BMW M850i First Edition brings limitededition looks to 400 cars

first_img 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 71 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. BMW,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Tags 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 0 69 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Coupes Luxury cars Sports Cars 18 Photos Share your voice Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Comments 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness BMW Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 52 Photoscenter_img GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow Share your voice 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Enlarge ImageBMW’s “frozen” paints have a matte finish, but they aren’t as finicky about maintenance as they used to be. BMW These days, it feels like nearly every new car has some kind of “first edition” or “launch edition” with extra trimmings and a higher price tag. Ahead of the BMW 8 Series’ release, BMW hopped back on that bandwagon with the M850i First Edition.BMW unveiled the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition on Monday. Offered on just 400 cars, this comprehensive upgrade covers interior and exterior aesthetics, with some additional flourishes by way of a couple optional packages available on other M850i models. That quantity is the worldwide limit, so each market will receive far fewer — the UK, for example, only gets 10 of these cars.On the outside, BMW’s in-house Individual program applied its Frozen Barcelona Blue paint to the body, a color developed just for this car. There’s also a set of 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black. From the options menu, the car ditches its chrome trim in favor of gloss-black bits, and carbon fiber adorns the roof and other various trim pieces.Inside, BMW Individual shows up once again, this time adding a two-tone interior made from blue and white Merino leather. That color combination extends to the steering wheel and the Alcantara suede headliner, both of which are finished in blue. The interior is finished off with piano black trim, unique badges, cut glass knobs and buttons, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system. The car also sports several optional packages to boost its complement of tech.Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ M850i as usual. Under the hood is a 523-horsepower, 553-pound-foot 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends its power to all four wheels. While pricing has not yet been announced for the US, the M850i First Edition goes on sale in June. The regular M850i is already a pricey proposition, commandng a $111,900 window sticker. 4 49 Photos Car Industry Get exclusively fancy with the BMW M850i First Edition 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 26 Photos Post a comment 81 Photos 7 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Facebook says Saavn Airtel had access to user data even after 2015

first_imgA visitor works on his computer at France’s Facebook headquarters in Paris, France, May 15, 2018.REUTERS/Charles PlatiauTelecom major Airtel and music streaming app Saavn are among the dozens of firms that received a special exemption from Facebook after it discontinued access to data in 2015.In a written submission to US Congress, Facebook said that these firms were allowed access to data following its partnerships with app developers and software makers to integrate “Facebook and Facebook features” onto their companies’ devices and products.Along with Airtel, 51 other companies were also authorised to use Facebook user data which allowed the Silicon Valley-based giant to increase its reach among users. The other major players involved were Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry.  The mobile streaming app Saavn was offered a one-time extension beyond May 2015. This exemption was given to comply with “restricted API (application programming interface) access” after it imposed restrictions following the alleged misuse of data by researcher Aleksander Kogan. Saavn was later merged with Reliance owned JioMusic platform in March 2018.Notably, in early 2018, Facebook accused Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm of getting the physiological profiles of 50 million people from Kogan, who is said to have violated its data policies by sharing data from his personality prediction app.The app developed by Kogan mined data not only from the participating profile but also from everyone in their friend list. The US investigative agencies are looking its possible involvement in influencing the US Presidential elections.Airtel defended its stance in this matter and denied any wrongdoings. “The matter pertains to the year 2010 when Airtel was granted access to data by Facebook as an app developer. The project ended in 2013 and so did the access to the data. We confirm that the data was used only for our internal purposes. We take data privacy extremely seriously and follow a zero-tolerance policy on the same.” The Economic Times reported, attributing it to an Airtel spokesperson.Facebook is facing a huge public outcry over accusations of data theft, which has forced the tech giant to investigate every app that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its policies in 2014. It has already suspended over 200 apps.last_img read more

45 lakh school students under North Corporation bereft of insurance cover

first_imgIt has come to light that the North MCD, with around 4.5 lakh students of 765-odd schools under it, has stopped providing insurance facilities to its students.As per the report, the students enrolled in North MCD schools have not been able to avail insurance facilities from April this year due to non-renewal of the insurance terms. The Corporation, which is supposed to spend Rs 2.5 lakh per annum for the insurance of its students through a private company, is yet to make the payment for the contract renewal. The civic agency claims that the insurance company is seeking Rs 1.30 per children per year or nearly Rs 6 lakh in total, which is beyond its means. “The Corporation is facing a financial crisis hence it cannot bear a premium amount which is more than double in comparison to last year. We have been looking for a company which could provide services on lower premiums,” said a Corporation councillor. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRenu K Jagdev, Additional Commissioner (Revenue) of North Corporation said that the agency issued tenders in February and April but failed to finalise any of the companies. “In February, HDFC Insurance Company came forward with a rate of Rs 1.10 per children but the tender was not allotted as the company was a lone participant. In April, the existing insurance company, Bajaj Allianz, and HDFC insurance participated and the latter had quoted Rs 1.30 which was the lowest. The tender was not awarded due to some reasons and now the agency is gearing up for a fresh tender,” the Additional Commissioner said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindLeader of Opposition in the North Corporation Mukesh Goel said that it’s unfortunate that the students, who fall under economically backward categories, are being deprived due to non-payment of a small amount. The students do not have an insurance coverage and the ruling BJP is paying no heed to this issue. “Last week, a nine-year-old boy died after a grille kept in the balcony of a Municipal school fell on him in North-west Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar due to negligence on the part of school authorities. The family did not get the insurance amount due to lack of coverage. The North Corporation must act like a responsible body by renewing the contract immediately,” Goel said.last_img read more