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Honda Sets Monthly Record for Auto Production in China

All told Honda globally produced 4.81 million vehicles year to date. China now represents 29% of all Honda Motor production. Continue reading

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RPM Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

The RPM Act reverses the EPA’s interpretation that the Clean Air Act does not allow a motor vehicle designed for street use – car, truck or motorcycle – to be converted into a racecar. In 2015 the EPA said that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways.  Continue reading

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DOT Finally, Belatedly Admits Drone Remote ID Needed

Critics are quick to point out that this is similar to the process that failed at Boeing and killed hundreds of people – letting the regulated dictate the regulations. The 737 Max, belatedly grounded, is still grounded as the promised software fix is still a promise. Continue reading

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COSCO Container Lines Fined $965,000 By CARB

The diesel air pollution violations were discovered during routine audits of the Shanghai-based company’s 2014-2017 fleet visits to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and the Port of Oakland. COSCO Container Lines committed over 2,600 air quality violations during visits to California ports. Continue reading

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Shelby GT350, GT350R Heritage Packages on Sale

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 has a starting MSRP of $60,440, plus taxes, title, delivery and license fees; GT350R has a starting MSRP of $73,435, plus taxes, title, delivery and license fees. The Heritage Edition Package is available for $1,965. Continue reading

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Nissan Scandal – a Gift That Keeps on Giving – Executive Officer and Vice COO Jun Seki Unexpectedly Resigns

The Nissan Corporate governance crisis is ongoing and comes as Nissan has started its new management under Representative Executive Officer, president and CEO Makoto Uchida as of December 1, 2019. Seki was to be a key executive in administering the turn-around that seeks to halt slumping sales, confusing brand images and expensive incentive programs. Continue reading

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SEMA Lawsuit – NHTSA Issues Draft Replica Car Rule

The FAST Act set a deadline of December 4, 2016, for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue any necessary regulations to implement the law. The agency sat on the legally required need for regulations in defiance of Congress. Sound familiar? Continue reading

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PSA Group – Lease New Plug-In Hybrid and EVs at Free2move

“We are ideally placed to offer the wealth of forthcoming PSA LEVs to both existing and new customers, with DS Automobiles, Peugeot and Citroën having product available to order right now and Citroën in the near future,” claims Mark Pickles, General Manager, Free2Move Lease UK. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Debuts 34 New Models Worldwide in 2020

Next year the ID.31 goes on sale in the summer, followed by the ID.Next2, VW’s first electric SUV. Vehicles and the VW group are to achieve a carbon-neutral balance by 2050. CO2 emissions from production are to be halved by 2025. Ambitious and subject to the whims of bureaucrats in Brussels, Beijing and Washington. Continue reading

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High-Speed Runs Finish McLaren Speedtail’s Development

Build of the first of 106 Speedtails that will be hand-assembled to customer order has now commenced at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK, with deliveries scheduled from February 2020. Continue reading

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Auto Industry Sets Record for Transaction Prices, Incentive Spending in December 2019. However, US Sales Falling?

The combination of record prices with overall sales means that consumers will spend $462 billion on new vehicles in 2019. This is up $8.4 billion from last year and marks the first time that expenditures will exceed $460 billion. Continue reading

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Toyota to Launch New Model Yaris in Japan in February

It is an important launch for Toyota because the next Yaris is the first model to adopt the TNGA platform (GA-B. Toyota New Global Architecture. Toyota’s company-wide global program to structurally transform automobile design.) The stated goal of TNGA is to “dramatically improve the basic performance and marketability of Toyota vehicles” for compact cars. Continue reading

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Mobility Roll of the Die – FCA and PSA Merger

AutoInformed readers likely realized that such mergers are difficult and the road looking backward is littered with abandoned or failed promises of synergies from such ventures. (see AutoInformed : FCA + PSA = Massive Job Losses, FCA-PSA Merger – Surviving Platforms and Powertrains) Continue reading

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BMW Group and Daimler Mobility Hoping to Profit on Joint Ventures. Monetizing a Monopoly or a Joint Survival Bid?

Here’s their commercial aimed at the capital markets and potential customers: “The services offered by the joint ventures will continue to be tailored to customer needs and clustered into three pillars – 1: Free Now. 2: Share Now. 3:Park Now & Charge Now. The introduction of a new umbrella organization, effective 1 January 2020, will support management of these three offerings. Continue reading

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WEC Race 4 – Aston Martin Beats Ferrari at 8 Hours of Bahrain

It was the second win of the season for the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, securing its drivers a 14-point championship lead as the series now heads into a two-month winter break. Team-mates Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL) continued their run of third-place finishes at every race, also ensures that Aston Martin leads the GT Manufacturers’ Championship with 153 points. Continue reading

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