The Future of the Muscle Car
In the last few days Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have all unveiled concept cars that will certainly be the ” dessert ” for the three of the Big Three next year. Chrysler had the first reveal and released images of their concept crossover vehicles. Ford followed suit with the concept Camaro. Muscle CarMuscle CarMuscle CarMuscle CarMuscle Car
The three companies are learning just how seriously the public is taking on the manufacture of automobiles. When the recession first hit in 2008 popularity amongst Americans began to wane. According to a recent study done by J.D powers and Associates the public’s perception of favorability towards U.S. based automobile manufacturers declined from 58% in 2008 to 46% in 2009. Chrysler was the only car company to show an improvement over the previous year with increases in favorability towards the domestic companies (Ford and GM) reaching a high of 54% in 2009.
The new designs are being driven by the need to be “green ” and concerned citizens want to be informed of what they are contributing to the problem of pollution. The public wants to be informed and when manufacturers are considering new directions for their vehicles it seems they have been addressing this need very seriously. Chrysler already has a greener design strategy in place and nearly all of the newly restyled vehicles feature such.
The need for more fuel efficient vehicles is also seeing a rise in prices. According to the IRS there is a 2.5% increase in gas consumption every year and as the price of oil rises the consumption of each gallon of fuel will rise accordingly. The final nails are being driven into the coffin of the American automobile owner as U.S. government subsidies are now reducing the price of fuel and keeping the domestic manufacturers in business.
Chrysler is offering fuel efficient drivetrain options on all of their vehicles. Their Pro slots can run up to 55 miles per gallon and their Armed Forces series can go nearly 60 miles per gallon. This is great for anyone that is concerned about fuel consumption and the growing number of environmentally friendly vehicles on the road.
The Army and Marine Air Systems have decided to replace their large diesel engines with the smaller diesel engine and hybrid propulsion. This decision has issued by large engines that are used on these airframes.
The Army and Marine Systems decided to use the smaller diesel engine and then convert to liquid propane on a Chrysler LPI. Additional modifications will be made to the engine with the hope that it will be able to meet the stringent energy policy that will be implemented by the Obama administration.
Four volunteer pilots in San Diego County, CA have saved 1,000 gallons of gasoline over the course of eight days by flying under glide paths created by GPS navigation systems that are being installed on most of the thousand GPS navigation satellites. This is an important concept because the Army and Marine Corps have put restrictions in place for the protection of refueling facilities that are placed in harm’s way by GPS positioning satellites. The restrictions include putting restrictive access onto the refueling area and destroying or disabling GPS capabilities on GPS equipped vehicles. The concept of net-centric GPS aircraft that includes the GPS positioning satellites is still in its infancy and the Army has not yet decided whether it is the best choice for future wars.