Taxi-auto strike hits backwater tourism


A State-wide strike by autorickshaw and taxi owners in Kerala over the last two days has dealt a crushing blow to the houseboat and general tourism Autel MD802, which for long have been the bread and butter of Alappuzha.

On Thursday and Wednesday alone, more than 100 planned trips along the backwaters were cancelled. Cancellations are still on, with the houseboat sector alone suffering a loss of Rs.50 lakh in the last two days, according to All Kerala Houseboat Owners’ Association general secretary Jomon Konnackapally.

The damage to the general tourism sector is yet to be ascertained.

The taxi-auto owners had called the strike, demanding among others fixation of higher level of fares owing to the sharp increase in petrol prices.

This year’s tourist inflow, after the dull pickings forced upon the sector by global economic downturn in the last two seasons, was quite encouraging.

There were many houseboats that began hearing the footsteps of visitors on a daily basis from November MaxiScan MS509 Scanner, after lying depressingly idle for the last 20-odd months. However, the auto-taxi strike has threatened to badly hurt the houseboat owners who hoped to make up for the losses they suffered in the last two seasons.

On Thursday, agitating taxi and autorickshaw unions prevented taxis and vehicles from ferrying tourists. The tourists, a majority of them from abroad, alighted at the Finishing Point at Punnamada after single-day and two-day cruises, and were shocked to find that there was no way they could reach the Nedumbassery Airport in time for their flights back home.

Frantic calls to tour operators who had arranged for their trips saw the tour operators trying to arrange vehicles to take the tourists to the airport.

But even these were prevented by the agitators. An intervention by the police bore no fruit as the striking unions refused to budge Maxidas DS708.

Some of the tourists walked all the way to the KSRTC bus station, but disappointment awaited them there too, as most of the buses were packed to the core.

Though the strike ended on Thursday evening, houseboat owners lamented that the damage was done with most tourists cancelling the Alappuzha leg of their trip.

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Taxi, auto fares up


The response to the price hike was mixed. The auto/taxi union leaders welcomed the move which was outright criticised by the commuters.

Kishen Verma of the All Delhi Auto Taxi Transporter Congress Union said: We are happy with the increase. It s a big relief to the auto and taxi drivers and would go a long way in helping them maintain their sanity against the huge rise in the prices of essential commodities Launch PAD Scanner.

I would just request the Government to notify the order as soon as possible PAD, he added.

Raghunath Das, a daily commuter, decried the move. “The price hike is against the interests of common man. It would adversely affect the commuting habits and preferences of the general public. On the one hand the public transport system in the city is pathetic and on the other hand you continue to make other alternatives more expensive. Why doesnt the Government improve the mass public transport system to the extent that we dont need to take auto or taxis? he asked.

Vineeta Kumari, a university research scholar, said the auto drivers and unions cannot be blamed for what was happening.

It was the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the price of commuting remains within the reach of the general public. But at the same time I would say that the auto drivers need to be given training in civilised behaviour.

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Toyota to recall two million cars over fault that makes pedal stay down when driver takes

Troubled car maker Toyota is to recall up to two million cars in Britain and Europe because of defective accelerator pedals.

Thousands of Toyota owners in the UK are expected to be affected by the recall, which is to prevent the cars undergoing ‘unintended acceleration’.

Last year alone Toyota sold about 100,000 cars in the UK and around 1.5million across the whole of Europe.

The Japanese car giant said the problem, which causes the accelerator pedal to stick and keeps the car speeding even when the driver takes their foot off, had originally been found in parts from a US supplier.

But that has now spread to Europe. A spokesman for Toyota Europe in Brussels said: ‘Toyota will implement a recall in Europe for this matter X431 Diagun 3.’

Defect: Workers at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Princeton, Indiana, inspect a Toyota Tundra truck. Production lines have been shut down after a fault was found in accelerators in U.S. models

Earl Stewart, owner of Earl Stewart Toyota, shows the faulty accelerator pedal on one of the recalled vehicles in Florida

However, a spokesman in the UK said it did not yet know how many of the cars in its range sold in the UK – which includes the Prius, Rav4 off-roader, the British-built Avensis saloon and Auris hatchback and Yaris super-mini – will be affected by the fault but was working to tackle the problem.

But City analysts calculate up top two million cars across Europe may be affected on top of six million now recalled in North America and say the recalls could cost Toyota more than £325million a month.

Shares of Toyota fell a further four per cent in Tokyo trading on Thursday, taking losses since last week to more than 15 percent and wiping about $25 billion in value from Japan’s largest company.

The latest blow came as the company announced it would be cutting up to 750 jobs at its UK factory.

