This Innovative Tow Truck Can Steal Your Car in Under a Minute

This is both awesome and scary.

As a car owner, seeing your ride get towed away is one of the worst things you can experience. It’s your fault for parking in the wrong place, but still. Anyway, here’s a tow truck that’s so fast you won’t actually see your car being towed in the first place.

It was filmed outside an airport in Turkey, taking away an illegally parked Renault Clio. The Iveco Eurocargo carrier pulls up next to the Clio and two pillar lifts descend down to the road. The forks slide out and clamp the wheels, then raise the car above the truck’s chassis. Finally, the lifts slide across to the other side the chassis and the truck is ready to drive off.

The whole process takes precisely 60 seconds. Which isn’t even enough time to realize it’s your car’s alarm you can hear wailing. Instead, the owner will have emerged to find their car isn’t where they left it. Which is actually worse than seeing it being taken away. But again, it’s their fault for leaving it in the wrong place.

It’s an awesome piece of engineering – I haven’t been able to ascertain the manufacturer – but quite scary, too. Partly just because it’s so effective, but also because there’s not much you could do to stop criminals using it to boost cars.

I’m not aware of these being used anywhere other than Turkey; have you seen one in operation?

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Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Settlement Will Cost A Whopping $15 Billion

Volkswagen’s Dieselgate settlement with American owners of its cheaty diesel cars will cost the company more than $15 billion, or five billion dollars more than was originally reported, according to Bloomberg. More than $10 billion of that is slated just to go to Volkswagen owners.

The reported settlement also leaves less than $3 billion left over in Volkswagen’s initial Dieselgate fund for pending legal actions and investigations in the rest of the entire world.

Here are the financial details of how it will work:

Car owners will get a total of $10.03 billion, which covers both the value of their vehicles before the scandal became public last September and compensation payments of as much as $10,000 apiece, two people familiar with the negotiations said. Those figures could rise if VW misses certain repair deadlines.

The compensation figure jumped over the past few days, these people said, as the parties changed their estimates on what it would take to get some 85 percent of owners to trade in their vehicles under the settlement.

The rest of the settlement includes $2.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, and an additional $2 billion for research into clean-emissions technology, Bloomberg reported.

There’s a further settlement with individual states as well, possibly to the tune of another $400 million. There’s also no exact timetable yet for when any of this will come to fruition, or how VW owners will be able to make a claim for their cars.

But as we said earlier today, this is definitely not the end. There are still multiple lawsuits pending in many different countries, along with pissed off shareholders and regulators. Not to mention any lingering depression in sales that can be attributed to the scandal.

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2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

You didn’t think you’d heard the last from Ford about its stunning victory at Le Mans, did you? We’re not even talking about the 2016 running of the 24-hour endurance race. No, Ford throws it all the way back to 1966 for its new 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition. The black-and-silver livery recalls the GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon back in 1966. That year, the No. 2 car came in first place, followed by the No. 1 GT40 of Ken Miles and Denis Hulme and the No. 5 GT40 driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson.

Each ’66 Heritage Edition will wear Shadow Black exterior paint – either matte or gloss finish – with silver stripes and Frozen White No. 2 graphics on the hood and doors. The 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are done up in a gold satin finish. Ebony leather covers the carbon fiber seats inside, with gold accents on the instrument panel, seat X-brace, and shift paddles. Blue seatbelts round out the homage to the 1966 racecar.

Ford says the ’66 Heritage Edition will be sold in 2017 only, which makes sense. We wouldn’t bet against similar special-edition offerings in 2018, ’19, and ’20 – 1966 kicked off four straight victories for Ford at Le Mans – but if you like this specific livery, you’d better get in line now. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery up top, and feel free to read more in the press release below.

All-New 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition Pays Homage toHistoric Livery on 1966 Le Mans Winner

– All-new Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition with unique black and silver-stripe livery celebrates 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II race car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon

– Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition honoring historic No. 2 race car limited to 2017 model year only

– Limited-edition Ford GT features exclusive race-number graphics, and unique interior colors, materials and appointments

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2016 – The all-new 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 – part of the historic 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.

