MODE TRANS PORTATION curated news April 7th

AIRSHIPS - ABB and Solar Impulse form technology alliance
ABB’s heritage of technology innovation in renewables, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency makes it an ideal partner for Solar Impulse, which is attempting the first round-the-world flight powered by the sun Zurich, Switzerland, April 6, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today it will support Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg […]The post ABB and Solar Impulse form technology alliance appeare ...
http://evnewsreport.com/abb-solar-impulse-form-technology-al


AIRSHIPS - Baggage Jacket Gives Airline Fees The Slip
A Bulgarian company makes soft luggage that doubles as ponchos, dresses and jackets so flyers can avoid baggage fees. Continue reading .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/baggage-jack


Bykes - Best of #ReplaceBikeWithCar
A recently trending topic on Twitter was #ReplaceBikeWithCar. I've looked around and found what I think are some of the best #ReplaceBikeWithCar tweets .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/best-replacebikewithcar.htm


Bykes - Legendary motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini passes away at 70
Filed under: Performance, Motorcycle, Design/StyleThe motorcycle world lost a great designer over the weekend. Massimo Tamburini, the mind behind the shape of the Ducati 916 Superbike, MV Agusta F4 and a host of other beautiful bikes died of cancer at age 70.Tamburini founded Italian high-performance motorcycle builder Bimota in the '70s with two partners. The last two letters of the company's name actually come from Tamburini. He then moved on t ...
2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/massimo-tamburini-dead-at


CARS - 10 Things to Know About the 2015 Hyundai Genesis
The Hyundai Genesis has been kicking butt in terms of sales. Mid-luxury sedan sales are up 24% since 2008; Genesis sales are up 46% .. ...
2015 Hyundai Genesis
http://www.torquenews.com/108/10-things-know-about-hyundai-g


CARS - 2015 Cadillac Escalade
Filed under: SUV, Cadillac, First Drives, LuxuryCadillac has been an interesting story in the auto industry over the past several years. Its comeback bid may be well over a decade old, but it's only recently that the Wreath and Crest has transformed from the auto industry's retirement home into its hot new thing. Today's Cadillac is a powerful marque working to instill passionate design, sound driving dynamics and cutting-edge technology into eac ...
2015 Cadillac Escalade
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/2015-cadillac-escalade-re


CARS - Buy a 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata or wait for the all-new 2015?
Seeing a 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata on the road today reminded me that spring is in the air and convertible fever is spreading throughout the United States. Current Generation Miata Gen 3 Miata First Generation Miata Gen 2 -the Pretty Miata .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/buy-2014-mazda-mx-5-miata-or-


CARS - Chevy Corvette Stingray gets 8-speed auto for 2015
Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Chevrolet, LuxuryChristmas has come a year early - and by "Christmas" we mean availability of the eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Corvette Stingray; it was was suspected that the General Motors 8L90 gearbox first announced for the Corvette Z06 might not make it into the standard C7 until 2016. The eight-speed automatic with a torque converter has been retuned for the lighter torque load ...
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, front three-quarter view
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/2015-chevy-corvette-sting


CARS - China Auto Show 2014: Where Too Much Success Can Be A Bad Thing
The Chinese auto sector, once a darling industry of the country's policymakers and key recipient of the 4 trillion yuan stimulus package, seems to be losing some love in recent years. Perhaps nowhere will this be more evident than at this year’s iteration of the China auto show that kicks [... .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kandywong/2014/04/07/china-auto-


CARS - Mercedes SL400 coming to America in the fall with twin-turbo V6
Filed under: Convertible, Europe, Mercedes-Benz, LuxuryPlace an order for a SL-Class roadster in North America and your choices come down to the SL550, the SL63 AMG (both with twin-turbo V8s) or the top-of-the-line SL65 AMG with a twin-turbo V12. But overseas buyers also have the option of a smaller engine, and soon American buyers will as well.Until now that's been the SL350, packing a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 in Europe and other markets ...
2014 Mercedes-Benz SL400
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/mercedes-sl400-twin-turbo


CARS - Mercedes to roll out S65 AMG Coupe in July
Filed under: New York Auto Show, Coupe, Performance, Mercedes-Benz, LuxuryWe're still a couple of weeks away from the public debut of the new Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe at the fast-approaching New York Auto Show, but already we're receiving word of an even more powerful version in the works. That, of course, would be the S65 AMG Coupe - the twelve-cylinder version of the latest S-Class Coupe, two-door counterpart to the S65 AMG sedan and replacement ...
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/mercedes-s65-amg-coupe-ju


CARS - New Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger to Debut in New York, Teased Today
Back at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, SRT boss Ralph Gilles talked briefly with Motor Trend about the future of the Dodge Challenger, hinting that we would see something special at th .. ...
2015 Dodge Challenger gauges
http://www.torquenews.com/106/new-dodge-challenger-and-dodge


CARS - Nissan becomes more efficient by saving air
The Nissan Energy Management Team has been obsessed with air. Not just any air, but air being wasted in Nissan's U.S. manufacturing facilities .. ...
Air leak test
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-becomes-more-efficient


CARS - Porsche Exclusive showcases custom-order 911 Turbo Cabrio
Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Porsche, LuxuryPorsche is one of the most profitable automakers in the business. In fact, it's said to make about $23,000 on each car it sells, thanks in no small part to an options list that can send the sticker price accelerating quicker than one of its own sports cars. But there are always those for whom even the extensive option list won't be enough, and for just such customers, there is Porsche Exclusiv ...
911 Turbo Cabriolet by Porsche Exclusive
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/06/porsche-exclusive-911-tur