Toyota UK confirmed:’Toyota will implement a recall in Europe for this matter DS708.

‘The details of corrective action and implementation will be communicated directly to customers with vehicles potentially affected.

‘The models and exact number of potentially affected vehicles is under investigation.’

Potential buyers and a salesman look at Toyota Corollas on the lot in Norwood, Massachusetts

The statement from Toyota in the UK explained: ‘There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.

‘This is caused because the accelerator pedal mechanisms concerned may become worn.

‘This progressive wear, combined with certain operating and environmental conditions, can cause friction in the mechanism to increase and intermittently result in the accelerator pedal being harder to depress, slow to return or, in the worst case, stick in a partially open position.’

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‘A rough or chattered feeling may also be experienced when depressing/releasing the accelerator pedal.’

It added: ‘A running change in production using different parts has already been implemented model-by-model in the European production.

‘Therefore there is no need or intention to stop production in Europe.’

Toyota advised customers with ‘concerns’ to contact Toyota GB Customer Relations on 0800 1388744 for assistance ‘ahead of the recall instructions being issued’.

Meanwhile Toyota warned unions it had a ‘headcount surplus’ of 750 at its main UK factory, raising fears of major job losses.

The Japanese company said 2009 had been a “tough year” and it had already announced operational cutbacks at its plant at Burnaston near Derby later this year.

The company said in a brief statement that it had discussed with unions how to manage the surplus to make sure it had a ‘sustainable business’ for the long term.

Union officials said they would be seeking urgent talks with the company to make sure any job losses were voluntary.

Employee Raul Quecada places a ‘No Sale’ sign on a used Toyota at a dealership in California following the announcement that many of the cars have defective accelerator pads

One of the models likely to be affected in Britain is the top-selling RAV4 off-roader, which has already been hit in America, though the vehicles sold here are made in Japan, not the US.

But other models could also be affected as the problem is centred on the accelerator pedal part and any cars in which it is used.

A spokesman for Toyota in the UK said: ‘The problem identified in America is that when the pedal gets warm, it becomes susceptible to condensation which causes it to swell. When it swells, the pedal sticks.’

On Tuesday Toyota suspended US sales of eight of its most popular models to fix pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning.

Production was also halted at six assembly plants beginning the week of Feb 1, and gave no date on when production could restart.

Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models involving 2.3 million vehicles.

Its factories in Japan are not affected, but a similar accelerator part is used in Europe.

Toyota has said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries due to the pedal problems l, but could not rule them out for sure.

The recall and sales suspension in the US includes the off-roader RAV4, Corolla, Camry, Matrix, Avalon, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia models.

It follows a larger recall in September of 4.2 million vehicles to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash.

That earlier recall, which follows several crashes and some fatalities, involves popular models including its Toyota Prius, the best-selling petrol-electric hybrid.
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Toyota to build electric town car, plug-in hybrids


Follow @mlamonica Toyota Motor Sales announced an expanded commitment to electric vehicles on Saturday, disclosing plans to manufacture an all-electric city car by 2012 and a wider fleet of gas-electric hybrids.

At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Toyota showed off a concept car called the FT-EV, a battery-powered four-seat compact car. Although it’s concept car, Toyota said it will release an “urban commuter” electric car in 2012.

Based on an existing car sold in Japan called the iQ, the FT-EV runs entirely on batteries and has a range of about 50 miles Autel MD801. Like many all-electric cars planned for release in the next few years Autel Maxidiag MD802, the FT-EV is designed for commutes and short trips, potentially as a second car.

In a statement, Toyota Motor Sales’ group vice president of environmental and public affairs Irv Miller said that even though gasoline prices have dipped substantially in the past half year MaxiDiag Elite MD801, the auto industry should focus on fuel-efficiency.

“We must address the inevitability of peak oil by developing vehicles powered by alternatives to liquid-oil fuel, as well as new concepts, like the iQ, that are lighter in weight and smaller in size. This kind of vehicle, electrified or not, is where our industry must focus its creativity,” he said.

A number of auto companies, including Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Think, plan to bring out small all-electric cars in the next two years . The commitment of Toyota–maker of the iconic Prius hybrid car–adds more validity to the small electric commuter car category.

Toyotas FT-EV, a concept car that will be the basis for an all-electric commuter car due in 2012.

Still, Toyota said the the gas-electric powertrain of the Prius represents its “core” technology because it can be used with larger vehicles.

On Sunday, the company said that it will move up its previously announced plan to test plug-in hybrid cars using lithium-ion batteries. Current Priuses use Nickel-metal hydride technology but most auto makers are pursuing lithium-ion chemistry for an upcoming wave of electric cars.

