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June 3, 2010

James Bond’s ‘Goldfinger’ Aston Martin up for auction

Filed under: Industry News,The latest new cars — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 11:04 am

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If you like your Martini’s shaken and not stirred you might be interested to know that the original Goldfinger Aston Martin is is for sale.

The 1964 Aston comes with usual mod cons; leather seats, machines guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, oil slick sprayer to name a few which are all controlled from a secret control panel hidden in the centre console

It’s expected to bring at least $5 million when it goes on sale at the “Automobiles of London” event in London on Oct. 27.

RM says the DB5 was originally loaned to Eon Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after a promotional tour. After a few years it was bought by an American:

Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, convinced the factory to sell the car to him for $12,000 in 1969. It is still owned by Lee. “The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” said Jerry Lee.

Today, RM said the car was a in highly original condition and recently underwent a careful restoration, returning it to running condition after the many years of static display.


May 25, 2010

Wider cars blamed for more accidents

Filed under: Industry News — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 10:51 am

Experts say wider vehicles, designed to have extra safety features and enhance comfort are a “major contributory factor” in crashes on minor rural roads where one in 40 accidents occur.

They are also a hazard in urban streets where the conversion of houses into flats means roads are lined with parked vehicles.

The problem has been managed on main roads by widening lanes Rules on lane sizes were changed in 2005 so that major A roads and motorways are now 3.65 meters wide. But smaller rural and urban are just 2.43 meters wide on average.

Accident management firm Accident Exchange says motorists are finding it increasingly difficult to judge the width of their car and advises drivers to exercise caution.

The company’s claims experts calculate accidents caused by ‘narrow road blindness’ on country lanes leave drivers with bills averaging £2,300 for repairs to bodywork panels.

“The ever increasing waistline of the modern car is a major contributory factor in crashes on Britain’s roads,” said claims settlement director Lee Woodley.

BMW spokesman Gavin Ward said legislation has forced car makers to fit larger wing mirrors and thicker windscreen and door pillars.


April 16, 2010

What is AIS ?

Filed under: Buying Advice,Green Cars,Industry News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — admin @ 11:39 am

Auto Industry Sustainability is a non-for-profit project from Autoebid. It will be the first ever analysis and comparison tool which will give the green credentials of new ultra low carbon cars, so users will be able make the necessary rational decisions when it comes to purchasing a new ultra-low carbon cars.

We aim to make AIS an important tool for any car lover. The car industry will be changing over the next decade and we aim to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Some of the changes will come from the auto industry, from government and manufacturers.

AIS will help to create a database to facilitate the new car buyer of the future.  No longer will a car be chosen purely on the basis of how fast it is or what new gismos are on it – the future will require us to know more about where the car came from, the complete breakdown of its carbon footprint at every step of manufacturing. So we can make an informed decision and have confidence in the manufacturers production methods.

We believe this information will become very important in years to come – and new green car buyers should be able find out the level of sustainability with regards to their future green car.

Pioneering company Telsa, who are at the forefront of the green technologies will be one of the first companies we will approach.  We will look to contact the supply chain departments of Telsa to get a full breakdown of their carbon footprint during the production process of the full range of products.

Eventually we want to have this crucial information from every manufacturer so we can provide the best free comparison tool for the future.