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  • The Car Shortage Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse

    10/20/2021 2:00:56 PM PDT · by Pilsner · 158 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | October 19, 2021 | Steve DaSilva
    A critical element in everything from engines to bodies is in short supply ... Essentially, you can’t make cars without aluminum. You can’t work with aluminum without using magnesium. And as of December, you may not be able to work with magnesium much — if at all. 85% of the world’s supply comes from ... China, ... (which) just ordered 35 of its 50 production facilities to shut down. The remaining 15 have been told to scale back operations by half, leaving production drastically reduced.
  • Average new car transaction price hits a record $45,031

    10/14/2021 9:14:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    AutoBlog ^ | 10/14/2021 | JEREMY KORZENIEWSKI
    The average transaction price for a new vehicle in America hit a record of $45,031 in September. It's the sixth consecutive month of record vehicle prices, according to Kelley Blue Book. That price represents a 12.1% increase (or $4,872 in cold, hard cash) over the same month a year ago and a 3.7% increase over the prior month.(The federal government, meanwhile, calculates new-car prices are up 8.7% year over year.)The reasons for the rapidly increasing prices of new vehicles are well documented, with inventory shortages caused by a lack of microchip availability cited as the latest problem. Last month, however,...
  • Car Manufacturers Target Women With New Warning Lights Reading 'Check Engine, Or Don't, Whatever, It's Probably No Big Deal'

    10/13/2021 7:14:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | October 12, 2021 | The Babylon Bee
    WORLD—Car manufacturers around the world are aiming to increase sales to women by replacing traditional "check engine" lights with new warning lights reading "Check Engine, or don't, whatever, it's probably no big deal." The warning light will flash when the car's computer detects something seriously wrong with the engine or transmission or other key components of the car, but will assure the female driver that it's not a big deal and they can drive with the light on indefinitely. "This is a more realistic warning light for the female market," said one executive at Toyota. "Frankly, the other one was...
  • Toyota cuts production target by 3% on parts and chips shortages

    09/10/2021 9:44:05 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-10-21 | reuters
    <p>"It's a combination of the coronavirus and semiconductors, but at the moment it is the coronavirus that is having the overwhelming impact," Kazunari Kumakura, an executive at the world's biggest car maker, said after the company revised its production target.</p>

    10/12/2021 9:21:49 AM PDT · by 7thson · 134 replies
    I live in Manassas, Virginia and have an RV, which I took to the Camping World dealer where I purchased it for some service. My brother gave me a ride back to my home and on the drive he remarked that the dealerships did not have new vehciles in their showrooms and lots. As we passed several dealerships on the way to my place, I looked over at the lots and showrooms. Sure enough, while there were many used vehicles, where new vehicles should be on the lots and in the showrooms, it was sparse to empty. The big lie...
  • Papua New Guinea Says It Was a ‘Terrible Mistake’ to Buy $5.6M in Cars to Impress World Leaders

    10/04/2021 12:13:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 2, 2021 | Paula Froelich
    Hindsight is always 20/20, but even used car dealers know there is almost no appreciation on a car once you drive it off the lot — a lesson Papua New Guinea is learning the hard way. Papua New Guinea — which is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, with an average GDP per capita of $2,613 — dropped a mind-boggling $5.6 million on a fleet of luxury cars to impress regional leaders during a 2018 conference. Nearly three years later, the country admits the shallow purchase was a “terrible mistake” and is trying to recoup its losses by...
  • Customer Finds Naked Woman in Back Seat of Jeep at Florida Car Dealership

    09/27/2021 11:15:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    CBS42 ^ | Sep 27, 2021 | Cody Long
    A woman has been arrested after a customer and employees at a car dealership say they found her naked in the back seat of a Jeep Wrangler last week. Alexis King, 37, is in the Escambia County Jail with a $7,000 bond. King is charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, criminal mischief, unlawful exposure of sexual organs and giving a false name. Missing Pensacola woman’s body found in wooded area off Highway 113, roommate being charged with murder A customer at Bob Tyler Toyota on Pensacola Boulevard complained about a naked woman in the back of a Jeep. A...
  • Not Bright: Florida Man Attempts To Trade-In Stolen Car To The Dealership He Stole It From

