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Russian Semi repeatedly hits a BMW

Nobody should be shocked that a big, heavy vehicle like a semi truck takes a longer distance to stop than the average passenger car; it's just basic physics. However, this BMW X5 driver seemingly has a major problem grasping the concept, and it results in some serious damage to the back of his SUV.

The whole incident is very confusing to watch. The BMW doesn't even seem to have a reason to slow down before the semi slams into the back of it at fairly high speed. But to make the situation even weirder, the crashes just keep happening again and again.

To give the BMW driver a little credit, he appears amazingly calm when surveying the damage afterward. But you have to wonder what this guy was thinking when trying a harebrained move like this. Check out the video to watch the carnage unfold.

Continue reading BMW X5 driver repeatedly fails to understand big rig braking distances

BMW X5 driver repeatedly fails to understand big rig braking distances originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang first drive

Finally. After drooling over the 2015 Ford Mustang since it first drove onto our screens last year, we've now had the chance to drive Ford's pony car in and around Los Angeles. Jonathon Ramsey focuses on what's most important here, the actual driving dynamics, in his full review. Give it a read, here.





Cadillac LTSNew Cadillac flagship will be built in Detroit

Cadillac has big things in store for its next all-new product - literally. The automaker is finally launching a proper, large flagship sedan to slot above the XTS, based on rear-wheel-drive architecture, and ready to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And today, we learned that Cadillac will build its new flagship in Detroit. 'Merica!




radar gunNew radar gun can sense texting while driving

Our lead feet might not really love cops' radar guns, but when it comes to the subject of texting and driving, we're fully onboard with anything that will stop people from being so stupidly distracted (seriously - put your phones down). A new technology might allow those very radar guns we oft loathe to catch people texting while driving. Read all about it, here.



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What you missed on 9.19.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Oil Prices

It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't - or won't - pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's green cars demand. We're not all "cashed-up greenies."

In 2013, the average selling price of a new vehicle was $32,086.

The truth is that most Americans can't afford a new car, green or not. In 2013, the average selling price of a new vehicle was $32,086. According to a recent Federal Reserve study, the median income for American families was $46,700 in 2013, a five-percent decline from $49,000 in 2010. While $32,000 for a car may not sound like a lot to some, it's about $630 a month financing for 48 months, assuming the buyer can come up with a $6,400 down payment. And that doesn't include gas, insurance, taxes, maintenance and all the rest. It's no wonder that a recent study showed that the average family could afford a new car in only one of 25 major US cities.

AutoTrader conducted a recent survey of 1,900 millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) about their new and used car buying habits. Isabelle Helms, AutoTrader's vice president of research, said millennials are "big on small" vehicles, which tend to be more affordable. Millennials also yearn for alternative-powered vehicles, but "they generally can't afford them."

When it comes to the actual behavior of consumers, the operative word is "affordable," not "green." In 2012, US new car sales rose to 14.5 million. But according to Manheim Research, at 40.5 million units, used car sales were almost three times as great. While the days of the smoke-belching beater are mostly gone, it's a safe bet that the used cars are far less green in terms of gas mileage, emissions, new technology, etc., than new ones.

Continue reading The ugly economics of green vehicles

The ugly economics of green vehicles originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lamborghini teaser

AsterionLamborghini had us seriously stumped when it released its teaser (above) for a new vehicle that'll debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The image seemed to depict a fastback GT somewhat reminiscent of Lambo's earlier 2+2 models like the Espada, and was accompanied by the sentence, "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it." We're still not entirely sure what the means, but a possible leaked logo for the car might offer some big hints about its powertrain.

According to the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market in Europe, Lamborghini applied for a trademark on the name Asterion on September 15 to cover vehicles, clothing, toys and video games. The logo (right) included a lightning bolt slashing through the 'O' in the word. That could suggest this forthcoming vehicle is a hybrid, but it's also not clear whether we're going to be hearing about a pure concept, or a production model.

