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Honda's 'low cost nut picker'
29 Nov 2013 10:42
From a regional newspaper group far far away comes this interesting report on some of the automation in Honda's new Fit/Jazz plant in Japan.
Determined dream car owner has the balls for it
29 Nov 2013 10:26
You know the old saying: "I'd give my right arm for that..."? Well, it seems like a dream car obsessed gent is prepared to sacrifice something else.
PHEV excites MMC
22 Oct 2013 16:56
Mitsubishi Motors Europe is pretty excited about the imminent launch - in its home base of the Netherlands - of the claimed segment exclusive Outlander PHEV.
This is reflected in the amount of information sent to media, including some launch update timing this week.
A football star's Bentley that isn't
16 Oct 2013 09:46
British football stars are often associated with expensive cars like Bentleys but I was intrigued to read about a US star player (still football but different) who also drives 'The Bentley'. Which isn't.
Cal, of those California commercials, passes
10 Sep 2013 09:50
Few Californians will not have heard of Cal Worthington, the car dealer known for his mad TV ads.
He achieved quite a lot of fame. After such success, and a bit of failure along the way, it's interesting to learn he wasn't all that keen on selling cars. Always wanted to be a pilot.
Lambo goes up in smoke
06 Sep 2013 16:22
Just as a change from self-combusting Ferraris, we bring you this.
The GBP270,000 Lamborghini apparently did not catch light by itself, the report said it was involved in a crash first.
'Walkie scorchie' building designer has been there before
04 Sep 2013 13:19
It appears another building designed by the same architect of the infamous 'walkie scorchie' structure in London caused sun concentration problems in Las Vegas a few years ago.
Thanks to j-a's social media contributors for dredging up this.
Building continues to scorch vehicles
03 Sep 2013 17:29
You've no doubt heard by now of a new London building which acts like a magnifying glass with the sun.
This latest report suggests its vehicular score extends beyond Jaguars.
I wonder how it'll be fixed? Reminds me of reports of the Disney Concert Hall in LA dazzling apartment dwellers across the street. That building was finished in polished aluminium which had to be unpolished a bit to soothe the neighbours. The London edifice is glass faced. Tint opportunity anyone?
Old dog, new trick from Audi
14 Aug 2013 13:07
LEDs give today's car designers lighting options that were just a dream in the 1960s
Colleague Glenn Brooks' product eye alighted on a press release from Audi today - you're supposed to be on holiday, GB - announcing some new LED headlight tricks for the revamped A8. That prompted some grinding in just-auto's resident Ancient of Days' memory banks - ain't we seen sequential turn signals somewhere before?
'Course we have; there's rarely much that's really, really new in the autobiz. Ford used them - at the back only - on various '60s and '70s models - I'm thinking Thunderbird and the Mercury Cougar.
Back then, as few as three tungsten bulbs illuminated in sequence in the direction of intended travel. US-market cars then had red lenses for rear turn indicators (now designers can also use amber and sometimes switch back and forth at facelift time) so sharing the flashers' filaments with the brake lights added complexity to the electromechanical controllers used for the job.
Audi revived and updated the idea, initially for its R8 sportscar, around a year ago and is now bringing the technology to the A8 luxury sedan, front and rear. The development of LEDs and sophisticated microchips has allowed technology in headlamp units the Detroit designers five decades back could only dream of.
An old idea, yes, but the latest execution is very clever.
BMW's lecky leaks
24 Jul 2013 17:27
'Leaked' or allowed to drip out to build interest ahead of next Monday's global reveal?
Whatever, first unofficial/official pix of BMW's i3 are out.
We'll let Autocar do the honours.