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  • Fastest school run in the world: U.S. bus turned into 367mph jet-powered dragster (Video)

    08/07/2010 9:49:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Mail (UK) ^ | 6th August 2010 | By Mail Foreign Service
    An American school bus has been transformed into a 367mph flame-throwing dragster. Its creator Paul Stender replaced the ordinary school bus engine with one from a powerful Phantom fighter jet.The flame-painted bus was custom built by Stender and his team at Indy Boys Inc in Indianapolis, USA, but it won't be getting students to school in record time as it's only for show. Hot wheels: Powered by a Phantom fighter jet engine this custom-made school bus can reach 367mph Stender's creation, dubbed 'The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus' fires out 80 foot flames from the back creating massive clouds of...
  • Friday Interview: Fighting Traffic Gridlock in North Carolina

    08/06/2010 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | August 6, 2010 | CJ Staff
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s traffic congestion could double in the next couple of decades, with Charlotte drivers facing the same types of delays Chicago drivers face now. That was the conclusion of a 2007 John Locke Foundation report. It recommended $12 billion of spending to clear North Carolina’s congested urban roads and prepare for future traffic growth. Many traffic problems outlined three years ago continue to cause concerns today. Randal O’Toole, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, recently tackled the issue from a national perspective in the book Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It....
  • Gov't Motors' Electric Edsel

    08/02/2010 6:13:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies · 21+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 2, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Industrial Policy: The administration's electric car represents both the genius of American technology and the stupidity of its government. Imagine Rube Goldberg with $50 billion. Buy now and get a free 40-mile-long extension cord. It wasn't exactly Michael Dukakis riding in a tank wearing a Snoopy helmet, but it was close. President Obama, who reportedly hasn't driven an inch himself since taking office, visited a GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit on Friday to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off an assembly line. It was a perfect image, as the American economy is being driven off a cliff by...
  • UK: The great switch off: 1000's of speed cameras to be scrapped

    08/01/2010 7:24:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 1, 2010
    Britain’s network of 6,000 speed cameras could be dramatically reduced after a raft of councils looked set to follow Oxfordshire’s move and switch theirs off. The county’s entire network of 72 cameras will be switched off at midnight tonight after the coalition Government pulled the plug on their funding. The change of heart could usher in a different landscape for Britain’s 33million motorists two decades after the first network was installed. Already, neighbouring Buckinghamshire said it is ‘very likely’ to switch off its cameras, while Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Derbyshire have launched reviews. (edit)  The moves, however, could be just the...

    07/30/2010 4:37:06 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 39 replies · 3+ views
    email | 7/30/2010 | Anonymous
    How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful...even driving at night. Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad...... In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your...
  • Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years (A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores)

    07/24/2010 7:58:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 205 replies · 6+ views
    Business Week ^ | 7/24/2010 | Damian Joseph
    Considering how many new cars are rolled out every year, it's no surprise that a few might be just plain homely. There's a chance that certain styles might become fashionable with a dash of retro hip. (Well, maybe not from the 1970s.)
  • Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah

    07/14/2010 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah PHILADELPHIA—Michael Katz, 58, of Plainsboro, NJ, and Alaa Allia Ahmed Mohamed, a/k/a “Alaa Ahmed Mohamed Abouelnagaa,” 44, of Brooklyn, NY, were sentenced today for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Katz was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison; Mohamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The charges against the two were filed in conjunction with a case against four people, including Hassan Hodroj and Dib Hani Harb, who...
  • Range Rover: Still King of the Hill

    07/11/2010 7:35:09 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 33 replies
    WS Journal ^ | 7-10-10 | WS Journal
    In Hollywood they call them Derange Rovers, and with good reason. Not a month goes by but that it seems some celeb plows his or her Range Rover into something or someone. Last month, "Mad Men" actress January Jones went on a little evening carom, bouncing her Range Rover off three parked cars in Hollywood. And earlier this month, singer George Michael drove his Range Rover through a London storefront. Mr. Michael was at the wheel of another Range Rover last year when he struck the back of a tractor-trailer at an estimated 100 mph. Wham! The list goes on....
  • Tesla shares slump below IPO price as investors bail

    07/07/2010 6:43:14 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-6-10 | Tom Petruno
    Investors who bought Tesla Motors Inc.’s initial public stock offering last week thought they had a hot one. They did -- for a day and a half. But it has been all downhill since. Shares of the electric sports car maker plunged for a third straight session Tuesday as investors bailed out, pushing the stock below the IPO price of $17. Palo Alto-based Tesla closed down $3.09, or 16.1%, to $16.11. Despite the high hurdles facing the company’s bid to become commercially successful, the hype surrounding the IPO -- the first for an American carmaker since Ford Motor’s offering in...
  • Ford aims to keep rolling with quarterly results

