Most recalled Brands

14 08 2007

BusinessWeek has trolled the NHTSA files to find out which automakers have had to recall their brand new 2007 models the most, and the winner is Volkswagen thanks to a recall of just over 1 milion 2007 New Beetles because of potentially faulty brake light switches. Of course, Ford announced a major recall of 3.6 million vehicles earlier this month for defective cruise control switches, but none of the vehicles affected were 2007 models and so don’t count for this list.

We’ve complied the rest of the data for you in a handy list after the jump, because we hate having to click through BusinessWeek’s 15-part slideshow, and we suspect you might, too.

[Source: BusinessWeek]

Most Recalled Vehicles of 2007

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
1,002,000 units affected
On certain passenger, wagon, and convertible vehicles with or without cruise control, a brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly.

2007 Toyota Sequoia
533,124
On certain trucks and minivans, due to possible improper finishing of the front suspension lower ball joint, some ball joints may experience an incidental deterioration of the internal lubrication. This may cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely, which could result in increased steering effort, reduced vehicle self-centering, and noise in the front suspension.
2007 Jeep Liberty
149,605
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with Valeo heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, the blower motor may overheat.

2007 Nissan Altima
140,582
On certain vehicles, if a sufficiently hot object enters the air filter housing through the engine fresh-air-intake system and comes in contact with the engine air filter, the air filter may ignite.

2007 Hyundai Tucson
128,300
On certain sport-utility vehicles, static air-bag deployment testing-conducted by NHTSA using fifth-percentile female dummies-indicated if a small-stature adult driver, not wearing a seat belt, is involved in a frontal or near frontal crash, deployment of the driver air bag may result in an insufficient margin of compliance as measured by the test dummy used in the NHTSA test.

2007 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler
80,894
On certain vehicles, the totally integrated power module was programmed with software that may allow the engine to stall under certain operating conditions.

2007 Suzuki Forenza, Reno
75,697
On certain passenger vehicles, the front seat-belt tongue will not latch into the buckle and, in rare cases, the locked tongue will pop out under low stretching force. If the buckle does not latch completely, the buckle could release without the release button being pressed.

2007 Volkswagen Passat, Passat Wagon
58,800
Certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.0-liter engine with 147kw may have a vacuum line that may fracture and become disconnected at low ambient temperatures. On certain sixth-generation passenger vehicles, the wiper motor may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture in the wiper motor.

2007 Chrysler Sebring and 300; Dodge Caliber, Magnum, Charger and Nitro; Jeep Compass, Liberty, Commander, Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler
50,665
On certain vehicles, the antilock-brake-system control module software may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions.

2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe
23,934
Certain vehicles fail to comply with the vertical gradient and headlamp photometric values requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo
17,676
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 1.6-liter engine, during a severe frontal crash test, the fuel line in the engine compartment developed a fracture. In addition, the crash damage caused four short-circuits in the fuse block, the combination of which allowed the fuel pump to continue running and fuel to leak onto the ground.

2007 Nissan Versa
16,309
On certain hatchback vehicles, the terminals for the passenger-side seat-belt tension-sensor harness connector may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. This could result in a loss of electrical continuity causing the occupant detection system to become inoperative.

2007 GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook
13,032
On certain vehicles, the sensing and diagnostic module, which controls the function of front air bags, may not operate properly. As a result, the front air bags may fail to deploy in a frontal crash. Also, the air-bag warning lamp on the instrument panel may fail to provide warning that the system is inoperative.

2007 Ford Expedition
10,061
On certain sport-utility vehicles, the front and rear tires on the driver’s side of affected vehicles may have been damaged at the center tread during production.

-need4nos





Top 10 Car chases

14 08 2007

One of the key elements of a perfect “guy movie” is a good old fashioned car chase. We don’t care whether it’s the cops in hot pursuit or bad guys trying to run someone down to bust a cap in them. What we do care about is squeeling tires, screaming engines and a driver who will drive it til he hears glass and smells poo poo.

We’ve put together a list of ten movies containing what we think are the best chase scenes ever put on film. It was tough, we had to prune some fender bending classics, but if you’re looking for a good chase you wont be disappointed with any of these ten. So here we go, the Top 10 Movie Car Chases in no particular order.

