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Hawaii road rage minivan mom gets arrested after "Go Fat Boy" viral video

Posted Sep 17th 2014 5:00PM



If you're looking for good parenting tips, you won't find any here, as this road raging mom goes on a NSFW rampage following an incident on the streets of Hawaii.

Check out this angry soccer mom's hot temper in action, as she not only confronts and antagonizes a driver for apparently "cutting her off," but goes on to scream obscenities and taunt him by chanting "Go fat boy, go fat boy!" (which will no doubt spawn many great viral video remixes still to come).

Thanks to the video footage which quickly spread online, it seems to have caught the attention of local authorities in Hawaii, who've allegedly identified and since arrested the potty-mouthed minivan mom according to Huffpost Crime.

Click here to watch the entire clip for yourself and remember, road rage just ain't worth it folks.

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News Source: Huffpost Crime via AOL On

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Mercedes boosts CLA supplies, says it could sell twice as many

Posted Sep 17th 2014 4:00PM

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

It's been a few months since we talked about the Mercedes-Benz CLA's status as an unmitigated hit, but a new story from Automotive News will allow us to revisit the sleek, fast-selling, four-door home run. Production has been increased again, with some of the extra capacity destined for North American showrooms.

"We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning," Daimler AG boss Dieter Zetsche told AN.

Dealers are sitting on perilously small supplies of the CLA, with Mercedes execs confirming to AN that a few dealers have slipped below a ten-day supply. For reference, a 60-day supply is generally considered healthy.

Mercedes' Kecskemét, Hungary factory added a third shift back in May to address high demand for the four-door. Zetsche was unwilling to divulge how many more cars the facility will be able to churn out with this latest production increase, though.

"We do not want our customers to have to wait too much," Zetsche told AN. "Wherever we could, we pulled out all the stops."

News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

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Top Gear pits V8 supercar against stunt plane, Komatsu tractor

Posted Sep 17th 2014 3:00PM

Australian V8 Supercar takes on a Plane and Komatsu Tractor for Top Gear

Traditional motorsports pit a bunch of roughly equivalent vehicles over a course to find out which driver has the most skill and which car has the right tweaks to score a victory against the competitors. But Top Gear is anything but traditional. It decided to stage two very different kinds of races to see how things went during the Top Gear Festival Sydney.

The first race of this video has Australian V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup in a Holden competing against a stunt plane. Unfortunately, even the hosts admit that the stunt doesn't quite go as expected, but it all looks pretty good as everything goes wrong.

The next competition probably goes closer to plan as Whincup lines up alongside James "Captain Slow" May in a Komatsu front-end loader. Obviously, the heads-up race would never work; so the challenge is much simpler. May just has to drive the 1,970 feet (600 metres) to the finish line faster than the V8 Supercar laps the whole 1.74-mile (2.8-kilometre) track. Whincup manages some impressive drifts during his lap. Check out the video to see who wins the two challenges.

News Source: Top Gear via YouTube

Complete set of Batmobile images snapped on streets of Detroit

Posted Sep 17th 2014 2:00PM



Detroiters have been spotting the newest Batmobile from the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for a few weeks now. The leaks were steady enough that director Zack Snyder even tweeted out a glossy (yet cropped) image of how the vehicle will actually appear in the movie.

Still, we were as happy as kids when we saw this new set of Batmobile spy shots come through today, as there's nothing like seeing this movie-star-car in a real-life setting to emphasize just how wild it really is.

As we discussed before, heavy doses of the outgoing Tumbler Batmobile can be seen in the XXL proportions and glancing armor plating of this new car, though the sleek domed cockpit harkens back to Tim Burton's vision for the thing. Take a look at some of the snaps with the Batmobile next to cars on the street, and you'll get an idea of just how long and wide it really is.

It's notable, too, that this version of The Dark Knight's wheels is, perhaps, the most overtly offensive from an armaments perspective. The twinned guns on the nose of the car are far less subtle than hidden weapons on other Batmobiles – a topic discussed in some length after the Snyder shot was released. Perhaps having some extra shells in the air will be helpful when going up against The Man of Steel?

Image Credit: Brian Williams / KGP Photography

Watch this sportbike rider snatch up a GoPro at maximum lean

Posted Sep 17th 2014 1:00PM



As much as we'd love to offer up the disclaimer, "Professional rider on a closed track," we can't. As it turns out, rider Derek Molle snatched up a GoPro camera lovingly left between the yellow lines on the J turn on Mullholland, according to the video's description on YouTube.

