Auto Makers Series: Sweden (9D) Other

Today’s post continues the Car Maker Series: Sweden, with an installment focused on some manufacturers you probably aren’t familiar with. We hope you enjoy this brief look at Caresto, Esther, and Von Braun Holding Company.

Caresto

Caresto is an innovative Swedish car manufacturer that has been producing handcrafted classic cars for more than a decade. Founded by passionate automotive enthusiasts, Caresto’s mission is to create beautiful and reliable vehicles with timeless styling. The company has become known for its attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship, making it one of the leading vintage car makers in Europe.

From humble beginnings as a small team of craftsmen building bespoke vehicles from scratch, Caresto now produces limited runs of exclusive models which are sold around the world. In this blog post we take a look at how Caresto got started, their financial success so far, and their plans for the future.

Arkam Car

Founded in 1996 by brothers Stefan and Johan Lindberg and based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Caresto is relatively small compared to some of its larger competitors.

Caresto started out as a small shop producing classic restorations, but soon expanded into the production of replicas and kit cars, approximately 50 a year, making each one with meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship. Their vehicles are highly sought after for their style and quality, often garnering awards at international shows. As their expertise grew, they eventually moved into modern production vehicles, and today produce several high-performance sports cars such as the Zeta GT series and the GSX2 Coupé.

Each year Caresto now produces approximately 250 cars for markets across Europe, with their biggest market being Scandinavia. Caresto has plans to enter the US market in 2021 with a focus on electric-powered vehicles. They also plan to continue releasing new models with up-to-date technology in order to keep up with changing customer needs.

Volvo C70 by Caresto

Caresto’s mission is to offer drivers a unique blend of style and performance at an affordable price point – something which has served them well over the years. Through their commitment to quality craftsmanship and dedication to innovation, Caresto promises drivers an unforgettable experience behind the wheel.

This is not to be confused with Caresto started in 2004 by Leif Tufvesson of Ängelholm in southern Sweden which makes which makes limited edition Volvo C70 hardtop convertibles–roughly 4 of them at that.

Esther

Swedish car maker Esther is a relatively new player in the automotive industry, but they have rapidly gained traction since their launch in 2010. With its headquarters located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Esther has grown to become the fourth largest car manufacturer in Scandinavia, behind Volvo, Saab and Volkswagen Group.

Esther’s success story began with a small team of engineers and designers working out of a garage in the countryside near Gothenburg. From these humble beginnings, they’ve gone on to produce some of the most popular luxury models on the market today. In 2020 alone they produced over 300,000 cars and sold them across Europe as well as China and North America.

The company’s biggest market continues to be Europe where their cars are sought after for their style and performance. As for the future of Esther cars, plans are already underway for two new electric models set for release next year along with improved versions of existing models. Additionally, the company is looking to expand into Asia markets such as India and Japan in order to increase global reach. All signs point towards an exciting road ahead for this Swedish auto powerhouse!

Gothenburg, Swede

Von Braun Holding Company

Von Braun Holding Company is a Swedish car manufacturer that has been in business for more than five decades. The company began in the 1960s and has since grown to become a major player in the European automotive industry. It is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and is one of the largest car companies in Europe.

Throughout its history, Von Braun Holding Company has always prided itself on producing high-quality vehicles that exhibit traditional Swedish craftsmanship and design. Over the years, they have developed many innovative models that have become popular around the world. Today, the company produces several different vehicle lines including sedans, SUVs, and electric vehicles.

Each year, Von Braun Holding Company produces roughly 100,000 cars and trucks for markets across Europe and beyond. Its best-selling models are known for their luxurious styling and dependable performance, making them a popular choice among consumers in Germany, Sweden as well as other parts of Europe.

The prototype or earliest car created by Von Braun Holding Company was the iconic Torino. The most popular model currently produced is the A5 sedan, which has become a staple of the European automotive landscape over the last decade. Finally, their most recent vehicle is the E-Trail electric SUV, which was released in 2020.

Audi A5 believed to be manufactured by Von Braun

In addition to expanding its lineup of vehicles, Von Braun Holding Company also plans to invest heavily in research and development over the next few years. This investment will help ensure that its already successful products remain competitive on both domestic and international fronts. The company also plans to continue introducing new models designed specifically for alternative fuel sources such as electric powertrains.

The company was founded in 1961 by Heinz Von Braun, a German automotive engineer and entrepreneur. Heinz had a passion for cars and engines that drove him to create his own car company. He started the company with a small team of engineers and designers who helped him create the first prototype of what would later become Von Braun Holding Company’s flagship model.

