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  • Hot cars in Detroit: Small, electric and sporty

    01/16/2010 2:05:18 PM PST · by Need4Truth · 46 replies · 1,277+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | January 16, 2010 | Tom Krisher
    DETROIT (AP) -- More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future.
  • Battery failure -- what to do? Need some expert advice

    12/21/2009 10:21:36 AM PST · by La Lydia · 89 replies · 1,873+ views
    December 21, 2009 | self - vanity
    Okay, I need some advice from you guys who know about cars. I always have had Sears Die-Hard batteries, but this time last year, my battery (which was a couple of years past its warranty) died and I called AAA to come rescue me. They sold me a new battery, I think it cost about $100, and installed it on the spot. Today when I tried to start my car, after the DC blizzard of 2009, the battery would turn over, very slowly, but the car wouldn't start. So I had to call AAA again, and now I am sitting...
  • GM teams up with Shanghai Automotive for $100m joint venture

    12/05/2009 1:36:41 PM PST · by Mr. Jeeves · 9 replies · 443+ views ( ^ | 12/5/2009 | Li Fangfang
    Workers assembling vehicles at the SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co production line in Liuzhou, Guangxi. GM and SAIC together operate eight joint ventures in the country. [Agencies] General Motors Co on Friday said it has set up a $100 million joint venture in Hong Kong along with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp Group (SAIC) to focus on the Asian markets. As part of this, the new venture would bring under its umbrella all the Indian operations of GM including the two vehicle manufacturing facilities, a power train unit and the nationwide distribution network. GM would also produce and sell small cars and mini-commercial...
  • About 12,000 Daimler workers protest possible move of C-Class production to Alabama

    12/03/2009 10:12:37 AM PST · by UAConservative · 24 replies · 921+ views
    Google (Canadian Press) ^ | December 3, 2009 | Oliver Schmale
    SINDELFINGEN, Germany — Thousands of workers at carmaker Daimler AG's Sinelfingen plant in southern Germany protested for a second day Tuesday against possible plans to move some production of the Mercedes C-Class line of cars to a plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A decision on the matter, which threatens about 3,000 jobs in Germany, could come later in the day. "We will not let our jobs vanish to Nirvana without a fight," Erich Klemm, the workers' council president told about 12,000 protesters. Daimler, based in Stuttgart, is considering the move to take advantage of lower production costs in the U.S. and...
  • China in overdrive to hit record 12m car sales

    07/30/2009 8:02:33 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 4 replies · 391+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | July 31, 2009 | Kandy Wong
    Mainland passenger car sales are speeding up and look set to break new records under Beijing's "cars down to the village" policy, with General Motors Corp's operations in the country already posting monthly growth of more than 70 per cent. Troubled GM, which relies on China for growth, said July sales would be about 140,000 vehicles, thanks to robust sales of the minivan made by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in Guangxi. The final figure will be announced next week. GM China sold a record 841,442 cars in the first half, 38 per cent more than the year-earlier period. Volkswagen China...
  • World's cheapest car goes on sale in India

    07/17/2009 3:09:18 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 53 replies · 1,427+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 17, 2009 | Phil Hazlewood
    THE world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, hit the streets today. The first customer was handed the keys to the vehicle its makers hope will transform travel for millions of Indians. The head of Tata Motors, Ratan Tata, delivered the car in person at a central Mumbai dealership. No details were immediately available about the recipient or the type of Nano being delivered. But analysts said the delivery was a positive step. If follows a land dispute which forced the company to produce the cars in eastern India, delaying its production. "I think it's very significant," the associate editor of...
  • Retailers Head for Exits in Detroit

    06/18/2009 6:33:05 AM PDT · by Westlander · 73 replies · 2,441+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6-17-2009 | WSJ
    No national grocery chain operates a store here.
  • Wauseon plant to open Monday for 110-mpg car engines

