2017 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310
You’ll never look at water the same way once you experience it from the seat of a Kawasaki Jet Ski® Ultra® 310 Series watercraft. With a supercharged 1,498cc engine, the Jet Ski Ultra 310 Series is the most powerful production personal watercraft in the world.
The deep-V hull design and propulsion technology bring performance to extraordinary heights, with class-leading handling in rough water and racing-inspired cornering ability. Whether you’re looking for a competition machine or seeking all-day recreation, the Jet Ski Ultra 310 Series has an answer with all-day comfort and premium technology to fuel your adventure.
2018 Yamaha 210 FSH
Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced an exciting new 21-foot center console family fishing model that builds on the success of its ground-breaking 19-foot 190 FSH Series.
Based on Yamaha’s widely popular 210 sport boat models, the 210 FSH is well-suited for rougher waters and delivers the added peace of mind that comes with dual engines.
And because the dual engines and driveline are housed in the hull underneath the captain’s leaning post, the boat provides a true, open 360-degree experience that is perfect for fishing. The boat includes all the features that fishing enthusiasts require, along with family features that are perfect for an entire day out on the water to include watersports, swimming, and lounging – all in the same boat, and at a competitive price starting under $40,000.
The 210 FSH is available in three variations that include the base model 210 FSH, an upgraded 210 FSH Deluxe, and the flagship 210 FSH Sport that offers the features of the Deluxe with the addition of a custom T-top. All three models come with Yamaha’s award-winning TR-1™ High Output marine engines.
Deluxe model upgrades include wiring for dual batteries, stainless steel rub-rail, head compartment curtain, a trolling motor mount, and upgraded seating/cushions.
The Chevrolet Traverse is all-new for 2018, and it’s a big improvement over its predecessor.
It sports an all-new design inside and out, and it offers more space for up to eight passengers and their stuff. Going nose-to-nose with the new VW Atlas and other midsize, three-row crossovers, it makes a pretty solid case for itself.
That was the main impression the new Chevrolet Traverse gave me during a week-long test drive. Is this the right crossover for your family? Read on.
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
There can be little doubt that Ducati’s Scrambler line has been a success thus far, and after expanding the mid-displacement (803 cc) family downward last year with the 399 cc Sixty2, the factory decided to go the other direction with its Scrambler 1100 range. Larger, more powerful and arguably more mature, the 1100s bring to the table the same sassy style as their smaller siblings along with 86 grin-inducing ponies and an electronics suite (riding modes, TC, ABS) commensurate with its greater capabilities. In short, the Scrambler line is all growed up now and ready to swim in the deep end; or is it. Let’s investigate this new branch on the Scrambler family tree and judge for ourselves.
Continue reading for my look at the Ducati Scrambler 1100 and Scrambler 100 Special.
2018 Elan GT5
After many years in design and development, Elan is proud to announce the launch of a New Concept in Yacht Design. The GT Series takes the very best design and construction techniques from Elan’s award winning performance yachts, harmonising this with the benefits of larger deck saloon yachts, to produce a truly elegant sporty cruising yacht.
2018 Maine Cat 38
General design theory of Maine Cat 38 is lightweight, high performance, simple to sail and maintain. Open bridgedeck offers better visibility, better looking and great air flow. The high fineness ratio length to beam ratio close to 12:1 when kept light. Flared hulls with protective “shoulder” drier ride and huge interior volume. Retractable daggerboards and engines beachable, higher pointing angles and less drag off the wind. Gunkholers delight 29” draft.
Though the badge says “Hybrid,” the important thing to know about the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid right off the bat is this: It’s actually a PHEV. You plug it in, and it runs on electricity for the first several miles of your day.
As I found during a week at the wheel of the electrified minivan, if you have the right commuting or parking situation, you might find yourself using little or no gasoline.
It’s noteworthy Chrysler is the first automaker to put a PHEV minivan on sale in America. For a brand with only three models in its showroom nowadays, this was an even bigger home run than the non-hybrid Pacifica that birthed it. The hybrid takes a great, competitive minivan and makes it truly special — even buzzworthy.
