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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...
  • Ford Motor withdraws from climate change group

    01/25/2012 11:38:10 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1-26-12 | David Freddoso
    The National Center for Public Policy Research is claiming a scalp today after Ford Motor Co. formally withdrew from the liberal U.S. Climate Action Partnership. The conservative non-profit announces today that Ford has withdrawn from the organization, which uses corporate support form management to work against shareholders' interests by promoting a cap-and-trade framework for carbon emissions.
  • Sweden celebrates classic American cars

    01/24/2012 6:26:48 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies
    01/25/2012 | WesternCulture
    Since the beginning of the 20th century, my Sweden and America has traded cars. Let's hope this trend continues. The yearly festival hosted by the city of Västerås honors this tradition. See clip below.
  • GM Breaks 9 Million Taking Global Sales Crown From Toyota: Cars ($8 billion profit- isn't that bad?)

    01/19/2012 5:04:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Link only - GM Breaks 9 Million Taking Global Sales Crown From Toyota: Cars
  • Average age of US vehicles hits record 10.8 years

    01/19/2012 4:14:00 PM PST · by matt04 · 48 replies
    Americans are holding onto cars and trucks longer, pushing the average age of a vehicle to a record 10.8 years. The Polk research firm said Tuesday that the average age of a car last July was 11.1 years, while the truck average was 10.4. Unemployment and the sour economy have caused people to put off buying cars and trucks. Polk says the average vehicle age has been rising since 2008. But the firm says a sales rebound last year is likely to slow the aging rate. Car companies sold 12.8 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, up from 11.6...
  • Americans keep their clunkers longer (10.8 Years)

    01/17/2012 1:39:47 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 126 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/17/2012 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The average vehicle on America's roads is almost 11 years old, according to the auto market analysts at Polk. The 10.8-year average is the highest figure recorded since Polk began tracking vehicle age in 1995. Back then, the average was just 8.4 years. Vehicle age has increased rapidly over the last five years as new vehicle sales have slowed. Polk's analysis is based on vehicle registration data. Older cars represent an opportunity for some businesses. "Dealer service departments and independent repair facilities, as well as aftermarket parts suppliers, will see increased business opportunity with customers in...
  • Next Level Ish: Disappearing Doors On Cars! If only Mitt & Obama COULD Disapear..SIGH!

    we are getting closer to the jetsons!!
  • Top Gear India special criticised for 'toilet humour'

    01/12/2012 8:46:08 PM PST · by Zajko · 20 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12th January 2012 | BBC
    A Top Gear special in India was "offensive" and full of "toilet humour", the High Commission of India (HCI) in London has complained. The 28 December special featured jokes about food and trains and a Jaguar car fitted with a toilet seat on its boot. The HCI has written to the BBC after it was contacted by "too many people" who were "very upset" by the programme. The BBC, which received 188 complaints about the show, said it would respond directly to the HCI in due course. In the letter, published in the Daily Telegraph, the HCI criticised a lack...
  • Update: Mercedes apologizes for using Che Guevara image

    01/12/2012 5:56:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies ^ | 1/12/12 | M. Alex Johnson
    Updated at 7:31 p.m. ET: Ernesto Suarez, who organized the online petition calling for Mercedes Benz to withdraw the altered image of Che Guevara, says he welcomes the apology from Daimler AG, Mercedes' parent company. "I'm very satisfied with the reaction from Mercedes Benz," Suarez, a Cuban-American who lives in Kansas City, Mo., told Thursday evening. "I believe that they have done the right thing. "The victory, if there is one, is not mine, but belongs to the descendants of (Guevara's) victims (and) the survivors, to common sense and to civility," he said. Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET: In...
  • Why do Apple, Volvo and IKEA never fail?

    12/27/2011 10:36:30 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    12/28/2011 | WesternCulture
    In one word; marketing skills. No one actually needs French perfumes. Fancy a rum and cola? - Why bother about coke? This Christmas, I and my brother, a programmer (silly job, good pay), discussed the issue of how to define a 'smart phone'. I'm a simple cook, but my Sony Ericsson Vivaz can do everything his iPhone could do, however, at the end of the row, we both agreed Apple and their products are among the best marketed brands on Earth. IKEA is another example of companies that are more than companies. Everyone has experienced sad misfortunes with IKEA furniture....
  • California to Ban Police From Towing Cars of Unlicensed Drivers [CA Illegals Nirvana!]

