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  • Car Shopping - Toyota Highlander

    10/27/2010 4:00:56 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 21 replies
    Toyota ^ | 10-27-10 | GRRRRR
    My GMC 2002 Envoy has tripped over 113,000 miles. While still in great condition and it is not costing me anything other than gas and oil for now, I am quite tempted to move it out of the garage and get a 2010 Toyota Highlander, Limited Trim package, NON-hybrid. With the economy on the edge, I have a pre-approved loan through my State Farm group at 3.49% @36 mos. but ONLY until 10/31/10. Toyota will match this rate plus $750 cash back. They also have 2 years of free maintenance for routine things. So, who has experience with the Highlander...
  • 62 mpg car standard by 2025? U.S. mulls options

    10/01/2010 9:59:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 1, 2010 | Staff
    Should new cars be required to get 62 mpg by 2025? That's one scenario under an Obama administration notice filed Friday for drafting mileage standards covering the period from 2017 to 2025. The fleet of new vehicles may need to meet a standard set somewhere from a low of 47 mpg to a high of 62 mpg, the administration said in its notice of intent. An initial assessment shows the additional costs for producing high-mileage vehicles ranges from $800 to $3,500, its notice stated, but that cost could be "higher" when a more detailed analysis is completed. The notice added,...
  • Steel, glass VW pedestrian bridge approved (paid for by TN taxpayers)

    09/22/2010 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 18 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mike Pare
    A $7.25 million, 850-foot pedestrian bridge and guardhouse for the Volkswagen plant won approval from a city panel Tuesday. The steel-and-glass structure, more than one-quarter the length of the Walnut Street Bridge that spans the Tennessee River, will serve as the main entrance to the auto plant. The pedestrian bridge, paid from city, Hamilton County and state funds as part of the automaker’s incentive package, will cross over a stream and one of VW’s vehicle test tracks and negotiate a steep change in elevation at the site, officials said. “It will be an extraordinary bridge,” said Steve Leach, the city’s...
  • Mexico gets VW engine factory (instead of TN)

    09/22/2010 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 53 replies · 1+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mike Pare
    Volkswagen plans to pick Mexico as the site for an engine plant to serve its assembly plant in that country and the automaker’s Chattanooga factory, according to a report. Automotive News reported Tuesday an announcement could come as soon as today. Last month, Frank Fischer, chief executive of VW's operations in Chattanooga, told the Times Free Press he didn't expect the engine plant to come to the city. “We said, ‘Please do it,’” Fischer said in August. “We were supporting it.” But VW officials were looking at manufacturing capacity and consumer demand in locating the plant, he said. Mexico had...
  • Tesla gets ready to take over the former NUMMI auto plant in Fremont

    09/19/2010 9:42:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Silicon Valley Mercury News ^ | September 19, 2010 | Dana Hull
    When the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont shut down in April, many pronounced it dead -- a triple victim of the recession, sliding auto sales and General Motors' bankruptcy. But NUMMI is about to be reborn. Electric-carmaker Tesla Motors, which stunned the world when it announced plans to purchase the plant in May, officially takes ownership Oct. 1. Already, many Tesla employees call the plant the "Tesla Factory." Forty people regularly work out of a Tesla office that's been set up on the parking lot -- taking breaks under three red patio umbrellas similar to those at the company's Palo...
  • Where Detroit Lost Me (Vanity)

    09/17/2010 8:12:44 PM PDT · by One Name · 59 replies
    vanity | 9/17/10 | One Name
    I’ve been mulling this one around in my head for quite awhile; with Detroit’s recent near collapse I’ve been trying to draw some parallels with the general state of affairs in this country. Many of you on Free Republic are quite in tune with self-sufficiency- perhaps this may ring a bell with you. Detroit started losing me about the time I came of age to drive, 1975. I grew up helping my dad do maintenance and minor repairs on 60’s cars. Later I owned some 50’s vintage stuff. Unfortunately, I have owned many more recently made vehicles ( none newer...
  • Like the ’55 Chevy, the 3,000-Mile Oil Change Is Pretty Much History

    09/12/2010 4:48:45 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | September 10, 2010 | ALINA TUGEND
    Is the 3,000-mile oil change outdated? --- I STILL remember learning from my father how to carefully remove a dipstick to check the oil level in our cars. It was drilled into me — along with turning off the lights when you left a room and clearing the plates off the table after dinner — that oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or so. I’m not sure what I thought would happen if I didn’t, but I vaguely imagined an unlubricated engine grinding to a halt. Childhood habits are hard to undo, and that’s often good. To...
  • My torque tube needs help. Why should I do it?

