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Americans Need to Clean Up Their Act
CHICAGO, Feb. 26 / -- Americans say love their cars,
but five of six owners also say they’re ashamed when their autos
don't look -- or smell -- their best.
A survey done by the International Carwash
Association found that owners' most embarrassing moments occur when
trash and odors permeate their car's interior, and nearly 50 percent
say noticeable dirt on their car's exterior triggers embarrassment,
followed by salt build-up (33 percent) and bug grime (30 percent).
Twenty-three percent of respondents -- representing nearly 32
million U.S. car owners -- report that "Wash Me" has been
scribbled on their cars at least once.
Ford Launches New Program: 'Smart' Vehicles
Transmit Where & How They Are
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26/ -- Ford and the Minnesota DOT
have announced a partnership to construct an intelligent
transportation system where cars will talk to the highway, and to
each other, to keep passengers out of traffic jams and bad weather,
using state-of-the-art technology.
Initially, state police cars, ambulances and
state-owned cars and trucks will be outfitted with sensing devices
that will collect traffic-related data from each vehicle, including
vehicle speed, location and heading. Weather-related data will also
be obtained, including windshield wiper operation, lights on or off,
outside temperature and traction control system status.
Toyota Worried That 1989 Camry Ranks At Top of
NICB Most Stolen Vehicles List
DETROIT, Feb. 26/ -- In an effort to offset the
dubious achievement of manufacturing the top-ranked most stolen
vehicle, the 1989 Toyota Camry, Toyota Motor Sales USA issued a
statement urging consumers to keep in mind that the Camry “has
been a best-seller for many years, there are more of them on the
road than most other makes. We
believe that the percentage of thefts relative to the number of an
individual model on the road is more telling.
When measured by those criteria, the Camry's rate of theft
and insurance loss claims are comparable to the average for all
Ricardo's 'HyTrans' to Help Improve Delivery
Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions
SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, West Sussex, England, Feb. 26/ --
Ricardo has formally launched its 1.2 million pounds sterling
HyTrans project to be carried out in partnership with Ford Motor
Company, Valeo SA and the Gates Corporation.
The project is designed to demonstrate technologies for an
affordable and production-feasible micro-hybrid diesel delivery
vehicle based on the existing Ford Transit.
In what will be Europe's first micro-hybrid delivery
van, the partners expect to achieve a 15-25 percent improvement in
fuel consumption over typical door-to-door, real world local