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  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 32 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...
  • Time to lay off Tony Stewart

    08/13/2014 6:01:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 13, 2014
    I drove race cars for three years. I know race cars and race car drivers. It's time to lay off Tony Stewart. Don't get me wrong. Whatever should be said about him as a human being, Stewart is a phenomenally talented race car driver, likely one of the all-time greats of motorsports. By comparison, my racing was infinitely more humble, including three years of competition in the Sports Car Club of America and the International Motorsports Association — i.e. club and semi-pro — levels. I raced on asphalt road courses like Watkins Glen and Summit Point with left and right...
  • Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown

    08/01/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | August 1, 2014
    When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t playing — as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinian’s home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. “They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car...
  • Okay, It Turns Out That Jumping A Car Carrier Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think (Language Warning)

    06/19/2014 2:31:19 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    TTAC ^ | June 19, 2014 | Jack Baruth
    It’s been an important part of who knows how many stunt-filled car movies: the jump over the car carrier. Now, thanks to alcohol, we know how it would work in real life. The official report is surprisingly free of words like “bad-ass” and “awesome” but some news stories on the incident do contain the word “impaired”. This is pretty much how I always figured a jump over a car hauler would work. Unlike bicycle or motorcycle stunt jumping, the rotation of a car that’s doing a big jump is set entirely by the conditions of launch and can’t be changed...
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • Could Nascar's Danica Patrick become America's first EVER female Formula 1 driver

    06/09/2014 5:43:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    NASCAR racer Danica Patrick could be set to become America's first female Formula One driver after her boss hinted she would be a 'great candidate' for his F1 team. The 32-year-old is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing and has competed in NASCAR since 2012, finishing inside the top ten twice. Motorsport mogul Gene Haas, for whom Miss Patrick races for in NASCAR is preparing to launch a brand new Formula One team in time for the 2016 season.
  • $800,000 Hongqi L5 is the most expensive Chinese car you can buy

    04/25/2014 8:03:20 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 25, 2014 | Blake Z. Rong
    China's oldest car company rolled out its first vehicle on Aug. 1, 1958; it was a chrome-lined black sedan designed -- like the pastiche of 1950s cars it resembled, including the Packard-esque Chaika -- to strike equal amounts of fear and inspiration into the revolutionaries. In Chinese, "Hongqi" in means "red flag," the most potent symbol of the Chinese Communist Party, making it a fitting name for a company that supplied the apparatchik.
  • Feds to require rearview cameras in new vehicles

    04/01/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by mykroar · 99 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 4/1/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles -- an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built beginning May 1, 2018, to meet the new rear-visibility standards. The rule includes buses and trucks; motorcycles and trailers are exempt. The rearview cameras must give drivers a field of vision measuring at least 10 by 20 feet directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet...
  • Tax Refunds, Easy Credit Boost Used Car Prices

    03/10/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/10/2014 | Cameron Miquelon
    A combination of income tax refunds issued in January and February with accessible financing have boosted used-car prices overall in the first two months of 2014. Automotive News reports prices rose 1.1 percent year to date, and 0.8 percent over the past month, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index. Meanwhile, the IRS processed 40.4 million returns in the first two months of the year, refunding $125.8 billion to taxpayers at an average of $3,112, which helped in propping up wholesale used vehicle prices. Easy credit with attractive terms also aided used-vehicle pricing, making the market “more profitable than...
  • NHTSA Data Confirms Traffic Fatalities Increased In 2012

    02/26/2014 8:03:43 PM PST · by Red6 · 14 replies
    NHTSA ^ | November 14, 2013 | Nathan Naylor
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data indicating that highway deaths increased to 33,561 in 2012, which is 1,082 more fatalities than in 2011. The majority of the increase in deaths, 72 percent, occurred in the first quarter of the year. Most of those involved were motorcyclists and pedestrians. While the newly released data announced today marks the first increase since 2005, highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows. Fatalities in 2011 were at the lowest level since...
  • Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

