Today: February 24 2018
Women drivers took eight minutes to park your car. She made a total of 35 maneuvers, writes Autorambler. This incident occurred in the north-west London in late January. Woman trying to park your Nissan Sunny near the house for five minutes, after which the car is standing in front of her left, and she continued her attempts to three and a half minutes.
Six "sleeping" car brands, ready to return. In 2012, Nissan decided to revive the Datsun brand, and to date has introduced several series cars and even a concept car of the "new" brand. In connection with the fact that on the roads soon there will be cars missing in 1980-ies, "Motor" remembered what other "sleeping" brands are in the cage of the largest automakers. And at the same time I estimated the probability of their revival. In Germany, for many years, many automotive brands were born and died, for which we do not even miss that - we do not even remember them. The same fate would have waited for the NSU, if not for the two models: Prinz and Ro 80. After all, the first became the prototype of our "eared" Zaporozhets, and the second - this is the only rotary car that won the European competition "Car of the Year".
In the rating of preferences of American motorists the first place was taken by the Toyota brand. In a telephone survey involving more than 1,500 drivers in the US, the respondents exposed the Japanese brand 145 points. Relevant data led publication Consumer Reports. The second place in the list of preferences got "Ford", which lagged behind the "Toyota" on 25 credits. The first three closed the Honda brand with 109 points. In the "Top-5" were also Chevrolet and Tesla. Last company last year took the tenth place. The Americans were least satisfied with Land Rover cars. The British brand was awarded only four credits. The brand Maserati became the second from the end, and the "Jaguar", gaining nine points ...
The five most unusual automobile tunnels in the world. Automobile tunnels, like bridges, are built in order to save time, gasoline and nerve cells of drivers. But their creation requires enormous resources and efforts. "Motor" has studied the five most interesting automobile tunnels, which amaze with its originality, scale and complexity of construction. Until 1970-ies the inhabitants of the Chinese mountain village Guoliang with the rest of the world connected only a narrow staircase on a cliff face. Peasants have repeatedly tried to interrogate the government to build a normal road, but officials have not heard their requests. Desperate to get any help, villagers with a population of 350 people chose 13 the strongest men.
At all times, domestic motor sport remained on the margins of the world. We had talented pilots and designers, but always lacked money, technology, routes, and sometimes just political will. Nevertheless, even in these conditions Soviet specialists managed to create really cool racing cars. And it's not their fault that many of these cars never got to the start of official competitions. "Motor" remembered the best of them. "In 1952, the USSR national team made its debut in the world championship in the Formula 1 races in the second stage, which took place on the Belgian track Spa-Francorchamps. The car of Soviet athletes, according to the estimates of the motor sport community, is the most perfect among all those who went to the start. "
You can arbitrarily scold the Soviet car industry for the fact that the same machines have been produced for decades, but that's just the fault of the designers in this. They constantly fountained ideas and were not afraid of internal competition. "Motor" recalled the unusual modifications of well-known models, which did not give the green light. To create a car of incredible patency, successfully pass all state tests with it, wait for the model to go into service, and then ... achieve the cancellation of all these decisions. This is madness? This is GAS! All his life, one of the greatest automotive designers Vitaly Andreevich Grachev devoted to creating a car of absolute patency. First on GAZ, then on ZIL. One of the stages of this path was the experimental GAZ-21.
In continuation of the theme of Soviet concept cars, we recall the more modern conceptual, experimental and small-scale developments of domestic engineers and designers. The second part - about the machines created from the end of 1980-x to our days. It could be taken as the prototype of "Oka", but take a look at the year of the prototype creation. On the contrary, the "Gnome" (the name, of course, especially "succeeded") was built from a shortened "Oka". But why was it necessary to reduce the already tiny minicar? Today, quite well-fed in the automotive sense, we just forgot how at the turn of the 90-x the whole country was rushing about with the idea of "people's", and, therefore, being the cheapest car.
