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  1. Hyundai Motor's new fuel cell SUV is seen during a media event in Seoul, South Korea August 17, 2017. SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals. Like Toyota Motor Corp, Hyundai had initially championed fuel cell technology as the future of eco-friendly vehicles but has found itself shifting electric as Tesla shot to prominence and battery-powered cars have gained government backing in China. Toyota is now also working on longer distance, fast-charging electric vehicles, local media have reported. The South Korean automaker is planning to launch an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km per charge. It will also introduce an electric version of its Kona small sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a range of 390 km in the first half of next year. "We're strengthening our eco-friendly car strategy, centering on electric vehicles," Executive Vice President Lee Kwang-guk told a news conference, calling the technology mainstream and realistic. The automaker and affiliate Kia Motors Corp, which together rank fifth in global vehicle sales, also said they were adding three plug-in vehicles to their plans for eco-friendly cars, bringing the total to 31 models by 2020. Underscoring Hyundai's electric shift, those plans include eight battery-powered and two fuel-cell vehicles - a contrast to its 2014 announcement for 22 models, of which only two were slated to be battery-powered. Hyundai also confirmed a Reuters report that it is developing its first dedicated electric vehicle platform, which will allow the company to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges. Last year, it launched its first mass-market pure electric car IONIQ, but the vehicle's per-charge driving range is much shorter than offerings from Tesla and General Motors. Hyundai Motor's new fuel cell SUV is seen during a media event in Seoul, South Korea. HYDROGEN SUV Hyundai unveiled a near production version of its new fuel cell SUV with a driving range of more than 580 km per charge, compared with the 415 km for its current Tucson fuel cell SUV. The mid-sized SUV will be launched in Korea early next year, followed by US and European markets. geo_embedgallery A fuel cell electric bus is slated to be unveiled late this year, while a sedan-type fuel cell car is also planned. Even so, analysts noted that gaining traction with fuel cells was going to be a long hard slog partly due to a lack of charging infrastructure. "Hyundai will achieve economies of scale for fuel cell cars by 2035 at the earliest," said Lee Hang-koo, a senior research fellow at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade. "Before that, Hyundai has no choice but to rely on battery cars," he said. Hyundai launched the world's first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in 2013, dubbed the Tucson Fuel Cell, but sales trailed Toyota's rival offering, Mirai. Hyundai has sold about 862 of Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles since its 2013 launch, while Toyota sold some 3,700 Mirai Fuel Cell vehicles since its 2014 launch. In Korea, there are 10 fuel cell charging stations, only one tenth of 100 in Japan, Hyundai said.
  2. PARIS: A car ploughed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the town of Sept-Sorts ? located in the city's east ? early Tuesday night, killing an eight-year-old girl and injuring several other people, local media outlets reported. The vehicle wounded at least eight others, BFM TV said, adding that the driver has subsequently been detained. At present, it is unclear whether this incident was terrorism-related or not. A local official from the Seine-et-Marne prefecture declined to comment. Investigators believe the act was "deliberate... but apparently has no connection with a terrorist act," the public prosecutor's office in the town of Meaux said. France has suffered a string of terror-related attacks, including the use of cars as weapons. On August 9, six soldiers were injured after they were hit by a rented BMW in a western Paris suburb. The suspect, a 36-year-old Algerian man, was later shot and wounded after a dramatic motorway chase. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.
  3. RAWALPINDI: Khawaja Saad Rafique ? the Minister of Railways ? toppled over from the roof of a vehicle during Nawaz Sharif's rally here late Wednesday night. Rafique was attempting to step down from the car's roof when his foot slipped and he tumbled to the ground ? taking a police officer with him in the process. However, both the police officer and the Railways Minister were unharmed. Following his short fall, Rafique proceeded to enter the container and disappeared for the night.