Bullitt
Ask anyone over the age of 40 about car chases in movies and this one is likely to come up. This Steve McQueen classic came out during the peak of the muscle car era and imagine the fun of 400 horse power on the streets and hills of San Francisco. At the time it came out, this was without question the best car chase ever filmed.

Vanishing Point
This 1971 cult classic stars Barry Newman as Kowalski. His task? Drive a Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. A bit of a post-Easy Rider hippie flair, but the chase sequences set against the back drop of the open territory of the western states are spectacular.

Smokey and the Bandit
The movie that made Burt Reynolds one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the late 70’s and helped Pontiac sell a ton of Black Trans Ams with fire breathing chickens on the hood. Reynolds stars as “The Bandit” running block in the Trans Am for a truckload of bootlegged Coors beer leading to the destruction of dozens of cop cars spanning from Texas to Georgia.

Ronin
John Frankenheimer set out to make the chase scenes in this movie be the ones that future directors would study when they wanted to create an incredible chase sequence of their own. We think he succeeded. You’ll have white knuckles from gripping the arms of your recliner in this one. And between the chases you get a darned good action flick.

Thunder Road
Robert Mitchum stars in this 1950’s classic. This thing played in drive-ins for years and years. Mitchum plays a bootlegger being pursued by the revenuers. The 1950 Ford in this movie has a wonderful rumble when he puts the spurs to it.

The French Connection
Although this is not a car movie, the chase sequence is largely credited as being responsible for one of this movie’s 5 Oscars (best editing). This is a crime thriller about cops on the trail of a heroin shipment. But it contains a chase scene that was heralded as the best ever at the time it was filmed. Many of the stunts in this chase were actually real and unintentional such as the lady with the baby carriage who nearly gets mowed down.

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Arguably the best pure car chase movie ever filmed. It spends maybe half of the movie setting it up, and the rest of the movie is one long chase with some outstanding car stunts. Most people had never heard of this movie until the year 2000 when Nicholas Cage starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer remake of the movie. But the remake doesn’t compare to the original which boasts 93 wrecked cars in a 95 minute movie. If you liked the 2000 version of the film, you’ll love the original.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
This is the remake of the 1974 classic. However, about all it shares in common with the original in terms of storyline is that it is about a band of car thieves who have to steal alot of cars. This is a big movie with big stars, big stunts and a big budget, but the big chase scene is much much much shorter than the original. It’s still great and well deserving of a spot in our Top 10, but get yourself a copy of the 1974 version if you wanna really see Eleanor tear it up.

The Fast and the Furious
Based on the contemporary world of street racing, in this movie you’ll find souped up ricers with turbos and NOS trying to turn 10 second quarters instead of the classic muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s. This action packed movie also has a rocking soundtrack that combined with the burning rubber should really get your heart pounding. This is the best car movie of the new millenia so far.

The Road Warrior
The movie that made Mel Gibson a major star. After the apocolypse one of the toughest things to find is gasoline. So what do these guys do? They ride up and down the highways at very high speeds looking for it. These highly modified vehicles have such toys as nitrous and super chargers and their drivers will stop at nothing to run their adversaries off the road to claim their fuel.

The Best of the Rest
There are alot of other great chases which didn’t make our Top 10, but we just feel we can’t neglect completely. These include The Rock, White Lightning, The Blue Brothers, To Live and Die in L.A., Cannonball Run, and Mad Max.

-need4nos

Courtesy of : http://www.moviesforguys.com/articles/top10chases.shtml





Dumb car names

14 08 2007

Sometimes car companies stumble on a great car name. But sometimes they balls up in a big way – like the Mazda Bongo Friendee, Honda Vamos and Mitsubishi Starion…

Finding a name for a new car can never be simple for manufacturers, but it is easy to suspect that some try harder than others.

 

Witness the litany of strange, inappropriate or just plain side-slapping car badges that have appeared over the years and you have to wonder whether some car makers are lacking in imagination or have far too much.

Because for every made-up but inoffensive Camry or profound Mondeo or Statesman there are others that seem to have been inspired after a long lunch at the pub.

The list below offers a few quickies – if anyone can add some more then please feel free.

Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog – The obvious name for small people mover designed specifically for those who like to have a canine on board.

Mitsubishi T-Box – Move the hyphen and the space around a bit after the second “i”. I’m not making this up.

