Auto News

To help us all get through the lockdown, here are some bits of news and fun clips from the automotive world. I removed the white and yellow chevron, as by this point we are all sick and tired of seeing it everywhere.

There is a huge crisis in the auto industry - a shortage of chips. Here are some articles on the subject. Fortune ran story back on »31 May 2021 and another one critical of the automakers on »19 Sep 2021. »Jalopnik now say "it's not that simple."

Update - Ford and some others are making their own "chip plans" (Nov 2021). The shortages are resulting in makers concentrating available chips into only the high-end models, stilll having to strip features at times. Computers and other electronics are affected too.

All those big screens in modern cars - the manufacturers are just getting started, but they are a big problem. An article on Slate.com has more of the »story.

Some of you may recall the Club Night about tyre recycling, or the lack thereof. Here is an image of a field of tyres on fire in Malaysia.

An unfortunate end for the Guinness World Record longest limo.

Jay Leno's Garage featured a look at the brand new 2022 Mercedes S-class EQS:
»YouTube video [41 minutes]
A future classic being written into automotive history. Note that in the USA car models for the next year arrive around July/August of the previous year.
»Wikipedia article about the EQS.

This is one tough offroad Miata.

In the time before we had GPS

When the Amish come to the Speedway

Who of you watch your odometers?

She is keeping score!

You know, at this stage, just go right ahead… OK.

Enough money for a Tesla-X but not enough sense to close the wingdoor, and Elon's autobot did not autoclose it either. Yes, he hit the double-decker with that door, hard!

The Sydney Morning Herald ran this story on 13 October 2021. We Kiwis as the "Clean Green" need to do some serious catching up with the times. »Norway's electric car revolution - putting Australia and the world to shame.

photo: Norwegian EV Assoc
Update: Nov 2021 - Sweden have a new problem. Too few gas guzzlers to tax, opening a huge budget deficit of an estimated (US)$1.6 billion per year.

Youtuber Doug de Muro seeks out, reviews and drives super sports cars and some of the rare and unusual vehicles in the San Diego / S.California area. Recently he spend some time with the »"Lo Res" (Youtube) car, built as a promotional car.

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