    09/27/2021 11:11:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Free Press (Tampa) ^ | September 26, 2021 | Jake Grissom
    A Florida man landed behind bars after attempting to trade in a car to the same dealership he stole it from, police said. Timothy Wolfe, 50, is facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, dealing in stolen property, criminal mischief, and petit theft, according to the Lake City Police Department. Early last week, Lake City police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at a Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership. According to investigators, employees told officers that Wolfe was trying to trade in his vehicle for a new ride but when a VIN search was performed, Wolfe’s trade-in...
  • CARFAX Warns 200,000 Vehicles Damaged By Hurricane Ida May Flood Market

    09/19/2021 4:48:15 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 9-19-2021
    A CARFAX spokesperson warned this week that a couple of hundred thousand used cars from the Tri-state area and Gulf Coast states are about to hit the market, and there’s a risk many of them are flood-damaged from Hurricane Ida. “Our data suggest that unsuspecting buyers everywhere are at risk of winding up with a previously flooded car,” said Chris Basso, CARFAX spokesperson. “The real danger is that these cars may look fine and run well for a while, but sooner rather than later major problems are likely to occur. Flooded cars literally rot from the inside out and the...
  • Many people have never ridden in the back seat of their own automobiles

    09/15/2021 5:37:55 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 82 replies
    When was the last time you rode in the back seat of your own automobile? I have owned at least eleven cars since I started driving in 1979: Oldsmobile 98 AMC Pacer Volkswagon Rabbit Ford Escort Mitsubishi Galant Ford Tempo Nissan Maxima Nissan Altima Ford F-150 (that the wife tipped over and wrecked) Nissan Murano Subaru Outback I might have missed one or two and I'm not counting my wife's cars - though I did point out she wrecked my F-150, the one pickup truck that I ever owned. She lost control over a patch of ice and flipped it...
  • NY state to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035

    09/14/2021 4:28:56 PM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 11, 2021 | Paula Froelich
    Gas guzzlers, be gone! Say goodbye to your beloved pickup truck. Legislation recently signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul bans the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035. Last week, Governor Hochul announced the proposed ban as a part of her initiative to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. “New York is implementing the nation’s most aggressive plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate and to reach our ambitious goals, we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the largest source of the state’s climate pollution,” Governor Hochul said in a new release....
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signs Law Requiring Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2035

    09/09/2021 2:16:31 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 60 replies
    Dailycaller ^ | 9/9/21 | Varun Hukeri
    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signs Law Requiring Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2035 Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Wednesday requiring all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035. Under the new law, new off-road vehicles and equipment sold in New York are also targeted to be zero-emissions by 2035, and new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045. The law further requires the state’s Energy Research and Development Authority to create a zero-emissions vehicle development strategy by 2023.
  • Tesla aims to release $25,000 electric car in 2023, likely will not have a steering wheel

    09/05/2021 1:46:24 PM PDT · by thegagline · 108 replies
    electrek ^ | 09/02/2021 | Fred Lambert
    Elon Musk has told Tesla employees that the automaker is aiming to release its previously announced $25,000 electric car in 2023. The CEO hinted that it might not even be equipped with a steering wheel. At Tesla Battery Day last year, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be making a $25,000 electric car. The CEO commented in the announcement: Tesla will make a compelling $25,000 electric vehicle that is also fully autonomous. He made it clear that this new price point is achieved through Tesla’s new battery cell and battery manufacturing effort, which could reduce battery costs by over...
  • Consumers Will Pay High Prices for New and Used Cars for Next 2 Years

