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Here is another data security issue that can have real world consequences.
Why buying used cars could put your safety at risk
I wonder if this can affect users who buy a used Prime. What about cars that have been test driven before purchase? Somebody could test drive & tie the car to their phone. The subsequent purchaser would be none the wiser until the initial test driver took over the vehicle.
I guess this is something else for dealers to check before finalizing a new or used car purchase.
The rate and amount of delinquent auto loans has climbed to its highest level since the end of 2008 when the U.S. was teetering on the edge of tbe Great Recession.
Car loans delinquent by 30 days or more grew to $23.27 billion, the most since $23.46 billion in the third quarter of 2008. They were up from $22.98 billion in the prior quarter. Roughly 3.8% of the loans were delinquent at the end of the fourth quarter, which is up from 3.6% at the end of the third quarter, according to data on consumer debt collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Source: Delinquent Car Loans Reach All-Time Highs | TheDetroitBureau.com
Trouble in auto financing can have a domino effect. If it infects the other credit markets, the results are predictable.
Danny Cooper, Mark Coughlan and Russell Frost have a conversation with Kathy Beslic, National Advertising and Marketing Manager for GM’s Electric Vehicles.
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There's a Bloomberg article making the rounds right now (and an Ars Technica article citing it), in which Bloomberg noticed that Prius sales fell off of a cliff in China, and only ONE UNIT sold in December!
They go on to speculate that it's because of the new Prius's styling, and the fact that Prius production ended in China in 2015, so any new Priuses are subject to high import taxes. They even compare Chinese-market Prius pricing to that of the Audi Q3, as an example of those high import taxes.
There's only one problem.
The Gen 4 Prius isn't sold in China, at least per Toyota's Chinese-market website. The production that stopped in China was aligned with the Gen 3's discontinuation (in Japan, Toyota changed over to the Gen 4 in December 2015). And, the Chinese market pricing is of the Gen 3, which isn't subject to the import taxes.
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With some reservations because the title is misleading. It would be more accurate to say, Toyota fuel-cell experiment ends. Sorry CARB, you can regulate against physics and chemistry but it won't last.
Source: Toyota Shifting Bet from Conventional Hybrids to Plug-Ins | TheDetroitBureau.com
Toyota, the company that gave the world its first mainstream gasoline-electric vehicle, says it now expects plug-ins to gain traction faster than conventional hybrids.
The revelation by the man known as the “father of the Prius” is the latest in a series of ongoing shifts in Toyota’s approach to green technologies. Long wary of lithium-ion technology, the Japanese maker is putting more emphasis on more advanced battery vehicles, including both plug-ins and pure battery-electric models. It also appears to be growing more cautious about hydrogen power.
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In fact, Toyota...
It's not set in stone - yet, but here's a chart, relating to proposed taxes - for manufacturers building mostly - or partly beyond US boarders:
This is accouring to Blumberg associates
Your Car Could Cost Up to $17,000 More With the Proposed Border Tax - Bloomberg
The irony imo is - Toyota built a nice new manufacturing plant here in the U.S. not too many years ago, that was suposedly going to be cranking out the Prius. But - with low gas prices & pickups reigning supreme here - the choice was made.
So better buy now - or kiss the fed tax credit's helpfulness goodbye if you're looking at that shiny new Prius Prime. The difference your tax & tax credit will pretty much be a wash.
unless Toyota chooses to retool for a few more models, that is.
Over the years I've become skeptical of advocacy groups that claim to rate, rank, and give awards. Too often, I've found the ratings and rankings lacked transparency and seemed disconnected from empirical data but happily, that is not the case with Greenercars.org.
- open evaluation criteria - How We Determine Ratings | Greener Cars although their coefficients aren't posted, it is clear they are data driven.
- easy access to vehicles - GreenerCars Ratings | Greener Cars it appears they use the same downloadable "test car database" that I've often used for my narrow studies. In contrast and to their credit they have institutionalized these data using their evaluation criteria for all of the cars.
