Motor

Detroit unsure over the future of green cars

The US auto industry remains unsold over the future of "green cars" such as electrics and hybrids, as carmakers struggle with the first steps in a market most agree shows promise over the long term.

Aston Martin Cygnet in Hong Kong

TheAutoChannel.com 16.12.2011
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A brief video feature from Aston Martin. TheAutoChannel.com has complete details on the Cygnet.


No more talking behind the wheel: Scientists develop system that can shut down your cell phone while you're driving

Researchers have discovered how to stop drivers using their phones when they are behind the wheel without affecting use for passengers.

Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed

Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes, comes further news that both the automaker and the Nat...


Astonishing accident involving eight Ferraris 'world's most expensive car crash'

A fleet of high-performance cars, including eight Ferraris, has been involved in one of the most expensive accidents in history after an astonishing multi-car pile-up in Japan.

2nd electric car battery fire involving Chevy Volt

JOAN LOWY Signonsandiego 26.11.2011
2nd electric car battery fire involving Chevy Volt

Federal officials say they are investigating the safety of lithium-ion battery in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt after a second battery fire following crash-testing of the electric car.


Radioactive Used Cars Being Sold in Japan

Greg Wilson NBC Los Angeles 28.10.2011
Radioactive Used Cars Being Sold in Japan

Cars that were contaminated by radiation during the March nuclear meltdown in Japan are finding their way into the reeling nation's used car market.

Gov't cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish future

Imagine that you couldn't drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film either the occupants or the vehicle’s surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection.


Texting while driving 'more dangerous than thought'

Texting or emailing while driving is more dangerous than previously thought, according to a new study of the behavior.

Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend

Sam Jones The Guardian 29.09.2011
Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend

One of the world's largest motor manufacturers is working with scientists based in Switzerland to design a car that can read its driver's mind and predict his or her next move.


Daimler to Test Smart Electric Cars in Hong Kong as Smog Worsens

Daimler AG (DAI), the world’s second- largest manufacturer of luxury cars, will provide a trial version of its Smart electric car to partners in Hong Kong as the city battles record pollution.

Volkswagen Up! City Car to Challenge Toyota

Andreas Cremer Bloomberg.com 22.08.2011
Volkswagen Up! City Car to Challenge Toyota

Volkswagen AG (VOW) will roll out the new Up! city car next month to tap growing demand for small, fuel- efficient vehicles as Europe’s biggest automaker aims to claim the industry’s top global sales position.


Driver using two cell phones gets 12 month driving ban

Michael Cooney Networkworld 16.08.2011

UK man convicted a mobile phone while driving, having no insurance and not being in a position to have proper control

Putin Test Drives Europe's Cheapest Car, Takes 5 Attempts To Start

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has a hard time starting up the "Lada Granta," marketed as Europe's "cheapest car." This happened during a visit to the Autovaz car plant in Samara region.


Nissan To Fix 5,300 Leaf Electric Cars

Jonathan Welsh The Wall Street Journal 19.04.2011
Nissan To Fix 5,300 Leaf Electric Cars

Nissan Motor Co. says it is conducting a service campaign on 5,300 Nissan Leaf electric cars in the North American, Japanese and European markets to fix a potential software flaw that could keep the vehicles from restarting after they are turned off.

Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off

Jonathan Welsh The Wall Street Journal 12.04.2011
Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off

Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel. It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver’s night...


For Sale: Hong Kong's Biggest Yacht

Jason Chow The Wall Street Journal 07.04.2011
For Sale: Hong Kong's Biggest Yacht

Last week, one of Hong Kong’s richest businessmen put his 65-meter yacht, Ambrosia III, up for sale. The sale of the yacht, the city’s biggest, is being handled by Monaco-based brokerage firm Yachting Partners International. (The asking price was ...

Mission impossible: Sir Richard Branson and American sailor Chris Welsh plan to take this eight-foot mini-submarine to explore the deepest points in the world's oceans

Sir Richard Branson plans to pilot a mini-submarine to the bottom of one of the planet's deepest oceans in his latest record-breaking adventure.


EU to ban cars from cities by 2050

Bruno Waterfield Telegraph 29.03.2011
EU to ban cars from cities by 2050

Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.

South Carolina Considers Alternate Penalties for Drivers Caught Going Slightly Above Speed Limit

South Carolina is considering a bill that would allow police to slap $150 tickets on motorists caught driving less than 10 mph over the limit --10 times the current minimum -- but let them skip reporting the tickets to shield low-speed offenders f...



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