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  • KC auto shop worker survives three-mile I-70 ride atop SUV

    01/07/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 6, 2015 | Tony Rizzo
    A Kansas City auto repair shop employee made a snap decision Monday when a woman drove off without paying for repairs. He jumped on the roof of her Cadillac Escalade and held on during a high-speed, three-mile ride that ended outside Kansas City police headquarters. Another auto shop employee followed in another vehicle and told police that he tried to stop the Cadillac by firing shots at its tires. One of the bullets hit the driver’s side door. Police said it was a miracle that no one was injured in the incident that began shortly before 3 p.m. Monday at...
  • The eccentric uncle who left a garage in his will... containing a £6m Bugatti supercar

    01/01/2009 7:54:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 3,399+ views ^ | January 1, 2009 | Chris Brooke
    When eccentric doctor and compulsive hoarder Harold Carr died at the age of 89, his relatives faced a daunting task to sort through his possessions. His home was packed with piles of medical machinery, 1,500 beer steins, thousands of receipts and even a World War Two spy drone. But all the effort became worth it when they opened the door of his garage - and struck gold. Inside they found a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, one of only 17 ever made. The historic automobile with only 26,284 miles on the clock still has 99 per cent of its original...
  • Britain Launches World's Fastest Car At 1,050 MPH

    10/25/2008 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Goonch · 13 replies · 2,008+ views
    London, England (AHN) - Britain will out on Thursday the world's fastest car capable of zooming at 1,050 miles per hour. The Bloodhound SSC, designed by Richard Noble, is 42 feet long, 9 feet high and weighs 6.4 tons. Andy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot, will drive the vehicle. Noble and Green hold the world land speed title for their 766 MPH drive of the ThrustSSC, which accelerated to 600 mph upon start in 16 seconds, becoming the first vehicle to breach the sound barrier. A Eurojet EJ200 and a Falcon hybrid rocket power Bloodhound SSC. The Eurojet could...
  • Top 10 Underappreciated All-American Cars And Trucks

    08/24/2008 7:40:45 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 66 replies · 4,890+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 03, 2008 | John Pearley Huffman
    Top 10 Underappreciated All-American Cars And Trucks Many of the most important vehicles built in the United States since the end of World War II—cars that defined new style, pioneered new technology or just plain kept companies going—are overlooked to this day. The innovations implemented by these cars and trucks seemed at the time so minor that few realized they were, in fact, revolutionary. So, this Fourth of July weekend, we celebrate our favorite unsung American car heroes. By John Pearley Huffman Published on: July 3, 2008 1986 Ford TaurusBy the mid-1980s American buyers were fleeing traditional American family cars...
  • This could be just a tad over the top, automotively speaking ('09 Benz SL65 AMG)

    07/13/2008 4:01:31 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 27 replies · 122+ views
    DirectorBlue ^ | Sunday, July 13, 2008
    Sunday, July 13, 2008This could be just a tad over the top, automotively speaking C&D has official photos and stats on the '09 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG "Black Series" -- a tricked out version of the already ludicrously fast SL65 AMG. The new series claims 661 horsepower. Top speed is electronically limited to around 199 mph. Torque output is unchanged at 738 pound-feet, although Mercedes says the engine is detuned from 885, likely to keep the heavy-duty five-speed automatic transmission alive. The Black Series’ transmission, however, adds a fourth transmission setting, M2 manual mode, which shifts a claimed 25 percent quicker...
  • Ferrari to slash sports cars' carbon emissions: president

    07/05/2008 1:25:38 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies · 221+ views
    AFP ^ | Jul 5, 2008 | Unknown
    BERLIN (AFP) - Sports car manufacturer Ferrari intends to cut its vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half and is working on developing hybrid vehicles, the company president said Saturday. < > But he insisted that any future hybrid Ferrari would still be "fundamentally a Ferrari." < >
  • American car show opens in Västerås

