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The Grand Tour Trio Tackle Re-Fueling In Episode 7 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Lamborghini Huracan, The Grand Tour, video on 01 17th, 2018


After finding out that the average motorist loses 36 days of their lives by pulling into petrol stations, Clarkson, Hammond and May set out to invent a system that can allow you to fill up on the go.
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The Grand Tour Trio Tackle Re-Fueling In Episode 7 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Lamborghini Huracan, The Grand Tour, video on 01 17th, 2018


After finding out that the average motorist loses 36 days of their lives by pulling into petrol stations, Clarkson, Hammond and May set out to invent a system that can allow you to fill up on the go.
Read more »



The Grand Tour Trio Tackle Re-Fueling In Episode 7 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Lamborghini Huracan, The Grand Tour, video on 01 17th, 2018


After finding out that the average motorist loses 36 days of their lives by pulling into petrol stations, Clarkson, Hammond and May set out to invent a system that can allow you to fill up on the go.
Read more »



The Grand Tour Trio Tackle Re-Fueling In Episode 7 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Lamborghini Huracan, The Grand Tour, video on 01 17th, 2018


After finding out that the average motorist loses 36 days of their lives by pulling into petrol stations, Clarkson, Hammond and May set out to invent a system that can allow you to fill up on the go.
Read more »



Go Inside Team McLaren In ‘Grand Prix Driver,’ Coming To Amazon Prime 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Amazon, F1, mclaren, McLaren Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


Amazon proved itself among automotive enthusiasts when it picked up the trio from Top Gear and gave them a new series on its digital platform. Now it has another show coming that is sure to be worth watching.
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Add Amazon Alexa To Your Old Car For As Low As $50 13
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Amazon, CES, Tech on 01 13th, 2018


Bringing Amazon Alexa to vehicles is a new trend for automakers looking to add some tech to their vehicles. Unfortunately, it is a relatively new feature, which means that used-car owners are out of luck if they want to add the company’s voice-control system to their old car. These two solutions, though, allow everyone to add Alexa to their vehicle, and one of the options costs less than $50.

At CES, Anker recently debuted the Roav Viva that costs $49.99, while Speak Music introduced the Muse at $69.99. Both items, as Forbes points out, connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth and plug into your vehicle’s power port. For drivers with really old cars, the Muse is the way to go, as it comes with a 3.55 mm jack that plugs into the auxiliary port, whereas Anker’s Roav Viva requires a car to have a Bluetooth connection.

The cheaper Roav Viva comes with two USB charging ports for your devices and installing the gadget is relatively simple: plug it in, pair it with a smartphone, make sure your phone’s paired with the car’s Bluetooth, and you’re done. The outlet found that Anker’s unit picked up voices well, even those from passengers in the back of the car.

The Muse is just as easy to install, but it does have an extra component – an external button that also doubles as a microphone that needs to be placed on the dash. The unit comes with two USB chargers, but one of those is used for the external button, so only one is left for charging other devices.

The two also trade punches when it comes to what they’re compatible with. Both work with Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Neither are compatible with Spotify, but that’s coming in the near future. Both will also work with other Alexa-enabled devices as well.

So, which one should you go with? Well, Forbes claims that the Anker is the one to have, as it can make calls via Alexa, allow users to utilize it to configure Google Maps, and it’s cheaper. It also happens to have an extra charging port and is easier to install. The only downside to the device is that your car needs to have Bluetooth.

Still, both options are great ways to add Alexa to your old vehicle. To check out the Roav Viva in action, check out the video below, and you can head over to Speak Music’s Indiegogo page for more info on the Muse.

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There Will Be A Lot Of Drifting On The Next Episode Of The Grand Tour 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, The Grand Tour, video on 01 10th, 2018


Based on the trailer for episode two of The Grand Tour’s second season, the automotive trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May will yet again do their best to drive sideways.

The hosts will first set out to prove that apart from their well-known charm, old Jaguars can also make for strong and reliable vehicles (a questionable venture), taking three different models on a road trip across the state of Colorado.

Meanwhile, one of the three will also get behind the wheel of a custom-built offroader – the type of car that seems unafraid of any terrain.

Last but not least, the Celebrity Face Off segment will feature actors Luke Evans (Fast & Furious franchise, Clash of the Titans) and Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor).

