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GM Wants Federal Mandate for Event Data Recorders

GM is supporting a Texas congressman’s push to require event data recorders in all vehicles sold in the United States. Event data recorders (EDRs) capture multiple data streams from a vehicle prior to the deployment of air bags. In some cases, EDRs record much more data and (in the case of Nissan...

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1961 Porsche Sells for $1.705 Million

At the recent Gooding & Company auction in Amelia Island, Florida, a 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder sold for a whopping $1.705 million dollars. Pre-auction estimates listed a value between $1.2 and $1.5 million, but the car attracted the attention of Sir Stirling Moss, who was determined to not let...

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What U.S. States Have the Highest Auto Insurance Costs?

According to a recent study by Insure.com, Louisiana has the highest average cost for auto insuarance of any U.S. state. A forty year old male with a clean driving record, commuting twelve miles to work, was used as a baseline; in Louisiana, he would pay an average of $2,510.87 per year. Rounding...

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U.K. Testing Satellites to Track Speeding Drivers

Britain is testing the use of satellites to track speeding motorists. The technology, called "SpeedSpike", measures a car's speed over a fixed distance and can read a license plate in any weather condition, at any time of day. The system is marketed as being a cost-effective alternative to building...

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What Is the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize?

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize is a competition that pits vehicle designers from universities, industry and research companies against one another to design a commercially viable but easily manufactured green vehicle. Teams are divided into two categories: Mainstream, or vehicles...

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What Was the First Production Motorcycle?

The first production motorcycle is generally regarded to be the Hildebrand & Wolfmueller, built by factories in Germany and France from 1894 to 1897. Although earlier motorcycle prototypes had been built by US and European inventors (including Gottleib Daimler's Einspur, often called the first...

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Toyota Announces Fix for Lexus GX 460, Resumes Sales

Toyota has announced a fix for the stability control system of Lexus GX460 SUVs and will resume worldwide sales of this model. Sales of Lexus GX460s were halted after Consumer Reports magazine uncovered problems with the SUVs stability control system. In extreme conditions, the system's delayed...

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What Are the Ways to Power a Car With Hydrogen?

There are two ways to power an automobile with hydrogen. The first is to burn the flammable gas in an internal combustion engine to create power. This allows automakers to use existing technology and manufacturing processes, but requires significant redesign of existing vehicles. Since hydrogen...

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Lexus Recalls Ls Models

Lexus has announced a worldwide recall of their high- end LS models for a potential defect with the electronic steering control. While only 12 incidents have been reported, Toyota is being extremely proactive with its premium brand, announcing the recall voluntarily. Approximately 11,500 LS 460,...

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What Are the 10 Highest Ranked Car Manufacturers in Initial Quality?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 10 automakers who ranked highest in initial quality are listed below, along with the number of defects reported per 100 vehicles:1) Porsche (83)2) Acura (86)3) Mercedes Benz (87)4) Lexus (88)5) Ford (93)6) Honda (95)7) Hyundai (102)8) Lincoln (106)9)...