Category Archives: news analysis

Maven Gig Expands to San Francisco

By 2020, an estimated 43 % of the U.S. workforce will be made up of freelance workers. The nature of employment is changing, as corporations continue to shed middle class jobs. Maven Gig claims it is a “nimble platform that will grow and adapt with the shift.” Continue reading

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Automotive CX Summit – Dual Style to Customer Development?

“People liked going into the Apple Store, they liked to go somewhere to talk to a person face-to-face for support or to explain something. this is complex technology, it strikes me that’s the analogy the [automotive] industry should look at and say, “Ah-ha,” Munzel told AutoInformed during a phone interview. Continue reading

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Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye as Mastermind Grows

More than 6,000 dealerships now have access to the Mastermind technology that uses thousands of data points, gathered from the dealer management system (DMS) and combines it with Big Data – social media profiles, financial records, product and consumer life-cycle information, socio-demographics among other privacy invasion data – to calculate when a customer is ready to buy and why. Continue reading

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Milestones – One Millionth Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 arguably created a new category and remains a premium sports car despite its rear engine design – that critics pointed out was like a trying to throw a dart backwards at high speeds. Continue reading

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William Berman COO of AutoNation Resigns

The lack of a succession plan is not good news for stock holders. At the end of March 2017, AutoNation owned and operated 372 new vehicle franchises. AutoNation has sold more than 10 million vehicles, possibly the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. Continue reading

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Toyota R&D Centers Expand in Michigan

Clearly in the gun sights of nit-twit Trump, Toyota claims to have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America. It currently runs 14 manufacturing plants – 10 in the U.S., but with Mexico and Canada left out of the exact count. Continue reading

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GM Rebuffs Pending Greenlight Director Nominations

“Greenlight’s candidates were nominated specifically to advance Greenlight’s dual-class stock plan, which GM’s Board views as high-risk and detrimental to the long-term best interests of GM and its shareholders. Continue reading

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FAA Tests Drone Detection Systems at DFW

Drones that enter the airspace around airports can pose serious safety threats, of course. The FAA is coordinating with government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that could be used to detect drones in and around airports.
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California Air Resources Board – Ways to Lower Pollution Exposure for People Living, Working near Urban Highways

Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure Near High-Volume Roadways is a technical advisory about the potential health implications of living and working in existing or planned developments near hectic roads. Options are discussed that planners and others can put into place to protect public health in developments close to freeways and as so-called “infill” development, which is the opposite of urban sprawl, continues. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Car Sharing Expands to Berlin via Croove

Four months after a small pilot program in Munich, a private car-sharing platform from Mercedes-Benz is slowly being expanding into in other major German cities. Now Croove is in Berlin with a program that continues to be open to vehicles of all makes, a decided departure from General Motor’s Lyft car sharing. Continue reading

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Silverstone – WEC Opening Round Pits Toyota against Porsche in the run-up to the Grueling 24 Hours at Le Mans

The first track appearance in real racing conditions sees Porsche and Toyota dueling with two very different LMP1 cars with mixed results in the fastest, most expensive top class. Continue reading

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Greenlight or Red Light – GM Proxy Fight Coming?

In the filing, Greenlight – a $10 billion investment firm – said in essence that GM lied when it asserted that a credit downgrade was possible if the stock were split into two classes. Greenlight also said it repeats its request that GM has denied on numerous occasions to consent for Greenlight to speak directly to the rating agencies about the Plan so that it can be accurately evaluated by a formal rating committee. Continue reading

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Volkswagen America Launches Best SUV Warranty

Barring a competitive response, the six-year/72,000-mile coverage includes the powertrain coverage for engines, transmissions and the optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Major competitors to Atlas, namely Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, have a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Continue reading

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2017 Tigers or is that Kittens Ready for Home Opener

The home opener at Comerica Park is Friday, when the Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox. Ugh, you might remember a RHP named Porcello, the 2016 American League Cy Young award winner with the Red Sox who we blithely traded. Then there’s Mad Max Scherzer who barbecues batters with a different kind of slider Continue reading

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GM Dismisses Greenlight Stock Split and Directors Plan

General Motors (NYSE: GM) said that its Board of Directors and management have “thoroughly analyzed and rejected” a non-binding stock split proposal that Greenlight Capital intends to submit for a vote at GM’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders. The proposal … Continue reading

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