5 Most Impressive Cars at the LA Auto Show 2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Audi Etron 2009 LA Auto Show

Before the main US trade show for cars, held next month in Detroit at the North American Auto Show, Los Angeles holds an annual display, bringing together many new models and concept vehicles for the public to see.

LA Auto Show

Overall, the show at the LA Convention Center is important for the volume of cars held in three cavernous halls. And even if Detroit still rules supreme because it attracts the world media for the occasional “world” debuts and the annual announcements of the cars of the year, LA is still a pretty fine show.

Here are some of the more impressive new models that I saw last weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

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Audi Volkswagen Timing Belt “Slip” Spells Class Action Suit

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH Technology with 241 Comments

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The Class Action

In the Class Action filed in 2007, Plaintiff alleges that VW knowingly concealed, suppressed and omitted to disclose to consumers that Class Vehicles contained defectively designed timing belt tensioners, timing belts and/or associated parts (”timing belt system”), and that VW failed to disclose and/or misrepresented the appropriate service interval for replacement of the timing belt system in Settlement Class Vehicles. VW has denied any defect, wrongdoing or liability whatsoever and deny that this lawsuit could properly be certified as a class action for trial.

Has yours snapped yet?

Mine did. And it was a thoroughly sickening and indignant episode that occurred during an extremely heavy commute time, on a dangerous and well-traveled curve in the road, along one of the most congested streets in all of Read the rest of this entry »

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Audi Driver Environment - MMI Laboratory: Pole Position-esque

Saturday, July 26th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Audi MMI Laboratory

Audi is about to release their next version of the MMI (Multi-Media Interface) for the A8. The MMI is what powers the navigation, radio and car systems.

With a high-capacity HD, a DVD drive and super-fast processors, it is much more versatile and its performance is higher than ever before. The new MMI’s first appearance will be in the A8 luxury sedan, but before long it will also be Read the rest of this entry »

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