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  • Another sign Apple's electric car is coming

    05/28/2016 5:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Condon
    Apple has yet to confirm whether it's investing in its own line of electric vehicles, but Reuters is out with more evidence that Project Titan is underway: The tech giant has reportedly been in talks with charging station companies and has hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists. Apple has been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, Reuters reports, for reasons other than providing charging stations for its own employees (which the company already does). Speculation about Apple's electric vehicle project, dubbed Titan, has gone on for months, with reports indicating the company is aiming to ship...
  • San Francisco Woman's Honda Stolen Four Times Keeps Coming Back

    05/20/2016 8:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/20 | LiLi Tan
    The Bay Area has one of the nation’s highest rates of car thefts, according to the FBI.Her friends jokingly call it “Boomerang.” Maika Nicholson’s car has been stolen four times, but has also returned four times. “I always come out to make sure it’s there because often times it’s not,” Nicholson said, about her ’97 Honda Civic. “It’s been stolen in San Francisco three times and probably been broken into three or four times, I would say – I can’t even keep count anymore.” This week, her car came back for the fourth time. San Francisco Police found it less...
  • Crews succeed in retrieving classic El Camino from irrigation canal

    05/18/2016 5:39:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 37 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | 5/18/16 | Mai Hoang
    YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Roza Irrigation District will turn on several irrigation pumps this morning after water in a portion of the Roza Canal reached sufficient levels following the extraction of a classic vehicle Monday. The 1970 Chevrolet El Camino had been in a concrete-lined portion of the canal since May 7, when it rolled away from the garage of a home near Moxee. By the time officials had completed the extraction and had begun refilling the canal — around 12:30 p.m. Monday — water levels had receded to about 1 foot where the car was retrieved, near State Route...
  • People Sell Stolen Cars Through “Car Cloning”: Detectives

    05/16/2016 11:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 4/16 | Candice Nguyen
    People are stealing cars in San Diego and disguising their stolen statuses to sell them to unsuspecting customersPeople are stealing cars in San Diego and disguising their stolen statuses to sell them to unsuspecting customers, according to local auto theft detectives. They said it is an illegal operation called “vin cloning” or “car cloning” that cheats victims out of tens of thousands of dollars. People “make the stolen vehicle look legitimate in every aspect,” Officer John Nelson with the California Highway Patrol said. “The paperwork and the vehicle identification (VIN) plate and everything. It’s very difficult for regular patrol officers...
  • Heavy consolidation ahead for Japan autos amid scandals, slowing earnings: Kelly Blue Book

    05/12/2016 12:56:24 AM PDT · by chopperman · 22 replies
    Soaring costs could diminish the number of major Japanese car makers to just three or four players by 2021, according to automotive research firm Kelley Blue Book. The world's third-largest economy is also the world's third-largest vehicle producer, boasting at least eight leading brands, including the world's biggest-selling automaker Toyota Motor. Other major car producing countries, such as Germany and the U.S., only have a handful in comparison.

    05/10/2016 4:41:31 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | 9 May, 2016 | Stefan Ogbac
    Porsche unveiled a new V-8 engine at the 37th Vienna Motor Symposium that will eventually power the range-topping variants of the upcoming second-generation Panamera and the next Cayenne SUV. In addition to powering the larger vehicles in Porsche’s lineup, the new V-8 will also be used by other Volkswagen Group brands including Audi and Bentley. Featuring two twin-scroll turbochargers, the new 4.0-liter V-8 is rated at 550 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque (up from 520 hp and 516 lb-ft), which puts it just shy of the current 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 utilized in the 570-hp Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Despite...
  • Vanity - Red cars and glorious sounds

    05/08/2016 2:34:41 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 34 replies
    Yeah, OK, it's a gasoline commercial, but the video is in HD and the sound is spine-tingling. Turn it up.
  • A ’66 GT40 and 5 Other Rare Ford Icons are Up for Sale

