Thursday, 26 April 2012

Video: SUV trips over manhole in Russia

Russia isn't well-known for its high safety standards, so it's unsurprising to see local authorities cutting corners on road repairs. With this in mind, a second-generation Land Rover Freelander II fell into what seems like an exposed manhole, which was partially covered by a metal mesh frame, in the Russian resort city of Sochi. It caused the compact SUV to flip over but thankfully, the driver was able to escaped thanks to passers-by.

Lets just hope that local authorities can sort out teething problems before the 2014 Olympics Winter Games, although we wouldn't hold our breath. Video's after the jump!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Video: Take that; Lada driver rams Chevrolet Aveo to get own back

We've all come across someone who has double-parked their car, whether it's outside of the school gates, at the local shops, or the entrance to your driveway. Because of poor road etiquette, the recipient embarks on a journey of road rage.

Cue this Lada driver in Russia who finds his historical car boxed in by a Chevrolet Aveo sedan in a residential parking area. Although the Lada can squeeze through the gap between the Aveo and Toyota RAV4, the driver calls out for the owner with no luck and starts shaking the car, setting off the alarm.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Teaser: 2013 Nissan Sentra

Nissan has teased the all-new Sentra compact sedan, ahead of its launch in Summer.

Based on the Sylphy concept that debuted at the Beijing motor show, the seventh-generation Sentra will be more upmarket than the model it replaces.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Video: Banned Dutch advertisement of new Hyundai i30 hatchback

Automakers marketing departments use many kinds of tactics and gimmicks to lure customer's with their hard earned money, but we don't remember hypnosis being one, until now!

Hyundai's Netherlands division employed a British hypnotist to get three female customer's to fall in love with the new i30 hatchback, both emotionally and physically.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Video: Drive-thru; Hoons drive through a bus

What would you do with a Fiat Uno hatchback, an abandoned bus, some planks of wood, and few sheets of metal? Strip out the cabin and windows on the bus, place the wood vertically near the bus, and place the metal sheets on the plank of wood – to form a ramp - so you can drive your Fiat Uno off it, just like these Dutch hoons have done who give an all-new meaning to drive-thru.

Eventually, following numerous jumps, the car becomes wrecked and the engine falls through. Watch the moronic behaviour unfolded after the jump.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Spied: 2014 Lexus IS

Lexus has begun early development work of the third-generation IS compact executive.

Spied testing in Southern Spain, this test mule is using the chassis of the next-generation IS and sports extended fascias and wider tracks. Precious little is known about the newcomer but the current model debuted at the 2005 Geneva motor show and since received a minor facelift in 2009 to keep it fresh.

Spied: 2014 Ferrari Enzo II

Ferrari have begun testing the replacement to the Enzo at a secret test track in Germany.

Engineers have used the 458 Italia as a test mule for the Enzo II, codenamed F70, and some fake panels, although the mechanicals are from the F70.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Video: Toyota Land Cruiser now features detachable front wheels!

Obviously, the driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser didn't check over their check-list correctly as they would have noticed that the front left-hand-side wheel wasn't bolted onto the axle correctly, causing the wheel to detach from the car while cruising on a paved road.

Some use a 3x3 or 3x4 vehicle is going to be. Watch the incident unfold after the break.

Video: Lady Gaga spotted driving Audi R8 GT Coupé in California

Lady Gaga isn't one for exotic and high-priced cars, so it came as a surprise too many when she was spotted in Beverly Hills driving a grey Audi R8 GT Coupé.

Moments after the pictures were twitted, many gave Stefani Germanotta the thumbs up. Many speculated that the R8 GT Gaga was driving was the regular V10 model, which isn't true.

Spied: 2013 Toyota Verso facelift

The third-generation Toyota Verso has been on the market since mid-2009 and is now due a mid-cycle refresh.

Snapped undergoing chassis testing in Germany, this swirly-coated prototype is sporting a substantial facelift. At the front, an angular fascia with aggressively-styled bumper, headlight clusters, and grille feature, alongside a more sculpted bonnet. The side profile remains largely untouched, albeit the bulging wheelarches, retaining the signature door kink, which extends upto the rear-quarter window.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Video: Honda driver attempts to drift CR-V on Nürburgring

Any vehicle is allowed on the Nürburgring racetrack, be it a passenger car, commercial van, SUV, and even an RV, but they all carry a responsibility. While it's fun to fling your vehicle around a corner of a racetrack, safety comes first.

