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Doug Newcomb puts the MyLink smartphone-linking system in a preproduction 2013 Chevy Spark through its paces. Continue reading
Many of us are captive in our cars for hours each day, which is why the dashboard has become the new battleground for streaming music. Pandora has made a solid first-strike, carpet-bombing carmakers so that the Internet radio service is already embedded within a dozen automotive brands. Spotify and Rdio rival MOG has only hooked [...] Continue reading
Cloud-based voice recognition on consumer electronics devices didn’t start with Siri. But in the same way that Apple has helped refine other technology interactions that were first to market, Siri now personifies voice recognition for many people. And it’s become the poster child for off-board VR – whether most users realize they’re talking to the cloud or not. Continue reading
With more technology being shoved into the dashboard of cars, drivers are being bombarded with information. So automakers and suppliers are trying to figure out the best way to manage this growing sensory overload so drivers don’t become distracted, say, by their Facebook feeds on an in-dash display. For its part, Garmin plans to employ [...] Continue reading
It’s no secret that Fiat products are economical. For the third year in a row, Fiat has been recognized as Europe’s most environmentally-friendly brand with average CO2 emissions of just 127.8 grams per kilometer. Thus, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Fiat product was chosen out of 241 competitors as the most economical in the land. The German Automobilclub (ADAC) carried out testing on fuel-powered vehicles to find out just how far €30 (about $36 U.S. at the current exchange rate) can get you down the road.
The testing covered all types of cars from little two-seaters on up to supercars. In the end, the Fiat Panda Natural Power emerged as the overall winner. The Fiat managed to cover nearly 450 miles on $36 of fuel, which may not sound that remarkable until you consider that gasoline goes for more than $5.50 a gallon in Germany and BMW’s X6 ActiveHybrid only managed to cover 106 miles in the same test.
The Fiat doesn’t rely on gasoline alone to move on down the road though. All vehicles in Fiat’s Natural Power Range utilize a combined natural gas/gasoline system, which undoubtedly makes miles per gallon comparisons difficult. We can say that the 1.2-liter engine can capably propel the $16,830 (U.S) Panda to highway speeds whether under the power of natural gas or gasoline and with 400,000 natural gas-powered vehicles sold in Europe, Fiat leads the continent, indicating that it must be doing something right. Follow the jump to learn more about the inner workings of Fiat’s award-winning Panda Natural Power.