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Driver who skipped paying NYC toll 3,000 times fined over $28,000

Posted Apr 24th 2014 9:00AM

NYC Cabbie Accused Of Sneaking Past Bridge Toll 3,000 Times

New York City taxi driver Rodolfo Sanchez used an E-ZPass reported lost in 2011 and the close quarters that New Yorkers are used to, in order to save himself US$28,000 in 18 months. During 1,061 crossings of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and 3,071 passages through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, instead of paying the toll at the tollbooth, Sanchez would tailgate the vehicle in front of him and get past the barrier before it came down. He kept the E-ZPass in his car because every NYC taxi driver is obligated to have one.

Turns out the transponder is what got him caught, since it never stopped transmitting a signal every time it went through the toll booth. When Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers (MTA) noticed numerous pings from an E-ZPass with no money on it, they matched up video footage with the cabs in the photos, then matched the cabs to taxi company records showing Sanchez was the man behind the wheel. Now under arrest, prosecutors have charged him with grand larceny, theft of service and criminal possession of stolen property.

Sanchez said he needed the money for his family, but now he'll have to figure out who's going to fill the family coffers when he goes to jail. Click here to check out the news report.

News Source: New York Times

Image Credit: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Chris Harris explains why the world's best car is... the Citroën 2CV?

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 8:00PM

Screencap of Drive Channel's Chris Harris driving his favorite car, a Citroen 2CV

Most recently we've seen Chris Harris in the driver's seat of a Jaguar F-Type, a McLaren P1 prototype and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. And outside the car, there was his indignation over the demonization of the Porsche Carrera GT after Paul Walker's death. So you might not expect him to say of a 1957 Citroën 2CV with all of 12 horsepower, "it's the antidote to all the modern stuff I drive."

That's only the beginning of the hosannas, Harris going on to call the runabout designed to carry two farmers and 50 kilograms of potatoes at 60 km/h "the most interesting car I have or ever will own." What?! Well, we could tell you why, but it sounds so much more distinguished when he does it. So you can watch him do so in the video below. Unsurprisingly, not a single drift was given that day.

News Source: Drive via YouTube

This Ford Mustang driver proves four wheels are overrated

Posted Apr 21st 2014 8:00PM

A motorist videos a Mustang driving down the highway on three wheels.

We don't need to tell you that there's something missing in the Ford Mustang image above. What we do need to tell you is that this is not a picture of a parked car stranded on the highway. This is, rather, just one frame from a shocking video that shows a three-wheeled Mustang traveling down the highway at highway-appropriate speeds.

We don't know where you'd have to be nor how badly you'd have to be there to go shooting down a major highway in a car with three wheels, but if the New Daily News is correct, that place is somewhere in Texas. The video's short, but you'll have plenty of time to shake your head at it by just scrolling down to watch.

News Source: Gas of Mass, AOL Autos via YouTube

Building a better Pinewood Derby car with science

Posted Apr 21st 2014 6:15PM

Screencap from a video explaining the science behind building a Pinewood Derby-winning car.

Every corner of human endeavour has its researchers, and that includes activities that we might think are just supposed to be fun for kids, like pinewood derbies. In case you don't know, a pinewood derby where kids build a car out of a block of wood, add some nails for axles and plastic wheels and then race them head-to-head on a length of track with an elevated starting line. It's all about kids having fun with gravity and little chunks of timber.

Except it isn't at all, because dads are involved, and that means that winning pinewood derby cars use the kind of science and technology real car enthusiasts are familiar with: centre-of-mass studies, polished axles, lightweight wheels and copious use of graphite.

YouTube regular Mark Rober gives an excellent explanation of what goes into a champion derby run, with science help from Dr. Scott Acton, a physicist with spacecraft and defense component maker Ball Aerospace. But Rober mostly uses children's blocks to lay it all out, and then he wins, which are things we can all understand. You'll find an education in the video below.

News Source: Mark Rober via YouTube

Subaru to return to Isle of Man with 2015 WRX STI hoping to set new record [w/videos]

Posted Apr 21st 2014 9:00AM

Dave Higgins sets a lap record around the Isle of Man TT course in a 2011 Subaru WRX STI sedan.

This is what it looked like when Mark Higgins set the lap record at the 37.75-mile (60.75-km) TT Mountain Course on the Isle of Man in 2011 in a Subaru WRX STI. And it will probably look much the same when Higgins returns to the chunk of land in the Irish Sea to with the aim of breaking his record, set at an average speed of 115.36 miles per hour (185.36 km/h), but he'll do so in a 2015 WRX STI.

As in 2011, he'll drive a mostly stock US sedan fitted with a roll cage, race harness, fire suppression system and upgraded springs and dampers. We're sure he'll be hoping to avoid a repeat of "The biggest moment of my life," though. There's a press release below with more information on the coming attempt, including dates, and we've included a video of that "moment" as well as one of the whole record run. Godspeed, Mr. Higgins.

