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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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BMW Group Sales of EVs Pass 10,000 in September 2017

It bodes badly for the Detroit Three that China the world’s largest vehicle market and India – soon to surpass North America as the world’s second largest market – have both embraced EVs as the future. Continue reading

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Unifor Workers Agree to Weak CAMI Deal from GM

In a clear victory for General Motors the agreement does not get what Unifor said it wanted since workers walked out on Sept. 17 – a pledge from GM that Ingersoll jobs wouldn’t be sent to the carmaker’s two plants in Mexico. Those plants also assemble the company’s strong selling Chevrolet Equinox. Continue reading

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Ford Dropping Car Business – Reallocating $7B in Capital

It’s time for Ford to reorganize yet again. This time around it’s as radical a turnaround plan as ever seen in Dearborn with Ford essentially ceding the car market to other major auto makers and reallocating the $7 billion saved to bets – with wildly uncertain odds – in the connected car and autonomous car areas, as well as the newly emerging interactive road system. Continue reading

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U.S. Sales Drop in September. Domestics Struggle with Cars

September U.S. auto sales dropped notably when compared to September 2016, but were still relatively strong,according to AutoData. It said that the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in September was 17.76 million units compared to 18.05 million units a year … Continue reading

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IMSA Finale Today at Road Atlanta

With 39 cars and superstar lineups with aggressive drivers – some clearly illegally aggressive but unsanctioned thus far – from all paddocks of the sport, the Motul Petit Le Mans could be one of the most dramatic finales yet – or not depending on the racing. Continue reading

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DENSO to Spend $1 billion in Tennessee

Globally, DENSO claims to be a leading developer of electrification systems for automobiles, tasks involved in vehicle safety and security, and newer areas that connect vehicles and society. These systems will play a crucial role in meeting increasing electric vehicle demand, says DENSO. Continue reading

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GM Roughs in Choices for Autonomous Fuel Cells

General Motors in an active and thus far unsuccessful “pump up the moribund stock price with press releases” claims today that it will solve some of the transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The … Continue reading

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GM CAMI Strike Talks Still Stalled

“If you want to see what a NAFTA-caused race to the bottom looks like, go to Ingersoll, Ontario,” said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor. “In that picturesque town west of Toronto, workers at the CAMI automotive plant are on strike over a reasonable proposal that their employer, General Motors of Canada, refuses to accept. – enhanced job security language.” Continue reading

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Mahindra, Ford to Study Links in India, Emerging Markets

A revised Transit Connect could be one program because of Mahindra’s prominent role in the previous one that occurred when perennial loss-making Ford Europe was cash-strapped. Highly likely are utility and battery electric vehicles. Continue reading

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World Endurance CUP Round 6 – Texas: Porsche 1, 2, Toyota 3

Toyota once again teased; once again failed – a problem that might go away next year since it will likely be racing against itself in LMP1 – good for a Tokyo Aichi lobby trophy, but disastrous for the sport. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reports Now Online

Pennsylvania law states that only certain parties may access a crash report, including those involved in the crash, their attorney, and their insurance company. Continue reading

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Sierra Club Michigan Opposes CAFE Cuts

In January under the Obama administration, the EPA finalized its proposed decision on fuel efficiency standards, originally set in 2012. The decision kept the fuel economy goals at their current level through year 2025. This decision came after a technical assessment report, a 30-day comment period, a proposed decision, and a second 30-day comment period. The Sierra Club and allies submitted more than 400,000 comments in support of the standards. Critics claim that the review was conducted too hastily. Continue reading

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Non-Fake News: Americans Differ in Trusting Sources – Pew

Americans fall into categories ranging from those “interested and engaged with information to those who are wary and stressed.” The survey explores five distinct groups of people’s engagement with information and finds that a pair of elements stand out when it comes to citizens’ enthusiasm for engagement: Continue reading

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Toyota Begins Alliance with Grab Ride-Hailing Service

The stampede to cooperation with car sharing companies began with GM’s acquisition of Lyft – a Uber competitor – for $500 million in January of 2016. This was a surprising move to some – including automakers – who were out of touch with what was long derided as a moribund company., but was moving fast post-bankruptcy with a new generation of leaders. Continue reading

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