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  • Your grandpa's car is taken good care of!

    06/25/2010 5:01:20 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/25/2010 | WesternCulture
    Each year, around 10 000 cars of America's past flood the streets of Swedish Västerås. I'm not an owner of such a vehicle myself (although I plan to be - the future of my economy is looking good!), but I happen to love these cars and can't help but feeling somewhat proud, as a Swede, over my country hosting such an event (regardless of what Buford T Justice has to say about it). Greetings from Volvo Land to America/one nation of car lovers to another! (Links to clips below, enjoy!)
  • GM kicks ‘Chevy' to the curb

    06/10/2010 7:28:39 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 169 replies · 357+ views
    Don't call it Chevy. General Motors leaders are asking Chevrolet employees to refrain from the shorthand etched in America's consciousness for decades. Or, as the New York Times put it, "If General Motors has its way, you won't be driving your Chevy to the levee ever again." The Times quoted this company memo sent Tuesday: "We'd ask that whether you're talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward. "When you look at the most recognized brands throughout the world, such as Coke or Apple, for instance,...
  • Woman drowns in car after heavy rains (Refused to leave her Chev. Cavalier)

    05/17/2010 9:36:36 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies · 1,474+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 05/16/2010 | CINDY GEORGE
    <p>Authorities have identified a 47-year-old woman who drowned as her car sunk into a retention pond Friday night after she unsuccessfully tried to save the vehicle from rising water.</p> <p>Cassandra Bryant, of the 1400 block of Blue Bell in north Harris County, was southbound on the North Freeway service road around 10 p.m. when rising water prompted her to maneuver the car inadvertently into the pond.</p>
  • Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack

    05/08/2010 7:37:51 AM PDT · by mylife · 27 replies · 1,262+ views
    fast company ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack BY Ariel Schwartz Wed May 5, 2010 Over 8,200 people have made online reservations in the past month for the upcoming Nissan Leaf EV, and for good reason. The $33,000 vehicle, set to be released later this year, is the first affordable all-electric vehicle from a major auto manufacturer. It's an early adopter's dream. Now Nissan has revealed the secret behind the Leaf's reasonable price: an ultra-cheap battery pack. While most lithium-ion batteries cost $1000 to $1,200 per kWh, the Leaf's 24 kWh battery pack costs just $9,000 to produce, or $375...
  • Aston Martin to Introduce the V12 Vantage in the U.S.

    05/08/2010 7:04:38 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 47 replies · 1,090+ views
    AutoEvolution ^ | May 08, 2010 | Daniel Mihalascu
    Although initially Aston Martin didn’t intend to bring the V12 Vantage to the U.S. market, the British sportscar maker is planning to introduce this model in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Inside Line. Based on the 2007 V12 Vantage RS Concept, the roadgoing V12 Vantage was launched in Europe in 2009, being a heavily modified version of the standard V8 Vantage. Aston plans to build only 1,000 units of this car, which is powered by a 510 horsepower V12 engine. Since the V12 Vantage was never destined for the U.S., Aston Martin had to make extensive modifications to...
  • Chinese Automaker to Roll Into L.A.

    04/30/2010 2:43:45 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies · 931+ views
    Los Angeles Business Journal ^ | April 30, 2010 | Deborah Crowe
    State and local officials announced Friday that Chinese hybrid electric automaker BYD Co. will open its U.S. headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. China’s fourth-largest automaker expects to create at least 150 jobs here by 2011 as it rolls out its fleet of vehicles to California markets first before expanding throughout the country. “By bringing global alternative energy companies to Los Angeles, we are securing our future and building the foundation for an emerging industry that will attract good paying, green collar jobs for generations of Angelenos,” said Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa during a City Hall press conference that included Gov....
  • Ford Posts 1st Qtr 2010 Net Income of $2.1 Billion

