The Immediate Future Of The Car Industry Is Not Rosy
21 December 2008
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The car industry at present not only has to cope with a financial crisis but it is being forced to redesign cars to cope with satisfying the environment lobby in their quest to reduce carbon gas emissions to help prevent global warming.
The world credit crunch and banking crisis is not confined to the financial sector alone, industry in general is hurting and none more so than the car/motor industry.
With a global workforce estimated near the 50 million mark when all the ancillary parts of the industry are included, starting with oil exploration, every car part manufacturer making different parts for different models, tyres, windows and windscreens, engines, fabric for interiors etc., any hiccup in this business which halts sales sends a chill wind around bank managers worldwide.
The current economic downturn for the car industry has also coincided with a combination of high energy costs and also increased raw material prices, matters outside their control, however that oil controlling cartel called OPEC once again not content with the extra BILLIONS they have just made from the $100 dollar temporary leap in a barrel of oil have just announced they are to cut production by 2.2 million barrels per day. in order to try and get the oil price UP again.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, how can these producers look anyone in the face ever again? Justice may have been done though, as since the cut was announced oil prices have continued to fall.
By the way it is not only oil cartels who are not allowing us, the public, to ease our financial burdens. When Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister, criticized OPEC for their recent cut back in production an OPEC official abruptly retorted that Brown was not helping to ease the pain caused as his government took over 70% of the pump price in taxes and should act to reduce this tax burden. Touche
The depth of the current downturn is now evident with car sales at an 18 year low and car makers around the world are having to re-finance their whole businesses.
This last statement itself raises a major question. Car manufacturers globally are asking their governments for loans in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Ok car sales are acknowledged to have fallen through the floor recently as a result of this crisis but it makes you wander how well financed these companies were prior to this crisis arising.
Toyota recognized as the worlds largest car manufacturer is expected to post quarterly losses of $1.1billion.
BMW of Germany is reported to be supporting its German dealer network to the tune of approximately $133 million to aid home soil sales.
Still in Germany, the biggest European car maker Volkswagen is to discuss cost cutting while the biggest European car parts manufacturer Bosch is planning to cut 2000 jobs.
Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn has stated that he does not see a quick end to this downturn adding that he thought the bottom of the market had not yet been reached; Renault are expected to shed 2000 from their workforce.
Ghosn is also quoted as saying that "this crisis is more serious than that of 1992-93 which took 5 years to recover from"
During the 92-93 crisis the recovery came about under different policies from individual governments and without cohesive action, then there were no multi billion dollar loans to refinance industry, so given that the 92-93 crisis is reported to have taken 5 years to recover from the question on all lips now is "how long will industry take to recover given that they will have all these billions of loans to repay whilst at the same time try to rebuild their industries and keep their bankers as well as their share holders happy"
The business environment for the future is not rosy, car manufacturers are struggling with financial worries and the pressure is on them to also satisfy the green lobby with reduced carbon gas emissions to reduce global warming.
Posted by Bill of www.the-car-hub.co.uk
When It Comes To Money, There Is No UNITY
25 November 2008
Published at 19:36 Comments (1)
The decision by European states to plead poverty at this years Climate Change summit in Brussels and try to back away from agreed limits is a cause of great concern
The meeting was held to confirm the previously set goals on climate change as agreed by European Union member countries. These goals were aimed at cutting the carbon gas emissions, to help safeguard our environment, by 20% by the year 2020. Pollution caused by car exhaust gasses was high on the agenda. Being the E.U., to ratify any agreement it needed a unanimous decision, in the end all it revealed was greater splits among its members.
This time was also momentous for another reason; it was the week Britain made the decision to save the big banks of this country from financial disaster with a blueprint that may be followed by countries around the world to help halt the turmoil in financial markets.
The two subjects above, climate change and financial market turmoil, have produced one single confirmation, that is that there is NO unity in the European Union among its member states regarding climate change and even with the worlds' financial system in near meltdown there is indecisiveness among major players which certainly should not be the case at this point in time.
