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  • Who Needs a New Car When You Have Uber?

    10/04/2015 10:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Michael Newberg
    Auto sales in the U.S. for September came in at their highest monthly level since 2005 according to Autodata, displaying strength in a major consumer category. Yet according to new survey, the rise in popularity of ride-sharing app Uber is already having a significant impact on customer attitudes towards the purchase of new cars. The survey, conducted by research-based consulting firm Magid Advisors and shared exclusively with CNBC, found that among 2,400 respondents, Uber usage has grown from 4 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015. The car sharing service was the third most commonly used "new company" on...
  • Top 10 engines of all time

    10/02/2015 12:59:05 AM PDT · by Cowman · 101 replies
    On all Cylinders ^ | January 26, 2014 | David Fuller
    (#10): Ford 427 SOHC (#9): Ford 351 Windsor (#8): Chevrolet 454 (#7): Cummins 5.9L I6 Turbo Diesel (#6): Chrysler 225 Slant Six (#5): Chevy 427 (#4): Ford 300 I6 (#3): General Motors LS1 (#2): Chrysler 426 HEMI (#1): Small Block Chevrolet (Gen 1) 350
  • 1973 Mazda RX-3 (Rotary Engine) Commercial

    09/24/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 64 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Remember this- 'Piston engine goes boing, boing, boing, boing boing, boing... but the Mazda goes hmmmmmmm.' [YouTube] If you've ever driven a car with a rotary engine like a Mazda, it really is a lot of fun, very torquey and revs like crazy, always super smooth (except most from the 70s tend to backfire)- it's a shame the couldn't make them work out in a more substantial way. Besides smoothness of operation, the motor is compact, light, and simple, with only two moving parts. But in an example of epic bad timing, Mazda launched the Wankel-engined RX series just was...
  • Forget camper vans... meet the camper TANK: 18-tonne, £585,000 vehicle that looks ideal [tr]

    09/23/2015 8:05:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2015 | Julian Robinson
    Painted in military green, weighing in at 18-tonnes and fitted with a giant set of wheels, this supersized camper van would not look out of place in a warzone. The massive vehicle, produced in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria, has a 720-horsepower engine and comes with a £585,000 price tag. But despite its tank-like appearance, the Action Mobil Global XRS 7200 - described as a 'motor home for global cruises' - is also built for comfort and comes with 23 sq ft of living space.
  • You Want to Put E15 in Your Motor?

    09/18/2015 1:48:24 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 48 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 8/31/15 | Lauren Fix
    Lauren Fix, “The Car Coach” is a competitive race car racer, a mom, and America’s top woman in automotive news. She explains E15, and why it will invalidate the warranty for most cars.
  • Owner Of LaFerrari Caught Terrifying Beverly Hills Neighborhood Claims “Diplomatic Immunity”

    09/15/2015 1:53:52 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 85 replies
    eBay Motors Blog via Yahoo News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Alex Lloyd
    A YouTube video that went viral — showing a Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 911 GT3 tearing through residential streets of Beverly Hills; flying though stop signs while pedestrians waited to cross, narrowly avoiding other motorists — has caused outrage, with neighbors pleading with police to take action before someone gets hurt. According to NBC4, the owner of said vehicles is claiming “diplomatic immunity,” telling a video journalist who asked for comment, “I could have you killed and get away with it.” The name of the car’s owner has not been released, but he is rumored to be part of the...
  • ‘Made in Iran’ cars face boycott campaign at home

    09/13/2015 6:50:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Taipei Times AFP ^ | September 14, 2015
    Iranians are turning to the Internet to vent long-simmering dissatisfaction with a domestic car industry dominated by producers Iran Khodro Industrial Group and Saipa Corp, following years of sanctions that led to the exit of foreign makers. Almost 20,000 people die on Iran’s roads each year, and police say faulty cars are partly to blame. “Creating and supporting campaigns not to buy cars is treason to the national interests,” Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said. “This campaign is wrong, sinful and anti-revolutionary, and it would inflict damage on the domestic economy,” he added, in remarks...
  • Automakers commit to put automatic brakes in all cars [Braking News!]

    09/12/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | By Joan Lowy
    <p>Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars, a step transportation officials say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries.</p> <p>But safety advocates were swift to criticize the effort as a backroom deal that allows automakers to avoid the possibility that the Transportation Department will impose a legal requirement for inclusion of the braking systems in cars and set binding standards for the technology.</p>
  • Car Wash For Change

    09/01/2015 11:56:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Go to original link to watch a heartwarming video -- how one brother has stepped up to help autistic young adults find dignity. The Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida, has a very unique set of employees that will provide you with a clean car you’ll feel great about. It is wonderful to see individuals with life long challenges find a meaningful way to participate in the everyday activities of life and get paid for it. If I had a car wash like this in my area I would definitely make it my go-to place for a clean car....
  • any Dodge/Jeep guys out there?

