Month: September 2020

Car industry no longer growth engine of German economy

Germany’s mighty car industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, is no longer the engine driving the country’s economy.

“For the first time in a decade, the auto industry is facing noticeable personnel adjustments and will initially fail as a growth engine for Germany,” says a new study by the German Economic Institute (IW), reported exclusively by Handelsblatt.

The results of the IW study are likely to hang over the meeting on Tuesday this week between the German government and the heads of the countries powerful car companies and automotive suppliers.

Already before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, the automotive industry was struggling with overcapacity, as well as the need to invest billions to switch to electrification, and get their fleet emissions down in the face of tough new EU emissions standards.  

READ MORE: German car industry warns of job losses due to ‘unprecedented slump’

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Interstyl Hustler Is The Quirky Wood Kit Car You’ve Never Heard Of

Yes, the entire body is made of wood.

Wood isn’t what you’d call a popular material for building cars. It’s been used on occasion by mainstream automakers, notably with American companies in the late 1940s, and of course there’s Morgan. Thing is, wood is usually relegated to certain sections of the vehicle car. This crazy kit car creation takes the concept a bit further.

It’s called the Hustler, and yes, the entire body is made from marine plywood. We aren’t talking wood panels over a metal unibody either – everything from basically the wheels up is made of wood. That includes the dash, the pillars, floor, and even small items like the gear shift knob. The same goes for under the hood, where you’ll find wooden inner fenders, a wood core support, and a wood firewall. In the unfortunate event of a collision, this car doesn’t really have

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Bugatti Baby II Plays with the Past

From Car and Driver

The sight of a scaled-down Bugatti Type 35 being driven by an obviously 1:1 scale adult male is likely to set you thinking of an oversized toy. But this would be wrong, at least according to the European Union. “According to the EU, it’s too fast to be classified as a toy,” said Ben Hedley, CEO of the Little Car Company that has created this three-quarter-scale electric Bugatti and will soon be launching other shrunken classics. Having experienced the breezy charms of the Baby II’s open cockpit and 43-mph top speed, I can attest that it’s anything but childish.

As its numerical suffix suggests, the Baby II isn’t the first time that Bugatti has created a miniature. Back in 1926, Bugatti founder’s Ettore and his oldest son, Jean, created a half-scale Type 35 for Ettore’s son Roland’s fourth birthday. Powered by an electric motor, it had

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New Orleans Transmission Repair: 10 Signs of a Slipping Transmission

Signs Your Car Is About to Die | Reader's Digest

Nola Automotive Repairs

Keep an eye on your vehicle while you’re behind the wheel by knowing about the signs of a slipping transmission.  It may not mean that your vehicle is going to fail anytime soon but you can avoid a $1,000 up to $6,000 spend on a transmission replacement from a quality transmission repair service.

So, it is wise enough to get a handle on transmission problems that you shouldn’t ignore and stop transmission slipping ASAP to avoid major transmission repairs at all costs.

Transmission Trouble:  Signs that Your Car’s Transmission is Having Problems

Early detection of transmission slips can save you money and further damage to your car.  Here are ten signs that you should not disregard:

  1.  Your transmission refuses to go into gear

A manual transmission can go wrong when it refuses to budge when you depress the clutch pedal and attempt to move the … Read More