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Left, right, backward and right: test of winter tires in the Arctic centre Goodyear

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We, two journalists from Russia, listened to one of the instructors. A very strange French-English language he said: I know a few Russian words: left, right, back… right… no, direct. – No need to say “right”! ‘said we in unison. And began to praise him for his pronunciation. And it was the only time in a tire Ivalo in Northern Finland, the journalists learned something of the instructor. Because the rest of the time the instructors taught us.

300 kilometers from the Arctic circle

Nwill acnem with, that explain why we met in the Finnish Ivalo, where nothing really is not, but in the evening it got cold down to -30. The answer is simple: it is there in December 2014 opened polygon Goodyear tire Arctic Center. And he really Arctic: beyond the Arctic circle to the South of the landfill by as much as three hundred kilometers. So the place for testing winter tires here is almost perfect. Imagine: the average temperature from December to February is minus 15 (in the morning we have a “warmer” to -24), and tests can be carried out from mid-November to early April.

We went to one day work as a test tire. So we do, for us will look professional pilots of the team, which, of course, will not prevent us several times to attach the sides of the other VWs and BMW on snow slopes parapets. What we have to do?

Moose needs to live!

So, we have four tracks with four different tests. This slalom with braking control on ice, snow circle and test as co-pilot. On the first three we’ll have to sit behind the wheel and try to drive, all without departure from the road and not too slow. On the fourth task, the main thing — not to scream from fear, sitting in the Navigator seat.

Every race we ride in different cars, wearing different tires. Now, briefly about each job.

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Slalom with braking — is the standard for all winter “rides” job. We start at the signal, passing the target of the start, where the timer detects a passage and begins to count down the time until the finish. Passing through the ice snake between the cones, turn around, leave on the straight as long as possible and efficiently accelerate, then slowing down in front of the deer painted on empty cardboard boxes. Our task is to get as close as possible to the obstacle, but not to kill this noble animal. Who will pass faster and stand closer to the obstacle the fellow.

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The second task — high-speed race on a winding track of ice. Need to get through as quickly as possible, but try to not kill the car.

The third is simultaneously the most boring and fun exercise. It’s only required to ride in a circle sideways. To drift and have fun.

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Well, in the fourth task, the journalists play the role of observers. Behind the wheel sits pilot pros, and we estimate the behavior of tires under various loads and try not to break the neck vertebrae. And now everything in detail.

Slalom and braking

Start early in the morning, at eight in the morning. It’s still dark outside, but the cones can be seen well. We will go BMW 330i, shod in UltraGrip ICE2 dimension 225/50 R17.

The first thing you need to do it right (and hence — quick) is to start at the start. It is clear that to grind these “sticky” snow can be long, the benefit of that and drive a BMW, not Grants. In addition, we have switched off all electronic assistants, so that the gas pedal must be pressed with the mind the Main thing — not to pinch the gas and don’t take too long to grind the snow at high speed.

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“Snake” the machine is also quite stable, but it is only a little while to break rear axle slide, how to get the car back on the trajectory becomes very difficult. And I would not recommend without experience trying to do here dynamic “snake” with a series of slides: it is best these tires show itself is under longitudinal stress, of the cross they need to be more careful.

But the braking on the snow is pressed to the floor by the brake pedal the ABS doesn’t work immediately. Moose “died” later when the snow was already rolled into the ice. There is ABS chatter constantly, but I haven’t seen any tires on the ice was braking would be like on the pavement.

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All subsequent attempts were complicated by the fact that at the start of the snow we have “unrolled”, so to start I had off the ice. It may seem that was slowly but Velcro quickly it would not work anyway.

To summarize: kodirovka “Velcro” quite safe on Packed snow, but on ice friction rubber is inferior studded. In the case of the skid to align the vehicle to the layman would be extremely difficult. The demolition, we did not due to the fact that we have rear-wheel drive, but I guess with him, especially in the “suburban” speeds will be even harder.

Control on the ice

The second exercise early in the morning, so now at least it is seen that in the case of what to leave off the road will have snow in the parapet. Well, at least mildly.

To go on, we will the VW Golf VII, the tyre UltraGrip ICE Arctic is 225/45 R 17.

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Acceleration in a straight line, second gear, third and… the cry of the instructor: “Brake!!!” Oh Yes, something I was daydreaming even though I am now on the spikes, but under the wheels of pure ice. Crack ABS, the maximum delay on the line, the realization is inevitable, turn on the largest possible radius through the apex, gas with simultaneous straightening of the steering wheel. Uh, drew… Well, that brow was the snow, was something to cling to. However, more so to do. In any case, for now.

