Tag: Automobiles

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: “Gentlemen, Start Your Bloomin’ Engines!”

 

Well, here we are just a few days from the start of this year’s Indianapolis 500, and the delivery of the famous exhortation to begin. From 1977 to 2017, the phrase was amended to include “Ladies” as well, if there was one or more competing. Such a rational response in this day and age that it almost boggles the mind. However, in 2017 political correctness and inclusivity caught up with Indy, and the phrase is now an anodyne “Drivers, start your engines!” I have no idea what they’ll do when the first self-driving car muscles itself into the pole position. No doubt their highly-paid consultants and lawyers will think of something.

But since it seems that the actual wording of the phrase is fluid and can be altered at will, and because this is May:

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The Left: A woman can do whatever she wants to with her own body. Also the left: A woman should not be allowed to use her body to model at car shows. Eliminating women as display props isn’t new for some carmakers like French Peugeot maker PSA Group. “Visitors to the Geneva auto show will […]

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Ford is bringing back the Ranger line of pick-ups. It looks like it will be a very handsome vehicle indeed. I had been waiting for the new Jeep Wrangler pick-up to come out, but something more than nostalgia will have me looking at the new Ranger. The first vehicle I ever bought for myself (about […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The End of the Auto Era as We Know It May Be Approaching Faster Than You Think

 

Bob Lutz is a former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors. And in this essay for Automotive News, he declares the end of the auto industry as we know it:

It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era. The auto industry is on an accelerating change curve. For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime mover of humans and for the past 120 years it has been the automobile. Now we are approaching the end of the line for the automobile because travel will be in standardized modules. The end state will be the fully autonomous module with no capability for the driver to exercise command. You will call for it, it will arrive at your location, you’ll get in, input your destination and go to the freeway. . . .

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While you good folks continue to talk about stuff that matters, let me again turn to something that doesn’t. The Trumpathon will be waiting for you on the other end. More

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Is EPA evil or merely incompetent? You decide. And beware if your car is older than 2012. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Urbanism For Capitalists / Capitalism For Urbanists

 

shutterstock_133976573About twice a year, I decry how conservatives are conceding an important and powerful demographic and cultural change to liberals. It’s sometimes called the New Urbanism. To conservatives, though, its just the Evil City all over again. And anything good that may be happening is “yuppification,” “gentrification,” or — even worse — “hiptserfication.” I don’t see the problem: all three words mean revitalization, which means the creation of fine, safe, productive, and interesting places for people to live and work. In other words, it means bringing back downtown and main street which, once upon a time, were natural homes for conservatives. But, as I’m wont to say, conservatives are used to what they are used to and skeptical of all else. Many modern conservatives are simply not used to downtown and main street.

But that’s not totally true. My last foray into this arena was a fourpart history of transportation in America. The responses to that thread made it clear that there is a solid core of potential, budding, and already-arrived conservative urbanists. Today, I’m here with some good news for conservative urbanists and to announce a fine discovery in the form of a blog: Market Urbanism, whose motto is “Urbanism for Capitalists / Capitalism for Urbanists.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Does a Tesla Electric Car Qualify as a Disruptive Innovation?

 

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Here is a brief description of disruptive innovation theory, via the Clayton Christensen Institute:

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In Cuba, every automobile owner is stuck with a vehicle from the 1940s or 1950s. Imagine that person’s delight at witnessing modern vehicles, even without any hope of affording one. And imagine the delight of American car enthusiasts at obtaining access to this vast hoard of vintage vehicles. Cubans call them clunkers. We call them classics.  […]

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