A Range Rover and a Jaguar turned into instant convertibles by bridge – Autoblog

Having a bad day? Well, at least you can take solace knowing that in all likelihood, it’s not as bad as this transporter driver’s day. A Scania truck carrying a load of luxury SUVs hit a railway bridge while transporting the vehicles in Perth, Scotland. The roofs of at least two vehicles, Ranger Rover Sport and a Jaguar F-Pace, best we can tell, appear to have been completely shorn off, and other vehicles appear to have less serious though still significant damage.

The bridge in question has a clearance of 13 feet, 3 inches, and there are several warning signs ahead of the low-hanging passage. Clearly, the driver missed the message. According to NetworkRail Scotland’s Twitter page, the bridge was inspected by engineers for damage and deemed safe for railway traffic. The cars, well … not so much.

Cadillac tops Tesla in Consumer Reports semi-automated driving test – Autoblog

General Motors’ Cadillac outscored Tesla in a new ranking of partially automated driving systems tested by Consumer Reports and released on Thursday.

The highly influential nonprofit organization, which tests and rates a variety of consumer products from appliances to vehicles, said it compared Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot with similar systems from Nissan and Volvo. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist was ranked third and Volvo’s Pilot Assist fourth.

Consumer Reports said it has been testing partially automated driving systems for several years but elected to conduct a formal study intended for publication, because “we are at a tipping point where they are now going mainstream,” according to Jake Fisher, director of auto testing.

The organization said its tests, conducted on a private track and on public roads in Connecticut, were designed to measure the systems’ ability to automatically control steering and speed in certain situations, while helping drivers pay attention and regain manual

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/04/cadillac-tops-tesla-consumer-reports-semi-automated-driving/

Watch the McLaren Speedtail in motion – Autoblog

We were all pretty excited to see the reveal of the McLaren Speedtail last week, looking like something the Silver Surfer rode in on. But now, on YouTube, tucked away amid the jumble of videos of talking heads offering commentary on the still images of the hypercar, is one little snippet of video of the Speedtail actually moving under its own power.

It’s moving very slowly, being driven out the doors of the also-futuristic McLaren Technology Centre HQ in Woking, England, by senior designer Alex Alexiev, who apparently supplied the video to the McLaren dealership in Newport Beach, Calif.

You can hear the engine at high idle. You can see Alexiev in the center seat, the front aero wheel covers remaining stationary, and the taper of that long, long tail as the car heads off into the English countryside.

There’s not much more to it

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Wireless charger for Tesla Model S will be here in weeks – Autoblog

While sun and vacation revelers may mourn the impending end of summer, Tesla Motors enthusiasts may want to celebrate because a wireless charging system is on the way for the luxury electric vehicles. Evatran, which has branded its inductive charging system under the name Plugless Power, is mere “weeks” away from its first deliveries, TechCrunch says. Evatran is taking reservations for the system, which, for now, costs about $2,400 for its floor-mounted and car-mounted modules.

For those who find the concept a bit esoteric, Evatran was kind enough to post a 30-second video on YouTube this week showing how the system works. And by the looks of the video, it works about as simple as you can imagine it would, as the driver can merely park the car over the top of the Plugless Power floor module, and exit the vehicle.

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2016/08/19/wireless-charger-tesla-model-s-evatran/

Cadillac ELR, Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas win Eyes on Design awards – Autoblog

This year’s annual Eyes on Design awards were presented at the end of press days for the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday. Given out for the best production and concept car designs that debuted at the show, and voted on by an esteemed panel of actual car designers, this year’s award for best production vehicle design went to the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, which was the show favorite among Autoblog editors, apparently did not impress the Eyes on Design judges enough with its all-new vent-festooned design.

The award for best concept design was actually split as a tie among the Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas concepts. Last year’s winners were the 2013 Ford Fusion and the Lexus LF-LC concept.

