The 2017 Buick LaCrosse seems destined to never get the credit it deserves. It’s bound to be dismissed as just another full-size sedan relic, ignored by those who habitually visit their Lexus dealer every few years for a new ES. This new LaCrosse will inevitably be overshadowed in the Buick showroom by SUVs and never fully appreciated by the majority of its buyers who simply want a big, comfy, and quiet car.
That destiny would be a shame. The completely redesigned LaCrosse is now a legitimate luxury car, not because advertisements say it is, but for the way it drives, the way it looks, and the way it cossets you inside. The former is really the most impressive, since it’s also the most surprising.
During the LaCrosse press launch in Portland, Oregon, Buick boasted how comfortable and exceedingly quiet the car is,
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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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Mumbai: The country’s integrated glass company Asahi India Glass (AIS) is all set to commence production at its Taloja plant. This move will further strengthen the position of the company.
Along with the company’s fifth auto glass plant in Gujarat, the AIS Taloja plant will further add to the scale and flexibility of AIS in providing seamless supplies to customers in the architectural and auto segments, which includes all leading automotive OEMS.
Very extensive and highly modernised new float glass plant equipped with the latest in glass manufacturing technology, the Taloja Plant will have the capability to produce high-quality value-added glass for both, the architectural and the automotive glass segments, with an installed capacity to manufacture 550 tonnes of glass per day.
Speaking about the plant, Sanjay Labroo, MD CEO, AIS, said:
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Amid considerable fanfare, a 9,000-ton merchant steamship glided gracefully into the Delaware River at historic Chester Shipyards, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 22, 1919.
With a band playing “On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away” before more than 1,000 spectators, Margaret Minshall Craig, a Terre Haute native, smashed a champagne bottle over the ship’s bow and shouted, “I christen thee ‘Terre Haute.’”
The weather was perfect. Mrs. Craig appeared on the launching platform carrying a large bouquet of flowers wrapped by a ribbon with “S.S. Terre Haute” in gold letters, a gift from the officials. She gave the bottle an athletic swing as if she had been christening ships all of her life.
The S.S. Terre Haute was 401 feet long and 54 feet across. The hull was 32 feet, 9 inches deep. Its wireless masts towered 10 stories above the surface. It cost $2 million, $200,000 more than estimated by Charles Peddle, a
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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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Taiwan’s secret service and lawmakers have reached a consensus on how to plug a grave national-security loophole: President Tsai Ing-wen’s limousine.
Tsai’s motorcade was stopped by a bunch of petitioners once this year as the president was en route to the island’s military command, after the police failed to round up the protesters.
What the petitioners didn’t know was that if they had actually hit the windows of Tsai’s limo, they could easily have broken them.
It has been revealed that Tsai mainly uses an Audi A8 L, good enough for her to travel in comfort but not secure enough for someone of her status.
Thus even though an enormous security detail has been assigned to guard the president, riding around in a civilian version of the Audi A8 L could put Taiwan’s national security in peril now that Tsai faces greater threats than her
... read more at: http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwans-president-travel-real-bulletproof-limo/