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Jaguar Announces their Move into the Untapped World of SUVs

Jaguar’s been in business since 1922 and over all that time they’ve built countless vehicles but never ventured into the world of the SUV, until now that is. For the first time the automaker is developing an SUV for their customers, and this has some experts asking if the move will cannibalize their sales from partner company Land Rover.

Jaguar C-X17

No Need to Worry About Losing Customers

According to careful research conducted by the Tata Group of India, the owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, not only will the new Jag SUV not steal customers form Land Rover, but most of the sales that this vehicle is capable of making will result from stealing customers away from competitors instead. This is essentially free money for the company and they are probably kicking themselves for not making the move sooner, or at least they will be if they pull it off successfully.

The reason that Jaguar and Land Rover won’t compete with one another with this new SUV is because they cater to very different customer bases. The Land Rover is known for being one of the most rugged vehicles out there, and outdoorsy types love to pick them up. The Jaguar SUV won’t be built for off-roading and will be nabbed by city-dwellers interested in a more family-friendly form of sporty, luxurious transportation.

Offers Classy Styling and Expected to Be Powerful

If the F-PACE looks anything like the C-X17 concept vehicle it’s based on it will be quite a classy looking ride. The concept crossover is streamlined and features a color that pops. The F-PACE is likely to follow a similar design scheme, creating a very fast looking SUV that’s lightweight and fun to drive. Drivers will want something that’s clearly a Jaguar, while offering more space than the typical vehicle does. This is likely what Jaguar is going to shoot for with their production.

Of course the interior of the Jaguar is going to be luxuriously appointed. It will likely have leather or a very high quality suede material used for upholstery. The C-X17 concept shows off a futuristic interior with touchscreen controls, a massive control knob and plenty of LEDs to light up the interior, but with as many features as there are packed into the cab it still manages to look very streamlined and clear like most Jag interiors and that’s a trend that I’m sure they will continue to build on.

No word about the power source has been released yet, but we expect it to include the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that was received so well in the flagship XJL sedan. The engine produces 340 HP and delivers it in such a smooth and snappy way that it can’t help but being fun to operate.

Release Date

The F-PACE is expected to go on sale in 2016 and more information is likely to be released throughout 2015 as Jaguar continues development on their first SUV. It’s an exciting concept and should be something worth looking forward to.

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Cadillac Set to Unveil the 2016 CTS V at the Upcoming Detroit Auto Show

In just a few short weeks Cadillac fans will have the opportunity to set their eyes upon the most powerful production vehicle to date, produced by the automaker. The all-new Cadillac CTS-V. This little powerhouse represents the pinnacle of Cadillac production to date, and is the track version of Cadillac’s highly-coveted CTS model. The vehicle is set to be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, that takes place between the 17th and 25th of January.

2015 cadillac cts v

About the 2016 CTS-V

The CTS-V is known as the most powerful production car that Cadillac has ever built. It will come equipped with a 6.2 liter V-8 that produces a massive 640 horsepower and manages to keep torque figures up to an impressive 630 lb.-ft.

The car will travel from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds, and can travel at up to 200 miles per hour, a speed that beats out many of its German competitors easily. The 2016 CTS-V is at the top level of auto production and should be able to keep up with many of the top tier automakers while surpassing many of them. This version of the CTS-V is expected to be about 135 pounds lighter than the previous model, while offering close to 100 HP more to the buyer. That should result in noticeable performance improvements to the one behind the wheel.

On top of the improved power, the latest version of the CTS-V also comes with a bigger grille as well as a heightened hood vent to bring in additional cool air to help keep the engine cooled and provide air to that meaty supercharger.

This four door luxury sedan will provide enough space for four people to sit comfortably. It comes with a range of different options and is expected to start around $75,000 making it a pretty affordable luxury sedan for the well-off looking for the best car to ride around in. It brings both style and speed together, creating a very compelling vehicle overall.

Cadillac is working very hard to begin producing top-level luxury vehicles that rival some of the best in the industry, and the V-series cars should help them along the way. Each of these track-ready versions of well-known Caddys have a lot more bite than you would expect, and know how to keep up with some of the best vehicles in the industry.

