Fancy cars have a way of finding themselves serving duty in various police forces around the world. For instance, we know Dubai’s police love parading around in some of the world’s most expensive supercars.
The Italians like to do it up too,with the Italian State Police receiving a Lamborghini Huracan as a donation. Now, they can add the hot new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to the list, specifically for the Carabinieri. And boy, does it look great in police livery.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ CEO, Sergio Marchionne, along with colleague, John Elkann, introduced the new police car earlier today.
Some publicity surrounding TVR and their latest revival happened and AutoCar, along with TVR themselves, shared some details about what to expect for the new car. If you forgot or aren’t in the know, TVR announced their revival a while back after ownership for the car division changed hands and was bought by a British entrepreneur, from its lame-duck, previous Russian owner.
Click here for more news on TVR.
Firstly, there’s a video teaser of the new model, which you can see HERE. It shows the front of the car being painted in black-and-white on a canvas, and it gives away the car’s front design. It’s also followed by two of TVR’s classic models from the past–in other words, it makes for a great mural.
OK! But, the car itself!
Mercedes-Maybach has the S600 Pullman, and recently, BMW supposedly said that they’re not leaving Mercedes to be the only one to produce an elongated limo version of their flagship luxury sedan. Now, Audi wants to do the same with the A8.
Are you surprised?
Neither am I.
AutoExpress had an interview with Audi’s technical chief, Stefan Knirsch, who said Audi is interested in the idea of making a limo out of the next-generation A8 to compete more directly with the S-Class’s variants. This includes a possible Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman competitor, and on the flip side, a coupe version of the A8 to compete with the S-Class Convertible.
Takata unfortunately is suffering the consequences even further from an expanded recall campaign, adding an additional 35-40 million airbags, listed as defective. That’s a crap-ton of airbags (and does it raise the question about monopolies with airbag suppliers? Probably…).
Nonetheless, two more deaths occurred as a result of faulty inflators equipped in Honda vehicles in Malaysia, forcing Honda to make a statement about each case.
As with other incidents, these two cases involved inflators in extremely humid climates. The inflators suffered a rupture of some sort, though the specifics for the cause of death have yet to be disclosed. In previous cases, reports indicated that pieces of the inflator’s construction would turn into shrapnel when the airbag was deployed, basically turning it into a frag grenade to the face.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US said that investigators could have an answer as to what causes the airbags to malfunction.
According to an industry chemist and expert on propellants, H.R. Blomquist, the fault comes from “moisture-sensitive propellant” and the inflator’s faulty design, which allows humid air to contaminate the system. As a result, the propellant deteriorates and burns faster than intended. This creates too much pressure within the system and thus, causes the housing to fragment and break.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Honda via AutomotiveNews Europe
The Vienna Motor Symposium happened recently and some German automakers decided to seize the moment to showcase some new mills for some future cars. One of them was BMW’s new, ridiculous quad-turbodiesel inline-six and another would be Porsche’s latest twin-turbocharged V8.
Set for duty in the next-generation Cayenne and Panamera Turbo models, which will most likely be the most expensive engine option given the fact that the basic models are destined to be given new four- and six-cylinder mills, the new V8 is said to offer “significantly reduced CO2 emissions,” but Porsche didn’t exactly lay out the nitty gritty, or even the engine’s displacement figure.
Fuel economy is also claimed to be up by 30 percent as well. So, I guess we’ll just have to take their word for it…That worked well last time, didn’t it, VAG?
In comparison to the current and soon-to-be outgoing twin-turbo 4.8L V8, it’s good for 541hp and 567 lb-ft of torque.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Vienna Motor Symposium via CARandDRIVER
As if the effects of this year’s POTUS election season and all the BS happening from the ever-so-heated battle for the fight to run this country, weren’t enough already to make all of us want to bash our heads into walls…
Today’s ridiculousness comes from, surprise surprise, North Carolina, where the state is already suffering the backlash from their recent legislation involving transgender people and bathrooms…But to keep from going off-tangent, another polarizing and dividing event happened, involving a tow truck driver and a disabled woman in need of help. I bet you can see where this is going.
