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  • 16 Best Luxury Convertibles Of 2018: Photos And Details

    09/15/2018 3:21:42 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 38 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 05 September 2018 | Nate Parsons
    Beautiful photos of beautiful cars in beautiful settings. For best viewing - click "Full Screen" just below the right hand corner of the first photo.
  • It’s a Car Bloodbath Out There, but a Few Large Sedans Can Claim They’re Having a Good Year

    09/15/2018 2:41:55 PM PDT · by jjotto · 50 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | September 14, 2018 | Steph Willems
    [excerpted]...passenger car market share dropped to 30.6 percent in the month of August as a tide of crossovers, trucks, and SUVs continued swamping the automotive landscape. Few automakers can say their traditional passenger cars are making headway against the current... ...The Ford Taurus is not among this crowd of holdouts. Scheduled for death and talked about only by fleet managers, its sales dropped 16.8 percent over the first eight months of 2018. Its Lincoln Continental stablemate? Down 29.2 percent. At General Motors, where sales reporting is a quarterly phenomenon, Chevrolet Impala sales fell 11.7 percent at the end of the...
  • Caught on camera: Car goes 198 mph on Wake County [NC] highway

    08/19/2018 7:06:37 AM PDT · by jjotto · 80 replies
    ABC 11 Raleigh-Durham ^ | August 17, 2018 | Josh Chapin
    WAKE COUNTY, NC (WTVD) -- One hundred ninety-eight miles per hour! It's how fast a driver in Wake County got up to last month on US-1 near the Triangle Expressway. William Jefferson, 22, was behind the wheel -- he has since been charged with street racing and reckless driving. Only on #ABC11 the wild video of a street racing stunt in wake county. If you can believe it, the car got up to 198 MPH! @NCSHP — Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) August 17, 2018 "It's one reason why I don't want my kids on the roads late at night," said...
  • Germany says U.S.-Europe trade tensions ease, questions remain on soy

    07/28/2018 10:52:23 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/28/2018 | Maximilian Heath
    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The trade relationship between the United States and Europe is improving, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said on Saturday, but there is no guarantee the bloc will buy the quantity of soybeans that Washington expects. U.S. President Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, struck a surprise deal on Wednesday that ended the risk of an immediate trade war between the two powers. After the talks, Trump highlighted benefits for U.S. farmers. “The European Union is going to start, almost immediately, to buy a lot of soybeans,” he told...
  • Marchionne steps down as CEO of FCA, Jeep boss Manley to replace him

    07/22/2018 8:46:30 AM PDT · by jjotto · 25 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jul 21, 2018 | Aaron Cole
    Sergio Marchionne, longtime CEO and chief for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, stepped down Saturday due to serious complications after surgery, the company announced. Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram brands, replaced him. John Elkann, grandson of Gianni Agnelli and chairman of the company that controls FCA, said his family was shocked by Marchionne's failing health. "I am profoundly saddened to learn of Sergio’s state of health. It is a situation that was unthinkable until a few hours ago, and one that leaves us all with a real sense of injustice," Elkann said in a statement. Elkann will fill Marchionne's chairman...
  • EU threatens $294B in retaliatory tariffs if Trump imposes foreign car levies

    07/02/2018 9:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/02/2018 | BY EMILY BIRNBAUM
    The European Union threatened retaliatory tariffs on $294 billion of U.S. exports if the U.S. imposes tariffs on cars and car parts from the EU, Reuters reported. The EU sent a submission to the U.S. Commerce Department on Friday claiming tariffs on EU automobiles could increase costs for manufacturers in the U.S. The submission comes as the Commerce Department investigates automobile imports to the U.S. The EU submission also reports a 25 percent tariff could have a $13–14 billion negative impact on U.S. gross domestic product, Reuters reported. According to the report, the EU exported $43.6 billion worth of cars...
  • 2019 Volvo S60 to be unveiled June 20 at Charleston [SC] plant

    06/08/2018 4:14:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 20 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Sean Szymkowski
    As Volvo prepares to inaugurate its first United States-based manufacturing facility in South Carolina, the Swedish luxury marque announced it will also reveal the 2019 S60 sedan at the same location. The S60 will make its debut at the Charleston production facility on June 20. Motor Authority is scheduled to be on hand in Charleston for the reveal of the S60 and a tour of the new plant. The reveal is part of Volvo's shifting strategy around media events. Volvo issued a press release about that strategy on Friday. Rather than attend major auto shows, Volvo said it will plan...
  • Vanity - USA through "Trump" now owns the aircraft & automobile industry across the world.

