Hey, remember when Oprah gave everyone in her audience a new car (previously
)? It was ten years ago tomorrow
of the Hindustan Motors factory in
Uttarapara, West Bengal
, is the end
of an era
in Indian history
. The Ambassador is the perfect example
of all that
was wrong with Indian policy
towards industrialization, manufacturing
. Protectionism and the license raj
created a seller's market
where people waited years to buy a car. Until liberalization
in the 1990s, the Amby hadn't known any real competition, and there was no pressure
to either modernize or improve quality. None of this mattered
, at least we had
a car. And there wasn't any
other quite like it
in the world
, motor gadi
In his new book Ciphers
, German photographer Christopher Gielen
) reveals haunting images of our endlessly repetitive development through aerial views of American urban sprawl. [more inside]
"I felt the only way to make any progress with the project was to make a clay model to show Katayama-san, gain his support, and ask him, as the President of Nissan USA, to push for the model's development."
The Datsun 240-Z In The Styling Studio
Concept To Reality 1965 to 1968
"Toby Hockley was on the 100-mile Boudicca Sportive ride
in Norfolk when he says he was struck by a car and flung into a hedge. The driver didn't stop. Hockley emerged from the hedge, sore but intact.
It sounds like a run-of-the-mill depressing incident from the UK's roads. But the shocking part came later.
A young woman tweeted: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists."" [more inside]
, long a mainstay in the Netherlands
and emerging as an automotive alternative in the U.S. (via bike-friendly Portland
), come in many flavors: Longtails
, cycle trucks
and the traditional Dutch bakfiet
. Will a cargo bike transform your life
Buying a car with babysitting money
Kathryn, at age 12, decided that she wanted a Pontiac Fiero for her 16th birthday. After convincing her parents, she bought it and has been restoring it from the ground up, including upholstery, motor rebuilding, welding, and more.
is a car that allows you to steer, accelerate and decelerate
with nothing more than the faint electrical signals generated by the brain.
I’m Jonathan Klinger and I’m spending one full year driving a 1930 Model A everywhere I go. (Starting October 13, 2010) Why? Because not everything a person owns should contain a computer. 365 days of A
that was used to carry the body of John F. Kennedy from Andrews Air Force Base to Bethesda Naval Hospital was sold at auction last night for $120,000. Or was it? [more inside]
Some 10 minutes after driving Chris Williams's Packard-engined Behemoth my hands were still shaking, my voice was croaking and the cool autumn wind was chilling my sweaty overalls.
My face was cherry red from the infernal heat of the engine and my eyebrows singed from its 24 flaming exhaust stubs. In my entire career I have never driven anything as visceral, as physical or as sheer bloody terrifying as Mavis, the 42-litre Packard-engined Bentley.
After nixing the idea
a year ago, Chevy is again toying with the idea
of bringing back the El Camino
in 2015. The car will be modeled after the Holden Ute
, a popular vehicle in Australia.
Ate Up With Motor
provides well-reaserched articles on automotive topics. [more inside]
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
recently had their 50th anniversary
, and to taut the progress of car safety design, they've set a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
versus a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu
, and shared the crash test videos
. [more inside]
tracks your gas mileage over time, helping you save fuel and expenses as you drive.
The Tata Nano (pic)
is a car that costs less new than the amount I've spent on gas during single car trips, recently announced to the auto market in India. The Chery QQ ^
, widely exported
, and recognized as the Hostage Taker's Vehicle of Choice
by China Car Times, is the runner-up for the world's cheapest car but is still approximately twice as expensive.
Yes indeed, the price of gas is not
going to come back down. So much for my coast-to-coast road trips. [more inside]
"The Toyota Prius
is much too powerful and luxurious a road car," thought Walter Mitty. "What I desire is a Zest Roadster
A two-ton 21-mpg 8-passenger V8 Chevy Tahoe? America, meet your 2008 Green Car of the Year!
"She was the first and only girl I kissed in the car. It's priceless because of that, as far as I'm concerned."
Clarence Cleveland Curtis, 84 years young, is still driving his first car, a 1929 Ford Model A
he bought used (for $10!) as a teenager in 1938. It's the car in which he kissed his future wife 67 years ago, when he was 17 and she was 14...
Related: "My First Car
" at HotRodder, "My First Car
" at Motortrend, and "My First Car
" at "AutoWeek.
SUV sales are up.
In spite of higher gas prices and concern about global warming, Americans still want bigger cars. It might not be enough to save the Hummer H2
"Q: Is that another car on top?
A: Yes, it's a VW bug."
