In mid-July, the Energy Information Administration reported that gasoline demand was at its lowest since June of 2004. The combination of a soft economy and better fuel efficiency is contributing to a lower demand. This lower demand is causing, and being compounded by, rising gasoline prices. Drop in gasoline demand Over 2008, the demand for Read on! →


The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., is reopening after an extended period of renovation to unfold a tale of America’s obsession with the automobile. Beginning Jan. 29, the exhibition “Driving America” will open to the public. The $8 million project marks the first major overhaul of the museum in 25 years, said Henry Ford Read on! →


A Saudi Arabian would-be stunt driver who killed two men in a horrific drifting accident has been sentenced to death. He is to be publicly beheaded as a warning to others. Restricted entertainment options The man had been practicing the strange sport of “drifting,” popular with bored men in a nation that restricts so many Read on! →


The White House wants to impose stiffer penalties for automakers who delay reporting defects to avoid costly recalls. Republicans and automakers say the increased fines are excessive. Current fines ‘a pittance’ The administrator of the National Traffic safety Administration, David Strickland, said Thursday that the current maximum fine levied against automakers — $17 million — Read on! →


This is an exciting time for gear heads with a taste for innovation. New concepts and technologies seem to appear almost on a daily basis. But with innovation come more choices. Consumers can choose from gasoline engines, electric engines or their offspring, the hybrid. A new concept from a Romanian design team could relieve that Read on! →


Legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week would make it mandatory for automakers to install black box recording devices, like those in commercial aircrafts, in every automobile sold in the U.S. by 2015. Activist groups are rising up, demanding the government back off on keeping tabs on its free citizens. However, Big Brother may Read on! →


Parking tickets are a real pain in the rear and some parking enforcement officials, though just doing a job, are rather stingy. Ordinarily, showing them a sign of one’s displeasure is frowned upon, but a recent Michigan court ruling holds that yelling at parking enforcement is free speech. University rule preventing yelling at parking enforcement Read on! →


Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has delivered 15 Town & Country plug-in hybrid EV minivans to the fleets of three different cities. The vehicles will be driven by city staffers and tested for two years. Several other cities will receive demonstration fleet hybrid pickups as well. Minivan in Read on! →


The Detroit News reports that a large North American automotive parts supplier plans to invest $60 million and add 450 jobs as it acquires the New Boston Chrysler Mopar site in Wayne County, Mich. The jobs will be new, full-time engineering and manufacturing positions that the challenged Michigan economy badly needs. Improving the supply chain Read on! →