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  • Renault and Publicis celebrate 30 years of Clio with same sex kisses(Barf Alert)

    11/11/2019 5:44:17 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 3 replies
    More about Advertising ^ | 11th November 2019 | STEPHEN FOSTER
    Renault Clio ads are perhaps more famous than the car deserves, ‘Papa and Nicole’ (borrowing its theme from a porn film, or so legend has it) still resonates and then there was ‘Va Va Voom’ of course. Anyway the Clio is 30 years old so it’s being celebrated by Publicis.Poke (which seems to be an amalgam of Publicis in London and some other bits) in an intriguing campaign, featuring same sex lovers. As with most in-ad relationships these days they have their ups and downs but get there in the end. Renault has essayed what were then called lesbian...
  • Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot's PSA Reportedly Agree to Merger

    11/07/2019 4:13:15 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 41 replies
    car and driver ^ | OCT 29, 2019 | By COLIN BERESFORD
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the two manufacturers are combining, bringing Fiats, Rams, Citroëns, and Opels under one $46 billion umbrella.
  • UAW President Goes on Leave as Feds Probe Union for Corruption

    11/03/2019 10:07:10 AM PST · by chief lee runamok · 29 replies
    et ^ | 11/02.2019 | Zachery Stieber
    United Auto Workers President Gary Jones is going on leave amid a federal probe into corruption at the top of the union. Jones “has asked for a leave of absence,” the union, known as UAW, said in a statement on Saturday.
  • Moscow Motorcyclist's Crazy High-Speed Commute

    A 25-mile commute through Russian traffic and a powerful two-wheeled samurai sword, and you get a video showing the "quick" way to work. Sometimes this two-wheeler even becomes a one-wheeler as rare empty stretches of road disappear when the nose goes skyward.
  • Will The Crash in Autos Drive The End Of This Cycle?

    10/30/2019 10:03:12 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 112 replies
    Schwab resources ^ | 28 October 2019 | Jeffrey Kleintop
    Key Points •The last global economic cycle ended with a housing bust; will the bust in auto sales end this cycle? •Auto sales have crashed, the unsold inventory and delinquent debt may worsen well into 2020. •This auto-led downturn may be less damaging to the global economy than the housing bust was 10 years ago, but automobile manufacturing still accounts for a sizable amount of production, debt, and jobs. In 2009, the world economy was starting to climb out of a housing-led downturn. Ten years later, a downturn in auto production following tumbling car sales is driving a bust in...
  • Fire truck company plans to hire 300 people in Milledgeville (Georgia)

    10/29/2019 11:14:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WMAZ-TV ^ | October 29, 2019 | Kayla Solomon
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — A Smyrna-based company that builds fire trucks says they plan to bring 300 jobs to a closed factory in Milledgeville. Fouts Brothers CEO Scott Edens told 13WMAZ's Kayla Solomon that they expect being operating sometime next year at the old Rheem plant on Roberson Mill Road. He said they've already gotten more than 200 job applications and are interviewing potential workers now. He said their first phase of hiring will start in January. County records say the 677,000-square-foot plant was built in 1978 and sits on 93 acres. The plant closed in 2009. In 2016, Gov. Nathan...
  • Trump has General Motors on his side in emissions fight

    10/29/2019 6:12:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    fox news ^ | 10/29/2019 | Ken Martin
    General Motors has joined Fiat Chrysler and Toyota in saying on Monday that they are siding with the Trump administration in taking on California over fuel economy standards, according to the New York Times. The argument presented by the automakers siding with Trump is that the federal government and not California has the authority in the matter, according to The Times. Those automakers are represented by the group the Association of Global Automakers. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler referred queries to Global Automakers. Toyota did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Times.
  • Bloodhound LSR supersonic car hits record speeds in South Africa

