Luxury and efficiency have often been strangers to each other in car design. To create an opulent car has, in the past, meant piling on the weight, complexity and drain on power to deliver a vehicle deemed suitably sybaritic. Yet that has all changed in recent times and car companies are now producing big cars with small emissions. How are they achieving what previously seemed incompatible and where does the future lie for luxury cars? The first and most obvious shift in the world of luxury cars has been to downsize engine capacity. Where a large six-, eight- or even 12-cylinder engine would once have been the norm, we now routinely find four-cylinder engines under the bonnets of big cars. Volvo was one of the first to adopt this approach with the 1.6-litre turbodiesel in the V70 and S80 as far back as 2009. Others were quick to follow and 2.0-litre engines have been the consistent best-sellers in many premium model ranges over the past decade. Alongside this scaling down of size have … [Read more...] about How big cars create small emissions?
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With a snowstorm expected to hit much of the Front Range beginning Monday night and into Tuesday, AAA Colorado provided winter-weather tips for drivers, including advice on packing an emergency kit to keep in the car.During a storm, drivers most often call AAA Colorado about dead batteries or crashes resulting from treadless or under-inflated tires.Before leaving home, drivers should check Colorado Department of Transportation's website at cotrip.org for up-to-date information on road conditions."It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive. Snow and ice pose significant risks to every single motorist," AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley said a news the release. "Budget extra time, take it slow, and keep a vigilant eye on traffic conditions in front of you. You're not invincible, and watch out for the driver who thinks that he or she is." Blizzard warning for northern El Paso CountyTo be ready for a winter storm, build an emergency kit with tire chains, abrasive material such as … [Read more...] about Winter weather driving tips ahead of Colorado snowstorm
ON 8th January 1989, one of Britain's worst air disasters rocked the nation, killing 47 people. A Boeing 737 carrying 126 people plummeted into the Leicestershire countryside. Here we reflect on the disaster on its 30th anniversary. When was the disaster and what caused it? The disaster struck shortly after the plane took off from Heathrow at 19:52, bound for Belfast International Airport. After climbing to 28,300 feet, a blade detached from the fan of the left port. A pounding noise was suddenly heard, along with severe vibrations. Smoke began pouring into the cabin through the ventilation system. The flight was diverted to nearby East Midlands Airport at the suggestion of British Midland Airways Operations. During the final approach to the airport, fuel was pumped into the damaged engine to maintain speed, which caused it to stop working and burst into flames. Just before crossing the M1 motorway at 20:24:43, the plane's tail struck the ground and the aircraft bounced back into the … [Read more...] about What caused the Kegworth air disaster, when was the plane crash and who were the victims?
Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 Rich Person was satisfying a long-held desire in May when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a 3.6-liter V6 engine. In a picture taken by his salesman, Person is seen standing beside his new ride at a dealership in Massachusetts, grinning widely and flashing two thumbs up. “I have wanted one forever and just never pulled the trigger. My wife has always wanted a convertible. This year was our 20th anniversary, and with the oldest going to college next year we figured it was now or a long time from now,” Person wrote in an email to the Free Press. But Person, a married father of four, became troubled by something about his dream SUV, a problem that kept him off the road for a month recently. It’s an issue that Jeepophiles call the death wobble, and it's something that has prompted quite a bit of online diagnosis. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has … [Read more...] about Jeep Wrangler death wobble complaints reach NHTSA
By Jeff Yip Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, September 22, 2018 )Besides long tread life, one of the most important tire traits consumers look for is safe, predictable handling and braking in wet, slippery conditions. The AAA, which found that cars on all-season tires worn to 4/32-in. on average took 87 feet more to stop than on new tires, is calling for earlier replacement of tires. “Slip a quarter into the tire tread grooves with Washington’s head facing down — if you can see the top of his head, it’s time to start shopping for new tires,” said John Nielsen, director of AAA automotive engineering and repair. (Photo courtesy of AAA) less )Besides long tread life, one of the most important tire traits consumers look for is safe, predictable handling and braking in wet, slippery conditions. The AAA, which found that cars on all-season tires worn ... more )Pondering how tire manufacturers have been able to lower rolling resistance, a plus … [Read more...] about Tire tune-ups: Proper attention, selection can save big money and grief