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  • 1967 Corvette with 2,996 miles to be offered at auction

    03/21/2014 10:39:13 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 83 replies
    autoweek.com ^ | 2-26-2014 | Jay Ramey
    People generally buy a Chevrolet Corvette planning to drive the wheels off it, but examples with absurdly low mileage have to come from somewhere. Cars suffer a small breakdown and are parked for years, owners suddenly pass away and their children don't know what to do with the cars, vehicles get donated to museums... the list of usual suspects for something like this is pretty limited. But the story of this unrestored and completely original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette with just 2,996 miles on the clock is a new one for us. Here's what we know: Don McNamara turned 30 in...
  • 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang spotted

    03/24/2014 1:50:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2015
    But who gets to blow out the candles? What’s believed to be a lightly-camouflaged 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang has been spotted out on a test drive just a few weeks before its expected debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The GT-spec ‘Stang features several retro styling cues to mark the occasion, including a unique grille with a horizontal chrome bar and corral around the Mustang logo, what appear to be rear quarter window louvers hidden under a black panel, and forked-spoke wheels reminiscent of the ones seen on
  • Fiat recalling more than 18,000 2014 Fiat 500Ls

    03/15/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
    Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working. […] According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cold temperatures can affect signals sent between the car’s main computer and the gear shifter. If that happens, the shifter may not shift out of park or the response may be delayed, increasing the risk of a crash. …
  • Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

    03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    chicagotribune.com/Reuters ^ | 3/13/2014 | Amanda Becker
    Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in a U.S. court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost. The lawsuit marks the latest fallout from a hard-fought contest at VW's plant in Chattanooga, where workers voted 712-626 last month not to join the UAW. The union is asking federal regulators to scrap that result and hold a new election. Filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the complaint alleges VW provided "thing of...
  • Unions Request a "Do-Over" in Failed Chattanooga Union Vote

    03/11/2014 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What do you do when a union vote doesn’t go your way? Well, if you are the United Auto Workers union, you ask for a “re-do”. The UAW has asked the National Labor Relations Board to reconsider their failed attempt to unionize Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, because… Well because they think it was unfair that anti-union voices were allowed to make their case on TV, highway billboards, and newspaper columns. In other words: the UAW feels they were unfairly outgunned by free-speech. According to the Wall Street Journal: The UAW has filed an election objection with the labor board alleging...
  • Automakers Wary Of Russia At Geneva Auto Show

    03/04/2014 5:57:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Manufacturing.net / The Associated Press ^ | March 4, 2014 | Colleen Barry and Josh Heilprin, AP Business Writers
    GENEVA (AP) -- European automakers cast a wary eye toward Russia on the first day of the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday, poised for a quick strategy rethink as the threat of sanctions hangs over the country because of its intervention in Ukraine. Russia has been a key market for recession-battered European automakers that have looked to expand sales and find partners for lucrative joint ventures. But new uncertainty has been raised by growing tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. "There is always going to be a surprise out there. Ukraine is an example....
  • Chevrolet Sells 1,210 Volts In February, Off 26% From 2013

    03/04/2014 12:31:32 PM PST · by lacrew · 17 replies
    InsideEVs ^ | 3-3-14 | Jay Cole
    After posting a fairly disappointing 918 Volt sales in January – the first time sales were under 4 digits in 2 years (603 - Jan 2012), the extended range Chevy bounced back a little in February notching 1,210 deliveries. Year-over-year, this February’s result was up against some fairly stiff competition as 1,626 were sold this month a year ago, meaning sales were off 25.6%. For the year to date, 2,128 Volts have been sold as compared to 2,766 – off 23.1% There just isn’t enough casr to even get the Volt a fighting chance as the General opted to produce...
  • Automakers slide on ice in February

    03/04/2014 10:39:59 AM PST · by John W · 37 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | March 4, 2014 | TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DETROIT – March will be one of the most crucial months for the U.S. auto industry in years. Sales were slower than expected in January and February, and the number of unsold cars on dealer lots grew. Some automakers had to resort to juicy discounts to lure reluctant buyers. Most industry executives, dealers and analysts blame the historic cold temperatures and snowfall, and expect warmer weather to restore consumers’ enthusiasm for car buying. Most still expect annual sales to exceed 16.1 million, which would be the highest level since 2006. But a continuation of the trends could signal more fundamental...
  • Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant

