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  • Mercedes-Benz Vans chief: North Charleston plant already adding U.S. jobs, with or without new NAFTA

    11/18/2017 2:58:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 17, 2017 | David Wren
    While the debate continues over whether stricter trade rules are needed to boost U.S. jobs, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston says his company is already helping to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promise to put more Americans to work. "I think having this facility here and the fact that we've made the decision to expand in North Charleston is something that is already very good in alignment with what your president wants — to have more things done locally and not in Mexico or some other region," said Michael Balke, president and CEO of the...
  • BuzzFeed Columnist, Responding to NYC Terror Attack: 'Ban Cars from Big Cities'

    11/04/2017 2:44:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | November 4, 2017 | Tom Blumer
    A BuzzFeed columnist has declared that "Cars donÂ’t belong on the streets of big cities, and we should do everything in our power to get rid of them." She can't be serious? The headline is "We Should Ban Cars from Big Cities. Seriously." We've seen this idea proposed by environmentalists from time to time based on "climate change," and by urban planners in the name of creating a few blocks of open space, but Jessie Singer's advocacy of a total ban is largely in response to Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York City. Singer's column clearly has management's approval, given...
  • Editorial If California insists on keeping its car culture, it needs to do so without fossil fuels

    11/01/2017 7:09:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 1, 2017 | Times Editorial Board
    Is it possible to imagine a world without carbon-spewing gasoline-powered cars and trucks? California should join the effort and move toward banning sales of new carbon-emitting vehicles as soon as is practical. And maybe even a little sooner. It has become clear that the free market is not working fast enough to wean us from our dependence on fossils fuels to power our cars and trucks, which account for more than 10% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The national movements to end sales of gas-powered engines are in response to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to less than...
  • Lexus says its new luxury barge will drive itself by 2020

    10/29/2017 5:34:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 25, 2017 | Andrew J. Hawkins
    Lexus is the latest automaker to leap into the fray of highly automated driving, announcing that its “Highway Teammate” advanced driver assist system (ADAS) will be available in 2020. The system, which offers “automated driving from entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways,” is featured as part of the sleek, glowing LS+ concept that Lexus is showing off at the Tokyo auto show this week. Highway Teammate will “enable automated merging, lane changes and diverging, as well as keep a vehicle in its lane and maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance,” the Toyota-owned brand states. But as far as the types of...
  • Hyundai Dymos to bring 150 jobs to county (Georgia)

    10/17/2017 3:23:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The La Grange Daily News ^ | September 5, 2017 | Alicia B. Hill
    Hyundai Dymos is currently working on an expansion that will add another 150 jobs to its West Point plant next year. The West Point City Council has discussed the expansion previously and the Troup County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding for the expansion on Tuesday. The agreement will allow Hyunai Dymos Georgia to expand its existing facility in West Point. The expansion project will be owned by the West Point Development Authority who plans to lease the property to Hyundai under the agreement. “Hyundai Dymos has a new $9.5 million expansion planned for the West Point facility...
  • What does the future hold for the automobile?

    10/15/2017 6:12:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | October 14, 2017 | Joel Kotkin
    For a generation, the car has been reviled by city planners, greens and not too few commuters. In the past decade, some boldly predicted the onset of “peak car” and an auto-free future which would be dominated by new developments built around transit. Yet “peak car,” like the linked concept of “peak oil” has failed to materialize. Once the economy began to recover from the Great Recession, vehicle miles traveled, sales of cars, and particularly trucks, began to rise again, reaching a sales peak the last two year. Instead, it has been transit ridership that has stagnated, and even fallen...
  • US pickup truck buyers demanding more luxury

    10/12/2017 1:04:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 210 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 12, 2017 | Dee-Ann Durbin, Automotive Writer, The Associated Press
    Heated and cooled seats. Backup cameras. Panoramic glass roofs. Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that's what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's more than the starting price of luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLC or the Lexus RX. In 2016, pickup trucks made up a little more than a third of all vehicles that sold for over $50,000. At the State Fair of Texas this month, Ford Motor Co. is displaying its most expensive pickup yet: The F-Series Super...
  • Auto Supplier Denso: $1B Investment in Tennessee Plant (1,000 jobs)

    10/06/2017 7:40:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 6, 2017 | Eric Schelzig, The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts. The investment is aimed at making the Maryville plant the Japanese company's primary manufacturer in North American for electrification and safety systems, the company said. "This is an investment in the future of Denso, and also the future of transportation," Kenichiro Ito, the chairman of Denso North America, said in a statement. "We are seeing dramatic shifts in the role of transportation in society, and this...
  • PROGRESS About 10 Seconds Less Government Harassment in California

    10/04/2017 12:39:20 PM PDT · by PPSman · 22 replies
    Target Liberty ^ | October 4, 2017 | Robert Wenzel
    Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 390, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. The bill "Authorizes pedestrians to enter a crosswalk when the countdown symbol is displayed provided the crossing is completed before the countdown ends."
  • Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’