    05/08/2016 11:45:28 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7 May, 2016 | Zach Doell
    Business A ’66 GT40 and 5 Other Rare Ford Icons are Up for Sale Zach Doell,Bold Ride Sat, May 7 9:30 AM PDT Comments Like Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email 1966-ford-gt40-mk1-click-1a It might be a little too early to get excited about anything in the far-off month of August, but six legendary Ford performance cars about to pique your interest, and then some. Every year, the world’s rarest and most valuable classic cars flood onto California’s sunbaked coastline in August for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—an event that has become known worldwide as the premier celebration of the...
  • New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery

    05/05/2016 11:13:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    Automobile Mag ^ | May 3, 2016 | Conner Golden\
    Reportedly celebrated his new car with a bottle of champagneA newly minted McLaren owner in England became a little over-excited following the delivery of his brand-new supercar. Telegraph reports that the owner of a McLaren 650S stuffed the coupe into a tree just 10 minutes after the car arrived at his house for the first time. The report states that neighbors spotted the owner celebrating supercar ownership with a bottle of champagne right after the car arrived at his doorstep. Not 10 minutes later, the owner introduced the front end of his $265,000 supercar to the ever-sturdy trunk of an...
  • The 8 Weirdest Lamborghinis of All Time

    04/30/2016 11:44:40 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    Autos Cheat Sheet ^ | 30 Apr, 2016 | James Derek Sapienza
    Automotive history may be rife with tales of revenge and one-upmanship, but no one can top the story of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of one of the most outrageous performance car companies in the world, who would’ve turned 100 this week. In 1948, he founded Lamborghini Tractori SpA, and by the mid-’50s, Lamborghini had risen from humble roots to become a wealthy industrialist, expanding into air conditioners and oil heaters — and building an impressive car collection for himself. By the end of the decade, he had fallen for Ferrari’s beautiful 250GT, buying several. But their lack of durability and comfort...
  • Nebraska trooper shares unusual tale of pulling over sports car made of wood

    04/29/2016 10:33:15 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 56 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 04/29/2016 | Courtney Brummer-Clark
    In 28 years with the Nebraska State Patrol, Trooper Bill Price said he's never encountered a car like the one he stopped Thursday afternoon. The car was completely made of wood. Yes, wood. Cedar to be exact.
  • Fiat Chrysler to increase North American factory workers

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2016 9:41 AM EDT | Colleen Barry and Tom Krisher
    The number of Fiat Chrysler factory workers in North America will increase as the company reduces production of passenger cars and shifts toward trucks and SUVs, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday. […] He (Sergio Marchionne) said new Ram pickup truck will come out at the beginning of 2018. It will be built at two U.S. factories in suburban Detroit, so it won’t cost the company any production of the current model. A factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, that now makes the Chrysler 200 sedan will be retooled to make pickups, he said. The company also plans to build a...
  • Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

    04/18/2016 12:15:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    GizMag ^ | December 10, 2015 | Loz Blain
    Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics. Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape while cold without thinning or cracking. It's now being tested by three of the world's five largest car manufacturers, who are finding they can produce thinner structural car components that are between 30-50 percent lighter and cheaper than the steel they've been using, while maintaining the same performance is crash tests....
  • Camaro clocked at 171 mph on Highway 61 (Yowza!)

    04/12/2016 12:45:30 PM PDT · by rktman · 176 replies ^ | 4/11/2016 | John Myers
    What is it about the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway? In February it was a Nissan Sentra doing 137 mph. And on Friday night a jet-black 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS was clocked at 171 mph on that stretch of Minnesota Highway 61. Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Padden was on loan as part of a Minnesota State Patrol "Toward Zero Deaths" DWI saturation effort Friday night when the radar in his Dodge Charger squad car started screaming
  • Gettysburg man selling Hillary Clinton's car

    04/11/2016 1:40:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The York Daily Record | April 11, 2016 | Dustin B. Levy
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  • We drove the car that Ferrari is counting on for its future