    01/29/2014 6:05:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mark Memmott
    Even the famed German automaker concedes that it "may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage." But the recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" — dubbed the P1 — was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," writes the automotive news site Jalopnik, and could chug along at 22 mph. The car was found, according to Porsche, in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902. As for the car's history, according to Porsche: "The owner of 'K.K. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Comp.' had a wide range of interests,...
  • Bureaucrats Befuddled By America's Auto Market

    01/22/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 55 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/21/2014 | Manny Lopez
    DETROIT — My muffled chuckle was not appreciated by the 20-something clipboard carrier hovering around EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy here at the auto show. I tried to restrain myself as McCarthy emerged from a tiny Chevy Spark tucked along a wall at the General Motors display. "This is my baby," she said turning back to admire the micro car. I chuckled. Her statement was as amusing as it was telling. After all, only a bureaucrat could look at a car that almost no one will buy and beam with pride. The only thing less popular than ultra tiny vehicles in...
  • What a small, brave company could accomplish

    01/11/2014 11:38:58 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies
    2014-11-01 | WesternCulture
    Scandinavian Koenigsegg, one of Europe's most anonymous car manufacturers, holds an extreme amount of world records in the domain of car performance. Volkswagen and other large, incompetent, multinationals have tried to compete, but have often accomplished nothing else than making complete fools of themselves. The clip features a top model BMW versus a Koenigsegg. Feel free to try and wrestle Vikings, we'll send you to sleep and back home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zin6TwtmiU
  • Woman gives birth in Walmart parking lot

    01/04/2014 6:39:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | Jan 03 2014 11:36:59 AM EST | John Shull
    A pregnant woman and her three daughters were waiting in the car while the father went into the store to grab a few groceries. The mother's water broke while he was shopping, however, and when he came outside, he saw his children yelling for him to hurry to the car. The man had only been inside the store for a few minutes, but in that short amount of time, the mother had given birth to her fourth child
  • Auto bailout saved 2.6m jobs,$105b in potential lost taxes(No joke,saying this w/ a straight face)

    12/09/2013 2:07:59 PM PST · by bestintxas · 14 replies
    wash examiner ^ | // | p beddard
    Washington’s $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors saved at least 1.2 million jobs, protected hundreds of thousands of pensions and earned about $40 billion in tax collections, turning what some have dubbed a poor investment into a whopping bang for Uncle Sam, according to a new report. The bottom line, according to the Center for Automotive Research study heralded by GM: When the full picture of what was at stake is considered, including the potential for millions to be put out of work, the government actually made out big time. And when bailed-out Chrysler is included, the study found that...
  • Are Health and Auto Insurance Connected?

    10/01/2013 3:24:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-1-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 01, 2013 Windows Media BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, back to the phones and we're gonna go to East Lansing, Michigan. Got a lot of Michigan calls today. Must be something in the trunk lines. Here's Keith. Great to have you, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. Thank you for taking my call today. RUSH: You bet, sir. CALLER: I am a route sales representative, and I work down in Jackson, Michigan. RUSH: What kind of sales, med sales, did you say? CALLER: A route sales representative for a salty snack company. RUSH: Route sales, okay. CALLER: Yes. RUSH:...
  • Mr. Orwell’s Neighborhood: Obamacare Is A Disaster And New Car Sales Decline Most In 2 Year

    10/01/2013 12:48:45 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Obamacare started today and David Stockman says it is a disaster. Of course it is a disaster. It started today and … the online enrollment didn’t work. And gave wrong prices when it did work. Thanks to the government’s $88 billion software. Simply put, it is an enormous wealth transfer from the top 50% of earners to the bottom 50%, thanks to the Obamacare subsidies. Yes, there will be massive rationing of healthcare to the elderly and “nonproductive.” This is straight out of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. animal-farm Unrelated to Obamacare, the annualized domestic vehicles sales collapsed (by the...
  • The efficient choice among combustion engines

