The NICB has shared details on the most stolen vehicles for 2012. You can find the list here. The Honda Accord topped the list. It was followed by the Honda Civic, Ford Pickup Full Size and Chevrolet Pickup Full Size.
The NICB notes that some older models of vehicles are among the most stolen cars. The NICB has newer Hondas are rarely stolen. It is the older models of the Honda Accord and Honda Civic being targeted by thieves. The 1996 Accord led the list of the most stolen car model in 2012 with 8,637 thefts. Some of the reason older models top the list is because they lack modern anti-theft systems. They are also reliable, well-made vehicles that don't wear out quickly. Take a look:
Hyundai and The Walking Dead are bringing a fan-designed Zombie Survival Machine to life at New York Comic-Con. The living attendees of Comic-Con will bea ble to see the fan-built vehicle on the show floor on October 10. Kuo's Santa Fe design was picked as the winner out of more than 82,500 fan submissions. The camouflaged Zombie Survival Machine featurues knife blades, an automatic crossbow, razor-wired windows, three machine guns, a samurai sword, aluminum armor and a muffler silencer.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said in a statement, "Having Anson's winning design on display at New York Comic-Con is a fun way to celebrate The Walking Dead's 10th anniversary."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA is now recommending rear-view cameras on new U.S. cars. This is not enough for some consumer groups. The Car Connection reports that The Department of Transportation (DOT) is being sued by consumer groups to make the recommendation a requirement on new cars.
CNN reports that 17,000 people are injured and 200 people are killed every year in back-over crashes. 44% of the deaths are children under 5. The rear-view camera systems do seem to be an fairly easy way and inexpensive way to significantly reduce many of these accidents. SUVs have especially large blind zones in the back. Take a look:
A driver in Taiwan narrowly escaped a huge boulder that was dislodged during a rain storm. The boulder tumbled down the hill carried by a mudslide and nearly rolled over the car. If the boulder had rolled just a little farther the car could have been crushed. Take a look:
Nissan Motor Co. has announced it will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020. Nissan says the cars will be available at "realistic prices." Nissan says it has been researching the technology for years, alongside teams from MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. A Nissan prototype with Autonomous Drive is pictured above.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said in statement, "Nissan Motor Company's willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress - is what sets us apart. In 2007 I pledged that - by 2010 - Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it."
The cars should significantly reduce accidents. Nissan says 93% of accidents in the U.S. are due to human error. However, even if your car is autonomous it does mean other people won't still be out there drunk driving regular cars that could slam into you. Self-driving vehicles also require less input from drivers, which means people can be more productive or entertain themselves with media while they are riding in the cars. Nissan says Autonomous Drive also means people with disabilities can become more mobile and more independent. Take a look:
BMW unveiled its new i3 electric car at simultaneous events in New York City, London and Beijing. Forbesreports that the i3 can get nearly 100 miles on electric power. It takes three hours to charge with a 220-volt line. Forbes says the i3 arrives in stores this fall and will cost $41,350. Wiredcalls the i3 the "most innovative thing to come out of Munich in a decade."
Here is a video of the i3 being dramatically unveiled. Take a look:
The Chrysler Group has announced the 2013 Ram Black Express. The truck features an all-black exterior, including 20-inch black aluminum wheels. It also has a black front fascia with fog lamps, black grille with black hex-link inserts, black rear bumper and black Ram's head badges on the grille and tailgate.
The Ram Black Express also features bi-functional halogen projector headlamps with black bezels. The taillamps also include black finishes and are comprised of 15 red LEDs with three red LEDs for the side markers.
Ram Black Express pricing starts at $26,955, plus a $1,095 destination charge.
Gas prices are about to spike and the recent coup in Egypt is to blame. ABC News says gas stations are paying about 20 cents more for gas due to a climb in crude oil prices. Gas stations are going to be passing this on to consumers. Gas prices are already higher than they were at this time this year. The AAA has the nationwide average at $3.48 a gallon. The nationwide average could climb to around $3.70 after the spike. Prices are expected to remain higher for the rest of the summer even if the situation in Egypt stabilizes. Take a look:
CBS Los Angelesreports that Chris Brown has been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license in Los Angeles. The incident occurred on May 21, 2013. Brown is accused of read-ending a Mercedes. After the accident, Brown reportedly gave fake insurance information to the driver, refused to turn over his license and then left the scene. Brown claims on Twitter that he did give the woman the right information.
I have a valid drivers license and I gave the woman the right info. She saw cameras and wanted to make a scene.
Nissan has unveiled the ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which it says is the world's fastest electric racing car. The car will reach speeds of more than 300km/h (186 mph) with electric technology at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The ZEOD RC will make its race debut at next year's Le Mans 24 Hour.
Andy Palmer, executive vice president and executive committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited, said in a statement, "Nissan has become a global leader in the development of zero emission automotive technology and the Nissan ZEOD RC will allow us to further develop those capabilities using the toughest endurance race in the world as a mobile test bed for our planned LM P1 power train."
Are you ready to drive a Corvette hatchback? Callaway Cars has revealed the company's design study for a C7 Corvette based station wagon. Callaway says it plans to manufacture the body package which provides an openable hatch. A rendering of the hatch addition is pictured above.
Callaway says the AeroWagon option is projected to cost under $15,000 and available through Callaway authorized dealers in the US and Canada. Callaway says the Corvette would still be a 200+ mph car after the modifications.
Toyota unveiled its thin 3-wheeled i-Road personal mobility vehicle at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The narrow vehicle has a width of 850 millimeters (2.79 feet). Toyota says this helps with maneuverability and also makes it easy to find a parking space. The vehicle contains "Active Lean" technology that automatically balances the i-Road when it is cornering or traveling over stepped surfaces.
Toyota says in a release that the i-Road is powered by an electric powertrain and produces zero emissions. The driving range on a single charge of its lithium ion battery is 50 kilometers (30 miles).
Toyota released this video of the i-Road in action. Part of the video show multiple different colored i-Roads on the road. Take a look: