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Audi A6 Hybrid Vehicles Recalled for Short Circuits, Fires

A fire in a railway container in China last December with 2 new Audi vehicles started a chain of events that lead to this global recall. Audi investigations with Valeo the supplier on the  root cause, possible contributing factors and affected production period ensued. Continue reading

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Cooper Tire Stops Manufacturing in the Americas

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced it will shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to market demand that has been declining by the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. heads into a recession. Continue reading

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CARB and United Nations Start Satellites for Climate Action

California, of course, has one of the leading greenhouse gas reduction programs to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. It also has a long, distinguished history of using innovative ways to reduce emissions while supporting a thriving economy. Continue reading

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Chrysler Recalls More than 1.1 Million Ram Pickup Trucks for Unexpected Tailgate Openings While Driving

The safety defect stems from a tailgate actuator limiter tab that may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and pop open. The unsafe trucks were assembled in Mexico and the U.S. with bad parts from ADAC Plastic in Saranac Michigan. Continue reading

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Eaton Links with KPIT on Electrified Mobility Technologies

In March 2018, Eaton announced the formation of its eMobility business unit for electrified vehicles. The eMobility business works in three primary areas for both automotive and commercial vehicle customers: intelligent power electronics, power systems, and advanced power distribution and circuit protection. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 1.2M Explorer Models and Others for Defects

One Explorer customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke. Ford is not aware of any reports of injuries related to problem. This safety defect affects approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, approximately 28,000 in Canada and one in Mexico. Affected vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant, May 17, 2010 to Jan. 25, 2017. Continue reading

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Foreign Born US Population at Historic Levels

The number of foreign-born* residents in the United States has varied over the past 165 years. By 2016, 13.5% of the U.S. population was foreign-born, a level that rivaled historic highs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading

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More and/or Less – What Americans Know about Science

There are striking differences in levels of science knowledge by education as well as by racial and ethnic group. Men tend to score higher than women on the science knowledge scale, but gender differences are not consistent across questions in the scale. And political party groups are roughly similar in their overall levels of science knowledge, although conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats tend to score higher on the scale than do their more moderate counterparts. Continue reading

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Cabrera Rides in Corvette at NAIAS after Disastrous 2018

“I want to be dangerous,” Cabrera said during a pre-season press conference. Cabrera his been enmeshed in a messy and very expensive legal tangle between his wife and mistress, both of whom have children by him. Continue reading

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Almost Showtime for the Last Winter Weather NAIAS

Next year the 2020 NAIAS moves to June, starting the week of the 8th. Continue reading

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Hyundai Delivers First 2019 NEXO Fuel Cell SUV

Mr. Hochrad isn’t the typical automotive buyer. More than 15 years ago, he purchased his first hybrid car and over the years has driven dedicated electric vehicles as well. His new NEXO will deliver about five times the driving range of his first unnamed all-electric car. Continue reading

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Car Rental Rate Holiday Rip-Offs

Travelers in need of a rental car in Seattle this Christmas will pay a lot more than usual. According to a new survey from CheapCarRental.net, rental car rates have nearly quadrupled in the city for the holidays. Continue reading

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Jaguar Land Rover Vehicles Will Help Cure Motion Sickness?

Future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be able to tell if you’re feeling unwell and adjust settings to combat motion sickness. This – despite its apparent daftness – might be a good thing for captives of autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

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Hyundai Motor Group Reveals Solar Charging System Technology

Hyundai Motor Group will launch the first generation of this technology into its vehicles after 2019 to help meet global regulations targets and improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Continue reading

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Death Of The Diesel Continues As London Mayor Delivers Online Checker To Help Car Buyers Choose Cleaner Cars

The Mayor wants to help restore public confidence following the ‘dieselgate’ scandal, in which many Londoners wrongly brought ‘cleaner’ cars in good faith but later found out they had dirty polluting engines because of defeat devices or the official testing process not reflecting emissions in ‘real world’ conditions. Continue reading

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