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Seinfeld Tells C/D about His Parents’ Old Clunkers and New ‘Comedians in Cars’ Book

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Jerry Seinfeld’s parents had terrible cars. Ugly, battered, unreliable cars.

“The whole urge of my life has been to have better cars than my parents did,” Seinfeld said car and driver. “I wanted to get away from these cars.”

“These cars” included a 1960 Rambler, a 1962 Rambler, a 1950s Chevrolet Biscayne, and a 1963 Cadillac Eldorado, all of which were “used and in terrible condition,” according to Seinfeld.

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Still, the well-known comedian admitted his father had an affinity for cars. “He bought weird things,” Seinfeld said, “but he definitely liked cars.” Seinfeld’s own interest in cars has been well documented since his early material breakdowns and bumper cars to consequences of His field like “The Bottle Deposit”, “The Cadillac” and “The Dealership” just to name a few. However, Seinfeld’s most obvious car-related project is his 2012-2019 series Comedians in cars drinking coffee.

Although Seinfeld has no plans to produce more episodes of the show, he has now produced parts of the 84 episodes of Comedians in cars drinking coffee available in book form. Appropriately titled The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book (Simon & Schuster)The 300+ page book contains excerpts and images from many of Seinfeld’s interviews with various comedians.

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It also includes an introduction by Seinfeld and an oral history of the show’s creation. For example, we learn that Starbucks forwarded the shipment. Car lovers might find the book a bit lacking, as the book’s emphasis is on the “comedians” rather than the “cars” – not unlike the show itself.

Admittedly, Seinfeld cautions readers against this, writing in the book, “I’m not going to talk too much about the cars because unless you’re an automobile enthusiast, cars are an incredibly boring subject.” Ouch, our pride.

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However, in this $35 book there are a number of images of the vehicles – and comedians – featured throughout the series. They recall that Seinfeld’s pursuit of success paid off, giving him the opportunity to get behind the wheel of — and in the case of some of the cars on the show, even own — better cars than his parents.

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Vision Zero Might Actually Be Working but Only for a Few American Cities

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Pedestrians cross a street in New York City on October 12, 2022.

Pedestrians cross a street in New York City on October 12, 2022.
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It has taken some time, but it seems that the adoption of New York international program to improve pedestrian safety — vision zero – has actually contributed to prevention pedestrian deaths in 2022.

Vision Zero was first introduced in Sweden in the 1990s, where it halved road deaths in two decades. this is how it works according to its website:

  • Build and maintain leadership, collaboration and accountability – particularly among a diverse group of stakeholders that includes transport professionals, policy makers, public health officials, the police and community members;
  • Collecting, analyzing and using data to understand trends and potentially disproportionate impact of traffic fatalities on specific populations;
  • prioritizing equity and community engagement;
  • managing speed to a safe level; and
  • Setting a timeline to achieve zero road deaths and serious injuries, bringing urgency and accountability, and ensuring transparency on progress and challenges.

The only thing that sounds like concrete action and not just PR talk is “bring speed to a safe level”. which would surely save many lives regardless of the degree of urbanity. In the US, only 45 cities have signed up Vision Zero promise. As CityLab notes that many cities are not devoting the necessary resources or political effort to creating safer spaces for pedestrians. New York and Jersey City seem to be exceptions that prove the rule:

A current chart and report from the International Transport Forum is what gives me hope. In the report, Monitoring Progress in Urban Road Safety, the authors compare road fatality reductions in 22 major cities that have signed up to a road fatality reduction commitment. New York City is the only included US city and one of only four where the city has significantly beaten safety numbers nationally.

Between 2010 and 2020, NYC traffic deaths fell by 19% while the US fatality rate rose by 8% – an improvement translated into a significant number of lives saved. And there’s reason to believe the city can do better now that the framework and electorate for security reform is in place.

It’s important to remember that Vision Zero cities in the US operate in a national environment of increased traffic deaths – especially for pedestrians, who are over-represented in urban accidents. Nationally thanks to a combination of factors – most notably growth in SUVs and extra-large pickups – Pedestrian deaths are up 62% nationwide since 2009, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Smart Growth America.