    08/25/2010 7:44:29 PM PDT · by When do we get liberated? · 93 replies · 1+ views
    I am ordering parts to repair the torque tube on my 1970 Opel GT. The question I have is, why is it there? What purpose does it serve? It would seem to me that a simple driveshaft would suffice, but no, I have a heavy (everything seems heavy in an 1800 pound car) piece that serves, as far as I can see, no purpose. I have read the Wikipedia definition of what it does, but this makes no sense to me. Can someone tell me in layman's terms why it is there?
  • Thousands of Drivers Jammed in Traffic Near Beijing

    08/23/2010 11:20:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies ^ | August 23, 2010 | Jim Stevenson
    A nine-day traffic jam outside Beijing has drivers fuming, street vendors turning a quick profit and Chinese traffic authorities struggling for answers. Traffic has been slowed to a crawl since August 14 on a 100-kilometer stretch of National Expressway 110 that runs between Beijing and Heibei province. Officials say the jam is caused by an increase in trucks carrying goods to Beijing and by highway maintenance work along the route. Highways have become numerous and complicated in and around Beijing in recent years as the Chinese public has made a large shift to motorized travel over the past 30 years....
  • Gearheads Unite..! Wow Cars3: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

    08/21/2010 9:58:20 AM PDT · by gaijin
    MyBrainAndCamera | Aug 21, 2010 | MyMyself&I
    This freeper's fast-moving, 4-minute YouTUbe video set to AC/DC's tune of, "Back in Black" shows the eye-popping cars of the 2010 Concours d'Elegance in breathtaking Pebble Beach, California, USA. Viewers see priceless classic antique restorations, ultra-exorbitant American & European super cars, and in-person sneak previews of upcoming production automobiles. The other day I posted YouTube part 1 of the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance/Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Today I made a new YouTube video, showing more cars. I also posted a link the other, more political parody twist I put on the show. This freep is still dazed, as he...
  • In Some Classes, Buyers Are Not Ready to Give Up Their V-8s

    08/14/2010 2:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 13, 2010 | Lawrence Ulrich
    CARS around the world are making do with fewer cylinders to save fuel; the engine of the Tata Nano, to cite one extreme case, has just two. Yet this is America, land of cheap gasoline and home of the brave V-8, a country where 4-cylinder engines have mainly populated rental fleets and econocars. So the question nags: how low are we willing to go in the cylinder count, especially for models that stake their images on power and prestige? Ford has already made waves with the announcement that its EcoBoost 4-cylinder will be available in the redesigned Explorer. But cowboys,...
  • GM break even pricec $114 a share?

    08/09/2010 8:05:50 AM PDT · by taildragger · 32 replies
    08/09/2010 | taildragger
    Go over the FR Verboten Detroit News and Free Press for the story. Ouch, how is this really going to work...
  • GM announces major investment in auto plant (in Mexico)

    08/08/2010 10:56:46 AM PDT · by AuntB · 30 replies · 1+ views
    That's Government Motors gratitude for you! From the Wall Street Journal: U.S. automobile giant General Motors Co. said Tuesday it plans to invest close to $500 million in its Ramos Arizpe plant in northern Mexico to produce a new line of engines as well as a new vehicle... "We estimate that these technologies allow for a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency from current engines," Lieblein said, adding that the investment will directly create 390 jobs in Coahuila state, where Ramos Arizpe is located. Another $215 million will go toward upgrading the factory's production lines to build a new vehicle for...
  • Man detained after fatal bicycle crash (illegal alien)

