Thursday, September 21st, 2017

 

A Lack of Cars With ‘Superpowers’ is Somehow Trump’s Fa…

Matt Posky Supposedly, everyone eagerly anticipates the day they can own a shiny-new self-driving car, but automakers, regulatory agencies, consumer advocates, Silicon Valley, and the White House are debating how exactly that’s supposed to happen. They haven’t reached a consensus yet — and that’s probably not likely to change anytime soon. Most autonomous cars rely on array of cameras, LIDAR, GPS, inertial measurement devices, and complex control systems used to interpret sensory information before reacting accordingly. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems (V2V) are regarded by many as essential components to establishing fully automated travel. The theory is that,Read More


Avoid “Flood Cars” – Millington Star

Posted on September 21, 2017. By David PeelFollowing major hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, many flooded cars are totaled by insurance companies and auctioned to salvage.But look out, some of them will soon be for sale nearby.No one makes the salvage actually destroy the car, so they sometimes get “rebuilt”. In the case of a partially flooded vehicle, they are sometimes just washed and sold.The electrical systems are easily damaged by flooding but may work until rust takes over.While title histories like Carfax usually reveal a salvage or rebuilt title,Read More


Home from ’90s sitcom ‘Family Matters’ to be demolished…

Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images During season five of “Family Matters” Urkel (Jaleel White) used CPR to save Carl’s (Reginald VelJohnson) life and Carl didn’t take it too well.  See the sitcoms (good and bad) that we have watched over the years…  less During season five of “Family Matters” Urkel (Jaleel White) used CPR to save Carl’s (Reginald VelJohnson) life and Carl didn’t take it too well.  See the sitcoms (good and bad) that we have watched over the … more Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty ImagesRead More


The Infiniti QX50 Goes on Hiatus While Infiniti Kills O…

Timothy Cain As Infiniti prepares to launch the replacement for the Infiniti QX50 next year, quite likely fitted with a unique new turbocharged engine with continuously altered cylinder compression ratios, the first-generation Infiniti QX50 takes a breather for the 2018 model year. It may not be a well-deserved break — the QX50, formerly known as the EX35 and EX37, accomplished little for the Infiniti brand in America — but it’s a long overdue pause on Infiniti’s compact crossover. It’s an odd duck, the QX50. Essentially a fast but outdated wagon, frequentlyRead More


Beware flood-damaged cars from U.S.: agencies

TORONTO — Consumer protection agencies are warning those shopping for used cars to stay alert as some vehicles damaged in the recent floods south of the border may appear on the Canadian market. The agencies say vehicles caught up in hurricane Harvey and other disasters will likely be disposed of by insurers but some may be imported into Canada and sold to unsuspecting drivers. They say the vehicles may seem to be in perfect condition because the damage caused by flooding can take months or even years to manifest. TheRead More


Equifax CEO to face Congressional banking panel on Octo…

By Jackie Wattles NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Equifax CEO Richard Smith will face questions from a Congressional oversight committee next month about a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of customers. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs said Thursday they will hold a hearing with Smith on October 4. The session will be open to the public and it will be webcast live. Equifax and Smith have faced outrage over the cybersecurity breach in which hackers were able to gain access to personalRead More


A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Spirit Insurance Co…

OLDWICK, N.J., Sep 21, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a” of Spirit Insurance Company (Spirit) (Burlington, VT) and Radius Insurance Company (Radius) (Cayman Islands). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The rating affirmations reflect Spirit’s and Radius’ excellent risk-adjusted capitalization, sound risk management practices and history of profitable business written from a predecessor captive, as well as the position they hold as the captive insurers for their ultimate parent, PhillipsRead More


Volvo’s XC40 Enters a U.S. Subcompact Luxury Crossover …

Timothy Cain Of the 1.4 million new vehicles sold in the United States of America each month, premium auto brands account for slightly more than one out of every ten new vehicle acquisitions. More than 55 percent of the vehicles now sold by premium auto brands in America are utility vehicles. Of the nearly 100,000 luxury SUVs/crossovers sold in America each month, 7 percent are subcompacts, vehicles positioned below the compact BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, and a variety others. It’s a sliver of a slice of a chunk of a pie. But thatRead More


Consumer agencies warn about flood-damaged cars from U….

TORONTO – Consumer protection agencies are warning those shopping for used cars to stay alert as some vehicles damaged in the recent floods south of the border may appear on the Canadian market. The agencies say vehicles caught up in hurricane Harvey and other disasters will likely be disposed of by insurers but some may be imported into Canada and sold to unsuspecting drivers. They say the vehicles may seem to be in perfect condition because the damage caused by flooding can take months or even years to manifest. TheRead More


3 ways the Volvo XC40 is a game-changer

The Volvo XC40 carries heavy expectations as the Swedish automaker ventures into the small SUV segment for the first time. With striking looks and a competitive price point — $35,200 — Volvo is rounding out its portfolio with a product that could prove to be its best seller. The small SUV segment is a knife fight, but here’s why Volvo appears to be gaining an edge: The design: Look at these pictures and feel a tinge of regret for whatever you might have just committed 30-something-thousand dollars to. The XC40Read More