Mitsubishi Starion – Legend has it the someone in marketing called the badge-maker telling them the new car was to be called a stallion. Accents did the rest. As legends go, it’s a beauty.

Volkswagen Polo – Only slightly funny, unless you’re Italian and it sounds a lot like “Volkswagen Chicken” (pollo).

Lancia Y10 – Only slightly funny, unless you’re English and it sounds a lot like “Lancia White Hen.”

Volkswagen Touareg – Unpronounceable to most people. Name has been taken from a North African Bedouin tribe who haven’t litigated presumably because the styling of this German 4WD also uncannily resembles a camel.

Chevrolet Impala – Inappropriate zoological imagery is popular with car makers, but this should have been called the Chevrolet Tapir. Or Three Toed Sloth.

Mazda Bongo Friendee – Nonsensical, but strangely charming appellation for another small van. Possibly indicates Japan’s drug problem is worse than first suspected.

Ferrari 575M SuperAmerica – Sounds more like a new cartoon hero based on the chin of Michael Schumacher. At least it leaves no doubt about the country Ferrari designs most of its cars for.

Holden Calais – Luxury car named after a French seaport featuring a tunnel entrance and some huge duty free booze shops. Evocative, really.

and the dumb car name list continues.

Make Name Comments
Ford Edsel Sort of like calling a car “Bob”, “John” or “Frank”
Daihatsu Rocky Did they name it after the movie or the mountains?
Daihatsu Charade It’s pretending to be a car.
Mitsubishi Aspire It’s ambition is to be a car.
Ford Escort It goes wherever you go.
Dodge Neon What’s tacky-looking and glows in the dark?
AMC Gremlin Was this car full of them?
Toyota Stout Maybe they’d sell more if it was “Big & Tall”
Datsun Cherry Having it stolen is like losing your virginity.
Subaru Justy Justy whaty?
Dodge Scamp This car is either a rogue, or it moves in a stop-and-go fashion.
Dodge Swinger This is the perfect car for wife-swappers.
Plymouth Reliant Ironic, considering it was marketed as a “disposable car”.
Hyundai Accent Does it’s engine make odd inflection noises?
Kia Mentor Does this car teach you how to drive it?
Mitsubishi Mirage The car that you only think you’re driving.
Daihatsu Applause When you buy it, the salespeople cheer for you.
Daihatsu Rugger The perfect car for Carpet installers or Rugby players.
Honda Acty Crawler Does it have wheels or 6 legs?
Honda Jazz Like, cool, man…
Honda Joy-Machine Like driving an orgasm
Isuzu Big Horn For people who hate the sound of those little beep-beep horns.
Isuzu Forward Does it have a reverse gear at all?
Mazda Bongo *
Mazda Bongo Brawny *
Mazda Bongo Friendee * Maybe if they keep trying, they’ll figure out what’s wrong with the name…
Mazda Titan It’s either a really big SUV, or a condom…
Mitsubishi Guts That’s all they’ll find of you, after you crash it.
Nissan Big Thumb ???
Nissan Fairlady Z Possibly inspired by a Giant Robot show for girls.
Daihatsu Town Cube Yes, it’s a small, square minivan, advertized like it was a wardrobe or closet on wheels. I’m not kidding.
Plymouth Duster I suppose it’s better than “Mop” or “Broom”.
Dodge Demon Who do you think would drive a car with a name like that? Could it be… Satan??
Dodge Drifter A car for Transients?
Dodge Rampage The Road-rage car.

-need4nos

Courtesy of : http://www.weirdcrap.com/scholarly/carnames.html





SPLASH(ed)

6 08 2007

splash productionsplash conceptspalsh-prod1.jpgsuzuki has always been working fast in making their concept cars into reality, first it was the swift which created a stir in the automotive market few yrs back with the concept wearing a ultra chik styling. within months the production version cars started rolling out of the plants,

now its suzuki’s time for setting india ablaze with its brand new hatch back named the suzuki “SPLASH”. the concept version of this car was shown in the paris motor show last year, n within such a short period of time, the real car is out. n man the car looks GOOD atleast from the front, n iam sold for the huge wheel arches……… this car is a replacement for the wagonR all over the world except india. it will be sold between the swift n the wagonR/estilo. with hyundai already testing their new hatch back car the “PA”, its really high time maruthi looks into starting the sales of the splashin india soon. n iam doubly sure this thing is going to capture the market. iam now serioulsy looking forward to get this baby if  maruthi plonks the 1.3DDIS engine in it. the engine options are a 3 cyl 1litre 65bhp petrol n a 4cyl 1.2 litre 85 bhp petrol, n laslty the swifts 1.3 ddis engine. now the only thing maruti has got to do is to price it well, way to go……….

