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  • Does your car need a tune-up? (Not if it's model year 1980 and later)

    10/29/2020 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Signalman · 78 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/2/2018 | Scotty Kilmer
    Car tune up explained and if your car really needs one or not, myth busted with Scotty Kilmer. Older cars actually needed to be tuned up, but newer cars don't really need it. The way modern car engines are designed removes the need for a tune up
  • How Can I Flee Wildfires in My EV When There's No Electricity?

    10/28/2020 10:10:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 54 replies
    Institute for Policy Innovation ^ | Oct 27, 2020 | Dr. Merrill Matthews
    You can’t make this stuff up! Last month California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order “requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.” Just one month later California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced it would be cutting electric power to about 1 million of the state’s residents in an effort to reduce the risk of downed powerlines starting even more wildfires. “It’s the fifth time this year that Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has cut power to customers in a...
  • Target: Your Gas Car. Bribes haven’t worked, so now Democrats want to mandate electric autos.

    10/21/2020 4:22:00 PM PDT · by karpov · 122 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 21, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Some readers thought we exaggerated when we reported on California’s plan to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035. Well, now there’s a bill in Congress promising the same for everyone in America. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and four other Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would mandate 100% of cars sold in 2035 be electric and 50% of new cars by 2025—a Biden Presidency from now. Last year a mere 2% of car sales were electric, notwithstanding the $7,500 federal tax credit, state subsidies and other incentives such as car-pool lane access. Kamala Harris declined to put her name...
  • 2022 GMC Hummer EV SUT: What We Know So Far

    10/20/2020 2:57:36 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 40 replies
    In an amazing twist of fate, General Motors' gas-guzzling middle-finger-flying Hummer brand, discontinued in 2010, is poised to make a comeback for 2022 as an all-electric sub-brand of GMC. We know very little about the GMC Hummer EV SUT pickup truck so far. But we do know that it will offer 1000 horsepower and GMC claims it's capable of blasting from zero to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Pickup trucks are clearly the next frontier for electric vehicles, as potential rivals from upstarts such as Rivian, Bollinger, and Tesla—as well as entrenched truckmakers such as Ford—are preparing their own...
  • France ups the ante by increasing penalty tax on carbon emissions by cars

    10/12/2020 5:55:16 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 29 replies ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2020 | ANNA DOMANSKA
    France introduces a new carbon emission tax plan that will make buyers of gas-guzzlers like Porsche and Ferrari to reconsider their purchasing decision. EU has set a target of reducing its carbon emissions from cars by 2030 and France, which already has the highest pollution tax, has decided to double it. France is drafting a law that will force buyers of big luxury gas-guzzling cars to reconsider their purchasing decision. Europe’s second-largest auto market is planning to double its levy of “malus”- or penalty tax based on the carbon emission of a car. It is set to go up to...
  • In Case of Electric-Car Fire, Half of Fire Departments Are Unprepared

    10/10/2020 10:57:31 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 72 replies ^ | 10/10/2020 | Sebastian Blanco
    The National Transportation Safety Board says the U.S. is woefully unprepared to deal with EV fires, which require different strategies than gasoline vehicle fires. 31 percent of fire departments don't train for EV fires, and half say they don't have special protocols in place to deal with EVs after a crash, the agency's report found. Note the caveats, though. There are more than 29,000 fire departments in the U.S. This survey only asked for information from 32 of them. If you have been reading Car and Driver for a while, there's a decent chance you remember the news when a...
  • SEC penalized BMW $18 million for disclosing inaccurate and misleading retail sales information

    09/30/2020 5:14:15 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 3 replies
    Upstate Business Journal ^ | September 28, 2020 | Alex Cooper
    The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Thursday, Sept. 24, that it had settled charges against BMW for disclosing inaccurate and misleading information about the automaker’s retail sales volume here in the United States as it raised around $18 billion from investors. BMW — the German-based automaker BMW AG and two U.S. subsidiaries including BMW of North America and BMW US Capital — inflated its reported sales, which then helped the company decrease the gap between its actual sales and internal targets, according to a release by the SEC. The inflated sales also kept BMW in a “leading sales position”...
  • Test drive turns into wild ride for Spartanburg car salesman

