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Made In China? Wheels Buyers Beware

Wheel disks exports from China are very popular in the automotive aftermarket, largely due to their low price. For example, experts say in 2016 Russia imported about 1 million Chinese-made wheel disks.  But extensive expert  testing and evaluation show that these wheels are not worth even their low price, and may pose a risk to consumers who buy them. Continue reading “Made In China? Wheels Buyers Beware”

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Signs of the Times: Are Gas Engines Going, Going…?

Steam was the key to the engines of the first self-powered road vehicles (credit Frenchman Nicolas Joseph Cugnot with “first honors” in 1769). Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz among others made their own important contributions to the development of successful, practical gasoline-powered vehicles that (along with Diesel-powered engines) gave us the age of modern cars and modern driving.

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Collector Car Market of Tomorrow

Many people used to consider collector cars an investment, similar to pieces of art and rare jewelry. But in the past decade this market has demonstrated unusually high volatility. Prices on classic autos dropped sharply following the 2008 financial crisis only to reach new record highs by 2015. At that time many potential buyers started questioning whether such a rise was a sign of a market bubble. They were right– the collector car bubble did indeed burst, along with art and other high-ticket commodities  in the luxury goods segment, as well as high-priced real estate.  Continue reading “Collector Car Market of Tomorrow”

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Self-driving Cars Go With the Flow, and Even Improve It

The idea of autonomous cars is slowly but surely seeping into the consciousness of the general public, even as concepts, one-offs, limited editions and vehicles with some degree of actual self-driving capabilities are being manufactured and marketed.

According to CB Insights, a “tech market intelligent platform” that predicts emerging trends and pinpoints growing industries, “Private companies working in auto tech are attracting record levels of deals and funding, with autonomous driving startups leading the charge.”  CB Insights has identified 44 companies developing roadgoing self-driving vehicles, with projects and partnerships in varying stages, and with names like Audi, Tesla, Nissan/Renault, Nvidia, Hyundai, Honda, Valeo, Volkswagen, Toyota, Alphabet (Waymo) and GM among them.  Continue reading “Self-driving Cars Go With the Flow, and Even Improve It”