He’s got the coolest, smoothest most uber-swagalicious photo of them all. The proof is below right? He’s DeAundre Slater and the powerful image of himself, half sitting behind t
he wheel of the amazing Mazda Miata convertible, but appearing to be stepping out. Congratulations to Mr. Slater for his selection of BEST PHOTO during the 15th annual AutoFOCUS awards held last month at the Miami International Auto Show.
The annual BEST PHOTO contest is held each year during the AutoFOCUS Awards which encourages attendees to take their coolest photos at the auto display of the active sponsors of the event, which included Ford and Mazda for 2016. The “BEST PHOTO” contest is so much a part of the annual AutoFOCUS Awards and really gets the attendees connected to the sponsors as well as the Auto Show itself” said Tony C. Lesesne, host of the AutoFOCUS TEST DRIVE web show that selects various winners.
“People love taking selfies and group shots around cars, and have lots of fun submitting their photos. Its not uncommon for them to actually begin to explore options for purchasing the cars once they begin to look at the details.” Lesesne said next year’s contest will include video and will also allow social media interaction to select winners. A special thanks goes out to Ford Motor Company and Mazda of North America for being a part of this fun activity.
Click the Youtube link below to check out the AutoFOCUS coverage of the 2016 AutoFOCUS Awards and give your feedback – we can’t wait to hear from you.
Great DNA! The all new Lexus RC 350 is built from the IS C floor plan, the GS A-pillar, and the IS rear architecture. That kind of DNA is well worth having, and the driver is rewarded as a result.
POWER AND STYLE: The car is aimed at aimed power junkies who also embrace style & design. Powered by a V-6 producing 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, the RC 350 accelerates with confidence yet cruises like a large sedan with firmer seats and sporty handling. For more power and style, the F Sport includes adaptive dampers and four-wheel steering, high-friction brake pads, 19-inch wheels.
COST IN THE SEGMENT: Finally, an affordable fixed-roof Lexus coupe at a base price of $43,715. The F Sport trim version starts at $48,800 (with rear-drive version, adaptive dampers and a sexy power sunroof option is about $1k less than the BMW 435i M sport package. A fully loaded RC costs about $60,000, which includes a 467-hp V-8.
THE FEEL: It like you’re wearing a well-tailored suite, such as the sweet wrap around seats and sultry interior design.
PERFORMANCE TECH: You can feel the performance technology at work in the drive and handling. To check out the AutoFOCUS test drive, just click the URL below and enjoy the ride. https://youtu.be/QeWXjkw53HQ Be sure to join us for the 2016 AutoFOCUS Awards on Sunday September 11th at the Miami beach Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autofocus-awards-noche-de-amigos-2016-tickets-26609103545?aff=eac2
The 2016 Nissan Leaf SL is a all electric, fun to drive little 4 seater with a charger port that is located right in the front of the car between the headlights.
It has a hundred and seven mile EPA-rated range again a hundred percent electric no gas. So we’re talking about is about 107 miles per gallon? Estimate so you save about $6,000. Now the cost of the automobile is about 339 thousand $300. It’s got a 6.6 kilowatt on-board charger in a Quick Change Port, regenerative braking system, four-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes and 17 inch alloy wheels. From a performance standard the surprise is the pick up that you get and the smooth ride that it provides. From a design standpoint it’s a sleek and attractive little vehicle and inside you get lots of space.
Its ‘s an attractive and Nifty little asset. Regarding Safety and Security, the Nissan Advanced air bag system is installed with front seat mounted side impact supplemental airbags as well as roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags. That’s pretty impressive. The government gave it a 5-star crash rating. The overall vehicle score is four stars. The frontal driver impact rating is five stars. Quite impressive there as well, as it is given a 5-star side-front seat rating. Some of the other features include the four-wheel anti-lock braking system, tire monitoring system and various other cool technologies that enhance Safety and Security. Yes there’s an HD radio system with Sirius XM and a USB connect cord for iPod and other compatible devices as well as a Bluetooth hands-free phone system. There are 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a rear view monitor that keeps you advised of what’s behind you as you back out. When you’re driving you can adjust everything with a 6 way adjustable driver seat. Exterior features include the LED low-beam headlights, fog lights below, dual power remote control heating, outside mirrors and features an aerodynamic underbody cover, and rear diffuser.
I know that I won’t be doing any road trips with this vehicle. So this vehicle is really good for a roundabout City Vehicle. It’s also good for individuals who don’t plan to do any long-range driving but just want to get around town with Comfort, convenience and fuel saving economy. Oh and by the way I forgot to mention that the Bose 7 speaker audio system was phenomenal. I can assure you that I had it on blast most of the time I spent inside rthe car. It was like jhaving a real concert right there inside the cockpit.
