September 20, 2021

Exotic sports car parade revs up Naperville boy’s 7th birthday

The raucous sounds of sports car engines revving, exhausts popping and police sirens wailing along Whispering Hills Drive in Naperville was music to Heather Campbell’s ears Saturday.

She and her husband, Andy Campbell, welcomed the cacophony that announced the arrival of a special exotic cars parade celebrating their son Harrison’s seventh birthday.



“All my son wanted for his birthday was to see a Lamborghini,” Heather said. “Never in a million years could I have imagined this.

“I’m so grateful and humble and blessed for the kindness. I’m so overwhelmed.”

After a week of social media sleuthing, hitting the pavement and several phone calls, Heather Campbell connected with Lamborghini owners Tanya Chavez and Jeff Mayeri of south Naperville and got leads on a few other owners of the Italian sports car.

“The best part of owning the car — even more than just driving it — is the smile this car

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Racing legend joins Gordon Murray Automotive

Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti takes up development role on the GMA T.50 hypercar.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Dario Franchitti, has joined Gordon Murray Automotive in a development role as the British hypercar maker forges ahead with production of its recently revealed GMA T.50.

Franchitti’s role will see him take on development work of both the GMA T.50 road car as well as the T.50s track-focussed version of the 3.9-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 hypercar.

“As a passionate road car fan, it’s exciting to be involved in the development of the T.50,” said Franchitti.

“It is going to be such an incredible car. A supercar designed and engineered with no compromises. It’s also a dream come true to work with and learn from Gordon Murray who is someone I have always had the greatest admiration for, both as an engineer and a friend. I’m looking forward to working closely

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Electric car sales triple in race to meet Europe CO2 rules

One in 10 new cars sold across Europe this year will be electric or plug-in hybrid, triple last year’s sales levels after carmakers rolled out new models to meet emissions rules, according to projections from green policy group Transport & Environment.

The market share of mostly electric cars will rise to 15 per cent next year, the group forecasts, as carmakers across the continent race to cut their CO2 levels. The projections are based on sales data for the first half of the year, as well as expected increases as manufacturers scramble to comply with tightening restrictions in 2021.

“Electric car sales are booming thanks to EU emissions standards,” said clean vehicle director Julia Poliscanova. “Next year, one in every seven cars sold in Europe will be a plug-in.” 

Under the rules, carmakers must reduce the average emissions from their vehicles to 95g of CO2 per km or face fines

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Call to revive bicycle sharing project gets louder | Coimbatore News

Coimbatore: While the city corporation has put the bicycle sharing project on hold, cycle enthusiasts have urged the civic body to revive the same by putting in place the necessary infrastructure first.
The city corporation had rolled out the project on a pilot basis at RS Puram for three months in 2018. The project, however, could not be implemented at Saibaba Colony and Vadavalli as planned, after the civic body failed to find a suitable bidder to execute the same. As its repeated attempts to find a contractor didn’t yield any results, the civic body had decided to put it on hold.
Guinness P K Kumar, a cycle enthusiast, said if the corporation were to introduce the bicycle sharing system, people would gradually make that a success. “They are aware of the benefits of cycling and would come forward to use them. It would help us overcome lifestyle disorders, while
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Man loses control of vehicle, slams into outdoor dining crowd

SAN JOSE — Eight people were taken to a hospital after an elderly driver slammed into a crowd of outdoor diners Sunday at Grand Century Plaza in East San Jose, police said.

Police responded to reports of the crash at about 12:27 p.m. at the intersection of Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue.

Police said that investigators found that an elderly male driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into an outdoor dining area, striking several people.

The injuries ranged from major to minor, police said. There were no immediate updates on the conditions of those more seriously hurt.

John Brown, 40 of San Mateo, was manning a political booth nearby when he saw the collision happen in front of him. Brown said a man driving a pickup truck went across the sidewalk and median and into the parking lot, where some two dozen people were in the outdoor dining

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Automotive Turbochargers Market Is Projected To Reach Approximately $27.33 Billion By 2027: Grand View Research Inc. – Press Release

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Governing bodies across the world are employing stringent automotive emission norms to curb the rapidly rising environmental damage. This factor is expected to boost the demand for automotive turbochargers since it is an eco-friendly device that aids in realizing fuel economy across several vehicle types.

Automotive Turbochargers Market Growth & Trends

The global automotive turbochargers market size is expected to reach USD 27.33 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 8.9%, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Rising trend of engine downsizing across the globe in a bid to improve fuel efficiency of vehicles is expected to drive the market growth.

Governing bodies across the world are employing stringent automotive emission norms to curb the rapidly rising environmental damage. This factor is expected to boost the demand for automotive turbochargers since it is an eco-friendly device

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Why Group 1 Automotive (GPI) Could Beat Earnings Estimates Again

Looking for a stock that has been consistently beating earnings estimates and might be well positioned to keep the streak alive in its next quarterly report? Group 1 Automotive (GPI), which belongs to the Zacks Automotive – Retail and Whole Sales industry, could be a great candidate to consider.

This auto dealer has an established record of topping earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. The company boasts an average surprise for the past two quarters of 186.19%.

For the last reported quarter, Group 1 Automotive came out with earnings of $3.77 per share versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.91 per share, representing a surprise of 314.29%. For the previous quarter, the company was expected to post earnings of $1.05 per share and it actually produced earnings of $1.66 per share, delivering a surprise of 58.10%.

Price and EPS Surprise

Thanks in part to this history,

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Woman in critical condition after being hit by vehicle in Wheeling

A woman remained in critical condition Sunday after being struck by a car in Wheeling, police said.

The crash occurred about 10:45 p.m. Friday on the 1400 block of East Lake-Cook Road, near a vehicle entrance to the Walmart there.



The woman was walking from the north side of the road to the south side when she was struck by an eastbound car, Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Joseph Licari said.

She was taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where she remained Sunday, police said.

The driver cooperated with investigators and no tickets have been issued, Licari said.

“At this time, there is nothing indicative of anything beyond a terrible crash,” he said in an email.


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From Argentina to Canada, Pan-American Electric-Vehicle Road Trip Now Possible

Photo credit: Apple TV+ via YouTube
Photo credit: Apple TV+ via YouTube

From Car and Driver

  • Enel X works on EVs and renewable-energy projects around the world and has installed more than 200 new charging points in South and Central America to make a really long West Coast journey possible for EV drivers.

  • The infrastructure expansion was made as part of the new Long Way Up television documentary, which sees Ewan McGregor and a friend (pictured above) ride electric Harleys north to Los Angeles from the southern tip of Argentina.

  • South America is not exactly an EV hot spot, but at least one research firm predicted the “nascent Latin American market” recently passed an inflection point.

When it comes to electric vehicles, the main global markets are China, Europe, and North America. Despite the never-ending discussion about range anxiety, EVs don’t necessarily want to be penned in.

Now, thanks to Enel X, electric vehicle drivers now

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Alexander: What to do if phone-to-car software link disconnects

Q: I recently bought a new 2020 Hyundai Tucson. At the time, my phone, a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, seemed to work with the car (the Android phone icons are shown on the car’s display screen.) But now, when I want to use the phone-to-car connection for navigation, the phone takes a long time to connect to the car and soon disconnects. After two visits to the car dealership, I was told that my phone appears to be too old to connect with the newest car technology. I don’t consider a phone introduced in 2016 to be outdated, and after buying a car I’m not ready to buy a new phone, too. What do you suggest?

Lori Larson, St. Paul


A: Your Galaxy S7 Edge phone may not seem outdated. But when you connect your 2016 phone to your 2020 car via the “Android Auto” software, the age difference

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