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  • 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 Ł60 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 · 108 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. …
  • Flushing fluids isnt just unnecessary, it's potentally dangerous.

    10/04/2013 10:21:16 AM PDT · by Signalman · 94 replies
    autofoundry.com ^ | 9/25/2013 | Jason Lancaster
    Without trying to toot my own horn, I know a lot about cars. I understand how most items on a car function and how they fail. I know the difference between a 6 ply tire and a bias-ply tire; I can talk about the pros and cons of direct injection; I can argue in favor or against anti-lock braking systems, etc. This knowledge frequently causes frustration when I take my vehicle in for basic services like an LOF (lube, oil, and filter), tire rotations, etc. and I’m “pitched” an unnecessary service item. While I know the service being pitched is...
  • What’s Hillary Clinton Got To Do With It?

    09/17/2013 5:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Ward's Auto ^ | September 17, 2013 | Steve Finlay
    The program billing says National Automobile Dealers Assn. Chairman David Wescott “will offer a spirited defense of the indirect financing model.” He does that, then opens the floor to questions. First question from an attendee of the F&I Conference and Expo in Las Vegas: “Why is Hillary Clinton speaking at the NADA convention?” Well, so much for the pressing issue that a relatively new government agency might muscle banks to end the practice of letting dealers tack on a percentage point or two to auto-loan rates. Called dealer reserve, it is the centerpiece of indirect financing whereby dealers as middlemen...
  • Rep. Bill Shuster travels to Pittsburgh International Airport in driverless car

    09/04/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    WTAE ^ | September 4, 2013
    PITTSBURGH —A Pennsylvania congressman traveled to Pittsburgh International Airport in a driverless car designed by Carnegie Mellon University. Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican from Altoona, made the 33-mile trip at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver's seat as a safety precaution, but the Cadillac SXR was driven along local roads and highways by a computer system which uses inputs from radars, lidars and infrared cameras.
  • Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

    09/03/2013 3:22:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Inventor Spot Blog ^ | August 26, 2013
    Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake. FAW Haima Automobile Co., Ltd., or Haima for short, is a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company FAW Group founded in 1992 as a joint venture between the government of Hainan province and Japanese automaker Mazda with the original plan being for Haima to produce locally assembled Mazda “clones”...
  • Reports of “Brussels Big Brother Bid” to impose speed controls are inaccurate

    09/02/2013 8:06:14 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Reports in the press over the last day or two have suggested that the EU intends to bring forward “formal proposals this autumn” to introduce automatic speed controls -known as “Intelligent Speed Adaptation” or ISA, into cars. This is quite simply not true and the Commission had made this very clear to the journalists concerned prior to publication. The Mail on Sunday for example (the only one of these articles online with no paywall), uses a quote from a Commission spokesman but chooses to leave out the first and most important sentence given to the paper’s reporter, which was this:...
  • 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...
  • "My Dad's car" (Man's 1966 Chevy Impala SS 396 returned 30 years after selling it)

    08/30/2013 9:45:21 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 44 replies
    I doubt they'll tell stories like this about Priuses.
  • Stats show Americans not that into driving anymore

    08/29/2013 3:38:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2013 3:19 AM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over? After rising for decades, total vehicle use in the U.S.—the collective miles people drive—peaked in August 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession and has largely plateaued since, even though the economy is recovering and the population growing. Just this week the Federal Highway Administration reported vehicle miles traveled during the first half of 2013 were down slightly, continuing the trend. … Researchers are divided on the reasons behind the trends. One camp says the changes are almost entirely linked...
  • Concept car easy on the eyes … and wallet ($6,800 and gets 87 mpg)

