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Americans Like Other World Leaders Over Trump

In the auto industry Trump’s bellicose nature, ill thought tariffs and threatened trade restrictions have wreaked havoc to no discernible positive affect. Even the tax cut for the wealthy hurt the car making and car buying middle class. Continue reading

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Shanghaied as AWD Hybrids Prove faster than RWD Cars

Morning rain forced a safety car start due to treacherous track conditions, but even driving at reduced speed was risky and soon an accident further down the field prompted a red flag, with the pole position #7 TS050 HYBRID leading the #8 car. Continue reading

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VW I.D. Buzz Teases New Light Commercial Vehicles

Over seven decades and six vehicle generations, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has refined and sharpened its van design,never losing sight of the role of the model series. With the debuts of the I.D. Buzz, the upcoming decade will see the advent of another series of all-round vehicles to supplement the T6 Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California. Continue reading

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Mazda-Toyota Plant Under Construction in U.S.

The plant will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model which will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model. Continue reading

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VW Group Electric Shuffle – Emden, Hanover to build EVs

In the future, electric small cars and sedans from several brands will be built in Emden, while Hanover will specialize in the production of the ID. BUZZ family, in addition to building vehicles with conventional drives. I.D. BUZZ, a VW Microbus like EV, will arrive at dealerships after a compact four-door I.D. model in 2022. Volkswagen is mainly targeting the markets in North America, Europe and China with both the I.D. BUZZ and the I.D. family overall. Continue reading

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Trade Union Leader Assassinated in Turkey

The IndustriALL Global Union tells AutoInformed that it “is horrified to hear that Brother Abdullah Karacan, general president of our Turkish affiliate DİSK/Lastik-İş (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union) was assassinated last week, while visiting union members at a Goodyear factory in the city of Adapazarı.” Continue reading

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Hyundai Motor Links to UAV Startup Top Flight

The Boston-based startup and Korean Hyundai will “explore ways to accelerate the commercial application and deployment of UAVs across various sectors and markets. Joint efforts will extend to seeking new business opportunities around UAVs, using Top Flight’s patented hybrid-electric power system. The global UAV (aka ‘drones’) market, is growing at a fast pace, expected to garner $22.1 billion by 2026. Continue reading

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Global Light Vehicle Sales Drop in October

Global Light Vehicle (LV) sales fell 3.8% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in October, while the selling rate rose to 92.2 million units/year, from September’s 90.2 million units/year, according to consultancy LMC. Continue reading

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Aston Martin DBX SUV Prototype Now in Testing

DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility; a manufacturing plant that will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s fully-EV models enter production. Continue reading

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Chevy Performance Releases Colorado ZR2 Race Parts

“These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Dickens. “This gives customers the flexibility to build their truck up over time, purchase only the parts they need for their particular interest, or buy the complete set to build their own ‘Hall Racing’ ZR2.” Continue reading

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Delphi: Improved Efficiency, Emissions with Autonomous Hardware, Software and a Super Computerized Controller

A morning of test driving a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, mild hybrid gasoline fueled Volkswagen Passat on a new test track at Kettering University in Flint (nee GMI) shows that an intelligent cruise control system made smarter with position, road and traffic data can boost fuel economy by as much as ~10%. Continue reading

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Win F1 Constructors’ Championship

“When we re-joined Formula One with a works Mercedes team in 2010, it was part of a long-term strategic plan,” said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Continue reading

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Moovel Shows Digital Marketplace for Mobility as a Service

The Smart City Expo World Congress says it wants to strengthen cities with a unique platform focusing on sustainable and future-oriented urban development. As a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform, moovel offers cities and transit authorities the opportunity to boost access to mobility and thus make it more attractive with a tailored mobility app. Continue reading

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Johnson Controls to Sell Power Solutions for $13.2 Billion

Johnson appears to be selling a profitable business unit with a bright future in order to bolster other businesses. Continue reading

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Magna International Posts Record Q3 Earnings

However, sales were slightly lower than we had anticipated, mainly due to lower than expected light vehicle production. Adjusted EBIT was below the comparable quarter in 2017 and was less than what Magna expected. After considering the impact of lower than anticipated volumes, the Power & Vision, Seating Systems and Complete Vehicles segments performed substantially in line with Magna expectations. Body Exteriors & Structures segment reported results below expectations, as a result of higher than anticipated launch costs and under-performance at certain facilities, largely offset by a favorable customer pricing resolution. Continue reading

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