    09/30/2020 8:39:47 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 29 replies
    WSPA News7 ^ | September 29, 2020 | Scottie Kay
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A test drive on a new car turned into a multi-county nightmare for one Spartanburg car salesman. 7 News spoke with that car salesman. “The customer came in at 8:00 and said she wanted to purchase a vehicle from us,” car salesman Brandon Lawson said. Brandon Lawson’s Saturday was just like any other working at Vic Bailey Honda in Spartanburg. He said a woman came in and wanted to test drive a car. “She wanted to take it on the highway,” he said. “That was a normal request. Most customers do.” But, when they got on...
  • ‘Weirdo took car and kidnapped salesman on terrifying 100mph test drive’

    09/27/2020 12:32:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 9/21 | Jaco
    A kidnapper took a car and its salesman on a terrifying 100mph joyride after refusing to return the vehicle to its dealership. Caleb Robert Gibson, 43, went to a car dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday and went to multiple locations throughout the city during his alleged joyride, police said. Gibson was driving 100 mph on the freeway, rolled all the windows down and turned the music up on full volume which the salesman said was so that the dispatcher could not hear the address. Gibson said to the trooper that the salesman was yelling at him and...
  • Tesla’s stock skids 6% as promised ‘Battery Day’ innovations remain off in the future (8½%@12:30)

    09/23/2020 9:31:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies ^ | Claudia Assis
    Tesla Inc. unveiled battery innovations and increased efficiencies that appeared to underwhelm investors late Tuesday at its much anticipated “Battery Day.” Tesla stock’s TSLA, -8.89%, which had gained more than 4% after an upbeat post-shareholder-meeting presentation, turned south as soon as Chief Executive Elon Musk said that some of the innovations showcased at the event were “close to working” and some three years away from fruition. Shares fell as much as 7.6% in Tuesday’s after-hours session, but have pared some gains to trade down 6.0% in Wednesday’s premarket session. “It does work but not [yet] with a high yield,” Musk...
  • Vanity--Auto Plants in Michigan

    09/21/2020 2:03:11 PM PDT · by bwest · 14 replies
    9/21/2020 | Self
    Although I can rebut all of my leftie associates when they claim that President Trump has lied on material issues, I'm having trouble building a response to only one. Several times this election season, the President has mentioned that he's worked with Shinzo Abe of Japan to build five new car plants in Michigan. No source that I've consulted confirms either Abe's agreement or the construction of plants. What is the truth? Your counsel would be appreciated. Thank you.
  • Hundreds of US Postal Service delivery trucks are catching fire as they continue to outstay their 24-year life expectancy

    09/18/2020 8:15:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/10/2020 | Kristen Lee
    When you think of a typical United States Postal Service delivery truck, you're probably thinking of the Grumman Long Life Vehicle — the boxy thing with right-side steering wheels and driver's seats so letter carriers can more easily access mailboxes. In recent years, however, hundreds of them caught fire — possibly due to age and a budget crisis, according to this new Vice story. The LLVs were specially developed by Northrop Grumman for the USPS, per this 1997 report from the US Department of Energy. Based on a Chevrolet S-10 truck chassis, they are powered by Pontiac engines and use...
  • General Motors Facing Setbacks In Sale Of India Plant To China’s Great Wall Motor

    09/17/2020 10:08:09 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    GM Authority ^ | SEP 17, 2020 | SAM MCEACHERN
    According to Reuters, it is unlikely that General Motors will gain approval from the Indian government to sell the plant to China’s Great Wall Motor at this time due to various political conflicts between the two countries. India has enacted new rules aimed at preventing Chinese companies from buying struggling Indian companies for cheap amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which could delay the approval process for the sale. Additionally, an ongoing conflict along the Sino-Indian border has led to further restrictions on Chinese investments in the country.
  • Wife sentenced to prison in chop shop conspiracy involving the theft of more than 35 vehicles

