Car electronics

Roadshow Asks: How’d you get to be king of Mazda’s secret garage? – CNET

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just one of the hidden treasures in Randy Miller’s garage. Emme Hall/Roadshow Welcome to our new interview feature, Roadshow Asks, where we find out how people in the automotive industry snagged their dream careers. We’ll interview everyone from designers to race car drivers to get an idea of what their job entails, their education background and the role technology will play in their future. Randy Miller is our first victim….

Plateau in US auto sales heightens risk for lenders: Moody’s – CNBC

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Roadshow Asks: How’d you get to be king of Mazda’s secret garage? – CNET

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just one of the hidden treasures in Randy Miller’s garage. Emme Hall/Roadshow Welcome to our new interview feature, Roadshow Asks, where we find out how people in the automotive industry snagged their dream careers. We’ll interview everyone from designers to race car drivers to get an idea of what their job entails, their education background and the role technology will play in their future. Randy Miller is our first victim….

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs – Reuters

Monday, March 27, 2017

TOKYO After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co’s (7267.T) pet aviation project recoup its development costs. Honda has declined to reveal the costs, but the automaker has been researching aircraft development since 1986, and Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at aerospace consulting firm Teal Group, thinks it…

Toyota adds a bit of spice to special edition 860 coupe – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Toyota is throwing a little extra habanero into the 86 coupe it inherited from Scion (the former FR-S) with the 860 special edition, named for the limited run of 860 in Supernova Orange and the same number in Halo White. The limited version is noteworthy since Toyota inherited the Scion’s “mono-spec” trim, meaning the regular 2017 model has no factory choices except for transmission and paint color. The 860 special…

In Conflict With Trump Agenda, California Sets Stricter Auto Emissions Standards – NPR

Monday, March 27, 2017

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: California’s state regulators voted unanimously to go ahead with tough fuel standards setting up a potential conflict with the Trump administration. Now, California has been a leader in the world of cars and environmental regulations. The Golden State’s clean air laws, for example, were precursors to the Federal Clean Air Act. Now with the Trump administration’s appointment of a climate change skeptic to lead the Environmental Protection…

How one man triggered a GM recall – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, March 27, 2017

After years of seeing General Motors and federal safety regulators do nothing to address failing airbag sensors in the passenger seats of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, Troy Lyman took up the matter himself. Lyman is not an engineer, and his only automotive experience is a past job with a manufacturer of radio-controlled cars. He moderates online message boards for enthusiastic Solstice and Sky owners. He’s also a web…

What if GM built a Corvette SUV? – The Detroit News

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Detroit News’ Corvette SUV concept reflects a stretched version of the sports car’s seventh-generation architecture.(Photo: Mueller/Chevrolet) What if Chevrolet made a Corvette SUV? Maybe that’s not so far-fetched. Corvette is a singular car within Chevrolet, and in many ways is a performance brand unto itself. Almost every performance brand now has its own crossover; the most prominent of which is Porsche’s money-machine, the Cayenne. If Corvette did make an…

Ford: How to Profit as it Tries to Find the Fast Lane – Barron’s

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Volatility is back, and it is on everyone’s mind, but Ford Motor is oddly disconnected from the maelstrom — even though the stock is about to face a significant event. Bob Shanks, Ford’s (ticker: F) chief financial officer, is hosting a forum with industry analysts on Thursday that is presumably intended to assuage concerns about the business and the stock’s weak performance. Shares are down 3% this year. Over the…

Microsoft, Toyota sign patent deal, potentially for connected cars – MarketWatch

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft Corp. agreed Wednesday to license a batch of patents to Toyota Motor Corp. as part of the software giant’s effort to leverage its vast intellectual-property portfolio to become a key provider of connected-car technology. Microsoft has been racing to convince car makers to build connected-car services on top of its Azure cloud-computing service. In a blog post and video…

The Dodge Demon hype machine is fueled by online enthusiasts … – The Verge

Monday, March 20, 2017

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is coming in 23 days to the New York auto show. What’s fueling interest in this two-door muscle car variant is the guessing game: How powerful is it? The Demon is the latest strike in the white-hot contested horsepower wars. The battle to go fast is fueled by an online enthusiast community drooling at the thought of delirious numbers that translate to incredible launch…

Toyota’s TRD Pro Off-Road Truck Package Pushes High-Performance – Trucks.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

The enormous Los Angeles City fire truck parked outside the Starbucks I was leaving startled me. I panicked for a moment thinking the building was on fire. But to my surprise the rig’s burly firefighters were only focused on my 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. I approached the pickup and was greeted by the biggest of the six, who explained that he and his crew stopped just to check out the “cool truck.” I sipped my coffee, and thought, “High-performance and the image that comes…

The art of copying, from Chuck Berry to Toyota | National Review – National Review

Monday, March 20, 2017

One of the things I did not get into in my recent piece on the books of Professor Peter Navarro, Donald Trump’s chief trade adviser, was his complaint that there exists in China an SUV that is a rip-off of the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Chinese are great copyists. But, then, so were the Japanese, especially the gentlemen at Toyota, until the day before yesterday, and the Land Cruiser…

The Dodge Demon hype machine is fueled by online enthusiasts – The Verge

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is coming in 23 days to the New York auto show. What’s fueling interest in this two-door muscle car variant is the guessing game: How powerful is it? The Demon is the latest strike in the white-hot contested horsepower wars. The battle to go fast is fueled by an online enthusiast community drooling at the thought of delirious numbers that translate to incredible launch…

Ford gives Lightning Hybrids the thumbs-up – Loveland Reporter … – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ford Motor Co. has given Loveland’s Lightning Hybrids its stamp of approval as one of three hybrid powertrain manufacturers in a new Ford program. The automaker announced the selection of Lightning Hybrids during this week’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. According to a press release from Ford, the company expanded its Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier program to include one hydraulic and two electric hybrid manufacturers as the first in…

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: It’s so endearing, a grievous fault is … – STLtoday.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Driving the new Honda Civic hatchback is like true romance: your significant other is so attractive, so much fun and makes your life so much better, you can overlook faults that are enough to give a woodpecker a headache. That’s Civic. The fun aspect is Civic’s marvelous turbo four, which pairs to either a six-speed manual or a remarkably satisfying CVT automatic. The life-easing simplicity is…

Garage at Ron’s Auto Sales destroyed in overnight fire – WMTW Portland

Sunday, March 19, 2017

WINDHAM, Maine — An overnight fire on Tandberg Trail in Windham has destroyed an auto repair shop. Dispatchers said a fire broke out at Ron’s Auto Sales at 388 Tandberg Trail around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Part of Route 115 in Windham going into Falmouth was closed while crews battled the fire. It has since reopened. Power was out in that area for a short time during the fire, but it…