Report: Saudi cleric under fire after saying a woman’s risk of ovarian pain, if they drive

In Saudi Arabia, where only men can get a driver’s license, a conservative cleric is drawing criticism by saying that the woman’s risk of damage their ovaries and the procreation of children with clinical problems, if they drive, The Guardian reports.

Cleric, Sheikh Saad bin Saleh al-Lohaidan, comments in an interview after the last campaign by opposition ban on female drivers. Lohaidan reportedly says women involved in the campaign, in which the site has been blocked in the Kingdom, “the reason for their hearts, emotions and passions,” and not the drive.

The campaign of the opposition called for women drivers to defy the ban and drive cars in a protest on 26 October. According to a report by the ban on women drivers is not actually law, but only men have the possibility of obtaining a driving licence. The country is preparing to lift a ban on five years ago, but the plan did not pan out.

Justification explains Lohaidan prohibition as such: “If a woman driving a car, not necessarily clean, which may have negative physiological effects as functional and physiological medical research has shown that automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis up,” The Guardian reports. No detailed medical studies were cited for explaining. source: the guardian

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Report: Ford’s Mulally’s now said to be in the lead for Microsoft CEO

Henry, who will be a terrible mistake. Microsoft needs an innovative and visionary tech mind. I don’t see how his resume fits the mold. Carly Fiorina tried that in HP and we all know how that turned out. Meg Whitman is in HP and everyone knows about his troubles.

Microsoft is a full fledged technology differs from eBay and Boeing in more ways than one. Therefore, Microsoft needs an innovative and visionary tinkerer with a tech background, if not young, because they need that person at the helm for a while to get them with their stodgy doldrums and help them stop playing catch up all the time.

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2015 Ford f-series Super Duty first look

-by Evan McCausland 2013 Texas State Fair is not only an opportunity to taste fried beer or ogle a newly reconstructed Big Tex: is also the headquarters of Ford decided to submit its version 2015 Ford f-series Super Duty flirting. Ford updated its range of heavy duty pickup to the year 2014, the latest Super Duty is hardly a complete reformulation, but which incorporates some key updates to help 2015 trucks F-250, 2015, F-350 and F 2015-450 to fend off competitors, Chevrolet, GMC and Ram trucks. Although f-series gasoline engine Super Duty – a 385 hp, 6.2 liter V-8 – remains unchanged for the year 2015, optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-8 of the 2015 Ford Super Duty have you been cut inside and out. What’s new? For starters, the turbocharger. Although still located between the banks of cylinders, thanks to an inverted multiple arrangement, the turbo itself is different from those used in the 6.7 l power stroke from 2011. While previous engines used a so-called single sequential turbocharger, using two turbines on a single axis, the new turbocharger – a Garrett GT37 – is a conventional turbo compressor only. It is also larger than that old turbocharger, allowing the air is compressed in the intake, thus contributing to further increase the power. An extra bonus: the new turbocharger configuration also eliminates both the bypass valve and its controller.

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2014 BMW M4 first ride

Andy Priaulx DTM race driver, says with a smile ourselves strap on a prototype of 2014 BMW M4. It is covered in camouflage and the inside is enough until tobacco production, but otherwise, this is the car that will arrive next month of June in the United States. 2014 BMW M4 is the successor of the M3 Coupe, one of the purest, most cars than BMW driver-oriented has succeeded. And on this sunny afternoon, hot is work of Priaulx to launch the auto

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Report: Subaru gunning for 500,000 US sales by 2015

For the last four years in a row, Subaru has experienced incredible sales growth including record sales of 336,441 units in 2012. This trend is all but guaranteed to continue this year with 281,652 on the books so far, but Automotive News is reporting the automaker has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

The report says that Subaru is gunning for around 500,000 sales in the US by 2015, which doesn’t seem like too far of a stretch considering 2013 sales totals are expected to top 400,000 units. Through August, Subaru’s sales are up 29.3 percent compared to 2012, thanks to popular models like the Forester, Outback and, surprisingly, the WRX.

A new WRX is headed for an LA Auto Show reveal while an all-new Legacy is due out next year, and AN adds that Subaru is planning to significantly increase its media spending next year and start production of the Impreza sedan in the US in 2016.Related Gallery2014 Subaru Forester XT: Review

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Police car based on the Taurus Ford add a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine option.

Ford is launching a special version of its Taurus-based Specific Assistance Police Sedan with a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost motor. The move is made to offer police departments enhanced fuel economy for non-pursuit vehicles.

The automaker already supplies an edition of the Ford Taurus known as the Police Interceptor Sedan, which has been specifically modified with stronger components sufficient reason for provisions so police departments can add more communications and safety gear. The new Special Service Police model is similar generally in most respects but isn’t intended for high-speed pursuits; instead, its thriftier engine is intended for a lot more quotidian police work.

“Not every officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle,” Ford police marketing supervisor Jonathan Honeycutt mentioned in a statement. “As agencies look to replace old, V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient cars, Ford is at the ready.”

Under the hood of the Particular Service Police is the exact same 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four that is available in the consumer Ford Taurus, ranked for 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. As in the Ford Taurus, the authorities car includes active front side grille shutters to boost aerodynamics. In the police car, where it is mated to a six-speed automatic tranny and front-wheel drive, the motor will return 20/30 mpg (city/highway). While that’s straight down from the ratings return by a Ford Taurus with the two 2.0-liter engine, which manages 22/32 mpg  <; , it’s a big improvement over the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle, which averaged 14/21 mpg thanks to its thirsty 4.6-liter V-8 engine.

The authorities Interceptor Sedan , which is based on the Ford Taurus, also offers police departments a selection from the 3.5-liter V-6 motor with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V-6  <>  with front- or all-wheel generate, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive.

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Opinion from Chris Ilson

This seems to be a great move and one that should have been made years ago.  Think of all the cities that are in near financial trouble.  Having cheaper to run civil service vehicles would save plenty of money.  The only problem that creates is corrupt politicans taking that money for themselves.


Report: French President says that the country’s auto industry will rebound with robots, autonomous cars

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Like many countries all over the world, the recent global overall economy has hit France particularly hard, and its own government is looking for methods to turn that around. According to Reuters  <; , French president Francois Hollande (pictured above) is hoping that a couple of advanced transportation technologies will spur job and economy growth in the united kingdom. Proclaiming “France is a nation of inventors, pioneers and producers,” Hollande is reportedly phoning upon his country’s background of innovation to prospect it out of today’s financial malaise.

Among these ideas can be an autonomous car created by Renault-Nissan  , an “ultra-fuel-efficient” automobile from Peugeot    economically priced at 20,000 euros ($26,700 US) and also an electric-powered airplane. The article states that French automakers like Renault    and Peugeot are increasingly being restricted with regards to manufacturing by employment laws and regulations and high labor costs, but an elevated usage of robots could also help improve France’s manufacturing presence.

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Chris Ilson opinion

I’ve got to say this news seems very risky to me.  A country putting their future into the hands of transportation advancements could end up going very wrong.  French president Francois Hollande would be wise to look to the past, especially at the past of the United States during the great depression.  The Government has to create jobs and spend money in order to boost the economy.  If you look at the landscape of automakers, you’ll find plenty of news about autonmous cars being researched.