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  • Takata US exploding airbag recall doubled to record 34 mn vehicles

    05/19/2015 10:26:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    myhome.toshiba.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | AFP
    Japanese auto parts giant Takata agreed to double a recall of US cars with potentially deadly airbags to a record of nearly 34 million vehicles, officials said, sending the firm's shares plunging in Tokyo on Wednesday.
  • Indian Motorcycles Announces Special Scout Series, Leads with Awesome Military Scout

    05/11/2015 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    A Ride Apart via Yahoo Autos ^ | 5/11/15 | Gary Ilminen
    Indian Motorcycle has announced that through 2015, it will roll out a series of custom Indian Scouts designed and built by some of America’s top custom bike builders. Each will be designed to celebrate an important Indian Scout milestone since the model’s orignial debut in 1920. Each of the custom Scouts will be accompanied by vignettes to share the legacy of the Indian Scout. Leading off the series is the the Custom Military Scout, which will be accompanied by a vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg. The Custom Military Scout was designed and built by custom builder Klock Werks Kustom Cycles...
  • 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...
  • Niagara police pull over van missing doors, windows, plates

    04/28/2015 2:48:55 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 28, 2015 | ST. CATHARINES STANDARD
    NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- In retrospect, the van probably stood out from the usual bustle of traffic the police officer was watching. Late Monday morning an officer was monitoring traffic crossing the Homer Bridge at Queenston St. in St. Catharines, when the officer's "attention was drawn" to a 2000 Dodge Caravan that was in need of some repair, according to a Niagara Regional Police press release. The van in question was missing doors and windows, had "numerous items sticking out the sides," and had a wooden stool tied to the roof. On the tailgate was a sign that read "slow...
  • GM Futurliner: Taking yesterday’s tomorrow for a spin

    04/28/2015 9:30:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 April 2015 | Dan Carney
    Having been rebuilt and updated in 1952, Futurliner No 10 now belongs to the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) in Auburn, Indiana. It received a restoration between 1998 and 2005 by a team of dedicated volunteers. Inside, Futurliners carried displays highlighting some aspect of engineering development, and showcased those displays through massive, 16ft-long doors that opened on each side to create a stage area topped by a marquee:
  • China’s First Supercar Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

    04/23/2015 5:21:30 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 52 replies
    Normally when we’re reporting news from China, it typically involves them ripping off something someone else did. Today, though, there’s actually something interesting to talk about— a supercar. A completely unique not copied supercar from China. Go figure.
  • Automakers to gearheads: Stop repairing cars

    04/20/2015 8:34:32 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 86 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pete Bigelow
    Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles. Allowing them to continue to fix their cars has become "legally problematic," according to a written statement from the Auto Alliance, the main lobbying arm of automakers. The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to vehicles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where cars are rolling computing platforms, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that...
  • FACT CHECKING CAR ACRONYMS

    04/16/2015 9:28:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 68 replies
    Hagerty ^ | 4/15/15
    Lost in the mists of time are the identities of the clever individuals who created pithy acronyms out of the names of various car manufacturers. Although they were coined long before the age of the Internet troll, it’s no surprise that none are remotely positive. But are they remotely true? Here are three of the better-known ones: FIAT, “Fix It Again Tony”: Fiat had a long history in the U.S., riding the wave of the first import car boom in the 1950s until pulling out of the U.S. market in 1983 (for nearly 30 years). While Fiat offered stylish and...
  • 18 wheeler with over 32 tons of weight achieved 12.2 mpg which is over double regular efficiency

    04/01/2015 4:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 30, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has achieved 115 percent freight efficiency improvement – surpassing the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50 percent improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. Testing was also conducted at the DTNA Detroit engineering facility to demonstrate engine efficiency by achieving 50.2 percent engine brake thermal efficiency. The final SuperTruck demonstrator ran a five-day, 312-mile round trip route on Texas Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Dallas, at a weight of 65,000 lbs GVWR at a speed of 65 mph, where it achieved an average result of 12.2 mpg.Solutions...
  • Mercedes-Benz launching midsize pickup by end of decade

