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Audi and BMW at Munich Airport

Our intrepid traveler lands at the airport in Munich, Germany and bumps into the unexpected...

Study says that Obama's target of 1 million electric vehicles is "undoable"

Detroit News
February 3, 2011

The Detroit News reported today that a study by Indiana University says that the US is unlikely to meet President Obama's goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.

Here's a bit from the story:

"The production intentions of automakers are currently insufficient to meet the 2015 goal, and even the current plans for production volume may not be met," the report released Wednesday said.

Toyota Recall, VW Diesel Hybrid, Obama and Green Tech

Several interesting stories today, here are short bits about three of them...

Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, here we go again


Leave the car running? On the street? Unattended? Welcome to Detroit, BMW.

We're not in Munich anymore Toto. What were they thinking? This is Detroit, guys.

Apparently the BMW contingent got a taste of Detroit when they left one of thier "concierge" BMW's running unattended outside the downtown Westin. Lets let Rueters tell it...

Two thieves drove away in a brand new $94,000 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan on Wednesday night that was left idling outside the Westin Book Cadillac, one of Detroit's major hotels.

Mercedes announces F-Cell World Drive

"Around the world in 125 days". At the North American Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes announced Monday an "unparalleled long-distance journey – the F-CELL World Drive". Mercedes will drive the B-Class F-CELL over four continents in 125 days; a demonstration of the viability of fuel cell vehicles. The cars will be driven in climates and on surfaces that Mercedes claims "would not be possible, using purely battery-powered electric vehicles."

Audi continues to see record sales.

To follow up an earlier post, Audi reported this week that it did indeed break it's US sales record in 2010, selling 101,629 vehicles.

Diesels are reported to be among the biggest sellers, so if you're not up to date on diesels you'd better start learning about them!

Here's the press release from Audi:

Audi shatters all-time U.S. sales record in 2010; brand expects momentum to continue into 2011

Happy New Year!

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Volkswagen Recalls nearly 380,000 North American cars

VW is recalling almost 380,000 cars in North America, for a potential fire hazard due to chafed fuel lines under the hood. Keep this one in the back of your mind, you might very well need to make the fix for one of these cars in the not so distant future.

Here's the text from the NHSTA document:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

VOLKSWAGEN / JETTA: 2006-2010 

Audi breaks US sales record!

And I thought the auto market was still tight. Here's the press release that Audi issued yesterday:

Audi breaks U.S. sales record; on pace to exceed 100,000 vehicles sold in America for the first time
- Audi sold its 93,507th vehicle of 2010 Monday evening
- The old record of 93,506 models sold was set in 2007
- Audi sales executives confident of surpassing noteworthy 100,000 mark

From the Tech Support Archives: 2007 Passat with a fogging problem

Here's a car that has trouble with the windshield fogging in cold temps. When the driver gets in the car the windshield is clear, but as soon as the fan is turned on the windshield fogs badly and then takes forever to defog...even with the fan on high. Diagnosing this one means we need to think hard about just how the defroster works in this car.