Mercedes-Benz Refreshes Its GLA Lineup, Adds The Yellow Night Edition

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Mercedes-Benz has revealed its refreshed GLA subcompact crossover ahead of this year’s Detroit Motor Show. First introduced in 2013, the GLA helped define the tiny utility vehicle segment with what amounts to a lift kit on an A-Class hatchback.In the U.S., the GLA is the only way we kinda sorta get the A-Class, as Mercedes-Benz prefers to sell us the CLA subcompact sedan. No one’s really complaining though – the GLA is quirky, and the automotive world always needs more of that.For the 2018 model year, Mercedes focused on exterior and interior tweaks to keep the GLA appealing among a broadening group of competitors. Redesigned front and rear bumpers, new standard and optional wheel designs, the addition of Canyon Beige paint, and full LED headlights round out the exterior modifications. Inside, an 8.0-inch center display is standard, the instrument cluster has been updated, a rearview camera is standard, Android Auto has been added, and a new Black Ash wood trim replaces Burl Walnut.As for the GLA45 AMG, the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumps out more power than any other 2.0-liter turbo on the market: 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission transfers grunt to all four wheels for a blistering 0 to 60 mph spring of 4.3 seconds.The 2018 GLA45 and CLA45 AMG cars are now available with an AMG Performance Studio Package (a.k.a “Yellow Night”). Included in the special edition is matte graphite gray paint with yellow accents, AMG sport seats with microfiber inserts and yellow trim, unique sill plates and floor mats, and AMG’s performance steering wheel. Nothing says sporty like neon yellow accents.Pricing for the Yellow Night edition and all other 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA models will be revealed closer to their on-sale date this summer. The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now last_img read more

Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Education has announced the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the planned overhaul of the Junior Certificate is to take place next month.Representatives from teachers unions, school management, the Department of Education and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will meet on 17 January to consider issues raised by teachers about the introduction of a new Junior Cert.The changes will see eight new “short courses” introduced to the curriculum, including computer programming, PE, Chinese and artistic performance. Students will get marks for showing what they can do in practical tasks rather than in the examination hall.The current Junior Cert curriculum has been in place for 24 years with only minor changes to syllabuses.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said reforming the State examination is necessary but that many teachers have “legitimate concerns” about how it will happen.The Teachers Union of Ireland has raised concerns about the move to a continuous assessment system for some subjects and said that more teachers will be needed.“I am committed to ensuring that we implement the curriculum changes we need as a society,” said Ruairí Quinn. “Reforming the Junior Cycle is key in this regard”.“I have always secured significant resources for this reform. Almost all teachers I speak to are supportive of the need for change”.“But I am also aware that many of our teachers have legitimate concerns about how the new changes will be introduced in schools. The Working Group provides a forum for these concerns to be heard through the relevant representative structures”.“A radical overhaul of the Junior Cycle is essential if it is to be relevant and reflect the social, cultural and technological changes that have taken place in the last quarter of a century,” said Minister Quinn.Read: Chinese, coding and caring for animals: Junior Cycle is getting an overhaul > Read: TUI says more teachers are needed if planned Junior Cert changes are to be made > Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre >last_img read more