AD #2363 – Hella Lights Up Audi’s A8, Acura Reveals All-New RDX Price, Nissan Celebrates with Convertible LEAF

May 29th, 2018 at 11:32am

Runtime: 5:15

0:28 Hella Lighting Technology in Audi’s A8
1:15 2019 Acura RDX Price
2:25 Weekend Racing Results
3:43 BMW Offers Wireless Charging Option
4:27 Nissan Celebrates with Convertible LEAF

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14 Comments to “AD #2363 – Hella Lights Up Audi’s A8, Acura Reveals All-New RDX Price, Nissan Celebrates with Convertible LEAF”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A turbo 4 replaces the 3.5 liter V6 in the Acura RDX, for a one mpg increase in combined mileage, and no improvement in the highway rating. I’d rather have the six.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think your right, Kit #1; with a cylinder shut-down like in the LGX 3.6 GM engine I think it will get the same or better mpg (and the six, I have one in my XT5) certainly is smooth.

    Agree with Sean; both vehicles shown are butt-ugly. IMO too.

  3. Brett Cammack Says:

    The Leaf wouldn’t make a bad phaeton, but they did it on the cheap. It needs to have the back re-engineered for some sort of decklid or such. At least it’s not a crossover. That gives the “too weird to live” award to the Murano, IMO.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A friend has a Camaro with the LGX engine, and it is great. Not only is it smooth and powerful, but he has averaged 27.8 mpg for the first ~2000 miles. He drives economically, but still, that is impressive. Also, they recommend regular gas for that engine.

  5. Drew Says:

    Sean, you posed a trick question. ALL Nissans except the Z hurt my eyes to an extreme. Your question is the antithesis of “which of my children do I love the most?”

    Given a force choice for the ugliest, the award goes to the Leaf Cabriolet, flowed by the Murano Cross Cabriolet, Versa sedan, Titan, Pathfinder, then GTR. Nissan must be spending aa lot of variable marketing dollars to incentivize people to buy (IMHO) ugly, unreliable vehicles.

  6. Ed Says:

    I don’t think Nissan makes any attractive vehicles. And the Cvt made me not want the model I was looking at getting. I can see that some of their models are affordable so I guess that is the main metric people use to purchase. But the cost saving was not enough so I went Toyota.

  7. Lex Says:

    I wish Honda/Acura would put the new 2.0 Liter Turbo in the CR-V.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My favorite Nissan was the Cube. You could even get a manual transmission, at least early on.

  9. BobD Says:

    I have the LGX in my 2018 Colorado. I’ve only had it since February and it must have a lower temperature limit as it was not until the last month that I saw it switch to V4 mode, and even then it is very rare. With that said, I’ve been getting mid-20s mpg. If it was not for the ZR2 trim, I suspect I would be getting close to 30 mpg highway.

  10. BobD Says:

    Interesting on the BMW induction charging that the animation shows a very thin wire running over the floor (compared to what is likely a much larger cable in reality) and the real-life video shows the charger in gravel so they could bury the cable. I suspect in both instances, electrical codes would require an electrician to run conduit to the floor coil, and even then it would be a trip hazard.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, the whole idea of induction charging is disgusting. There is probably an energy loss of at least 10%, for people who are too lazy to connect a power cord. If I’m proven wrong on the power loss, I’ll admit it.

  12. Barry Says:

    Leaf vs. Murano. It’s a race to the bottom for being the ugliest!

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    I agree Nissan needs to hire a new manager over vehicle design. However the interiors are great far better than Toyota.
    Kit I agree with you. connecting a plug seems simple enough and for folks that are trying to be environmentally friendly by going electric, using an alternative method that is less efficient seems a bit counterintuitive.

  14. Brett Cammack Says:

    #11
    If they use something like a 20 khz AC or chopped DC, it could be pretty darned efficient.