    07/05/2008 9:55:59 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 190+ views ^ | 07/04/2008 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    The 'biggest American car show in the world' opened in Västerås in central Sweden on Thursday. More than 10,000 cars are expected for the Big Meet 2008 show. The annual event started 31 years ago and was founded by Kjell Gustafsson who has seen it grow from the humble beginnings of 40-80 cars in a parking lot in Anderstorp. "Just to keep the show going over three days costs 1.5 million kronor ($252,000). 160 officials work with this. That is around the same as the Hultsfred festival," Gustafsson said to The Big Meet 2008 show will take place over...
  • Mercedes Plans Electric Car by 2010

    06/21/2008 7:21:54 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 40 replies · 327+ views
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | June 22, 2008 | Henning Peitsmeier, Susanne Preuß und Holger Steltzner
    General Motors will den Chevrolet Volt schon 2010 für rund 30.000 Dollar auf den Markt bringen. Was wird ein Steckdosen-Smart kosten? General Motors intends to market the Chevrolet Volt as early as 2010 for around $30,000. How much will a plug-in Smart cost? Wir planen für das Jahr 2010 einen Elektro-Smart und für dasselbe Jahr auch ein Mercedes-Modell. Über den Preis ist noch nicht endgültig entschieden. Das hängt davon ab, ob wir die Autos mit den Batterien verkaufen oder ob die Batterien geleast werden. We are planning an Electro-Smart for the year 2010, and for the same year also a...
  • Motorhead Messiah [60 MPG HUMMER!]

    06/16/2008 10:01:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 122 replies · 2,831+ views ^ | December 19, 2007 | By Clive Thompson
    Johnathan Goodwin can get 100 mpg out of a Lincoln Continental, cut emissions by 80%, and double the horsepower. Does the car business have the guts to follow him? “Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a low whistle. "This thing is gonna be even cooler than I thought." We're hunched on the floor of Goodwin's gleaming workshop in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by the shards of a wooden packing crate. Inside the wreckage sits his latest toy--a 1985-issue turbine engine originally designed for the military. It can spin at a blistering 60,000 rpm and...
  • Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan

    06/13/2008 11:18:59 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters (video) ^ | June 13, 2008
    Jun. 13 - Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car's tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it.
  • Honda FCX Clarity and Home Hydrogen Fueling Stations

    06/12/2008 6:34:42 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 30 replies · 381+ views ^ | 6-2008 | Bill Siuru
    Honda FCX Clarity and Home Hydrogen Fueling Stations By Bill Siuru Honda’s decision to transition its FCX Clarity into limited production and lease some 50 of these hydrogen fuel cell cars to customers in Southern California is a groundbreaking move. Why Southern California? A small number of very expensive hydrogen fueling stations already exist here and more are in the planning stages. In tandem with this, Honda has also shown a longer term solution for refueling hydrogen vehicles in the form of its fourth generation Home Energy Station. Working with its technology partner Plug Power, Honda debuted the first Home...
  • BMW Builds a Cloth Car

    06/10/2008 2:55:16 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 28 replies · 254+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 10, 2008 | Gary Gastelu
    They say beauty is only skin deep. Tell that to GINA. Instead of a metal or plastic body, BMW's latest concept, the GINA Light Visionary Model, drapes a flexible fabric material over a moveable wire mesh frame, creating a nearly seamless surface that can alter its form at the whim of the driver.
  • To Southern Cal Freepers: Wanna See Some Electric Cars? (Vanity)

    06/10/2008 11:29:06 AM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 23 replies · 128+ views
    06/10/08 | Sneakyuser
    To Southern Cal Freepers: Wanna See Some Electric Cars? (Vanity)
  • Bentley to launch $200G luxury car today in Boston

    06/09/2008 12:21:17 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 18 replies · 85+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, June 9, 2008 | Jerry Kronenberg
    Bentley Motors plans to unveil its $200,000 Continental Flying Spur Speed sedan in Boston today - apparently the first time any automaker has chosen the Hub for a worldwide product launch. Bentley has previously rolled out vehicles in Paris, Geneva and other posh locales. But the legendary British automaker chose Boston this time because Bentley plans to move its North American headquarters here from Detroit this fall. “We really wanted to use our new location as a showcase for the brand,” company spokesman David Reuter said. Bentley expects some 150 auto journalists from around the world to hit the Hub...
  • 10 Most Outrageous Cars of 2008