    04/24/2010 5:19:35 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 7 replies · 438+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | April 24, 2010 | Shawn Langlois
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ford Motor Co. is riding a wave of momentum for the release of its quarterly report next week, and Wall Street is expecting to see still more concrete evidence of the resurgent automaker's recent strides. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford /quotes/comstock/13*!f/quotes/nls/f (F 14.21, +0.01, +0.07%) will hand in its results Tuesday. Analysts estimate the company earned 32 cents a share in the first quarter, with sales of $28.5 billion, according to an average calculated by FactSet Research David Silver, an automotive analyst for, said he'll scrutinize cash flow and overseas sales. "I expect it to be a...
  • GM Repays Loan To US… Actually, Not Really (Update)

    04/23/2010 6:30:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies · 853+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | SoundOffSister
    It was with great fanfare yesterday that General Motors announced that it was repaying some $4.7 billion of $6.7 billion in loans it received from the federal government. And, with even bigger fanfare, it was announced that this partial repayment was being made some five years earlier than expected.
  • Iowa Museum to Display Rare 1901 Automobile

    04/11/2010 6:32:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 821+ views
    KGAN ^ | April 11, 2010
    A rare 1901 automobile will be on display at the Mitchell County Historical Museum later this month. The car is called the Frazee. It is known as the first gasoline-powered automobile manufactured in Iowa and believed to be the only model in existence. The museum will open at its new Osage location on April 23. At the grand opening, visitors will be able to get a closer look at the automobile which was designed and built by George T. Frazee, an Osage jeweler.
  • GM posts $4.3 billion loss for 2009

    04/07/2010 7:59:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 850+ views
    AFP ^ | April 7, 2010
    General Motors posted a post-bankruptcy 2009 net loss of 4.3 billion dollars Wednesday but said it hoped to achieve profitability in 2010. The new GM, which emerged from bankruptcy protection on July 10, achieved global revenues of 57.5 billion dollars and ended the year with net cash of one billion dollars. "As the results for 2009 show, there is still significant work to be done," Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and chief financial officer said in a statement. "However, I continue to believe we have a chance of achieving profitability in 2010." The net loss includes the pre-tax impact of...
  • Glades Vultures Eat Anything -- Even Car Parts

    04/06/2010 1:20:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 820+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Monday, 04.05.10 | Curtis Morgan
    At Everglades National Park, managers struggle to control vultures' appetites for the rubber and plastic on visitors' vehicles.Behind her counter in the gift shop at Anhinga Trail, the first and most popular tourist stop in Everglades National Park, Linda Hyde keeps a secret weapon against forbidding creatures that spent much of the winter lurking in the parking lot and preying on random visitors and staffers. Not pythons, gators, panthers or even infamously blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Vultures. Some of the big black birds, known primarily for dining on the dead and decaying, also have developed an appetite for something unusual: car parts....
  • Volvo sold to China's Geely

    03/28/2010 3:43:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies · 1,201+ views
    AFP/The Local ^ | March 28, 2010
    Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding has signed a deal to buy Sweden's Volvo Cars from US auto maker Ford. "I can confirm that a final agreement on the sale of Volvo to Geely was signed at 2:40 pm," Volvo Cars spokesman Per-Åke Fröberg told AFP ahead of a news conference due around 3.30pm. The deal was signed at Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg by Ford's financial director Lewis Booth and Geely's president Li Shufu, Froeberg said.
  • March Car Sales Surge; But It's Not a Sign of Improving Economy

    03/21/2010 5:50:49 PM PDT · by wrrock · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Car Dealer Reviews ^ | 3/21/2009 | Car Dealer Review
    Early Reports: It looks like March car sales will exceeded expectations. However, seasoned industry experts do not attribute the sales surge to an improving economy. Rather, the sales increase is a result of credit restrictions easing, unprecedented incentives and the revival of car leasing. “Toyota’s incentives announcement immediately generated nearly a 40 percent spike in that brand’s purchase intent by visitors to,” noted Senior Analyst Ray Zhou, PhD. anticipates that car sales for the latter portion of the month will weaken. “We shouldn’t view this as a sign that the economy is recovering; this sales bounce is...
  • Honda to Unveil the Electric 3R-C Concept in Geneva

