China's huge bet on new-energy vehicles has understandably gotten the world's attention. But a less flashy phenomenon now underway may be at least as consequential for the environment in the near term: China is finally getting into used cars.A familiar ritual in most countries, buying vehicles secondhand had until recently been all but unknown in China. In most markets, sales of used cars outpace those of new ones by a wide margin, usually two-to-one or more. About 39 million used cars were sold in the U.S. last year, for instance, compared to 17 million new ones. In China, the opposite prevailed: 29 million new cars sold, and just 12 million used ones.That's thanks to some quirks in China's auto market. Until the late 2000s, poor-quality manufacturing limited the lifespan of Chinese-made cars, while prospective secondhand buyers had few ways to determine a vehicle's ownership and accident history. The industry was also highly fragmented, with a well-earned reputation for … [Read more...] about China’s Next Big Thing? Used Cars.
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A car seat is an essential purchase for all parents who drive. These days, many car seats are clever components of all-in-one travel systems, easily clicking onto a buggy when you arrive at your destination. It's worth noting at this point that much depends on the age of your child. Newborns and young infants should lie on their backs, and face the rear of the vehicle, whereas older infants can safely sit securely in a forward-facing seat. As well as all-in-one transport systems, parents also tend to prefer the new-generation of car seats which rotate or swivel, for ease and comfort (they're easier on your back, as they prevent the need to reach over). Many seats clip into your car securely with the help of an ISOFIX system. ISOFIX is the international standard system which fit car seats without the need for a seat belt. Since 2006, all new cars are required to be fitted with the system. There has been some confusion among parents as a … [Read more...] about Six of the best car seats and travel systems for infants and children
Wooden dhows crammed with second-hand Japanese cars have been sailing unhindered into Yemeni ports for the past three years despite rigid wartime controls on imports of aid and other vital supplies, Reuters reports. Like many Yemeni traders, Ali al-Mahry jumped at this chance to turn a profit by supplying customers at home with cars bought cheaply at auction in the United Arab Emirates. A Saudi-led military coalition, of which the UAE is part, has been battling Houthi rebels since 2015 with the aim of restoring the Yemeni government in exile. The coalition has imposed controls to deny arms to the Houthis, fighters aligned with Iran who control the capital Sanaa and Hodeidah, the largest port. The measures have choked off supplies of fuel, food and medicine to Yemen, where millions face starvation and disease. Yet coalition forces appear to have turned a blind eye to the dhows that regularly carry cars from Port Khaled in the emirate of Sharjah to a small dock at As Shihr, a port in … [Read more...] about Yemeni car traders cash in on the Japan connection
By Declan JordanIt is difficult for some Cork people to accept that their city could be any better than it is.The controversy about the removal of cars from Patrick Street prompted many to look afresh at the city and to question how we organise our lives.Cork is not unique in dealing with the consequences of urban sprawl, but its situation has been worsened by the failure of spatial planning over decades.Good urban design matters, because cities and large urban spaces are the engines for economic growth and wellbeing.Also, concentrated and denser cities are more sustainable and better for the environment. Ireland remains in the throes of its car-dependency. Efforts to wean us off our addiction have been minimal.If we cared about changing, why would the National Development Plan commit twice as much funding to road infrastructure as it does to public transport, cycling, and walking infrastructure combined?The common response to the evident benefits gained by other cities from more … [Read more...] about To compete and prosper, our cities need fewer cars
In his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin suggested that showy traits such as peacock feathers, which do not improve survival, must instead give a reproductive advantage for them to persist through natural selection. But a new study suggests similar ostentatious displays in humans may actually be detrimental to finding lasting love. US researchers have found that driving a flashy car, is a turn-off for both men and women who are looking for a life partner. Despite the hefty price-tag and pleasing aesthetics, both sexes when seeking a long-term relationship are unimpressed by extravagant vehicles, viewing their drivers as less reliable and more sexually promiscuous, according to the research. In fact, the study suggest that people who are seeking marriage should ditch the sports car and instead choose something sensible. It follows recent research which found that women believed Porsche Boxster owners were less likely to want a committed relationship than Honda Civic drivers. … [Read more...] about Why driving a flashy car could send out all the wrong dating signals