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Nissan Offers Relief to Victims of Flood Zone

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 4:12PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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On May 4th, 2010, Nissan Motors stepped up to the plate to offer charitable donations after a record-breaking flash flood swooped across the state lines of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky before it reportedly took the lives of at least 30 people and destroyed many communities located in all three states.

The rapidly rising flood waters resulted from severe storms, tornadoes, and torrential rain fall across the affected states this month. Many residential homes, apartment complexes, and other structures, such as nursing homes, were destroyed statewide in all three regions of the country. The flooding was so severe that residents had to be evacuated by rescue boats and helicopters. Hundreds of people lost their homes, cars, and literally all of their possessions, and were left stranded without the basic necessities such as food and a place to sleep, all a direct result of the flash flooding.


Automakers Agree with Minimum Standards for Electric Vehicle Noise

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:47PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent car news, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers met with the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council for the Blind which resulted in an agreement that electric vehicles should be mandated to a minimum noise standard for safety of pedestrians with visual impairment.

New vehicle sales is projected to be just over 11 million this year, and, although a recent McKinsey report predicts that electric vehicles will capture only a small percentage of total vehicle sales in the future (as little as 3–8%), the all-electric motors are virtually silent. Safety issues concerning the risk of blind pedestrians getting hit by electric vehicles has been a topic of concern within advocate groups for the blind for many years. A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009 concluded that electric vehicles are prone to be at higher risk for accidents involving pedestrians than vehicles with regular engine noise, such as combustion engine automobiles.


Recall Fever: Lexus, Volvo, And Nissan

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:21PM | By: John Welch


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Criminals Beware: 2011 Ford Police Interceptor is a High-Tech Crime-Stopper!

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:55AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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Police nationwide are offering their salvos to the Dearborn automaker, Ford Motor Corporation, for their newest line of criminal defender vehicles that is already in production for police stations, substations, and facilities nationwide: The 2011 Ford Police Interceptor. There have been some vast improvements made upon this car, even from their last line, the 10’ receptor, and then some! Even better: the newer model ditches the ugly old Crown Victoria model—which is curvy and outdated’and replaces it with a flashier and much more aesthetically pleasing Taurus sedan. But don’t get anything wrong: this is not your average Ford Taurus. Far from it, in fact! 


 

GM Starting to Show a Profit for First Time in Three Years

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:50AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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I am sure that most of you can recall a few years back—during what were perhaps some of the most tumultuous times for our US economy—when the Big Three (well, Chrysler and GM . . . not so much Ford) automakers went belly up. There was a rash of emergency meetings down in Washington, where the bigwigs from the major automakers plead their case for bailout funds to US Congress. They basically were asking for billions of US dollars in aid, from taxpayers and bonds, and some other methods of funding, like short term loans from the government. Many people saw this ‘auto bailout’ as tantamount to the housing market collapse, in the sense that there was much bickering back and forth as to whether we should have  bailed out the automakers, like General Motors, as we did.

But as it turns out, sometimes foresight is worth a few billion dollars or so. According to some recent news reports that have been surfacing and flying all over the web, GM is indeed once again a profitable entity. This has not been an easy task for the once gigantic automaker. They had to negotiate with unions. They had to close down numerous plants. They had to entirely readjust their budget. They had to eliminate some models. And the best part of all: they did these things and are making money again. GM looks to be in the driver seat to get us taxpayers finally paid off over the years to come. Hooray!


BMW Pushes for More Built-To-Order Vehicles

On: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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BMW is working hard to overcome America’s instant gratification tendencies by encouraging buyers to purchase more built-to-order vehicles, saying that it is “worth the wait,"  BMW reports that consumers get higher satisfaction in the buyinbg process when they get to select  the exact features they want in a new custom ordered BMW.

Built-to-order vehicles help manufactures reduce their abundance of costly inventory, but they are not that popular in the U.S., Toyota states that Lexus sells only 2% of its total monthly inventory on pre-built custom orders.  But in Germany however, 50% of all the BMWs sold are customized with features such as moon roofs and iPod adaptors, interior and exterior custom colors and more.  According to Edmunds.com CEO, Jeremy Anwyl, “ordering has not been part of the car buying process in the U.S.” consumers are used to going into a dealership and driving away with a car. We tend to be very impulsive."


