Archive for August, 2009

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Experts to Address the Future of Transportation, Technology and Lifestyle in the United States

Monday, August 17, 2009

Experts to Address the Future of Transportation, Technology and Lifestyle in the United States

Volkswagen Group of America lead sponsor for symposium featuring environmental, business, regulatory and academic leaders

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is the main sponsor of “Mobility 2030: Transportation Technologies & Lifestyle of the Future” organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC). At the event, which takes place in San Francisco on August 18, international experts will present future scenarios for the year 2030 in the fields of politics, energy, technology, transport and lifestyle.

Speakers will include senior executives from Volkswagen, Siemens, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Union of Concerned Scientists, California High Speed Rail, California Energy Commission and many others. Topics include: policy changes in California leading to global innovation, cutting-edge vehicle technology including low-carbon options, green goods movement and the future of neighborhood structures.

Experts to Address the Future of Transportation, Technology and Lifestyle in the United States

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Celebrity Vacations: Hotels.com names list of Worlds Best places to stay, determined by EST

Friday, August 14, 2009

Celebrities and the international star jet set crowd are not the only people in the world who have the opportunity to travel or go away on vacation. People looking to celebrate an anniversary, to go on a honeymoon, or to simply have a relaxing pamperer get away can book rooms and suites at the very same places that so many famous people and international stars travel when they go on vacation. Here’s the comprehensive list from the folks at Hotels.com, naming thier choices for the BEST “EST” hotels in the world to stay at while on holiday, professional business trip, or extended vacation. Well, maybe making a reservation is not always quite so easy as booking a room at http://www.hotels.com can be, but hey — travel lovers can dream, can’t we?

via Celebrity Vacations: Hotels.com names list of Worlds Best places to stay, determined by EST.

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Make a Passionate Statement with the Walter P. Chrysler Museum’s Brick Legacy and Adopt-a-Vehicle Programs

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Make a Passionate Statement with the Walter P. Chrysler Museum's Brick Legacy and Adopt-a-Vehicle Programs

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National Stop Red Light Running Week – August 2 – 8

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

National Stop Red Light Running Week – August 2 – 8

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VIDEO: How To Disable A Cash For Clunkers Car – cash for clunkers – Jalopnik

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Engine Disablement Procedures for the CARS Program

THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT TO BE USED BY THE VEHICLE OWNER

Perform the following procedure to disable the vehicle engine.

1. Obtain solution of 40% sodium silicate/60% water. (The Sodium Silicate

(SiO2/Na2O) must have a weight ratio of 3.0 or greater.)

2. Drain engine oil for environmentally appropriate disposal.

3. Install the oil drain plug.

4. Since the procedure is intended to render the engine inoperative, drive or move the

vehicle to the desired area for disablement.

5. Pour enough solution in the engine through the oil fill for the oil pump to circulate

the solution throughout the engine. Start by adding 2 quarts of the solution, which

should be sufficient in most cases.

CAUTION: Wear goggles and gloves. Appropriate protective clothing should be

worn to prevent silicate solution from coming into contact with the skin.

6. Replace the oil fill cap.

7. Start the engine.

8. Run engine at approximately 2000 rpm (for safety reasons do not operate at high

rpm) until the engine stops. (Typically the engine will operate for 3 to 7 minutes. As

the solution starts to affect engine operation, the operator will have to apply more

throttle to keep the engine at 2000 rpm.)

9. Allow the engine to cool for at least 1 hour.

10. With the battery at full charge or with auxiliary power to provide the power of a fully

charged battery, attempt to start the engine.

11. If the engine will not operate at idle, the procedure is complete.

12. If the engine will operate at idle, repeat steps 7 through 11 until the engine will no

longer idle.

13. Attach a label to the engine that legibly states the following:

This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System

(CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the

engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.

via VIDEO: How To Disable A Cash For Clunkers Car – cash for clunkers – Jalopnik.

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Exotic Cars 101: What is an ‘Exotic Car’ (by definition)?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WHAT DOES THE TERM “EXOTIC” MEAN TO PEOPLE IN GENERAL — NOT JUST TO THOSE WORKING IN THE CAR BUSINESS?

The term “exotic” ALONE by definition means, in its purest form, “strikingly strange or unusual”. Concepts that can be unilaterally or bilaterally applied to appearance of an object (as an adjective used to describe a person, place, or thing) or concepts that are exotic in nature — as in a term used to describe an overall feeling evoked by an idea that lead individuals to an assessment of an object as producing a sensation of foreign or alien — are easily described as exotic.

Rooted firmly in the xenophobic desire to give name to that meaning other (with a xenophobe being a person who has a fear [phobia] of other [xeno]), the term is a working definition. Applied as a term used to both describe and classify cars (as in “exotic cars”), the stipulative definition has been used to describe vehicles that are so rare and unusual, it’s not likely the mass population will ever see one in person . 99% of the public will seldom be fortunate enough to get near one as a driver or passenger. Furthermore, chances are the average layperson won’t even know what the cars are (by brand or feature definitions and specs) if they do happen to see one at a car show or on the road.

Dealers and die hard car fans are likely to be more specific with their criteria used to define the term “exotic car” than the general public is; however, the term as a subjective. Stipulative terms tend to be defined by a person or group of people seeking to define something for discussion of a niche area. The designation “exotic car”, when used as a sorting tool, is fluid in its application. More over, the meaning of the phrase shifts from decade to decade of production (influenced by advertising marketers, cultural trends, and developing industry production) and from generation to generation. What cars seemed exotic in nature 50 years ago may be considered common by todays vehicle standards; conversely, what was once well know, if exclusive, may today become less prominent — if a car is scarce and meets several levels of criteria as an exotic car, newer models may be seen as exotic cars by younger generations with older models of the cars being classified as classics.

Read the complete article here:  Exotic Cars 101: What is an ‘Exotic Car’ (by definition)?

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Cash For Clunkers Program Expanded; Carfax Reports Help Consumers Prove Vehicle Eligibility

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“The federal government has made it easy for car buyers to help prove their current vehicle is eligible for trade-in under the Cash for Clunkers program. According to rules published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a Carfax Vehicle History Report and current registration document satisfies the proof of ownership requirement.”

Cash For Clunkers Program Expanded; Carfax Reports Help Consumers Prove Vehicle Eligibility