    04/10/2016 2:36:04 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Matthew DeBord
    In 2014, my son, James, and I drove up to Watkins Glen International, a storied racetrack, to watch a Ferrari race. We did not, however, make the drive in a Ferrari. Last year, Ferrari kindly lent us a California T, the company's "entry-level" car — its base price is $198,000 — to make a sort of return visit. The Cali T is now an important vehicle for the prancing stallion now that it's a public company and need to grow beyond its current 7,000-cars-per-year in sales. At the New York Stock Exchange in 2015, when Ferrari — ticker symbol RACE...
  • Elio Motors Appoints Jeffrey W. Johnstone Vice President of Engineering

    04/07/2016 12:41:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    Crowdfunding Insider ^ | 4-7-16 | Samantha Hurst
    Elio Motors, Inc. (OTCQX: ELIO), announced on Thursday that it has appointed automotive industry veteran, Jeffrey W. Johnston, as its new vice president of engineering Elio ParkedIn his new role, Johnston will be responsible for all engineering of the full Elio vehicle, validation, safety, program management and vehicle launch. Johnston has more than 30 years of experience working for Top 10 automakers and suppliers in the international automotive arena. Founder and CEO of Elio, Paul Elio stated: “Johnston’s personal values of high product quality, exceptional value and on-time delivery perfectly align with those of Elio Motors, making him a natural...
  • Will Electric Vehicles Cause A Future Oil Crash?

    03/31/2016 4:37:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 40 replies ^ | 31-03-2016 | Tiroler
    The major oil companies greatly underestimate the impact electric vehicles will have on their market, write independent energy advisors Salman Ghouri and Andreas de Vries. According to Ghouri and De Vries, the trends currently underway in the auto industry are likely to have a substantial impact on oil demand in the medium term, and even a devastating impact in the longer term. If there is one event in history that has shaped the crude oil industry, it is the popularization of the internal combustion engine (ICE) by the auto industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, coal and wood...
  • Ford to build plant in Mexico, ramp up output from the country: WSJ

    03/24/2016 2:44:24 PM PDT · by jjotto · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | Javier E. David
    Auto giant Ford is planning a new assembly plant south of the U.S. border, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, and will sharply increase factory output from Mexico just months after signing a labor deal. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Journal reported that Ford will add half a million units of annual capacity from Mexico starting in 2018, which is double the amount it built in 2015. The new assembly complex will be based in San Luis Potosi, and Ford will expand an existing facility near Mexico City, the publication added. The move may heighten the debate over...
  • Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents

    03/24/2016 2:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 23, 2016 | Adam Vaughan and Damian Carrington
    Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one. But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple. "The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric...
  • Remember How Trump Threatened Ford? Well Look at the HUGE Announcement They Just Made

    03/24/2016 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Mensius · 250 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 03/24/2006 | NA
    When the Ford Motor Co. decided to move jobs south to Mexico so that it could pay its workers less, billionaire businessman Donald Trump was furious. He made trade inequalities and Ford’s betrayal of American workers a central issue of his campaign. And, without his even being in the Oval Office, it worked. In an interview with CNBC, Ford CEO Mark Fields said that the automaker would be “here to stay.” He also said he had outlined his company’s plans in a letter to Trump.
  • State Cancels Auto Show

    03/21/2016 7:24:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Alton Daily News ^ | 3/21/16 | Mark Ellebracht
    The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office has cancelled its annual Vehicle Show and Swap Meet due to the state budget impasse. The event, held in downtown Springfield near the capitol building, usually costs around $18,000 to put on, but is being postponed this year to save money. The show usually draws about 300 entries from car enthusiasts around the state and attracts more than 1-thousand people. The show has been around since 1949 and featured cars, trucks, motorcycles, hot rods, tractors and even recreational vehicles. A spokesman for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office says it’s their hope the show...
  • Keyless system cars easy to steal, German car club finds