All in all, Von Braun Holding Company’s long history of producing quality vehicles shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. With experienced engineers behind the wheel crafting some of the most reliable cars on the market today – aided by cutting edge technologies – Von Braun Holding Company looks set to remain an innovator within European automotive industry for years to come.

Since then, the company has gone on to achieve great success and become one of Europe’s leading car companies. Much of this success can be attributed to CEO Peter Orberg, who took over in 2004 and successfully steered the company through difficult times such as recessions while modernizing its product lineup and production processes. Additionally, he has been largely responsible for introducing new technologies into their vehicles, such as electric powertrains, which have helped them stay competitive on both domestic and international markets.

Lucid Air Review

There have been a ton of electric vehicles launched in several markets across the world in a bid to disrupt the transportation market. However, the Lucid Air is a luxury electric vehicle (EV) that has garnered a lot of attention for its impressive performance, sleek design, and advanced technology.

This $90,000 car has a massive battery coupled with robust motors, which allow it to churn out excellent performance. The Grand touring performance battery can last up to 516 miles, which puts it up with the very best in the market.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Lucid Air 2023 model.

The Electric Motor, Power and Overall Performance

First and foremost, the Lucid Air boasts a powerful electric motor that delivers a whopping 1,080 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 2.5- 2.6 seconds.

This is the Grand Touring Spec, which churns out about 1050 horsepower, while the Touring Model generates about 620 horsepower. However, the Lucid Air Sapphire produces about 1200 horses, thanks to its three electric motors, one of which is mounted at the back.

It’s also designed to help with acceleration while allowing it to compete with the Tesla Model S Plaid. You can expect top speeds of just over 200 mph.

This impressive acceleration is thanks in part to the car’s advanced battery technology, which allows it to travel up to 517 miles on a single charge.

The Car’s Body

In terms of looks, the Lucid Air is a real head-turner. It has a futuristic, aerodynamic design, sharp lines, and a low, sleek profile. The exterior is finished in a range of bold colors, and the car sits on large, stylish wheels.

The Interior

The interior of the Lucid Air is equally impressive, with a spacious, modern cabin that is filled with high-quality materials and state-of-the-art features.

Although this car has terrific performance on the track, it is still designed to be a luxury car. This means you can expect premium materials fused with the latest car technology.

The glass roof is one striking feature that stands out when you’re inside the car. It makes the car feel connected to the outside while promoting visibility which some car enthusiasts will appreciate.

The car’s seats are comfortable and supportive, and the dashboard is equipped with a large touchscreen display that controls various functions, including music, navigation, and climate control.

Other Cool Features

One of the coolest features of the Lucid Air is its advanced driver assist system (ADAS), which includes features such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. These features help to make driving the Lucid Air a safer and more enjoyable experience.

In addition to its impressive performance and advanced technology, the Lucid Air is also environmentally friendly. As an electric vehicle, it produces zero emissions and is much more fuel efficient than traditional gasoline-powered cars.

In Conclusion

The Lucid Air is a top-of-the-line luxury electric vehicle that delivers impressive performance, stylish looks, and a host of advanced features. It is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-tech, eco-friendly car that is fun to drive and packed with cutting-edge technology.

Car Makers Series: Sweden (9C) Rare

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Swedish Car Companies, but may have gotten curios about as you read through the Swedish part of our Automakers Series:

The AB you keep seeing after all the official car company names stands for Aktiebolag (Swedish: Limited Company on shares). So it’s used like the US companies use Inc. or Co.

Today’s final installment in the Swedish chapter of our Auto Makers Series will focus on less common Swedish Makers, Caresto (2004–present), Esther (1987–present), Von Braun Holding Company (2014–present) though the last two don’t have wiki pages so it could be hard to get info.

I could also move Koenigsegg (1994–present) here as they’re a bespoke maker ??

Uniti

Uniti is a Sweden-based electric car manufacturer that has achieved success over the past few years with their vehicles. Uniti was founded in 2015 by Lewis Horne and Sharad Sindh, with the mission to create an affordable, sustainable and efficient form of city transportation.

Since its founding, Uniti has grown in size and production capacity. They now employ some 200 people in offices around Europe and have manufacturing sites in Germany and Lithuania.

Prototype One

Uniti’s first vehicle, called “Prototype One” which was produced as a limited run of five vehicles in 2018. Their most popular model is the Uniti One, an all-electric four-seater hatchback that can reach up to 120 mph (193 km/h). The company’s most recent vehicle is the Uniti Life, an all-electric crossover SUV that seats six passengers and has dual motor power.

Each year Uniti produces thousands of cars, primarily sold within their biggest markets: the UK, France and Norway. As they continue to grow, they plan to expand this market further across Europe while also entering new markets such as Japan and China.