Nationally we have Poland and six other eastern European countries, who were in the very last batch to join the E.U., putting forward a motion against their full participation in the climate change programme and demanding that Britain, France and Germany shoulder more of the burden. Some unity here eh?
Talking of unity, prior to the banking crisis we had the very serious problem with sky high oil prices. In recent days we have seen the price of oil tumble to a price of below one pound sterling per litre for unleaded petrol (= $1.57 per litre).
With this lower priced fuel one would think that us motorists could look forward to using our cars for what they were bought for, driving, not a chance; we now have the real oil barons, OPEC, threatening to turn the screw on us. They have banked extra billions out of the oil crisis, now that we have arrived at a turning point affecting their unimaginable fortunes they are threatening to cut back on oil production thereby limiting supplies to world markets in order to get the price of oil up again. Some world unity here eh?
World banks have had hundreds of billions promised to them to try to overcome the lack of liquidity and confidence in world money markets, figures so huge it makes you wander where governments can so suddenly get their hands on so much of the filthy lucre. There is only one way for them to obtain this money, through taxation; and where does this taxation money come from, you and I of course.
For years and years ahead we will have to surrender more of our hard earned cash to help out the very people who caused all this havoc, what appreciation do they show us in return? Nothing.
The banks and investment institutions will actually continue to pay those obscene bonus's each year. The government having given them all this money, and with a rate cut to help stimulate and revitalize the markets, how do they repay us the public?
What else do you expect the banks to do except ignore us poor taxpayers. Not only ignore us, but most of these financial institutions did NOT pass on the rate cut to help us pay less for our mortgages, how sick of them is that, to bite the hand that not only feeds them but saves them from extinction too. Some unity there eh?
The Great Ocean Conveyor.
20 October 2008
Published at 14:45 Comments (0)
Firstly what is the connection between The Great Ocean Conveyor and a water to gas fuel conversion system for cars which improves mpg, reduces carbon gas emissions, thereby helping the environment by reducing global warming? Puzzled, read on.
Question: what is "The Great Ocean Conveyor"? Is it a conveyor system in a food distribution centre, or perhaps a fish, or evem a ships name, or what?
It is none of the above, as some of you in the know will be aware of, the Great Ocean Conveyor is however planet Earth's most important component.
The Conveyor is simply a current of water which flows through the oceans of the world in a continuous flow and may take a 1000 years to complete its cycle. The current when heading south through the Atlantic is cold and runs deep continuing through the southern oceans just north of Antartica and south of Australia before heading northward through the Pacific. As it continues to the northern parts of the Pacific the current warms up and rises to nearer the surface it then turns southwards and heads west past Indonesia, through the Indian Ocean to round the Cape and head back up the Atlantic. When it reaches east of Greenland, and already cooling, the Conveyor meets the melting ice cap waters, it is these cold waters which keep the Conveyor operating. If there is no ice cap because of global warming, and the ice cap is now fast disappearing, then there will be no cold water to form the lower circulating channel southwards of the Conveyor.
The consequences of a breakdown of the Conveyor are horrendous, the worst case scenario would be another ICE AGE which could happen within 2-3years of the Conveyor malfunctioning. A lesser harrowing scenario would be a "little ice age" lasting perhaps a couple of centuries which would lead to extremely harsh winters, draught, desertification and crop failure.
A simple geographical comparism of the latitude of Alaska and the permafrost locked regions of northern Canada and central Siberia show them to be similar to most of Europe and Scandinavia, yet Europe's climate is more similar to that of North America (whose eastern seaboard would be seriously affected too). Why so? Simple, the Gulf Stream which is a part of the Conveyor and which brings that warmer climate to Scandinavia and Europe, would not exist and thus we would be consigned to those other much, much colder climatic conditions.
Do not imagine that these flows can be altered by man as the statistics are stupendous. With a flow rate of only 10cm per second there is a moving mass of water equivalent to 100 Amazon rivers, with an average 30million cu ft of water entering the system every second. If this flow is upset the results will be felt within as short a period as 2-3years.
When you consider the minute limitations of man's control over nature you realize that it is nature that is in charge of planet Earth and quite simply we have to comply with nature and not the other way around.
