2000

Ramblings for May 15, 2000
Ramblings for May 15, 2000

New belt and bag rules One of the most contentious issues in auto safety has been that of new federal rules for airbag testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has had to walk the line between lobbying efforts from safety groups representing manufacturers, lawyers and...Read More»

Ford's Curve Control system
Ramblings for May 8, 2000

Smart belts and airbags With airbags coming under attack from concerned drivers and the Feds alike, the BFGoodrich Company has developed what it thinks is a good compromise: the SmartBelt system, which it says addresses some of the major shortcomings of both belts and airbags. One of the problems...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Week of May 8, 2000

THE BIG TWO WANT DAEWOOPHOENIX BID RISES BMWGOVERNMENT TO ADD AIRBAG TESTINITIAL QUALITY FOR 2000INFLATABLE SEAT BELTS POP UPMAXX TO BE PRODUCEDBETTER GPS NOWFORD BONUSES TO BE PAID BY CUSTOMER POLLRENAULT JOINS FUEL-CELL EFFORTAPRIL SALES STRONG THE BIG TWO WANT DAEWOO General Motors executives...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Ramblings for May 1, 2000

Batteries charge ahead After almost half a century auto batteries are going to undergo a big change. With the demands of new electronics and the advent of hybrid and fuel-cell power systems, tomorrow's cars will have 42-volt batteries instead of the 12-volt units we have become used to. A hundred...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Week of May 1, 2000

ROVER BID COLLAPSESRENAULT SELLS ITS TRUCKS TO VOLVO, BUYS SAMSUNGSATURN BOOSTERFRANCIS: NOT A CAR GAL ANYMOREGM BUILDING EXCITEMENT IN PONTIACGM RECALLS SUVSMITSUBISHI TRIMS DOWNBLIMEY! MORE BRITISH JOBS LOST?FORD FINED BY EPA36-VOLT STANDARD? ROVER BID COLLAPSES The sale by BMW of Rover to...Read More»

2000 Porsche 911 Carrera
Week of April 24, 2000

VISTEON FREE AT LASTFORD'S SWEET SIXTEENDAIMLERCHRYSLER MIXED BAGIN-CAR PRODUCTIVITY PARTNERSTOPLESS LEXUSNISSAN'S BIG TRUCKHONDA INCREASES INSIGHT AVAILABILITYPREORDER PRIUS ONLINEPORSCHE RECALLS 911C4ANOTHER BID FOR ROVERBMW AND MERCEDES-BENZ COMPACTS VISTEON FREE AT LAST Ford Motor Company...Read More»

2000 Mercedes E-class Wagon
2000 New York Auto Show, Part I

GMC SEES FUTURE IN HYBRIDS. If GM’s recent forays into car/truck hybrids are any indication, the company sees a vast potential for crossover vehicles, even at its truckiest brand, GMC. At the New York show, GMC unveiled the C-Series, a luxo-minded version of the full-size Sierra pickup...Read More»

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept  -  2013 Tokyo Motor Show
2000 New York Auto Show Index

2000 New York Auto Show Preview by Marty Padgett (4/17/2000) 2000 New York Auto Show — Day One by TCC Team (4/20/2000) 2000 New York Auto Show, Day Two by TCC Team (4/21/2000) TCC Tours the NY Show by TCC Team (4/24/2000)Read More»

Bentley cold climate accessories range
Ramblings for Apr. 10, 2000

Click picture for larger view Auctioning off Hogs online A few weeks back, we highlighted the auctioning on eBay of special packages associated with a Hummer, a Monte Carlo and an Aztek, through which GM raised well over $100,000 for charity. BMW raised a similar amount for cancer research by...Read More»

Tesla Model S inspection for seat-belt anchor, Supercharger site, Nov 2015  [photo: Jim Madaffer]
Week of April 3, 2000

DC, MITSU MARRIAGE TO INVOLVE CARS, NOT TRUCKSGM SETS SUBARU PLANSGAP NARROWS BETWEEN RENAULT, SAMSUNGU.K. TRIES TO STOP ROVER DEPARTURENEW Z WILL HAVE SIX-CYLINDERSIDE AIRBAGS DON’T EQUAL TOP CRASH SCOREVW ACQUIRES STAKE IN HEAVY TRUCK INDUSTRYMAZDA RECALLS MPV MINIVANSOPEC UPS OIL OUTPUTNEW...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Ramblings for Apr. 3, 2000

China expands, the West waits One of the most watched and most difficult car markets is China. The U.S. and European markets are essentially flat but China's growth is just starting, with the demand expected to increase 35 percent in the next decade. The Chinese have been resisting exploitation...Read More»

2008 mercedes a class facelift 002
Week of March 27, 2000

DC-MITSU DEAL DONE, SAYS KYODORESIDUALS FROM ROVER BREAKUPGM CONTINUES TO TANGOFIAT TO PROPOSE TO VOLVO, SCANIARENAULT, SAMSUNG CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONSM-B C-CLASS DEBUTSSUBARU’S CONCEPT ST-X TO BECOME SUV FOR U.S.NISSAN’S HIRSHBERG TO RETIRESUVS GET CAR-FRIENDLYDAEWOO SALE EXPECTED BY...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Ramblings for Mar. 27, 2000

Mangusta becomes Qvale Effective immediately, Bruce Qvale, CEO of the Qvale Automotive Group, and Alejandro De Tomaso have agreed to dissolve their business agreement that brought a new De Tomaso Mangusta, now to be called the Qvale Mangusta, to the fore. De Tomaso had developed his own cars in the...Read More»

2008 tesla roadster motorauthority 003
Ramblings for Mar. 13, 2000

Variable compression gets a boost If you want to start an argument, ask which invention has most affected modern life. Computers, electricity, and a lot of others will all come up, but the internal combustion engine will always be a strong contender. It has defined the progress of the 19th century...Read More»

2016 Smart ForFour  -  2014 Paris Auto Show
2000 Geneva Show: Microbrands

It’s a battle for the heart, mind and pocketbook of the European car buyer, and over the last decade, a half-dozen brands, including Volkswagen, Renault, Ford and Opel, have neatly carved up the market. There are a number of significant, second-tier nameplates, including Citroen and Rover. But...Read More»

2000 Porsche Carerra Cabriolet
2000 Geneva Motor Show Part I

] COMING TO AMERICA As often happens with the Geneva Motor Show, the event provides a hint of things to come in the U.S., as well as in Europe. Ford and Mazda offered two examples on their show stands. The Japanese automaker unveiled the high-performance 626 MPS. Short for Mazda Performance Sedan...Read More»

Bugatti Legend ‘Jean Bugatti’ Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
2000 Geneva Motor Show Index

Geneva’s Microbrands by TCC Team (3/6/2000) 2000 Geneva Motor Show by Ian Norris (2/28/2000) 2000 Geneva Motor Show Gallery I by TCC Team (3/1/2000) 2000 Geneva Motor Show Gallery II by Marty Padgett (3/1/2000)Read More»

2000 Chrysler Sebring LX
2000 Geneva Motor Show Part II

ONLY IN EUROPE Some of the vehicle introduced at the Geneva show are designed to make you think: "Are Europeans really very different from Americans?" "Could these cars ever make it in the U.S.?" Or, possibly, "just what the heck were they thinking?" Take this trio, for example. As strange as the...Read More»

2000 Porsche Boxster
2000 Geneva Motor Show

This week we'll see what is — since Switzerland has no home-based industry to hog the limelight — the only truly international show in the world. As it opens in Geneva, maybe the world’s most relaxed motor show will as usual have some interesting introductions. For the real car buffs, the...Read More»

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