  4. The troops were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinel, in which the army deployed 10,000 soldiers across France to protect civilians after the attacks in Paris in January 2015. PHOTO: AFP PARIS: A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said. The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police described the incident as an "apparently deliberate act". France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites. An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP. In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris´s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees. In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to Daesh attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  5. There is now a car that's made up of biodegradable materials like sugar and flax, and it actually works. Just take a minute to think about how far we've come. This lightweight resin vehicle is called Lina, and it can carry about four people and can go up till 50mph. Lina has been invented by a group of students from the TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands. According to them, this could be the next thing to get environmentally friendly technologies into the automobile industry. © TU/Ecomotive The sheets of Dutch-grown flax that cover the car have a similar strength-to-weight ratio to fibreglass and weigh only 310kg. "Only the wheels and suspension systems are not yet of bio-based materials," said Yanic van Riel, one of the developers from the team. © TU/Ecomotive Even though it works, since it has not passed any crash tests, we won't be seeing it on the roads anytime soon, or maybe ever. Noud van de Gevel, the team leader said that the material ‘will not bend like metal, but just break'. The team is now just hoping to test drive Lina towards the end of this year, once they get approval from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority. © TU/Ecomotive Invention of new environmentally friendly vehicles is quite essential now as regulators seek to bring down air pollution and mitigate climate change. But, according to researchers, even though these kinds of cars won't use up that much energy to drive, the energy is then spent during the manufacturing process. "Energy that is saved while driving the car is now spent during the production phase," Mr van de Gevel said.
  6. Electric car startup Faraday Future said Monday it had signed a lease for a new assembly plant in California and reaffirmed its intention to start deliveries in 2018. The company, whose backers include the head of the financially strapped Chinese tech group LeEco, said its new facility will be in Hanford, California, roughly halfway between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Faraday Future had previously said it would set up a factory in Las Vegas to build its vehicles aimed at competing with high-end Teslas. "We know there is a lot of work and risks ahead, but this event represents a major step forward for the company," said Stefan Krause, the company's chief operating and chief financial officer. "Investors invest in people, and our employees continue to be Faraday Future's strongest asset." Faraday Future has revealed only scant details about its organization and financing. But in January, it showed off a prototype of its FF91 vehicle on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, claiming it outperformed Tesla cars on key benchmarks. Attending that event was Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, founder of LeEco, the company whose assets have been frozen in a dispute with creditors in China. While Faraday has not detailed its relationship with LeEco or Jia, its statement Monday indicated it was operating under a "new leadership team, helmed by Krause," a former executive at Deutsche Bank and BMW, and another former BMW executive, Ulrich Kranz. The statement said Krause and Kranz are "driving strategic changes to get Faraday Future investible." It added that the new facility in California offers "a faster path to production" and marks a step forward in plans to deliver its vehicles to market by the end of 2018. The new manufacturing facility has some one million square feet (90,000 square meters) and will employ up to 1,300 workers once production is ramped up. Faraday claimed in January its electric car would offer an estimated 378 miles (604 kilometers) of range before needed recharging, and would accelerate from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in an eye-popping 2.39 seconds.kilometers) of range before needed recharging, and would accelerate from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in an eye-popping 2.39 seconds.
  7. <p>There's no denying it. The Batmobile is the most badass car we've ever seen in film or TV. Yes, we're even including KITT from Knight Rider.</p> <p>But, to be fair, not every version of the Batmobile has been perfect. In fact, there are some which have been far from perfect. We're going to rank the 6 Batmobiles used by Hollywood so far from worst to best. Here it goes:</p> #6 As seen in 'Batman', 1966 <p>Adam West will always be remembered as the man who brought Batman to the silver screen. His goofy take on the character was legendary, to say the least. Unfortunately, it wouldn't stand up in today's world. The same goes for his Batmobile.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-1-1496836875.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-1-1496836875.jpg" />© Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>It started off as a customised vehicle that was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. In 1954, when it was built, it cost around $250,000. It was later converted into the Batmobile for an additional $30,000.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sBe3QzVW5_8"></iframe> <p>This car had a lot of gadgets including a remote batcomputer, a cable cutter blade, and an automatic tire inflation device. Before you judge, we didn't say the gadgets were cool. Just that it had a lot of them.