    03/27/2015 12:59:23 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 33 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/27/2015 | Chris Bruce
    The pickup is about to get a rethink from Germany. In a rather surprising announcement, Mercedes-Benz says that it's planning to have a midsize truck on the market before the end of the decade. Before you get too excited to drive a pickup with the brand's famous star on the grille, there's some disappointing news. Mercedes is quite clear that the US isn't among the intended markets for the midsize truck, and the company specifically outlines the model for Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. Also, this is a product being developed by the more commercially-minded Mercedes-Benz Vans division...
  • The BBC’s Firing of Jeremy Clarkson Proves a Point About Progressive Media

    03/27/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by walford · 55 replies
    EveryJoe ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | Kasimir Urbanski
    The BBC just proved that Progressive media serves the tiny elite who think they should run our lives.It’s official: The BBC have fired Jeremy Clarkson, the main presenter and inventor of the modern version of Top Gear. If you don’t yet know what Top Gear is, go look it up. It pretends to be a show about cars, but it’s actually a fascinating series about three crazy personalities doing insane stunts, and (for very good reasons) it’s been for the last 13 years the most popular non-fiction TV show… in the world.Photo by The Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe craziest thing about...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Eleanor Holmes Norton explains botched parking job

    03/27/2015 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 61 replies
    WASHINGTON - D.C.'s delegate to Congress is making news for her parking skills. Video published by Roll Call shows Eleanor Holmes Norton awkwardly trying to wedge her car between two cars parked in angled spaces near the Capitol earlier this week. You could say that didn't go well. The video was shot Wednesday along New Jersey Avenue Southeast, between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings, according to Roll Call. Norton, 77, is seen trying to squeeze her silver, four-door sedan in between two other cars that are parked in angled spots. The only problem? Norton is trying to park...
  • Dodge halts Hellcat production

    03/17/2015 3:26:56 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 53 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | March 17, 2015 | Autonet
    Dodge is experiencing the cliché “too much of a good thing,” and has stopped production of its 707 horsepower halo cars, the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat, to allow the Brampton, Ontario plant to catch up on existing orders. The official statement released by FCA U.S. says, “Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system." While there's been no official word from the automaker regarding when it will resume selling the SRTs, some reports say it could be...
  • Is the era of the Hot Rod dying? (vanity)

    03/11/2015 8:49:51 PM PDT · by super7man · 112 replies
    Vanity | 03/11/2015 | Super7man
    I just finished following the thread highlighting the Chevy small-block history. My wife and I recently went to the Good Guys show in Pleasanton CA. There were lots of BEAUTIFUL cars there. I think that every '69 Camero ever made was there. Every one more beautiful than the last. But, we noticed that everyone there was our age. Less than "older than dirt" but able to remember Vietnam. I wondered what will happen in the next 20 years when we are all gone. Will cars of the 50's, 60's, 70's be a thing of the past? (I stopped counting at...
  • Jeremy Clarkson Suspended From BBC Top Gear for Punching Producer.

    03/11/2015 3:04:07 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 30 replies
    Jeremy Clarkson made light of his suspension by the BBC, as an online petition for him to be reinstated topped 500,000 signatures. The Top Gear presenter told reporters he was "just off to the job centre" as he left his home in London.
  • America’s Engine Chevy’s immortal Small-Block V-8

    03/11/2015 6:22:47 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 73 replies
    Hagerty ^ | Jerry Burton
    was simple and brilliant all at once — a new V-8 engine with walls so thin it was lighter than the straight-six it replaced, despite two additional cylinders. The new engine had an oversquare bore-to-stroke ratio, meaning its 3.67-inch bore was larger than its 3.00-inch stroke. Its stamped steel rocker arms were mounted on spherical pivots, and its hydraulic lifters metered plenty of oil to the cylinder heads via hollow pushrods. Its pistons were ultra-light and its cylinder heads were interchangeable with wedge-type chambers. It could rev high and was incredibly reliable. This all added up to an engine that...
  • Jay Leno hates ethanol

