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War Against : Facebook and Twitter usage in cars.(US Regulators)


The automakers are approached by the US regulators to stop the in-car infotainment i.e., the transport department is asked to block the usage of social sites while driving including any kind of browsing.And also the car-makers insisted on designing such a navigation system which takes much less time to select and enter the address so that driver does not get distracted off the road.According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this thing is very similar to the no use of cell phone with hand while driving , on which the work is going on.


The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which represents GM and Toyota among others, said its own guidelines were less restrictive. AAM says the government’s proposals will lead to more use of handheld phones and other devices.And AAM Spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said that 98 % of the accidents are not due to inbuilt systems but due to other distraction on the road.As per AAM rules the infotainment is allowed at low speed driving.


The guidelines will start within three years and are applicable on new vehicles . National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the guidelines may be used to give incentives in its vehicle safety ratings in the future.



Jaguar Takes a Shot at Making Movies, the Result Is Not Bad at All

The Jaguar F-Type is a very important car for the British marque, so no chance is ruined to promote it . Lana del Rey’s song “Burning Desire” was for the promotion of F-type . Now a short film called “Desire”, directed by Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates , which premiered today at Sundance London film and music festival, is another promotion by Jaguar for the series.The film features Golden Globe & Emmy Award winning actor Damian Lewis, Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and American actor Shannyn Sossamon.


The story of the film is of an alleged car delivery person who is a South American…drug lord.Who was caught in the middle of a disturbed relationship between a separated wife and her husband. The 13-minute movie has a Jaguar F-type car chases in Atacama Desert full of gunshots. For the spare time you can watch three making videos too.


Repetitive DUI Offender Smashes Into Five Cars on Idaho Highway.What a McNutt !

Sunday (April 21, 2013), on Interstate 90 in the Coeur d’Alene area in Idaho , an unstable Kia sedan involved in five accidents and many near misses . An eyewitness , Kon Shiva , the owner of a vehicle tinting shop in Spokane , captured the footage . Kia driver was swinging on the road before he smashed into a blue Honda Civic and abandoned the scene with the cops right on his tail.


Shiva told the CDAPress that, “he saw some clouds of dust, and then came to the conclusion that the driving was not usual. We were blown away by it”.

The driver, was identified as Glenn M. McNutt […],50-year-old driver of the 2006 Kia was charged for DUI, aggravated battery, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle with no insurance.Amazingly, no serious injuries were reported.

The CDAPress reported that McNutt “has eight previous bookings in the Kootenai County jail – all DUI-related – from 2006 to 2011″, which if true, makes you wonder how and why he is still allowed to drive…



Don’t Cut Off Scooter Riders in Russia, they May Be Packing…an Angle Grinder!

Don’t Cut Off Scooter Riders in Russia, they May Be Packing…an Angle Grinder!


People who prefer two wheels instead of four for getting around always swear by their motorcycles and some really seem not to like drivers very much, for no apparent reason. This is clearly evidence of it, as this particular scooter rider from Russia came equipped to deal with any driver who was to cut him off…


The video posted after the virtual break, you will notice how the driver of the black Nissan Juke moves to the left side of the road to avoid a parked truck. It’s not the most severe maneuver of its type that we have seen, so the reaction it prompts is a bit over the top.

The angry rider takes out a battery , breaks the crossover’s mirror with his hand, then takes out the grinding tool and starts cutting.

The only question we have is that. Was he a construction worker, or did he deliberately bring it along to grind off people’s mirrors?

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U.S. Drivers Warm Up to Diesels – Registrations Rise 24.3 Percent between 2010 and 2012

Once a diesel that was reserved to heavy-duty trucks has now professed among U.S automobile drivers in recent years and clean diesel registration have been increased by 24.3%, from 2010 through 2012 ,following similar trends of double-digit diesel car sale increases throughout the country, according to data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company.