    03/12/2010 8:12:02 AM PST · by Cronos · 43 replies · 863+ views
    Treehugger ^ | 2.25.2010 | JAcob Gordan
    Next week ushers in the Geneva auto show, and based on last year's and the previews hus far, it's going to be bubbling with alternative vehicles. Honda has released a teaser of its 3R-C, an all-electric single-seater urban mobility concept. With two wheels in the front and one in the back, it conjures images of the Aptera but even more compact Honda is well aware of the world's mass urban migration, and the 3R-C fits into that category of ever-so-small, park-it-anywhere urban commuter. As the Autoblog Green guys point out , Honda's concept is only slightly less radical than the...
  • CAFE Vs. Toyota

    03/10/2010 6:12:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Auto Safety: As a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator races down a California freeway, no one mourns the victims of the fuel economy standards imposed by Congress. Forced into smaller cars, thousands have died. We can barely imagine the panic felt by James Sikes, 61, as his Toyota Prius accelerated uncontrollably while he drove down Interstate 8 in San Diego County. We can imagine the continuation of the grandstanding by the owners of "government motors" as they further browbeat a competitor of government-run GM and Chrysler. We do not minimize the safety issues here that need to be addressed,...
  • Top 10 Most Noteworthy Vehicles of the Decade (according to Edmunds and Yahoo)

    03/08/2010 2:59:15 AM PST · by DemforBush · 41 replies · 174+ views
    Yahoo ^ | n/a | n/a
    When the Noughts get their page in automotive history, much of the discussion will probably concern manufacturer closings and abysmal sales. This is a shame, for while the meltdown of an industry is certainly big news, the decade also brought us models that deserve to be remembered for the impact they made...
  • List: 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Profession

    02/23/2010 6:40:16 AM PST · by wrrock · 14 replies · 671+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/23/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    Are attorneys more likely to be to be dangerous drivers? An insurance study reveals that 44% of attorneys have reported an accident. However, there’s a chance Attorney’s and Judges partly find themselves at the top of the list because of potential legal liabilities. And although teens and the elderly are clearly high risk groups, they fall outside of the profession focus of this study. THE LIST: 1. Attorney/judge 2. Financial professionals 3. Government worker (GS6) 4. Bartender or waiter 5. Business professionals 6. Dog groomer 7. Marketing/advertising professionals 8. Barber/stylist 9. Coach 10. Nurse The least dangerous drivers? Athletes (17%...
  • Toyota May Recall Corolla Because of Problems with the Power Steering

    02/17/2010 5:36:24 PM PST · by wrrock · 8 replies · 327+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/17/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    2/17/2009 - The Toyota executive in charge of quality control said the company is reviewing fewer than 100 complaints about power steering in the Corolla. Toyota sold nearly 1.3 million Corollas worldwide last year, including nearly 300,000 in the United States, where it trailed only Camry as Toyota's most popular model. WATCH VIDEO...
  • Car Color Trends Shift with the Economy

    02/05/2010 4:39:10 PM PST · by brianhumeck · 18 replies · 577+ views
    The Up Blog ^ | 2 5 2010
    The government seems to mess up everything, even the color of cars. While I'm not so fond of Viridian Joule, Inferno Orange, Tucson Bronze and other crazy car colors, some people are. But in this bad economy those colors are seen less and less each day. The government and its policies have kept this economy at rock bottom and the color of cars sort of bland.
  • Ford to Fix Brake Problem on the Fusion Hybrid & Milan Hybrid (VIDEO)

    02/04/2010 4:33:26 PM PST · by wrrock · 11 replies · 330+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/4/2009 | Car Dealer Review
    After customer reports of issues with braking in their 2010 Fusion and Milan hybrid vehicles, Ford has announced it will update a software upgrade to the brake system. 17,600 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrids are to be repaired. WATCH VIDEO REPORT...The automaker says the problem occurs in transition between two braking systems and at no time are drivers without brakes. The decision to fix the 2010 model cars came after a test driver for Consumer Reports magazine experienced the problem as he was driving a Fusion Hybrid.
  • $1.5 Million Car You Can’t Have

    02/03/2010 6:57:52 AM PST · by wrrock · 10 replies · 973+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/3/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    The Lamborghini Reventón is a mid-engined sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It ranks as one of the most powerful and expensive Lamborghini road cars to date, costing one million euros (US $1.5 million). Each Reventón is clearly stamped with its number in the sequence of 20 between the driver’s and passenger’s seats. They have all been sold. WATCH TEST DRIVE...
  • LIST: 10 Best-Selling Cars in January 2010 Shows a Toyota Sales Dip

