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The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Fisker is an ambitious new automaker we have been hearing a lot about in car news today; he plans to launch the first luxury high-performance, electric plug-in hybrid, known as the “Karma”.

Henrik Fisker has a long track record of designing first class automobiles, including some of the most desirable cars ever made, such as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 (both featured in James Bond movies), and more.


GM to invest $893 Million in Producing a More Fuel-Efficient V-8

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The green movement is really taking off in the U.S. today. Every day we read about new and exciting concepts for more fuel-efficient technology in car news.

Most recently GM has announced plans to invest in as many as five different manufacturing plants in order to build more fuel-efficient aluminum block V-8 engines in future GM pickup trucks.

Many were wondering what would become of the heavy duty trucks, with maximum towing capacity, as the government steps up to regulate automakers to halt manufacturing the gas guzzlers in the future. Emissions standards have recently been set for automakers for the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles next year, and to continue to improve ratings up to 2016.


Ford Profits Soar In First Quarter

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:38AM | By: John Welch


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There is a lot to be said for humility. Humility is classy, humility benefits relationships, business or otherwise. Humility can also be profitable. Ford turned down government loans because someone bearing the name Ford was able to swallow his ego, negotiate one bad-ass line of credit, and then step down from his post as acting CEO of the company. The results? In the First Quarter of 2010, Ford saw a 37 percent increase in domestic sales, netting a $2.1 billion dollar profit. Bill Clay Ford Jr., this Bud's for you!

Ford CFO Lewis Booth is quick to downplay the grandeur of Ford's new-found wealth. "We've got a lot of new product launches, so you'll see some launch expense and we do expect some headwinds from commodities prices," Booth explained to reporters. "It would be unwise to think of $2 billion as a running rate."

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Misguided Agenda

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 8:35AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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Brace for impact; car companies must continue their pursuit to make cars run more efficiently. Wouldn’t you think they would do this on their own without big brother meddling in their internal affairs? It is amazing anyone would want to invest in this business. The latest gimmick is that consumers, like us, will have to pay more for cars initially but supposedly save money in the long term. Now, cars and light trucks will have to abide by greenhouse gas emissions regulations.


 

American-Made Automobiles Score High in the Polls

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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According to MSNBC, recent car news reports that an Associated Press Poll indicated Americans now believe that U.S. made cars are better in quality than Asian-manufactured vehicles.

In fact, 38% of Americans who were polled said they preferred U.S.-made cars compared to 33% who still feel Asian-made vehicles are superior. Business analysts suggest a strong link between the tarnished reputation of Toyota due to recent safety issues and the results of the poll.


Hyundai Sales Through The Roof

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 2:53PM | By: John Welch


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The new Hyundai Sonata is an interesting-looking automobile. Part eel, part cheese grater, the front end of the Sonata stimulates discussion, if not disgust. We 'Murrikens don't care. The car is different, and "different" means everything in the American market. The sales figures prove it.

Hyundai has seen a 26% increase in sales during the first quarter of 2010, on the backs of redesigned Sonatas and Tuscons. On top of that, the average price of cars exported from South Korea climbed 13 percent. They have been able to really put the screws to Japan; a strengthening yen has made it difficult for Japanese companies to make money in export markets such as ours. Should Honda be worried about its market share?  . . . possibly . . .

 


Switch Grass: The Future is Closing

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:11PM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The debate pertaining to alternative fuel sources for our automobiles has caused a rift in this nation. One side claims electrical, the other side charges back with natural gas, for instance. Both sides have merits but neither of them have the attributes of switch grass. Switch grass? Yes, switch grass. Researchers at Oklahoma State University have discovered 4 types of grasses could be used to power a vehicle – bermudagrass, flaccidgrass, weeping lovegrass, and switchgrass – switchgrass has had the best results, based on efficiency in regards to dry biomass per dollar cost. In other words, switch grass is the most economical and plausible. Thus, science has centered its intention on switch grass.


Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent car news, it seems that Toyota may be under the microscope again.  After many months of scrutiny, and several recalls for issues such as defective accelerator pedals, Toyota Corporation recently announced that they will recall the Lexus GX 460.  The SUV will be recalled after Consumer Reports rated the Lexus SUV a safety risk, issuing a “don’t buy” recommendation on April 13th.


GM To Payoff Bailout Loans Early

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motor’s Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. will announce this week that GM is repaying its remaining $5.8 billion in bailout loans to U.S. and Canadian taxpayers two months ahead of schedule. Whitacre will announce the details of the loan repayment at this week’s visit to GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. After the announcement Whitacre plans to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Michigan congressional delegation.


Nissan Starts Taking Orders For The LEAF

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:16AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Nissan dealers will start taking orders for the LEAF all-electric car today. According to Nissan over 100,000 people have already expressed interest in the zero-emissions Nissan Leaf. Getting these people to take the next step to buy one may be an easy task with substantial incentives. Usually when a new model is launched you do not expect rebates or incentives to show up unless sales are down, but consumers in many states will discover the car will cost them much less than its $32,780 sticker price.


The Transition

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:30AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The concept of a flying car has been around for decades and popularized by cartoons, such as The Jetsons, and movies, such as The 5th Element. The competition to achieve this milestone first has been covertly competitive. Perhaps you saw the 60 Minutes episode on June 14th, 2006 where the inventor Paul Moller from Davis, CA. showed off his red flying car that could elevate itself with four powerful rotating blades. Perhaps it has not been a commercial success because the car aspect of this machine is and was lacking. Well, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT may have a cool alternative and it may be a little less expensive, as well. Unlike Moller’s invention, this car or airplane has wings and it is called The Transition. Huge differences are that it does not have the speed or power of Moller’s machine, and Moller’s flying aircraft can take off and land vertically.