    07/16/2010 6:17:22 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2010 | ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    NEWPORT BEACH – A man involved in a fatal bicycle crash Thursday was detained at Central Mens Jail after police determined that he had been previously deported, police said. Jose Luis Huerta Mundo, 38, of Garden Grove, was detained on an immigration hold after police contacted Immigration and Custom Enforcement, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor. Mundo is still in custody, records show.
  • Group to Show Car That Can Be Driven by the Blind

    07/02/2010 4:58:47 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 2, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-flung notion a reality. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
  • Terrafugia Transition 'flying car' gets go-ahead from US air authorities

    06/29/2010 12:42:45 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 06/29/2010 | Tom Chivers
    The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile, is to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The Transition was designed as a "light sport" aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification, with a maximum weight of 1,320lb. But the manufacturers found it impossible to fit the safety features - airbags, crumple zones and roll cage, for instance - that are required for road vehicles into that weight. Uniquely, however, the FAA has granted the Transition an exemption - allowing it to be...
  • Is This America's Future Transportation?

    05/05/2010 11:37:57 AM PDT · by FredJake · 15 replies · 833+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/3/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (more images of the VW Spartan at Gate) With everyone pumping oil out of the Gulf of Mexico except for America, it would seem like the environmental wackos are getting their wish. Many Americans are finding it more and more difficult to pay for the high price of gasoline forced upon us by a government caused lack of oil supply. What we may soon be forced to drive is something similar to a vehicle I saw in a museum when I was stationed in Germany back in the mid "70"s as a soldier. It was a funny looking three...
  • The Scavenger: Is Concord car dealership marketing to undocumented immigrants?

    05/04/2010 7:38:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies · 258+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | April 27 2010 at 09:42 AM | Posted By: Aileen Yoo
    It's a question CBS5's Joe Vasquez asked the owner of Nemesis Motors, a car dealership in an area with a large Latino population that has plastered its windows with signs in Spanish. [Tip to] But one of those signs that concerned a local blogger implies you don't need a license to purchase a car. And according to DMV and CHP officials, you don't. Dealerships can sell cars to unlicensed buyers. Even so, under Nemesis Motors' policies, the person driving it off the lot must have a license, according to Vazquez. Read more:
  • Law to Require Automobile “Black Boxes” Mulled

    05/02/2010 2:39:22 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies · 398+ views
    In a bid to save Americans from unsafe vehicles, Congress is proposing legislation to require all new cars sold in this country to come equipped with the same kind of “black box” technology now used on airliners. The spur to action was the recent problem with sticky accelerators in some Toyota models this past year. Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif), called the bill “essential if we are to avoid the sort of problems we’ve seen in the automobile marketplace and on our streets. Right now, we are totally dependent on drivers responding to recall notices....
  • GM CEO says government loans have been repaid

    04/21/2010 8:39:27 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 33 replies · 1,335+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 21 2010 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — General Motors Co.'s CEO said Tuesday that the automaker has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it received from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a sign that a plan to rebuild the company is working. GM got a total of $52 billion from the U.S. government and $9.5 billion from the Canadian and Ontario governments as it went through bankruptcy protection last year. The U.S. considered as a loan $6.7 billion of the aid, while the Canadian governments held $1.4 billion in loans. The loan payback to the U.S. government comes five years ahead of schedule, and Whitacre...
  • Ford unit sales jump 84 percent in 1st quarter

    04/01/2010 7:17:47 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 15 replies · 579+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4-1-10 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ford Motor says sales in China by the company and its local partners jumped 84 percent in the first quarter, fueled by higher demand for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The jump highlights China's key role in driving demand for global automakers, while sales remain weak elsewhere.
  • Ford Launches Affordable Made-for-India Compact Car

    03/16/2010 10:54:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 773+ views
    Before It's News ^ | March 9, 2010
    The Figo is different. Ford squeezed the car into a tiny frame -- 3.8 meters (12.5 feet) by 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) -- to ease its passage through the tide of bullock carts, angry taxis, handcarts, motorbikes and cows that clog city roads. And they used easy-to-replace components, like bumpers, to handle the unavoidable dents and dings. "The Figo team went to great lengths to ensure that key components are easily and affordably replaced," Boneham said. The car also has extra durable lubricating and cooling systems, to deal with India's extreme heat and torrential rains. But its most Indian feature...
  • CAFE Vs. Toyota

