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That little stone...

The blighter in question You may remember the little trouble maker above from my Four Points excursion.  It successfully stopped the LHS radiator fan and then because some idiot didn't remove the stone, killed said fan.  Arrrgggggh! Anyway, I've dragged the chain a bit sorting the issue out but finally I tracked a second-hand one down in Oz - new ones appear to be made of gold or something... [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Maintenance, Motorcycles, Concours 14, Andrew Thomson


Sleeker, third generation Suzuki Hayabusa rendered by Japanese magazine

Suzuki has pulled the plug off the Hayabusa nearly 20 years after introducing...
Tags: Autos, Suzuki, Suzuki Hayabusa


2019 BMW Z4: Turbo 4s & Straight 6s All Day

The 2019 BMW Z4 features two new engines, one of which is nearly 400 horsepower.  With a 50:50 weight distribution, curb weight comes in at 3,443 lbs.; GVW is 4,092 lbs. The electrically-operated soft top can be opened in ten seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. BMW is touting their latest Z4 roadster, fitting since it shares a lot of bits and pieces with the current show-stealer, Toyota’s new Supra. As hot and anticipated as that Supra is, it is best not to overlook what BMW is doing. It’s never a...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Supra, Car News, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC, Fuel Tank Capacity


Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way, but not far enough

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face. The post Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way, but not far enough appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Lyft, Cars, Trends, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Aptiv, Las Vegas Hop


Germany Engineering Firm Pleads Guilty to Involvement in VW Emissions Scandal

IAV GmbH, the German engineering company co-owned by Volkswagen Group, plead guilty to a felony count of conspiracy in a U.S. District Court on Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Last month, authorities said the firm had already agreed to a guilty plea and multi-million-dollar fine for its role in helping Volkswagen Group develop […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Audi, Industry News, Dieselgate, U S District Court, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Emissions Scandal, IAV, Defeat Device, Hot Legal Action, Illegal Software


Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be. The post Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Robot, Self-driving Car, Emerging Tech


Infiniti's Concept Car Was a Big EyesOn Design Awards Winner at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars. The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—involved an all-star panel of global automotive designers from industry, academia and independent design studios, who walked the show to assess this year's crop of stunning concept and production...
Tags: Design, China, Germany, India, Cars, Ford, North America, Pasadena, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Pininfarina, Ford Motor Co, Sahara, Cobo Center, Ford Mustang Shelby, Dio


GM Quietly Erases Online Ad Already Pulled From Television

In a rare victory for television, General Motors was forced to pull one of its obnoxious “Real People” ads earlier this week after Ford, Toyota, and Honda cried foul over its claims. If you missed our earlier coverage, the gist was that GM stated Chevrolet was the more dependable brand by surprising rival owners — who […] The post GM Quietly Erases Online Ad Already Pulled From Television appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Commercials, Advertising, General Motors, Reliability, Gm, Autos, Ads, Honda, Chevrolet, J.d. Power, Ford Toyota, News Blog, Car Ads, Real People, Hot Legal Action, Truth Versus Advertising


Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has piqued the interest and investment from Sony and others. “what3words have solved the considerable problem of entering a precise location into...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Sony, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, TomTom, Cabify, Sony Corporation, What3words, Toshimoto Mitomo


Nissan Cutting 700 Workers, Blames Slow Titan Sales

Adding to company woes brought on by the Carlos Ghosn scandal, Nissan has announced plans to lay off nearly 700 contract workers at its truck and van manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The shifts affected are responsible for making the Titan, Frontier, and NV line of vans. While Frontier sales are relatively steady, both Titan and […] The post Nissan Cutting 700 Workers, Blames Slow Titan Sales appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Layoffs, Mississippi, Autos, Nissan, Titan, Frontier, Job Loss, Carlos Ghosn, Canton, Nissan Titan, NV, News Blog, Titan Frontier and NV


Buy/Drive/Burn: Three-row, V8 Family SUVs for 2019

The Buy/Drive/Burn series tackled big SUVs in the past, but those were of a distinctly luxurious flavor, costing over $85,000. Today we take a look at three other SUVs, but this time they’re closer to the $50,000 price point. All are from standard, non-luxury brands, have V8 engines, and boast body-on-frame construction. Let’s sort them out. […] The post Buy/Drive/Burn: Three-row, V8 Family SUVs for 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos


It’s Time To Watch A Couple 911 GT1s Roar Their Hearts Out

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Tags: Porsche, Autos, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Vintage Racing, 911 GT1


The Grand Tour Season 3 is here!

Amazon just sent me a text saying The Grand Tour Season 3 is now available. I'll be back in a few hours!
Tags: Amazon, Post, Video, News, Cars, Hammond, May


Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry

The State of Colorado will be the next territory in the United States to join California in embracing electric vehicles. Democratic Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order (his very first) proposing that the zero-emission vehicle rule be enacted no later than May of 2019. The rule would require automakers to sell more electric […] The post Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, California, Government, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Zero Emission Vehicle, Jared Polis, News Blog, ZEVs, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, EV sales, Auto Dealers, State Mandates


Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Is Rally Ready

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Tags: Porsche, Autos, World Rally, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Porsche Race Cars, R-GT, FIA rally, 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport


GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party

In a perfect world, a vehicle’s airbags would only deploy in circumstances where the driver, in hindsight, applauds the life-saving buffer’s invention. Not included in that list of circumstances is a spinout, far removed from hard obstacles or other vehicles. One Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver isn’t applauding General Motors after his car’s side curtain airbags […] The post GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, General Motors, Quality, Airbags, Gm, Autos, Party, Chevrolet, News Blog, Airbag Deployment


