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We’ve all been there. Stuck in traffic, a big rig in front of you and a thick cloud of diesel fumes descends on your car. Of course the first reaction is to click the recirculate button on your AC to try to limit the fumes that enter your car. Although that might be a little tougher if you are in a convertible or on a motorcycle. At that point you can’t help but wonder why those dreaded smog regulations don’t apply to large trucks.

Toyota Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Truck

Toyota Zero Emissions Big Rig

Yes that plume of diesel exhaust is legal. According to the DMV “smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older.” (DMV Smog Regulations).

The Toyota Solution

In a July 30, 2018 press release Toyota announced it’s second generation solution, (more…)

Volkswagen ID Cross

Volkswagen ID Cross

For the last several years the residents of Mt. View California have watched the 2 seater Google self driving car navigate the streets. This “Self Driving” vehicle built by Lexus was meant as more of a test vehicle than one that was set for production with the top speed being about 25 miles an hour. One of the biggest questions that entered my mind while watching this little and not very exciting car drive by is when a more consumer oriented vehicle might be offered publicly. One of the many answers to that question was debuted in 2017 by Volkswagen. The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz a crossover vehicle with “I.D. Pilot” mode that drives autonomously!

Unlike the “Google Mobile” the I.D. Cross is a (more…)

Early last month Farrarri announced it will adopt a new more environmentally conscience clear coat technology. This new process will be used with at least 61 different metallic basecoat colors which are then covered by this new gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.

Some of the benefits of this new low temperature paint system are: (more…)

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…)

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