Batman fan or not, nearly everyone can agree that the Batmobile is a unique, well-equipped, and all around awesome vehicle! But when each version is compared, which one comes out on top? You’re about to find out.
The first movie Batmobile also happens to be last on our list: the one used in 1966’s “Batman”. Beginning its life as a custom $250k Lincoln Futura, it was turned into the Batmobile in 1954. Complete with an automated tire pump, batcomputer, and retractable blades, this model was nice, but not visually outstanding enough to quite fit Batman’s aesthetic.
As a big name in the luxury vehicle industry, Rolls-Royce is back at it again with its latest creation - the Sweptail, a vehicle that took four years to manually construct and is priced at $12.8 million.
The British company began building the new car in 2013 when they received the suggestion from a dedicated client. He worked with the company to make his vision, an updated model of the Rolls-Royce’s from the twenties and thirties, come to life. The vehicle’s builders did just that.
President Donald Trump has recently complained about Germany’s exportation of automobiles to America and the sales those vehicles generate, claiming that the country’s actions are bad for the US.
At the beginning of his presidency, Trump spoke about a possible 35% taxation on all German automobile imports. Because Trump’s most recent comment was made in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, many EU leaders believe that the US doesn’t fully comprehend the ability to discuss trade with the only with the EU itself, not the countries it’s comprised of.
With summer comes sunny skies and clear roads, prompting drivers to relax more behind the wheel and neglect checking their cars as often. And because drivers put so much trust in the good weather of the warmer months, 8% more car accidents happen during the summer than in winter.
By worrying less about road conditions and other drivers, car travel inherently becomes more dangerous in the summer. To avoid ending up in an unfortunate or even fatal situation, follow our tips and have a safe, enjoyable ride.
Before you start driving this summer, take your car in for a checkup. Many people assume this is only critical during the winter months, but your car should be in great condition all year round. If the engine light comes on or your lights are malfunctioning, have the issue looked at. Keep your windshield wipers in good shape and your wiper fluid stocked up, too - you’ll need those if you get caught in the rain.
Leaving pets in hot cars is never a good idea, but some people don’t take the issue as seriously as they should. In fact, all pet owners should take care of their fur buddies the same way they’d take care of their roadtripping friends and family members.
Bring food and water along for your pet if you’re going for a long drive, and take frequent stops so they can stretch their legs alongside human passengers. Leaving your pet in your car when it’s 60 degrees or more outside could be harmful to their health, or worse, completely fatal. Don’t risk indirectly hurting your pet - never leave them in your car on a hot day, even with the windows drawn.
BMW’s newest model has already attracted a lot of attention, particularly with its standout design and acclaimed sports performance. The company has used the number eight for years to indicate a top notch vehicle design, and this model is no exception.
According to the information the BMW has released, the Concept 8 Series will include a bigger than normal set of headlights and front grille, visually introducing itself as a luxury sportscar. The car will also have front wheel air vents, a sharp-looking fascia, and sleek tailpipes to set it apart from its predecessors.
Tesla’s Model S has managed to outsell the BMW 6/7 Series, the Porsche Panamera, and the Mercedes S-Class in the US alone, despite its decision to zero in on the Chinese market. The electric car company sold over 25k Model S vehicles, gaining a 25% share in the premium sedan market sector.
Although sales have been successful in China, Tesla’s homeland is still offering the most business. Not only does the company continuously focus on making the ideal car, but its electric power gives it the potential to override the gasoline automobile market, changing the game for automakers.
Tesla is expected to remain a chart topper until Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche release their own versions of completely electric vehicles, offering up some competition. To avoid negating their gasoline-powered cars, any automobile companies planning on creating electric cars must tread carefully and focus solely on Tesla’s strengths to knock it down the list.
Some of us are more prone to motion sickness than others - particularly pregnant women, migraine sufferers, and young children. There are situations in which you can’t do much more than pull over and hope the nausea goes away. To avoid motion sickness this summer, consider implementing a few of these strategies.
