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  • End of the manual transmission?

    05/02/2012 1:50:24 PM PDT · by Sopater · 151 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2012 | Thomas Bey
    Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive reporter even confesses she never learned to drive a stick shift until it essentially became a job requirement. It’s more than a little contradictory to automotive reviews (including many you’ll read here) extolling the pleasure of enthusiastic driving with a true manual gearbox. Likewise, purists gravitate to manuals for...
  • 10 cars women love (Not to buy list for men :0)

    04/25/2012 7:46:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    TrueCar ^ | April 24, 2012 | Brandy Schaffels
    Regardless of which direction the war of the sexes is leaning, one thing is certain: A gender gap still exists between women and men when it comes to buying a new car. According to the third annual gender and car buying study by, the brand with the highest percentage of retail sales to women in 2011 continues to be Mini (46.2 percent), followed by Nissan (45.7 percent), and Kia (45.6 percent) compared to 2010 when Mini (47.9 percent) came in first, followed by Kia and Honda respectively (46.8 percent and 46.0 percent). On the flip side, 13 of the...
  • New Law To Require 'Black Boxes' In All Cars

    04/21/2012 8:21:41 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies
    New Law To Require 'Black Boxes' In All Cars New Law Mandates Black Boxes In All Cars By 2015 By Bailey Johnson A recently passed bill will require all cars to come equipped with "black boxes" that record vehicle data. These Event Data Recorders (EDR), similar to their airplane counterparts, will record data such as speed, brake force and electrical systems monitoring. The days of a car crash being one driver's word against another look to be history. Senate Bill 1813 (known as Map-21) mandates that automakers install EDRs in all new vehicles starting in 2015.
  • Data Recording Black Boxes Likely in All Cars by 2015: Senate Passes Bill

    04/20/2012 10:59:29 AM PDT · by unique1 · 53 replies ^ | April 20, 2012 | Luke Vandezande
    Black boxes in cars? We’ve reported on it before, but a bill requiring such devices has recently passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to fare the same in the House. If it goes all the way, cars built after 2015 will all have tattlers to give specific information on a car’s activity. If implemented, the devices are meant to be used by emergency responders during an accident, but the applications are far from limited to those incidents. Some are worried that installing such devices offer unprecedented invasions of privacy, bordering on big brother level surveillance of everyday citizens. Going...
  • Young Americans turn away from driving

    04/19/2012 1:36:22 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 48 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 04.19.12 | Shannon Bond and Jason Abbruzzese
    Young Americans are eschewing cars for alternative transport, leaving carmakers to wonder if this is a recession-induced trend or a permanent shift in habits. For generations of American teenagers, the car was the paramount symbol of independence. But in the age of Facebook and iPhones, young adults are getting fewer drivers’ licences, driving less frequently and moving to cities where cars are more luxury than necessity. Figures from the Federal Highway Administration show the share of 14 to 34-year-olds without a driver’s licence rose to 26 per cent in 2010, from 21 per cent a decade earlier, according to a...
  • Woman charged in Palm Coast Publix crash

    04/18/2012 5:30:02 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies
    The woman who crashed into the Publix on Belle Terre Parkway was charged with careless driving Tuesday as the Florida Highway Patrol released a video showing her car shattering glass doors as it crashed into the supermarket and plowed through shoppers. "When you see the video you realize it's a miracle no one got killed," FHP Capt. Jerry Crews said. Ten Palm Coast residents were injured when 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer's 2004 Toyota Camry "accelerated rapidly as it crossed the parking lot" and crashed into the Publix, the FHP said. The car careened through the store for 40 to 50 feet...
  • Grandma Was So Pleased Other Drivers “Honked For Jesus” Even When She Missed A Green Light…

    04/18/2012 1:25:53 PM PDT · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged ^ | 18/04/12 | The Aged P
    The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a “Honk If You Love Jesus“ car sticker. I was feeling particularly excited that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it in the corner of my rear window. Am I glad I did! What an uplifting experience followed!
  • Vanity-Does Modern Tech Used in Auto Manufacturing Push the 100,000 mile Emotional Threshold higher?

    04/09/2012 4:05:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 50 replies
    NLZ ^ | April 9 2012 | NLZ
    What's your sense on the state of modern auto and motor plant technology? Does CAD, modern tech, etc push the emotional 100,000 mile threshold, to a new higher number?
  • Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party

    04/01/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | MARCH 31, 2012 | Tom Joslin
    Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party Marketing research company Strategic Vision recently completed a study that sought to identify what new vehicles found the most favor with Democrats and Republicans. After 38,000 responses the study revealed some rather interesting results. The most popular vehicle of those who self identified as members of Republican Party was the not so conservative Ford Mustang Convertible, followed by the Audi A8, Mercedes GL, Ford Expedition and Ford F-150. In fact it seems convertibles are a big hit with members of the Grand Old Party, who were responsible for 69% of...
  • TV ad shows danger of 'invisible secondhand smoke'

    03/31/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2012 | BBC News
    Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England. The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be. Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown. Snip The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said it wanted to see smoking in cars made illegal, when children are present. "I have no doubt an outright ban on smoking in cars would have the same positive results [as banning drink-driving]” - Prof Terence Stephenson Royal College of Paediatrics &...
  • Yanks drive big vehicles, Swedes costly ones, Fritz prefers VW and MB while Japs drive japs

    03/26/2012 5:24:06 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 43 replies · 18+ views
    03/27/2012 | WesternCulture
    The average American car owner might be annoyed with gas prices, but despite his opinions on Obama's handling of the nation, he still can afford to drive around in a gas guzzler. Unlike rich Norway and Denmark, where car consumption is heavily discouraged, the car producing nation of Sweden (where I live) could only be rivalled by Switzerland. It shows in Swedish stats on car sales. The average Swede could afford a car the average citizen of no other nation could afford. For 16 consequtive years in a row, the 'close to luxury' Volvo V70 has been the top selling...
  • How Will We Get Around in the Post-Apocalypse?

