Manchester United

Man Utd confirm Jose Mourinho as manager on three-year deal LIVE!

Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon told Sky Sports News HQ he thinks Ryan Giggs could benefit from working under Jose Mourinho.

“Ryan’s got an amazing opportunity, if the circumstances allow it, to learn from one of the best coaches in the world and learn things that he won’t from going somewhere else at this stage, even being a number two somewhere perhaps a bit more comfortable

“Ryan’s got good people around him and he’s always made the right decisions in his career that have led to him having the playing career he has. I’m sure he’ll make the right decisions for him.”

“I think I know what the fans can give me. They know what I can give them. The most important thing is the players, and the relationship with the players and them.

“It is important and curious that I play so many times against them at Old Trafford with other clubs and there was empathy, no problems, and I was pushed sometimes to say things that my clubs were not happy with it.

“I remember when we won at Old Trafford with Real Madrid (2012-13 Champions League last-16) and I said that the best team lost, and Real Madrid was not very happy.”

“We can look at our club in two perspectives. One is the past three years, and another is the club history. I prefer to forget past three years and focus on the history, and the giant club that I have in my hands now. 

“I will give absolutely everything to go in the direction we want. I think the fans are expecting me to say that I want to win. And the players need to listen that I want to win. I think the players and supporters want to feel that I say that, but we can, really. It’s not just to say.”

 

Five Memorable Clashes

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid clash in the UEFA Champions League final for the second time in three years at the San Siro, Milan on Saturday night.

Here are five of the best Madrid derbies of all time between the first two sides ever to compete a Champions League final from the same city:

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 1, European Cup semifinal, May 13, 1959

Three matches were needed to decide the first meeting between the sides in European competition in the semifinals of the European Cup in 1959

Real won the first leg 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu before Atletico levelled the tie two weeks later with a 1-0 victory.

In the days before the away goals rule, Real won a playoff held in Zaragoza 2-1 thanks to goals from the legendary Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas on their way to winning the competition for a fourth consecutive season.

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 3, La Liga, October 30, 1999

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (after extra-time), Copa del Rey final, May 17, 2013

Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid 1 (after extra-time), Champions League final, May 24, 2014

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 0, Champions League quarterfinal, second leg, April 22, 2015

 

 

A MUST FOR ANY DRIVER

ESCORT MAX 360: A MUST FOR ANY DRIVER

Late December, I was contacted by Escort, the makers of the popular radar detectors like the Passport Max and Passport Max 2, to test out their latest addition to the lineup, the Escort Max 360. You can see my First Look on this new radar detector here and my in-depth review of the device here.

Since then, I have had the detector in my vehicle for almost five months, and based on my experience, I can easily say that every gear head and casual driver alike must have this device.

In both my First Look and review articles, I was completely delighted and satisfied with how flawlessly the Escort Max 360 lived up to everything the manufacturer promised. With its 360 degree directional alert arrows, the detector pointed out the police in their hiding spots along the interstate before they appeared in my view, thus giving me enough time to slow down.

Unlike some of the competitors, the Escort Max 360 is a lot easier to use and understand. The button layout is very simple and all the vital information is clearly displayed on the screen, which is ideally placed in the center of the driver’s vision.

Building on the platform of the Passport Max and Passport Max 2, the Max 360 ups the game by including features like the aforementioned 360 degree Directional Arrows, Dual Antenna front + rear detection, GPS-powered AutoLearn Technology, and Digital Signal Processing. The latter provides extreme range and quick response, while the GPS-powered AutoLearn Technology tells you the difference between real radar and false alarms.

Escort Live uses a Bluetooth connection to warn you of upcoming alerts reported by other users in the area. Through this feature, you also have access to local speed limits which reduces your likelihood for being pulled over. The Escort Live app gives drivers further protection against things like speed cameras.

 

China’s BYD Qin PHEV Sells 50,000th Unit As Quickly As Did The Chevy Volt

The Chinese electrified car manufacturer that counts Warren Buffet as a key investor, and which led Tesla in sales last year, delivered its 50,000th Qin plug-in hybrid as quickly as it took the Chevy Volt.

This was accomplished last month for the PHEV that was launched a couple years after the Volt, but whose first two-and-a-half years’ of global sales have about matched those of General Motors’ Chevrolet and Holden Volt, and Volt-based Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.

