Archive for May, 2010

Uff, don’t go to Santa Monica…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This video is hilarious, not just for the parking enforcement officer’s half-wittedness, but moreover for the reporter’s reaction to the situation. She just won’t let it go! But KBB representative is right, if you can afford a Panamera, you can afford to park anywhere you damn well please.

Amen! And the cameras hath gone…

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Well, it seemed only a matter of time. Web sites, protests, and even a murder later, Arizona has finally cancelled the speed camera contract with Redflex out of Australia. The murder was a tragedy, to be sure, but the cause wasn’t entirely routed in the brain of a psychotic (though perhaps that could have been the cause). In fact, the man accused of the murder was a 68-year-old Phoenix resident.

The speed camera contract was a pet project of former Governor Janet Napolitano (now tasked with running the nation’s security), which undoubtedly hoped to both increase public safety and raise funds for the state. On both accounts, it failed. At best, the program did little to educate the drivers of the state, and at worse, it stole funds directly from their pockets.

Legislators should heed the result as a warning that implementation of automated traffic enforcement systems ought come with a direct vote of the people, just as the people might vote to raise taxes (which the program arguably was doing) or legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.

What’s that line, a government by the people…

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Why pickups and other open trailer vehicles should be banned…

Friday, May 28th, 2010

http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-052310-pickaxelostload,0,5760348.story

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/05/24/dnt.flying.pickaxe.KCPQ?hpt=T2

A note to Nissan, your Leaf may be green, but the ads need some sprucing up…

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Vroom, vroom, or bust?

Vroom, vroom, or bust?

I am an automotive writer, and I have yet to review the new Nissan Leaf or even drive it. I did sit in it when it came to Tempe, AZ earlier in this year, but as it was a special event, I did not have the opportunity to test it.

Normally, we don’t cover Nissan’s on this web site because we specialize in European cars, but I heard earlier today that the car emits a particular noise to pedestrians that it was approaching. Clever, I thought, and was interested to read on that this noise was similar to one of the flying cars in the movie Blade Runner. This I HAD to check out.

So after 15 minutes spent searching online and this on Nissan’s Facebook page, I began to notice one thing – this marketing campaign is about the people, not the car. And to me that’s a weird approach. When Apple releases a new product, they interview executives of the company, potential users, and even celebrities. That launch then becomes more about the people and the product, and about what the two can do when you put them in a room together.

But when someone like Ferrari or Porsche releases a new car, the advertising tends to be more about the product. How fast is it? What does the vroom of the engine sound like? How fast can it lap around the Nürburgring? Yet, all of the marketing seems to be of the Apple sort. And that’s fine if you are selling a consumer electronic, but for a car, it just doesn’t make sense to me.

I want to see this reviewed on Top Gear, I want to see You Tube videos of it lapping the saltiest tracks in the world. I want to see a professional review. I want to see it compared to a Tesla and then to a Versa, or whatever comparison you may draw between this car and another. At the very least, I want to see it in motion.

But sadly, there is very little footage of this car doing what it is supposed to do: getting me from point A to point B. Com’mon Nissan, let’s see a little more vroom, vroom!

How much DOES a stop sign cost???

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Well, the short answer is over $2 million. The math is astounding, but the whole speech really calls into question the American stop sign system.

Go Roundabouts!

Porsche fans, cry your eyes out…

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

So it seems automatic driving in Canada is as common as in the US. Thus, it is probably of little surprise that an automotive journalist’s teenage crashed a VERY expensive Porsche 911 Turbo just the other day…

Ferris Bueller’s day off it may not be, but this sure beats the time when I smacked my mother’s old Chrysler LeBaron into another car after a heavy Nebraskan winter… the main difference here is that the Porsche costs CAD$180,000, while the LeBaron was worth only about US$5,000.

Big mistake!

Globe journalist’s son crashes $180,000 Porsche

Dumb stuff: people driving like maniacs

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Jalopnik first broke this video to the masses, and I’ll replay it here because it’s a slow news day.

Safe to say, probably not a great example of defensive driving :-P

I think I would prefer a little slower driving in Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari…

Weekend Entertainment: Drive your Porsche with your iPhone?

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

I know what you’re thinking. Sure there are lots of driving simulators out there for the iPhone, but they are all so dull. After 5 minutes, you delete them and move on the the next app. But what if there was an application out there that was genuinely useful. What if in the style of James Bond, you could you that iPhone to actually control your car?

Well, it seems someone has called up Q Branch to “modify” their Porsche… and now there’s an app for that!

… or have they? You be the judge!