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Ariel Nomad Is Taking Scaffolding Onto The Beaten Trail

Jan 08 2015 10:35 AM | Industry News
Ariel is a very crazy company. Founded in 1902 as motorcycle manufacturer in Great Britain, the name was resurrected some years back to produce some of maddest street-legal track cars called the Atom. Think motorized scaffolding and you come close to what Ariel builds. The past couple of years have seen the company expand to building motorcycles. Now the company is now taking on the off-road buggy with the Nomad.

The Nomad follows the same minimalistic approach as the Atom with a visible tubular steel frame - that is laser-cut, CNC-machined, bronze-welded, and phosphate and powder-coated - , an engine mounted in the back, and a bare bones interior. Where the Nomad differs from the Atom is a fully adjustable wishbone suspension...

How Do We Fix the Nation's Recall System?

Dec 30 2014 10:15 AM | Industry News
This year will likely go down as the one with the most recalls for automobiles. From ignition switches that can easily turn to the accessory or off position, to peeling safety labels, automakers in the U.S. have recalled almost 60 million vehicles. With the high number of vehicles being recalled, people are calling for the recall system to be fixed. But no one can agree on how to fix it.

"A recall's a recall, and that's a problem. There needs to be a sophistication of how serious is the recall? And that has to be really clear to a customer. I think the industry is beginning to do that," said Mark Reuss, GM's head of global product development at the LA Auto Show last month.

The issue at hand is defining a severity l...

There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Choice

Nov 14 2014 11:15 AM | Industry News
Have you gone out and shopped for new vehicle recently? Are you overwhelmed by the variety of vehicles on offer? For example, if you decide to get a Porsche 911, you have the choice of 22 models. No, that isn't a misprint. Meanwhile other automakers have an array of models that carve out new niches and and mix existing body styles. Consider this, Audi sells 50 different variants around the world, a five-fold increase from the 90's when the German luxury automaker only sold 10 different variants. There has to be a point where automakers reach the point of too much and begin cutting back on their lineups, right?

PwC, a consulting firm tells Bloomberg that by 2018, some automakers will begin to level off their lineups. The reason...

Hyundai, Kia Get Hit With $350 Million In Federal Penalties

Nov 04 2014 03:25 PM | William Maley in Industry News

Hyundai and Kia have been hit with the largest penalty in the history of the federal Clean Air Act. The two automakers agreed to a total of $350 million in penalties for overstating the fuel economy ratings for a number of vehicles from the 2011 to 201...

One In Five Vehicles In The U.S. Has Been Hit With A Recall

Oct 20 2014 09:15 AM | William Maley in Industry News

2014 will likely go down as the year of the recall in the automotive industry. General Motors is the champion with the most recalls so far with 70 recalls as of today, but other OEMs have been making their mark with their own recalls. CNNMoney crunche...

General Motors and Ram Fight For Their Share In The Truck Market

Oct 15 2014 12:50 PM | William Maley in Industry News

With Ford changing over to the next-generation F-150, General Motors and Chrysler see a rare opportunity to grab a bigger slice of the truck marketplace. "Without question you'll see GM and Ram will continue to play the incentive game to continue to b...

EPA Report Shows Average Fuel Economy Is Up

Oct 09 2014 01:45 PM | William Maley in Industry News

The Environmental Protection Agency released their annual report on industrywide fuel economy this week and says that 2013 model year vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon — up 0.5 mpg from the previous year and almost 5 mpg since 2004....