Archive for 2013

Highlights of The 2013 L.A. Auto Show

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show started on November 22 and will end on December 1, with a total of 56 production models having their world première there, along with several concept cars. There are many highlights from the show that are worth mentioning, including some luxury SUVs, such as the Porsche Macan, high-performance sports cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but some alternative fuel vehicles, as well, such as the Hyundai Tucson FCEV.

Porsche showed off the 2014 Macan, their compact crossover SUV, that should go into production by the end of this year. The company decided to name it Macan, which is the Indonesian word for tiger, although it originally planned to name it Cajun. It comes with a 3.0-liter, V6 engine, delivering 340 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Even though details on its performance haven’t been released, you should expect a top speed of over 150 mph, and a 0 to 60 mph time of about 5 seconds.

Land Rover unveiled its incredibly luxury, incredibly expensive Range Rover Autobiography Black. It will only be offered in the U.S. market, and the company will only build 100 units, making it a pretty exclusive item to own. It comes with 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and climate and massage control for all seats. The seats are covered in high-quality leather, there is a panoramic sunroof, LED mood lamps, and 10-inch screens keeping the rear seat passengers entertained. All this luxury comes with a $185,000 pricetag.

South Korean car maker Hyundai was very busy at this year’s show, presenting a couple of models, including the Elantra, the Tucson FCEV, and the Genesis. The Genesis is a car that is targeted to the high-end consumer, but at a significantly lower price than the average luxury car. Its starting price is set at $35,200, which is pretty reasonable, considering the amenities and luxury features it has. It’s powered by a 3.8-liter, V6 engine, and delivers a 27-mpg fuel economy. It has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob, heated seats, a 7-inch touch screen navigation with DVD and text-to-speech feature, along with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

Another highlight of the show was the Maserati Ghibli, a full-size sedan, with a stylish, luxury interior, featuring leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry. The company has set an annual production target of 50,000 units, and each of them will be available for $65,000.

Lastly, there was the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept, a car that definitely stole the show. It’s a concept with an amazing design, featuring a raked roofline, a pretty long, wide hood, a sharp, aggressive rear end, and a front grille that is covered with LED lights. Its body is made of carbon fiber, with an aluminum chassis, and extra large wheels. Obviously, there are the gull-wing doors, a feature typical of many sports cars made by Mercedes, and a rear spoiler that raises and lowers automatically.

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The Best RVs for 2013

Recreational Vehicles (or, RVs) are a great choice for cross-country travel. If you are unsure about what type of RV to buy, check out this list of some of the most beloved RVs on the market for 2013.

First, you must familiarize yourself with the two types of RVs currently available to consumers: Motorhomes and travel trailers. Motorhomes, while more expensive than travel trailers, may be more efficient for you to use. Motorhomes have far more space, and are ideal for family vacations. Travel trailers, while more affordable than motorhomes, are less spacious and must be towed behind your vehicle.

Best Motor Homes

2012 Winnebago Journey 36M

With an MSRP of just under $250,000 the Winnebago Journey is one top-of-the-line motorhome.

The Winnebago comes fully equipped with a variety of amenities. This RV’s floor plan includes a full master bedroom with a closet, three sofa beds, and one full bathroom.

There is no need to stop and eat at any restaurant as this RV also comes with a full size kitchen and refrigerator—enough to hold a month’s worth of food. There’s room enough for eight people, and if any of them get bored, they can play a DVD on any of the two televisions available with the model.

With a fuel capacity of one hundred gallons for diesel fuel, you can spend less time at the gas pump and more time on the road.

2012 Winnebago Via 25Q

Another classic from Winnebago, The Via is similar to the Journey, but is more affordable with an MSRP of under $130,000.

This RV comes with everything you need for a cross-country road trip. The vehicle has enough room to sleep eight of your family and friends comfortably, and comes with a mid-size refrigerator, microwave, and full-size kitchen that enables you to cook right from the comfort of your home-on-wheels.

The Via Motorhome comes with a V6 diesel engine and a fuel capacity of twenty-six gallons; making it one of the most fuel efficient RVs on the market.

Top Travel Trailers

If motorhome prices are a bit too rich for your blood, consider looking at some travel trailers. Travel trailers are an affordable alternative, but potential buyers should know that they must be towed behind a vehicle. If this isn’t much of an inconvenience for you, then you’ll be happy to hear some of the best models can also be found at a great price tag.

2012 Crossroads Zinger

The Crossroads Zinger is classified as a 5th wheel RV. This trailer is 27 feet long and 11 feet high. With an MSRP at $22,000, this is one of the best affordable alternatives to a motorhome.

The Zinger 5th wheel edition comes with a standard outdoor kitchen, master bedroom and three additional beds for the rest of your family. The master bedroom is located adjacent to its own private bathroom with private entrance.

The living room offers enough space for the entire family to sit and eat a meal. A television with cable connection, sofa and pullout table are available as well.

2012 Forest River Surveyor Light Weight Trailer

The Forest River Surveyor offers a luxurious yet affordable alternative to a full-size motorhome with an MSRP of $26,000. The Forest River is 20 feet long and 8 feet high, making it easy to fit in tight spaces.

The Forest River RV comes standard with a full kitchen, queen-size bed with a 360 degree view, a stand-up shower in the bathroom and a spacious living room with a television and dining table.

These are some of the best RVs on the market, and you and your family are sure to enjoy any of these models for your next cross-country family vacation.

Steve Smith is a blogger with DeMontrond RV, the number one dealership for 5th Wheel Campers.