A company called the Rhinotire might make flat tires go the way of the dodo with it’s product, cleverly called Rhinotires. The tire uses an inserted layer of polymer to create a seal which fixes flats and provides other benefits like longer tread life and better fuel economy. To end flats forever like Rhinotires want Read on! →


Octane is known to have something to do with gasoline, but not everyone understands what it is. The quick version is that it’s a component of gasoline, but not the only one, and yes the octane number has something to do with how much is in every gallon. For starters, octane is a hydrocarbon Before Read on! →


The SAE 2010 Convergence conference has come and gone, and Automotive News reports that automakers want electronics suppliers to give them more than just parts. Considering how technologically complex even the most basic vehicle models are in terms of features, software and more, automakers are asking for suppliers to give them technical support. Automotive electronics: Read on! →


A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release Monday reported that Chrysler will be recalling nearly 10,000 Dodge Chargers fitted to be used as police patrol cruisers. The cars may have a light bulb harness connector that overheats, leading to failure of the low-beam headlights. The issue can also possibly lead to problems with the Read on! →


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! →


Ford is recalling late model versions of its rear-wheel drive vehicles, including the Mustang, F series pickups and Expedition SUV, among others. The issue is with a transmission sensor that is not calibrated correctly, which can cause the reverse gear to malfunction. Back that thing up Ford, according to USA Today, has announced a recall Read on! →


New car prices are down from last year. That coupled with the dropping price of gasoline could make this summer a little rosier for recession-weary motorists. Fuller inventories Many auto dealer are offering discounts that were not seen last year because of the shortage of vehicles from Asian automakers. The output from those automakers suffered Read on! →


Making the most efficient use of fuel is the new name of the game in car manufacturing. At the 2011 auto show, Ford representatives confirmed that the company is researching seven- and eight-speed transmissions. These high-efficiency transmissions are already being used in BMW, Audi and Lexus vehicles. The benefit of high-gear transmissions Transmissions that use Read on! →


Toyota unveiled its new five-door hatchback FT-bh hybrid concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The futuristic concept, a next generation Yaris, eschews high-tech solutions in favor of minimal design and weight reduction to boast an unheard of 112 miles per gallon. Holistic design over technological edge The moniker “FT-Bh” is an acronym for Read on! →


Washington state has introduced legislation proposing a $100 annual fee for owners of electric vehicles. The surtax is being proposed to compensate the state for lost gas tax revenue. However, General Motors has asked the state to shelve the bill. State bill passed this week Washington state Senate Bill 6455 passed earlier this week. The Read on! →