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The Autoweek Podcast Ep.18: Holiday special with Willy T. Ribbs

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Host Rory Carroll is alone in the studio to introduce a special treat — an interview with Willy T. Ribbs. The accomplished racing driver talks about his life on and off the track. Tibbs spent time in various racing series, such as Trans Am, NASCAR, IndyCar to name a few. This interview was recorded during the early stages of Autoweek’s podcast, so ignore the format and…

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Government rule-making delays are why you still can’t buy a New DeLorean

Congress passed the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act in 2015, as part of a $305 billion highway bill. The act cleared the way for small carmakers, like the new DeLorean company, to produce up to 5,000 finished cars per year, and build and sell 325 of them in the United States. Before any car could be made, however, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needed to finalize rules; that is, turn the broad language…

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Elon Musk’s 2017 Christmas Letter (Tesla Sure Is Growing Up Fast)

Thanks to an anonymous tipster, we got our hands on the 2017 version of Elon Musk’s Christmas letter. For those who weren’t lucky enough to make his mailing list, we’re publishing it below. Earthlings measure years by how long it takes this planet to revolve around its sun, but I’ve always had a different relationship with time, and not just because I’m a Martian. (Kidding. Maybe. You know, don’t worry about it.) But even I can’t deny things are moving…

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Storm-driven sales gains disappear

Consumers’ credit ratings could still take a hit Photo credit: BLOOMBERG It’s time to close the books on hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Storm replacement auto purchases almost disappeared in November after driving substantial gains in U.S. new- and used-vehicle volume in September and October. And as used-vehicle demand declined in November so did prices, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Cox Automotive. Wholesale used-auto prices fell 1.29 percent in November, the first monthly decline in eight months, with the Manheim…

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December Auto Sales Expected to Close 2017 on a High Note, Forecasts Edmunds

SANTA MONICA, CA — December 20, 2017 — Edmunds, the leading car shopping and information platform, forecasts that 1,587,640 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in December, for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.7 million. This reflects a 14.0 percent increase in sales from November 2017, but a 5.8 percent decrease from December 2016, which was a record month for the industry. “Auto sales got off to a sluggish start in 2017 but…

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A Q&A with the Designer – Robb Report

As part of its Red Label program, which provides clients with late-model aircraft and flight crews who are assigned to specific planes, the fractional and charter provider Flexjet now offers the LXi Cabin Collection, a series of more than 20 different cabin designs for the aircraft in its fleet. Ric Michaels, the director of product development for Flexjet, is the collection’s lead designer. He spoke about the evolution of fractional-aircraft interiors, the process of designing the collection, and some of…

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