Friday, February 20, 2009

Unsold Cars From Around The World

Nissan has announced plans to cut its Sunderland workforce by 1,200. Thousands of unsold cars are stored around the factory's test track.

Honda is halting production at its Swindon plant in April and May, extending the two-month closure announced before Christmas to four months. Honda and Japanese rival Toyota are both cutting production in Japan and elsewhere. Pictured, Hondas await export at a pier in Tokyo.

Earlier this week Jaguar Land Rover said 450 British jobs would go.

The open car storage areas in Corby , Northamptonshire, are reaching full capacity.

Imported cars stored at Sheerness open storage area awaiting delivery to dealers.

Newly imported cars fill the 150-acre site at the Toyota distribution centre in Long Beach , California.

The build-up of imported cars at the port of Newark , New Jersey.

Stocks of Ford trucks in Detroit , Michigan.

New cars jam the dockside in the port of Valencia in Spain.

Peugeot cars await shipment to Italian dealers at the port of Civitavecchia.

Unsold cars at Avonmouth Docks near Bristol.

With many manufacturers on extended Christmas shutdown, the number of cars rolling off production lines in December fell 47.5% to just 53,823.

Thousands of new cars are stored on the runway at the disused Upper Heyford airbase near Bicester, Oxfordshire, on December 18, 2008.

Burj Dubai – The Tallest Building In The World

Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي‎ "Dubai Tower") is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Business Bay district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. Construction began on September 21, 2004 and is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in September 2009.

tallest building

Top 10 Techno Hits Of The Decade

Readers of technology magazine Stuff have voted for their Top 10 favourite techno picks of the past decade.

BlackberryIn at No. 10 with 1.1% of the vote is the all-singing and all-dancing Blackberry from which you can keep up everyone by singing and downloading emails on the go.

Oyster Card

In at No.9 is the Oyster Card, brought for the London under the then mayor, Ken Livingstone.

Its convenience for travel with no money required and top-up online won it 1.5% of the vote.

SkypeSkype wins 1.7% of the vote for its free video conference availability, as well as its cheap phone calls around the world.

NintendoIn at No. 7, with a jump to 3.9% is Nintendo’s Wii. It’s a video game with a difference that crosses the generation gap and gives the couch a chance to get some exercise.

chip and pin technologyThe chip and pin technology has removed the need for cheques and wadges of cash and cut down on fraud. Some 5.6% of Stuff readers think it’s a top 10 innovation.

iPodSharing the same 5.6% as the chip and pin vote, the iPod gets the award for style. The all-in-one personal media player has lifted the spirits of teccies and music lovers everywhere.

Hybrid carsHybrid cars win the hearts of 8.9% if Stuff readers. Their combine use electricity and petrol is both environmentally practical and makes sense financially, particularly when fuel prices are so volatile.

electronic navigationThe Sat Nav’s popularity reaches double figures with 16.6% voting for it. Most people who have this electronic navigation device say it’s cut down on the number of family rows over map reading.

Sky+And in at No. 2 is BSkyB’s own Sky+ which won 16.6% of the vote. Its ability to pause live TV and actually record the programmes you want has changed TV addicts’s lives for ever.

Wi-Fi internetAnd finally, in that all important No. 1 spot with a sensational 35.5% of the vote is the Wi-Fi, the wireless Internet, offering up the Internet anywhere and bringing an end to the messy cable of the 1990s.