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  • Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably won’t own one

    05/15/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies
    reneweconomy.com.au ^ | 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
    mlive.com ^ | 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...
  • The Electric Car Future That Never Happened

    08/17/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Not long ago, many experts were projecting gas prices above $5 per gallon for the U.S. President Barack Obama said “with more research and incentives” there would soon be 1 million electric plug-in cars on the road. The top executive at General Motors claimed the company could sell 120,000 Chevy Volts in a year. That was in 2011, when GM’s electric plug-in car was still in its infancy. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm very publicly bought her own Chevy Volt after telling the media that electric car batteries represented the “beginning of new Michigan.” That didn't happen, despite massive spending...
  • Nissan proposes ethanol for future fuel cell cars, to avoid hydrogen fueling

    06/16/2016 3:42:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 23 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | June 15, 2016 | John Voelcker
    Electric cars are showing up all over the place, but hydrogen fuel-cell cars have lagged behind, with only three Asian makers committed to offering them in the U.S. That's partly because setting up a network of hydrogen stations to fuel them is slow and expensive. Now Nissan has a better idea. Rather than pumping hydrogen into the cars at very high pressure, the company proposes to offer a different kind of fuel-cell car — one that is filled with ethanol instead. That fuel, or an ethanol-and-water blend, is "reformed" to produce a supply of hydrogen on board the car itself....
  • 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...
  • Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales

    03/01/2016 9:57:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/26/2016 | Jack Spencer
    People who wish to purchase a new car can do so only through an auto dealer, and not directly from the manufacturer. A new company could break that practice, but it will need help from the Legislature first. Under what some have called the anti-Tesla law, direct-to-consumer sales of motor vehicles are currently prohibited in Michigan. House Bill 5312 would end that prohibition, meaning that Tesla and other companies could sell their vehicles directly to consumers, provided the sale takes place at least 10 miles away from existing auto dealerships. “Gov. Snyder said he wanted the Legislature to have an...
  • Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

    02/09/2016 8:52:56 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 161 replies
    Observer ^ | 2/9/2016 | Steven Hill
    Elon Musk's Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Teslas move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars. And of course Google, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Apple, Audi, Bosch and Delphi Automotive (the big auto parts manufacturer) all have their own...
  • 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.
  • Automakers choose Microsoft as connected car partner

    01/05/2016 10:19:40 PM PST · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    The Official Microsoft Blog ^ | January 5, 2016 | Peggy Johnson
    When Microsoft talks about mobility, our interest is the mobility of the person, not of any single device. After all, people now want their technology experience to move with them, from place to place and device to device, at home, at work, and on the move. Nowhere is this more evident than in today's connected cars. People expect their car's computing power to match its horsepower. And automakers are leading the way, bringing mobility solutions to their cars to meet drivers' changing expectations, as well as enhance safety. These automakers see their cars as technology platforms, and they are choosing...
  • Why You Can't Buy a Tesla

    12/08/2015 9:28:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    If a Michigan citizen wants to buy an iPhone from Apple, they can go to an Apple store, buy one from another merchant, or order it online. But if a state resident wants to buy a Tesla, too bad — they'll have to go to Ohio or another state to get one. That's because a law meant to protect new-car dealerships prohibits a manufacturer from directly selling a car to a consumer. At a luncheon hosted in Lansing this week by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Dan Crane, an associate dean and law professor at the University of Michigan,...
  • South Elgin High team races to disassemble, reassemble car engine

    10/31/2015 4:39:31 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 31 Oct 2015 | Dave Gathman
    Their teacher, Steve Schertz, said that during the contest, teams of five high-schoolers have to take apart an engine and put it back together while judges time them. The fastest team wins, though each team is penalized certain numbers of seconds if members drop a part on the floor, start tightening something with a wrench before starting it by hand (which can cause engine damage) or commits other mistakes.
  • Donald Trump's Lamborghini Diablo is up for sale

    10/04/2015 5:22:48 AM PDT · by jjotto · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Noah Joseph
    Back in Donald Trump's booming heyday, a car couldn't get much flashier, much more outlandish, much more... Trump than a Lamborghini Diablo. Turns out he actually owned one – a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster, to be specific, like the one pictured above. And now it's up for sale. Donald Trump Lamborghini DiabloThis VT roadster is one of just 200 or so that were made before the 1999 facelift. It featured the Viscous Traction (viscous-fluid coupling) all-wheel drive system that debuted on the Diablo VT, and the carbon-fiber roof panel could be removed and stowed over the engine cover. Short...
  • Hacker remotely crashes Jeep from 10 miles away

    07/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its systems from 10 miles away whilst sitting on their sofa. In the first such breach of its kind security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin. The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeep’s on-board systems via its wireless Internet connection. They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means - including...
  • Chevy still has 6,000 unsold last-gen Volt hybrids

    05/25/2015 11:26:06 PM PDT · by dila813 · 41 replies
    Engadget ^ | 20 minutes ago | Jon Fingas
    The 2016 Chevy Volt promises to be a much better hybrid than its predecessor, with a lower price and better performance... and unfortunately for GM, that improvement might be hurting sales of the outgoing model. The Detroit Free Press reports that there were roughly 6,000 unsold 2015 Volts as of April, or more than twice the 2,779 that sold in the first four months of the year. Sales are down 46 percent versus the same period a year ago, and dealers appear willing to make some serious concessions to clinch a deal.
  • Saving lives: Improved vehicle designs bring down death rates

    02/11/2015 10:37:02 AM PST · by jjotto · 34 replies
    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ^ | January 29, 2015 | unattributed
    The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model vehicle have fallen by more than a third in three years, the latest IIHS calculations of driver death rates show. Among 2011 models, a record nine vehicles have driver death rates of zero. However, the gap between the safest and riskiest models remains wide, and three cars have death rates exceeding 100 per million registered vehicle years... ...The list of models with the lowest death rates illustrates just how much vehicles have improved. Eight years ago, there were no models with driver death rates of zero (see Status Report special...
  • 27% of Loans for Autos Traded In Last Year Were ‘Underwater’

    02/11/2015 9:03:36 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    More than a quarter of car buyers still owed an average of $4,257 more than their vehicles were worth. Unlike a home, which can increase in value, a new car loses 11 percent of its value on average the minute it’s driven off the dealership’s lot. After five years of depreciation, the same car has lost two-thirds of its value and is typically worth just 37 percent of its original purchase price. The problem is that many car loans now exceed five years. Although the longer loans mean lower monthly payments, they leave many owners with negative equity in a...
  • Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show

    01/05/2015 1:19:46 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    mlive.com ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show By Khalil AlHajal | kalhajal@mlive.com January 05, 2015 at 1:48 PM DETROIT, MI -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Michigan on Wednesday and is expected talk about manufacturing jobs, according to the Associated Press. The visit will come days ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which begins with press previews Jan. 12. The president is expected to highlight manufacturing jobs and his decision to bail out the auto industry in a Detroit-area visit before heading to Phoenix the next day to focus...