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Ford’s new car features sound cancelling technology

The system, called Active Noise Control, uses three microphones that are placed in the cabin to detect noises produced by the vehicle, such as from the engine and transmission systems. Opposing sound waves are then broadcast from the audio system to counteract these in a similar fashion to noise-cancelling headphones. Ford says the new technology does not impact the volume ... Read More »

VW emissions scandal pummels prices of used diesel cars

Prices for used Volkswagen diesel cars have hit the skids since an emissions scandal broke, but prices for gasoline-powered VWs appear to be relatively unscathed, according to auto industry sources. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board notified Volkswagen that certain of its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TDI diesel vehicles did not comply with clean-air standards. ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: Three Dead As Drunken Joyride in Friend’s New Car Ends in Accident

A drunken joy ride ended in tragedy early Saturday when three friends died on the spot while another had to be airlifted to Harare after a vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree near the Victoria Falls International Airport. Police were not readily available to comment on the accident but witnesses said the four had been drinking shortly before ... Read More »

Ford Launches The Mother Of All Clearance Sales

Ford is knocking as much as 10 percent off the list price of virtually all of their cars and trucks from the 2015 model year as part of their “Friends & Neighbors” clearance promotion this month. Not only that, they’re sweetening the deals via assorted other incentives that slash the sticker prices even further. How much cash is Ford slapping on ... Read More »

Monetary Policy: Past, Present and Future

The ECB’s monetary policy measures have clearly worked, in fact they are probably the dominant force spurring the recovery. They have been instrumental in arresting and reversing the deflationary pressures that hit the euro a year ago. Yet growth momentum remains weak and inflation remains well below our objective of below but close to 2%. Composite lending rates for non-financial ... Read More »

Inside Faraday Future, the secretive car company chasing Tesla

Inside a suburban Los Angeles industrial building that once served as an R&D facility for Japanese automotive giant Nissan, natural midday light spills through the windows. Today, a very different company occupies this space. I arrive at lunchtime. It’s catered, in true startup fashion — there’s no time to have your employees actually leaving the building for lunch, of course. ... Read More »

The Future of Stadiums Might Be No Stadium at All

 NOT LONG AFTER the Dallas Cowboys debuted the NFL’s largest video board at their new stadium in 2009, the Houston Texans rolled out an even bigger screen. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars went even bigger at their new venue, throwing in an in-stadium swimming pool as a bonus. The building of NFL stadiums has become an arms race, but architect Dan ... Read More »

Car review: The £165,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography

If Land Rover’s flagship vehicle, the Range Rover, isn’t exclusive enough for you, the SVAutobiography is the flagship Range Rover. Created by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations department, this is available in with a choice of diesels and an uprated supercharged V8. The latter now puts out 543bhp and 502lb ft – the same as in the high-performance Range Rover Sport ... Read More »

Exclusive: Secret bid to save Holden factory and Aussie Commodore

A Belgian automotive entrepreneur with ties to General Motors is behind a secret plan to acquire GM Holden’s Elizabeth assembly plant and continue to build the current generation Commodore beyond the scheduled closure date in late 2017. The plan has been brewing quietly behind the scenes for two years since GM announced it was closing the South Australian factory and ... Read More »

Transition Rapture frameset£499.00

The Rapture’s handling is best described as neutral. Even when leaned hard into corners there’s never a sense of oversteer. The bottom bracket is low enough to make it feel carvy without being slammed to the point of catching pedals when spinning through off-camber sections. The 4130 chromoly steel frame doesn’t ride as sprightly as high-end steel tubesets do, but ... Read More »