</p> #5 As seen in 'Batman & Robin', 1997 <p>The only reason why this Batmobile is not dead last is because we aren't considering the plot of the movie or the number of "ïce jokes" made by Arnold Schwarzenegger, just the Batmobile. It was a comic take of the caped crusader and something we could certainly have done without. We still have nightmares about the 'Bat Credit Card'.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-2-1496836927.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-2-1496836927.jpg" />© Flickr/FRaNKy</p> <p>The biggest question we have about this car? Why create a single seat Batmobile for the first movie where Robin is a primary character? His name's in the title for crying out loud. Guess, it was just so that they could sell more toys, eh? Wonder how many Redbird (Robin's motorcycle) toys were sold by the end of it? We doubt it's a large number.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-3-1496836955.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-3-1496836955.jpg" />© Warner Bros</p> <p>In terms of gadgets, this was probably the most loaded of the lot. It had everything from rocket launchers to grappling hooks and even an ejector seat for some weird reason. Guess they decided Batman loved insects in his face since the car doesn't have a canopy, though.</p> #4 As seen in 'Batman Forever,' 1995 <p>This freaking Batmobile was capable of driving up walls. Yup, straight up walls. If that isn't cool, we don't know what is.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-4-1496836977.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-4-1496836977.jpg" />© Pinterest/Simon Deevy</p> <p>One other amazing feature about the Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 which was turned into the Batmobile was its ability to lock all wheels perpendicular to the centreline and move sideways.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/290k9x_QBcc"></iframe> <p>Why did Joel Schumacher go that extra step and ruin this one in 'Batman & Robin?'</p> #3 As seen in the 'DC Extended Universe,' 2016 <p>The Batmobile we saw in the last Batman movie was a pretty mean machine.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jmRBvvsMZ7A"></iframe> <p>It was a combination of the Tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy and the Batmobile from the earlier Batman movies. It took the best of both and what we got was a car you wouldn't want to mess with on the streets.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-5-1496837003.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-5-1496837003.jpg" />© Warner Bros</p> <p>It was last seen in Suicide Squad. But, it's not going to be in the upcoming Justice League movie since Superman ripped it to shreds in Batman v Superman. We'll get our first look at the Nightcrawler in that movie.</p> #2 As seen in the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, 2005-2012 <p>If you ever had to get yourself out of a tricky situation where you were surrounded by tanks on all sides, this is the Batmobile you would go with. The only reason it's number two on this list is: it scores poorly in the looks department.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-6-1496837032.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-6-1496837032.jpg" />© Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>It didn't lack in any way as far as gadgets were concerned, though. It had rear flaps for breaking assist, dual front autocannons, a rocket launcher, a jet engine, stealth mode, explosive caltrops, heavy armour, and a landing hook.</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZicrp_p4BE"></iframe> <p>Let's not forget it was also a sort of carrier for the Batpod. What a motorcycle that was!</p> #1 As seen in 'Batman/Batman Returns' 1989 & 1992 <p>This is the coolest looking Batmobile ever created. It had spherical bombs on its sides, a couple of M1919 Browning machine guns, a grappling hook for sharp turns, a Bat-disc ejector on the sides, super hydraulics, oil slick dispensers, smoke emitters, etc. We can go on and on.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-7-1496837059.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-7-1496837059.jpg" />© Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>This car is so popular that there's even a replica of it in Pune. Boy, does it look fantastic!</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-8-1496837095.jpg" alt="The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman's Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jun/the-batmobile-6-hollywood-depictions-of-batman-s-badass-car-ranked-from-best-to-worst-740x400-8-1496837095.jpg" />© Team-BHP</p> <p>So, there's our list. Which Batmobile do you think is the most badass?</p> <p>We leave you with Batman taking on Superman in ‘Dawn of Justice'. Do you think Batman was just pissed because Superman wrecked his ride?</p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/58KXLPE7M_s"></iframe> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1y4LlY-on3k"></iframe> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Oufremzw7d8"></iframe>
  8. Acting interior ministry spokesman said at least 12 people had been killed but the casualty toll could rise further. Photo: Twitter/HafizullahOmarl KABUL: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq but they said the target of the attack was so far unclear. Acting Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 12 people had been killed and 10 wounded but the casualty toll could rise further. The latest suicide bombing adds to the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1,662 civilians were killed in the first half of the year. It came two weeks after the Daesh group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least four people. Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May, according to United Nations figures. It also coincides with the US administration weighing up its strategic options for Afghanistan, including the possibility of sending more troops to bolster the training and advisory mission already helping Afghan forces.
