Gallery PUBLISHED: 13:40 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 11 May 2018 Then and now, left to right, MG F, new MG3 and MG 1100 racing car . Picture: Andy Russell Andy russell Visitors to the official launch of NMG’s new MG showroom in Norwich over the weekend can also enjoy some blasts from the past with heritage models from the iconic brand on display. Past meets present - old MGs, including a 1931 Magnette, centre, at the launch of NMG's new showroom in Norwich. Picture: Andy Russell After months of refurbishment, it is easy to see the bold red, silver and white statement in the Mile Cross Lane, Norwich, that is NMG’s new MG showroom. The business has transformed the showroom which displays seven new MG cars inside – three ZS compacts SUVs, three MG3 superminis and one larger GS SUV – alongside an extensive range of demonstrators and used vehicles. This weekend marks the official opening of the new showroom, giving visitors the change to relive the past and … [Read more...] about Past, present and future as NMG launches new MG Norwich showroom
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The reduction of Automated Enforcement System (AES) fines from RM300 to RM150 will be done without having to amend the existing Road Transport Act 1987, clarified transport minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The new rate is merely a limited-time discount rate over the full RM300 compound, which will still stand. “The power to offer compound for certain offences under the Act, including AES, is under the jurisdiction of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general. We have decided that RM150 is the compound offer for offenders to settle AES summonses received in the past, at present and from this point forward,” he told The Sun Daily. Meanwhile, the RM300 fine under Section 79 (2) of the Act will remain unchanged. The fee reduction is introduced as a move to call upon traffic offenders to settle the 2.5 million outstanding AES summonses. There will be a time frame of six months for them to do so. “We will announce soon when we will start this time frame (of … [Read more...] about AES fine reduction to be done without law amendment – RM150 rate for past, present and future summonses
The mere mention of the word “Toyota” incites different responses from different people. The average consumer no doubt has visions of Corollas, Camrys, and Highlanders dancing in their heads — safe, reliable, and affordable automotive appliances Toyota has become known for, designed to shuffle people from point A to B. Then there are auto enthusiasts — some Toyota lovers, others Toyota haters — who remember the days when Toyota had the Celica, MR2, and Supra on the showroom floor. That’s not to say today’s Toyota is completely devoid of exciting products, but while it’s difficult to find a set of wheels in Toyota’s massive three-brand portfolio that elevates anyone’s heart rate, they do exist. Lexus, for example, has the IS F and the LFA (yes, we know both are out of reach of the average enthusiast) and Scion has the tC (OK, maybe not a true heart-racer). It’s no secret Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is determined to bring more … [Read more...] about Top 14 Toyotas Enthusiasts Crave – Past, Present, and Future
Government regulations continue filtering into the hot rod community. The purpose of this article is to provide a chronology of events helpful to understanding the current regulatory landscape and then look into the future of what enthusiasts can expect. You will become aware of the role enthusiasts can play in this process, in addition to steps that have been and are being taken by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) on behalf of the users of their products. The material is current, precise and intended to explain issues helpful to maintaining the future of hot rodding. It has been approximately forty years since the government agency that became California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) first met with specialty aftermarket parts manufacturers. The agency had become aware that non-stock, emissions-related aftermarket parts were being installed on California vehicles and wanted to establish guidelines for their use. About a dozen specialty parts … [Read more...] about Regulating Hot Rod Emissions – Past, Present and Future
There have always been options and alternatives to the great V8. Turbine engines enjoyed quite a bit of fame in the 1960s. Concept cars whirred and whooshed around auto shows, and even the Indy 500 felt the hot breath of turbine-powered roadsters. On the salt flats and dragstrips, turbine cars broke records and caused arguments about the place of thrust in motorsports. Then it all settled down and we agreed to power everything with piston engines forever onward. Or did we? Without requiring us all to take advanced aeronautical engineering, let’s do a quick review of gas turbines, starting with what’s so great about turbines in the first place. Turbine engines have a high power-to-weight ratio and only a few moving parts, which makes them low-maintenance—although the maintenance is expensive when it is needed. Turbines can run on almost anything flammable and make incredible torque. Once a turbine is running, it’s a very efficient and very reliable powerplant, so … [Read more...] about Turbine Cars: Past, Present, and Future
