On July 24, 2013 Toyota USA in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) released the results of an extensive study with bone-chilling statistics. The UMTRI/Toyota Teen Driver Distraction Study, the largest scientific survey of its kind, included teens (aged 16-18) and adults across America and in Houston, Texas found that twenty-seven percent of Houston teens said they read a text or email every time they drive, compared to nearly thirty percent nationally. Twenty-four percent respond to a text while driving, which is the same as the national average for teens. Perhaps even more alarming, about one in five Houston teens (22 percent) have extended conversations via text message while driving. Other key findings include: Cell phone use by teen drivers and parents in Houston is pervasive: Sixty-seven percent of teens in the Houston area report using a cell phone while driving (hands-free and/or hand-held). Eighty-three percent of parents do the same. Teens in Houston regularly drive with young passengers and no adults, despite serious risks: 62 percent of teen drivers in …
For the last year or so Hyundai has been on a bit of a tear with new models coming out every few months – each one significantly better looking than the model it replaces. The Santa Fe was the first model to get the new treatment followed by a completely new model line-up in the case of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, followed by the all-new Sonata that has earned numerous awards around the world. More new vehicles are coming in the next few months, but this week’s Road Test is the highly anticipated small CUV, the Tucson.
A number of years ago I drove the Mazda RX-8 and fell in love with it! It was my favourite car for well over a year before another came along and knocked it from the top spot on my list. From that point on I seemed to have a new “favourite” car on a very regular basis. So, what made the RX-8 so great that it held the top spot for so long, yet no other car has been my favourite for any more than a couple of months? If I drove it again today would I be just as enamoured with it, or was it really just a passing fancy? We’re about to find out…..
My wife reminds me every week that I fall in love with a new car every Monday, and she’s right some of the time – but this week was special. I expected to like the IS 350C – I didn’t expect to LOVE it. The week wasn’t all a bed of roses however, there were times when it was a tumultuous relationship and it almost ended in tears – literally.
BMW are going into a whole new territory with the all-new 5 Series Gran Turismo. Instead of the familiar 4-door sedan, they are combining it with a genuine rear hatch to make it a 5-door luxury sedan. This may not seem too out of place in Europe, but in North America hatchbacks are never popular – something I just can’t fathom for the life of me. That said, the Gran Turismo also offers a more traditional trunk/boot opening in addition to the full-size hatch – I don’t know how well it will go over, but I think BMW are on to something here – it works superbly.