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  2. Yes... Ford is axing thousands of jobs across Europe in a cost-cutting effort aimed at offsetting falling profits on the continent. It's also shutting down a factory in France, considering scrapping low-profit models, reviewing a Russian joint venture, and planning to consolidate its HQ in Britain. Why all the self-reflection? Tougher emissions rules and shrinking demand have weighed heavily on Ford in Europe, where it claims 6.4% of the new car market. From January to November, Ford sold 2.3% fewer cars in the European Union YoY. But auto problems span the globe: In the U.S., car sales have slowed as the promise of low-interest loans fades. In China, car sales tanked 19% in December for the steepest decline on record. In Europe, the Brexit deadline (and the higher auto tariffs it might bring) is coming up fast. Which means Ford isn't alone in its troubles. Also yesterday, Britain's Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to cut its global workforce by 4,500 due to "multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions."
  3. TheWorldNewsOrg

    Carlos Ghosn

    via .ORGWorld News
  4. @JW Insider Wow!!! This psyops stuff is out of control!!! The "people" relied on journalists in the past I think to sift through all of this... nowadays though... it seems there is nowhere to turn.
  5. I'm usually very much against conspiracy theories, but there is a common game played in Social Media that supports evidence of a "psyop." For those not aware of the prevalence of psyops on Facebook and Twitter for example, here's a Google provided definition: Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. When Mexico is in the news, for example, someone can find a Trump-positive message that could either provide a catalyst to Trump supporters, or a Trump defense as push-back against Trump detractors. So let's analyze the above Twitter story for evidence of a "psyop." First of all, it appears to be new and therefore newsworthy in the face of the "wall" controversy with Mexico. It's dated January 4th, 2019. But it's not new. It's two year old news masquerading as new news. If you click on the USA Today link, you will see it's from January 2017. That leads to the second piece of "psyop" evidence. Notice that it's not only from January, but is from the exact same day January 4, 2017 to appear as if possibly from January 4, 2019 - only off by a single character. Good enough to pass the IAS (Internet Attention Span). Ford cancels Mexico plant, expands U.S. factory and adds 700 jobs Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY Published 11:14 a.m. ET Jan. 3, 2017 | Updated 6:00 p.m. ET Jan. 4, 2017 And of course, the last thing it does is make Ford appear a bit patriotic, or perhaps makes Trump look like a winner. Curiously, this same piece of news was being discussed in June 2017 after Ford had decided that it would continue with its plans to move to China. Here is the BBC coverage focusin both on the cancellation of Mexico and the move to China instead: ------------remainder of this post contains excerpts from the BBC article : Ford to move production of US Focus to China 20 June 2017 Image copyright PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Image caption Ford abandoned plans for a new factory in Mexico Ford is to move production of its new Ford Focus car to China in 2019, despite having faced pressure to keep manufacturing jobs in America. The carmaker said the decision would not lead to layoffs in the US. But the move marks another change to its plans for producing the new Focus. The firm in January scrapped plans to move US production to a new $1.6bn (£1.3bn) plant in Mexico after criticism from Donald Trump. Currently, Ford makes its Focus cars in Michigan, Germany and in China. . . . It may be the president's hands-on style of pressuring companies into bringing production to the US was only effective for a few months. In January, Ford said it would abandon the new factory and move production to an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico instead. At the time, the company said it would use the savings to invest at a different plant in Michigan working on electric cars. But Tuesday's announcement means Ford will make the new Focus in China, instead of Hermosillo - producing $500m in savings. . . . Ford sold about 67,150 Focus cars in the US in the first five months of 2017, down almost 20% from 2016.
  6. That's silly! What if the bus is at a stop sign and there is no wind? There should be a large depression in the roof of each bus to collect rainwater, and then solar-powered windmills could pick up buckets of water from the roof to spill the water onto small turbines to make electricity.
  7. James Thomas Rook Jr.

    Goodyear's Spherical Tire to Revolutionize Cars As We Know Them.

