Safety first: Volvo has long built its reputation on making the driving experience as safe as possible for those riding inside the Swedish automaker’s vehicles. Now the company is taking it to the next level with the introduction of the pedestrian air bag.
The days appear to be numbered for General Motors’ brand of oversize musclemobiles that we know as Hummer. The Detroit automaker has failed to seal the deal with a Chinese buyer in time to save the SUV line, which is looking more and more like the relic of pre-recessionary excess (not to mention gas-guzzling impudence) that it is.
John McCain is showing his commitment to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil by offering a $300 million prize to anyone who can conjure up a superior automobile battery, energy-wise, than the current standard. But at the same time, he’s supporting Bush’s push to lift the ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters.
Check out the new movie that The New York Times calls “a prosecutorial examination of the role of oil companies, the automobile industry and the Bush administration (them again) in stymieing the development of emission-free electric vehicles.”