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  • World's first 3-D printed car takes test drive [Eventual Doom of UAW?]

    09/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 69 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Sean Lewis
    In a matter of two days, history was made at Chicago's McCormick Place, as the world's first 3-D printed electric car -- named Strati, Italian for "layers"-- took its first test drive. "Less than 50 parts are in this car," said Jay Rogers from Local Motors.
  • Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

    09/13/2014 7:36:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ben Klayman, Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert
    DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected. An Acura RLX sedan brakes to avoid a mannequin "pedestrian"
  • 1970 Lincoln Continental Sedan Commerical

    09/10/2014 11:30:05 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 59 replies
    1970 Lincoln Continental Sedan Commerical
  • Chrysler CEO Begs Customers to Avoid Electric Cars

    09/07/2014 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | September 7, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The CEO for Fiat Chrysler (remember how an Italian company helped save Detroit?) is begging Americans to kill more polar bears, pollute the air, and continue to melt the polar ice caps… Or something. There’s also an outside chance that he’s just being a responsible CEO by trying to keep his company out of bankruptcy. Whatever the reason, Sergio Marchionne is asking consumers to steer clear of the company’s all electric Fiat.Under the direction of Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler is apparently taking a new approach to keeping the company solvent: Sell cars that people actually want to buy. And he is...
  • Cities that Drive the Most--and Least--American Cars

    09/04/2014 9:23:47 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Cars Direct ^ | 7/2/2014 | Cars Direct
    What could be more American than a Chevrolet Camaro? The answer might surprise you: A study by American University's Kogod School of Business found that the Toyota Camry (78.5%) and the Honda Accord (76%) both contain more domestic content than the Chevrolet Camaro (68%), which barely edges out the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (67.5%) and the Kia Sorento (67%). The fact is, we live in a brave new world where "American" cars are built in Korea, "German" cars originate in Mexico and "Japanese" cars come from the good old US of A. But that's not allparts for cars assembled in...
  • U.S. auto sales surge in August 2014 to month's highest level in years

    09/03/2014 8:23:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/03/2014 | By JERRY HIRSCH
    <p>Auto sales rose to their highest August levels in about a decade based on the early reports from automakers Wednesday.</p> <p>Chrysler, Ford, Toyota and Nissan all posted gains while General Motors saw sales slip.</p> <p>Automakers sold about 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. in August, an increase of about 3% from the same period a year earlier, according to initial industry estimates released Wednesday.</p>
  • Allstate America's Best Driving Report (Worcester and Boston Worst Drivers)

    08/29/2014 10:08:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Allstate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff
    Allstate is committed to helping people across the nation protect their cars and families. Allstate America's Best Driving Report is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities has the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving.
  • Toddler's Aunt Already Faces Life Sentence

    08/28/2014 9:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon charged the aunt of a 2-year-old killed by a hit-and-run driver with felony child endangerment. Loyresha Gage, 25, didn't run over her niece Mi'yana Gregory as the toddler stood alone in a crosswalk after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; an unknown hit-and-run driver hit the child. Yet it is Gage who has been charged with a felony. If convicted, she faces years in prison. I cannot be alone in my first reaction to this story. What was Gage doing taking a little girl and her twin brother to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on...
  • DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    August 27, 2014By Terence P. Jeffrey The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer or gives government more power over where we go and when. In announcing its proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers. "This document initiates rulemaking that would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, FMVSS No. 150, to require...
  • 'Cash for Clunkers' actually hurt the auto industry [Academic Study Verifies...Most Media Silent]

    08/23/2014 5:52:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 8/22/14 | David Nicklaus
    We've written repeatedly about the many flaws of the 2009 "Cash for Clunkers" program. It made used cars more expensive, wasted resources and merely shifted people's car-buying plans forward a few months. Now, a new study by three Texas A&M University economists says the misguided stimulus policy wasn't even good for the auto industry. Mark Hoekstra, Steven L. Puller and Jeremy West find that the program's fuel-efficiency constraints induced people to purchase smaller, less expensive cars than they would otherwise have bought.
  • Could you, as a driver, handle the Autobahn?