    06/05/2009 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 78 replies · 4,070+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | 5/30/09 | LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE
    WAUSEON - The man who drove his 20-year-old Mustang from Napoleon, Ohio, to Las Vegas and back last year on 39 gallons of fuel will open his first manufacturing facility Monday to allow others to get 110 miles per gallon. Doug Pelmear, owner of Horse Power Inc. and Hp2G LLC, will hold an open house Monday morning in the idle 100,000-square-foot factory he has leased in Wauseon to begin manufacturing his revolutionary engine. The factory, on the Fulton Industries Inc. campus in Wauseon, will be tooled to initially turn out 20 of Mr. Pelmear's custom engines per day with...
  • Technology could stop speeding and crashes

    05/17/2009 9:44:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 680+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | May 17, 2009 | Emma Smith
    Cohda intelligent transport system allows cars to communicate mph or kph and location and BMW/Car 2 Care are researching A device that could dramatically reduce the number of collisions by eliminating driver error is to be tested in Europe. The system uses technology similar to wi-fi to enable vehicles to communicate with each other, sharing information about their speed and location, to determine when a crash is imminent. It can then warn the driver or take over the controls. Cohda Wireless, an Australian technology start-up, will announce this month that it has signed a multi-million-pound contract with a partnership of...
  • Chinese Auto Sales Hit New High in April

    05/08/2009 8:07:41 AM PDT · by mentor2k · 16 replies · 738+ views
    China View ^ | May 8, 2009 | Wang Guanqun
    BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Sales of China's domestically made auto set a record high of 1.153 million units in April, up 25 percent from a year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said Friday. This represents an increase of 3.91 percent from March. In March, sales rose 5 percent year-on-year to 1.11 million units.
  • GM to Kill Pontiac and Cut 21,000 Jobs

    04/27/2009 7:52:11 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 41 replies · 1,576+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Fox News
    General Motors has announced that it will be eliminating the Pontiac brand as part of an accelerated restructuring plan aimed at avoiding bankruptcy and keeping Detroit's largest automaker viable in the years to come. Along with the nameplate, GM says it will cut 21,000 hourly workers by the end of 2010, a 34 percent reduction, and reduce the number of manufacturing facilities it owns from 47 to 34. The company will also be trimming the number of dealerships that sell its vehicles to 3,605 from a high of 6,246 in 2008, a reduction of 42 percent that reflects the recent...
  • Grand Prix car of Hitler's favourite driver to sell for £5.5m

    04/13/2009 10:33:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 599+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Apr 2009
    A Grand Prix car driven by one of Hitler's favourite racers is expected to fetch at least £5.5 million ($8 million) when it is auctioned later this year.Described as the motorsport equivalent of the "Holy Grail", the 1939 Auto Union D-Type is the only example of its kind to survive intact. Capable of exceeding 200mph, the 485bhp supercar was driven by Hans Stuck, one of an elite group of racers revered by many in Germany under Hitler. Related Articles 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed launched As war loomed over Europe in 1939, Stuck drove the car to place finishes in...
  • GM And Segway Partner on Urban Personal Mobility Electric Vehicle

    04/07/2009 3:28:02 AM PDT · by taildragger · 42 replies · 1,008+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | 4/7/2009 | Larry Burns
    General Motors Corp. and Segway are unveiling a new type of personal mobility vehicle targeted for city use. Under “Project P.U.M.A.” (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), GM and Segway are developing an electrically powered, two-seat prototype urban vehicle that has only two wheels.
  • Design a car contest

    03/31/2009 2:27:41 PM PDT · by knarf · 24 replies · 1,335+ views
    self | March 31, 2009 | knarf
    I think we need to have a contest and design our next automobile.If GM is now Government Motors, and we the people are the employers of the governmant, we should have some input on how to design a car.
  • White House Releases Auto Restructuring Plan

    03/29/2009 11:01:25 PM PDT · by Westlander · 28 replies · 947+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 3-30-2009 | White House
    The Loan and Security Agreement of December 31, 2008 between the General Motors Corporation and the United States Department of the Treasury (“LSA”) laid out conditions that needed to be met by March 31, including the approval of Labor Modifications, VEBA Modifications, and the commencement of a Bond Exchange (all as defined in the LSA). As of the date of this memo, the above steps have not been completed, nor are they expected to be completed by March 31.
  • California to reduce carbon emissions by... banning black cars?!

