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Honda Motor Company has announced a recall of more than 400,000 cars sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a faulty ignition.
Though not quite as severe as the Toyota recall in January 2010, Honda has recently announced that it will be recalling close to 450,000 vehicles due to an issue with the ignition switch.
The relevant models include the Honda Accord, Civic, and Element. Any of these models that were released in either 2003 or 2004 will be subject to the Honda recall.
Those familiar with the situation state that if there is specific damage, the keys will not be able to be removed from the ignition which could cause the car to veer off road. The specific part at risk is referred to as the ignition interlock lever. Investigation over the issue began in September 2008 when U.S. safety regulators felt that a risk may be present in the engineering of the vehicle.
With the Accord recognized as one of the best-selling models for the company, the Honda recall will no doubt be a blow to investor confidence. However, given the recent trend towards safety following the Toyota recall, many should not look too deep into the issue.
The cars being recalled are 2003 Accord, Civic, 2003/2004 Element Vehicles.
Read More: http://morichesdaily.com/2010/08/honda-recall-accord-civic-element/Honda Motor Company has announced a recall of more than 400,000 cars sold in the U.S.... more
AUTOBLOG - Conducting utterly inappropriate comparison tests is completely par for the course at Top Gear. After all, these were the guys that pitted a Ford Fiesta against a Chevrolet Corvette and a Jaguar XK120 against a Vincent Black Shadow and a train. In this week's latest episode Richard Hammond samples the new Chevrolet Camaro SS with its lovely 6.2-liter small-block V8 and then pulls out a slightly different kind of 6.2-liter V8 powered car.
Frankly, we doubt many (if any!) people are actually cross-shopping the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG against the Camaro SS, but it sure is entertaining to watch the big German power-sliding around the air-strip test track at the hands of The Stig. With any luck, this episode will be the last time that we get to hear the Stig lapping to the less-than-dulcet tones of the vuvuzela. See how the Camaro fares against the E63 by watching the video after the jump.
http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/12/video-top-gear-pits-chevy-camaro-against-mercedes-ben/AUTOBLOG - Conducting utterly inappropriate comparison tests is completely par for the... more
John the Baptist's head is brought to France, pig convicted of murder, attempt made on famous artist's life, first bank robbery with an automobile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUDwgJPOfB8John the Baptist's head is brought to France, pig convicted of murder, attempt... more
A daily automobile commute can be a harrowing experience. As it stands drivers only have two safe ways to converse with fellow commuters – the horn, which is almost meaningless these days, and a flurry of unmistakable hand gestures. Yep, when the horn fails those babies really get the message across. But in the digital age where we no longer talk face to face, opting instead for Skype, text, email and a variety of instant messenger services, perhaps the classic hand gestures are in need of an upgrade. Think Geek’s Drivemocion EX could be the new way we’re able to fully convey our messages of frustration and thanks to fellow drivers.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=454A daily automobile commute can be a harrowing experience. As it stands drivers only... more
GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT THE OIL SPILL
The leading edge of a vast oil slick started to come ashore in Louisiana on Thursday night, a shroud of devastation falling on America's coastline even as the blown-out BP oil well that produced it continues to belch millions of gallons of thick crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a third straight week.
At moments like this, it's hard to see any silver lining here at all. But it's possible there is one. Many environmentalists say that the wrenching and omnipresent images of filth and death are at last providing Americans with visible, visceral and possibly mobilizing evidence of the effects that fossil fuels are having on our environment every day.
Rick Steiner is horrified at the damage. A University of Alaska marine specialist, he's watched cleanup efforts ever since the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, and has learned some bitter lessons.
"Government and industry will habitually understate the volume of the spill and the impact, and they will overstate the effectiveness of the cleanup and their response," he said. "There's never been an effective response -- ever -- where more than 10 or 20 percent of the oil is ever recovered from the water. Once the oil is in the water, the damage is done."
And most of the damage remains invisible deep below the surface, including the wide-scale destruction of essential plankton in the area and the wiping out of an entire generation of fish larvae. "This is real toxic stuff," Steiner said.
But the damage that is visible -- the vast and foul oil slick, the dolphins swimming through sludge, the birds coated in oil, the dead fish and sharks and turtles -- is enough to thoroughly disgust anyone paying attention.
