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  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 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...
  • Large Enough to 3D Print a Boat or SUV, New Full Color Chinese 3D Printer is Unveiled

    05/31/2014 3:15:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | May 30, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    China seems to be one of the nations who are establishing themselves at the forefront of 3D printing innovation. Last month, it was reported that China has begun 3D printing full sized homes, and now there is news of something that may be even more incredible. After 3 1/2 years of research and development, Sanya Industrial Innovation Design Center, in Sanya, China, has developed a 3D printer that, according to the company, is the largest of its kind. It also touts the ability to print in multiple and extremely affordable materials, print at high speeds, and in full color. The...
  • Man sought in death of Central High English teacher located

    05/20/2014 12:50:29 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Bay News9 (Tampa Bay) ^ | 5/1914 | Paul Mueller
    SPRING HILL -- The daylong search for a man who Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies may know something about the murder of Lee Ann Shoeman, 55, of Spring Hill has ended. Hillsborough County Deputies responded to the Citrus Park Town Center Mall at around 5:30 p.m. Monday and found Jerome “Jerry” Sheridan, 49, in his car with self-inflicted wounds after he tried to take his own life. Emergency crews were able to rush him to the hospital where they said he was talking. Deputies had been searching for his car, a 1971 Pontiac GTO with no front fender and black stripes...
  • The Five Best Oldsmobiles to Come off the Line

    05/12/2014 9:16:05 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 143 replies
    Web2carz ^ | 5/12/14 | Andrew Krok
    Oldsmobile died 10 years ago this week. On that day, the final Oldsmobile (an Alero) rolled off the assembly line, and from then on, the oldest-surviving American car company was no more. Its departure was largely bittersweet; Oldsmobile’s final vehicle lineup wasn’t very impressive, filled with bland front-wheel-drive cars, and so many believed that its time had finally come. But it was a good run, and while the end wasn’t necessarily stellar, Oldsmobile managed to produce some seriously badass cars throughout its 107-year-long history. Below, we take a look at what we believe are the five best Oldsmobiles to ever...
  • Ford Built A Mustang On Top Of The Empire State Building Last Night

    04/16/2014 9:33:22 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 32 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | 4/16/2014 | Nick Stango
    It's been 50 years since Ford built the world-renowned 1965 Mustang and placed it high above Manhattan on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Last night, Ford came back with a bigger, yellower, all around more complicated car from 2015 and decided to recreate the famous stunt as a 50-year homage—only this time, they did it in the snow and over the course of just 5 hours.
  • 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.
  • Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

    03/22/2014 8:24:03 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 70 replies
    Automotive News ^ | March 22, 2014 - 12:01 am ET | Larry P. Vellequette
    DETROIT -- The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear." The warning could be talking about the Ram. The Silverado, the longtime No. 2 in pickup sales, still has a substantial lead on No. 3 Ram. But the Ram is gaining. In the last seven months, after the redesigned Silverado arrived last summer, Ram sales were at 208,414, while the Silverado was at 261,258 -- still a sizable gap of 52,844 units. But consider: In the same period a year earlier, the gap between the two was 97,199 units. In the...
  • 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...
  • Automakers Wary Of Russia At Geneva Auto Show

    03/04/2014 5:57:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Manufacturing.net / The Associated Press ^ | March 4, 2014 | Colleen Barry and Josh Heilprin, AP Business Writers
    GENEVA (AP) -- European automakers cast a wary eye toward Russia on the first day of the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday, poised for a quick strategy rethink as the threat of sanctions hangs over the country because of its intervention in Ukraine. Russia has been a key market for recession-battered European automakers that have looked to expand sales and find partners for lucrative joint ventures. But new uncertainty has been raised by growing tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. "There is always going to be a surprise out there. Ukraine is an example....
  • 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.
  • Pontiac GTO 50th Anniversary: Ghost of “The Goat” Still Haunts Detroit – and Stuttgart, Too

    02/16/2014 6:48:26 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 45 replies
    Hagerty ^ | 10 February 2014 | Jim Koscs
    Happy 50th anniversary, Pontiac GTO! It’s too bad the Pontiac brand isn’t still around to celebrate, but there are legions of proud GTO owners and muscle car buffs who treasure the model that launched the muscle car genre. The GTO history has been told too many times to count, so this feature will not add to the pile. Rather, it’s worth looking back at the impact the GTO made, not only on car enthusiasts, but also on the auto industry. The GTO’s influence continues today in ways and on cars that you might not suspect. Let’s get a key issue...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • Sinkhole at Corvette Museum swallows eight rare Vettes