Toyota City, Japan, February 14, 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation is proud to announce cumulative global hybrid vehicle (HV) sales of 10.05 million units as of January 31, surpassing the 10 million unit mark. More than a numerical milestone, this demonstrates the staying power of a technology that is now emerging as a mainstream solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
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Now, that's a smart move.
Smart Done With Gas Cars In US, Will Now Only Offer Electric Vehicles!
I am loath to post this because it reads like a 'steady, undocumented speed, on a highway' rather than a proper EPA test: Chevy Cruise Diesel gets 52 mpg on highway
General Motors Co.’s new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel sedan achieves an estimated 52 miles per gallon on the highway — the highest fuel economy of a non-hybrid or non electric.— according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The previous-generation Cruze diesel sedan was rated at 46 mpg highway.
Understand I recently ran 1,200 miles in the 65-75 mph speed range in a Prius Prime and got 55.7 MPG. I've often gotten 52 MPG with both our Gen-1 and Gen-3 Prius in steady speed, 65-70 mph on standard days. So I don't doubt the claim for a constant speed. But a constant speed is not one of the standard EPA test protocols. Worse, if the speed is not reported, it is...
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‘Mild hybrids to replace small diesels in three years,’ says VW’s R&D boss
Two days ago, the 1.5TDI - still to be launched in the Polo - development process in this model was said to be stopped. No sucessor for the infamous 1.6TDI.
(portuguese: Autohoje - VW aposta em híbridos para substituir Diesel )
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I'm buying this car. It's called the Whisperdiesel in Europe:
"The first nonhybrid car since the 80s to get an EPA highway rating of 50 mpg or more." The previous record-holder was 51 mpg for the 1987 Honda CRZ HF (which would fail to meet current emission standards).
"The Cruze with the six-speed manual will get higher fuel economy than the model with the nine-speed automatic..... to keep diesel chatter low, the fuel injectors shoot as many as 10 squirts of fuel per stroke."
Instead of starting a thread every month, I think I'll just keep adding to this one.
- Total hybrid sales at 972 units (+6.7% over Jan 2016)
- RAV4 Hybrid sales total 388 units (+20.9% over Jan 2016)
- Prius Liftback totalled 131 units (+184.8% over Jan 2016)
c and v are down 29% selling around 80-ish units.
Some here kept claiming & claiming Volt II was NOT really meeting what customers would want, compared to, and once Prime sales came to town.
seems ok to me
and if one counted both X&S tesla sales together, even the Volt would get nudged out for 1st place.
then again - if you smushed volt AND bolt together ... GM would be kicking everybody's can down the street.
Thank you Jeff Cobb: January 2017 Dashboard
Model 01/15/17 12/15/16 11/15/16 10/15/16 1 Fusion Hybrid 4856 3577 3372 4915 2 Prius Liftback 4553 7786 7284 5421 3 RAV4 2898 4773 3757 3551 4 Transit Diesel* 2720 4570 2583 3571 5 Accord Hybrid 1711 3124 1879 1296 6 Volt 1611 3691 2531 2191 7 Prius Prime 1366 1641 781 8 Camry Hybrid 1238 2181 1693 1802 9 Model S* 1200 5300 1800 1200 10 Bolt 1162 579 1 11 Prius C 1143 1644 1372 1543 12 Sonata 1113 1374 1867 1479 13 Model X* 1000 3300 1400 1000 14 Leaf 772 1899 1457 1412 15 Prius (again lowercase v Jeff won't fix it but you can Bob) 767 1373 1058 1168 16 Fusion Energi 606 1099 1817 1372 17 Highlander Hybrid 571 1018 483 356 18 Colorado Diesel 490 909 886 1056 19 C-Max Energi 473 1289 721 571 20 C-Max Hybrid 473 895 811 398 21 MKZ 467 667 552 450 22 Avalon Hybrid 448 1026 639 673 23 RX 400 / 450 h 443 985 666 535 24 CT200h 393 968 550 564 25 A3 Plug In 387 589 394 348 26 i3* 382 791 629 442 27 Grand Cherokee...
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