Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ingenious Way to Get Out When Stuck in Mud

Here's how you do it, apparently. All you need is a plank of wood and some sticky tape.

Mercedes-Benz Embrace Tech


Portland VW owner shamed via note from fellow Portlander

As reported earlier (a couple of posts back on this blog).

Chrysler 300 Long Body

 That's veeeery long, thank you.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Matthias Müller Appointed CEO Volkswagen Group #VW

Good luck, comrade Mueller. You'll need it! 

Ripituc: Los tres logos de Geely en Chile

Ripituc: Los tres logos de Geely en Chile: The 3 logos of Geely in Chile Encuentro curioso que una marca use tres logos distintos en un mismo mercado, pero eso hace Geely en Chile (...

Geely badges - Chile

Emgrand - Geely badges (Chile)

Gleagle - Geely badges (Chile)

Chevelle Hangs Throttle Blows Tires at 150+mph

H/t Jalopnik

Japan 1 - A Visual Diary

H/t Jalopnik

Jack Baruth Ranks Nissan Maximas

Finally a good post on t so-called tac, worthy of a re-posting here.

Jack Baruth, the automotive dude, writer and racer extraordinaire, ranks the Nissan Maximas. 

Awesome post, good writing too (if a bit stream of consciousness).
A couple of months ago, our own Mark Stevenson drove the eighth-generation Maxima. He was neither particularly enthusiastic nor needlessly cruel when discussing Nissan’s big sedan. I have yet to drive the Max myself so I have, as of yet, no opinion. However, I have driven all of the previous cars at one point or another between 1988 and 2013. I also have something to say about the Maxima’s true relevance to Nissan, and I’ll be saying that in my next “No Fixed Abode” column. As a warmup for that, then, I thought I’d reacquaint you, and myself, with the history of the Maxima. And since this is the Internet, we might as well rank them, right?

LADA Vesta in Production

The biggest automotive news here in Russia today September 25, 2015 is definitely the launch of production of the LADA Vesta.

The PR Department of AvtoVAZ (the maker of the Lada) has a dump of LADA Vesta pictures, and here are all of them. 

Nice pictures too!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Command Your Commute

Want. Yes. Me. Wanna command my commute.
Command your commute
In da Chrysler 300 brute

Version 2
Command your commute
In a Chrysler 300, Dude

8 Best Jewish Delis in NYC

Gearheads like to eat too.

Apple Car?

Apple core car? Oh Gawd no!

Jessica Reed Tells You to Eat All Meals on Toasts

The new Volkswagen Passat GTE - commercial

Honda "Paper" by PES


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ken Block Drifting on Mountain in Russia

Argument over a parking spot in Denver, CO

Tamerlane's Thoughts: 10 Honda Generations

A nice post on Tamerlane's Thoughts summing up briefly the 10 generations of the Honda Civic. 

Quoting, aka reposting. 

Civics have been so ubiquitous for so long, they're an integral part of our lives.
1st: Mom's Civic

2nd: The "new" Civic, compared to mom's Civic

3rd: Cheap Civic in school; took a road trip to Santa Barbara for Halloween in one with three other guys

4th: Roommate had one; probably the most dependable car ever

5th: What people were driving in grad school

6th: What friend's younger brother drove; ugly

7th: What my wife has been driving for 11 years

8th: When Honda started losing its way
(me: an 8th-Gen Honda Civic was stolen from my neighbor in the middle of the night in our apartment block's back yard.)

9th: There's a 9th generation?

10th: The future

1966 Volga GAZ-21 - Jay Leno's Garage

It would be a nice vid if Leno didn't talk so much BS.

And the only one but t-ugly in this vid is the presenter.

Still worth a look but mute the Leno clown.

Did you Know UK Leading Way in Developing Driverless Cars?

This is not a joke, apparently, come from the PM. Catapult?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

Car movie - Death Proof

Today's car movie is Death Proof directed by Tarantino.

The dialogue scenes are way too long, stupid, lead nowhere and a waste, here Tarantino gets finally found out.

