Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors To Trade Autos At Bic Camera

That's the plan from Japan's Mitsubishi Motors and retailer Bic Camera, which will sell the zero-emission electric cars alongside household appliances like TVs and dishwashers.

The leading discount retailer will display Mitsubishi's i-MiEV at four of its biggest stores around Tokyo, offering test drives and car information to shoppers.

Mitsubishi became the first major carmaker to sell battery-powered electric cars last year, and is in talks to sell the autos through U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy.

The carmaker's president said one of Japan's smallest automakers would be able to attract a wider range of consumers through its retailer tie-ups.

Mitsubishi aims to produce nine thousand i-MiEV cars this year, ramping up to 40-thousand units in next year.

MMC plans to unveil the North American version of the i-MiEV at the Los Angeles auto show next week, with sales beginning in autumn 2011.


Everyone Needs To Know These Auto Transport FAQ’s And Answers

Auto transport is being used all over the world these days to get vehicles moved from one location to another safely. Before you can decide if this is the method you want to use to move your automobile, you first need to know some important FAQ’s and the answers for vehicle transport.

The following are the questions that everyone wants to know, along with the answers that will help you make a smart decision for you.

1. How do auto shipping really work?

First, it is important to get quotes from different companies, compare them to help you find the best price and then choose the best company for you to hire. Be sure you call the companies and ask any questions you have before making your choice.

Once you have booked the transport, then the company will let you know when they have your preferred method of transport available. All of this is something you have to be sure you go over carefully with the company that you choose.

Once you have booked transport with them, they will give you all of the important details on getting your car moved.

2. Is my presence required when my automobile is picked up?

You or someone you trust to take care of it for you needs to be present when the pickup happens for your automobile. You will be needed to sign the “bill of lading.”

This is the inspection that the driver will do before taking your automobile and will review with you. This is also done when the vehicle is transported to the new destination.

3. What types of payments are accepted and how do you pay?

When you book the transport, most of the transport companies will charge a small deposit. Once the driver has your vehicle, the remaining balance will be paid. Most companies will take cash, credit card, check or even a cashier’s check.

4. How many days before you need to move your vehicle do you need to hire a transport company?

It is a smart idea for you to book your transport within 7 to 10 days, at least, but the more notice you can give the company, the better for everyone.

5. Is your vehicle insured during transport?
Your vehicle will be insured during the transport process with most companies. To ensure this, be sure it is one of the questions you ask when choosing a company to hire.

These are definitely not all of the FAQ’s and answers you need to know, but they are the most important ones. These will help you get a head start on making the smart choice for moving your vehicle, but it is wise to find out the answers to other questions you have before making your final decision on the auto transport company to hire.

Nationwide Auto Transport Reports Seeing a Higher Number of America's Hottest and Greenest Cars Going to 2010 S.E.M.A.

Car shipping indicates auto industry’s specialty manufacturers are taking more “pimped rides” to S.E.M.A this year, according to leading car transport company

Car transport company Nationwide Auto Transport reported today that “the largest specialty manufacturers have always shown off their prize special parts and systems by using them to trick out entire vehicles; but, this year, we’re seeing more companies pull out all the stops. We can’t disclose the specifics of what we’ve seen in vehicle moving, but, when you ship a car, you automatically get the first peek and we’re repeatedly vehicle moving to Las Vegas some of the most exotic vehicles we’ve ever seen. This includes motorcycle transport and specialty vehicles.”

Nationwide’s Adam Talburt said, “If our experience is any example for other auto shippers and car transporters, it’s going to be quite a show. Car transport to Las Vegas this year has been exciting for us and, I imagine, for other auto transport companies and any organization involved in cars transportation. During the past few months, if we get a car shipping quote request for a one-of-a-kind vehicle, it’s almost always going to S.E.M.A.”

Nissan Unveils New Zero Emission Concept Car

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan‘s 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF, may not even be in showrooms yet, but, Nissan is already looking to the future with its “New Mobility Concept for Sustainable Zero-emission Society”, a two seater electric vehicle for urban use with the size and mobility of a motorcycle.

Nissan envisages a future with an increasingly elderly and single population of urban citizens who need simple, clean transport for short journeys within the city environment. The New Mobility Concept is an user-friendly, ultra-compact 100% electric vehicle for such urban situations.

Nissan’s concept will be used to study not only the physical aspects of the car’s design, but, also, the potential uses for such a car. For example, they are investigating the use of the EV‘s to enhance public transportation by interconnecting with public transport IT systems and the possibility of using the vehicles for 2-mode car sharing where the car is used for commuting in the mornings and evenings and as corporate transport during business hours. There is also potential to use these vehicles to improve mobility in large indoor and outdoor tourist locations where the zero emissions will be advantageous.


Cardiff car use down by 7 per cent

THE number of people in Cardiff using a car to get to work has dropped by more than 7% in a year.

And the proportion of drivers fell by more than 12.5% in five years as the amount of people using public transport or getting around by walking or cycling soared.

But as the city council talked up its sustainable travel programme, disgruntled drivers joined experts and politicians in blaming traffic congestion and ongoing roadworks for the figures.

Castle Street was closed yesterday as work continued on the capital’s roads.

The four-month long scheme to create a Castle Quarter and introduce new bus lanes was due to be completed by this week, but was still ongoing over the weekend.

And contractors were forced to dramatically shelve work during the Ryder Cup to try to cut
Councillor Delme Bowen, executive member for traffic and transportation, said the trend of falling car use was encouraging, even though national patterns show car use increasing.