On Thursday, 16 January, exactly 55 years have passed since the first copy of the luxury sedan GAZ-13 "Chaika" came off the assembly line of the Gorky Automobile Plant. One of the most beautiful cars in the history of the USSR gave "Motor" a wonderful opportunity to recall a few more serial cars of the Soviet Union, for which there was no need to blush neither then nor now. Put the famous "Zahara" next to the American truck Autocar Dispatch SA, and the usual one gets into the head: "And this one licked." Slicked, of course, but ... not really. Firstly, the American car kits that laid the foundation for the truck were delivered to the USSR completely legally. And most importantly, the engineers who created the ZIS-5, managed to significantly simplify and reduce the cost of the overseas construction.
The Soviet automotive industry is like a big haystack. At first glance, only dried grass, but a good digging can be found and something more valuable than a banal needle. "Motor" recalls the most interesting conceptual, experimental and small-scale development of domestic engineers and designers. Today is the first series. It is often called the first passenger car of the USSR, although NAMI-1, which received a short start in life thanks to a small-scale assembly, is more correctly considered a prototype. This phaeton is the prototype of a mass automobile for the needs of the young Soviet Republic. And for the "first pancake" everything turned out well. Causes respect, for example, the very process of development.
At the Detroit Motor Show, Michelin introduced a new high-wear tire model called the Premier A / S. The manufacturer guarantees that all-season tires can pass 60 thousand miles (96,5 thousand kilometers). The tires are made using a new technology, called EverGrip. Silicon dioxide and sunflower oil are used in the manufacture of rubber. The first element increases the grip of the tread with a wet road, and sunflower oil gives the tire an extra elasticity in cold weather. Also on the tires there are special grooves of a special shape, which become wider as the tire wears, which improves the drainage of the liquid from the grooves.
Pope Francis put up for sale his Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, a motorcycle sold at a charity auction of the London home "Bonams" in Paris in February, the official representative of the auction. Proceeds from the sale will be transferred to the good works of the Roman Catholic Church (the recipient is the organization Caritas Roma), informed in "Bonems", ITAR-TASS reports. Buy this lot with the volume of the engine 1,585 liters and the autograph of Francis on the gas tank (it was left at a special ceremony in the Vatican in November), estimated at 12-15 thousand euros, who wish to be offered during the session of the "Week of retro cars". He was previously officially handed over by Francis to charity.
Severe punishment imposed by the police of the United Kingdom on the British, decided to get home from the pub on a self-made car that he built for his son. The man did not pass the test for alcohol and lost the rights to drive this car for a year. 43-year-old locksmith Rio Birdmore was detained on the way from the pub. After drinking a lot, an adult man decided to get to the house, perched on a miniature copy of the Volkswagen Transporter. This minivan was very popular in 1950-1970-ies. The child machine Rio Birdmore personally made for his child, and then, apparently, decided to grab the toy with him to the pub to show off to his friends.
Healthy bumpers, cracking about lying policemen, "skirts" in a circle, tinted lights and a "bench" from behind - this is most often limited to tuning cars. At best, it looks beautiful. However, practical commercial vehicles can offer so many options for creativity that the eyes run. The idea of possible configurations of "heels" - from the ambulance to the mobile coffee machine - can be based on the 15 redesigned Mercedes-Benz Citan presented in the presentation of the new compact van. The German manufacturer actively cooperates with the bodybuilding companies, which redesign commercial vehicles for various purposes. In Europe, about half of the new Sprinter are being reworked.
The usual motorway in Germany is more than just a road. Autobahn (the pronunciation of the German word Autobahn is firmly entrenched and in the Russian language - note Delfi) can be recognized with certainty as part of German culture and the image of the country as a whole. On autobahns compose songs (collective Kraftwerk), make television series (the famous show Alarm fur Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei), and every German driver considers the movement at a speed of 200 km / h and more quite normal. Despite the fact that, according to historical data, the first highway in the form as we know it today was built in 1924 in the north of Italy.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Internet company Google in conjunction with Audi is working on the creation of an information and entertainment system, which will be installed in cars of the German manufacturer. It is expected that the management of the car computer will not be almost different from working with a regular tablet or smartphone on the Android-platform. Note that the competitors from Apple also created their own automotive multimedia system called iOS in the Car, which, as the name suggests, is designed for cars. iOS in the Car already works in some cars produced by companies such as Chevrolet, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Nissan and Volvo.