  9. A sign is pictured on an electric car charging station at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland June 2, 2017. ? Reuters FILE FRANKFURT: Global automotive manufacturers have appealed to the Chinese government to delay and soften proposals for electric and hybrid car quotas, a letter seen by Reuters showed. The letter is a joint protest against China's new energy vehicles (NEVs) proposals, which include a goal for hybrid and electric cars to make up at least a fifth of vehicle sales by 2025 with a staggered system of quotas beginning in 2018. "The proposed rules' ambitious enforcement date is not possible to meet, and if unchanged would lead to a widespread disruption of the product portfolio of most automakers operating in China. At a minimum, the mandate needs to be delayed a year and include additional flexibilities," the letter said. The letter, addressed to China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, dated June 18, signed by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) called penalties for non-compliance unnecessarily excessive. "Because we have common concerns with the proposed NEV rules, we have joined together to offer, with utmost respect, six recommended modifications that address those concerns while still meeting the goals of those rules and other related policies," the letter said. Carmakers have requested a delay to implementation of the quotas, asked for the system of credits to become more flexible, and for China to reconsider penalties for not reaching the quotas. Foreign manufacturers want more credit given to plug-in hybrid cars, for carmakers to be allowed to "bank" credits accrued from already sold cars as well as to "carry forward" credits into subsequent model years. In addition, they are demanding an ability to purchase NEV credits from the Chinese government. They said banning carmakers who fail to meet the quotas from importing and producing non-NEV vehicles would be an unprecedented step which would lead to significant disruptions and dislocations within the Chinese and global automotive industries. They also called for equal treatment of Chinese and foreign makers of electric cars and batteries when it comes to subsidies, which currently do not apply to imported goods. "This preference for domestic automakers over import automakers undermines the environmental goals of the regulation, puts imports at a competitive disadvantage, and risks opening China up to international trade disputes," the letter said. The existence of the letter was first reported by Germany's WirtschaftsWoche magazine.
  10. KARACHI: A ballot box was discovered in a private car in the city?s Mehmoodabad area on Wednesday, prompting runner-up Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to reiterate claims that the PS-114 by-election was ?rigged?. The ballot box in question was purchased from a scrap-seller for Rs 60 three years ago, the owner of the box, a lady, said in a statement to the police. The box was used to store household items, she added. An MQM spokesperson, in light of the latest development, reiterated the party?s claim that the July 9 by-election on a provincial assembly seat (PS-114) was ?rigged?. PPP wins PS-114 Karachi by-polls PPP's Saeed Ghani bagged 23,840 votes, followed by MQM-P's Kamran Tessori with 18,106 votes The by-election was won by Pakistan Peoples Party?s Saeed Ghani, who bagged 23,840 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results from all 92 polling stations. Ghani was followed by MQM-Pakistan's Kamran Tessori, who secured 18,106 votes. The MQM has challenged Saeed Ghani?s victory on the provincial assembly seat (PS-114) in Karachi?s Mehmoodabad area before the Election Commission of Pakistan, asking the ECP to order recounting of the votes of the entire constituency. The MQM has also requested the commission to order the National Database and Registration Authority to verify thumb impressions of all votes.
  11. Money can buy happiness— it can buy you cars and give you the power to modify or customise them— what it can't buy is a sense of aesthetics. We spent some time looking at customised and modified celebrity cars around the world and realised that celebrities went to popular automobile customisation workshops, like West Coast Customs, with moolah and some extremely distasteful customisation plans. Take a look at the results, they are complete eyesores, you've been warned. Will.i.am: DMC 12 DeLorean Estimated value: $700,000 © Pinterest This is the kind of mod that will make you want to ‘Scream And Shout'— in pain. What was will.i.am thinking when he stripped DMC's one hit wonder and turned it into a hideous milky-white fibre glass monstrosity with HID head lamps? Looks like he was going for a stupid storm trooper look that unfortunately ended up looking like a storm pooper! Josh Gordon: Porsche Panamera Estimated value: unknown © Pinterest A true mean machine; it is so mean looking it would offend anybody who looked at it— it's deplorable. If this was the Cleveland Browns wide receiver's attempt to dodge questions related to his failed NFL career due to substance abuse policy violations, he's failed miserably. When you pull up in a Panamera with orange alloy rims that don't go with what looks like a cheap sprayed-on camo paint-job, you're screaming for attention rather than avoiding it. Poor defence, Josh! Dennis Rodman: Hummer H1 Estimated value: $55,500 © Pinterest Michelangelo probably turned in his grave when he saw this hideous H1 paint-job— a twisted mix of basketball, naked women and Dennis Rodman himself in what looks like a hard attempt at graffiti-ish Fresco painting— so ugly we want to say Fres-NO! The “best rebounding forward in NBA history” definitely has the worst taste in auto aesthetics. Justin Bieber: Audi R8 Estimated value: $180,000 © Pinterest You may know that singing sensation Justin Bieber has a penchant for making it to the top on the worst dressed lists in the industry, what you probably don't know, however, is that he also has the worst taste in car customizations as well. Take his Audi R8, for instance— Bieber turned the 601.4bhp beast into an animal print carbuncle! Reminded us of the leopard print clad Janice from F.R.I.E.N.D.S, except that it wasn't the nasal chuckle but the spotted car wrap that gave us the heebee-jeebees! Chris Brown: Lamborghini Aventador Estimated Value: $408,695 © Pinterest We know that Chris Brown has boundary issues— the guy just can't draw the line between an inspiration for a car mod and a pair of shoes he picked at a store. He mixed the two and did a nasty job at that. The artist liked the Nike “Fighter Jet” Foamposites so much; he got a custom paint job in the same semi-camo blotchy pattern for his $393,695 ride. Justin Bieber: Smart Fortwo Estimated Value: Unknown © Pinterest It's Bieber again! Bieber is consistent with customisation fails and this matte black Smart Car mod couldn't be more unsightly. If that wasn't enough, he labeled it the “Swag Car” and the world cringed! On the plus side, though, this distastefully modified 95mph top speed machine should keep him from frequently leaving a bad taste in the mouths of traffic cops, at least from a speed limit point of view.
