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  • Hacker remotely crashes Jeep from 10 miles away

    07/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its systems from 10 miles away whilst sitting on their sofa. In the first such breach of its kind security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin. The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeep’s on-board systems via its wireless Internet connection. They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means - including...
  • Lyft Co-Founder: ‘Most Millennials Won’t Own a Car in Five Years’…And Data Supports This!

    07/12/2015 12:09:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    *If you’ve never heard of ride-sharing, app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft, you probably don’t get out much. They are pretty much taking over the world. And John Zimmer, who co-founded Lyft, even goes as far as saying that in five years, most millennials won’t own a car. They will see no need for it. “You could actually start seeing the majority of millennials in the next five years or so saying there’s no reason I should get a car,” Zimmer told Mashable recently. “The car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now it’s like …owning a...
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We haven’t checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So what’s a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.’s decision to end production of...
  • Chrysler just beat Ford in dealership sales for the first time ever

    07/01/2015 10:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Geier
    It was a milestone month for FCA. For the first time ever, Chrysler has outsold Ford in US retail sales, reports Reuters. Retail sales refers to only cars sold directly to consumers, not counting sales of fleet vehicles to corporate customers. Including fleet sales, Ford moved 223,666 cars and Fiat Chrysler group sold 186,864. General Motors, meanwhile, saw sales slip slightly year over year and sold 265,825 cars. For the industry as a whole, it was another good month as car sales continue to go up. 2015 is expected to see even more growth in car sales, as the market...
  • 3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

    06/28/2015 4:26:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Forbes Leadership ^ | June 22, 2015 | Rick Smith
    3D printing production is just scratching the surface of the multi-trillion dollar global manufacturing industry. But its dominance is already inevitable.ï„¿ï„¿ This is because modern manufacturing, despite numerous technological and process advances over the last century, is still a very inefficient global system. TodayÂ’s world of mass production is based on one simple rule: the more things you make, the lower the cost of each of those things. We have literally pushed this equation to its extreme limits. This approach was dramatically accelerated by Henry Ford, arguably the most impactful character in the industrial revolution. For starters, Ford proved out...
  • World’s 1st 3D-Printed Supercar Unveiled– 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP, Built from Unique Node System

    06/28/2015 4:11:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 24, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM). Today, at the OÂ’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger...
  • Tesla Leases Former Solyndra Manufacturing Site

    06/22/2015 7:54:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Gas2 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Steve Hanley
    Electrek is reporting that Tesla has signed a lease for the former Solyndra manufacturing site just a few miles away from its assembly plant in Freemont, California. Its current production facility can build up to to 500,000 cars a year, but Elon Musk says Tesla will be building “millions” of cars by 2020. What will it do with the new space? In an e-mail to Business Journal, it said “901 Page, located conveniently down the road from the Tesla Factory, gives us the space to expand our manufacturing and build more engineering labs as we build up production.” There is...
  • Volvo will build its first US factory in South Carolina

    05/11/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015 | Edward Taylor
    Sweden's Volvo has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000 vehicles a year.
  • Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization

    05/10/2015 10:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ‘Finally, neural networks that actually work.” So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, haven’t we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota 25 years ago created a rudimentary “neural network” — a computer system sophisticated enough to learn — but was hobbled by the available computing power of the time. Now working at Google, he’s helping to create vastly powerful and subtle networks that recognize faces and spoken language. A few pages over, there’s a wonderful if...
  • Man Arrested in Murder of Ill. Student Selling Car on Craigslist

    05/07/2015 10:42:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 7, 2015
    Investigators have arrested a St. Louis- area truck driving school employee in the murder of an Illinois student who was found slain after posting his car for sale on Craigslist, reports CBS St. Louis. The body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark was found at the M.T.C. Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. Tuesday, about 400 feet from the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX he had posted for sale and 25 miles west of where he was last seen by his girlfriend Monday in Glen Carbon, Ill. gordon2.jpg Michael Gordon CBS ST. LOUIS Police say the employee, 24-year-old Michael Gordon, fatally shot the Southern...
  • The Thorium Powered Car

    05/02/2015 10:21:16 AM PDT · by all the best · 80 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | May 1, 2015 | Eric Peters
    Here’s another, more recent one: The thorium-turbine powered car. Heat energy from the thorium – a weakly radioactive element (named after the Norse god Thor) that is estimated to be 3-4 times more naturally abundant than uranium and which contains 20 million times the energy as an equivalent lump of coal – is used to generate steam, which is then used to power a small turbine, which provides the motive force. The beauty of the system is that – like a nuclear submarine – the fuel lasts almost forever. Well, longer than you will last, probably. How’s 100 years sound?...
  • Elon Musk: The Cars You’re Driving Today Will Eventually Be Outlawed