Registrations of diesel cars and SUVs increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012. Whereas , hybrid car and SUV registrations increased from 1,714,966 to 2,290,903,which is accounts for an increase of 33.58 percent.And the total car and SUV registrations in the U.S. increased by just 2.75%.The national registration information includes data for all types of passenger vehicles from all states and the District of Columbia from January 1, 2010 till December 31, 2012.

There are over 6.65 million diesel passenger vehicles registered in the U.S., while the total number of registered hybrids exceeds 2.29 million. Currently there are 27 diesel & 46

hybrids models are available in the U.S. market.


Diesel passenger vehicle sales are expected to increase significantly, as the several new diesel vehicles will get into the market in the next two years, reaching 10 percent of the U.S. market by 2020.The U.S. states with the most diesel registrations are Texas, California and Florida.


Future headlights : Turn rain invisible

The rain droplets is the bane for drivers driving after dark. But now the new technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University may prove advantageous,to find out how it works play the video.

Instead of relying on a bog-standard bulb to beam light out over a darkened road, the futuristic setup would use something more akin to a projector.The camera beneath that projector, keeping an eye on drops of rain as they enter the headlights’ beams. Information from that camera is sent to a processing unit, that identifies raindrops and makes a guess as to where each droplet is headed.The projector then spots out the bits of its projection where the rain drops are. The result is a light that shines out from the front of a vehicle in the dark, but doesn’t highlight any rain.


A powerful projector,camera and processing unit will be needed which will be more expensive than a normal bulb. And the technology will take about an decade to get implemented.




As a former professional race car driver and now the Chief Driving Instructor for BMW and judge on the TV show Canada’s Worst Driver, Philippe Létourneau knows a thing or two about driving. Read on to find out more about his five tips for safe driving this summer.

Courtesy of Philippe Létourneau, Chief Driving Instructor for BMW

1.Look at Your Vehicle
Before you enter your car, look at your machine. You are driving something on public roads that weighs a lot, so it is important to make sure your equipment is ready for the task. As you walk up to the car, glance at the tires. Even brand new tires can lose up to one pound of air a month. If you have a tire that’s under-inflated, it will affect the handling of vehicle.

2. Be Safe 
Put your seat belt on correctly and adjust your seating position. Philippe stresses the importance of having the lower seat belt strap go over your hips, not your stomach, to ensure it is stable. Also be sure to sit upright and properly behind the steering wheel. Philippe says driving is like any sport, so respect and handle your equipment properly.

3. Treat Driving as a Job 
In Canada, car accidents are most commonly caused by driver distraction. Cell phone use, changing the radio station, eating and drinking in the car are some of the most common distractions. Philippe urges Canadians to stay alert and focused in the car. Your job is to get from point A to B, so take this task seriously.

4. Avoid Road Rage 
Don’t let the road enrage you. Philippe sees road rage as an increasing problem amongst Canadians, particularly in big cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. He encourages Canadians to maintain a positive approach to driving. Respect for the road and the job of driving is paramount.

5. Stay Calm  
As a judge on Canada’s Worst Driver, Philippe has witnessed some of the worst driving behaviors in the country. He says tense, panicked drivers often get themselves into the most trouble. Remaining calm behind the wheel will prevent you from making rash and dangerous decisions.

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BMW, Audi Ready Entry-Level Diesels

BMW, Audi Ready Entry-Level Diesels

By  on March 15, 2013


Fans of the old BMW 335d won’t have to wait much longer for an all-new 3-Series diesel. On the other hand, Audi lovers will have to sit tight for an A4 diesel.


The next generation A4 will herald the fifth TDI in Audi’s lineup, when it launches with a 2.0L diesel engine for the 2015 model year. Rather than go with a two-year sales window for a current generation A4 TDI, Audi decided to wait until the next generation car and avoid the substantial homologation costs. The 3.0L V6 TDI was also nixed for similar reasons.