Episode 6 will be available on Amazon Video this Friday, January 12th.

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The Grand Tour’s Next Episode Will Feature Three Old Jaguars And One Epic Roadtrip 10
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Amazon, Reports, The Grand Tour on 01 10th, 2018


The sixth episode of The Grand Tour Season 2 will launch on Friday and has the potential to be an absolute riot.

The episode will see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May driving three old Jaguars on a roadtrip in Colorado. The goal of the hosts will be to prove that even old Jaguars can handle challenging driving tasks.

During their escapades, the Jaguars will be forced to drive on ski slopes in a bid to avoid expensive lift passes and ski equipment. Additionally, a drag race will be performed at the highest altitude airport in the United States.

As per usual, the episode will include the Celebrity Face Off section, this time pitting actors Luke Evans and Kiefer Sutherland against each other.

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Amazon Alexa Headed To Select Lexus And Toyota Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, CES, LEXUS, Reports, Tech, TOYOTA on 01 9th, 2018


Toyota has stubbornly refused to introduce Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility but the automaker has used the Consumer Electronics Show to announce it will bring Amazon’s Alexa to select vehicles later this year.

Set to be offered on Lexus and Toyota models with the Enform App Suite 2.0 and the Entune 3.0 App Suite, Alexa will enable users to get directions and control their smart home simply by speaking. As an example, drivers could tell Alexa to turn on the living room lights while the owner is pulling into the garage.

Digital assistants have become increasingly popular over the past few years and a number of automakers have begun to incorporate them into their vehicles. Jeep added the technology to the 2018 Cherokee and the BMW Group plans to roll out Alexa to BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

In a statement, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks said “Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go.”

His sentiments were echoed by Amazon Alexa Automotive boss John Scumniotales who stated “Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her – at home, in the office, on phones – and in cars. This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”

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Turns Out Jeremy Clarkson Isn’t As Good At Drifting As Ken Block 8
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, The Grand Tour, video on 01 8th, 2018


In last week’s episode of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson set out to prove that doing what Ken Block does during his Gymkhana videos is mostly video editing, rather than pure skill.

Of course, he was painfully wrong, as proven by the segment he titled Farmkhana: Ultimate_Country_Playground, which consists of a Subaru STI getting thrashed around a farm.

The problem is, Clarkson relied mostly on editing to make his drive look epic, which did work to some extent, but all you have to do is pay close attention to a few of the details in order to see everything that’s wrong with the picture.

Not only was the show’s host stationary in some of the shots (revving the car while standing still, pressing the pedals chaotically and so on), but he also failed to drift properly through certain obstacles, which is something Ken Block certainly doesn’t need any help with.

After the segment itself, you can watch a short “Behind-The-Scenes” video, which will show you exactly what we mean. That STI has probably never felt more helpless.

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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 5 Trailer Is Filled With Action 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Amazon, celebrities, Film, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, The Grand Tour, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Up on 01 4th, 2018


This week on The Grand Tour: Jeremy gets inspired by Ken Block and wants to do one of those amazing videos, while Richard drives a small tank through a shopping mall, and James tests out a city car.

The action-filled trailer starts with Clarkson and an old Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, which is thrashed around an English farmland in an attempt to do some Ken Block-ing controlled drifts.

In a different continent, in UAE’s Dubai, Hammond sits inside a small tank, which he uses in a luxurious shopping center, before taking it on the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, and on the sand dunes. This part of the show was filmed more than a year ago, and it was initially believed that Jezza was in the driver’s seat.

Meanwhile, May takes a trip to the Eboladrome test track to try out the Volkswagen Up! GTI, surrounded by flames and explosions, which he compares to “an 80s action movie”.

We also see the facelifted Volkswagen Golf GTI going against its iconic predecessor, the Mk1 Golf GTI.

Back in the studio tent, Richard Hammond and James May reveal some behind-the-scenes footage that’s described as “embarrassing”, whereas the Celebrity Face Off shows English comedian, musician, TV and radio presenter Bill Bailey, and English actor Dominic Edward Cooper, in an attempt to find “the world’s fastest person with a failed early career in a band”.