    02/02/2010 8:06:54 PM PST · by wrrock · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/2/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    As a brand, Toyota sales were down 14% in January 2010, suggesting the company’s recall problems had a meaningful sales impact. Toyota’s problems shook up the top 10 list with the Corolla and Camry falling to 5th and 7th place. Last month they held the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. In addition, the Accord’s rise to third place this month suggests Toyota’s losses were Honda’s gains. SEE 10 BEST-SELLING CARS IN JAN. 2010...
  • Class action suit filed against Toyota (VIDEO)

    02/01/2010 12:13:42 PM PST · by wrrock · 18 replies · 597+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/1/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    Attorneys from a Texas law firm file a class action lawsuit against Toyota over the company’s gas pedals. They are filing the suit on behalf of a Texas family. WATCH VIDEO...
  • Toyota President Denies Cover-Up (VIDEO)

    02/01/2010 11:09:39 AM PST · by wrrock · 16 replies · 463+ views
    Car Dealer Reviews ^ | 2/1/2010 | Car Dealer Reviews
    In an Interview, U.S. Chief Jim Lentz Insists Toyota Didn’t Hide Acceleration Problem WATCH...
  • The secret to Ford Motor's success

    01/24/2010 3:22:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,325+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2010 | Bryan Riley
    The federal government's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors has been a big success. At least, it has been a big success if you're a Ford dealer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ford sales for the month of December 2009 were up 33.5 percent compared to December 2008, even as Chrysler and GM sales were falling. When the government's auto bailouts were announced, Dick Edwards Ford in Manhattan, Kansas, saw an opportunity. According to Mark Besthorn, the dealership's sales manager: "We just thought about it and decided we wanted to strike while the iron was hot." Days later, the...
  • New Toyota recall of 2.3 million vehicles for gas pedal sticking

    01/21/2010 7:50:25 PM PST · by wrrock · 7 replies · 561+ views
    car dealer review ^ | 1/21/2010 | car dealer review
    1/21/2010 - Toyota, today, announced a voluntary recall for 2.3 million vehicles for gas pedal sticking. Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles: – 2009-2010 RAV4 – 2009-2010 Corolla – 2009-2010 Matrix –2005-2010 Avalon –2007-2010 Camry –2010 Highlander –2007-2010 Tundra –2008-2010 Sequoia
  • Super-Sized Mini Cooper SUV Unveiled (Video/Pics) See...

    01/21/2010 8:39:18 AM PST · by wrrock · 8 replies · 1,245+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 1/21/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    * The MINI Countryman will be Mini’s biggest model while retaining the brand’s personality. * The Mini Cooper has been a hit for parent company BMW, but there are still a lot of potential customers out there who can’t quite fit their families into a tiny subcompact. * A small SUV almost 16 inches longer than the Mini Cooper. *The brand’s first four-door model, it will go on sale in the U.S. early next year.
  • Cops Shop For New Cars After Ford Stops Making Crown Victoria

    01/16/2010 6:15:13 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 148 replies · 4,811+ views
    The Cap Times ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | STEVEN ELBOW
    Cops shop for new cars after Ford stops making Crown Victoria By STEVEN ELBOW The Capital Times Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:30 am In the near future, you may not see that iconic Ford emblem you may have been unlucky enough to glimpse beneath the flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Local police are getting ready to move to new squad cars. Ford announced last year that it’s ending production of the ubiquitous Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which for nearly two decades has dominated the squad car market nationwide. The move will shake up the look of...
  • How Government Hampers the Auto Industry (Video)

    01/11/2010 3:04:36 PM PST · by wrrock · 251+ views
    car dealer review ^ | 1/11/2010 | car dealer review
    This WSJ reporter wonders, ‘maybe government should be getting out of business of motors worldwide.’ Watch video...
  • China supplanting the U.S. as World’s Largest Auto Market

    01/11/2010 9:18:00 AM PST · by bogusname · 33 replies · 966+ views
    CFP ^ | January 11, 2010 | Judi McLeod
    There’s a picture of a soldier from the People’s Republic of China on this morning’s Drudge Report, depicting, Internet style, how China has finally ended the U.S.’s reign as the world’s largest auto market. Had Drudge and, who broke the story been more journalistically correct, the lone soldier’s picture would have been flanked by those of Obama bagman George Soros and UN Poster Boy, Canadian-in-China Maurice Strong. For it is a matter of fact that the People’s Republic of China did not naturally nor honestly win the race as world’s largest auto market, Soros and Strong made it happen....
  • Poll: Ford Sales Surge; GM/Chrysler Don’t. What’s Ford Got That The Other Two Don’t? Vote...

