Are Google And Apple Disrupting The Car Industry?

Are Google And Apply Disrupting The Car Industry?

Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne recently said that Google and Apple were “incredibly serious” about their automotive ambitions, and the traditional motor industry would be foolish to ignore them.

Sergio said their move into driverless technology and electric vehicles could be “disruptive” for manufacturers, but he also said that neither Google nor Apple should “underestimate carmakers’ ability to respond and adapt” to new competitive challenges.

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It is always a good thing when someone new wants to shake up the industry, he said, “but when you’re the guy whose life is being disrupted, it’s not necessarily a good feeling,” he added.

Apple has several hundred people working on a car project, called Titan. The company’s vast resources made it a potential tough competitor, although Mr Marchionne said he’d like to talk Apple about working on potential projects.

Driverless cars are all very well, but as Sergio said himself: “Why would you buy a Ferrari and not want to drive it?”

Do you think that Google and Apple could disrupt the car industry?

Source: BBC News

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My Number Plate Could Have Cost £1m

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Car Dealer John Collins recently bought the most expense number plate ever sold at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) auction.

The registration plate “25 O” went for £518,00 but Mr Collins admits that he would have spent up to £1m.

He said: “I hate to say it but it could have been the first £1m number plate. I’m glad it wasn’t, but I hope one day it will be.”

Mr Collins is not the only motor enthusiast buying a personalised plate as an investment, according to brokers who say the popularity and value of some plates have been rising.

Some drivers buy them as a gift for a loved one, others use them to promote their business, and some are keen to cover up the age of their vehicle with a personalised plate.

Our favourite at the moment is the above MUH5IN number plate, which currently has an asking price of £16,995 ONO on ApnaPlates.com.

It’s a plate to be proud of and unlike your car, it won’t depreciate in value!

Source: BBC News

Car Buyers Lose Out In Fuel-Test “Cheating”

Car Buyers Lose Out In Fuel-Test "Cheating" Car makers are being accused of cheating official fuel tests, which throws the impressive reduction in CO2 produced by new cars into doubt. We could be paying fuel bills up to 25 per cent higher than those claimed by official tests for our ‘fuel efficient’ cars because makers are abusing the system, according to a leading transport pressure group. The criticism comes as new European figures show official carbon dioxide figures for new cars sold in the region last year dropped to 127g/km, equivalent to an 56.5mpg average.

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That means that, on paper at least, makers have already exceeded 2015 targets to cut the average to 130g/km. But this is nothing like what owners achieve in real-life driving, according to the Brussels-based Transport & Environment (T&E) group, which has calculated the real average is 45mpg. “Fuel efficiency standards…are being undermined by an obsolete test,” said T&E’s clean vehicles manager Greg Archer in a statement. “The test procedures are a Swiss cheese, full of loopholes, that carmakers exploit to exaggerate improvements in fuel economy and emissions.” Source: The Telegraph

Leaked: McLaren 650S Revealed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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Late last week McLaren announced it will be bringing a new model to the Geneva Motor Show called the 650S. However before McLaren has had a chance to reveal the new model, images have been leaked online.

It seems to be an MP4-12C with revised styling to more closely resemble the P1. It also features an updated interior and is said to be more powerful.

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The name suggests a 650 metric horsepower output from what we can assume to be the same 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 that powers the 12C and the P1.

What remains to be seen is whether the 650S will replace the 12C or continue in production alongside it. The industry whispers seem to suggest that McLaren will run them both together and see how sales go…

McLaren 650S

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Source: Autoblog

Supercar Exhausts Make Stylish iPhone Speakers

iPhone Speaker Supercar Exhausts

These iPhone speakers made of supercar exhausts should be on every car lover’s wish list. Sound gadgets need to produce great sound, but they also need to be a stylish piece of furniture and these Ferrari exhaust pipe speakers answer yes to all of the above.

iXoost, an Italy-based company, is responsible for the unique design behind the Ferrari exhaust pipe sound dock. The docking stations are being offered in either eight speakers, 10 speakers or 12 speakers.

iXoost also offers its own music playing app, designed to complement the speaker system. With Coordinated graphics and technical HQs, the app matches the custom design of each recycled exhaust.

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The pipes are taken from original classics such as F1 racing classics like the 1978 Cosworth DFV, 2006 Renault RS26, 2007 Ferrari 056 and more.

Replacing the original output of Italian purring, these speakers will provide blaring 140 watt sub-woofers and 70 watt speakers, available in six colors and several finishes.

Even though these come in at around at a pricey $6,900 we think they are worth every penny. Here are some more pictures:

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The New BMW M3 and M4

BMW M3 and M4 Images

Images of the new BMW M3 and M4 have been revealed online and as you’d expect, the photos show a more aggressive treatment for the bodies, with muscular wheelarches housing big alloys, quad exhaust tips, and M badged heat extraction vents behind the front wheels.

The shots reveal almost every angle of the fifth-generation M3, which will be available exclusively as a four-door sedan for the first time ever, and its M4 sibling, which replaces the M3 Coupe as the two-door hardtop offering.

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The front fascia and the bonnet are bold and make a statement, the latter having the power dome we’ve been getting used to from the previous model. The roofs are made of CFRP and have sloping line to help out with the aerodynamics whilst the boot has an incorporated spoiler on its lid.

The mirrors have an aerodynamic shape too whilst around the back, the diffuser is covering the 4 tailpipes of the exhaust that look brilliant. Next to them the golden brake calipers of the ceramic brakes looks dull.

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Both cars will be powered by a brand new twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six engine, producing 424bhp and at least 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque. It seems likely that the M4 will undercut the current M3 Coupe’s 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds by a considerable amount. Top speed, as ever, will be electronically limited to 155mph.

Let us know what you think by commenting below!

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

Blue BMW Drivers Are Most Aggressive

Blue BMW DriversA study claims that men aged 35-50 who drive blue BMWs are the most aggressive drivers on Britain’s roads. That is, they are the likeliest road rage culprits. Drivers of Audis, Land Rovers, Subarus and Vauxhalls are also pretty angry according to the report, which surveyed 2,837 people.

The study was carried out for discount website VoucherCodesPro and found that Range Rover owners are the second most likely to lose their temper on the road. Blue was seen as the most aggressive colour, followed by black, silver, green and red.

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When do you think drivers are angriest? You guessed it! Peak time for road rage is 5.45pm on a Friday during rush hour, closely followed by the miserable Monday morning commute. These are the most stressful times for drivers trying to get to and from work.

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Of course gender was going to come in at some point, so let’s put this as diplomatically as possible. Men said they lost their temper behind the wheel seven times a month on average, while women got angry on only three occasions.

The most common expression of road rage is shouting and swearing, followed by erratic driving and obscene gestures. How do you express your road rage and are you a typically angry driver?

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