BMW 320D Meets German Emissions Regulations

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Road testing with civilian drivers can stop the cheating.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has published the findings of tests conducted on the BMW 320d (Fuel Consumption Combined liter/100 km 4.3–3.9 (4.1–3.8), CO2 g/km 113–102 (109–99)) and confirmed that the vehicle examined complies with all legal requirements.

The tests were carried out following criticism of the car’s emissions’ performance in December 2017 by an environmental lobby group “Deutsche Umwelthilfe” (Environmental Action Germany). Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part of its digitization strategy at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. Continue reading

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Largest US Auto Exporter – BMW Manufacturing

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BMW Spartanburg 8 years ago.

BMW Manufacturing has exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2017. Nearly 87% of these “Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes” were exported through the Port of Charleston with a value of approximately ~$8.76 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

BMW confirms the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value. Continue reading

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Porsche Classic Supplies Parts from a 3D Printer

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Porsche Classic has some 52,000 parts.

Let’s hope that this catches on – not only for collectors of rare classic cars – but for older vehicle or airplane owners of whatever ilk. It is not fake news that the absence of replacement items (or, ahem, ethics) leads to problems. Worst auto case, the car may be scrapped.

Now Porsche Classic, the division of Porsche dedicated to – what else – classic vehicles, has a solution by producing extremely rare parts that are admittedly only needed in small quantities using 3D printers. All parts that are produced using the 3D printing process meet the requirements with conformity to original specifications – both from a technical and a visual perspective. Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Didi Chuxing Sign Chinese Car-Sharing MoU

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, a leading automotive alliance, says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing (‘DiDi’), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People’s Republic of China.

The MoU with DiDi – it’s claimed – accentuates a commitment to new mobility services at the Alliance, including the launch of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services, as part of the Alliance 2022 strategic mid-term plan launched last year. Continue reading

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Room for More Recycling

The EPA estimates that the U.S. generates more than 250 million tons of municipal waste, of which approximately 34% was recycled or composted.

This means that the U.S. disposes enough waste each day to fill 50,000 garbage trucks with 18,000 pounds of trash in each. The auto industry with its market-based predisposition to cutting costs and it’s expertise in large scale material handling is well on its way to achieving 100% recycling in the U.S.  (See GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles from Toxic Crisis) Continue reading

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GM on Flat Sales Reports Record 2017 EPS

GM set an EBIT-adjusted record for the fourth quarter of 2017. This result was attributed to sales of GM’s latest crossovers, along with strong   pricing and cost control — which more than offset a wholesale volume decline during Q4. Fourth-quarter income (loss) of $(4.9) billion includes anon-cash charge of $7.3 billion related to the re-measurement of deferred tax assets due to U.S. tax reform. Fourth-quarter 2016 income was $1.9 billion. This resulted in a Diluted Earnings of $0.22 and Record EPS Diluted adjusted of $6.62.

GM returned $6.7 billion to shareholders in 2017 through share buybacks of $4.5 billion and dividends of $2.2 billion. Since 2012, GM has returned more than $25 billion, which represents more than 90 percent of available free cash flow generated over that time. Nonetheless, GM stock price has languished. Continue reading

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Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at VIR

A Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway with a time of 2:37.25. This is small consolation to the beating that Corvette took at the 24 Hours of Daytona against the Ford GT in real checkered flag endurance racing.

Along with a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses, the basically stock ZR1 coupe was equipped with the optional paddle-shift eight-speed automatic and ZTK Performance Package, which includes an adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. Continue reading

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California Air Resources Board Fines JEGS Automotive $1.7m

JEGS sold modified performance parts.

The California Air Resources Board today announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California.

The penalty is the largest in CARB history for a case involving aftermarket parts.

CARB staff started the investigation of JEGS because of a complaint from a consumer.  CARB said that from 2011 to 2014, JEGS advertised and sold in California modified aftermarket performance parts such as engine programmers, air intake systems and throttle bodies that were not approved by CARB for use on highway vehicles. These products can reduce fuel economy and increase emissions. Continue reading

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Automotive Hall of Fame Honors Roy Lunn and GT40

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Ford GT40s at Le Mans in 1967.

The Automotive Hall of Fame has opened a new display celebrating the accomplishments of Roy Lunn (1925-2017), the engineer who led the creation of the original Le Mans-winning Ford GT40.

According to Martyn L. Schorr, Editor of Car Guy Chronicles, “Roy was born in Richmond, England in 1925, one of three children. He earned degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Kingston Technical College and was a pilot in the RAF. When World War II ended, he transferred to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough and worked on the design and development of gas turbine generators for the first Turbo-Jet aircraft. Continue reading

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2018 Hyundai Kona SUV Prices

Another small ‘Crossover’ SUV?

Hyundai has releases pricing for its “new” 2018 Kona crossover SUV that will be available in March 2018. (Another Crossover! Hyundai KONA Debuts at LA Auto Show) Kona, in the absence of a test drive, appears to be a thoroughly mainstream entry from a company that missed its current global forecast after years of rapid expansion.

Hyundai claims that the “Kona carves a unique place in the Hyundai CUV lineup with a distinctly fresh design and animated color. It will come in the U.S. with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 7-speed transmission. Kona also has LED Headlights, Taillights, and running lamps a 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle engine with a 6-speed A/T. Continue reading

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Real News Orgs Dominate Twitter Feed

AutoInformed.com on real news organizationsAs legitimate news organizations sustain false attacks over their alleged “fake news,” from the Liar in Chief tweeting from the Oval Office, as well as others, news organizations are fighting with alternate sources of often biased or completely false dis-information, and face low levels of trust from a skeptical public. They are not the ones trying to sell you a Bridge.

This analysis comes from a new Pew Research Center study that suggests that news outlets still play the largest role in content that gets shared on Twitter, at least when it comes to one contentious issue in the news: immigration. Continue reading

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New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai in the U.S. market last year saw sales off -12%.

Hyundai Motor is teasing the New Generation Santa Fe, which will celebrate its world premiere in February before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The Gen 4 Santa Fe continues the model’s global success story – no great trick – as all brands are benefiting from the rush to two-box crossovers and SUVs, with scant if any discernible styling differences. Continue reading

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Kittens, Err, Tigers Visit NAIAS

AutoInformed.com on Detorit Tigers and ChevroletThe Tigers are coming off a dreadful 2017 season, winning 64, losing 98, for 5th place in the AL Central; Chevrolet had mediocre one, too. Well, 2017 saw Future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander traded seconds before the trade deadline for three minor leaguers to the Houston Astros. Verlander quickly inspired the Astros and helped the long-suffering Astros win the Word Series against a rather good team that disgracefully defected from Brooklyn and now plays in Los Angeles.

Verlander, in of honor of many of his new teammates donated more money to Puerto Rican Relief efforts than home apparently the United States government as President (for the moment) Trump continued to promote racism and child molesters while apparently obstructing justice in the Russian invasion of US elections. (Lies and Deflections Worth Noting on Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico from Bureaucrats Doing Nothing to help U.S. Citizens) Continue reading

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3000 Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cells Sold in California

AutoInformed.com on Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Electric vehicleIn the ongoing attempt to describe and promote the unknown, not unlike the Analogy of the Cave applied to auto companies, Toyota Mirai, a “mass-produced” hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, surpassed 3000 sales in the California. This means that Mirai makes up more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the United States. Umm, on ~17 million vehicles for the last three years the total number is more discouraging when compared to the total number of vehicles sold – ~3700 out of 50 million. Pretty dark in here.  Continue reading

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