CARS - Renault ZOE arrives in Norway
Norway is the leading market for electric vehicles in Europe, accounting for 12% of the electric vehicles on the road. So Renault ZOE was given a grand welcome at the Olympic stadium in Oslo on Tuesday, March 25, at an event attended by the French ambassador and Norway’s environment minister. A fleet of some 15 […]The post Renault ZOE arrives in Norway appeared first on EV News Report .. ...
http://evnewsreport.com/renault-zoe-arrives-in-norway/13446


CARS - Renault opens up revised Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet
Filed under: Convertible, Europe, RenaultGo back a decade or so and you'd find showrooms full of hardtop convertibles. There was the Pontiac G6, Chrysler Sebring, Volkswagen Eos, Volvo C70, Cadillac XLR, Lexus SC430 and so many more. Though there still are some on the market, by and large the trend has abated. Heck, even Mercedes-Benz, which (with apologies to Mitsubishi) almost singlehandedly brought the trend to the forefront with the original ...
2015 Renault Mégane CC
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/renault-megane-coupe-cabr


CARS - Sweden Has Strong Plug-in Car Sales Month, Plug-in Hybrids Still King
Thanks to a CleanTechnica reader, I now have a very reliable source for monthly plug-in car sales data from Sweden, one of the strongest plug-in car markets. The Swedish market is an interesting one, as it’s one of just a few countries in which plug-in hybrids beat out 100% electric cars.You can see that, in March, the top 3 plug-in cars were plug-in hybrids—the routinely dominant Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in had 144 sales (35% electric car marke ...
http://evobsession.com/sweden-strong-plug-car-sales-month-pl


CARS - Texan tries out new Camaro ZL1 Underwater Edition [w/video]
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, ChevroletTexans, please stay away from water in your sports cars. Now, this latest fiasco isn't quite so dire as the Lone Star State's last attempt at an amphibious sportscar - a waterlogged Bugatti Veyron - although that's largely because the Veyron in that story cost $1.6 million and this submerged Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 only cost about $57,000. Still, it's a sad state of affairs for the ...
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a swimming pool
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/texan-new-camaro-zl1-unde


CARS - This is what Microsoft's latest Windows In The Car looks like
Filed under: Technology, Videos, InfotainmentFollowing Apple's unveiling of CarPlay at this year's Geneva Motor Show, Microsoft used its recent Build developer conference to reveal how it plans to allow the integration of its smartphones with automobiles. Instead of automakers using Microsoft programming to create their own infotainment interfaces, this would port your mobile phone's screen onto the car's touchscreen but with the look of the Wind ...
Screencap from a presentation of Microsoft's coming Windows-in-Car interface.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/microsoft-windows-in-the-


CARS - What if all famous movie cars had to be cheap?
Filed under: Classics, Etc., Celebrities, TV/MoviesHero cars in films need to be sexy. It's why Doc Brown and Marty went back in time in a DeLorean, and why Bo and Luke Duke tore about Hazzard County in a Dodge Charger. The stars of the show need to get about in something cool.Artist Gerald Bear seems to disagree with this notion, as his latest series of illustrations, Unconventional Heroes, shows. He's taken the look of famous cars from both the ...
Unconventional Heroes by Gerald Bear
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/unconventional-heroes-sta


EVs - A Certified Windshield Technician Can Save You from Being Crushed in a Rollover
Why is the windshield of your car important .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/2284/certified-windshield-technici


EVs - BMW X5 plug-in to bring latest efficiency tech to New York Auto Show
According to a BMW press release, the X5 eDrive concept has undergone some tweaks since its d .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/2250/bmw-x5-plug-bring-latest-effi


EVs - China adds more incentives for electric cars as sales lag
Last year only 17,600 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in China .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/2250/china-adds-more-incentives-el


EVs - Norway Has Amazing Electric Car Sales Month (March Update)
There’s a good chance you’ve heard about Tesla’s record-smashing sales in Norway in March. Well, now I’ve got the full breakdown of Norway’s electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car sales last month. (Note that you can change between March & YTD sales in the interactive chart above.)Obviously, the Tesla Model S crushed it last month. The next five electric cars—the Nissan LEAF, VW e-Up!, BMW i3, and Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in—formed a c ...
Norway EV Sales YTD March
http://evobsession.com/norway-amazing-electric-car-sales-mon


EVs - Two reasons NADA gave the Nissan LEAF a low value retention score
The latest value retention guide from the North American Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) had a few surprises in it, including, for some of us, the poor expectations for resale value for elec .. ...
LEAF being built in Smyrna
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/two-reasons-nada-gave-nissan-


TRAFFIC - Denver Auditor Blasts Plan to Widen I-70: “Ten Lanes Is Not an Option”
“Ten lanes is not an option. A doubling of the current width of I-70 through Denver is not acceptable.”City Auditor Dennis Gallagher says CDOT’s plan to widen I-70 ignores current trends in transportation. Photo: Jeffrey Beall/flickrThat’s how Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher began a letter [JPG and JPG] last week to the director of the Colorado DOT. “I can’t tell you how incensed I am that the state wants to expand I-70 to ten lanes through North ...
City Auditor Dennis Gallagher says CDOT's plan to widen I-70 ignores current trends in transportation. Photo: ##https://www.flickr.com/photos/31437555@N00/5605571597##Jeffrey Beale/flickr##
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/07/denver-auditor-blasts-