Monthly Archives: September 2017

Honda 2017 Ridgeline Review

Historically speaking, the Honda Ridgeline has been the worst-selling pickup truck in the US for the last half a decade, but a ground-up redesign for the 2017 model debuting at the Detroit Auto show this week represents a new hope for the nameplate.

In 2014, Honda only sold 13,389 of ’em. For comparison, The Toyota sold more than 155,000 Tacomas and over 750,000 new Ford F-150s rolled into driveways during that same year. Of course, comparing anything to the F-Series, America’s best selling vehicle overall for 32 years running is a bit unfair, but the sales gap with the Toyota is just as telling. With nowhere to go but up, the shiny, new 2017 Honda Ridgeline spinning slowly on a pedestal in Detroit this week is a second chance for the Honda to make its mark on the American truck market.

Honda 2016 Civic Sedan Review

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The dynamic, new-from-the-ground-up 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, 2016’s North American Car of the Year, ( has received the highest available rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, available on all 2016 Civic Sedan models.

The 2016 Civic Sedan has earned a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes, including the rigorous small overlap frontal crash test. The 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation is reserved for vehicles that also have an available front crash prevention system that earns an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR rating from the Institute.

Pothole Alert !!

Carmaker Ford has said it is experimenting with technology to detect potholes and warn drivers of their locations.

Cars equipped with cameras could constantly scan roads during journeys, with resulting data on potholes displayed on other drivers’ dashboards.

The idea is being tested at the firm’s research centre in Aachen, Germany.

One expert said altering routes to avoid potholes might not always be possible.

“A virtual pothole map could highlight a new pothole the minute it appears and almost immediately warn other drivers that there is a hazard ahead,” said Uwe Hoffmann, a research engineer at Ford.

“Our cars already feature sensors that detect potholes and now we are looking at taking this to the next level.”

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Honda teaming up with GM on Hybrids

Honda and General Motors may expand their cooperation on green cars, according to a report in the Japanese media.

In 2013 the two automakers signed a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, which remains in effect until at least 2020.

Now, it appears they may collaborate on plug-in hybrids as well.

The two companies “have entered final negotiations” on an expanded partnership that would include plug-in hybrid development, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun (via Charged EVs).

At the moment, each maker uses its own two-motor hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology–and the two are differently arranged inside, with Honda’s system nesting one motor inside the other, while GM’s connects two separate motors with planetary gears.

Why sausages can be dangerous …………..

A German man is facing a fine after damaging a BMW with a 30cm sausage.

Police in Neubrandenburg, in the north of the country, were called to complaints of a bust-up between two men on Saturday evening.

A 49-year-old pedestrian, who was walking with his eight-year-old son, became upset with the way a 47-year-old man had parked in front of them, German website The Local reported.

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Self Driving Trucks

Google’s self-driving car project (now Waymo) has arguably been at the forefront of the autonomous car movement, testing on public roads since 2009. So when its founder, Anthony Levandowski, left to found a driverless truck startup called Otto, the venture was sure to bring important insight into autonomous tech into the trucking world.

Uber jumped on the opportunity to break into trucking. In 2016, it purchased Otto for $680 million, marking one of that year’s most important announcements in the driverless vehicle world. In February 2017, it also became the subject of a lawsuit by Waymo over its driverless technology.

Otto is, it seems, one of the biggest players in driverless trucks. But it’s not the only one.With the trucking industry—and its reliance on long-haul highway driving—poised to have a major impact as driverless technology advances, other companies are joining the race.

Last week, three new startups—Embark, Starsky Robotics and—gave details on their upcoming forays into driverless trucking. Here they are:

Lincoln Goes Luxury

It’s been a long time since Lincoln Motor Co., Ford’s luxury division, has been considered a real luxury car contender. Well, it might be time to start considering it again.

For a very long time, Ford (F) seemed to think it could get away with passing off somewhat nicer versions of Ford (F) car and SUV models as Lincoln luxury cars. In essence, Lincoln was selling what are known as “near luxury” cars.