    The spare tire is going to need a trailer. I actually had a guy who commissioned me to design a transmission for a power generating windmill, and said to me that he wanted to put windmills on the top of municipal buses ... so when the bus went down the street, the wind power could be fed to the wheels. Since I needed his money, that was the Supreme Test of my diplomatic skills, for my entire lifetime. I always wondered what happened to him ... I guess he is in Goodyear Management now.
  8. I wonder if Tesla is experimenting with these tires now?
  9. James Thomas Rook Jr.

    Audi e-tron GT concept

    WOW! Any idea how much it will cost?
  10. Automobiles

    Audi e-tron GT concept

    The next electric Audi is being launched, following in the footsteps of the Audi e-tron SUV and the Audi e-tron Sportback slated for 2019. This time with a flat-floor architecture that provides for exciting proportions and a low center of gravity. 434 kW (590 hp) ensure performance fit for a sports car. The torque is transferred to the wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, as you would expect for such a dynamic Audi. The performance subsidiary Audi Sport GmbH is responsible for subsequently transforming the car into a volume-production model. Inspiration drawn from the wind tunnel: design and body Flat, wide and with a long wheelbase – those are the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo. And the Audi e-tron GT concept reflects these with its 4.96-meter (16.3 ft) length, 1.96-meter (6.4 ft) width and 1.38‑meter (4.5 ft) height. The lightweight body of the four-door coupé is manufactured using a multi-material construction. Here you have a roof section made from carbon along with numerous aluminum components and supporting elements made from high-strength steel. The technology for this automobile was developed in close collaboration with Porsche. Design and character are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA. Sustainable contemporary feel: the interior Four doors, four seats with 2.90 meters (9.5 ft) wheelbase – in the interior the Audi e-tron GT concept provides a large dose of everyday usability, coupled with a superb quality feel. The functional center of the interior is located at the front left, visibly focused on the driver’s seat. The center console, the large touchscreen in the top section and the line from the door rail and cockpit frame the driver’s workplace, perfectly incorporate the driver ergonomically with the controls and the infotainment of the Audi e-tron GT. The center console and the freestanding instrument cluster seem to float. Light colors in the top section of the cockpit and the gradually darker gradation through to the floor area create the impression of clear width. Sport seats inspired by motor racing in both rows of seats provide optimum lateral support even while cornering at speed. Performance and range: the drive 434 kilowatts (590 hp) system power – that is an impressive figure for the potential of the all-electric drive. Separate electric motors are fitted to the front and rear axles. In both cases these are permanently excited synchronous motors. They put down the torque onto the road via all four driven wheels – naturally the new Audi e-tron GT concept is also a genuine quattro. An electric quattro to be precise, since there is no mechanical link between the front and rear axle. The electronic control system coordinates the drive between the axles as well as between left and right wheels. That means optimum traction and just the desired amount of slip. In future, the vehicle should accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in around 3.5 seconds before going on to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in just over 12 seconds. The top speed is regulated at 240 km/h (149.1 mph) to maximize the range. One feature that not all the competition can match is the option of fully utilizing the drive’s acceleration potential several times in succession. While elsewhere the drive is switched to overdrive for thermal considerations, the Audi e-tron GT concept can provide the driver with the full potential of both motors and the battery thanks to its sophisticated cooling strategy. The range of the concept car will be over 400 kilometers (248.5 mi), determined according to the new WLTP standard. The required drive energy comes from a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of more than 90 kWh, which takes up the entire underfloor area between the front and rear axle with its flat design. The decisive advantage of this design is the car’s extremely low center of gravity – comparable with that of the Audi R8 – which in turn decisively benefits dynamic handling. All-wheel steering translates this into a perfect synthesis of sports car-like agility and precision, augmented by superb directional stability. The recuperation system increases the range by up to 30 percent on Audi electric vehicles – this is essential even with such a sporty car as the Audi e-tron GT concept. The recuperation involves both the two electric motors and the electrohydraulically integrated brake control system. Different recuperation modes are combined: manual coasting recuperation using the shift paddles, automatic coasting recuperation via the predictive efficiency assist, and brake recuperation with smooth transition between electric and hydraulic deceleration. Up to 0.3 g, the Audi e-tron GT concept recuperates energy solely via the electric motors, without using the conventional brake – that covers over 90% of all decelerations. As a result, energy is fed back to the battery in practically all normal braking maneuvers. The wheel brakes are involved only when the driver decelerates by more than 0.3 g using the brake pedal. The Audi e-tron GT concept features high-performance ceramic disks which also operate with multiple extreme decelerations without compromising braking performance. Reduces charging times: 800-volt charging system The battery in the Audi e-tron GT concept can be charged in several ways: using a cable which is connected behind the flap in the left front wing, or by means of contactless induction with Audi Wireless Charging. Here a charging pad with integral coil is installed permanently on the floor where the car is to be parked, and connected to the power supply. The alternating magnetic field induces an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, across the air gap. With a charging output of 11 kW the Audi e-tron GT concept can be fully charged conveniently overnight. Wired charging is much faster as the four-door coupé is fitted with an 800-volt system. This substantially reduces charging times compared with conventional systems that are currently in use. Thus it takes around 20 minutes to recharge the battery to 80 percent of its capacity, once again providing a range of more than 320 kilometers (198.8 mi) (WLTP). The e-tron GT concept can, however, also be recharged at charging points with lower voltages, providing the driver with access to the entire charging network. Audi: electric offensive continues The brand with the four rings launched its electric offensive with the world premiere of the all-electric SUV Audi e-tron in September 2018. By 2025 Audi will offer twelve automobiles with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and achieve roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs within this portfolio include the Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback due to make its debut in 2019. In addition, there will be a range of models with classic body layout such as Avant and Sportback. The range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact to the full-size class. The Audi e-tron GT concept show car, a highly dynamic coupé with a low floor, is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018. The technology in this automobile was developed in collaboration with Porsche; the design and character of the e-tron GT concept are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA. The project will be developed into volume-production models by the end of 2020. Initial deliveries will be made to customers in early 2021.
  11. TheWorldNewsOrg