. A few more (clearer, daylight) photos here
The Bugatti Veyron
, according to Jeremy Clarkson on last night's Top Gear
, may well be the Concorde of cars. So Clarkson is a man prone to hyperbole, but this time the facts might just back him up. A throw-away remark from VW boss Ferdinand Piëch became the informal design brief. A 1000 horsepower car capable of the north side of 400kph/250mph. It looks futuristic
, but has the stats to match
. 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. In an acceleration race with a McLaren F1 (the previous fastest supercar), the Veyron can give the F1 a head-start to 120mph, but will still beat it to 200mph. At 250mph, the 100 litre fuel tank will empty in 12 minutes, and you can brake to stand-still in just ten seconds (albeit covering the length of four football pitches in the process). The car will set you back most of UK £1,000,000 but that's barely an indicator: the few that exist are being sold at loss because they "just wanted to see if they could". With an industry facing shifting priorities, there may never be another super-car quite like this.
"The Car Music Project was conceived in late 1991 by composer Bill Milbrodt, when his personal car, battered and road-weary, was nearing the end of its useful life. It had endured close to 200,000 miles of road life with little mechanical maintenance and even less cosmetic attention. It would cost more to repair than it was worth and the poor thing had virtually no value as a trade-in. The paint was faded, pesky springs poked through the upholstery, knobs and handles were missing, and the electrical system was iffy. It dripped oil, blew smoke, and made more noise than a cement mixer. It was time to turn the car into music
The Honda Civic GX NGV
is a car that you can fuel up at home
by using a unit
that taps into your home's natural gas line. There are two major benefits of owning a natural gas powered car: (1) they can use HOV lanes in California
; and (2) using residential natural gas as fuel can save a heavy commuter up to $1,000 per year in fuel costs. Ultimately, though, the Honda Civic GX NGV is only for penny-pinching clean-air fanatics who have arduous daily commutes, don't like music or driving and are too anti-social to carpool
(mostly pictures, slightly more info here
). One car, two men, three decades of rust. Guy buys truly hideous 1957 prototype car from junkyard, restores it to gleaming unsightliness. Conne_ticut?
Hack your car. AutoXRAY
scans internal vehicle computers and gives detailed
diagnostics and real-time graphing output
1.26 million people killed every year
on the road or from subsequent injuries...
..Four Qld road deaths in 5 hours
. 42,815 people died in 2002 in automobile crashes in the United States. Shouldn't these facts give us the resolve to explore a better solution to our transportation needs? I do not see the national debate that these deaths would evoke if the cause was different. Why are we numb to this?
Last Saturday afternoon, Rep. Bill Janklow
(SD) ran a stop sign and hit and killed a motorcyclist.
Janklow has a history
of driving poorly. In fact, his speedy habits have been the subject of jokes
in the past. Will Janklow receive special treatment because of his fame? What kind of penalty does a crime such as this deserve?
Sure, we all know the story about how Detroit developed, and then kept under wraps, a 100mpg carburetor is false
. However, affordable 80mpg family sedans are
real: behold the Supercar
! They are the results of a nearly decade-long partnership between The Big Three
and the Clinton administration. However the program was quietly shelved last June, the victim of the Bush administration, and corporate backpedaling. Read the whole sordid tale here
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In the meantime, you'll have to settle for one of these
Drive on air.
A new engine design that not only runs on air, but cleans it too.
Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers
It took mobile users half-a-second longer to react than normal, and one-third of a second longer than when they had been drinking.
They were also less able to maintain a constant speed and found it harder to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Participants in the study stated that they found it easier to drive drunk than when using a cell phone.
Here's the fun quote:"Eventually," said Dominic Burch, road safety campaign manager at Direct Line, "we would like to see the use of mobile phones when driving, both hand-held and hands-free, become as socially unacceptable as drink driving."
Nice graphic Here
that explains the time/distance it takes to stop. That fraction of a second = +46 feet stopping time over normal, and +33 over being drunk. More Here
and The Full Report
This and other pro-small billboards are popping up in downtown Atlanta. No doubt they have cousins (little ones, I'm sure) springing up in your cities. I couldn't believe my eyes, because the billboards seemed to be promoting the ever-so-British Mini Cooper
The Mini is... well... just like it says, the veritable opposite of the stereotypical American SUV. Yes, it is the type of car Mr Bean
would drive. But when you see them in their natural Anglo habitat, you can't help but notice they're just perfectly suited to zipping to and from wherever. The site lets you find a dealer, build your own Mini and save it for future reference. The catch is that you have to fill out an opt-in form, but with lines like this as part of your agreement, how could you resist?"- I agree to chase squirrels around the park now and then and giggle like a madman while doing it."
Yeah. I want one. But will the American public?
Calling All Pod People: there's a car for you!
"This concept car explores the potential for communication between people and their vehicle," Toyota said in preview information released on Thursday.
I don't want to communicate with machines (using machines to communicate with other people is more my style). What is it about Japanese culture that produces all these machine-human "relationships"? Tamagotchi, Aibo, NeCoRo, ad nauseam.