Before you even enter the car, make sure you’ve eaten healthy, whole foods that have little added sugar, spices, oils, and other stomach churning ingredients. Avoid drinking alcohol beforehand too, even if you’re not driving. Only eat enough to feel full, and bring along nausea-negating items like ginger ale, soda crackers, and bananas.
If you’re a passenger, focus on the landscape next to or in front of the car. Reading or playing console games disconnects your body from what’s happening around it, which can bring about motion sickness or make existing motion sickness even worse.
Surprisingly, General Motors will likely be the first automobile manufacturer to profit from the industry’s new electric cars, simply because its models are more affordable than others.
The company holds the number one spot on the list of cheapest electric vehicles, and its employees are still working on making a lighter, more battery-efficient model. They all hope to create a car that everyone can use and afford.
Similarly, the South Korea development team, which has produced the electric Chevrolet Bolt, is creating a new version of the model in an attempt to reduce the vehicle’s retail price from the current $37,495 it sells for. This could significantly boost the demand for the car, as its sales in both Norway and South Korea are already high.
A specialized magnesium alloy, created by developers at the University of Waterloo, has proven benefits when compared to aluminum. It’s stronger, lighter, less expensive, and more flexible. The weight of this new alloy allows the car to use far less fuel than it would if constructed from a denser metal, producing fewer greenhouse gases overall.
Ford has put over one billion dollars into its research sector in hopes of creating lightweight vehicles that can be powered without the use of fossil fuels, and it’s not the only company trying. Fuel usage could be decreased by 80% simply by swapping out steel for magnesium, the most an ideal metal for creating environmentally friendly cars.
Magnesium isn’t very popular mainly due to its price, performance, and flexibility. If an ideal magnesium alloy can be created, however, those issues can be overcome. The five-year NSERC Magnesium Network program discovered that magnesium and zinc, when combined in the right quantities, offered a stable but ductile material. Added calcium and cerium only strengthened the alloy’s qualities.
The General Motors plant in Oshawa expects to open up 500 more jobs for pickup truck manufacturing by mid-2018, when the location can raise its production maximum.
The plant will be used to finish developing Chevrolet Silverados, working with frames pre-built in Fort Wayne, but no news has been released about the new model that will be developed completely in Oshawa.
In addition to offering employment to a potential 500 new plant workers, General Motors has given its current employees retirement bonuses, allowing retirees that leave between August 1st and January 1st to hold onto their extra payments from the winter holidays.
These new policies were put into place through a conference between Unifor and General Motors in September of 2016, when the companies agreed to deliver the Fort Wayne truck frames to Oshawa and offer employees clear pension options. Unifor was confident that General Motors Oshawa would be North America’s sole truck and car manufacturing location.
A new bill in the state of Louisiana will make it mandatory for only commercial cars and trucks to wear vehicle inspection stickers. This bill will affect all areas except Ascension, Iberville, Livington, East Baton Rouge, and West Baton Rouge due to the current carbon emissions law.
For the past fifty years, nearly all vehicles in the state have been required to undergo testing for their safety features every two years, and receive a sticker at the end of the process. Each car owner is charged $10 USD for the testing, and vehicles without a recent sticker can be charged $500 and potential prison time.
It may seem like a good way to make the roads safer, but it’s hard to say how much the tests prevent driving mishaps and if the mandatory fee contributes to the quality of the tests. The traffic force is given a $40 million cut from the fees, but the overall budget of the sector $164 million to $120 million and will greatly affect the budget of the police force as a whole.
Ford’s 2015 title of world’s best-selling sports car for its Mustang model has returned for 2016, starting a streak that could last a while.
More than 150,000 Mustangs were purchased last year, and around 30% of them were purchased outside the US, the biggest contributors being Germany and China.
Ford built nearly 400,000 Mustangs in one plant alone, mainly for foreign buyers, and its growth is expected to go from almost one-fifth to almost one-third this year. The car manufacturer also plans to target six more countries with the newest version of its most popular sports car.
The new-and-improved 2018 Mustang will include a stylized anterior, a 30cm tri-display mode instrument cluster, a 2.3 liter EcoBoost, and an automatic ten-speed transmission that the driver can choose to use or to forgo. Looking for more? This Mustang also offers with its 5 liter V8 and MagnaRide dampers, both of which truly pack a punch.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport has given the go-ahead to Samsung to begin trials with their autonomous car.