    03/18/2016 7:14:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies ^ | 17 Mar 2016 12:33 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    The German Automotive Club (ADAC) tested 24 different cars with the new Keyless Go technology for safety. The result: all of the cars could be stolen with one easy trick. […] In a report released Thursday, the ADAC tested 24 car models from 2015 from 19 different manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, VW, Toyota, Renault, and Ford. The results were damning. They managed to illegally open every single car and drive it away within a few seconds. “All you need to do is extend the transmission range of the key from two or three meters to a few hundred meters. The...
  • FBI Warns Automakers, Owners About Vehicle Hacking Risks

    03/18/2016 9:02:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    treuters via nbc ^ | 03/18/2016
    "The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers — of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices — to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles," the agencies said in the bulletin. In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to install software after a magazine report raised concerns about hacking, the first action of its kind for the auto industry. ... "While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety — such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle —...
  • Three Wheels & Two Seats: Will the 3D Printed Urbee 2 Be Your Car of the Future?

    03/15/2016 1:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 14, 2016 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    We've come a long, long way from the Model T. And if you think about it, our cars play a huge part in the journeys of our lives. I can still remember how my grandparents' dark gray Lincoln smelled back in the '70s, and almost feel those deliciously warm seats, heated from warm Florida days with the windows rolled down (with cigarette smoke wafting out, no doubt). I loved being dropped off for a weekend at their house, with my dad flying through their neighborhood (no worries about seat belts, kids!) to deliver me in our family station wagon, seemingly...
  • EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars - More EPA over-reach...

    03/14/2016 7:45:54 PM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 27 replies
    Old Cars Weekly ^ | February 9, 2016 | Mike Eppinger
    WASHINGTON, PRNewswire — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2.” The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles,...
  • Finally, a Respectable Use For a Smart Car

    03/10/2016 11:55:29 AM PST · by nascarnation · 36 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/9/2016 | Steph Williams
    Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The Village in the TV show “The Prisoner.” Jokes and instances of car-tipping aside, the Smart harbors a secret ability that sets it apart from its larger peers — and it took an Ontario mechanic to find it. A regular day will find Tod Anderson working...
  • Here’s what women really want when they buy a car

    03/01/2016 8:53:17 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 89 replies
    Driving ^ | Feb. 29, 2016 | Lorraine Sommerfeld
    Surprise, surprise: Female buyers still encounter sexism in the dealership. So a man and a woman walk into a car dealership … nah, there’s no punchline. But it’s likely they will have a different experience. A discussion I had recently at the Canadian International Auto Show about the role of women in the auto industry shifted around, as it always does, to a version of “What Do Women Really Want?” No matter how you examine it, this is still a heavily male-dominated industry that simultaneously courts women and turns them off. That pushmi-pullyu creature is real; they want our money...
  • Mercedes replaces robots with people on its assembly line

    02/25/2016 5:50:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | 02/25/2016
    "Robots can't deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today," said the company's head of production Markus Schaefer. "We're saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people." The change comes at a time when a number of companies are replacing people with robotic devices. International Federation of Robotics (IFR) released a survey today stating that 1.3 million of the industrial robots will be in use by 2018. In fact, the number of those machines rose 43 percent in a year between 2013 and 2014. However, as Mercedes continues to expand the options...
  • Domino's Just Unveiled a Radical Pizza Delivery Car That Took 4 Years to Build

    02/25/2016 5:06:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Ad Week ^ | October 22, 2015 | David Gianatasio
    Hey, Domino's, sweet ride! Behold the Domino's DXP (Delivery eXPert), a modified Chevrolet Spark tricked out with a warming oven and space for 80 pizzas, sides, two-liter bottles of soda and dipping sauces. (The driver's seat is the only seat, because, like cowboys, pizza delivery dude/-ettes ride alone.) There's even a puddle light that projects the Domino's logo onto the ground. (Please, no jokes about the gutter being the perfect place to see this particular brand's emblem.) Alas, the DXP isn't shaped like a slice of pizza, but we can't have everything in this life....
  • Seven of the worst things you can do to damage your car