  12. KARACHI: One girl died and three of her family were left injured when a speeding car hit their motorcycle late Tuesday night here in Khokhrapar, Malir, police officials said. The deceased girl's parents and brother were among those injured in the crash, security officers stated. According to police, the driver was allegedly racing on the road and lost the control of his car. The vehicle then went over to the footpath and hit one of the motorbikes from the oncoming traffic. However, the driver subsequently managed to escape the crash site and left behind his car, which was then set on fire by an enraged mob, police explained.
  13. The use of electric cars is set to grow in the coming years, but this will not spell the end of demand for oil, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. IEA executive director Fatih Birol told Agence France-Presse in an interview that the growth of electric cars was starting from a very small base and oil would still be needed for ships, planes and trucks. Focus on the game-changing potential of electric cars has increased dramatically in the last weeks. France said it will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and Volvo Cars plans to start phasing out production of conventional petrol-only cars from 2019, with all new models to be electric or hybrid from that date. "Today, many people talk about electric cars -- rightly so because electric car sales are increasing. Last year we have seen a record in the sale of electric cars," said Birol, whose inter-governmental organisation seeks to ensure a reliable energy supply for its member states. But even on these record sales, the number of electric cars today has only reached two million, just 0.2 percent of the global car fleet. "It will grow but it will not bring us the end of the oil era," he said on the sidelines of the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. "Oil demand will be driven by trucks, it is going to be driven by aviation, by jets, by ships and, very importantly, the petrochemical industry." 'For years to come' "So it is very difficult to substitute oil in these sectors at least in the short and medium term," he said. The oil industry has over the last years been buffeted by the low price of crude and also pressure for a reduction of emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change. Meanwhile, interest in renewable energy has surged, raising questions over whether demand for oil will run out even before resources are exhausted. And while the IEA is forecasting a slight recovery this year of around six percent in oil and gas investment that has suffered badly under the low oil prices, Birol said the spending was uneven across the world. It is the booming un-conventional source of shale oil and gas in the US that accounts for most investment and not traditional markets. '$100/barrel unlikely' "The big chunk of the investments are going in US shale and shale is changing the entire picture," said Birol, noting that investments were not being made in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. But he said that oil demand growth will slow down but still grow. "Even in a world which is constrained by climate... we see that oil and gas will be still needed," said Birol. The price of crude is still floundering at around $45 a barrel, a far cry from the high of $145 seen in 2008. The price crisis has prompted a rare cooperation between OPEC and non-members of the cartel in a bid to push up prices. "At the end of the day, if the demand is healthy, we expect that in the second half of the year we may see the rebalancing of the markets," said Birol. Warning against over-optimism on the part of oil producers, he added: "But expecting prices such as hundred dollars (a barrel) and above is not something that we subscribe to."
  14. CAIRO: At least 10 Egyptian soldiers were killed and several injured when two suicide car bombers hit army checkpoints in northern Sinai on Friday, security sources said. The two cars exploded as they passed through two checkpoints close to each other on a road outside the border city of Rafah, the sources said. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The army said later on Friday the attacks had killed and injured a total of 26 soldiers, but did not provide a breakdown of the figure. It said security forces had killed 40 militants and destroyed six of their vehicles following the attack. "Law enforcement forces in northern Sinai succeeded in thwarting a terrorist attack on some checkpoints south of Rafah," the army statement said. The army posted photos of five dead militants in blood-soaked fatigues lying in the sand, though it did not identify which militant group it believed the men belonged to. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi describes militancy as an existential threat to Egypt, which has increasingly seen attacks move beyond the war-torn Sinai Peninsula and deep into the mainland, often targeting Christians. Separately on Friday a state security officer was shot and killed outside his home in Qalubiya, a province just north of Cairo, while on his way to Friday prayers, an interior ministry statement said. Responding to the Sinai attack, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail stressed in a statement the need for countries to unite in order to combat countries supporting terrorism and to "dry up their sources of funding," an apparent reference to Qatar. Daesh is leading an insurgency in the rugged and thinly populated northern Sinai desert, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013, when the army ousted president Mohamed Mursi following mass protests. The insurgents in Sinai pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province.
