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Slow News Night – 2018 Nissan Midnight Models

For Nissan in 2018, black is the new black, just like Henry Ford’s Model T with its fast-drying paint that upped production. This time it’s a marketing move to increase revenues. and foremost to shut out a thriving aftermarket in blackout kits. Continue reading

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Crossover Mania: 3-Row Lexus RX Debuts at Los Angeles

The Lexus RX – the original SUV built from a car platform – debuting in the U.S. at the Chicago Auto Show 20 years ago – will get three rows of seats. Continue reading

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Swissport Ramp Agents Vote to Join Teamsters

Aircraft fuelers played a key role in persuading their coworkers to join. Local 120 obtained a permit to access the airport, and many volunteer organizers from US Foods reached out to the ramp agents to tell them what to expect from management after they had filed for an election. Continue reading

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New Record – Most Balloons Suspended by Static Electricity

The smart electric drive is available in the smart fortwo coupe and smart fortwo cabrio, the only electric cabriolet on the Canadian market. MSRPs are Canadian $29,050 and $32,050 for the convertible. Continue reading

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Hyundai Ups Military Incentives for Veterans Day Weekend

Hyundai’s Veteran Employment Transition Program is available in military base career centers and online for veterans to provide free Hyundai-specific technical training, resume and interview coaching, and job openings for Hyundai and its affiliate companies. Continue reading

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Ford, Zotye Ink Chinese JV Agreement on Electric Vehicles

Pending regulatory approval – all but certain in the government directed economy – the new JV will design, build, market and distribute all-electric passenger vehicles for China, the world’s leading electric vehicle market. The establishment of the JV is a combined investment of 5 billion RMB (~ $756 million). Continue reading

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Shanghaied! Porsche Takes Third Straight Endurance Driver’s Title

Toyota has yet to announce if it will return to LMP1 next year – right now they are the only factory entrant with, oh, potentially $100 million investment needed. Continue reading

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Offshore Brand US Auto Sales Rose During a So-So October

Even though Trump hasn’t implemented his promised offshore tax on imports or took on China for its currency manipulation and trade practices, international brands once again controlled the U.S.  auto market during September by selling 748,614 vehicles, commanding 55.3% of … Continue reading

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Unions Battle Precarious Work, Global Warming at Shell

The meeting highlighted the increasing use of precarious workers and contracts, particularly in countries such as Nigeria, Argentina and the Netherlands. In Nigeria, studies have shown that Shell employs more than 50,000 contract workers compared to only 4,500 permanent employees. Continue reading

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Q3 – GM Lost $3 Billion Net, Takes $5.4B Charge for Opel Sale

GM posted its first profitable quarter in all business segments, including South America, since Q4 2014. However, income from continuing operations was hurt by a $2.3 billion non-cash charge for deferred tax assets that are no longer realizable due to Opel/Vauxhall sale. In total the Opel sale cost GM stockholders $5.4 billion. Continue reading

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General Motors Sets Q4 2017 Dividend at 38 Cents

GM shares have moved higher since September – about +29.5% for the year. The company claims it is concentrating on ridesharing – the Lyft semi-acquisition looks brilliant – electric vehicles and self-driving cars. GM is also adding Maven Gig to more cities. Continue reading

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Mazda CX-5 Crossover Build Starts at Hofu Plant

The reasons for Mazda’s struggles are many – a bias toward old architectures, single or limited joint ventures, different operating philosophies and systems, no true mergers, lack of trust and inequality. However, the potential savings are just too large to ignore, especially for CEOs, but not necessarily for middle managers and workers. Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: Infotainment, Transmissions Hurt Reliability. Detroit Three Quality Dismal

“These new technologies can add features and improve fuel efficiency, but are more prone to have issues. Often our data suggests it’s prudent for consumers to wait for the technology to mature” said Jake Fisher of CR. Continue reading

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IMSA Classic 24 Coming November 8 – 12 at Daytona

The entry list for the third running of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona was announced today by HSR officials. The race has nearly race cars and more than 250 drivers from around the world. In … Continue reading

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NAFTA Talks Stalled. Doomed?

There are three main options if the NAFTA negotiators do not reach a new agreement: the parties could continue to negotiate, knowing that there would be limited time to get the agreement approved in all three countries; the three countries could agree to continue trading under the existing agreement; or one or more parties could withdraw from NAFTA, effectively terminating the agreement. Continue reading

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