    09/12/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 09-12-2013 | by Claudia Naegeli
    ETH researchers redesigned the conventional diesel engine of a VW Golf to run on 90% natural gas. Credit: Tobias Ott / ETH Zurich Video at link. Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an internal combustion engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular engine without compromising performance. This corresponds to fuel consumption of less than 2.4 l per 100 km. This natural gas-diesel hybrid engine is based on a system of sophisticated control engineering. The global energy markets are changing. New extraction methods are tapping into oilfields and natural gas deposits that have been inaccessible until...
  • NADA angers some by choosing Hillary Clinton as convention keynote speaker

    07/30/2013 5:05:03 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 16 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 7/29/2013 | Brandon Turkus
    Automotive News is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. AN spoke to one dealer that not only cancelled his trip to the NADA conference, but revoked his dealership's membership outright over the association with Clinton. In defense of its choice, NADA Chairman David Westcott argued that the dealer advocate wanted "somebody well-known, with a name – a draw." Still, NADA members aren't pleased with the choice, with dealers delivering a barrage of angry...
  • CONCEALED CARRY: STOPPED BY A COP [Video only]

    06/30/2013 5:46:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-30-2013 | tnoutdoors9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu8US6YAcoYSharing with you a personal experience that I had with law enforcement while concealed carry. I strongly believe that this topic should be mandatory discussion for every concealed carry class. This overview of the "stop" and interaction with the officer should give you some guidelines and protocol to follow when this happens to you. It could also be of benefit to law enforcement personnel as well. My desire is not to reveal the municipality where this transpired. The comments in this video (including text responses to viewers) represents my personal opinion only. I am not an attorney and cannot provide...
  • Michigan's Job Growth Is More Than Just Auto-Related

    06/07/2013 6:50:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2013 | James Hohman
    Michigan suffered a unique economic downturn in the 73 months of the 2001 to 2007 economic expansion. But since then, Michigan has rebounded better than national averages. A look at the employment shows that the recovery has been substantial, better than average, and only partly caused by the resurgence of the auto industry. This chart shows the payroll employment in Michigan compared to the United States. The numbers are normed to the recessionary trough in June 2009 to show performance before and after the recession. Michigan lost 5.5 percent of its jobs from November 2001, the beginning of the 2001...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles At Australian University

    06/04/2013 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    The Motor Report ^ | 06-04-2013 | Trevor Collett
    The University of Wollongong has reached a breakthrough with its research on lithium-ion batteries which could make electric vehicles (EVs) more viable in the near future. The university’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM) has used a new Germanium-based material, capable of storing five times more energy than a ‘conventional’ lithium-ion battery. Researchers at the university believe this new technology to EVs could at the very least double the distance that the car can travel on a single charge. And the benefits don’t end there, with the new batteries bringing a significant reduction in charging times, and a relatively...
  • Tesla is worse than Solyndra

    05/29/2013 4:23:59 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 37 replies
    slate.com ^ | May 29, 2013 | Scott Woolley
    In 2009, as the financial crisis raged and General Motors and Chrysler plunged toward bankruptcy, Tesla Motors faced a seemingly impossible task: raising half a billion dollars to build an electric-car factory. Tesla had just staggered through a year of layoffs, canceled orders, and record losses. Then suddenly, salvation. The U.S. Department of Energy offered to lend the company $465 million at rock-bottom interest rates. *** And in sharp contrast to Solyndra, the solar panel maker that defaulted on its $528 million loan from the Energy Departtment, Tesla last week paid the government back early, with interest. Yet despite all...
  • Electric car trailblazer Better Place to file for bankruptcy within days (Israeli)

    05/24/2013 8:04:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 24, 2013, 11:41 pm | Yifa Yaakov and David Shamah
    Israeli electric car firm Better Place, which hoped to revolutionize driving habits in Israel and worldwide, will file for bankruptcy in the coming week. The trailblazing firm sought to accelerate a world motoring shift away from gas-guzzling cars to electric, battery-powered vehicles. But “the company was not well-served by having things it thought would happen over a decade happen within a year,” a source familiar with the company’s financial woes told Fortune on Friday. snip It also touted partnerships developing in France and the US, harboring particular hopes of an electric car revolution pushed by the Obama administration. snip
  • The DIY Chevrolet V12