    02/12/2014 11:02:36 AM PST · by Doogle · 45 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 02/13/14 | Justin Hyde
    The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., has long been a mini-Mecca for fans of America's most hallowed sports car. Early this morning, that museum suffered the catastrophe shown above, when a sinkhole in the Sky Dome opened up and swallowed eight rare Vettes, including two that belonged to General Motors. According to museum officials, the sinkhole began around 5:30 a.m. while the museum was closed, and within minutes had grown to about 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep. No one was injured, but the list of Corvettes spelunking in the hole includes two on loan...
  • Elio Motors and the Three Wheeled Car - A Moonshot Project ($6800, 84 mpg)

    02/05/2014 6:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 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...
  • Another Corvette Thief Foiled by Inability to Drive Stick

    02/03/2014 12:07:35 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 1/31/14 | Jason Reiss
    used to be that learning how to drive a manual-transmission-equipped car was a rite of passage for all - either you had an uncle with an old car that taught you how to do it when you were 14, or you were lucky enough to have a parent that wasn’t afraid to row gears, and you went into the driving test feeling like a badass. Not so for this idiot – one Annas Abdel-Khaliq of Marion County, Florida. According to the report, Abdel-Khaliq attempted to steal a 2012 Corvette from Ocala Ford Motors in the Sunshine State, but didn’t get...
  • 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....
  • 2014 COPO Camaro No. 001 Fetches $700,000 At Barrett-Jackson

    01/27/2014 3:49:16 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    DragZine ^ | 1/27/14 | Andrew Wolf
    In case you missed it during the FOX networks coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale classic car auction over the weekend, Chevrolet Performance’s first 2014 COPO Camaro factory race car, numbered No. 1 of 69 (VIN 001 to be exact), was auctioned off for charity, bringing in an impressive $700,000 winning bid— more than seven times the sticker price of a typical COPO. Many of our readers may recognize this as the very same COPO that was unveiled at the SEMA Show as a preview to the 2014 model year build, and was also on display in the Chevrolet Performance booth...
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • Safest car 2013: Euro NCAP crowns Qoros 3 (Chicom-built sedan)

    01/13/2014 7:33:08 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    Autoexpress ^ | January 13, 2014
    Euro NCAP names its safest car of 2013, the Chinese Qoros 3, alongside other class winners The Qoros 3 Sedan has been named as Euro NCAP's safest car of 2013. It was the highest rated of the 33 cars tested by Euro NCAP last year and the first vehicle developed in China to achieve the highest five-star rating. The Qoros 3 saloon scored highly in all four areas with passenger safety a particular strong point. It is an impressive performance for the company which was only founded in 2007 and a huge step to challenging the traditional view that safety...
  • Woman Attempts to Warm Minivan With Charcoal And Guess What Happened

    01/08/2014 1:52:01 PM PST · by ZirconEncrustedTweezers · 60 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 1/8/14 | Jason Torchinsky
    This really shouldn't be a shock to anyone, but for the record, let's just say it's usually a pretty bad idea to set a charcoal fire under your car. A Wisconsin woman did just that, and set her 2007 Dodge Caravan on fire. Even better, she lives in an area named after a burning torch! The Lac du Flambeau woman was trying to start her minivan in some really awful temperatures, around -23°F, and after removing her battery and warming it indoors (smart), she decided to warm the engine block with a charcoal fire (not smart). The inevitable fire started...
  • Hagerty Driving Experience: Teaching young drivers three-pedal fun

    01/02/2014 9:54:08 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 57 replies
    Hagerty ^ | 2/2/14 | Kyle Smith
    For the newest generation of drivers, and even those with years of experience, the skill of driving a manual transmission is one that few possess. With less than 10 percent of new cars produced today being equipped with a manual transmission, there’s far less opportunity and need to learn how to operate a clutch and shift gears. The Hagerty Driving Experience Powered by Ford aims to help steer that outcome down a different road. Pairing a classroom session with closed-course driving lessons, the Hagerty Driving Experience provides a unique and exciting opportunity for young drivers to learn how to operate...
  • 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...
  • The hottest electric cars leaver winter drivers out in the cold

    12/16/2013 12:58:09 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies
    Engineering breakthroughs like the Tesla Model S may be burning up the electric car market (figuratively and literally), but they’re leaving drivers cold and under-powered in the face of Old Man Winter. Cold temperatures have adverse effects on batteries, slowing down the incoming and outgoing flow of energy and inevitably losing some in the process. The 250-mile average range of an electric car in normal climate conditions can see its performance reduced by 70-miles on a single charge in average winter conditions. The colder it gets, the shorter than range. Not only that, the average winter driver tends to turn...
  • 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...
  • Why DRM In Cars Is Going To Drive Everyone Mad