    08/14/2014 5:39:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 91 replies
    08/15/2014 | WesternCulture
    I used to consider myself a very competent driver. One day back in 2010, I accelerated my precious 200 hp Volvo V70 out of a boring ferry departing from a Danish harbor and felt I was ready for the legendary Autobahn. Rather immediately though, I got stopped by a bunch of German highway police officers. "Most welcome to Germany, but take it easy", I got told (off). I soon forgot all about these words. 10 minutes later I nearly caused an accident because I failed to understand there was a que developing just one kilometer ahead of me. However, several...
  • Major Swedish city allows for self-driving cars in everyday traffic

    08/05/2014 9:31:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies ^ | 12/03/2013 | AutomotiveTV
    Don't know 'bout the rest of ya, but as a Swede and Volvo owner, I pretty much trust this company to experiment some.. (Link to clip below)
  • The 10 Most Iconic American Muscle Cars

    08/03/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 2, 2014 | Becky Graebner
    1. Ford Mustang Where does one even start when talking about the Ford Mustang? This car has become the embodiment of Americas love affair with speed and muscle. This iconic Ford instigated the creation of the pony car classification of automobiles and prompted competing car manufacturers to crank out Americas other favorite muscle cars. For Ford, the Mustang was (and continues to be) a smash hit. The first Mustang debuted at the New York Worlds Fair in April of 1964. It was originally equipped with a 260-cubic-inch (4.3L) V8 but was quickly upgraded to a 289-cubic-inch (4.7L) V8 in its...
  • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Hits 246 MPH On Public Road: Video ($2.8 Million)

    07/31/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | Jeff Glucker
    Going fast on a private stretch of race track is quite enjoyable. Especially when there happens to be enough room to really let the car stretch its legs. That is why Volkswagen owns the Ehra-Lessien testing facility in Germany, which comes with a 5.4-mile long straight. It's also the perfect place to find the upper limits of a Bugatti Veyron. Sometimes though, an owner might get a chance to push his machine in a setting that's not quite as prepared for such an endeavor. The 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally recently took place near Ketchum, Idaho. This event turns the...
  • Small cars fare poorly in new frontal crash tests, Mini Cooper Countryman gets top rating (Duh?)

    07/30/2014 3:12:02 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/30/2014 | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.-based safety group that's funded by insurers. The Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ all got the second-highest rating of "acceptable." The Hyundai Veloster and Scion xB were a notch below that, with "marginal" ratings. The small overlap front crash test, introduced in 2012, replicates...
  • First a Trucker Threw a Beer Bottle at His Mustang - Just the Start of This Guys VERY Bad Day

    07/29/2014 8:05:29 PM PDT · by montag813 · 9 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-29-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsThis young man's really bad day began when a truck threw a beer bottle at the passenger door of his adoredMustang. And it only got worse from there. Shortly thereafter he gotpulled over for speeding, and toldthe officer about the beer bottle. But during his long wait while the officer checked the truck, and then his license, insult was added to injury, as atruck smashed into the back of his pulled over Mustang. In the photo above you can see himlook towards the heavens, askingWhy? But it got even worse...the driver was uninsured! WATCH:...
  • Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive

    07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland
    Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto. The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.' "The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm...
  • More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke

    07/07/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies ^ | 9:24 AM, Jul 7, 2014 | By GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Washington needs more money and if it doesnt get it, your morning commute will become: a) more expensive b) more unpleasant c) both The problem, you see, is that the Highway Trust Fund is "going broke, by the Beltways curious definition of the phrase. It is sort of the way that after a round of painful cuts, spending somehow still goes up. The Highway Trust Fund takes in more than 18 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in this country, so there is plenty of revenue. Just not enough to meet Washingtons needs and desires. People are driving more...
  • Are American cars going extinct?

    07/04/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 04, 2014
    Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from, and just three of them are from domestic brands. The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in seventh and the Detroit-built Dodge SRT Viper rounded out the list in tenth.
  • Armless Chinese Driver Clocks up 160,000 km (Drives With Feet)

    A Chinese man with no arms clocked up 160,000 kilometres of driving with his feet - but no licence - before he was stopped by police on a motorway, media reported on Thursday. "During an investigation, (police) discovered a man wearing a short sleeve T-shirt with empty sleeves, with his left leg controlling the steering wheel," news website Jingchuwang said. The 45-year-old, surnamed Guo, was apprehended on a motorway in the central province of Hubei, the report said. "Police immediately requested him to get out of the car, and saw the driver use his big toe and second toe on...
  • Here Are The 28.5 Million Cars Recalled By GM In The First Half Of 2014

    06/30/2014 6:29:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/30/14 | Tyler Durden
    One could say things about what is now without doubt the biggest company joke in the history of the US - maybe global - automotive sector, putting even East Germany's infamous Trabant to shame. Things like following the just announced latest recall of another 7.6 million cars across models from 1997 to 2014, and another 800K+ cars thrown in just because, GM has recalled more cars in the first 6 months of 2014 than it has sold in all of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Which incidentally would be true as the chart below shows.
  • (Teen-Aged) Thieves Attempt Carjacking, But Cant Get Away In A Stick Shift