    10/29/2019 11:54:26 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 28 Oct 2019 | Nick Lavars
    It has been a stop-start affair of late for the Bloodhound supersonic car, which was on the brink bankruptcy last year but now has the land speed record again firmly in its sights. Then for the grand finale, the EJ200 jet engine fired up its afterburners for a full 12-second reheat, which established that it is functioning properly, and propelled the Bloodhound LSR to 334 mph (537 km/h), a record for the now 11-year-old project. This run marks the beginning of the high-speed testing program, with the team to build up to a target speed of 500 mph (800 km/h)...
  • THP: Seven semi trucks overturned by straight-line winds on I-40

    10/26/2019 2:42:13 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 39 replies
    Fox 17 ^ | 10-26-19 | Hall
    Seven tractor trailers were blown over on the I-40 bridge over the Tennessee River on Saturday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed. Straight line winds have overturned approximately 7 semi trucks on I-40 in Decatur and Henderson Counties. We have several troopers enroute to assist in clearing I-40. @THPJackson District is activating a Strike Team to assist in the counties with possible damages to structures.
  • Report: All-electric Hummer revival being mulled as part of GM EV push

    10/25/2019 5:46:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WPDE-TV ^ | October 21, 2019 | Bengt Halvorson, special from Green Car Reports
    The idea of bringing the maligned Hummer brand back as a standalone electric-truck brand is likely to elicit quite the range of responses from longtime social- and eco-conscious car shoppers. General Motors is seriously considering that, as part of a full-size electric-truck push that will reach its full vigor in 2024 and may bring some new life to the plant that made the Chevy Volt. The potential product plans were reported Friday by Reuters, based on information from the UAW and multiple sources. GM originally gave its first hint that it was considering reviving Hummer back this past June. “I...
  • Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of "phantom braking"

    10/25/2019 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 143 replies
    See BS ^ | 10/24/19
    Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. The technology is expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half, but hundreds of drivers say sometimes the system slams on the brakes – apparently for no reason. CBS News found reports of several accidents and injuries that drivers blamed on false activations of emergency automatic braking systems. Safety advocates and carmakers say in the vast majority of cases it works, but it is not perfect. For Cindy Walsh, getting behind the wheel of her 2018 Nissan Rogue raises her anxiety level. Since she bought the SUV...
  • Tesla Model S doors wouldn't unlock as driver burned to death inside...

    10/24/2019 3:40:43 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 210 replies
    Sky News ^ | 24 October 2019 | unknown
    A doctor in Florida burned to death because the battery in his Tesla burst into flames and the car's futuristic door handles wouldn't allow a police officer to rescue him, according to a legal complaint. Dr Omar Awan died in February after his Tesla hit a palm tree. ...part of the design of the Tesla Model S is to retract the door handles into the car and they then "auto-present" and pop out when the car's key fob is detected nearby. However, the handles malfunctioned and people were not able to open the doors Dr Awan had no broken bones...
  • Rivian on display: Company shows off electric vehicles in Uptown Normal (Jobs in Illinois)

    10/20/2019 4:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WEEK-TV ^ | October 18, 2019
    Normal, Ill. (WEEK) – We are about a year away from seeing self-driving vehicles on the road in Normal and industry leaders at Rivian Automotive say people should be excited for more jobs. The future is now, or at least right around the corner for Rivian. On Sunday, residents got to see the pickup and SUV models with a glimpse of what’s to come with the company’s skateboard technology. This was the first time the public and Governor JB Pritzker saw the models up close. Pritzker believes Rivian will boost our local economy. “I’m thrilled though also for the people...
  • GM, UAW agree on tentative labor contract that could end a monthlong strike by 48,000 workers

    10/16/2019 9:28:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2019 Published an hour ago Updated Moments Ago | Michael Wayland
    Key Points The deal is likely about two weeks away from being finalized. It still needs approval from local union leaders and GM’s 48,000 UAW members, who’ve been on strike since Sept. 16. The monthlong work stoppage is the UAW’s longest strike against GM since 1970. DETROIT — General Motors and union leaders have reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract that could end the United Auto Workers’ monthlong strike against the automaker, the UAW said Wednesday. Details of the proposed deal were not immediately available. However, the union’s roughly 48,000 members with GM are expected to receive...
  • Get your self-driving cars off my roads