    03/18/2015 6:41:09 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 147 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo! News ^ | 17 March 2015 | The Daily Caller
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk thinks every car on the road today — and many more in the future — will eventually be outlawed. The reason? They require humans to drive. “In the distant future, [legislators] may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous,” Musk told NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at company’s annual developers conference Tuesday. ”You can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine.”
  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | March 6, 2015
    Elio Motors today announced it has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype, completing one of the company's most important stages of development. With a goal of up to 84 MPG and a projected top speed of more than 100 MPH, the enclosed, three-wheeled Elio requires an engine with a unique blend of power and efficiency that simply doesn't exist on the market today. Elio Motors, which plans to sell the vehicle for $6,800 when it launches in the first half of 2016, turned to world-class engine developer IAV to create a new technology that would meet the company's...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Driverless Cars Get Approval For UK Roads

    02/13/2015 1:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Geeky Gadgets ^ | February 11, 2015 | Roland Hutchinson
    Earlier today we heard that the new Lutz Pathfinder driverless car would be launching in the UK later in the year, trials will begin on footpath routes in the UK at first and are then expected to be rolled out to roads. Now the UK government has approved the use of driverless cars in the UK, and legislation to allow the technology to we widely used in the UK will be brought in some time in 2017. UK Transport minister Claire Perry said the following about driverless cars in the UK:- "Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to...
  • What is more likely to kill you -- a gun or a car?

    02/12/2015 8:16:06 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Which is more likely to kill you: a car or a gun? Various publications, from The Economist to Forbes, and many others have been reporting that gun deaths are set to overtake road deaths before the year is up. But not only isn’t that going to happen. Car deaths have indeed fallen more than gun deaths, but that’s not because of comparatively stringent safety regulations. Gun control advocates brag that they have “a statistic that really resonates with people.” The latest data we have are from 2013. In that year, 35,598 people died from motor vehicle deaths. 32,888 died from...
  • Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the Wagon America Needs

    12/29/2014 3:05:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Auto's Bold Ride Blog ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonathon Klein
    The new Mercedes-Benz CLA has absolutely killed its sales since it debuted earlier in the year. Mercedes wanted a new entry-level model that would bring in a younger generation of buyer, and the CLA and GLA have absolutely knocked it out of the park. Now Mercedes wants to expand the lineup for the cars’ platform. We’ve already seen the CLA 45 AMG, and the GLA, but according to Mercedes, what the CLA needs is a shooting brake. Or what us Americans call “a wagon.” Gone are the days of dorky wood-lined station wagons. Today’s modern iterations are some of the...
  • Elon Musk: The new Tesla Roadster can travel some 400 miles on a single charge

    12/26/2014 7:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Washington Post's The Switch Blog ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brian Fung
    Car nerds, you just got an extra present under the tree. Tesla announced Friday an upgrade for its Roadster, the electric car company’s convertible model, and said that the new features significantly boost its range -- beyond what many traditional cars can get on a tank of gasoline. The company is installing three retrofits for the vehicle. First up is a battery upgrade that marks a 31 percent increase in capacity. Next is an “aero kit” that’ll alter the car’s profile slightly, producing a 15 percent reduction in wind drag. Finally, the Roadster will be getting new, more efficient tires....
  • Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

    12/04/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BBC News Technology Blog ^ | December 3, 2014
    Milton Keynes is set to begin tests of the Lutz self-driving pods next year.The four English locations picked to test driverless cars have been named.Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. The decision was announced by the quango Innovate UK, after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The chancellor also announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July. The businesses involved will add further funds. Bristol will host the Venturer consortium, which aims to investigate...
  • How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

    10/30/2014 10:30:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 13 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM | David Gluckman
    How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM by David Gluckman | 0 Comments   Comments 0 Share   (Photo Credit: Chris Philpot) Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual motion machines, for sale at the same places as gasoline magnet ionizers and other snake-oil. Power for an electric compressor has to come from somewhere, and e-turbos were a kind of get-power-quick scheme that ultimately left you poorer. That’s starting to change. Step one, as it usually does, involved motorsports. The current crop of Formula 1 cars and Audi’s latest R18 use...
  • I LOVE CARS — The Greatest Invention of Mankind: Julius Caesar never had anything this good.

