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2018 Toyota Century: Meet Japan’s new king of old school luxury

You probably don’t know this, but you’re looking at the latest scion of royalty here. This is the 2018 Toyota Century, and it’s just the third generation of an automotive icon that has transported Japan’s rich, famous — and infamous — since 1967. 

Set to be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, this latest Century limousine may have a certain neoclassical flair, but it’s technologically up to date underneath. The new Century — seen here in its trademark black paint —  is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid powertrain, making this the first time electrification has been featured in this model. 

Centuries have long been known for being quiet cars, and this new hybrid setup should help deliver what Toyota refers to as “overwhelming serenity,” even if it loses the previous generation’s trademark V12 engine. Carrying a 2UR-FSE designation, the new car’s 32-valve V8 seems to be a relative of the one we’ve seen in the outgoing Lexus LS600h.

2018 Toyota Century

This being a car that’s more about being driven than actual driving for one’s self, the back seat is suitably opulent in both dimension and execution. It features wool upholstery, power articulating and massaging rear seats, and even an integrated leg rest. Wool may seem like an unusual choice for an automotive interior to western tastes, but it’s a traditional luxury touch in Japan. Naturally, leather is optional for those with different sensibilities. 

An LCD panel located in the rear armrest permits operation of audio and HVAC, as well as allowing for remote articulation of all seats.

Modern advanced driver assist safety features like precollision auto brake, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also part of the new Century experience, as are LED headlamps.

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That’s wool upholstery and side curtains, friends.


Toyota

At 200 inches long, the Century is a big car — roughly half a foot shorter than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Care has been taken to actually make the rear of the car more upright for better interior room. The rear pillar is raked less steeply than before, and combined with a longer wheelbase and lower sills, the new generation should be both easier to get in and out of, and more comfortable.

As is appropriate for something wearing a epochal name and conservative styling, the new Century is likely to be a very long-lived model. Its predecessor bowed out of production in February after a nearly 20-year run. 

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-toyota-century-meet-japans-new-king-of-old-school-luxury/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

Rezvani Tank is the wildest SUV you’ve never heard of

If you’re willing to pay six figures, you could rule the roads like the evil genius or Russian oligarch that you’ve always wanted to be.

The Rezvani Tank comes from Rezvani Motors, a company known for some very wild designs. The Tank is based off the Jeep Wrangler — you can see traditional Wrangler switchgear on the center console — but you’d have a hard time telling that from a distance. This thing looks mean, and also difficult to see out of.

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If you want everyone on the road to get out of your way, the Tank is a solid choice.


Rezvani

Under the hood is a 6.4-liter Fiat Chrysler V8, the same one you’ll find in the Challenger and Charger Scat Pack, as well as the Durango SRT. Here, it’s tuned to produce 500 horsepower. While that should provide some hustle, the Tank looks rather heavy (it is called the Tank, after all…), so I wouldn’t expect earth-shattering performance.

With the Wrangler’s 4WD system, it’s already pretty capable off the beaten path. But Rezvani added a few bits of tech to spice it up. There’s a Flir-sourced infrared camera for seeing through the dark of night, a head-up display to bring more information to your face and “optional ballistic armor protection,” which Rezvani doesn’t elaborate on. The doors also open themselves, because why not?

It’s certainly one of the most interesting SUVs available, but you’ll have to pony up some serious dough to get one on your driveway. The Rezvani Beast starts at $178,000, or about $150,000 more than a base Jeep Wrangler. If you want to live like an oligarch, you’ll have to have the wallet of one, too.

Rezvani Tank

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/rezvani-tank-is-the-wildest-suv-youve-never-heard-of/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

This future dashboard knows if you’re talking on the phone

Believe it or not a major challenge in the development of autonomous cars is not enabling the car to figure out what’s going on around it, but finding a way for the car to figure out what’s happening inside it. Specifically, cars will need to determine whether the driver behind the wheel is alert and paying attention to the road. For the near-future of autonomy, at least, cars won’t be able to drive themselves 100 percent of the time, so the driver will need to take control should something unforeseen happen.

Many auto manufacturers are addressing this issue in many ways, including retinal scanners that can tell where you’re looking and heart-rate monitors that can tell if you’re getting a bit sleepy. At this year’s CEATEC 2017 in Japan, component manufacturer Omron was showing off an implementation of a series of sensors that take that detection to the next level.

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Omron’s latest solution, an improvement over last year’s, includes the eye monitoring and sleepiness detection that we’ve seen in the past, but adds a few new flavors to the mix. For one thing, its infrared scanners can see through sunglasses, meaning even if your future is looking particularly bright the car will still be able to tell whether your eyes are open.

Additionally, the future dashboard can tell if you’re holding a phone up to your head and talking on it. This, of course, is illegal most places these days and is grounds for deeming that you’re of questionable alertness.

Should you drive the car in a non-alert state, or perhaps fall asleep while the car is in autonomous mode, the car will attempt to warn you before, eventually, pulling itself over. So, if you want to get anywhere, you’d better keep those eyes on the road. 

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/this-future-dashboard-can-tell-if-youre-talking-on-the-phone/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570, hits 38 mpg highway

Honda has always prided itself on building reliable, affordable cars and the 10th-generation Accord proves no different.

The 2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570 for a base LX trim with a CVT. The engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 putting out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes LED running lights and taillights, dual-zone climate control and a digital display nestled in the gauge cluster. Fuel economy is estimated at 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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Neither the V6 nor the coupe variant will return for 2018, which is a bit of a bummer, but the new 2.0-liter I4 sounds pretty great.


