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  • Car burglaries in some California cities are at crisis levels. Prosecutors say their hands are tied

    12/02/2019 6:47:40 AM PST · by karpov · 69 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2019 | Patrick McGreevy
    SACRAMENTO — An epidemic of car burglaries in San Francisco over the last few years has led one Democratic lawmaker to propose plugging a loophole in state law that allows some break-ins to go unpunished, but the Legislature has balked at prosecutors’ requests to make obtaining convictions easier. The proposal, which would eliminate a requirement that prosecutors prove a car’s doors were locked at the time of a break-in, has been shelved two years in a row in legislative committees. Lawmakers struggling with prison crowding and public pressure to enact criminal justice reform have been reluctant to do anything to...
  • ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Jumps To $30M As ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Is Kicked Out Of Heaven With $8M+ Start

    11/16/2019 11:11:35 AM PST · by Drew68 · 64 replies
    Deadline ^ | 11/16/2019 | Anthony D'Allesandro
    Wave a flag for original movies at the box office, as Disney’s release of 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Ford v. Ferrari is racing to a $30M win after a $11M Friday (including $2.1M Thursday previews). That buried Sony’s franchise reboot of Elizabeth Banks’s Charlie’s Angels, which dropped well below $12M-$14M expectations with a $8.2M debut in 3rd place. James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari gets an A+ CinemaScore, and 4 1/2 stars and a 68% definite recommend on PostTrak. With a boost like that, it’s a great blast off for FvF in a fierce awards season and Thanksgiving holiday, which is...
  • Renault and Publicis celebrate 30 years of Clio with same sex kisses(Barf Alert)

    11/11/2019 5:44:17 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 3 replies
    More about Advertising ^ | 11th November 2019 | STEPHEN FOSTER
    Renault Clio ads are perhaps more famous than the car deserves, ‘Papa and Nicole’ (borrowing its theme from a porn film, or so legend has it) still resonates and then there was ‘Va Va Voom’ of course. Anyway the Clio is 30 years old so it’s being celebrated by Publicis.Poke (which seems to be an amalgam of Publicis in London and some other bits) in an intriguing campaign, featuring same sex lovers. As with most in-ad relationships these days they have their ups and downs but get there in the end. Renault has essayed what were then called lesbian...
  • Fiat Chrysler agrees mega-merger with Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall- [tr]

    10/31/2019 6:21:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2019 | Simon Lambert
    Two of the world's biggest car companies Fiat Chrysler and PSA - the owner of Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall - confirmed that they have agreed a merger today. The move would tie together Fiat Chrysler's major position in North America and PSA's status as Europe's second largest carmaker, to create the world's fourth biggest vehicle firm. The firms say that they could save £3.2billion (€3.7billion or $4.1billion) in costs with the merger, but claim they could do this without any factory closures. However, the deal is likely to face fierce scrutiny as employees and unions fear that it would lead...
  • Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of "phantom braking"

    10/25/2019 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 143 replies
    See BS ^ | 10/24/19
    Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. The technology is expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half, but hundreds of drivers say sometimes the system slams on the brakes – apparently for no reason. CBS News found reports of several accidents and injuries that drivers blamed on false activations of emergency automatic braking systems. Safety advocates and carmakers say in the vast majority of cases it works, but it is not perfect. For Cindy Walsh, getting behind the wheel of her 2018 Nissan Rogue raises her anxiety level. Since she bought the SUV...
  • Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars' Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

    10/10/2019 11:07:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies ^ | By Justin Hughes May 15, 2018
    It seems that making insulation out of an edible substance makes it more appealing to pests. SHARE In an effort to be more friendly to the environment, companies are making more and more automotive components out of renewable materials, such as soy or even cannabis. Unfortunately, a side effect of building cars out of edible materials is that rodents are eating them, reports the Detroit Free Press. The use of soy in car parts is nothing new. Ford has been making seats out of a soybean-based foam for the past ten years. Ford also uses soy rather than petroleum for...
  • The Seven-Year Auto Loan: America’s Middle Class Can’t Afford Its Cars