The gadgets and controls are pretty easy to figure out and the ride quality really was much more enjoyable that I expected. Also the space in the hatchback was more ample than expected as well, so getting my stuff back there; from groceries to equiptmenrt was easy enough.
We expect this car to make the nomination list for the upcoming AutoFOCUS Awards this fall. With that said, be sure to look out for the next AutoFOCUS test drive review, and don’t miss the 2016 AutoFOCUS Awards on Sunday September 11th 2016 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Just contact us for more information. www.lesesnemediagroup.com
I’ve always loved the look and style of this car, but I was curious about the performance it would deliver on the open road. When it came time for the test-drive for this blog, my curiosity was satisfied.
The 2016 Audi TT is a redesigned version which is about 100 pounds lighter. The 2016 Audi TT is a small all-wheel-drive sports car available as a coupe configured with a 2+2 seating arrangement or a two-seat convertible.
The addition of Audi’s virtual cockpit, which utilizes a 12.3-inch TFT screen to display navigation maps and instruments bring a new level of satisfaction to the driver. Three different modes are available, one that emphasizes the navigation map, one that squeezes the map and enlarges the instruments and a Sport-oriented layout with a large central analog tachometer and central speedometer. High-quality materials and a clean, elegant look that’s simple and tasteful make it easy to appreciate. The back seats don’t provide much space for passengers unless you squeeze them in. In the TT coupe, there’s a 10.8-cubic foot cargo area that’s expandable to 25.1 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats down which is a very good thing.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is the only engine available and is rated at 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the base model and 292 hp and 280 lb-ft in the TTS. Both the TT and TTS will come exclusively with a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system in all TT models is able to move 100 percent of torque to the front or rear wheels as determined by a microcomputer. Fuel economy in the TT is class competitive at 23/30 mpg city/highway for the TT coupe and convertible, and 23/27 mpg for the TTS coupe.
Standard safety features on the 2016 TTS include dual-front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Blind spot warning is available as part of the technology package.
The base TT comes generously equipped with automatic full LED headlights, LED taillights, automatic climate control, leather/Alcantara upholstery, heated front sport seats, 50/50 split-folding rear seatbacks, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with handwriting recognition technology, the slick virtual cockpit, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors, and Audi Drive Select. Navigation, a rearview camera, blind spot warning, and heated power-folding side mirrors are available as part of the Technology package. Nappa leather upholstery is available as part of the Audi Design Selection package or the S Sport Seat package. A Bang & Olufsen audio system and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires are available as standalone options.
Driving the TT was lots of fun. It has excellent pick-up for those moments you need to get onto the expressway from the on ramp. It also handles with confidence when taking on curves and moving around tight spots. The low center of gravity provides a clean and exciting view of the road in front, tempting the driver to push the limits of the car, so let this be a warning to those of you with a lead foot. The TT is well-positioned in a very tight and competitive segment which includes the Mercedes-Benz SLK class, the BMW Z4, the Porsche Boxter, Alfa Romeo 4C, and the Nissan 370Z.
So I’m standing in front of the newly designed 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum. Let’s get to the 1000 pound Gorilla in the room – DESIGN! Big props to Nissan Maxima design team for redesigning a car that I thought had gotten pretty boring and uninspiring. Really. As a true car fan, I wanted to love the Maxima but could never get past its exterior looks. I know that sounds very shallow of me, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a pretty face. Look at it now. Oh My God. The new grill, real serious, and real sporty. Look at the profile, sleek and sexy. Those rear shoulders give it an athletic stands and demeanor. YAY! The auto dimming driver side outside mirror is really cool those mirrors are heated but will never need that in South Florida. Two front and two rear parking sensors and an LED low-beam headlights.
Now that I got that out of the way, I can deal with the issues that matter even more, like the performance. The performance for the Maxima has always been on point. Under the hood there’s a 3.5 liter dual overhead cam 24-valve V6 engine producing a 300 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. Yes that you’re going to get a bit of a jolt when you hit the accelerator. But the acceleration isn’t overly aggressive of jerky. Its smooth as a mid-sized sporty sedan should be.
The interior details make the Maxima a semi-luxury car. No, that isn’t an actual category, but since this is my review, I get to make the rules as I go along. For comfort and convenience you’ve got the dual panel to panel panoramic moon roof which adds a layer of elegance and definitely and lifestyle upgrade. The seating is amazing because you’ve got these well-designed bucket seats that hug you like your favorite Aunt. You’ve got ambient LED lighting and ambient LED lighting and intelligent cruise control as well as the Nissan connect with navigation 8-inch color display with multi-touch controls. There’s clever storage space for things like your water and phone with little nooks and crannies to place your stuff. The zero gravity front seats and the 60-40 split folding rear seats also at a level of convenience. Yeah we certainly took a moment to blast the dynamic Bose sound system with 11 speakers placed around the inside of the cabin. It was like being at a live concert. We played lots of songs by Prince – since we were dedicating the week to him.