    03/26/2009 10:50:18 AM PDT · by unique · 43 replies · 4,328+ views
    Auto Blog ^ | Mar 25th 2009 at 2:58PM | jeremy-korzeniewski
    In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Snip....
  • Car Tag Prices in Risk of Big Increase

    03/14/2009 6:08:55 AM PDT · by TnGOP · 13 replies · 1,045+ views
    The Daily Corinthian ^ | March 14, 2009 | Brant Sappington
    Car tag prices in risk of big increase By Brant Sappington Staff Writer Officials say taxpayers could find themselves with a major case of sticker shock when renewing car tags later this year if the state legislature fails to take action to replenish the state's tag credit fund. Alcorn County Tax Collector Greg Younger said the economic downturn has caused a shortfall in the fund created in 1994 to reduce the cost of car tags in the state and counties are already feeling the pinch. During the 1994 legislative session, state lawmakers passed the Motor Vehicle Ad Valorem Tax Reduction...
  • Scottsbluff Dealership Missing Three Bosses, Dozens of Cars

    03/11/2009 7:31:20 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 82 replies · 3,759+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 3/10/2009 | Maunette Loeks
    Scottsbluff dealership missing three bosses, dozens of cars SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — One by one, somebody loaded new Toyotas onto trucks Monday evening from the Legacy Auto Sales dealership in Scottsbluff and drove off into the night. Dozens of cars were taken. Now plenty of people, including Scottsbluff police, want to know what's going on. That includes Legacy employee Miranda Cervantes. She discovered Tuesday morning that the dealership's owner and two other officers had disappeared without a word to the staff. Also gone were more than 80 Ford and Toyota vehicles. Employees found the desks of owner Allen Patch, comptroller...
  • New hydraulic hybrid transmission doubles MPG in city driving

    03/02/2009 6:16:40 AM PST · by saganite · 66 replies · 2,715+ views
    GizMag ^ | March 2, 2009 | Paul Evans
    Mechanical transmission of power using gears is very energy inefficient. The familiar automotive multi-speed gearbox and differential suffers from the friction losses that result in 20 – 30% of engine power being lost between a car's engine and the wheels. Many techniques are being developed to eliminate mechanical transmission including Wheel Motors and Hydraulic transmissions that we have seen being trialed in UPS delivery vans. Now in an innovative new approach, Scottish company Artemis Intelligent Power has developed a hydraulic hybrid transmission system it says can double a vehicle's MPG in city driving. The heart of the system is a...
  • Members of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry Prefer to Drive Imports

    02/23/2009 6:00:48 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 28 replies · 1,040+ views
    Edmunds ^ | 23 Feb 2009 | Scott Doggett
    Among the eight members named Friday to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry and the 10 senior policy aides who will assist them in their work, two own American models. Add the Treasury Department's special adviser to the task force and the total jumps to three.
  • Saab Automobile AB to Reorganize Independent of GM

    02/20/2009 5:17:01 PM PST · by SvenMagnussen · 23 replies · 678+ views
    Dow Jones Newswire ^ | Feb. 20, 2009 | Ola Kinnander
    STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Swedish car maker Saab Automobile AB Friday was granted protection from its creditors so that it can be reorganized and said it will seek to separate from its owner, General Motors Corp. (GM). "We are now recreating Saab Automobile as an independent unit," Saab Chief Executive Jan-Ake Jonsson said in a statement after the Vanersborg District Court in southwestern Sweden approved its request to begin the reorganization process. Sweden's government maintained its arms-length approach, saying it doesn't plan any support for Saab, though it didn't rule out the possibility of guaranteeing loans that Saab has sought from...
  • GM to Offically Kill Saturn, Most of Pontiac

    02/17/2009 3:00:26 PM PST · by taildragger · 147 replies · 4,139+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 2/17/2009 | Ray Wert
    Our sources tell us GM's viability plan set to be released at 5:00PM will kill the Saturn brand by 2011. Pontiac will also go away as a division. But the nameplate will sorta live on
  • In the 35 MPG Future, Which Cars Make the Cut?

