Tech talk: Gerry Malloy

Safety sells

Safety sells

July 8, 2015 at 11:37 pm Comments are Disabled

SAFETY HAS BECOME A PRIORITY FOR AUTO MANUFACTURERS AND CONSUMERS, BUT HOW IS IT MEASURED? When Ford introduced the concept of safety as a selling point in 1956, it was a failed experiment. Customers simply didn’t want to hear or think about the consequences of a crash. That attitude has […]

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There’s an app for that…

There’s an app for that…

June 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm Comments are Disabled

AND THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING Is your service department in danger of being replaced with a bit of computer code transmitted wirelessly over the Internet? Probably not, but much of the work it does just might be. It seems there’s an app for everything these days, and that […]

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Technology really is making driving safer

Technology really is making driving safer

April 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm Comments are Disabled

Vehicle safety features are contributing to declining crash fatality numbers EVERY YEAR, MORE TECHNOLOGY is added to new cars and trucks, much of it in the name of safety. Once exotic technologies such as ABS (anti-lock brakes) and ESC (electronic stability control) are now mandatory equipment on every new car […]

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Cheap gas won’t slow charge toward electrification

Cheap gas won’t slow charge toward electrification

March 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s regulation — not consumer demand — that is driving the OEMs to bring more electric vehicles to market Gasoline is selling for less than 90 cents/litre in much of the country as we go to press — fully a third below its mid-summer 2014 peak. And sales of bigger, […]

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The conundrum of connectivity

The conundrum of connectivity

January 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Vehicles can do much more, but can drivers? Would you knowingly sell a customer an unsafe vehicle? Even if he or she demanded it? Of course not. And yet, we as an industry are selling cars and trucks every day that enable customers to use them in an unsafe manner […]

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Window on the future

Window on the future

December 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Technology in today’s luxury vehicles still points to what will be commonplace in the cars and trucks of tomorrow Since the earliest days of the auto industry, we’ve tended to see technology first appear in more upmarket, luxurious vehicles and then trickle down gradually to the more mainstream, volume offerings. […]

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2011 Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Realistic or pipe dream?

November 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm Comments are Disabled

  For the past couple of decades we’ve been promised that fuel-cell powered vehicles were just around the corner. We were also promised that once they made it to market, they would revolutionize the very concept of the automobile. That in itself, has the potential to create a major disruption in […]

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Safety spotlight

Safety spotlight

September 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm Comments are Disabled

A RASH OF RECENT VEHICLE RECALLS SIGNALS A TIPPING POINT FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY Safety recalls have been a fact of automotive life for almost half a century. But they’ve taken on a whole new dimension in 2014, which is likely to be remembered as a tipping point in future […]

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