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California Gets $153m More from VW on Dieselgate

In California, VW’s cheating is particularly harmful because California’s air quality is worse than anywhere else in the nation. Ten million Californians live within the nation’s only severe non-attainment areas for ozone pollution, and 12 million live in areas with nation-leading levels of fine particle pollution. Continue reading

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Pieter Nota to take over BMW Sales as Ian Robertson Retires

On 1 January 2018 Pieter Nota will join the Board of Management of BMW AG and be responsible for the sales and brand BMW, as well as aftermarket sales for the BMW Group. Ian Robertson, current Board of Management member for BMW sales, will as a “Special Representative of the BMW Group in the UK. Continue reading

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Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System

Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the U.S. during 2015, a record. The epidemic is straining public services and state budgets. Continue reading

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The Fourth of July 2017

We should celebrate our feisty past today, and honor the men and women of vision and property that created wealth. They established this country starting with the War of Independence, continuing through the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution that is still in place – as fine a document of governance of the people, by the people and for the people that ever existed. Continue reading

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GM Shareholders Reject Greenlight Overwhelmingly

Shareholders of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) have elected all 11 of GM’s Board nominees with preliminary results also showing that shareholders have rejected Greenlight’s proposal to create a dual-class common stock structure. 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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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Quit NASCAR After 2017 Season

Medical issues could be the reason. Earnhardt, 42, returned to racing this year after a concussion sidelined him from NASCAR’s top series for half of the 2016 season. Through his rehabilitation process, Earnhardt has become a vocal advocate for research of sports-related brain injuries, which likely means he will never have a job affiliated with the NFL. (See AutoInformed on NASCAR Expands Concussion Protocol to SCAT3) Continue reading

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Dellenback of Southwest Research Institute Receives SAE Award

The award recognizes “exceptional work as a leader in the design, development, and deployment of intelligent transportation systems.” Continue reading

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Trump on Track for Largest Deficits in U.S. History.

At 77 % of gross domestic product (GDP), federal debt held by the public is now at its highest level since the end of World War II. The Congressional Budget Office in an extremely detailed report concludes that despite considerable uncertainty of long-term projections, debt as a percentage of GDP would probably be greater – likely, much greater – than it is today if current laws remained generally unchanged. Continue reading

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Texas Drunk Driving Deaths Lead Nation

Alcohol is a substance that reduces brain performance, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential, of c0urse, to operating a vehicle safely. As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase, too. Continue reading

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Population Growth – Maricopa County Adds 222 People Per Day

The nation’s 382 metro areas contained approximately 277.1 million people in 2016, representing approximately 86% of the nation’s population. This was an increase of approximately 2.3 million people from 2015. 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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