Teasing. The slow reveal. Whatever you want to call it, we’d like to submit the latest image from Kunos Simulazioni’s Marco Massarutto as a textbook example. Originally shared on his personal Facebook page, the image up above shows the first seven Porsches set to land in Assetto Corsa, blurred enough to not make the exact contents obvious. We’ve got a bead on at least five of the Stuttgart sports cars, though. From left to right: Porsche 935/78 “Moby Dick” Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport A red car! Porsche 918 Spyder A gray car! Porsche 911 Carerra RSR 3.0 Porsche 917/30 The Cayman is identifiable thanks to the yellow/blue blob on the nose and yellow on the back half of the bodywork, the same livery the car originally wore on the autoshow circuit. Big brother 918 Spyder takes centre stage, and its ultra-low stance and trademark LED visage make it an easy car to pick out. The other recognizable cars have been teased by Kunos before. That … [Read more...] about Can You Make Out the 7 Cars Coming in Assetto Corsa’s Porsche Pack Vol 1?
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The Office for National Statistics figures for 2005 reveal that, despite the death of MG Rover, UK car production fell by only 51,053 units from the 2004 total. Considering MG Rover accounted for 77,000 units, that represents a net gain of 1.7%. Exports now make up more of the UK's car ouput than ever before at 74.2% of the total. This is partly a result of the closure of Longbridge: most of MG Rover's production sold here rather than abroad. BMW's MINI plant at Oxford, Toyota's at Derbyshire and Nissan's in Sunderland are the top three producing sites in the UK by numbers and increases in them. Sunderland is down from 331,924 in 2003, but is gearing up to manufacture the Note; Oxford has ramped up from 174,191 to 200,163 and Derbyshire has gone from 210,617 units in 2003 to 264,279 in 2005. Considering the decline and fall of the indigenous UK car industry, it might be surprising to realise how car production in the UK has risen from the low point of 1983, which saw only 887,679 cars … [Read more...] about The figures are in: cars made in the UK
The doors have just closed on the Australian car manufacturing industry forever. General Motors’ Aussie outpost, Holden, turned out the lights on 20 October, when the Commodore production line fellt silent just two weeks after the local Toyota Camry factory shut. Holden and Toyota were able to carry on manufacturing for 12 months after Ford closed its assembly line last October because they had higher production volumes, but not enough demand to survive in the long run. All three brands may be multinationals but they helped shape Australian culture and build the nation. Ford was first to manufacture cars locally, starting in 1925, having shipped cars to Australia since 1904. Holden, a horse saddlery business in the late 1800s that moved into coachbuilding in the early 1900s, became an assembler of foreign cars for GM in 1936 before the US giant acquired the company and gave Holden a car of its own to build in 1948. Toyota still has a largely Japanese image in Australia, … [Read more...] about The end of car production in Australia – what went wrong
In many ways, September 2017’s auto sales bucked the trend. After the industry combined for decreased volume, year-over-year, in each of 2017’s first eight months, auto sales in September rose 6 percent. Meanwhile, the shrinking car sector that tumbled 12 percent through the first two-thirds of 2017 was down only 3 percent in September.There were two big reason the passenger car decline wasn’t worse: America’s two best-selling cars.Excluding the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry, U.S. car sales fell 6 percent. But as the clear-out of remaining 2017 Honda Accords got underway and produced 10-percent growth, the launch of the 2018 Toyota Camry generated a 13-percent uptick. Meanwhile, the Honda Civic’s 26-percent surge allowed the compact Honda to expand its lead over the midsize Camry in the race to end 2017 as America’s best-selling car.The Camry’s reign as America’s most popular passenger car began in 2002 and has gone … [Read more...] about Camry Crusher: Honda Civic Expands Lead as America’s Best-selling Car
It’s estimated that roughly 28 people are killed every day as a result of drivers intoxicated on alcohol. In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-related incidents, accounting for nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities within the United States. However, the Department of Transportation shows the number of deaths associated with drunk driving trending downward since 2007. Likewise, the number of annual self-reported alcohol-impaired driving episodes recorded by the CDC have diminished to record lows in that same timeframe — and so have arrests.Law enforcement likely played an important role. Police departments take drunk driving seriously and decades of aggressive actions have made the risks involved less than appetizing to even those whose judgement is clouded by booze. But as alcohol-related arrests have plummeted, drug-related arrests have gone up.While much of this can be attributed to drunk drivers who decided to double-down with … [Read more...] about Georgia Police Occasionally Placing Innocent People in Jail for ‘Drugged Driving’
