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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
    AsiaLynx.com (ChinaDaily.com) ^ | 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 Sales.net 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 http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10583582 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.