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South Korean Automaker to Build Cars in Hawaii

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

South Korean Automaker to Build Cars in Hawaii test 1-1

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

Honda Delays Redesign of Civic test 1-1

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

Zipcar test 2

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.

Chevrolet Corvette- A Legend in Auto History

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:21PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The first Corvette's roll off the assembly line. test 2

The first Corvette was launched in 1953, built at the Flint Michigan assembly plant. It was the first 2-seater built in America, and it upheld its place in history for decades as the Corvette was known as the finest domestic sports car of its time. The first Corvettes models were constructed in an area at the back of Chevy’s customer delivery garage on Van Slyke Avenue. Designed by Harley Earl, 300 early models were produced and about 200 are still in the hands of auto collectors today.

The 1953 Corvettes are the rarest of all the Corvette model years ever built. By early 1954, Chevy reported that 315 Corvettes had been constructed and they moved production to the assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Chevrolet estimated that 1000 Corvettes would be built each month in St. Louis by June 1954, and that a total of 10,000 per year could be constructed all together. Zora Arkus-Duntov would become the chief engineer of Corvette.


New Report Indicates Lowered Cost of Insurance and Repairs for Ford Vehicles

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

New Report Indicates Lowered Cost of Insurance and Repairs for Ford Vehicles test 1-1

If you own a Ford, or are considering the purchase of a new one, there's great news for your pocketbook!  For Ford and Lincoln Mercury owners many insurance companies factor in the low cost of model-specific repairs when coming up with a price quote, making insurance for Ford vehicles lower, in many cases, than for other vehicles in the same class.

In 2009 the Ford Motor Company created an engineering center in Allen Park, Michigan that would actually help lower the cost of repairs for Ford automobiles that had been involved in an accident, by designing features such as bigger, stronger bumpers that minimize damage to adjacent parts secondary to impact from a collision.

Bon Voyage, Atlantis

On: Fri, May 14, 2010 at 4:17PM | By: John Welch

Bon Voyage, Atlantis test 1-1

Though not necessarily a car, the space shuttle Atlantis is still hella-rad. Atlantis is capable of speeds up to 2,500 mile per hour and turns faces inside-out at nearly 5-g on lift off. Top Fuel dragsters cower before the awesomeness that is Atlantis. Today, unfortunately, after 31 successful missions, Atlantis blasted the Kennedy Space Center tarmac for the last time. At 2:20 p.m EST the mighty Shuttle took off with no immediate issues and a 12-day space station assembly mission ahead of it. God speed, Atlantis, The AutoShopper wishes you and your crew—Navy Capt. Kenneth T. Ham, Navy Cmdr. Dominic A. Antonelli, Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Michael T. Good, Garret E. Reisman, Navy Capt. Stephen G. Bowen, and Piers J. Sellers, a British-born astronaut, a safe return to earth.

Driving Gadgetry - Radar Detector With GPS?

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 4:57PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Radar & GPS Integration test 2

Radar detectors and GPS devices have been affixed to windshields for a long time now; each device can be a godsend in its own right—the GPS when you are hopelessly lost in a not so good neighborhood in a not so familiar city—the radar detector when your right foot has gained weight because you are late for a meeting or a show. I recently started shopping for a radar detector to help me stay within the speed limits, but it has been a really long time since I looked at what is available and I must say I was both pleasantly surprised and sticker shocked at what is out there.

A speeding ticket close call jolted my memory about seeing something in Wired regarding the Passport 9500ix—with the growing trend of revenue-hungry localities to implement red-light cameras and speed cameras, Escort has integrated its own proprietary DEFENDER® Database of red-light and speed cameras into its new GPS and radar-detector product.

Auto Shopper - Storage Closet Time Machine

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 10:52AM | By: Clay Ritchings

Logitech Photoman our First Digital Camera test 2

It’s spring and, like most of us, I was doing a little cleaning around my office and decided to include a closet that was so accurately named “The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”. The closet looks like something straight out of the TV show “Hoarders”. Boxes of parts from computers that can never be used again—old printers that we will never use—boxes of old cables that are so tangled that it would take hours to get one out. While digging I came across the first digital camera that we used here at Auto Shopper—The “Logitech Photoman”. The camera had its problems—like the exclusion of a removable storage disk. All the photos were stored in the camera’s internal memory, so if the battery died you lost all your photos. Even though this camera did not work for us, it was an important step in getting our feet wet in the digital darkroom age. Until that point we had to staff a full-blown darkroom to process the 250+ rolls of film generated by our sales staff every week. Thankfully we had a large processor that would do the grunt work of film developing—that was no picnic, but a vast improvement from when we used to process the film in the bathtub at someone’s home.

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram?

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 10:29AM | By: John Welch

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram? test 1-1

A few months back Nissan and Dodge held some meetings regarding the successor to the Nissan Titan pickup. Nissan didn't want to follow in Toyota's footsteps and waste precious capital creating and engineering a Titan replacement. Nissan wanted to outsource the job. Chrysler wanted to reduce the cost of building Ram trucks. It would have been great.

Conflicting reports suggest one or both parties wound up with cold feet; Fiat's purchase of Chrysler was probably the event that killed the Ram-derived Titan. Hyundai was paying attention the entire time. Hyundai continues to gain market share at an stratospheric rate and the high-profit full-size truck demographic is one segment they have yet to enter. Considering the difficulty Toyota and Nissan have had breaking the Big Three's death-grip on the truck market, it seems logical to try to partner with an established brand for its first foray into the cut-throat world of 'Murrikenized truckdom. This strategy worked great for Mazda, right?


UPDATE, 05/14/2010

Auto Worker Unions Part of the Big Three Falter?

On: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 9:31AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Were Auto Worker Unions Part of the Big Three Falter? test 2

Did somebody cry wolf for the Big Three automakers in the US? Because it seems like only yesterday that we were seeing company execs, wearing fancy, triple-stitched inseam suits with pinstripes and all, crying before the US Congress—which held an emergency meeting on their behalf. Irony prevailed for a moment too. That is because these bigwigs arrived in their private chartered jets—many of them couriered in on lavish jumbo jets that feature cocktail bars, entertainment centers, and private catering. And all just to humbly beg—and not on their knees—but while sipping off organic water as hordes of lawyers surrounded them, literally imploring Congress to do one thing: Give them money so they could survive.

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant test 1-1

In car news, it seems that Hyundai may be shifting production of the Santa Fe SUV from the site of current assembly in Montgomery Alabama to Hyundai’s sister company (just 80 miles across the state line), Kia’s new plant in Georgia.  Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker officially opened its United States plant in February of 2010 in West Point Georgia in the hopes of expanding its presence in the North American markets.