we are on a short holiday for the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Rooster will officially start on Saturday. The whole country is on the move to celebrate and eat and get drunk on baijiu. There won’t be much auto news in any way so we are safe. We will be back in full force next Wednesday.
Audi is arguably one of the best engines produced in the world. When you think of the combination of luxury and sport, Audi often shows up at the top of the list worldwide with brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The Audi brand name, a Latin translation of the auto company founder’s last name (August Horch), continues to attract the likes of all people from the rich and famous down to the average Joe on account of its aesthetically pleasing style and manufacturing very durable parts. Without further ado, here are three of the best Audi models to ever grace a showroom floor.
TebTech, the company behind the controversialstraddling bus, has found a new way to earn a bit of extra cash; they have opened a web shop selling commemorative gold coins, commemorating the test with the TEB-1 straddling bus. The company claims the coins have a “high investment and collection value”.
The TEB-1 Straddling bus is in trouble. Chinese state media are saying that it is unsafe, and that the company behind it has illegally raised money. But there is more. TEB, the company behind the bus, distributed the fancy news photos that all media have been using. But the reality looks a lot less fancy.
The biggest news: the TEB-1 doesn’t really run on rails. It runs on wheels. Rubber wheels. Like a… bus. The rubber wheel has a small wheel on each side. Those wheels don’t run on rails either, they run through gutters.
China has started a test with a possibly revolutionary straddling bus, also known as the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB). The basic idea is that the vehicle straddles multiple lanes of traffic, moving over cars without any worries about traffic jams or other delays.
A gigantic Optimus Prime statue, seen in the suburbs of the great city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province in China. The enormous robot is over 20 meters high and over five meters wide at the elbows. It is made out of metal, wood, and plastic.
Bridges can be Bitches for any vehicle that is a tad too tall. However, ambulance drivers are supposed to know where they can go and which bridge is a no. Are they not..? Not in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province in China, where an ambulance got stuck solid under a bridge on the side road of a local highway.
For the first time ever we have a real Red Alert in Beijing, the highest alert for air pollution. The alert will last until Thursday 12:00. Half of the cars are kicked off the street, trucks can’t enter the city, 30% of the government workers will stay home (nobody will notice that one), all construction has been halted, factories have been ordered to cancel operations, and the kindergartens and schools are closed.
Drama everywhere!, time thus for a walk in the vibrant Dongba area where I live. On the first photo an almost empty street, normally very busy and permanently traffic jammed. But not today. Local residents carry their groceries while wearing their colorful masks.
The great mega city of Chongqing in central China is building colored roads, they will open for traffic next year. The roads are painted in red, black, and green. Total investment for this road-building novelty is 1.2 billion yuan or 190 million USD.
Consumer Reports is known for testing vehicles of all kinds. The agency rates them for drivability and reliability, and ranks them on an annual basis. The scale they use is designed to top out at 100 points. When auto brands were ranked earlier this year, the top-performers each had an overall score in the 70s, so it’s difficult to imagine that a single vehicle could do much better… until one did.