Category: Automotive

Teens don’t do this one simple thing that could save their lives

Report Highlights Programs With Potential to Increase Teen Seat Belt UseGovernors Highway Safety Association and The Allstate Foundation partner to identify initiatives key to reversing unbelted teen fatalitiesWASHINGTON, D.C.-Buckling up has always been a simple action that dramatically increases a person’s chances of surviving a crash, but more than half of teen drivers killed in 2012 failed to use a seat belt. What’s more shocking is that this number has increased by six percent over the last three years. And worse, teen passengers killed in …

Nissan Cube dead for 2015

Nissan Cube dead for 2015

Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube’s indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker’s lineup.The move is hardly unexpected – there was confirmation from Nissan Canada that it was pulling the plug on the asymmetric little front-driver in its market back in May, and sales have not exactly been sparkling …

VW issues NA Golf and GTI stop-sale over steering issue

Volkswagen is issuing a stop-sale and recall for the 2015 GTI and Golf because of a problem with the front stabilizer link fasteners. The stop-sale covers 705 vehicles at US dealers, and, according to Automotive News an additional 108 cars in Canada. Company spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan also told Autoblog that it’s recalling 2,001 examples in the US and 446 in Canada that customers already own to repair the issue.According to Automotive News, the fasteners were installed with too little torque during assembly and…

Well hello, Carice, you Porsche-aping EV cutie

Ah, the joy that comes open-air motoring with the in your hair and the roar of the exhaust behind you. Well, maybe not as much anymore. In recent years, vehicles like the Tesla Roadster have made the concept of the electric sports car palatable. Now, Dutch automaker Carice is following suit with a classically inspired EV speedster called the MK1.The MK1 clearly wears its design inspiration on its sleeve. It would be difficult to look at this styling and not immediately see a Porsche 356 Speedster; It has the same upside-down bathtub…

Pirelli testing low-profile tires for 18-inch Formula One wheels

Detractors look at a modern Formula One car and wonder what relevance they could possibly have to the cars we drive. And they may have a point. Just look at the tires, for crying out loud: with sidewalls as tall as the wheels on which they’re mounted, they look like they belong more on a cartoon car than a race car. But Pirelli is out to fix that.The Italian rubber company has been the exclusive provider of F1 tires …

Jaguar working on lighter F-Type with C-X75’s twin-charged engine?

Every automaker has its own agenda when it comes to concept cars. Some roll them out just to showcase where it’s heading. Others create them to gauge public opinion for a potential production model. Still others only showcase a concept car to preview a model that’s already well underway. Jaguar is just such a company.In the last several years, Coventry has only produced a handful of concept cars, and each of them – the C-X16 that foreshadowed the F-Type, the C-X17 that previews the …