    01/11/2018 9:22:10 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 8 replies
    Last year the Boeing Aircraft Company delivered over 730 complete aircraft to operators across the world, literally destroying, Airbus, the European (European Union) aircraft manufacturer. Boeing stands alone as the greatest and largest supplier of aircraft worldwide. Boeing is also in talks to puchase Embraer aircraft, a Brazil based commuter aircraft manufacturer...and today, Boeing demonstrated a "cargo drone" that will change the world of air cargo hauling in the next five to ten years. The USA is basically doing the same thing in producing worldwide automobiles right here in the USA. Not only do we produce most "American" cars here,...
  • America first, with Germany’s help

    01/08/2018 9:39:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | January 7, 2018 | Christopher Cermak, Tim Rahmann and Harald Schumacher
    Donald Trump wants more companies — foreign and domestic — to produce goods in the United States. We spoke to German companies already in the US about whether they’ll take the bait. Jim Sheak remembers the good old days when Akron, Ohio, was a major manufacturing hub. The tire company Goodyear was founded here back in 1898, giving it the nickname Rubber City. Then, one by one in the past three decades, Goodyear and companies like it reduced their presence or pulled out entirely. Akron, like many Rust Belt cities, was left with empty factories and a shrinking population. Ironically,...
  • Report: Ford to end North American production of Fusion

    12/24/2017 6:13:52 AM PST · by jjotto · 70 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    New reports surfaced on Wednesday claiming Ford is planning to concentrate production of the next-generation Fusion mid-size sedan in China. The current Fusion is produced at plants in Spain, Mexico and China. However, Automotive News (subscription required) and Reuters have learned from their respective sources that production of the next-generation Fusion, due in 2020, will take place exclusively in China. The Spanish plant is safe as Ford in November said it will spend $887 million at the site to produce the next-generation Kuga, Europe's version of the Escape compact SUV. It’s not clear what Ford has in store for the...
  • Waymo Engineer Issues Most Infuriating Car-related Tweet We’ve Ever Read

    12/09/2017 4:39:03 AM PST · by jjotto · 25 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | December 4, 2017 | Matt Posky
    The internet is a black hole filled with an endless stream of stupid thoughts and bad ideas. While it’s usually best to ignore it, every so often something breaks through the obnoxious drone of social media that is so egregious, you couldn’t possibly turn a blind eye if you wanted to. We are obligated to present to you a recent tweet from Vahid Kazemi, a software engineer for Google’s self-driving arm Waymo, and describe how it made us feel. Kazemi begins his digital announcement stating that he’s driving in Los Angeles. While that isn’t a crime in itself, it is...
  • Fisker patents solid-state battery that promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging [Maybe]

    11/15/2017 6:00:50 AM PST · by jjotto · 23 replies
    Motor Aurhority ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion models, along with charging that could end up quicker than the time it takes to fill a gas tank. Revived electric car company Fisker has now revealed that it’s filed patents for solid-state battery technology that could enable a range of 500 miles and a charging time of just one minute. The key are three-dimensional electrodes that have 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid-state electrodes, along with high electronic and ionic conductivities. According to Green Car...
  • Europeans Slowly Fall Victim to Pickup Truck Fever

    11/07/2017 2:28:56 AM PST · by jjotto · 102 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | November 6, 2017 | Steph Willems
    Don’t worry, they aren’t suffering. As shown by the rise of pickup trucks as daily drivers and family haulers in North America, Europe’s burgeoning love affair with versatile light trucks isn’t hurting the owners. It’s traditional passengers car makers who must worry. Sales stats arriving from the Continent show a marketplace that’s increasingly different from years gone by. The increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers in the land of diesels, manual transmissions, and small displacements is nothing new, but the exploding popularity of honest-to-God pickups is. According to JATO Dynamics data published by Automotive News Europe, midsize pickup sales in...
  • The world's first road car: F5 is set to become the fastest production car (300MPH) of all time