    11/14/2013 9:26:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/15/2013 | PARKER HIGGINS
    Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a “feature” that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that contract with digital rights management (DRM)restrictions that can remotely prevent the battery from charging at all. We’ve long joined makers and tinkerers in warning that, as software becomes a part of more and more everyday devices, DRM and the legal restrictions on circumventing it will create...
  • 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…...
  • Man Captures Scenes From the Past Using Unique Photography Art

    10/16/2013 12:47:54 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 10/9/13 | Lindsey Fisher
    Capturing the essence of the 1940s and 50s in modern times is getting harder and harder for photographers. While there are plenty of hot rods out there to shoot these days, fewer and fewer “factory” vehicles can be found. But that’s not the only trouble. With modern construction, vintage buildings are also becoming scarcer by the day. This leads to a whole lot of hassle for those set on bringing back memories of the past through modern photography. But as photographer and car enthusiast Michael Paul Smith, who posts his work on Flickr, discovered, recreating the past may actually be...
  • Auctioneering Hopeful Ron Paul Campaigns to Get Rid of His Chevette

    10/13/2013 3:28:51 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 10/2/13 | David Chick
    We all remember Ron Paul. Who could forget the charming, libertarian, and, as any Reddit user will tell you, “robbed” presidential candidate? For two election cycles, everyone’s favorite septuagenarian gynecologist took on the mantle of ending the Federal Reserve and seeking an isolationist foreign policy. Oh, Ron Paul. Remember when you said that all the Taliban ever wanted was America’s forces out of their Afghanistan? Photo: Northwestern Flipside For better or worse, the majority of voting Americans were not moved by Paul’s libertarian rhetoric. However, maybe they’ll be moved by his 35-year-old Chevette. As part of Paul’s push to get...
  • 1964 Chevrolet Impala Commercial

    09/29/2013 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 85 replies
    1964 Chevy TV ad, this one was generally shown during Bonanza and Walt Disney.
  • Two Chevys Full Of Bodies Found In Oklahoma Lake

    09/25/2013 12:16:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 9/23/123 | Chris Demorro
    Cold cases are those murder or missing persons cases that go unsolved for years, or even decades. Some of these cases, like the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa, have inspired countless books and movies, while others never gain any traction until an accidental discovery or confession. NBC News reports that Oklahoma State Troopers who were testing new sonar equipment in Foss Lake stumbled across not one, but two cars. What they first thought was merely a couple of stolen cars came with a grisly discovery; six bodies, potentially solving two cold cases that had long gone unsolved. Troopers pulled...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Eats Another Loss On Green Tech Car Loan

    09/06/2013 11:38:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/06/2013 | Joann Muller
    Humvee manufacturer AM General paid $3 million at auction to purchase the U.S. Department of Energy‘s loan to Vehicle Production Group, a defunct maker of wheelchair-accessible vans that struggled to meet performance targets and shut down earlier this year. Together with $5 million seized from the company’s accounts in April, that means the DOE recovered just $8 million of the $50 million it loaned VPG back in March 2011 under a government program designed to promote advanced technology vehicles. VPG’s plan was to sell handicapped vans that run on compressed natural gas. Taxpayers also took a loss on the collapse...
  • 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”...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Fascinating 1936 Footage of Car Assembly Line

    08/06/2013 12:26:15 AM PDT · by Windflier · 38 replies
    Dump.com ^ | unknown | Unattributed
    An amazing video of American industrial prowess, prior to WWII.
  • Qatari Kid's Lamborghini Taken By London Police

    06/30/2013 9:23:48 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/29/13 | Michael Ballaban
    The summer season is upon us, and while in the States that means barbecues and beaches, in London that means the annual influx of vacationers from the Arabian Gulf. That includes Nasser Al-Thani, 24, of Qatar, who forgot his drivers license and insurance information.P Members of London's Metropolitan Police Service, who take no guff, ticketed Al-Thani and took away his (parents') purple and orange Lamborghini, which supposedly "glows in the dark," according to Motoramic. Apparently poor taste is phosphorescent. P Al-Thani, who is a member of Qatar's ruling family and is perhaps best known for his fleet of turquoise supercars,...
  • Iconic Corvette Began 60 Years Ago

    06/29/2013 8:30:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 103 replies
    GM News ^ | 6/28/13
    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Chevrolet today marked its 60th anniversary of the Corvette, an iconic American sports car. The first Corvette went into production in Flint, Mich. on June 30, 1953. Since then, Corvette has become an American icon that continues to offer the best in today’s technology and performance. “During the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians and astronauts,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their eras in terms of design, technology...