That being the case, we'll leave you with this disclaimer instead: "Do not try this at home." To which Mr. Molle himself adds:"You will crash." Check out the video of Molle above as he grabs the GoPro off the ground while leaned over and dragging a knee, and stay for the video selfie at the end.

News Source: RNickeyMouse via YouTube, Asphalt & Rubber

Is it illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?

Posted Sep 17th 2014 12:00PM

Apple Inc. Reveals Bigger-Screen iPhones Alongside Wearables

In conjunction with the typical Internet feeding frenzy that goes hand in hand with the announcement of each new iPhone, Apple has been cited in countless headlines this week after its debut of its new Apple Watch on September 9. The so-called "smartwatch" is far from an industry first – Samsung, Motorola and Pebble all have models on the market, and who can forget 2003's Fossil Wrist PDA? – but as per usual, Apple's entry is garnering more than its fair share of media attention.

The Apple Watch ("iWatch" to many) has also raised interest of a more ominous sort from certain regulatory bodies. Last week, multiple automotive outlets in the United Kingdom ran stories quoting officials from that country's Department for Transport as saying that use of an iWatch while driving would carry the same penalty as use of a mobile phone. For the Brits, then, getting nabbed checking an alert on one's wrist might mean the same 100-pound fine (about $175) that was instated last August. Could the use of an Apple Watch become illegal while driving under our similar distracted driving laws in Canada? We decided to find out... READ MORE

Should it be illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?

News Source: IAM.org.uk, Distraction.gov, Auto Express

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Biker girl throws trash back into the cars of litterbugs caught in the act

Posted Sep 17th 2014 11:00AM


Revenge is a tricky thing. On one hand, it can be childish or just plain pointless. On the other hand, it can be very satisfying. Each and every case is different and of course, taking revenge on someone or something often leads to more negativity and more trouble. Whatever your stance on it, the video below will be somewhat satisfying to you.

It's 2014, no one likes a litterbug. It's lazy, gross, bad for the environment around us (we all live in it!), expensive to clean, potentially hazardous, and just outright disrespectful. It's interesting how anyone in their right mind in a large city would probably agree with those statements but yet, littering is still a large problem in many large cities.

Anti-littering campaigns and fines only go so far, the rest is up to us, the public. In the video below, we see a motorcycle rider (on a gorgeous Triumph Thruxton, no less) that's fed up with the littering in her city. The video begins with the words "I want to live in clean city" in Russian.

The video goes on to show her facing off against various motorists that deem it ok to just pitch their waste out onto the public roads and lots. There are many who feel the video is staged, we're on the fence, and frankly, it doesn't really matter. It's satisfying and also makes a great point, nonetheless.

Check it out below, we won't ruin it for you but the last scene involving a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is particularly satisfying as the driver is also parked in a disabled driver spot before pulling out and littering.

News Source: Huffington Post via YouTube

Toyota Hilux successor spotted

Posted Sep 17th 2014 10:00AM

Toyota Hilux spy shots

The midsize truck segment is suddenly seemingly exploding with new vehicles worldwide, even here in North America. Not only will the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon be available very soon, Toyota is already testing a replacement for its aging Tacoma and Honda has promised a Ridgeline replacement within the next 18 months. Also, the recently shown Nissan Navara is said to portend the future of our Frontier. Here's some more fresh evidence from Europe of this pickup boom with the next generation of its venerable Hilux in testing.

Thanks to Top Gear and sometimes the evening news, the Hilux has built a reputation of being able to go just about anywhere. According to out spy shooter, this particular pickup was spotted during hot weather testing in southern Europe. Interestingly, a Volkswagen Amarok was along for the ride as a benchmark. Because the VW tends to offer a bit more comfort than the generally utilitarian Hilux, this could indicate Toyota is considering taking the new truck in a slightly comfier, more refined direction.

Compared to the current model, this camouflaged tester sports a narrower front grille and headlights. The hood scoop is also absent here. The lower air dam also receives a more horizontal look, but the more vertical fog light housings provide some contrast. The crazy camouflage pattern makes things hard to discern at the rear, but the taillights appear to be more slender than they on the current model. Unfortunately, mechanical details about the new truck remain a mystery at the moment, but enjoy these spy shots as a preview of one more upcoming pickup.

Image Credit: CarPix

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