    06/03/2008 3:54:17 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 34 replies · 158+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/1/2008 | Brian Walker
    With all the changes in the automotive world, there's never a shortage of crazy ideas floating around. Fortunately for car enthusiasts, many of those wacky ideas actually see the light of day -- and we've got the 10 best for you right here. snip Siler says the hybrid and "green" car revolution is here to stay, but that the supercar market is a niche one and there'll always be someone willing to shell out big bucks for an exotic ride. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most outrageous, extravagant, or just plain cool autos to look for...
  • Nissan Says Moving into Higher Gear on Electric Cars

    05/19/2008 6:43:38 AM PDT · by webschooner · 10 replies · 93+ views ^ | 5-19-08
    Nissan Motor Co., playing catch-up in fuel-efficient motoring, said Monday that it and NEC Corp. will invest 115 million dollars to mass produce new batteries for electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. The push into advanced lithium-ion batteries comes as Japanese automakers invest in an array of new environmentally friendly car technologies amid soaring prices at the pump. Nissan has been slower than rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to embrace petrol-electric hybrids, but it aims to become the industry leader in electric vehicles. "Our vision for a more sustainable future is clear," said Nissan's executive vice president Carlos...
  • The Atomic Automobile

    05/17/2008 6:10:24 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 31 replies · 89+ views
    During the 1950s, much of the world was quivering with anticipation over the exciting prospects of nuclear power. Atomic energy promised to churn out clean, safe electricity that would be "too cheap to meter." It seemed that there was no energy problem too large or too small for the mighty atom to tackle during the glorious and modern Atomic Age. It was during this honeymoon with nuclear energy– in 1957– that the Ford Motor Company unveiled the most ambitious project in their history: a concept vehicle which had a sleek futuristic look, emitted no harmful vapors, and offered incredible...
  • Tesla electric sports car ready to hum onto highways

    05/02/2008 8:58:21 PM PDT · by kingattax · 139 replies · 489+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-2-08 | JOHN ROGERS
    LOS ANGELES — It's safe to say Jeremy Snyder gets a charge out of the two-seat Tesla Roadster whenever he pulls one off the lot — and not because it's equipped with an all-electric engine. As he pulled one of the sleek new automobiles down a side street Thursday and put the pedal to the metal, its lithium-ion battery-powered engine didn't give off sparks. It just emitted a powerful hum, something like a much quieter version of a jet taking off. "Accelerate pretty good?" asked Snyder, head of client services for Tesla, who knew the answer. "I call it a...
  • Tesla may begin delivering Roadsters with temporary transmissions[will fail in a few thousand miles]

    12/24/2007 8:01:39 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies · 123+ views ^ | Dec 13th 2007 | John Neff
    The skinny is that Tesla is having a difficult time developing a transmission strong enough to "survive the process of shifting gears while the motor remains at full torque", according to our own Sam Abuelsamid who has been following the Roadster's development from Day 1 and has actually rode shotgun in it. Two suppliers are currently working simultaneously to find a solution. Meanwhile, the company has gone ahead and built the first production model at the Lotus factory in Hethel, England. The first car belongs to Elon Musk, Chairman of the company and one of its initial investors. His car...
  • E-Dragsters Go for Gas-Powered Records

    07/30/2007 1:30:10 PM PDT · by GBA · 75 replies · 1,332+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday July 29, 2:10 pm ET | Aaron Clark
    With Barely a Sound, Electric Dragsters Aim for Gas-Powered Records PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Straddling a 619-pound motorcycle, Scotty Pollacheck tucks in his knees and lowers his head as he waits for the green light. When he revs the engine, there's no roar. The bike moves so fast that within seconds all that's visible is a faint red taillight melting in the distance. Pollacheck crosses the quarter-mile marker doing 156 mph; he's traveled 1,320 feet in 8.22 seconds, faster than any of the gas-powered cars, trucks or motorcycles that have raced in the drag sprints on this weekend at Portland...
  • GM goes electric with concept car