And that, Steiner said, makes it a "teachable moment" that "will hopefully serve as a wake-up call that we need to turn to sustainable energy."
click link for full article...GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT THE OIL SPILL
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“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”
-Leonardo da Vinci.
Nature is no longer of our concern, as humans - at least for a majority of humans that participate in todays environmental meltdown, which has been burning (like the fuel in a combustion engine) for the past 100+ years. The modern citizen in today's world has completely lost touch with the natural world which has groomed us, through evolution, for the past 100,000+ years. With the advent of the automobile, our current culture's already corrupt relationship with nature reached a new level of ignorance. As a result of the ever expanding reach of personal automobiles, the environmental health of our planet has been irreversibly altered, along with the social, financial, and political attitude of our culture.
For Americans born within the past several decades, its almost impossible to believe that cars, highways, and wars for oil have truly been around for only the last century or so. Roadkill is an everyday site and we are now completely desensitized by the death and destruction of wildlife, plants, and natural scenery that was once prevalent throughout the world. In fact, any remote city or town without proper roads, traffic signals and gas stations, by todays standards, may be termed 'developing.' Developing into what? What is it that we have developed into? Does economic development correlate with environmental degradation?
Horseless carriages, or 'cars' for short, have completely taken over our everyday lives. What was once a commodity is now looked at as a necessity. Everyone, it seems, has a car; or if not, they are working towards getting a car. It is virtually impossible to avoid the implications of personal car ownership; sounds, sights, smells, finances, attitudes, employment, and personal relationships are all adversely affected by the car. As an 'advanced society' compared to those without the technology that we currently posses, we have not advanced much from the original inception of a gas fed, steel bodied personal transport vehicle. In fact, our advancements are really more like the opposite - we are digressing from what should be our primary goal; to use technology to continually make life better, to make transport easier, to create more free time, to save money, to preserve the environment, etc.
To make room for everyones car, we have converted acres upon acres of what was once wilderness into parking lots, countless numbers of which have already long since been abandoned as weeds grow through the cracks in the concrete. We have streets that are too narrow for cars to drive on but are lined with parked cars. Car owners have been known to stress over parking spot availability when they come home from work. Parking spots in some congested cities can cost thousands of dollars a month; the price of which could easily pay for food/shelter for impoverished individuals around the world that most likely have never driven a car in the first place. We have multi million dollar parking garages. We have specialized public servants that enforce parking regulations, being sure to financially punish anyone who has violated parking policy; not to mention the police officers that pull you over while driving. We take them everywhere with us: to work, to the grocery store, to the doctor, and even to the movies sometimes. There is, however, a group of people, who have realized the extent of which we have lost control of the metaphorical car that we call life and, who would like to drive out current policies and collectively try going down a different road.
Monetarily, the cost associated with owning a car (compared with emotional cost) is astronomical when compared with other monthly expenses. Besides mortgages or rent payments, a car can easily be the most costly monthly expense in a budget. Without getting into specifics, it is universally understood there are certain financial responsibilities associated with car ownership: payments, insurance, gas, repairs, licences, registration, inspection, and routine maintenance are all variables in the equation that is car budgeting. Psychologically, there are other ways that cars can affect us; 'will my car start in the morning? will I be able to safely drive in the snow? how much traffic will there be? whats that rattling noise? I hope I don't get pulled over? and other similar thoughts can overtly change a persons mood considerably on a day to day basis.
There is no point in trying to accurately pinpoint exactly when our ancestors truly stopped caring for nature, it has happened. The current generational cycle that has been gradually sucking us farther into the oil black hole that is 2010, and beyond, started in the not-so-distant past, but it will end in the near future. I'm sure there are those who would be silly enough to argue that it was Henry Ford who started the car craze of the early 1900's - 1950's. There are others who could say that it started with the horse and buggy; after all, horses gave an enormous freedom and advantage over those who could not attain horse ownership. And horses, like cars, have emissions in that they shit, which pollutes the environment - why do you think a car today is still measured in horsepower? When animal's power was harnessed by man, maybe thats when this fiasco all began? Either way, lets just imagine that the problem started yesterday - and that today, or more importantly tomorrow, will not get any better. Traffic, smog, gas prices, accidents, and the environment will only get worse as more people denounce their relationship with nature and support the car industry. So many people feel the need to buy, and drive, vehicles that ingest increasingly limited resources, to the point where all countries are environmentally affected. But I hope that a proportionate amount of people also think about how much better our world could be if we decide to change now.