At the end of 2009, it will begin testing a fleet of plug-in electric Priuses using lithium-ion batteries. Of the 500, 150 will be made available to U.S. customers for lease.

Toyota’s goal is to sell one million gas-electric hybrids a year in the early 2010s. It will have 10 new hybrid models in that time, including the third-generation Prius and the Lexus HS250h, both of which it introduced this week in Detroit at the NAIAS.
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AUTO PACKAGE But he started it! Newman, Busch resort to name calling in NASCAR’s latest feud


Ahh, nothing like a little NASCAR name calling to spice up the week.

Kyle Busch called Ryan Newman an ogre. Newman threatened to rearrange Busch’s face and fix it.

All that’s missing is the principal to come break things up.

Busch and Newman are the latest drivers to feud following a dust-up at New Hampshire. Newman was involved in a pair of incidents with the Busch brothers that triggered the verbal sparring immediately after the race.

Newman was part of an accident that took out race leader Kurt Busch Autel MS509. Later in the race, he made contact with Kyle.

I really hated that Kurt got tore up, Busch said. I felt like he had the best car. And was proud of them guys but, man, just stupidity. I mean Ryan Newman’s the biggest stupid idiot out here, and he’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody’s butt. So no sense in getting in a fight with him, but glad he’s out of a job.

Stewart-Haas Racing is giving Newman the boot at the end of the season to make room for Kevin Harvick.

Newman responded the next day on SiriusXM with some jabs of his own MD802.

I’m just afraid if I rearranged his face, I might fix it, he said. We know that he’s not very bright. He’s a heck of a talent but he’s not very bright. And I’ll leave it at that.

It’s 2013. So that means there’s only one way to settle a score. On the track with fenders flying? With fists in the garage?

Busch tweeted a sort-of apology for letting his emotions get the better of him after a tough race MaxiDiag Elite MD802.

I’m not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone’s livelihood went too far, he wrote.

THREE TIMES A WINNER: With three wins in one week, Scott Dixon is suddenly in very lofty company in the IndyCar record books.

He won at Pocono on July 7 for his first win of the season, then added two more last weekend in the doubleheader at Toronto to become the winningest active driver in IndyCar. His 32 career wins ranks seventh all-time behind some of the biggest names in open-wheel racing: Three Unsers, two Andrettis, and the all-time leader, A.J. Foyt.

It’s a position Dixon never dreamed he’d be in when the New Zealander joined the Champ Car Series as a 20-year-old in 2001.

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Auto drivers seek more time to install new meters

Auto drivers seek more time to install new meters

An autorickshaw drivers association has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court stating only 39 mechanics are available to recalibrate the electronic digital fare meters after the fare hike and it is not possible to complete the assignment by October 15.

It has now sought the quashing of a portion of a G Launch PAD Scanner.O. of August 25 directing that autorickshaws be fitted with recalibrated electronic digital meters according to the revised fare structure X431 Diagun 3, and with reference to cancellation of permit and seizure of vehicles in case of default.

When the matter came up before Justice K.K. Sasidharan, the government advocate took notice Launch X431 GDS tool. The court posted the matter for further hearing on October 7.

In a petition, the Vada Chennai Mavatta Auto Ottunargal Padukappu Sangam (North Chennai auto drivers association), represented by its general secretary, M. Anandan, said the cut off date for autorickshaws to get the meters recalibrated is October 15.

However, there were only 39 authorised meter mechanics in Chennai and nearly 74,000 autorickshaws in the city.

The association submitted a representation dated September 18 to the authorities.

The impugned G.O. fixing the cut-off date was highly improper as it had been done without considering the practical difficulties, the association said.


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Auto Industry A Bridge to Suvival -Mike Malin