When you live in a place like the San Francisco Bay Area, owning or leasing an electric vehicle is fairly simple to justify. The state allows you to use HOV lanes with only one person aboard. Some cities allow you to park in metered parking spots for free. Charging your electric vehicle at the mall can be free. Some businesses might offer electric vehicle charging. There are additional rebates on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an electric car. Electric companies provide discounted power rates for electric car owners for charging in off-peak hours. Some counties offer rebates for installing 240V home charging systems for electric vehicles.But sometimes, an electric vehicle may not be for you. Range anxiety is a big issue. Another large issue depends on where you live, either if you live in an apartment complex in Berkeley or a ranch in Killeen. It also depends on what you do for a living, whether you’re a high-tech worker in Silicon Valley or a homemaker in Kansas … [Read more...] about A Few Reasons an Electric Car Might Not Be For You
Right up there with I wish they’d make a manual diesel wagon in brown, it’s among the most played-out tropes on the Internet. There just aren’t any bad cars anymore.This is generally followed by some recollection of a Saturn of the early ’90s that had a faulty engine, or perhaps some Brezhnev-era Soviet masterpiece. Blah blah blah nostalgia blah blah A Christmas Story blah blah. Enough.There are plenty of bad cars out there, but the majority of people haven’t driven enough of them to know it. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I have. And I’m here to break the bad news to you: some cars suck. Maybe even the one in your very driveway.Regrettably, with the advent of the Internet came Usenet, which eventually evolved into what we now know as the “forum” (many of which are owned/operated by TTAC’s parent company, VerticalScope). Would you believe there’s a whole online community of Dodge Dart owners? How about … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: Stop Saying There Aren’t Any Bad Cars
Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows.That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you can become an automotive journalist* … after the break! The Consumer Electronics Show is going to the carsCES in Las Vegas will be home to numerous vehicle reveals and an astronomical number of car technology demos.And I’m okay with this.Last night, Volkswagen took the sheet of its BUDD-e and e-Golf Touch concepts (the latter you saw here first!). Chevrolet will officially show its new Bolt EV on Wednesday after being leaked (by accident, we hear) by CNET.It seems all automakers needed to do in order to capture the hearts and minds of those darned Millennials was load the cars up with technology and give them first crack at … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: CES Is an Auto Show Now, Volkswagen Apologizes (Again), and Do You Want to Be an Automotive Journalist?
Public disdain for small cars means Ford is going to take U.S. production behind the barn and shoot it.That, Toyota practices good corporate citizenry, Honda worries it can’t build enough CR-Vs, and BMW Films returns with a new action-drenched short starring Clive Owen and the new 5 Series… after the break! Ford is abandoning the small car in the U.S. and Mexico gets the scrapsChanging consumer preferences has led to Ford’s plan to end small-car production in the U.S. by 2018. With incentive spending now higher than ever on cars, the company has finally said enough is enough.“You can only go so far in terms of trying to entice customers to purchase those kinds of products,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in an interview with Automotive News. “We’ll focus on some of the segments where customers are migrating towards, whether it’s SUVs or pickup trucks, and we’re doing nicely there.”Ford is still going to … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Ford Is Building Cars in Mexico Because You Won’t Buy Them
General Motors is teaming up with IBM to implement Watson’s artificial intelligence so that it can advertise while you are trying to drive. Your dashboard is about to become a billboard.That, Uber delivers a truckload of beer using a self-driving vehicle, Mini’s Countryman gains size and compatibility with electricity, and Hyundai’s earnings tank… after the break! OnStar is getting an Advertising AI The Detroit News reports that General Motors and IBM Corp. are partnering to produce the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform, allowing GM to send personalized marketing offers to millions of drivers beginning early next year.“Personalized marketing” is code for rampant targeted advertising beamed directly into your car.The companies said OnStar Go will use the artificial intelligence capabilities of IBM’s Watson — the computer that was a contestant on Jeopardy in 2011 — to offer deals … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: GM Plans to Sell You Things Inside Your Own Car