Best of all, it’s the kind of plug-in vehicle that just makes sense for a huge number of families. It’s not much more expensive than any comparably equipped competitive minivan, yet it gets an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe. It’s remarkable because the Pacifica Hybrid squeezes that kind of efficiency out of a big, practically sized, attractive family hauler instead of a small, weirdly styled car wrought with compromises.
After spending a week with the Pacifica Hybrid, I find myself hoping I see a lot more of them on the roads — and hoping FCA has the good sense to adapt this powertrain to other vehicles we might not normally associate with hybrid efficiency. Chrysler 300? Ram 1500? Jeep Grand Cherokee? All have the potential to be transformed into segment-changing vehicles if they can incorporate the Pacifica’s hybrid system.
2018 Chaparral 267 SSX
All new for 2018, Chaparral is re-writing the rules on boating. The 267 SSX is a trendsetter in design, performance, and function. The helm features an all new glass dash with dual touch screen displays. The cockpit is open, spacious and features a multi-position sun lounger aft. The open concept design carries forward into the bow area which features hinged storage beneath luxuriously appointed upholstery. Chaparral went to great lengths to create a powerful and agile craft that glides through the water with minimal noise.
2018 Toyota Research Institute Platform 3.0 Autonomous Car
A few years ago, concept cars were mostly about futuristic design features and new technology. This is still available today, but most automakers are including semi or fully autonomous driving systems in their show cars. This technology is supposed to become a production feature in 2021, and everyone is racing to get there first. Toyota is among those companies, and it just introduced an update to the LIDAR-equipped Lexus that it showed off twice in 2017. It’s still built around the old LS600hL — the Japanese firm launched a new LS last year — but it’s now called Platform 3.0 and comes with numerous upgrades.
The company’s Research Institute teamed up with more firms and departments than ever to create the third prototype, including CALTY Design Research in Michigan, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development, and Luminar. The latter has recently developed the most powerful LIDAR system on the market, which made its debut on this autonomous Lexus. Production of the CES-bound concept car is scheduled to commence this spring, but volume will be kept low, and all vehicles will be built for testing purposes only. Let’s find out more about Toyota’s most performant autonomous car yet in the review below.
Continue reading to find out more about the Toyota Research Institute Platform 3.0 autonomous car.
2017 Swan 54
The mid-size Swan in the key size range between 48 and 55 feet has played an important part in the history of Nautor’s Swan. Some of the most successful and beautiful yachts ever built found their place in this category.
From the innovative Swan 48 designed by Sparkman & Stephens - the first Swan featuring the famous “wedge” shape coachroof - for sure the most reproduced design by other yacht producers.
In this size range Swan also finds the iconic Swan 51 from 1981 - the first Swan designed by Frers and inspired by the Admiral’s Cupper Blizzard. Her racing pedigree was in no doubt but the Swan 51 also proved perfect for long distance cruising and paved the way for many other designs from the great Argentinian’s pencil.
From 1986 to 1994 Frers created the Swan 53, the renowned cruiser of which 50 units were produced, along with other Swans which still attract huge interest in the market.
After all this is the size range which combines sufficient space onboard for extended cruising with ease of handling, without the necessity of a professional crew.
It is in this scenario that the new Swan 54 enters, the latest version of the bluewater cruiser according to the experience of Nautor’s Swan, fast, comfortable and above all, very beautiful.
2017 Delta Carbon 54
The award-winning 54 Carbon is the world’s first large production all carbon fiber boat. Designed for day excursions or long range cruising, the 54 is powered by twin or triple Volvo IPS drives which, when combined with her superior hull design and vacuum infused carbon fiber/divinycell/vinylester construction, allow her to achieve impressive speeds while minimizing fuel consumption. Three ensuite cabins, a large salon and fully equipped galley area round out the 54’s Scandinavian designed and impeccably finished interior. Seakeeper’s zero speed gyroscopic stabilization is among the many upgrade options available on the semi-custom 54.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport - Driven
The Toyota Tacoma has been a mainstay in the compact and mid-size pickup segments for more than 30 years. Even before the Tacoma name, the Toyota pickup impressed hard-nosed Americans with innovation, durability, and performance. Those traits continue today with the third-generation truck. And like any proper truck should, Toyota offers the Tacoma with several cab, bed, trim, and drivetrain combinations. Generally speaking, there is a Tacoma for everybody.
