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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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Connected Cars – Toyota and NTT Want Standardization

The companies want – not without substantial self-interest – a platform for data collection, accumulation, and analysis for building and administering the collection and accumulation of “huge amounts of vehicle information and other data received from large numbers of vehicles.” Continue reading

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CARB Defies Trump on Vehicle Emission Standards

The courts have long upheld California’s right to set its own emission standards – for decades longer than District and Federal Courts have summarily dismissed Trump’s attempt at racist travel bans. Continue reading

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Life Sentences for Maruti Suzuki Workers

The contentious case in India’s notoriously biased courts backed up by violent police forces that favor ownership and the rich, stems from a violent incident at Maruti Suzuki on 18 July 2012 that resulted in the death of a manager. Continue reading

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Tesla True Believers Note Quality Problems, Still Love Brand

Quality troubles accompanying Tesla Model S and Model X have little influence on the gushing affection Tesla True Believers have for these cars and the brand. Continue reading

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CARB Issues Next Gen Emissions Reduction Plan

CARB also directed staff to report annually on progress on implementation of the SIP Strategy including recommendations on additional funding as well as direction to expedite implementation where possible. Continue reading

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Daimler at China Development Forum – Pure Money, Politics

In China, through its government-dictated cooperation with local partners, China continued to be the largest individual sales market globally for Mercedes-Benz Cars in 2016. Continue reading

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Toyota Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory to Morph into a Public School

Toyota still occupies the Erlanger campus but has been deserting it as the company consolidates its North American headquarters in Texas. Continue reading

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Ratings Run – Beats Fox, O’Reilly

Rachel Maddow’s 9 o’clock show beat every other prime time show during the week of March 6. This made her thoughtful, fact-filled show Number One for adults 25-54 years old in her time slot with an average 624,000 viewers. Maddow even beat the lying, racist pandering Bill O’Reilly of the non-news Fox Propaganda channel. Continue reading

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Trump Lies – Healthcare Bill Boots 24m, Eventually Keeps 52m from Insurance Because of Tax Cuts for Favored Rich

Look at an analysis by the independent and widely respected Congressional Budget Office that was released his week, and promptly dismissed by Republicans as bogus. In the analysis, the highly respected, independent CBA says that 24 million people – mostly poor – will lose health service while giant, unimaginable tax cuts will go to the supper rich. Continue reading

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