    02/23/2016 11:46:57 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 51 replies
    Driving ^ | Feb. 18, 2016 | Brian Turner
    For all the expense, worry, and inconvenience of automotive maintenance and repairs, you’d think we would know better. But time and again, we ignore or do certain things to our vehicles that will almost always drive repair bills into the stratosphere. And no matter how highly rated or reliable your daily drive is, no matter how “bullet proof” you think it might be, these very simple things will roll any vehicle into an early grave:
  • Ferruccio Lamborghini Fixed His Hated Ferrari With A Clutch From A Tractor

    02/17/2016 5:32:54 PM PST · by golux · 48 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | 16.02.17 | Máté Petrány
    This is the Lamborghini story like you’ve never heard it before: from the son of Ferruccio, Tonino Lamborghini, the kid sitting at the dinner table. If you’re in the Bologna area, you must visit the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum. It was set up by Ferruccio’s son, who started collecting his father’s tractors and cars back in the day despite the fact that his old man thought he should be working instead of collecting old stuff. But as more and more vehicles ended up in the warehouse, Ferruccio started to spend more time in there as well, smoking cigarettes and enjoying the...
  • Remember When Ford Had Difficulty Finding Buyers for its GT40 Road Car?

    02/16/2016 5:55:07 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 37 replies
    yahoo business ^ | 16 Feb, 2016 | Kurt Ernst
    Ford's GT40 enjoyed great success as a racing car, but as a passenger car, a role required for FIA homologation, it was a failure. In order to move the 20 or so cars built for homologation purposes, Ford promoted the car with a dealer roadshow and deep discounting, eventually clearing its inventory with very little (or perhaps no) profit. On March 11, a 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I, once part of the automaker’s Promotion and Disposal Program, will cross the auction block in Amelia Island, where (this time) no additional fanfare will be needed to market the car. The Ford...
  • 15 New Cars To Avoid (2015)

    02/16/2016 8:23:19 AM PST · by nuconvert · 91 replies
    New cars just aren’t what they used to be. No, we’re not getting all crotchety and decrying the evolution in styling and technological breakthroughs that have literally reinvented the automobile during the last quarter millennium. Rather, we’re bemoaning the fact that, unlike as in past model years, there’s a dearth of truly wretched cars on the market for us to openly and readily ridicule. We consulted J.D. Power for the latest results in the company’s initial quality and long-term reliability surveys and its scores for performance and design; rankings for resale value depreciation came from the automotive valuation experts at...
  • A factual update to a story we ran last week on the EPA and race cars

    02/15/2016 6:48:36 PM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 2/15/2016 | Anthony Watts
    Last week, WUWT ran a press release from SEMA as "The EPA is out of control - now they want to ban hobby race cars" that looked to be completely legit and accurate. It was in fact legit, coming from SEMA, but it was also inaccurate in that the SEMA press release didn't accurately gauge the EPA proposal at all. To set the record straight, see this article in Jalopnik, partially reproduced below. Anthony Motor Trend, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dodge, wasn't the only publication to weigh in on SEMA's wild-but-plausible allegations against the Environmental Protection Agency's "clarifying" that it...
  • Is the EPA coming to a racetrack near you?

