Accelerating Up to Speed with the Latest in the Auto Industry

Often Automotive Think Tanks will stay within their boundaries – The Auto Industry when doing there thinking. The Online Think Tank takes auto issues very seriously and yet we do not only talk about automobiles, however we are hard core when it comes to that industry and we read all their Online Newsletters, Industry Trade Journals and stay up on all the DOT issues and government regulations as well.

So, today we talked about the Auto Industry in our Online Think Tank for a good 10 hours. What were the topics? Well, we talked about many things, but below is a sample of some of the issues we discussed and are definitely of interest for those who follow the industry, because what is good for our cars, is important to our quality of life and mobility – Freedom:

1. The Bashed the US Auto Makers on Ecology and Now EU Auto Makers Speak Up.

The US Auto Industry lobbied hard against the newest fuel standards, while Toyota and Honda are already there, the US auto industry fought hard to limit the excessive fuel standards. Meanwhile the EU is trying to help their own manufacturers while getting regulations put in place against the US manufacturers, which is hard to do without hurting their own.

“The EU wants to limit CO2 to 120 grams per kilometer by 2015.”

The head of several companies said that the deadline was not possible, which is interesting as the EU is using the Global Warming issues to promote its businesses over other industrialized nations, like the US and China. Of course the Germans make many models of large cars, still the Italians and French who make smaller cars still seem to believe they cannot do it, that is to say limit the CO2 that much, but Volkswagon thinks it can, yet still joined the others in lobbying against the tightened emissions.

2. “The 100 MPG Car and the Volkswagon – Can Do Attitude!” Industry Week Reports:

Germany’s big automaker Volkswagen said it is planning to make a curiously designed car that will use just one liter (a quarter of a gallon) of fuel per 100 kilometer (62 miles).”We want to put ‘one-liter car’ on the market by 2010,” the group’s supervisory board chairman, Ferdinand Piech, told the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at Frankfurt’s’ International Auto Show.

The vehicle is not the most pretty in the world, and its engine only has one-cylinder and is a diesel, but 100 mpg, is attainable they say. Volkswagon says it wants to sell the car for under $5,000 and I bet people in the US right about now would love to have one too. Meanwhile the Chinese are getting ready to flood the US market with new Chinese made automobiles, the first dealership opens in 2008 in New Jersey. The Chinese will have fuel efficient cars, will they sell, probably so.

3. Meanwhile the Chinese Counterfeit Tires then Try to Promote Luxury Bentley Level Car?

Here is an excerpt of an article in a popular Online AutoSpies newsletter:

It appears Chinese companies are just as happy to clone tire designs as they are cars, with Continental the latest manufacturer to suffer lost sales due to fake Chinese imports. However, unlike BMW and Mercedes-Smart, which have yet to take serious action against China’s Shuanghuan Auto and its clone-cars, Continental has shown that it’s possible to defeat counterfeiters by winning a case against several tire resellers in Germany selling the counterfeit stock. Though only affecting a couple of commercial truck brands, the counterfeiting is still of major concern because customers were buying inferior products that weren’t as safe as the originals.

4. President Bush has asked a committee panel to study the US fuel efficiency laws to make sure that the regulations for future fuel economy is actually an attainable number.

This from the White House Website:

The Bush administration will launch a new study next week to estimate what kind of technology automakers will need to raise fuel efficiency over the next 15 years, updating and expanding a 2002 report that’s been a benchmark in this summer’s energy debate. The National Academy of Sciences panel, which includes environmentalists, independent experts and automotive engineers, will spend the next year working on the report. The panel will hear testimony from federal officials and auto industry executives during its first public meeting in Washington on Monday. With Congress moving toward passing some kind of increase in fuel-economy standards and President George W. Bush ordering his administration to set its own increases by the end of next year, the updated report will act as a road map for many future decisions by federal regulators. The 2002 edition concluded … that the industry could raise the efficiency of its cars by up to 27 percent and its trucks by 42 percent over a decade — to roughly 30 miles per gallon — with no changes in weight, size or performance. U.S. cars and trucks are expected to average 26.4 m.p.g. in the 2007 model year, the highest level ever, according to federal estimates. But automakers have long objected to the 2002 report, saying it overstated the benefits of new technologies and understated the costs and engineering work needed to put them into vehicles.

