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Department of Self Interest: American Millennials Love Sedans

According to a survey, overall respondents who don’t currently own a sedan, 78% would consider buying one, and younger respondents reported an even higher like for the body style. Nissan recently unveiled a teaser of its latest sedan, the all-new Versa, which is new inside and with technology not generally seen in the sub-compact class. Continue reading

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. A £300K Movie Prop

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bond films, 50 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition cars will be sold. Painted Olive Green to match the original 1969 Aston Martin DBS driven by James Bond in the movie, DBS Superleggera has (marketing babble alert) “a new level of brutish elegance.” Continue reading

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Chrysler Recalls 400,000 Ram Trucks for Tailgate Openings

The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving. If the tailgate opens while the vehicle is being driven, cargo may fall out the vehicle and create a road hazard, increasing the risk of crash. Continue reading

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European Reservations Open for Electric Honda e

Honda claims the official naming and the opening of the reservation process is the next step in the Honda e journey and the path to 100% electrification of Honda’s model range in Europe by 2025. Continue reading

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BMW Stops Sales and Leasing of Mini, 5-Series, X1 and Rolls-Royce models for Bad Seat Belts. No Accidents, Injuries Known

Dealers have been told to stop sales and leasing of the recalled models, new or used. Continue reading

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Speedway Motorsports Ownership Scuffle Underway

Whether this is simply a legal ploy that allows the Smith family to take over the Speedway at a bargain price by demonstrating due diligence, or just exhaust noise designed to talk the stock up remains to be seen. Continue reading

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GM Digital Vehicle Platform Debuts

The technology powers an electronic system, capable of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing power per hour, a five-fold increase in capability over GM’s current electrical architecture. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz – New Safety Ideas for New Mobility

Even farther out the untested by real customers this brave new world is trust. The acceptance of self-driving vehicles will require initially holding an untested belief that they will be safer than conventional vehicles. Moreover, other road users must be able to recognize what an automated vehicle intends to do, because there will be no driver to communicate this. Continue reading

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Nissan opens The Box, a Latin America Design Studio

With the motto “Disruption through Fusion,” its mission is to merge and translate Latin American and Japanese cultures as it develops new Nissan projects targeting both Latin American and global markets. Continue reading

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ASEAN Light Vehicle Sales Up Slightly

The Indonesian LV market closed the quarter with 233,000 units sold, marking a sharp 13% drop from Q1 2018, with almost every automaker declining. The best performance was recorded by Isuzu (+776 units), led by the new TRAGA Truck, which launched in Q2 last year. Continue reading

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People – Changes at Mercedes-Benz Cars

Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales: “With Jan Madeja, Nicholas Speeks and Holger Suffel we have found excellent managers and proven sales experts with many years of experience for our markets China, USA and Russia. I wish them every success with their new tasks. My special thanks goes to Dietmar Exler who leaves our company at his own request. Under his leadership, Mercedes-Benz has been able to maintain its market leadership in the premium segment every year since 2016.” Continue reading

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CARB – Cleaner Fuels Replace 3 Billion Gallons of Dirty Diesel

“Renewable and bio-diesel, renewable natural gas, ethanol, and electricity are all seeing growth under the LCFS,” said CARB Executive officer Richard W. Corey. “These are key reasons why other states and nations are establishing similar programs.” Continue reading

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Korean Metalworkers Fight Hyundai and Daiwoo Merger

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) and civil society groups have joined forces to oppose the merger of Hyundai Heavy Industries with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Ranger, Fusion for Shifter Cable Safety Defects

In both cases, the shift indicator will read falsely, and the driver may be able to remove the key when the unsafe vehicle is not in “Park.” Ford claims that it is aware of three reports alleging property damage and one report alleging an injury potentially related to this safety defect. Continue reading

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McLaren GT – Grand Tourer in the £163,000 Pound Class

Positioned alongside the existing Sports, Super and Ultimate Series families, this McLaren is for a new audience – it’s hoped – providing an “alternative to existing products in an expanding market segment.” Continue reading

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