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Right to Repair bill introduced

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  • On 19, Jul 2010

Story from Jalopnik.com

Legislators in Massachusetts have introduced a “right to repair” bill forcing automakers to publish repair and diagnostic software reserved for dealerships, so you and your local mechanic have access. Sound like common sense? Predictably, manufactures are fighting to kill it.

The notion of “right to repair” is simple enough. When you take your car into a service station for repair, you expect it to be done quickly and efficiently. One problem is that manufactures reserve some critical diagnostic software for their dealership repair shops and do not make it available to every mom and pop station. For certain repairs, it’s necessary for independent repair shops to take the car to the dealership to finish a repair, thus incurring additional cost and wasting time, both of which are a detriment to the consumer.

his is common practice in the industry and among the eleven manufactures which make up the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the group putting the most dollars into lobbying against the bill. Their argument against making diagnostic and repair software available to all service stations is a concern over intellectual property. According to manufacturers, making such software available for sale or license would accelerate the counterfeit parts market.

Proponents of the bill — like James O’Day and 33 like-minded representatives co-sponsoring the bill — don’t see a reason for concern over the topic. There’s nothing in the bill which specifically requires sale of intellectual property to competing parts manufacturers, and there doesn’t have to be. The bill recently passed in the Senate and is awaiting debate in the House, but the AAM is still fighting it — something they’ve has successfully done for almost a decade since RTR legislation first reared its head.

The alternate and unspoken motivation for fighting this legislation cannot be ignored though: making critical software available to competing service stations would mean a loss in profits for dealer repair shops. Keeping some software in-house means dealerships hold the keys to critical repairs, and guarantees some level of profit coming from customers who don’t even walk in their doors always makes dealers happu. The fight isn’t really about counterfeit parts, it’s about keeping the dealership network fat and happy and limiting outside competition.

The situation is nothing new, it’s business being protecting its own interests which many times conflicts with what’s more than likely good for the consumer. What do you think? Considering the horror stories common at dealership repair shops, the idea of giving your local mechanic — or us as do-it-yourself gearheads — access to all the factory software is one we can get behind, even if it risks the chance of a couple more cheap Chinese parts muddying the aftermarket waters.

Maryland man fined for “Illegal” tailights

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  • On 18, Jul 2010

A Maryland man was recently fined in court after being ticketed for having “Illegal taillights”. The lights, which look aftermarket, are OEM production lights though. The man gathered evidence to prove that the lights are standard (and approved by the US Department of Transportation) on the new Pontiac G8 but was shocked to find in court that the judge dismissed his evidence and handed down the ticket anyways.

You can read more here: http://jalopnik.com/5589270/maryland-judge-decrees-pontiac-g8-gt-tail-lights-illegal

240 greatest achievements in Japanese automotive history

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  • On 18, Jul 2010

If you are like us and love Japanese automobiles as well as Japanese engineering and technology, then you will love this read. Be prepared to set aside a few hours though. This is a long long long read and is very addicting. We began to read through it and it was very difficult to pull away short of reading the whole thing.

Some notables from their “Passenger Cars” section of the 1990’s (since we love our 1990’s Japanese passenger cars and trucks).

The Honda Oddysey: This was the first minivan to use the principle that all passengers are created equally and as such should have all the same controls available to them that the front passengers have.

Other notables include the 1972 Honda Civic, 1981 Toyota Soarer, 1982 Mitsubishi Pajero, 1990 Honda NSX, 2006 Mazda RX8 Hydrogen, 191961 Subaru Sambar and many many more.

Some of their greatest chassis developments came by the way of the 1967 Toyota 2000GT brakes, 1987 Honda Prelude 4WS, HICAS and much more.

Other categories also include body, drivetrain, safety, buses, motorcycles, equipment, gasoline and natural gas production, emissions equipment and more.

Citreon produces electric supercar

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  • On 16, Jul 2010

French auto make Citreon unveiled this car back in 2008. Back then it was just a concept but now the Citreon Survolt is for real. It made its racing debut back on July 10 at the Le Mans Classic and performed quite well.

With a tubular chassis, carbon fiber body and 300bph, this car propels itself from 0-60 in under 5 seconds and has a top speed of 162 mph (260 kmph).

It does all this with a full electric drivetrain. The car 140kg lithium ion batteries that can be recharged in 2 hours with Citreon`s special charging system or in 10 hours on a normal fro a regular power outlet.

It`s not everyday you see a car with such capability that is so environmentally friendly.

2011 Genesis Coupe R

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  • On 16, Jul 2010

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Spec R will come with more than its predecessor did and will include a Tremec 6 speed transmission to boot. The 3.8L V6 will still push out 306hp. However, this will now propel a new lightened chassis and stiffer suspension which should make the car much more competitive.

DieHard Battery commercial

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  • On 15, Jul 2010

I recently saw a commccerial by DieHard batteries that already has almost 200,000 views on youtube.

In a throwback to Gary Numan and “cars” Diehard shows the power of one of their Diehard Platinum batteries. In the video, the battery powers 24 cars and music equipment while Gary Numan himself plays his hit song.

The President of the marketing firm Synn Labs, who was responsible for this creation, noted in an interview that no trick photography was used and that the sound you are hearing is genuine. The car horns were tuned a bit to allow for the proper sounds but other than that, the video is real .


Biggest Supercharger on car

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  • On 15, Jul 2010

Story from Jalopnik.com

This image of easily the largest supercharger ever strapped to a car is real and in no way doctored. We salute these real gearheads of genius below.

When Mike Christensen says his Camaro had a big supercharger on it, he wasn’t kidding. According to Mike, his dad came home from the junkyard one day with a supercharger so big they could only speculate it came off a locomotive engine (side note, we must know where this junkyard is — immediately). Being bored gearheads, and having a sweet first generation Camaro drag racer laying around, they decided to lash it onto the car’s big V8. After custom fabricating intake manifolds, a special order supercharger belt, and quite a lot of tinkering, the engine actually fired up and when Mike blipped the throttle, he blew both head gaskets immediately.

$200,000 Mustang stolen in GTA

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  • On 13, Jul 2010

From CP24 news. We ask our fellow enthusiasts to keep their eyes and ears open for any information and please call in to the tip line below if need be. Story to follow.

Peel police are looking for a stolen, “souped-up” Mustang after it — and the trailer it was inside – were stolen from a Mississauga garage overnight.

Investigators say it appears the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for when they pulled up to the residence and towed away the trailer containing the custom sports car.

The car’s owners had raced the car in the Montreal area over the weekend and believe they were followed home.

The surveillance cameras at the owner’s garage were found to have been tampered with, but cameras across the street caught what looks like a light-coloured Ford pickup driving away with the trailer.

The owner of the modified Mustang is putting up a $25,000 reward for information leading to the return of the trailer and vehicle, which together are valued at $200,000.

Anyone with information on the car’s whereabouts is asked to call Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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