Comments Off on Safety Features for the Future of Driving
When you get behind the wheel, you want to have a safe trip to your intended destination. This requires you, your car, and other drivers to be as safe as possible when on the roadway. To ensure that your safety continues to be a growing concern, many car manufacturers are innovating new car safety features to keep your vehicle even safer when on the roadway.
Some New Age Car Safety Features External Airbags
We all likely know that airbags are there to help cushion the blow of an accident. They’re there to make sure that we don’t get whiplash or smash our heads into something hard when an unexpected impact occurs. However, what about the pedestrians or bicyclists that get hit? Car manufacturers are looking more into External Airbags to help protect the [...]
Comments Off on Horsepower vs. Torque: What Really Matters in Car Acceleration?
Torque versus horsepower, now here is an interesting little car acceleration equation that a lot of us know very little about, but want to know a lot more about! This has been a long discussed subject, the difference between horsepower and torque. What is interesting though, is that the two factors are not to be pitted against each other, and that horsepower is actually a manifestation of torque.
Before we dive into a compare and contrast of torque versus horsepower, lets first take a look at the definitions of the terms involved taken direct from the dictionary:
Horsepower. “A unit of power equal to 550 foot-pounds per second (745.7 watts). The power of an engine measured in terms of this.”
Torque. “Horsepower is the total power output of an engine, while torque measures the “turning/torqueing ability” of the engine. Practically, torque is a better measurement of how quickly your car will accelerate, while horsepower [...]
Comments Off on How Vehicle Data is Affecting the Value of Your Car
Technology is moving so fast and changing so much that we often do not even know how to keep up with it. In fact, the field changes so quickly that we also do not even know that it is changing. Not that we would ever think of it, but one of the changing areas of technology that is really quite interesting is that of the technology of cars and vehicle data. The technology that is in cars has changed more since the turn-of-the-century than it did in three decades preceding that.
Vehicle Data on the Rise
One of the most interesting aspects of cars that are about to make certain cars incredibly valuable, and further drop the value of other cars is vehicle data. Now, this is not talking about information about cars. This is talking about the data that cars can produce. In today’s modern information age, data is king, and information in general [...]
Comments Off on How Car Manufacturing has Changed Over the Decades
Car manufacturing has been one of the most changing and evolving industries out there. This has been a very diverse and changing industry, with each year bringing some changes, and each decade bringing major leaps forward and entire evolutions of cars. To a degree, car manufacturing often changes in some small way almost overnight, and the industry definitely does change significantly every year. Every ten years, the industry is practically unrecognizable as to how it was ten years prior. The truth of the matter too is that the leaps and bounds that are being taken now, when compared to the types of leaps and bounds that were occurring decades ago. The car manufacturing process and industry is changing so quickly and has been evolving so fast since the turn of the century that there is no telling what kinds of cars we will be driving even just another few years from now.
Comments Off on Tesla to join Nasdaq 100 as Oracle defects to NYSE
Tesla Motors Inc., the world’s best-performing automotive stock this year, will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week, filling the spot vacated by Oracle Corp., which is moving to the New York Stock Exchange.
The electric-car maker will be added to the gauge, which tracks the biggest companies on the Nasdaq, before the start of trading on July 15, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said in a statement Monday. Oracle, which last month said it will join the NYSE, is the biggest company to jump between the competing exchanges.
Shares of Tesla, the carmaker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, have more than tripled this year as the popularity of its new Model S sedan helped the company turn its first quarterly profit. Gaining entry to benchmarks tracked by investors is attractive to public companies because it provides a guaranteed shareholder base.
Comments Off on Toyota Camry, Honda Civic inventories rise, report says
The Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic, the top-selling mid-size and compact cars in the U.S., face risks of reduced production as inventories of the models rise, an RBC Capital Markets report said.
Toyota’s Camry exceeded its seasonal historical average inventory by more than 15 days supply in June and Honda carried about 25 days more Civics than usual, Joseph Spak, a New York-based analyst for RBC, said in today’s report. Camry and Civic were the only models identified as at risk for reduced output among 16 of the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. market. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC all added U.S. market share in the first six months of 2013, the first time that all three gained first-half share in 20 years. Models such as GM’s Chevrolet Cruze compact and Ford’s Fusion mid-size sedan, leading Detroit’s most competitive set of [...]
Comments Off on Fiat exercises option to buy additional 3.3% of Chrysler shares
Fiat today exercised an option to raise its stake in Chrysler by 3.3 percent.
The move is part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s step-by-step purchases intended to lead to full control of Chrysler and the creation of a merged company that would be able to compete better with industry leaders Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen.
Fiat has been exercising options since mid-2012 to buy holdings of about 3.3 percent from the VEBA, a medical-benefits trust for the U.S. carmaker’s retirees.
Including today’s purchase, Fiat has exercised three of its six-monthly options, increasing its stake to 68.49 percent.
Fiat has said it wants full control of Chrysler, which would give it access to some of Chrysler’s cash flow for investments in new models.
Chrysler has become Fiat’s most reliable profit generator as the Italian company struggles to end losses in Europe that totaled 704 million euros ($903 million) in [...]