The company’s driverless Hyundai will be tested in South Korea, though this first test might also be Samsung’s last, as it has no future plans to manufacture vehicles. In fact, this test is being completed for the sole purpose of improving software in self-driving cars.
This particular Hyundai will be equipped with a variety of sensors alongside Samsung’s self-learning algorithms, and will then be tested in many different scenarios. The car should have no problem navigating on its own, though subtle movements will take time to perfect. Samsung is looking into ways to code the system to beat those difficulties.
When Consumer Reports ratings for Tesla’s Model X and Model S vehicles dropped upon removal of an automated emergency brake, the company responded by reimplementing the safety feature.
Although the system seems like something that should never be excluded from a high-tech car, it can only be engaged at a speed of 45 kph or less. This is good news for people that drive around city centres and residential areas, but is largely insignificant for highway drivers.
Tesla’s scores are expected to improve in the months to come, when Consumer Reports reevaluates the updated models. The electric vehicle enterprise hopes to introduce the braking system at higher speeds in the years to come, which could push them to the top of the list.
The popular Dakar Rally, hosted in South America, isn’t an easy race. It offers over 9000 kilometres of uneven roads, which show no mercy to participants, and dozens of petrol vehicles go head-to-head for the highest categorical ranking.
Considering how tough the event can be, everyone was shocked to hear that the Acciona EcoPowered race car completed the course while burning nothing but electricity.
Tests with the vehicle began in 2015. When the car couldn’t finish the race, it was tested again in 2016 to no avail. It seems 2017 was the lucky year, as the Acciona finally completed the rally, ranking higher than the quarter of gas-powered vehicles that tapped out early.
This year’s Acciona crew was prepared for the challenges ahead. Despite failing to place, the vehicle succeeded in becoming the first fully electric car to finish the Dakar Rally of the total 18,000.
What everyone thought was an eco-friendly source of energy has turned out to be one of the primary sources of carbon give-off. Artificial dams, used for electricity and agriculture, emit nearly one gigaton of greenhouse gases annually. This shocking news may seem sudden, but carbon studies have quite the history.
The science of greenhouse gas emissions gained popularity at the beginning of the 21st century. However, that research focused mainly on dams that supply electricity and only two different types of greenhouse emissions. Today’s researchers have expanded their horizons, collecting data on various gases and reservoir constructions. Findings conclude that 1.3% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions stem from all types of reservoirs, primarily methane at a whopping 80% contribution to the global warming effect.
Hermes will be trying out autonomous robots on wheels to pick up deliveries in Southwark, having collaborated with Starship Technologies to build the tiny electronic couriers. The tech company’s robotic devices have already been implemented in other parts of London for Just Eat deliveries.
The inspiration behind the project came from Hamburg, Germany, where wheeled robots took packages straight to customers within the city’s building complexes. While this method seems convenient, it could cause problems in highly populated cities, as crowded sidewalks already exist, and adding small robots into the equation could be a recipe for disaster.
For now, Hermes is only sending small groups of their new robots within a three kilometre radius of the its main locations. The robots measure 55cm in height, 70cm in length, and 18kg in weight. Each one can reach a speed of 6.4km/h while carrying up to 10kg within their walls.
Apple joins the ranks of multiple tech companies after developing a driverless car and getting the okay to try it out in California. Uncertainty lingered for months as to whether Apple would go through with such a large project, but now it’s official.
On the list of self-driving vehicle testers are automakers like Ford and Honda, though they’re joined by larger companies like Tesla and Uber who have created their own versions of the independent automobile. Unlike others, Apple was near silent about its participation in the developing trend, and it was a pleasant surprise to hear it would be following through.
Having been the thirtieth company to receive a permit, Apple will be testing three 2015 Lexus RX540h models in conjunction with six drivers. These cars may be among the twelve million self-driving automobiles expected to be used by the public in eight years’ time. It’s up to Apple whether it will hold onto its permit for later use, or strap down and get testing immediately.