Founders, Horne and Sindh, have worked hard to bring together what they call “ecological expertise” to create a unique vision for electric cars that are not only efficient but also accessible for everyday drivers. With this goal in mind, Uniti has been successful at avoiding any major failures or pitfalls on their journey towards becoming a top electric vehicle company.

Koenigsegg

Founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg, Swedish car maker Koenigsegg has grown to become one of the world’s leading boutique hypercar manufacturers. Based in Ängelholm, Sweden, their tiny size relative to other car companies – no more than 20 cars per year are produced – belies the impact that the company has had on the world of luxury automobiles.

The Koenigsegg CC prototype which became the basis for future models of the company.

Koenigsegg began making cars back in 2002 with their prototype model, the CC8S. This was followed by their first production car, the CCR, and subsequent models such as the CCX series, Agera RS, Regera and Jesko. Their most popular model is currently the Agera RS which features an innovative turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine and a top speed of over 257 mph (414 km/h). The most recent addition to their line-up is an even more advanced version of this vehicle, called the “Agera RSR”.

Koenigsegg manufactures its vehicles in facilities across Europe and Asia. Its biggest market is currently China where it has exclusive distribution agreements with several major dealerships. They have recently announced plans to expand into electric vehicle technology with testing set to begin in 2021.

Christian von Koenigsegg remains at the helm of Koenigsegg but he is quick to credit his team for their contribution towards its success over the years. Together they have created a special brand of highly innovative cars that have found fans around the world and pushed boundaries both technically and aesthetically.

Records Set

February 2005 Guinness Book of Records “fastest production car,” 241.009 mph on a circular track. Held until September 2005 when the Bugatti Veyron broke the record by attaining a speed of 253.81 mph.

The Agera RS World Record Car 

In 2008, sport auto conducted a 0–186–0 mph test for production cars, CCX winning the event in a total time of 29.2 seconds.

September 2011, the Agera R broke the Guinness World Record for 0–300 km/h with a time of 14.53 seconds.

November 2017, an Agera RS set a new record for the world’s fastest production car with an average speed of 277.87 mph.

September 2019, Koenigsegg set a new 0–400–0 km/h world record with a time of 31.49 seconds in their Regera.

Husqvarna

Husqvarna was founded near the town of Huskvarna in Sweden in 1689. The company started out as a maker of muskets, and the Husqvarna logo still depicts a gun sight viewed from the end of the barrel. They are now a privately held company headquartered in Austria, best known for making motorcycles. However, the car story is interesting.

Of course, Husqvarna is known for manufacturing a wide variety of motorized products like chainsaws, snowmobiles, and even sewing machines. In the US, the company leverages the way the name sounds similar to the dog breed, Husky, with the slogan, “nothing runs like a Husky.” Most Americans assume Husqvarna is the Swedish word for Husky, which it is not.

The name actually roughly translates to mean “house of arms.” This reflects the company’s long history of producing high quality weapons, and then later on, vehicles. The name has been in use since 1689 when the company was first founded by its original founder, King Karl IX.

As a Car Maker

As a Swedish car maker they are famous for producing high performance cars and SUVs. Founded in 1689, Husqvarna is one of the oldest companies in the automotive industry and has been headquartered in Vällingby, Sweden since its inception. The company remains relatively small compared to other major car manufacturers, with a production capacity of just over 50,000 cars per year.

Volvo, XC 90 (2021) Made by Husqvarna

Despite their car division’s smaller size, Husqvarna has had a major impact on the world of automotive engineering. In fact, they are credited with popularizing the use of front-wheel drive vehicles as early as 1902! Over the years, they have produced several prototype and production vehicles including the P2 prototype (released in 1901), the V5 (their most popular model) and their most recent car, the X7 SUV.

The success of Husqvarna can be largely attributed to its founder Viktor Sennerfeldt who developed his first engine at age 17 – and it was this same engine that he used to power his automobiles throughout his life. Despite Sennerfeldt’s innovative designs and passion for engineering, economic pressures forced him to close down operations in 1937 due to increasing debts from suppliers.

Husqvarna Novolette moped

The company was revived in 1956 by Swedish industrialist Thor Johnson who saw potential in the brand. Johnson set about rebuilding the company and modernizing it to make use of new technology to produce superior vehicles. After much hard work and dedication, Husqvarna was relaunched with a range of cars that showcased their engineering expertise and set the tone for their future success.