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If you like your sedans on the sprightly side, the next trim up is the Sport, which is available with either a six-speed manual or a CVT. That one will set you back $25,780, no matter the transmission chosen, although you get 3 mpg more in the city with the CVT. This trim gets you bigger wheels and an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The next trim up, EX, is only available with the CVT. This one will set you back $27,470 — if you want leather, the price rises to $29,970, and if you want navigation, add another $1,000. Standard equipment grows to include heated seats, a power driver’s seat, blind spot monitoring and remote start. The top trim, Touring, will set you back $33,800, but you get LED headlights, adaptive dampers, a head-up display and ventilated front seats.

If that’s not enough oomph for you, there’s a 2.0-liter I4 available that puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Sport trim can be had with a six-speed manual, but every other trim offers just a 10-speed automatic. Pricing starts at $30,310 for the Sport and tops out at $35,800 for the Touring. EPA information on the 2.0-liter engine is TBA. Full pricing for every 2018 Accord is below:

2018 Honda Accord 1.5L Pricing

2018 Honda Accord 2.0L Pricing

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-honda-accord-starts-at-23570-hits-38-mpg-highway/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

VW extends 6-year, 72,000-mile warranty to ‘most’ 2018 models

VW is expanding its six-year, 72,000-mile warranties to cover nearly every new 2018 Volkswagen sold. It originally started offering the warranties to Atlas and Tiguan buyers in order to earn back trust after Dieselgate, the emissions scandal that’s cost the company an estimated $30 billion.

Called the People First Warranty, this transferable six-year warranty not only covers the 2018 Atlas and Tiguan, but the following 2018 Volkswagen vehicles: Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat.

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One big happy family — with one gargantuan warranty.


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There won’t be a Touareg for the 2018 model year — in the US, at least — and the CC is not going to return for 2018, either. Both the Tiguan Limited and the new e-Golf are 2017 models, so they aren’t covered. Not yet, at least. But otherwise, VW’s entire lineup ends up under the People First Warranty umbrella.

The six-year, 72,000-mile warranty is bumper-to-bumper, which means it covers not only the powertrain, but just about everything else, except for whatever exterior damage you cause by being a bad driver. Best of all, it can be transferred to subsequent owners, with the warranty ending when it would have for the initial owner.

This gives Volkswagen one of the best basic warranties among its peers. Toyota and Ford offer three-year, 36,000-mile basic warranties, although Hyundai and Kia are a bit better with five-year, 60,000-mile warranties. Hyundai, Kia and others do have longer powertrain-specific warranties stretching as long as 10 years or 100,000 miles. Transferring that last warranty, though, drops that coverage period down to five years or 60,000 miles.

2018 Volkswagen Golf

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/vw-extends-6-year-72000-mile-warranty-to-most-2018-models/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

2018 Honda Civic will not mess with success

The 10th-generation Honda Civic is proving a sales success, coming very close to unseating the Toyota Camry as America’s best-selling passenger car. Since that’s a huge feather in Honda’s cap, it’s leaving the Civic sedan and coupe unchanged for the 2018 model year.

Whether coupe or sedan, the base Honda Civic LX comes with a 2.0-liter I4 good for 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual and CVT are the buyer’s two transmission choices, but both achieve the same EPA highway rating of 40 mpg with this motor. The sedan starts at $18,840, while the coupe starts at $19,250.

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If you have the means, I highly suggest springing for a Civic trim with the 1.5-liter I4. It’s a fantastic engine, whether in standard or Si form.


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You’ll have to move to the EX-T trim in order to gain access to Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged I4, which puts out a peppier 174 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The EX-T sedan starts at $21,600, while the EX-T coupe starts at $21,700.

Prices top out on the Touring trim, at $26,700 for the sedan and $26,325 for the coupe.

CVT sedan trims can be had with Honda Sensing, Honda’s suite of active and passive safety systems that includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Honda Sensing adds $1,000 to whatever trim it’s attached to.

If you’d rather have something sportier, the Si trim returns for 2018, as well. This one packs a 1.5-liter I4 putting out 205 horsepower and 192 torques. This manual-only trim costs $24,100 for both the coupe and sedan. The only option is summer tires, which adds $200 to the price.

Pricing for the 2018 Civic Hatchback, plus its Type R performance variant, have not yet been announced. The 2018 Civic sedan and coupe go on sale on October 3.

Full pricing information is below:

2018 Honda Civic Sedan Pricing

Model

Engine

2018 MSRP

2017 MSRP

Net Change

LX 6MT

2.0L

$18,840

$18,740

$100

LX CVT

2.0L

$19,640

$19,540

$100

EX CVT

2.0L

$21,240

$21,140

$100

EX-T 6MT

1.5L Turbo

$21,600

$21,500

$100

EX-T CVT

1.5L Turbo

$22,400

$22,300

$100

EX-L CVT

1.5L Turbo

$23,900

$23,800

$100

EX-L CVT w/ Nav

1.5L Turbo

$24,900

$24,800

$100

Touring CVT

1.5L Turbo

$26,700

$26,600

$100

2018 Honda Civic Coupe Pricing

Model

Engine

2018 MSRP

2017 MSRP

Net Change

LX 6MT

2.0L

$19,250

$19,150

$100

LX CVT

2.0L

$20,050

$19,950

$100

LX-P CVT

2.0L

$21,050

$20,950

$100

EX-T 6MT

1.5L Turbo

$21,700

$21,600

$100

EX-T CVT

1.5L Turbo

$22,500

$22,400

$100

EX-L CVT

1.5L Turbo

$23,625

$23,525

$100

Touring CVT

1.5L Turbo

$26,325

$26,225

$100

2018 Honda Civic Si Pricing

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-honda-civic-will-not-mess-with-success/#ftag=CAD7f780fb