2016 BMW 7-Series

2016 BMW 7-Series

We finally got to see the latest version of the acclaimed BMW 7-Series. This represents the latest in an ongoing back and forth for market image and share between BMW and Mercedes.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Even though the grille reminds me of a Ford Edsel, this new Alfa Romeo is not too bad. How will it be accepted and weighed against the BMW 3-Series is yet to be determined.

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2016 BMW 7-Series Technical Details

2016 BMW 7-Series Technical Details

Here’s where you’ll find details of the all new BMW 7-Series (G11/12). We’ve included the full text of one of the official press releases. It’s jamb packed with details and specifications of the new model.

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Lamborghini prepares for a new era 

Lamborghini prepares for a new era 

Automobili Lamborghini announces a luxury SUV as a third model to join its product range. The market introduction of the series model is planned for 2018. A concept of the car was first presented as the Lamborghini Urus in 2012 at the Beijing auto show.

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Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

Even though the Lincoln Continental Concept stole some of the CT6 thunder, Cadillac represented itself well. This new model is production ready and not a concept of a vision of the future direction. By concentrating on efficient luxury and technology, this new flagship is a benchmark for the industry. Cadillac Extends the Top of its Range with CT6 Advanced technology creates a new formula for the prestige sedan. NEW YORK – Cadillac tonight held the world premiere of the 2016 CT6, elevating it to the top of its range and creating a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. CT6 marks Cadillac’s long-awaited return to the global prestige luxury segment, and is one of eight all-new vehicles the brand will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment to expand and elevate. “The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury – and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “It is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined.” Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies that make them more aware of their surroundings, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine that rewards with stirring power on demand. Passengers are ensconced in the brand’s ultimate... read more

All-New Land Rover Discovery


Range Rover Operated with Your Phone

Range Rover Operated with Your Phone

Here’s one more step towards an autonomous vehicle. The engineers at Jaguar Land Rover have given us a view of the (hopefully impending) remote controlled Land Rover. While this is in the development stage for a Rover, it sparks some interest because of the usefulness while off road as the video shows. While most of us won’t go off road anytime soon, especially at locations that require a “spotter” to safely navigate, there are some other potential uses. Such as close parking spaces. I for one would like to see the day when we can actually “fetch” our vehicle from the back of the parking lot. While this unit has only a “10-meter” operating range, it does reveal some possibilities. Keep up the good work Land Rover…we’re getting close.   Here is the actual release from Jaguar Land Rover Media:   JAGUAR LAND ROVER SHOWCASE A REMOTE CONTROL RANGE ROVER SPORT, CONTROLLED BY THE DRIVER ON A SMARTPHONE OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE Jaguar Land Rover researchers developing new sensing technologies that will work in all weathers and in all environments – so any future autonomous car can go anywhere Autonomous driving prototypes revealed include the ‘Multi-Point Turn’ Range Rover Sport, which will perform an autonomous 180-degree turn in the road Jaguar Land Rover’s vision is to create driver-focussed autonomous technologies to enhance the driving experience Whitley, UK: Jaguar Land Rover has revealed some of the prototype technologies that its UK-based research team are developing to deliver autonomous driving in the future. A Remote Control Range Rover Sport research vehicle demonstrates how a driver could drive the vehicle from outside the... read more
High-Res Nav Maps for Audi Q7

High-Res Nav Maps for Audi Q7

The premium brand is developing a new high-resolution map materials together with competent partners. A current example of the potential of this data is the predictive efficiency assistant in the new Audi Q7*. It utilizes information about the topography to get the car to its destination with greater efficiency and convenience. High-resolution maps will also play a key role in piloted driving.

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Today’s Headlight Technology

Today’s Headlight Technology

It looks like the days of the old 7-inch sealed beam headlamp are gone.  While at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, I couldn’t help notice the exquisite details in some manufacturer’s headlights. Advances in technology has allowed them to really dress up the front end of the cars.The new advances in electronics have seen us go from sealed beams, halogen, zenon, LED and even Laser headlights. The old days had us limited with the large round headlamps. Designers did their best with what at that time seemed like the best available. In fact it was. Regulations and limited tech meant we had to have a relatively high hoodline to incorporate the round headlamps. Some manufacturers actually hid the headlamps behind doors. This seemed like the only option to have a relatively sleek and sloping hoodline. I was around when we finally had some advances to the rectangular headlights. This seemed like the best thing in the world. Finally we can lower the front end and have a bit more flexibility in design and MAYBE aerodynamics. Well maybe not aerodynamics.   These days we’ve went from those prehistoric examples shown above to halogen, zenon, HID, LED, Laser, etc. Not only do we have the examples of different technologies with various light output, but we also have tech to make them “smart”. I remember the coolest thing was when we went to a cooler color light output. It was so white that it looked like a blue-ish light coming toward you. Some people would complain about the light being too bright. I expect it was just so different that it stood out.... read more
Key fob with display. Premium door opener and “info centre”