    10/13/2019 7:14:49 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 87 replies
    Driving ^ | Oct. 7, 2019 | Lorraine Sommerfeld
    I actually believe it does take a village to raise a child. But it sure as hell doesn’t take my village for you to test your self-driving car. No, I’m still not over Uber testing its self-driving technology in Tempe, Arizona in March of 2018. With the so-called safety driver behind the wheel as the car ferried itself around the city, a woman crossing the street with, not on, her bicycle was killed. The vehicle never even slowed. “Uber had disabled Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system in order to ‘reduce potential for erratic vehicle behavior,’” according to The Verge. The...
  • Electric-Car Owners Shocked by California Blackouts

    10/12/2019 6:32:29 AM PDT · by Boomer · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/19 | Jim Treacher
    So if you're a Californian who bought an electric car to save the environment, now you can't drive it because of the risk to the environment. If you really cared about the planet, you wouldn't go anywhere or do anything or participate in 21st-century life at all. Whatever happened to those algae-powered cars we were supposed to have by now? Remember Obama talking about those? Imagine driving around smelling like a dirty fish tank. Smirking at all those planet-killing dummies in their outdated electric cars. That's the thing about being woke. There's always somebody woker.
  • Hymer's motorhome of the future roams the land as you relax, eat and sleep

    10/12/2019 2:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    MSN Autos ^ | October 8, 2019 | Ronan Glon, AutoBlog
    German motorhome manufacturer Hymer introduced a concept named Galileo that argues autonomous technology will make motels obsolete in a distant future. The boxy, glass-walled design study drives itself so its occupants can enjoy the view without needing to keep an eye on the road ahead, and get a full night's sleep without stopping when they're ready to call it a day. From the outside, Hymer's Galileo looks a lot like the dozens of box-shaped concept shuttles we've seen at major auto and tech shows in recent years. It has the proportions of a toaster oven, sliding side doors, and wheels...
  • Dyson shows electric cars are too easy to make. US$2.5 billion project was doomed to fail

    10/12/2019 8:44:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    Inventor James Dyson shows electric cars are too easy to make. That’s why his US$2.5 billion project was doomed to fail Dyson has now abandoned its £2 billion plan to branch out and take on the likes of Tesla and Volkswagen Whereas cars with a combustion engine need about 30,000 components, an electric vehicle needs just 11,000 parts, according to Goldman Sachs Dozens of start-ups have entered the fray over the past few years, from Tesla and Lucid Motors in the US, to Byton and NIO in China. Since 2011, electric vehicle start-ups have raised US$18 billion in funding, and...
  • Californians not giving up trucks, SUVs — setting state up for failure on climate goals

    10/09/2019 2:46:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    California is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas emission goals, in part because Californians just aren’t ready to give up their trucks and SUVs. A new study by nonprofit group Next 10 and Beacon Economics found Californians in late 2018 owned more gas-guzzling pickups, mini-vans and SUVs than they did five years ago. Those vehicles made up 57.3 percent of new vehicle registrations in 2018, compared to 39.3 percent in 2013. ... “Assuming the same rate of reduction from 2016 to 2017, California will reach its 2030 and 2050 goals in 2061 and 2157, respectively — representing a...
  • Colorado father and son make their own Lamborghini with 3D printer

    10/04/2019 10:54:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 4, 2019 / 12:47 PM | Ben Hooper
    Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Colorado physicist is putting his scientific expertise to a practical purpose -- using a 3D printer to build a Lamborghini with his 11-year-old son. Erie resident Sterling Backus and his son, Xander, 11, started work on their full-size, working model of an Italian supercar -- specifically the Lamborghini Aventador -- when the boy asked his father if it was possible. "One day I said to him, hey can we build one of those?" Xander Backus told WCNC-TV. Sterling Backus said his background as a "gear head" has thus far been more helpful than his training...