"Be the change that you want to see in the world"
--- Mahatma Gandhi
http://writtenwithwit.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-cars-are-very-bad.html“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or... more
So Nissan has finally come to a decision on the launch date for the new Nissan Leaf. So time in June 2010... Anyway the car is said to be 100% electric and go about 90MPH with no problems accelerating and can last about 100 miles before another charge. The only problem I see is if you don't have a plug near you every couple of hours, it might not be for you.
Also when you buy the car (which is $25k to 26k) they give you instructions and a card for a company that can install a "special plug" to charge the car at home with. This will probably cost you another $1k plus raise your electric bill...
Other than that ^above, the design and technology is just astonishing. I believe Nissan has done something that would make it into history, just as long as they don't give up on it.
You can find more about the Nissan Leaf at http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/So Nissan has finally come to a decision on the launch date for the new Nissan Leaf.... more
Inspired by the concept of an urban nomad, new ix35 is a sleek crossover with athletic proportions, featuring advanced weight-saving technology, eco-efficient power trains, class- leading safety equipment, and outstanding value for money. Visit http://www.ix35.com.au/ for more informationInspired by the concept of an urban nomad, new ix35 is a sleek crossover with athletic... more
Alright, I’ll be honest here, I’m not really a “car person” per se (though I have a great appreciation for Top Gear) but when I see something this sexy and eco-friendly, it definitely grabs my attention.
During the Geneva Auto Show last week, Porsche debuted this green beauty: The Spyder 918 – a plug-in hybrid sports car with more than 700 horsepower, gets 78 mpg, runs 15.5 miles on a lithium-ion battery pack before a powerful 500-horsepower V-8 kicks in, and emits only 70 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per mile – and built in only 7 months. The best part? There’s a very good chance you’ll be seeing it on the market soon(ish).
Porsche went for a green theme for the first annual Geneva Auto Show, focusing on more power for less fuel and efficiency. (See the video on the original post.) It seems that Europe is taking the initiative to greatly reduce their carbon emissions in the very near future and they’re putting a lot of focus on reducing vehicle emissions as part of this effort.
(Read more and see the video on the original post.)Alright, I’ll be honest here, I’m not really a “car person”... more
Sky Mall is seemingly here to save us all from life’s minor annoyances. One annoyance that can quickly turn to panic is the age-old “where did we park?” dilemma. Your aggravation could soon disappear with some help from Auto-Finder Deluxe. This device helps find your car when you’ve lost it in a sea of minivans.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=396Sky Mall is seemingly here to save us all from life’s minor annoyances. One... more
For those of you who hate cars; know that there is a network out there for you. I have disliked cars for a long time now and when I finally decided to find others that shared my view, I had a tough time finding an actual organized group. Thankfully, I found Carbusters (who I figured was an offshoot of Adbusters - but was wrong) and they decided to post a written of mine in their publication and send me a free copy; all the way from Europe. Anyway, for those of you who are looking for more information on living life without a car check out the below sites - also, listed below you will find the rhyme that they posted in their magazine.
It takes an incredible amount of metal for an automobile to be assembeled/
to the point where steele resembles precious emeralds/
ruby red paint on all the rentals/
I'm sentimental/ cause I remember with my mental/
a time before the detrimental sentinels of cars developed dentals/
and started eatin all the petrol/chewin unleaded pencils/
concrete on the streets trace the planet like a stencil/
now the trees arnt as plentiful/
and traffic keeps us traped in panic/
scanning radio static for accidents/
itchin like addicts in a rehab annex/
we got trac marks, rushin to work on roads like race tracs/
we say 'we hate that' but that fact is that we create back ups/
with tracter trailers and mac trucks/
amongs acura's and fuelt tankers/
soon to be a war on our soil for the middle eastern oil/
leaves the population left to boil/ were in turmoil/
4th branch of the government is snaked up in a coil/
but we gotta strike before the loyalist extemists might/
and bite them while their frightened of our uprising/For those of you who hate cars; know that there is a network out there for you. I... more
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All of the latest Green automobiles possess a desire to look as slick, cool and futuristic as possible. Sleek and stylish is always preferred over boxy and ugly, at least for me. This Green car coming out of Japan has tossed all that aside in favor of a much simpler style. Designed and hand-built by craftsmen at Sada-Kenbi, this street-legal sports car is comprised of good old-fashioned wood.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=376All of the latest Green automobiles possess a desire to look as slick, cool and... more
One beautiful December day we went for a drive on the much talked about, super fast electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster.
