Pioneer is using this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas to launch the AVIC D3, its latest in-dash DVD-based navigation/entertainment system. The D3 improves on the D2 by incorporating some of the features of Pioneer's flagship AVIC Z-1 hard-drive-based system and by adding some extra features of its own. Upgrades to the D2 include an increased range of multimedia options, such as video-playback capabilities (both regular DVD and DivX compressed video formats supported), as well as the ability to play streamed audio via the A2DP Bluetooth profile. With optional add-ons, the unit will also play iPods and … Read more
In case you missed it a few weeks ago, Lamborghini launched its Murcielago LP640 in a Versace edition.
The central console, roof panel, seats, lower dash and inside of its doors are all covered in full-grain napa leather using the Greek fret motif (concentric rectangles) that Versace has made famous.
The car was shown at the Paris Auto Show in Isis White, and at Milan Fashion Week in Aldebaran black. The car, which will be produced in a limited edition of 10, will come with a series of Versace Couture (handmade) accessories, according to Lamborghini. (I'm assuming luggage.)
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The new Lowrance iWay 600c is one bad mamma jamma of a GPS device. Yeah, it offers all the navigation basics, such as turn-by-turn, text- and voice-guided directions and points of interest, but it can also overlay satellite imagery onto the maps. Plus, it has a large, 5-inch, 640x480-pixel resolution touch screen; a 30GB internal hard drive; marine mode; and an MP3 player. Rad, huh? Well wait, here's some bad news. The satellite imagery is available only in select U.S. and Canadian metropolitan cities, so if you live in say, Beaconsfield, Iowa, chances are you won't be … Read more
This is one car we hope we'll never need to drive. The Mercedes S600 is essentially a vehicle you'd want to own if someone wanted you dead.
Literally an armored passenger car, the appropriately named "Guard" will drive with flat tires, automatically extinguish fires, and keep smoke out with a special air-filtration system. The bulletproof vehicle is built on its own assembly line and, according to Motor Authority, can withstand "military-standard small-arms projectiles, hand grenade fragments, and other explosive charges." (See the Mercedes promotional clip on Google Video below.) Oh, and it has a … Read more
There are few gadgets that make this Crave expert's heart beat fast. A Ferrari at a potentially reasonable price point is one of them.
AutoWeek seems to have new info about Ferrari's plans to re-introduce the Dino ('67 206 GT and '69 246 GT models below), an entry-level Ferrari that was originally produced between 1967 and the mid-seventies.
The original Ferrari Dino, nicknamed for Enzo Ferrari's son Alfredino, was the first "mass-produced" car in the Ferrari collection. The body was designed by Battista Pininfarina and held the V6 engine designed by Vittorio Jano, famed Ferrari … Read more
This mechanical beast looks like a cross between extreme motocross and RoboCop. It goes by the appropriately incendiary name of the "Detonator" V4 6.0, with the numbers standing for a 6-liter, 4-cylinder engine contained in its block housing. Yet the most outrageous feature of this conceptual piece of hell on wheels is not the horsepower, but its steering mechanism: an electromagnetic sled controlled by two independent handlebars, according to Gizmowatch, which is complemented by a glass tube radar system to help navigation. Although it exists only in the minds and sketchboards of Daniel Simon Studio, we vote … Read more
Not all econuts want to meander around smelling wildflowers; some want to drive really, really fast. Jay Leno, car nut with a green streak, worked with GM's Advance Design Studio to build the EcoJet, a biodiesel-fueled, turbine-powered supercar built on a Corvette frame. Unveiled at SEMA this week, the car uses a Honeywell LT 101 turbine engine that runs on biodiesel fuel. The turbine produces 650 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, which puts it in the insanely powerful category. Jay Leno came up with the initial idea, then had his team work with GM designers to make the … Read more
Motorola has jumped on the in-car entertainment bandwagon with the release of its Motorola T605 Automotive Music & Hands-free System, which allows users to use their Bluetooth-enabled Motorola phones or digital music players to stream audio wirelessly through the car's speakers, while doubling as a hands-free calling device. The T605 also features a jack to enable users to plug in MP3 players that aren't equipped with the Bluetooth audio (or A2DP) profile, such as iPods. According to Moto, the T605 works in a similar way to OEM Bluetooth systems, in that it will pause music when it detects … Read more
Roadholding technologies such as traction control and stability programs are becoming standard on many cars, but VW takes a further step with its steering-impulse system. When your car's tires are slipping and the car is thinking a little countersteer (turning toward a sideways skid) is called for, VWs with steering impulse give the steering wheel a little tug in the right direction. VW points out that the car is not steering for the driver, just making an almost subliminal suggestion about which way you should be moving the wheel. VW claims that stopping distance can be decreased by up … Read more
Nokia is the latest consumer-electronics firm to use GPS to follow the money. The Finnish cell-phone maker today announced its entrance into the red-hot car-navigation market with the unveiling of its Nokia 330 Auto Navigation system, which will rely on digital maps from US-based Navteq, rather than those from Tele Atlas found in the new Nokia N95 phone.
The Nokia 330 is expected to compete directly with higher-end GO devices from TomTom, but the list of potential rivals and devices in the GPS market, especially in Europe, is growing all the time. Last week, Dual Electronics, a company traditionally associated … Read more