Mercedes-Benz Moves Into Aviation by Making Its First Private Jet

The Maybach arm of Mercedes-Benz recently released news about the G650 Landaulet and now the Style section of the company has unveiled plans to move into aviation with a private jet. Created in collaboration with Lufthansa Technik, the layout of the plane has been adapted so it’s more akin to a luxurious apartment than a plane, with a lounge space, chef’s kitchen area, dining room, entertainment zone, chill-out area, and a bedroom. There’s no release date yet, but it will be unveiled during Monaco’s Yacht Show in September 2017 and you can see more information about the jet on Mercedes-Benz’s website.

Cigarette And AMG Mark 10 Years Of Collaboration With the 2017 50’ Marauder AMG

With a decade of building boats worthy of wearing the AMG letters, Cigarette and Mercedes mark the 10th anniversary of that relationship with an all-new 50′ Marauder. The car was inspired by the upcoming AMG GT R, a high-performance coupe with a 4.0L V8 that produces 577-hp. The new Marauder translates that performance to the sea with Mercury Racing quad cam 4 valve engines that can produce up to 3,100 hp that lets it reach speeds over 130 mph.

And just like AMG’s cars, the boat uses an extensive amount of carbon fiber that allows the Marauder to lose over 1,300 lbs. These carbon fiber-based improvements are found throughout the deck and cockpit as well as engine hatch and even the electrical system.

Pricing upon request, cigaretteracing.com

Ride of the Week: Ferrari Unveils Its Fastest and Most Powerful Car of All-Time

The Prancing Horse isn’t exactly a slouch when it comes to automotive prowess, so when Ferrari releases its fastest and most powerful car of all-time, it’s best to pay attention. Continue reading Ride of the Week: Ferrari Unveils Its Fastest and Most Powerful Car of All-Time

You Can Now Pre-Order a Flying Car and Have It Delivered by 2018

Five years since it completed its first flight demonstration, Dutch company PAL-V is finally accepting pre-orders for Liberty. The vehicle’s three wheels and retractable top-mounted rotor may make the vehicle looks more like a gyrocopter than a traditional sedan, but it can drive and fly. Revolutionary machines such as this will naturally prompt questions about regulations surrounding their use. But PAL-V assures consumers that the Liberty was not only designed to overcome technical and qualification challenges, it also complies with existing safety standards, as well as car and aviation regulations.

As far as driving/flying hybrids go, there really isn’t anything to benchmark the Liberty’s performance on, given that it’s the “first certified commercial flying car” to ever hit the market. Still, its specs are pretty decent. On land, it has a top ground speed of 161 km/h (100 mph) and can drive 1,315 km (817 mi) on a full tank. Airborne, it can go up to 180 km/h (112 mph), however it will require refueling every 499 km (310 mi).

The Liberty starts at $400,000, so there’s a pretty hefty price tag attached to it just for the basic Sport model. It’s likely that total cost will go upwards of $600,000 to get the “Pioneer” edition, which comes with exclusive training sessions, power heating, and an electronic flight instrument display.

Production is slated for the end of 2017 and delivery for the vehicles are scheduled for 2018. Until then, interested drivers/pilots are expected to give a non-refundable deposit of $10,000 for the Sport and $25,000 for the Pioneer.

Ride of the Week: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2017 Recon Edition

Fresh for 2017 is a new special edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with even more off-road capability. Dubbed the Recon Edition, this Jeep Wrangler’s trail performance is even better thanks to a front axle upgrade (Dana 44 with heavy-duty end forgings and strengthened axle tubes), enhanced off-road rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition sits on new 17″ Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 32″ BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, but the enhanced off-road rock rails allow it to easily accommodate up to 35″ tires. On the inside you’ll find black leather heated seats, leather and vinyl wrapped accents and an eight-speaker audio system to keep you sitting pretty while you’re tearing up the trail. The special edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition will be available at Jeep dealers starting later this month and it comes in seven colors: Black, Billet Silver, Gobi, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Bright White and Firecracker Red.

Uber Wants To Use Your Facebook Data To Help You Befriend Other Riders

Sometimes (most times, really), when you’re catching an UberPool, all you want to do is get to your destination as fast as possible without any small talk. Yet, Uber is thinking of disrupting your quiet commutes with a new system that’ll encourage passengers to bond with each other over common interests.

A recent patent discovered by Business Insider illustrates a new potential app feature that shows passengers small factoids about fellow passengers. The “Social Media Integration For Transport Arrangement Service” will collect data from a passenger’s Facebook account and share it with others catching the same UberPool.

If this feature were introduced, Uber could let you know if you and other passengers have mutual friends, went to the same college, lived in the same city, worked at the same company, or have the same hobbies. Passengers would also be able to request rides with only people who share common links. For example, if they both like watching a specific movie genre.