    04/27/2010 4:15:22 AM PDT · by taildragger · 92 replies · 2,265+ views
    Ford Motor Company ^ | 04/27/2010 | Ford
    * Ford, Lincoln and Mercury March sales totaled 178,546, up 43 percent versus year ago * Ford brand sales up 46 percent versus year ago, Lincoln up 19 percent and Mercury up 26 percent * Cars up 53 percent versus year ago, utilities up 46 percent and trucks up 30 percent; March retail sales up 38 percent; fleet sales up 53 percent * Ford, Lincoln and Mercury first quarter sales totaled 428,596, up 37 percent versus year ago * Ford gains retail market share for the 17th time in the last 18 months, as more buyers turn to Ford’s fresh...
  • Obama says auto bailouts have paid off

    04/24/2010 3:36:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 1,643+ views
    Obama says auto bailouts have paid off Photo 6:09am EDT By Steve Holland ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday taxpayer-funded bailouts of the auto industry that he approved had paid off, in what amounted to a rejection of conservative arguments against such government help. In his weekly radio and Web address, Obama kept up the pressure for an overhaul of U.S. financial regulations, saying the promising news from the auto industry had not reduced the need for Wall Street changes. Government bailouts of Wall Street, begun by then-President George W. Bush in 2008 and continued...
  • Worst-Made Cars on the Road

    04/12/2010 8:05:57 AM PDT · by throwback · 172 replies · 4,069+ views
    Yahoo, Forbes ^ | Friday, April 9, 2010 | Hannah Elliott
    If you want to drive something dependable and long-lasting, steer clear of these vehicles. With a 22% improvement in sales last month, and despite the six-month, $4.3 billion loss it announced Wednesday, General Motors is likely to have its strongest spring and summer in years. Plus, the automaker had critically acclaimed new products at the recent New York Auto Show and the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt is due out this fall. More from • In Depth: Worst-Made Cars On The Road • Navigating Your Way Through Traffic • Cars With the Best Gas Mileage Year-over-year sales of GM's Cadillac division...
  • Toyota's safety, quality record belies current piling on (Why Toyota is getting a media bum rap)

    04/02/2010 7:11:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 618+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/02/2010
    It is possible that new, damning details could come to light about Toyota's response to faulty accelerator claims. But absent new revelations - and if we are to judge based solely on what we know now - Toyota is getting a bum rap. The Japanese car maker has been stung by a series of reports of customers experiencing out-of-control speeding. The result has been front-page news stories, a product recall, multiple congressional hearings, a big hit to Toyota's stock price and the threat of multiple lawsuits. To top it off, some are even demanding Toyota offer to buy back vehicles...
  • Luxury Drivers, Beware (Front Wheel Drive vs. Rear Wheel Drive)

    03/26/2010 7:34:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies · 1,433+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/24/2010 | Joseph B. White
    When BMW AG Chairman Norbert Reithofer declared last week that his company would start making front-wheel-drive BMWs, there were screams from Stuttgart to Sacramento. BMW, after all, had built the Ultimate Driving Machine franchise on rear-wheel-drive cars. Now Mr. Reithofer appears to be chipping away at what made luxury cars so luxurious. Auto enthusiasts—including many automotive designers and engineering executives, as well as wealthy car buyers—generally prefer cars to have the driving wheels in the back. It makes a difference in the way a car handles and steers. That difference is instantly recognizable but hard to define. A rear-drive car...
  • Theodore H. Frank: I am not afraid of my Toyota Prius

    03/12/2010 10:31:38 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 697+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/11/10 | Theodore H. Frank
    I’ve been driving Toyota Priuses since 2001. As a junior defense lawyer in the mid-90s, I litigated a number of bogus sudden acceleration cases that were brought against General Motors. So the recent kerfuffle over alleged mysterious electronic problems with the Prius and other Toyotas has certainly caught my attention beyond just throwing my floor mat in the trunk. I knew the public hysteria had reached unprecedented proportions when my father, a Ph.D. geologist skeptical of everything from George W. Bush to global warming (and that’s just the G’s), credulously emailed me repeatedly to demand I read a press release...
  • Toyota Simulator

    03/06/2010 9:03:26 PM PST · by Reaganez · 23 replies · 520+ views
    Check out what it is like driving a modern Toyota at the link.
  • Ferrari unveil hybrid car

    03/03/2010 12:04:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 671+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/2/2010 | Andrew English in Geneva
    Electric cars and green technology dominate at this year's Geneva Motor Show, which opened its doors on Tuesday, but no one expected a hybrid Ferrari. This Kermit-green Ferrari 599 hybrid is one of the stars of the show and a sure sign that even supercar makers are beginning to address their environmental impact. Called HY-KERS, the hybrid two-seater uses Ferrari's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to recover the braking and decelerating energy in a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. That electrical energy is converted into about 650 volts, which gives an additional 100 horsepower that is used to supplement the...
  • Suggestions for a used vehicle?

