Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dodge hybrid mini-van is a nice change

On a recent trip to the Philly Auto Show, I met a Dodge representative that was speaking all about the benefits of a new Dodge Hybrid mini-van, the feature of the truck were plentiful.

Among the features of course was the possibility of taking a trip or two around town and not spending any money on gasoline. It's sort of the way a lot of manufacturers are heading. Ford just recently announced an 11 Billion, yes that's a ''B" on battery technology in their vehicles.

Added safety features made this mini-van a solid favorite, as the Dodge 'lady' told me about lane departure, and more that serves to protect your family.

Just then, a mother with 2 kids and her husband entered the picture. The wife spoke of a great deal that the family got on one of these mini-vans last year. Again proving that listening to the customer is essential when making a good product.

The best thing about improved technology in vehicles is that even though the higher end cars usually get the best technologies toward safety first, the best usually are available in lesser cost vehicles not long after.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Blaze destroys 1,400 cars in Liverpool England parking garage

Cars were left a pile of molten metal in a Liverpool parking garage for the New Year's Eve celebration. Well, this wasn't part of the celebration obviously, but somehow a fire started that spread like wild fire to turn into a raging inferno.

Here's a video report of what happened in Liverpool from Youtube:

Cars burning that hot burned holes in the cement floors and potentially caused severe damage to support columns that hold the very building in place. No one was injured in the inferno, but it caused damage in the area of over $1M US dollars and the complex may have to be torn down.

From Reuters:

All the estimated 1,400 vehicles in the parking garage, which has 1,600 spaces, were destroyed, Merseyside Police said.Firefighters said an accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite.Many of those affected had been visiting the city for an international horse show in the adjacent Liverpool Echo Arena and were left stranded on New Year’s Eve. Liverpool City Council opened a reception center for those unable to get home.“Liverpool Arena car park fire - thanks to all of our partners, joint working at its best - a significant fire with no loss of life, shelter provided, transport made available, medical assistance and dedicated emergency services,” Merseyside Police said on its Twitter feed.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom - The Rolls, a very nice Christmas gift from basketball player

A Rolls Royce turns heads wherever you see one, here's a video of the latest model available:

Basketball draft pick Lonzo Ball gave the ultimate gift to his dad, La Var, over the Christmas holiday. A brand new Rolls Royce for dad. Talk about a son who appreciates his father. The presence of a Rolls commands respect, imagine the first time you saw one on the road. In California is where you see most of them. LA is sprinkled with money and glamor, so if you want to go 'Rolls spotting' that would be the place to see them.

Many people associate Rolls Royce with just cars, but the are a whole lot more than that, it's a multi-faceted company with engines that propel the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and some of the biggest ships in the world.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Toyota eager to make artificial intelligence your driver by 2020 

The driver-less car is a hot topic among techies these days. Using GPS satellite technology, a tech world dreams of a long winding road of profits driven by a car who is not a human being, but a machine.

The future may be starting as soon as today, with each model year, there are improvements designed to make our lives better. A driver who doesn't make mistakes? Is that possible? Perhaps we'll find out as these soul-less creatures take us on a trip down the road, perhaps to the corner store for a cup of coffee or a trip to the grocery store.

Who knows, maybe a machine can be better than some drivers on the road today?

Meanwhile, the same company is in the beginning stages of developing a 'flying car.' This car should be ready for the 2020 Olympics, I doubt what the video below shows, is the extent of production of this project currently, this looks strangely like a Orville Wright video of the early stages of flight.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Toyota and Lexus and the ghosts that still haunt them

It was only about 7 years ago or so, but with time, memories fade but the only thing that doesn't change is that people died in terrible car crashes, and they can never be replaced.

Initial reports came in as a 'runaway' car - how does this happen? The Toyota motor company explained that the carpets may have been at fault initially, but that was proven to be a misguided and covered up response. Auto manufacturers know when problems exist....

Reports continued as complaints and deaths started to pile up on the nation's highways. Toyota settled the first nationally broadcasted 'death ride' by a consumer, but under the condition of the settlement, they said only, there was nothing wrong with their cars? Here's a Prius that 'ran away' by itself. It wasn't even turbo charged, and that's a good thing.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Honda plans self driving and electric cars through 2030

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Honda and other manufacturers are ramping up the electric hybrid and cars that drive themselves.. Can you imagine that? A car that drives itself? I can hardly drive my own car sometimes.. but we'll see.

Here's an internet article that is very interesting from Reuters on this.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Aston Martin takes a plunge into luxury submersibles with Triton Subs

Car maker, Aston Martin, a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, has taken the plunge and apparently designed a futuristic submarine type of vehicle. It's a dual project called "Project Neptune" - a joint venture with the company, Triton.

The design is sleek and very modern in the true style of the Aston Martin line of cars. Check out more on this story here. 

Take the new model car from Aston Martin for example, the Vanquish. It's the latest fruit off the Aston Martin tree that is really awesome as you can see by this video from the company.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Car and Truck Talk Live - After a very long break, we're back talking cars, trucks, and suv's

After a long hiatus, the show is back .. well at least for this show anyway! Cheer us on, send in your questions on cars, trucks, suv's to talk (at)

It's the Car And Truck Talk live show! check it out

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer might

Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer might:

The driver of the Tesla S had the Autopilot system on when he was cleaning his dashboard when the system apparently failed to negotiate turns in the highway near Kaufman, Texas he was on, he then careened into guardrails at high speed and is lucky to have survived the crash with only minor injuries.

Tesla maintains the feature is just an aid to drivers and not a replacement for the actual driver. Several car companies offer some version of this feature currently and advise the same thing. Don't rely on this to actually take you on your trip while you do other things in the car.

The driver, Mark Molthan doesn't even plan to sue the automaker, Tesla over the accident, but said his next vehicle will not be another Tesla S.

This most recent case wasn't the first crash of a Tesla on Autopilot, in fact the car and system has already claimed a man's life back in July, 2016 in Williston, Florida.

See the story here on the fatal crash involving a driver and the Tesla Autopilot feature:

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

2017 Volvo S90 is a car you could really like

It's a sleek car that will be delivered at the right time as gasoline prices are down, and the Super and Turbo charged engine in this vehicle will get it's owner a decent MPG for the luxury car that it is.

A look at the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription model, with features to drool for. Safety and security package, Luxury and convenience, this car has it all!