It seems Uber wants to make carpooling less awkward with this patent, but given Uber’s history with riders and claims that tracking the location and ride history of individual Uber users is broadly available to employees of the company, this will probably not be welcomed at all. People already think that both Uber and Facebook ask for too much information. However, since this is just a patent, there’s no telling if users would be able to opt-out of the feature if it were introduced. Currently, users are not required to link their Facebook and Uber accounts to use the ride-hailing app, though they may choose to.

The idea of Uber using riders’ personal data to encourage conversation might be considered a bit creepy, but there is a feature outlined in the patent that would beneficial for event planning. Uber proposes an option to embed an “Uber there” button to event invitations, which means that you can add an Uber button on a Facebook event page and all those attending can seamlessly take the same UberPool if they live nearby.

Uber’s patent has not been granted yet, which means it might not actually become an actual feature. But it goes to show that the company is constantly thinking of new ways to enhance its car service and continue to mine data from users while doing so.

Land Rover Is Bringing Back the Original Range Rover

As a part of its Reborn program, Land Rover is following up its Series 1 release — which saw the restoration of 25 versions of the 1948 vehicle — with something even more special: the original Range Rover.

Taking on the 1978 rendition of the beloved SUV, the so-called Range Rover Classic Reborn will be even more limited than its predecessor: just ten vehicles will come off of the production line, each perfectly restored to late ’70s specifications. The Rovers will even appear in Bahama Gold with Buick-sourced 2.5-liter V8s under the hood.

The ten Reborn releases are expected to be available later this year at a price point of $170,000 USD.

Ride of the Week: Nissan Unveils Vmotion 2.0

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the Vmotion 2.0 concept that’s futuristic, dynamic, and more cabin-focused than any other Nissan offering. Nissan Intelligent Driving is mated to ProPILOT, which allow the vehicle to drive in the autonomous mode on heavily trafficked streets, urban roads and highways. The signature version of the concept features a unique grill, narrow LED headlights, boomerang-style taillights, and a rear diffuser that glows when the vehicle in ProPILOT mode. The spacious cabin is easily accessed via front and rear doors that swing outward to create a large, easy-to-access space. No word yet on whether or not the concept will be produced, but we’re hoping it will be.

Ford’s New Super Bowl Ad Focuses on Electric Cars, Bikes, and Ride-Sharing

Ford’s new ad for Super Bowl LI is full of hints towards the company’s work in across different kinds of transportation, not just the flashy new car. Instead, Ford is working to get you to associate the brand with things like electric cars, bikes, and ride-sharing.

For a 90-second ad with the tagline “Go Further,” Ford spends the first 60 seconds highlighting people being stuck in a variety of situations. The last 30 seconds finally bring in different Ford branded items to save the day for a number of the stuck humans, including Chariot, autonomous parking, electric cars, Ford bikes, and the Ford GT sports car. However, none of these innovations help the poor cat with a box stuck on its head.

One of the first obvious innovation teases in the ad is an autonomous car parking itself. Ford has been talking about releasing fully autonomous vehicles in 2020, and has tripled its test fleet of autonomous prototypes for 2017. These autonomous vehicles will also be hybrid-electric vehicles, and won’t have pedals or a steering wheel either – as seen at the very end of the Super Bowl ad.

Also featured in the Super Bowl spot is Ford’s GoBike – a branded bike-sharing program in the Bay Area that launched this year and will have 7,000 bikes in the program by 2018, says Ford. Chariot, Ford’s other ride-sharing platform in the Bay Area that’s featured in the ad, is getting almost six seconds of screen time as one rider hails a Chariot on their phone and then jogs over to the Ford branded van. Chariot will be expanding to six new cities in 2017.

There is an electric car charging up in a short spot towards the end of the ad, giving a more explicit nod to Ford’s electric vehicles. Ford clearly wants to be associated with the big four innovations of ride-sharing, electric vehicles, bike sharing, and autonomous cars, and not its old standbys, like fast cars and muscle trucks.

However, there are still a few nods to the past. The first shot of Ford “going further” is the old standby, the Ford F150 pulling a car out of a snowbank – so the best-selling car in the United States for the last 35 years hasn’t gone anywhere. We also get a glimpse of the wickedly fast Ford GT before the ad ends. But for the Super Bowl, Ford is going further.

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Ride of the Week: Tesla Launches New Model With 335 Miles of Range

While Tesla’s new models usually receive a lot of attention upon their unveiling the company’s latest model, the Model S 100D, has hit the market relatively quietly. While it may not boast the Ludicrous+ mode of the P100D that powers from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, the car holds an impressive record of its own travelling 335 miles on a single charge, making it the world’s longest range EV. It also delivers a very respectable 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, while topping out at 155 mph. The Tesla Model S 100D is priced at $98,300 USD. For more information head over to Tesla.com.