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Drunk Driver Makes 17 Spins Round Roundabout

A Frenchman, who drank excessive amounts of alcohol and then drove 17 times round a roundabout, said he had not heard the sirens when police finally brought him to a halt. The dizzying drive was not the 73-year-old’s first offence of its kind, Ouest France newspaper, which reported the tale, said of the incident in Brittany, western France. The driver’s ...

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Toyota Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. With Annual $60,000 Donation

In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced its continued support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with its annual donation of $60,000 to five HBCUs and the Tom Joyner Foundation. A long-standing supporter of the African-American community, TFS established the donation to meet and assist numerous talented young ...

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Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary Begins With Restoration Of ‘Missing’ Original 4×4

Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations in 2018, beginning with the restoration of the vehicle that started it all – one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. This gave the world its first glimpse of the shape that would become instantly recognizable as a ...

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BMW Sets Two Guinness World Records Titles 

BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted an all-new BMW M5 sedan 232.5 miles around a skid pad at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC, setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Greatest distance vehicle drift in 8 hours.  Schwartz shattered the previous record by 143 miles.  A second GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Longest twin vehicle ...

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Toyota Expands Takata Air Bag Safety Recall

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. on Tuesday announced that, based on recent information from Takata as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is expanding its recall involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. The involved vehicles are equipped with a particular type of Takata inflator.  According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in the front passenger ...

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2017: South African Vehicle Sales End on Positive Note

The new vehicle industry ended 2017 on a positive note, according to the annual sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).   Despite December 2017’s year-on-year sales declining 2.4%, the year-to-date new car sales for 2017 still grew 1.8%. In total, 557 586 new vehicles were sold in South Africa during 2017. “The new vehicle market’s ...

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2017: New Light Commercial Vehicle Market Falls In UK

The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in 2017, a -3.6% fall on 2016, according to the latest figures released on Friday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the trade association for the United Kingdom motor industry . It is the market’s first decline since 2012 but with 362,149 new vans and pick-ups driven off forecourts in ...

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Cadillac Global Sales Rise 15.5 Percent In 2017

…Delivers 356,467 Vehicles Worldwide Cadillac recorded its second-highest sales mark in the brand’s 115-year history, delivering 356,467 vehicles worldwide in 2017 and resulting in a 15.5 percent sales increase year over year. China continues to be a strong market for the brand, with sales up 50.8 percent year over year. Cadillac also achieved significant sales growth in most international markets, ...

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