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  • Trump Administration Tariffs Could Boost Car Prices, Limit Choices

    06/22/2018 8:31:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | 06/22/2018 | BY DAVID MULLER
    The Trump administration’s recently announced 25 percent tariff on myriad China-made goods—including vehicles—would add a levy of approximately $8250 to the price of a Buick Envision crossover. That’s 25 percent of the 2019 model’s $32,990 starting price. Whether that increase is reflected in full on the sticker price come July 6, when the tariffs are set to take effect, is totally up to General Motors. The automaker would not provide detail on any potential financial impact of the tariff; a spokesperson said the company is assessing the situation. The Chinese tariffs could still be adjusted before July 6. But as...
  • South Korea crushes it in J.D. Power's 2018 Initial Quality Study (Top three rankings)

    06/20/2018 10:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | June 20, 2018 | Kyle Hyatt
    The myth of Korean cars being cheaply made and problematic to own should, by now, be well and truly busted. But, if you've had your head in the sand for the last few years, here's some fairly definitive proof for you: J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study has Genesis, Kia and Hyundai in its top three spots. This is a big deal, too, because it represents the first time that the three Korean brands have topped the list. Kia is no stranger to the top, having been the top-ranked mass-market brand for the last four years. Genesis has only been an...
  • Trump to ban German cars?

    05/31/2018 1:56:15 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 31 replies
    Hill ^ | 5/31 | Hill
    Trump wants to impose a total ban on the imports of German luxury cars, according to a new report from CNBC and German magazine WirtschaftsWoche. Several U.S. and European diplomats told the news outlets that Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron about his plans last month during a state visit. Trump reportedly told Macron that he would maintain the ban until no Mercedes-Benz cars are seen on Fifth Avenue in New York. ADVERTISEMENT Shares of Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen were lower on Thursday, shortly after the weekly German business magazine published the report. The Hill has reached out to the...
  • Laying a trap for self-driving cars

    05/29/2018 8:18:00 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 36 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 17 March 2017 | Devin Coldeway
    We spend a lot of time and words on what autonomous cars can do, but sometimes it’s a more interesting question to ask what they can’t do. The limitations of a technology are at least as important as its capabilities. That’s what this little bit of performance art tells me, anyway. You can see the nature of “Autonomous trap 001” right away. One of the first and most important things a self-driving system will learn or be taught is how to interpret the markings on the road. This is the edge of a lane, this means it’s for carpools...
  • Driver rammed car into pedestrians on sidewalk: cops [Blame the AAA!]

    05/26/2018 10:19:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    NY POST ^ | 5/26/18
    A driver rammed into three women walking on a sidewalk Friday in downtown Portland, critically injuring one of them, before speeding away and getting arrested within hours of the crash, authorities said.
  • Trump Administration Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles

    05/23/2018 2:26:09 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 23, 2018 | William Mauldin, Kate O’Keeffe and Timothy Puko
    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering a plan that would impose new tariffs on imported vehicles on national-security grounds, according to industry officials briefed on broad outlines of the plan. President Donald Trump has already used a legal provision known as Section 232 to impose global tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and now the administration is considering starting a probe of imported cars under the same law, possibly applying tariffs at the end, the people said. Mr. Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of tariffs on auto imports in meetings. The plan remains in its early stages, and is likely...
  • Should self driving cars be programmed to sacrifice their passengers? [snip]

    05/06/2018 8:14:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Self-driving vehicles have been proposed as a solution for the rapidly increasing number of fatal traffic accidents, which now claim a staggering 1.3 million casualties each year. While we have made strides in advancing self-driving technology, we have yet to explore at length how autonomous vehicles will be programmed to deal with situations that endanger human life, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. To understand how self-driving cars might make these judgments, the researchers looked at how humans deal with similar driving dilemmas. When faced with driving dilemmas, people show a high willingness to sacrifice...
  • Ford is basically giving up on US car business, and GM is not far behind

    04/26/2018 2:35:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 129 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/26/2018 | Robert Ferris
    Ford's plan to reduce its passenger car lineup to just two models, and GM's difficulty selling passenger cars in the U.S. show how much tastes are drifting toward trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford will only update the Focus Active crossover and Mustang for the U.S. market, while GM called out a challenging passenger car environment. ====================================================================================================== So is it really the end of the American car on its home turf? From the way Detroit's major executives are talking, it would seem so. Ford said Wednesday it will only offer two new cars in North America over the coming years —...
  • How California Car Culture Killed The Promise Of A 20-Minute Commute

    04/16/2018 8:33:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    KPBS News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC
    As an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture. But the ease of movement conferred by the massive postwar freeway building boom was short-lived, turning the dream of car travel into a nightmare of congestion and long commutes. The story of how Californians went from getting around to getting stuck behind the wheel is deeply entwined with the history of the urban freeway, an enterprise that advanced earlier and on a larger scale here than anywhere else in the country. Half a century ago, there was reason for optimism about cars. Los Angeles...
  • U.S. Looks to Protect Domestic Car Makers From Foreign Competition

    04/06/2018 11:37:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2018 | Timothy Puko
    The Trump administration is pursuing ways to protect domestic vehicle manufacturing by forcing imported cars to meet stricter environmental rules when entering the country, according to senior administration and industry officials, a move that would make imports more expensive. The cost of meeting the stiffer import standards would, at least in part, be passed along to U.S. consumers. This style of “nontariff barrier”—a protectionist stratagem the U.S. has long condemned in other countries—is designed to reduce the relative cost of cars manufactured in the U.S., by American workers, the officials said. Mr. Trump has asked the Environmental Protection Agency and...
  • Impaired Driving: Get the Facts (compared to mass shootings)

