Day: May 3, 2020

‘WRC 9’ video game gets a major gameplay trailer

Back in March, Nacon, formerly Bigben Studios, announced “WRC 9” the latest installment in its long-running rally racing video game series. But we’ve had to wait until now to get a really good look at what the game looks like in action. The company released a nearly three minute trailer of game play from its New Zealand rally stages, one of the three new locations featured in the game.

Pleasingly, the trailer shows plain and simple game play from interior and chase cams. There aren’t artsy graphics and loud music, just plain and simple game play. There are some more cinematic angles to give additional perspectives to the game. And it looks quite good. In particular, the lighting and particle effects seem to be significantly improved over last year’s “WRC 8,” with more accurate shading and reflections. The billowing clouds

Nissan releases free coloring book to quell coronavirus blues

Coloring books are a great way to pass the time in quarantine these days. Audi released a good one, and Ian Callum put forth some coloring pages, too. Now that you’ve likely exhausted those avenues, it’s Nissan’s turn. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, and Nissan designers across the world put together these 23 pages of coloring. All of them are available to download for free. Here’s the link. You can also just snag individual pages from our gallery above if you don’t want the whole book.

We’re particularly fond of the GT-R heritage and Figaro pages. Though the 240Z and two-door 510 make for some splendid competition in our hearts. Even Patrol fans will have fun with this, as Nissan has dedicated an entire page to the past and future of the off-roader.

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Top 10 brands least likely to flash a check engine light

  • Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz

How often will you see the dreaded check engine light?

An illuminated check engine light can mean a lot of things, many of them relatively minor and inexpensive to repair. Of course, the dreaded CEL could also be the first indication of a major problem. In either case, it’s certainly true that owners would prefer that the dashboard lights stay unlit as much as possible.

The team from CarMD calculated the number of times check engine lights illuminate using data from more than 14.4 million vehicles produced between 1996 and 2019, and helpfully charted out the automakers least likely to flash the CEL. We’ve gathered up the top 10 brands here. In a separate slideshow, we outlined the automobile brands with the least expensive average repair cost to fix whatever is causing an illuminated