“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.”

The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition features a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The car sports Frozen White #2 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clearcoat with black lug nuts.

The interior of the limited edition model wraps the Ford GT carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather, with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching, and the seats’ head restraints and the steering wheel are debossed with the Ford GT logo. The instrument panel, pillars and headliner also features an Ebony-leather wrap, with gold appliqués on the instrument panel, the seat’s X-brace and shift paddles. Like the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is leather wrapped, with seat belts featuring a unique blue webbing.

Rounding out the modifications to the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition are a unique serialized identification plate, the #2 interior door graphic, and exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.

Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car, says the team set out to highlight where it all started with the Ford GT. “While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car,” he says, “we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.”

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Limited quantities will be available for the 2017 model year only.

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Road crews, tow truck drivers hard at work after weekend snowfall

Road crews, tow truck drivers hard at work after weekend snowfall

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Crews have been out all night trying to clear the snow.

Tow truck drivers have also been hard at work.

Dozens of cars were stuck on the side of the road for slide-offs or crashes.

McDonald’s Towing says when they saw the weather coming, they called in the troops, prepping for double the amount of calls they usually get.

“We tried to prepare better with scheduling employees and getting our trucks in line so all of them were in ready condition and ready for the storm,” said McDonald’s Towing Operations Manager Zach Clothier.

McDonald’s Towing says they responded to about 50 calls Sunday night, and they didn’t expect things to slow down.

They hope drivers keep safety in mind, before pulling off the road.

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Drivers could pay more when police tow their cars

Proposed Modesto city fees for unclaimed cars with very little value, such as this one, will put an undue financial burden on towing companies, says Anderson’s Towing Vice President Duane Thompson.

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Tow trucks keep busy on terrible roads

Newschannel 3’s Nicky Zizaza caught up with some tow truck drivers working to clear drivers stranded along roadways.

Phone calls have been pouring in to McDonalds Towing following the heavy snowfall around West Michigan where slick conditions and snow showers made for a busy afternoon and evening for tow truck companies.

McDonalds Towing has responded to more than 150 calls following this weekend’s snow showers and with chaotic road conditions tow truck drivers said they have to be especially careful because they can end up in an accident during a recovery.

In this kind of weather with an influx of call they ask commuters to pay extra attention and make way for them.

Zach Clothier, the operations manager at McDonalds Towing, said, “We have large equipment lots of lights. If you can give us space to do our job and do it safely, that would make us more comfortable on the road and most likely be able to do our job in a quicker response time.”

By 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, McDonalds towing had responded to more than 50 calls and with the snow expected to continue throughout the night they don’t see things slowing down.

Spots on the roads remain slick and drivers should drive defensively, but stay home unless you have to get out.

If you do have to drive, Michigan State Police has tips for drivers:

Leave at least four seconds of space between you and the car in front of you.

Be careful at intersections, where moisture from exhaust can quickly freeze making these spots especially icy.

Steer into the skid, if you start to slide, don’t panic take your foot off the gas.

Don’t pump breaks – if you have anti-lock brakes do not pump them, use firm pressure until you come to a stop

Don’t get out of your car, stay put and call for help.

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Weight distribution critical when towing a boat

Although most of us anglers live for the days we can take our boats to our favorite fishing holes and see what’s biting, there’s always a sense of relief at the end of the day when we safely back the boat into the garage.

That’s because towing anything adds a profound element of risk to the driving experience. You might be cautious and aware while towing your boat, but that doesn’t mean some knuckle-headed pedestrian isn’t going to be looking at his cell phone on the sidewalk where you like to drive.

Just like in regular driving, while towing a boat, you’ll occasionally have to stop short, change lanes and weave to miss obstructions.

That latter action can prove costly if your boat isn’t fitted to your trailer properly or the gear you put in it for travel isn’t forward of the axle.

The video above demonstrates why you want to put weight toward the tongue and not in the rear while towing.

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