    06/24/2014 8:08:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies ^ | June 22, 2014 | Tina Patel
    Thieves attempt carjacking, but cant get away in a stick shift SEATTLE A 70 year old woman is stopped by three young men with a gun right outside her Seattle home. They got her keys, but they didnt get away with her car. Thats because when the would-be thieves got in Nancy Fredricksons car, they discovered it was a stick shift. None of them knew how to drive a manual, so they ended up ditching the car and running away. Nancy Fredrickson had just returned home yesterday afternoon, after buying some things at a garage sale. She was getting...
  • Saudi Parliament to Debate Allowing Women to Drive

    06/24/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Saudi Arabias Shura council (appointed parliament) will shortly hold a special session to debate a law allowing women to drive cars, a newspaper said on Tuesday. The Arabic language daily Al Riyadh said Shura members would debate a proposal by two female members abolishing a long-standing ban on driving by women. This is a wonderful proposal. We hope it will see light soon, the paper said, quoting Shura member Lubna Al Ansari. Al Riyadh said a poll it had conducted among local journalists showed 92 per cent of them supported the proposal.
  • Selmon Expressway Now Eligible as Testing Ground for Automated Vehicles

    06/21/2014 2:43:57 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 11 replies
    Florida Turnpike Newsletter ^ | Spring/Summer 2014
    Selmon Expressway Now Eligible as Testing Ground for Automated Vehicles The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the Selmon Expressway (Expressway) is about to make history. Approved by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Expressway has met the criteria to become an automated vehicle testing ground, joining a small affiliation of other testing ground locations nationwide and only the second one in Florida.The Expressways designation provides the capabilities for researchers to test the safety, mobility, environmental and efficiency advantages, services, standards and components of robotic cars "within...
  • Soon, Your Car Can Run On Coffee!

    06/21/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | June 19, 2014
    Waste coffee grinds could be turned into a sustainable fuel to power vehicles, scientists have found. Oil can be extracted from coffee grounds by soaking them in an organic solvent, before being chemically transformed into biodiesel via a process called 'transesterification', according to researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at University of Bath. As part of the study, the researchers made biofuel from ground coffee produced in 20 different geographic regions, including caffeinated and decaffeinated forms, as well as Robusta and Arabica varieties. "Around 8 million tonnes of coffee are produced globally each year and ground waste coffee...
  • Stripper cars going extinct? Blame the seven-year loan

    06/21/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 226 replies
    Motoramic/yahoo ^ | 6-30-14 | Steven Lang
    The days when a bare-bones "stripper" car came with vinyl seats, rubber floor mats and no air conditioning are long gone. Today, convenience and cold air come standard for all models, along with a long list of niceties that were once the sole domain of the loaded vehicle. A base Chevy Spark, as one example, offers aluminum wheels, ten standard airbags, power windows even six months of OnStar service, in case you lock your keys in the car. On the surface, the new car market is offering better values than ever. There is just one small problem with nearly...
  • Weird Rides!

    06/20/2014 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Los Angeles Law Prohibiting People From Living in Cars

    06/19/2014 2:45:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/19/2014 | Zusha Elinson
    A federal appeals court has struck down a Los Angeles law prohibiting people from living in their vehicles, a ruling that could affect similar laws in numerous cities. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the ban, in place since 1983, is unconstitutionally vague and leads to discriminatory enforcement against the homeless.
  • How to Hack a Car: Phreaked Out

    06/15/2014 5:39:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 5-29-14 | Motherboard
    These days, your car isn't a car - it's a rolling computer platform. You don't drive it as much as you give the computer commands and then let it carry them out. That's why the idea of hackers breaking into car computers is so terrifying. You have to see this video showing the scary reality of car hacking.
  • Confessions of a J. C. Whitney Abuser The iPhone of its Time,

    06/14/2014 8:41:18 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 49 replies
    "Kids: Want to know how we (once) pre-teens and teens spent the way-too-much free time we had back in the electronic dark ages of a half-century or so ago? We read books. The classics, of course, like the famous J.C. Whitney Automotive Accessory and Parts Book (J.C. deliberately called it a book in order to let us tell our parents we were indeed reading a book as though they really cared then, before the invention of helicopter parents). Now, one simply didnt read a JC W book cover-to-cover or randomly, without some higher purpose; no, we exercised our developing minds...
  • Ford to pay owners for overstating MPG