    10/03/2014 11:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The American Spectator's Ben Stein's Diary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Ben Stein
    Tuesday So… It is a beautiful, spectacular day here in Los Angeles. I am sitting at my desk and looking out at the swimming pool and I am thinking a DEEP THOUGHT: I LOVE CARS. I don’t just like cars. I don’t just think it’s good to have a car. I LOVE CARS. And I include trucks there, too, of course. I LOVE CARS!!!! The car is the greatest invention of mankind. The car is what makes all of the difference in life. Before the car, man was pretty much just an insect. He burrowed and crept along the ground....
  • Used BMW i8 Sells For 50% More Than MSRP

    09/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | September 28, 2014 | Mark Kane
    The BMW i8 is a rather unusual car, not only because of its look and drivetrain, but also because it can apparently earn money for its owner. According to Motoring Research, one of the early BMW i8 owners was able to sell his car used for £140,000, or almost 50% over £95,000 post-grant price! He earned £45,000 ($73,000) in just over a month. The reason, which makes used i8s so expensive, lies in high demand limited by the low production target set by BMW. “Specialist finance house Magnitude Finance arranged the deal. One of its customers was reportedly desperate to...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, “The Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,” is an extension of Lincoln’s national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. “Being able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

    09/04/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT · by A Voice · 58 replies
    Empire News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Raoul Stockton
    Yesterday the White House announced its plan to offer free motor vehicles to welfare recipients, after congress passed the bill in a narrow vote. The program, initiated by President Barrack Obama, is very similar to what is now widely known to the public as “The Obama Phone,” where welfare recipients can get free cell phone service through a subsidized program. Some are even already referring to the free vehicle program as “The Obama Car.”
  • General Motors Issues Six New Recalls Affecting 823,000 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles

    07/24/2014 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Richard Read
    For much of the spring, it seemed as if General Motors issued a new round of recalls every other day, but the automaker has been largely quiet on that front for over three weeks. Could the recall party be coming to an end? Based on a new press release from GM, the answer is probably "no". The release outlines six new recalls, some big, some small. They cover a range of recent models from GM's surviving four nameplates and affect roughly 823,000 vehicles. This brings the total number of vehicles recalled by GM since January 1, 2014 to 28,767,143. Here's...
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

    07/20/2014 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Gilbert
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back. Not because those states are against electronic vehicles, Musk or even Tesla; it's about the way Tesla wants to sell its cars. Specifically, it's about money. WHAT TESLA WANTS You know how Apple has stores where it sells its computers,...
  • Subprime woes are back: This time in used cars

    07/20/2014 7:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNBC / The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery
    Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. ''I am not sure how I got the loan,'' Mr. Durham, age 60, said. Mr. Durham's application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn't worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car. This...
  • Democrat Congressman: Tax Drivers for Every Mile They Drive

    07/12/2014 12:35:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 11, 2014 | Penny Starr
    While the House and the Senate this week issued measures intended to temporarily replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money next month, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ended the week by proposing to hike - then abolish - the federal fuel tax and replace it with a per-mile “fee.” “The policy development that I’m most excited about and that will reinforce the right practices for the future: After we raise the gas tax, we should abolish it,” Blumenauer said on Friday at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “The time is right to replace...
  • Need advice on buying a used car (2012 Hyundai Accent)

    04/16/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 73 replies
    kolath ^ | 04/16/2014 | kolath
    I'm looking to buy a new vehicle after my old one (2005 Hyundai Accent) hit the 110000 mile mark. I've nicked-named it the "old gray mare" I'll be going to the same Hyundai dealer who sold me the previous Accent. I'm looking at a 2012 Accent which was a lease and it only has 6176 miles on it. Auto Check is "clean" and it's Hyundai "Certified Pre-Owned" (and under it's original warranty). Any advice you can offer to make this a smooth transaction, save some money, and avoid pitfalls? FYI: I'm already pre-approved by my local credit union (helps to...
  • Sources: Volkswagen Seeks Obama Admin’s Help To Unionize Plant, Despite Election Results

    04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07 April 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Chattanooga plant’s February secret-ballot vote to remain non-union was seen as a major triumph for the right-to-work community. But Volkswagen has since been under intense pressure from the company’s highly influential German union IG-METAL to figure out how to void the election result.
  • Most Interesting Concept In Geneva: Quant e-Sportlimousine

    03/08/2014 6:39:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Auto-Types ^ | March 8, 2014 | Monica Coleman
    With a solution that looks more like SF than real life, and a design taken from the imagination of comic strips fiction authors, the Quant e-Sportlimousine concept, developed by NanoFlowcell, took Geneva by surprise. 