The Swiss designer Roland Iten, who owns his own boutique in Geneva, designed an exclusive belt buckle worth 75 thousand Swiss francs in honor of the French company Bugatti, which is equivalent to 84 thousand dollars. Approximately for the same amount in the US market, you can buy a sports car Porsche 911 Carrera in the base with an 350-strong engine. When manufacturing buckles used equipment designed to assemble the Swiss watch. One buckle consists of 100 various handmade parts made of pure gold, stainless steel, titanium and sapphire crystal. In total, 44 belts with such buckles will be produced. The first batch of 11 belts decorated with white gold has already been released. The second will receive the registration of pink gold.
Michael Schumacher, who ended his racing career, fell into a coma. He is in critical condition in the hospital in the French city of Grenoble. Seven-time champion of Formula 1 received a craniocerebral injury that required immediate surgical intervention, while skiing in the area of the resort of Meribel in the Alps, reports Reuters. The head of the ski resort Christoph Zhernio-Lekom said that Schumacher often spent his holidays in Meribel. He also added that during the fall, which caused injury, the ex-pilot of Formula 1 was wearing a helmet. Zhernio-Lek noted that after delivery to the hospital at the resort, Michael was conscious, but on the spot it was decided to transport him to the hospital in Grenoble. In addition to the family and close relatives of Schumacher, the president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Jean Todt
The death of Paul Walker will not prevent the shooting of the film. The release of the movie "Fast and the Furious-7" on the screens will be shifted by almost a year relative to the original date, but still take place. This was written in his account on Facebook, actor Vin Diesel, attaching to the recording of photographs from the shootings of the action movie, where they were filmed together with the dead in late November, Paul Walker. "The last scene we shot together," Diesel writes, "we had a unique feeling of fullness and pride that we shared ... The film that we are now concluding was magic caught on tape, we went so far that Fast and Furious 7 will be released 10 April 2015! PS He would like you to learn first. " In a few hours this information was confirmed by the official fan community of F & F, so you can start counting the days before the premiere. And also to wonder how writers and directors will act with the image ...
The top list of IIHS includes 22 models. The American Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) summed up the 2013 crash tests by compiling a list of cars that won the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + awards. This year, the ratings included 17 and 22 models, and the US cars were an absolute minority - they had only 5 and 2 models, respectively. The IIHS said that this year the procedure for certification of cars was significantly tightened. For example, if in 2012 to assess the Top Safety Pick it was enough to get a "good" for the four crash tests (front with 40% overlap, side, for the strength of the roof and for protection from spinal injuries), and the estimate for the fifth front with 25% overlap) was not taken into account at all.
The British edition of Auto Express has compiled a list of 50 best cars that have appeared on the market in the last quarter of a century. The rating was compiled on the basis of a survey of readers of the magazine and timed to its 25 anniversary. Portal Delfi "top ten" of the best cars for the last 25 years according to the British version. Tenth place The legendary Rover Mini 1990 of the model year closes the "Top Ten". Even then, this car, developed in the late fifties, was somewhat archaic, but the British did not frighten it at all - on the contrary, the classic car was very popular until the production ceased in 2000. Ninth place Aston Martin DB9 - English supercar, whose production began in 2004 year.
Or a huge display on wheels. The idea to place all kinds of advertising on public transport appeared and was realized in life long ago. The idea to use displays for this too. And even body panels-displays you will surprise not everyone, however as far as designer Ted Orlovski and its concept Willie, did not come still anybody. Orlovski imagined something like a bus of the future, almost entirely consisting of translucent screens. According to the idea of the author, passengers at the stops, they must show information about the route and everything else, and during the movement - to distract everyone with countless commercials. Well, or almost so. In any case, such buses do not threaten us (dirt will not allow) - although the futuristic bass looks good.