5. Chrysler Ramps up Fuel Efficient Competition Car and Industry Week states;

That they have an advanced propulsion electric drive vehicle ready to launch, an advancement from their new ENVI Concept Cars from their CTC – Chrysler Technology Center. Mercedes is angry that the Smart Car is being copied by China, BMW and the Toyota Rav 4 copies are also a concern. Germany’s Chancellor, is making a complaint to the WTO on China, there are significant problems with these infringements. But spying is not only in the passenger car sector. Auto Racing Spies Get Dusted by Competition – We found this interesting piece in the UK Register:

Formula One team McLaren must pay a $100m fine and has been kicked out of the constructors’ championship for spying on rival team Ferrari. The decision by the governing body of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) means McLaren is out of the constructors’ championship this year but drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso can continue to compete in the drivers’ competition. McLaren did not accept the verdict. In a statement Ron Dennis said: “Having been at the hearing today I do not accept that we deserved to be penalised in this way.”

6. The DOT has stated that Bike Lanes take monies away that could be used to make bridge infrastructure stronger.

Bicycles VS Cars, well we know who will win on the street in an accident, and most likely in the courtroom of public opinion, as we do not wish anymore bridges to be collapsed and yet, we need more bike lanes. Bicycle and car accidents kill way too many people each year and Americans are way too fat, they need to exercise too. The Department of Transportation – DOT stated this because they do not consider bicycles a real form of transportation, as very few people use them in that way, most of the bike riding is for recreation and staying in shape. True, but if you never put in bike lanes then no one will ever use them, so it is a self-fulfilling prophesy either way. Well those were all the automotive thoughts from today. Sincerely, Lance.

How to Choose the Best Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Company

If you are looking for the best auto insurance company in Pennsylvania then you should know that the state of Pennsylvania has many options when it comes to automobile insurance companies. There are many companies that are willing to provide the services to customers all around the state, but sometimes the hard thing is to find one that fits your needs! How in the world can a person find the PA auto insurance company that is right for them when there are so many companies out there? Which one gives the best service to fit their customer’s needs? In order to find the best company you will have to shop around and see which one is best for you.

Criteria For Finding The Best Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Company

There many important things you must take into account when looking for an automobile insurance company in Pennsylvania. Below you will find the many things that can be of importance and that can give you some assumptions of which PA automobile insurance company can be right for you.

Financial Ratings: The most important thing for an insurance company is its financial strength. This is simply because these ratings will lead the customer to make assumptions of how the company will do in the future. Financial ratings in the millions and billions will show that the company is in good financial position and that they handle their assets correctly. A person will feel no burden when putting their money in a company that allows them to feel secure.

Customer Service: One of the most important things that will land you a good PA auto insurance company is the customer service experience. A person will not be with a company if they do not treat them good. This is a main reason that people sign with an insurance company. The reason for this is that if an insurance company has good customer service representatives they will make customers feel at home and they will feel comfortable with their policies.

Variety of Plans: This is another important thing an insurance company has to attract customers. If a company has a variety of plans then more customers will be able to sign with them. Companies that have a variety of plans and services succeed more than other companies with very limited options.

For A Good Pennsylvania Insurance Company You Must Shop Around

The most important thing in order to find the best PA car insurance company for your needs is to shop around. There are two ways of shopping around, the World Wide Web and in person. If you use the internet then you will be able to either visit company websites directly or go to online comparison websites. If you decide to go to the company websites then you must be able to fill information about yourself in each site. After doing this you will be able to retrieve your quote and at the end you can compare the quotes from the many different sites.

If you want to visit the local Pennsylvania auto insurance agencies near you personally then you will want to choose three or four that you really want to find information about. Once you are there then you will be able to proceed and ask the agents about the company and its history, the different plans available, and their financial ratings. When you are in the premises make sure to check every single thing that will give you a clue about how the company functions. Check out how the agents treat the customers and make sure that the customers are glad to be there. You can also check out the organizational skills of their agents and what they know about the company.