    08/13/2013 11:40:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Phildelphia Business Journal ^ | August 13, 2013 | Jared Shelly
    The folks from Elio Motors dropped by the Philadelphia Business Journal offices in Old City on Monday to show off their new concept car (see attached photo gallery). Small in stature and containing three wheels (two in the front, one in the back), the car costs just $6,800 and gets 87 mpg highway (49 mpg city). Although still in the concept and fundraising stages, Elio’s top brass has been showing off the vehicle across the country – from its headquarters in Shreveport, La. to New York to Detroit. For the first time, they revealed a prototype of the car’s engine,...
  • 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....
  • Lib Dems: Ban petrol and diesel cars from UK roads by 2040

    08/06/2013 1:26:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:58AM BST 06 Aug 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    Nick Clegg’s party has unveiled proposals to only allow ultra-low carbon vehicles on UK roads by 2040. The controversial measures would mean millions of petrol and diesel cars being forbidden. Only electric vehicles and ultra-efficient hybrid cars would be allowed on UK roads under the Lib Dem plans. However, petrol and diesel vehicles would still be allowed for freight purposes. … The Lib Dems also want to introduce a system of road pricing in congested areas. … As part of the party’s plans to create a “zero-carbon” Britain, the Lib Dems could also embrace nuclear power and shale gas exploration....
  • China may further limit car purchases to curb smog

    07/12/2013 2:11:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 9:23 PM EDT | Louise Watt
    More Chinese cities may restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight air pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities. Beijing, Shanghai and two other cities already curb the purchase of vehicles for private use, through lotteries and auctions of a limited number of license plates. …
  • 56% Of Carmakers Who Asked For Government 'Green' Loans Are Dead

    06/06/2013 4:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 3, 2013 | Patrick George
    What do Carbon Motors' BMW-powered police car, Aptera Motors' electric three wheeler, and Fisker's luxury sedan have in common? Two things: they asked the government for loans, and they're dead, as are more than half of the car companies who sought loans, according to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by Jalopnik. Of the 18 existing or would-be carmakers we identified as having applied for loans under the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, 10 have since faded into bankruptcy or ceased operations. Numerous car companies, startups and parts manufacturers have applied for the...
  • Study Indicates That America's Driving Boom is Over

    05/15/2013 1:53:10 PM PDT · by cicero2k · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | CNBC
    The "driving boom is over," or so says a new study of American attitudes toward the automobile. After decades of adding more cars to their household fleet while moving further and further out into the suburbs, Americans are waiting longer to get licensed, driving less and increasingly turning to alternatives such as mass transit or car-sharing programs, according to a new study by the U.S. Public Research Interest Group, or PIRG.
  • Black Box Recorders: Groundbreaking Safety Devices Or The End Of Privacy? (In all cars by 2015)

    04/19/2013 12:53:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    The Car Connection ^ | 4/16/13 | Richard Read
    We're all familiar with event data recorders -- or as they're more commonly known, "black boxes". EDRs are standard equipment on airplanes, and any time there's a mishap, news programs are full of journalists making guesses about what the recorders will reveal.If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that EDRs are coming to cars, too. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has backed legislation to make the devices mandatory on all new vehicles, beginning with the 2015 model year.What you may not know is that the new legislation would only affect around 4% of vehicles...
  • Car manufacturers manipulating fuel efficiency tests, says report

    03/14/2013 9:45:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 03.00 EDT | John Vidal
    Drivers who find that the fuel efficiency in their new car doesn’t match up to the claims made by the manufacturer, now know it is not their driving to blame. A new report reveals that car makers routinely manipulate official UN-backed miles/gallons tests, with a series of tricks including stripping the car down to weigh as little as possible, overinflating the tires and testing in the thin air at high-altitude tracks. The tricks of the trade are listed in a report by the Transport & Environment campaign group (T&E), which suggests the official fuel consumption cited by car manufacturers is...
  • The Trip, 1940's Chevrolet car commercial vivid Technicolor

    02/27/2013 3:04:56 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    The Trip, 1940's Chevrolet car commercial vivid Technicolor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBenak9wtkE 
  • Mitsubishi i available for just $69 a month in this outrageous lease (100% electric)