The New Toyota Supra Should Be Able To Do A 7min 40sec 'Ring Lap

The Toyota GR Supra's chief engineer reckons a respectable Nurburgring Nordschleife lap is possible with the car, but it would need one small modification first...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Supra, Nurburgring Nordschleife


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 53: Colorado Interlude: Back in Centennial

Flew home from Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix yesterday evening.Southwest Airlines flight was delayed, which did allow for this viewing of the sunset from Terminal 4: The flight itself, in spite of the regular dose of Xanax I had for flights, sucked as usual.Packed to the gills, asshole next to me with of course no concept of personal space, and shitheads in the baggage retrieval area and enroute to the the departures area.By the time Martha and Patrick picked me up, which was very shortly after...
Tags: Motorcycles, Southwest Airlines, Sunset, Misc, Phoenix, Patrick, Martha, Centennial, Sky Harbor


Someone's Built A Mad Six-Wheeled Mercedes ML-Class

Want a six-wheeled Mercedes you can actually afford? This ML is the G63 6x6 alternative you've been waiting for. Maybe...
Tags: Autos, Mercedes


Ford Will Make All Electric F-150 With More Towing Power to Fight Off Tesla and Rivian

Ford will make electric and hybrid F-150 trucks that will come with more towing and off-road power than traditional gasoline and diesel trucks can offer today. Ford revealed a hybrid 2020 Explorer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Technology, Future, Cars, Tesla, World, Ford, Innovation, Batteries, Trucks, Electric Cars


Tesla Slashes Workforce, Kills Referral Program in Ongoing Search for Cash

The automaker may have worked out production bugs and finally turned a profit late last year, but 2019 is off to a rocky start for Tesla. In an email to employees Friday, CEO Elon Musk said he’ll thin the company’s full-time ranks by 7 percent, warning of a “very difficult” road ahead. The news comes […] The post Tesla Slashes Workforce, Kills Referral Program in Ongoing Search for Cash appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Autos, Tesla Slashes Workforce Kills Referral Program


The Waiting Game: List of Automakers Standing in Line for EPA Approval Grows

As previously reported, vehicle certifications have been suspended during the current government shutdown. While this is normally a non-issue, the extended length of this federal deferment is starting to spook automakers. Fiat Chrysler has already bemoaned the situation, as it’s currently waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve its Ram Heavy Duty pickups. While the […] The post The Waiting Game: List of Automakers Standing in Line for EPA Approval Grows appeared first on The T...
Tags: Government, General Motors, Ford, Fca, Gm, Autos, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Government Shutdown, Fiat. Chrysler, Emissions Testing, Ford Motor Co, Product Launches, News Blog, Emissions certification, Launch Delays


Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car. The post Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Nissan, Nissan Altima, Sedans, All-wheel Drive


U.S. Indicts Four Audi Managers for Diesel Deception

Four men tasked with developing a very dirty diesel engine for use in Audi vehicles have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury. The four, including the head of Audi’s Diesel Engine Development department, face charges of wire fraud, violation of the Clean Air Act, and conspiracy, all stemming from the development of an engine that […] The post U.S. Indicts Four Audi Managers for Diesel Deception appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Law And Order, Audi, Diesel, Crime And Punishment, News Blog, Diesel Emissions Scandal, Audi Managers for Diesel Deception, Audi s Diesel Engine Development


Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits. The post Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, News, Cars, Trends, Tesla


Ducati’s Ready for Red Tour Will Stop in 17 Locations Across the U.S.

Get Ready for the Italian Invasion Ducati wants to show off everything its got. The company will do so with its Ready for Red Tour. On the tour, Ducati will hit 17 locations in major cities across the U.S. The goal will be to share what the company is doing from a technology perspective and showcase its newest bikes. Open to the public, Ducati will hold pre-registration for attendance. If it sounds like something you’re interested in you can RSVP now at the tour’s website. The bikes on display ...
Tags: Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, San Diego, Dallas, Miami, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Houston, Seattle, Orlando, Harrison


New Neurobiological Study Shows Benefits of Motorcycle Riding

Go Ride It’s Good For You According to a new study funded by Harley-Davidson, riding a motorcycle can reduce stress and increase focus. The study found that riding a motorcycle also increased heart rates by 11 percent and adrenaline levels by 27 percent. That’s essentially the same as doing a light workout. Reducing stress is probably one of the most important findings of the study. Motorcyclists have been saying it for years, but now they have a study to point to that backs them up. The study ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Ucla, Harley, Vaughn, Neuroreport Int J Psychophysiol, Harley Davidson Dr Don Vaughn


America's most honest used car salesman explains AS-IS

Cash Cars in Kansas City will take very little cash for very crappy vehicles. They are sold AS-IS, and yet Desmound Logan here must still explain to customers that when you pay $3,000 for a Tahoe, you can take it on an extended test drive but you are not getting a warrantee. "When you come to us, we are your last motherfuckin resort," says Logan. In the following video, Logan presents a Cash Cars KC "You figure out what's wrong with it" special. NSFW language throughout, y'all.
Tags: Video, News, Cars, America, Nsfw, Kansas City, Logan, Desmound Logan


Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing?

Longtime TTAC Commentator Golden2husky writes: Dear Sajeev: I have a problem with my old ’92 Sable. About a year ago the ABS started to lightly engage while the wheel was turned hard left or right as you pulled into a parking spot. The parking was not at “turtle” speeds but was well below the need […] The post Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Abs, Ford Taurus, News Blog, Piston Slap, Mercury Sable, Abs Engagement, Abs Testing, Anti Lock Brake, Antilock Brake System, EEC-IV, Tone Ring, unwanted ABS engagement, Wheel Speed Sensor, Golden2husky


Kia India to launch a Maruti Baleno-rivalling cross-hatch - Report

Kia India will enter the Indian car market with the production-spec Kia SP...
Tags: Autos, Kia India



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