How Airbus Went From Boeing Wannabe to High-Flying Legend

Today, Airbus hands Singapore Airlines the keys to a shiny new A350-900. Besides receiving a big check, Airbus gets to celebrate: This widebody jet is the 10,000th plane it has delivered. It’s an impressive milestone for a planemaker whose chief nemesis Boeing celebrated its 100th birthday this year. Airbus Industrie, a European consortium based in Toulouse, France, started bolting wings to engines in 1970, when Boeing was celebrating its 54th anniversary. It was formed because France, Germany, and initially, Britain wanted to beat those damn Yankees by developing their own “air bus” — a small, short-haul plane. Almost half a century on, Airbus rivals Boeing in marketshare, and deserves credit for some revolutionary innovations, including fly-by-wire and double-decker passenger jets. Here’s a look back…

In Pictures: 2016 Royal Enfield Rider Mania Day 2 The 14th Edition of Royal Enfield Rider Mania has currently taken Goa by storm as riders from across the country have completed the journey to mark their presence. With well over 6000 riders and counting, the venue in Vagator is a full house with more people expected to make it to the last day of the event.The first day was as exciting as it could get with the ensemble of bikers coming in, custom motorcycles, drag races and the dirt race. With Day 2, the events turned out to be more interesting as we witnessed some extremely fun activities like the Cleanest Bike Competition, Slow Race, Carry Your Bike as well as talks from veteran riders and motorcycle enthusiasts. Sounds like fun? It sure was and if you ...

Plug-in hybrid 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman S E ALL4 premieres at LA Auto Show Mini is getting bigger, this much we know. The new Countryman, going live at the LA Auto Show Wednesday, will be the biggest, “most adventurous” Mini ever. All three Countryman variants will be in attendance, including the base, the S and the new plug-in hybrid S E ALL4.The whole lineup will be turbocharged, according to Mini. In hybrid models, the boosted three-cylinder will join an electric motor and battery, as well as Mini’s “e-rear axle,” which gives the ALL4 its traction. That powertrain will be good for 221 hp, says Mini. Preliminary all-electric range is 24 miles.The base Mini will get 134 hp and 162 lb-ft from the gas engine, with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The non-electric...

2017 Mazda CX-5 debuts with new look, old powertrains Mazda on Tuesday pulled back the wraps on its redesigned CX-5. The popular compact crossover SUV has been freshened up, and Mazda is saying it's an all-new version of the sharp-looking fun-driving model. First launched for the 2013 model year, the CX-5 represented the first expression of Mazda combining its fuel-efficient Skyactiv design principles with its KODO design language. It's a combination that resulted in an affordable crossover that managed to stand out both in terms of the way it looked and how it drove. The redesigned CX-5 is due in showrooms next spring, as a 2017 model. It makes its formal debut on Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. Mazda is short on details but has confirmed there will be three powertrain ...

New Holden Commodore will live up to expectations Mike Simcoe is now the Australian responsible for overseeing all of General Motors design around the world. As a veteran of both Holden's Australian design department - where he led the team to revive the Monaro - and a long-time member of GM's US operations, Simcoe is in a unique position to comment on the future of the Commodore. Despite the change from an Australian-made model to an imported car, Simcoe isn't expecting any backlash. "The next generation Commodore will be a vehicle from overseas and I don't think that will be a problem," Simcoe said at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show. READ MORE:* We drive the 2018 Holden Commodore* The truth about the next generation Holden Commodore* Next Holden Commodore will be German* Commodore name...

KTM Recalls Adventure Bikes Over Brake Issue KTM has issues a recall for three of its popular adventure bike models - the 1190 Adventure, the 1190 Adventure RS and the 1290 Super Adventure - over a potential fault in the ABS. The recall affects bikes made until and including those of model year 2016. According to a statement from KTM, the problem is due to a potential short-circuit of the ABS modulator, that in rare cases, could lead to brake failure. (KTM 1290 Super Adventure) "Following market investigations by KTM, it has been determined that due to deviations in the assembly process, in isolated cases contact may occur between the wiring harness and the ABS modulator. Measurements have shown that an electrical connection may be created via the brake line between the ABS modulator and the vehicle ground."

Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say News about the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer has gone from promising to problem-ridden over the last month. Reports have suggested Jeep is canceling the high-end SUV for good, while others suggest nothing is wrong. Well, word has just surfaced from two different third-party parts suppliers that Jeep in putting the Grand Wagoneer project on hold.The news comes from Larry Vellequette, a reporter with Automotive News whose dedicated beat for the last decade has been Chrysler and now FCA. He reports the luxo-Jeep isn’t officially dead, but it isn’t alive and well. The major problem, according to Vellequette, is FCA’s very limited cash reserves. FCA is currently funding a company-wide game of musical chairs and retooling with ...

Nintendo NES Classic Edition Alternative RetroEngine Sigma Is A Much Better Buy In this handout image provided by Nintendo of America, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co. Ltd., gives the keynote address at the Game Developers Conference March 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Iwata announced Super Mario in 3D for the Nintendo 3DS portable video game system.(Photo : (Photo by Kim White/Nintendo of America via Getty Images)) Good news for all gamers! Although the Nintendo NES Classic Edition already soldout, an alternative one, which is said to be a much better buy is still available in the market. This is the RetroEngine Sigma which promise to emulate over 28 different classic gaming machines. Advertisement Nintendo NES Classic Edition Soldout One of the sensations of recent weeks has been the new mini Nintendo NES Classic Edition that includes 30 classic games installed...