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Expect more hard-times car incentives

CNN Money, 25 February 2009

Hyundai created something truly novel with the "Hyundai Assurance" sales incentive it announced at the beginning of 2009: An auto sales incentive that seems to actually be working.  Last month, just after the Assurance program was announced, Hyundai had the largest sales increase of any automaker, and it was one of only three with any increase at all. While sales plummeted 37% industry-wide, Hyundai's were up by more than 14

Virgin America hangs as its hedge fund owners get antsy

USA Today, 26 February 2009

Its planes are packed with travelers who love its affordable, hip service. Still, 19-month-old Virgin America might be the most endangered airline in the USA.

No excuse to not get on your bike, Brisbane residents told

Courier Mail, 25 February 2009

International design and planning company EDAW has released a “No Excuse Zone'' map of Brisbane, which urges residents living within a 9km radius of the CBD to ride bikes to work.  The map is part of EDAW's CycleCity strategy.

Eco suburb plan unveiled for city

The Age, 25 February 2009

A VISION for a suburb of the future with no cars, an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and the ability to grow its own food has been unveiled by a State Government-funded thinktank. And it could happen on a site just two kilometres from the centre of Melbourne.

Brakes on India’s tourist boom

The Age, 16 February 2009

It's billed as one of the world's most luxurious and romantic train journeys. An old-world tour of India's palaces and lakes, all the way to the Taj Mahal. Despite great expectations when it was launched in January, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels train, with $2,000 suites and gourmet dining cars, has at times been left languishing in the rail yards as the global economic crisis and the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks put the brakes on

Biofuel test flights by airlines increasing

TG Daily, 5 February 2009

Airline usage of biofuels seems to be on a slow upswing, with several airlines recently testing alternative fuels to power their airplanes to various destinations. It looks as if all of these tests were, at least for the moment, only for research purposes.

Our Love Affair With Malls Is on the Rocks

New York Times, 31 January 2009

DEARLY beloved. We are gathered here today, in the midst of economic calamity, to ask if we really should be gathered here today, in a funhouse of merchandise designed to send us deeper into debt.