Ford’s competitor, General Motors (GM), has a separate division for this called Buick. Buick sells some very good cars but they don’t have the expensive materials and painstakingly developed driving qualities of genuine luxury cars. At GM, it is Cadillac that sells legitimate luxury cars.

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Ford gets into Printing 3D Cars

Ford Motor Company is stepping into the world of 3D printing, using a partnership with Stratasys to test the 3D printing of large-scale auto parts, the company announced Monday—which could have implications for the future of the technology in the enterprise.

The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, released in August 2016, produces large, customizable tools and production parts designed for accuracy, repeatability, and speed.

“Capable of printing automotive parts of practically any shape or length, the Stratasys Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing – providing a more efficient, affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for low-volume vehicles such as Ford Performance products, as well as personalized car parts,” according to a press release.

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Benefits of a Local Ford Dealers Inventory

Buying a new or a used Ford car or truck on credit can be quite a time-consuming process. There is often a lot of research to be done, both in terms of what type of car or vehicle you want to buy, where to arrange finance, and how to get the best deal on credit either from Ford or from another lender. One of the best ways to speed up the process to an extent, is to find out which vehicles are currently hold in a local Ford dealers inventory. This information will be of help to a fair number of people who are quite flexible in terms of what sort of, they are willing to buy, what colour etc. The reason this is important is because if a local dealer is holding a significant number of  cars on site, then it is money wrapped up in them that they will need to shift.

What this means from a consumer’s point of view, is that they have much more leverage  both in terms of the final sale price they pay for the vehicle, and puts them in a strong position to negotiate the finance for it.

Benefits of a Local Ford Dealers Inventory

Finding out which cars are in an inventory allows the customer to decide beforehand what they think is a fair price, and then negotiate with the dealer on that basis.

If buying a used car from a local Ford dealer, it is a really good idea to test drive the car under a lots of different conditions, both in terms of the land and type of road the car will be used on, and ideally in different weather conditions if possible as well. Test driving on hills, motorways and also in  urban traffic is really helpful.

Test driving a used or new Ford car is in different weather conditions can be more tricky, but can sometimes be done is spread over several weeks. In any event it is always a good idea to ask for the cause maintenance record from the previous owner, whether or not the car was bought from the dealership that you are now dealing with. Because maintenance record making you some indication of any potential problems have been, and whether or not these have been effectively dealt with. O

Best Fiesta Insurance Deals

Arranging car auto insurance on a Fiesta is something that is a legal requirement, although how much insurance and what type of insurance will depend to a large extent where you live and what the legal department is in that area. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you buy out-of-state, with an intent to drive it back to your own home state, then there may be differing legal requirements in both the states and you should make sure that any insurance you by covers both. State requirements for insurance normally focus on legal liability limits of indemnity, both for bodily injury and physical damage, which are sometimes referred to as a collective form of liability known as third-party liability.

Best Fiesta Insurance Deals

Aside from the legal requirements for the state in which you live and are buying vehicle, if you are leasing a Fiesta, or even in certain circumstances buying a new one, the dealership or finance company may require you to take out additional insurance by way of comprehensive or collision cover. It is worth being aware that these terms comprehensive and collision can mean different things to different insurance companies and in different locations.

In some areas the term comprehensive, normally referred to as fully comprehensive, means that it covers all types of damage to the vehicle and all third party liability as well. In other areas,  comprehensive simply means that it covers damage to the vehicle, and additional insurance needs to be bought in relation to collision damage and third-party liability damage.

The other type of insurance that will likely be needed on a Fiesta is that of gap Insurance. gap insurance covers the difference between the amount paid for the vehicle, i.e. the final amount that is agreed as a loan, and its market value should it be written off or 30 damaged after purchase.

In the event of a total loss of the vehicle, the insurance company is likely to pay an amount that is significantly less than was agreed as a sale price. As such there will be a difference in terms of what is still owed on the loan, and the costs that can be recovered from the insurance Insurance is designed to cover the difference between the two and may well be a requirement by the dealership that this type of insurance is effected. f