December 14, 2012 |
Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing Jan. 7 to get new tracks, vehicles and paint. It will be the third major overhaul of a major Disneyland ride in as many years. The railroad in the Frontierland section of the Anaheim park has been operating since 1979 and portrays a runaway train that speeds through a barren Old West landscape. The ride is expected to reopen in fall 2013. Disneyland completed a similar overhaul of its Matterhorn Bobsleds ride this year that also included new paint, tracks and vehicles.
December 13, 2012 |
Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing Jan. 7 to undergo an overhaul to replace its tracks and vehicles and to give it a new paint job. It will be the third major overhaul of an iconic ride in as many years. The railroad in the Frontierland section of the Anaheim park has been operating since 1979 and portrays a runaway train that speeds through a barren Old West mining town. The ride is expected to reopen in the fall of 2013. Disneyland completed a similar overhaul to its Matterhorn bobsled ride earlier this year that also included a paint job, new tracks and new vehicles.
November 2, 2012 |
This week's East Coast storm destroyed tens of thousands of vehicles - an unfortunate fate for car owners but one that may give automakers a sales boost in the coming months. For those who returned to their storm-damaged neighborhoods to find their cars flooded out or buried, General Motors Co. and the Nissan and Infiniti brands are offering special incentives and discounts on new vehicles. GM, for example, is offering $500 toward a purchase or lease, on top of existing incentives, to people living in a federally designated disaster area.
October 9, 2012
Autumn is a grand time to be a gearhead. By fall, most of next year's vehicles are in dealerships and we can finally compare and contrast them for ourselves. No more idle speculation about how much oomph the new Audi will have. No more flame wars in the blogosphere about whether Chevy or Ford makes the most capable pickup. We invited a quartet of auto experts to discuss some of the new (and imminent) SUVs, crossovers and trucks that have critics raving and drivers craving.
November 4, 2011
It's an ongoing dilemma for carmakers: How long can a given model last before it needs refreshing? How long until you have to junk it altogether in favor of something completely new? If you do decide to retire a familiar brand, you risk alienating drivers who loved the old model and there is no guarantee that new buyers will flock to its replacement. How long will it take - and how much will it cost - to build new brand loyalty? Luckily for automakers, there's a middle road: radical redesign.
November 4, 2011
Imagine getting fuel efficiency that reaches 40 mpg and beyond, on models that sell for thousands of dollars less than hybrids. Manufacturers have delivered just that with several new and redesigned gas-sipping rides for 2012 - many of them available for less than $20,000. In fact, much-improved gas economy is a top trend for this new model year, with Chevy and Hyundai weighing in with a handful of slick new rides in the 40-plus club. And, of course, it couldn't come at a better time.