Recently, images and details of a 2013 Mahindra XUV500 W8 that met with an accident were published on a Team-BHP thread. These images showed a completely mangled XUV500 that had met with an accident in NCR. What’s startling is that in spite of the huge damage that the car has suffered, none of the six airbags present in the car could deploy. The distraught owner, Arvind, even clarified that no seat covers or bumper guards or accessories were installed in his car. Moreover, all the passengers were wearing a seat belt. He also added that his son, who was driving the car, had suffered severe brain injuries in the accident. Like we said, these images of the totalled XUV500 have been doing rounds online. Most were surprised that the airbags did not deploy, despite none of the usual factors that prevent deployment of airbags were present in this case. The owner of the Mahindra XUV500, and most commenters on the forum, have been demanding a third-party investigation of the … [Read more...] about XUV500 airbags do not open in crash; Mahindra responds
Earlier this year two remarkable things happened, things that the automotive world could not have predicted a scant five years ago. First, Buick fielded a station wagon for the first time since the departure of the Roadmaster from the lineup in 1996. And second, Buick, uncomfortable with calling it a station wagon for marketing purposes (inviting images of faux wood-sided galleons from the 1980s, Eggo waffle commercials, and wood-paneled Betamax VCRs), decided to brand the TourX as a crossover."Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV," Duncan Aldred, vice president, global Buick and GMC said in a statement accompanying the TourX's debut.Okay; if that's Buick's story -- that's fine. It doesn't change the fact that it's a station wagon. 2018 Buick Regal TourX First Drive Review: Buick's riff on a Subaru theme Station wagons are making a comeback. Old-school wagons were abandoned in … [Read more...] about Autoweek Asks: What station wagon model needs to make a comeback?
This is not the story of a show car, BUT the story of a survivor. A car that defied the logic of time and trade-in to become, 46 years later, a classic.This is the story of Harriet.Actually, it is the story of two Harriets: the car and her namesake, the woman who owned her for 33 years. In 1970, Harriet went down to the Ford dealership where she picked out a canary-yellow Torino GT convertible. But after two weeks, she returned it. Something about the Cleveland 351 four-barrel with 300 hp being a little too lively for her tastes. The dealer was more than happy to trade it for one in pastel blue featuring a 302 two-barrel cranking out a more sedate 220 hp (140 in SAE net form). To Harriet, that was just perfect.That perfection gave Harriet staying power in Harriet’s garage. In a way, the malaise stasis of the ‘70s and the changing automotive landscape contributed to this car’s survival. No American convertibles after 1976 meant Harriet couldn’t find anything she … [Read more...] about Meet Harriet, a Ford Torino GT with impeccable timing
Notably absent from the 2018 Olympic Games? Any event involving cars. That could change by the time the 2020 Tokyo games rolls around, and oddball events have made the cut in the past -- like polo, art (?) and in 1908, even motor boating -- but we’re not holding our breath. In the 1966 games, which we covered in the September 24, 1966 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek, husband and wife team Rich and Judy Sloma finished 1-2 with their pair of Corvettes. Not a bad showing for the Slomas! Graham Kozak - Graham Kozak drove a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high school because he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all the things they're doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are pretty nifty too. See more by this author» … [Read more...] about Throttle-Back Thursday: Light the ceremonial tire fire, it’s the Sports Car Olympics!
Once thermonuclear weapons made the scary transition from theory to reality in 1952, Americans realized that they had a scary chance of facing Soviet jet bombers armed with megaton-grade H-bombs, not just low-budget B-29 clones carrying quaint kiloton-sized fission weapons. This fear inspired to the creation of the CONELRAD system, which would broadcast emergency nuclear-attack alerts on two AM radio frequencies. By the 1953 model year, car radios sold in the United States had to be marked with the Civil Defense triangle logo at 640 and 1240 kHz. I created a big gallery of my photographs of CONELRAD-ready car radios a few years back, and now I have gathered a few more to share in today's gallery.Nearly all of these photographs were shot at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, whose volunteers were kind enough to let me photograph car radios in the cars stored in their warehouse. If you're in Denver, make sure you stop in at the Forney, which has trains, aircraft, and … [Read more...] about Cold War car radios and the Stations of the Apocalypse