    01/08/2007 9:55:24 AM PST · by kingattax · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-7-07 | Jui Chakravorty
    DETROIT (Reuters) - Struggling auto giant General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM - news) on Sunday revived its once-failed idea of a mass-market electric car, unveiling a new "concept" car called the Volt designed to use little or no gasoline. Introduced at the North American International Auto Show here, the Chevrolet Volt will draw power exclusively from a next-generation battery pack recharged by a small onboard engine -- if the technology is ready in two or three years. "We have a thoroughly studied concept, but further battery development will define the critical path to start of production," said Jon Lauckner, a GM...
  • Ford Announces Hydrogen-Electric Plug-in Hybrid Drive and Airstream Concept

    01/08/2007 8:56:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,302+ views ^ | 01/07/2007 | Staff
    Ford has developed an electric-drive crossover concept car in conjunction with Airstream—the Ford Airstream Concept—that is powered by a hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain—the HySeries Drive. The HySeries drive in the AirStream Concept combines a lithium-ion battery pack with a compact fuel cell system as a range extender—the fuel cell’s sole function is to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack as needed. (This series-hybrid electric drive design approach is similar to that taken by GM with its E-Flex family and the Chevrolet Volt. Earlier post.) The new fuel cell, supplied by Ford partner Ballard, operates in a steady state, allowing a...
  • Man Drives Car One Million Miles (A Saab)

    12/07/2006 1:01:32 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 126 replies · 5,721+ views
    WLTX ^ | 12/06/2006
    Peter Gilbert of Glendale, Wisconsin drove his 1989 Saab 900 SPG a little more than 1,001,385 miles, according to a Saab verification. Gilbert originally purchased the Saab new in November 1989 after the divorce of his wife. He says the car survived eight collisions with deer, one claiming the radiator of his car. Perhaps the success of Gilbert's ride can be attributed to his meticulous care regiment. For example, Gilbert only used premium synthetic oil in oil changes, and changed his tires every 45,000 miles. Not to mention, he strictly followed the maintenance schedule. Gilbert donated his prized possession to...
  • 2006 Callaway C16: Not just another Corvette

    12/02/2006 11:28:52 AM PST · by sully777 · 9 replies · 1,608+ views ^ | November 30, 2006 | by Paul A. Eisenstein
    2006 Callaway C16 The look may be familiar, but the Callaway C16 is anything but just another Corvette. The latest in a long line of products from the well-regarded "tuner," the C16 makes some significant changes to Chevrolet's two-seater, including a complete redesign of its body by Canadian stylist Paul Deutschman. Under the sleek new skin, Callaway supercharges the base, 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 - the first time the tuner has used a blower, incidentally, rather than a turbocharger. The result is an engine making an impressive 616 horsepower and 582 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to launch the C16...
  • It's Electric! The Tesla Roadster—a hotshot sports car that runs on batteries.

    11/27/2006 10:17:28 AM PST · by Uncledave · 148 replies · 3,570+ views
    Slate ^ | 11/27/2006 | Paul Boutin
    It's Electric! The Tesla Roadster—a hotshot sports car that runs on batteries. By Paul Boutin Posted Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at 6:57 AM ET Tesla Roadster. Click image to expand.Tesla Roadster A week ago, I went for a spin in the fastest, most fun car I've ever ridden in—and that includes the Aston Martin I tried to buy once. I was so excited, in fact, that I decided to take a few days to calm down before writing about it. Well, my waiting period is over, I'm thinking rationally, and I'm still unbelievably stoked about the Tesla. The Tesla Roadster...
  • 2006 Paris Auto Show (Retro Muscle Cars and S.U.V.s still strong)

    11/12/2006 11:22:03 AM PST · by sully777 · 12 replies · 1,361+ views ^ | October-November 2006
    Now that the Paris show is over, here's the rundown of what showed up and what didn't. As expected, the Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept kicked things off with its take on what a European muscle car would look like. It was followed by the Opel Antara, which is almost identical to the 2008 Saturn Vue out next year. Volvo finally showed off its long-awaited C30 hatchback; not surprisingly, it looked just like the concept. On the more exotic side, Porsche rolled out the 911 Targa alongside the track-ready 911 GT3 RS. Both wore odd shades of orange, yet they both...
  • 'Fishy' 70-mpg diesel concept car unveiled