    02/26/2014 8:56:24 PM PST · by ckilmer · 93 replies
    recode.net ^ | 02/26/2014 | Justin Hyde
    Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant By Justin Hyde 6 hours ago Motoramic   .View photo Tesla Motors No automaker has quite the momentum that Tesla Motors enjoys today. It sells every car it builds easily, with customers queuing around the globe. It's considered the best car for sale in America by several critics, and Wall Street has bought into Elon Musk's vision with a fervor rarely seen outside riverside baptisms. And yet everything Tesla stands for today and wants to accomplish in the future rides on a single stubborn, expensive piece of technology — the...
  • UAW Asks NLRB to Void Union Loss at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

    02/22/2014 8:40:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a legal challenge late Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the certification of the organizing vote it lost last Friday at Volkswagen's auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The challenge was submitted just hours before the seven day post-election filing deadline expired. On Tuesday, attorney Joseph Farelli, a nationally recognized labor law expert, told Breitbart News the UAW would have little chance of success if it filed a challenge to NLRB certification of the election. "I don't think the NLRB is willing to break new ground and state the conduct of a...
  • UAW Loss in Chattanooga a Repudiation of 1930s Unionism

    02/21/2014 5:17:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Michael Barone
    It is 611 miles from the United Auto Workers headquarters in Detroit to Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It's a long day's drive, about 10 hours almost entirely on Interstate 75, but it turned out to be too far for the UAW. Or so one must judge from the results of the unionization election last week in Chattanooga. Volkswagen employees voted 712-626 against certifying the UAW as their bargaining agent. That's not an overwhelming margin. But it's significant. Volkswagen, unlike most employers, didn't oppose the union. It supported it, opening its factory to union organizers but not opponents, announcing...
  • New Chevy Tahoe Ad?

    02/19/2014 7:13:55 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 58 replies
    2/19/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Has anybody seen the new Chevy Tahoe ad? The wife is taking the babysitter (maybe around thirteen years old) home. During the ride, the babysitter is checking out the luxury of the Tahoe. When they arrive at the sitter's house, the wife says '$40, right'?
  • UAW flattened by a Volkswagen

    02/15/2014 11:52:04 AM PST · by Starman417 · 27 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-15-14 | DrJohn
    Having destroyed Detroit, the United Auto Workers union is desperate to infect foreign auto manufacturing plants in the South. It finally managed to force a vote on unionization in Chattanooga and the UAW hit a pot hole. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., have rejected the United Auto Workers, shooting down the union’s hopes of securing a foothold at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. The vote was 712 to 626, said the UAW, which blamed the loss on “politicians and outside special interest groups.” The vote, announced late Friday night after three days of balloting, is a devastating...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • Chrysler dealers upbeat about purchase by Fiat

    01/25/2014 8:45:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2014 5:49 PM EST | Janet McConnaughey
    Chrysler dealers from around the U.S. seem revved up by the purchase of the U.S. carmaker by Italy’s Fiat SpA. […] “I think it’s well deserved,” said Pamela Burger of Carl Burger Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram World in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa, Calif. “They picked us up out of bankruptcy when we couldn’t even be bought, and have grown us over five years. … They helped us grow instead of stripping us of money and assets.” And, she said, “The quality gets better and better.” Fiat has been running Chrysler since 2009 and owned nearly 60 percent...
  • Tesla Motors' Dirty Little Secret Is a Major Problem

    01/20/2014 6:22:29 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 34 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 1/19/2014 | Katie Spence
    Energy independence, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, lower fuel costs: All of these promises are factors behind the rise in electric vehicles' popularity. Unfortunately, they're more fiction than fact. Here's why, and how it could affect companies like Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) .Do you want cancer with that battery?Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy undertook a study to look at the environmental impact of lithium-ion batteries for EVs. The study showed that batteries that use cathodes with nickel and cobalt, as well as solvent-based electrode processing, have the highest potential for environmental impacts, including...
  • Making a splash: The world’s fastest amphibious vehicle can go from car to boat in just 15 SECONDS

