We understand that car dealers need to be creative in order to attract customers, but one in particular might have taken it a bit too far. Taking into consideration that the 2015 Porsche Macan is named after the Indonesian word for “tiger,” a dealer in Florida decided to lure customers in the best way it possibly could — with cute little tiger cubs. Reeves Import Motorcars in Tampa had been using live tiger cubs to promote the new compact crossover earlier this month, but was forced to stop after several animal rights activists complained to Porsche. Big Cat Rescue was among the first to take issue with the German automaker after it learned the Tampa-based dealer rented the tigers from Dade City’s Wild Things. The company reportedly deals primarily with animal-based entertainment, but Big Cat Rescue reports the company is not involved in tiger rescue nor is it a sanctuary. With word that other North American dealers planned on using live tigers to promote the … [Read more...] about Porsche to Dealers: Don’t Use Live Tigers to Promote Macan
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Special DeliveryCustom rod builder Troy Trepanier, who created such memorable machines as Rumbler, the all-wheel-drive Quadra-Deuce, Sniper, and Chicayne, has just begun work on Barry Grant’s ’49 Chevy delivery. Barry’s goal is simple: to have the world’s fastest road-legal, all-wheel-drive SUV. Grant’s anticipated daily driver will be powered with a blown, 435ci GM small-block, which will be topped with Demon twin carburetors. Barry insists the car will be no trailer queen, but the most exciting form of practical transport. Troy’s crew at Rad Rides is hoping to have the delivery delivered by this fall’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Eastwood Joins My Classic CarThere are two kinds of automotive TV shows-the kind where people are happy and the kind where people are mad. My Classic Car, the Speed Channel program dedicated to the collector car hobby, is definitely in the first category, especially now that the Eastwood Company is sponsoring a segment … [Read more...] about Auto News and Auto Websites – Roddin’ Around
You may have read our first drive of the new S-class, and been amazed at the array of new safety gadgets. What the word count prevented me from talking about was something called ‘Splitview’ technology. Sounds like a very clever and almost entirely pointless gimmick? That’s what I thought initially, but seeing it is something altogether more impressive. Splitview allows the passenger to listen and watch something different to the driver on the same infotainment screen. The high-definition picture is sharp and fuzz-free from both angles, and it is truly surreal to find that as a passenger you can watch a movie on the same screen that is displaying the sat-nav and playing the radio for the driver. Read Autocar's verdict on the new S-class S350 CDI Even the controls are separate. The passenger gets a remote control that, when set to split-screen mode, will only control their view of the screen so they can’t inadvertently change the sat-nav destination … [Read more...] about Why isn’t my living room more like an S-class?
For 22 years, I’ve had to put up with the Severn Bridge and its toll. For those of us who live on the western side of either of the two bridges that cross the eponymous estuary, we learned first to grin, then to bear and finally to grimly accept our fate. Which is that every single time someone comes to visit us for the first time, they make a crack about why one has to pay to enter Wales when it would be far more effective if people were forced to pay to get out. Staggeringly, they all think they are the first to have thought of it. And the most galling thing of all? I don’t even live in bloody Wales. You may know by now that the tolls on both bridges (the newer of the two is technically the Second Severn Crossing) will be abolished at the end of next year when, just over half a century after the first was built, the bridges pass back into public ownership. Severn Bridge tolls to be scrapped at the end of 2018 Round here, we are largely jumping for joy. Although … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why scrapping the Severn Bridge toll is good news
Last week there was a 2003 Toyota Tacoma with 430,000 miles on it.I thought to myself, “Well this isn’t news. The quartet of GM/Ford trucks, Honda Cars, and Toyota everything is still cleaning up the charts. I won’t write about it this time”. So I waited…This week the mileage champion out of 6,945 vehicles was a 1999 Toyota 4Runner with 344,400 miles. The enthusiasts among us are probably a bit Toyonda Chevorded out at this point. So this time, let’s focus on longevity.This 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was once owned by Kermit the Frog. It was later purchased by the guy who invented Nickelodeon’s world famous slime and has most recently been on the set of the Incredible Hulk movie. Sad to say, the scene where it was scheduled to be destroyed was cut due to a protest engineered by our own TTAC alum Paul Niedermeyer.So now it sits with 32,973 miles.Old Caddies are rarely a surprise at the auctions. What did surprise me this time?Try two 1977 … [Read more...] about Monday Longevity Champion: Long Live The Leylands!