The first three or four laps we do in the mode of vegetable. Then relax and dicking around: go through a series of turns in a dynamic snakes slide sideways during turns steep turns. Of course, all this is wrong: the more slip, the less the speed and more time. But the soul requires a lot of courage, so continue to ride provocatively, but illiterate. Exactly as long as in the next turn don’t fly into the barrier sideways. Well, okay, fine. Not going to pretend to not understand English language and will listen to the instructor. He actually says the right things.

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At the same time estimate of the tire. Compared with the previous difficult: there was snow, it was bare ice. There is rear drive, then front. But one thing is clear: the behavior in the lateral drifts on the studding by far predictable. Even in more difficult conditions, even with inadequate driver behind the wheel (we will not point fingers).

Snow circle

Now again move the wheel aggressively neurotic BMW 330i. The drives are the same UltraGrip ICE 2 from first job. Go fell sideways, friends!

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Because the cars have automatic transmission, turn to manual mode and turn on the second or third gear. And activate the eagle eye and lightning-quick reaction of the office Manager, closing the browser tab Tanki Online when you see the chef in sight.

Some people think that to go in a circle sideways is just some what difficult. Well, firstly, much depends on what you are doing. The combination of rear drive, powerful motor and “Velcro” simplifies the task as possible. Even the steering wheel hard to turn is not necessary, just hit the gas and you dragged. Beauty! The beauty that is on the ground, not on a public road.

For this exercise, best way to feel the predictable behavior of the car on the road. I would, of course, could say that it’s all good, but I won’t. All the Velcro you need to go forward and backward but left and right is not worth it. If you just passing gas, trying to catch the car useless. I suppose if you want to control the machine, you in any case necessary spikes.

In two places on the track was a little uneven. And if you can get them at the time of the slide to return the car in a controlled drift I could not never. Further — or inhibit (as lucky), or to quickly turn 360 degrees and pretend that it was intended (here, too, as lucky, but not so boring).

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The same thing happens when the wheels instead of snow is a small patch of ice. The car immediately breaks down under the restrained laughter of the instructor and my not restrained swearing.

King of the road

Those who sat in the first places in a branded bus that drove us around the North of Finland, were more fortunate of all. Behind the wheel sat the driver, compared to which we all looked pathetic scoliozei snails. On a narrow winding road, covered with ice and snow, he always drove slower than 90 km/h And if we have to someone cautious, “creeping” 89 km/h, our driver knew a shortcut. We’ve only seen in computer games, although by occupation traveled a lot, including buses. Of course, we’ve all been wondering what kind of tires are on the bus. Goodyear Ice Arctic? Performance? Unfortunately, the driver did not speak English, so as soon as the bus arrived at the airport, we ran to watch the tires. Well, brand we don’t say — politically incorrect. But to guess, I think it is easy.

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New Volkswagen Golf: first images

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A couple of days ago in the Internet appeared the teaser of the likely future trends that has become an occasion for us to imagine how the car will change in the next generation.

Golf current generation (seventh) is from 2012, and last year he went through a restyling. Car, in whose honor the call segment in which it is located, by design, very conservative, and likely a new generation will also in an evolutionary way. If you focus on the teaser, the body shape will not change, but side podshtampovki will become more profound and will be located above, along the door handles. Headlights can become more narrow and get the daytime led running lights of the new form.

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The rear part also can be changed only in details:. more strict geometric forms, and otherwise will be resolved punch on the trunk lid. Certainly the changes will affect the rear bumper.

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The premiere of the eighth generation Volkswagen Golf is expected next year.

In Russia today, the five-door hatchback Golf is at least 1 429 900 rubles (1.4 TSI DSG, 125 HP). A more powerful 150-strong modification will cost 1 689 900 rubles.

By the way, soon is expected the emergence of a version kupeobrazny crossover Teramont.


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The Euro NCAP tests surprised by the range from zero to five stars

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Leonid Popov, 5 Dec 2018. Photo: Euro NCAP

Most often we put the main picture a picture of the best machine in the next batch of tests, but today I decided to go back. Here is a new model, whitepsace to earn just one star. Learn?

