Although it's a utility van, we were charmed by the funky look of the Ford Transit Connect at the 2008 New York auto show. The Transit Connect is another example of a European success that Ford intends to try out in the U.S. Ford shows off three potential uses at the New York auto show, a New York taxi, a band wagon, and an audio/video installer van. By summer of next year, you might be seeing Transit Connects in U.S. cities.
When it comes to taxicab design, there are two basic templates: the big boats out of Detroit like the Crown Victoria and the quainter, more bulbous look of the London taxi. It's that latter form factor that prevails in the new concept car--er, taxi--from Ford Motor.
In fact, underlying the hackney concept vehicle is a van straight out of Ford's European fleet, the Transit Connect. The automaker has been selling that van in Europe since about 2003 and plans to bring it to the U.S. in 2009. The taxi version is just one possible configuration; Ford is … Read more
The Geneva auto show may be loaded with supercars, design concepts, and alternative-fuel vehicles, but it is also the launchpad for a host of new production models. This year's show saw a bunch of new models from Ford Motor Co., updates from Audi and Honda, and the return of an old favorite from VW. Check out our roundup of real-world models that debuted at the 2008 Geneva show.
Special report: Are we getting iPhones soon? http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9886460-1.html
Ford Fiesta! It’s back! http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9887525-1.html
You cook, Readybot cleans http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9887236-1.html
Robo-lawnmower goes hybrid http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9887567-1.html
Rotating Sphere Lounger http://dvice.com/archives/2008/03/claustrophobia.php
Toy for children who want to grow up to work at the TSA http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/ toy_for_children_who_want_to_grow_up_to_work_at_the_tsa_9059.asp
A propos (of) nothing (Oh, my god edition) Squeezebox Duet http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/ logitech-squeezebox-duet/4505-6739_7-32815168.html… Read more
The Ford Fiesta is back! Redesigned by Ford of Europe, this new offering is ready to stake its claim in the affordable car realm. Brian Cooley takes a first look at the 2008 Geneva auto show.
There could not have been a better metaphor. The Pininfarina-designed retractable hardtop version of the Focus Focus on display here on the first morning of the Geneva auto show was unveiled in its full glory before the world's media. However, the salivating auto journalists could not get their hands on the car, which was raised above the show floor on a protected platform. A similar frustration will likely be felt by customers in the United States when they find out that this stylish addition to the Focus lineup will be not be making its way across the Atlantic. The … Read more
In a conversation with Martin Thall, the General Manager of Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit, he laid out a vision for the future of infotainment systems in cars, which included connected services supported by in-car advertising. Mr. Thall suggested that five years from now, car infotainment systems will be networked and provide the latest information on local services and traffic, as just two examples. This sort of car system should offer daily relevance, so that you could have it give you the best way home from work each day. Or, you could use local search to find a particular item … Read more
Knight Rider returned last weekend in a made-for-TV movie/pilot with a new car, the Knight Industries Three Thousand (still K.I.T.T.), and a new, young driver. Of course we watched it, and would like to say we learned a lot about the world and ourselves. But the lessons we took away from the new Knight Rider were more specific to driving a high-tech car while fighting crime, something we do at CNET Car Tech almost every day (except for the fighting crime part).
If you owe a gangster $90,000, it's a good idea to get … Read more
We've gathered photos from our Car Tech reviews of every major automaker's software interface. These interfaces are what you see on a car's LCD, and we've covered manufacturers from Mercedes-Benz to GM. Many of the interfaces are poorly designed, probably taken straight from the original equipment manufacturer who built the car's navigation system and stereo interface. For our comparison, we concentrated on music screens, as these show on-screen buttons and fonts. Take a look and tell us which company you think offers the best and worst interface.