    01/05/2010 5:42:01 PM PST · by wrrock · 10 replies · 1,255+ views
    car dealer review ^ | 1/5/2010 | cdr
    Ford sales surge with a 33% rise in December. Dow Jones Newswires’ Jeff Bennett joins the News Hub from Detroit to discuss the rally. He tells Simon Constable what Ford has that GM and Chrysler don’t. Poll and video. Vote...
  • Table: December Auto Sales: Ford Ends December Up 33% and GM Down 6%

    01/05/2010 1:26:52 PM PST · by wrrock · 11 replies · 666+ views
    Car Dealer Reviews ^ | 1/5/2010 | Car Dealer Reviews
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  • DATA: Auto Sales Surge in December (Compared to November)

    01/04/2010 2:06:47 PM PST · by wrrock · 6 replies · 654+ views
    Car Dealer Reviews ^ | 1/4/2010 | Car Dealer Reviews
    Notwithstanding the absence of any government-sponsored program such as Cash for Clunkers, auto sales finish the year comparatively strong. Ford Motor Company continues to outpace other car makersFull data:
  • Toyota tops all others for Recalls in 2009

    12/30/2009 4:18:22 PM PST · by Reaganez · 23 replies · 811+ views ^ | 12/30/2009 | By Drew Johnson
    Toyota has built a solid reputation for quality and reliability over the past several decades, but that streak hit the skids in 2009. Marking a first for the Japanese automaker, Toyota lead the industry in safety recalls during 2009. According to the Detroit Free Press, Toyota’s 9 safety recalls involving 4,872,583 was tops in the industry this year. Toyota narrowly beat out Ford’s 4,521,993 recalled vehicles to take the title of most recalled automaker for the first time in company history. Of those 4.87 million recalls, 4.3 million were a direct result of an unintended acceleration problem with some Toyota...
  • Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years

    12/15/2009 6:24:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 148 replies · 4,022+ views
    Business Week ^ | Damian Joseph
    Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores By Damian Joseph Considering how many new cars are rolled out every year, it's no surprise that a few might be just plain homely. There's a chance that certain styles might become fashionable with a dash of retro hip. (Well, maybe not from the 1970s.) But for the most part, the following 50 cars will never be anything but design duds.
  • Not impounding immigrants' cars just makes sense

    11/01/2009 1:49:43 AM PDT · by thecodont · 27 replies · 1,150+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, October 31, 2009 | C.W. Nevius
    The announcement that starting Sunday, San Francisco would no longer impound the cars of drivers who do not have a driver's license - many of whom are undocumented immigrants - set off a roar of outrage in the city and beyond. It's been called a "get out of jail free pass" and "sanctuary on wheels." ... The reality is that undocumented immigrants are in double jeopardy. They are not allowed to get a driver's license - although they could in California until 1994 - but if they are stopped their car is taken away ... because they don't have a...
  • September Vehicle Sales: Press Still Won't Concede Possibility of GM, Chrysler Bailout Backlash

    10/03/2009 7:35:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies · 2,671+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 2, 2009 | Tim Blumer
    Reviewing September's detailed sales results in the car business carried at the Wall Street Journal, three things stick out immediately: The awful performance at General Motors -- down 45% from September 2008. Chrysler's even worse performance -- down "only" 42% from September 2008, but a mind-boggling 61% from September 2007 (62,197 in 2009, 156,799 in 2007) Ford's tiny decline of only 6% from a year ago, despite the end of the Cash For Clunkers program in August. No other major maker had a year-over-year September decline that was even half of that seen at GM or Chrysler. Yet the...
  • September Auto Sales Seen Slumping Post-'Clunkers'

    09/28/2009 3:34:32 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 12 replies · 615+ views
    CNBC ^ | 09/28/2009 | Reuters
    U.S. auto sales likely fell in September back to the nearly three-decade lows of early 2009 without government incentives to spur buying, leaving in doubt the timing and pace of a recovery for the battered industry. Nearly 700,000 new cars and trucks were bought by U.S. customers through the government "cash for clunkers" incentive program from late July through the first three weeks of August, a leap from recession-stunted sales earlier in 2009.
  • Car showrooms quiet after clunkers clamor ends

