December 6, 2012 |
Stroll over to Nissan's booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show and you'll see the usual collection of cars, trucks and SUVs, not unlike other automakers' displays around the convention center. And then you'll see Nissan's DeltaWing, a black rocket made from carbon composite. The long, narrow body on the open-top experimental race car measures just 2 and a half feet wide from the nose, over the front wheels, to the driver's elbows. From there, the car widens dramatically -- another 4.3 feet -- to cover the rear wheels.
February 26, 2012 |
For the third time this year, several of the nation's major airlines hiked air fares last week, with United and Continental airlines initiating a $4 to $10 increase in round-trip ticket prices. Virgin America , Delta Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines have matched the increase, but JetBlue Airways and the nation's largest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, have yet to follow. A fourth increase, initiated in January by Delta, was rescinded when several major airlines refused to match the increase.
January 31, 2012 |
California drivers are keeping their feet on the brakes, with gasoline demand falling for eight months in a row. Gasoline consumption in California totaled 1.23 billion gallons in October, down 1.8% from the 1.26 gallons used the previous October, according to a report released Tuesday by California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton. The last time gas use increased was in January 2011, when consumption rose 2.7%. Consumption was flat in February. “High gas prices appear to be directly affecting fuel consumption in California,” Horton said.
January 18, 2012 |
Gasoline prices rose in most of the U.S. during the last week and are higher than they were a year earlier, according to a federal survey released Tuesday. But the fuel bite out of the collective American wallet may not be any worse than it was a year earlier because consumption is down. The U.S. average price of self-serve regular gasoline Monday was $3.391 a gallon, up nearly a penny from a week earlier and 28.7 cents higher than a year earlier, the Energy Department said in a report delayed a day by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
June 3, 2010 |
The Ford Mustang is ubiquitous. More than 9 million have been manufactured over the last 47 years, driven by generations of owners, including my mechanic's son, my neighbor's daughter, even my very own mother. But none are quite like the 2011 version, which got a radical and somewhat unusual update for a muscle car. It simultaneously ramps up the performance and the fuel economy. Like any redo worth the R&D money, the aluminum 5.0-liter V-8 is all new and outfitted with twin independent variable camshaft timing, allowing the car to offer a triptych of benefits.
August 23, 2009 |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are so busy that they move more cargo than the next five largest U.S. ports combined. They're so efficient that they process more international trade in one month than most North American harbors handle in an entire year. Now the friendly rivals are leading the way into unexpected waters: attracting, testing and funding cutting-edge technology to reduce emissions and fuel consumption at the ports. Even as their revenues declined and their budgets shrank in the worst global recession in more than 60 years, the twin ports have become accidental venture capitalists of sorts in the world of green technology.