The story, as reported by The Washington Times, and local FOX affiliate, Carolina 21, goes like this: Cassandra McWade of Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina, was traveling through North Carolina when her Toyota Camry was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer. Her car was only slightly damaged and she experienced no injuries, but it failed to start, so she called for a tow. To make the situation a little more fragile, McWade suffers from some chronic conditions and is a disabled individual.
That’s when Ken Shupe, the owner of Shupee Max Towing, was summoned to answer the call for help, keywords, call for help. And alas, here comes the cringeworthy, facepalm of an event: when Shupe arrived to help McWade, he flat out denied her his assistance, simply because she openly admitted to being a Bernie Sanders supporter, particularly when Shupe noticed her Camry was festooned with a couple of Sanders stickers.
Talk about a class-act….
This article has been updated with the NHTSA’s official statement of expanding the Takata airbag recall in the United States. Check it out after the jump.
Takata is still under heavy scrutiny for its recent recall of airbag units for faulty actuators, leading to flying pieces of shrapnel and metal into the driver like frag grenade into the face, instead of just being a shocking white balloon.
This has resulted in a few deaths and as a result, Takata issued a massive recall of its units, which is massive simply because of how many airbags have been supplied to various automakers and for what specific model of vehicle. The last figure of Takata airbag recalls hovered at around 28.8 million needing recall.
Now, an additional 35 million airbags–yes, an additional 35 million–are being added to the list and Takata is expecting to make its official announcement soon.
So far, estimates point to around $25.2 billion in damages from 287.5 million airbags needing to be recalled.
That’s a lot of friggen airbags.
Volkswagen’s Amarok pickup truck has been around for quite some time in global markets, other than North America, competing in the segment against the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navarra, and so-on.
That said, it’s always been a forbidden fruit for us Americans, the inventors of the pickup truck, which is a bit ironic if I must say. But despite Dieselgate happening at the moment, that hasn’t stopped us from drooling over Volkswagen’s pickup and wishing Wolfsburg would send its utilitarian light truck to our shores, especially in diesel form.
Lately, Volkswagen announced to be introducing a newly revised 3.0L V6 turbodiesel that can be had in three forms, with figures topping out at 163hp, 204hp and 224hp. Torque figures will also vary, but in its most powerful form, it’ll produce 406 lb-ft of twist. All of these figures out do the Amarok’s previous twin-turbo 2.0L diesel with its 180hp.
Volkswagen proudly hopped on the PR news wire with some good news for a change to announce that they just broke the record for the world’s fastest front-wheel drive production vehicle to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And they did it with a special edition Golf GTI Clubsport S three-door.
This lap record comes just in time for the Golf GTI’s 40th anniversary, and the Golf GTI Clubsport S itself will debut at the Wörthersee Festival tomorrow.
Speaking of which, this fancy GTI comes with sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires with 19-inch Pretoria wheels, standard HID headlights, LED daytime runners, and can be had in three hues of Deep Black Pearl Effect, Pure White, and Tornado Red.
Recently, Red Bull and Ferrari surprised the world of Formula One by revealing a new Aeroscreen designed to protect F1 drivers when performing. However, in a recent report from Motorsport.com, Formula One’s tycoon, Bernie Ecclestone, expressed his disapproval of the device on Red Bull Ferrari’s latest F1 car.
In the report, the outlet interviewed Ecclestone in regards to his thoughts on the whole idea of adding a windscreen for cockpit protection on F1 cars. He doesn’t exactly think a windscreen would make a difference in a situation like an F1 race, where helmets already protect the faces of drivers. A windscreen does the same thing, but anything that could crash through the screen could crash through one’s helmet, thus at which point, some argue that it doesn’t matter and is a waste of money.
Waste of money, because a windscreen also significantly affects aerodynamics of an F1 car. The requirement of a windscreen would also force teams to have to alter their designs.
Currently, the matter is being studied by the FIA and is expected to be added to the 2017 season rules.
– By: Chris Chin