    02/25/2013 8:17:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    AutoBlogGreen ^ | January 22, 2013 | Jon LeSage
    O'Brien Mitsubishi, based in Normal, IL, is offering something way outside the norm: an absurdly low lease price – the cheapest we've ever seen – for on an electric vehicle. AutoblogGreen reader Josh K. could hardly believe what he saw when driving by a rotating banner advertising the a Mitsubishi i-MiEV recently: $69 a month for 24 months. That compares with the official Mitsubishi lease program from last fall, which was $249 a month for three years. Yes, it sounds too good to be true. So we called the dealership and had the lease offering confirmed. Salesman Scott Lovett explained...
  • Coming soon, the car that runs on air: Peugeot Citroen unveil new 117mpg hybrid...

    01/23/2013 9:14:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2013 | Ruth Sunderland
    If you have ever grimaced at your petrol bill and dreamed of a car that runs on fresh air, your prayers are about to be answered. French car giant PSA Peugeot Citroen believes it can put an air-powered vehicle on the road by 2016. Its scientists say it will knock 45 per cent off fuel bills for an average motorist. And when driving in towns and cities costs could be slashed by as much as 80 per cent because the car will be running on air for four-fifths of the time. The system works by using a normal internal combustion...
  • Post Newtown: Time to Just Ban Everything?

    01/12/2013 1:13:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Pauwels
    Perhaps the Christmas 2012 season was bloodier than normal — or perhaps December 14th’s particularly heinous Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in suburban Newtown, Connecticut only makes it seem so. In any case, lots of people died violently over several pre-holiday weeks. And, adding to the awfulness, the widespread reaction has been an exasperatingly predictable exercise in distraction and misdirection. Actually, to clarify: it’s the reaction to the Connecticut atrocity that’s been vocally wrongheaded. December’s other outbreaks of firearms carnage have, by comparison, been forgotten pretty quickly by the national press and commentariat. In case you don’t know, three days...
  • Gas Service Stations

    This will bring back some memories. You will love the cars in the photos too. Look at the price of gas in some of the pictures.
  • Obama Bypasses Congress to Mandate Black Boxes for All Cars -- Beginning in '14

    12/16/2012 1:37:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of "black boxes" in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the regulation on Dec. 7, which it said “would capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a motor vehicle crash.” The proposed standard would require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs) – so-called “black box devices” -- to collect specific safety related data in all light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Transportation Secretary...
  • Carney: Green stimulus profiteer [Elon Musk] comes under IRS scrutiny

    10/15/2012 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 14, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    Vice President Biden snickered during last week's debate at the suggestion there was waste, inefficiency or cronyism in the 2009 stimulus bill. If he can stop cackling for long enough, Biden, the self-proclaimed "stimulus sheriff" should sit down with the IRS officials and the federal inspector general who are investigating a solar company owned by leading Obama donor and subsidy recipient Elon Musk. Musk, as he cashes in on his solar investment by taking his company SolarCity public this month, had to make an awkward admission in his financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Internal Revenue Service...
  • Ram named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

    12/07/2012 1:46:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 6, 2012 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    The Ram 1500 has been named 2013 Truck of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. The magazine's editors were impressed by the truck's fuel economy and posh interior. "The 2013 Ram 1500 SLT is essentially like driving a Chrysler 300 with a bed," says the story that appears in the magazine's February issue. The Ram is made by Chrysler Group, which also makes the 300, a car known for its relatively upscale interior. Chrysler recently split off the Ram truck division from Dodge, so the trucks no longer carry the Dodge name. To be eligible for the Truck of the...
  • Need automotive advice

    12/06/2012 5:34:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    December 6, 2012 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Can you beleive both cars towed home within 24 hours! Hers I think has a fuel starvation problem of some kind. It'll turn over but won't start. On my old thing the ignition won't turn with the key in it. Suggestions? I don't know how she'll be going to work until I get one fixed.