    08/31/2015 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Cowman · 24 replies
    8-31-2015 | self
    So my Durango with the 4.7 that wouldn't start has a broken timing chain on the right cam. It only has 140k and I have had 318/360 trucks that went well over 300k before they had any problems; and I have NEVER had a timing chain break during normal operations. I have had Chryslers most of my life and the worst thing I had was a spun bearing on a one ton van (at 350k). Does anybody know if this motor has a reputation for weak timing chains? I know they have gasket and EGR problems.
  • Creepy Van With 'Free Candy' Written on it Concerns Calif. Residents

    08/30/2015 4:24:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    KBOI2 ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | KIMBERLY SUITERS
    A panel van advertising "free candy" is leaving some parents in California uneasy. Parents and kids in a Sacramento neighborhood were hoping the van was a trick, and not really offering free candy. A 12-year-old spotted the van in his neighborhood and thought something was off. His mom agreed. As it turns out, the van was decked out as a prank and headed for the annual Burning Man event. WJLA's Kimberly Suiters has more on this bizarre story; watch the video above.
  • See the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in 271 357 photos

    08/14/2015 7:08:41 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Autoweek ^ | 8/14/15 | Andrew Stoy
    Our man on Woodward Avenue is shooting everything, and we'll be updating all weekend In past years, we've broken our Woodward Dream Cruise photos into chunks, showing you imports, Fords, Chevys, Mopars and just plain weird stuff in individual galleries. This year, we're covering the "world's largest one-day car show" a little differently: Call it the "shotgun approach." We'll put up as many huge galleries as our servers will handle, and you can sort through the insanity any way you like. As for captions that specifically identify each car ... maybe we'll get to that after the event. There's also...
  • Eco-friendly 3D printed supercar

    08/04/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ben Gruber
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A California automotive start-up is hoping their prototype supercar will redefine car manufacturing. The sleek race car dubbed 'Blade' didn't come off an assembly line - but out of a 3D printer. Kevin Czinger of Divergent Microfactories has spent most of his career in the automotive industry. One day he realized that no matter how fuel-efficient or how few tailpipe emissions the modern car has, the business of car manufacturing is destroying the environment. "3D printing of metal radically changes that. By looking at 3D printing not for that overall structure but to create individual modular structures that can...
  • Putting Low-Income Drivers Behind the Wheel of Electric Cars (Los Angeles)

    08/02/2015 2:29:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    TakePart ^ | July 31, 2015 | Kristine Wong, multimedia journalist
    A first-of-its-kind car-sharing program will give residents of Los Angeles' neglected neighborhoods access to carbon-free transportation.Electric vehicles have helped people save money and curb their greenhouse gas emissions. But for those with less cash to spare, those benefits have been largely out of reach. Now a first-of-its-kind E.V. car-sharing program in Los Angeles aims to put the city’s low-income residents—some of whom have to walk a mile to the closest bus stop—behind the wheel of convenient and carbon-free transportation. “It will help improve the lives of every Angeleno in these neighborhoods by offering them options they don’t have,” said Matt...
  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 7:29 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession. Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren’t enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don’t have to worry about hackers finding their way in...
  • Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back Hundreds of Thousands of Ram Pickups

    07/27/2015 12:34:30 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | 07/27/2015 | Associated Press
    DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles -- the biggest such action in U.S. history -- as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. The Italian-American automaker also faces a record civil fine of up to $105 million. In addition, owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks will be able to trade them in or be paid by Chrysler to have the vehicles repaired. ~SNIP~ Vehicles eligible for buy-back offer...
  • Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance charges batteries in minutes

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We haven’t checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So what’s a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.’s decision to end production of...
  • Chrysler just beat Ford in dealership sales for the first time ever

    07/01/2015 10:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Geier
    It was a milestone month for FCA. For the first time ever, Chrysler has outsold Ford in US retail sales, reports Reuters. Retail sales refers to only cars sold directly to consumers, not counting sales of fleet vehicles to corporate customers. Including fleet sales, Ford moved 223,666 cars and Fiat Chrysler group sold 186,864. General Motors, meanwhile, saw sales slip slightly year over year and sold 265,825 cars. For the industry as a whole, it was another good month as car sales continue to go up. 2015 is expected to see even more growth in car sales, as the market...
  • Corvette's 60th Birthday June 30th

    06/28/2015 8:02:45 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies ^ | June 29, 2013 | Diego Rosenberg
    You may want to set your smartphone's alarm for June 30, 2013 to commemorate the anniversary of the first Corvette to roll off the line in Flint, Michigan. That's quite a late introduction for a vehicle (and it explains why only 300 were built until the 1954 model year, when production moved to St. Louis) but it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Chevrolet and American. [sic]
  • World’s 1st 3D-Printed Supercar Unveiled– 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP, Built from Unique Node System

    06/28/2015 4:11:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 24, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM). Today, at the OÂ’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger...
  • Will Suncor's driverless trucks put Alberta truck drivers out of work?

    06/21/2015 11:02:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Driverless trucks are coming to Alberta's mining operations. Last week, Suncor Energy Inc. confirmed that it has entered a 5-year agreement with a Japanese manufacturer of autonomous vehicles. The company has already agreed to buy 175 driverless trucks, and a spokesperson says it plans to replace its entire fleet by the end of the decade. Local union members are concerned that the technology could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs. Day 6 got the reaction of two stakeholders from opposite ends of the automated vehicle debate: Barrie Kirk is is the executive director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles...
  • Mexico's auto manufacturing is thriving. Production doubled in 10 years thanks to fewer tariffs

    06/20/2015 7:37:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 72 replies
    providencejournal ^ | Posted Jun. 13, 2015 | By Tom Krisher and Christopher Sherman
    Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the United States and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers. The past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. In April alone, Toyota announced a new plant in Guanajuato to build the popular Corolla, work now done in Canada, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories. Low labor costs and fewer tariffs are the swing factors. A worker in Mexico costs car...
  • Takata US exploding airbag recall doubled to record 34 mn vehicles

    05/19/2015 10:26:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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...