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As convenient as online shopping is for the consumer, it's not without its disadvantages. Missed deliveries and stolen packages can cause big problems for both customers, sellers, and delivery companies. Volvo has an idea to smooth out the delivery infrastructure—shipping packages to your car, in addition to physical locations like homes and offices.
The modern automatic transmission is perhaps the most complex system in today’s motor vehicles, more complicated than even most engines. Fortunately, ensuring that it lasts as long as possible is comparatively simple. Here’s a look at seven easy tips that will help you to get more miles and less trouble from this all-important part of your car.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Safety, Technology
Tags: car maintenance, transmissions, automatic transmissions
Renault is a marque that doesn't get a whole lot of buzz outside of Europe, but it's fixing to change that. At the Delhi Auto Show earlier this month, the French automaker revealed the first concept car that it's debuted outside of its home continent. The Kwid combines bio-inspired design with a companion drone that keeps an eye on traffic.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Auto Shows, Technology
Tags: Renault, concept cars, New Delhi Auto Show, new cars
We’ve been promised over and over again that gas prices will come down. So far the promises have been empty. Other than a drop of a few cents here and there, gas has been over the $3 mark for years and there are no signs that a significant reduction is anywhere on the horizon. In an effort to battle this expense, and the damage gas engines do to the environment, many people ride more fuel-efficient motorcycles or bicycles. All costs associated with motorcycles, from insurance to repairs, are cheaper, and a bicycle benefits not only the owner’s pocketbook, but his health as well.
The bitterly cold and snow-laden winter has taken its toll on sales in the auto industry. Whether people couldn’t get to dealerships or just didn’t want to go out in the mess, they weren’t buying cars. 16 million cars were predicted to be sold over the winter months, but the reality fell well short of this mark with January sales dropping 12% for manufacturers like General Motors. Inventory that normally moves off a GM lot in around 80 days is sitting for almost 115 days. Even though the demand has dropped, production has not, with cars coming off the assembly line as if someone wants to buy them.
Only a few short years ago, the Ford Expedition reminded me of a dinosaur waiting for a comet to come wipe it out. However, Ford isn’t ready to give up on the full-size sport utility vehicle segment—they have big plans for their new Expedition. Ford has made some pretty big mid-generational changes to the 2015 model in order to stay competitive and keep consumers on the hook.
If we gave an award for the Most Ridiculous Idea Ever, I would like to nominate Jean-Baptiste Segard's invention, the EP Tender.
What does it do? It provides a way to produce extra electricity during long trips where it may not be possible to recharge your battery. Sort of like those trucks with two gas tanks, the EP Tender is a little like an extra tank, only for electricity. Doesn’t sound too crazy yet, right? Read on.
Tags: ep tender, ev, backup generator
When my oldest son was three years old, we moved from Florida to California. We drove across the country in a small Isuzu pick-up. It was a 7-day trip since we drove only between 7am and 9pm so he could sleep in a bed every night. It was a long, cramped journey and I don’t ever want to do it again. He wasn’t much interested in coloring books and the like. What kept him entertained was a plastic beach pail full of tiny model cars. Hot Wheels, Tonka, and generic miniature metal vehicles occupied him for all those hours on the road. Every night the bucket was carried into the hotel where he spread a hand towel next to the sink, washed each car or truck in the tub while he had his bath and lined them up on the towel in neat rows to dry overnight. Boys like their model vehicles. Generally they outgrow the little cars and move on to big ones. Ford is bridging that gap and tapping into the little boy in every man.
Tesla just can’t stay out of the news. If you agree that any publicity is good publicity then Tesla should be happy. Recent reports have some negative publicity and some not so negative but not positive publicity.
While we are on the subject of recalls (and when are we not?), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designed a new label for use on recall notifications in an effort to distinguish between actual federal recalls and sales or marketing junk mail. The only thing scarier than getting a recall notice is getting a recall notice and throwing it in the trash because it looked like junk.