BADRI





NEWS TIME!

2 08 2007

This article will probably have a significant effect on ravi and his persistant effort to keep his UNO rolling…FIAT is currently working on a small car project to fit between the PANDA and PUNTO and its gonna be called the UNO!!!!! Seems this car will have a totally different styling unlike the traditional boxy looks and is intended to be SPORTIER! The best part is that this little fellow is going to be propelled by a 900cc, 2CYLINDER, 100BHP engine!!!!! Looks like FIAT is thundering their way by producing revolutionary engines like this and also the one in the swift diesel 1.3DDiS. This new UNO is most likely to be sold in India alsongside the Palio and Punto.

BEEMER





The BEST MOTOGP RACERS EVER:

2 08 2007

Michael Doohan:

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The Australian is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion, who won five consecutive 500cc World Championships, second only to Giacomo Agostini (though Doohan’s feat was basically equaled by Valentino Rossi, who won the final 500cc GP championship, and the following 4 MotoGP championships, as MotoGP replaced 500cc GP as the top championship on the world scene). He is considered to be one of the best motorcycle racers in the history of the sport.

Although pure riding skill clearly played a large part in his success, his ability to perfect the suspension and geometry of a racing motorcycle gave him an enormous advantage over his rivals, even though other Honda riders (particularly Doohan’s teammates) benefited somewhat from his ability to perfect the bike’s handling. It is generally accepted that his development of the Honda throughout the 1990s helped the company to dominate racing for many years. At the time of Doohan’s retirement, the Honda had developed into a much better handling machine than it had ever been previously.

MOTOGP championships : 5 (1994-1998)

JoHN Surtees:

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He is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver from England. He remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

He won aboard the Italian motorcycle MV Agusta and remained the rider to beat in the 50 s !

MOTOGP championships : 4 ( 1956,1958-1960)

Mike Hailwood:

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He was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability. Later in his career he went on to compete in Formula One auto racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at the Grand Prix level on motorcycles and in auto racing.

In 1962, Hailwood signed with MV Agusta and went on to become the first rider to win four consecutive 500cc World Championships. After his success with MV Agusta, Hailwood went back to Honda and won four more world titles in 1966 and 1967 in the 250cc and 350cc categories. Hailwood is perhaps best known for his accomplishments at the renowned Isle of Man TT. By 1967, he had won 12 times on the infamous island mountain course. He won what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini.

MOTOGP Championships : 4(1962-1965)

Giacomo Agostini:

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Agostini is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, he is the all-time leader in victories in motorcycle Grand Prix history.

He won the championship 7 times with MV Agusta and once with Yamaha !In 17 years he won a record 15 Grand Prix World Championship titles and 122 Grand Prix victories. In 2000, the FIM named him a Grand Prix “Legend”. He still remains the most successful racer ever in the premier class .

MOTOGP championships : 7 (1967-1972,1975)

Barry Sheene:

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He was a perfect all-rounder doing everything a man wanted to do . He was a successful and brillant motorcycle racer,actor, TV star , commentator , commercial star ! and lots more .He combined insight into the skills of riding, and the vagaries of the professional circuit, with a penchant for the occasional double entendre delivered with a trademark grin.

MOTOGP Championships : 2(1976-1977)

Kenny Roberts:

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Kenny was the first American to win the 500cc Road Racing World Championship.Roberts is regarded as being one of the first riders to use his knee to balance the bike on the track in corners, and the first to use engine power to spin the rear tire exiting bends to help steer the bike (a technique known as “throttle steering”). These techniques are used everywhere in the top levels of motorcycle road racing, though they are much less exaggerated with today’s improvements in tire technology.

He is the father of the 2000 500cc World Champion, Kenny Roberts, Jr., the only father and son duo to have won the title.He now owns a racing team “TEAM ROBERTS” which employs a HONDA engine and the other parts around built by his team !