    01/19/2014 1:32:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:28 EST, 18 January 2014 | Victoria Woollaston and Alexandra Klausner
    You no longer need to be a spy like James Bond to get your hands on an amphibious car. David March has designed the world’s fastest Jeep-style vehicle that can be driven straight from the land into the water and goes from a car to a boat in just 15 seconds. Called the Panther, the vehicle can reach water speeds of up to 45 mph—almost as fast as an average speedboat—and is fitted with a custom-made 3.7 liter V6 engine, fiberglass hull and lightweight chromoly steel chassis. …
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • U.S. Automakers and the NSA – Peas in a Pod

    01/16/2014 5:44:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Progressive Insurance wants its insurance agents to take a 30-day ride-along with its customers. While the agents themselves are not physically in the vehicles, the Progressive “Snapshot” device -- which functions much like a car’s Event Data Recorder, or “EDR” (also known as a “black box”) -- constantly monitors and records every move a driver makes; including how often drivers slam on the brakes, how many miles they drive, and how much time they spend driving at high-risk hours (Midnight to 4:00 AM). Progressive claims collecting such data will save money for “safe-drivers,” but in actuality it is simply a...
  • Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

    01/09/2014 10:06:54 AM PST · by billorites · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy today at CES, the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they're doing it. Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers, and illustrate the fact that the company uses very little of it in order to avoid raising privacy concerns: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it....
  • Fiat reaches deal to buy remaining 41.5% of Chrysler shares

    01/01/2014 6:50:57 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 66 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 1 January 2014 18.26 EST
    Italian car manufacturer Fiat announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares of Chrysler for $3.65bn to a union-controlled trust fund. Fiat already owns 58.5% of Chrysler's shares, with the remaining 41.5% held by a United Auto Workers trust fund that pays health care bills for retirees. Under the deal, Fiat will make an initial payment of $1.9bn to the fund, plus an additional $1.75bn upon closing the deal. Chrysler will also make additional payments totalling $700m to the fund as part of an agreement with the UAW. The deal is expected to close...
  • The Tesla battery swap is the hoax of the year

    12/22/2013 4:34:29 PM PST · by AlbertoZaragoza · 37 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 22-12-2013 | Alberto Zaragoza
    So here we are, fifteen months after Tesla started getting carbon credits for the battery swap. The company has already cashed out, probably for more than $60 million. Without building a single swap station, or demonstrating the feature in consumer cars, or bothering to provide any sort of explanation. I have emailed them, written on their Facebook page, posted in their forum. Their only “reaction” was to kinda make the battery swap disappear from their website. It’s impossible to get an actual response from the company. Tesla intends to shut up its way out of this mess. The question is,...
  • Windscreen wipers to be consigned to history?

    12/15/2013 2:58:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 144 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:57AM GMT 15 Dec 2013 | Tom Whitehead
    It smears flies across your view and freezes up in winter, but now the humble windscreen wiper is destined for history. Supercar designers McLaren are working on secret plans to replace the rubber wiper with a hi-tech ultrasound device that stops anything sticking to the windscreen. It would mean wiper arms heading down the same road as wind-up windows and ashtrays as they vanish from cars. Adapted from a similar system used on fighter jets, the proposed design is understood to center on high-frequency sound waves that effectively create a force field across the windscreen preventing water, insects and mud...
  • GM Names Mary Barra as First Female CEO

    12/10/2013 7:32:00 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 12/10/13 | Matt Egan
    General Motors (GM) tapped products chief Mary Barra to become the auto maker's first female CEO, taking the keys from current chief Dan Akerson who will step down ahead of schedule in January. The promotion of Barra instantly makes her the most powerful woman in Detroit and one of the most influential in corporate America. The move comes just hours after the Treasury Department exited its ownership of GM following the auto bailouts of 2008 and 2009.
  • Paul Walker Died in 'Most Dangerous Car on the Road'

    12/03/2013 9:31:33 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 93 replies
    Newser ^ | 12/03/2013 | By Evann Gastaldo
    Even professional drivers are wary of Porsche Carrera GT (Newser) – Paul Walker died in a Porsche Carrera GT, a car that a former manager at the car company has called "crazy" and "the most dangerous car on the road," Jalopnik reports. And that's not the only eerie quote the site rounded up: A well-known Porsche test driver said the car was the first to actually scare him, and a Top Gear presenter noted, "You need to be awake to drive this car fast." It's been involved in a number of other headline-making incidents, including a fatal crash at...
  • Mexico’s booming car industry selling unsafe cars