Today, Husqvarna still stands strong as a brand synonymous with superior performance and style. As such, it continues to make waves in countries around the globe – especially in Europe where it has become one of the best-selling car manufacturers according to recent statistics. With plans for further expansion into North America as well as Asia Pacific over the next five years, there is no doubt that Husqvarna will remain one of the premier names in luxury vehicle manufacturing for years to come.

Best Vehicles

Husqvarna’s best selling vehicles are their luxury SUVs, specifically the XC 90. This model is known for its sleek design and powerful engine, as well as its impeccable safety ratings. The XC90 has consistently been praised by critics and customers alike for its reliability and performance. Additionally, the Swedish carmaker offers a range of other vehicles that have gained popularity over the years such as their performance cars, wagons, and SUVs.

Antoine Méo at the 2010 GP of Turkey

The company also produces motorcycles which have experienced increasing success in recent years. Husqvarna’s top motorcycle model is the Svartpilen 701. This powerful bike is powered by a 693 cc single-cylinder engine that delivers an agile ride and excellent acceleration. It also has modern features such as LED lighting, adjustable suspension and Brembo brakes. The Svartpilen 701 is renowned for its robust design, comfortable ride, and great handling. Additionally, it has earned accolades from critics for its good looks and performance.

2023 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Review

Born in 1969 and later reintroduced in 2012, the COPO Camaro continues its long-standing tradition of Chevys that aren’t meant for mass production with the all new 2023 Chevrolet COPO Camaro.

The Engine

One of the standout features of the COPO Camaro is its engine. The car is available in three powertrain options for the 2023 version. They include the naturally aspirated COPO 427, the fuel-injected big-block 632 and the LSX based 350 engine, which is supercharged.

These engines can produce upwards of 400 horsepower, giving the COPO Camaro plenty of grunts to get off the line quickly.

The Chevrolet COPO Camaro is a limited-production muscle car that is designed specifically for drag racing. It is built on the same platform as the regular Camaro but features several performance upgrades and specialized components that make it capable of running quarter-mile times in the low eights.

Handling

In terms of handling and suspension, the COPO Camaro is built for straight-line speed. It features a solid rear axle, which helps reduce weight and improve traction, and a high-performance suspension setup designed to keep the car planted and stable at high speeds.

Inside, the COPO Camaro is relatively spartan, focusing on function over form. It features racing-style seats and a roll cage to help protect the driver in the event of a crash, as well as a stripped-down dashboard with minimal distractions.

Price

Like other models in this line, the 2023 COPO Camaro is sold without

Any title or VIN. Orders typically require a $15,000 deposit, as the giant car manufacturer confirmed.

Although Chevy is yet to confirm the number of cars that will be available, the automaker has traditionally offered about 69 units per year.

Interior

Although much is not known about the interior, it’s safe to assume that the interior of a COPO Camaro is similar to that of a regular Camaro, but it may have some additional features or modifications to make it more suitable for racing.

Some features that you might find on the inside of a COPO Camaro include:

  1. Racing seats: These are typically more heavily bolstered than regular seats to help keep the driver securely in place during high-G turns and acceleration.
  2. Racing harnesses: These are used in place of regular seat belts to provide additional support and restraint in the event of a crash.
  3. Roll cage: A roll cage is a structural element that is added to the inside of the car to provide additional protection in the event of a rollover or collision.
  4. Racing steering wheel: A racing steering wheel may be smaller and more aggressively shaped than a regular steering wheel to provide a more comfortable and secure grip.
  5. Racing pedals: These are typically wider and more heavily padded than regular pedals, to make it easier to apply pressure when accelerating or braking.
  6. Racing shifter: A racing shifter may have a shorter throw and a more precise action than a regular shifter, to make it easier to shift gears quickly and accurately.

Bottom Line

Overall, the Chevrolet COPO Camaro is a formidable drag racing machine that is sure to impress even the most seasoned gearheads. Its powerful engines and specialized components enable it to run quarter-mile times that few other production cars can match. Its no-frills interior and suspension setup ensure that it is built for speed from the ground up.

If you’re in the market for a high-performance muscle car and want something a little bit different from the norm, the COPO Camaro is definitely worth considering.

2023 Honda Accord Review

What’s New for the 2023 Honda Accord?

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The Honda Accord has long been one of America’s favorite cars for a good reason. It’s reliable, efficient, and packed with features that make life on the road a breeze. But don’t take our word for it – ask any of the millions of Accord owners out there.

Now, the Accord is getting even better for 2023. Honda has revealed many new updates and improvements designed to make this already great car even better. So what’s new for the 2023 Honda Accord? Let’s take a look.

First up is an all-new front-end design. The grille has been completely redesigned, and the headlights now feature LED daytime running lights. The overall effect is a more modern look that will help the Accord stand out on the road. Inside, the most noticeable change is the new 10.2-inch infotainment display.

