GM President Dan Ammann speaks at 2016 Automotive News World Congress



AmericaJR.com’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for the 40th Automotive News World Congress. In this video, watch for remarks from GM President Dan Ammann. He talked about changes in the auto industry, the new Chevrolet Bolt EV with a 200-mile range, and the new $500 million investment in Lyft. GM also hopes to deploy autonomous vehicles with the ridesharing app before selling them directly to customers. “With that common view of the future, that was really the foundation that led to the investment.”

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Daytona Super Bee

Daytona Super Bee

2008 Turkey Run Car Show
I picked up my new 1969 Dodge Super Bee from Jack Ramsey Motors in Plant City, Florida, on Monday, October 28, 1968. Even though it was forty-two years ago, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was living in Miami but purchased the car in Plant City, FL. My parents were living in St Petersburg, so I drove up and spent the weekend with them. That Monday the three of us went to pick up my new car. We arrived early in the morning; the car had only arrived from the factory Saturday so they were still cleaning it up. I paid $4,786.39 for my new Super Bee, which was a lot of money back then.

Just a little auto industry history; in the 60’s car companies made a big deal out of announcing their new cars. Back then most middle class families purchased a new car at least every three years. Each year the dealers’ hid new cars from the public until the official new model “reveal” day. I remember each year getting with my car crazy friends to search for a sneak peak of new cars before the official ”reveal” date.

Since I ordered the ‘69 Super Bee sight unseen I was really pleasantly surprised with the fresh air hood scoops. I ordered the exterior in Silver Metallic color and burgundy interior but it arrived with white seats. I didn’t much like the white seats but I didn’t bring it up; I was so excited I let it go. It also had a scratch by the left side rear view mirror. The HEMI was so tight that it would hardly idle. Chrysler put two mufflers plus two resonators for a total of four mufflers. This muted the exhaust so all you could hear was the tapping of the solid lifters and a loud whooshing sound when you floored it. The silver metallic (A2) color was rare. It was an extra cost option; they actually pulled the car off the production line and painted the car by hand. The car is silver in the direct sun but turns green in the shade.

When I initially ordered the car I wanted a coupe because it was a hundred pounds lighter. But the dealer told me if I didn’t get a hard top, it would really hurt resale value when I sold the car. So I went ahead and followed the dealer’s advice and got the hardtop. I now find that funny after owning the car for 42 years. Today the coups are worth more than the hard tops. Oh well it’s still a pretty car.

Back in the day insurance costs were high for muscle cars. Being billed as a young male driver with one speeding ticket I figured my insurance cost for a high performance car could have been a deal breaker. And when I did start shopping around for cars I found that the monthly insurance payments for a high performance …

Different Types of Tyre Changers Available

Tyre changers are absolutely vital to being able to change a modern car tyre. Nearly every car, body, oil, and tyre shop has one type of model or another. Many car owners rely on these machines to make sure their expensive rims aren’t damaged while the wheel is being serviced. There are several different types of such changers.

Semiautomatic Tyre Changer

The semiautomatic changer is an affordable alternative to the fully automatic version. We’ll discuss the automatic model in a moment. The semi-auto changer takes a little more hands-on experience to operate than the automatic. The majority of these styles of equipment come with a tilting arm and a 20″ wheelbase to support changing up to a 20″ wheel. Other wider versions for the larger wheel bases are available for slightly more than the standard 20″.

Most of this advanced tyre changing equipment combines the tilting column effect with a turntable that’s only 665 mm off the ground, making the process easier and more efficient than with past models. The semiautomatic version is ideal for mounting and dismounting any car, van, or motorcycle wheel.

Automatic Tyre Changer

The automatic model is by far one of the fastest and most efficient means for changing a wheel in any shop. Many automatic changers are utilized in changing wheels that are up to 24″ in size. The sheer size and weight of the rim makes using semiautomatic equipment too dangerous, not to mention slow.

The tilt column is pneumatically controlled and requires much less manual labor. Changers with this size often have a wheel bead breaking unit, reinforced structure to take the extra strain and weight of the heavier wheels and rims, and a fully automatic turntable to make things go much smoother and faster. All the mechanic has to do is set the machine and keep their fingers safe! These automatic changers are great for changing SUV, large car, and truck wheels.

The Newest Tyre Changers

I wouldn’t make a heading just for “new” machines like this if it wasn’t needed. There is a new strain of Tyre Changer making its way to the world markets. It is revolutionizing the features, gadgets, and looks of the standard auto or semi-auto tyre changing machine options; the Corghi-Artiglio 500, to be exact. This specific model is leading the edge in quality, speed, and safety for this niche.

It’s one of the few models that come with dual bead breaker discs to make mounting and dismounting of the wheel twice as quick. This model also sports a newly designed dismounting system and improved clamping support to ensure there’s no slippage of any kind.

At the end of the day there are many different types of tyre changing equipment you can choose from. Deciding on your budget, and which is the most efficient type, is all up to you and your business plan. If you can’t afford the best, then the semiautomatic version may be the choice you want to make.…