    03/01/2010 8:16:17 AM PST · by bgill · 97 replies · 1,468+ views
    I'm looking for some suggestions for an inexpensive used vehicle for a teenager. The plan was to give him the old pickup but it is on it's last legs. The vehicle must have a high safety rating. It will mainly be for city/highway driving but in an emergency needs to be able to book it across pastures. Again, cheap, cheap, cheap. Any suggestions?

    01/28/2010 4:36:05 AM PST · by taildragger · 45 replies · 2,354+ views
    Ford Motor Company ^ | 01/28/2009 | Ford Motor Company
    FOURTH QUARTER 2009 NET INCOME OF $868 MILLION; PLANS TO BE PROFITABLE IN 2010+ * Full year net income of $2.7 billion, or 86 cents per share, a $17.5 billion improvement from a year ago. Pre-tax operating profits of $454 million, a $7.3 billion improvement from a year ago++ * Fourth quarter net income of $868 million, or 25 cents per share, a $6.8 billion improvement from a year ago. Pre-tax operating profits of $1.8 billion, a $5.5 billion improvement from a year ago++ * Ford North America fourth quarter pre-tax operating profits of $707 million, a $2.6 billion improvement...
  • Toyota knew of sticky-throttle problem late last year

    01/25/2010 11:58:49 AM PST · by Reaganez · 53 replies · 1,303+ views ^ | January 25, 2010 | By James R. Healey
    Toyota says it knew there were problems with accelerator-pedal assemblies from supplier CTS late last year, but not enough to warrant a recall. The automaker says it hurriedly announced last Thursday a planned recall of 2.3 million Toyotas, back to 2005 models, because the defect trend had picked up. "The quickness that this all came together is one reason why I don't have numbers" of complaints, the automaker's U.S. safety spokesman, John Hanson, says. "And why we don't have a fix." CTS also supplies throttle assemblies to Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Those companies say their designs are different and pose...
  • Caption Pelosi at the Press Days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show

    01/12/2010 11:48:35 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 24 replies · 1,194+ views
    PICTURE 1: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre speak with each other; PICTURE 2: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, talks with Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, center, and Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman William Ford, Jr., right, during press days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan January 11, 2010. Chrysler LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne points to Chrysler displays as he talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) during Press Days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 11, 2010 in Detroit,...
  • Ford Vs. Government Motors

    01/05/2010 5:17:48 PM PST · by Reaganez · 35 replies · 1,401+ views ^ | 01.05.10, 06:00 AM EST | Alexandra Zendrian
    GM has come out swinging from its government-induced bankruptcy, but Ford's strength in 2009 makes it a contender in 2010. Things are looking up for the American automakers this year. General Motors is restructuring itself and is winding down its Saab brand. But though there seems to be more confidence in GM now than there was last year, Ford is giving GM a run for its money. These two companies could both be victorious, or one could leave the other badly bruised in the battle for top car company in 2010. General Motors probably wants to forget 2009--the year that...
  • Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Post Sales Gains

    01/05/2010 12:49:14 PM PST · by Reaganez · 34 replies · 1,361+ views ^ | January 5,2010 | General Motors Company
    Retail Sales of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Up 13 Percent GM Retail Market Share Increased Two Share Points in Q4 vs. Q3 U.S. Dealer Inventory Reaches 385,000 – Lowest Year-End Level on Record DETROIT – GM dealers in the U.S. reported 160,996 retail deliveries in December – a 7 percent increase compared to last year, and a 50 percent increase over last month. Retail sales of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands were 146,419 – up 13 percent for the month. In total, GM dealers in the U.S. delivered 208,511 vehicles in December. This represents a total sales decline...