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Holiday Travelers Expected to Set Another New Record, AAA Says

A record 107.3 million people are expected to make some sort of trip.

by on Dec.14, 2017

This guy may have the right idea on how to avoid possible delays drivers may experience due to the record number of travelers during the holidays.

If you’re planning to travel to see loved ones, or at least those you tolerate, this holiday season, it’ll be a bad news/good news scenario.

AAA is predicting that more than 107.3 million others will be joining you on your trek between Dec. 23, and Jan. 1, which is a new record. This will likely contribute to delays and other issues of all sorts during that time.

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This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record, the group says, and a 3.1% increase compared with last year. This will be the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. (more…)

Ferrari Doubling Production a Year Early

If maker hits mark, profits soar past $2 billion.

by on Dec.13, 2017

The Portofino is Ferrari's latest model. CEO Sergio Marchionne is pushing for production levels to double, perhaps next year.

It would appear that CEO Sergio Marchionne is finally getting his wish to bulk up the production of Ferraris as the Italian sports carmaker plans to produce 9,000 vehicles next year.

Marchionne has long wanted to produce more vehicles to squeeze more profits out of the company. It led to a dispute with the former chief, Luca di Montezemolo, which led to his departure from Ferrari. Montezemolo was concerned that building too many vehicles would cut the exclusivity of the brand and lower its value.

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Clearly, Marchionne disagreed but the new production numbers are a full year ahead of even his projections, according to Automotive News. (more…)

General Motors Earns Patent for External Airbags

Mercedes-Benz and Volvo also hold patents for similar devices.

by on Dec.13, 2017

GM's drawings for its pedestrian airbags reveal the position of the safety devices.

Automakers have spent the last 30 years perfecting the airbags that protect the passengers inside the vehicle, but now General Motors and others are turning their attention to pedestrians.

General Motors recently filed a patent for an exterior airbag that would protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. The company was granted a patent last week for its “Fender Located Pedestrian Airbag,” according to TheTruthAboutCars.com.

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The patent is for an airbag developed by the automaker that pops out of the a-pillar and covers the windshield to being released from a fender flap in order to inflate and cover the windshield wiper arms and other sharp pieces on the front end of the vehicle. (more…)

Ford, GM Report Divergent November Sales in China

Overall results were flat for the month.

by on Dec.12, 2017

Ford China Chief Jason Luo noted that Lincoln sales hit record numbers in November.

China may be the world’s largest automotive market, but it appears to be mimicking U.S. auto sales now as November sales came in flat and are up just 1.9% for the year-to-date.

Much like the U.S. market, the Chinese market is coming off a record sales year in 2016. Also like the U.S. market, sales of sedans are falling while sport-utes and crossovers are enjoying a strong year.

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Through November, sedan sales have fallen 4.8% while utility vehicles have enjoyed an 8.9% jump, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. After a spring slump, sales have increased monthly for seven consecutive months. (more…)

Regular Good Enough When Filling Up Gas Tank, AAA Says

Save your money and use what recommended for your vehicle.

by on Dec.12, 2017

The only difference between regular octane and premium octane gasoline for most vehicles is the price.

With automakers doing all they can these days to deliver more power from smaller and more fuel-efficient engines, it seems the easiest thing to do to help that along is to give your car, truck or SUV “the good stuff,” when you fill up, right?

Wrong. Using higher octane fuel for your vehicle, if it doesn’t require it, does not net any substantive increase in horsepower or improvement in mileage or emissions, according to a new AAA study.

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In essence, all you’re doing is throwing away perfectly good money you could spend elsewhere as the average price per gallon for premium gasoline is as much as 25% more than regular. It may not sound like much, but with the U.S. average hovering around $2.46 for regular and $3.01 for premium, you’re talking about between $7 and $10 on an average fill up. (more…)

China’s Newest EV Looks to be World Champion

WM Motor's Weltmeister is the first of many.

by on Dec.11, 2017

WM Motor's founder Freeman Shen introduced the company's first sport-utility EV in Shanghai.

The electric vehicle market in China is quickly becoming highly competitive and this is before Tesla has been given the all clear from the government to build vehicles there without a local partner.

The competition got a little stiffer today as new player in the market to borrow a phrase, announced its presence with authority: WM Motor’s Weltmeister.

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Borrowing the German phrase, “world’s best” or “world champion” the new company showed off its new electric sport-utility vehicle at an event in Shanghai that also unveiled the logo for the company. (more…)

From Track to Street, New Senna is McLaren’s Most Extreme Machine Ever

$1 mil apiece – but they’re already all spoken for.

by on Dec.11, 2017

McLaren's new Senna is a $1 million hypercar with a 500-unit production run that is already sold out.

At first glance, it seems more than appropriate that the “ultimate” McLaren would be named the Senna; after all, Ayrton Senna is readily ranked among the best drivers to ever dominate the Formula One circuit.

The new entry into the British marque’s Ultimate Series, and the successor to the older P1, the new McLaren Senna is meant to dominate both track and street, thanks to a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that punches 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.

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“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalized for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit,” declares Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer, McLaren Automotive. (more…)

Greensboro, NC and Honolulu Top Best/Worst Places to Drive

GPS app Waze releases annual driver satisfaction survey.

by on Dec.11, 2017

Greensboro, North Carolina, was topped the Waze Driver Satisfaction Index for 2017.

Drivers in every city in the country can find something that makes commuting around their town or metropolis the worst or best, but GPS app Waze has compiled a list of the best and worst cities to drive in the U.S. for 2017.

Called Waze’s annual Driver Satisfaction Index, the company uses driving data from its millions of users across America to rank the 61 best and worst metropolitan areas. The best? Greensboro, North Carolina while the worst is Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Greensboro topped the list of best places to drive, which is determined using six different metrics, with a score of 8.7. At the other end was Honolulu with a 4.69 score. The U.S. average is 7.55, according to Waze. (more…)

Tesla Readies to Deliver Model 3 as Truck Reservations Roll In

Sysco, Anheuser-Busch order 90 trucks combined.

by on Dec.08, 2017

Reddit user ry8 posted the email he received from Tesla informing him his vehicle will be delivered next week.

Is Tesla ready to cross a major threshold? Reports suggest that the Palo Alto, Calfornia-based EV maker is going to deliver the first Model 3 sedans to non-employees.

The initial allotment of vehicles went to employees, family members and Tesla “insiders.” However, according to Autoblog, a Reddit user, ry8, revealed on the Tesla subreddit that his Model 3 was being delivered on Monday.

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To further prove his claim, he posted a copy of his confirmation email from the company, complete with a photo of a white Model 3, the vehicle’s VIN and a request for final payment. Apparently, ry8 is a San Francisco-area resident and was one of the day one reservation holders. (more…)

Ford Inks Three-Year Deal with Alibaba

Agreement opens another door to sell vehicles in China

by on Dec.07, 2017

Ford CEO Jim Hackett, back left, and Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang, back right, oversee the signing of a three-year deal between the two companies.

In the event it wasn’t clear that Ford is serious about increasing its sales in China, it’s new partnership with Alibaba Group should clear up any confusion.

The new three-year agreement announced today with Alibaba, essentially China’s version of Amazon, may offer Ford an online outlet for its vehicles. The deal, which was reported to be in the works earlier this week by TheDetroitBureau.com. The deal came at the end trip by Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. and CEO Jim Hackett.

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Last month, Ford committed to a more than $750 million tie-up with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co. to build electric vehicles in China. Earlier this week, Chairman Ford and Hackett announced in plans to bring 50 new vehicles to the Chinese market by 2025, including 15 EVs as well as building five new vehicles locally in that country. (more…)