Oops! Volkswagen Scirocco Rolls 3 Times at the Nürburgring
Understeer is a bitch. Oversteer? Give us loads of the stuff, because if you know how to counter steer, you can rotate the car just fine with the throttle. But understeer, that thing where the car doesn’t turn? It’s the stuff of nightmares, especially on a track as dangerous as the Nürburgring.
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A driver in Taipei, Taiwan captured the terrifying crash of the TransAsia Airways flight this morning on the dash cam, and while it is being reported that at least 31 people have died (12 are still reported as missing), the video shows how much more fatal the crash could have been. CNN is reporting that 15 survivors have been pulled from the wreckage so far, but two people inside of a passing taxi are also lucky to be alive today.
The video starts by showing the propjet – with 58 onboard – barely missing some tall buildings near the Taipei airport before banking sharp left and crashing into the water. Just before making impact with the water, though, the plane’s wing clipped the Volkswagen taxi and the bridge it was driving across. While you can’t see too much of the taxi from the grainy dash-cam footage, Steve Herman, a correspondent for Voice of America in Asia, posted an image on Twitter showing the heavily damaged van still sitting on the roadway, which you can see by clicking past the jump.
According to the report, the taxi had two occupants (the driver and a passenger), and while both sustained injuries in the crash, they were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition. The same can’t be said for the taxi, though, with heavy damage to the roof, windshield and hood.
One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.
For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.
Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R, the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R, and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35. Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.
Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86.
Safety can come in small packages. The newly launched Golf VI received five Euro NCAP stars for crash safety. The Volkswagen Golf VI EuroNCAP rating for the occupant protection received 36 of 37 possible points in a test that was conducted at 64 km/h. The space of the driver remained completely intact. The current Volkswagen Golf VI shows a three points improvement over the previous version.
In the frontal and side crash test the Volkswagen Golf VI received 16 out of 16. For the child protection the Volkswagen Golf VI managed a 41 out of 49 points possible. For pedestrian protection the Volkswagen Golf VI received 22 out of 36 points.
Every week, we bring you pictures and videos of new cars taking a beating by inattentive drivers, buildings collapsing, drunken driving and sinking ships. Those incidents can be blamed on humans or mechanical failures but not this one.
A major hailstorm over the course of the last weekend harmed up to 30,000 brand new Volkswagen cars awaiting delivery to domestic and foreign customers. Little or nothing could be done by the staff at the VW assembly plant at Emden on the North Sea coast, as the number of vehicles were gigantic, and driving them or transporting them to a safe location was out of question.
Though VW declined to comment on the estimate of the damages, a German press report confirms it would be hundreds of million of dollars.
The affected vehicles will be put under the scanner and will be inspected closely by 100 VW staff members. By sending the vehicle through a special light tunnel, even the smallest of damages can be detected.
VW is insured against hail damages, so the manufacturer won’t be bothered much by this accident. Pain will only be felt by customers, who now have to wait for a longer time to drive home their new cars.
Even before its market introduction on 9th November of this year, the European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) tested the safety of the Tiguan and the results are first class. With this result, the Tiguan continues the good tradition established by the Golf, Touran, Passat and Touareg in the past.
Airbags save lives. Exactly ten years ago, Volkswagen expanded the safety package then consisting of driver and passenger airbags to include side airbags. Integrated into the backrests of the front seats, these new airbags first provided protection from dangerous side impacts in the Passat. Since then, Volkswagen has built more than 12 million cars with side airbags, thus contributing enormously to the triumph of this safety technology.