Category: Auto & Motor

MG Motor India at Auto Expo 2023 | Auto

Jan 30, 2023, 05:21PM ISTSource:

As the Indian economy continues to grow, various industries are focusing on how to become greener, cleaner and more sustainable. The Indian automobile sector will play a key role in helping the country reach its emission targets. To this end, MG Motor India recently showcased its range of sustainable technologies at the 2023 Auto Expo. There is a common notion that automotive sustainability only means reduced emissions by way of manufacturing electric vehicles, but it’s much more than that. Wholesome Automotive Sustainability focuses on emission reduction, connectivity, active safety and autonomous driving, lightweight construction and more. MG Motor showcased all of it at their Auto Expo display and reinforced their commitment to sustainability. In Partnership with MG Motor India.


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Opening A Safe With A Stepper Motor And DIY Auto-Dialer

What do you do when you happen to come into possession of a safe of which the combination is lost to the sands of time? If you’re someone like [eNBeWe], you grab a stepper motor with driver module you had lying around gathering dust, an ESP8266 for the brains and a few other pieces to build your very own auto-dialer to crack that safe combination. The software has been made available on GitHub for those interested.

While other auto-dialers used with the fun hobby of safe cracking can generally find the combination in a matter of hours if not less, it took [eNBeWe]’s contraption two days to crack the combination. Much of this was due to the hacked together nature of the structure, with the glue joints among other weak points that’d probably not take too kindly to a lot of abuse. Since there was no particular rush to get into the safe, this worked out fine.

As an impromptu auto-dialer thrown together with parts that were lying around it seemed to perform just fine for the task, and we presume that this is the beginning of a beautiful new lock- and safe-picking hobby.


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Surrey man charged in connection to fatal New Westminster motor vehicle collision

LAST year, the New Westminster Police Department began an investigation into the cause of a motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, Eric Stonehouse, at Royal Avenue and 4th Street. Patrol officers, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, and the Traffic Unit assisted in this lengthy and thorough investigation.

On January 16, Crown Counsel approved one charge for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death against 37-year-old Francisco Brooks of Surrey.

“Eric brought out the best in people by making those around him feel special and valued. He is greatly loved and missed,” said Stonehouse’s mother Giselle Stonehouse.

“Eric was very well known in the community and I want to again offer our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time” said Deputy Chief Constable Paul Hyland. “I also want to thank all the investigators who worked diligently on this investigation to bring it to the charge approval stage, and our Victim Assistance Unit staff who have provided support throughout the process.”

The accused is scheduled to appear in court on February 6.

The Stonehouse family has requested privacy at this time.


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Motor Mouth Podcast: Canada’s flawed Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate

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You’ve read his Motor Mouth column for years and now David Booth is bringing his sharp intellect, vast experience and pull-no punches criticisms to the podcast world as today Motor Mouth begins a new era, in which you’ll be able to listen to David’s unique takes on an industry that is undergoing seismic changes in Canada and around the world. He’ll still be writing his weekly Motor Mouth column, and this podcast will see him expand on the topics and issues he raises in those writings.

In this first episode of the David delves into Canada’s just announced Zero Emission Vehicle mandate. Not surprisingly, he’s not impressed. The mandate sees the federal government outlaw the sales of passenger cars powered by fossil-fueled internal combustion engines as of 2035. And the road map to that goal calls for automakers to sell at least 20 per cent EVS of their annual volume in 2026, 43 per cent by 2029, 60 per cent by 2030 and 83 per cent by 2033.


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BBCVehicle thefts and carjackings spike in major US cities – reportThe Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) data found motor thefts doubled in eight of the cities surveyed. The average increase between 2019 and….11 hours ago

BBCVehicle thefts and carjackings spike in major US cities – reportThe Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) data found motor thefts doubled in
eight of the cities surveyed. The average increase between 2019 and….11 hours ago

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‘American Auto’ Creator Teases More ‘Complex Issues’ for Payne Motors in Season 2

It’s wheels up on Season 2 of the zippy comedy, American Auto, set at fictional car manufacturer Payne Motors, and the staff is anything but idle.

The opener picks up after Season 1’s finale landed new CEO Katherine Hastings (Ana Gasteyer) in hot water; she’s gasping for dignity following an ill-fated TV profile that exposed her role in hiding a defect of one of the company’s cars.

Jon Barinholtz and Ana Gasteyer in 'American Auto' Season 2

(Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC)

Now that the public knows of the wrongdoing, “it’s about how Katherine and the rest of the group react to the stress of a scandal that just keeps getting worse,” says creator Justin Spitzer. It doesn’t help that Katherine still has no idea how the automotive industry operates, having come from Big Pharma.