    12/25/2011 1:50:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 71 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 25, 2011
    California to Ban Police From Towing Cars of Unlicensed Drivers December 25, 2011 | ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Delfino Aldama was fixing a customer's brakes this month when his smartphone chimed with a text message that tipped him to a police checkpoint more than an hour before officers began stopping motorists. The self-employed auto mechanic frantically called friends with the location and drove an alternate route home. The Mexico native had reason to be alarmed: He does not have a driver's license because he is in the United States illegally, and it would cost about $1,400 to get his Nissan Frontier...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Saab heads for scrapyard as long rescue quest fails

    12/19/2011 10:49:22 AM PST · by Lockbar · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/2011 | Reuters
    Car maker Saab ran out of time Monday when its Dutch owner filed for bankruptcy, calling time on a nine-month battle to rescue the struggling Swedish marque.....
  • Charging stations not getting much use (outnumber electric cars in Tennessee)

    12/19/2011 7:18:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WSMV ^ | 12/17/11
    Charging stations not getting much use NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Charging stations in Tennessee outnumber electric cars and many aren't used for hours or even days at a time, according to a newspaper investigation. State data analyzed by The Tennessean show that about 270 all-electric cars were registered in Tennessee in 2011 while there are about 500 charging stations set up in public areas to serve them ( The Tennessean said it visited more than 12 charging units over a 2-day period this month and found multiple cars refueling at only one site - Nissan's automobile plant in Smyrna. Nissan...
  • How vulgar! £1 million 24-carat gold Rolls-Royce is unveiled

    12/17/2011 5:28:05 PM PST · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | 17 Dec 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    The Rolls-Royce has always had a history of elegance and class - until now. That prestigious reputation has been smashed by the world's most vulgar makeover of the company's iconic Ghost model. An Italian fashion design house has created a gold-covered monstrosity costing more than £1 million The Fenice Milano 'Diva' has been spray painted in 24-carat gold and the company is so proud of it they have described the model as a 'true.masterpiece.' It is fitted with the same 6-litre twin-turbocharged engine of the Ghost, giving the saloon more than 560bhp and a top speed of 155mph. Fenice Milano...
  • 'Hezbollah laundered money through US used cars'

    12/15/2011 8:39:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/11 | Staff
    New York - Three Lebanese financial institutions linked to Hezbollah laundered over $240 million through the United States used car market, federal prosecutors accused on Thursday. The civil forfeiture claim by US prosecutors in New York accused the Lebanese Canadian Bank and two money exchange companies of buying and shipping used cars from the United States to West Africa. There, the cars were sold and the cash smuggled into Lebanon by people acting as money couriers, often working for Hezbollah, court documents said.
  • Fleet of Ferraris Ruined in Sports Car Freeway Pileup

    12/05/2011 5:58:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup -- smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together.
  • 1 dead, 16 injured in Tennessee crashes involving 176 cars

    12/02/2011 5:41:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/01/11 | Dave Alsup
    1 dead, 16 injured in Tennessee crashes involving 176 carsFrom Dave Alsup, CNN updated 4:52 PM EST, Thu December 1, 2011 (CNN) -- One person was killed and 16 others injured Thursday in three separate chain-reaction crashes involving 176 cars north of Nashville, authorities said. Heavy fog and black ice were thought to have contributed to the crashes on State Highway 386 in Sumner County, said county emergency medical services Capt. Vincent Riley. The incidents began just before 8 a.m. ET, when a car ran off the highway and caused a chain reaction accident in "heavy, heavy fog," he said....
  • Mitsubishi Commercial - Normal

    11/21/2011 2:51:28 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    I noticed this ad list night on a show I didn't DVR and decided to do some research on where the fine people of Normal, IL will get the power to charge the electric cars. According to DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website, IL gets 48% of it's power from Coal, 49& from Nuclear and three percent for Natural Gas. So much for saving the polar bears.
  • Ten Cars with Booming Sales Since the Recession Began

    11/14/2011 11:48:13 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-14-11 | Becket Adams
    The recession and high gas prices have been major deciding factors in car purchases in the past several years. This can be seen on the list of the ten cars and light trucks models with the greatest unit sales growth in the last five years, as per data from Edmunds. Interestingly enough, the list does not have a single major Japanese car company model on it. Instead, it is dominated by cars from U.S. companies, second tier Japanese manufacturer Subaru, and upstarts from South Korea, all of which grew sales by at least 60 percent. Decades ago, Honda, Toyota, and...
  • Is it the end of the road for Cuba's classic cars?

    11/13/2011 8:12:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 November 2011
    President Raul Castro has agreed to allow people to buy and sell cars in Cuba, ending a ban on Cubans selling cars bought after the 1959 revolution that ushered in communism. However, the changes could spell the beginning of the end for many of the island's classic American cars, which are a key feature of Cuban roads.
  • Prius Driver Curses Guy With Diesel Truck (Video/Language)

    11/06/2011 6:42:29 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 79 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/8/2011 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Latest Steve Jobs Mystery Revealed: How He Drove Without License Plates

    10/27/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Autos ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | Justin Hyde
    The multitude of mysteries revealed following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death now includes one that puzzled car enthusiasts for years: How did Jobs get away with driving without a license plate? It was common knowledge that Jobs would park his Mercedes SL55 AMG in a handicapped spot at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, with nothing to identify his vehicle other than the tiny barcode that usually rests behind the rear license plate. According to Walter Isaacson's new biography, Jobs wanted to avoid having a plate for privacy reasons; and yet when having a license-less silver Mercedes became a...
  • FLASHBACK>>Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan (FiskerGate)

    10/20/2011 5:17:17 PM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | sept 25, 2009 | josh mitchell
    WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000. The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from...
  • Update: Fisker Karma Electric Car Gets Worse Mileage Than an SUV

    10/20/2011 4:59:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies ^ | Oct. 20, 2011 | Warren Meyer
    The Fisker Karma electric car, developed mainly with your tax money so that a bunch of rich VC’s wouldn’t have to risk any real money, has rolled out with an nominal EPA MPGe of 52. Not bad? Unfortunately, it’s a sham. This figure is calculated using the grossly flawed EPA process that substantially underestimates the amount of fossil fuels required to power the electric car, as I showed in great depth in an earlier article. In short, the EPA methodology leaves out, among other things, the conversion efficiency in generating the electricity from fossil fuels in the first place....
  • Foreign cars more pricey than ever compared to Detroit's

    10/19/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    USA Today - Link Only | 10/19/2011 | Chris Woodyard
    The article says the average selling price for a new imported car climbed to a record high of $31,536 in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That was $7,614 more than the average domestic-made car, the biggest gap since December 1999. With Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics in short supply, more Americans have turned to Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fiesta cars.
  • Gov't cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish future

    10/14/2011 10:59:32 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies
    pmsnbc | 10/14/11 | Bob Sullivan
    Imagine that you couldn't drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film either the occupants or the vehicle’s surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection... It's hard to imagine Americans would tolerate such a direct, Big-Brotherish intrusion. But they might not notice if the all-seeing cameras were tucked inside another kind of government tracking technology that millions of Americans have already invited into their cars. Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an Austrian company that just signed a 10-year contract to provide in-car transponders such as the E-Z...
  • Dodge to stop making the Grand Caravan even though it's their best selling vehicle

    10/10/2011 6:00:11 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Chrysler is getting rid of the soccer mom staple Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the company announced on Monday. 2013 will be the last year the Caravan is sold, despite the fact it is currently the best selling Dodge vehicle on the market. The more upscale Chrysler Town and Country minivan will continue on as the only van the company offers. Chrysler created the modern minivan in when they introduced the 1984 model year Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager models. Chrysler will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan with a single crossover in 2013, Chrysler...
  • Charging stations for hybrids coming

    10/10/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-9-11 | Frederick Melo
    The city is promoting two new plug-in hybrid electric cars available for use by members of the Hourcar vehicle-sharing organization in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This fall and next spring, St. Paul will install 20 public stations where drivers can charge the vehicles. The two new hybrid cars were bought with a $30,000 contribution from Xcel Energy. Hourcar is run by the Neighborhood Energy Connection, a St. Paul nonprofit. The vehicles are in the Lawson and Lowertown parking ramps in downtown St. Paul. There are 13 Hourcars at nine locations throughout the city. Charging station locations, rates and details can...
  • A New Generation of Green Wheels [Frankfurt International Motor Show]

    09/23/2011 12:03:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 23 SEP 2011 | By Kristina Grifantini
    A gallery of electric and hybrid vehicles on display at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Prototype and production hybrids and electric cars debuted this week at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Car manufacturers showed off sportier designs—and some outlandish models. The i8, shown here, is BMW's first plug-in hybrid sports car. It can reach 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph, and can achieve 87 miles per gallon. It weighs 3,200 pounds. A version of the car will probably be on sale by the end of 2013. Credit: Internationale...
  • NWI communities get keys to electric cars (Indiana)

    09/22/2011 9:23:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Sep 22, 2011 | Carrie Napoleon
    NWI communities get keys to electric cars By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent Last Modified: Sep 22, 2011 02:01AM Kathy Kazmierczak is looking forward to retiring the city-issued older model Ford Crown Victoria she drives when performing her duties as Hammond’s recycling director. “It gets 11 miles per gallon,” she said. The THINK City all-electric vehicle Hammond and eight other Northwest Indiana municipalities took possession of Wednesday, facilitated through South Shore Clean Cities, will mean an end to the recycling director’s gas-guzzling ways and a chance to enlighten residents about alternative fuel vehicles as she tools around the city in the...