    05/07/2013 5:10:38 AM PDT · by Freeport · 36 replies
    LS1Tech.ocm ^ | 05-01-2013 | V12Baker
    Hey all! Figured i'd throw up the build we are working on! Another LS12 build We're currently in the process of building this one, the crank is almost done and finished the cam earlier today. Found this 1471 littlefield blower laying around so we decided to make a new intake for the next step. Have several already completed blocks layin around so this is the first one we've built that we're going to be putting in our own car! Plan is for this one to go in a Datsun 240z. I'll update when we get further!
  • A Snapshot of What Sub-Prime Buyers are Driving

    04/24/2013 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 25 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/24/2013 | Derek Kreindler
    Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site www.carfinance.com released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While it’s not the most complete list by any means, it does give us a glimpse into the choices of sub-prime buyers. As far as we know, no such list has ever been compiled prior to this.
  • This Is What It Looks Like When You Crash At 220 MPH

    03/27/2013 5:32:53 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 34 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 3/27/2013 | Travis Okulski
    This past weekend was the Texas Mile, a twice yearly speed fest where hundreds of modified cars descend on Beeville, Texas, to try and set records for the fastest standing mile. Hennessey's Ford GT broke its own record and went 267.6 in a mile. The world's fastest Camaro was also on hand, but downforce became lift on a run, which caused a devastating crash and totally obliterated the 2,800 horsepower car.
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • Auto Bailout Loss Could Exceed $70 Billion

    12/11/2012 2:53:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/12 | Seton Motley
    Courtesy of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we are already poised to lose more than $40 billion - the taxpayers are stuck with 26% stock ownership of General Motors (GM). It could get much worse. Judge Set to Rule on Case That Could Reverse Auto Bailout A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy.... At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of...
  • Consumer Credit Rises $14.2 Billion in October - Federal Consumer Credit Up $6.9 Billion

    12/07/2012 1:35:56 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/07/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Reserve announced today that consumer credit rose $14.2 billion in October. The Federal government (aka, student loans) accounted for $6.9 billion of the increase. Quite an increase since January 2009! Overall, here is the revolving credit versus the non-revolving credit growth. Non revolving credit (auto loans and student loans) has boomed when revolving credit is relatively flat. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays … with your auto and student loans! Remember, you start paying soon graduates!!
  • GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]

    11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 11-27-2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of...
  • Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process converts sugar directly to diesel

    11/07/2012 12:40:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-07-2012 | Provided by University of California - Berkeley
    A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years. While the fuel's...
  • More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy

    11/01/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 01,2012 | Staff
    Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground. Our source tells us they were “first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded.” This wouldn’t be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion. The vehicle, despite only...
  • Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy

    10/16/2012 7:29:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Bloomberg | -Oct 16, 2012 8:50 AM CT | By Dawn McCarty and Craig Trudell
    Title and link only.........
  • Uncle Joe, Uh...Obama didn't bail out the auto industry

    10/12/2012 5:59:51 AM PDT · by jilliane · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/2008 | Politico
    12/2008 President George W. Bush stepped in Friday to keep America's auto industry afloat, announcing a $17.4 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler, with the terms of the loans requiring that the firms radically restructure and show they can become profitable soon
  • Obama Didn’t Save the Auto Industry: He Took Away 2,200 Dealerships and 120,000 Jobs

