Month: August 2016

Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari selling new vehicles with faulty air bags: U.S. Senate report

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Vans units and Ferrari NV are among a small group of auto makers selling some new vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that will be subject to recalls by the end of 2018, a U.S. Senate report said on Wednesday. The vehicles are legal to sell since the U.S. National Highway Read More

Parents of ‘Star Trek’ actor sue FCA over fatal crash

The parents of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the makers of Jeep Grand Cherokees, claiming the company manufactured unsafe gear selectors that led to their 27-year-old son being crushed in his own driveway. The actor’s 2015 Cherokee rolled backward down a driveway of his home on June 19, Read More

Vertically expandable four-storey RV that can fit in a parking spot

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Extane is a recreational vehicle (RV) designed to be used in RV parks—and in Read More

Nissan keeps self-driving simple – and not quite autonomous

Self-driving cars may be all the rage, but when it’s a real product, coming soon from Japanese auto maker Nissan Motor Co., the technology gets toned down. And so don’t expect to the driver to disappear for years to come. The Serena minivan equipped with ProPilot technology relies on a single camera in the back Read More

A beach SUV that can be printed and assembled

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Shogun is an eco-friendly six-wheel-drive beach SUV. It was designed to drive to and Read More

Germany to require ‘black box’ in autonomous cars

Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday. The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S car in its Autopilot mode has increased the pressure Read More

Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Troubadour is a medium-sized motorized cart designed to transport garbage bags and recycled materials Read More

Fuel-injection systems explained

I understand the basics of fuel injection; my Ford F-150 EcoBoost, however, is direct injected. What’s the difference? – Jim Traditional multiport fuel-injection systems use an in-tank pump to pressurize fuel and deliver it to each port of the intake manifold with a standard fuel injector. Alternatively, the basics of direct injection are: An in-tank Read More

Race any roads in the world with a VR car simulator

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Vayant is an affordable indoor car simulator designed to be paired with virtual reality Read More

Can you ever get rust out of a car part once it is in?

My 2008 Audi A4 S has rust developing around the two front wheel wells and I need to know how to deal with it. Can you ever get rust out of a car part once it is in? – John L. From my correspondence with John, I know that he had some minor stone chips Read More

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