    11/04/2017 2:54:24 PM PDT · by mairdie · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tony Middlehurst and Rob Hull
    For THISISMONEY.CO.UK Weathermen and weatherladies sometimes use the Fujita scale to describe storm levels. The highest point on the Fujita scale is F5, which refers to wind speeds of between 261mph and 318mph. Why do you need to know this? Because it explains the Venom F5 name chosen by American fast car specialists Hennessey for their latest madness machine. How mad is it? Well, it has a claimed top speed of 300mph-plus. All this from a road-legal car with number plates and indicators.
  • ‘Struggling’ Businessman Gave Rep. Meeks $40K Loan (Guyana ties?)

    07/19/2010 10:25:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 19, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the same time that Guyanese-born businessman Edul Ahmad gave Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) an unsecured $40,000 personal loan, he was pleading poverty to state authorities who had suspended his real estate license, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in yesterday’s New York Post. Meeks failed to report the 2007 loan on his annual financial disclosure report, that all member of Congress are required to file, until June of this year after the FBI reportedly started asking questions about the loan. Meeks has repeatedly referred to Ahmad as his “friend,” but when asked by the New York Post last...
  • Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably won’t own one

    05/15/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies ^ | 5/9/2017 | Giles Parkinson
    By 2030, you probably won’t own a car, but you may get a free trip with your morning coffee. Transport-As-A-Service will use only electric vehicles and will upend two trillion-dollar industries. It’s the death spiral for cars. A major new report predicts that by 2030, the overwhelming majority of consumers will no longer own a car – instead they will use on-demand electric autonomous vehicles. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous electric vehicles (A-EVs), the report says, 95 per cent of all US passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand, autonomous, electric vehicles that will...
  • Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity

    02/07/2017 11:54:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Four people who worked for the House of Representatives have a history of massive debts and bankruptcy, a fondness for fast cars and real estate, and unusually complicated webs of intertwined finances. The three brothers and a wife of one of them are under criminal investigation into sensitive congressional information security. Chiefs of staff for dozens of Democratic lawmakers who employed the four were informed last week that a criminal probe was underway into their use of congressional information technology systems, including the existence of an external server to which House data was being funneled, and into the theft of...
  • Teens Were on Facebook Live at Moment of Pennsylvania Crash That Killed Them: Police

    12/08/2016 6:05:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/08/2016
    Brooke Hughes, 18, from Scranton, and Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, 19, from Dunmore, died in the crash, which happened just after midnight Tuesday near Mount Pocono, according to KTLA sister station WNEP in Scranton. The pair died after their car was hit from behind by a big rig. The video, which has been taken down from Facebook, shows Hughes driving along Interstate 380 while holding the cellphone, according to the Times-Tribune newspaper in Scranton. Morrison-Toomey asks, "Are you going live?" But before Hughes can respond, lights suddenly fill the interior of the car and there's the sound of screeching tires. Then the...
  • Tesla rates poorly in Consumer Reports reliability survey

    10/27/2016 6:49:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Performance Drive ^ | 10-26-16 | Alexi Falson
    Tesla has scored extremely poorly in terms of reliability in the latest survey published by Consumer Reports. The 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey was taken out by Lexus, with Toyota, Buick, Audi and Kia in the top five spots. Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram on the other hand – all from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – took honours for worst-in-show, which had around 500,000 respondents in this year’s survey.
  • Ford idles Mustang plant amid slow sales

    10/11/2016 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 107 replies ^ | October 11, 2016 | David Muller
    Ford Motor Co. is idling its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the Dearborn automaker builds the Ford Mustang and the revived Lincoln Continental. The site will be idled for one week, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. "We continue to match production with demand," Felker said in response to a query about whether the idling was due to slower Mustang sales. "Mustang remains the top seller in its segment in total and retail sales..." Sales of all Ford-brand cars fell by double-digits in the U.S. in September, as Americans continue to gravitate toward crossovers and SUVs, but the...