    06/13/2014 4:25:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/12/14
    Ford will compensate owners of about 200,000 U.S. vehicles after discovering the cars' gas mileage was overstated. The automaker said it recently discovered an error in the calculation used to determine fuel efficiency. That meant the gas mileage was less than advertised, usually by between one and five miles per gallon.
  • Owner Of $300K Lamborghini Found Abandoned, Burned After Crash Near GWB, To Appear In Court

    06/10/2014 3:41:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Police have identified the owner of a high-performance sports car found abandoned burning near the George Washington Bridge. Deankarte E. Ditchfield-Agboh, 33, of Palisades Park, NJ, is the owner of the 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago, Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. The Lamborghini was found on fire and unoccupied in the westbound lanes near the bridge toll plaza in Fort Lee early Monday.
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police

    06/08/2014 11:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 8, 2014
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police A car damaged in Sunday's accident involving Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a car crash Sunday evening, police said. Oakland police said Quan was a driver in a two-car crash on 26th and Market streets at about 5:30 p.m. Police are investigating the accident, and they do not know who is at fault. But police said they have conflicting reports from witnesses about whether the mayor had the right of way. The mayors spokesman did not have a response as to whether or not Quan...
  • Supercar Review: 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

    06/03/2014 4:23:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Driving ^ | David Booth
    Civilized? Yes. Tamed? Never. Lambo's V12 beast is as unapologetic as they comeI have an old boxing buddy made good. Just a passable boxer, but, as it turns out, a phenomenal businessman. Something about online poker, offshore Internet servers and the foresight to predict that most everyone would eventually want to get their thrills digitally. So, while I can take some small solace that I could pepper his noggin with more jabs than he could throw back, he can actually afford to buy the cars that I merely test. In the years I have known him, he’s had everything from...
  • Detroit's 1942 WWII 'Blackout Specials' Rare, Prized Collectibles Today-

    05/27/2014 5:08:26 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 May 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    1942 Dodge 'blackout' (Library of Congress) More/photos at Reaganite Republican...
  • Classic Car Chase From 1968 Movie Bullitt, recreated

    05/26/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Express & Star ^ | May 19, 2014
    The epic car chase from the classic 1968 film Bullitt is still hailed as one of the most dramatic, exciting and influential in movie history.Now as a special homage to the Oscar-winning original, which starred Hollywood legend Steve McQueen driving a Ford Mustang GT fastback a modern day recreation is all set to be a YouTube sensation. The awe-inspiring, high-speed pursuit featured in the original action thriller was filmed on the hilly streets of San Francisco. Todays tribute, however, was shot in Britain at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit where the iconic Mustang will be celebrating its 50th...
  • QOTD: Marchionne Says Government Made Him Sell Fiat 500

    05/22/2014 4:16:58 AM PDT · by jjotto · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | May 21, 2014 | Derek Kreindler
    An event held at Washington D.Cs Brookings Institute saw FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and former National Economic Council head Larry Summers discuss the auto bailout on its five-year anniversary. As always, Marchionne had some colorful commentary, with a one interesting nugget about Fiat. According to Christina Rogers of the Wall Street Journal, Marchionne claimed that the Fiat 500 was only imported to the United States due to the governments hand, with Marchionne stating It was a condition assigned to the [bailout] deal This has previously never been stated in any bailout related discussion only the Dodge Dart and its...
  • Five Special Pagani Huayra Models Spotted at Factory

    05/20/2014 7:15:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Motorward ^ | Monday, May 19, 2014 | Arman Barari
    Even though it costs well over one million Euros, Pagani Huayra is selling like hot cakes. Each Huayra, as youd expect, is bespoke to its owner, and some of these owners evidently have a very unique taste. Recently five very special examples of the car were spotted at Pagani Factory in Italy, each sporting a unique color combo. The classiest of the lot is a two-tone brown and tinted carbon model featuring yellow accenting, plus the Track Pack, black wheels, and gold brake calipers. This one is said to be heading to KSA (Saudi Arabia). There is also a red...
  • Where The Worlds Unsold Cars Go To Die

    05/20/2014 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | May 17, 2014 | Staff
    In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as channel stuffing, of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting Where the Worlds Unsold Cars Go To Die Above is just a few of...
  • The Old Car Loophole When Will It Be Closed?