A Look at the Jaguar Performance Driving Academy

Jaguar recently released what they are calling the Jaguar Performance Driving Academy, and it is an exciting learning experience that teaches Jaguar owners how to harness the full power of their vehicle safely. The Academy teaches drivers in three different courses offering increasing levels of difficulty and excitement along the way. Jaguar owners can sign up to each of these courses one after the other, and improve their driving skills along the way. The courses are only available at select times, and you can sign up by dialing this number 1-866-513-7200.

jaguar performance academy

The Academy

When you sign up to any of the Jaguar Performance Driving Academy courses you are put into a vehicle with a professional driver and given the chance to push the car to its limits. While you are learning with the driver you will be instructed about how to improve the handling of the vehicle and how to truly get the most out of the car.

Drivers state that not only is the academy a fun experience to go through, but that they learn valuable driving skills that will help them be safer and more effective Jaguar drivers. The skills taught will help drivers cope with unexpected situations on the road, and give them the confidence to handle the vehicle more safely.

What You Get

When you sign up for the course you will have access to the car that you will be driving, a bunch of amenities at the track to keep you comfortable throughout the day, an array of helpful safety equipment including helmets to make sure that you are adequately protected as well as a reception event at the end of the evening.

Three Skill Levels

Jaguar offers three different training skill levels at their driving academy, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Every US Jaguar owner receives a complimentary Level 1 training course if they have purchased any of the below cars within the past 12 months. Any U.S. or Canadian licensed drivers over the age of 21 are eligible to purchase Level 1 of the course on their own for their first driving experience.

Eligible Vehicles

  • XFR
  • XFR-S
  • XKR
  • XKR-S
  • XKR-GT
  • XKR
  • XJ Supersport
  • XJL Supersport
  • XJL Ultimate
  • F-Type R Coupe

For anyone who goes through the Level 1 course and wants more of a challenge, the Level 2 experience can be purchased and taken subsequently. After Level 2 has been completed drivers can move up to Level 3 for an even more intense driving experience and plenty of additional instruction. Each of the courses is designed to test the driver while making them more familiar with the performance features of their specific Jaguar vehicle.

Get the Experience

The next driving experience will be available at Sonoma CA in February 2015. The Level 1 courses will be held between the 17th and the 19th. Level 2 courses are on the 18th through the 20th and the Level 3 courses will take place on the 21st. To get more information or to sign up to the next academy you can get in touch with the Driving Academy Concierge at 1-866-513-7200. Make sure that you reserve a spot now before they are all filled up.

 

Both the 2015 Infiniti Q50 and Q70 Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

Recently the International Institute for Highway Safety or the IIHS announced that the 2015 Infiniti Q50 and Q70 models each received the highest possible safety rating from the organization, a Top Safety Pick+. In order to receive this rating the cars each have to have a wide variety of advanced safety features and be built with a solid frame that stands up to crash impacts effectively.

2015 infinit Q50

What the Rating Means

In order to be eligible for the top rating from the IIHS the vehicle given the title needs to get at least a good in the moderate overlap front test, a side impact, roof strength and the head restraints test. On top of all of those, the vehicle also needs a good or acceptable in the small overlap front test in order to qualify for the rating. Finally the vehicle must have an advanced front crash technology system in place, such as the forward emergency braking system installed in both the Q50 and the Q70, in order to help prevent an accident from occurring in the first place.

Forward Emergency Braking

The forward emergency braking system helps make drivers aware of possible danger up ahead by issues audible and visual alerts before a possible impact occurs. The vehicle also partially presses down on the brakes in order to lessen the blow from an impact or prevent it from happening altogether. If the driver doesn’t take the hint right away the system intensifies the warnings and presses down harder on the brakes to help reduce damage taken in a crash.

On top of helping a driver remain aware of the dangers right in front of them, the system from Infinit also has the capabilities to see when the driver in front of the car you are following may be getting ready to slow down. The car can provide the driver with warnings when traffic may slow down soon so that they can be ready to press down on the brake and reduce the risk of a collision.

