While you can’t find a company that manufactures propane-powered trucks, fleet managers have been intrigued by propane converters for their fleets for quite some time. As gasoline prices continue to rise, the cost of a gallon of propane has remained relatively stable. This could be a good way for smaller fleets to control their gasoline prices and save a few bucks to boot. While auto transportation companies have a much more difficult time converting their own auto transportation rigs, as they’re much larger and need a lot more power, it’s something that could be a solution for the overall gasoline crunch that we’re finding ourselves in (once again).
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The European auto market has been on rocky slopes for some time now, and the idea of “automotive alliances” between manufacturers has been the rage for the past few years. Fiat, at one point, was considering allying themselves with Peugeot, but the deal fell through and now General Motors Europe is looking to fill that gap. Peugeot executives are looking at the alliance as a way to piggyback off of GM’s success – in their words, “Peugeot and Opel lack scale.” An alliance with GM would therefore make sense, as the company could then compete with European juggernauts Volkswagen. Auto transportation companies in Europe operate under different sets of rules than U.S. companies, but I imagine that their industry trends are much as the auto transportation industry in the U.S. – maybe they’ll let us know how Peugeot and Opel cars move in the near future.
As odd as it sounds, oil prices are going up – and showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Mainly due to Iran halting all exports of oil to Britain and France, the move is having repercussions on the far side of the pond as well. Auto transportation companies especially are feeling the heat, with diesel prices skyrocketing alongside gasoline prices. This doesn’t bode well for auto transportation customers, as prices are likely to go up as fuel prices go up. Auto transportation companies have to make enough money to keep their trucks fueled and have enough for drivers to live off of while on the road and the dispatchers back home to pay their bills – and if gas prices are going up, auto transportation companies see less money in their pocket – their overhead fluctuates with changing prices. Therefore auto transportation customers should be prepared for hikes in prices as well.
Thirty senators – 29 of them democrats – are looking at pushing new legislation through Congress that would set the federal minimum fuel efficiency ratings at 54.5 miles per gallon, a feat that has the automotive industry up in arms. The bill would cost the auto industry almost $157 billion between 2017 and 2025, when all new cars would be required to meet that efficiency number. Auto transportation companies are noting that getting vehicles better miles per gallon is not an easy task, and many auto transportation companies are worried that this would apply to them. Naturally older cars would be exempt from the ruling – just new cars would need to meet the federal requirements – but still, it could mean problems down the line. Auto transportation companies like hearing about ways to save money, but this might be too much. Auto industry officials are looking at proposals that would help save the industry money and are set to challenge the bill.
According to the Detroit News, Smart is looking at making their tiny cars more appealing to US buyers. When the vehicle debuted in 2008 it sold a remarkable 26,000 units – remarkable for a purely-electric car. Auto transportation companies noticed a sharp increase in the number of Smart cars being shipped, but by 2010 the numbers dwindled, and it looked like the fad was over. Only 5,500 units were sold that year, with even less being shipped by auto transportation companies. But Smart is looking to get ahead of the competition on the marketing front, hiring New York’s Billy the Artist to design a new look for the cars that would be a bit more “psychedelic” and would (theoretically) appeal to younger buyers. Except younger buyers are hipsters, not hippies. They don’t wear tie-dye.