    10/03/2019 7:39:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 172 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 1, 2019 | Ben Eisen and Adrienne Roberts
    Walk into an auto dealership these days and you might walk out with a seven-year car loan. That means monthly payments that last well past when the brake pads give out and potentially beyond when the car gets traded in for a new one. About a third of auto loans for new vehicles taken in the first half of 2019 had terms of longer than six years, according to credit-reporting firm Experian PLC. A decade ago, that number was less than 10%.
  • The Million-Mile Lexus

    09/26/2019 6:12:56 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    Road and ^ | Sep 24 2019 | Matt Farah
    Brands attempt to move upmarket all the time, but few succeed to the degree Lexus did with its first luxury car. I was 9 years old when my father traded in his 1988 Saab 900 Turbo for a new 1991 LS 400. I would invite my fourth-grade classmates over to the house and ask my dad to start the car—you could not believe it was actually running unless you looked at the eerie “ghost” dials. The Lexus was silent. It seemed so soft, so fast and quiet, that it was all that much more unbelievable when I told my friends...
  • Tesla ‘Dog Mode’ saves lives, but confuses alert humans

    09/25/2019 1:28:22 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2019 | David Clark Scott
    “That’s my car!” shouted Ross Hunt as he sprinted toward a policeman standing near his Tesla Model S. Mr. Hunt had left his toy poodle, Loki, in the car on a hot day. A small crowd had gathered. But he wasn’t worried about his dog: He thought they were about to smash the car window, reported the Independent. Endangering the health of a pet by locking it in the car on a hot, or cold, day in the U.S. is illegal in at least 28 states. Even so, last year, 58 pets died in cars, reports People for the Ethical...
  • Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership

    09/19/2019 2:10:58 PM PDT · by robowombat · 141 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 2:05 PM | Graham Piro
    Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership Imagines 'constant roving fleet of electric cars' as alternative Graham Piro - SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 2:05 PM Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said the United States may have to eliminate private car ownership to combat climate change during MSNBC's climate forum at Georgetown University Thursday morning. He told MSNBC host Ali Velshi that "we might not own our own cars" by 2050 to wean the United States economy off of fossil fuels, describing private car ownership as "really inefficient and bad for the environment." Privately owned cars would be replaced by...
  • California Can’t Go Its Own Way: Trump’s fuel policy intervention is right on policy and the law.

    09/19/2019 7:41:39 AM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 18, 2019
    ... The 1970 Clean Air Act prohibits states from regulating tailpipe emissions, but it allows California to request a waiver to “meet compelling and extraordinary conditions.” This waiver authority was intended to help California reduce tailpipe pollutants such as NOx and sulphur that contribute to smog. The LA haze in those days could be as thick as San Francisco’s fog. Yet the Obama Administration in 2009 issued California a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions despite the lack of legal or environmental justification. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act pre-empts state regulations of fuel economy, and CO2 emissions don’t cause...
  • The Attack on Saudi Oil Shows Why Driverless Cars Will Never Become Legal

    09/16/2019 8:23:01 PM PDT · by lasereye · 72 replies
    thestreet ^ | 9/16/2019 | Anton Wahlman
    When will automotive industry investors learn the lesson from this weekend's reported drone attack on a Saudi oil facility? We saw one version of this kind of scenario in the 1977 movie "Telefon" with Charles Bronson: Brainwashed sleeper cells were sent out in trucks to smash into various critical facilities, causing huge explosions. The attack on the Saudi oil facility explains why it's illegal to operate a drone near an airport or a city center anywhere in America today. The risk of terrorist sabotage is simply too high. But what is a driverless car, if not a 5,000-pound, land-based drone?...
  • Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75