Also there’s more Safety and Security. For example the driver and front passenger side-impact and curtain airbags are right on the money even though there’s no rating yet from the government there’s an emergency braking predictive system as well as forward collision warning, driver attention alert, blind spot warning, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff that keep you from wrecking your day by wrecking your car.
So to put it simply, my complaining days are over when it comes to the Maxima. With an estimated MSRP starting at $39,960, its very much the real deal.
How can a wagon be sexy? This is a question I had to ask when I first saw it. Why does sexy even come in the first place? Well the truth is, “sexy was what came with this vivid red Audi A3 wagon. The look, style and profile was simply sexy, but before you sound off about me having lost my mind, look at the photo, and its easy to forget that you’re looking at a wagon. That’s when you begin to understand that there’s even more to sexy than just the design, but often this is where it all begins – aesthetics.
Here’s the breakdown. The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron is a small plug-in hybrid hatchback, but make no mistake about it, the A3 Sportback e-tron is one very unique hybrid. It’s a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) combining the sports car performance elements and luxury you expect from an Audi with the cool points that only hybrids can deliver. It is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige and costs start at $37,900 and top out at around 46,8900.
Now the word Hyrbid may not be so sexy to you but saving money might help its cause. There’s also the issue of charging that battery, which can be done from a 240 volt outlet in about 2.5 hours using the factory supplied charging cord and in about 8 hours using a standard 110-volt outlet. of course the standard onboard regenerative braking also provides additional energy while the car is being driven. A driver-select switch engages the gas engine to save electric power. Enough about that, lets get back to the sexy part; performance!
Besides the awesome cargo benefits of having a wagon, I enjoyed the excellent handling and responsiveness rarely associated with a wagon. The e-tron is quick, yet smooth at takeoff. The low center of gravity that comes from storing several hundred pounds of battery under the seats provide an exceptionally stable ride. The automated manual transmission shifts quickly making it feel – well like a sports car.
Under the hood is an in line 4 cylinder turbo-direct injection; 4-valve per cylinder DOCH producing 184 Hp and delivering a 0-60 time in 7.6 sec. Handling is supported by speed sensitive power steering technology, and the Macpherson strut suspension in the front keep it stable on rough roads. Inside, you can enjoy the A3 e-tron’s quiet cabin is quiet, and its slient when starting the engine due to the electric power. From a mileage standpoint, you can expect to achieve 86 mpg in the city and 87 mpg on the highway using only premium gasoline.
More from the inside, you have to get used to the layout and design of the dash, as well as the operating procedures of the technology. From the minimalist dashboard design to the top-quality materials, the A3’s cabin is impressive. I found myself searching for the USB connectivity that Audi has lately introduced in some other models, with no luck.
From a competition standpoint, plug-in hybrids are still just a tad bit of the market, so the e-tron doesn’t have much direct competition. But there’s the more costly 2016 Cadillac ELR; the redesigned 2016 Chevy Volt and a few others. The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is one of the more suitable choices for a luxury-oriented plug-in hybrid wagon.
I mentioned options earlier, so keep in mind that with the Prestige trim you get an upgraded MMI system that includes a touchpad that can read fingertip scrawls, Audi Connect online services (with a 4G LTE connection), a navigation system and a larger 7-inch display. Additional Prestige features include auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a BANGING 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and a menu of driver assistance systems including lane-departure prevention, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a frontal collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.
All A3 e-Trons come with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front knee airbags, front and rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as automatic seatbelt pre-tensioning and window closing (Audi Pre-Sense Basic) when sensors determine a frontal or side collision is unavoidable.
Well if that ain’t sexy, you tell me what is when it comes to a wagon. I rest my case. be sure to catch every web tv edition of AutoFOCUS TEST DRIVE on LMG tv (www.lesesnemediagroup.com) and on Youtube ( https://youtu.be/po3o1DQyOvg )where you can subscribe to the channel. Be safe and drive with passion.
On Saturday, March 19th the inaugural running of the Sunshine Grand prix took place in downtown Tampa. The Tampa Area Mazda dealers in conjunction with MNAO donated $55,300 to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital through their Mazda Drive for Good partnership. Our finance partners (Mazda Capital Services / CHASE), also were proud participants in the event and presented St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with another check for $25,000 also in conjunction with the Mazda Drive for Good campaign. In total, $80,300 was donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
The check presentation took place at the starting line prior to the beginning of the Men’s Professional Cycling race which marked the first stop of the year for the USA Crits Championship Series. Spectators were able learn about our successful Mazda Drive for Good partnership and then able to watch some of the best professional cyclists in the country race up close and at high speeds in a spectator friendly urban atmosphere.