  15. Damaged cars are seen at one of the blast sites in Damascus in this handout picture posted on SANA on July 2, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS Three car bombs exploded in Damascus on Sunday, state media reported, and seven people were killed in one of the blasts, a police officer said, the biggest such attack in the Syrian capital since a series of suicide attacks in March. One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in Tahrir Square in central Damascus after being encircled by the authorities. The police officer at the scene said seven people were killed and 13 wounded in that attack. The other two car bombs were destroyed by the authorities, state media said. State TV said the casualty toll had been minimised because the security forces had prevented "the terrorists from reaching their targets", saying they had aimed to target busy areas on the first day back to work after the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday. Footage broadcast by state TV from Tahrir Square showed roads scattered with debris, several badly damaged cars, and another one that had been turned into a pile of twisted metal. Footage of another of the blast sites showed what appeared to be the remains of a person and badly damaged vehicles outside a mosque in the Baytara traffic circle near the Old City. In March, two suicide bomb attacks in Damascus killed several dozen people, most of them at the Palace of Justice courthouse near the Old City. Daesh had claimed responsibility for that attack. Also in March, a double suicide attack in the capital killed scores of people, most of them Iraqi Shia pilgrims. That attack was claimed by the Tahrir al-Sham alliance of militants, which is spearheaded by a militant group formerly known as the Nusra Front. Syrian government forces, which have defeated rebel fighters in several suburbs of Damascus over the last year, are currently battling insurgents in the Jobar and Ain Tarma areas on the capital's eastern outskirts.
  16. QUETTA: A woman was allegedly killed in a road accident involving a police mobile here on Spini Road late Saturday night, Geo News reported. A police mobile reportedly hit a motorcycle on the city?s Spini Road, which left one woman dead. No further casualties or injuries have been disclosed yet. Security authorities immediately took notice of the incident, police explained, adding that the son of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) ? who was driving the police vehicle at the time of the crash ? has been taken into custody.
  17. Police secure a mosque in Creteil near Paris, France, June 29, 2017, after a man was arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of the mosque. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes A man was arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil on Thursday, police said, adding that no one was injured. The man's motives were unclear and he had not succeeded in reaching the crowd because of barriers in front of the mosque, police said in a statement. An investigation ? to be carried out by a regular police department rather than an anti-terrorism unit ? would determine if the man could be held accountable for his actions. Finsbury Park Mosque incident in London: How it unfolded? At least one person has been pronounced dead, with eight others injured According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man said he had wanted to avenge attacks linked to Daesh that have killed dozens in Paris over the past years. Last week, a man drove a van at Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque in London. He was charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.
  18. Investigators work at the scene of the explosion. Photo: Reuters A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defence ministry said, describing the incident as a "terrorist act". Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 0516 GMT while the car was moving, killing the driver and wounding a passer-by. "As a result of (the explosion) a member of the defense ministry's main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed," the defence ministry said in a statement. The police and the ministry did not give further details or say who could be behind the attack. Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but car bombs are relatively rare. The last major incident in Kiev occurred in July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by the detonation of an explosive device in his car.
  19. LONDON: At least six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports center in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said on Sunday. Local media said hundreds of people were celebrating Eid, which marks the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, at the sports center and that two children were among the casualties. "On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9:14 a.m. Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne," the police said in a statement. "Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident." Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.