    04/04/2018 10:27:16 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 10 replies
    cdc.gov ^ | 4/4/18 | Gov
    Impaired Driving: Get the Facts Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.2 Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.2 Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent...
  • The Fuel-Economy Reality Show

    04/04/2018 7:08:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2018 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    CNN and the Reagan administration were born in the same year. Presidencies have been partly a “reality show” ever since. The Donald Trump reality show this week turns to overhauling the Obama fuel-economy mandate. Let’s recall a few things about how those rules were born. Team Obama’s target of 54.5 miles per gallon, as a congressional investigation later found, was not the product of science and engineering but the White House’s desire for an impressive sounding “headline number.” (The decimal was apparently included to show the White House had a sense of humor.) So full of loopholes, credits (including for...
  • The Fuel Economy Fraud

    04/04/2018 7:06:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2018
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took the Obama fuel economy rules off autopilot. This is good news for consumers, automakers and the U.S. economy, but the Trump Administration’s big test will be negotiating around the political potholes. Corporate average fuel economy (Cafe) standards are a vestige of the 1970s gas shortages. Like the Nixon-era price controls, the fuel standards were intended to reduce gas consumption. But the environmental left long ago hijacked the rules to impose their vision of an electric-car future. In 2012 the Obama EPA turned up the Cafe dial and mandated a fleetwide average of 54.5...
  • Feel The Burn [Elon Musk disaster]

    04/04/2018 6:46:04 AM PDT · by all the best · 74 replies
    Eric Peters Autos | April3, 2018 | Eric Peters
    Even long cons can only run for so long. Elon Musk’s electric car con may be on the verge – finally – of coming unglued. This week, he’ll be forced to reveal actual production numbers for the first quarter of the year which are expected to fall well short of what he promised investors – and buyers, who ponied up deposits based on those promises. Last year, Musk breezily assured both groups that an improbable 5,000 Model 3s – Tesla’s first “mass-produced” electric car – would be rolling off the production line in Fremont, CA each week. He’s come as...
  • Apple wants to transform self-driving car interiors into virtual reality ‘entertainment hubs’ [tr]

    04/03/2018 10:38:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 3, 2018 | Joe Pinkstone
    Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality 'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars. The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with VR headsets. The headsets would allow passengers to play games, or, if they choose, create a 'relaxing' environment for them while on their journey. Apple also suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens alongside the VR headsets to display virtual surroundings.
  • Colorado Cops Concede Car Chase To Ford Mustang Doing 150 MPH

    04/03/2018 3:32:32 AM PDT · by tlozo · 93 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 31, 2018 | James Gilboy
    Will you tone it down, Maverick? A driver in Colorado felt the need for speed, which initially attracted, and later repelled responding red-and-blue. The Denver Post reports that an unknown individual, in an older, dark-colored Ford Mustang, blitzed along a stretch of Interstate 70 that follows the contours of the Colorado River, west of the mountain town Glenwood Springs. Their speed scratched 140 miles per hour, and when the Colorado State Patrol began pursuit with full sirens and flashing lights around 12:30 a.m., the errant driver's speed increased to 150 miles per hour. "They tried to catch up. They weren’t...
  • Group Wants to Ban Gas-Powered Cars [semi-satire]

    03/27/2018 11:41:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    In California, the Center for Climate Protection is pushing legislation that would ban gasoline-powered vehicles after Jan 1, 2040. A bill drafted by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would require that only vehicles relying on “clean” technologies could be registered in the state. Even hybrids that sometimes use gasoline would be barred from being registered. “I envision a future where the roads are traveled by nonpolluting vehicles using batteries, fuel cells, or wind as their source of energy,” Ting imagined. “My favorite, of course, is the wind-powered car. For centuries humans traveled the seas with only wind to push them...
  • Driverless Cars: The Pinnacle of Soul-Sucking Anti-American Wussification

    03/24/2018 7:58:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 134 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-24-18 | MOTUS
    Could there be anything less American than driverless cars?  I suppose sexbots might quality but certainly driverless cars are right up there.Why would you NOT want to drive this?Seriously, driverless cars have no place in the land that practically invented the open road, hit-the-road-Jack-never-come-back motif. And Michael Walsh agrees: …these vehicles are emasculating, imprisoning, anti-American, and inhuman. And now, in the wake of the first fatal accident involving an “autonomous vehicle,” they’re deadly as well. Whence comes this rush to robot cars? Did the public demand it? Or have our betters in the tech industry and in the bowels of...
  • Self-driving vehicles.... dangerous?

    03/20/2018 6:32:48 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 160 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 03/20/2018 | self
    Now that an Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle many questions come to mind not that they shouldn’t.We live in Pittsburgh, lots of hills, and lots of snow and ice.There are times when we have difficulty controlling a car in those conditions (our weather forecast is for 6 inches of snow later today and tonight). A couple months ago my wife, after driving to and from work in terrible road conditions, wondered how a self-driving car would handle it. What do you think of these self-driving cars navigating snow and ice?
  • Only in Houston, Texas! Cadillac spotted with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on wheels

    03/16/2018 8:11:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2018 | Victoria Bell
    You might find it hard to miss these unusual wheel accessories, but then they aren't made to be missed. Bemused passengers filmed the hilarious moment they spotted a car driving on the motorway with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on the wheels. The video shows a Cadillac driving on the busy motorway in Houston, Texas with the unusually long wheel ornaments on all four of its tires.