Our carbon gas emissions from factories and motors cannot be sustained and for our existence MUST be reduced, yet what do we do? We go out and cut down the very forests that can absorb 25% of all carbon dioxide produced and which has a profound effect on global warming.
As individuals we can cast our votes for politicians to hopefully change their policies to be more eco-friendly – do not hold your breath there; or we can take positive action ourselves with our cars and not emit as much as 3.5 tons of CO2 per individual car per annum by installing a water to gas fuel conversion system which dramatically reduces carbon gas emissions thus reducing global warming and helping to save the environment.
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How Green Is The Future
02 August 2008
Published at 11:03 Comments (0)
Back in 1998 son asked Dad, "what would you like for Xmas Dad", replied Dad "I would like a car that runs on fresh air". Back then, 10 years ago, Dads reply would have been met with a "yeah yeah, get serious Dad". Run the tape forward to this year and in 10 short years the Air Car is a reality.
Guy Negre is now accepted as one of the leading names in Air Car development which has been ongoing since 1990. Another early developer was Armando Regusci who designed his own air engine which was recognised as being more superior in design and efficiency to such a degree that Guy Negres company, MDI Group, adopted a design similar to that which Regusci had patented in 1990.
Guy Negres background was in aeronautical engineering but amongst his most notable accomplishments are the design of a rotary distributor for the civil aviation industry and the development of a 3.5litre W12 engine for formula1 racing cars.
Since establishing the MDI company in 1991 the first Compressed Air Engine was developed in 1996, in 1998 the first taxi to run on compressed air was introduced. In 1999 the MDI Industrial Concept was rolled out whereby Turnkey Factories can be set up in local regions to manufacture the company vehicles and also an Urban Transport
system, industrial tractors, pallet trucks and Power Generator Units, all operating pollution free. Since 2004 MDI have produced a new Compressed Air Engine capable of operating using various additives and also a device named the Active Chamber that greatly improves engine efficiency. So much for the developing compressed Air Car.
There are estimated to be 15 million cars being driven around in various parts of the world which run on either LPG, liquefied petroleum gas or CNG, compressed natural gas. Some of the benefits of these cars are, both gasses contain no lead , combustion is smoother leading to longer engine life and no carbon dioxide emissions into the environment. Points to consider here are that governments could raise the taxes on the gasses involved and also conversion costs are not cheap
Some frightening data on your non-green petrol engine car might, we hope, encourage motorists to embrace a greener drive and improve the environment. The UK Energy Saving Trust (EST) estimates there are 30 million cars on UK roads and horrendously these vehicles produce their weight in CO2 every 6000 miles. As the average UK mileage per annum is estimated to be 9000 miles a petrol fuelled car is likely to produce 3.47 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, multiply 24 million cars by 3.47tonnes and it totals 83 million tonnes of Co2 emitted in the UK alone,. an estimate for America would be at least 10 times that amount, totalling for the 2 countries over 900 million tonnes of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere every year. How proud are we of that? We should all take our environment far more seriously and act now to protect it for the future.
R. Bill Williams
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G8 - "Gas Emissions By Another Name!!!!"
06 July 2008
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Next week starting on Monday 7th. July until Wednesday the 9th. the annual junket of the G8 countries meet in Japan to discuss among other items “global warming” mainly caused by increasing carbon gas emissions from industry, power stations and transport. These discussions on climate change have been ongoing annually since the Kyoto talks in 1997 and we, the general public, should be asking ourselves what results have been forthcoming over the years since they began; especially so since for this years meeting the security costs alone will be £141.8 million sterling (€113 million) (source Reuters 03/07/08) compared to last years £89.5 million when the junket was held in Germany. How sensible do we think it is to spend in only 2 years the sum of £231.3 million on security alone, plus of course you have to add the expenses for flying delegates from approx. 180 countries to Japan, plus also all the accommodation costs etc. etc. The total cost to us taxpayers for the 2 years must be in excess of £500 million, and for what result?
