(SWNS) Jeremy Clarkson’s touring came to a grand end over the weekend when the SUV he was driving broke down on a London street. Royal Automobile Club mechanics got under the hood of the DS, but we don't know if it did any good. (SWNS) The co-host of Amazon Prime's most-watched show, “The Grand Tour,” was spotted laughing it up with passers-by in the Rotherhithe neighborhood as a crew from the Royal Automobile Club worked on his vehicle. Clarkson was apparently testing out the the DS 7 Crossback, which is from Citroen’s new luxury brand, and the top of the line model he was in has a starting price in the U.K. of about $60,000. Like the cars from its mother brand, the DS 7 is not sold in the United States. The DS 7 Crossback is from Citroen's new luxury brand. (DS) “He seemed very calm but he did look a bit embarrassed when he saw me taking pictures,” the photographer told SWNS. FOLLOW FOX NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK FOR … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime star Jeremy Clarkson suffered a breakdown. (Well, his car did)
Lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol says Operation Car Wash is much bigger than Watergate: over 200 people charged for hundreds of crimes. The massive Brazilian investigation started when police found evidence that a former top executive at a government-controlled oil company, Petrobras, had accepted a bribe. Judge Sergio Moro and prosecutors have been willing to use controversial tactics to fight financial crime. In 2014, Moro held 20 top execs from 8 major companies without bail for months. Imagine if the Watergate investigation had led not only to the downfall of President Nixon, but also to allegations against his successor, plus the Speaker of the House, the leader of the Senate, a third of the cabinet, and more than 90 members of Congress. That gives you some idea of what's happening in Brazil right now. The country's stock market plunged this past week after a report that President Michel Temer had been caught on tape approving illegal pay-offs, a potentially … [Read more...] about Brazil’s “Operation Car Wash” involves billions in bribes, scores of politicians
Is buying a used electric car a wise financial move? One thing that’s certain is that some of the same concerns that have dampened widespread acceptance of plug-in cars, particularly about battery range, have held back secondhand sales. At the same time, that reluctance is making many used models almost ridiculously cheap. A used electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid can represent a real deal for the thrifty shopper who wants to go green and is willing to do a bit of work to find the right car. Growing market A few years ago, there were almost no used plug-in vehicles to be had. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, the first modern mass-produced battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, respectively, weren’t launched until late in the 2011 model year. Leases didn’t start running out until the beginning of 2014, and because the cars initially were sold in only a handful of states, availability and selection were limited. But now there are almost two dozen … [Read more...] about Used plug-in cars could be a bargain
Older adults often experience some forgetfulness as they age. Most of these mild cognitive changes are considered a byproduct of normal aging and usually not cause for concern. But which symptoms are considered normal and which are signals something more serious is at work? It's not always easy to tell the difference. In fact, memory warning signs are often misunderstood or ignored. Health experts generally agree that forgetting to pay a bill or misplacing your glasses are not signs of serious cognitive problems. More concerning would be forgetting how to fill out a check or how to put on your glasses once you find them. Here's another example: You drive to the mall for a shopping excursion and park the car outside your favorite store. Leaving the mall several hours later, you know which lot you parked in, but you don't recall exactly where. However, after a few minutes of searching, you locate your vehicle. Is this a sign of memory loss? Probably not. When you arrived at the … [Read more...] about I misplaced my car keys. Should I be concerned about memory loss?
My Sunday column (below, and linked here) focused on the secrecy surrounding shipments of dangerous cargo by rail, and contrasting that with the public information available about other chemical hazards. Some readers make a good point by saying that people can indeed find out the contents of individual tank cars by examining the federally-mandated placards on each one. One caller said there's an app for that, called the Cargo Decoder. Those are clearly designed to help first responders know what they're encountering when they arrive at the scene of an accident, as opposed to the kind of community disclosure and right-to-know information I was talking about. But it's a good point. Meanwhile, in a letter last week to a federal agency considering new rules for rail cargo safety, the city of Chicago - home to 25 percent of the nation's rail traffic - has called for better information on those placards, so they do not require a lookup by first responders. The city also wants … [Read more...] about Rail cars and hazardous cargo, and reader response