Tesla makes another improvement to its brake lights

Tesla makes another improvement to its brake lights

Tesla has once again released an improvement in its brake lights, this time on the Model Y. The company has improved the coloring of the tail lights to be more vibrant, which could improve the overall visibility of the assembly.

The Model Y’s turn signals are also flashing amber instead of red, which could help drivers differentiate between braking and signaling.

The improvements were spotted by r/TeslaMotors member u/Cocoa_Linguine, who compared the old and the new Model Y taillights in a video in the subreddit.

The new taillights are visibly more bright than the old ones, which could improve visibility for drivers traveling behind a Model Y.

Tesla may have also improved the casing that the taillight assembly lies within. It appears to be visibly clearer with a more transparent and less cloudy outer case.

The updates are apart of an effort to improve taillight visibility on Tesla vehicles. Other improvements the company has made in the past are software related.

For example, Tesla rolled out “Dynamic Brake Lights” with Software Update 2020.32.1, which aimed to decrease the likelihood of a rear-end collision. The update was released for Model S and Model X vehicles that were operating with at least Hardware 2. The Model 3 was also capable of the characteristic with later releases.

The Dynamic Brake Lights feature allows the taillights to flash quickly when traveling over 50 km/h (31 MPH), and the driver brakes forcefully. The strobing brake lights are intended to catch the attention of drivers behind the Tesla vehicle, which could prevent a rear-ended collision.

Tesla has made a conscious effort to increase the safety of its vehicles through software and hardware improvements, but this is the second revision Tesla has made to its brake lights in particular.

Rear-end collisions are among the most violent and dangerous to passengers because oftentimes those in the car are not aware of the oncoming crash and cannot brace for impact. According to rothlawyer.com, the most common form of injury in a rear-end collision is whiplash, which is caused by violent and sudden movements of the neck and head. When this occurs, the soft tissue of the neck is damaged, which can lead to chronic neck and back pain.

The revisions to the Model Y taillights will likely increase the safety of driving a Tesla vehicle and could prevent accidents from happening in the future. The design could also spread to other Tesla models if it proves to be effective in its attempt to avoid rear-end accidents from happening.

Tesla makes another improvement to its brake lights

Porsche Drive subscription program expands with more affordable single-vehicle option

Porsche Drive subscription program expands with more affordable single-vehicle option

Want to impress that Tinder date but you don’t really have the big bucks to buy or lease a luxury car? Porsche may have the answer.

Beginning Sept. 25, Porsche will kick off a one-vehicle version of the Porsche Drive subscription program. Customers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Diego will soon be able to subscribe to a single Porsche vehicle for one to three months for a one-time all-inclusive price. Porsche Drive was previously available for multiple vehicles and for short-term rentals for a few hours up to a couple of weeks.

Prices range from $1,500 and $2,600 per month for the one-vehicle monthly option, plus a $595 registration fee. A Macan costs $1,500 per month, a 718 Cayman $1,800, a 718 Boxster or Cayenne $1,950, a Panamera $2,450, and a 911 $2,600.

Those prices represent a savings versus the multi-vehicle version of Porsche Drive, which is offered in two tiers in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sand Diego, and now Los Angeles. The program starts at $2,100 a month for all 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster S and below models, the Macan and Macan S, the base Cayenne and Cayenne coupe, and the Panamera and Panamera 4.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

For $3,100 per month, customers can choose any of the models in the base tier or move up to a variety of 911 models in S trim or below; the GTS versions of the Boxster, Cayman, and Macan; the Cayenne S, Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, and Cayenne S Coupe; and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera 4S. Porsche previously said that members switch vehicles an average of 2.5 times per month.

The prices include delivery, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, and concierge service.

The short-term rental version of the program lets customers choose a model for one-to-three days or four or more days, with some discounts for four-day and longer rentals. Loans as short as four hours are no longer available. Mileage is capped at 200 miles per day, and the price starts at $245 per day for a Macan and ranges up to $395 per day for a 911.

Those interested in any of the rental or subscription options can sign up through the Porsche Drive app.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport: Can It Make A Splash In The Crowded Compact SUV Segment?

