The Terrafugia Transition is the most recent in a long line of vehicles meant to bridge the gap between cars and airplanes. It has fold-up wings and is street legal. Park it in your garage and drive it to the movies if you’re interested in impressing your friends.
Fresh from the success of their first flying car, the folks at Terrafugia just announced they are moving on to phase 2, which involves designing and selling a new type of flying car. One with rotating propellers that allow for vertical take-off and automated landing.
We applaud their decision to advance the science of flying cars. In fact, our only complaint is that you won’t need us to transport this vehicle anywhere for you.
Pulses are racing as BMW fans gear up for the latest incarnation of their beloved M3. So when someone releases video of the 2014 BMW M3 being test driven it makes waves. Big waves.
There isn’t much to see in this video. Just the BMW M3 cruising around the Nurburgring, making a little noise and wooing future buyers (undoubtedly) but that’s hardly enough to deter fans from watching. They also did the usual camouflage to the car which makes it difficult to see just what the vehicle looks like–given that it’s colored like a zebra gone wrong.
But again–if you’re a BMW fan, who cares that you can’t really see anything. The fact is the 2014 BMW M3 is almost ready for its debut.
They call it the ‘Four Wheels to Freedom Car’ and it is one lean, mean, powerful 2013 Challenger SRT machine. And that’s not even the best part. The best part (for many folks) is that the customization of this muscle car by Pennzoil and SRT was inspired by Tim McGraw.
Yes, THAT Tim McGraw. The country music legend known around the world for his good music and good looks (according to some folks.)
And not only can you drool over this mad, customized motor car, you can also win it. That’s right–win it, and drive away one happy SOB.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration respectfully requested that Chrysler “voluntarily” recall 2.7 million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicles last week, but the company respectfully refused.
And so the battle begins!
The NHTSA says the vehicles mentioned in the request (built between 1993 and 2007) were designed poorly. The gas tank was placed behind the rear axle which the NHTSA says makes the vehicles prone to fires in the event of a collision. Chrysler, however, disagrees and said as much in a carefully worded newsletter which also stated, matter-of-factly, that they would not comply with the NHTSA requested recall.
No doubt the issue is far from over. When the NHTSA wants a recall they usually already have enough evidence to force a recall. If the automaker refuses to follow the request from the NHTSA the department will simply produce evidence (further damaging the brands reputation in the process) and eventually convince the automaker to capitulate to their “request.”
In this case, if the NHTSA says research shows that there is an engineering issue with the way the gasoline tanks are placed in these vehicles, then all they have to do is release this evidence. When the automaker feels the pressure from owners of these vehicles (who likely won’t appreciate knowing their car might explode or catch fire in the event of a collision) they will then be forced to issue the recall.
Essentially, the NHTSA offers automakers a lose-lose proposition that starts with a “respectful request.”