The $50 Billion Bail-Out

November 7, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

I wonder how Main-Street feels about this one. Even though millions of Americans are already outraged over bailing out Wall Street, they are now being asked to bail out Detroit too. Later this morning expect dismal third-quarter results from GM and Ford, estimated at $2 billion each, which will probably plunge the markets even deeper … Read More

RIP the SUV …

May 2, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Are the days of the SUV and large gas-guzzlers over? The New York Times reports how “Soaring gas prices have turned the steady migration by Americans to smaller cars into a stampede.” According to the Times: “In what industry analysts are calling a first, about one in five vehicles sold in the United States was … Read More

A “Green Hummer” – you are having a laugh…

January 14, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Now its getting silly. The American motor industry’s rush to greenwash its products has now even affected the Hummer, with GM announcing yesterday an ethanol-powered version of the military-style vehicle. General Motors kicked off the Detroit motor show by revealing biofuel-propelled prototypes of a Hummer, even though the car does just 16 litres per 100km … Read More

GM to Test-Drive Fuel-Cell Cars

October 4, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

General Motors is to give drivers the chance to try out hydrogen-powered vehicles, although it will help if you are a celebrity. As part of “Project Driveway“, GM will put more than 100 fuel-cell vehicles in the hands of customers before the end of the year. Ironically, the cars will be based on the Chevrolet … Read More

EU Targets Gas Guzzlers

January 12, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Gas-guzzling SUVs or sports cars as well as people carriers could be “priced off the road within five years”, according to the Daily Telegraph after a crackdown on carbon emissions to be announced by the European Commission. The average new car in 2012 will have to emit no more than 120 grams of carbon per … Read More

Chelsea Tractors in Decline

December 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Gas-guzzling “Chelsea Tractors” or SUVs have suffered a sudden decline in sales after a succession of threatened tax rises, The Times reports today. Existing owners of 4x4s are facing substantial losses because the second-hand value of the vehicles has also dropped significantly. Sales of new 4x4s fell by more than 15 per cent last month … Read More