The research group ECOFYS stated in a study done for the environmental group WWF and Allianz that the USA, Canada and Russia had “failed the test” in climate performance to reduce emissions. The USA had failed the tests in 11 out of 12 categories and the 3 countries had all received “red ratings” and were at the bottom of the table which showed that ALL the G8 countries had failed to match their words with deeds. Italy and Japan also received “red ratings” with the comment that “there are few national measures in place to cut emissions”. The 3 countries of the G8 at the top of the scorecard were Britain, France and Germany but were only awarded “yellow ratings” which meant overall that none of the G8 countries were awarded the “green” rating, it’s only fair to state that Britain and France did receive praise for getting their emissions below the Kyoto target figures.
So after 11 years of emitting verbal gas at these G8 meetings where are we, what achievements have there been? What will be achieved this year? It’s reckoned not much as the good old US of A has never signed the original Kyoto agreement, the oilman/cowboy President in charge at present is most unlikely to alter his stance and offend his friends in this his last year of presidency which means we have to wait for next years meeting to find out if the U.S., now questionably the second largest polluter in the world behind China (who incidently are not in the G8), has a change of policy.
We, the general public, can show these mindless, unthinking, environmentally unfriendly so called politicians (interesting isn’t it that according to Dictionary.com a politician is described as “a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favour or retaining power than about maintaining principles” says it all doesn’t it, couldn’t have put it better myself.) How do we show them? Simple, very, very simple. Fit a Water4gas fuel conversion system to your car/vehicle. It cuts down to a minimum exhaust carbon gas emissions, it helps to maintain a cleaner environment, is a healthy solution to prolonged engine life, can vastly increase your m.p.g. while reducing the cost per litre/gallon by at least 30-60%, simple innit – cut carbon gas emissions, save the environment and save money at the same time.
We’re not politicians but we can see the sense in that – why can’t they?
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He Who Laughs Last
01 July 2008
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He who laughs last - has fitted Water4gas.
Although most statistics in this article may refer to UK£ sterling readers in other countries will realize that the incresing costs of fuel
from the pumps affects them too wherever they are resident.We are now approaching mid 2008, last year's predictions of high prices for foods, higher energy bills, rising fuel
prices and general "belt tightening"
have now been proven not to be scare mongering but real life fact. And we don't like it one little bit!
Life for everyone has changed in some little way, whether you have decided not to buy that certain little food delicacy you enjoyed because its now too pricey or, instead of turning up the heating you are having to put on extra jumpers and cardigans to save on energy bills the general belt tightening is happening and is a fact of life that is with us NOW. How higher prices will go is unknown but there is a breaking point for everything, so when that maximum peak is reached demand will begin to decline,when that decline sets in it will affect all products and sevices across the board and unless serious action is swiftly undertaken it will lead to those dreaded words - Stagnation and Stagflation. Regarding those last two words I enclose the following for info:- Stagflation is a macroeconomics term used to describe a period of inflation combined with stagnation (that is, slow economic growth and rising unemployment), generally including recession. The portmanteau term "stagflation" is generally attributed to United Kingdom Conservative MP and later Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain Macleod, who coined the term in a speech to Parliament in 1965.. Economists today offer two main explanations of stagflation. First, stagflation can occur when an economy is slowed by an unfavorable supply shock, such as an increase in the price of oil in an oil importing country, which tends to raise prices at the same time that it slows the economy by making production less profitable. Second, both stagnation (recession) and inflation can be caused by inappropriate macroeconomic policies. For example, central banks can cause inflation by permitting excessive growth of the money.[(source Wikipedia).
Taking into account the world situation today doesn't the above ring a bell? What about that old adage "what goes around comes around". Today we have the huge hike in the price of oil combined with the world banking/credit problem caused by U.S. banks mis-selling worthles bonds to the rest of the worlds bankers ( how responsible/savvy were those bankers who bought those bonds then!!)
There is no one big clear answer to all of the above economic problems but in the motor fuel
consumption area there is a solution. First lets consider some facts. Here in the UK for every £1 spent on fuel
the government puts 85p of
our hard earned money into its own cash box. Last year £81Billion was spent on motor fuel
in the UK and our oh so friendly government who pledge undying affection to the national population before every election pocketed £51Billion of our hard earned cash; thats on top of the income tax, national insurance contributions (a tax by another name), capital gains, stamp duty, etc. etc. etc. that gets ripped out of our hands. If the government is committed to imposing such a punitive level of taxation,on fuel
effectively making life very difficult for certain sections of society, we must see
evidence of what it is using these tax revenues for.