The Qin is rated in its home market to have a Volt-competitive 43 miles electric range, and was the first of the Chinese automaker’s “super-electric” vehicles. While the range estimate may be optimistic for its 13-kWh battery if scrutinized under U.S. regulatory tests, the car boasts also a 0-60 time of less than 5.9 seconds. According to the Chinese test cycle, the Qin gets “147 mpg” or 1.6 liters per 100 kilometer.

If you’ve not yet heard of it, that could be because BYD cars are not sold to consumers in the U.S., though without our market’s help, last year BYD sold almost 62,000 vehicles compared to Tesla’s almost 51,000, meaning it was the world’s largest electrified vehicle seller.

 BYD North America.

The Volt was launched Dec. 2010 in the U.S., sold its 50,000th in the U.S. 34 months later in Oct. 2013, and it’s estimated that globally its 50,000th came around the 29th or 30th month.

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In the cumulative total race, other plug-ins – most of them launched earlier – actually have topped 100,000 sales, meaning the Qin is a bit of a second-tier plug-in on that score.

Vehicles that have surpassed 100,000 include the Nissan Leaf (almost 220,000), Tesla Model S (about 120,000), Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (102,00), and the aforementioned Volt family (over 110,000). The Toyota Prius PHV has sold more than 75,000 but its sales are slowed until the new 2017 Prius Prime is released.

To make the point of how quick it is, the automaker has prepped it for a professional rally race, and even staged drag races with nine well-known performance oriented cars. While it was not up to embarrassing the likes of a Nissan GT-R, it held its own among another fairly quick vehicles.

Old Driving Joy

A New Mazda MX-5, but Still the Old Driving Joy

MAZDA has produced nearly a million MX-5s since the car arrived on the market in 1989, making it the most popular roadster of all time (the MG MGB is a distant second at 386,961, according to Hemmings).

You don’t know what an MX-5 is? In the United States the car is known as the Miata, a name unique to our country and officially dropped by Mazda nearly 10 years ago. That is like trying to rename the Mustang. The Miata’s fans simply ignored the name change. Though the new fourth generation version wears only an MX-5 badge, Mazda often slips “Miata” into its American marketing.

Full disclosure: I bought a new original year Miata back in the day and still own that 1990 model. Cars have changed a lot in 26 years, but the MX-5 remains remarkably true to its original mission of maximum fun with minimum bloat.

The 2016 car is better in every way, though I would argue that the original has a cleaner and more elegant design.

Modern Miatas — I mean, MX-5s — have four airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and a stout structure, stuff that owners of the first-generation Miata could only dream about. Powerful headlights are LED.

Mercedes Revives

With the S600, Mercedes Revives the Maybach

CHANCES are you have not heard of Maybach (pronounced “MY-Bahk”). The brand traces its luxury lineage to 1909, with Daimler-Benz buying the brand in 1960. It lay dormant until the 2004 model year, when two cars, the 57 and 62, made their debuts at an average of $420,000 each. Timed nearly perfectly with the recession, the resurrection sank like Lehman Brothers.

Maybach is now positioned as the ultraluxury subbrand of Mercedes-Benz, much as AMG is its performance label. More affordable now at $204,000 as tested, it is a bargain compared with the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Mulsanne. Certainly, it will not be attracting Malibu and Santa Fe shoppers, unless you are talking real estate.

Basically, the regal 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is an overachieving S-Class with a wheelbase stretched nearly eight inches to aid pampering in the rear. The back of my test vehicle had massaging seats that were warmed and chilled. Infinitely adjustable down to power leg rests, Maybach is the fastest and most luxurious La-Z-Boy on the planet.

Both rear positions get retractable tables akin to those in first-class air travel; you will half expect flight attendants to arrive with scotch and warm cashews. The rear seats have video screens, wireless headphones, climate control, window shades, vanity mirrors and cup holders that cool and heat. Of course, there’s a refrigerator to keep the Champagne chilled. Robbe & Berking silver-plated Champagne flutes have their own storage space.

Fingers on the center console grasp the vessel’s base to eliminate tipping when your driver is aggressive on the way to the board meeting.

That is entirely possible considering that the 6-liter biturbo V12 engine gracefully summons 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. Imperceptible yet decisive shifts come from a 7-speed automatic transmission, with paddle shifters. The Maybach whispers from 0 to 60 miles an hour in about five seconds.

