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Watch worst driver in China repeatedly hit another car

Posted Oct 30th 2014 1:00PM

'Worst Driver in China' Repeatedly Hits Nearby Car


While we've witnessed some of the world's worst parking before, this video above captures a man in China who's been dubbed the country's "worst driver". Looks like that title is well deserved too, especially after police released CCTV footage of him taking 10 minutes to reverse out of a space and repeatedly crashes into the car parked next to it... The public display of poor driving goes on for some time too, hitting the nearby car over and over again! This guy is every driver's parking lot nightmare come true.

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2014 Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing

Posted Oct 30th 2014 12:00PM

2014 Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing

When you think of hot hatches, one French automaker comes to mind... but it's not Citroën. Maybe it should be, though, because some of the industry's best hot hatches are honed on the rally stage, and nobody has dominated the modern World Rally Championship like Citroën has. With the legendary Sébastien Loeb behind the wheel, Citroën won nine Drivers' and eight Constructors' titles between 2003 and 2012. And the last two were scored in the DS3 WRC. The 2014 Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing you see here is the road-going version of that dominant rally machine.

Citroën first launched the DS3 Racing back in 2010 with a limited run of 1,000 examples, all clad in dark gray with (optional) bright-orange accents. Production was further extended to a total of 2,400 units, but after those all sold out, the French automaker followed up in 2013 with 200 additional examples, this time with an opening roof panel, a matte anthracite finish and metallic red trim. Since Citroën does not compete in the North American market, we recently took the opportunity to drive it at Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK to see what all the fuss is about... READ MORE

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Noah Joseph / AOL

Volkswagen rolls out sporty Street Up!

Posted Oct 30th 2014 11:00AM

VW Street Up!

When Volkswagen unveiled the production Up! hatchback at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it showcased a series of concept versions alongside it. At the Geneva Motor Show the following year, it returned with another quartet of whimsical Up! concepts. There were more before and there will be more after. But few of them ever reached production. We have the three- and five-door models, the electric e-Up! and soft-roading Cross Up!, as well as Skoda and Seat versions, but aside from the cool convertible concepts, the one we really wanted was the GT Up!, and that never made the cut. But Wolfsburg seems to be out to at least partially right that wrong with the release of the new Street Up!

This sportier take on the German city car features a sport suspension, 16-inch alloys, racing stripes running up the hood and roof and along the doors and side panels and an interior decked out with contrast stitching, black headliner, unique shift knob and steering wheel. It even comes bundled with premium stereo and climate control. Unfortunately the same engine choices apply, so the most punch available is 75 horsepower. But appearance aside, the sport suspension ought to improve the vehicle's nimble handling around city streets. A mini GTI it may not be, but a sportier hatchback is never a bad thing.

News Source: Volkswagen

Meet Tecnicar Lavinia, Italy's first electric supercar

Posted Oct 30th 2014 10:00AM

New EV Boasts 789 Horsepower, 290-kilometre Range

tecnicar lavinia ev electric supercar

Italian supercars are the objects of lust of people from all walks of life all over the globe. Many of us are guilty of having unframed posters of classic Ferraris taped to our childhood walls (maybe even those of our adulthood), and nothing turns heads quite like a Lamborghini cruising down the block. But what about EV enthusiasts? Must our fantasies of shouting "arrivederci!" and racing off into the sunset in a sexy Italian supercar be tinged with the guilt of guzzled gasoline?

Meet Tecnicar's newest project, the Lavinia. The Sicilian company, whose prior work includes an electric city car called the Genius, aims to build this all-electric supercar boasting an output of 789 horsepower, according to Inhabitat. That's enough to do 0-100 kilometre per hour in 3.2 seconds before heading to its top speed of 300 km/h. Range isn't terrible either, with the Lavinia able to go 290 kilometres on a single charge. As you can see in these renderings, it's all packaged in an appropriately exotic-looking body.

The Lavinia isn't finished yet, though. Tecnicar is building a prototype that it aims to have ready in time for a debut at Top Marques Monaco in April. We don't have a lot of the details about the car yet (it's easy to imagine some tarmac-warping torque figures), but we'll learn more when the Lavinia makes its way to the show circuit, if not sooner.

It's easy to be cynical about cars like this, and the likelihood of them becoming a reality, but the Tecnicar Lavinia is just one of many electric supercars in the works around the world. Perhaps one day it'll end up as a poster on the wall of some budding auto enthusiast, right between the Ferrari and the Lamborghini.

News Source: Inhabitat

Image Credit: Facebook - Tecnicar

Tesla lowers Model S lease price, adds 3-month 'happiness guarantee'

Posted Oct 30th 2014 9:00AM

Lower Lease Cost Applies Even If You Keep The EV

Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors is offering an enticing deal for potential buyers who might not be entirely sure whether they actually want to own a Model S for the long term. A deal through US Bank not only lowers the cost to lease the EV but also turns leasing the brand's electric sedan into a long-term rental.

Curious buyers who lease a Model S are now able to return it in the first three months with no penalties and with the remaining payments waived, something Tesla is calling the "happiness guarantee." CEO Elon Musk announced the deal on the company's blog, and he said the payments were also as much as 25 per cent lower because US Bank "has a much lower cost of capital than us." Tesla leasing is available in 38 US states (full list below). Canada isn't on the list yet. Contact your Local Canadian Tesla dealer for any questions.

Of course, there is a catch for the offer. If people turn in their Model S within three months, they can't immediately lease another one. Musk doesn't say how long the wait is.

The new leasing deal isn't a solution for those owners who want their Model S to always have the latest and greatest features. However, for folks who are on the fence about one of these electric, luxury sedans, the offer might prove too enticing to pass up. Of course, Tesla has a history of announcing lease details only to change them later, so we're not sure how long this deal will last or if it'll get better in a month.

Does Scion's LA concept presage a North American Auris?

Posted Oct 30th 2014 8:00AM

2013 Toyota Auris

When the doors open at the LA Auto Show in a few weeks, Scion will be on hand to showcase its new iM Concept. But considering what little Toyota's youthful brand has revealed about the concept so far, it's led to rampant speculation. And the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards a production iM arriving as a Scion-badged version of the Toyota Auris.

Scion iM ConceptFor those unfamiliar, the Auris is to European (and other) markets essentially what the Matrix is (was?) to ours: a hatchback version of the Corolla. The model line was first introduced in 2006, looking in its first iteration like an overgrown version of the contemporary second-gen Yaris, and was replaced with the current model in 2012. It's available as a five-door hatch or wagon, with a range of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains available.

If the rumours – spurred by the similarity of the iM concept's nose depicted in the teasers – prove accurate, and public reception to the idea ends up spurring Toyota to put it into action, it wouldn't be the first overseas Toyota brought over as a Scion. The Scion iQ was sold as the Toyota iQ overseas years before it arrived here.

Toyota and Scion are not, of course, the only automakers using such an arrangement to bring overseas models to the North American market in parallel to its US ones. Honda used the Acura brand to market the Euro-spec Accord as the TSX in North America, General Motors has been doing the same for years with Opel offerings rebadged first as Saturn products and now as Buick models, and Chrysler markets Fiat Professional vans in America under the Ram nameplate.

The iM would likely replace the aging xB as part of a near complete overhaul of the Scion lineup that could bring Toyota's version of the new Mexican-built Mazda2 as successor to the slow-selling iQ.

This Porsche 356 family keeps it outlaw

Posted Oct 29th 2014 8:00PM



Rod Emory was the founder of Emory Motorsports in Burbank, CA, and the scion to a family tradition of building "outlaw" Porsches that are almost as cool as the cars themselves. The lovingly modified Porsche 356s are lovely artifacts, and their story, along with the story of their builders, is pitch-perfect for the Petrolicious oeuvre of beloved classics.

Tune in for the history lesson, and then stick around for the car candy.

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BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVs

Posted Oct 29th 2014 7:00PM

2016 BMW X5 M

2016 BMW X6 MThe second-generation BMW X5 M and X6 M have officially made their arrival for the speed-obsessed, crossover-loving masses that aren't willing to turn to Mercedes-AMG or Land Rover Special Operations.

While the new models retain their 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8s, power has increased from 555 horsepower to 567 ponies. Torque is up more significantly, climbing from 500 pound-feet to 553 pound-feet. The extra twist is slightly less accessible, with peak grunt arriving between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm, rather than the earlier model's 1,500 to 5,650. Still, we'll take the ten per cent increase in torque as a net win.

The big powertrain switch sees the old X5/6 M's six-speed automatic replaced with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission from BMW M. This new gearbox feeds power to an xDrive all-wheel-drive system that can variably shuffle up to 100 percent of power to either axle. In conjunction with the force-induced thumper under the hood, this powertrain arrangement allows both M models to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just four seconds. That's a mightily impressive stat in a 5,000-plus-pound (2,268-plus-kilogram) vehicle.

Yet, the new gearbox and amped up engine make for an even more impressive vehicle at the pumps (not that consumers of 560-horsepower, $100,000+, 5,000-pound (2,268-kilogram) crossovers care about such things). Carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption are down 20 per cent on the European cycle.

Prices for the X5 M start at US$99,650, while the X6 M rings up at US$103,050. Both figures include a $950 destination charge. (Canadian pricing has yet to be announced.)

Keeping all this technology shiny side up is the job of a double-wishbone front suspension and a standard self-leveling rear air suspension, three-mode dynamic dampers and huge, staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires, with 325/30/21s in back and 285/35/21s in front. For the record, those tires dwarf the rubber on proper supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Of course, there's more than just oily stuff to distinguish BMW's M cars. The performance division has given both the X5 and X6 significant aesthetic updates to fit their high-performance role. Flared wheel arches, standard 21-inch M wheels, massive intakes in the front fascia and arguably the coolest wing mirrors we've seen on a production car grant the new M models with seriously eye-catching looks. Typical M features, like quad exhausts and side gills are also present

In the cabin, M's new over-large steering wheel has been fitted, complete with aluminum paddle shifters, while more aggressive sport seats with fixed headrests and an M-spec shifter round out the most visible interior changes.

While BMW is mum on when the new hot shots will arrive in dealers, it has released US pricing, with the X5 M sneaking in just under the century mark, at US$99,650. The X6 M, meanwhile, will retail at US$103,050. Both figures include a $950 destination charge. (Canadian pricing has yet to be announced.)

Scroll down for much more in the expansive press release from BMW, and then check out galleries of both the 2016 X5 M and X6 M.

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News Source: BMW

Police looking for hit-and-run driver who left zombie hospitalized

Posted Oct 29th 2014 6:00PM

Comic-Con 2013 - Hyundai and Skybound present The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Celebration Event

The typical way to kill a zombie is by destroying its brain. Anyone that's kept up on The Walking Dead can list off a multitude of ways to accomplish this grim task ranging from guns, knives, swords, crossbows, street signs and any number of a range of sharp or blunt household objects. One northern Michigan man apparently opted to use his car and run down a zombie. A fair play, except for the fact that the walker he hit was actually 45-year-old Jeffrey Alan Stiles, a Halloween reveler dressed as one of the dead.

Now, Stiles is going to be fine. His injuries were classified as "non-life-threatening" and he was in "good" condition at Hackey Hospital as of Sunday morning, according to M Live. Still, Ottawa County sheriffs are on the lookout for the driver that struck him.

"While he was outside, he decided to walk along the roadway to scare cars, as he was dressed like a zombie for the Halloween party," Ottawa County's Sgt. Matt Wilfong told M Live.

Sheriff's Deputies are asking for anyone with information on the incident to come forward. Contact information can be found on the department's website.

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News Source: M Live

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