have to fall into those statistics. You deserve to get to where you are going safely. A good helmet may cost a bit of money, but it is a worthwhile investment. You will be glad you have a helmet should you ever end up in an accident.

There are numerous helmets available online. You do not even have to search for something as specific as Kenda K587 Bear Claw HTR Front Tire. Just search for “helmet,” and you will soon find something that looks great and keeps you protected.

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Time To Replace Your Semi Truck Headlights?

If you think about the safety equipment on your truck, chances are you think about your brakes, the marker lights or other semi truck parts that stand out. However, you may not think about your headlights. However, these are among the most important safety parts. They let you see what is ahead of you during dark conditions and also alert other drivers to your location.

Taking care of the safety equipment on your truck is an essential part of maintenance. However, if you are like many truck drivers and owners, you may be uncertain when it is time to replace your headlights.

Signs Your Lights Need Replacing

Many people avoid changing their lights until they burn out. This is a mistake because lights can dim over time. This could leave you with significantly reduced light output. If you have incandescent bulbs, their light output may have reduced by 20% within the first two years. Even more modern LED lights should be replaced regularly.

Over-the-road truckers should be especially careful about replacing their headlights. You don’t want to be a hundred miles into a multi-day route when you realize that your headlights need to be replaced.

Changing your headlights on a regular basis is a good idea and relatively inexpensive. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific intervals recommended for your vehicle and headlights. Always change them both at the same time. If one is on its last legs, the other is almost certainly following close behind.

If you notice that your lights seem dim or inconsistent, it is time to replace them. It is almost always better to be safe than sorry with your lights. Headlights are typically different for each vehicle model. For example, Freightliner Century headlights are different from Mack headlights.

For semi-trucks, most people replace the entire headlight assembly. This can be easier than just replacing the bulb and avoids the possibility of the lenses getting cloudy or dirty. Plus, trucks undergo a lot more wear than passenger cars and need parts replaced regularly.

Replacing the Headlights

Typically, replacing headlights is fairly simple. The steps vary depending on the model, so consult your owner’s manual to find what you need to do. Most people can perform this in an hour or less. All you will need to do is remove the mounting screws that hold the headlight assembly in place, unplug the lights and replace them with the new ones. Always turn them on when you are done to ensure they are working.

If you want a little more style, you can find headlights in all sorts of designs. You may also be able to switch to colored lights but check the local laws before making this modification.

Get Started

Changing your headlights is easy to do and well worth the time and expense. Make sure you get the right replacements. For example, you will need to get specific Peterbilt 389 headlights for that model. Keep in mind that the fit may change over different model years. Get started replacing your headlights today by ordering the parts.

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How to Save Money with Electric Cars

Last year, over 200,000 electrically powered vehicles were purchased in the United States of America, and most consumers give one simple explanation for making the switch from gasoline powered cars; money.

Though electric cars can have a slightly higher sticker price than their internal combustion engine counterparts, they can offer drivers huge savings on fuel costs and maintenance. As vehicle charging stations have become more numerous, and home vehicle charging options have gotten better than simply sticking a plug in an outlet, electric vehicles have become more and more popular with consumers.

Here we are going to look at some of the ways that drivers are saving money by using electric cars, and how you can join in and start saving yourself some money too.

At a Cost-Per-Mile, Gas-Guzzlers Cannot Compete

The biggest saving that drivers of an electric car make is on the cost of fuel per mile. Even the most frugal internal combustion engines cannot begin to compete with fuel efficient electric vehicles.

Some electric car manufacturers offer free charging for their vehicles at selected charging stations, so gas powered cars have no chance to match those savings, but even electric vehicles that are charged at home or at charging stations that require payment offer drastically lower fuel costs. For electric vehicles, the cost per mile is often measured in cents, not dollars.

Less Maintenance, Fewer Trips to the Mechanic

Another area that driving an electric car can save you money over a regular gas-guzzler is in the cost of regular maintenance and trips to your mechanic.

The internal combustion engine is incredibly complex with hundreds of moving parts that require adequate lubrication, and the fuels and oils it uses need topping up and fresh filters. The drivetrain that powers electric vehicles couldn’t be more different, with most electric motors only having one moving part. This drastically reduces maintenance costs, and the possibility that one small part will fail on your car and keep you stuck indoors while a mechanic fixes your engine. 

You Can Generate Your Own Electricity at Home

Imagine if you owned an oilfield. You would be much less concerned about the cost of fuel if you could just fill up your own car from your own supply of gasoline.

Many owners of electric cars are doing something similar to this by generating and storing their own electricity at home with solar or wind power and home battery packs. This electricity is essentially free, after the cost of the equipment, saving owners of electric cars even more money. 

Some electricity suppliers will even offer their customers discounted electricity rates when it is used to recharge electric vehicles, saving them even more money.

The price of gasoline is constantly increasing, as well as the cost to the environment that gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting cars produce. When you take a look at all the savings that driving an electric car has to offer, as well as the environmental benefits, it is easy to see why hundreds of thousands of American drivers are now making the switch to electric vehicles.