    11/28/2013 1:29:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2013 3:40 PM EST | Adriana Gomez Licon
    In Mexico’s booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they’re headed. Vehicles destined to stay in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying there’s no need for antilock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models. If the cars will be exported to the United States or Europe, however, they must meet stringent safety laws, including as many as six to ten air bags, and stability controls that compensate for slippery...
  • Toyota Confirms Mitsubishi Transmutation of Cs to Pr

    11/02/2013 7:44:26 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 38 replies
    Slideshare ^ | October 31, 2013 | Lewis Larsen
    In Oct. 2013, Toyota published a paper in the peer-reviewed Japanese Journal of Applied Physics which confirmed important experimental results that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had first published in 2002. MHI had claimed transmutation of Cesium into Praseodymium via the forced diffusion of Deuterium gas through a thin-film heterostructure containing elemental Palladium using a permeation method pioneered by Mitsubishi; it is capable of triggering nuclear reactions in condensed matter systems under modest temperatures and pressures. Importantly, all of this experimental data is predicted and fully explained by the peer-reviewed Widom-Larsen theory of low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). While the Mitsubishi permeation...
  • What a shock — Corvette sales soar as Tesla stock price plunges

    11/02/2013 8:04:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/2/2013 | Grae Stafford
    Super trendy electric car manufacturer Tesla has seen “it’s biggest one-month loss of market value” according to Bloomberg news.Tesla lost 17 percent of its value in the month of October. This means that the value of the Palo Alto based company has slipped from its peak of $23.5 billion to $19.4 billion. Bloomberg notes that the company’s loss of value in the month of October is higher than its entire market valuation at the beginning of 2013.This slide has been blamed on a readjustment of expectations as the company attempts to come to grips with the challenges facing it now that...
  • Leaked: This is (Almost Definitely) the 2015 Mustang!

    10/29/2013 9:32:36 AM PDT · by central_va · 89 replies
    car and driver ^ | 8/27/13 | jens meiners
    In a nation obsessed with the right now, few things have held up over the past 50 years as well as the Ford ­Mustang. The first pony car debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and instantly became a tent pole of Americana. Before the model officially turns 50 on April 17, 2014, Ford will celebrate its lasting ­contribution to the postwar-boom culture with a brand-new, much anticipated Mustang. But the times, they are a changin’ (yep, a song also released in 1964). Ford’s American icon continues to gain offshore admirers. The Blue Oval plans to sell the next...
  • Tesla stock falls after another Model S fire caught on tape

    10/29/2013 3:36:39 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 28, 2013
    DETROIT -- Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares dropped Monday after reports of a second fiery crash involving the Palo Alto company's Model S electric car.
  • GM Dealers Say Low Demand, Not Lack of Supply Explain Poor Truck Sales

    10/28/2013 11:27:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 28, 2013 | Mar Modica
    The past month has brought much confusion and concern for General Motors' shareholders regarding the most important and profitable segment of sales for the company. As the company prepares to report earnings for the third quarter this week, media reports are still unclear on just what is going on with GM's new truck lineup; specifically pertaining to the reasons behind the disappointing sales figures that were reported for the month of September when Ford's truck offerings left them in the dust. While GM's Obama-appointed management spun the story ( claiming supply could not keep up with demand ) to some...
  • Poll: Texans Reluctant to Buy GM Trucks Because of Bailout

    10/09/2013 4:07:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 9, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    More than half of Texans said that the nearly $50 billion taxpayer bailout of General Motors may deter them from buying from the company, according to a survey released Tuesday. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a nonprofit ethics watchdog, surveyed more than 500 Texas residents and found that 40 percent said the bailout would “absolutely” affect their decision about buying one of GM’s new pick-up trucks. More than 22 percent said it would “likely” or “very likely” affect their decision, while just 24 percent answered “not too likely.” About 150 of those surveyed said that they were in...
  • First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris (battery WAS burning)

    10/03/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | 10/03/2013 | John Voelcker
    Yesterday, a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle. The car’s alert system signaled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did. No one was injured, and the sole occupant had sufficient time to exit the vehicle safely and call the authorities.Subsequently, a fire caused by the substantial damage sustained during the collision was contained to the front of the vehicle thanks to the design and construction of the vehicle and battery pack. All indications are that the fire never entered the...
  • Hyundai defers payments for government workers

