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2017 Auto Design Summed Up In One Word - Technology

It feels like a recent memory that Auto Technology meant having a CD player instead of a tape deck.  Previous to that, we had a portable CD player that plugged into the cigarette lighter with a cassette tape popped into the car’s tape deck.  One bump and that ever so fun music jam was over.  Just twenty years later, 2017 is proving that auto technology is far from ceasing to surprise us in improving our driving experience.

So let’s start with the ever present device of the times, the smartphone. Automakers have found new ways to make the smartphone experience safer while driving by integrating the technology into our vehicles and for good reason. Smartphone use while driving is attributed to 26% of all car accidents. According to ATT, texting alone causes 1.3 million crashes a year, and this doesn’t include gaming, app use, checking in on social media, video chat, and web searches.

The Providence of Newfoundland, Canada began banning cell phone use while driving in 2003. Today, all ten provinces have strict driving with cell phone laws. Touching your phone while driving in Ontario will result in a $490 - $1000 fine.

Here in the United States as recent as September of this year, California extended its cell phone/driving laws to include banning all uses of a cell phone. To our health, and, longevity 2017 autos bring even more hands-free options for that cell phone than ever before.

Photo Credit: Chrysler Pacifica -  http://www.nwitimes.com

Photo Credit: Chrysler Pacifica - http://www.nwitimes.com

Addressing this issue, and one up-ing smartphone/vehicle technology, we now have… Onboard Infotainment.  Which is, basically, everything you love about your smartphone in that center spot of the car where only your stereo used to reside. A simple, touch screen access to Bluetooth, social media, GPS navigation and more. The Bluetooth technology even allows connecting to your favorite online commercial-free music such as Jango or Pandora. 

This technology is too new at this juncture to analyze if it’s less a distraction overall than actually touching a phone while driving, although as of today it is a legally allowable way to continue communicating with the outside world as you drive by it.

A few other new technologies coming to a dealer near you include:

  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning system
  • Improved Smartphone Infotainment Integration
  • Smartphone Vehicle Management
  • Self-Parking Systems

Ford, Lincoln, Toyota, Lexus and BMW all have new Self Parking technology. Thus far, my system of landing a parallel parking spot has been to keep driving until a more convenient parking spot appears.  The 2017 Ford Super Duty Pickup Truck has at least SEVEN cameras to make anyone look like an expert parker. 

Also look to see more vehicles with Predictive Forward Collision Warning systems and smart braking technology. Those capabilities are sure to help avoid accidents, an August 2016 report from AAA, states it is best to still keep you as the driver in control of the brakes.

For more mind-blowing details on what to expect in 2017, check out the following links:

Whereas it may still be a few years before the standard vehicle drives itself like that awesome car from Night Rider, we are every year closer to living like the Jetsons than we ever thought possible.

By Guest Blogger: Audrey Elder - See more of Audrey's blogs at Past to Present Research 

 

 

Rip-Roaring Fast Cars in 2016!

If rip-roaring fast sports cars make you happy then the following models are for you! 

Hennessey Venom (270 miles per hour)

Do we need to say more?  Yes, so much more, because this is the world's fastest production car on the byways made in America!  Always proud to say those words.  Time that we get back to more of what we love and make it in America.  

Capable of speeds of up to 270 miles per hour, the Venom GT has beat out the Bugatti Veyron to make it the world’s fastest production car. This car practically has wings to fly as it spikes from 0-100 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds due to the power of a 1,244 horsepower 7.0-liter Twin TurbochargedV8 engine.

Manufactured in Texas, the $1.2 million Venom GT is easily the fastest road car to ever come from America. There's so much to love about this beautiful speed demon - check out cheatsheet.com to find out more details about the Venom GT and the 10 other fastest cars made in America! 

This car is simply beautiful!  The 2016 McLaren 675LT boast speed of up to 205 MPH with a mighty V8 engine and a 7 speed SSG Transmission.  A super swift model that definitely has gained attention getting power with less weight and more tail than former models. On the floor of the 2015 Geneva auto show in March 2015, McLaren announced that production of its new 675LT supercar will be strictly limited to 500 units only coupes.  To own this beauty the price tag is top of the line at: $349,500, plus shipping and handling. Like the new color of paint?  “Chicane Gray.”  Click here to learn more about this amazing ride and other cars showcased at the Geneva Auto Show.  

The fascinating and speed driven R8 now hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, a half-second faster than before, with a top speed of 205 mph! The Audi R8 will launch in early 2015; it will come to dealers as a 2016 model, at prices ranging from around $120K for a V-8 to over $250K for an R8 e-tron, built by special order only.