    01/26/2009 1:23:38 PM PST · by Hazwaste · 20 replies · 883+ views
    Now that the Obama administration is reconsidering California's plan to increase the fuel economy of cars sold in the Golden State and 13 others to 35 miles per gallon by 2016, we wondered how close the automakers are to getting there.
  • Cheney says grave worries about autos failure

    12/15/2008 2:46:07 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 96 replies · 1,544+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2008 | Jeremy Pelofsky and Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday there are grave worries that if the auto industry fails it will cause a major shock to the economy. "We're on the downside of a recession that may be the worst since World War II," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. "And if the automobile industry goes belly up now, there's a deep concern that that would be a major shock to the system."
  • An auto industry bail-out will fail

    11/15/2008 11:45:07 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 24 replies · 1,076+ views
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | Nov 11, 2008 | Ryan Avent
    [snip] One reason for this is that a rescue is unlikely to work. The Big Three face an enormous array of challenges. Recent economic conditions have battered all automakers, but in both good and bad times Detroit has more or less constantly ceded market share to rival firms (many of which employ thousands of Americans and will operate through the recession with no government assistance). Its plants and equipment are old. Its management is unproductive and rigid. Its products are of low quality. Absent major restructuring, it is fantasy to expect a change. Detroit has found itself in these straits...
  • Which cars have less problems if you do NOT drive them much?

    11/11/2008 3:55:48 PM PST · by Sun · 46 replies · 915+ views
    For instance: We have a '92 Lumina, which we purchased when new, and back then, hubby worked nights, and I worked days, so the car was running day and night, and we had little or no problems with it. Then a number of years later when we purchased a new car, so didn't use the Lumina much, and then we needed a break job almost every year on the Lumina for a number of years. The mechanic said it was because we did NOT drive it much. Then today, I was listening to a radio show, and a guy said...
  • Chrysler Unveils Fleet of Electric Vehicles

    09/23/2008 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Scutter · 59 replies · 1,665+ views
    CNBC ^ | 9/23/2008 | CNBC
    video here.
  • Hydraulic Hybrid Cars: No Batteries Required

    09/07/2008 2:34:28 PM PDT · by saganite · 69 replies · 1,617+ views
    Design News ^ | April 28, 2008 | Joseph Ogando
    What if there was a hybrid vehicle technology that could at least double the gas mileage of passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks? What if it could slash emissions by 50 percent or more? And what if it could challenge our usual mileage expectations by offering better fuel consumption in the city than on the highway? Even better from an engineering and manufacturing standpoint, what if this hybrid technology didn’t rely on expensive, heavy, bulky battery technologies that aren’t really ready for prime time and instead used a time-tested energy storage method? Well, there is just such a hybrid-vehicle technology,...
  • Bitter Lies

    06/17/2008 3:54:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies · 44+ views
    Ohioans for Concealed Carry ^ | 16 June, 2008 | Daniel White
    One of these days I expect the Toledo Blade to change its name to something softer, like maybe the Toledo Spoon or Toledo Safety Scissors. Referencing the blade of a knife or sword is just too aggressive sounding for such a liberal, feel-good paper who apparently all believe if we'd just ban all weapons that crime would magically stop and we'd live in a rosy tinted Mr. Roger's neighborhood for the rest of time. Unless I'm missing the point, and they're referring to a lawnmower blade. Well, that still won't work since Karl Childers used one to kill Doyle Hargraves....
  • Hydrogen Fuel System Manufacturer Relocates To Michigan

    05/20/2008 6:02:22 PM PDT · by GravityFree · 61 replies · 326+ views
    United Nuclear ^ | May 19th, 2008 | United Nuclear
    BREAKING NEWS May 19th, 2008: We are in the process of moving all operations to the state of Michigan. Once relocated there we'll finally be able to move ahead with development & production. The state of Michigan is offering a lot of perks if we relocate to their state. The perks include everything from low to no taxes and helping us fill our employee needs, to help with our various legal matters. Michigan has a gigantic pool of talented people that were laid off from the automotive industry - these folks, already familiar with the auto industry, will be a...
  • A new fad called 'hypermiling'

