Homeless man suspected of damage spree in Astoria

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A homeless man has been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging five cars and two Department of Motor Vehicles office windows in Astoria this week.

Police received a report just after 6 p.m. Monday from the owner of a damaged Cadillac SRX on Hamburg Avenue near the Port of Astoria. When Officer A.J. Duryea arrived, he found the front window of the car totally shattered and a large piece of concrete resting on the substantially damaged hood, according to an affidavit.

Marco Vargas, a Bornstein Seafoods employee, was driving home from work. Stopped at an intersection across from Englund Marine Industrial Supply Co., Vargas saw the man throw what appeared to be a large rock through the windshield and,

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Karma comes around again: California’s newest car factory aims to rival Tesla

A premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma – a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago – will soon begin rolling off a production line at California’s newest car factory. 

When it is up and running, the Karma Automotive factory in Moreno Valley will produce as many as 3,000 of the high-end Karma Reveros annually. The cars, again compteting with Tesla, will be four-door luxury electric sedans priced above $100,000.

Karma Automotive joins Tesla on a list of locally based car and bus manufacturers, including Faraday Future, BYD and Atieva that together are making California ground zero for the electric vehicle market. 

Like those companies, Karma is backed by Chinese money. The bankrupt Karma’s assets were purchased in 2014 by Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts giant that also owns A123, the battery company that produced power packs for the Fisker cars.

Federal Lawsuit Says Leif’s Auto Collision Employees Menaced Geico Claims Adjusters—And One Talked About …

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Genesis is serious about taking on BMW, Mercedes-Benz

LOS ANGELES — Other luxury brands had years to plan the spinoff of their luxury brands. Hyundai did it in nine months.

It’s fallen to a veteran auto executive Erwin Raphael to try to create a separate identity around the brand called Genesis. That has meant trying to get the word out and educate the dealer network about what it’s going to take to please luxury customers.

Whether it’s building the brand or the quality of the cars themselves, “it’s all about the details,” says Raphael, Genesis’ general manager in the U.S.

Fortunately, he’s starting off with two models that have already gained good reputations under the former names as Genesis models. Now those two cars,

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Teaching autonomous vehicles to drive like (some) humans

While I love driving, I can’t wait for fully autonomous vehicles. I have no doubt they’ll reduce car accidents, 94 percent of which are caused by human error, leading to more than 37,000 road deaths in the U.S. last year.

And if it means I can fly home at night in winter and get safely shuttled to my house an hour-plus away — and not have to endure a typical white-knuckle drive in the dark with torrential rain and blinding spray from 18-wheelers on Interstate 84 — sign me up. Autonomous technology will also take some of the stress, tedium and fatigue out of long highway drives, as I recently discovered while testing Cadillac Super Cruise.

AVs are also supposed to eventually help increase traffic flow and reduce gridlock. But according to a recent Automotive News article, as the first wave of AVs

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The Leica T Revisited: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

It’s been two years since the Leica T was revealed. Touting an undeniably sexy unibody design and a brand new lens mount, the T showed that Leica was serious about staying relevant in a technology-focused climate. While the camera was universally praised in most regards, particularly for the body and interface design, there were certainly some unpleasantries in the way of performance. But that was two years ago, and a lot’s changed. Leica has stayed committed to their aluminum wonder, and it has slowly evolved into a serious little machine worth a second glance.

For nearly 100 years, Leica was a company with a pretty singular, conservative vision. While Leica revolutionized photography by, essentially, inventing the 35mm camera, the word “revolutionary” became relegated to a footnote in their history. After inventing auto focus technology in the 1970s, they sold off the patents to Minolta because the idea of auto focus didn’t really fit their principles. Even the Leica M of today

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Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota redesigns the popular Camry for 2018, aiming to give the car more style and improved driving dynamics while expanding availability of safety technology and introducing next-generation infotainment systems.

Built on Toyota’s new global vehicle architecture, the 2018 Camry is a bit smaller inside than it used to be, and it sits lower to the ground. The result is a car that is more fun to drive and wrapped in sleeker sheet metal.

2018 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid front quarter right photoThree powertrains are available on the new Camry. The L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE are equipped with a new 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. An upgraded V-6 engine is optional in the XLE and XSE. A more powerful and efficient gas-electric hybrid is offered in LE, SE, and XLE trim.

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May Auto Sales Lag Again Despite Holiday Discounts

Memorial Day weekend rebates won’t lift May U.S. new-vehicle sales above last year’s results, according to a J.D. Power and LMC Automotive forecast update. Based on sales data from the first two weeks of the month, total (retail and fleet) May deliveries are set to fall 3.5% from a year ago to 1.54 million units, when adjusted for one extra selling day this year (25 days in May 2017 vs. 24 days in May 2016).

“The holiday weekend is one of the heaviest trafficked car-buying periods in the year and, in 2016, the Friday-Monday selling period accounted for more than 20% of May retail sales,” said Deirdre Borrego, J.D. Power’s senior vice president of automotive data and analytics. On an adjusted basis, retail deliveries will dip 2.9% below last May, while fleet deliveries are expected to drop 5.8% below last year and account for 20.8% of total sales.

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Green Light for Audi’s New Traffic Light Assist Technology

This fall, Audi will begin offering a new traffic light technology in three of its models so that it’s possible to rarely stop at a red light. The technology is part of Audi Connect Prime services infotainment package subscription for the 2017 Audi A4, A4 Allroad, and Q7 SUV. The technology, called V21, enables a car to communicate with an urban area’s traffic light infrastructure. At first, the technology will be rolled out in a few select cities and metro areas in the United States.

The new technology relies on local data that relays patterns and timing through Wi-Fi. A driver is shown the right speed to follow with a traffic light image that features lit up red, amber, and green icons to adjust driving in order to make a green light. If a light is missed, the system counts time until the next green light and

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