Key fob with display. Premium door opener and “info centre”

BMW revealed a new key fob with a useful display and other advanced features. If you’re like me you like toys and gadgets. This is why we this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and the upcoming 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We’ll be there bright and early with reports. Here is the press release information via BMW At the CES, BMW is presenting a new ultra-modern key fob with display for the pioneering BMW i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car. Its technically sophisticated design featuring a novel three-dimensional glass surface and aluminium clasps perfectly matches its state-of-the-art functionality. Besides all the convenience functions of a remote key – unlocking, locking and failsafe identification of the key for starting the vehicle – this premium key fob also shows vehicle status displays on a 2.2-inch LCD screen. The display provides information on the fuel level, for instance, or the battery electric range. Swiping the touchscreen with the same gestures used to control a smartphone opens up submenus, which show whether the doors and windows are locked or a service is due, for example. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Touchscreen for controlling functions. The key fob with display is therefore capable of showing the sort of status information that can be accessed on a smartphone with the BMW i Remote app. However, the data is transmitted to this premium key fob by means of the same radio signal used to lock or unlock the vehicle. The information can be updated if the vehicle is within radio range of the key. The new key fob combines a compact format with optimum usability and... read more
BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights – bright ideas for enhanced driving pleasure.

BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights – bright ideas for enhanced driving pleasure.

  Munich/Las Vegas. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) 2015 in Las Vegas, BMW is providing further evidence that it is a world leader in the development of Laserlight. Having already supplied its first models with Laserlight to customers, it is now presenting further laser functions for vehicles of the future. Laserlight is now able to offer its impressively long beam range of up to 600 metres in combination with the BMW Selective Beam function (anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant). At CES, BMW is unveiling ways in which Laserlight, extensively integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors, can be used to implement new intelligent lighting functions for enhanced safety and comfort. For example, it can work with the navigation system to illuminate corners well in advance, while a laser-based Dynamic Light Spot can provide early warning of people or animals at night from a distance of up to 100 metres.   New lighting technology opens up design scope. The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model, with exterior paintwork in Cool White metallic, features a new interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlights. On the move, the laser technology can be identified by the fine blue strips inside the lights. Meanwhile, the rear light clusters of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model are based on OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), which produce light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. For the first time, both the tail lights and rear direction indicators feature OLED technology. The illuminated surfaces are positioned to produce a three-dimensional effect. OLEDs also take up less room on account of their thin size.   Shining example... read more
BMW’s Self Parking Vehicle

BMW’s Self Parking Vehicle

We’re one step closer to having our car drop us off at the entrance to the mall and have it go and successfully park itself only to return upon our request. Tesla hinted at it earlier this past year and now BMW has taken the first steps to make this a reality. Here is the text from their press release about their self-valeting vehicle.   Munich/Las Vegas. BMW was already demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 how perfect control technology can provide highly automated mastery of all drive statuses right through to very tight margins. Innovative sensors will allow BMW to demonstrate a number of features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) including the possibility of entirely collision-free driving. This success plots another benchmark defined by the specialists at the BMW Group on the road route to individual mobility free of accidents with a driver and also in fully-automated mode with no driver at all. The platform for 360-degree collision avoidance is secure position and environment recognition. The research vehicle is a BMW i3. Four advanced laser scanners record the environment and reliably identify impediments such as columns, for example in a multi-storey car park. If the vehicle approaches a wall or a column too quickly, the system brakes automatically to prevent the threat of collision. The vehicle is brought to a standstill very precisely with centimetres to spare. If the driver steers away from the obstacle or changes direction, the system releases the brakes. This system relieves the burden on the driver in an environment with poor visibility and makes a further... read more
Jaguar Land Rover’s Transparent Pillar eliminates blind spots…