    10/01/2012 1:48:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Laycatholics ^ | October 1, 2012
    As a Catholic who works in the trade association profession in the auto industry it was unsettling to hear President Obama claim that he saved the auto industry. President Obama closed over 2,200 auto dealerships, which caused the losses of decades old family-owned businesses and over 120,000 jobs they provided. The closures were allowed to happen under the false notion that auto dealerships were an expense on their auto maker. The President ignored the fact that auto dealers are not an expense to automakers. Auto makers own none of what you see at auto dealerships. Auto dealers own all their...
  • In Delphi scandal’s wake, Obama Treasury Dept. shares credit for auto bailout with Bush

    09/26/2012 11:23:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/12 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s administration is sharing credit for the 2009 auto bailout with the George W. Bush administration, as pieces of the Delphi salaried retirees pension scandal start to come under fire from three different House committees. “Current and former Treasury officials have explained in congressional testimony in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 that the previous administration provided temporary loans to General Motors and Chrysler to avoid uncontrolled liquidations of these companies at a time when our economy and financial system were already severely stressed,” Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Alastair Fitzpayne wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to House...
  • Report: Auto Industry Bailout Could Cost $3.4 Billion More Than Last Estimate

    08/14/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 10 replies
    MotorTrend ^ | August 14, 2012 | Jason Udy
    The U.S. Treasury Department’s estimated cost to taxpayers of the 2009 auto industry bailout has just taken a $3.4 billion jump. While the $21.7 billion estimate at the end of May was lower than the earlier $23.8 billion figure, now the treasury department told congress it expects to lose $25.1 billion – up $3.4 billion in just a few months, Detroit Free Press reports. The new figure is connected to General Motor’s falling stock price, which some have suggested is being affected by the performance of the Opel and Vauxhall brands. GM stock fell 15 percent between the end of...
  • Emails: Geithner, Treasury drove cutoff of non-union Delphi workers’ pensions

    08/07/2012 5:10:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 6, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Emails obtained by The Daily Caller show that the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Timothy Geithner, was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company. The move, made in 2009 while the Obama administration implemented its auto bailout plan, appears to have been made solely because those retirees were not members of labor unions. The internal government emails contradict sworn testimony, in federal court and before Congress, given by several Obama administration figures. They also indicate that the administration misled lawmakers and the courts about the sequence of events surrounding...
  • America's Generation Y not driven to drive

    07/01/2012 1:58:15 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 95 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 07/01/2012 | Deborah Zabarenko
    Bigger than the post-World War Two baby-boom generation but without the middle-class expansion that drove the earlier group's consumer habits, Generation Y includes an increasing number of people for whom driving is less an American rite of passage than an unnecessary chore.
  • Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization

    06/11/2012 9:46:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.designnews.com ^ | 05-31-2012 | Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
    Alternative energy often means the better-known sources like solar, wind power, or biofuels. A new form of alternative fuels recovers energy from post-consumer or post-industrial plastic wastes that cannot be recycled efficiently. Technologies for creating these fuels attempt to solve two big problems: the overabundance of unrecycled plastic in landfills, and the creation of domestic energy sources. Several of these plastics-to-fuel (PTF) conversion processes are on the verge of commercialization in the US. The waste-to-energy (WTE) industry began by approaching polymer wastes as a problem to be eliminated, but failed to come up with financially feasible methods, Jay Schabel, CEO...
  • Volvo Unveils 13-Liter Natural Gas Engine for North American Market

    05/22/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    http://www.hybridcars.com ^ | Published May 22, 2012 | By Philippe Crowe
    Volvo Trucks unveiled last week its plans to launch a 13-liter heavy-duty natural gas engine featuring Westport high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology. The engine, marketed under the “Blue Power” designation, is scheduled to launch for the North American market in 2014. The engine’s advanced high pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with current natural gas products. Combined with the company’s previously announced offering of compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Volvo VNM and VNL model daycabs, the new engine will provide customers with a complete range of natural gas-powered transportation solutions. Volvo is also testing another...
  • Hybrid Owners Not Likely To Be Repeat Buyers

