The latest luxury sedans use night-vision systems to let you see in the dark
By Eric AdamsPosted 05.11.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
We tested two new night-vision systems that are available in the top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz S550 and BMW 7-Series luxury sedans. They operate on virtually opposite principles-Mercedes illuminates the environment with projected infrared light; BMW detects thermal energy emitted from objects-and each works well under different circumstances. Click here to see what we found.
Technology beat the clatter and smoke of diesel car engines. It's time for a U.S. comeback.
By Michelle KrebsPosted 01.29.2002 at 8:00 pm 1 Comment
During the 1980s, A diesel-powered Volkswagen Rabbit was briefly part of my household fleet. It was a particularly frigid Detroit winter, and we had to plug in the Rabbit's engine block heater if we were parked for even an hour or it absolutely refused to start. Even on warm days, our Rabbit hesitated at the touch of the ignition key. Its lack of power necessitated long-term planning for the simplest highway passing maneuvers. The engine clattered, smoked, and smelled like a city bus. The car's sole saving grace was that it traveled miles and miles on a single tank of fuel.