News Source: Subaru

Car dealer service study ranks best brands of 2014

Posted Apr 20th 2014 8:00PM

Cadillac and Buick have taken the trophies in J.D. Power's latest Customer Service Index Study examining satisfaction with dealer service. Surveying more than 90,000 owners and lessees of 2009-2013 model-year cars, the study found that those with pre-paid maintenance packages were ten per cent more likely to buy their next car from the same brand.

Dealer satisfaction scores have improved overall, Cadillac nabbed the luxury segment ahead of Audi and Lexus, taking the crown that Lexus held last year. Buick keeps the mass-market dealer satisfaction win in the family, finishing ahead of Volkswagen and last year's winner GMC. The study also found that service department use of tablets increased customer satisfaction, as did "best practices" like "providing helpful advice." Who knew?

Click here to find out the full details and findings in the press release below.

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News Source: J.D. Power

2015 Mini Cooper S does best gymkhana stunt video impersonation

Posted Apr 19th 2014 8:00PM

Screencap of a Malaysian video promo for the new Mini.

Mini Malaysia wants you - at least those of you in Southeast Asia - to know that the new Mini has a riptide of adrenaline and sharp teeth underneath its larger, more ergonomically efficient exterior. To make the point it enlisted the aid of Putrajaya roads, local agency Saatchi & Saatchi Arachnid and four local action sports stars: Fizzy, Shuk, Rizlan and Nasa.

A bog standard Mini Cooper S is the star, its 192-horsepower engine and rollcage-free cabin reinforcing the message that you can do the same thing in a model right off the showroom floor... if you happen to have the same skills as Ivan Khong, the Malaysian Gymkhana Champion behind the wheel. You can click here to watch the full stunt driving video for yourself and read the backstory in the press release below.

2015 Subaru Outback offers much more during its debut

Posted Apr 17th 2014 3:00PM

2015 Subaru Outback

While its new front fascia makes the biggest obvious impact, Subaru says changes to the entire 2015 Outback package make it roomier, more powerful, more efficient and quieter. The hexagonal grille gets it in line with the corporate template, to go along with a new shape to the lower grille and fog light cladding, a sharp crease for a shoulder line and a faster rake to the windshield. The rocker panel cladding and its 'toothed' molding remain, but it now also doubles as a step for when you want to place items on the roof rack.

Under the aluminum hood will either be a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine with 175 horsepower and a carryover 174 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.6-litre inline-six-cylinder with 256 hp and 247 lb-ft exclusively in the 3.6R Limited model. Paired to the lower-friction Lineartronic CVT that is the only shifting choice, and aided by features like the active grille shutter system and electric power steering, Subaru estimates that the fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Outback have been improved in 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder iterations. The 2015 Outback 2.5i CVT models are estimated at 8.0 L/100 km city, 6.0 L/100 km highway and 7.1 L/100 km combined. Trims with the 6-cylinder engine have estimated fuel economy ratings of 11.2 L/100 km city, 7.4 L/100 km highway and 9.5 L/100 km combined.

The Outback has grown in every dimension, but never by more than 0.7 of an inch. Outback's trunk has been enlarged to 1,005 litres. The passenger cabin grows by 76.4 litres (2.7 cubic feet), though, so occupants have more shoulder, hip, elbow and legroom. The cargo hold is enlarged by 33.9 litres (1.2 cu-ft) with the rear seats up, by 56.6 litres (2.0 cu-ft) with them down and the load floor is flatter. Accessing it is made easier by the memory height function on the power tailgate and new release handles for the rear thrones. Cabin ambience is improved by sound abatement measures like an acoustic windshield, thicker panels and more noise-insulating foam.

The standard equipment list gets a little longer, with larger brakes and ventilated rear discs, a rear-view camera, welcome lighting, soft-touch materials and either 6.2-inch or 7-inch touchscreens for infotainment automatically among the goodies. The options list now includes steering-responsive fog lights on models equipped with Subaru's EyeSight system, and a rear vehicle detection system that bundles blind spot detection, lane change assist and a rear cross traffic alert.

It will roll into dealerships this summer, but before that, there's a press release below, a few images above and we'll get a close look at it on the New York Auto Show floor.

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News Source: Subaru

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Morgan celebrates 100 years of going its own way

Posted Apr 14th 2014 7:00PM

A 53-year employee of Morgan Motor Company holds a handmade trophy awarded to winners in a factory football game.

Morgan is really pretty good at making nifty little videos that showcase the nifty little car company it is. The English fashioner of wood-framed automobiles and three-wheeled jitneys has done it again in commemoration of more than 100 years building cars at its factory in Pickersleigh.

Employees who've been in the family for anywhere from four to 53 years talk about what they've done, what they've seen and what they think about a carmaker still "doing things that aren't needed," like hand-rolling edges for each spare wheel cover. That's 'Taff' Evans above, holding up the shop-made trophy for the winners of a long-defunct football match between The Old Ones and The Young Ones.

You can watch the video below. And we also recommend checking out Drive's tour of the Morgan plant, which it called "The Most Honest Car Factory in the World."

News Source: Morgan Motor Company via YouTube