In addition to being granted full access to GT Academy 2011 winners Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter, GTPlanet also had the pleasure of interviewing RJN Motorsport team principal Bob Neville on the team’s prospects for the Dubai 24 Hour race, the development of this year’s winners and the GT Academy programme as a whole. GTP: Now that you’ve had 2 years with Academy winners, have you felt that just naturally your expectations of what these guys can and should achieve is higher? Bob Neville: The expectation is always higher as time goes on, but also the actual programme itself has been completely dovetailed to gain an advantage from the experience of the previous 2 years. So for example, when Lucas Ordoñez won it, he wasn’t at Silverstone doing testing in midweek and getting tuition from instructors, we just did the races and then we went to Dubai. We did some testing, but we discovered that to get people to a higher level you need to … [Read more...] about RJN Principal Bob Neville on GT Academy’s Past, Present, & Future
The Truth About Cars (TTAC) has consistently criticized domestic automakers for some pretty basic mistakes: lack of focus, glacial product cycles, bland design and poor customer communications. I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit that this website suffers from these problems. But it is my full intention to address ALL of these challenges, so that we can keep faith with our basic brand promise. So, here’s where we’ve screwed-up and here’s what we’re going to do about it. Provided, that is, you agree.I realize that the remains a major disconnect between TTAC’s new “parked url” look (ouch!) and our previous Zen rock garden gestalt. Not to mention the functionality issues plaguing the comment’s box and other areas. When I asked for your feedback on the new site design, you bloody well gave it. I immediately saw the error of my ways and promised to sort it all out.After securing new funding, I’ve purchased www.ttac.com … [Read more...] about TTAC.COM: Back to the Future
Au contraire to VW’s New Beetle, BMW’s Mini, Chrysler’s Pt Cruiser and Fiat’s Cincuecento, Citroën is reviving the fabled DS name as a marque, one that intends to impress on consumers a very Gallic flair for sophistication and elegance. With the launch of the DS3, Citroën is showing a new direction for retro-inspired cars. One that points to the future, while keeping a link to the past of luxury of one of the most intriguing and desirable models in the history of all cars, the DS. Produced in the 60s and 70s, the DS impressed everyone with its different kind of beauty and many a mechanical innovation. Now, it can impress again. To be sold at boutiques placed in the most valued pieces of real estate in selected cities, the DS line will not be seen at regular Citroën dealers (according to the latest print version of Brazil premiere car mag Quatro Rodas). In these high-end shops, visitors will be treated to an “experience” aiming to … [Read more...] about DS Line Coming To Brazil in 2012: Has Citroën found a future for retro cars?
hooptie is a once-semi-luxurious car that’s depreciated down to just-above-scrap value and is getting its final owner some quality, low-buck miles before being crushed. The Buick Electra 225 was the archetypal hooptie of the 1980s and 1990s, but how about today? More importantly, which current models will be the hoopties of 2025?Sir Mix-a-Lot pretty much said all there was to say about the Electra as Über Hooptie of 20 years back, and other hoopties of that era are measured by their similarity to the Deuce-and-a-Quarter.Chrysler LH (Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, Chrysler LHS/Concorde/300M/New Yorker) is the King of the Hoopties in 2011. If you see a big car with red tape for taillight lenses doing 90 on the highway with a space-saver spare on the front nowadays, it’s probably an LH.faded glory that really gives a car an edge in the hooptie battles.GM H Platform cars as King of the Hoopties, particularly the LeSabre of the 1990s, and the ’92-up Panther Grand … [Read more...] about Question of the Day: Hoopties Past, Present… and Future?
I’ve noticed that car manufacturers have stopped advertising automatic parking features on cars (is the feature even available anymore?) Back in the 90s, four-wheel steering was the rage for a few years. I’m wondering what other tech didn’t last and why (reliability or lack of a selling point, I’m guessing). Also, what current tech in our tech-laden cars do the editors (or readers) think will be dead in coming years.Take to the comments, and list your picks for past, present, and future technology flops in cars.[Images: Honda, GM, Chrysler, YouTube] … [Read more...] about QOTD: Automotive Tech Flops – Past, Present, and Future