According to the most recent edition of Manager Magazine’s annual list of wealthiest people in Germany, the Quandt family are now in number 1 spot, with a combined worth of 31 billion Euros (almost $40 billion). Johanna Quandt, 88, is the widow of German industrialist Herbert Quandt, the man responsible for saving BMW during its crisis in the 1960s and together with her two children own 46.7 percent in the German carmaker. The family are also important shareholders in several other German companies such as chemical maker Altana and graphite and carbon company SGL Carbon. The Quandts also managed to overtake the owners of the Aldi supermarket chain for the first time in 10 years. [Read the full article…]
In case the iPhone 6 wasn’t flashy enough for Bentley drivers out there, the British carmaker has just announced the Vertu for Bentley, the first smartphone offered by the company. The phone costs 12,500 Euros (almost $16,000) and will only be available in certain Vertu stores in a limited run of 2,000 units. According to the official specs, the phone runs on Android (4.4 KitKat if you really want to know) and is powered by a 2.3 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, has an internal memory of 64 GB and a 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display that is resistant to scratches. Other features include a 13 megapixel Hasselblad camera with twin focus and dual LED flash, a frontal 2.1 mp camera and a 2,275 mAh lithium-ion battery that provides around 15 hours of talk time or 380 hours of standby. [Read the full article…]
Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld has been performing the so called moose test ever since the 1970s and each year they “abuse” most new models with results being awaited by anyone slightly interested in car safety. Last week, it was the Porsche Macan’s turn to avoid the moose, only that it didn’t perform quite as expected. According to the Swedes, the front wheels locks in the middle of the evasive maneuver and the car will go straight ahead instead of following the path and getting back to the original direction. In real life, this translates into more time spent on the oncoming lane or the side of the road. Of course, no point in explaining what this would lead to.
“The behavior is extremely strange, which we don’t see too often and we’ve seen it, unfortunately, in more Macans,” said one of the guys in the testing crew. The tested Macans were loaded according to the manufacturer’s specs and several tests were also performed with some of the weight off (around 150 kg/330 pounds), but the results were the same. Here’s the video released by Teknikens Varld: [Read the full article…]
Yesterday, the Japanese carmaker announced an important milestone in their hybrid saga, by selling their 7 millionth hybrid in September. Toyota is the world’s undisputed leader in hybrid cars sales, their 28 hybrid models sold in 90 countries achieving impressing sales results.
By far the most popular and successful hybrid is the Prius, responsible for almost half of the total 7 million units sold so far. Actually, if we also take into consideration the Prius+ and Prius C models, the total number of sales for the Prius lineup is 4.7 million units. The figure released by Toyota also includes sales for Lexus hybrids, the most popular models of Toyota’s luxury brand being the RX SUV (400h and 450h models) with 305,000 units and the compact CT 200h, with more than 200,000 units (208,000 to be more exact). [Read the full article…]
As you probably saw on TV or read about it online, Jules Bianchi is currently going through the most important race of his life so far, fighting for his life after the horrific crash at Suzuka. The Marussia driver lost control of the car in the Dunlop Curve, the same corner Sutil where had crashed the lap before. But instead of hitting the tire barrier, he violently hit the tractor that was deployed on the track to remove Sutil’s car. He was immediately transported to the circuit’s medical center, where it was decided his injuries were too serious for him to be transported by helicopter, so he was taken by an ambulance to the Mie University hospital, 10 miles away from the track.
Here is a video of the crash, but beware, it’s pretty brutal (the crash is at around 1:10): [Read the full article…]