Introducing the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports – a&h automotive

Toyota Auris Touring Sports is one of the most expected cars of this year. The creators estimated that a number of 4,000 cars will be sold within this year, 45 percent being the hybrid.

They could be right- the quality- price ratio will probably attract most customers.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

But the costumers will surely buy the Auris Touring Sports for its reliability (Toyota is still famous for its safety and good service from dealers) and for its practicality. And, probably for the safety proven by the five star NCAP safety rating.

Because, lets be serious, the new Auris is no sports car.

One great thing about the Auris Touring Sports is the low CO2 emissions , of only 85g/km, one of the lowest rated in the hybrid class. The 1.6 litre engine is short on torque, even with the boost from the batteries. However, this model prides itself on the powerful brakes and the silent, comfortable drive.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

One does not have to look in the hood to see why this is not a sport car- the not so impressive exterior tells it all. There is no flexibility, only a front that looks more heavy and slow than sporty.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Due to fewer moving parts, the car has a lack of dynamics. But that means it can be more easily repaired.

The interior is made entirely out of plastic, nothing spectacular here. But you could easily forget that, after you remind yourself that you spent only £22,845 on it.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

The Auris Touring Sports is a practical estate, perfect for family, with plenty of space storage. After you fold the back seats, you would easily have 1658 litres load space. Not to mention the storage space in the floor, which is great even for a toolbox.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

All in all, we can say that the Auris Touring Sports is not particularly beautiful, but very solid, and reliable, ensuring a pleasant drive.

The Mercedez Benz SLS AMG Black Series experience – a&h automotive

Mercedes wowed us with the stunning model of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. Being totally different from its sister, Mercedes Benz, SLS AMG Black Series is surely the kind of car you’d only see on a race track, almost flying towards the finish line.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Surely its place is not on our normal roads, simply because the car itself would be in the danger of dying out of boredom. And you’d understand why immediately after you’d find out that the V8 6.3 liter (it’s possible to be upgraded, in the future to a 5.5 litre) has a base of 622 horsepower at 7400 rpm, maximum engine speed being a staggering 8.000 rpm (the car reaches 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds). To the already immense potential, add the fact that the SLS AMG Black Series weighs only 3.417 pounds (due to clever weight distribution).

In comparison to the previous models, the SLS AMG Black Series has a lower low-end torque, the maximum twist now being 468 lb-ft at 5500 rpm rather than 479 lb-ft at 4750 rpm, what we’ve experienced until now. The loss is seriously outweighed by the decreased ratio, now from 3.67:1, to 4.44:1.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Because of the small reaction time, driving the AMG Black Series might be an aggressive experience.

To lose all that weight, the creators dressed in carbon fibre the aluminium frame and several components like the hood,the crossbeams, the driveshaft, the torque tube, the panel behind the seats, are clearly made from carbon fibre.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Inside, one can easily see the engineering prowess shown by the the centre dashboard equipped with a 7 inch screen (the system featuring voice commands and Bluetooth communication). The black leather seats complement the performance looking interior.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

On the outside, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is easily noticed by its matte black wheels, its aggressive stare and its larger front air intakes.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The Motor Trend Car Of The Year 2013- Tesla Model S – a&h automotive

The “Car Of The Year” award has been given to a number of 61 cars, since the year 1949, when the first nominated car was a Cadillac, for its V8 engine models. Brands like Pontiac, Lincoln, Ford, Toyota have had car models snatching this prize many times this 64 years. But this year is different.

Because the first car to have a non combustion engine has won the title.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

And not just because it runs on electricity.

Tesla Model S won the “Car Of The Year” award because of its ingenuity, the beautiful accord between clever engineering and good space management, giving this car the look of a serious, but classy car.

In terms of weight distribution, Tesla Model S is designed to have a 47/53 percent front/rear distribution with the electric motor between the rear wheels and the battery pack in the floor, lowering the car with 17.5 inches. The Tesla stands just a little above the ground and because of its smart engine positioning, you can enjoy a silent drive.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

When it comes to clever engineering, the first thing that comes to mind is the unique 17 inch display in the cabin room, which manages everything that is going on in the car. And, yeah, I mean everything from AC to sound to car’s steering or suspension.

The interior of the Tesla Model S was designed to be button-less, so everything to be updated through the software. Talking about the software, it does not come with a manual, because it is that easy to use and so comprehensive.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

With a 196.0 x 77.3 x 56.5 inches, the car gives plenty of room, even for a third row seating. Created mostly from aluminium (it only weighs 4,647 pounds), Tesla Model S does not stand out because of its design, but you can’t ignore it either.

Because the goal was to create an electrical car that stands out as a good car, not as an electrical one, the futuristic design idea was dropped. Be it because of its somewhat dignified look and smart details or because of its imposing front and its majestic pose, Tesla Model S passes as a serious, and elegant sport sedan.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

With enough features to secure it the prize, Tesla Model S has a disadvantage when we talk about driver assistance, having only one backup camera and the map orientation only in one direction (north).

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

In the nearest future, when this kind of technology would be the new normality, american car industry could still be proud of the first electrical car that won the prestigious prize of “Car of the Year” 2013, exceeding all expectations.