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  • Hyundai creates separate sound zones in cars

    08/12/2018 1:33:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jin Eun-Soo
    Hyundai Motor has developed a sound system for vehicles in which passengers and the driver can hear different songs or make totally private phone calls. It is the first such system in the world, the carmaker announced Sunday, and will be offered in Hyundai Motor cars within a year or two. Korea’s largest carmaker calls the system a “separated sound zone” and unveiled it on its official website and on YouTube last Sunday. In the YouTube video, classical music plays in the front of the car where two parents are sitting, while pop music plays in the back for children....
  • On this date in 1908

    08/12/2018 6:13:12 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 25 replies
    The first Model T Ford is produced at the Ford plant in Detroit, MI. AKA the "tin lizzy", Ford would go on to produce over 15,000,000 of the Model T's before production ended in 1927. By the early 1920s, half of the cars in the world were Model T's.
  • British IMSA driver Katherine Legge to make NASCAR debut at Mid-Ohio

    08/11/2018 10:30:52 AM PDT · by umgud · 19 replies
    NASCAR ^ | 8/8/18 | Holly Cain
    In her diverse and thriving career, Katherine Legge has raced GT cars, IndyCars, and IMSA sports cars. She’s competed in the Indianapolis 500 and stood on the podium in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. And this weekend the popular and talented Brit will make her NASCAR debut in the Xfinity Series’ Rock n Roll Tequila 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Saturday, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
  • Ford celebrates its 10 MILLIONTH Mustang with a parade of the iconic sports cars

    08/11/2018 7:22:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/09/18 | Nic White
    Ford marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations at its headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the present day rolled into the parking lot at the Dearborn headquarters before making the 30-minute drive - complete with police escort - to the Flat Rock complex. There the 62 cars were parked to spell out '10,000,000' with the commas represented by the first Mustang produced and the 10 millionth - a 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible.
  • How Genesis’ Dream Team Could Reinvent the Luxury Car – The Lohdown

    07/18/2018 9:03:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | July 15, 2018 | Edward Loh
    It all started back in 2006 when Kia Motors announced that Peter Schreyer would become its new Chief Design Officer. At the time, this move seemed equally audacious and puzzling: smart hire by Kia boss Eui-sun Chung, the son of Mong-koo Chung, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), but perhaps foolish for Schreyer. After all, what could the smaller automaker offer besides handsome compensation, frequent flyer miles, and a top-down corporate culture? Schreyer, a legit rock star in the design world (with the back-in-black wardrobe to match), already had an impressive résumé that listed icons such...
  • China Is the Automotive Alternate Universe

    07/10/2018 3:00:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 4, 2018 | Bradley Berman
    A state-controlled economy is forcing the world's largest car market to embrace electric car solutions, and fast. Here's what China can tell us about the automotive future. I clung for life to my translator as we spun in circles through shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, trying to take in the sheer madness of the Beijing Motor Show. An American can catch a few familiar sights; there’s a Chevy Volt, but branded as the Buick Velite 5 in China, a place where Buick remains a premium brand. I spy a Toyota Camry, but here it’s called a “Levin” and is a plug-in hybrid. Mostly,...
  • German Car Makers Call on EU to Scrap Auto Tariffs to Preserve Access to U.S. Market

    06/22/2018 1:01:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Germany’s leading car manufacturers have called on the European Union (EU) to scrap its import tariffs on U.S. cars, which are far higher than those imposed on European cars entering America. The firms called for all tariffs to end, on both the EU and U.S. side, to boost free but also fair trade across the Atlantic, passing the message to the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
  • South Korea crushes it in J.D. Power's 2018 Initial Quality Study (Top three rankings)

    06/20/2018 10:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | June 20, 2018 | Kyle Hyatt
    The myth of Korean cars being cheaply made and problematic to own should, by now, be well and truly busted. But, if you've had your head in the sand for the last few years, here's some fairly definitive proof for you: J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study has Genesis, Kia and Hyundai in its top three spots. This is a big deal, too, because it represents the first time that the three Korean brands have topped the list. Kia is no stranger to the top, having been the top-ranked mass-market brand for the last four years. Genesis has only been an...
  • This Is a 1000-Hp Toyota Hypercar

    06/20/2018 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | Jun 20, 2018 | By Máté Petrány
    Update: At the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota announced that the company is now developing the GR Super Sport Concept as a road car, effectively bringing Le Mans tech to the streets, a first since the GT1 era. What a time to be alive. Our original story on the concept, published 1/12/18, appears below. ______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Last year, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said that as the auto industry approaches times of tremendous change he is "strongly determined to make sure that cars will be fun for the next 100 years." One small step towards that honorable goal would...
  • 'Thank God our girls weren’t in the car': The West Wing star Tesla Model S burst into flames(trunc)

    06/17/2018 2:28:33 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 63 replies
    Actress Mary McCormack has said that her husband's Tesla Model S caught fire while he was driving in the Los Angeles area. 'This is what happened to my husband and his car today,' McCormack wrote on Twitter Friday, posting a shocking video of a Model S spewing flames from the front driver's side front wheel well. 'No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him,' continued McCormack, best...
  • Tesla to layoff 9% of its workforce

    06/12/2018 12:16:03 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 16 replies
    Tesla Inc. will let go of about 9% of its workforce in what Chief Executive Elon Musk on Twitter Tuesday called a “difficult but necessary reorg.” The layoffs will “almost entirely” affect salaried employees and no production employees are included as the Silicon Valley car maker focuses on increasing Model 3 production, the email said. Tesla is providing “significant salary and stock vesting” to the employees affected. Tesla has also decided not to renew a deal with Home Depot Inc. HD, +0.45% to showcase Tesla’s solar products in Home Depot stores in order to focus on in-house sales, it said....
  • Elon Musk's Tesla says new state rule punishes it for doing business in California

