Things we find interesting from around the transport and automotive industries.
On September 18, 2013, while driving at 4 p.m. near the village of Girdwood, south of Anchorage, Alaska, Irvin "Irv" Gordon passed the three-million mile threshold in his 1966 Volvo 1800S, earning the Guinness World title for the highest vehicle mileage on record. A 74 year old resident of Long Island and retired schoolteacher, Gordon credited his record to simple routine maintenance. "Just follow the owner's manual," he says, speaking to IndyStar. "It's a piece of machinery and can't take care of itself.
Since the day the first Model T rolled off the Ford assembly belt, automobile have always possessed an aura of sophistication and beauty. Though a majority of casual motorists today prize the practicality of a price-point above the flashiness of a car’s features, that raw allure and guiding philosophy towards stylistic design is persistent across all makes and models of vehicle.
We are living in a time defined by a popular resurgence in nationalism. The status quo of globalization has been openly called into question by a recent surge in populist, grassroots demonstrations expressing anxieties over the flight of economic and labor opportunities from American workers. As a result, U.S. elected officials have been motivated to minimize incentives for foreign-made plants and redirect them toward domestic manufacturers.
It’s early July, the height of summer. Which means there’s no better time to roll down the windows and turn up the radio while cruising down the highway on your own private getaway trip. Before that though, here’s a quick question: what is the quintessential ‘American’ car? No, we’re not talking about percentage of parts and labor, but what type of car leaps to mind when we think of our country’s history of salt of the earth tenacity and high-spirited freedom.
If you hadn’t noticed already, we care a lot about mileage ratings. Of all the considerations that go into investing in a new vehicle, perhaps none is more important to determining the longevity of a potential purchase than the factor of gas mileage.
Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting and often nerve-wracking experience, no matter how much time you’ve put into preparing for it. From fuel expenses to maintenance costs, the pros and cons between buying or leasing, there’s a broad number of factors from which to consider before moving ahead with that fateful purchase. Purchasing a vehicle sight unseen, without the benefit of firsthand impression, can only heighten that anxiety. How can you be sure your purchase is legitimate, or that you’re not being taken advantage of?
The science-fiction author William Gibson once said, “The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed yet.” Those words, spoken in 1993, could not be any more appropriate now in the year 2017 with the promise of self-driving vehicles becoming a reality.
2011 was a benchmark year for the automotive industry. According to a report by Ward's Auto1 published that year, the global population of automobiles surpassed one billion, with an accompanying estimate of two billion projected to be produced across the planet sometime between 2035 and 2040.