2015 Acura TLX Sedan Coming to New York

2015 Acura TLX
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The luxury arm of Honda, Acura, will soon show the world a production-ready version of its next-generation sedan, the TLX. When the 2014 New York Auto Show rolls around in April, fans and automotive critics can be prepared to see the production version of this lauded concept vehicle from a luxury brand that sometimes gets overlooked. However, looking at the concept’s original design, the TLX may turn some heads and attract the attention that Acura so strongly deserves. Continue reading

Chevrolet: Cruze Owners Warm Up Thanks to RemoteLink App

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Photo Credit: General Motors

With subzero temperatures and almost constant snow accumulation, this winter has been rough on everyone – and our cars. The Polar Vortex made January a particularly tough month for car owners nationwide. According to a recent press release from General Motors, though, Chevy Cruze drivers with OnStar’s RemoteLink app were able to beat the cold by checking their vehicle’s diagnostics, and even warming up the car’s interior, remotely from their smartphone. The press release also states that in January the innovative smartphone application was utilized by Chevy Cruze drivers more than owners of any other GM vehicle.

In a constantly evolving digital landscape, the editors of Up To Speed find it refreshing to see applications that have nothing to do with cats, pictures of food, or bird-themed videogames. We find it especially refreshing to see more auto manufacturers integrating apps with their products that can help maintain integrity, functionality, and safety. Our cars may not fly yet, but they’re definitely becoming smarter. Continue reading

Toyota: Power to the People

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Photo Credit: Toyota

Throughout this seemingly endless winter, people all over the country have been forced to endure subzero temperatures, intense storms, and unexpected power outages. Toyota has a new and different solution that could someday help homeowners who find themselves caught in the dark – cars that can provide power to the home in the event of an emergency. Already a leader in EVs with its hybrid Highlander, Camry, and Prius models, Toyota could be on the leading edge of a revolutionary idea for the auto industry.

The editors of Up To Speed think this is an inspired concept. Vehicles that can essentially convert into backup generators for the house could be extremely beneficial for car owners across the planet – especially those in regions of the world with particularly turbulent weather. What we want to know, though, is if this technology becomes standard in Toyota hybrids, will other manufacturers follow suit? Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Kia: First Ever Luxury Sedan to Be Revealed with Matrix Inspired Super Bowl Ad

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Photo Credit: Kia

Move aside, talking babies and animals acting like people! Kia has joined the likes of Toyota and Jaguar to bring you yet another brilliant mash-up of high-end automobiles and iconic film characters. In the new Super Bowl ad for Kia’s first-ever luxury car, the K900, world-renowned actor Lawrence Fishburne reprises his role as Morpheus from the incredibly popular film trilogy, The Matrix.

This year’s Super Bowl will feature several cross-promotional ads from car companies that team beloved characters from box office giants with their latest new models. The editors of Up To Speed have said it before but it begs repeating – car commercials with actual entertainment value are a great thing. We think these genre and product-bending advertisements are a welcome change of pace to the usual commercial fodder we’ve come to expect this time of year. More importantly, though, what do you think? Continue reading

Ford: Ford Transit Connect Endorsed by Tall Clubs International

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Photo Credit: Ford

According to a recent press release from Ford, the Transit Connect has been officially endorsed by Tall Clubs International. The group, comprised of members of all backgrounds well over average height, has chosen the van as its official vehicle thanks to a combination of fuel efficiency and ability to accommodate even the most colossal passengers.

At a staggering 5’5’’, this humble blog writer is hardly an appropriate judge when it comes to vehicles for the excessively tall. I mean, honestly, I sleep in a dresser drawer. What the editors of Up To Speed want to know, though, is what tall drivers out there think. Is this really the best option for the “vertically gifted,” or are there better options out there? Continue reading

Honda: Reducing CO2 Emissions with Wind Turbines at Ohio Plant

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Photo Credit: Honda

In a continued effort to reduce CO2 emissions, a Honda plant in Russels Point, Ohio recently announced that it has finished installing two new wind turbines. The turbines are expected to power up to 10% of the plant’s operations and will offset some of the facility’s environmental impact. Surrounding communities have shown great support for the environmentally-minded project, the first of its kind in the United States.

To the editors of Up To Speed, it doesn’t matter if Honda is actually concerned about its CO2 emissions or if this is just a public relations move – either way it works. The company will look good to conservationists who will love seeing a large corporation like Honda attempting to curb its environmental impact. And by powering up to 10% of the plant’s operations with renewable energy, Honda is also doing itself a favor. Renewable energy sources may present considerable costs upfront, but they can end up saving users a considerable amount of money in the long run – something fiscally conservative shareholders should be able to get behind. Continue reading

Hyundai: Exploring Wearable Technology with All-New Genesis

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Photo Credit: Hyundai

According to a recent press release from Hyundai, its all-new 2015 Genesis is the first step in a tech revolution for the auto industry. With Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link, car owners will be able to have unprecedented remote access to their vehicles through new wearable devices like Google Glass and smartwatches.

With “wearables” (like Google Glass) on the rise as the next big thing for the tech industry, auto manufacturers are working around the clock to find the best way to integrate the new technology with their vehicles. Companies like Hyundai, Ford, and Toyota are on the forefront of the rising tide of tech-infused cars. What the editors of Up To Speed want to know is, if other manufacturers follow suit, will we finally have the high-tech future cars we’ve been dreaming of since we were children?

I personally won’t consider this the future until I can forgo finding/paying for parking by folding my car up into a briefcase for easy carrying. What do you think? Continue reading

Toyota: All-New 2014 Highlander Rings in New Year with All the Bells and Whistles

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Photo Credit: Toyota

Just in time for the New Year, Toyota has announced the debut of the 2014 Highlander. Beginning in January 2014, the freshly redesigned (yet still robust and distinctly Highlander) model will officially be on the market. Starting in mid-February, environmentally-minded motorists will be able to find the new Highlander Hybrid model at their local Toyota dealer as well.

The editors of Up To Speed are taking note of this evolution of the SUV. It seems that manufacturers are doing more to make these vehicles more appealing to a wider audience. And more people buying any type of car is a step in the right direction for the auto industry and our economy. What do you think? Could 2014 be the year of the SUV? Continue reading