    10/02/2013 4:38:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hyundai is offering to defer car payments for federal workers kept from their jobs by the government shutdown. The automaker announced on Tuesday that it would allow Hyundai owners to stop making car payments for as long as the shutdown keeps them out of work.
  • Chrysler recalling 142,000 pickups, SUVs

    10/01/2013 1:21:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
    Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected. …
  • GM Developing Car to Rival Tesla

    09/17/2013 7:44:27 AM PDT · by illiac · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/17/13 | Mike Ramsey
    General Motors Co. GM +1.89%is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -0.58% Doug Parks, GM's vice president of global product programs, disclosed the effort on Monday at GM's battery laboratory and test facility in Warren, Mich., but didn't say when the car would be available. He said while the technology is available now, the cost of the batteries remains too high to be able to pull off the feat today. GM's move...
  • Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration - April 17, 2014

    09/17/2013 4:13:50 AM PDT · by citizen · 55 replies
    Mustang Celebration website ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ford Motor Company
    The Mustang 50th Birthday Celebrations will be held in two of the most prestigious racetracks in our great country; the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both of these great racetracks have extensive ties to the Mustang Nation and are in locations that will allow a magnitude of Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world to be able to come and enjoy the Mustang 50th festivities. Plus, they both have all of the amenities necessary for an event of the Mustang 50th’s stature. Remember, no matter how you look at it, this is the Mustang 50th and...
  • Porsche goes green with Ł540,000 hybrid supercar

    09/10/2013 4:53:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/10/2013
    The 918 Spyder hybrid was unveiled by Porsche at Frankfurt's International Auto Show yesterday. The car has a top speed of 198 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in less than three seconds, but crucially, does 72 miles to the gallon - more than the 50 miles per gallon achieved by the popular Toyota Prius hybrid. However, at $845,000 (Ł540,000) compared to the Prius's Ł22,000, one would have to drive 1.85m miles for the Porsche to work out as better value. Demand for luxury cars has held up despite a wider slump...
  • The End Of The Line For A Classic Vehicle You Didn’t Know Still Existed

    08/30/2013 11:54:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | August 30, 2013 | Chris Queen
    During my middle school and early high school years, my family owned a Volkswagen Type 2 Camper Van. We used to take it camping in the mountains or at Disney World, and it was as much fun as a conversation piece as it was as a vehicle. I wanted that vehicle for my own so badly, and my dad told me he’d give it to me when I turned 16. I imagined how great it would be to have a cool drink waiting for me in the icebox at the end of the day, and of course I knew it...
  • Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California

    08/27/2013 10:55:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 86 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 27, 2013 | Bengt Halvorson
    Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors is outselling a number of very well established vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and Cadillac—and far outsold Jaguar and Land Rover combined. And the long-established, full-line luxury brand Infiniti only posted just 51 more registrations in the state than Tesla. This wasn't just a monthly sales blip, either. Even on a year-to-date basis, through June, Tesla has sold more vehicles in California than Land Rover, Jaguar, Lincoln, Volvo, or Porsche.
  • US automakers fall further behind foreign brands

    08/26/2013 9:39:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/27/13 | Philip LeBeau
    A new survey of customer satisfaction in the United States shows the gap between the ´Big Three´ automakers and imported car brands has stretched to its widest point in five years. The 2013 American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) finds GM, Ford and Chrysler have an average score of 82 (on a scale between 0 and 100) which is below the industry average of 83. Asian brands have an average score of just over 84, slightly behind European brands which lead the ACSI with an average just under 85. Overall, satisfaction with 20 different auto brands fell 1.2 percent. The ACSI
  • Lincoln Is Doing Worse Than Mercury Before Ford Killed Them

    08/19/2013 1:53:15 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 08/19/2013 | Raphael Orlove
    Ford justified killing Mercury because Mercury wasn't providing a sufficient chunk of market share in the US. Ford recently announced how much market share Lincoln has and it makes Mercury look good. Justin Berkowitz at Car and Driver made the association, citing Ford's 2010 statement explaining why they were ending the Mercury Brand. Mercury originally was created as a premium offering to Ford and was an important source of incremental sales. Of Ford Motor Company’s 16 percent market share in the U.S., Mercury accounts for 0.8 percentage points, a level that has been flat or declining for the past several...
  • GM to Lose Even More on Each Chevy Volt