    03/10/2010 6:12:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Auto Safety: As a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator races down a California freeway, no one mourns the victims of the fuel economy standards imposed by Congress. Forced into smaller cars, thousands have died. We can barely imagine the panic felt by James Sikes, 61, as his Toyota Prius accelerated uncontrollably while he drove down Interstate 8 in San Diego County. We can imagine the continuation of the grandstanding by the owners of "government motors" as they further browbeat a competitor of government-run GM and Chrysler. We do not minimize the safety issues here that need to be addressed,...
  • Toyota’s Biggest Blunder

    03/09/2010 10:35:27 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 41 replies · 269+ views
    Managing Automation ^ | March 5, 2010 | Chris Chiappinelli
    By | Published: Between you and me, Toyota really messed this one up. The company long known for its meticulous quality and, by extension, its meticulous customer care drove completely off the rails in recent years, churning out ever larger production batches, ever faster, even as quality control declined inversely. That led to the recall of more than 8 million vehicles across a slew of Toyota brands. The company did this — and this is where the customer care part gets really murky — only after the failure of what appears to be a Machiavellian effort to silence its customers’...
  • Green Police Commercial on Super Bowl was no xxxxxxg joke.

    02/09/2010 5:05:56 AM PST · by Surrounded_too · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Super Bowl Commercials | Feb. 9, 2010 | surrounded_Too
    Tormenting citizens.
  • Toyota checking 2010 Prius brakes; mum on recall (TOYOTA COMING CLEAN ON LIBERALMOBILE)

    02/04/2010 12:49:44 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 84 replies · 1,966+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 4, 2010 | 28 mins ago
    Toyota USA says it is evaluating brake problems with the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid, but no decision has been made about a recall. Company spokesman Brian Lyons says it's too soon to talk about a recall. He says the automaker is cooperating fully with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe into the brake troubles. The government is investigating reports that antilock brakes can fail momentarily on some 2010 Prius models in slippery conditions or on rough roads. The company says it made a change in the 2010 braking system last month to correct cars in production. The company has...
  • Problems at Toyota, JAL taint Japan Inc.'s image (SHADES OF THE FORD PINTO!!!)

    01/31/2010 3:08:40 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 24 replies · 1,043+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Sun Jan 31, 1:43 | MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press Writer Malcolm Foster, Associated Press Writer
    Toyota is the latest Japanese corporate icon making headlines for all the wrong reasons. News of the automaker's massive vehicle recalls over faulty gas pedals in the U.S. came just days after Japan Airlines, a once proud flag carrier, filed for bankruptcy, saddled with billions in debt. Sony has lost its lead in consumer gadgets to the likes of Apple Inc. and has suffered its own quality mishaps. Honda, Japan's No. 2 automaker, is recalling 646,000 cars worldwide because of a faulty window switch. Taken together, Japan Inc.'s stellar reputation for quality has taken a hit — just as China...
  • AUTOSHOW-UPDATE 1-Ford sweeps awards in Detroit

    01/11/2010 6:27:36 AM PST · by STONEWALLS · 46 replies · 1,886+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-11-10 | B. Kelleher
    "DETROIT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N), swept the 2010 North American Car and Truck Awards at the Detroit auto show on Monday, marking only the third time in the 17-year history of the award that a single automaker has claimed both titles. A panel of about 50 U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists named the Ford Fusion Hybrid the car of the year and the Ford Transit Connect the truck of the year.
  • Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    11/23/2009 2:32:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 38 replies · 2,014+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, November 23, 2009 Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles Arrests were made today in a case involving a conspiracy to procure weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charged Dani Nemr Tarraf with conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles (FIM-92 Stingers) and conspiring to possess machine guns (approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines). In addition, Tarraf and other defendants — including Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha, and Hussein Ali Asfour — were charged with conspiring to...
  • UK: Drivers should be forced to pay per mile to save the planet, finds climate watchdog