    05/14/2012 10:46:30 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 35 replies
    carbusinesstoday.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | ADMIN
    Most Hybrid Owners Choosing Not to Rebuy Hybrids - Many consumers are looking to fuel-efficient cars in order to find relief from today’s high gasoline prices. And automakers have been paying attention – there are now more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles available than ever before. But when people who currently own a hybrid vehicle buy another car, they’re not buying another hybrid.
  • LAPD to Ignore California’s Car Impound Law Because It’s “Unfair” to Illegal Aliens

    03/23/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT · by montag813 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-24-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have become sadly accustomed to California - America's Sanctuary State - sinking lower and lower into utter lawlessness for the sake of naked racial politics. But whatever they do in Sacramento doesn't even come close to the utter madness that is Los Angeles - which makes the rest of the state look conservative by comparison. This week saw the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that it will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - because it is "unfair" to illegal aliens!That's right....
  • An Apologist Argument for Civilian Full Auto

    02/18/2012 6:35:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    guns.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Jim Downey
    OK, this isn’t for you guys who are operators. If you own your own sub-gun, or your job requires you to handle/use M4s regularly, then just go away. There’s no need for you to stick around and sneer. This essay is for all the schlubs like me who don’t often get a chance to get to play with full-auto toys. Who have thought, “oh, that’s no big deal. It’d be silly to pay the freight for rental sub-machine guns, dropping a couple hundred bucks in almost no time." Well, this is me telling you just do it. Seriously. If you...
  • Car makers risk €10 billion fine for EU carbon breach

    12/20/2011 6:30:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    AFP via EUBusiness.com ^ | 20 December 2011, 23:14 CET
    A handful of car makers risk potential fines of €10 billion ($13 billion) for failing to meet European targets on carbon emissions in 2012, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday. "If car manufacturers make no further improvements in carbon efficiency of new cars between 2010 and 2012, non-compliant manufacturers could face fines which in total would add up to €10 billion," the EAA said. Large auto manufacturers face being fined if they fail to meet a directive for lowering emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas. The emissions target across the industry is an average of...
  • Electric car maker Aptera closes its doors

    12/05/2011 7:42:35 AM PST · by Abathar · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 12/03/2011 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Electric car maker Aptera Motors is closing after failing to woo enough investors to bring a new sedan to market. Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur said the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company closed its doors Friday and laid off all 30 of its employees. The company was hoping to get a $150 million loan from the Department of Energy but needed to raise matching funds, Wilbur said. He said Aptera had trouble drumming up interest from investors, who have been spooked by the difficulties other small electric car makers have had. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla Motors Inc., for example, has racked up millions...
  • What a 120mph Crash-Test Looks Like

    11/30/2011 8:28:18 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 30, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Occupants experience "up to 400 g" As you are likely aware, our own NHTSA test-crashes all new cars for sale in the US at speeds up to 40 mph- as do EU authorities and a few others.  One day the folks at English television show Fifth Gear (not to be confused with Jeremy Clarkson's unparelled Top Gear) wondered over tea what would happen if they had some crash-test pros set up the cement barrier and run a Ford Focus into it at 120 mph... triple normal testing speeds. So they did it... and this is what happens: Car decelerates from 120-0 in .068 seconds Occupants experience up...
  • Three dead in 52-car German pile-up

    11/19/2011 3:23:49 PM PST · by Flavius · 38 replies
    abc ^ | 11/17/11 | abc
    Three people were killed and 35 injured in a massive collision on a fog-covered highway in western Germany, police said.
  • Checking the Numbers on Michigan's Auto Jobs

    11/15/2011 12:43:11 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/15/2011 | Tom Gantert
    When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to Michigan and said he was opposed to the auto bailout, the Associated Press reported: “GM and Chrysler are again making money and adding thousands of jobs in Michigan, which continues to struggle with an 11.1 percent unemployment rate, the nation's third highest.” But have GM and Chrysler really added thousands of jobs in Michigan? That could be a stretch, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From September 2010 through September 2011, Michigan added a net 65,300 jobs, according to the most recent BLS figures. “That’s a very positive sign about...