‘Are car firms’ profits really that excessive?’

Toyota made $22.5billion in 2017, but that might not be as exorbitant as it seems, writes Mike Rutherford

Concerned about the profits that companies make for themselves – at your expense? You should be.

If profitability is excessive, it’s usually a case of plain greed on the part of a firm that can easily afford to lower its retail prices. Apple, with a $48,000million ($48billion) profit figure in 2017, proves my point.  

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Germany dismisses report on VW emissions manipulation in gasoline cars

September 2, 2018 13:56 CET
UPDATED: Sept. 2 17:05 CET – new story

FRANKFURT — Germany’s Transport Ministry said on Sunday there was no fresh news in a Bild am Sonntag report that Volkswagen Group engineers told investigators certain gasoline engines in VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles can be used to manipulate emissions tests.

The ministry said the newspaper report pertained to allegations that the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had already examined.

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Automakers’ soaring ambitions for flying cars start to take shape

September 2, 2018 06:01 CET

When it comes to visionary thinking, perhaps the most jaw-dropping concept from one of Volkswagen Group’s brands was not a high-tech robocar, such as the Audi Aicon. Nor was the idea born in any of VW Group’s three so-called Future Centers that the automaker operates around the world.

Instead, its genesis took shape in Turin, the heart of Italy’s automotive sector. It was November 2016, the Geneva auto show was only months away, and staff at Audi subsidiary Continue reading “Automakers’ soaring ambitions for flying cars start to take shape”

Skoda Considers VISION RS Concept

Here at Car Articles, we love a good concept.  Skoda quite often bring the goods – and in this case the VISION RS is no exception.

Even the rough sketches reveal that a key part of this vehicle concept is about aerodynamics. The front is precisely defined. With its slim headlights, it feels very dynamic. The rear is dominated by a diffuser and an aerodynamically optimised roof spoiler. The Skoda VISION RS is 4,356 millimetres long and 1,810 millimetres wide, with a height of just Continue reading “Skoda Considers VISION RS Concept”

BMW’s new EV is about to take flight

A Lufthansa Cargo plane will ferry the BMW iNEXT and double as a showroom, hosting dozens of journalists at each stop on the tour.

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BMW’s autonomous iNEXT electric crossover is no ordinary vehicle. And to launch it, BMW is taking to the skies.

In a round-the-world sprint spanning Sept. 9-14, BMW will fly the iNEXT in a Boeing 777 Freighter to press events Continue reading “BMW’s new EV is about to take flight”

Nigel Evans MP Wins National Road Safety Award

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, has been named as Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for August 2018, by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.

The award recognises Nigel’s efforts to improve road safety in his constituency, in particular work to improve rural road safety – a priority issue for Brake as the majority of road deaths occur on these roads. Nigel has been leading the charge for road safety in recent months by tackling dangerous speeding Continue reading “Nigel Evans MP Wins National Road Safety Award”

Custom Car Revival 2018

Custom Car Revival 2018

Custom Car Revival 2018 was held in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 9th, 2018.  This is the place you want to be, with those who keep on the custom car tradition.

The party started on Thursday where at the host hotel people were seen getting together and sharing laughs  before the show hit Friday.  Along with show being held on Friday, there was also a cruise for some local gear heads to hang out and converse about one anothers vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC, Byton M-Byte, Faraday’s Future, fuel-economy demands: The Week in Reverse

Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black Forest

Which company started testing new electric cars in China?

What’s different about a new travel trailer in Europe?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 31, 2018.

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototype

Friday we learned that Chinese startup electric-carmaker Byton has begun testing its semi-autonomous M-Byte crossover SUV on Chinese roads. The car is expected Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz EQC, Byton M-Byte, Faraday’s Future, fuel-economy demands: The Week in Reverse”

Pedal car for adults: bringing exercise to your commute

Looking for exercises to do in the car? We try a one-off car controlled by bicycle-style pedals

Cars may be a vital form of transport for over a billion people worldwide, but unless you’re a top- flight racing driver they do little to help with physical health. Studies have found a lack of physical exercise kills three million people a year globally, but in the UK we spend over seven hours a day sitting down, with the average UK commuter travelling 54 minutes a day.

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