Huh, you can’t even sell your car these days without having a knife pulled on you.
A hapless amateur car-seller in Dudley, UK, was kidnapped recently when he took the Audi he was selling for a test drive with two potential buyers.
After pretending to be impressed by the 4WD Audi, the two men convinced the seller to take them for a little test drive, “to see if it works mate and that you’re not taking us for a ride mate. Plus our kid ain’t ever been in an Audi before innit, bruv.”
The pair of robbers – who eyewitnesses claim were drinking cans of Carlsberg at the time they entered the Audi – said they were interested in buying the car. Sources say they said liked its interior, practicality and performance, and were impressed by its 2.2-litre engine which could get from rest to 62mph in just 8.2 seconds.
But they were anything but interested in the numbers, whilst its 420-litre boot didn’t impress them a jot. Indeed, they actually had a much more sinister motive.
Once the seller had pulled his Audi into a pub car park, the pair of miscreants pulled a knife on him, before forcing him into a second car – rumours that it was a banged up Sierra with a chainsaw on the back seat have so far been scotched – and driving him to a street in nearby Smethwick.
Details of what happened next are sparse, but it just goes to show you that you should probably think twice before taking your car for a test drive with a pair of male buyers. You just never know, do you?
Porsche Breaks Online Sales Record
A Porsche Type 962 C Endurance Racing Competition Coupe has sold for €1.5 million at the Bonham’s Spa Classic Sale in Brussels, Belgium.
The figure sets a new record for online car sales, with the successful bidder doing his bidding via the Internet.
The car was built in the 80’s before it went on to dominate endurance racing around the world in the early 1990’s, winning the Le Mans 24-hour race three years in a row.
A highly sought-after machine, it was captured by an anonymous billionaire last weekend, bumping up the total sales at the Belgian motoring auction to €5.5 million – double the previous years total.
Other cars sold during the weekend included a Porsche 959 Coupe, a 1970 Ferrari Daytona Berlinetta, and a Ferrari 308 GT Berlinetta Vetroresina, which sold for €253,000.
Philip Kantor, Bonham’s European Head of Motoring, said: “We’ve had an excellent year at Spa, attracting bidders from all across the globe, and far exceeding all previous years’ totals.”
Hyundai Consider Their Position As FIFA Sponsor
For a lot of people (especially guys), football and cars are two of their biggest passions in life.
Hyundai recognise this, and have been one of FIFA’s very select sponsors since 1999.
Owing to the crisis that is currently swamping FIFA (some of their geezers have been charged with racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and a whole host of other offences), the Korean manufacturer is seriously considering their future association with football’s leading body.
In an offish statement, Hyundai said: “As a company that places the highest priority on ethical standards and transparency, Hyundai Motor is extremely concerned about the legal proceedings being taken against certain FIFA executives and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
The events happened earlier this week, and moved quicker than a Hyundai i20, with the American Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, saying: “Corruption that is rampant, systematic and deep-rooted, both abroad and here in the US.”
Perhaps Hyundai, which brought us the staggeringly terrible Hyundai Excel back in 1985 that was known more for rust cultivation than anything else, are concerned of the consequences that being associated with a corrupted body will bring.
Hyundai have themselves in recent years have shed their tag of producing crap cars, and are indeed now well known for developing some of the 21st centuries best vehicles.
As such, this week’s news will have rocked the brand and could prove to be a major setback.
Hyundai are just one of a handful of sponsors who are now faced with the agonising decision of sticking or twisting.
Ford Launch Car Share Scheme In London
GoDrive allows UK drivers to rent cars on a pay-per-minute scheme and was launched earlier this week.
There are 50 Ford cars available across London, and renters can pick them up at “secure parking hubs near major public transport locations, such as Waterloo and Victoria railway stations.”
Although there are currently other similar services on offer, such as ZipCar, GoDrive has a number of unique features. These include free membership, and the nice people at Ford are also letting drivers have the first five minutes behind the wheel “on the house.”
The service has been compared to Boris Bikes, “but without the rain”, and renters have 15 minutes to pick up the car once a reservation has been placed. As you get closer, you get a five minute extension added on.
And once you arrive at the car, it automatically unlocks, making you feel as though you’re James Bond.
GoDrive certainly sounds cheap and easy, just the way the punters like it, and it’s quite possibly the future of affordable and convenient driving.
Ford say it is just one of 25 experiments they are planning to carry out around the world to find out what customers want.
Volvo And Apple Team Up For New Watch
Volvo and Apple are working together so that Volvo drivers will be able to lock and unlock their cars, as well as control a whole heap of other stuff from their watch.
The Volvo On Call app will soon be made available on the Apple Watch, and will give drivers the opportunity to do a variety of things, including checking the fuel level and mileage. Neat.
The Volvo On Call app has actually been around since 2001, and was one of the first ever automotive telematics systems.
Back in 2001, it relied on a car-installed SIM card, but these days it makes use of the Sensus driver interface.
As well as hooking up to the Apple Watch, the 2015 version of Volvo On Call also comes with an iPad user interface, navigation capabilities, as well as a Windows Phone app.
According to Volvo: “In only a few years we have moved from a safety and security related in-car feature to a solution that allows the driver to stay connected with their car and provides many new benefits to support their everyday requirements.”
Volvo declined to comment when we asked if it could tell the time. Cheeky.
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