Luckily, BMW fans will get to see the new 328d at the New York Auto Show in two weeks time. Producing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft, the 328d will be available as a wagon, but no manual transmission has been confirmed. The previous 335d was offered only as an automatic.

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Yes, You Can Still Buy These Cars New

By  on March 15, 2013
In the last few years, a few cars have received more than their fair share of media attention. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, for example, which a few outlets have stopped just short of describing as the return of Jesus. A few others didn’t bother stopping short. There’s been a similar reaction to some of the updated Chrysler products, proving that all it takes to win over car journalists is a nip and tuck outside, a few new materials inside, and a fleet of well-equipped press cars generously loaned to anyone who asks.

But what about those cars that don’t get any coverage? You know the ones: those cars that even the manufacturer gave up on, but they keep selling because the factories have to stay open. The cars you haven’t seen advertised since someone at AIG said “Let’s do more of these wonderful credit default swaps!” The ones that have “$5000 off!” written on the windshield as you drive by. Except, of course, at a Chrysler dealer, where that’s every car.

Fortunately, those cars aren’t forgotten by everyone. Your old pal Doug is here to remind you of several new cars that you might be surprised to find out are, in fact, still new cars.

Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator


Ford has managed to equal or best nearly every offering from archrival General Motors in most market segments. This is the exception.

Like most cars on this list, the Expedition and Navigator were decent vehicles when their current bodystyles came out. But that was in 2003. Times have changed, and – with the exception of a facelift six years ago – the Expedition and Navigator have not.

The sad thing here, if you’re Ford, is that the Navigator actually beat the Escalade to the NBA star market by an entire model year. Back when both vehicles were just full-size SUVs with some leather and a chrome grille, the Escalade was a me-too competitor in a growing segment. But while GM dreamed big and gave the Escalade the development dollars to flourish, Lincoln aimed squarely for airport limo services. Both companies hit their marks.

Honda Ridgeline


I remember seeing a Honda Ridgeline for the first time. Of course, I remember it only vaguely, since it was eight years ago. But I distinctly recall thinking two things: one, this is the ugliest truck since the Lincoln Blackwood; and two, Honda might be on to something with this whole car-based pickup idea.

In the ensuing eight years, I have dramatically recanted one of my views – and it’s not the one that involves the Lincoln Blackwood. Stranger than the Ridgeline’s looks is the fact you can still buy one new, as if there’s anyone left who hasn’t had the chance to get their hands on a Ridgeline since it came out in 2005.

Land Rover LR2


The successor to Land Rover’s transmission-eating Freelander is still on sale. In fact, it was updated for the 2013 model year. To be fair, it’s not strange that Land Rover offers an entry-level SUV. What’s unusual is that they continue to sell it, even in the face of rising competition from… Land Rover.

The LR2 starts at $37,000. The recently released Range Rover Evoque – which is the same size and uses the same engine – is around $4,000 more. Say all you want about the Evoque’s styling, but it’s like a trendy iPhone to the LR2’s company-issued Blackberry. So who would choose an LR2 when the Evoque is priced so closely? Only Land Rover dealers, who use them religiously as service loaners. Think of it as a Captiva Sport that’s fit for the Queen.

Mitsubishi’s Entire Lineup


Pop quiz: name a current Mitsubishi. The Endeavor is gone. The Galant is gone. The Eclipse is gone. What the hell is left?

Mitsubishi currently sells only four vehicles in North America. There’s the Lancer and its derivatives, which include the Sportback and the Evolution. There’s the Outlander, which people sometimes buy on accident. There’s the Outlander Sport, also known as the RVR in Canada, where it doesn’t sell either. And there’s an egg-shaped electric car whose name includes three capital letters and two uses of a lowercase i.

Hands up: who has seen a Mitsubishi on temporary plates in the last year? Mitsubishi dealers don’t count, though I get the feeling most of them don’t see it often enough.