$40,000,000,000 to AIG, $20 billion to Citibank and billions more to other Wall Street giants. They loaned money to, or insured debt of, people or companies that had no realistic chance to pay it back. Now that’s bad business and extreme mismanagement. Add insult to injury the government forks over billions and these executives go off on a multimillion dollar retreat in the California sunshine. Those same congressmen and senators and even the public are ok with that (evidence: we keep giving them more) yet they blast the American auto industry for poor management and are apparently willing to flush GM, Ford, and Chrysler with their morning constitutional. I only wish they would deal with the issue from a basis of fact, not outdated perceptions, emotions, hyperbole, rhetoric and media and congressional politi-speak Diagnostic tool. They ask, “Why can’t you build vehicles people want and why can’t you build a quality vehicle?” Well, if you haven’t driven a GM product built in this century then you don’t have a clue as to the quality, from drivability to fuel efficiency (the Pontiac G5 gets up to 44 miles per gallon and costs less than $15,000) to interior, to fit and finish to price. Before some greedy speculators sent the price of oil to the moon and gas prices to over $4.00 a gallon GM was building what you wanted. To charge that they didn’t adjust fast enough–NOT FAIR. Go drive the back lot of the Toyota store on Arapahoe road that is sitting with over 500 new full size Tundra pick-ups Autel MS509. No manufacturer was able to adapt to the unwarranted, practically overnight gouging of $4.00 plus gas prices. Before that GM, Chrysler, and Ford products represented over 50% of the vehicles purchased in the United States and a much larger percentage of the worldwide market. Not bad for vehicles nobody wants. We lambaste the American auto industry for mismanagement while we praise anything made by foreign companies. How about toys, and dog food, and mouth wash from China…Thanks, I’ll go American. After 9-11 Chrysler, Ford and GM each contributed $10 million and by the way their employees did as well, $60 million dollars to support the victims of that heinous attack. What did Honda, Toyota, Nissan and virtually all the other import car companies, who reap billions from the U.S. economy, contribute? Not one red cent. Hey imports thanks for nothing. Let’s talk facts versus fiction for just a moment. Not approving the bridge loan the auto makers are asking for would be devastating. Nearly 3 million jobs would be lost in just the first year alone, another 2.5 million jobs gone over the next 2 years. Personal income in the United States would drop more than $150.7 billion in the first year, another $100 billion over the next two. The cost to local, state and federal governments would be over $155 billion in three years in lost taxes, unemployment and health care assistance. Domestic automobile production would grind to a nearly complete halt, even by international producers, due to supplier bankruptcies. The credit crisis that is affecting all of us is wounding the U.S. auto industry in many ways. Car makers can’t get loans to restructure and produce new technology vehicles. Suppliers and dealers can’t get loans for routine business and customers can’t get loans to buy new cars. Banks have been given billions yet they refuse to loan the money, instead opting to either buy other banks or to just simply hoard the cash.

When the initial $700 billion bailout was announced the public was outraged and said “don’t pass it.” So Congress didn’t pass it Autel Maxisys….a week later and a market that lost billions including many Americans 401k’s and retirement funds, had those same john Q publics screaming for law makers to pass it and pass it now. It got a 2nd chance and was passed. If Congress rejects the bridge loan to the auto makers there may not be a 2nd chance, just a tsunami of economic disaster. I urge everyone to support the loans as well as a one-time 1% tax credit for the purchase of a new vehicle and a tax write-off for interest and sales tax. Finally, just a few more facts. 9.3 million people worldwide bought GM vehicles last year. That’s more vehicles than any other automaker in the world sold. And in the U.S., which is the world’s largest market, GM sold more vehicles than any other manufacturer in 2007, and it has sold more than any other manufacturer to date in 2008. In 2008 Chevy Malibu was named North American car of the year and Cadillac CTS was Motor Trend’s 2008 car of the year. In 2007, the Saturn Aura and Chevy Silverado won North American car and truck of the year. Those awards are given and judged by automotive journalists. Customers responded just as enthusiastically as the critics. Although total U.S. vehicle sales are down almost 15% so far this year, a number of GM vehicles enjoyed significant sales increases: Malibu +39% Pontiac Vibe +36% Pontiac G6 +4% Cadillac CTS +15% Aura +7% GMC Acadia +2% Buick Enclave +88%. From plants to parks, from dealerships to driveways, from gas stations to grocery stores, what happens in the automotive industry affects each and every one of us. In fact, the collapse of the industry wouldn’t just impact the nearly 355,000 Americans directly employed by the Big Three. One out of every 10 people in America is employed in a service that is related to the U.S. auto industry. If a plant closes, so does it suppliers, the local stores, the hot dog vendor and the local restaurants. GM has cut its payroll drastically, by 45.8% in the U.S. alone since 2000. In fact GM is far from the largest employer in the industry. With 252,000 employees worldwide, GM ranks fifth overall behind, VW, Toyota, Renault/Nissan and Daimler. Yet GM sold more vehicles worldwide last year than any other automaker. Don’t penalize a company that pays its union employees twice what non union shops pay…a company that provides health care and pensions to its employees and retirees. Don’t reward manufacturers that build their products here but take the profits back to their home countries, while paying their employees far less and providing much less for them in the way of healthcare and retirement. Don’t say you support the workers and the middle class and then buy an import, because you saved a couple of hundred dollars. GM, Chrysler and Ford have supported America for nearly 100 years. They truly are the backbone of U.S. manufacturing. I’m proud to be and American and I’m proud to be a GM dealer. I have great faith that we will survive this extremely difficult time and be stronger for it. Mike Malin Vice President and Owner Grand Pontiac Buick GMC Thornton, Colo

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Automobile Mechanic Lien Laws


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Laws on Securing a Lien To secure a lien in most states, all you have to do is file a written notice to the county where you made the repairs within 60 days of the work’s completion. To file this notice you must contact the county recorder’s office and give a description of the work performed. Additionally, give a description of the vehicle. The county recorder will note the facts and notify the owner of the vehicle of the lien’s filing. There may be a small paperwork filing fee to process the lien.