Association of Euro NCAP reported on the testing of nine models: Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60, Volvo S60, Jeep Wrangler and Fiat Panda. Or rather, was smashed eight cars, as a result of the versatile V60 counted and related to the S60 sedan. Five star model didn’t surprise (although there was subtleties). But a couple of cars of the concern FCA experts discouraged. SUV Wrangler is a new generation scraped one star, but the Panda didn’t get one. But a subcompact can be forgiven, at least for the old age: this generation of Panda is on the line since 2011 and has survived since then just different upgrades.

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SUV Audi Q3 gained 6.9 points behind the front kick with a partial overlap of the eight possible, at 7.7 for complete overlap, and 16 out of 16 for two kinds of side impacts.

Right of the photo machines shows a graph of the distribution of the load on the dummy driver. On the left, in a frontal collision with an offset in the mid — side impact on the pillar, right — reconstruction of rear-end collision. Legend: green — good protection, yellow for adequate, orange for slight, brown — weak, red — bad.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Audi Q3 95% 86% 76% 85%

In the conventional coloring of mannequins sitting in the crossover Audi Q3, there are only green and yellow zone loads. When checking the bumper, bonnet and front struts on the impact of the pedestrian was found a few red spots. However, before such a collision is still necessary to reach: a set of tests of various auxiliary systems, including automatic braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, passed with a “green” overall rating.

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Model BMW X5 earned only 5.8 points for front impact, overlap and 7.5 for full. In the first case, particularly distinguished himself the thighs of the driver, issuing a load in the brown zone. The puncture happened in a side impact pole: orange zone stress in the chest of the dummy (because of the side tests of 15.2 points from 16).

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
BMW X5 89% 86% 75% 75%

Additional electronics “x-fifth” worked perfectly, pulling the overall performance of the model to five stars. But to overloads during crash tests, the questions were (see the caption to the above video). Mannequins depicting children during the test, anything criminal did not show. Pedestrian protection is generally good, however, when confronted with him are ruthless to the front edge of the hood across its width, where the conditional parameter loads came in the red zone.

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In the crossover Santa Fe in almost all tests of conditional colouring dummies — green and yellow (including not shown in the figure, the types of inspections). But there are a couple of exceptions: in a frontal impact dummy child’s neck gets in the orange zone stress, and when checking the restraints for protection from whiplash (rear impact) passengers in the second row much at risk — and then all red.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Hyundai Santa Fe 94% 88% 67% 76%

The creation of the Hyundai with some controversial moments should be commended for honest safety. Unlike some models in Santa Fe final five stars largely is due to body strength and low loads (frontal shock — 7.9 and 7.8 points out of eight, side — 14,8 16). But the additional electronics worked tests me automatic braking in front of cars works well, but pedestrians and cyclists car sees on the level of “yellow” and “orange” (as I understand, the rating here is set in the same color coordinate system, and that the beats).

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The best test for Jaguar — side kick, and of any type. Each passed on hurrah (total 16 out of 16 points). Behind the front with full overlap machine got 7.6 points out of eight (yellow chest with both dummies). But the collision with the barrier the driver’s half of the body is brought models only 5.8 points (minor chest protectors).

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
I Jaguar-Pace 91% 81% 73% 81%

Jaguar electric car I-Pace as well as Santa Fe, a well-or adequately respond to the approach of other vehicles, and pedestrians and cyclists determines less confident. When hitting the latter will have to rely on the friendliness of the hood (no red zone). Inside the car the inhabitants did not particularly threatened — by the standards of these tests, of course. But the protection against whiplash injury in the second row were in the orange zone.

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The Peugeot 508 is the perfect results of both types of lateral tests (16 points) and also hit from behind. Behind the front the car has received a 7.3 and 7.6 points. The most problematic area: the orange chest of the driver in a collision with the whole width of the body with a rigid barrier. Everything else is green or yellow.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Peugeot 508 96% 86% 71% 79%

Moderate loads on the dummies and stable power structure of the body brought the five stars model Peugeot 508. With electronics, the situation is slightly worse. Prevention of collisions at urban speeds was relatively green, on a country road have yellow, and also yellow level assessed the reaction of pedestrians and cyclists. That’s a shame that the entire lower part of the windshield not shown strictly to test the pedestrian’s head (where the red area).

