trucks http://michiganradio.org en Boring, but important: Fuel economy standards getting tougher http://michiganradio.org/post/boring-important-fuel-economy-standards-getting-tougher <p>New, more stringent fuel economy standards are the topic of conversation in Detroit today at the first public hearing for the proposed 2017 to 2025 model year CAFE standards (Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards).</p><p>Today&#39;s meeting in Detroit is the first of three meetings. The others will take place in Philadelphia and San Francisco.</p><p>So far, the remarkable news for a proposed standard that calls for fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025 is the lack of any formidable opposition. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:27:53 +0000 Mark Brush 5828 at http://michiganradio.org Boring, but important: Fuel economy standards getting tougher People holding onto their clunkers, average age reaches a record 10.8 years http://michiganradio.org/post/people-holding-their-clunkers-average-age-reaches-record-108-years <p>O.k. - just because it&#39;s old doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s a clunker.</p><p>There still could be plenty of good miles left on that engine.</p><p>A Southfield-based auto research firm says Americans are holding onto their cars and trucks for a longer period of time.</p><p>The average age has reached a record 10.8 years, according to Polk.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Polk research firm said Tuesday that the average age of a car last July was 11.1 years, while the truck average was 10.4.</p><p>Unemployment and the sour economy have caused people to put off buying cars and trucks.</p><p>Polk says the average vehicle age has been rising since 2008. But the firm says a sales rebound last year is likely to slow the aging rate.</p><p>Car companies sold 12.8 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, up from 11.6 million in 2010.</p><p>In 2010 the average vehicle on U.S. roads was 10.6 years old, up from 10 years in 2008.</p></blockquote><p>The numbers for the Polk analysis come from national auto registration data.</p><p>The group estimates that as of July 2011, there were 240,504,646 cars and trucks on the road - down from a record of 242,081,704 cars and trucks on the road in July 2008.</p><p>The average age of vehicles on the road has climbed steadily in just about every year since 1995, when the average age was 8.4 years.</p><p>In its<a href="https://www.polk.com/company/news/average_age_of_vehicles_reaches_record_high_according_to_polk"> press release</a>, Polk said the vehicle market is changing:</p><blockquote><p>Polk expects this trend may change in the coming years as CUV and small SUV populations in the U.S. market have risen in 2010 and 2011 due to their continued success in the market. Additionally, the rebound in new vehicle sales in 2011 and for the next couple of years will most likely slow down the aging rate seen in the market over the past three years, according to Polk.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:52:54 +0000 Mark Brush 5816 at http://michiganradio.org People holding onto their clunkers, average age reaches a record 10.8 years White House issues first ever fuel economy standards for biggest trucks http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-issues-first-ever-fuel-economy-standards-biggest-trucks <p>When you&rsquo;re on the highway, you see all those big 18-wheelers... the cement trucks and trucks hauling logs... the refrigerated trucks heading to the grocery store... pretty soon, all these kinds of trucks will be seeing some changes.</p><p>David Friedman is with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He says these trucks are cleaner than they used to be.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:26:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3702 at http://michiganradio.org White House issues first ever fuel economy standards for biggest trucks Are Mexican truck drivers coming to Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-mexican-truck-drivers-coming-michigan <p>Mexican truck drivers may soon start turning up on Michigan roads. U.S. truck drivers are not happy about it.</p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/03/fact-sheet-enhancing-us-mexico-cooperation">The Obama administration announced a deal Thursday that will allow Mexican truck drivers to ply their trade on US roads</a>. The deal ended a nearly 20 year ban. Under the deal, Mexican drivers and their trucks will have to meet US safety and other standards.</p><p><a href="http://www.teamster.org/content/mexican-trucks-0">Union</a> and <a href="http://www.ooida.com/MediaCenter/Press_Releases/2011/030311.shtml">independent</a> truck drivers don&rsquo;t like the deal. Leo Wilkins is an independent trucker from the Saginaw area. He says allowing Mexican truckers on US roads will cost American jobs.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It would be a benefit to them, but it&rsquo;s not helping our labor force any.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s just destroying more of our labor force that&rsquo;s already been destroyed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The US Chamber of Commerce applauds lifting the ban on Mexican truckers. Mexico imposed high tariffs on more than 2 billion dollars worth of US products annually, in retaliation for the ban, which Mexican officials claim violated the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafta">North American Free Trade Agreement</a>. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:24:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 1516 at http://michiganradio.org Are Mexican truck drivers coming to Michigan? Images from the Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/images-auto-show <p>Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody was up early this morning taking some pictures at the auto show. You can scroll through them above, or check out this little video below:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfOP2yGvsIE</p><p>The 'press preview' of the auto show is taking place today and tomorrow.&nbsp; The show opens to the public on Saturday, January 15th. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:23:13 +0000 Mark Brush 812 at http://michiganradio.org Images from the Auto Show Drumroll Please - Car and Truck of the Year award coming soon http://michiganradio.org/post/drumroll-please-car-and-truck-year-award-coming-soon <p>The winner of the coveted North American Car and Truck of the Year Award will be announced Monday morning at the North American International Auto Show.</p><p>The awards are unique in the United States because -- instead of being given by a single media outlet -- they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The finalists for North American Car of the Year are:</p> Sun, 09 Jan 2011 15:55:46 +0000 Tracy Samilton 801 at http://michiganradio.org Drumroll Please - Car and Truck of the Year award coming soon The critics pick the "ugliest cars of the decade" http://michiganradio.org/post/critics-pick-ugliest-cars-decade-0 <p>The auto analysts have weighed in and the car that tops the list (all together now)... <strong>The Pontiac Aztek!</strong></p><p>Former <a href="http://blog.caranddriver.com/author/csaba-csere/">Car &amp; Driver</a> editor Csaba Csere says of the Aztec:</p><blockquote><p>If you have ever heard that saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, the Aztek is the application of that concept to a car.</p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:53:48 +0000 Mark Brush 685 at http://michiganradio.org The critics pick the "ugliest cars of the decade" Your 7 fugliest cars from the past decade http://michiganradio.org/post/your-7-fugliest-cars-past-decade <p>We asked our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook</a> friends to give us their picks for ugliest car of the past decade.</p><p>As Tanya M. says, "<span data-jsid="text">clearly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder."</span></p><p><span data-jsid="text">That's true Tanya... except when it comes to the<strong> Pontiac</strong> <strong>Aztek</strong> (<em>sorry </em></span><em>Elizabeth C.!</em>).</p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 21:44:03 +0000 Mark Brush 682 at http://michiganradio.org Your 7 fugliest cars from the past decade