Mercedes-Benz never has quite given up on its quest to become the purveyor of relatively affordable, commodity cars. It soon will expand its lineup of entry-luxury models that start at a middle-class point. If you can find a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 with absolutely no options, not even an extra-cost paint color, it will set you back $33,695 retail, about the average price of a new vehicle in the U.S. today. That’s a notch above Mercedes’ past commodity efforts, which include the Smart brand it initially shared with the Swatch watch company, and its nine-year ownership of Chrysler. Now, the A-Class lineup is expanding according to Ola Källenius, Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle research & development chief. The lineup consists of the CLA-Class and the GLA-Class crossover/utility in North America, as well as the new A-Class hatchback recently launched in Europe. We scooped the Mercedes A-Class sedan for the U.S. in our August 2016 Future Cars print issue. It’s an … [Read more...] about Mercedes Plans a Family of FWD-Based Compacts for the U.S.
TEMPE, Ariz., March 28 (Reuters) - The family of a woman killed by an Uber Technologies Inc self-driving vehicle in Arizona has reached a settlement with the ride services company, ending a potential legal battle over the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle. Cristina Perez Hesano, attorney with the firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said "the matter has been resolved" between Uber and the daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who died after being hit by an Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe earlier this month. The terms of the settlement were not given. The law firm representing Herzberg's daughter and husband, whose names were not disclosed, said they would have no further comment on the matter as they considered it resolved. An Uber spokeswoman declined to comment. The fallout from the accident could stall the development and testing of self-driving vehicles, designed to eventually perform far better than human drivers and to sharply reduce … [Read more...] about Uber and family of autonomous vehicle victim reach settlement
I’m often asked by readers which petrol family hatchback should I buy? In 2018 I’m finding that many readers are facing a similar dilemma: they are all looking for an efficient petrol hatchback car. I haven’t included every petrol hatchback on the Irish market but these are the ones that I would definitely be checking out if I was in the market for a new car. 1. Skoda Octavia 1.0TSI From €21,310 The Skoda Octavia is one of Ireland’s favourite cars and it’s no surprise: the car is priced so well considering how spacious it is. This car is really great value and it’s available now with the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 115hp. 2. Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo From €23,750 The new Honda Civic features an excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 127hp. The Civic is spacious inside with a large boot and it’s great fun to drive too. 3. Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech From €20,995 The Peugeot 308 … [Read more...] about Best Petrol Family Hatchbacks To Buy
Uber has reached a settlement with the family of the woman involved in the fatal accident with a self-driving Uber vehicle earlier this month, Reuters reports. In the incident, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg died after being hit by an Uber self-driving vehicle while she was walking her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona in the early hours of March 19. Lawyers representing Herzberg’s daughter and husband announced that “the matter has been resolved,” ending a potential legal battle that would have come about from starting. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Uber declined to comment on the matter. Uber suspended its self-driving tests following the incident. While unrelated to the matter, Toyota was also reported to have temporarily suspended all evaluation with its self-driving vehicle division following the fatal crash, and chipmaker Nvidia Corp also suspended self-driving testing on public roads. Released footage from the onboard cameras on the … [Read more...] about Uber reaches a settlement with the family of the woman killed by self-driving Uber vehicle
The ministry of transport (MOT) said it will be working together with relevant parties such as the social welfare department to review the issuance of vehicle stickers for disabled persons (OKU). It said that this is to prevent misuse by family members, Bernama reports. According to deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, there will be certain requirements that the disabled will need to comply with to obtain the vehicle stickers. “This is to avoid the misuse of OKU stickers which will affect the benefits enjoyed by those (the disabled) who drive on their own,” he told the Dewan Rakyat. Among the guidelines that were agreed upon in a meeting of the national council for the disabled was that the sticker application is subject to the modification carried out on the vehicle and that the vehicle was registered under the name of the disabled person in possession of an OKU card. He said the guidelines for the issuance of OKU vehicle stickers had been adopted at all road … [Read more...] about Gov’t to review issuance of vehicle stickers for the disabled, wants to prevent misuse by family members