    02/14/2016 3:09:08 PM PST · by rey · 46 replies
    Cycle News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rennie Scaysbrook
    Could MotoAmerica be forced to run standard exhaust systems? If the EPA has its way, then yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking at making the practice of modifying a racing vehicle’s emission equipment illegal in the U.S. It is already illegal practice in the U.S. to tamper with or modify any part of a road-registered vehicle that could have an effect on the emissions it produces, now it appears the EPA is looking at applying that rule to competition vehicles as well. According to, the EPA’s proposal titled Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium-...
  • Just for fun. Take a ride around the Nurburgring with Sabine Schmitz

    02/14/2016 4:38:44 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 22 replies ^ | 13 Feb 2016 |
    I can't separate the video from the site but its worth a watch if you like speed.
  • EPA clarifies stance on road-to-racecar conversions

    02/09/2016 6:42:42 PM PST · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 2/9/2016 | Mark Glendenning
    The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a clarification in response to claims that it is proposing a ban on converting road vehicles into race cars. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) issued a statement on Monday indicating its intention to fight an EPA proposal to change the wording to the Clean Air Act as it applies to the installation of aftermarket parts that might circumvent stock emission-control devices. But in a separate statement released to the media today, the EPA said that the proposed change is merely intended to clean up the wording of an existing law: "People may use...
  • Chrysler gear shifters confuse drivers causing crashes, injuries

    02/08/2016 5:22:46 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 164 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 8, 2016 | AP
    Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted during the weekend, has doubled the number of vehicles involved in an investigation of the problem, but it stopped short of seeking a recall. The agency found more than 100 crashes and over a dozen injuries, mostly in Jeep Grand Cherokees. Agency tests found that operating the centre console shift...
  • Toyota killing its Scion brand

    02/03/2016 8:46:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Staff
    Toyota is committing corporate filicide. The automaker has announced that it is killing its youth-oriented Scion brand and transitioning the models currently sold by the division to Toyota in August. Scion was launched in 2002 in an effort to attract younger car buyers to the Toyota fray, and was successful at that. Its average customer age of 36 is the lowest in the automotive industry, but its overall sales peaked at 173,034 in 2006 and were just 56,167 last year.
  • GM Finally Puts Cadillac ELR Out Of Its Misery

    02/03/2016 9:47:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 3, 2016 | Mark Modica
    Here's one that wasn't hard to see coming. General Motors has announced that it is ending production of the Cadillac ELR , which was essentially a gussied upChevy Volt at twice the price. You can call this one a mercy killing as the overpriced, pseudo-green, government-subsidized vehicle was doomed for failure as low sales figures reflected the lack of value offered by the vehicle. That failure was predicted here back in December of 2013 when the ELR was rolled out. As with the sales-challenged Chevy Volt, most of the media bought into the Cadillac ELR hype, calling it a...
  • 2016 Ford Ranger (vanity)

    01/28/2016 11:27:41 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 35 replies
    I'm a big fan of the Ford Ranger truck. Back in 2011 Ford unwisely discontinued Ranger production in the United States. But recently the Internet has been filled with stories about the Ranger coming back to the US in 2016. The official Ford site is silent about this. So today I called a nearby Ford dearship. Forget about it, they said, the Ranger is not coming back to the US. Maybe that's true, maybe they just want to sell me a F150 today. So does anybody here know the inside scoop on the Ranger?
  • Plumber’s old truck spotted in ISIS video

    12/13/2015 3:59:18 PM PST · by PROCON · 41 replies ^ | Dec. 13, 2015 | Amber Jamieson
    <p>A Texas plumber who was flooded with threats after his old truck - still emblazoned with his company's name - was seen driven by ISIS thugs in Syria has armed himself and is suing a Ford dealer.</p> <p>Mark Oberholtzer of Mark-1 Plumbing said a jihadi tweeted a photo of a fighter shooting an anti-aircraft gun on the Ford 2005 F-250 in December 2014 with the company logo and phone number still visible.</p>
  • Volvo Plans “Death Proof” Cars By 2020

    01/27/2016 4:41:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gas 2 ^ | January 26, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Volvo has made a pretty bold statement this week. It says it wants to make things so that no one dies in a Volvo or because of a collision with one by the year 2020. "If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine," said Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars North America. "They don't say things when they don't believe in it." A pretty serious lot it seems. People who say what the mean and mean what they say. "With the development of full autonomy we are going to push the limits of automotive safety," says Volvo safety engineer Erik...
  • Crash test video pits 2009 Chevy Malibu against 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air - guess who wins?