However, the driving scenes, the car scenes are good, and the death proof car, and Kurt Russel is mostly good, the final car chase is not too bad at all.

The concept of a death proof car is an interesting one, as well, especially considering all the criminal uses you can put such a car to, should you be so inclined.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Two ladies trying to fill up car / Две блондинки на заправке.

Two ladies somewhere in Russia trying, and not quite succeeding, to fill up their car. Watch them insisting on using the wrong fuel pump, completely disregarding the easier correct option of using the pump on their side.

New York City sets start date of April 20 for Taxi of Tomorrow with Nissan

Nissan issues a press release on the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow.

New York City sets start date of April 20 for Taxi of Tomorrow with Nissan

The Nissan NV200 taxi is the only taxi that leaves the factory with the installed partition, which has been specifically designed to ensure that no safety features are compromised by after-market installations. In fact, the Nissan NV200 Taxi was crash-tested with the partition and meets Federal safety standards, an attribute no other automaker provides for taxis. After-market installations in some taxis can render safety features such as airbags non-functional.

The Nissan NV200 also meets global pedestrian-protection standards aimed at softening the impact to a pedestrian if struck by a vehicle.

Following its selection as the exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow provider, Nissan engaged with organizations long at the forefront of the Taxi of Tomorrow program, including the Design Trust for Public Space, Smart Design and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Nissan created its own “New York Ave.” at its Arizona proving grounds to replicate harsh conditions of NYC streets to rigorously test the Nissan NV200 taxi to tune the suspension specifically to NYC road conditions. Additionally, Nissan hired New York City cab drivers to test vehicles around the city, collecting data that was used to refine the vehicle. In total, these drivers logged enough miles to cover every street in Manhattan more than 300 times.

The Nissan NV200 taxi also offers passengers a variety of amenities to make their trip more pleasant, including ample cargo room for transporting luggage and USB charging ports in addition to a 12-volt electrical outlet.

The Nissan NV200 Taxi offers a functional and spacious interior housed in a compact exterior footprint; in fact, when the Nissan NV200 Taxi is deployed across the entire taxi fleet, the equivalent of five square-acres of space will be freed up on city streets.

Key safety features include:
  • Front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags specifically designed to deploy around the integrated partition and seat-mounted airbags for the front row
  • Standard traction control and Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Sliding doors to lessen risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly
  • Lights that alert other road users that taxi doors are opening
About Nissan NV200 Taxi
Drawing on insight from New York taxi drivers, medallion holders, fleets and passengers, the Nissan NV200 taxi features more content tailored specifically to the unique needs of metropolitan cab service than ever before. In addition to stunning views of the city, other new features include:
  • Ample room for four passengers and their luggage, offering substantial improvements over current and recently-unveiled taxi models
  • Breathable, antimicrobial, environment-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean seat fabric
  • Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, providing easy entry and exit
  • Mobile charging ports for passengers, including a 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports
  • Flat "no hump" passenger floor area for more comfortable ride and easy entry and exit
  • Independently-controlled, rear air conditioning
  • Active carbon-lined headliner to help neutralize interior odors
  • Overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate belongings
  • Opening side windows
Other notable NV200 taxi features focus on driver comfort, customer satisfaction and the environment:
  • A low-annoyance horn with exterior lights that indicate when the vehicle is honking, so the horn is used less frequently
  • Hearing Loop System for the hearing impaired
  • Driver and passenger intercom system
  • A 6-way adjustable driver's seat featuring both recline and lumbar adjustments, even with a partition installed
  • Proven 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, engineered to enhance the emission performance and fuel efficiency of the taxi fleet
  • 150,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Unique driver's seat material and stitching to promote improved airflow
  • USB auxiliary audio input and charge port for driver
  • Standard navigation system with integrated rearview backup monitor
  • All necessary wiring and installation provisions
The NV200 taxi is now on sale at select Nissan dealerships in the greater New York City area. Total manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the vehicle is approximately $29,700.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi