Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine was voted the International Engine of the Year Award.
Whenever we think of cars, what is it exactly that we are thinking about? Depending what you’re interested in it could be a well-sculpted design, the smooth feel of a tight turn, or a complicated combination of metal parts that culminate in combustible power. If you fall under the latter of the categories, Ford is making your experience even better with smarter engines.
With the new 1.5 liter EcoBoost engine you’re looking at an aluminum-block, twin-cam engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing that includes an integrated exhaust manifold, a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which further improves efficiency by reducing warm-up time, and a water-cooled charged air cooler, to offer a more efficient feed of air into the engine.
This new feature, known as Eyes Free, will be a dealer-installed option for the 2013 Accord. The new application will allow hands-free use of iPhone and iPad technology, including Bluetooth, messaging and directions, reviews and other technology offered already by Siri and Apple.
Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
Here at the Waikem Auto Family, we love innovation and forward thinking. Nissan has recently unveiled the world’s first steering technology that allows independent control of a vehicle’s tire angle and steering inputs that they have developed.
Unlike a typical steering system that uses a mechanical link, Nissan’s all-new steering system uses electronic signals to read the driver’s intentions from steering inputs and controls the vehicle’s tire movement.
Let’s face it, there is more to driving a car today than just moving a steering wheel. The modern customer wants great mpg, a cool design, and something he can afford.
But one of the biggest questions always is “what are the special features.” MSN recently did a study, and found that the Ford Fiesta, Honda Odyssey and Kia Optima rank among the 2012 “Cars with the Best Tech.”