    01/26/2016 4:51:12 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 32 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 26 Jan, 2016 | Chris Smith
    If a 2009 Chevy Malibu got in a head-on collision with a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, which car would emerge with the least amount of damage? At first glance, you'd expect an old tank like the Bel Air to obliterate the Malibu, right? But nothing could be further from the truth.
  • New Fed Figures Show Manufacturing Nearing a Recession and Automotive in One

    01/16/2016 12:53:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Equities ^ | January 18, 2016 | Alan Tonelson
    Despite recent gloomy private sector and regional Fed surveys, the Federal Reserve's new December industrial production figures revealed that real manufacturing output dropped a bare 0.05 percent on month, and revisions barely worsened the picture. Yet the weak year-end number left such output down on net for five months - one short of a technical recession. And the automotive sector, which has led industry's post-Great Recession comeback, sank into technical recession. Full-year 2015 manufacturing after-inflation growth of 0.74 percent was the lowest such figure since the last recession began, and less than 20 percent as strong as 2014's 4.16 percent...
  • He|| Yes: Obama Wants to Spend $4 Billion to Fill Our Roads With Autonomous Vehicles

    01/14/2016 9:45:47 PM PST · by Cowman · 41 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 1/13/2016 | Bryan Lufkin
    The American government is officially putting a giant vote of confidence behind self-driving cars. And the cash to back it up. Today, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is announcing a nearly $4 billion plan that’ll help manufacturers and tech companies develop safe, automated vehicles in the next ten years with real-world pilot projects. It’s all part of President Obama’s plan to make American transportation as futuristic as possible. The funds, which have been set aside in the proposed federal budget for 2017, will go toward pilot programs in specific transportation corridors in the US. The government will then work with...
  • New documentary needs your help to tell the story of the Cannonball Run

    01/08/2016 9:34:27 PM PST · by Cowman · 24 replies ^ | Jan 5th, 2016 | Kurt Ernst
    It was an event as audacious as its founder, Brock Yates, the Car and Driver editor known for speaking his mind regardless of the consequences. Five times in the 1970s, the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash traversed the United States from New York City (or Darien, Connecticut) to Redondo Beach, California, with the sole rule being “get from start to finish in as little time as possible.” The slap-in-the-face to highway decorum spurred a successful 1981 comedy based on the 1979 running (and partially rooted in truth), but now a German writer and 1979 Cannonball Run participant, Gero Hoschek,...
  • New Ford GT will race at Le Mans with Chip Ganassi in 2016

    01/02/2016 7:32:57 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 47 replies
    Autoweek ^ | 18 December, 2015 | MAC MORRISON
    The rumors, the buzz? Confirmed. Ford will unveil a GT-successor at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as anticipated. Sources close to the program have confirmed to Autoweek that the car -- whether or not it is actually named "GT" in production guise, which it very well might not be -- will undertake a full, factory-backed racing effort in 2016. Specifically, a full-season, two-car effort in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and, most significantly, the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two-car assault will be campaigned by IndyCar -- and Tudor Series -- stalwart, and full-time NASCAR...
  • Nanoparticle-enhanced metals could radically change cars

    01/02/2016 10:09:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | January 1, 2016 | Autoblog
    UCLA scientists inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a magnesium zinc alloy. The result is a metal with 'record breaking' strength and stiffness-to-weight.Scientists at UCLA have found a new way to inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a molten alloy of magnesium and zinc, resulting a metal nanocomposite that demonstrates "record levels" of stiffness-to-weight and specific strength, and "superior stability" at high temperatures. Magnesium is already the lightest structural metal, this lab creation maintains its light weight but makes it much stronger. The researchers said they also developed a scalable manufacturing process, opening up a door to lighter and stronger cars, planes,...