Unfortunately, the driver of this Honda CR-V was more focused on speeding than his own safety. Reports suggest the driver tried to drift the CR-V upon entering the Eiskurve bend and over-steered the SUV. The driver tried correcting his mistake which caused the high-sided vehicle to slide the opposite direction and hit a verge, causing the 4x4 to violently flip several times before hitting the guard rail.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Video: Suzuki customer goes on rampage in Nissan dealership

Last weekend, a Suzuki customer went on a rampage in a Nissan dealership by the Dmitrovsky highway in Moscow, Russia. Because the footage was filmed on a CCTV camera, it made national news.

The middle-aged man was apparently picking up his Grand Vitara after having it repaired but didn't like the fact that staff kept him waiting around for three hours.

Spied: 2013 Vauxhall/Opel Insignia facelift

The Vauxhall/Opel Insignia was launched onto the European market back in 2007 and since gave the mid-sized family car subtle updates to keep it fresh throughout the model years.

Now, Vauxhall/Opel are giving the Insignia its first major facelift, in order to revitalise sales across Europe - in the UK, the Insignia remains a strong-seller – and keep the car fresh until its successor arrives.

Spied: 2014 Toyota RAV4

The current generation Toyota RAV4 was launched on the market since 2006 and received numerous updates and two facelifts to keep it fresh.

Now, spies have caught up with the fourth-generation RAV4, codenamed XA40, undergoing testing on public roads in Germany. The new RAV4 will adopt Toyota's new design language and will be given an assertive fascia.

Spied: 2014 Infiniti G-Series

Infiniti has discreetly begun road-testing a test mule off the all-new G-Series, which was spied by shooters in a car park in Northern Sweden.

Despite being an early test-mule, extended wheelarches are clear to see, hinting at wider tracks. An longer wheelbase will feature, improving rear passenger space. To prove the Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance is in full swing, the mule was spied at a known Mercedes test facility.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Video: Kick-ass; Drunken couple mess with the wrong car

While most members of the public tend to ignore drunk individuals who play up, there are some who take no shit attitude and take matters into there own hands.

This drunken couple started picking on drivers and eventually go their comeuppance; they pestered a driver in a red sedan whose larger-than-life passenger attacked the couple and dragged them onto the pavement. Take a peek after the jump.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Video: Angry bird; Furious woman thrashes motorcyclist

You never know someone else's state of mind, until you cross them. For instance, recently in a small town in Brazil, a 21 year old woman driving a silver Fiat Palio Adventure allegedly cut off a motorcyclist at the lights.

Apparently after exchanging looks and words, the motorcyclist kicks the woman's car - who got frightened by the biker – and decides to “defend” herself by running him down.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Video: Woman suffers diabetic attack while driving

A woman in a 2009 Kia Rio sedan suffered a diabetic attack when driving on a highway on Interstate 81 in Dauphin County.

In the video, the sub-compact sedan becomes airborne when driving at highway speeds on an embankment through snow by the 61-year old.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Ex-President George H.W Bush purchases Chevy Volt for son

It seems that you can never get celebrities away from hybrid cars as a car says something about its owner like: “Hey, look, I'm being green and I'm saving the environment [even though I own and drive like several V8-engined SUV's]”.

It appears that former president George H.W. Bush is no different as he recently bought his son, Neil, a Chevrolet Volt for his birthday.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Leaked: 2014 Fisker Atlantic

Following a teaser photo and recent spy images, the Fisker Atlantic has been leaked onto the web ahead of its New York debut.

Codenamed Project Nina, the newcomer will slot below the larger Karma and will be positioned as an entry-level model, where it will take on other mid-sized executive sedans. Although no official details have been released, power for the range-extending plug-in hybrid will likely come from a four-cylinder BMW-sourced petrol engine and an electric motor.

Managing director, Henrik Fisker said that lessons learned from the production of the Karma had been incorporated into the new car’s development.

“We launched Karma first to define what the brand was all about,” he said. “Obviously, Atlantic will sell in greater volumes, but we wanted to be known as a premium maker before introducing something cheaper.

“There’s nothing out there like Atlantic. Who says that you can’t have beauty in volume segments?”

The Atlantic is expected to be priced between $48,000 - $60,000 – before incentives – and is likely to launch sometime in 2014, providing the marque avoids further finance issues.

Once the Atlantic goes into volume production, a convertible variant is expected at a later date, possibly spawning other variants. Unlike the Karma, the Atlantic is likely to be offered in right-hand-drive, priced from £40,000.

The sedan will debut in New York this Wednesday 4th April with production commencing in Autumn 2013 in a former GM plant in Delaware.

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