    03/11/2015 6:59:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 62 replies
    Autoweek ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | JAY LENO
    There have been a lot of old-car fires lately. I went through the ’70s, the ’80s and most of the ’90s without ever having read much about car fires. Suddenly, they are happening all over the place. Here’s one reason: The ethanol in modern gasoline—about 10 percent in many states—is so corrosive, it eats through either the fuel-pump diaphragm, old rubber fuel lines or a pot metal part, then leaks out on a hot engine … and ka-bloooooie!!! As someone who collects old cars, and keeps them up religiously, I am now replacing fuel-pressure regulators every 12 to 18 months....
  • Oregon To Be First In Nation To Implement Per-Mile Road Tax Program

    03/09/2015 9:39:57 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 93 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/9/2015 | Cameron Aubernon
    With EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles saving consumers money at the pump, Oregon will be the first to issue a per-mile road tax to refill its coffers. Automotive News reports the state will offer two options to its motorists: pay at the pump, or pay a 1.5-cent rate per mile traversed. The latter will be conducted through a device that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD port, then gathers mileage data to determine how much the motorist will pay in tax. Right now, the program — set to begin July 1 — will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership...
  • Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé: Coolest Chrysler Ever Made

    03/03/2015 10:19:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | 5/01/09 3:00pm | Peter Orosz
    As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, let’s look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coupé. There is something definitely wrong with the heat exchangers of Italian air conditioners. Granted, they have fans in them and machines with fans will never be silent but cooling a small building by Lake Como should not require a jet engine. There, I said it—and as if on cue, this orange-silver concoction from half a century ago rounds a bend and motorvates leisurely down a service road. The...
  • What Happens If Apple Starts Making Cars

    02/21/2015 9:50:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | Michael Schrage
    Apple fanboys and Samsung’s “Next Big Thing”ers would hoot with derisive laughter if The Wall Street Journal or Financial Times reported that GM or Ford planned to rewrite the rules of smartphone innovation. But when media coverage suggests Apple may redesign the automobile, even the most cynical car-lovers quiver with righteous curiosity. They should. Could Sir Jonny Ive be the next Battista Pininfarina, Harley Earl, or Akihiro Nagaya? Don’t bet against him. Steve Jobs’ successors are at least an order of magnitude more credible as disruptive innovators than the heirs of Ford and Sloan. The computer, software, telecoms, music,...
  • Police agencies say goodbye to iconic Crown Victoria, roll out new cop cars

    02/16/2015 12:02:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 84 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | February 16, 2015 | Sandra Stokley and Scott Schwebke
    That icon of police transportation, a vehicle so sturdy and beloved and ubiquitous that it became virtual wallpaper on TV cop shows and local streets – the Ford Crown Victoria – is dead. The upshot is this: For many police agencies, it’s time to buy a new car. Ford stopped making the Crown Vic four years ago, saying sales to the public had fallen to the point that the car is no longer viable, even if demand from police agencies remained strong. Fuel efficiency (or in the Crown Vic’s case, inefficiency) played a role.
  • Elvis Presley's secret Chevy van uncovered

    02/14/2015 11:17:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    fox news ^ | february 13, 2015
    Three-time NASCAR championship winning crew chief Ray Evernham recently visited Graceland to shoot a segment for hisVelocity show AmeriCarna about the last car Elvis drove before he died, a  1973 Stutz Blackhawk III. While he was there, the Graceland folks told him the vehicle he really wanted to see was tucked away in a warehouse out back. There, under a sheet, was a rusty old 1948 Chevrolet Panel Van that they say Elvis used to use to sneak out of Graceland when he wanted to avoid his fans and the press.
  • 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...
  • Automakers lag in protecting security, privacy of cars-Markey report

    02/09/2015 9:29:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Joe White
    Only two of the responding automakers said they could respond to an effort to hack on-board data systems "in real time," the Markey report found. The report also raised concerns about privacy, noting that automakers are collecting and using large amounts of driving data, in many cases storing the data with third parties. Customers "are often not explicitly made aware of data collection, and when they are, they often cannot opt out without disabling valuable features such as navigation," said the report, which was disclosed, by the CBS program "Sixty Minutes" on Sunday.
  • NTU develops Singapore's first 3D-printed urban solar electric car

