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Fasten Your Seat Belt – General Motors Files RICO Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

In GM’s view FCA was the sponsor of “pervasive wrongdoing, paying millions of dollars in bribes to obtain benefits, concessions, and advantages in the negotiation, implementation, and administration of labor agreements over time.” Continue reading

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Continental, 3M to Develop Intelligent Infrastructure Technology

By Continental’s admission, and an awareness of the enormity of the task that is becoming more collective admitted among previously unbridled automaker promoters, “current infrastructure is lacking some aspects of consistency, uniformity, performance specifications, and maintenance standards that are important for the industry to optimize the perception and localization capabilities of automated vehicles…
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GM and Isuzu  Diesel JV Coming at New Ohio Plant

Heavy-duty trucks comprise 25% of full-size pickup sales in the U.S. The all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HDs are expected to create GM growth in the HD pickup segment.  Continue reading

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Global Debut in Los Angeles

Making a virtue of mechanical necessity, the trunk that is vertically enlarged, and the spoiler broadened to emphasize the low, wide stance of the car. The center brake light is now integrated into the trunk lid, unlike the coupe where it rests higher on the top of the rear windshield. Continue reading

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Porsche Shows Taycan 4S, Macan Turbo, 99X Electric at Los Angeles

The new Taycan 4S, is now the starting point of a range that previously contained Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Continue reading

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Pew Research Center on Americans’ Views About Privacy, Surveillance and Data-Sharing

Americans say they have very little understanding of current data protection laws, and most are in favor of more government regulation. Continue reading

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Audi Debuts 2020 e-tron Sportback, all-new RS, S models at Los Angeles Auto Show

Consumers will also be able to see the all-new 2020 RS models including the Audi RS 6 Avant, RS 7 and highlighted by the global debut of the high-performance SUV, the Audi RS Q8. Continue reading

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All-Electric Ford Mach-E ‘SUV’ Debuts in 2020

Depending on your point of view, it’s either the corruption of the Mustang brand name or a creative use of it. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Group Debuts Investment Plan for 2020-2024

The Group plans to spend nearly €60 billion on hybridization, electric mobility and digitalization in the next five years. Continue reading

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UAW-Ford Agreement Closes Engine Plant, Protects 8500 Jobs

The International Executive Board recently put Gamble in charge to address the egregious misconduct that was revealed by FBI criminal investigations of Gary Jones, in the fraudulent diversion of funds from FCA Fiat that were supposed to support UAW worker training. Continue reading

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New Ford Thanksgiving Parade Float Debuts

The float will also display the company’s cars, trucks and SUVs, and look ahead to a world with electric and autonomous vehicles and innovative mobility items such as scooters and package delivery robots. Continue reading

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First ‘Renault City’ opens in France

Visitors can conduct test-drives accompanied by an ambassador and order the vehicle of their choice on-site with the help of a commercial advisor. Continue reading

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McLaren Wants Tailors and Dressmakers to Build Cars

As all automakers argue, composite materials, together with future powertrain technology, will save vehicle weight, boost performance and provide more energy-efficient vehicles. McLaren has been a pioneer with ultra-lightweight, ultra-strong carbon fiber material for decades and builds every car with a carbon fiber chassis, or ‘tub’, at its core. Continue reading

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Capital Punishment Day for Auto Workers at Daimler

Personnel costs will drop by the  end of 2022 as Mercedes-Benz Cars plans to save more than €1 billion in personnel costs. Jobs will be cut in both management and “indirect areas.” Continue reading

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Volkswagen Breaks Ground on Expanded US EV Production

Volkswagen began EV production earlier this month in Zwickau, Germany, and will then roll out assembly worldwide, including in Anting and Foshan, in China, in 2020 and in the German cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022. The Chattanooga site will be VW’s North-American hub for EV manufacturing. Continue reading

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