States with Lien Laws Only 34 of the 50 states have laws regarding automobile mechanics liens Launch IV Scanner. So, in some states, mechanics remain unprotected if a customer decides not to pay his bill. If you face a situation where you have performed service work on an automobile without payment, check your state and local laws or contact a lawyer for specific procedures in your state.

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Audi designs super-futuristic car for ‘Ender’s Game’

(Credit: Audi) Whatever you think of upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game ” based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, Audi has made a pretty interesting contribution. The car manufacturer has designed a super-space-age concept vehicle for the International Fleet.

Sleek and aerodynamic, the Fleet Shuttle Quattro is the first purely virtual Audi car created for a film. Working with director Gavin Hood, the company applied its automotive expertise to create a plausible yet futuristic sci-fi machine that could integrate with the “Ender’s Game” universe.

“Designing the Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro was comparable to tailoring a made-to-measure suit,” said Frank Rimili, chief designer for the film project. “We adapted it to the requirements of the world in ‘Ender’s Game’ and, at the same time, ensured that we preserved our brand values CK-100 Auto Key Programmer. Ultimately, we were able to project our design philosophy perfectly onto the fictional world of the movie.”

Related stories ‘Ender’s Game’ author: Where’s ‘tolerance’ now? ‘Ender’s Game’ trailer debuts; fans seem hyper, skeptical The two-door car’s capabilities haven’t been enumerated — since it’s digital and only appears in a few scenes in the film Maxisys MS908P, we’re going to assume that part isn’t really important — but its design seems to have been at least partially inspired by the RSQ MS509, the (real) car designed by Audi in 2004 for the film “I, Robot.” In particular, the car’s smoothed lines and covered wheels evoke that earlier vehicle.

We don’t think we’re going to see any actual production of the Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro, but if Audi wants to incorporate some of its design elements into its future vehicles, we certainly won’t be complaining.

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Auto expo sees over 2 mn visitors, 25 new launches

T he seven-day Auto Expo, which drew to a close on Monday, had over 2 million enthusiasts passing through its doors to catch the buzz surrounding some of the most advanced cars showcased by global majors DS708.

The global economic gloom notwithstanding Launch X431 IV, the show saw more new launches than any other previous edition with international firms taking the lead and a total of 25 new models being unveiled Autel MS908.

The success of the expo is a testimony to India’s emergence as a global manufacturing hub, Union Minister of state for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said at the valedictory function of the 10th Auto Expo.

“The expo has grown from strength to strength since 1986. This year we received two million footfalls,” Scindia said.

He said the Indian automobile market is a “relatively virgin” one with only nine cars per thousand persons as against 27 per thousand in China. “…India is becoming attractive choice for its low-cost design innovation and design of scale and is becoming hub for manufacture of small cars… The Indian automobile market is growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 30 per cent and last fiscal exports grew by 52 per cent,” he added.

Speaking at the occasion, Hero Group’s Sunil Kant Munjal said 2,105 exhibitors took part at the biennial auto show. “In terms of product launches, this expo surpassed all the previous editions with 25 new models revealed. This is the biggest and the best show we have ever had so far. We hope this expo will be the springboard for future development of the automobile and manufacturing sector,” Munjal said.

Eyeing the volume segment in India, big car makers, including Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen, showcased their small cars at the week-long expo.

While the compact cars were the cynosure of all eyes, green technology made a strong mark with many companies showing hybrids and alternate fuel vehicles. Most of the companies are looking at garnering a seizable chunk of the Indian car market, which is heading towards the milestone of two million units a year.

“Even in difficult times, the Indian economy is growing at 7 per cent and is cynosure of the world,” Scindia said. Companies like Suzuki, Toyota, General Motors, Ford and Honda are already in the process of ramping up capacities, he added. Talking about the component industry, Scindia said it is exporting over $3 billion worth of auto parts from the country.

At a concluding day event, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki India won accolades for having the largest display areas, while the credit for the largest country pavilion went to Germany. Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland also got appreciation for their continuous support for all the 10 editions of the expo. Image: Chevrolet Camaro SS

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