    11/10/2006 9:06:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies · 2,453+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/7/2005 | Staff
    DaimlerChrysler project was shaped by a tropical fish DaimlerChrysler on Tuesday unveiled a diesel concept car that gets more than 70 miles per gallon, reduces some pollutants by 80 percent, seats four and looks like something that popped out of a Caribbean reef — only magnified. The company attributed the high mileage and lower emissions to new technology and an aerodynamic design based on the biology of a boxfish.The fully functional car was on display at a company technology exhibit in Washington, D.C. DaimlerChrysler said it had no plans to mass produce the vehicle, but that some of the technology...
  • Most Reliable Cars

    11/09/2006 1:20:48 PM PST · by eraser2005 · 124 replies · 5,875+ views ^ | 11/9/2006 |
    NEW YORK ( -- The Ford Fusion midsized car and its Mercury Milan sibling scored big in Consumer Reports' annual new car reliability survey, just beating out the industry's quality standard-bearers, the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6. But, overall, Japanese brands are still the ones to beat. Of the 47 vehicles with the highest predicted reliability, 39 are Japanese. Of those, all but seven are made by Toyota or Honda. American cars are continuing to improve in reliability, however, according to Consumer Reports' surveys. The "predicted reliability" rankings appear in the 2007 New Car Preview issue of Consumer...
  • Clean but mean electric car is creator's dream come true

    08/12/2006 12:36:57 PM PDT · by tessalu · 104 replies · 2,287+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 12, 2006 | Chris Ayres
    IT can keep up with a Ferrari, travel 400km on an empty fuel tank and is completely silent. The latest boys' toy for Silicon Valley multi-millionaires is a full-blooded American sportscar - only its blood is electricity, not oil. The Tesla Roadster, which can go from zero to 100km/h in about four seconds, is named after Serbian electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, who invented alternating current. The car is assembled in England and the electric motor is imported from Taiwan. The cars will be sold only in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Miami. The first deliveries are expected...
  • [Vanity] America's First Self-Sufficient Automobile

    08/12/2006 11:19:00 AM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 22 replies · 406+ views
    [Vanity] | August 12, 2006 | 1-Eagle
    America's First Self-sufficient Automobile First of all... there is already coming soon a fully electric (non-hybrid) automobile that can do 0-60 in 4 seconds. You can see a preview of that and some FAQ at the website. They don't have pricing on the unit and they are not available for sale, yet. Now, they are talking about plugging this thing in for about three hours to do 250 miles. So the question I posed to them through their website today is... why not install a hydro power unit (uses water for fuel) powering a generator that runs non-stop, 24...
  • Camaro concept becomes a reality

    08/10/2006 12:12:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 435+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 8/10/06 | Shawn Langlois
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The sights and sounds of thousands of swooning gearheads were just too much for General Motors Corp. to deny. The concept Camaro, unveiled earlier this year without the slightest touch of subtlety, proved to be one of the highlights of the Detroit auto show back in January, and immediately prompted speculation that the real deal would make it into showrooms. Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner responded to what he called an "overwhelmingly enthusiastic response" by announcing the automaker will begin production of the revived Camaro at the end of 2008, slated to hit dealer lots...
  • Toyota's Lexus Tops Dependability Study

    08/09/2006 11:23:00 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 42 replies · 1,460+ views
    Yahoo! Finance:Associated Press ^ | 8/9/2006 | Sarah Karush
    Toyota's Lexus Tops Dependability Study; Ford Land Rover Ranks Last DETROIT (AP) -- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. won top honors in eight categories of a closely watched vehicle dependability study, more than any other company, while mainstream brands closed in on luxury nameplates, J.D. Power and Associates said Wednesday. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, was the top-ranked nameplate for the 12th consecutive year. It was followed by Ford Motor Co.'s Mercury and General Motors Corp.'s Buick and Cadillac. Last-place Land Rover, which is owned by Ford, lagged far behind the second-to-last brand, Saab, which is owned by GM. Land Rover owners...
  • Million-dollar sports car totaled in rally for charity [Owner totals Ferrari Enzo]