    02/02/2015 9:58:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | February 2, 2015
    By pushing existing technology to the limits, undergraduates from NTU have assembled a 3D-printed body shell for an electric car, says Associate Professor Ng Heong Wah.SINGAPORE: Students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have built the first urban solar electric car with a 3D-printed body in Singapore, said the university in a news release on Monday (Feb 2). The car – named NTU Venture 8 (NV8) – is mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis. “We are extremely proud to have designed and assembled a 3D-printed body shell for the electric car,” Associate Professor Ng Heong Wah said. “The...
  • 51 years later, turn signal removed from arm

    01/02/2015 11:28:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    <p>Dr. Timothy Lang removed the lever Wednesday during a 45-minute operation. Lampitt, now 75, is recovering at home.</p> <p>He was moving concrete blocks a few weeks ago when the arm began to hurt for the first time.</p> <p>“Everything was fine until it started to get bigger,” Lampitt’s wife, Betty, said. “The arm started bulging.”</p>
  • 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....
  • How an Apple security expert ‘bricked’ his brand new jeep

    12/12/2014 12:31:08 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | December 11, 2014 | Luke Dormehl
    The world’s largest brick? Photo: Trucktrend In addition to Apple devices, noted security expert and The Mac Hacker’s Handbook co-author Charlie Miller has carried out some fascinating (and potentially terrifying) research into hacking vehicles. Last year, alongside fellow hacker Chris Valasek, Miller demonstrated that it is possible to hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius using only a laptop connected to the car. Having done that, he has now moved onto exploring vulnerabilities in other vehicles — including his new 2014 Cherokee jeep. All that research comes at a high price, however, since Miller recently...
  • Burt Reynolds' 1978 Trans Am rumbling to auction

    12/09/2014 1:06:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/9/14
    <p>Gotta have a new car to block for the truck? A speedy car?</p> <p>A 1978 Pontiac Trans Am once owned by Burt Reynolds will be rumbling across the block at the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Fla., in January. It’s not one of the cars featured in the “Smokey and The Bandit” films, but was Reynolds’ personal car from 2005-2009.</p>
  • James Bond's new Aston Martin DB10 unveiled

    12/06/2014 2:26:08 PM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    For 50 years James Bond's "Q" has retrofitted cars to fit the needs of the fictional British spy. But now Aston Martin says it will design and build a car befitting Mr. Bond's bespoke tastes
  • 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...
  • Forgotten Corvette collection emerges from the dust after 25 years

    10/28/2014 8:09:09 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 47 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | 10/28/14 | Alex Lloyd
    Peter Max was not a car guy. So when he purchased a collection of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from every year of manufacture up until 1989, he had a very specific plan: He would use this slice of American history as a tool to self-promote his work as an artist, painting the machines in lurid colors while staging them in various oddball scenarios only the most expressive of minds could envision. Only that never happened. Instead, Max left his collection in a New York City storage lot, which is where they've lived for a quarter of a century, sat gathering...
  • This Guy is Selling his 1965 Ford Mustang for World Series Tickets

    10/25/2014 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/24/14
    Classic muscle cars like a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang are pretty desirable. World Series tickets, apparently, are even more desirable. That appears to be one man’s thinking, anyway. Kansas City Royals fan Jerod Main has decided to sell his 1965 ‘Stang for $24,000, which might seem like a bargain for such a classic, but it should be enough to cover the cost of tickets for his family of six, which are starting at just over $400, according to a quick Stubhub search. Those prices are subject to change, of course, and tickets might be selling for even more after last...
  • 1983 Old Top Gear in Poland

    This full episode of Top Gear back in 1983 shows the FSO factory in Warsaw and also the cars from the Eastern Bloc they sold in the UK and also about the Polish Automobile and the cars sold there and also about how to buy a car back in Communist Poland follow us on Facebook Eastern Bloc Cars
  • GM stops sales of new pickups, recalls 524K cars

    10/04/2014 7:56:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 3, 2014 | Chris Isidore
    General Motors told dealers to stop selling its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups on Friday. The trucks have only recently started rolling off assembly lines. GM says a wiring problem with the trucks' airbags could keep the airbags from deploying properly when needed. The trucks are so new that only few of them are currently in customers' possession, GM said in a statement. The vast majority are still at the factory and were about to be shipped to dealers. A few more are sitting on dealer lots....
  • 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....
  • Pontiac car Commercial II Classic 1969

