Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Today had to use this video to have my Ford Focus Key Fob remote opened and battery replaced as the manual wasn't too clear.

However the key had been with a dead battery for several days, so didn't work with a new one either -- apparently due to need to reprogram. 

Which I finally did by turning the ignition switch to position 2 like 4 times within 6 seconds and pressing a button on the key fob.

After that procedure the key seems to work just fine.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Peugeot 308 GTi I Push The Limits - Peugeot Dangerous Monkey Ad

What's going on?
A man and his monkey (whatever) escape in a Peugeot 308 GTi from an American gang (speaking Russian for some reason) and immediately picking up a fight with a Japanese one.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

NYT - The Lonely Death of George Bell

The Lonely Death of George Bell

Neighbors had last seen him six days earlier, a Sunday. On Thursday, there was a break in his routine. The car he always kept out front and moved from one side of the street to the other to obey parking rules sat on the wrong side. A ticket was wedged beneath the wiper. The woman next door called Mr. Bell. His phone rang and rang.

Then the smell of death and the police and the sobering reason that George Bell did not move his car.


 Loose ends began to be tidied up. The car, a silver 2005 Toyota RAV4, was sent to an auctioneer.

The Lonely Death of George Bell

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cabs Are For Kissing: The Taxi TV And Me

Cabs Are For Kissing: The Taxi TV And Me: My God, how I hate these things. For those who may not know, let me first tell you what the Taxi TV is. It's a television monitor situ...

Ravon is Born

As I wrote recently on my other blog, Spotted...Cars in Moscow, Russia has welcomed a new automotive brand, Ravon, which is the same as the old automotive brand UZ-Daewoo (aka GM Uzbekistan Chevrolet). 

Uzbekistan's UZ-Daewoo (currently, GM Uzbekistan) known in these parts of the world for its Nexia, Matiz, Gentra models and also building Chevrolet models such as Spark, Aveo, Cobalt and even Malibu (and earlier Lacetti) is to sell cars in Russia from Oct 8, 2015 on under a new brand called Ravon.

Apparently, Ravon is an abbreviation of Reliable Active Vehicle On Road. At the same time, Ravon means "direct road" (no idea in which language).

Cars produced by GM Uzbekistan are sold under the Chevrolet brand at home in Uzbekistan and were exported to Russia and other states under UZ-Daewoo which will now be replaced by Ravon.

GM Uzbekistan is to offer in Russia the Ravon Nexia R3 (Chevrolet Aveo), the Ravon R2 (the Chevrolet Spark), the Ravon R4 (Chevrolet Cobalt). 

It will also sell the Ravon Matiz and the Ravon Gentra. 

Reportedly, the Ravon Matiz has been restyled. It now has a new interior, ABS, airbags, immobilizer, new bumpers and a new radiator grille. 

The Ravon R2 will receive a new more aggressive radiator grille. The Ravon Gentra was also modernized. Images of new cars are available here as seen at the Ravon brand presentation in a RIA Novosti photoshoot.

GM Uzbekistan also launched an official website of its new brand... which is however empty as of this writing. 

Ravon Matiz at the presentation, nearly entirely obstructed by Ria Novosti water marks.

In the meantime, the Daewoo Matiz continues to sell as... the Daewoo Matiz in Russia... at least the dedicated website is still up.


Found some press photos of the Ravon line-up.

Ravon Gentra (formerly Chevrolet Lacetti)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

American Car Brochures

 This looks like a wonderful car resource courtesy of Murilee Martin


Bertel has forgotten about cars more than Jalops will ever know. 

Toyota Gives Crown New Shine at Sixty | TOYOTA Global Newsroom

Toyota Gives the Crown a New Shine at Sixty | TOYOTA Global Newsroom

The JDM Crown in previous generations (and mostly used) was immensely popular in Russia in late 1980s and 1990s, especially in the Russian Far East.

I think Toyota could achieve major sales if they brought this one to Russia, because Crown love still lingers. 

Toyota also released a batch of hi-res pictures of the 2016 Crown.

60th anniversary 2016 Crown Athlete

A crown shaped grille on the Crown Athlete.

Jean Claude Briavoine / LADA 4x4 Niva trial

Wheel Gets Launched by Airbags and Smashes Car Window

Airbags can easily kill... even if they are not Takatas.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cars of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur - The Truth About Cars

Great post on TTAC about China cars, specifically in Xinjiang. 

Steve McQueen and Carrol Shelby

Mitsuoka Motor - The company of craftsmanship

Mitsuoka ad.

How Much Power You'll Lose if You Remove #VW Diesel Cheat

Answer: about 15 hps and a lot more torque. 

Use for Old Car Seat Belts and Buckles

2016 Ford GT: Development

Thursday, October 1, 2015