    10/11/2009 6:25:29 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 12, 2009 | David Derbyshire
    Motorists should be forced to pay to drive on the busiest roads to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the Government's climate change watchdog says today. The Climate Change Committee, led by former CBI chief Lord Turner, wants ministers to introduce compulsory road pricing to prevent global warming. Under the controversial scheme, cars would be fitted with electronic tags and tracked either by satellite or roadside beacon. Charges would rise at times of peak congestion to around £1.50 a mile. In a report to MPs, the advisers called for a carbon revolution - with thousands of wind turbines, nuclear power stations...
  • Government offers sales tax savings for buying a new car

    10/11/2009 10:52:24 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 1,279+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 11, 2009 | Rep-Am Staff
    WASHINGTON — With 2010 models arriving in auto dealer showrooms, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that buying a new car, light truck, motor home or motorcycle could qualify them for a special deduction for state and local sales and excise taxes on their 2009 tax returns. Purchases made before Jan. 1, 2010, qualify for this deduction under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. The deduction is limited to sales and excise taxes and similar fees paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of a new vehicle. The deduction is reduced for joint filers with modified...
  • Company Announces Plan For Baldwin (Mobile, Ala) Car Plant Bringing 6,000 Jobs

    09/25/2009 8:11:02 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | 9-25-2009 | George R Altman
    Company Announces Plan For Baldwin (Mobile) Car Plant Bringing 6,000 Jobs Friday, September 25, 2009 By GEORGE R. ALTMAN MONTGOMERY — Hybrid Kinetic Motors plans a $1.5 billion car plant,employing nearly 6,000 workers, in Baldwin County within three to five years, company and state officials said Thursday. But state leaders said much work needs to be done — particularly fundraising by HK Motors — before the hybrid car plant can be built, and it is far from certain that the project will be completed. "We're waiting now to make sure that we have all the pieces in place, so we...
  • Cash for Clunkers success limited by program flaws

    08/20/2009 2:33:43 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 692+ views ^ | 08/20/09 | STEPHEN MANNING
    WASHINGTON (AP) - It's revived business at car dealerships, taken gas-guzzlers off the road and given a badly needed boost to struggling auto factories. By many measures, the government's Cash for Clunkers program has been a success. Yet as it winds down, there is another lasting image: the hasty planning and troubled execution that nearly derailed the program early on and, lately, has led some frustrated dealers to drop out amid long waits for the government money.
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Hyundai announces plan to bring its Equus luxury car to US based on success of Genesis

    08/12/2009 7:47:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,084+ views
    Hyundai Motor America said Wednesday it would begin selling its premier luxury sedan in the U.S. late next year, based on the success the South Korean company has had with its other models in the states. Hyundai is bringing the Equus to U.S., piggybacking on the positive response it received from the Genesis sedan, which received the North American Car of the Year award earlier this year. U.S. sales of the Genesis soared 225.5 percent in July, helping Hyundai post an overall sales increase of 19.5 percent. The Equus competes with Lexus, BMW and Mercedes in South Korea.(continued)
  • 10 of the Quirkiest Vehicles on the Road

    08/03/2009 6:55:53 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 1,347+ views
    MSN Autos ^ | July 3, 2009 | Claire Martin
    Not everyone is content with blending in. Some style their hair into a Mohawk, others adorn themselves with elaborate tattoos, and even more dress in all sorts of wacky clothing that most of us would consider wearing only on Halloween, all in an effort to be unique. And some people's desire to be distinctive doesn't stop there. While a nondescript sedan or sport-utility vehicle does the trick for many, there's a small cadre of Americans that isn't content with a car that looks like a car. They follow another path in terms of the rides they drive. The following (all...
  • Cash for Clunkers Program

