Rare Car Collection Destroyed in Northern California Fire: Before and After Photos

Gary Dower, Santa Rosa, California resident and owner of a substantial car collection shows us the devastating totality of the recent wild fires in Northern, CA. He displays his photos of his destroyed vehicles along with the obliterated storage facility they were in.

This information and photos sourced from dailymail.co.uk.

According to the Daily Mail UK, “The collection included a 1992 Dodge Stealth (valued between $2,500 – $5,500, according to Kelly Blue Book website); a 2010 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8 ($20,000 – $23,000); a 1973 MGB Roadster ($5,000 – $20,000); and a classic 1967 Chevorlet Camaro estimated at a value upwards of $70,000.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5003639/Rare-car-collection-destroyed-California-fires.html#v-4517182360762956344

Video of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is Here!

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is the latest version of Aston Martin’s iconic convertible Sports GT. The Aston Martin DB11 Volante has a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces well over 500 horsepower (510 PS) and comes with an eight-speed, paddle-shifting transmission.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: “The challenge of creating a convertible car is retaining structural and dynamic integrity. To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum.

With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11’s all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that’s 26kg lighter and 5 per cent stiffer than its predecessor. The result is a truly magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage”.

Recommended Retail Price from £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in USA, first deliveries of the DB11 Volante are scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

What’s the Best Performance Car and SUV of the Year? Watch the AVA Videos

The Automotive Video Association (AVA) represents nearly 500 million viewers per year throughout the automotive universe. These members come from around the United States and all of these individuals are involved in every aspect of automotive journalistic production. The members are: Nik Miles (OurAutoExpert.com) – Northwest, Roman Mica (The Fastlane Car) – Midwest, Alex Dykes (AlexOnAutos) – Northern Cal, Kyle Lindsey (Saabkyle04) – North Carolina, Sofyan Bey (Redline Reviews) – DC, Jason Fenske (Engineering Explained) – Idaho and Matt Maranowski (Matt Maran Motoring) – Pennsylvania.

Here is an abridged release from the AVA:

The Automotive Video Association (AVA), which represents nearly 500 million unique viewers per year, today announced the list of finalists for the first-ever AVA Awards. The AVA award program will be hosted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, and held at the Resort of the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Titled “The Mountain Run,” the AVA selected High Performance as the vehicle category for 2017 pitting some of the world’s most incredible cars and SUV’s up against one another in an all-out battle for driving supremacy. The Finalists are:

Performance Car

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Nissan GT-R Nismo
McLaren 570S Spider
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster
BMW M550i xDrive
Lexus LC 500
Honda Civic Type-R
Performance SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Audi SQ5
Volvo XC60 T8
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

 

A Six-Door Electric SUV? Green4U Technologies Built Two of Them

On display now at the 2017 AUSA annual meeting & exposition in Washington D.C. and at the 99th Annual TLPA Convention & Trade Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Both vehicles are based on a aluminum platform and both are said to have a range of about 250 miles on a single charge. Unfortunately, as of now, there are no technical notes available.

Here’s the (abridged) press release:

Green4U Technologies, Inc., a Georgia-based provider of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV technologies, is showing its first all-electric vehicles – the heavy duty MTU-6 SUV and the Enova SUV – at two U.S. expositions this week.

Both feature six doors to provide easy access to each SUV’s second- and third-row seats. Designed primarily but not exclusively for fleet use, the developmental prototype MTU-6 and Enova SUV on display feature all-electric powertrains that will deliver up to 230 miles in range on a single charge.

Both vehicles will share an in-house designed modular aluminum chassis and will be produced in Georgia. This chassis design also will serve as the underpinnings for many of Green4U’s future all-electric vehicles, including an eight-door version of the Enova SUV. The company plans to begin delivering MTU-6 and Enova SUVs to customers by the second quarter of 2018.

Production launch, on-sale date, and official MTU-6 and the Enova SUV specifications and pricing will be released in the near future. ͞

“Our engineers designed a lightweight and strong aluminum chassis and are optimizing electric drivetrains and systems to deliver the range and performance that fleet operators need,͟” said Jack Perkowski, Green4U Technologies, Inc. CEO and co-founder. ͞”We’re focusing on fleet operators because they understand how EVs can greatly lower their operating costs. A company that has fleet vehicles traveling 50,000 miles a year can save thousands of dollars through lower fuel and maintenance costs.͟”

The MTU-6 was on display in the Green4U exhibit at the 2017 AUSA annual meeting & exposition.