The name itself might also be a tell. Asterion is one of the names for the Minotaur in Greek mythology, which is a creature that is part bull and part man. This could be another indication that the concept combines the traditional Lamborghini style with something else.

The possibility of a hybrid Lamborghini really shouldn't be a total shock, though. The latest run of hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 already use the tech, and the company's own Aventador has capacitors to power its stop/start system. Still, we can't wait to see what the new Lambo has to show when it debuts on October 2.

Is Lamborghini readying a hybrid for Paris? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford Oldsberg MSE Rally Shop tour

It's always amazing to see how different kinds of racecars are made. Formula One racers are often constructed in modern architectural marvels that hint at some of the cutting-edge technology going into the racing. Conversely, rallying is all about sliding around on a varied course as fast as possible, but it often leaves a vehicle caked in mud. So it makes some sense Olsbergs MSE, or simply (OMSE) rally car shop in Nynashamn, Sweden, shows technological sophistication in a more down-to-earth setting. It builds Ford Fiesta ST racers for Global Rallycross there, and this new video gives viewers a tour through the work.

Former rally driver Andreas Eriksson runs OMSE. These days instead of racing, he and the company's 46 employees are building Ford racers from scratch. A ton of work goes into constructing each one, and according to Eriksson, it takes 400 hours to complete each body. At times, things are so busy that some of the technicians live in the shop in apartments that are on premises. There's even a restaurant to keep them fed. Sadly the dyno room is empty during this visit, though.

By the time OMSE is done, a rallycross car might resemble a Fiesta ST on the outside, but as you see in the video, it's a completely different beast underneath. Check out the work it takes to build one of them, and scroll down to read more about it in the official release.

Continue reading Ford opens the doors on its Swedish rally skunkworks

Ford opens the doors on its Swedish rally skunkworks originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase order by Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Louis XIII HotelThe term "luxury" gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn't for Hung's personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he's opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $100,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That color will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn't do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn't just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

Continue reading Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

Forget about the so-called sporty Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition. If you want a General Motors pickup with some added style, this one looks like a more cohesive, well-done package to our eyes (though it's also not "sporty," despite GM using that term over and over again). It's called the GMC Sierra Elevation Edition, and it hits dealerships later this year.

For its more stylish truck, GMC has fitted the 2015 Sierra Double Cab with a body-colored grille surround, door handles, mirror caps, side moldings and bumpers. The truck also rides on black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The Elevation Edition, which GMC contends qualifies as a sport truck, comes standard with the Sierra's 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6, though buyers can opt for the more powerful 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp. Other standard goodies include OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Bluetooth, all housed in the 4.2-inch Intellilink color display.

Pricing information has yet to be announced, but in the mean time, click through the gallery above to see more shots of the Elevation Edition, and take a glance below for the official press blast.

Continue reading 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Man reverses off of tow truck

There are few things more frustrating in life than watching your car being towed away and not being able to do anything about it. However, this guy reportedly in Walthamstow, East London, apparently wasn't going to let that happen to him.

As the story goes, the driver in question made it to his car just in time to find it loaded on the back of a flatbed tow truck over a "civil dispute," a parking infraction. However, his Vauxhall Astra hadn't yet been strapped down to be hauled away. The vehicle wouldn't get the chance to leave on the truck, either, because the owner hopped in, threw it into reverse and mashed the throttle. A brief moment of airtime was followed by a sickening crunch and scraping metal, but according to UK newspaper The Daily Mail, the guy drove off afterward.

Of course, we're now left to wonder which has ended up being more expensive: the repair bill for any damage caused by the three-foot fall or the fine for having his car towed. It's hard to imagine this driver thought about the math before this stunt, and we also have to wonder if the flatbed driver didn't get his license plate number, a reality that might lead to further troubles down the road for our flying hatchback artist.

Continue reading Watch as upset motorist drives off flatbed truck to avoid parking ticket

Watch as upset motorist drives off flatbed truck to avoid parking ticket originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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