If I were a single man who didn’t need room for car seats and kiddos, the Tacoma Access Cab would be a tempting acquisition. I’ve never really been a big fan of extended cab trucks, favoring the roomier crew cab (double cab in Toyota’s case) over the cramped quarters behind the front seats of an Access Cab. However, a week behind the wheel of a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab has changed my mind. There’s enough room for smaller people and plenty of room for groceries. Better still, the Tacoma’s six-speed manual transmission won my heart thanks to its more engaging driving experience over the automatic.
Continue reading for my full thoughts on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.
2018 Ranger Reata 223C
The boat built to accommodate anything and everything also excels at doing a whole lot of nothing. Sit, relax, observe and soak it all in with your Reata® by Ranger® 223C. If you decide to get up and go, the three powder-coated pontoons are at the ready. And when you’re good to drop anchor, spread out and enjoy the rich, premium upholstery. It’s a chance to get away, even while you’re completely surrounded.
2017 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300
2018 Jeanneau Leader 30
With her sporty hull and elongated profile, she features excellent performance and seakeeping abilities, all while benefiting from the latest innovations.
Perfect for day trips, the Leader 30 cleverly combines a bright interior, comfort and performance.
With her luxurious contemporary design, the cockpit offers a carefully studied layout for enhanced comfort and quality of life on board.
With her high quality fit and finish, the Leader 30 features an elegant interior, with bulkheads in (optional) Straight-Grain Walnut, (optional) lacquer finish on furniture, a large starboard-side hanging locker, and copious storage (optional wall cabinets). Last but not least, the saloon transforms into a double berth.
2019 Byton Concept EV
A Chinese electric car start-up called Future Mobility (FMC) is dipping its toes in the electric car market by launching car company Byton. The new automaker isn’t taking long to make its presence felt in the segment as it already has an electric mid-sized SUV that it plans to showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. It all sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
2018 Evo WA
After Evo 43’, the daycruiser that has sealed the success of the Evo Yachts brand, the shipyard adds a new yacht to its collection to carry on the Opening rEVOlution: Evo WA.
Designed by Studio Tecnico Rivellini, with interiors and exteriors by Valerio Rivellini, and built by Blu Emme Yachts, the brand new Walk Around springs from the same design concept that has always set Evo Yachts apart from the rest, right from the outset: clean lines and a minimalist design, accompanied by a series of original solutions to ensure that this motor yacht can be enjoyed to its full potential, based on the concept of form & function.
The standout feature of this second 13-meter motor yacht is the fact that you can move easily between the stern beach area and the bow by ‘walking around’ the helm station. This characteristic, which gives the yacht its name and is borrowed from the world of fishing boats, is masterfully integrated in the elegant and contemporary style that is a distinctive feature of the Evo Yachts collection.
2018 Kia Niro EV Concept
Launched for the 2017 model year, the Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover positioned below the popular Sportage. Previewed by a concept vehicle introduced in 2013, the Niro is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, and it’s available with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and electric motor combo, in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. A gasoline-only version isn’t on a drawing table yet, but a fully electric model is definitely underway. Already spotted testing on public roads in 2017, the Niro EV broke cover at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in concept form.
Heavily based on the production model, the electric concept is more than just a Niro with an electric motor and a battery. Kia also meddled with the exterior design and created a new lighting system for the show car. Inside the cabin, it features an updated "human-machine interface" and an array of new safety features. Surprisingly enough, Kia redesigned the Niro’s interior for the all-electric model. Alongside the Niro EV, Kia also unveiled plans to launch 16 new electrified vehicles by 2025. The range includes five hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five all-electric models, and a hydrogen-powered vehicle. The latter is planned to arrive in 2020 and could be based on the Hyundai Nexo, also unveiled at the 2018 CES.
The production version of the Niro EV is likely to debut by the end of 2018.
Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Niro EV concept.