Author Archives: Loknath Das

T.I. Gifts His Best Friend’s Daughter A New Car

T.I. rewards good work. T.I. and his best friend, Philant Johnson, are still working together, even though one of those men isn’t walking this Earth anymore. Back in 2006, Johnson, who was also the rapper’s assistant, was shot several times and killed by Hosea Thomas. The man would later be sentenced to 66 years behind bars, thanks in part to the ... Read More »

Driverless Cars of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact so it wouldn’t spear the driver. The safety rulebook has since swelled to nearly 900 pages and encompasses everything from electronic stability control to rear-view backup cameras. Through all the ... Read More »

Las Vegas woman sues over recalled Takata airbag in used car

A 2002 Honda Accord involved in a March 3, 2017, crash in which an exploding Takata air bag inflator badly injured the driver, Karina Dorado, sits in a driveway in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Ken Ritter/AP) DETROIT — A dangerous Takata air bag should have been recalled before going from a wrecked car to a salvage yard, ... Read More »

2017 Ford Focus RS

The Ford Focus RS is a weapons-grade compact hatchback with a 350-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system designed with rally-car shenanigans in mind. That it’s built upon the workaday Ford Focus makes it familiar and practical, yet this sport compact’s charisma is cranked up to 11. While the RS lacks the refined demeanor and upscale interior of ... Read More »

Thumpstar TS-M 125cc

Flat track and trail riding has been gaining popularity in the past few years. Not only are there a wealth of single track trails in and around the city, dedicated motocross tracks and events have become to be a regular occurrence. While I’m by no means a regular trail or off-road rider myself, good friends tell me that the key ... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: NINE MANUFACTURERS TO SKIP THE AUTO SHOW

The Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest automotive events in the calendar year, has received a major setback as nine manufacturers have decided to skip the event. The list includes Fiat, Peugeot, Nissan, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Mitsubishi, DS and Infiniti Motors. While there are no official comments on why these manufacturers have decided to stay away, the reasons ... Read More »

Ban Self-Driving Cars To Avoid ‘Back To The Future’-Style Craziness: Burke

CITY HALL — Dueling versions of the future of Chicago’s streets were on display Monday at City Hall as aldermen weighed whether to ban self-driving cars from the city’s roads. Ald. Edward Burke (14th) warned that the City Council needs to ban the automated vehicles to prevent someone as “crazy” as movie character Doc Brown, inventor of a DeLorean sports car time machine ... Read More »

Used-vehicle prices falling amid glut

The average used car lost 17 percent of its value in the past 12 months, dropping from $18,400 to $15,300, according to data from Black Book, an auto analytics company. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS Car sales in the U.S. have been rising for seven consecutive years now, and it’s denting the value of whatever is currently parked in your garage or ... Read More »

Diesel scrappage scheme: BMW and Ford accused of cashing in on fears by offering £2k off a new car

Manufacturers including BMW and Ford are taking matters into their own hands with their own pollution-reducing trade-in schemes  CREDIT:  YUI MOK Car manufacturers are cashing in on a diesel price scare by launching scrappage schemes for drivers of polluting cars who agree to buy brand new “greener” versions. It comes after the Government threatened to develop a diesel scrappage scheme but failed ... Read More »

Car Review: Updated 2017 Ford Escape SE has plenty of room and zoom

WASHINGTON — The small crossover market has taken over the automotive industry as sedans seem to wane in popularity. Ford has had a sales winner with the Escape crossover for many years and it only seems to be growing in sales. Ford is well aware that they need to keep this popular ride fresh. For 2017, the Escape has numerous ... Read More »