When bad times happen in our lives we always tend to look aroung to find a way to ease our problems, to reduce the worry and the hardship. Luckily, very luckily for us we all have an opportunity now with regard to fuel
prices to turn the tables, take matters into our own hands and really have the Last Laugh. Laugh, why should we laugh? Well simply because matters beyond our control have forced us to "think outside the box". If the matters which are of great concern to us financially were not there we'd stick with the status quo, but now we are forced to act differently.
In the UK the present average price per litre of petrol is £1.20 (US $2.30 so we in the UK already have the US$10 gallon, how would you US citizens react to that?) How much would UK citizens relish the thought of only paying the
equivalent of 90p per litre, or say even 60p per litre. Like it? As they say today "how does that grab you"- 60p per litre!! Who is laughing now?
Not only could you be paying that price but you would be saving the difference into your own pocket and the big plus to it all is that you would be helping the environment.
How is all this achieved you ask, answer - by fitting a Water4gas
kit to your vehicle. In simple terms the "water added" is converted into hho or Browns gas and is added to the normal fuel
of the vehicle. Its not new technology, its been around for 90 years or so, and as its in the
public domain no person or company owns a patent on it. In addition to the greatly improved fuel
economy please also consider the other huge benefits of this system.
1) Greatly reduced carbon gas emissions
from the exhaust thus contributing to a cleaner environment
and a lessening of global warming.
2) In using this system it enables your vehicle to effectively steam clean itself internally which makes it more efficient and creates less wear on internal parts.
3) Your vehicle runs quieter and smoother.
Yes a Water4gas fuel conversion
system is a proven method of achieving all of the above and in these hard sombre times it really can give us............The Last Laugh.
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Water4Gas IS worth it.
20 June 2008
Published at 19:40 Comments (0)
Whether you are trying to save money on a water-fuel conversion or thinking
about helping the environment with cleaner gas emissions from your vehicle
your Water4Gas fuel conversion will do both. However the benefits don't end
there; by converting your vehicle to run with a water additive ( the water is
a supplement to the petrol/diesel fuel of the car), you are actually cleaning
the engine out and in doing so enabling your car to run smoother.
The car has now been a part of our lives for over 100 years, with solid
tyres giving way to pressurised ones, motorised wipers replacing hand held
sliding ones, heaters radios and CDs now standard for entertainment, sat nav
and speed-radar detectors as options and safety features such as safety belts
and airbags are standard. Car makers say they are forever looking for more
lightweight materials to install, bodystyling to reduce airdrag in fact any
method they can to modernise and improve new cars which they can sell in their
Car makers are not so keen to keep us informed about some of the "extras"
that are under the bodyshell of the car. By law every vehicle should have a
catalyctic converter fitted.
Firstly, what is a catalyctic convertor, a "cat" is designed to burn or
reduce the carbon gas emissions and unburned fuel in the exhaust system. In
other words it is a clear admission of poor engine design. When you couple it
with the deficiences of the E.M.S. ( engine management system), a
computerised fuel control system which is programmed to PREVENT any permanent
improved m.p.g.and is partially controlled by a sensor fitted in front of the
catalyctic convertor that can adjust the air-to-fuel ratio. See what I mean.
In a nutshell while all technology has advanced during the last 100 years the
car makers have succeeded in keeping the m.p.g.of cars to a level that they
are happy with as it is in their industries's interest to keep the oil
flowing to the refineries and on to the petrol station and finally the
Today we have sky high fuel prices, global warming partly caused by carbon
gas emissions from cars which is a big danger to the environment. Each of
these problems can be overcome with a Water4Gas fuel conversion system which
will lower gas emissions resulting in a cleaner air environment and,smoother
engine running, helping to reduce global warming and increase your cars m.p.g.
and save you loads of money!
Its available here NOW.
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