“Hybrids? Those things that can’t make up their mind on what they want to be in life? Come on!” – Mazda.That, Volkswagen floors the accelerator past a deadline, March looks like a boffo month for vehicle sales, Audi dials it back a bit, and getting a Tesla Model 3 depends on whether or not you’re in the club … after the break! The future is a gas, gas, gas for MazdaMazda wants everyone to know that it’s sticking with its first love.The automaker plans to continue to say “no thanks” to hybrid and EV technology in favor of boosting fuel efficiency from its gasoline powerplants, AutoExpress reports:Combined with more light-weight technologies in its cars, it will see improvements in fuel economy figures of between 20 and 30% according to Mazda Europe boss, Jeff Guyton.“I think there’s at least 20-30% better fuel economy by the end of the decade,” said Guyton. “We expect to achieve the [EU’s] 95g/km … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Mazda Doesn’t Need No Stinkin’ Hybrids, Volkswagen Rebuffs Deadline, and March Looks Like a Winner
Federal authorities busted numerous nefarious organizations for selling illicit auto parts at the SEMA show this week.That, the automotive industry loses Martin Leach, endangering lives has led Takata to mull bankruptcy, and VW’s diesel emissions scandal continues as the company races for the finish line… after the break! Parts plagiarism at SEMASEMA is the premiere event for those seeking the latest aftermarket parts for the automotive market. It’s also, apparently, a very good spot to locate the most recent knock-off parts to weasel their way onto the scene. Thanks to a hot tip from the Omix-Ada booth, U.S. Marshals entered the south hall and began taking care of business.Two Chinese companies were served papers in the Las Vegas convention center and FourWheeler manage to snag some video. The subpoenas allege copyright and trademark violations of Omix products. The company is the world’s largest Jeep aftermarket parts manufacturer and … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: U.S. Marshals Raid on SEMA Nabs Parts Plagiarizers
Amsterdam’s port facility is more crowded than a Walmart on Black Friday and it’s all China’s fault.That, BMW wonders how it all went wrong, Millennials bare their souls to a salesman, Toyota walks down memory lane, and a safety regulator has some explaining to do … after the break! Barges for Buicks leads to bedlamChina’s burgeoning middle class has a powerful thirst for cars — American cars, especially — but the growing demand for gasoline to power that private fleet is putting pressure in an unlikely location, reports Bloomberg Business.The port of Amsterdam is jammed butt-to-gut with barges carrying an additive China needs in order to create the higher-quality gasoline and diesel fuel mandated by its government. Those barges ferry the product to tankers anchored offshore, and the long delay between shore and ship — up to two weeks in some cases — is causing serious gridlock.Amsterdam remains the export port of … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: China Binds Up Holland, BMW Needs New Friends, Young People Dream On
If you live in the north, you might consider taking your kids tobogganing on Tesla’s NASDAQ trend line.That, GM wants less rentals, “Imported from Detroit” becomes “Deported from Auburn Hills,” automakers fear the Brexit, and rage grows around pointless concept cars … after the break! Even the sun sets in paradiseNothing lasts forever — not great romances, not even the relationship between automakers and their ad agencies.Remember the “Imported from Detroit” ad during the 2011 Superbowl? That’s now just a Polaroid in a scrapbook for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to Automotive News, now that they’ve parted ways with ad agency Wieden & Kennedy.The two had been together since 2010, but they’ve now decided to see other people — though it seemed the split was amicable. No hard feelings.So, what does the future hold? FCA isn’t saying.If it’s Superbowl spots they’re … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Tesla Stocks S(t)ink, Chrysler Takes Out an Ad, and Concept Car Anger
After seemingly using up its legal arsenal against Volkswagen, the U.S. is pulling its backup out of an ankle holster and taking another shot.That, Kia and Hyundai might get a Korean competitor, Mercedes-Benz is feeling charged up, Audi is still a fuel cell fan, and Volvo wants to standardize EV recharging … after the break! The hits keep coming for VolkswagenAfter flexing its financial fraud law muscles during the 2008 recession, the U.S. is putting that experience to use once again against Volkswagen.The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a subpoena under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (Firrea) to target the automaker for emissions cheating, and might soon look at tax law violations, says the Wall Street Journal (via Market Watch):That is a novel use of the civil financial fraud law that the Obama administration deployed to extract record-setting multibillion-dollar settlements from big banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. It … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: New Salvo Hits Volkswagen, Korean Competition Looms, and Benz Big on Batteries