    03/25/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies · 2+ views
    IO9 ^ | March 25, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    How will we get around in the post-apocalypse? One of the irritating things about many post-apocalyptic movies in TV shows is that everyone drives everywhere, with little thought about alternative modes of transportation. But how will we get around after armageddon? We weigh the post-apocalyptic transit options. Hopefully, down the line, we'd see groups of people teaming up to bring back trains, but in terms of personal transit in the immediate post-apocalypse, here are a few options: Cars: Ah, the noble car, transit mode of choice in far too many post-apocalyptic fictions. For some people, cars might be a logical...
  • The 2012 Automotive Report Card: Which Brands Are The Best?

    02/29/2012 6:06:55 PM PST · by Ron C. · 42 replies
    AOL Autos ^ | Feb 29, 2012 | Pete Bigelow
    The results of the annual Consumer Reports automotive report card caught a lot of people by surprise when they were released Tuesday – not necessarily because of which automaker claimed top honors, but because of which automaker did not. A wave of redesigned vehicles helped catapult Subaru into the top position for the first time. It had finished second in last year’s ranking, and buoyed by recent successes with the Outback and Impreza, it improved two points this year to finish with an overall score of 75. Subaru’s rise to the top meant that Honda’s four-year run as the top...
  • Hybrid maker Bright Automotive goes bust

    02/29/2012 3:27:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 2+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | February 29, 2012 | James O'Toole
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Hybrid vehicle maker Bright Automotive has announced plans to close, blasting the Department of Energy for failing to finalize a loan that the firm says would have kept it afloat. In a letter dated Tuesday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright CEO Reuben Munger and COO Mike Donoughe said they were withdrawing their application for a $314 million loan and winding down their operations. The executives claimed they had been strung along for the past few years as the government insisted on increasingly stringent loan requirements. "The actions -- or better said 'lack of action' --...
  • The Ticking Time Bomb in Your Dashboard - The high cost of aging air bags

    02/27/2012 6:50:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies · 2+ views
    Air bags -- driver and front seat passenger air bags -- have been mandatory in cars since the mid-1990s. That means there are now millions of older cars on the road with air bags. These air bags are ticking time bombs, financially speaking (and otherwise; more on that below) because of the ever-less-favorable ratio between the value of the car itself and the cost to repair the car if the air bags go off. Here's what I mean: Let's say you own a 2000 model Toyota Corolla. It's still running great and you hope to be able to drive it...
  • Chicago Bound: City of Chicago Places Order for 500 Ford Police Interceptors

    02/25/2012 5:42:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 38 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Jake Holmes
    Chicago Bound: City of Chicago Places Order for 500 Ford Police Interceptors Written by: Jake Holmes on February 24 2012 1:30 PM Ford has long cornered the cop-car market with the old Crown Victoria, but now that the aging sedan has been put out to pasture, police departments must find new cruisers. The City of Chicago will continue to use Ford vehicles, and mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Chicago plans to buy 500 new examples of the Ford Police Interceptor police cars. It’s a fitting choice, given that the vehicles are built just south of the City at Ford’s...
  • Lamborghini Plans SUV

    02/07/2012 6:48:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 7, 2012 | Colin Bird
    Lamborghini Plans SUV Lamborghini is mulling a return to the utilitarian off-road market after being absent from the field for nearly two decades, according to Reuters. The SUV would take stylistic influences from the Lamborghini LM002, shown above, which portends a more rugged, Hummer-like look for the new model rather than a high-performance one. Bentley is also planning an SUV model that'll likely compete with the Lamborghini version. Both Lamborghini and Bentley are owned by parent-company Volkswagen, and both models would likely share mechanical parts with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles, says Reuters. A concept version of the SUV is...
  • (Government Motors) GM, Ford feud over Super Bowl ad

    02/05/2012 4:46:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 5, 2012 | Bernie Woodall
    GM, Ford feud over Super Bowl ad (Reuters) - A simmering feud between General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co heated up on Sunday as Ford objected to GM's Super Bowl advertisement for its Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The ad, which will run on NBC's television broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, depicts an apocalyptic scene in which Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks and their owners escape death and make it to a pre-arranged meeting point. But, one of their friends, identified as "Dave," who drives a Ford, doesn't make it to the meeting site, in the video that plays...
  • New fuel rules will make cars unaffordable

    01/29/2012 10:10:55 AM PST · by SteelToe · 30 replies ^ | January 26, 2012
    San Francisco, California – Proposed U.S. fuel economy rules will mean that seven million Americans will not be able to afford to buy a new car or truck in 2025, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). NADA director Forrest McConnell, a Honda and Acura dealer in Montgomery, Alabama, said that proposed fuel economy rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will create a US$3,200 increase in vehicle prices over those in 2010, and will limit the ability of many consumers to buy the vehicles they want or need. Testifying at an EPA hearing regarding the rules, McConnell said...
  • The Best-Selling Cars of All Time (Is your favorite in the list?)

    01/27/2012 8:02:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/27/2012
    The most successful car in history may be the Ford Model T. While other models may have sold more vehicles, Ford managed to sell nearly 17 million cars from 1908 to 1927 — a period when car ownership was rare compared to today. The Model T was so successful that nearly every other best-selling car adopted its formula. The Model T was inexpensive to buy, inexpensive to operate, reliable and built by a large company that had hundreds of dealerships and trained mechanics. The other vehicles on this list, from the VW Passat to the Toyota Corolla, share all of...