This sleek new system is easy to use and packed with features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. And speaking of technology, all Accords will now come standard with Honda’s Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist features. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Performance

The 2023 Honda Accord is a reliable family car that’s been around for decades. It’s affordable and efficient, and it comes with a variety of new features that make it a great choice for anyone looking for a new car.

The 2-liter four-cylinder engine is powerful, efficient, and available in various trim levels. The base model is a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable car, and the EX/L model is great for anyone who wants a more powerful engine. The Accord is a great car for anyone who wants a reliable, affordable, and efficient car.

Cargo, Interior, and Comfort

We all know that the 2023 Honda Accord is one of the year’s most anticipated cars. And rightfully so – it’s a sleek, stylish, and technologically advanced car that’s sure to turn heads. But what about the Accord’s interior? What can we expect in terms of comfort and cargo space?

Well, first things first – the Accord’s interior is stunning. The seats are comfortable and spacious, and the cabin is incredibly quiet. As for cargo space, you can expect a sizable trunk and plenty of room for storing all your gear.

Fuel Economy

The 2023 Honda Accord is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, with a city mpg of 30 and a highway mpg of 38. The turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is extremely efficient, and the hybrid powertrain is even more efficient, with a city mpg of 48 and a highway mpg of 47. The 2023 Honda Accord is the perfect car for anyone who wants to save money on fuel costs.

With its combination of style, substance, and affordability, the Accord has everything you need in a car – and then some. And that’s why it remains one of America’s best-selling cars year after year. If you’re looking for a car that does it all, look no further than the Honda Accord.

Polestar 2 BST Edition – Review

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A few things matter in a car: speed, handling, and power. But what if you could have all of those things in one vehicle? That’s where the Polestar 2 BST edition 270 comes in. This car is performance-oriented, with a set of upgrades that focus on handling and speed. Each one is hand-assembled to exact specifications, using only the best parts. And because there are only 270 cars available worldwide, you can be sure that you’re getting a truly unique vehicle.

BST Ohlin 2-way Adjustable Dampers Edition

Precision engineering is the name given to the Öhlins 2-way adjustable dampers BST edition. These high-performance dampers are designed for track use and offer a level of refinement that’s simply unmatched. With these dampers, you can fine-tune your car’s handling to perfection. And, since they’re custom-made, you know they will fit your Polster 2 BST edition 270 perfectly. Whether you’re looking for a better grip, more precise steering, or general improvements to your car’s handling, these Öhlins dampers will get the job done.

 

Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels

Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels are a fashion statement that shows the world you mean business. Not only do they look amazing, but they’re also made with top-of-the-line Pirelli tires for optimal steering response, stability, and road contact. So if you’re looking to make a statement on the open road, look no further than Polster 2 BST edition 270.

Comfort and Safety Upgrades

The exterior of the BST edition 270 features a performance makeover inspired by the Experimental Polestar 2. From the Harman Kardon sound system to the panoramic glass roof, the Polstar 270 edition offers the driving experience through premium comfort and safety. The BST edition 270 will turn heads on the road with a sleek and aggressive new look. And with all the latest safety features, you can rest assured that your family will be safe and sound while enjoying the ride.

Curated Color Finishes

The Polestar 2 BST edition 270 comes in three colors: Snow, Thunder, or Thunder with a satin 3M Battleship Gray wrap. The colors emphasize the car’s purpose in a powerful yet understated way. The matching lower sills and side skirts complete the look and make the car look even more powerful. The grey wrap looks particularly good on the Thunder color, giving it an even more understated look.

Unique styling options

This car means business when you see it with the racing stripe. The matte black finish completes the look and makes it clear that this isn’t your average car – it’s a performance machine ready to take on anything that comes it’s way. The racing stripe underlines the true potential of the BST edition 270, and it comes in matte black or 3M Battleship Gray™ wrap. This signature style feature is a true nod to automotive history and denotes a level of performance exclusive to top-of-the-line vehicles. So, if you’re looking for a stylish and powerful car, look no further than the BST edition 270 with racing stripes.

For those not Familiar with Polestar

Polstar is a Swedish automotive brand established in 1996 and headquartered outside Gothenburg, Sweden, though it’s cars are entirely made in China. Polstar is now an association of Volvo although Polestar shares began trading on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol PSNY on 24 June 2022, so they are more junior partner than subsidiary.

See our Background Post at this Link…coming soon!

Best SUVs to Haul Your Christmas Gifts In

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can haul all your Christmas gifts this holiday season, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

First, consider the size of the vehicle. You’ll need enough space to fit all your presents, plus any luggage or other items you might bring with you on your trip.