Anyone in the market for a compact SUV has a plethora of models to choose from, but is the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport a wise choice?

Facelifted last year, with updated looks that bring it in line with Nissan’s newest cars, more gear inside and additional standard safety features, it’s still powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 HP (143 PS / 105 kW) and 147 lb-ft (199 Nm) of torque.

Power is directed to the front axle as standard, but all-wheel drive is available as an option on all trim levels. No matter the configuration, you will have to make do with the CVT though, which is one of the biggest drawbacks of the Rogue Sport. Average fuel economy is 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) in FWD models and 27 mpg (8.7 l/100 km) when specified with AWD.

Scoop: Here’s Our Best Look Yet At The New 2021 Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport

The 2020 Rogue Sport, aka the Qashqai overseas, is available in three trim levels named S, SV and SL. Pricing starts at $23,430 for the entry-level variant, climbing to $24,900 for the mid-range and $28,600 for the top spec. Choosing the all-wheel drive system raises prices to $24,780, $26,250 and $29,950 respectively.

Average is the word best used to describe the interior space for rear seat occupants and cargo capacity, and not bad when speaking about the equipment list and the driving dynamics around town. But is it actually any good, or perhaps better, compared to its rivals, and should you shortlist it if you’re in the market for a compact SUV? KBB’s review in the following video has the answer.

2021 Honda Civic

The Coupe is gone, Si is on hiatus—but the 2021 Honda Civic still lures us with its winning formula of fuel economy, crash safety, and driving verve.

Sold in LX, Sport, EX, Touring, and Type R editions, we give the 2021 Civic a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

With the Civic, Honda has long since passed through the awkward economy-car stage of maturity. Today’s Civic is a budget set of wheels hiding behind a stylish wrapper. We like the slick fastback sedan better than the more awkward pup-tent hatchback, though when it comes to cargo space the latter’s the clear winner. Both provide a high-quality cabin for passengers far above the low-$20,000s base price.

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Base Civics get a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 teamed to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); we prefer the latter for commuter duty, though the light-effort Honda stick shifts always curl up the corners of our mouths. Better yet is the 174-hp surge from the available 1.5-liter turbo-4; it’s gutsy and more efficient than the non-turbo-4, and it’s standard in the hatchback. We reserve the wild Type R for track days and gameboy fantasies: Its 306-hp front-drive take on performance turns almost any driver into a hero, which is why we named it  Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2018

Interior space abounds for four adults in the latest Civic, with a compromise here and there. The seats are fine, if not throne-like; head room isn’t great but it’s not bad, either. For a compact car, the Civic delivers mid-size interior space, and is especially good at leg room in front or in back—and in cargo space in the hatchback, which delivers up to 46.2 cubes of space, which is perfect for the move back to college, when that becomes a realistic and healthy and viable option once more.

Every Civic has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control to go with its strong crash-test scores. All versions also come with power features and Bluetooth, but we skip the base car for its teensy audio display and head right to the Civic EX, which bundles a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with heated front seats, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, and a passenger-side blind-spot camera. EPA combined fuel economy of as much as 35 mpg is standard on some models; all get Honda’s meh warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Stray dog gets home, job at Hyundai dealership

A stray dog that a Hyundai dealership in Brazil adopted as its showroom mascot has become so popular that the automaker plans to use him in a national advertising campaign.

Staff at Prime Hyundai originally intended to just give the dog some food and a warm place to sleep on a rainy night, according to reports in various Brazilian media. But as the dog continued to stick around, they named him Tucson Prime, appointed him a “pawfessional consultant” and even made him a staff ID badge. (They also took him to a veterinarian for treatment and vaccinations.)

Manager Emerson Mariano told Top Motors Brazil that the dog’s “very caring and docile nature” has helped customers and employees feel at home. Some buyers return to the showroom to see him, give him gifts and take pictures with him.

The dealership created an Instagram account for Tucson that has gained more than 150,000 followers. Hyundai Brazil has promoted the dog on its own social media accounts and named him a “brand ambassador.”