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COVID Casualty – Woodward Dream Cruise

Southeastern Michigan is in Phase 4 of Whitmer’s Safe Start Plan. This means social gatherings are limited to small groups with social distancing, and outdoor crowds are limited to no more than 100 people. Continue reading

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RumbleOn Posts Q1 Net Loss of -$22 Million

“Looking ahead, we are focused on the successful launch of the third generation of RumbleOn.com in Q3, which will improve powersport dealers’ ability to compete in a meaningful manner in online-only transactions… Continue reading

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2020 Ranger Adds Three New Performance Packages

Ford Performance Level 1 and Level 2 packages for Ranger pickups are available for order in August. The Ford Performance Level 3 package will be available for order next summer. Continue reading

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Navistar Settles Diesel Air Quality Violations for $2m

The Illinois-based company modified its vehicle calibrations from their certified design through “running changes” in the engines of its heavy-duty trucks without notifying the California Air Resources Board that the changes were being made, as is required. Continue reading

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Global Vehicle Sales Improve but COVID Wave 2 Lurks

This now looks like a long shot to AutoInformed with the US leading the way in spreading new infections and fatalities from the maskless and clueless Trump misadministration.  In the US, a repetition of the ‘cash for clunkers’ scheme could potentially lift sales, “but this has yet to be fully debated or agreed,” says LMC. Continue reading

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Global Parts – BMW, Toyota Recall Tie Rods

During rough road driving conditions or high temperatures, a steering gear tie rod may become damaged, possibly resulting in a fractured tie rod. Continue reading

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First Look: 2021 Ford F-150 Pickup

The launch will be closely watched by industry observers – the number of build combinations seems needlessly large, and Ford needs to prove it can launch the best selling pickup in the US without the problems it experienced on the Explorer.
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California Requires Electric Trucks by 2045

Trucks are the largest single source of air pollution from vehicles, responsible for 70% of the smog-causing pollution and 80% of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.  Continue reading

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US June Retail Sales Down -6% from Pre-Virus Forecast

The sales came at a high price, though, Record levels of manufacturer incentives for the month of June are supporting the recovery. Incentive spending should reach $4,411 in June, the highest ever for the month and an increase of $445 from June 2019. Incentives on cars are expected to be up $459 to $4,031, with trucks/SUVs up $407 to $4,524. Continue reading

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Formula 1: Car by Car 1950–59 Now Available in the U.S

When the World Championship was first held in 1950, red Italian cars predominated, from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, and continued to do so for much of the period. But, by the time the decade closed, green British cars were in their ascendancy, first Vanwall and then rear-engined Cooper. BRM and Lotus were emerging. Continue reading

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Ford Motor in Corktown and Newlab Working on – What Else – Vehicle Connectivity, Autonomy and Electrification

Two years ago, pre-Covid, but nevertheless financially challenged Ford bought 1.2 million square feet in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, including the historic Michigan Central Station, with plans to establish a new mobility innovation district dubbed Michigan Central. Mostly press releases have followed since then. Continue reading

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Top Five Air Pollution Actions to Improve Health, Climate

While some efforts that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources improve both local health and favorably impact climate change, other, often politically popular programs are of limited value on either front. Continue reading

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Duh – New Vehicle Quality Determined by Working Technology J.D. Power Says

In a victory of sorts, most domestic brands are above average. Seven domestic brands perform better than the overall industry average of 166 PP100. Continue reading

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New FCA Italy Covid Credit Line €6.3 billion

FCA is Italy’s largest industrial group, directly employing 55,000 people at its 16 plants and 26 dedicated R&D sites. In addition, more than 200,000 further jobs in highly specialized Italian supplier businesses are linked to the successful continuity of the FCA’s operations. A further 120,000 jobs at 12,000 enterprises of all sizes in the distribution and services sectors also support the Italian automotive industry. Continue reading

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Ford Embraces Paris Climate Agreement Globally

This promise came as Ford released its 21st annual Sustainability Report. Ford is also working with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. Ford did not mention its current financial crisis that resulted from the Corona virus plague.  Continue reading

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