    10/03/2014 11:57:57 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 28 replies
    Pontiac car Commercial II Classic 1969
  • Chevrolet Impala for 1972, 'See the U.S.A.' Commercial

    10/03/2014 12:13:59 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 16 replies
    Chevrolet Impala for 1972, 'See the U.S.A.' Commercial
  • 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...
  • Report: Ford Mustang EcoBoost fakes some engine noise

    09/27/2014 10:56:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | September 27, 2014 | Michael Green,
    Road & Track’s Jason Cammisa busted a fuse during a recent drive of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, he discovered something odd. Both the engine and the stereo went silent inside the car. It appears that the vaunted Ford Mustang – “the original pony car,” according to Jalopnik – has succumbed to piping in enhanced engine noise through the speakers. Autoblog investigated further, speaking to Ford engineer Shawn Carney who revealed that the engine-sound augmenting system is called “Active Noise Control,” and that only the turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang comes with it. ... “With the Ecoboost engine we have both active...
  • 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...
  • Oops! Obama’s Cash for Clunkers program ‘actually lowered total new vehicle spending’

    08/07/2014 10:06:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The American Enterprise Institute ^ | August 4, 2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Back in 2008, economist Alan Blinder called the idea of a “cash for clunkers” federal rebate plan “the best stimulus idea you’ve never heard of.” But more and more analysis of the program suggests “cash for clunkers” will be a stimulus idea we’ll never hear of again. “Cash for Corollas: When Stimulus Reduces Spending by Mark Hoekstra, Steven Puller, and Jeremy West finds the programs merely pulled forward car sales from the subsequent seven to nine months and thus “had no impact on the number of vehicles sold.” This counters the Obama White House claim that “a substantial proportion of...
  • Feds Confiscate 40 Land Rovers Over VIN Controversy: Claiming they are actually newer vehicles

    08/05/2014 3:09:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Feds Confiscate 40 Land Rovers Over VIN Controversy Federal agency seize 40 old Land Rovers, claiming that they are actually newer vehicles. Forty Land Rover SUVs have been taken away from owners around the country by armed federal agents descending on private property with overwhelming force. Agents for Homeland Security Investigations last month wrapped up the seizure of forty vehicles pursuant to a sealed warrant issued in May. The agency insists that there were discrepancies with the VIN numbers for cars imported by Aaron Richardet at Patterson Auto Sales in Wilmington, North Carolina, and that the Land Rovers violated Environmental...
  • The Bullock GM Dealership Auction

    08/02/2014 11:10:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Barn Finds ^ | 8/2/14
    After the Lambrecht Auction, we figured it was only a matter of time before more old dealerships like it would hit the market. What we didn’t realize was how soon they would come up for sale. It goes to show you, once one family sells and makes a killing doing it, every other old family dealership will start doing the same. We aren’t particularly excited to see another family turn over their entire estate to an auction house, but we are glad to know that this collection is going to be given a chance to go to new homes. Unlike...
  • Fiat-Chrysler profits plunge in second quarter

    07/30/2014 10:18:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Allpar.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Bill Cawthon
    Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday. Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%. This growth was partially offset by a 21% decline in Latin American (LATAM) markets. The European-Middle-East-Africa (EMEA) region shipments were essentially flat. Revenues were up 7% in the NAFTA region and 34% in APAC while EMEA revenues fell by 3% and LATAM revenues plunged 23%....
  • 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...
  • Advance Auto closing 100 stores in first round of post-merger consolidation (AA and CarQuest)

    06/30/2014 10:29:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The News and Observer ^ | June 27, 2014 | David Bracken
    During a meeting with analysts and investors on Wednesday, Advance Auto Parts executives were asked how many stores they expect to close as a result of the company's acquisition of Raleigh-based General Parts International. George Sherman, Advance Auto's president, said the company is consolidating 100 stores as part of a first round of closings. "There will be more going forward," he said. "We have to assess fully 1,200-plus stores across the country. There will be a large group of consolidations, but there will be a lot of conversations where we flip the banner and there will be some relocations." General...