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Audi AG plans to introduce 17 new models in 2014. CEO Rupert Stadler expects this year’s revenue to rise slightly and expects increase in sales in China, Audi’s biggest market.

For nine years BMW took the lead in global luxury-car sales.  Audi is second best leaving Mercedes-Benz in third place in sales. They are competing for the lead against BMW. These are the world’s three biggest luxury-car makers and expect demand to rise further in China and North America in this year.

Audi has focused on enhancements in technology, innovative design that will improve performance. They will announce numerous additions and enhancements to its 2014 Model Year lineup.

Some new models include:

TDI clean diesel variants of the A6, A7, A8 and Q5 in the U.S.

3/S3: A new A3 sedan built on a platform. A two-door convertible A3/S3 is unconfirmed but is possibility.

A4: Horsepower rises from 211 to 220 on Audi’s 2.0-liter turbo engine.

A5: Coupes and cabriolets get the same uprated 220-hp version of Audi’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo.

A6: The A6 2.0T is upgraded to 220 horses and a new diesel-powered A6 3.0 TDI

RS5 cabriolet: A convertible version of the 450-hp RS5

Expect to see new models including A7/RS7/S7, Q5/SQ5 as well.

 

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The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation’s oldest and largest dealer organization and has produced the show since 1935.This year marked the 106th showing it was held in the McCormick Place. This year’s main focus was on the quality and performance of cars over quantity available.

These were the 5 best rated cars shown based on their unique and advanced features.

  1. 2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  2. 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive
  3. 2015 Toyota TRD Pro Series Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner
  4. Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Concept
  5. 2015 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars
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An estimated $51 billion has been spent on the Sochi Winter Olympics, one of the priciest Olympics in history. A good percentage of this high cost this year is shipping the equipment and goods to the games in Russia.

From a logistical standpoint the Winter Olympics is a huge freight and shipping disaster. The goods needed will be shipped by sea, air, rail, and land and all transportation routes will be monitored by the Federal Customs Service.

Most of the goods include sporting equipment, firearms, hospitality goods, broadcast equipment, computer equipment, and awards. The logistical numbers for shipped freight are immense. To handle this huge shipment, the 2014 Sochi Organizing Committee has appointed an official freight forwarder for freight access to Sochi to ensure the efficiency of this transport.

Once all goods and equipment clear through customs, the freight is loaded on the Russian Railways train and shipped to one of two distribution centers based on the type of freight. This distribution center will be the central hub of all Olympics’ logistics operations. From the distribution centers, all the freight will be organized and available for use.  Every piece of freight requires shipping documents.

The huge amount of products needed to ship were difficult to manage and problems did arise, the Olympics had a rocky start, but a start nevertheless.

 

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After discovering the dangers behind heated seats Toyota has stopped selling certain Camry and Corolla models, some of its most prominent cars.

Materials used in the seats didn’t meet regulatory standards for flammability which hindered sales.

About 13% of Toyota cars at U.S. dealerships are affected by this sales ban.

A recall was not issued since any injuries or fires did not occur, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was notified to inquire about the issue.

The company discovered that the material in the seats did not “retard flame” at the proper rate necessary required by U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

In hopes to avoid a recall, Toyota responded arguing that it was not a motor vehicle safety issue.

All of the vehicles will be captured, all of them will be fitted with the new seat-heater assembly so they will then be able to be sold,” responded Toyota spokesman John Hanson to the matter. “We’re actually building the new units right now. Basically it’s the seat heater with a different cloth pad that does meet regulations for burn rate.”

As of now it is uncertain when sales will resume.

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According to the federal register of licensed brokers, there were 7,561 fewer licensed brokers at noon on Dec. 10, 2013 than on Dec. 1, 2013 — a 35 percent drop.

The numbers have steadily been declining in the wake of the new surety bond minimum brokers are required to carry — enforcement of which began Dec. 1 — stipulating brokers have a minimum $75,000 bond, up from the $10,000 required since 1980.

James Lamb, president of the Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents, says that number’s likely to continue to increase until Dec. 15 — 30 days after the last notices of investigation were sent to brokers by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

CCJ published a story last week detailing the bond increase’s toll on the number of licensed brokers and the ongoing court battle the AIPBA is waging against the rule, which was enacted by FMCSA per a requirement in the MAP-21 highway funding act that was passed last summer. 

The agency published a notice in September of last year saying it would revoke authority from brokers who did not comply with the increase by Dec. 1. MAP-21 required brokers to comply by Oct. 1, so FMCSA essentially gave brokers a 60-day grace period to comply.

Lamb points to the bond increase as the obvious and key reason so many brokers are no longer active, but that number could include brokers who had their licenses revoked for other reasons, too.

The American Trucking Associations — along with other industry groups like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Transportation Intermediaries Association — supported the bond increase, as it offers more security for carriers and drivers seeking payment from brokers for loads hauled.

Lamb says that while it’s possible the brokers who’ve seen their licenses revoked could be reinstated, he doesn’t count on many of them making it back. It’s “highly unlikely a significant amount” will be reinstated, he said, due to the grade period FMCSA offered and the otherwise extended period of time brokers had to comply with the increase.

Article Source : Commercial Carriers Journal

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. RoadRunner Auto Transport reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.

RoadRunner recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  •  Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

ATLANTA – Natural gas vehicle leaders meeting Nov. 19 said that after making strides in fueling the “return-to-base” trucking market, they would next need to turn their attention to the over-the-road heavy-duty trucking segment.

Now that natural gas is promising to be a fuel in great abundance and known to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, officials in the natural-gas industry have decided they need to concentrate more on marketing the alternative fuel because it’s cheaper than diesel.

“The savings we get using natural gas versus diesel or gas is dramatic,” Hank Linginfelter, executive vice president for AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based energy service company, told a session of more than 1,000 attending the North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo. “Now, all we need is a lot of infrastructure and some vehicles.”

But the sense of optimism being expressed at the conference got a dose of reality from a speech by Bill Graves, president of American Trucking Associations.

Graves said he is “bullish” on natural gas and that many ATA members see a great potential for its use in heavy trucking and vehicle shipping.

“But probably the No. 1 thing we’re focused on right now is the issue of cost competitiveness with diesel,” Graves said. “I know there are many people that think it’s a very easy analysis to do.”

Graves said it’s a complex process to pinpoint the savings created by natural gas because fuel surcharges can in some cases narrow the gap between the cost of diesel and natural gas.

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half of all commuters report texting and driving
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