17 ene. 2017

VIDEO Peugeot 3008 | Driving assist technology

Peugeot 3008 | Tecnologías de apoyo a la conducción


Self-driving cars are just around the corner! The new Peugeot 3008 doesn't drive itself, but can do so many amazing things, that I wanted to show you 5 of its amazing mechanisms.

¡Los autos autónomos están a la vuelta de la esquina! El Peugeot 3008 no se maneja sólo, pero puede hacer varias cosas geniales, cinco de las cuales les quiero mostrar aquí.

Más info: Racing5.

Arriba ven el Active Safety Brake - El auto frena si detecta obstáculos en el camino, pudiendo detenerse a velocidades de ciudad (baja la velocidad, pero no se detiene completamente en carretera).


Alerta de Cambio Involuntario de Pista. No es sólo una alerta, ¡el volante se mueve sólo y regresa al auto a su carril!


Hill Assist Descent Control. El 3008 puede tomar control del descenso desde un camino empinado y con una superficie de difícil adherencia.


Visiopark I.


Visiopark II.

16 ene. 2017

PLASMA vs. LASRE

As its well known already, 80's Japanese car commercials (or CM) are THE BEST! All the hype, the animations, the silly names, the beautiful photography! So here is a couple examples that focus not on the cars, but on their engines. Nissan had the PLASMA engines, while Toyota promoted their strangely called LASRE poweplants. A misspelling of LASER or what?

PLASMA ad is from 1984, and that of LASRE from 1985.



VIDEO Hungary in WWI | The Great War

Racing5 | Lanzamiento VW Amarok V6 en Chile, fotos y detalles

El jueves pasado Volkswagen anunció en Chile la llegada a mediados de año del motor V6 a su pickup Amarok, y en Racing5 (link) pueden leer más detalles sobre las versiones y precios que serán disponibles en Chile de todo su lineup.




15 ene. 2017

Subaru SVX Commercial (1992)

For the campaign to promote the new Subaru sports car in 1992, the ad company decided to go against common sports cars adverts and be ironic about speed, with phrases like "how important is that, with extended urban gridlock, gas at $1.38 a gallon and highways full of patrolmen?".


Despite this approach deriding the traditional focus on open throttle performance, the commercials generated complaints from groups opposing speeding, which hadn't even seen the campaign before going against Subaru. Here is the link to the story: nytimes.com.

New Tomica for March 2017 - Official pictures

¡Nuevos Tomica para Marzo 2017!

No.2 Subaru WRX S4 Unmarked Police Car
No.2 スバル WRX S4 覆面パトロールカー
450 yen. Release: Saturday, March 18, 2017.

It's a modified No.112 Subaru WRX, without its wing.

No.60 Isuzu Elf vehicle transporter.
No.60 いすゞ エルフ 車両運搬車
450 yen. Release: Saturday, March 18, 2017.

14 ene. 2017

¡Más modelos del Rally Mobil para 2017!

Otra promo de diecast para el Rally Mobil, de la que no tenía idea y cuyos detalles actualizaré a medida que los conozca. 

Se trata de 5 modelos, tres de los cuales son cláramente Majorette (Citroën C4 Cactus, Citroën DS3 RS3 y un Renault Clio casi igual al de la promoción anterior, pero diferente), y dos Peugeot 208 que vendrían de otro fabricante... ¿pordrá tratarse de Norev? Link: copec.cl.

Más fotos individuales grandes, e info tras el salto. 


Tomica Limited Vintage for May 2017 | Two more Porsche 911S!

Two new releases of the Porsche 911 casting from Tomica Limited Vintage. More details further below.

Tomica Limited Vintage - Mazda Cosmo Sports!



A new addition to "The Japanese Car Era" series from Tomica Limited Vintage is one of the most striking Japanese cars ever: The Mazda Cosmo Sports.

It will be No. 11 on that series, and celebrates 50 years from the time of the presentation of the actual car, in 1967. The car didn't only have amazing styling, but it also was the first car with a 2 rotor Wankel engine.

The miniature will cost 2.800 yen and will be released in May.


Nissan S-Cargo review | Doug DeMuro

This guy Doug DeMuro has many videos on YouTube, about strange or interesting cars. I've seen a couple of them and I'm ambivalent about what to think about them. But these I liked, as since the S-Cargo is his own car, DeMuro doesn't go for the obvious "oh this is a terrible car" punches.

By the way, Tomica Limited Vintage Neo should totally make one of these, to go alongside their Be-1 casting.



VIDEO VW's Oliver Schmidt (head of emissions compliance in the US) on Autoline After Hours

Oliver Schmidt was head of, as he himself put it "everything emissions related" for Volkswagen in the US from 2012 to 2015. And so this week he was arrested in Miami because of the Dieselgate scandal. Schmidt was twice on Autoline After Hours before the scandal came to light, and I think it can be interesting to take a look at those appearances.

Schmidt's first time at Autoline was in June 2014. His official title was at the time "General Manager, Engineering & Environmental Office, Powertrain & Fuel Strategy" at Volkswagen of America. Most of the discussion is about how VW diesels could be so fantastic, to offer economy, low emissions and power!


This one is from February 2015.

DOCUMENTAL 'Cuba, una odisea africana'

Video con la historia de las intervenciones militares de Cuba en África, y su influencia apoyando movimientos marxistas en el Congo (R.D.), Guinea Bissau y Angola. Muy interesante y detallado.

1/32 Asia Towner 'Bong Bong'

Just a fun picture I found online, a 1/32 kit of an Asia Towner! Obviously made in Korea.
The real thing (in its original not 'Bong Bong' version).
Asia Towner - Miraflores, Lima, Perú

13 ene. 2017

VIDEO Bernardo de la Maza, Gorbachev y Fidel



Anoche Bernardo de la Maza estuvo en Mentiras Verdaderas de La Red, y entre diferentes anécdotas contó la de un viaje a Cuba por ahí por 1989, durante una visita oficial del Secretario General del P.C. de la U.R.S.S Mikhail Gorbachev. El periodista dijo que el video estaba en internet y así es. Como lo encontré altiro en YouTube, se los dejo arriba para que también lo puedan ver.

Se trata de una genial intervención durante la conferencia de prensa posterior a un discurso de Gorbachev junto a Fidel, donde primero De la Maza defiende su turno de preguntar subiéndose a una mesa, y en la que luego se dedica, tras celebrar las reformas que impuso en su país de origen, a preguntarle al jerarca soviético si no ha logrado influir en Fidel para que hiciera lo mismo en Cuba. De paso recalca que no está diciendo que Cuba sea un país "títere" de la U.R.S.S., lo que resulta en unas caras de enojo de Fidel impagables. ¡Qué gusto que se dió De la Maza con esta magistral pregunta!