The Eyes on Design organization also presented a new honor this year called the Catalyst

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/cadillac-elr-nissan-resonance-and-ford-atlas-win-eyes-on-design/

Expensive Cadillac ELR at least comes with free Level 2 home charger – Autoblog

Cadillac Enhances ELR Buying Experience

Early adopters to receive complimentary home charger and installation

DETROIT – Cadillac is offering a complimentary 240-volt home charging station and installation to early buyers of the all-new 2014 ELR electrified luxury coupe.

“The ELR’s blend of leading technology with provocative design and fun-to-drive performance is set to bring new buyers to Cadillac and to electrification itself,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “Professional installation of the fastest home-charging unit is a natural way to mark the introduction of ELR to the luxury market.”

Cadillac is offering the ELR on an ultra-low-mileage, 39-month lease for qualified lessees at $699 per month with $5,999 due at signing after all offers.

The Cadillac ELR offers a convergence of luxury, electrification and sporty driving in a premium coupe with dynamic design and an award-winning range-extended electric powertrain capable of 340 miles of total range.

As with all Cadillac models, the ELR comes

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/28/expensive-cadillac-elr-free-level-2-home-charger/

2014 Cadillac ELR Road Test Review

Well, this is awkward.

A few years ago, Audi Of America’s boss Johan de Nysschen went on record describing the Chevrolet Volt as “a car for idiots.” Fast-forward to earlier this summer, and the well-regarded executive suddenly found himself in a new office with new business cards bearing the title: President, Cadillac. That means that among other challenges, de Nysschen is now tasked with selling the ELR, a car that is, at its core, a Volt in a sportier, less utile frock wearing a price tag that’s twice as expensive.

Frankly, it’s not a prospect we imagine the South African executive and recent Infiniti boss relishes. Just about nobody is buying the ELRCadillac has sold but 774 examples of its plug-in hybrid coupe this year and it presently has an almost a 200-day supply according to

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/29/2014-cadillac-elr-review/

Cadillac will kill the plug-in ELR – Autoblog

Johan de Nysschen, president of General MotorsCadillac division, says Caddy’s ELR extended-range plug-in won’t have any future generations, Automotive News (subs. req.) says. The publication previously reported that the car would be around for another couple of years, but even that’s questionable, and the model could be yanked even sooner.

Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell confirmed that there won’t be a second-generation ELR.
“Subsequent generations of the car will not be developed,” he wrote in an e-mail to Autoblog. “It’s available currently as a 2016 model, and there’s no change to that status.”

The model debuted in late 2013 and used a version of the powertrain in the Chevrolet Volt. The main problem, of course, was that the car had a $76,000 price tag that proved too much for most automobile buyers to stomach. Last year, GM sold 1,024 ELRs,

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/02/cadillac-elr-discontinued-report/

Slideshow of NYC’s first automated parking garage – Autoblog

UPDATE: Video from Popular Mechanics added after jump

We already told you about AutoMotion’s New York garage. It’s that nifty robotic parking garage that promised to do a much better job than the country’s first attempt at automated parking in New Jersey. That was the one that managed to drop a Cadillac Deville and a Jeep from pretty high up. It also trapped approximately 300 vehicles inside for 26 hours when the city’s contract with the software company responsible for running the garage expired. That situation has been cleared up, apparently, and hopes for the new garage in NY are high as well.

The new robotic garage opened in Chinatown in early February. Built and run by AutoMotion Parking Systems, it stores 67 cars underground in the same amount of space a traditional garage could only fit 24. All for just

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/05/slideshow-of-nycs-first-automated-parking-garage/

Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville up for auction

Few have ever nor ever will embody the sheer confidence and style of Don Draper, the main character on the hit AMC drama Mad Men. But if you can’t quite match his style, at least you can drive his car. Now that the series has now concluded its eight-year run, the studio behind it is selling off a whole mess of artifacts from the show through ScreenBid, a specialist Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer. There’s a good 1,300 lots up for grabs, from props to costumes. But the lot that’s caught our attention is this 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Don picked this car up in the fifth season and drove it until the penultimate episode. These are the wheels he (spoiler alert!) drove across the country, got repaired in Oklahoma, and ultimately gave to a kid working at the motel before making his way

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2015/08/03/don-draper-mad-men-1965-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-auction/