After the announcement was made by the IIHS, Michael Bartsch, Infinit America’s Vice President had this to say about the brand. “Infiniti’s suite of technology features have always been designed to enhance the experience of driving, not take away from it, and with world’s first systems like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, we intend to help make it safer as well. IIHS’ recognition of our efforts is an honor and reinforces our commitment to be leaders in this field.”

Additional Safety Features

The Q50 and Q70 come with all the standard safety feature sthat you would expect from a luxury sedan, but they also come with some additional safety technologies as well. Active Lane Assist helps keep the car from drifting into other lanes when the driver becomes distracted. The vehicles also come with supplemental airbags that offer added protection to both the driver and the passenger of the vehicles. An adaptive cruise control system, as well as Blind Spot Intervention are also available as upgrades if you decide that you want them.

Each of these Infiniti models are very safe to drive and offer excellent luxury options to drivers looking for a safe mode of transportation that offers a luxury experience as well.

Land Rover Eliminates Blind Spots Using Advanced Windshield Technology

Blind spots are a dangerous part of driving and can be particular troublesome when you want to change lanes quickly. Jaguar Land Rover has developed new technology that turns the pillars around the vehicle translucent. When the technology is activated the various pillars around the vehicle can be made completely translucent, allowing the driver to see where he is going even when troublesome pillars are in the way. Each of the pillars around the vehicle will switch from opaque to transparent depending on driving conditions. When the driver looks behind his shoulder he’ll be greeted by an open view of the vehicles behind and in different lanes thanks to this technology.

How it Works

The pillars of the vehicle aren’t actually see-through at all, Land Rover is just using a clever illusion to make them look that way. Each of the pillars around the vehicle actually has a video screen built into it and cameras are set up on the outside of the vehicle to capture valuable visual data. The live feed from each camera can be initiated on the pillar to make it appear see-through, when it is actually just a screen showing a feed of the outdoors.

High Tech Windshield

The Windshield included on the vehicle is capable of displaying images as well and this technology is used to provide visual warnings, cues and helpful displays to keep drivers moving down the road in a safe manner. It will show warning messages, and is capable of projecting a ghost car as well.

Ghost Car Projection

If you’ve ever played a racing game that shows off the drivers with the fastest time in the form of a ghost car, this is the same concept that Land Rover is no using in their new virtual windscreen system. The system syncs up with the navigation system to create a virtual vehicle that follows the navigation directions. Now instead of looking down at a navigation display, or trying to follow the computer’s version of road names you can simply follow the ghost car in front of you along your route. This simplifies travelling and allows you to feel like you are following a well-traveled friend around town.

This technology is still in development at Land Rover, and it could be several years until it’s released on some of their vehicles, but the help it provides to drivers could make the act of driving a whole lot more enjoyable, especially in busy or fast-paced driving situations

The Cadillac ATS-V is a Devastating Little Car

Cadillac recently released details about the all-new ATS-V. The release of this model gives a high-performance edge to the brand’s smallest and most lightweight vehicle. It takes an already highly capable car and turns it into a vicious, high-performance machine that should satisfy even the most demanding automotive enthusiasts.

2015 cadillac ats v

Ramped Up Power

The ATS-V has a beefed up level of power that feels devastating in such a small frame. It comes packed with a 3.6 liter V6 that produces 455 HP and generates 445 lb.-ft. of torque. All of this power allows the lightweight car to rocket from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, a speed that’s impressive for any vehicle. The car will hit a top speed above 185, and would be a lot of fun to take out to the track for a day.

Bolstered Performance and Handling

There are two different transmission options to help control all of that power. For all the hands-on drivers out there, there is a six speed manual transmission. For everyone else there is a very capable eight-speed automatic that features a set of paddle shifters. The manual transmission comes with an advanced feature known as Active Rev Match. Essentially it controls the engine speed to provide smoother downshifts when driving the car hard. All of this power is directed through the back two wheels, which could make this car difficult to drive in adverse conditions, but that’s not what it’s meant for.

In order to allow this vehicle to handle the upgraded power the suspension and frame also needed modification. The frame is 25 percent stiffer than it was before thanks to some material modifications as well as added spot welds. The dampers have been updated and now respond 40 percent faster, allowing the vehicle to cut the edge on bumps and bruises more effectively at high speeds.