Jaguar Land Rover’s Transparent Pillar eliminates blind spots…

Jaguar and Land Rover seem to be pushing envelope lately with the safety/visibility enhancements lately. The new Land Rover Discovery has shown a virtual invisible hood for looking directly out of the windshield and effectively looking at the ground (through) the hood. It’s a marvelous use of cameras and projections. Now Jaguar is showing their camera and projections on the vehicle “A-pillars” which eliminates that pesky blind spot. Yes that same blind spot that hides things like pedestrians in crosswalks or parking lots. Not to mention other vehicles.  This is just one of the toys we hope they bring to market.  Here is the official release: Jaguar Land Rover Develops Transparent Pillar And ‘Follow-Me’ Ghost Car Navigation Research December 18, 2014 Jaguar Land Rover reveals its ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ research, which uses transparent roof pillars to give the driver a 360o view outside the car To aid navigation on busy urban roads, a ghost car could be projected in front of the car for the driver to follow The concept uses future Heads-Up Display technology to provide information to keep the driver’s eyes on the road and reduce distraction ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ and ‘Follow-Me Ghost CarNavigation’ are part of a suite of new concept technologies that Jaguar Land Rover is developing to reduce the potential for accidents Whitley, UK: Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360o view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof. A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a... read more
Cadillac Adds Streaming Video to Enhance Driver Vision and Safety

Cadillac Adds Streaming Video to Enhance Driver Vision and Safety

  Display eliminates visual obstructions, increases rearward vision by 300 percent 2014-12-18 DETROIT – Cadillac late next year will add high-resolution streaming video to the function of a traditional rearview mirror, removing obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars. The streaming video mirror improves field of vision by an estimated 300 percent, or roughly four times greater than a standard rearview mirror. “The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down,” said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer. “In addition to the increased field of view, the technology eliminates any rear seat, rear pillar or passenger obstructions, allowing the driver an unimpeded view of the lanes behind and traditional blind-spots,” Hester said. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Thanks to a high dynamic range, the camera’s video feed reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations, versus a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror. The in-mirror display is an industry-leading 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LCD display with 171 pixels per inch, combined with a HD camera designed specifically to enhance rear view lane width and maximize low-light situations. A water-shedding hydrophobic coating is applied to the camera to keep it clean to maintain visibility regardless of the driving conditions. Researchers and engineers working on this Cadillac innovation have been awarded 10 patents – one for the streaming video mirror and nine for video processing. The patents cover innovations in the wide field of view camera image calibration, de-warping, glare reduction and camera hardware design. Drivers can disable the mirror’s video streaming function; flipping the toggle... read more

All Hail the New Ferrari Spyder


Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Lexus GS

Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Lexus GS

More prominent spindle grille dominates the front end. Now in its fourth generation, the 2016 Lexus GS gets revised styling to go along with its new entry-level powerplant …read... read more
2014 Nissan Sentra SV – Quick Drive

2014 Nissan Sentra SV – Quick Drive

It Works as Designed. We recently spent a week out west with a Nissan Sentra. This wasn’t my first time in a Sentra, but it was the first time I spent a decent amount of time with one. Thankfully we had the opportunity to experience this mainstream model in various situations all while experiencing the west side of our country. We had a moderately equipped vehicle with the SV package. So though it wasn’t the minimalist version, it wasn’t far above it. In spite of that, it wasn’t bad. It provided all the “necessary” functions and comforts to effectively go from point “a” to point “b” without any hardships. The Sentra SV continues with a rather attractive design. Upon first sight, the Sentra looked more upscale than you’d expect. This seems to be the trend of a lot of the Asian imports these days. That’s a pretty good thing as the design is the first thing you see as well as the all important “curb appeal”. The interior was neat and roomy. The surface materials were as expected for this level. But the surfaces did not appear cheap and “hard” like some have the tendency to be. We had a black interior and black dash with brushed chrome type switchgear. All buttons and switched had good tactical feedback adding to the feeling of quality. Our SV version had audio and cruise control switchgear on the steering wheel which we found useful. The standard cloth seats were comfortable and though they were black they did not absorb heat like you’d think black seats would under the Nevada sun. During our... read more
2008 Saturn Vue-Ultra Long-Term Review