It is very likely that you have not heard about NanoFlowcell until today. Although it looks like a name for an electric car powered by hydrogen, it actually is the name of a company based in Liechtenstein. 
And not just any company, but one that brought the Auto Show in Geneva the most beautiful concept presented in this edition of the most important European auto exposition...
  • EPA restricts sulfur in gasoline to help cut auto emissions

    03/04/2014 10:45:26 AM PST · by nascarnation · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/3/2014 | Neela Banerjee
    The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards. The new rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds, to 10 parts per million from 30 parts per million. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan and South Korea. The new gasoline would be available at the pump by January 2017. Cutting sulfur improves the efficiency of catalytic converters...
  • Politically Incorrect Car Ads from Yesteryear

    02/19/2014 2:42:39 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 103 replies
    Mad Men fans know women took a lot of sexist hits in the past when it came to advertising. Here’s a look at some of those cringe-worthy classics from the automobile world, along with some others that might make you question whether the good old days were always so good.
  • 11 Features You No Longer See in Cars

    02/14/2014 11:09:59 AM PST · by EveningStar · 258 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | February 11, 2014 | Kara Kovalchik
    It's hard to picture what today's teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn't suffer from phlebitis...
  • 'Time has come' to ban smoking in cars carrying children, Cameron says but he'll miss vote

    02/10/2014 11:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    David Cameron is backing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, but will miss today's crunch vote. The Prime Minister is to visit flooded communities across the South West as MPs vote on plans to make it a criminal offence to light up in a car in England, punishable by a £60 fine or points on a motorist’s licence. Three years ago the Prime Minister said he was 'not sure whether it is possible to legislate in that area' and called for a 'change in attitudes'. But today the PM's official spokesman said Mr Cameron now supports a ban....
  • Elio Motors and the Three Wheeled Car - A Moonshot Project ($6800, 84 mpg)

    02/05/2014 6:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Engineering ^ | February 5, 2014 | Tom Spendlove
    Paul Elio wanted to bring affordable transportation to drivers and create jobs for American workers. The company is planning to release vehicles for sale in the first quarter of 2015. The car is planned to use 95% American parts and American labor, vitally important to Paul.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The company says that the vehicle will cost $6800, achieve an 84 miles per gallon fuel economy, and they anticipate a five star NHTSA safety rating. The eight gallon tank will theoretically allow a driver to go 672 miles on a tank of gas. Top speed of the Elio is said to be over 100...
  • GM CEO Mary Barra To Sit With Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

    01/28/2014 2:38:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | January 28, 2014 | Patrick George
    You know you've arrived not only when you get invited to the State of the Union address, but when you're asked to sit next to the first lady herself. That's where General Motors' new CEO, Mary Barra, will be sitting tonight. Barra, the first woman to lead a major auto manufacturer, was one of the guests singled out to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama for "represent(ing) the stories of millions of Americans across the country, who are working hard to better their communities, improve their own economic outcomes and help restore opportunity for all" according to the White House....
  • A car dealer’s scientific guide to the 10 worst used vehicles

    01/19/2014 10:57:43 AM PST · by cicero2k · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/17/2014 | Yahoo
    Quality is something we all want when it comes to cars, especially older used ones. But how do we get it? I have been studying this question in one form or another for nearly 14 years now. I began my automotive career as a car dealer, buying and selling hundreds of vehicles a year. As time went on, I became an auto auctioneer, a remarketing manager and a part-owner of a wholesale auto auction.
  • 13 things that will be cheaper in 2014

    01/13/2014 7:16:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 13, 2014 | Louis Ramirez
    Although you might have been disappointed to see that things like milk are destined to be more expensive this year, there's still good financial news on the horizon! Analysts predict certain products will see significant price cuts in the coming months. From 4K TVs to used cars, we've rounded up a list of items you can expect to spend less on this year. 1. 3D Printers 2014 will be the year 3D printing goes mainstream. Key patents on the technology are set to expire in February, which will open the market to competition. As a result, these once-prohibitively expensive machines...
  • COLD SHOCK: Warming up your car illegal!

    01/12/2014 4:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 123 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 10, 2014 | WND.com
    WASHINGTON – The recent nationwide cold snap isn’t just making Americans uncomfortable. It’s turning some into lawbreakers. The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota. Who knew it could be illegal to run back inside while your car is warming up in winter – in a practice sometimes called “puffing”? Many Americans are getting first-hand experience this brutal winter with the latest manifestation of what some call the “Nanny State.” The...
  • Ford’s 3D-printed auto parts save millions of dollars: Technology improves quality in vehicles