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Paris Hilton Coming To The Grand Tour To Race Rory Mcllroy 29
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Reports, The Grand Tour on 12 29th, 2017


Paris Hilton and pro Golf player Rory Mcllroy will go head-to-head on The Grand Tour’s Celebrity Face Off segment, in February.

Both guests will get to drive the Jaguar F-Type, in a bid to see which of them is faster around the show’s new track. The idea behind having Hilton and Mcllroy on, was to see which is the fastest Golfing enthusiast.

“I have always loved cars and racing,” said Paris Hilton while speaking about her lap. “Going around the track was so much fun and being able to drive that fast without having to slow down was exhilarating. By my final lap everything clicked into place and I think Rory and I will be quite close in the race.”

Mcllroy meanwhile added that lapping The Grand Tour track was an “amazing experience,” even in slippery conditions. “As a sportsman, I am fiercely competitive and I know that Paris loves cars too so it wasn’t going to be easy to drive faster than her.”

As for the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until February 8th in order to see which of the two came out on top.



Paris Hilton Coming To The Grand Tour To Race Rory Mcllroy 29
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Reports, The Grand Tour on 12 29th, 2017


Paris Hilton and pro Golf player Rory Mcllroy will go head-to-head on The Grand Tour’s Celebrity Face Off segment, in February.

Both guests will get to drive the Jaguar F-Type, in a bid to see which of them is faster around the show’s new track. The idea behind having Hilton and Mcllroy on, was to see which is the fastest Golfing enthusiast.

“I have always loved cars and racing,” said Paris Hilton while speaking about her lap. “Going around the track was so much fun and being able to drive that fast without having to slow down was exhilarating. By my final lap everything clicked into place and I think Rory and I will be quite close in the race.”

Mcllroy meanwhile added that lapping The Grand Tour track was an “amazing experience,” even in slippery conditions. “As a sportsman, I am fiercely competitive and I know that Paris loves cars too so it wasn’t going to be easy to drive faster than her.”

As for the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until February 8th in order to see which of the two came out on top.



The Grand Tour Season 2 Ep 4 Trailer Oozes Unscripted Action 27
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Movie Cars, The Grand Tour, video on 12 27th, 2017


The fourth episode of The Grand Tour’s second season will, for the very first time, feature no pre-arranged locations, stunts or incidents. Question is, will we laugh as much?

We’re just two days away from finding out what a high-budget car show without a script actually looks like. To kick things off, Clarkson, Hammond and May will arrive in Croatia with an Audi TT RS, an Ariel Nomad and a Fire Engine.

Meanwhile, back at the Eboladrome, Hammond will get behind the wheel of the McLaren 720S and experience its Internet-breaking hypercar-like performance.

As for the Celebrity Face Off segment, this week it will be Michael Ball versus Alfie Boe. The Grand Tour is hoping to see who is the world’s fastest classical singer with a connection to the British motor industry.

“I’ve got to say I didn’t think I’d enjoy it that much, but I had the best morning ever,” said Ball. “I went for it and I just hope I’ve beaten Alfie, that’s all I’m hoping for! I was very very competitive. I don’t think I’ve won, but if I have I won’t gloat or ever mention it ever again.”

Meanwhile, Boe stated that despite tricky conditions (wet, muddy, foggy), he still had an amazing time behind the wheel.

“I do want to beat Michael, I want to have done well and at least be credible and if Michael has beaten me than fair play, he’s a good guy and I’d be thrilled for him, but deep down inside I’d be a little disappointed in myself.”

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Audi Adds Amazon Music To Numerous 2017 And 2018 Models 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Amazon, audi, Reports, Tech on 12 20th, 2017


Audi has added Amazon Music to it’s MMI infotainment system found in a multitude of 2017 and 2018 models.

Owners of the 2017 or 2018 A3, A4, A4 Allroad, Q7, R8, TT, and 2018 Q5, and A5 vehicles will be able to access Amazon Music through the Audi MMI connect smartphone application.

When Amazon Music has been accessed through the app, drivers can interact with the music streaming service through the infotainment system, powered by in-vehicle WiFi. Moreover, Audi owners who are Amazon Prime members will gain access to over two million songs on Prime Music, alongside more than one thousand playlists and stations.

In addition, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers will be able to streams tens of millions of songs with the Audi MMI connect app.

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