Tires are often the first line of defense for drivers and their passengers when the rubber meets the road. With an increase in new drivers hitting the highways every year, regular tire maintenance is a simple way to ensure safety. In 2016 more than 40,000 driving fatalities occurred in the United States reaching a peak for the first time after a decade.
Thankfully basic tire care is an easy way to get back in the driver’s seat when it comes to road safety. Checking the condition of your tires goes a long way toward preventing injuries, fatalities and unexpected repair or insurance costs and claims due to accidents from wear or tire blowout. One of the major causes of accidents is loss of control due to these two factors, which inhibit friction required to gain traction and orientation, such as in a hydroplaning scenario.
Get excited! GM is bringing its Super Cruise advanced automatic feature to enhance your highway driving after summer ends, debuting first in new version of the Cadillac CT6. Super Cruise has been worked on for a couple of years now and this semi-autonomous drive mode is ready for the road. Its release date had been delayed from 2016 to 2017 to allow engineers more time to make the system as safe as possible.
Super Cruises has a lot in common with Tesla’s Autopilot, which takes over during highway driving settings by maintaining lane position and change speed to match surrounding traffic. The new feature is only available on highways that meet specific criteria such as being a “divided limited access highway” with a defined off and on ramp according to the Verge. This system also makes sure you don’t fall asleep at the wheel while the feature is engaged with infrared cameras built into the steering wheel. The system will then play audio alerts and use a mounted light notification system.
Infants could soon be enjoying the lulling sensations of a car ride from the comfort of their home. Ford has created a crib - called the Max Motor Dreams - that imitates all the sensory input a baby receives on a peaceful drive, including street lights, engine noises, and small road bumps, to encourage sleep.
Each crib is equipped with speakers that play engine-like background noise, as well as LED lights that simulate the soft glow of nighttime lamp posts. The crib periodically vibrates to capture the feeling of an authentic car ride.
India’s automobile buyers are in for a treat with Toyota’s new small car, claimed to be the country’s best in three categories: safety, fuel efficiency, and affordability. These features put Toyota on par with both Hyundai and Suzuki while the company simultaneously launches its new brand Daihatsu, a sufficient alternative for price-conscious customers.
This is excellent news for Toyota after the disappointing reception of its Etios series launch. The well-known Japanese company had hoped to make its mark in the automobile industry’s budget category with Etios, but its attempt went largely unnoticed. However, through Daihatsu, Toyota could truly make its mark within the car industry’s segment A/B.
The MD of Toyota Kirloskar, Akito Tachibana, stressed the importance of local market and affordability. He also stated that they would conduct research pertaining to customer expectations for each and every market in order to create the concept of the vehicle before the development process is started.
In terms of pulling power, most consumer trucks being rolled off the assembly line today aren’t cranking out more torque and power than those diesel heavyweights we see in the streets.
Under the name Chevrolet, a major diesel brand that is used to fuel this action is of course coming from a Duramax and it’s getting a little upgrade to make it even more powerful for 2017. The 6.6L V8 is a total retool and upgrade compared to the last few versions and is said that it will offers drivers way more torque and power than ever before.
We have been told according to DieselArmy that this new powerhouse will deliver an SAE certified 445 horsepower, which comes alongside 910 pound-feet of torque. There is no doubt this will be an absolute monster to take care of whatever heavy duty job that happens to come your way. Or you could just rip up the highway instead.
President Trump announced his plan to make domestic American automotive manufacturing ‘Great Again’ by putting the breaks on fuel efficiency. Trump marveled at the proud history of domestic car manufacturing in a meeting with auto industry executives and union leaders earlier this year. He pledged to re-visit efforts to maintain fuel efficiency targets set in place by the former Obama administration by taking approximately another year to review the issue.
A midterm review will take place before new fuel efficiency standards are set in 2018.
He stated the details as part of a bigger picture for America to be “the car capital of the world again,” at the American Centre for Mobility. The announcement was made in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the outskirts of Detroit, which reigned for years as the former world’s pinnacle of automotive industry innovation and manufacturing.