    05/02/2008 5:13:54 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 104 replies · 369+ views
    Reuters via, The Times of India ^ | 2nd May 2008, 0018 hrs IST | Reuters
    PHILADEPHIA: As gasoline prices hit records on almost a daily basis, an increasing number of motorists in US are following a radical driving technique designed to eke out every last mile from a tank of fuel. Known as 'hypermiling,' the methods can double gas mileage, even in gas-guzzling vehicles. Promoted on a growing number of websites, hypermiling includes pumping up tires to the maximum rating on their sidewalls, which may be higher than levels recommended in car manuals; using engine oil of a low viscosity, and the controversial practice of drafting behind other vehicles on the highway to reduce aerodynamic...
  • Police warn gang may stage rear-end collisions, assault motorists (Buffalo NY)

    03/29/2008 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 58 replies · 2,262+ views
    By T.J. Pignataro - News Staff Reporter 03/26/08 A public alert was issued early this evening by Buffalo Police, warning that a gang could be staging rear-end collisions tonight on area roadways and then attacking drivers as part of an initiation ritual. Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson called an emergency news conference at police headquarters just before 6:30 p.m. to make the announcement. He said police received "credible information" late this afternoon suggesting that the initiation ritual could involve gang member recruits intentionally causing rear-end collisions and then robbing or assaulting the other driver. Gipson suggested motorists be aware of their...
  • Filmmaker examines demise of beloved electric car

    03/27/2008 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Dane · 73 replies · 1,525+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | March 27, 2008 | Chris Casey
    When electric cars became available in California in the 1990s, he leased the EV1. "Within about 30 days of driving this car for the first time, I became an addict for electric cars. The principal reason was because they were so fast." Ultimately, the knock against electric cars was that they don't knock, Paine said. While many things factored into the cars' demise -- from corporate and political pressure to tepid consumer demand -- the fact they don't require replacement parts is a major downfall, Paine said. The combustible engine is revered because of its many moving parts, which keeps...
  • Ford sells Jaguar/Land Rover to India's Tata-source

    03/25/2008 12:42:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 03/25/2008 | By Pete Harrison and Mathieu Robbins
    LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) - U.S. automaker Ford (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to sell its luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover to India's Tata Motors (TAMO.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) for more than $2 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter. Ford, which signed the deal on Tuesday, plans to publicly announce the transaction in New York at 0800 EST on Wednesday, said another source. The deal will also see Ford pay about 300 million pounds ($598 million) into Jaguar and Land Rovers' pension funds, according to unions. Ford declined to comment, adding "our first responsibility is...
  • Ford to speed launches of models

    03/19/2008 8:04:25 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 38 replies · 873+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/19/08 | n/a
    Ford Motor Co., the world's third-largest automaker, will accelerate introduction of new vehicles in the U.S. this year through mid-2009 as the company tries to stabilize sales, the company's sales chief said Tuesday. "From the summer of 2008 through the summer of 2009, Ford will be doing something it hasn't done a lot of lately and that's launching new products," Group Vice President Jim Farley said at an analyst presentation in New York. "We will be launching a new vehicle every month or two," he said.
  • Boyd Coddington, Hot-Rod King, Dead at Age 63

    02/27/2008 9:53:00 AM PST · by RangerM · 66 replies · 1,373+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | February 27, 2009
    World-renowned tuner and hot rod king Boyd Coddington died at 6:20 am this morning. The cause of death is still unknown.
  • Tata's High-Stakes Bet on Low-Cost Car ($2,500)

    01/10/2008 8:13:03 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 44 replies · 45+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 January 2008 | ERIC BELLMAN
    India's Tata Motors Ltd. today unveiled its new, low-cost car aimed at a growing middle class in India -- and potentially elsewhere in the developing world -- looking to move up the transportation ladder... In an interview, Mr. Tata said that while Tata Motors' new car, which is called the Nano, is smaller than most now on the market -- it is powered by a 623 cubic centimeter engine -- the four-door vehicle will have all the regular features of any passenger car. Tata plans next year to roll out about 200,000 units of the car, which cost $380 million...
  • The Case for Diesel: Clean, Efficient, Fast Cars (Hybrids Beware!)

