Ranchers once drove the beef to the rail head in centrally located Kansas City; now it's automakers and their suppliers that reap the benefits of building plants there.
Not only are planes like the 787 more fuel efficient than the gas guzzlers of the past, but airlines are flying them full of people. The car fleet would have to average 45 mpg to equal the carbon footprint of an airplane mile, and its actual performance is far from that.
When buying vehicles, women are often disrespected, and everyone gets bamboozled by slick sales tactics and trade-in woes. But people still like to see, touch and drive cars before spending boatloads of money on them.
As Ford, GM, BMW, Audi and others make bets on cars that will ultimately get 54.5 MPG, Fiat-Chrysler--which hasn't-- wants the new federal standards standards rolled back.
The first product-themed vehicles were horsedrawn, and the concept has been going gangbusters ever since. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and its many imitators are coming soon to a community near you.
The bespoke British automaker has a two-tier strategy--million-dollar cars on the top end, and a new 570S whose $184,000 price makes it the "affordable" choice.
In tiny pods and mock Microbuses with surfboards on the roof, 112 student teams compete in cars they built to be fuel economy champs.
Credit the new Malibu to one Jaymer Starbody, who's barely started shaving. Other notable vehicles at the New York International Auto Show? A redesigned Smart car, a Mercedes plug-in, and a Honda Civic unlike any other.
Alcoa is the big winner in the federal government's loan program supporting clean cars, and it will expand an aluminum plant in Tennessee to supply cars like the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and the new Cadillac CT6. Alcoa's no startup, though, so did it really need the money?
Debuting at the New York Auto Show, the new Chevrolet Malibu turns off the radio if young drivers don't buckle up, keeps stats on on-road behavior, and all but slaps the cuffs on, for speeding.
No doubt about it, high-speed dueling in fast cars on crowded streets is a rush, but despite video soft-pedalling, it has fatal consequences.