    09/01/2021 4:07:15 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 49 replies
    Hamodia ^ | Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 6:57 pm | Jamie L. LaReau
    (Detroit Free Press/TNS) - Sky-high transaction prices and near nonexistent discounts for new and used cars — due to scarce vehicle stock — will be the new normal for the next couple of years. That’s even after the shortage of semiconductor chips abates, which is expected to start later this year and take all of next year as a recovery period, industry experts say. “We may never see normal in the near future or we’ve redefined normal,” said Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive’s president of Americas Operations and Global Vehicle Forecasts.
  • These Are The Best-Selling Vehicles In The World By Country

    08/15/2021 7:41:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Trade For Profit ^ | 08/14/2021 | Tyler Durden
    Each country has different preferences for goods, and vehicles are no different.Consumers in a dense country might prefer smaller cars, while countries with wide expanses (and parking spots) open the way for larger trucks. Likewise, rugged terrain might call for vehicles that can adapt and scale quickly.And, as Visual Capitalists' Omri Wallach notes, it’s also a question of which manufacturer invested in the country. As the world’s largest automakers have raced to attract consumers in every corner of the globe, they built factories, renamed models, and even built specific cars to fit the tastes of individual countries.This infographic from Budget...
  • Infrastructure Bill Would Require Breathalyzers for All New Cars

    08/11/2021 11:41:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 109 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | August 11, 2021 | Michelle Taylor
    On Tuesday, the Senate voted to approve a historic $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that—if signed into law—will have an effect on American transportation for decades to come. And thanks to section 24220 on page 1066 of the proposed bill, that transportation includes drunk driving. The stats on alcohol-impaired driving speak for themselves: Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities represent approximately 1⁄3 of all highway fatalities in the United States each year. In 2019, there were 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the United States involving drivers with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher, and 68 percent of the crashes that...
  • U.S. to Set Electric-Vehicle Sales Target of 50% by 2030. General Motors, Ford and Stellantis executives with union leaders are expected to join President Biden in announcing voluntary targets

    08/05/2021 7:42:11 AM PDT · by karpov · 74 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 5, 2021 | Katy Stech Ferek and Ben Foldy
    WASHINGTON—Roughly half of all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. by 2030 would be electric, hydrogen-fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles under voluntary targets set to be announced Thursday by the Biden administration and backed by auto makers, contingent on government support. In a joint statement, General Motors Co. , Ford Motor Co. , and Chrysler maker Stellantis NV said their commitment hinges on federal funding for manufacturing and supply-chain research and development, purchase incentives and an EV-charging network. The auto makers said the voluntary targets for EV sales “can be achieved only with the timely deployment of...
  • New York auto show canceled amid delta variant's spread

    08/04/2021 2:14:09 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/2021 | OLAFIMIHAN OSHIN
    The current spread of the COVID-19 delta variant has caused the New York International Auto Show to cancel its annual event, The Associated Press reported. The show organizers announced Wednesday that the recent wave of infections and current COVID-19 restrictions state officials have enforced led to the cancellation of the event, according to the AP. “Over the past few weeks, especially within the past few days, circumstances have changed, making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect,” the show's president Mark Schienberg said.
  • Ft. Bragg Car Buying Recommendations

    08/01/2021 4:59:49 PM PDT · by yetidog · 38 replies
    08/01/2021 | Vanity
    Grandson stationed at Ft. Bragg needs car
  • There's More Than Meets the Eye at a Demolition Derby

    07/27/2021 4:44:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 27, 2021 | Salena Zito
    NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pennsylvania -- The scent of funnel cakes, grilled hot dogs and an ever-so-faint whiff of diesel fuel fill the air. The odd combination somehow works, adding to the excitement and anticipation as thousands of families and gearheads fill the stands surrounding the track of the local Lions Club Demolition Derby here in Westmoreland County. From the clothing to the massive, oversized tires that serve as makeshift bumpers to protect the people in the stands from an errant jalopy, nearly everything and everyone is draped in red, white and blue. Before you form a misguided stereotype, there is a...