    05/17/2014 7:49:15 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 33 replies ^ | 5-15-14 | Eric Peters
    They havent yet succeeded in controlling guns. Taking them out of our control, that is. One reason for this is the ferocious pushback from gun owners, who are numerous and take the threat posed by even innocuous-seeming schemes such as background checks and bans of high capacity magazines (and so on) very ad Its been the same so far with regard to their so-far-unsuccessful efforts to outlaw old cars. Or to enact legislation that would amount to the same thing via various end-runs. It is still legal to own and operate a vehicle built without...
  • Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die

    05/17/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 133 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/16/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning?Presenting...Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die (courtesy of Vincent Lewis' Unsold Cars)Above is just...
  • GM Adds 5 Recalls; 2014 Total Above 11 Million

    05/15/2014 6:54:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/15/14 | Tom Krisher
    General Motors added five recalls to its growing list Thursday, pushing its total number of recalled vehicles to more than 11 million this year. GM's recalls alone have the U.S. auto industry on pace to break the record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles set in 2004.
  • Top 10 Cars for reitrees (Is your car on this list?)

    05/12/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 101 replies ^ | Unknown | Dustin Driver
    With most consumers favoring smaller foreign cars and the US auto industry seemingly headed for the toilet, there is still one demographic that Detroit has a solid hold on Retirees. Buyers over 65 are the last hope for the good old American car. In some dealerships, upwards of 85 percent of all Buick buyers are 55 and older. Thats an ominous sign for the future of American autos. The over-65ers look at brands like Buick, Lincoln and Cadillac as status symbols. Those brands have what advertisers call the Mind Share in that demographic. Retirees remember a time when the only...
  • In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police

    05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies ^ | May 07, 2014 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    It might be time to reconsider that license plate frame boasting your allegiance to your favorite baseball team, charitable cause or alma mater, especially if youre driving in The Hawkeye State. The Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that drivers whose cars display the frames can be stopped if they obscure the small print below the plate numbers. The decision ended a five-year court battle stemming from the 2009 traffic stop of a man suspected of dealing drugs based on information from a confidential informant. The court ruled 5-2 last week that a 1984 law requiring drivers to permit full view...
  • The 10 Ugliest Cars of the Last 30 Years

    05/07/2014 8:21:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 158 replies ^ | 5/7/2014 | Becky Graebner
    Its always a special treat when a trip to the grocery store or dentist turns into a rare car-spotting experience. A forgotten classic or exotic is seen prowling the streets or, even better, appears in the parking lot next to your car. Cue daydream starring you in that exotic car. Maybe youre in Monaco, driving into the sunset when
  • Toyota developing free piston engine linear generator for hybrid cars

    05/04/2014 11:33:17 AM PDT · by NYFreeper · 33 replies ^ | 2 May 2014 | Fox News
    Toyota is hot on hydrogen fuel cells for its next-generation cars, but its not going cold on internal combustion just yet. The companys R&D division has developed a Free Piston Engine Linear Generator that can convert gasoline and other fuels into electricity more efficiently than existing systems.
  • When Cars Started Sinking Into The Street, People Gathered To Watch. But The Last 15 SecondsWOW!

    05/03/2014 3:40:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 4-30-14 | Mike Miller
    This video of the Baltimore street landslide was captured by Nicholas Nick Nico Reyes on April 30. Just watch. And wait for it
  • Who Says A 1980 Buick LeSabre Isn't A Performance Car?

    04/28/2014 11:10:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Raphael Orlove
    Conventional wisdom goes that you get the most performance potential out of a sports car. Yes, but what about a 1980 Buick LeSabre?P A sports car is a car you want to preserve, appreciate, enjoy. A car for solitary and thoughtful dries on empty roads. A somewhat serious vehicle for a somewhat serious endeavor of driving quickly.P A 1980 LeSabre, however, is a car that you use to rip donuts in a quarry. A car for jumping into. A car for running into joyous destruction.P So who says it's not a performance car?1
  • Military Sound-Cannon Will Be Used to Deter Speeders

    04/26/2014 12:22:31 PM PDT · by all the best · 97 replies
    Police State USA ^ | April 16, 2014
    MISSOURI A military sound weapon called the LRAD is trickling its way into domestic agencies across the country. Its latest application will be for use against drivers on Missouris highways. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has purchased two Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) with the intent of deploying them near work zones. The idea is to penetrate nearby vehicles with an overwhelmingly shrill sound to supposedly get them to slow down. Called a safety device by the local media, the LRAD is most famous for use against civilians overseas during military operations. Its 153 dB sound waves are...