GM Seeks Subprime Auto Buyers

On: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Recent Car news from Detroit indicates that General Motors is trying to secure a stake in the subprime auto lending market that comprises as much as 16% of today’s car buyers. GM executive Mark Reuss, under pressure to sell more cars and boost GM's value, stated that a shortage of subprime lending is holding back sales in the U.S.

Being highly motivated to increase sales in order to improve GM’s appeal to the stock buyers may not be enough to put GM back in the driver’s seat so to say, when it comes to auto lending decisions. GM sold its financial arm before filing for bankruptcy, to a company named Ally Financial (formally the notorious GMAC lending institution).  Although the subprime car buying market would be a very lucrative endeavor for GM, Ally has made it clear that they have little interest in lending to high risk borrowers.  Ally is owned in part and financially backed by the federal government.


South Korean Automaker to Build Cars in Hawaii

On: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:22AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Hawaii has been a hot topic in car news recently as CT & T, a South Korean automaker, begins to develop plans to build a new manufacturing plant on the island of Oahu in order to build up to 10,000 twin-seat electric vehicles per year. Hawaii has very good reason to exhibit an interest in electric vehicles as all of the gas the state consumes has to be imported which really drives the prices up, subsequently Hawaii’s gas prices are the highest in the U.S.


Honda Delays Redesign of Civic

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:24PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Under normal circumstances, Honda Motors usually abides by a strict policy of redesigning a new model for their best selling Civic every five years, but for the 2010 model year, executives at Honda have reported, the new Civic will not make its debut for another year.

The reason Honda executives cited for the delay in the re-design is the change in the automotive market, specifically related to the new fuel economy standards mandated by the government. Statistics show that approximately 1-million Honda Civic models are sold worldwide every year and about a third of the market is located in the United States.


Zipcar Is Zipping It's Way All Over Europe

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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Perhaps one of the most innovative notions that has ever reached the auto rental loving and using masses—perhaps most people are not fond of renting cars because they are paying and they are not driving their own cars—Zipcar is growing exponentially, according to some breaking news reports that show some shocking numbers, as far as expansion and a surprise company merger between the Euro equivalent—or what was up until recently—Streetcar. But this is really no surprise, because there are many desirable features this car rental service has to offer to people, universities, as well as businesses too.

Rates and Plans

The summary of what the company’s service model embodies is rather simple at heart, according to their website, and very innovative when you think about it. Once you sign up and are approved for using a Zipcar—which you can do at their website online at www.zipcar.com—you can then use the website to locate cars that are parked and are for rent in areas near to you. Many places have special Zipcar parking for drivers to park the cars when they are done using them, and for other drivers to pick up and use later on, as opposed to returning them to a specified car rental lot. Anybody who has a Zip card can unlock and drive the car. The company automatically bills the costs of the miles you drove (which for most of their plans include up to 180 miles per day; but you can up that online by adding more miles to your plan). The cars also have a free fuel card in them that you can use to fill up at any gas station, as well. And as far as insurance goes, you are covered with their insurance by being a member, so no worries there.

When looking at their website for what Zipcar poignantly called “Seattle personal driving plans”, there two options offered: “occasional driving plan,” and, “extra value plan”. The real difference between them is pennies saved for drivers who use the plans more often. The usage of either plan requires a $25 US application fee, as well as a $50 US annual fee, which does not vary for either plans. However, some drivers who use Zipcar or Streetcar often can save a few bucks by opting to go with their Extra Value Plans; similar rates are in effect in Europe, just priced out in Euros.


Officially Official: Fiesta Tops 40 MPG Highway!

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:56PM | By: John Welch


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In the Mighty "Kei-Car MPG Wars" of the late Aught-Aughts, one car will go down as the fuel-sippinest, non-hybrid efficiency Overlord. Honda Fit maybe? Toyota Yaris? The Volkswagen TDi's or the Hyundai Accent (BARF) perhaps? Could it possibly be a newcomer, a stranger to Americans, a high plains drifter? A virtual "Car without a name"!? A transportation appliance that will get us to work and back on a thimbles-worth of gasoline? Could it be that I watched one too many spaghetti westerns this weekend?

No, no, nope, no. Yes, Ford Fiesta, yes, aaaand . . . yes.

The hard numbers inside yonder post . . .