2008 Saturn Vue-Ultra Long-Term Review

171,800 miles and counting!   The old saying about adopting a brand new vehicle upon it’s initial release being a bad move could be right. But sometimes if you stick it out you can enjoy a reliable daily driver. This is what happened in our household. After a run of two Buick Rendezvous, my wife decided to move over to the newly redesigned Saturn Vue. The first generation model Vue was the plastic body version, but during a General Motors open house at a local sports venue we saw the (then) upcoming 2008 Saturn Vue. Our household Saturn was purchased new with the higher end XR model with all wheel drive and a V6 engine not long after they were introduced for sale. We immediately loved the looks and the way it drove. The size was a bit smaller than the Buick Rendezvous we turned in but not bad as it was a compact utility vehicle. We did immediately miss the relative lack of cargo space in the rear. The floor of the rear cargo area of our previous vehicle was much deeper than the higher floor of the new Vue. But again, we had a new vehicle and we’ll just learn to adjust. Here are our overall thoughts on the 2008 Saturn Vue that we’ve come to appreciate over the past few years. Curb Appeal We loved the rather spherical look of this model Vue. It was immediately a hit with us and I believe with the general public. We often noticed people taking second looks. This slideshow requires JavaScript. I can account for several occasions where I... read more
Time with a BMW i3

Time with a BMW i3

I believe that it’s a good thing to be open-minded. Even nature verifies this. If you are not robust and flexible or open to options in an ever-changing environment, you’re doomed. Even a mighty tree that isn’t somewhat flexible will snap in a strong wind. If we rely on one type of sustenance, we starve when the supply ends. Period. With that in mind, at some point the subject goes to either the environment or the reliance on fossil fuels and the political influences (or tethers) placed on its reliance. All that is fine and we generally have little input on the prices of gasoline. But we do have options these days on how much we use in our daily situations. This affects our pockets directly. So I guess it’s time we consider the option of driving an electric vehicle for our daily driver. But first a little background of what I’m up against. It’s not easy here in America for an all-electric car to make headway into the fossil fuel dominated market. Even with the government subsidies and credits, it isn’t an easy sell. But like anyone in the automotive industry will tell you, the right product solves everything. It’s a well-known fact that I’m not a fan of electric “looking” cars. In my opinion they’ve looked like toasters…generally. I’m not talking about some of the American made hybrids that are based off of standing models. I’m speaking of true electric cars. Thankfully Tesla stepped in and created a revolutionary vehicle that is not only mainstreamed and beautiful in it’s appearance, but also ground breaking in its technology.... read more
BMW i3 Initial Thoughts…

BMW i3 Initial Thoughts…

I have to tell you that I had not considered myself a person that would consider an electric vehicle. It’s not that I and not looking to be more efficient or more climate conscious. It’s just that I like a certain amount of style and performance. With the exception of a Tesla, most vehicles LOOK like electric vehicles with limited, commuter, econobox styling. Barring as well the upcoming BMW i8 as well, they just didn’t do anything for me. Well recently I had an invitation to take a brief look at BMW’s new i3 electric vehicle. I’m not a fan of the styling of course, but I was indeed interested in the first real push into this market by the Munich company. As you know, our goal at OurDailyTread.com is to report on the daily life with a vehicle. This particular report is only a quick look and my initial thoughts. A full review will follow in the near future after I’ve spent a bit more time with it. At first blush, the i3 looks “modular”. I guess that might be by design since it is a rather “modular” vehicle in its construction. Made primarily from aluminum and carbon fiber, this car is both strong and light. Again, I’m not a huge fan of cars that look like commuter cars or electric. This is one of them. BUT, with the color schemes, blue accents, etc., I kinda get it. Kinda. I’ve heard it mentioned before from others and I have to agree; though small on the outside, it’s surprisingly “sufficient” on the inside. I had absolutely no problems getting... read more
Infiniti G25x Review

Infiniti G25x Review

The weather was relatively okay for an early October Michigan weekend. It was cool, but not yet “cold”.  There was off and on rain showers which when the clouds broke for that all too familiar bright autumn sunshine, made the clouds look dark and almost like they were holding snow.  Oh no! Not this early! But then I was surprised by the arrival of an Infiniti G25x in my driveway.  Of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a close look at it and rate it for the daily driver it is.  I didn’t have the usual amount of time available so I hurried and took off on a nice autumn ride suitable to see if there was any glaring faults or benefits to this vehicle. I must say, this sedan is a very classy looking vehicle.  It has all of the Infiniti design language which raises the bar for similar vehicles.  Infiniti being the luxury wing of Nissan has done a pretty good job taking their vehicles upscale into the luxury market. This particular model is the base G-series offering.  The G series nowadays is made up of different body styles (coupe, sedan or convertible) of the G37.  This G25 is the same vehicle, albeit a moderately stripped down version with a smaller and allegedly more fuel efficient engine. The G25 model was only produced from 2011 and 2012.  I guess it seemed most people simply chose the more powerful and better equipped G37.  It’s understandable but still a shame because as you’ll see, I liked it. Vehicle Specifics One of the hallmarks of our consideration is... read more