Some Top Automobile Insurance Companies In Pennsylvania

As noted above there are many automobile insurance companies in the state of Pennsylvania. Below we will discuss three of them and you will be able to see their history and some of their information. It is important to highlight that this are only three of the many companies and that you can find more companies on your local yellow pages or online.

Allstate: With their motto “You are in good hands” this company strives to be the best by giving their customers peace of mind and enriching their quality of life through the excellent management of their risks. The company was founded in 1931 and it only became a public trading company in 1993. Based in Northbrook, Illinois; Allstate is one of the nation’s leading insurers in urban and regional areas. They pride in the various numbers of awards they have won through out the years and because they have supported auto and highway safety reforms including seat belts, air bags and teen driver education.

A Fortune 100 company with $157.5 billion assets, the Allstate Corporation encompasses more than 70,000 professionals. The company provides insurance products to an estimate 17 million automobiles and one out of every 9 autos on the road are insured by them. Allstate has offices in 49 states of the United States and their regional office in Texas is located in Irving.

AIG: American International Group (AIG) is one of the world’s leaders in insurance and financial services. It operates in 130 countries and in all the 5 continents of the world serving commercial, institutional and individual customers. The company was founded in 1919 by Cornelious Vander Starr in Shangai, China. In 1962 Starr gave away the share of the company in the U.S. to Maurice R “Hank” Greenberg because the company was not doing well at all in the economic sector. Greenberg focused on selling insurance through independent brokers rather than agents and the insurance company went flying high.

Liberty Mutual: This company is an excellent choice for people looking for car insurance. The company was founded in the year 1912 in the state of Massachusetts with the principle of protecting employers with workers compensation insurance. Since their foundation they have worked to make the world safer. Their three main principles are clearly defined: integrity, dignity, respect and superior products. The personal market in Liberty Mutual is the department in charge of automobile insurance products. They have over 400 offices in the United States, while also having offices 13 different countries.

A Few Common Auto Lockout Tools

Getting locked out of our automobile is one unplanned situation that can lead to frustration and anxiety. Consequently, some people at times are tempted to scrounge up whatever we can to utilize as a tool to get access to our automobile – a coat hanger or maybe even a brick. Granted, emergency situations sometimes require drastic measures. However, when we’re not faced with an emergency, getting back into the vehicle is sometimes best left to the experts. Nonetheless, it can still be helpful to understand precisely what a few of these tools do that the locksmith uses to achieve this.

In auto lockouts, the Slim Jim is a tool you’ll often see used on older cars more so than newer models. The reason being is some newer model automobiles have built in internal defenses that block the use of the Slim Jim to prevent auto theft. Dependent on on the expertise of the locksmith, your automobile can be unlocked within a matter of minutes using a Slim Jim. Technically, the Slim Jim tool cannot be regarded as a lock pick tool as it does not actually work with the lock mechanism in the vehicle. Instead, it allows one to control the link that unlocks. One drawback of using this type of tool is an inexperienced user might actually disconnect the linkage to the door lock. If this happens, even the original key will not unlock the door.

Another commonly used tool of the auto locksmith is the inflatable wedge. This particular locksmith tool has rounded corners which allows easy penetration between the vehicle door and frame. After you slip the wedge in between your door and frame, an air pump is utilized to inflate the wedge and create a seam so that other unlocking tools can be utilized, like a Slim Jim, to open the door completely. It can be handy for not only the locksmith profession, but also the police, fireman and other emergency personnel. Built from of non-marring vinyl, it is considered safe for use on any vehicles.

A Jiggler is actually a thin piece of metal cut in the general shape of a key. The Jiggler slides into the key way of many locks and most car locks. Jigglers come in a group, having a variety of basic cuts that vaguely resemble cuts on keys of specific manufacturers. A Jiggler is slipped in the lock and moved around, much as using a rake type pick, until the lock opens. If one Jiggler does not work then the next one in the set is tried. The chance of success depends upon the skill of the operator and some luck.

When being locked out of an automobile, the anxiety and frustration of the situation can quite often cause people to make hasty decisions to gain entry to their vehicle. The last thing you want to do is cause damage to your vehicle and then have to pay a locksmith for their services anyhow. If you do not have the proper tools or have limited or no knowledge of the tools you’ve got, it is best to speak to a reputable locksmith in your town to help you get back into your vehicle.