Second, think about the type of terrain you’ll be traveling on. If you’re driving on snow-covered roads, you’ll need a good traction and stability vehicle. Finally, make sure to factor in the cost of fuel. With so many gifts to transport, you’ll want to ensure your SUV has good gas mileage. With these things in mind, you’re sure to select the perfect SUV for your Christmas travels.

SUVs have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. They offer ample space for hauling around your family, your gear, and all your holiday shopping. And with their higher ground clearance, they can easily handle snow and ice. The list below is helpful if you’re looking for an SUV to haul your Christmas gifts in.

1.  BMW 5 Series Touring

It has a spacious interior can easily fit all of your presents, and the seats are comfortable so you won’t get achy on long trips. The car also handles well in snow and ice, so you can be confident in your driving even if the weather is less than ideal. And with its powerful engine and agile handling, the 5 Series Touring is up to hauling even the heaviest loads.

2.  Toyota Land Cruiser Utility Commercial

With its strong V8 engine and four-wheel drive, the Land Cruiser can haul a sled full of presents across even the roughest terrain. And thanks to its spacious interior, you won’t have to worry about squishing everything in – there’s plenty of room for all your holiday haul.

3.  Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers more than just high-class luxury – it’s also a great SUV to haul your Christmas gifts in. With its spacious interior and large trunk, the S-Class has plenty of room for even the most significant holiday haul. And thanks to its powerful engine, you’ll have no trouble getting all your gifts up those hilly roads. Plus, the S-Class has all the latest safety features to help keep you and your skills safe on the road.

4.  Audi RS 6

The Audi RS 6 is a great SUV to haul your Christmas gifts in because it’s spacious, has much horsepower, and is an all-wheel drive. Spaciousness is essential when pulling gifts because you want to fit everything in the car without having to pile things on each other.

The RS 6 has 144.4 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 58.5 cubic feet with the seats down, so you’ll have no problem fitting all your presents in. Additionally, the RS 6 has a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower, so you’ll have no trouble getting up to speed when merging onto the highway. Finally, the RS 6 has all-wheel drive, so you can feel confident driving in winter weather.

5.  Ford Ranger Raptor

The Ford Ranger Raptor is a versatile SUV that can handle all terrain, whether driving on the highway or taking a backroad shortcut. The Ranger Raptor is also built for efficiency, so you won’t have to waste time or fuel while hauling your holiday haul. And if you’re worried about fitting everything in, don’t be – the Ranger Raptor has plenty of space for all your gifts, plus extras like luggage and sports equipment.

Perhaps you’ll buy one of these SUV’s as your Christmas present. Who knows.

2023 Kia Niro Review

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Although the 2023 Kia Niro’s price has slightly gone up because of global inflation, car enthusiasts agree that you will get your money’s value when you purchase this car. The base four-liter cylinder engine comes packed with 139 hp while the plug-in hybrid model churns out 180 hp, thanks to its electric motor. Keep reading to discover more features, including what’s new in the 2023 Kia Niro.

Engine and Performance

The 2023 Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover SUV in several hybrid and electric versions. It has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid version features an electric motor that churns out an extra 43 horsepower, and the electric version has an 84-horsepower electric motor.

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The Niro has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 58 mpg city/53 mpg highway for the hybrid and 110 mpg city/99 mpg highway for the electric version. The stylish vehicle from Kia has a starting price of $23,490, which makes it one of the more affordable hybrids and electric vehicles on the market.

Interior and Comfort

The all-new 2023 Kia Niro has been completely redesigned with the driver and passengers in mind. The exterior may look sleek and futuristic, but the real magic happens inside—where there is room to stretch out and relax.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, making them ideal for long drives or extended road trips. And the infotainment system is intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to stay connected while on the go. But what sets the Niro apart is its attention to detail. Everything about the Niro has been carefully crafted, from soft-touch materials to ambient lighting, to provide an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

Entertainment and Connectivity

The 2023 Kia Niro is a workhorse of a vehicle. It’s reliable, efficient, and stylish. But what sets the Niro apart from other cars on the market is its entertainment and connectivity features.

The Niro comes standard with an eight-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. For something extra, you can upgrade to a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a premium Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, and built-in navigation. The Niro also has several safety features, including blind spot detection, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. With so many features packed into one vehicle, the 2023 Kia Niro is sure to be a hit with consumers.

 

The Dark Side of EVs

Op-Ed by the Editor

Previous we’ve talked about whether or not Tesla vehicles are really maintenance free as they claim. We also covered how Tesla cars sits near the bottom of a list of 300,000 cars evaluated for reliability. And we’ve covered the bright side where Tesla sells one of every 5 EV’s world wide.