    08/03/2006 8:16:34 AM PDT · by TChris · 174 replies · 3,460+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/3/2006 | Mark Havnes and Lisa Rosetta
    MILFORD - Utah Highway Patrol troopers had blocked off part of a remote Millard County highway Wednesday so owners of exotic sports cars could slam on the gas pedal and leave those 65 mph speed limit signs in the dust. Mercedes, Jaguars, Vipers, Porches and more were zipping along State Route 257 - all for charity - when the four-day Utah Fast Pass Road Rally took a dangerous turn. Provo resident Richard Losee lost control of his $1.3 million Ferrari - which had been screaming along at close to 100 mph - and crashed 28 miles north of Milford in...
  • Toyota, Honda report sales jump in July

    08/01/2006 5:10:40 PM PDT · by SmoothTalker · 99 replies · 1,329+ views
    DETROIT - Amid steep gas prices, Toyota Motor Corp. rode its reputation for fuel-efficient cars to a double-digit sales increase in July and outsold Ford in the U.S. for the first month ever. Honda Motor Co. also reported robust sales. " At Ford, sales of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles fell 35.2 percent. Truck sales tumbled 44.8 percent, while cars slipped 6.7 percent. Sales of F-Series pickup trucks, long the country's best-selling vehicle and the company's most important vehicle, shot down 45.6 percent." " Toyota's sales, meanwhile, soared 11.7 percent, with cars jumping 19.8 percent and trucks up 1.3 percent....
  • Local electric cars finally at starting line

    07/29/2006 7:18:12 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 52 replies · 1,224+ views
    Akron Becon Journal ^ | Posted on Thu, Jul. 13, 2006 | By Sarah Filus
    art car, part motorcycle, Myers Motors' new NmG (No more Gas) vehicle certainly is one thing: energy-efficient. Manufactured entirely in a South Avenue facility in Tallmadge, the NmG is the nation's only all-electric, highway-legal vehicle that can hit 70 mph and costs less than $25,000, said Dana Myers, founder and president of Myers Motors. The road to that achievement has had plenty of twists and turns. Myers came up with the idea to produce electric cars after reading a book called The Innovator's Dilemma. He thought it would be a good change for his family business, S.D. Myers, which services...
  • CA: That $1 million hydrogen Honda gets few drivers (city employees eligible, but reluctant)

    07/29/2006 11:20:22 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 30 replies · 986+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 29, 2006 | Peter Rowe
    The star of Chula Vista's auto pool is a high-tech wonder that never needs gasoline. The 2005 Honda FCX runs on hydrogen, one of the most plentiful elements on earth. Sounds like a dream. But finding city employees to pilot the vehicle has been a nightmare. “It's been a challenge to keep people driving it,” said Jack Dickens, the city's fleet manager. “They are intimidated by the cost.” Manufactured in small batches, these experimental cars are painstakingly engineered and stuffed with costly gizmos. This gives the little FCX a big price tag: $1 million. “I try not to drive it...
  • Honda Diesel Sets New World Records

    07/25/2006 5:08:49 PM PDT · by getsoutalive · 29 replies · 1,467+ views
    Honda’s new Accord 2.2 i-CTDi Sport has this week set no fewer than 19 world speed records and achieved 3.07 litres / 100 km (92 mpg) fuel economy to boot. British racing driver Robin Liddell and freelance journalist Iain Robertson were part of the European record-setting team. Amongst the speed records set, which were all achieved in Production Car Class B (2000 – 2500 cc), were 133.04 mph (1 mile flying start), 84.25 mph (1 mile standing start) and an average speed of 130.38 mph over a 24-hour endurance period. These records were all set at Papenburg high-speed oval test...
  • Have You Hugged a Hummer Today? (Piercing the Hybrid Hype)

    07/19/2006 1:33:07 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 53 replies · 2,588+ views
    Reason ^ | Shikha Dalmia
    July 19, 2006 Have You Hugged a Hummer Today? Hybrid vehicles' overall energy costs exceed those of comparable non-hybrids Shikha Dalmia Ford Motor Company did itself a huge favor recently by backing away from its pledge to bump-up its hybrid production ten-fold in four years. But, as it turns out, the company might have done the planet a whale of a favor too. Just last fall, CEO Bill Ford was valiantly promising in a mega-million dollar ad campaign that the company would never, ever turn away from its hybrid pledge because these vehicles were central to the company's reputation as...
  • An All-Electric Car That Accelerates Faster Than a Ferrari