  20. ISLAMABAD: The production of jeeps and cars witnessed an increase of 5 percent during the first ten months of the current fiscal year (2016-17) compared to the corresponding period of last year. As many as 160,650 units of jeeps and cars were manufactured during July-April (2016-17) compared to the production of 159,202 units during July-April (2015-16), according to the data of PakistanBureau of Statistics (PBS). The production of motorcycles during the period increased by 21.20 percent by going up from 1,698,410 units last year to 2,055,542 during the ongoing fiscal year. As many as 961 buses and 6,235 trucks were manufactured during the first ten months of the current year compared to the production of 866 buses and 4,478 trucks last year, showing an increase of 10.97 percent and 39.24 percent respectively. The production of tractors also increased by 66.46 percent by growing from 26,615 units last year to 44,303 units during the ongoing year. However, the production of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) witnessed decrease of 34.77 percent by declining from 31,516 units last year to 20,559 during the current year. Meanwhile, on a year-on-year basis, the production of cars and jeeps increased by 7.78 percent by going up from the production of 15,514 units during April 2016 to the output of 16,721 units this year. As many as 212,442 motorcycles were manufactured during April 2017, compared to the production of 181,225 units during April 2016, showing an increase of 17.22 percent while the production of trucks increased by 38.66 percent by increasing from 538 units to 746units. The production of tractors also increased by 36.21 percent by growing from 4,673 units to 6,365 units. However, the production of LCVs and buses witnessed decrease of 9.37 percent and 43.33 percent respectively. The LCVs production decreased from 1,989 units to 1,922 units while the production of buses decreased from 120 units to 65 units. It is pertinent to mention here that the country's overall large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector has witnessed a growth of 5.58percent during first 10 months of the current fiscal year. The highest growth of 4.4 percent was witnessed in the indices monitored by ministry of industries followed by Provincial Bureaus of Statistics (PBOS) with 1.08 percent and the indices of Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC) with 0.10 percent. On the year-on-year basis, the industrial growth increased by 9.72percent during April 2017 as compared to April 2016, however, on monthly basis, the industrial output decreased by 17.88 percent during the corresponding month as compared to March 2017.
  21. Photo: Geo News screen grab LASHKAR GAH: A powerful car bomb on Thursday struck a bank in Afghanistan´s Lashkar Gah city when civilian and military government employees were queuing to withdraw their salaries, causing multiple casualties, officials said. At least 50 wounded people were rushed to hospital, government spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP, with another official warning of multiple fatalities. No group has claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of brazen attacks during the month of Ramadan, but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their annual spring offensive. The insurgents control large swathes of Helmand province, of which Lashkar Gah is the capital. "Around 12 noon a car bomb exploded at the entrance of New Kabul Bank," Salam Afghan, police spokesman in the city, told AFP. "It happened at a time when civilians and officials had lined up outside the bank to collect their salaries." Washington is soon expected to announce an increase in the US military deployment to bolster Afghan forces, who are struggling to contain the Taliban insurgency. American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of extra boots on the ground. US troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, a far cry from the US presence of more than 100,000 six years ago. They mainly serve as trainers and advisers. The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led forces at war since the Taliban regime was ousted in 2001.
  22. Photo: File Paris police on Monday said they were dealing with an incident on the Champs Elysees in the city centre as a Reuters witness saw officers cordon off an area near the avenue and close to the presidential Elysee palace. The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a car had caught fire in the area.
  23. Okay, so this can get a little confusing so you’re going to have to pay close attention. Now, if we were talking retail price or cost to build, we could create a list, adjust for inflation and be done with it. But no. We’re talking about the value of a car. “Value” is a very strange term. What is valuable to one person may not be valuable to another. While I could say that the HM Contessa is one of the most valuable cars in the world, you could argue that the HM Ambassador is more valuable and there would not be any way to adjudge who is right. So, for the purpose of this article, when we say “The most valuable car in the world” we are only considering cars people have put their money where their mouth is for. This means, we’re only considering cars which have been sold, at auction, publicly. Now, if you go online and search for the most valuable car in the world, you will get a few different answers depending on which site you visit. You’ll see a red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and you’ll see a blue 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. You’ll also see a yellow 1964 Ferrari 276 GTB/C Speciale. What’s the difference between them then? Let’s take a closer look starting with what is, by our definition above, “The most valuable car in the world.” The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta (Red) For now, this is the most expensive car to ever have been sold at auction. The auction was conducted by Bonhams on the 14th of August 2014 and the car was sold for $38,115,000. MensXP Ferrari has only built 39 of these 250 GTOs and while there are many others which have been sold for exorbitant amounts, this is the leader of the pack right now. MensXP It was constructed to contest in the 1963 FIA World GT Championship and won that year. The car has been in numerous crashes and has been repaired by Ferrari time and time again. But, it has also won numerous races over the years. This