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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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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Runs Fastest Quarter-Mile Ever

With 840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine, the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the most-powerful production muscle car in history. It posted the world’s fastest quarter-mile with an elapsed time (ET) … Continue reading

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Daimler Group Q1 EBIT Significantly Better Than Expectations

Daimler Group AG (ticker: DAI) has achieved a Group EBIT* for Q1 of 2017 that is significantly above market expectations. Group EBIT of €4,008 million surpassed Q1 2016 at €2,148 million. All figures are preliminary and unaudited. 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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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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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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Daimler to Expand Car Sharing in China

Aside from the hype, Benz is arguably the first premium car manufacturer to offer both free-floating and station-based car sharing services in China. As such the consolidation of the two brands is an important milestone in the expansion of mobility services, one that mirrors a global trend among major automakers. 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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2 Millionth Duramax Diesel Engine Built

DMAX has increased its employment during the past few years as the economy recovered from the Republican-induced Great Recession and currently employs 554 I.U.E.-CWA Local 755 hourly, and 114 salaried employees for a total of 668. 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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Ferrari 70th Anniversary – 125 S Drives Around Maranello

On 12 March 1947, Enzo Ferrari started his 125 S, the first car with his moniker for a test-drive on the streets of Maranello starting a tradition that is now Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. The tiny factory matured into an internationally-renowned made in Italy symbol. Exactly 70 years later, on Sunday 17 March 2017, Ferrari launches official merriments for this milestone. Continue reading

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General Motors India to End Manufacturing, Sell Halol Plant

GM’s presence in India since 1996 – but going back to 1928 with Opel and forced out by the government in 1954 – revolves around the Chevrolet brand – Cruze, Sail, Sail Hatchback, Beat, Spark. GM is the 5th largest automobile manufacturing company in India after Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra. Continue reading

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General Motors Sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group for €2.2B

he deal includes all of Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, comprising Opel and Vauxhall brands, six assembly and five component-manufacturing facilities, one engineering center (Rüsselsheim, Deutschland) and approximately 40,000 employees. GM will retain the engineering center in Torino, Italy. Continue reading

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GM to Announce Sale of Opel/Vauxhall this Monday with Investors’ Call and a Press Conference

If the deal goes through, it would mean GM’s presence in Europe would be limited to niche sales of Cadillac, and Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette models – all of them exports. PSA is the third largest automaker in Europe behind Renault. Volkswagen Group leads in Europe PSA Group’s sales were 1,930,000 vehicles and increased by 3.6% in 2016. In 2016, global sales increased by 5.8%, to 3,146,000 units. Continue reading

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Geneva – Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class Pickup Truck

Irony here: the original post-WW2 Ford F-100 – it would be considered a mid-size today – was a smash hit because it used a passenger car interior, spawning the dominate F-Series of today – the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 40 years. Continue reading

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