    06/28/2006 11:20:15 AM PDT · by aculeus · 105 replies · 3,694+ views
    Technological Review ^ | June 28, 2006 | By Associated Press
    Several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are racing to bring high-end electric cars to market. SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) -- Like many Silicon Valley engineers, Martin Eberhard loves cars, especially fast ones. But the self-described ''closet gearhead'' didn't feel comfortable buying a hot rod that guzzled gas from the Middle East or some other troubled region. So three years ago, Eberhard and friend Marc Tarpenning launched Tesla Motors Inc. Their goal: to design a sports car that would go as fast as a Ferrari or Porsche, but run on electricity. With about 80 employees, Tesla just raised $40 million from high-profile investors...
  • Nissan Reportedly Plans Beefed-Up Pickup (F250 range)

    06/22/2006 1:50:31 PM PDT · by Abathar · 71 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | June 22, 2006 | AP
    TOKYO -- A newspaper reported Thursday that Nissan plans to develop a new heavy-duty version of its Titan pickup truck by the end of the decade to cash in on the lucrative U.S. market. Currently, the Titan is only sold in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported that the beefed-up version of Nissan's Titan would be aimed at contractors and trailer haulers. It would compete with vehicles such as Ford's F-250 pickup. A Nissan spokeswoman declined comment. The move would be a challenge to the domain of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, which have leaned on highly popular...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Motorhead Wednesday: Pontiac GTO ~ June 21, 2006

    06/20/2006 6:00:00 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 528 replies · 3,836+ views
    Linked in thread | Mr. Heat Miser
      Pontiac GTO History1964-1974 Introduction: The Pontiac GTO is considered by many the first true muscle car. Whereas other manufacturers were concentrating on their fullsize lines, Pontiac saw the potential for dropping a big block engine into an intermediate frame and marketing it at a budget price. Pontiac sneaked past the GM restriction on this combination by making the GTO an option on the Tempest model, creating the hottest performance machine yet. The GTO sold in great numbers and would fuel the competition between GM, Ford, and Chrysler that would keep the muscle car industry thriving for years to...
  • Why the New Camaro Will Fail

    06/20/2006 12:38:11 PM PDT · by mowowie · 313 replies · 7,555+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6/20/2006 12:07:16 AM | Eric Peters
    Unlike the Mustang -- which has always managed to appeal to a broad base of buyers ranging from young women to old men and everyone in between -- the Camaro is and always has been a strutting muscle machine. A car for drive-throughs, Friday night cruising, and teenage boys. That works fine when it's 1969 -- and young, single guys can still afford to buy (and insure) such a car. It doesn't work so well in today's hamstrung, hyper-regulated and cost-inflated world. Part of what killed the latter-day GTO was its $30k price point. The young (under 30) guys who...
  • World's most expensive lemon? ($1.7 million car won't run)

    06/18/2006 5:18:35 PM PDT · by wjersey · 28 replies · 2,269+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/18/2006 | Staff
    The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership is suing Mercedes-Benz, its parent company DaimlerChrysler and other affiliates, alleging that a $1.7 million car purchased in 2004 wouldn't run for more than 10 blocks without problems. The car, a Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR Limited Edition Roadster, was supposed to be one of only five made. In the lawsuit, the owner of exotic car dealership Grand Prix Motors also alleges that six were actually made, reducing the value of his car. A two-door sports car, the CLK-GTR has a carbon fiber body and a 6.9-liter 12-cylinder engine enabling it to go from...
  • Maybach Unveils Fulda-Commissioned 350 KM/H+ Exelero Coupe

    05/15/2005 6:20:31 PM PDT · by xp38 · 28 replies · 3,398+ views
    AOL Cars Canadian Auto Press | May 13 2005 | Justin Couture
    Cooperation between German Luxury Car Brand and Tire Company Goes Back Sixty-Six Years Advertisements and specialty vehicles go hand in hand, particularly in the automotive world. Countless companies use specialty vehicles to portray new products, which have resulted in some of the most glamorous and far-out cars on earth. Fulda Reifenwerk, the German subsidiary of the Goodyear tire company, may have just topped the world's best with a one-off 700-horsepower Maybach Exelero Coupe, specifically designed to draw attention to its new Exelero, super-wide high-performance tire. Of all the different carmakers Fulda could have worked with, it chose Germany's ultimate luxury...
  • The 400kmh supercar

