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Oregon Trying to Outlaw Aftermarket Auto Parts


High Performance Tire

In an attempt to look Green, Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski is pushing to prohibit the sale of aftermarket auto parts when there are other parts available that will “decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles”. Apparently this bill is focused on limiting consumer choices of tires, which makes little to no sense. The primary target is the high performance lines which, due to their sticky nature, have a higher rolling resistance to the road than all-season and economy rubbers.The slight difference in roll-resistance can often create a loss of 1/4 MPG.

Maybe the Governor is trying to think big, but letting legislatures choose what kind of tires we drive on is probably not the best idea; could you imagine driving a Corvette on a set of cheap all-seasons that don’t offer the type of dry traction a Corvette needs to keep from spinning it’s tires?

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Wallpaper of the Week: Obama’s Cadillac One!


Last week I wrote up a post outlining some speculation about Obama’s new whip. This week the details of Cadillac One are official and I’ve got some killer wallpapers for you to have.  Here’s the quick specs on the prez’s new limo:

  • 18 feet long and 5’10” high
  • 6.5-liter diesel engine
  • Max Speed: 60MPH, 0-60 in 15 seconds
  • Fuel Consumption: 8 miles per gallon
  • 8″ thick armor plated doors
  • Reinforced 5″ thick steel plate lines the underside
  • The tires are Kevlar-reinforced, which makes them shread- and puncture-resistent. If the tires do come off, the specially made steel rims can still enable the limo to escape
  • All windows are tough enough to stop armor piercing bullets
  • All windows are fixed except the drivers, which can roll down 3″. This allows him to pay tolls and talk with Secret Service agents
  • Armory includes: Night vision cameras, shotguns and tear gas
  • Medical kit includes: oxygen tanks and bottles of the presidents blood type for emergency transfusions
  • Technology includes: A State-of-the-Art laptop, satellite phone, on-board Wi-Fi and a direct line to his Vice President.

Pretty fancy stuff, now check out the goods.

Detroit’s Treo Fly to D.C. in Private Jets to ask for a $25 Billion Loan


Detroit CEO's in Washington DC

There’s no denying that the American auto industry is in trouble. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are all saying they could run out of operating cash by as soon as the first half of 2009. If they go down, an estimated 3-6 million Americans would lose their jobs over the next several years. These jobs are made up of the 355,000 people directly employed by the big three and also the companies that rely on domestic auto makers for business; dealerships, OEM manufacturers and financing companies would all go down the drain.

There is no doubt that it would be bad for our economy if Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all go bankrupt. The CEO’s of Detroit are in Washington D.C. today asking for another $25 billion dollar loan that they can use to invest in green technologies and to also pay their monthly bills. Although that seems like a sizable amount of money, it would be split evenly between all three companies. Considering that GM’s monthly operating cost is $13 billion, this loan would only keep GM alive for another three weeks!

I’m all for supporting our American economy, it really is in trouble. But did the CEO’s really have to fly in their private company jets to Washington DC ? Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group estimates the roundtrip cost at $20,000 for each jet. A first-class roundtrip ticket bought this morning would have cost less than $1,000.

I think we do need to figure out a way to save the American auto industry, but Rick Wagoner (GM), Alan Mulally (Ford) and Bob Nardelli (Chrysler) are not inspiring any confidence with their not-so-thrifty decisions. Congress seems to agree; “There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses,” said the Democratic Representative Gary Ackerman of New York.

Is scary to realize that Detroit’s treo hasn’t yet figured out that saving jobs should come before the preservation of their company perks.

Source: ABC News via AutoBlog – Photo by Mark Wilson