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Meanwhile in Russia: Russian Mayor’s Toyota Land Cruiser Almost Hit by Lightning on the Road

A resident of the Russian town of Zheleznogorsk, which as we learned, was established in 1950 for the production of weapons-grade plutonium, was minding his own business when all of a sudden thunder struck down on the road at the same time that a Toyota Land Cruiser was passing by.

As it turned out, the Japanese SUV in front of the car that was recording the incident belonged to the mayor of the town, Vadim Medvedev, but he wasn’t on board as the car was being driven by his chauffeur.

Local news reports said that while the Toyota Land Cruiser wasn’t hit directly, the vehicle’s electronics failed shortly after the lightning hit and the SUV had to be towed for repairs. No one was injured in the incident.

(vía Carscoop)

Woman Drives On Sidewalk To Avoid Stopping School Bus

Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver captured video of a female motorist driving on the sidewalk to avoid stopping for the bus loading and unloading children.

The driver was caught on cell phone camera Tuesday morning. Cleveland police released the driver’s name late Tuesday afternoon. She is 32-year-old Shena Hardin, of Cleveland.

Hardin was not arrested, but cited for not stopping for the school bus. CMSD driver Uriah Herron is credited by supervisors for his quick thinking to nab the driver on camera. The driver’s sidewalk detours appear to be a daily occurrence.

"We had a very conscientious driver for 30 years. He really cares about his children and he took the extra step that this doesn’t happen again," said CMSD Bus Manager Eric Taylor. The incident happened at East 38th Street between Superior and Payne Avenue.

2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

The new Cayenne S Diesel borrows the latest version of Audi’s 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 oil burner.

In the Porsche, the eight-cylinder unit is rated at 377hp (382PS) and a monstrous peak torque of 850Nm (627 lb-ft), or 2hp and 110Nm (81 lb-ft) more than the rivaling 3.0-liter tri-turbocharged inline six from the BMW X5 and X6 M50d models.

The Cayenne S Diesel comes with the company’s Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system and can complete the zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in just 5.7 seconds and top out at 252km/h (157mph).

Billed as the world’s only V8 diesel SUV to offer start/stop tech, the Cayenne S Diesel also returns a combined fuel consumption of 8.2lt/100km (equal to 34mpg UK and 28.3mpg US) on the NEDC and emissions of 218 g/km CO2.

The Cayenne S Diesel is scheduled to launch in Europe in January next year with prices starting at €77,684 in Germany, £58,243 in the UK, and €101,150 in Ireland.

(vía Carscoop)

2013 GMC Acadia

GMC is ready to launch the three-row crossover onto the U.S. market and has announced pricing with the 2013 Acadia starting at $34,875 and the Denali at $46,770, with both prices including a destination charge of $825. 

(vía Carscoop)

2013 GMC Acadia

GMC is ready to launch the three-row crossover onto the U.S. market and has announced pricing with the 2013 Acadia starting at $34,875 and the Denali at $46,770, with both prices including a destination charge of $825.

(vía Carscoop)

Hofele-Design 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML Startcruiser GT 550

The German tuning house has developed a 14-piece wide body kit that adds a new front bumper with big air intakes and LED daytime running lights, front and rear fender extensions, side skirts, a rear apron with a diffuser shrouding quad stainless-steel tailpipes, a tailgate spoiler and various trim pieces.

The aero package can be bought separately for €6,500 or about US$8,300 at today’s exchange rates.

A lot of work has also gone in customizing the interior that boasts hand-stitched leather surfaces in three different shades and ornamental seams covering the seats, door panels, steering wheel, and front and rear arm rests.

On the performance front, Hofele-Design has created an electronic lowering module for the air suspension that can lower the vehicle’s ride height by 40mm at speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph).

For now, there are two engine kits for the diesel-powered ML250 and ML350 BlueTEC models.

(vía Carscoop)

Meanwhile in the Middle East… Hagwalah

For around two minutes, we see the driver of a baby blue pickup truck that had been involved in one too many accidents judging from the condition of the body panels, spinning the car on a public road.

Nothing new, right? Well, not exactly, as the driver was going in drifting circles right in the middle of a massive crowd with some people getting right in front of the truck as it was drifting!

(vía Carscoop)

The All-New Range Rover 2013 - Around The World | Land Rover USA [HD 3D]

Watch the All-New Range Rover prove itself in some of the most beautiful and some of the most inhospitable locales across the globe. It has covered thousands of miles over 18 months, with arduous tests in more than 20 countries through extremes of climate and road surfaces before finally arriving.

For more information on the all new Range Rover, please visit, the official home of Range Rover & Land Rover USA.