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budd-e volkswagen 2016 concept

budd-e volkswagen 2016 concept

Herndon, VA (August 1, 2016) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen BUDD-e has been named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future. The award ceremony was held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 31, 2016.

“We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and (more…)

Over the years there have been many new materials developed for the automotive industry or developed by other industries and adopted by the automotive industry. Many get dropped by the wayside like the early uses of hemp. Others have remained firmly rooted and have remained a staple to the industry for years. Recently Ford announced it’s latest direction in automotive materials. Captured CO2 based foams and plastics.

In a statement to the press Ford claims that its “Foams [are] formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols [and] could reduce petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually”. This statement made on May 17, 2016 states the intention of Ford to have this new product in its production vehicles in 5 years.

This announcement doesn’t mark the first use by Ford of more conservation minded materials. For nearly two decades, researchers have worked successfully to develop sustainable materials for Ford products. In North America, soy foam is in every (more…)

Xpert Auction Software

Xpert Automotive Auctions

Over the last 12 years of my working with NorCalCars.com I’ve worked with quite a few of the automotive dealers in the Redding area down to Sacramento. I’ve always found it interesting to talk with them about where they get their inventory. Some work with the larger new car dealers buying their trade-ins but for many the best way is to buy the cars at large auctions, some of which are open to the public, others not. Buying at the auctions meant heading down to auction yard, often in Sacramento or the bay area and bidding on vehicles. However, some of the dealers I worked with managed to get their lot stocked while sitting in the comfort of their own office using online auctions.

Every week when I would come by to update one dealer’s inventory on NorCalCars.com he would be sitting at his desk placing bids on various vehicles on a online automotive auction website. This got me to wondering why more of the dealers didn’t do the same. It came down to it that the reason was that most of the auction companies didn’t have the software necessary to do online auctions. This made sense in a way, at the time good auction software just wasn’t available and creating your own custom software is a very expensive proposition. Thousands of hours of research and development can go into creating a high quality auction software, add to that the skills necessary to to manage the servers and keep the database optimized for quick response means that most auction yards simply don’t have the time and resources to run online auctions.

Xpert Automotive Auction

This leads me to today’s web-post “Xpert Automotive Auctions“. While auctions may not be for every automotive dealer many do have the inventory necessary to start holding auctions and Xpert Auction Software can be the answer to the high cost of development and hosting of your own software. (more…)

VW Sport coup Concept gteWolfsburg/Geneva, March 2015 —Volkswagen will debut the Sport Coupé Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, heralding a new and progressive Volkswagen design language. “Evolution and revolution come together in the Sport Coupé Concept GTE. This concept is based on Volkswagen design DNA, which has been visibly sharpened even more. It shows how the highest-volume brand of our Group is shaping the immediate future,” says Walter de Silva, Head of Design of Volkswagen AG.

Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Development, elaborates: “This breathtakingly dynamic coupé is unlike any other to appear in this class. The design of the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is an impressive alternative to the classic sedans of the B and C segments—it has the style of a sport coupé that is enriched by the functionality of a large hatchback and the interior space of a sedan.” Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, adds: (more…)

Nice to see some of the charity car events. I think this is the first I’ve seen done for disaster relief. This car show is using it’s funds to provide relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan was a particularly destructive storm that killed over 5,000 people in the Philippines with over 23,000 people injured.

The met will be held in Las Vegas Here is the address is you want to help out.

Village Aquare
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada

The cost to show a car is $20


Haiyan Relief Car Meet

Haiyan Relief Car Meet

Pomona Fairplex Hosts Inaugural
O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
March 22nd & 23rd, 2014

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

For the first time in Fairplex history, show cars registered for outdoor space will have access to a cool cruising circuit, the Mickey Thompson Tires Burnout Contests and a challenging autocross course sure to provide some crowd-pleasing action and tight competition. The manufacturers midway will display the latest and hottest products in the industry, with representatives to answer your questions about your personal project vehicle.

In addition to exciting features that all outdoor show cars can participate in, the event will feature some of the most rare and valuable Muscle Cars in existence, many from (more…)

Good and Bad news for California Barrett-Jackson fans. The Bad News: looks like Barrett-Jackson is closing its doors on its Orange County auction. The Good News: At least for Northern California; Barrett-Jackson is now holding an auction in the Reno Tahoe area. The Reno-Tahoe Barrett-Jackson is scheduled for August 8-10, 2013. Even Better, Barrett-Jackson has teamed up with Hot August Nights to put on one great show at the Reno-Sparks Convention center.

Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights in Reno Nevada

Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights in Reno Nevada


For Northern California residents, that means checking out some of the world’s greatest cars at one auction is only a few hour drive away! Ticket prices vary per day with an adult ticket for all three days going for $50, Thursday August 8th and Friday August 9th going for $20 and Saturday August 10th going for $22. As we get more information on the cars that will be showing as well as other information NorCalCars.com will keep you posted. Tickets can be purchased online now!

Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights

To add to the excitement Barrett-Jackson is teaming up with Hot August nights in Reno Nevada. Hot August Nights will be running the (more…)

2013 Crossblue Concept

2013 Crossblue Concept

The new 415hp gasoline-hybrid Volkswagen CrossBlue was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai auto show. This coupe sports a turbo-charged direct injection V6 engine with a 0-60mph track time of only 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 147mph. Not bad for a Eco-Car!

Fuel Economy

The CrossBlue concept from Volkswagen gets up to 34 mpg on its gas engine and combined with the 2 electric motors can reach a combined fuel consumption of 79 mpg with up to 21 mile achievable as a zero emission EV. If produced the car could b fitted with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine running on gas, diesel or CNG. Switching from the gas engine to the electric motors is as easy as (more…)

Every year there are a few new traffic laws passed in California and it is a good idea to keep track of them. Ignorance of the law will not keep you from getting a ticket nor will it help you pass the driving test if you happen to be blessed with having to take it this year. Here are a few of the new traffic laws passed in 2013.

  • Financial Responsibility – As you probably know you have to have insurance in place as well as proof of insurance in order to drive a vehicle in California. One of the new laws allows you to use an electronic version of of your proof od financial responsibility using an electronic mobile device (ipad, internet phone, etc) instead of a paper version.
  • Electronic Wireless Communications – If you are 18 years old or older you can use a voice operated hands-free device to dictate, send or listen to text messages while operating your vehicle. If you are younger than 18 years old, you may not use a cellphone with or without hands free unless it is an emergency and you are calling for help
  • DUI Tests – First it is good to know that if you are driving in California, you have already given your consent to a driving test. If you don’t want to consent to a test, don’t drive in California. The new law stipulates that the Urine test has been eliminated as one of the three possible chemical tests that can be use to determine a persons drug content if arrested for a DUI of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. There are three exceptions to this.
    1. If the person is unable to provide a blood or breath sample
    2. If the person has a heart condition or is taking anti-coagulate narcotics as directed by a licensed physician.
    3. If the person is a hemophiliac
  • (more…)

Furia, a concept vehicle that has a Ferocious look and Fury of energetic design elements, or at least as is described during the Corolla Furia Concept Reveal. A rather ambitious description for a Corolla Sedan but is at least attached to a car that is a little more “Ferocious” than the average Toyota Corolla.

2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept


The new Corolla Furia concept was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 and made it’s debut at the 2013 North American International Autoshow at Cobo Hall on Jan 14, 2013. At Cobo Hall Toyota used 46-inch transparent LCD screens to show off its new vehicle giving the debut a futuristic feel that wet along well with the cars design.

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept car Statistics

While the full statistics including mpg, power, torque, acceleration and top speed (more…)

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