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Hurricane Sandy gave the Eastern portion of the United States a what for last week, not to mention the Caribbean and points far beyond. Amid all the destruction and misery the automotive industry was impacted in a number of ways. In particular, the safety of electric cars has been brought up.
Thanks to recently passed legislation, New Jersey residents will now be able to take part in an incentive program through Stop & Shop supermarkets that can cut the cost of gas by as much as $2.20 per gallon.
Recently, Sebastian Vettel put the new Grand Prix of America course to the test and came away unimpressed, saying that not much progress had been made on the track.
We’ve got bad news for Jersey dogs that love to hang out the window and feel the breeze flowing through its fur. Did you know that the state of New Jersey has a law that says you have to buckle up your pet or face a $1,000 fine? It’s been around for 16 years, but many drivers in the Garden State had no idea it existed.
A police-escorted high-speed highway run involving 30 supercars is causing a stir after public outcry over what amounts to excused law-breaking and reckless behavior.
Since Saab‘s bankruptcy, multiple automakers and outfits have expressed interest in purchasing the Swedish marque albeit no deals were sealed. As for Saab Cars North America (SCNA), the distribution company continues its fight against an involuntary bankruptcy filing in Delaware by its dealers and is working to move the case to Michigan.
In the meantime, its North American imports are held in limbo, as roughly 900 new Saabs were spotted at building 263 of a Newark, New Jersey port facility. A disheartening sight, Saab 9-3 and 9-5 sedans and sport combis as far as the eye can see lie neglected under layers of grime. More still are kept inside the warehouse buildings.
According to original poster aireeca of Found Our Own Road, “It’s hard to explain what it was like to just stand there and look at these cars and think, ‘This is it. These are the last new Saabs we’ll ever see.’ It’s not like Oldsmobile or Saturn or Hummer where the parent company lives on.”
GALLERY: Saabs At New Jersey Port
[Source: Found Our Own Road]
Cocaine is a hell of a drug, at least according to R&B singer Rick James, though 52-year-old Peter Davis of Englewood, NJ would probably agree.
He admitted to incurring $102,141 in fines, owed to the New Jersey Port Authority in Jean Davis’, his mothers, car. You may wonder why anyone would repeatedly incur fines to such a ridiculous level. As you may have guessed, Davis’ excuse was running to New York in search of cocaine, repeatedly.
“When you’re addicted like that you don’t think of he consequences. You have other things on your mind,” he told the New York Post. “I knew it was inevitable. I knew there would be consequences sooner or later.”
Unfortunately for his mother, she’s the one being hit with the fines — information that’s now public thanks to the New Jersy Port Authority’s “Wall of Shame,” which publishes the names of those with the largest outstanding fines.
Davis tops the list for people who owe money, but actually comes in 12th overall. Rental companies still take the cake, one with fines exceeding $1.7 million.
Just the same, she doesn’t seem happy with her son, telling the Post she would kill him if she thought she could get away with it.
There is less than a week until Christmas and if you’re looking for a gift that’s just plain bonkers we’re here to help. How about a 1991 Toyota Camry LE customized like a candy cane and decked out in what can only be described as hilarity and nonsense.
Despite the Providence, RI. seller, repeatedly insisting the car is not for sale during his advertisement, it can be had for a tiny buy-it-now price of $1.7 million on eBay. For that price it comes complete with the world’s smallest pogo stick instead of a spare tire, hopelessly goofy workout equipment on the roof, a live Boston terrier hood ornament and many other homespun features.
The price-tag might seem outrageous, but consider this: the silly Santa selling the car might actually be ahead of safety innovators like Volvo. His creation sports functional fashion: stripes that boast “900 candlepower” to make sure you not only see the car day or night, but that you’re as good as blind while driving behind it. If you get hit in this thing it’s probably intentional.
Not only that, but the car runs on insanity instead of gas— “eat your heart out, GM,” the seller says in his video. It’s probably true because you would have to be crazy to bid on this thing, or would you?
Right now there are 23 bids for the car, which is currently fetching $2025. Sure it falls short of the price tag, but what value can you really put on a car that really is unforgettable? The answer is just around the corner. Rhode Island’s funniest car will disappear from eBay on December 22 and we’re eagerly watching to see what people are willing to pay.
GALLERY: Candy Cane Toyota Camry
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The moment has come. Formula One, the pinnacle of international automotive racing, is coming for Greater New York in 2013!
According to well placed sources involved in the matter, the Formula 1 franchise will make an official announcement of the “Formula One Grand Prix of America” some time next week. Slatted for June 2013, the Weehawken-West New York road course of New Jersey will feature a stunning Manhattan skyline backdrop.
A Tuesday press conference at Port Imperial, Weehawken is expected. This project was first proposed in August, when the mayors of Weehawken and West New York issued a joint statement that revealed discussions with a group of investors led by Leo Hindery by Leo Hindery, Jr., a former chief executive of the YES Network, to bring a race to New Jersey were in motion.
The current Formula One calendar features nineteen incredible destinations including Monaco, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Yas Marina, Montreal, Melbourne, and Catalunya. The last grand prix held in the United States was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007.
