Top stolen cars in America


Did you know that cars are stolen every 44 seconds in the U.S. of A?

Consider yourself forewarned if you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic, full-sized Chevy or Ford pickup, Toyota Camry or Dodge Caravan, according to CoverHound Insurance.

Their great graphic follows and shows what is taken and provides theft-prevention steps as well. Stay safe.





130,000 US Volvos sold with Auto Brake Technology, 1M globally

Volvo City Safety Brake

Volvo City Safety Brake

Today, the sales of Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking passed the 1 million mark — another milestone that confirms Volvo Car Group’s world-leading position within automotive safety. More than 130,000 were sold in the United States.

  • Volvo Cars’ technology for automatic braking includes several world firsts:
  • City Safety, which is standard* and works at speeds up to 31 mph
  • Collision Warning with full auto brake
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.

Auto brake efficiency documented

The efficiency of Volvo Cars’ approach has recently been highlighted:

  • The benefits of the groundbreaking City Safety technology — featuring automatic braking in low speed situations — were documented in a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report, which stated a reduction in insurance claim frequencies.
  • In a 2012 IIHS survey of 500 U.S. Volvo owners, a majority of them liked their vehicle’s crash avoidance features and credit the technology with keeping them safe and preventing crashes.
  • The owners’ experiences also aligned with data from the Highway Loss Data Institute, which found that “the rate of property damage liability claims for Volvos with standard City Safety is lower than for other vehicles in the same class.”
  • Findings by the Swedish insurance company Folksam show City Safety reduces injuries by 64 percent for people in cars hit from behind on roads with a 50 km/h (31 mph) speed limit. In situations in which City Safety has been activated, but the crash has not been completely avoided, the injury reduction is around 40 percent.
Pedestrian Cyclist Auto Brake

Pedestrian Cyclist Auto Brake

Focus on more support for the driver

The focuses of Volvo Car Group’s present research within auto brake technology include also making more systems efficient while driving at night. Upcoming solutions will also cover more objects and situations.

“With smart interaction and new advanced solutions we will continue to contribute to further helping avoid collisions from occurring. Moreover, in our most recent car models we have reduced moderate to severe injuries by two-thirds compared with the rate for the older car models. And we are working continuously on new solutions that will bring the figure down even further,” says Thomas Broberg.

Pedestrian Auto Brake

Pedestrian Auto Brake

Looking toward the future

Volvo’s 2014 model lineup will feature the world’s first Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake. Recently this summer Volvo also announced a number of user-friendly technologies that will be featured in the all-new XC90, arriving in late 2014, bolstering its innovation leadership in auto safety. These include:

  • Pedestrian Detection in darkness: A world first that makes the detection and auto brake technology work effectively also when driving in darkness. The technology includes detection and auto brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Road edge and barrier detection with steer assist: A feature that detects if the car is about to drive off the road and autonomously applies steering torque to bring the vehicle back on track. Being able to monitor where the physical road ends is a world first. This means that the technology also works on roads without side markings.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist: A technology that helps the driver stay in the lane and follow the rhythm of the traffic. The new system automatically follows the vehicle ahead.

* Currently standard on S60, XC60, XC70 and S80

SOURCE: Volvo Press Release

The Making of Fast and Furious 6 stunt scenes

Fast-and-Furious 6

Fast-and-Furious 6


I’ve seen the first few editions of this classic chase and crash set of flicks, but not the most recent, so I’ve got some catching up to do on a rainy day or perhaps if they stream them.

Regardless, I’ve heard and read about the chase scenes – fights of fancy are always good – but I’ve got a link that explains who things were done in a neat Q&A style with Allan Padelford, breaking down the customized rides and how the scenes were shot.

Here are the highlights…

Cadillac Escalade w/ Edge Crane System:

  • Custom designed w/ racecar suspension and front, rear and roof camera mounts
  • Takes a four man team + director to drive, steer the crane, shoot etc.

Porsche Camera Car with Tracker Remote System

  • While the Crane Car (Escalade) films the over-arching story, the supped up Cayenne films the “action-y beats” that create depth

Subaru C-2 Chase Car

  • Designed for Fast 5, this lightweight, high performance car is surrounded by protective tubing

For photos and specifics on how Padelford’s cars shot Fast & Furious 6’s mind blowing car chases check out the full post:

Volvo’s S60 chosen IIHS Top Safety Pick+

It shouldn’t be news to anyone who follows the auto news in general and safety picks, stats and the like … Volvos are safe. The cars are as synonymous with safety as a certain restaurant is with hamburgers.

Boxy Volvo Safe

As it was listed in the 1990 classic movie “Crazy People” where ads used point-blank, in-your-face tag lines that took Wall Street by storm, they said of Volvos “Buy Volvos. They’re boxy, but they’re good.

Here’s the video featuring dudley more and paul reiser.

Adding to its lengthy list of safety achievements, the  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced the winners of their new Top Safety Pick+ awards, tabbing the S60 as one of two midsized luxury vehicles to earn honors.

Acura’s TL was the other midsized luxury car to win honors.

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

Others midsize cars that won IIHS honors included:

Midsize moderately priced cars Midsize luxury/near luxury cars
Chrysler 200 4-door Acura TL
Dodge Avenger Volvo S60
Ford Fusion built after Dec. 2012
Honda Accord 2-door
Honda Accord 4-door
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima 4-door built after Nov. 2012
Subaru Legacy built after Aug. 2012
Subaru Outback built after Aug. 2012
Suzuki Kizashi
Volkswagen Passat built after Oct. 2012