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Passenger Cars

2013 Cadillac XTS: Advanced Tech Systems Enhance Vision

Using a technique it calls control and alert, Cadillac will debut a network of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors on the all-new 2013 XTS to boost driver vision and awareness of road hazards and intervene to help avert potential accidents.

Occasionally, Cadillac’s improved vision and sensing systems will act without the driver, such as though automatic braking depending on information indicating potential obstacles.

The new XTS contains several features using visual and audible alerts designed to recognize potential threats with sufficient warning for the driver to react and make changes. An example is the Safety Alert Seat feature, which vibrates either the left or right side of the driver’s seat cushion depending on the location of the impending concern. Intervening features, such as automatic braking, take action automatically if the driver is slow to initially react. read more »

Passenger Cars

2012 Lexus GS 350 to Arrive in February

The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes to dealer showrooms in February 2012.  The fourth-generation GS was revealed this summer at the prestigious Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif., and is making its auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, under way now. The all-new sport sedan features Lexus’ new design philosophy, including the signature Lexus spindle grille.

The new GS also incorporates a higher level of precision handling and driving dynamics. Whether gliding through a sweeping curve or attacking a tight corner, the GS exhibits a solid stance and confident handling. Its powerful 3.5-liter, 306 horsepower V6 engine propels the 2013 GS 350 from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. read more »

Passenger Cars

2012 Hyundai i30 SX Review

The Hyundai i30 SX is the Korean manufacturer’s latest offering in what is gradually becoming a tougher and tougher small car market. The i30 SX aims to strike a chord among Australian buyers, trying to persuade them to turn away from bigger cars in favour of smaller, more efficient runners.

The SX is one of three i30s hatchbacks currently available, the other two being the SLX and range topping SR. Three i30 wagons are also available; the SX, SLX and Sportswagon.

All the models in the i30 range come with a choice of three 4-cylinder engines. The first is the 1.6 litre petrol engine, which gives 89kW of power and 153Nm of torque. The 2.0 litre gives 105kW of power and 185Nm of torque.  The 1.6 litre Common Direct Rail Injection (CDRI) gives 85kW of power and 235Nm of torque. read more »