    12/24/2013 10:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Arab Times English Daily ^ | December 23, 2013
    One day, millions of car parts could be printed as quickly as newspapers and as easily as pushing a button on the office copy machine, saving months of development time and millions of dollars. 3D printing technology is making that day come sooner at Ford Motor Company. The development of the engine cover for the all-new Ford Mustang is the most recent example of the use of this technology. Ford uses 3D printing to quickly produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and...
  • Toyota Brings Hydrogen Cars To Production

    12/11/2013 3:27:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Big Stage from NYSE ^ | December 10, 2013 | Josh Dean
    Twelve years ago, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) began testing a unique — and outlandishly expensive — automobile in California: a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This so-called FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) was an electric car that didn’t need to be plugged in. Its electricity was generated by a stack of fuel cells that ran on compressed gaseous hydrogen, a relatively cheap fuel that gives off no harmful emissions; its only byproduct was water vapor. The FCHV never made it to dealer lots, however. Production of plug-in electric cars proved more viable, partially because the FCHV technology was...
  • Ken Okuyama Design Kode9: Enzo designer's lightweight sports car (Straight from the 3D printer)

    11/24/2013 6:57:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Classic Car ^ | November 21, 2013 | Jan Baedeker
    You might not have heard of designer-cum-car maker Ken Kikoyuki Okuyama but you will certainly know his work. As head of design at Pininfarina, he penned such icons as the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte. Now, he’s presenting his own lightweight sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show…At the bustling Tokyo show, Okuyama has unveiled a new model named the Kode9. Unlike the KO7, it’s a closed-cockpit sports coupé, with elegant lines reminiscent of 1960s Italian racing cars. The car bridges the gap between the minimalist design philosophy of the 20th Century, and the technological mastery of the present day....
  • Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50!

    11/23/2013 9:02:32 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 44 replies
    Super Chevy ^ | Stephanie Davies
    The Chevy Malibu, which first appeared in 1964, has grown and improved immensely throughout its lifetime. Now, in its 50th year, it is offered with a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine and also features stop/start technology, numerous safety features, and plenty of comfort and connectivity - a far cry from its predecessor. It has gained about 14 percent fuel economy in the city (25 mpg) and 6 percent highway (36 mph) since the 2013 model alone, and delivers 65 percent more horsepower than the '64 Malibu's 3.2L six-cylinder. When it debuted in 1964, dubbed Chevy's first "intermediate" car, it was one...
  • Canadian car buyers blocked from cheaper U.S. prices

    11/22/2013 1:36:05 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies
    CBC News ^ | November 22, 2013 | Megan Griffith-Greene
    Canadians are being given a hard time when they try to buy from dealerships south of the border By Megan Griffith-Greene, CBC News Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:00 AM ETCanadians planning a trip south of the border next week to take advantage of Black Friday deals may run into roadblocks if a car is on their shopping list. A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals automakers are preventing Canadians from taking advantage of cheaper car prices south of the border.Marketplace found price differences of thousands of dollars in the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the same model car on different sides of the...
  • Today in Things You Don’t Want: Sarah Palin’s SUV Is For Sale on Ebay-You betcha! (No bias here!)

    11/21/2013 2:21:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Time Magazine / The Associated Press ^ | November 21, 2013 | Denver Nicks
  • Top 3 Stolen Cars in America: The Economy's Effect

    11/03/2013 8:11:51 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 6 replies
    TorqueNews ^ | 2013-11-01 | Patrick Rall
    The National Insurance Crime Bureau has issued its latest report on vehicle theft in the United States and the Chevrolet Camaro is officially the most stolen sports car in America – with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger also being among the most popular vehicles in America with car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau study began on January 1st 2009 and ran through December 31st 2012, focusing on 2010, 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles so this report is more or less a study of new sporty car thefts. Based on the criteria of this 4 year study, the...
  • Order yours now. The freaky deaky folding car. (Video)

    10/27/2013 4:37:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 27, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Yes, before you say anything, it hasn’t exactly been a rocking news weekend. But some of you must be looking for ways to save space after Obamacare forces you to move into one of those micro-apartments which are all the rage these days. And if you’re going to have to figure out how to pack all of your inside stuff into 800 square feet, you’ll clearly need to do something about how much space you’re taking up in the parking area. Have no fear. Those clever folks in South Korea have just the answer. It’s a car called the Armadillo…...
  • Germany gets its way on EU car emissions

    10/16/2013 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.10.13 @ 09:22 | Valentina Pop
    EU environment ministers on Monday (14 October) caved in to German pressure and agreed to reopen a deal that had been reached in June on a cap for CO2 emissions for new cars. The deal would have limited all new cars’ carbon emissions to 95 grams per kilometer from 2020 on. But Germany, home of big carmakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen, argued that the cap is not “flexible” enough and could endanger its industry and jobs. …