New York City first rolled out Vision Zero in 2014, and for years there seemed little reason to hope so Real action would be taken to prevent pedestrian deaths. In spite of nationwide pedestrian deaths hit 40-year high, places like New York and Jersey City have actually seen a drop in deaths in recent years. In the meantime, American roads are getting deadlier for people outside the car.

The increase in pedestrian deaths is attributed in part to more large trucks and SUVs in the US fleet. It’s not exactly safe for the people in those huge, lumbering cars right now, either. traffic fatalities llast year bridged 43,000 for the first time in 16 years. This year isn’t much better with 10,000 Americans losing their lives in the first quarter of 2022.

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Audi R8 V10 GT costs $253,290, limited to 150 units

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Audi announced US pricing for the on Monday R8 V10GTmarking the swan song for the German automaker’s V-10 engine.

The base price is $249,900 plus a determination fee of $1,495, $595 for paint and a gas guzzler tax of $1,300. This brings the total cost to $253,290 for each of the 150 units planned for the US, out of 333 worldwide. The R8 V10 GT is sold here as a 2023 model and is scheduled to hit dealerships early in the 2023 calendar year.

The well-known 5.2-liter engine was tuned to 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque for the US version of the R8 V10 GT. That’s the same performance as R8 models with four-wheel drive, making the GT the most powerful rear-wheel-drive production car to carry the Audi badge. Audi expects 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph.

Audi R8 V10 GT RWD

Audi R8 V10 GT RWD

The R8’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic also features recalibrated gear ratios to allow for quicker shifts, while a new Torque Rear mode allows the driver to customize Electronic Stability Control intervention. There are seven levels of Torque Rear to choose from, with each level causing the car to want more oversteer.

In US-spec, the R8 V10 GT loses 55 pounds compared to the standard R8 V10 RWD coupe, bringing the curb weight down to 3,516 pounds. This was achieved through 20-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, carbon ceramic brake discs, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic anti-roll bar and lightweight bucket seats.

The GT differs visually from other R8 models with all-black lettering and emblems, a new front splitter, flics, code apron covers, side attachments on the rear apron, a rear diffuser and a rear wing with gooseneck struts. The intake manifold is also painted black. Cars coming to the US also get standard carbon fiber sideblades, door sills and door mirror housings.

Audi R8 V10 GT RWD

Audi R8 V10 GT RWD

Three colors are available – Tango Red Metallic, Daytona Gray Metallic and Mythos Black Metallic – a total of 50 cars in each color for the US. The black and red interior includes red seat belts in homage to the Genuine R8 GT from model year 2012. Other standard equipment includes a sports exhaust system, Audi Laser Lights, dynamic steering, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and a diamond-stitched headliner with red stitching.

Audi hasn’t said if the R8 will die alongside the V-10, although rumors suggest it will be discontinued next year. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if Audi launched an additional series of open Spyder versions of the GT before then, as it did with the previous generation R8 GT. Audi is Apparently he is planning a successorbut with an electric powertrain and probably a new name.

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Report: Audi R8 Exiting After 2023 Model Year

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The rear view of the Audi R8 2023If you’ve always dreamed of owning the V10-powered Audi R8 supercar, you’re almost out of time. According to Car and Driver, the flat coupe with the large, contrasting-colored side vents will disappear from the Audi range after the 2023 model year.

The 2023 R8 is available as a coupe with a starting price of $158,600 or as a convertible with a minimum sticker price of $171,000. In its most tame form (ha!) it gets 562 horsepower from 10 cylinders and sends it all to the rear wheels. But this is an Audi, so all-wheel drive (AWD) is on the menu. AWD R8 models get 602 horses.

Both send power through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters to put you in control.

The R8 has been Audi’s performance flagship for almost two decades. Sharing parts with the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Huracan (parent company Volkswagen owns both Audi and Lamborghini) helped redefine Audi’s position in America. Even Iron Man had one.

but Audi has promised to drive purely electrically and aims to beat its old German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz on the all-electric starting line. That’s what the company says has already designed its last internal combustion engine.

This means that the successor to the R8, if there is one, will only use battery power.

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