Aging Population of America’s Cars

Posted by jg on June 10th, 2014 in Category Car News (no responses)

Cars in America aren’t getting any younger. The average age has remained over 10 years old.

The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. was 11.4 years as of Jan. 1, same as the year before, says IHS Automotive and its Polk subsidiary. That’s still at the highest levels since Polk started tracking it

For another year, that’s a record level — and now trucks have hit the same level as cars.

“In our history of tracking, we have seen a gradual increase in the average age of vehicles on the road,” says Mark Seng, director of aftermarket solutions at IHS Automotive, in a statement. “This year, we’re seeing somewhat of a plateau in the market, and expect it to remain over the next few years.”

The nation’s cars and trucks are collectively aging even as auto sales have blossomed to levels that haven’t been seen in almost a decade.

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Fuel Economy Slowly Improving

Posted by jg on May 8th, 2014 in Category Car News (no responses)

Good news for SUV drivers, their vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released at the end of April.

Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed.

Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn.

“This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, which has been tracking fuel economy trends for over a decade. After years of relatively stagnant mileage, the increased federal fuel economy rules passed in 2005 have been paying off, he said, calling it a “great example” of how industry can respond to mandates backed by public support.

Observers expect to see increased use of alternative fuels and propulsion systems, including battery power, hydrogen fuel-cells and diesels, as well as advanced gas engines, more efficient transmissions, improved aerodynamics and vehicle “lightweighting” and downsizing.

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Humans Replace Robots at Toyota

Posted by jg on April 15th, 2014 in Category Car News (no responses)

For decades, Toyota has been a leader in implementing new technology on the plant floor
But now the automotive company has decided to take a step back from robotics.

It’s happening at Toyota’s plants across Japan, reports Bloomberg News, and the idea behind it is as innovative as the move 30 years ago to replace humans with robots:

The only way to improve processes and promote more thinking about efficiency is to put people back in charge of making things. The goal is to create a more efficient car production line.

“We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,” Mitsuru Kawai, a decades-long Toyota employee tapped to promote craftsmanship tells Bloomberg. “When I was a novice, experienced masters used to be called gods, and they could make anything.”

The notion of putting people back in charge of making things is counterintuitive because robots have become so effective at doing repetitive tasks with absolute precision. Most auto assembly plants, like many manufacturing facilities in general these days, are dominated by them. But while they are great at doing things, they can’t think. They can’t suggest or find ways of improvement. Without a human hand to guide them, machines simply aren’t capable of keeping up.

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Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

Posted by jg on August 1st, 2013 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue.

Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front.

Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and abandoned children. Cheema said he has served as a volunteer with the organization in Pakistan. His trip started in Victoria, B.C., on June 14 and was expected to conclude in St. John’s, Nfld.

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Band Focuses on Charity and Music

Posted by jg on July 11th, 2013 in Category Charity News (no responses)

We love seeing local bands support charity and this is the perfect mix. The band Rhino Halo has organized a diabetes fund raiser to support two of its members who are affected by diabetes. The evening will include a series of musical sets, a bit of comedy between each one, and a silent auction — all to support the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Local NHL Stars Supporting Charity

Posted by jg on June 17th, 2013 in Category Charity News (no responses)

Hockey fans who just can’t get enough hockey in June might want to make the trip to the CIH (Canadian International Hockey) Arena in Rockland Sunday afternoon to see, and mingle with, many of the top area pros in the second annual Kevin Lalande Foundation Hockey Classic.

Lalande, the former Belleville Bulls netminder and Calgary Flames draft (fifth round, 2005), has played the last three seasons in the KHL in Russia, the last two with Minsk Dynamo.

Fundraising Directory School Coming Up in May

Posted by jg on May 9th, 2013 in Category Charity News, Donations (no responses)

Many people know that I try to help fund-raising peers who are skilled and passionate, get ahead in career and life.

But there comes a point, where you hit a wall. Because you can’t learn more, or don’t know what you need to learn. Or no one will let you be more where you are. AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto is coming up. Many people will get a chance to reconnect with mentors at this important event, maybe you’ll meet a new mentor there….

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Winnipeg Jets Plates Raise $800k for Charity

Posted by jg on April 4th, 2013 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

The sale of special Winnipeg Jets license plates has raised more than $800,000 so far for children’s charities.

Premier Greg Selinger said on Friday that 27,000 of the specialty plates have been sold in the last year by more than 300 Autopac agents. The plates cost $70 and $30 of that goes to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

That money is then passed on to programs that provide opportunities for disadvantaged kids.

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1958 Corvette Up for Charity Auction

Posted by jg on March 6th, 2013 in Category Car News, Charity News, Donations, News from the USA (no responses)

Want to buy a Corvette? No, not the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette that made its splashy debut at the North American International Auto Show this past week.

The one going on the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday has a bit more miles on the odometer, though it appears the relatively rare ’58 ‘Vette is in excellent condition.  It also happens to be the personal car of Dan Akerson, CEO of Chevy’s parent, General Motors.

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Taking the Plunge for Charity in Halifax

Posted by jg on February 1st, 2013 in Category Charity News (no responses)

Dozens of people rang in the new year with an icy plunge at Black Rock Beach in Halifax.

Over 100 people gathered on the shore just before noon to watch those brave enough to face the water for a charity polar bear dip.

At the sounds of whistle the dippers made a mad dash towards the water. Most people quickly turned around, but a few waded long enough to enjoy a quick sip from a flask before seeking warmth.

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