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Alfa Romeo Returns to Formula 1 in 2018 via Sauber

The single-seat race cars will carry the colors and logo of Alfa Romeo with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team the team’s Title Sponsor, and will be equipped – no surprise – with 2018 Ferrari power units, not Ram diesels. Continue reading

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GAC Motor to Export Trumpchi Vehicles to US in late 2019

One hopes they will be suited better to their purpose than their coincidental namesake, which might not survive the ocean voyage. GAC hopes it will be the first Chinese car brand to succeed in the U.S. market, despite years of promises from other firms. Continue reading

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WEC: TOYOTA WINS IN BAHRAIN

TOYOTA Gazoo Racing won for the fifth time in the 6 Hours of Bahrain, ending the nine-race 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a victory. It was bittersweet because Porsche had clinched both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ title … 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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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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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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Bad Breaks, err Brakes – 640,000+ Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs Recalled for Brake Failures. Again.

Affected vehicles – and the failure rate is a, gulp, non-skid-mark producing 41%, yes 415 – may have had incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154). 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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Deal in Ontario, Québec Class Actions against Ford. Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Repair Steps Taken in U.S., Mexico

If the Settlement is approved by the Ontario and Québec Courts, and if an owner submits a valid claim form and the required supporting documentation, Ford will reimburse certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs to address exhaust odor. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Recall – Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife and Server sets due to cutting hazard for users including U.S. Military personnel. 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 … Continue reading

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