    09/19/2009 8:17:56 AM PDT · by Saije · 15 replies · 1,064+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/19/2009 | Megan Woolhouse
    It has been nearly a month since the car-buying frenzy of the Cash for Clunkers program ended, and many area auto dealers are longing for the good old days of July and August. Like consumers nationwide, Massachusetts residents rushed to take advantage of the federal voucher program, which offered them up to $4,500 on old gas-guzzlers to be put toward the purchase of new, more fuel-efficient vehicles. About $65 million worth of vouchers were handed out statewide during the monthlong program that ended Aug. 24. But once the federal money dried up, so did the sales rally. Now, customers at...
  • Mercedes Rolls Out the Hybrids (Video)

    09/19/2009 8:13:12 AM PDT · by wrrock · 5 replies · 374+ views
    cdr ^ | 9/19/2009 | cdr
    From the Frankfurt motor show: Mercedes rolls out hybrid S-Class. But the current models do not give the consumer that much fuel efficiency. The Mercedes ML450 Hybrid model tops the list, with 21 mpg city / 24 mpg highway — hardly anything to brag about, especially for a Hybrid.
  • "The Success of our Economy Depended On It"

    09/15/2009 1:33:20 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 13 replies · 463+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/15/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The president was in Pittsburgh, Pa. speaking to a group from the AFL-CIO when he defended his decision to bail out the automakers like this. Kicking off a day of outreach to blue-collar America, President Barack Obama defended his bailout of the auto industry, saying "the success of our economy depended on it." "Our belief was that if GM retooled and reinvented itself for the 21st century, it would be good for American workers, good for American manufacturing, and good for America's economy," Obama said. "I'm pleased to report that's exactly what's begun to happen at this plant and at...
  • Video: Man Burried in His 1973 Pontiac Catalina

    09/10/2009 8:38:07 AM PDT · by wrrock · 11 replies · 994+ views
    cars ^ | 9/10/2009 | cars
    Lonnie Holloway is laid to rest at the age of 90 in his 1973 Pontiac Catalina with his gun. Watch:
  • How Bulletproof-Cars are Made in the Armored-Car Capitol of the World, Sao Paulo

    09/10/2009 8:11:03 AM PDT · by wrrock · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Video ^ | 9/10/2009 | Video
    Money and crime intersect in Brazil, where the wealthy are riding a new trend: armored cars. Watch how they produce them and why...
  • Does having to prove sobriety before you drive bug you?

    09/10/2009 7:42:11 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 21 replies · 643+ views
    Auto week ^ | 09-09-09 | WES RAYNAL
    Let the debate begin. Toyota Motor Corp. began testing an alcohol-detection breathalyzer that can immobilize a vehicle if the driver is wasted. Toyota is testing the device on 30 commercial vehicles in Japan. Mounted on the instrument panel, it locks the truck's ignition if it senses the driver has imbibed too much. The idea is to give companies better control of their fleets.
  • 17 Tips that Help You Avoid a Bad Used Car Deal

    09/09/2009 9:00:03 PM PDT · by wrrock · 8 replies · 811+ views
    cars | 9/9/2009 | cars
    If you’re shopping for a used car, there are a number of things you can do to prevent getting stuck with a problem car. 1) Look for a reliable model. Often you can avoid many factory problems associated with cars that perform poorly over the long run. Visit to view an up to date list of safety defects. 2) Decide where you want to buy your car. Buying from a private party, a new car dealer or a used car dealer each has advantages and disadvantages. You may get a lower price buying from an individual, but you will...
  • Lists: TIME Magazine: The '10 Most Exciting Vehicles of 2010'

    09/09/2009 8:25:48 AM PDT · by wrrock · 55 replies · 1,949+ views
    CDR ^ | 9/9/2009 | CDR
    Kia Soul Hyundai Genesis Coupe Ford Taurus SHO Cadillac CTS Wagon Jeep Grand Cherokee Toyota Venza Nissan 370Z Suzuki Kizashi Volkswagen Golf Mercedes-Benz E-Class More info...
  • Documentary: Video: GM Cars What the Hell Happened?

    09/08/2009 8:15:00 PM PDT · by wrrock · 22 replies · 1,116+ views
    cdr ^ | 9/8/2009 | cars
    General Motors was not so long ago the largest motor company in the world, who would have thought one day would be taken over by the miniature Japanese autos. This documentary struggles to answer this very question.