    General Motors

    President Trump said he told GM it's "playing around with the wrong person." Yesterday, Trump demonstrated what being that "wrong person" could mean. If it becomes reality (a huge "if"), Trump's threat to cut electric vehicle subsidies could spell trouble for GM. That's because, as of right now, consumers who buy fully electric vehicles (like GM's Chevy Bolt) are eligible for a federal tax credit of $7,500 toward the vehicle. But...that credit begins to phase out after an automaker sells 200,000 eligible electric cars. Tesla already hit that 200,000 mark, and GM was less than 4,000 vehicles away from the cap as of Q3. Both Tesla and GM have pressed lawmakers to raise the 200,000-car cap and allow for more tax credits, which incentivize prospective car buyers to go electric. Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate...but neither chamber has passed a measure.
  12. Automobiles

    Mercedes-Benz C 63 [S] AMG Coupé Edition 1

    They are particularly well built and beautiful cars. The 1992 Mercedes was designed to last forever... some are still going with over 1.6 million miles on them. I consider that year to be the best engineered.
  13. Automobiles

    General Motors

    General Motors (+4.76%) made a major announcement yesterday. "Staffing transformation": The automaker plans to cut its salaried workforce by as much as 15% (and its executive ranks by 25%). The cuts could total about 14,000 jobs. But remember, this "transformation" was set into motion last month, when GM offered buyout packages to about 18,000 salaried workers in North America. "Increasing capacity utilization": GM said it will stop production at five plants across the U.S. and Canada, and two more internationally, in 2019. (It's possible some could resume operations, pending the outcome of union negotiations.) Politicians from President Trump to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were extremely disappointed/angry with GM. Here's Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): "Today our generation is facing a new Black Monday in the Mahoning Valley." "Optimizing product portfolio" and "Transforming product development": There are two auto industry trends GM wants to stay on top of...1) growing consumer preference for SUVs and crossovers and 2) disruption from technological innovation. So...it's 1) cutting a few slumping car models, including the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevy Impala, while 2) doubling resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs. But still axing the Chevrolet Volt? What's the cost? These moves are expected to increase automotive free cash flow by $6 billion by year-end 2020...and hit GM with a one-time charge of between $3 billion and $3.8 billion in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019. GM CEO Mary Barra said: "We are taking this action now while the company and the economy are strong to keep ahead of changing market conditions." "This is about making sure GM is lean and agile to get in front and lead in autonomous and electric vehicles." Viewed in the context of GM's bankruptcy last decade and President Trump's promise to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S., the political fallout will be severe to say the least.
  14. TheWorldNewsOrg

