Report: Initial D manga ends 18-year run with ‘Final Stage’

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Initial D, the Japanese manga that helped popularize drifting and make the AE-86 generation Toyota Corolla (Trueno in Japan) the cult classic that it is today, has finally ended after 18 years of publication. The last installment, called Final Stage, was released in late July, in the August 6 edition of Young Magazine, reports The Truth About Cars.

If you don’t read the manga (a Japanese comic) perhaps you’ve watched the anime (a Japanese animated movie or TV show) series that it spawned, or the live-action movie from 2005 (which has some cool drifting scenes). What stands out the most about Initial D are the cars, which are drawn accurately and animated fluidly on paper or the TV screen – representing an acute understanding by the technical artists of how cars look and behave while they’re being driven.

As is often the case with manga-anime relationships, the Initial D manga takes storyline priority with the anime following loosely behind. Though the manga has ended, TTAC reports that another series of Initial D episodes (and another live-action movie) will be produced to tie things up for fans of the anime.

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Motorsports: 24 Hours of Le Mans ends with broken records [spoilers]

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The 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has come to an end, and the results require the use of an eraser on the old record books. If you don’t want to know how it ended, now would be the time to stop reading, because the results are just below.

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24 Hours of Le Mans ends with broken records [spoilers] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Tesla Motors share price drops as IPO lock-up period ends

Filed under: Earnings/Financials, Tesla, Electric

Tesla Motors logoTesla Motors (TSLA) shares were hammered hard near the end of last week and are still dropping as word of the expiration of a 180-day post-IPO lock-up agreement continues to make the rounds. Starting today, 75 million Tesla shares, which had previously been subject to a lock-up agreement restricting their sale, will be eligible for registration.

The automaker’s recent 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission noted that a fall in share price could possibly coincide with the expiration of the 180-day post-IPO lock-up agreement. The filing’s actual wording reads:

The market price of our common stock could decline as a result of sales of a large number of shares of our common stock in the market in the future, and the perception that these sales could occur may also depress the market price of our common stock.

Tesla shares are currently listed at $25.44, a drop from the $29.36 that they were trading at in early November and a decline from the $32-plus price recorded near the middle of last week.


[Source: Forbes]

Report: Tesla Motors share price drops as IPO lock-up period ends originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Big Three Have Five Years of Prosperity Until Party Ends

Filed under: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Autoline on Autoblog

Signs To Watch For As The Cycle Repeats

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Detroit’s automakers are starting to beat their chests in exultation, and who can blame them? The last 16 months have been nothing short of a miracle. Who would have believed they could recover so quickly?

Dial back the clock to last summer, June of 2009. Chrysler had just clawed its way out of bankruptcy, GM was still bankrupt. And Ford just barely avoided filing, saved only by borrowing heavily before the credit market collapsed.

The good times are just getting going. The next five years could be phenomenal.

If someone had come up to you then and said that in less than a year Ford would be earning over $7 billion and that it would surpass Toyota and Honda in quality, you would have said it was not going to happen.

If they had told you that General Motors would be earning over $6 billion in profits, you would have called them crazy.

If they had told you Chrysler would report an operating profit and come within a whisker of catching Honda in market share, you would have said they’re mad.

And if they had told you that Toyota would be battered by criticism for all its defects and quality problems, you would have said that’s impossible.

But here we are a year and a half later and the American auto industry has been completely transformed. The Big Three are more competitive than they’ve been in nearly four decades. Even more amazing, the good times are just getting going. The next five years could be phenomenal.

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John McElroyJohn McElroy is host of the TV program “Autoline Detroit” and daily web video “Autoline Daily”. Every week he brings his unique insights as a Detroit insider to Autoblog readers.

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Big Three Have Five Years of Prosperity Until Party Ends originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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China’s 60-mile long traffic jam ends

Filed under: China, Etc.

Here’s a little ray of sunshine if you happen to be traveling on the G110 expressway in China. The massive, 60-mile long traffic jam that reportedly cropped up due to road maintenance between Beijing and Zhangjiaku has all but evaporated. NBC News decided to get down and dirty by heading up the afflicted highway to see the mayhem for itself, only to find that the Chinese government had successfully dissipated the clog.

From what the news agency found, the G110 is popular among truck drivers hauling coal from illegal mines in the countryside into Beijing. There are plenty of larger, quicker roads to get goods in and out of the capital, but those highways are heavily monitored and charge drivers based on their load and the distance they travel. Until just recently, the G110 didn’t have those hassles.

But after traffic began to go stack up, the government quickly erected a series of toll booths and weigh stations to keep an eye on what’s going and coming through the area. For now, traffic is flowing freely along the road, even though the original roadwork isn’t set to wrap up until mid September.

[Source: NBC News | Image: AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan]

China’s 60-mile long traffic jam ends originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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