    05/14/2005 4:26:09 PM PDT · by aculeus · 55 replies · 4,517+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 13, 2005 | TOBY HAGON
    Legendary sports car maker Bugatti is to produce the world's fastest road car after a prototype last week exceeded 400kmh on a German test track, silencing critics who predicted the car would never achieve its ambitious goal. The multi million-dollar Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - its name refers to the 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged engine that has more power than a Formula One car - achieved the feat on a Volkswagen test track. The German car giant bought the famous French Bugatti brand in 1998 and has been working on re-establishing its supercar credentials ever since. Bugatti says the 750kW test car, one...
  • Car creator puts 80 icons on the block

    05/11/2005 4:29:48 PM PDT · by uglybiker · 28 replies · 1,395+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2005 | UPI
    Los Angeles, CA, May. 10 (UPI) -- The man who built the cars and trucks for generations of Hollywood movies is selling 80 of his icons, but will keep his all-time prize -- the Batmobile. George Barris said Saturday's auction in at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will take advantage of an auto market that has "gone ballistic."
  • Nissan to lease fuel cell-powered SUVs to U.S. businesses in 2007 [Avail. in Japan since 2004]

    05/06/2005 1:21:50 PM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 16 replies · 644+ views
    AutoWeek ^ | 5-6-05 | KATHY JACKSON
    Nissan Motor Co. is on track to deliver limited numbers of fuel cell SUVs in the United States within two years. The company will offer leases on the fuel cell-powered X-Trail, an entry-level SUV that is now sold in Japan, said Alan Jones, an engineer in the emission testing and regulatory affairs division at Nissan Technical Center North America here. "It looks like '07 will be the year," he said. Jones spoke with Automotive News after a ceremony here on April 22 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, to which Nissan donated a fuel cell Xterra SUV. Fuel cells convert hydrogen...
  • CLICK & CLACK : The 10 Ugliest New Cars

    04/26/2005 6:26:39 AM PDT · by pissant · 75 replies · 1,388+ views
    WaPost ^ | 4/24/05 | Tom & Ray
    TOM: Well, the people have spoken. And what they've said is, "Yecch!" RAY: We held a contest to name the ugliest new cars for sale in showrooms today. Readers of the column and listeners of our radio show made nominations, and folks voted on our Web site. And the results are in. TOM: We'll work our way up (or should I say down?) to the ugliest car, starting with the runners-up. Now remember, we don't necessarily agree with all of these choices, although we wholeheartedly agree with some of them. But this is what you guys think. RAY: Runner-up No....
  • Consumers Put on Notice: Dirtiest Car Buying Myths Debunked

    03/29/2005 2:29:02 AM PST · by wingblade · 27 replies · 2,862+ views
    ATLANTA, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -Savvy Shoppers Trawl Internet for Latest Car Buying Tips How does an auto dealership rate? That's actually a very significant question. The average consumer still fails to correct the most common mistake made. He fails to get educated on processes involved before, during and after an automobile purchase. Consumers have long used their own lack of knowledge as an excuse for being ripped off, according to Clear Intelligence, an auto dealership comparison and rating service based solely on direct consumer intelligence reports (see ). "There's never been an easier or better time to turn the...
  • New cars-New York International Auto Show. (photos of the new Dodge Mustang!!)

    03/25/2005 8:23:42 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 18 replies · 1,788+ views
    A concept car by Chrysler called 'Firepower' is displayed at the 2005 New York International Auto Show on March 25, 2005. The auto show, which showcases nearly 1,000 vehicles, will be open to the public through April 3. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is displayed at the 2005 New York International Auto Show on March 25, 2005. The vehicle will be available to consumers in the Spring of 2006. The new Dodge mustang Charger The Shelby logo graces the new Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, March 25, 2005. This is the first...