Thankfully, her previously peeved team — including CCO Sadie (Harriet Dyer), social-media-savvy assistant Dori (X Mayo), and vapid Payne heir Wesley (Jon Barinholtz) — has finally embraced the boss’ vehicular ineptitude and is invested in helping save the company.

That should also help with issues coming down the pike for Payne. “[A lot] of our episodes come from them trying to resurrect their image, while contending with complex issues of workplace discrimination, women’s rights, environmentalism, and geopolitics,” Spitzer explains. “There’s almost no topic that a corporation this big doesn’t have to deal with.”

Don’t even get us started on gas prices.

American Auto, Season Premiere, Tuesday, January 24, 8:30/7:30c, NBC


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Toyota Kirloskar Motor inducts two new directors on its board, Auto News, ET Auto

 Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Monday elevated two of its senior officials, Swapnesh R. Maru and Tadashi Asazuma.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Monday elevated two of its senior officials, Swapnesh R. Maru and Tadashi Asazuma.

Bengaluru: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Monday elevated two of its senior officials, Tadashi Asazuma, and Swapnesh R. Maru, to its board with effect from January 19, 2023.

Tadashi Asazuma is an Executive Vice President and heads the Sales, Service, and Used Car functions at TKM. He has extensive global automobile industry experience from working for Toyota in Japan and in regions such as the Middle East.

Swapnesh R. Maru is an Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer and oversees Finance, Human Resources and Administration, Information Technology, Legal, and Corporate Planning at TKM. His experience includes a stint at Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Thailand.

As a people-centric organization, TKM ensures continuous efforts to strengthen its leadership and reinforce its commitment to producing “mass happiness for all,” the company said.

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Lithia Motors in talks to buy Jardine Motors in U.K., report says

In August, Sky News reported that Lithia presented “a board-approved nonbinding offer” for Pendragon, but noted the proposal was contingent on receiving “irrevocable commitments” from each of the company’s five major shareholders. However, Pendragon said it was unable to engage with one of the shareholders on the offer.

At the time, Pendragon was Europe’s ninth-largest dealership group by revenue, according to Automotive News Europe‘s 2021 Guide to Europe’s biggest dealers, when it had 142 new-vehicle franchise points in the U.K. Pendragon also has its own dealership management system.

Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer has hinted at the company entering other international markets beyond Canada, including the U.K. Lithia entered Canada in August 2021.

During Lithia’s third-quarter earnings call in October, DeBoer again voiced his interest in Lithia entering Europe and specifically the U.K., noting Western European businesses typically trade at lower multiples than what dealerships trade for in the U.S.

“If we can find the right team because of the strong value of the dollar, it seems like it’s a good time to be able to do that,” DeBoer said at the time.

Lithia, of Medford, Ore., ranks No. 2 on Automotive News‘ most recent list of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S., retailing 260,738 new vehicles in 2021. Through the third quarter of 2022, Lithia is tracking ahead of rival AutoNation Inc. for new-vehicle sales in 2022. AutoNation has long held the No. 1 spot in the annual ranking.


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Morgan Auto Group named official automotive retailer for The Motor Enclave

The Motor Enclave has entered into a multi-year alliance with The Morgan Auto Group to be “The Official Automotive Retailer” of the 200-acre experiential motorsports venue, located at the corner of I-4 and I-75, in Tampa.

“When we learned about The Motor Enclave coming to Tampa, we knew we had to be involved in some manner,” said Brett Morgan, chief executive officer of Morgan Auto Group, in a statement.

The deal provides Morgan with special access to use the facility for a variety of team and customer events, including the exclusive ability to provide customers who purchase select performance vehicles with trackside delivery, and driving experiences, the statement said.

The Morgan Auto Group will receive exposure in key locations throughout the development, most notably having its brand integrated into the name of the 100-acre off-road experience and being the inaugural year presenting sponsor of a quarterly “Enclave Cars and Coffee.”

Morgan Auto Group will provide its technicians to operate in an on-site maintenance/performance shop called “The Enclave Speed Shop powered by Morgan Auto Group” where Enclave private garage owners, and members of the Enclave Motorsports Club, can have maintenance performed on their vehicles including oil/tire changes, track safety inspections, after-market performance parts installation and more.

“We are thrilled to have Morgan Auto Group as our first official partner at The Motor Enclave. The diversity of brands represented in Morgan’s portfolio of retail stores aligns perfectly with our goal to deliver engaging experiences to owners/members, corporate clients and the general public, each of whom may have a personal affinity for a particular brand,” said Brad Oleshansky, founder and CEO of The Motor Enclave, in the statement.

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