NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The 2012 Acura MDX is a classy SUV with respectable power and a bit of space inside. Using it for a commuter lap, I unfortunately didn’t make full use of its potential, but I’ll leave that to members of the staff with offspring of the two- and four-legged variety.
I was impressed with the six-cylinder engine. It didn’t strike me until I merged a few lanes over and jabbed the throttle, producing a pleasing sound and decent acceleration as I trailed in the wake of a Chevy Camaro convertible. I played with the paddles a bit, too. They were fun, amusing for a good-sized crossover, but not exactly Formula One-inspired. They’re just something to spice up the drive into work and summon the revs a bit more purposefully on the expressway. [Read more]
While most industry officials don’t envision a fully self-driving, or autonomous, vehicle before 2025, features such as adaptive cruise control or traffic jam assist that automatically slow or apply the brakes for a car in certain situations are already being introduced. And much like anti-lock brakes became the norm after initial resistance, these new technologies will prepare drivers for a future where they are needed less. [Read More]
Fisker Automotive has its hands full with a string of bad publicity at the moment. But co-founder and Executive Chairman Henrik Fisker says the start-up company is quietly making progress on establishing itself in other markets. [Read more]