is one of the best maintained and most raced of all the GTOs ever built which is probably why it costs so much. MensXP It was constructed to contest in the 1963 FIA World GT Championship and won that year. The car has been in numerous crashes and has been repaired by Ferrari time and time again. But, it has also won numerous races over the years. This is one of the best maintained and most raced of all the GTOs ever built which is probably why it costs so much. The chassis number on this GTO is 3851GT. The first owner of the car was Jo Schlesser. The last owner of the car bought if for the rough equivalent of $33,500 and then kept it for 49 years before selling it for the huge sum mentioned above. Now that’s what you call a shrewd investment. Now, as promised, here’s a look at some of the other cars that challenge for this title as well as reasons why they aren’t “The most valuable”, for now: The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (Blue) This car is supposed to be valued at a whopping $56.4 million. MensXP It was listed in November 2016 by Talacrest and the only reason it isn’t “the most valuable car in the world” is because no one has bought it at that price, yet. MensXP The chassis number of the car is 3387GT and it is the second GTO ever built and the first one to race. The car has raced a total of 27 times and earned 17 podiums. The 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale (Yellow) This car may just end up being the first car in the world to be sold for more than $100 million. A post shared by Miami Beach Concours (@miamibeachconcours) on Mar 23, 2015 at 3:03pm PDT Again, it hasn’t been sold at that price, yet. So, it’s not the “most valuable car in the world,” for now. Instagram/LordMcDonnell The fate of the car is undecided right now since its owner, Preston Henn, passed away in May 2017. Only time will tell what happens next. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis number 5111GT This car did sell at auction in September 2013 for $52million. So, technically, it is “the most valuable car in the world.” FerrariDatabase The only problem is, it was a private auction. So, it doesn’t qualify. The other issue is that the former owner of the car, Paul Pappalardo, refused to confirm it was sold and at what price. FerrariDatabase The buyer is anonymous as well. So there’s no way of finding out any details. Quite unfortunate.
  24. There are various devices that track your car’s movements and health but they are either too expensive for Indian consumers or not accessible to everyone due to availability issues. Four engineers from IIT designed a plug-and-play device that does exactly that. It has an inbuilt 2G SIM card to track your car’s movements and send alerts to your smartphone, in case your car is getting jacked. © Carnot It also alerts emergency contacts in case you are involved in an accident and measures your driving style with a ranking system.The device lets you stay connected to your car at all times given that your smartphone has working internet in order to be synced with the tracker/OBD manager. The device also won Qualcomm’s Design award earlier this year and here’s why we think it deserved it. How it works The Carnot device is easy to install and all you have to do is connect it to the OBD port of your car. The app lets you feed in your car details and prompts a video on how to find the port for your specific car model. The OBD port is generally below the steering wheel and one can install simply by plugging it in similar to how you connect a flash drive to a USB port. © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma After the installation, you will need to feed in your personal details, emergency contacts and other information on the official app. You will need to enter a 16-digit unique code that comes with the device and you are ready to go. Just make sure the car is parked in an open area as it uses mobile connectivity to pair with the app when setting up for the first time. © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma Once connected, you will get real-time updates about your car and the performance it is giving. I drive a Hyundai Creta and got some extremely useful information from the app. The app notifies you every time there is engine ignition and tracks the progress of your drive. You can set the app to notify you about unusual activities such as the car starting after a certain time. For example, according to my settings, if my car starts anytime after 1:00 AM, the app will send me a notification to check whether I am driving or whether the car has been stolen. The device will also track my fuel efficiency and the temperature of the coolant in case something is not in order. The device communicates with the computer on board my car and gives me a daily report about my driving style, it reports if I went above my speed limit and ranks my overall performance. Here are a few examples that might paint a better picture: Live GPS Tracking © MensXP Car Health © MensXP Driver Performance and Reports © MensXP Rash Driving tracking © MensXP Coolant Temperature Tracking © MensXP The Final Say © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma In our honest opinion, the Carnot is a device that every car owner should install. It gives you regular updates about your car’s health that you would normally never notice and adds security in terms of theft control. The device is also efficient when it comes to your driving style and suggests tips that could increase the fuel efficiency of your car. It is the one stop OBD manager that provides details about your ride. The device costs INR 5,999 and is worth every Rupee.
  25. We all seem to believe that we are car gurus of some sort, don’t we? When you hear a conversation about cars you tend to get involved right away irrespective of how well you know the people having the conversation, right? Well, we have the ultimate test for you right here. We’ve collected closeup images of 10 cars that are being sold in India right now. Do you think you’ll be able to guess which cars these are? It’s the ultimate test of your auto knowledge. Here it goes: Leave your answers in the comments and tag your friends so they can give it a shot too. What are the answers? Well, we’re going to leave that to a popular vote. You decide which cars these are. How confident are you? Willing to bet on it? Okay, we'll release a list of the answers if this post gets 1,000 comments. Have fun!