Tag Archives: General Motors

image of the day: Henry Ford



Henry Ford

A crafty engineer, Henry Ford built his first automobile in 1896. A predecessor to the 1907 Model T, the Quadracycle consisted of a simple motor mounted on a buggy frame. Before Ford began to produce the automobiles that made him famous, he had been an unimpressive student from a Michigan farming family. But he began to demonstrate skill and interest in mechanical work, and left farming and business school behind to work with machines. He learned about steam engines at his job with Westinghouse, and later worked as an engineer for Edison Electric Illuminating Company. As Ford Motors developed, he hoped to emulate Edison. Ford died in 1947 a fabulously wealthy and influential businessman.

Photo: Library of Congress

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today’s birthday: Ransom E. Olds (1864)


Ransom E. Olds (1864)

Olds was a pioneer of the American automobile industry and the namesake of the Oldsmobile and Reo car brands. After developing an internal combustion engine and incorporating it into a car, he opened the Olds Gasoline Engine Works. In 1899, he moved to Detroit, formed the Olds Motor Works, and designed and produced the popular Oldsmobile. With its low price and stylish curved dashboard, it was the first car to be produced in quantity. When was the Oldsmobile brand discontinued? More… Discuss

today;s birthday: Soichiro Honda (1906)


Soichiro Honda (1906)

The Honda name is known worldwide thanks to Soichiro Honda. In 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, the self-taught Japanese engineer founded the Honda Technical Research Institute—now the Honda Motor Company—and began manufacturing motorcycles. Bolstered by success, he soon began producing cars. His company’s clean-burning CVCC engine spurred an automotive revolution, and his cars won a large share of the US market. What mischievous business scheme got Honda in trouble as a schoolboy? More… Discuss

U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls|airbag safety|The Truth 24.com


excerpts: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement the number of vehicles from 10 automakers covered by recalls this year and in 2013 is now 7.8 million, up 28 percent from the 6.1 million announced on Tuesday. The NHTSA said the new number corrected the vehicle list provided in prior safety bulletins this week, adding some vehicles and excluding others from previous bulletins.

The NHTSA has urged owners of certain Toyota (7203.T), Honda (7267.T), Mazda (7261.T), BMW (BMWG.DE), Nissan (7201.T), Mitsubishi (7211.T), Subaru (9778.T), Chrysler (FCHA.MI), Ford (F.N) and General Motors (GM.N) vehicles to replace installed air bags as soon as possible.

In the expanded bulletin, Honda accounts for almost 5.1 million of the vehicles, Toyota 877,000 vehicles, Nissan almost 695,000 vehicles, BMW nearly 628,000 vehicles and Chrysler more than 371,000 vehicles.

Today’s Birthday: EDWARD “EDDIE” RICKENBACKER (1890)


Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker “Ace of Aces.” After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More…Discuss