Bigger and better brakes have been fitted on the vehicle to make sure that you can stop even if you’re topping out over 185 MPH. The front of the vehicle is equipped with 14.5 inch Brembo brakes that rely on six different pistons to provide even stopping power. The rear of the vehicle is equipped with 13.3 inch Brembo’s that each utilize four pistons.  While operating the ATS-V you can switch between Touring, Sport and Track mode to adjust fuel consumption and performance features further.

An Enhanced Interior

On the inside of the car you’ll notice a few performance enhancements as well.  Recaro performance seats are used inside the car, and they are trimmed with leather for a sophisticated look. You’ll get all of the usual gadgets inside the car, including Bluetooth, SD and USB support as well as voice recognition on the high-tech touchscreen media system, and you’ll also get 4G LTE hotspot connectivity thanks to an Onstar system.

Overall the ATS-V is a massive performance enhancement to the base level vehicle. The base is devastating enough without these enhancements, but truly hardcore drivers will get a thrill from taking the V variant for a spin.

A Look at the 2015 Jaguar XJ AWD

 

The new and improved 2015 Jaguar XJ AWD offers a sophisticated look with cutting edge performance. It’s the type of car that you can be proud to drive around town, but that you won’t be scared to tackle snowy roads with, and that’s something that a lot of Americans would be glad to own.

2015 Jaguar XJ AWD

Looks

One of the most notable things about the XJ is its new look. It features a bold mesh grill and slim ultra-bright Xenon headlights that accentuate the strong lower portion of the vehicle. The thin roofline gives the vehicle a lightweight look up top offering a little bit of grace to this muscular machine.

Inside the cabin you’ll notice fine leather and quality manufactured across the front and back doors and wrapping up around the dash. Each vehicle comes standard with a panoramic glass roof, and features a classy analog clock inspired by a luxury wristwatch.

Power

Thanks to the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine this Jag has plenty of power. The AWD system splits torque evenly during acceleration to provide the maximum amount of traction possible. All of this power is channeled through an eight speed automatic transmission that moves through the gears smoothly and offers an even rise in power when you stomp on the pedal.

Handling

This AWD vehicle handles superbly in a variety of conditions thanks to a lot of careful engineering. It defaults to 30 percent of the power at the front and 70 percent of the power at the back for an agile and lightweight feel while bolting around corners. Electronic sensors are constantly running and looking for loss of traction in tires around the vehicle so they can adjust torque levels to improve grip while driving. While driving in Winter conditions there is a Winter Mode setting on the vehicle that provides a more capable level of grip for slippery conditions. This helps you accelerate more evenly and brake safely on snowy roads.

Comfort

As with any Jaguar the 2015 XJ AWD is supremely comfortable. It sits atop a lightweight aluminum architecture that provides those fast response times and enjoyable handling, but features magnesium and durable alloys to add to the stiffness of the frame. Thanks to the double wishbone front suspension and the air springs used in the rear multilink suspension the vehicle handles bumps and uneven surfaces with class, and you’ll feel like you’re riding along a much smoother road than you actually are.

Gadgets

The XJ is not short on fancy gadgets, and any techy will be glad to climb into the cabin. The gauge cluster and information display have been merged into one massive 12.3 inch widescreen high-definition display. The virtual gauges change position allowing different pieces of information and careful warnings to be display prominently while facilitating safe driving conditions. The media system as well as the climate control and a more car information menus can be accessed on the eight-inch touch screen display at the center of the vehicle. This has virtual menus that respond quickly and operate dynamically to make the most of that screen real estate.

Drivers and passengers can take a look at important digital communications, pay attention to navigation information and send and adjust the climate control all with this one screen. It connects through Bluetooth to mobile devices, offers several different audio setups, and is very usable for people new and skilled with technology. Both touchscreen systems offer voice controls as well, allowing the driver to take advantage of all those features safely.

The 2015 XJ AWD is a capable sedan meant to be driven all year long. It comes with more than enough space to carry children comfortably, but has a classy exterior that’s well-suited to arriving at business deals. It offers a nice mix between refinement and pulse-pounding performance, and there’s something for everyone to love in this car.