    06/11/2018 6:15:28 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 11, 2018 | Adam Ashton
    The only large-scale car manufacturer in California argues that doing business in the state is hard enough without a fast-developing labor regulation backed by organizations that want to unionize its Fremont plant. Elon Musk's Tesla is fighting a rule under development by two state agencies that would require it be certified as a "fair and responsible workplace" for its customers to be eligible for taxpayer-backed state electric vehicle rebates.
  • Trump shows off 'The Beast' to Kim during historic Singapore summit

    06/12/2018 4:37:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | June 12, 2018 | Ron Gaydos
    President Trump gave North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a rare look into his presidential limo – dubbed “The Beast” – on Tuesday after the two ate lunch during their historic summit in Singapore. The media spotted Trump and Kim approaching the limousine, adorned with an American flag. Trump gestured to the car and then a Secret Service agent opened the right passenger door. Kim could be seen smiling as he looked inside the vehicle.
  • Reduce, Freeze or Eliminate CAFÉ Fuel Standards

    06/09/2018 10:07:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 6/9/2018 | Paul Driessen
    Saying the air traffic controller work force was “too white,” the Obama Federal Aviation Administration allegedly replaced hiring standards based on science, math and ability to handle intense pressure with rules designed to increase racial diversity. It’s hard to find a more flagrant example of bureaucrats putting people’s safety and lives so low on their list of priorities. Difficult but not impossible. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards also play with people’s lives. Enacted in the 1970s amid fears of imminent oil depletion, the rules require that cars and light trucks on average across each manufacturer’s entire smorgasbord of vehicles...
  • Automotive giant investing $175 million and hiring hundreds in Grand Prairie (800 jobs in Texas)

    06/09/2018 4:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 6, 2018 | Steve Brown
    An automotive parts supplier is spending $175 million to expand an industrial building in Grand Prairie that it bought last year. Flex-N-Gate, a major supplier to General Motors' Arlington vehicle assembly plant, last summer purchased a new 430,186-square-foot industrial building at 2150 Bardin Road in Grand Prairie. Now, the Michigan-based company is expanding the industrial building that houses manufacturing operations. Flex-N-Gate plans to employ 800 people by early 2020. The company will also move its Texas division corporate offices to the Grand Prairie location. It's relocating operations starting in July from a smaller facility in Arlington to the Grand Prairie...
  • 2019 Volvo S60 to be unveiled June 20 at Charleston [SC] plant

    06/08/2018 4:14:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 20 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Sean Szymkowski
    As Volvo prepares to inaugurate its first United States-based manufacturing facility in South Carolina, the Swedish luxury marque announced it will also reveal the 2019 S60 sedan at the same location. The S60 will make its debut at the Charleston production facility on June 20. Motor Authority is scheduled to be on hand in Charleston for the reveal of the S60 and a tour of the new plant. The reveal is part of Volvo's shifting strategy around media events. Volvo issued a press release about that strategy on Friday. Rather than attend major auto shows, Volvo said it will plan...
  • We took an exclusive ride in a flying car

    06/06/2018 10:47:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | June 6, 2018: 7:35 AM ET | by Matt McFarland
    It's as easy to use as playing Minecraft," Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun said as we watched my colleague Rachel Crane pull on a motorcycle helmet. Rachel and I had just flown into Las Vegas for an exclusive first look at the Silicon Valley single-seat flying machine, Flyer. Kitty Hawk, funded by Google cofounder Larry Page and led by Thrun, a self-driving car pioneer, attracted nationwide attention when it teased its Flyer prototype last year. But now Rachel was suiting up to become the first reporter to take flight in a new, sleeker model -- no pilot license required. Expectedly,...
  • 1955 Chevy BelAir Wagon (Lee Harvey Oswald rode in it from New Orleans to Dallas in 1963)

    06/02/2018 8:20:44 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | samspace81
    This 1955 Chevrolet Station Wagon was recently uncovered after a 33 year+ storage here in Dallas, Texas. This is the wagon that was previously owned by Ms. Ruth Paine. The Paine's were fatefully attached to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy due to the fact that Marina Nikolayevna Oswald Porter, the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald at the time, was living with them in 1963 in Irving, Texas during the time of the JFK assassination. Lee Harvey was staying in an apartment building in Oak Cliff and would regularly visit his wife and the Paines. Their marriage in shambles,...
  • Automobiles: Hyundai to invest W419b (US $388M) to expand Alabama plant

    05/29/2018 9:20:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Investor ^ | May 30, 2018 | Song Seung-hyun and newswires
    Hyundai Motor said on May 30 it will invest 419 billion won (US$388 million) to construct an engine head production facility at its existing Alabama plant. Engine heads to be produced at the Alabama plant will be used in new models of the Sonata and Elantra sedans. The head machining plant is scheduled for completion in November, Korea’s biggest carmaker said in a statement. The Alabama plant will have further room to produce engine products in addition to its two existing engine assembly lines. Hyundai plans to begin producing the Theta III engine for the Sonata sedan and the Santa...
  • Hino hiring continues in Wood County (West Virginia)

    05/22/2018 2:03:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Metro News ^ | May 22, 2018 | Shauna Johnson
    WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. — Ahead of a planned early 2019 Hino Motors Manufacturing plant opening at the former Coldwater Creek distribution facility in Wood County, hiring is underway for the truck assembly plant. “There’s going to be a lot of opportunity there and we want to make sure we have quite a few people available to fill their open positions,” said Katie Kelly, market manager for Manpower Parkersburg. The latest round of interviews came Tuesday during an open house at Manpower Parkersburg, 1047 Emerson Ave. Those who could not make by 5 p.m. Tuesday, though, have others options. Prospective workers...