Nissan Armada


 It’s been ten years since the Nissan Armada came out. Since then, Infiniti launched a twin version called the QX56. Then, Infiniti redesigned the twin version. Then, Infiniti renamed the twin version. And what has Nissan done to keep the Armada fresh? Nothing. Yet it inexplicably still exists, wearing the same body panels it did in 2003. To me, this is incredibly confounding since a redesign would require nothing more than slapping a different grille and trim on the QX56.

My theory is there’s an intense ongoing debate at Nissan about the Armada’s future. Half want it redesigned; half want to kill it. Until an agreement is reached, it soldiers on, facing huge competition mostly from used versions of itself and taking up a rather large amount of space on Nissan dealer lots.

Nissan Cube



The 2000s, I suspect, will be remembered by some for spawning a fleet of compact cars that were inexplicably shaped like boxes. No one asked for these cars. In fact, no one BOUGHT these cars, with the exception of a few divorced, middle-aged women who were “trying something different.”

Nearly all of the box cars have been redesigned, like the Scion xB, or killed, like the Honda Element. But perhaps the strangest of them all, the Nissan Cube, still continues with its famed Cube Pubes firmly planted on the dashboard.

Toyota Matrix



Of all the cars on this list, this one surprised me the most. Yes, even though its Pontiac Vibe twin is dead, you can still get a 2013 Toyota Matrix. Actually, you should get a 2013 Toyota Matrix, especially if you’re considering a Corolla, since the Matrix is more practical, better looking, and – most importantly – not a Corolla.

Despite the Matrix’s positive traits, Toyota has given up all hope for the hatchback, creating its last ad for the car sometime during the Bush years. My theory: Toyota was responsible for the engineering; Pontiac for the advertising. We certainly know it wasn’t the other way around.

Volvo C70


You’re the type of person who wants a Volvo. Somehow, you’re also the type of person who wants a convertible. If you’re still nodding your head, congratulations: you’re one of eleven.

And yet, the C70 has been available for around 15 years, including about seven in its current form. Today’s model STARTS at $41,000, which is more than twice the cost of a used one with the same exact bodystyle. So who buys ‘em? Presumably, only people who crashed their old ones and now appear in those safety books Volvo salesmen always seem to have handy. And even they get six grand off. Serves the local Car Buying/Selling Market in Lower Mainland

Obama Proposes $2-Billion Fund For Alternative Fuel Vehicles, No Mention Of Hydrogen

Obama Proposes $2-Billion Fund For Alternative Fuel Vehicles, No Mention Of Hydrogen

By  on March 15, 2013


“The only way to break this cycle of spiking gas prices — the only way to break that cycle for good — is to shift our cars entirely, our cars and trucks, off oil,”

So said President Obama during a speech in Illinois, where he outlined a plan to provide $200 million a year for 10 years to a fund that would promote the development of alternative fuel vehicles. The funds would be provided by royalties from oil drilling on the Out Continental Shelf.


One notable omission from his remarks was the absence of any mention of hydrogen vehicles.Using his noted flair for rhetoric, Obama laid out his vision petroleum-free future while ignoring the fact that multiple OEMs are gearing up for a big push into fuel-cell technology

We can support scientists who are designing new engines that are more energy efficient; support scientists that are developing cheaper batteries that can go farther on a single charge; support scientists and engineers that are devising new ways to fuel our cars and trucks with new sources of clean energy — like advanced biofuels and natural gas — so drivers can one day go coast to coast without using a drop of oil.

One insider suggested that the lack of love for hydrogen has been a result of “not invented here syndrome” that is a hold over of the Bush 43 administration. While Dubya was fond of hydrogen as an alternative fuel, Obama and former Energy Secretary Steven Chu are said to be unfriendly, bordering on hostile, to the idea of hydrogen fuel cells. Unfortunately, many feel that a government partnership with the private sector will be the key to a hydrogen infrastructure breakthrough – but those parties feel that this is more likely than a cost effective, right-sized battery pack capable for a 500 mile range.