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2013 Lexus ES350 Specifications

December 8, 2012 by
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Winding Road Driven 2013 Lexus ES350

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It's no secret that Lexus is a division of Toyota and that many of its vehicles are based on more plebian Toyota products. So it stands to reason that when a new Toyota model bows, its Lexus equivalent will soon follow suit. Such is the case with the new ES 350. Based on the new Toyota Camry introduced last year, the all-new 2013 ES builds on this proven platform with oodles of luxury features and the refinement you'd expect from a Lexus. Now in its sixth generation, the new ES features edgier styling outside and standard NuLuxe synthetic leather inside. The real stuff is also available, as are a number of luxury option packages. Feeling green? Then go for the new Lexus ES 300h hybrid, for an EPA estimated 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway.


2013 Lexus ES300h Specifications

August 10, 2012 by
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2013 Lexus ES350 ES300h Hybrid Photo Gallery of Official

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Lexus pulled the veil off its new ES today at the New York International Auto Show. There will be two models offered, the ES 350 and ES 300h. The ES 350 is powered by a gasoline 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that produces 268 bhp. It comes mated to Lexus’ electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) that’s been designed to deliver good performance, smoother shifts and improved fuel efficiency through use of low friction materials. The ES 300h is a hybrid version of the sedan that features a new low-friction VVT-i-equipped 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine that utilizes a sophisticated power management system and has a 12.5:1 compression ratio. This engine, combined with a beltless electric motor, is designed to improve fuel economy and durability, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions. Power will be 200 hp combined. The ES 300h hybrid offers four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV, the last allowing short drives at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases performance and responsiveness. Lexus says the ES 300h will get 39/40 mpg city/highway.

The new ES ought to handle better than its predecessor, thanks to suspension and steering changes and a stiffer body. Opposite-wound coil springs on the front suspension enhance straight-line stability, while revised rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics enhance ride comfort. A reduction in the steering gear ratio delivers better steering feel. Increased body rigidity is achieved through lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and additional spot welds. Despite the car’s larger size, the weight of the new ES is reduced by almost 90 pounds.

The ES will be equipped with standard 215/55R-17 low rolling resistance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, and for the first time, available 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels.

The car’s exterior design adopts the new Lexus signature “spindle” grille, making it look remarkably similar to the new GS sedan, but this isn’t a bad thing. The new ES features a lower, progressive profile and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. The wheelbase of the new ES has been lengthened by 1.8 inches, while the overall length of the vehicle has grown by just one inch, resulting in a more spacious interior. Look for the new ES to reach dealer showrooms in August of this year.


2013 Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid Specifications

November 8, 2012 by
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2013 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid Interior Pictures Hybrid SUV Chevrolet

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Introduced in the mid-1990s, Chevrolet's Tahoe presented an idea that was novel at the time: Chevy Suburban capabilities minus the Suburban's mass. The idea was obviously a good one, since the Tahoe and its GMC Yukon fraternal twin have inspired many competitors. With three V-8 engine choices, the Tahoe is a capable beast of burden. It can tow up to 8500 lb., has three rows of seats, contemporary telematics and family peacekeeping options like a rear seat DVD system. A 2-mode hybrid option continues to be available, boosting the EPA city rating to 21 mpg, but its price premium relegates it largely to green fleet sales. Essentially unchanged for 2013, the Tahoe is expected to undergo an extensive 2014 renewal.


2012 Buick LaCrosse Specifications

April 24, 2012 by
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A so-called "mild hybrid" model named LaCrosse eAssist evolved from the 4-cylinder model, and it adds better fuel economy without a full hybrid's price tag. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is the same as that used in the smaller Verano, but it gets a slight boost from an electric motor/generator and an onboard lithium storage battery, so acceleration through the 6-speed automatic transmission feels stronger than it would with the 4-cylinder alone. The grille has shutters that close to improve aerodynamics. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine gets a power increase to 303 bhp, available on either the front-drive or all-wheel-drive models. The LaCrosse is the biggest Buick, although on the road it doesn't feel bloated or wallowy.


2012 Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan Specifications

September 23, 2012 by
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New Generation Mercedes Benz C Class Advertising Campaign Photo

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Mercedes revamps the C-Class sedan for 2012 and adds an attractive new coupe to the mix. Both begin with the C250 Sport featuring a new 201-bhp 1.8-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo. The C350 nets a 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. Targeting enthusiasts, the top C63 AMG has a 451-bhp 6.2-liter V-8. Sedans also offer a C300 4Matic with a 228-bhp 3.0-liter V-6. Standard 7-speed automatics include a Speedshift multiclutch version for the C63. Redesigned interiors gain new audio with a 5.8-in. color display, Bluetooth and USB port. Coupes receive standard paddle shifters, sport bucket seats and split-folding rear seats. Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake with Hold function, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Sport Assist are among C-Class safety features.