The Volkswagen Eos is a unique all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.
The 2013 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are four available trims: Komfort, Sport, Lux, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Handsfree wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, daytime running lights, electronic stability program, hill hold control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags. Steering linked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on all but the Komfort trim.
For 2013, a new Sport trim has been added to the line-up.
From its inception, the BMW X5 has defined an expanding group of big, powerful SUVs that shine for their on-pavement agility and responsive acceleration, with an emphasis on safety, comfort and luxury appointments. It features BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, and offers optional third-row seating that increases capacity to seven passengers. The X5 enters its third generation in 2014, setting higher standards with enhanced power and driving dynamics, cutting edge safety technologies, and the availability of rear-wheel drive.
The X5 is now presented in four configurations: the new rear-wheel drive sDrive35i model, and the all-wheel drive xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i models. Both the sDrive35i and xDrive35i variants get BMW's venerated single-turbo 300-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i boasts a 445-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8; the xDrive35d is powered by a new 255-hp 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder clean diesel engine. All engines now provide an auto stop/start feature and ECO PRO driver-selectable mode, and are mated to BMW's latest eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode; an eight-speed Sport automatic with paddle shifters is available. Standard equipment on all X5 models includes: a Panorama glass moonroof, power tailgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Adaptive Xenon headlamps, LED front fog lamps, heated front seats, SensaTec upholstery, a new 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for phone and audio streaming, as well as a revised voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system with Advanced Real Time Traffic information, 20 gigabytes of dedicated internal media storage and a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen. The xDrive50i is further outfitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels, multi-contour front seats, leather upholstery and a rearview camera system with Top View. Also new for 2014, BMW ConnectedDrive is incorporated on all models, providing access to a range of mobility and web-based services for office, travel and infotainment applications. For BMW drivers seeking to add additional elements of individuality, new Luxury Line, xLine and M Sport exterior packages are proffered, as well as Ivory White and Mocha Interior Design Packages. Safety features on every X5 include anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with integrated traction control and rollover sensor, and front and rear park distance control, along with front side-impact airbags and overhead curtain airbags for all rows; new standard safety enhancements for 2014 include BMW Assist eCall, providing an Emergency Request (SOS button) and Automatic Collision Notification. Additional technologies such as Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection, Active Cruise Control with Stop& Go, Automatic High Beams and Head-up Display are optional, while a new Driver Assistance Plus package - comprised of Active Blind Spot Detection, Surround View, Speed Limit Info and Active Driving Assistant (includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation) - is also offered.
The BMW X5 is completely redesigned for 2014, with a distinctive new exterior design language that still retains signature BMW features, along with a revised interior environment that is even more exclusive and luxurious. The xDrive50i engine gets a 45 horsepower increase, while the xDrive35d is outfitted with a new, more efficient diesel engine; the steering system on all models is now electric power-assist. Additionally, a new sDrive35i model is added to the lineup, marking the first time rear-wheel drive has been offered on the X5.
The Ford Fiesta is a sub-compact, front-wheel drive, five-passenger car. Available in four and five-door bodystyles, the current benchmarks for the sub-compact segment are being tested by the Fiestas styling, comfort and luxury features, technology, and overall practicality.
The Fiesta is offered in three trims, S, SE, and a Titanium model. For 2014 there is the addition of the new ST trim to the hatchback lineup. Power comes from a 120-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An advanced six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. The ST gets a turbocharged, direct-injected version of the 1.6-liter that offers nearly 200-hp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, capless fuel filler system, power body-colored mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, aux audio input jack, electronic power-assisted steering and hill launch assist. Higher trim levels include cruise control, keyless entry, Ford's MyKey system, HD and satellite radio, alloy wheels, power windows, rearview camera with reverse park sensing, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system and SYNC with MyFord Touch. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, seven airbags including a driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
For 2014, the Fiesta is a refresh with new interior and exterior styling, feature changes across the entire lineup and the addition of the ST performance hot hatch.
The Cadillac CTS offers a range of vehicles to suit any lifestyle. The amazing CTS Coupe, practical Sport Wagon, and respected, award winning Sedan all offer optional all-wheel-drive, an impressively finished interior and a large dose of style. For 2014 the CTS sedan is all-new with an available 420-hp twin-turbo V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The sedan will be released in the fall of 2013.
Depending on model, the CTS is available in Base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims. The CTS comes standard with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and 19-inch polished alloy wheels are optional. The standard engine is a four-cam, 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve-timing generating 270 horsepower. A direct injected 3.6-liter V6, now with 318 horsepower, is available. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, and a variable-torque full-time all-wheel-drive system can be added to either engine. With seating for four the CTS Coupe includes the 3.6 liter engine as standard equipment. The Sedan and Sport Wagon include seating for five. Feature highlights include a standard Bose audio system with XM Satellite radio, eight speakers and auxiliary input jack. A power sunroof, keyless access, rear camera, and an upgraded radio with DVD-Audio, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound, 40 gB Hard Drive, and a USB port are available.
If the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne didn't feel special, far fewer people would buy one, so Bentley goes to considerable lengths to make sure that it does. The needles on the speedometer and the tachometer -- both real instruments, not digital facsimiles -- sweep downward from the one-o'clock position, as they do on classic Bentleys. Hand-stitched leather, in your choice of twenty-five hues, covers every surface that isn't real wood or metal. Speaking of wood, the extensive wood trim in a Mulsanne interior -- on the dashboard, the front and rear center consoles, the roof consoles, the rear center armrest, and the door caps -- is available in a choice of six different veneers. For the Mulsanne, one question is how to reconcile all that olde-worlde craftsmanship with today's demand for the latest technology. A few interesting examples: the modern, eight-inch touchscreen is concealed behind a wood-veneered panel when not in use; there's also a leather-lined drawer to hold your iPod or cell phone. There are no charming anachronisms here; everything just works.
It's the same behind the wheel. The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne is powered by the most traditional Bentley engine, a turbocharged V-8 of 6.75 liters. Although it is a traditional layout and displacement, this is a modern unit, with current technology such as cylinder deactivation and variable cam phasing. The engine's output of 505 hp is -- ahem -- less than that of the twelve-cylinder engine in the less expensive Flying Spur, but its massive torque figure of 712 lb-ft is comfortably on top. And torque is what it's all about when you're moving a heavy car like the Mulsanne, particularly when you want to do so with the least engine-revving drama possible. The deep-voiced V-8 can haul this heavy machine from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, but you're more likely to appreciate the effortless thrust that results from a more measured dip into the throttle. You have a choice of three settings for suspension and steering: comfort, sport, or the default "Bentley" setting. In none of them does this car heave or wallow -- if anything, it errs a bit on being too firm and allowing some road harshness through. For the best possible ride quality, stick with the 20-inch wheels rather than the optional 21-inchers.