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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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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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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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Toyota, 7-Eleven Japan to Study Fuel Cell Trucks

Fuel cell trucks, where the refrigeration/freezer unit, and the truck itself, are powered by fuel cells, will be introduced as refrigerator/freezer trucks for stores with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. An energy management system, combining already-installed solar power generators will be introduced to enable greater energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction. Continue reading

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Equinox Diesel Rated at 39 MPG Hwy

Whether anything remains of the diminutive diesel market with the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, and relatively inexpensive gasoline prices remains to be seen. However, this is among the world’s hottest segments. Continue reading

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Annual CAR MBS Conference Under Way in Changing Industry

It’s summer in northern Michigan, a time when people flock there for fun, relaxations such a swimming, sailing and fine dining amid verdant rolling hills. There is, however, a significant number of people who come each year at the beginning … Continue reading

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FCA Certifies 2017 Diesels After EPA, ARB Suit

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed in May a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Fiat Chrysler alleging 104,000 light duty diesel vehicles with 3-liter liter EcoDiesel engines are equipped with software that defeat the emissions controls. Continue reading

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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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Canada Moves Ahead on Fuel Cell Vehicles

The Ride-n-Drive coincides with Canada’s hosting of the United Nations World Environment Day and Canada’s Environment week, “in the spirit of raising awareness of the substantial environmental benefits of zero-emission FCEVs powered by hydrogen.” Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Emissions Cheating in GM Duramax Diesels

The suit also names Bosch as a defendant, adding that “GM did not act alone.” Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. Bosch control units are found in almost all the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. Continue reading

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US v Fiat Chrysler on Diesel Emissions Defeat Devices

The complaint alleges that the undisclosed software functions cause the vehicles’ emission control systems to perform differently, and less effectively, during certain normal driving conditions than on federal emission tests, resulting in increased emissions of harmful air pollutants. In other words, Volkswagen – the American-Italian sequel. Continue reading

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Toyota to Use Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Trucking

The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, in what appears to be a small battery to support class 8 loads. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles, under normal operation. Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Grow Three-Fold in 2016

The deployment activity is particularly brisk in Asia, where Japan and Korea are strong proponents of the hydrogen economy. President nit-twit Trump of course has a new head of the EPA that denies Global Warming is real despite unequivocal and unanimous scientific evidence to the contrary. CA Continue reading

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Toyota Takes Artificial Intelligence Hunting for New Materials

New materials research – it’s claimed – will merge advanced computational materials modeling, new sources of experimental data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to reduce the time for new materials development from a period that has historically been measured in decades. 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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