    07/24/2009 11:27:22 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 23 replies · 773+ views
    Government Website ^ | 25 July 2009 rollout | Our Glorious Leaders
    Most of us are familiar with the general details of this Clunker program. The auto dealerships in our area are rolling out a lot of advertising to bring people in their showrooms starting tomorrow. Likely, many in the rest of the country are doing the same.If there are Freepers who are auto dealers or otherwise familiar with the program, their comments would be especially welcome.My situation is this: I can't afford a new car but I have an eligible automobile (less than 25 years old, driveable, continuiously registered and insured for the last year and an EPA rating of less...
  • New meaning for 'Road Tax'

    07/13/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,827+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | July 13, 2009 | Henry Lamb
    Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn't alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready for school, and nothing went right. She finally got to her car -- a brand new 2020 Chevy Adventure. She touched the finger-print secured start button. Nothing. It wouldn't start. She touched it again. Nothing. Furious, she banged the steering wheel with her fist. Then she noticed the paper hanging from the receipt printer on the dash. "Your designated visa account rejected your Road Use Tax in the amount of $87.32 for the month of June, 2020. You must insert a valid account...
  • Down the Mississippi: Christian car repair in Missouri

    07/11/2009 1:56:18 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | July 8, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    American motorists afraid that repairing the family car might break their budget are increasingly turning to Christian repair garages that offer honesty and charity as well as mechanical expertise. Christian Brothers Automotive, founded in Texas in the early 1980s, has just opened its 59th franchise in the recession-hit suburbs of St Louis, Missouri as part of its plans to have 120 outlets across the United States. Most are currently based in the South’s Bible Belt but the company is now expanding north. Nearly 80 per cent of Americans describe themselves as Christians so the company’s philosophy of ministering to its...
  • Clarkson On: Cheap Cars

    06/06/2009 7:24:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 35 replies · 1,756+ views
    Top Gear ^ | 06/02/09 | Jeremy Clarkson
    The ultra-budget Tata Nano is being hailed by many as the biggest leap forward since the Model T Ford. So, if they're right, it's more important than the Beetle. More important than the Mini. More important than man's conquest of the moon. And amazingly, more important too than the invention of Sky+. I don't think they are right though. Because the only thing that makes it stand out is the low, low price. Brilliant. But I could make a cheap car if I built it in a factory made from wattle and mud, paid the workers in rice and motivated...
  • Adolf Hitler: Up Close

    06/04/2009 4:05:07 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 9 replies · 643+ views
    Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images ^ | Feb 17, 1939 | Hugo Jaeger
    Hitler Among the Cars, 1939 Adolf Hitler tours the 1939 International Auto Exhibition in Berlin. Three years before, at another Berlin auto show, Hitler announced that Porsche would design the "People's Car," or Volkswagen, an affordable, practical vehicle for the working German family.

    05/25/2009 9:38:19 AM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 21 replies · 666+ views
    The Freedom Post ^ | May 24, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Am I wrong in wondering why the Obama administration (another $4 billion to GM last week, for example) is pumping billions of money we don't have into a company that is almost certainly going to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection anyway? I thought the billions were to keep the auto companies from having to file bankruptcy.
  • How The Car Companies Are Really Financed and O. Has Really Done To Them

    05/19/2009 3:32:10 PM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 48 replies · 1,848+ views
    Self | 5/19/2009 | Bern Pearson
    I didn’t realize the socialist horror of what the administration has done until I got to the end of the Bob Lonsberry’s article, “Government Wrong To Hose Car Dealers.” Then, I realized the author had missed the central point. Lonsberry fails to understand who finances the auto manufacturers; the dealerships. By destroying the manufacturer’s financing arm Obama destroys any possibility that the manufacturers can ever recover. Government support, and, therefore, control, will be required forever. Here’s how the pre-Obama financing system functions. Let’s say your dealership sells 100 cars a month. You keep an inventory of 200 cars on-hand. The...
  • China’s Influence Grows Along With Its Car Sales

    04/20/2009 12:31:34 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 10 replies · 579+ views
    NYT ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | KEITH BRADSHER
    SHANGHAI — After a century in which American tastes largely set the course of the global automotive market, China is poised to increasingly take on the role of global trendsetter. Automakers say just as car buyers around the world saw more sport utility vehicles and cup holders because that was what Americans wanted, they will probably see more features that the Chinese favor, from greater fuel efficiency to more comfortable backseats. Vehicle sales in China passed those in the United States in the first quarter, as China has weathered the global downturn much better, and there are growing signs that...
  • Fisker Automotive Raises $85 Million -($ 85k Plug in car)

