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FCA Fined $9.5 Million for Diesel Emissions Abuses

FCA’s statements did not sufficiently disclose the limited scope of its internal audit, which focused only on finding a specific type of defeat device, or that the audit was not a comprehensive review of FCA’s compliance with U.S. emissions regulations. Continue reading

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Michigan Joins the Swelling Carbon Neutrality Movement

“The science is clear – climate change is directly impacting our public health, environment, our economy, and our families,” said Governor Whitmer. “This dangerous reality is already causing harm throughout Michigan, with communities of color and low-income Michiganders suffering disproportionately, which is why I’m taking immediate action to protect our state. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to leave them a cleaner, safer and healthier world.” Continue reading

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Toyota Classic Car Festival On With Limited Attendance

Public access to the museum will be limited to Nagakute residents and the museum’s annual pass holders. Toyota will also conduct temperature checks for all staff members and visitors, and everyone will be required to wear face masks and observe social distancing at the venue. A special exhibition and socializing will also take place at the venue. Continue reading

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Governors Cuomo, Whitmer Call for Investigation Into Trump Administration’s Politicization of Pandemic Response 

“It is an inarguable fact that the United States has had the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world. Nearly 7 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, and more than 200,000 Americans have been killed by it — both more than any other country. The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government’s deceit, political self-dealing, and incompetence, they said. This in effect echoes the “we hold these truths to be self-evident” language of  Thomas Jefferson who despised despots who ruled for their own personal gains. Continue reading

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SEC Settles Charges Against Clean Water Project Founder

The complaint alleges that only $650,000 of the $7.2 million raised made it to the project’s bank account. According to the complaint, Sembritzky spent the rest of the money on such personal items as a $2 million condominium for his then-wife, luxury cars, jewelry, and credit card debt. Continue reading

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Global Auto Business Threatened by Covid Second Wave

While the past isn’t a 100% sure predictor of the future, “A second wave and stricter social controls pose a large risk to our central forecast” LMC notes in its latest analysis. LMC projects that 2020 global assembly plant use is expected to fall to the lowest level ever recorded – just 51%. The pandemic-caused shutdowns during March and April had a profound impact on both the volume and use of plants globally. Continue reading

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Making America Late Again – NAIAS to September 2021

NAIAS will remain a fall show going forward after the inaugural event in September 2021. Show dates have been secured with TCF Center for the next three years. NAIAS organizers choose dates towards the end of the month because of the new IAA in Munich, which is scheduled for the first full week in September. NAIAS has had a troubled relationship with German automakers. The NAIAS move in our view is defensive with a yet unknown outcome. Continue reading

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Subaru Aids First National Clean-Up and Recycling Plan

Entitled Facelift: Act Local, the six-day-long event produced by the Yosemite Climbing Association and co-presented by The North Face, encourages people to independently get outdoors and safely pick up trash at their local green spaces, neighborhood parks or backyards from September 22-27. Continue reading

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California to Subsidize 51 Shell Hydrogen Sites

Socialism for the rich once again. Too bad the CEC doesn’t require some ownership for the capital it is providing. Worse, the Trump misadministration is proposing to roll-back desperately needed methane regulations. Methane, a product of oil drilling is currently burned at the well by flaring. EPA said in the past that over 100 years, methane is estimated to have a global warming potential that is 28 to 36 times that of CO2. Continue reading

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Auto Shoppers Dumping Dealers for Online Buying

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 65% of automotive shoppers’ decision to purchase a vehicle was affected and 40% of shoppers delayed making a new vehicle purchase. As a result, more buyers are now willing to purchase their vehicles online instead of at a dealership. Continue reading

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Hyundai Recalls 2019-2021 Tucson SUVs for Fires

In the required NHTSA filing, Hyundai said it recommends parking these vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall remedy is completed. Hyundai plans to notify owners to instruct them to return their vehicles to a dealership for replacement of the ABS module “when available.” Continue reading

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Multi Problems with Automotive Multi-Media

“The majority of frequently occurring problems with multimedia and infotainment systems are design-related issues, many of which could be addressed through software updates to work out the bugs,” claimed Brent Gruber, senior director of global automotive quality at the J.D. Power consultancy. Continue reading

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2020 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Cancelled

“We know that we have all been hoping for the best, but with the uncertainty and the current State of Illinois limitations regarding spectators at indoor events, it is not feasible to continue with the show this year,” said MCACN Managing Member, Bob Ashton. Continue reading

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Milestones: Nissan Production of 500,000 Leaf EVs

The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 LEAF cars since it began producing the model in 2013.Ironically, Sunderland is now threatened by BREXIT and the UK Governments lack of an agreement with the EU. Continue reading

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GM Claims Wireless Battery Management for Future EVs

It is hoped that wBMS, will get GM’s Ultium-powered EVs to market faster because time won’t be needed to develop specific communications systems or redesign complex wiring designs for each new vehicle. It has already sped the creation of more automotive engineering/marketing jargon powered by acronyms. The wireless battery monitoring system will be standard on all planned GM vehicles powered by Ultium batteries. Continue reading

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