We’ve tried in all this to cover both sides of the story, but it may be time to give an honest review of Electric Car ownership in general. Government and the Green Movement seem to have put all their eggs in one basket with Electric Vehicles, citing two basic facts as the justification for what has become a pretty heavy-handed push.

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Side Note: Joe Biden wants half of all vehicles sold to be EV’s by 2030. Not radical enough for Governor Newsom who has announced that they will no longer allow new cars to be sold in California starting in 2030 unless said car was an EV. Which has caused Jay Insley to follow suit for Washington State.

Fact #1: Electric Cars put out zero emissions so they must be environmentally better than internal combustion engines that emit carbon.

Fact #2: The only way to make EV’s affordable and build infrastructure, the government must mandate that everyone buy them so manufacturers can use economy of scale to make them affordable. Sort chicken-and-egg, if you build it they will come sort of thing.

Of course there is a ton of missing nuance in this topic. For one thing, emission at the place of use is not the only consideration that makes something environmentally sound. A lot of environmental damage occurs when the materials are mined to make batteries. For another thing, a lot of emissions occur when the electricity is generated to power a vehicle. There is potential environmental issues in that the batteries aren’t very recyclable. Then too, EV’s weigh one thousand pounds more than their ICE equivalent which just has to impact fuel economy.

“Line Loss” is the term for Electricity lost to resistance on the way to market.

It’s also possible that industry could have developed affordable cars without half billion dollar grants from the government.

One of the big questions is, if technology has grown to a point to make EV’s practical. To start, recharge stations need put in around the country, which Tesla is doing, but the grids’ ability to service those needs is highly questionable, especially when you factor in at home charging.

Also, and it’s not a small thing, is the tiny range on a battery charge. This is a more complicated issue than we consumers were lead to believe at first. The best way we can address this is the personal testimony/review by a real estate agent and his wife, who leased a Tesla each. We’ll insert a copy of that below.

So the Tesla experiment ��has come to an end.

Heather and I each had one for the past 3 months and here are some things from our experience. When gas prices were $5 per gallon it seemed like a good thing to try.

Here are some Pro’s & Cons’s!

Pro’s:

  • 1. Watching netflix on the huge screen looked and sounded like a movie ��theater!! Amazing actually ! Using the internet to listen to radio stations on line was so cool.
  • 2. These cars are really quick and very fast! Felt almost as fast ��as the Corvette !
  • 3. High end speed was also fast. Easy to go over 100 mph. I always got to places quickly.
  • 4. All kids were in awe of the Tesla!!!!
  • 5. I had some warranty issues. I scheduled through the app and Tesla came to my house. This was cool other than I had to leave it there during that window of time. They fixed my issues at no charge and texted me what they did. Pretty cool!

Con’s

  • 1. My car said it would get 303 miles per charge. It really only get’s 200 miles in my opinion!!! These cars drain so fast! But when it gets to 80 miles left you need to be concerned. So it really only gets 160-170 true miles. This is not good !
  • 2. Range anxiety is a real thing. This past weekend we took the car to New Jersey. Made it there with 60 miles left. Plenty to get us to a charging station. Went to the charging station I found In my phone and it was a mall!!! No charging station. Put the next one in my phone!!! Go to this station and had 6 miles left. I’m glad it was not another mall. So yes this creates unwanted anxiety ��. So I would not want to go below 100 miles ever again. So really this is a 120-140 mile car when its not winter.
  • 3. I heard when winter comes the anxiety is worse. Imagine running electric heat. I heard the numbers go way down from normal usage from other Tesla owners. I can’t imagine what this will do?!?!
  • 4. The tires on this car can easily get damaged. My wife had two flat tires In her 3 months. And flat tires are a pain! She had to schedule through the Tesla app. Only Tesla could fix the tire. She needed a new one the first time $412. The next time it was a hole and it was $150. They will only fix a tire one time so the next time on that tire it needs a new one. Not cool ��These tires cut like butter. Don’t drive off road at all and don’t nick a curb at all!! This tire situation was a deal breaker for Heather for sure because she hits curbs every day!!!
  • 5. The car is too fast ��. I was bound to get a speeding ticket or in an accident. Heather said I drove way too fast everywhere! Driving a 100 mph in this car is not a good thing. 
  • 6. I charged this car on Sunday and it was $43 to charge it at a Tesla super station. This price to drive 170 miles is insane. The charging was free for me because of the rental program I was in. But I would never pay $72k for this car then pay that amount to charge it on trips!
  • 7. My electric bill has gone so sky high at my house these past two months so its hard to actually know how much it is to charge a Tesla at home. My guess is its between $75-$100 for one car for a month. I had thought it would be closer to $50 month. I can only see this cost rising.
  • 8. Running electric to my garage was not cheap. My brother did it for $1,000 in materials but it would have been much more if we hired it out. This prob would have been a $3,500 job.
  • 9. Winter was coming and we show/look at a-lot of houses. We could not risk driving a Tesla based on charge or bad tires in this situation.
  • 10. When going to a Tesla super charging station it will charge the car to 80% in 25 min. But it takes another 25 min to get to 100%. 50-55 min is too long for a full charge. They also dont like you to fully charge the car all the time. What the heck!
Overall I think ��electric cars are not ready for us. They really lack what you need if you really have to drive somewhere. And its risky getting a flat tire on any road.
So we turned in our leases and bought 2 – 2021 Dodge limited trucks with 30k miles on them.

