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Ferrari Tailor-Made reveals F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 6401/26/2015
Ferrari showed up at the 2015 Dream Cars Show in Brussels, Belgium, last week, unveiling another stunner from its Tailor-Made program called the F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 64.
The Ferrari was displayed courtesy of the company and official Ferrari dealer Francorchamps Motors. It pays homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps team that won the Tour de France automobile race in 1964 with a 250 GTO. Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger were the drivers.
The F12 wears a coat of argento auteil paint -- we call it gray -- with a Modena yellow stripe across the hood. Ferrari says it’s a modern take on the original.
The interior is mostly black with tobacco brown leather. Ferrari also uses a new material called SuperFabric, “a tough, super-grippy material featuring a 3-D de
NHTSA will add automatic braking to list of recommended safety tech01/26/2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to include two automatic emergency braking systems to the list of recommended advanced safety features included in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). This will include both crash-imminent braking (CIB) and dynamic brake support (DBS) systems. CIB operates by detecting an impending crash by using the car's on board systems, radar in most cases, and applying the brakes automatically. DBS, on the other hand, operates by applying the brakes further when it senses that the driver is not slowing the car down fast enough.
"Adding AEB to our list of recommended features will encourage consumers to consider AEB as a factor in their new car purchase and encourage automakers to make this important innovation more widely available," said NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind. "NCAP is a critical tool for enhancing safety, so we are also looking at additional innovations to the program to capitalize on this exciting period of progress in safety technology."
The NHTSA says that a full one-third of all crashes that were reported to the police in 2013 involved a rear-end collisions. In those crashes, it was determined that a large number of drivers either did not apply the brakes fully prior to the crash, or did not apply them at all. In light of this data, the NHTSA believes that automatic emergency braking systems hold great promise when it comes to preventing car crashes and mitigating their severity.
2015 Mercedes-Maybach S600 first drive01/26/2015
With all the talk about autonomous cars these days, we forget that the very rich have had such vehicles since not long after Karl Benz thought up this whole car thing. You buy a big, comfortable car, you hire a driver (and maybe a couple of gun-bulgey heavies to keep the rabble at bay), and then you're free to sip champagne in the back as your "autonomous" machine takes you to the board meeting, race-horse auction, decadent fin de siÃ¨cle party, whatever.
The biggest, smoothest, quietest, most Teutonically competent S-Klasse of them all could be driven by its owner -- according to the Mercedes-Benz marketing wizards, most likely a hard-charging-yet-refined top-ranker in a place like Shenzhen or St. Petersburg -- it is designed with the back-seat passenger in mind. We drove and rode in the 2015 Mercedes-Maybach S600 around the hills east of Santa Barbara last week, and here's what we thought.
2015 Audi A5 Premium Plus Coupe review notes01/26/2015
EXECUTIVE EDITOR RORY CARROLL: So this isn’t the most mind-blowing variant of A5. With all-wheel drive, a very pretty shape and a regular old manual transmission, the 2015 Audi A5 Premium Plus coupe is perfectly exciting. It’s not as though they’re really building slow versions of Audi’s coupe these days and the A5 will surprise a lot of people with the amount of useable power it delivers. It’s clear why Audi doesn’t offer another engine between the 2.0-liter turbo and the S5 because it’s not really necessary. The six-speed transmission and eager engine make for an engaging drive, though Audi still lags behind BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti and Cadillac in the not-based-on-a-front-driver department.