(Hall B, Booth No. 2647) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. The company simultaneously is displaying the Enova six-door SUV in Booths C and D at the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

First deliveries expected to begin by summer 2018.

General Motors believes in an all-electric future

DETROIT — General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.

Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

GM also introduced SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance — all emissions free.

Is Hyundai thinking about buying FCA?

This is from a question posted on TFLcar.com’s “Ask Nathan” weekly post.

You can read the whole column (here).

Q:Hi Guys, it is true that Hyundai will buy FCA?

Is this for real? If it is true, what’s going to happen to Jeep and Ram?1!? I have nothing against Hyundai, but this seems like a drastic idea. Hyundai is known for smart sensible engineering. As Nathan puts it, everything Italian is built for an emotional connection. They are two completely different philosophies with Hyundai appealing to the brain and Fiat battling for your soul. Also =, with all the instability in Korea, is it such a good idea to absorb a company that American consumers are so reliant on?

What’s your take?

Love your Ike Gauntlet and off road shows!
‘Schmitty

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

N

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at PPIR Starts this Friday, September 30th!

 

Come one, come all, come on you rockers!

The Autowerkz.TV crew hopes to see you at the 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak International Raceway 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak (PPIR), located near Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Vintage hot rods, racecars and rockabilly bands will be on hand along with vendors, great food and a dance party on Friday, September 29th!

The address is: 16650 Midway Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO 80817

For more information, go to http://www.HOTRODROCK.com

We hope to see you there!

The Best Off-Road Pickup Truck “Ever?” [TFLtruck Video]

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was built to take on the toughest off-road obstacles. This isn’t just lip-service, with front and rear locking differentials, a serious off-road suspension and belly armor (the tires were “pretty good”) – the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 took on a legendary off-road obstacle while the boys at TFLtruck filmed.

Check it out!

India is Shifting to All-Electric Cars VERY Soon

Recently, India officially committed to reducing emissions bu 37% and to sell only electric vehicles by 2030. This is one of the most ambitious announcements regarding electrification next to China’s new commitment to all-electric vehicles.

“This is part of the Narendra Modi government’s vision to helm a renewable-energy revolution in the country. It reckons that the automobile sector’s massive conversion will cut its oil bill by some $60 billion, reduce emissions by 37%, and curb the burgeoning demand for road infrastructure over the next 13 years.” – – Quartz India (online magazine)


They go on to say: “As a precursor, India’s new and renewable energy ministry has been appointed the nodal agency to help procure some 10,000 electric cars this year to replace existing government vehicles.
Various state governments are making their own plans in this regard.

Last week, the southern state of Karnataka approved a policy to promote research & development in electric mobility. It has now made it mandatory to have charging points and pods in all high rises. Maharashtra had waived various taxes for EVs when it became India’s first state to have an electric mass mobility system—in May, taxi aggregator Ola began operating 200 EVs, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaws, and auto-rickshaws in the state’s Nagpur city.”

Considering the fact that India is already taking serious steps towards automotive electrification, the future of electric cars in one of the most populous places on earth looks like a good one indeed.

Autowerkz.TV’s 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel V6 4WD

We were lucky enough to secure a 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel V6 4WD for a week’s worth of use. Full disclosure: FCA/Dodge agreed to loan it to Autowerkz.TV for a one week loan

It was a brilliant shuttle, assisting in the transport of over thirty dinner guests from airport to hotel and hotel to dinner party. During that time, we used every inch of its seven-seat capacity. It hauled people, film gear, bicycles, luggage and food platters (enough Hors d’oeuvres for 200 people) that were piled floor to ceiling in the Durango.

It performed flawlessly and more than one guest at the massive dinner party were considering purchasing one by the end of the evening.

There are a few things you need to know about the Dodge Durango with the 293-hp 3.6-liter V6:

It moves: 0 to 60 mph happens in about 7.5 seconds. It’s mid-pack among challengers.
It pulls: Maximum of 6,200 lbs – that’s best-in-class.
It sips: Combined fuel efficiency is 21 mpg. It’s mid-pack among its challengers.
It looks: good…
It is reasonable: MSRP* for the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel 4WD starts at $43,995


Weak points? Just a few, minor issues.

We wish it had heated and cooled seats front and back. We think the automated breaks, the ones that stop you if you’re too slow engaging them, are far too sensitive. We also wish the exhaust note was beefier… but that’s all.

In this class, with its overall ability, luxury, fun-to-drive appeal and 4WD traction – the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel 4WD is hard to beat.