It was an amazing experience and I hope that car companies will make electric cars the standard fleet coming out of their factories.One beautiful December day we went for a drive on the much talked about, super fast... more
Ford Motor Co. has offered buyout or retirement incentive packages to all of its 41,000 U.S. hourly workers as it tries to further reduce its factory work force. Ford, the healthiest of Detroit's three automakers and the only one to avoid government aid and bankruptcy protection, still has more workers than it needs to produce cars and trucks at current sales levels, said company spokesman Mark Truby.
(Krisher, T., 2009, December 21, para. 1-2)
Details on the buyout packages at the link:
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Electrified vehicles are poised to transform the automobile industry. As the CEO of Terramoto Transportation, Quentin Sponselee is more than just knowledgeable about innovations in the car industry. He has invaluable first-hand experience with these new vehicles and sees himself as a "Master Test Driver" on the front line of the electric car wars, an evaluator of new cars he deals with in his sustainability-oriented transportation business.
Consumers in Southern California are getting a preview of what the EV wars will look like as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt both made recent tours around San Diego to build momentum for their 2010 launches. "Southern California has become a front-line market for the Leaf and Volt," says Sponselee. "San Diego will play an important role in how these new technology platforms are adopted around the country and it is my responsibility to do more than provide a better service than my competitors. It is also my job to educate the passenger". Sponselee predicts that as early as December 5th, 2009 General Motors Corp. will announce San Diego as a strategic test market and unveil major plans to recapture market share.
In its first year of business, TerraMoto completed 9,414 trips and has become the preferred transportation for San Diego County’s most prestigious hotel and technology companies. As the leading transportation service providing a more sustainable and high quality alternative, Terramoto stands to gain from a clear winner. CEO Sponselee warns though that there are many gaps in consumer education about new vehicles even as the Prius introduces its third generation vehicle prior to introducing plug-in hybrids. "One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our passengers about the Prius is 'Do you have to plug it in?' This is not just asked by San Diegans, but by executives being picked up at San Diego International who are from other parts of the country", says Sponselee.
While a great deal of excitement has been generated about concept cars, Sponselee contends it's time to move beyond capturing our imagination to harnessing this excitement to sell cars to mainstream consumers. Detroit has struggled with this in the past and Nissan may lose ground as well as they attempt to manufacture electric vehicles in China, the world's largest car market today. "It's been reported that Nissan [the Japanese automaker and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor Co.] recently signed an agreement to promote electric vehicles in China and study the possibility of opening a production plant in Guangzhou. This is a will be a big mistake as the US leads in infrastructure investment and infrastructure will be built early in San Diego", says Sponselee . The Nissan Leaf is expected to reach China by 2011, but Nissan has already announced the earlier deployment of up to 1,000 Nissan battery electric vehicles in strategic markets in five US states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
"Nissan's attempt to penetrate the Chinese EV market will be difficult as the nation has few hybrid and EV owners", says Sponselee. California is world-renowned for early adoption of innovations like the Prius. A Chinese Economic website reports the US sold 13 million new vehicles last year, 313,486 or 2.4 percent of them hybrids. China, by comparison, sold 9.38 million vehicles last year, but only 2,617, or 2.8 out of 10,000, were hybrids. Sales of the Toyota-made Prius have exceeded 1.25 million globally, but only 3,500 of the sedans have been sold in China since they were introduced in the country three years ago.
source: http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/TerraMoto-CEO-Reports-Front-Lines-Electric-Vehicle-EV-WarsElectrified vehicles are poised to transform the automobile industry. As the CEO of... more