    12/30/2007 8:51:21 AM PST · by saganite · 184 replies · 310+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 30 Dec 07 | Ben Hewitt
    Merging with northbound traffic on Interstate 75 just outside Auburn Hills, Mich., I punch the accelerator, quickly swing left into the passing lane and pull forcefully ahead of the cars around me. In any other ride, on any other gray morning, it’d be just another Interstate moment. But this rush hour, I’m behind the wheel of a preproduction 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-charged, direct-injected diesel engine that, even as I leave the speed limit in tatters, is averaging nearly 50 mpg. Equally important, what’s coming out of the tailpipe is no dirtier than the emissions...
  • Super-Rich Make Marque On Rolls Royce

    12/30/2007 8:33:19 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 2,080+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-30-2007 | Bojan Pancevski
    Super-rich make marque on Rolls Royce By Bojan Pancevski in Vienna Last Updated: 2:48am GMT 30/12/2007 The Rolls-Royce may have been the epitome of luxurious motoring for more than 100 years, but for a new breed of super-rich oligarchs and Middle-Eastern royalty, it seems a standard version of the world's most famous car is no longer enough. Nice wheels: the Crown Prince of Brunei's wedding car Having snapped up country estates and football clubs, the nouveau riche now want what is set to become the must-have status symbol of 2008, a customised Rolls-Royce. Demanding extra-high roofs to accommodate tall hats...
  • Cadillac Premieres Escalade 2-Mode Hybrid

    11/09/2007 11:48:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies · 483+ views ^ | 11/09/2007 | Staff
    Cadillac announced the world premiere of the Escalade Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV. Powered by the GM 2-Mode Hybrid system (earlier post), Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a 50% improvement in fuel economy in city driving. GM’s patented 2-Mode Hybrid system consists of an advanced electrically variable transmission (EVT) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS). These systems work in concert with the standard 6.0L V-8 Gen IV gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late-intake valve closing (LIVC) technology. AFM enables the V-8 engine to seamlessly shut off half of...
  • Silicon Valley's $200 million electric car startup

    10/29/2007 10:09:54 AM PDT · by Dane · 47 replies · 224+ views
    Silicon Valley's $200 million electric car startup Former SAP (SAP) top exec Shai Agassi unveiled his new venture last night in the pixels of the online editions of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times: a startup backed by $200 million that will lease removable batteries for electric cars. The company will also build a network of battery-charging stations and battery replacement centers. It appears that Agassi's company, called Better Place, won't spend its considerable cash hoard on developing new battery technology or electric cars themselves. Instead, according to the articles' somewhat differing takes, Agassi seeks to extend...
  • Nissan’s Pivo 2: Tailgate the Car Next to You, Too

    10/05/2007 2:47:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies · 1,629+ views ^ | 10/05/2007 | Staff
    Today at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled their Pivo 2 concept car, an electric vehicle that can drive sideways and forward, equipped with 90-degree turning wheels, a full 360-degree turning cabin, and by-wire technologies for braking and steering. There is also a built-in “Robotic Agent” with GPS navigation on the instrument panel that gievs instructions in English as well as Japanese. No word yet on whether or not this thing will ever hit the road - but wouldn’t that be cool?
  • Tesla Announces 2008 Production Schedule; Hits Milestones on Crash and Range Testing

    09/25/2007 6:46:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies · 99+ views ^ | 09/25/2007 | staff
    Tesla Motors has set a production goal of 50 electric Roadsters in the first quarter of 2008, followed by an additional 600 cars for the remainder of the year. Tesla is currently engaged in intensive durability and validation testing of the final prototype cars. As part of this final testing, a Tesla Roadster ran for 245 miles on the combined EPA cycle on a single charge (236 on the EPA highway cycle, 255 on the EPA city cycle). In an announcement earlier this year, Tesla notified customers that the EPA range of the car was not likely to reach the...
  • UAW Chooses GM As Lead Co In Contract Talks -Union Official

    09/13/2007 9:25:47 PM PDT · by madison10 · 17 replies · 361+ views
    Dow Jones News Wires ^ | Sept. 13, 2007 | Unknown
    DETROIT (AP)--The United Auto Workers have picked General Motors Corp. (GM) as the lead company and potential strike target in contract negotiations with the Big Three automakers in Detroit, a local union official said Thursday.
  • GM to Introduce Five New Small Displacement Engines in MY 2008; Improvements in Fuel Efficiency

