BRITS are clueless when it comes to changing tyres - and millennials are to blame, according to a new study. A poll of 2,000 drivers revealed that just 27 per cent of 18-23-year-olds reckon they can switch rubber at the roadside. More than a third of millennials also admitted they would struggle to confidently open a car bonnet while 34 per cent don’t know what power steering does. And only half of under 35s, polled by TV show Flipping Bangers, know how to check and top up the oil level on their car. As a result, 63 per cent of millennials have never tried to fix, repair or modify a car they have bought. It's better the older you get as more than four in ten of those aged 36 and above could confidently change a wheel. Flipping Bangers host Gus Gregory said: “Most people get into their cars, turn the key and drive away, without really knowing anything about the reasons why something goes wrong when it does. “It seems under-35s are the least equipped to deal with basic … [Read more...] about Can YOU change a tyre? Shocking stats show just how bad Brits are at fixing cars
GOOGLE has “no master plan” to harvest the mass of data that will be generated by its self-driving cars arm. The assurance from John Krafcik, the chief executive of Waymo, comes in the wake of the Facebook scandal, where millions of users’ details were shared with other businesses. Mr Krafcik said access to the information generated by those travelling in cars using Waymo’s autonomous driving technology was not a priority for the company, which is owned by Google parent, Alphabet. “Our aim is moving people around the world and that is very hard,” he said, speaking at the New York Auto Show the day after the company revealed a partnership with Jaguar to use tens of thousands of the British company’s I-Pace electric cars. “To the core of my body, I swear on my father’s grave, it’s not a priority,“ Mr Krafcik said. “ I’m not saying it won’t be a workstream in the future but at … [Read more...] about Google’s Waymo denies ‘masterplan’ to harvest data from driverless cars
Sergio Marchionne, the eminently quotable CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), came up with a couple of corkers at the 2018 Geneva motor show. My favourite, delivered during the Ferrari press conference, was when Marchionne was questioned about the criteria for owning the new 488 Pista, a track-honed special of the 488 GTB coupé. He responded that the situation will vary from region to region but the minimum requirement is that you must own at least one Ferrari already. “If you drive a Ford Mustang before,” said Marchionne, “you should go to a Ford dealer for your next car.” With 710bhp, the Pista is 49bhp more powerful than the standard 488 GTB. Equally important, it is 90kg lighter. The aerodynamic tweaks are significant - and it looks exactly as you might expect, with larger wings, slots and vents than the standard car. Regarding Ferrari’s pricing strategy, he said: “We are just beginning to explore what our customers are willing to … [Read more...] about ‘Yes, we’re looking at it’ – Sergio Marchionne admits Ferrari might build new versions of its iconic cars
One of the most effective advertising platforms is on four wheels. “The car is a moving billboard,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for AutoTrader. “The logos on it allow you to identify it and have some perception of what it stands for.”What it stands for is a lot more than marketing. Even a simple letter can be fraught with meaning, such as the H in Hyundai allegedly symbolizing two people shaking hands. A basic word wrapped in a blue oval can be worth billions: Ford pledged its iconic logo as collateral along with other assets in 2006 to secure $23.5 billion in loans and avoid a government bailout.Some logos are just cool, like the pouncing Jaguar or Lamborghini’s raging bull or the man being birthed from a snake in Alfa Romeo, and others are part of a symbolic system that transcends language borders to evoke brand identity in a global marketplace, such as the circular headlights and seven-slotted grille as the face of the Jeep brand.Consistency … [Read more...] about Logo logic: What’s behind the world’s most famous car brands
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe; Cars.com photo by Evan Sears With gas prices having been low for some time, full-size SUVs are once again capturing the eye of many car shoppers. Chevy is looking to turn some heads with its new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST — which adds street cred to its most luxurious trim level. The Tahoe RST, which stands for "rally sport truck," is an appearance package that takes the Tahoe and paints the exterior black. It's got blacked-out trim; a black grille, Chevy logo, mirror caps, beltline moldings and roof rails; and 22-inch black-and-polished wheels. Moms and dads driving this bad boy will stand out in the carpool lane. Our test vehicle had second-row captain's chairs, taking the total seating from eight to seven. How many car seats fit in the second row? Two How many car seats fit in the third row? Two Related: More Car Seat Checks Solid Infant seat, Grade A: This rear-facing car seat installed easily. We needed to move the front passenger seat … [Read more...] about How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?