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Update – BMW, Bosch, Daimler Autonomous Driving Forays

Daimler’s has programmed its systems largely in-house right from the very beginning. During 2019 that will end with the launch in San José, Silicon Valley, of its first pilot program with German uber-supplier Bosch, on self-driving vehicles – read Daimler and Bosch Target San José for Automated Ride-Hailing, which will explore Levels 4/5 in urban environments. Continue reading

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Daimler and BMW JV on Automated Driving Technologies

The development of current-generation technologies and ongoing collaborations of the two companies will remain unaffected and continue as before. As a further hedge of the hedge, “the Daimler AG and BMW Group will also explore additional partnerships with other technology companies and automotive manufacturers that could contribute to the success of the platform.  Continue reading

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Honda Sets Records for Worldwide Vehicle Production

Total domestic automobile sales in the Japanese market for the month of January 2019 experienced a year-on-year increase at 75,776 (+24% )f or the fourth consecutive month since October 2018. New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two months (since November 2018). Continue reading

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HondaJet Sales First in Class for Second Consecutive Year

Honda Aircraft Company has changed its aircraft production line from the original HondaJet to the HondaJet Elite and will continue to offer the performance package developed by the Advanced Performance Modification Group (APMG) for the original HondaJet. The company expects to maintain production of four to five aircraft per month. Continue reading

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Whoops! Now Ford Motor Has Emissions Problems

Ford says it is now taking several actions, including hiring an unnamed outside firm to investigate the vehicle road load specifications used in Ford testing and applications to certify emissions and fuel economy. Road load can of course be manipulated since it is used in vehicle dynamometer testing, including for fuel economy ratings and emissions certifications. Continue reading

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Not Cars – McLaren and L’Amy Sunglasses?

Available as both sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, a claimed unique style is created by L’Amy in partnership with design teams from both McLaren Automotive and McLaren Racing. The lenses, including the option of Leica sun lenses, are fixed within the frames at two contact points. As well as a dramatic appearance, the “floating” structure ensures the glasses are light and strong. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Crate and Barrel Milk Bottles

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled milk bottles and contact Crate and Barrel to receive a full refund. The firm has acknowledged one report of the straw breaking. No injuries have been reported. Continue reading

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BMW Baggage

BMW is continuing its merchandising with Montblanc via a five-piece luggage set that’s made-to-measure for the trunk (AKA boot) of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. Manufacturer’s recommended retail price is €14,900. Continue reading

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Ford Exits Heavy Truck Business in South America

Most of these pre-tax special item charges and cash outflows of 4460 million will be recorded in 2019 and are part of the $11 billion in EBIT charges with cash-related effects of $7 billion the company expects to take in the redesign of its global business. Continue reading

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Audi Expands Traffic Light Information to Reduce Stops

Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory can provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers of some 2017 and newer models that can assist drivers in catching the “green wave,” helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights. Continue reading

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Global Light Vehicle Sales Start New Year with a Whimper

A worrisome ghost dancing across AutoInformed’s screen is that 2019 began in a cowed manner in most major markets with the weakness that has been evident for several months continuing. Chinese LV sales were again the most influential for the global market, with another double-digit YoY decline. China of course us is enmeshed in a Trump tariff tirade. Continue reading

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GM to Invest $36 Million in Lansing Plant. Oshawa Still Doomed

The announcement – some would call it tone deaf – came closely followed Sting and cast promoting Unifor’s #SaveOshawaGM campaign. Sting and the cast of his musical, The Last Ship, were in front of thousands of Unifor members and the public for a Valentine’s Day solidarity performance, held in the heart of downtown Oshawa. The legendary musician began with “Message in a Bottle,” and after several numbers from the musical, closed with “Every Breath You Take.” Continue reading

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Japanese-brand Automakers Generate 1.52 Million Jobs in US

It doesn’t estimate how many are lost to oversees manufacturing and imports. Thus, go the one-sided volleys in the ongoing automotive trade wars. Continue reading

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Trump Tariffs Hurt New Auto Prices, Jobs, Consumers

NADA is worried that under a 25% tariff on all imports and parts, “consumers would see the price of the typical vehicle sold in the United States rise by $4,400. Prices of U.S.‐assembled vehicles rise due to an increase in the cost of imported vehicle parts, adding $2,270 to the price. For the typical imported vehicle, these tariffs raise consumer prices by $6,875 per vehicle.” Continue reading

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Woodstock Revisited? Volkswagen ‘Light’ Bus Recreated

“The bus is really about being one people on one planet,” says Hieronimus, who is also a ‘symbologist’. “On every side of the bus is a story – many stories – and the stories all point to unification, working together and a higher consciousness, which is what Light really is all about.” Continue reading

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