It’s 20 years since BMW launched the X5, a model which at the time redefined how a high-riding off-road style vehicle should drive on the road. We’re testing how the fourth-generation version has moved things on. Our Car: X5 xDrive30d M Sport List price when new: £60,375 OTR Price as tested: £73,925 Official fuel economy: 45.6mpg Our car: X5 xDrive30d M Sport March 7, 2019 Fuel economy this week: 33.4mpg The X5 comes with BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional. At £2,295 it’s one of the more expensive options but if you’re into technology it’ll be a must-have. This is the basis for the self-driving tech that will apparently revolutionise our lives. We’re frequently told cars will soon be able do everything on their own, from taking control of the school run to enabling the very old or visually impaired to hold a driving licence. And it’ll be coming to a road near you soon. Well, in any time … [Read more...] about BMW X5 on long-term test: is this Bavarian beast still king of the SUVs?
Diesel engine discovered
Scientists from seven countries, including Austria, the Netherlands and five key Arctic states (Russia, USA, Canada, Norway, and Sweden) - participants of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) published an article on the study of the so-called sources of black carbon emissions in the Arctic in the Science Advances. Black carbon (BC) aerosols are formed under incomplete fuel combustion in diesel engines, as well as during wildfires, wood burning in wood-burning stoves, brick-kilns, and so on. The main component of black carbon is soot which falls on the surface of snow and ice thus decreasing the ability of the originally white surface to reflect incoming solar radiation. In turn, this amplifies the melting of snow and ice cover, and therefore, can accelerate global warming. A co-author of the study, head of TPU International Research Laboratory for Arctic Seas Carbon, Associate Member of RAS, Professor Igor Semiletov says: 'The article called Source apportionment of … [Read more...] about Scientists Discovered Where Black Carbon Comes From in the Arctic in Winter and Summer
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four former Audi managers for their alleged role in the German automaker’s scheme to cheat US emissions testing on diesel-powered cars, according to a new court document published Thursday. Audi’s malfeasance was part of a larger effort from parent company Volkswagen Group to sell millions of cars with engines that were dirtier than regulations allowed, a scandal that was uncovered in 2015 and has since been dubbed “Dieselgate.” Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch, and Carsten Nagel were charged with multiple counts of violating the Clean Air Act, committing wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. All of them ran different parts of Audi’s engine development and testing divisions, and worked on the diesel engines that used “defeat devices” to cheat EPA emissions tests. None of the four are in custody, and all are believed to be in Germany, according to Reuters. The total … [Read more...] about Four top Audi employees indicted in Dieselgate scandal
The annual Los Angeles Auto Show stands out as one of the most important dates on the automotive calendar. The 2018 edition of the event was bigger than usual because it followed an abnormally quiet Paris show and preceded what’s shaping up to be the smallest Detroit show ever. Car companies from all over the spectrum consequently chose Los Angeles to unveil significant production models and futuristic concept cars. The Los Angeles show is usually a luxury-oriented event where jet-setter-friendly cars shine under the bright lights. This year, we saw a little bit of everything. The luxury segment was well represented, make no mistake, but we also discovered brand-new trucks, SUVs, and even economy cars. Here are the major product announcements made in Los Angeles by brands like Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Porsche, and newcomer Rivian. Audi E-Tron GT concept We’ve often heard rumors of a battery-electric Audi Sport model; this is it. From a design standpoint, the E-Tron GT blazes … [Read more...] about The biggest production and concept car debuts at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show
The 2019 Ford Ranger is one of the most hotly anticipated new pickup trucks, and folks are eager to learn as much about it as early as possible. Today, we might have its official fuel economy figures -- for rear-wheel drive, at least.The Ranger5G forum claims it discovered the first official window sticker for the 2019 Ranger, which includes its fuel economy. According to the alleged window sticker, the 2019 Ford Ranger RWD will achieve 21 mpg city, 26 highway and 23 combined. Ford did not immediately return Roadshow's request to verify this information.If those numbers are true, that'll launch the Ranger to the top of its class. According to fueleconomy.gov, the most efficient current midsize truck (with a gas engine) is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado RWD at 20 mpg city and 26 highway. The 2019 Honda Ridgeline FWD is hot on its tail at 19 city and 26 highway. That said, the Colorado RWD with a diesel engine will beat the group with an estimated fuel economy of 20 city and 30 highway. The … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford Ranger gets 21 mpg city, 26 highway with RWD, report says