The next new issue to be discovered is the fire risk…

….of Tesla’s bursting into flame after being submerged in salt water. You might be thinking, give pour Tesla a break, how often will a car be completely submerged in salt water. Enter Hurricane Ian, which is causing fire fighters a great deal of issue.

Note the Video of a Tesla Burning after being totaled in a car wreck.

In conclusion

We’d like to humbly suggest that the whole thing wasn’t thought through enough. There are good options that could be part of the solution if you don’t put all the eggs in one basket.

One option is to use all the alternate fuels alongside gasoline as a way to increase competition, lower prices and reduce total carbon emissions. The idea is that some fuel sources would be cheaper in some parts of the country though most of them could be made available anywhere in the country. So by not forcing uniformity the best, most efficient option could be found.

Another aspect of this, besides money, is that fuel could be made and used locally, reducing emissions created by moving fuel to gas stations states away from where it’s made.

Options include, Electricity, Biodiesel, Propane, Liquid Coal and more.

The other cool thing about using multiple alternative fuels is that each kind of fuel has its advantages and disadvantages. What is okay to one person and their lifestyle is intolerable to another. Just like we need to make trucks, commuter cars, and vans, EV’s might work fine for the commuter and sports car markets but not for delivery vehicles, rural dwellers, and the like. These drivers might need a practical option.

Perhaps the problem is not totally with EVs, but with a one-size-fits all, low creativity high government over-reach solution.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV Review

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV is the latest entry in a long line of luxury SUVs from the German automaker. As with previous models, the GLE 53 has various standard features, including an air suspension, adaptive dampers, and an all-wheel-drive system. Under the hood, the SUV is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This power is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system. Standard features on the GLE 53 include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, and a 12.3-inch display screen. The SUV also has various safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Exterior Design

The front Extra-wide bumper is muscular with large air intakes. They help cool the brakes and add to the car’s sporty feel. The Mercedes star is placed in the center of the grille, and it’s a symbol of quality and high performance. The specific Exterior design of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is an AMG line that includes 21-inch wheels, an AMG-specific radiator grille, and quad exhaust tips. Another important aspect is the headlights. They follow Mercedes’s new design language with thin LED strips that give the car a modern and sophisticated look. LED fog lights are also included. Finally, the taillights are similar to the headlights but have a more pronounced “stadium” shape. All these exterior aspects make for a very sleek SUV.

Interior and Cargo Space

Link to Mercedes Website https://www.mbusa.com/en/vehicles/build/gle/suv/gle53w4?category=interior

The biggest news for the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is its interior. It has plenty of room for people and cargo. But the GLE 53 offers something that most others don’t: the third row of seats. That means this SUV can seat up to seven people, which is a rarity in this segment. And, when all the seats are in use, there’s still a whopping 23 cubic feet of cargo space. But if you need even more room, the second row of seats can be folded down, opening up a massive 60 cubic feet of space.

Safety Features

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 will offer a variety of safety features to protect occupants in the event of a collision. The front and rear of the SUV will be equipped with airbags, and the vehicle will also have side-impact protection. In addition, the GLE 53 will come standard with Mercedes-Benz’s Attention Assist system, which uses a camera to monitor driver fatigue levels and provide warnings when necessary. The SUV will also offer an optional Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. With these safety features, the GLE 53 will be one of the safest SUVs on the road.

Technology

The new 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 will feature various cutting-edge technology and connectivity features. One of the most notable is the inclusion of an onboard infotainment system. This system will offer a variety of features, including GPS navigation, hands-free calling, and streaming music. In addition, the GLE 53 will also come standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing passengers to stay connected even when on the go. For those who prefer a more traditional driving experience, the GLE 53 will also offer a manual transmission option.

See also “Are German Cars Worth the Price?