    08/27/2007 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 134 replies · 2,024+ views ^ | 08/26/2007 | Staff
    Among the 14 new or significantly revised powertrains GM will introduce in the 2008 model year to provide improvements in fuel economy across its product range are five 1.0L to 2.0L small-displacement engine variants. In addition to the five new small displacement engines, GM’s powertrain line-up for 2008 includes new hybrids; diesels; a broader range of powertrains applying fuel-saving technologies such as Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), direct injection, variable valve timing, and six-speed transmissions; and flexfuel options. The five new small-displacement engines are headed for markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America in 2008: * 1.1L dual-overhead cam gasoline...
  • 11 accused of fraud in car loan scheme

    08/22/2007 4:50:45 AM PDT · by JCG · 11 replies · 634+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 17, 2007 | ERIC HERMAN
    They had the car loans -- but not the cars.After a series of raids, prosecutors are set today to charge 11 people with defrauding a bank by obtaining car loans on luxury automobiles owned by other people, sources said.Cook County sheriff's police and other agencies conducted the raids Wednesday morning, hitting locations in south suburban Alsip, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, Orland Park and Chicago. All of those arrested are of Middle Eastern origin, coming from such countries as Egypt and Jordan, a law enforcement source said.Members of the fraud ring applied for loans at State Farm Bank, an arm of...
  • Tesla Motors Replaces Eberhard as CEO

    08/14/2007 12:25:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 12 Aug 2007 | Staff
    The Mercury News reports that Tesla Motors, makers of the all-electric Tesla Roadster, has replaced Martin Eberhard, its co-founder and CEO, with Michael Marks, an early investor in Tesla. Marks joined buyout firm KKR after a stint as CEO of Flextronics, a Singapore-headquartered electronics manufacturing services provider. Prior to joining Flextronics, Marks was president and CEO of Metcal, a precision heating instrument company in Menlo Park. Tesla will post the news as a message from its chairman, Elon Musk, on its Web site ( Monday morning, according to the Mercury News. Eberhard is a co-founder of Tesla, and has been...
  • Chrysler Exec Outlines Approaches for Improving Fuel Efficiency

    08/11/2007 5:46:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies · 637+ views ^ | 11 Aug 2007 | Staff
    At the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, Chrysler’s Executive Vice President - Product Development, Frank Klegon, outlined the company’s powertrain strategy with a focus on improving fuel economy. As background, Klegon said that the company anticipates that diesels will represent up to 15% of new vehicle sales within 10 years. He also said that Chrysler thinks that in the next 5 to 10 years, hybrids will represent up to another 15% of the market, “but may grow even higher due to government regulations and as costs come down.” Diesel Engines. On the diesel front, Chrysler currently offers...
  • Buick, Lexus Tie in Dependability Study

    08/09/2007 4:09:37 PM PDT · by beancounter13 · 42 replies · 832+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday August 9 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    DETROIT (AP) -- Buick tied with Lexus as the highest-ranking brand in a closely watched study of vehicle dependability, marking the first time in 12 years that Lexus has shared the top award, J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday. Cadillac, Mercury and Honda rounded out the top five brands in the annual survey, which measures problems experienced by the original owners of three-year-old vehicles. Both Buick and Lexus had 145 problems per 100 vehicles. The worst-performing brand, Land Rover, had 398 problems. The industry average was 216 problems, down from 227 problems in last year's survey.
  • Nano-Boric Acid Improves Motor Oil Lubricity; Could Decrease Fuel Consumption 4-5%

    08/06/2007 12:51:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies · 2,615+ views ^ | 08/06/2007 | Staff
    The crystalline structure of boric acid. Boron atoms are shown as blue spheres, oxygen as pink, and hydrogen as brown. Molecular forces that bind the layers in the lattice enable them to slide over one another with very low friction. Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have begun to combine nanoparticles of boric acid—known primarily as a mild antiseptic and eye cleanser—with traditional motor oils in order to improve their lubricity and by doing so increase energy efficiency. In laboratory tests, these new boric acid suspensions have reduced by as much as two-thirds the energy...