 Audi will build all-electric versions on the R8 on special order. The new R8 e-tron is the first car from an established manufacturer to hold more electric power than a Tesla Model S — 92 kWh, which Audi says gives the e-tron a range of 279 miles, and can be recharged in two hours with Audi's high-energy charger. The e-tron is slower than the V-10 — 3.9 seconds to 62 mph, and a top speed limited to 155 mph — and Audi will only build them upon request, at a price that wasn't disclosed...Find out more about the R8V10 here.   Check out the Youtube video of the smokin hot R8 in action!  

As we look forward to a prosperous and promising 2016... we at Richards' Collision Center wish all of you and those you love a very Happy New Year!  

 

Powerful Sexy 2015 Pickup Trucks!

Looking for a powerful, sleek, sexy, built to last, pickup truck of your dreams? This week we are taking a journey to discover more about several of the new awesome American trucks due to hit the roads in 2015!  

First, we will explore the Dodge Ram 1500 starting price of a little over 25k with a surprising 28 HWY MPG+. Buyers also have the option for a Ecodiesel alternative to create greater fuel efficiency.  The 2015 model is packed in the back with more leg room for passengers and hauling materials, etc. to the job.  Safety features include side-impact door beams and an advanced Air Bag system.   In addition, a 5 year, 100,000 Powertrain Limited Warranty is a nice bonus.       

Another favorite is the Ford F150, the industry best seller, fabulously redesigned with more aluminum and other lighter weight materials, reducing the weight by 700 lbs  making this Ford the most fuel efficient large pickup on the road.  Newer safety features include Lane Departure and Blind-spot warning systems.  Fords' Dream Big Final Days offer to the new buyer could save a bundle of cash on this awesome truck.  

Our last but not least smaller, midsized trucks, favorite is the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon!   Beautiful trucks available in extended cab and four-door crew cabin versions.  The trucks include forward collision and lane departure warning systems to avoid potential crashes.  Learn more through the video reviews from MotorWeek about these awesome trucks! In the mighty pickup search don't forget to check out the Chevy 2015 Silverado

Out of all the sites that we have researched our favorite is the Kelley Blue Book reviews that show in detail the best features through their HD videos.

All of us at Richards' Collision Center wish you Happy Truck Shopping and a Happy New Year!  

Sports Car Dreams...

Have you ever dreamed of owning a sleek, high speed, sports car loaded with every amazing feature there is to offer?  Have you made your dream come true?  Today we will focus on the hottest sports cars hitting the streets in 2015 and a little history regarding the beginning of the world's love for the Sports car. According to ask.com:  

The basis for the sports car is traced to the early 20th century touring cars and roadsters. These raced in early rallys, such as the Herkomer Cup, Prinz Heinrich Fahrt, and Monte Carlo.[4]  Though the term sports car would not be coined until after World War One, the first sports cars are considered to be the 3 litre 1910 Prince Henry (Prinz Heinrich) Vauxhall 20 hp (tax rating) and the 27/80PS Austro-Daimler designed by Ferdinand Porsche.[4]

Sports cars range in price from premium, top of the line (may need to win the lottery to swing the dream) to affordable for most average middle class budgets.   US News & World Report scanned the web for some of the most affordable sports cars on the market for 2015.  We at Richard's like this site because you  find detailed specs, efficient images, reviews, rankings, average price tag, etc.  that help you decide if it is worth taking a closer look at the lot.    

Photo Source:  MotorTrends.com

Photo Source: MotorTrends.com

If price is of no concern you may want to first shop online at Motortrend.com who showcase awesome images of the raciest models on the road, including, average price, detailed specs, reviews, and safety information, with, a dealer connection to make an appointment.  Wishing every Sports Car dream come true!   

Jack Frost Blows in Top 2015 Winter Vehicles!

Living in the Midwest we find that winter weather can be mild or messy and if predictions prove true we may end up with some hefty snow.  What are you driving to overcome the snowy, obstacles this winter?  

Do you prefer a fiery, fun, 6 wheel drive, like the Mercedes-Benz G63 6X6 that effortlessly plows and spins through the snow with speed that reaches 60 mph within 4.4 seconds?  How about a more luxurious, family model, like the GMC Yukon with seat warmers through the entire cabin to keep passengers and driver toasty as you travel in spacious comfort and style?  

Yahoo.autos.com has picked 5 awesome vehicles that make the grade for winter driving that will blow your mind and keep you safe and happy in any snowy tundra from here to Russia! Out of these 5 models what is your ultimate favorite?  Richards' Collision Center team has a special liking for the souped up, all wheel drive, 845 Horspower, winter machine, Hoonicorn 1965 Mustang!