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The Volvo V60 received a 7.3 and 7.6 points for the front shocks and 15.8 per side. The orange spot was just one left leg of the driver at risk. But the children after all the tests sit green from head to toe: the level of safe loads.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Volvo V60 and S60 96% 84% 74% 76%

Wagon Volvo V60 is all right with the body, and stress. Electronics generally assessed at the highest green mark, even pedestrian detection worked fine, but cyclists are only on the second, yellow level. Meanwhile, on the front edge of the hood and the windshield is full of red areas, which means that the injury collision very likely.

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The new Wrangler is perfectly able to blow a moving truck in the side, there is a maximum of points (eight), hitting the post experts not tested. But the front, with a partial overlap (3.9 points) and full (5.7) failed. In the first case, the chest of the passenger turned yellow, the driver is brown and the second red and orange. Against this background, the “orange” legs is not scary.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Jeep Wrangler 50% 69% 49% 32%

Slight protection of the child’s head during a side impact, the red area of the load on the chest of the passenger on the second row when hitting the front, noticeable deformation of the floor and the risk of heavy impact of the knees on the front panel are listed as disadvantages of the Wrangler. This is coupled with the almost complete absence of electronic assistance systems on Board just a reminder seat belt reminder the seat belt and speed limiter. The experts were surprised — a new model arrived on the market without tracking markup and automatic braking.

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The Panda is sad almost all. Red and brown areas on mannequins missing. For front impact, overlap the machine has earned 5.7 points and full overlapping — 4.2 out eight. Side collision truck brought 6.4, friendship with the pole, Europeans are not checked.

Model Overall rating Protection of adult passengers The protection of children Pedestrian protection Security
Fiat Panda 45% 16% 47% 7%

In a small car a Fiat Panda to a serious injury is possible in both frontal impacts (then, as the choice of the chest of the driver and passenger of yellow, brown, red and orange, plus brown, the head of the driver when out with a rigid barrier) at the side (the orange load on chest), and a rear impact (the orange load to the neck on the first row and the red in the second). Children for the purchase of Pandas parents is not praised in two different tests of the two dummies of different ages red zone of congestion of the head. Praise the Panda experts were able only for the rigid body, since the geometric dimensions after the frontal impact did not cause. However, this is not enough even for one star. Especially that of electronic assistants in the model, there was only the reminder of the straps.


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In the yards can still appear paid Parking

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This stems from the decision of the Supreme court, which ruled that the yard is not a Park but rather a place to travel.

At the end of December 2018 will come into force the document under which the local authorities should prohibit the introduction of paid Parking, including in adjoining areas. However, this administration still be able to compete. As it turned out, according to the current rules drivers can’t leave the car parked at the house in which they live. In the yards are only allowed temporary Parking.


One enterprising citizen decided to find out whether it is legal Parking in the yards? With this question, he eventually reached the Supreme court. He said that the yard is not a Park, but a place to travel. As notes “Kommersant“, this does not mean that all car owners need to urgently take out the machine outside of the local area.

We are talking about the fact that according to the current rules it is impossible to do from the yards of the Parking lot, however, temporarily leave their vehicles. This option is suitable to those who regularly uses a personal vehicle for travel to work. However, if, for example, the driver deprived of the rights for a year, the machine should not stand all this time in the yard, it will have to look for another place. This was stated by the Chairman of the Union of housing organizations in the capital Konstantin Krokhin.

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According to the norms SanPiN and article 6.4 of the administrative code, in the courts, there should be no Parking permitted only so-called “guest spots”. According to the latest document for Parking in your own backyard owner can be fined: for individuals provides the penalty from 500 to 1 000 rubles. The publication notes that the Supreme court’s decision creates a gap in the law.

In fact the authorities can accept all of the Parking in the yards outside the law. According to the Chairman of the Board of the development Fund of the local government Zoe Shargatova, in the end, the tenants of apartment buildings whose ground is not formalized in the joint share ownership may face with Parking facilities in their own backyards: we are talking about those sites which are according to the law of urban land.


Problems with Parking are in many large cities of the Russian Federation, particularly affected are the residents of Moscow. Recently it became known that the soon to Park in the city will be more expensive. December 15, 2018 on the busiest streets of the capital , the price of one hour Parking will increase from the current 200 to 380 rubles. On these land plots will cancel free Parking on Sundays. The DMV said the changes caused by the expectation of new year’s eve traffic jams.

Earlier reported that the court had to figure out what is not considered as paid Parking. In the end, after the proceedings, the chief justice decided that a machine out of a Parking space (but within the city-paid Parking) penalty for non-payment should not be. These motorists should be punished for another article – for ignoring signs and markings.


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