By 2010, already a three year hiatus, Formula 1 already announced plans for a return to the United States. As we speak, a state-of-the-art $250 million racetrack in Austin, Texas enters the final phases of construction, readying for its debut at the November 2012 Formula One Grand Prix of America. With the addition of the New Jersey circuit, racing fans in the United States finally gets to experience the excitement they deserve.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
It’s an absolute beast of an engine. Generating some 525 horsepower in its current form, Mercedes-Benz’s M156 6.2-liter V8, developed built by AMG has transformed some of the brand’s regular offerings into pavement eating road warriors. Cars such as the C63 and E63 AMG have become modern legends thanks to the incredible performance offered by this monster motor.
However for all it’s rip snorting ability and melodious sound, the 6.2 has recently come under flack in New Jersey, as a class-action lawsuit has been filed in the Garden State’s District Court.
The suit centers around premature wear on the engine’s internal components, particularly on the nodular cast-iron camshafts and 9310-grade steel valves. Plaintiffs complain that due to inadequate heat treating of components and incorrect offsets, engine failure is a common problem with the 6.2. To make matters worse, plaintiffs cite the fact that Mercedes and AMG have known about these issues since 2007 when the automaker issued a technical service bulletin to deal with the problem.
At present no actual trial date has been set, nor has any information been released regarding the number of 6.2-liter V8s ‘affected’ by this problem. Still, it will be interesting to see what further developments arise in this case and if a recall is issued covering Mercedes models powered by these ‘defective’ engines. For more information on the lawsuit, click on the link below:
[Source Benz Boost]
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, New Jersey could come in the picture and host a second race in the United States.
The project, which was previously put on hold due to activists opposed to holding such an event in the Garden State, just across the Hudson from the Manhattan skyline, is building up steam again. A new proposal is in the works to have a race hosted in the townships of Weehawken and West New York. The project’s backer stressed that all expenses for this event will come from private money, and not from taxpayers.
If all goes to plan, US could once again be hosting two Formula 1 races a year. Back in the 1970′s, East and West Grand Prixs were held back to back, one at Watkins Glen, NY and the other at Long Beach, CA.
Perhaps there’s nothing more fitting than a Mercedes-Benz rolling on the mean streets of Camden or Newark. And it’s about high time the company got some credit: in a story that just happens to hit the right buttons, Mercedes-Benz USA was voted one of the best places to work in New Jersey, where they pump fists and not gas.
For the second consecutive year to boot, Mercedes’s American headquarters in Bergen County were cited by NJBIZ Magazine as one of the best large-sized company (over 250 employees), coming in 6th and gaining a position over last year—and being the only car company on the list.
“Mercedes has a long tradition of doing business in the Garden State,” said Ernst Lieb, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “To achieve this accolade in a recovering economy is a true statement of how unified we are, working together to inspire our entire organization and deliver the dream that customers associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand.”
Perks at Mercedes include the 3rd-floor water cooler filled with Jager bombs, a call center that plays Ke$ha for hold music, and for being one of the few offices that doesn’t overlook Staten Island.
The Garden State might not get a lot of good press, but here’s a piece that might just put a smile on your face. Or, if you’re a fan of cruising in the left lane at the speed limit pretending to be the police – we’re sure it will infuriate you.
The clip, taken by a driver on a New Jersey freeway shows one of the state’s finest riding the bumper of a slow-moving Honda Civic, the driver of which isn’t remotely interested in giving up the left lane. At first you might think the state trooper is being rude, if not downright dangerous, but keep watching to see what happens next.
See the video after the jump:
NJMP is one of the newest tracks in America, having opened its doors back in 2008. It currently has two road courses and a professional karting track. Future plans included adding a tri-oval and an off-road track.
Sadly it looks like those expansion plans might not get to mature, unless someone can step in to buy this facility and run it properly.
It’s not only the track that is suffering, as the real-estate market in Millville, NJ has been hit hard by the recession and many surrounding projects have been scrapped.
[Source: Axis of Oversteer]
In New Jersey, you can see a teen driver coming your way, thanks to a new law that requires drivers younger than 21 to put a small red decal on their license plates.
But it’s not just the teens that are seeing red – it’s their parents as well. Many are concerned that it signals out minors to stalkers, and could lead to stalking at night or while teen girls try to get to their cars at parking lots.
The red decal comes into effect under Kyleigh’s Law, which is named after Kyleigh D’Alessio, a 16-year-old New Jersey girl killed in a 2006 car accident that also injured two others. New Jersey is the first state to attempt to make young drivers known to law enforcement by marking their vehicles.
The law has been in effect for over six weeks now, and fewer than half of the 250,000 young drivers covered by Kyleigh’s Law have bought the decals as of yet, which cost $4 for a pair. Teens caught without the decals face a $100 fine. And the decal may get shut down just as soon as it’s gotten started, as lawmakers have already introduced bills to repeal the new law.
Stats show that around 6,000 teens die in car accidents nationwide each year, and drivers are most accident prone in their first two years on the road. New Jersey instituted a Graduated Driver License program 10 years ago that carries a curfew and limits on the number and ages of passengers who can be in a provisional driver’s vehicle.
What do you think? Will the red decal do more harm then good in terms of a teen driver’s safety, or does it promise to save lives? Leave your comments below.