 

 

Mitsubishi Grabs a Shiny Sliver of the American Market

Last month, it acknowledged cheating for the last 25 years on gas-mileage tests for cars in Japan, embarrassing top executives and tarnishing a name that has been dented by scandal before.

Since then, its stock price has plunged, and it has had to halt production of the tiny models at the center of the scandal.

Although Mitsubishi is a bit player, it is increasing new-car sales faster than most other automakers and is expanding its sliver of the American market. Helping the surge are a few affordably priced models that can appeal to consumers on tight budgets, a group other car companies often ignore.

The company says the vehicles it sells in the United States — like the Outlander sport utility vehicle and the Lancer compact — are not affected by the fuel-economy deception that took place in Japan. American customers and dealers seem unfazed.

There are others like Mr. Harig. In April, while the gas-mileage scandal was making headlines in Japan, Mitsubishi’s sales in the United States rose 18 percent.

Its performance stands in contrast to that of Volkswagen, which has been mired in an emissions scandal of its own. Last month, Volkswagen sales fell 9 percent, continuing a steady decline since the disclosure in September.

 

Muscle Car Swagger

Video Review: A Sinewy Camaro, Still With Muscle Car Swagger

There’s no mistaking the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro because, well, it has a strong resemblance to the departing car. Much like the Olsen twins, though, the two are similar but quite different. If you can discern Mary-Kate from Ashley at first glance, congratulations, you might peg the new Camaro quickly. Or maybe you’ve just watched too much TV.

But really, the big news about Generation 6 is that under the slightly smaller and sinewy silhouette, the Camaro now shares a platform with the Cadillac ATS, with 70 percent of the architectural components unique to Camaro.

Drawn like Jessica Rabbit, the Chevy’s intense American muscle-car lines might cause import worshipers to dismiss it. Pity. It’s bad in a good way — a rear-wheel-drive performance bargain.

General Motors is doing great things with chassis tuning, and the Camaro inherited the compelling goodness of the ATS that makes the car tons of fun to toss into a corner. Even without the available Brembo brakes, the car scrubs off speed securely.

It can’t hurt that the V6 models are nearly 300 pounds lighter now. Don’t be disappointed to learn that’s the model I’m focusing on. Not terribly long ago, V8s struggled to produce 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. Camaro’s 3.6-liter V6 does it on standard grade gasoline.

Suzuki Reports Improper Fuel Economy Tests, but Denies Cheating

Suzuki Motor said on Wednesday that it had used improper methods to determine the fuel economy of 16 vehicles it sells in Japan, adding to the list of automakers that have come under scrutiny for how they perform in government tests.

Suzuki said that it had not sought to mislead customers, and that its testing had not exaggerated mileage ratings. It said it did not plan to restate any published ratings.

That scrutiny has hit Japan’s auto industry in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Mitsubishi Motors said that Tetsuro Aikawa, its president, would resign after the company’s disclosure that its engineers deliberately used unapproved test procedures that exaggerated fuel performance by as much as 15 percent on some models.

 

Still, the disclosure is likely to add to industrywide doubts over carmakers and the fuel-test results they report to governments around the world.

Suzuki shares fell more than 9 percent in Tokyo on Wednesday after news reports that it would report fuel-test discrepancies and become the latest Japanese automaker to come under scrutiny.

Osamu Suzuki, Suzuki’s chairman and chief executive, apologized to customers but said the company had retested its vehicles and found no significant differences between the results and their already-published ratings.

 

In Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Technology Is Your Co-Pilot

It’s called the virtual cockpit and, starting with Audi, it will become a more common feature in cars in the not too distant future.

Gone are the traditional mechanical dials — the speedometer, the tachometer, the various gauges and pointers — and in their place is a 12.3-inch LCD screen that houses an animated instrument cluster.

The high-resolution screen, which lights up behind the steering wheel, directly in the driver’s line of sight, can be programmed to show several functions — for navigation, a cellphone, radio and media, Google Earth 3-D graphics, and traffic data.

That is in addition to the usual functions of showing speed, engine revolutions, outside temperature and the gas level.

By any standard, it’s an abundance of information, all on one screen. But it also has some drivers and experts asking: How much is too much, and will consumers understand it?

Paul A. Green, a research professor at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, expressed concern over displays.

“One of the principles here is that displays that people use while driving generally should not be dynamic,” said Mr. Green, who said that he had not spent any time auditioning the system. “It becomes like a movie that you’re watching, and anything that adds even a half a second or so is problematic.”