    08/08/2013 11:35:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 8, 2013 | Mark Modica
    The Chevy Volt madness continued this week with General Motors announcing that consumers will see a $5,000 decrease in the price of President Obama's favorite green wonder-car. Sales of the Volt have been dismal, with most consumers refusing to be as smitten with the car as the President and the few enthusiastic green ideologues who seemed to believe that spending approximately $20,000 more for a car (over a gas-powered rival) that can save them about $3 a day in gas makes sense. What seems to go unrecognized is the fact that the price cut comes at the expense of GM...
  • McAuliffe lobbied Obama aide in charge of Solyndra

    08/07/2013 10:54:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Brendan Bordelon
    Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia and former owner of an electric car company now under federal investigation, once paid a visit with three other advisers to the same White House “green energy” official who helped secure more than $500 million in guaranteed loans for Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer backed by a prominent Barack Obama fundraiser. White House visitor records reviewed by Watchdog.org indicate that McAuliffe met with Greg Nelson, the former associate director for energy, environment and technology, at the White House on October 13, 2010. While the substance of the meeting is unknown,...
  • Can you guess why Americans keep older cars longer?

    08/07/2013 3:50:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 175 replies
    Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm. That's up from 11.2 years in 2012, and nearly two full years older than in 2007, before the start of the Great Recession, Polk said Tuesday....
  • GM cuts Volt electric car price by $5,000 for 2014 model (Fire sale?)

    08/06/2013 7:07:55 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/06/13 | Yahoo Staff
    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM) said on Tuesday it is slashing the price of its Chevrolet Volt electric car by $5,000 to help boost demand for the plug-in hybrid in a segment still struggling to gain a foothold in the U.S. auto market. The price cut for the 2014 model will lower the price to $34,995, including delivery fees before federal tax credits. Pricing could fall as low as $27,495 with the tax credit. "We have made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience with electric vehicles and their components," Don Johnson, U.S. vice president for...
  • GM offers big price cut on Chevy Volt

    08/06/2013 3:39:07 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6, 2013
    General Motors announced Tuesday that it will knock $5,000 off the sticker price of a new Chevy Volt, making it the latest electric car to be steeply discounted as automakers battle for buyers.
  • Ford to launch F-150 that can run on natural gas

    07/31/2013 5:25:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 105 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 31, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Ford Motor Co. will offer a natural gas option for its 2014 F-150 pickup truck models, turning drivers of America’s most popular vehicle into potential consumers of the low-cost fuel. The option, scheduled to be announced Wednesday, will add a major prospect for consumers hoping to use natural gas to fuel cars and light-duty trucks, since only one such vehicle — the Honda Civic Natural Gas — is available now for direct sales from an automaker to U.S. customers. “There is the potential that we may look back on this launch as when natural gas really became a mass-market fuel...
  • Toyota, Ford end hybrid partnership (Japan)

    07/25/2013 1:48:33 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyodo
    CHICAGO – Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have ended a partnership to jointly develop gas-electric hybrid systems for trucks and sport utility vehicles, the automakers said Tuesday. The two companies had planned on cooperation to curb massive development costs. But they are believed to have failed to reach an agreement on basic designing of a hybrid system as well as other details, such as production sites and the scope of technological disclosure. Ford, the second-largest U.S. carmaker, has developed a hybrid system for cars that can be converted for use in pickups and SUVs, reducing the need for...
  • BMW's New Electric Car Just Became a Major Problem [a problem for its competitors]

    07/24/2013 1:27:04 AM PDT · by grundle · 139 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Katie Spence
    On Monday, BMW announced that the U.S. base price for its all-electric i3 will be $41,350, not including any federal or state incentives. For General Motors' Chevy Volt, and possibly Tesla Motor's Model S, BMW's move spells major trouble. Here's why. Bad news, GM With a starting MSRP of $39,145 in 2012, the Volt was the best-selling EV, and it's not hard to see why. Really more of an electric hybrid than a straight EV, the Volt combines a 9.3-gallon fuel tank with a lithium-ion battery. This combination allows the Volt can go an estimated 38 miles on pure battery...