    Carlos Ghosn

    Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Monday after an internal investigation found he had allegedly been underreporting his income "over many years." He'll be booted from the board before the week's out. Nissan said "numerous other significant acts of misconduct have been uncovered, such as personal use of company assets." It also identified another board director, Greg Kelly, in the misconduct. Ghosn joined Nissan's team in 1999 and is considered the main architect of a global alliance between Nissan (-5.85%), Mitsubishi, and Renault (-8.43%). Let's untangle this (now's the time to grab your pen and paper)... Renault, a French automaker, owns 43.4% of Nissan. And Nissan owns 15% of Renault. Mitsubishi joined the party when Nissan took a 34% stake in 2016. Ghosn is also the CEO and chairman of Renault and the chairman of Mitsubishi. And while it spans countries, time zones, and cultures, the alliance has been successful. Together, these companies sold 10.6 million cars in 2017, and as a single entity they'd be considered the world’s largest automaker, per the NYT. Ghosn was a superstar: He earned the nickname "Le Cost Killer" in France after turning around Renault. And when he was credited with saving Nissan in Japan, he even became the subject of a comic book. Well, Ghosn's compensation had recently become a hot topic. He barely won shareholder support for his $8.5 million pay package from Renault in 2017. And in 2010, he became Japan's highest-paid executive. In total, he brought home about $17 million last year from the three alliance members, per Bloomberg. Ghosn's downfall is sure to put Nissan's governance under the microscope. And with Ghosn out of the picture, experts are questioning the alliance's future.
  15. CHANGCHUN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese automaker FAW Group is set to launch a new Hongqi SUV model to target private buyers, the group said at this year's World Internet Conference (WIC) that closed Friday. The luxury SUV model Hongqi HS7 is scheduled to hit the market in 2019. Meanwhile, the company's first Hongqi electric SUV, unveiled at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition this year, is also scheduled to hit the market in 2019. Both the SUV and electric car models are being launched to explore the private car market. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/10/c_137596998.htm
  16. You can already hail an autonomous taxi in Singapore. And Tokyo. And Moscow. China doesn't want to be left behind in this AI party, so Chinese Internet giant Baidu announced that it's working on a slate of self-driving passenger vehicles, including robo-taxis, that will go into testing as soon as next year in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. The news came as part of a series of AI vehicles announcements in Beijing at Baidu World, the company's annual technology conference, where Baidu also announced an AI deal with Ford. "The era for autonomous passenger vehicles is upon us, but having only smart cars is not enough," Baidu Chairman and CEO Robin Li said. "We also need smart roads. By leveraging our capabilities in autonomous driving and AI technologies, we can develop comprehensive solutions that will greatly improve the efficiency of urban cities." https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianblanco/2018/11/01/baidu-volvo-autonomous-electric-vehicles-china/#edafdd83bcdb
  17. Money & Finance

    Volkswagen e-Golf

    Volkswagen reportedly plans to sell its own electric car for less than $23,000, per Reuters.
  18. Automobiles

    Avon tyres safety wheel promotional film.

    Way back in the 70s, the Avon Rubber Company, a UK tyre manufacturer, developed the ‘Avon Safety Wheel’. This allows ANY tyre fitted to run flat, at least for enough time to pull up safely in the event of a blowout, and even then gingerly take it to a tyre service centre. No special tyres, just a slightly different design of wheel. It works by not having a deep well in the centre of the wheel, but instead a flat, shallow trough. To allow a tyre to be fitted, there is a deep groove in the centre that the tyre’s bead can drop into during fitting. Once the tyre is on, but not yet inflated, the grooved channel is covered by a steel band, closed by a worm screw.
  19. This should have been adopted.....
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