    09/15/2019 6:31:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    NBC NEW YORK ^ | SEPT. 15, 2019 | Ken Buffa
    Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York at age 75. Police said they received a call around 4 p.m. for an unconscious male at a townhouse on East 19th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement sources confirmed the deceased was Ocasek. Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018. The institution described the band as "hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock." The band had 13 top-40 singles, including radio staples like "Good Times...
  • Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dies at 75

    09/15/2019 6:01:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 103 replies
    Billboard ^ | Sept. 15, 2019 | Ashley Iasimone
    Ric Ocasek, founding member and lead singer of The Cars, has died in New York City, the NYPD confirms. He was found unresponsive at his East 19th Street residence in Manhattan and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
  • U.S. launches antitrust probe into California automaker agreement

    09/06/2019 2:34:21 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2019 | David Shepardson
    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the decision of four automakers in July to reach a voluntary agreement with California to adopt state emissions standards violated antitrust law, people briefed on the matter said on Friday. The antitrust division’s chief, Makan Delrahim, sent Aug. 28 letters to the four automakers saying the government was concerned the agreement “may violate federal antitrust laws” but adding it had “reached no conclusions,” according to a document seen by Reuters. The letters asked the automakers to meet with the division “and provide us with more information regarding the formation of that agreement” and...
  • EDITORIAL: Don't believe the lie of zero-emissions cars ( Colorado )

    09/04/2019 6:11:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | Aug 27, 2019 | The Gazette editorial board
    Just as the state forces Battery cars onto Colorado consumers, emerging evidence consistently show the so-called “zero-emission vehicles” pollute more than internal combustion vehicles. The latest evidence comes in a report by the German-based IFO Institute for Economic Research, released about the same time Colorado air commissioners voted 8-1 to adopt California’s “Zero Emission Vehicle” (ZEV) standards. The new rule requires at least 5% of any automotive company’s vehicles for sale in Colorado run on electricity. ... We all want clean air. Hickenlooper and Polis probably believe battery cars advance the goal. No credible evidence suggests they do any such...
  • Supremely rare McLaren F1 with its engine bathed in [gold] sells for a record [tr] [ed]

    08/19/2019 7:08:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2019 | Rob Hull
    A limited-edition McLaren road car with a gold-plated engine bay has become the British manufacturer's most expensive vehicle to ever sell at auction. The 1994 McLaren F1 LM - standing for Le Mans - went under the hammer on Friday during RM Sotheby's Monterey auction in California - which is widely regarded as the calendar's biggest and most expensive sale of collectible vehicles. Before the auction, the unique car had been given an estimated sale price of $21million to $23million - the higher of which would have made it the most expensive British-built car to sell at auction in history....
  • All Seven flavors of Superbird, all under one roof. Now that's a collection!

    08/15/2019 9:46:03 PM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 Jan 2018 | Motortrend - Restoration Garge
    A dream collection for sure.
  • Arrogant' son pushes BMW given to him into river because he wanted a Jaguar (India)

    08/13/2019 2:12:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 12, 2019 | Shanti Priya , SWNS
    A young driver allegedly pushed into a river this BMW he got from him parents — because he wanted a Jaguar. The man, named locally only as Akash, is alleged to have pushed the brand new car after he got upset it was "too small" for him and his pals. A video shows the car sinking beneath the water in Yamunanagar, Haryana state in northern India. It had to be pulled out using a crane.
  • GM, Volkswagen Say Goodbye to Hybrid Vehicles

    08/12/2019 7:35:28 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 170 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Aug 2019 | Mike Colias
    Toyota, Ford plan to keep hybrids as core part of their lineups, showing split in auto industry “If I had a dollar more to invest, would I spend it on a hybrid? Or would I spend it on the answer that we all know is going to happen, and get there faster and better than anybody else?” GM President Mark Reuss Last week, Continental AG , one of the world’s biggest car-parts makers, said it would cut investment in conventional engine parts because of a faster-than-expected fall in demand—yet another sign the industry is accelerating the shift to electric vehicles....