MOTOGP championships: 3(1978-1980)

Eddie lawson:

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His penchant for consistently finishing in the points earned him the nickname “Steady Eddie”

Lawson accepted an offer from Yamaha to contest the 500cc World Championship as Kenny Roberts‘ team-mate for the 1983 season. Lawson spent the 1983 season learning the ropes of the Grand Prix circuit. In 1984 , Lawson began winning regularly and won the 1984 world championship. It would mark the first of four world titles Lawson would go on to win. After winning two more titles for Yamaha in 1986 and 1988, Lawson shocked the racing world by announcing he would be leaving Yamaha to sign with their arch-rivals Honda. He went on to win the 1989 title for Honda, becoming the first rider to win back-to-back championships on machines from different manufacturers.

MOTOGP championships: 4(1984,1986,1988-89)

Kevin schwantz:

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He was hugely popular for his aggressive, all-or-nothing riding style.The late 80’s and early 90’s are remembered as one of the most competitive eras of Grand Prix racing with a field rich in talent that included Rainey, Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson and Randy Mamola. He was often at a disadvantage in that his Suzukis never seemed to be as fast as those of his Yamaha and Honda mounted rivals. His sheer determination to win at all cost meant that he seemed to crash as often as he won. This trait made him a popular favorite among race fans the world over. His last lap pass of Rainey to win the 1991 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, with his rear tire fish-tailing on the verge of control, will forever typify Schwantz’ do or die riding style.He culminated his career in 1993 by winning his first and only 500cc World Championship. After suffering through a crash infested 1994 season, the injuries he had incurred over the years began to take their toll on him, as did the career ending injuries suffered by his rival .

MOTOGP championships: 1(1993)

Wayne Rainey:

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He was characterized by his smooth, calculating riding style that belied a fierce determination to win. From 1990 to 1992 , he hit his stride earning three consecutive 500cc crowns for Yamaha. Rainey was well on his way to his fourth-consecutive title in 1993. He was leading the championship points and leading the GP when he suffered his career-ending crash at Misano, Italy, in which he slid into the gravel trap at high speed, breaking his spine against the raked surface designed as a safety feature for car racing. The injury handed the title over to his great rival, Schwantz. Rainey’s injuries would render him permanently paralyzed from the chest down.Rainey was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. the FIM named him a Grand Prix “Legend” in 2000. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

MOTOGP championships:1990-1992

VALENTINO ROSSI :

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He is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 7 Grand Prix World Championships to his name (only Giacomo Agostini has more with 15 GP World Championships), and he is considered one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. In 2006, he narrowly missed an 8th title by scoring a second place in the Championship, and now continues in the 2007 season as one of the title favourites. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi is the 7th highest earning sports personality in the world, earning an estimated $30 million a year.

He won the 500 cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 MotoGP World Championship after leaving Honda to join Yamaha.Rossi’s move to Yamaha would be a baptism of fire. His fiercest critics claimed that on an inferior machine (the Yamaha YZR-M1), Rossi would not be able to recreate his World Championship wins of the previous years, especially with increased development of the RC211V and the likes of Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau on Hondas. The RC211V was a superior machine in almost every aspect although it was guaranteed that the gap would shrink with the defection of Rossi and Jeremy Burgess (chief mechanic for Rossi at Honda, whom Rossi had also convinced to join). The 2004 season would give Rossi the ability to show everyone, especially his critics what he was made of and provide him with an opportunity to prove that it was his talent rather than his bike that won him his championships.

MOTOGP championships : 5(2001-2005)

POWERBAND>>>

Suren





What Our Fore Fathers Used To Ride

29 07 2007

This a new section that i’m starting up called “wat our fore fathers used to ride” in short WOFFUTR. Now agreed that’s a very lame acronym, if you all can come up with better ones please let me know. I actually wanted to replace the fore fathers with well F***ing fathers, but due to the strong nature of that word and what it implies and being used in conjucntion with father and all, i figure it’ll hurt some sentiments, but if u like that one better (which i personally do pls do let me know 😉 ) other options are

“stone age rides/sex pistols”

” flintstone’s fantasies”

“neanderthal horses”

What this section is about is, as you can tell from the plethora of names, classic bikes, retro bikes.. anything old with a history an endearing charm etc etc.. it can even be a pathetic bike but it’ll have an interesting story too.. So people i await your comments as to what this section should/will be called and will put up an article on the Kwacka Z1..