If you looked at BMW’s line-up 10-years ago, reading the headline that they’ll be producing 26 new M (both “pure” Ms as well as M-Performance models) would sound absolutely insane. Back in 2007, BMW’s lineup consisted of the 3, 5, 6, and 7 series along with the X3, X5 and Z4. To narrow that down even further, only the 3, 5, 6, and Z4 had M-variants. Fast forward to today, and given BMW’s vastly expanded lineup along with their M-division given the green light to sprinkle their love on many of their cars, we’ve been able to drive some very spectacular cars that you used to only be able to dream about.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:50 PM

Audi Aiming to Re-Do Diesel

As much as electric vehicles are all the rage right now, Audi is taking another stab at going green with its development of synthetic diesel fuel. If successfully executed, the end result can be an eco-friendlier alternative fuel source derived completely from electricity, water and air all while emitting little to no carbon dioxide.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:23 PM

California Pumping Up Taxes On Gas

We hope your Halloween was enjoyable because, if you haven’t already heard, the latest news on gas prices won’t be.

 

 

Traditionally, there were only two ways of owning a car – either you bought one or leased it. Once you decided which one you wanted, it meant you were in it for the long haul. With leases typically lasting 3 years and buyers sometimes owning their cars for decades, a car had to check off all the boxes and meet all your needs.

What if that doesn’t need to be the case anymore? What if you need an SUV for a road trip with the family, want to impress a client in a luxury sedan or take your spouse out for date night in a hot convertible? Now all of that is entirely possible without having to actual own a single car. No, we’re not talking about renting; we’re referring to the idea of the on-demand, subscription based car service.

The age-old question that many customers ask after selling us their car. Whether they’ve saved enough to upgrade or want to keep things simple, unfortunately the answer never simply leans one way or the other. There are several lifestyle factors that you (and your family) must consider before pulling the trigger on leasing or financing your next vehicle so here are some things you should think about.

 

If everything Porsche says about their Mission E project comes true, it will be one tough benchmark to beat for the rest of the automakers looking to get a piece of the electric car pie that Tesla has been clearly laid claim to. If we know anything about Porsche's history, it's very rare that they miss the mark on projects. Combine that with the fact that fully electronic cars are the future of the auto world, we know they're looking to surpass expectations and assert dominance in the space. 

Dealerships Not Selling Their Sales Positions?

Interest in the sales position at dealerships are at a notable decline which may have a ripple effect that bleeds down to their customers. According to Isabelle Helms, head of research and market intelligence for Cox Automotive in Atlanta, job seekers would entertain the idea of working in the auto industry but that interest drastically declines if the position is for sales.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 02:59 PM

Ride Sharing Shakes the Taxi-Cab World

Uber, Lyft, and SideCar have all become words applicable for a quarter in the swear jar in the homes of taxi cab drivers. Just this past September, California officially sanctioned and is now regulating ride sharing in it’s state. In the hearing to vote in it’s legitimacy, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) had a landslide vote in favor of the new type of transportation network. Initially, taxis were the only type of service to fit the needs of those who needed a ride instantly, however at the cost of heavy restrictions, guidelines, and mandatory licensing by the state and company. Now, getting a (seemingly cheaper) ride can be obtained with just a click on your smartphone. After that, a “private driver” will show up at your doorstep in minutes and even offer you a chilled bottle of water. We put private driver in quotes because in reality, it is just a stranger with a 4 door car and nothing else to do; no taxi cab license required.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk definitely absorbed the lesson of sharing when he was a child. In the company’s blog yesterday, he recently announced that Tesla Motors Inc. will be relinquishing all of it’s EV patents to any automaker who is interested in using it’s technology “in good faith”. Musk clearly stated that his company will not pursue patent lawsuits for the sake of a greener world.

 “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” said Musk.

 The CEO is taking a huge risk in doing so. He is essentially giving his competition the leg up Tesla worked so hard to secure with the patents in the first place. Musk even highlighted that concern by saying the patents were not just created in order to get the green light to sue, but rather to hinder larger and more powerful automakers from stomping all over Tesla during their coming-out stage. Musk then said that prohibiting others from using Tesla technology is actually a mistake and that it would not have made an impact in competition at all due to EV vehicles making up less than 1% of total vehicle sales. 

 With roughly 2 billion cars in circulation globally and 100 million being produced each year, Tesla cannot produce enough EVs on its own to aid with our global emissions issue. Musk further addresses the fear of competition with his concluding statement: 

 “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.”

 You can read more about his plan here: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

Musk is really beginning to grow on us. Removing all restrictions to others of Tesla’s technology in an effort to reduce global carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels is nothing short of praiseworthy. It also shows the public that Tesla was not created simply as a trend-setting way to make money, but rather to strive for a much larger picture that benefits us all. Hats off to you Mr. Musk.

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