    09/11/2020 8:18:41 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | September 11, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court today for conspiring with her husband and others to steal at least 35 vehicles, earning more than half a million dollars by selling their parts.Tina Imes, 41, was sentenced to 36 months in prison. In July 2019, her husband James A. Imes, 51, was sentenced to 120 months in prison.According to court documents, from January 2013 until April 2014, defendants stole at least 35 vehicles to dismantle them and sell their parts throughout the Midwest, earning $10,000 to $15,000 per week. Co-conspirators operated chop shops in three...
  • This Mustang is No. 1 with a ‘Bullitt’

    09/09/2020 11:37:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | Mike Hagerty
    There were a few movies in 1968 that prominently featured cars. Two of them were family films: “The Love Bug,” a Disney comedy about a Volkswagen Beetle race car that had a mind of its own, and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” featuring Dick Van Dyke and a Roald Dahl screenplay based on the Ian Fleming novel about a broken-down Grand Prix from the early 1900s that, given some TLC, is able to fly. And then there was “Bullitt.” Rated M (equivalent to PG today), it’s about a car – a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback 2+2 in Highland Green with...
  • Hunter Biden's investment fund helped Communist China obtain Michigan auto parts maker (Obama approved sale) cut?)

    09/09/2020 8:54:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies ^ | 2/9/20 | JOHN SOLOMON
    NOTE: The Obama administration approved the Biden-connected sale; Hunter partnered w/ co-buyer, AVIC,..... identified as a front for Communist China's military....... The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace and defense conglomerate. It is ranked 151st in the Fortune Global 500 list as of 2019, and has over 100 subsidiaries, 27 listed companies and 500,000 employees across the globe. ============================================== As he was sewing up the Democrat nomination this spring, Joe Biden surprised many in foreign policy circles by publishing an essay arguing it was time to "get tough with China" and to stop its "robbing...
  • MAGA Drag The Interstate Tomorrow Sept 5 All 50 States (Motorized Trump Rally in every state)

    09/04/2020 6:59:16 PM PDT · by Vendome · 17 replies
    MAGA Drag The Interstate ^ | September 4, 2020 | Dunno
    ​Howdy, Patriots! We would like to extend an open invitation to our family-friendly rolling rallies! We hope you will join us in celebrating our amazing country, its hard-won history, our Veterans, and those still fighting to defend our freedom today! American patriots from all corners of the Country will gather together and organize into rolling flag parade caravans within their States. They will circle their highways and byways, ending at their capital cities in a glorious flurry of red, white, and blue--and a big ol’ heap of old-fashioned American patriotism. In cities across the Country participants will begin in several...
  • Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV to top $100,000 as brand’s luxury flagship

    09/04/2020 7:15:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sep 3 2020 9:00 AM EDT Updated Thu, Sep 3 20201:27 PM EDT | Michael Wayland
    Key Points: Fiat Chrysler’s long-awaited Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV will top $100,000 when it arrives in showrooms next year. The only other Jeep to top six figures is the brand’s current Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a high-performance version of the SUV with Fiat Chrysler’s Hellcat V8 engine. The company debuted a concept version of the Grand Wagoneer as a preview of the upcoming luxury SUV on Thursday. ========================================================================= DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler’s long-awaited Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV will top $100,000 – likely making it the brand’s highest priced vehicle as it attempts to compete against the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range...
  • Some Thoughts

    09/01/2020 7:53:24 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 67 replies
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  • A big shout out to Freeper car-boys for car I bought. Questions.

    08/29/2020 4:00:02 PM PDT · by dennisw · 46 replies
    Moi ^ | Aug 29th 2020 | Moi
    A big shout out to Freeper car-boys and ladies too. I bought this Honda Fit a few weeks ago. I saved the carfax report here>> IN PDF Carfax says 14000 miles but on the electronic odometer it said less than 4000. I saw this in person at the Auto nation dealership. I looked in (me personally) at the dashboard and saw this lower number. The car is very good overall but what makes me suspicious of the actual mileage is that the brakes pulse a bit. As if they need resurfacing. Can Freepers explain this disjointed carfax report to...