MUMBAI: It was billed as the world's cheapest car and shaped like a jelly bean - but after a bumpy 10-year ride India's Tata Nano is nearing the end of the road.Tata Motors, India's top automaker, said on Thursday (Jan 24) that it could stop manufacturing and selling the vehicle from April next year due to new safety and emissions rules that would require major investment."We may not invest in upgrading all the products and Nano is one of them," Mayank Pareek, president of passenger vehicles at Tata, told reporters in Hyderabad.Tata launched the Nano, a compact four or five-door hatchback, with great fanfare in 2009 when its first edition went on the market for around US$2,200.It was the brainchild of the former boss of the tea-to-steel Tata Group conglomerate Ratan Tata, who wanted a budget car for the masses.Tata, now 81, was sure that aspirational lower-class Indian families would trade in their two-wheel motorcycles for the prestige, and comfort, of owning a car.Analysts were … [Read more...] about ‘World’s cheapest car’ nears end of the road in India
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caption Tesla owners described a range of opinions about the company’s service centers. source Tesla Business Insider spoke with 12 Tesla owners over the past two months, many of whom described a range of problems with their vehicles that required attention in the weeks and months after delivery. They were split on the quality of service they received when their vehicles were being delivered or repaired. Some said Tesla‘s service centers were slow, unresponsive, and inattentive to cosmetic and mechanical problems. Others said they were fast, effective, and easy to contact. Much has been written about the production delays Tesla faces each time it introduces a new model, but the challenges don’t end once a vehicle rolls off the assembly line. Customers have reported problems before, during, and after receiving their vehicles, including delayed deliveries, broken door handles, and internal computer systems crashing and leaving … [Read more...] about Some new Tesla cars are being delivered with flaws, and owners say getting them fixed is a painful process
SINGAPORE: It was a “beautiful day” in Glenlorchy, in New Zealand's South Island, and the scenery was “gorgeous”, with mountains, open fields and a lake. Ms Jean Ling Ching Yee was driving on the aptly named Paradise Road.All it took was a split second of checking the rear-view mirror - and the next thing she knew, the car was skidding."I kind of saw a cliff down the road. I was trying to avoid the cliff, and I turned far right, back onto the road,” she said. “That was when I hit a tree.”Later, the police would tell her that there was no cliff, and it had been a trauma-related memory sprung from fear. But on that day, all she knew was waking up in the car in pain, her life changed forever.“I couldn’t feel my lower body, so I thought that my whole body was amputated. But when I looked down, my legs and my body were still all attached,” the 35-year-old recalled of that day in March 2014, on the programme On The … [Read more...] about Left half-paralysed in a holiday crash, she walks at her wedding three years on
CHICAGO: Danica Patrick's 20-year auto racing career came to an abrupt end on Sunday (May 27)when she crashed out of the 102nd Indianapolis 500.Patrick, the only woman to win an IndyCar race and start from pole at the Daytona 500 NASCAR stock car race, escaped injury after losing control and hitting the wall on the 68th of 200 laps on the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, where Will Power became the first Australian to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"."Today was really disappointing, for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race," said the 36-year-old American, who slid back across the track and came to rest in the infield.She climbed out of the neon-green car and was examined and released from the on-site medical facility."But I'm grateful for all of it. I wish I could have finished stronger."Patrick had said she would be turning her attention to her varied business interests after completing what she dubbed the "Danica Double" of the Daytona … [Read more...] about Motor racing: Patrick’s groundbreaking driving career ends with Indy crash
By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Fri., April 6, 2018 As Toronto pedestrian deaths rise , self-driving cars hold the promise of reducing the carnage. But that dream dimmed last month when a Volvo SUV driving in autonomous mode in Tempe, Ariz., hit and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she pushed her bike across a roadway on a Sunday night. The autonomous driving vehicle was part of ride-hail giant Uber’s multi-city test project. Uber immediately halted tests, including those in Toronto, where Volvos with bulging sensor-filled roofs have become a familiar sight on roads near U of T’s downtown campus. That first known case of a self-driving car killing a pedestrian was followed by a Tesla SUV in “autopilot” mode slamming into a California roadside barrier and catching fire, killing the driver. Article Continued Below David Ticoll, author of a 2015 study on the potential impact of driverless cars on Toronto, said the … [Read more...] about In theory, driverless cars could make Toronto’s roads safer, but, if so, when?