    04/16/2009 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 490+ views
    plug in ^ | Apr. 6, 2009, | Jay Yarow
    Fisker Automotive announced that it raised $85 million in venture capital backing from New York-based Eco-Drive (Capital) Partners LLC, a European-American investment consortium, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
  • 10 Cars That Sank Detroit

    04/03/2009 7:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies · 3,251+ views
    Yahoo! Autos / U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 3, 2009 | Rick Newman
    The global financial crisis is suffocating the Detroit automakers, but the problems at General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler have been festering for years—even when the mighty "Big Three" were earning billions. Aging factories, inflexible unions, arrogant executives and shoddy quality have all damaged Detroit. Now, with panicky consumers fleeing showrooms, catastrophe looms: There will be plenty of business-school case studies analyzing all the automakers' wrong turns. But, as they say in the industry, it all comes down to product. So here are 10 cars that help explain the demise of Detroit: GM and Chrysler need a multibillion-dollar government bailout to...
  • BMW Magnetic Tow Technology (might be a joke...but cool anyway)

    04/01/2009 12:26:18 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 28 replies · 1,838+ views
    BMW UK ^ | 1 April 2009 | BMW UK
    BMW Magnetic Tow Technology 01/04/2009 BMW’s award-winning EfficientDynamics programme has been taken to the next level with the announcement of an innovative fuel and emissions saving system called Magnetic Tow Technology (MTT). In a bid to retain its World Green Car of the Year crown, BMW will launch MTT across its range today. The unique system, developed in conjunction with NASA, works via a discreet unit located in the front valance that projects an enhanced magnetic beam 20 metres in front of the BMW. Once a suitable target car is located and the BMW is magnetically locked on behind...
  • A Nano step for mankind (World's cheapest car goes on sale today at $2,500)

    03/23/2009 1:00:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,396+ views
    Mid-Day Mumbai ^ | March 23, 2009 | Aditya Anand
    Mumbai: Under the cover of darkness, the world's cheapest car arrived in Mumbai yesterday. Aditya Anand reports on the buzz surrounding the unveiling of the most-awaited car of the year this evening. 12.30 am, Sunday: Under the cover of darkness in the dead of night, when Mumbai's incessant traffic had slowed down, and pedestrians were few, seven gleaming cars purred their way into the rolling grounds at the Parsi Gymkhana, Marine Drive. The world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, had finally arrived in the city for its unveiling today, with a security guard in each vehicle. The cars reached the...
  • Pelosi Backs Taxpayer Funded Vouchers for Gas Guzzlers

    03/19/2009 8:57:49 PM PDT · by catnipman · 14 replies · 785+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2009 | Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON -- A proposal to boost auto sales by offering government-funded discounts to consumers who trade in old cars for new, more efficient models got a boost Wednesday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But the proposal, which also is supported by Detroit auto makers and the United Auto Workers, is coming under fire from some foreign auto makers critical of a provision limiting the vouchers to vehicles built in North America. That limitation would exclude some of the most fuel-efficient cars and trucks sold in the U.S., including the Prius from Toyota Motor Corp. A bill introduced Tuesday by Rep....
  • Yabba Dabba Huh? Forget the Flintstones buggy, this human-powered car has style

    03/04/2009 3:31:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 895+ views
    Road King ^ | March 2, 2009
    Horsepower can be so overrated. At least that’s what the developers from HumanCar, an industrial design firm, are betting on with the Imagine_PS, or Power Station, vehicle. The vehicle uses electric motors and regenerative braking along with human power to keep it moving at a decent clip. “The human part is a patented bi-directional human-power interface, which is like a rowing action that uses your entire body,” says Chuck Greenwood, CEO. “One to four people can operate these cars and they create enough electricity by themselves to power computers, cell phones, etc.” He claims that the car is able to...