    10/02/2017 1:33:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 235 replies
    WaPo ^ | 0-02-2017 | Peter Holley
    After nearly a century of building vehicles powered by fossil fuels, General Motors — one of the world’s largest automakers — announced Monday that the end of GM producing internal combustion engines is fast approaching. The acceleration to an all-electric future will begin almost immediately, with GM releasing two new electric models next year and an additional 18 by 2023. At a media event at GM’s technical campus in Warren, Mich., on Monday, Mark Reuss, the company’s chief of global product development, said the transition will take time, but the course has been set. “General Motors believes in an all-electric...
  • Senate Approves Legislation to Get Self-Driving Cars On U.S. Roads

    10/01/2017 8:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Futurism ^ | October 1, 2017 | Claudia Geib
    The Senate has agreed to pass legislation lifting regulations on manufacturers of self-driving cars. Full details will be announced the first week of October, but it's expected the bill will cover safety and manufacturing regulations as well as driver protection. Paving the Way United States roadways are one step closer to being traversed by driverless cars: on September 30, the Senate announced that it had reached an agreement to lift some of the regulations on manufacturers that made it harder to get self-driving cars on the road. “While this Senate self-driving vehicle legislation still has room for further changes,...
  • The $100,000 Luxury Ford F-450 Truck: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    09/29/2017 12:13:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | September 28, 2017 | David Tracy
    It is time. We knew the luxo-truck onslaught that’s been wreaking havoc across this great nation was going to bring us to this moment. But now, it’s finally here: Ford has thrown down the gauntlet with its new “Super Duty Limited” line, whose crown jewel is an F-450 that can cost over $100,000. With the Texas State Fair coming up tomorrow, Ford’s new Super Duty Limited line offers Texans three new ways to waste spend their hard-earned cash on Super Duty trucks. They can buy an $80,835 F-250 Super Duty Limited, an $82,010 F-350 Super Duty Limited, or the crème...
  • Trump says unnamed country plans to build, expand five U.S. auto plants

    09/27/2017 7:15:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 27, 2017 | Reuters
    INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday an unnamed foreign leader told him at the United Nations last week that the country would soon announce plans to build or expand five automobile industry factories in the United States. "I just left the United Nations last week and I was told by one of the most powerful leaders of the world that they are going to be announcing in the not too distant future five major factories in the United States, between increasing and new, five," Trump said in a speech on tax reform in Indianapolis. He added the...
  • Hyundai Slams Luxury Automakers For Focusing On “Stupid” Tech

    09/23/2017 8:00:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Car Buzz ^ | September 23, 2017 | Martin Bigg
    Shots fired. Well, things are certainly getting heated between competitors in the auto industry right now. A BMW executive recently described the Mercedes X-Class luxury pickup as “appalling,” despite admitting that the firm is considering entering the premium pickup segment. Then Lewis Hamilton taunted Ferrari claiming that AMG can build a better supercar. And now the boss of Hyundai and Genesis seemingly got out the wrong side of the bed one morning, accusing luxury automakers like BMW and Mercedes of putting too much focus on “stupid” tech. The head of Hyundai’s N and Genesis divisions Albert Biermann, who also used...
  • Auto frame manufacturer Metalsa announces $36.5 m expansion in Owensboro, will add 113 jobs (KY)

    09/23/2017 12:50:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Northern Kentucky Tribune ^ | September 22, 2017 | Office of the Governor
    Automotive frame manufacturer Metalsa Structural Products Inc. will add 113 jobs at its Owensboro facility with a $36.5 million expansion to produce a new line of stamped and welded components. “With three production facilities in the commonwealth, Metalsa stands as one of our largest automotive employers,” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said. “We are grateful for this additional expansion and these new jobs. This will strengthen Kentucky’s economy and further propel us toward our goal of being the American center of engineering and manufacturing excellence. We welcome this growth and congratulate both Metalsa and the Owensboro community on their success.” The...
  • Bibb County portion of $1B Mercedes expansion to create 429 jobs (Alabama)

    09/22/2017 10:38:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | September 22, 2017 | Michael Tomberlin
    Mercedes-Benz is investing $248.2 million to build two very large facilities in Bibb County as the automaker expands its physical footprint into the Birmingham metro area. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the official name of the Alabama operations of the global automaker, broke ground today on its Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American hub. The two facilities will be 800,000 square feet and 1.3 million square feet respectively and are being built on 278 acres in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park near Woodstock. The groundbreaking today comes one day after Mercedes announced the new facilities as part of...
  • Entitled drivers are getting in the way of California’s climate change efforts

    09/20/2017 6:56:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 20, 2017 | Times Editorial Board
    For all the talk in California about leading the world in fighting global warming and resisting President Trump’s climate-denial agenda, the state faces one powerful obstacle that limits its environmental activism: Touch their cars and Californians will revolt. Any effort that limits, constrains or makes driving one’s car more expensive or inconvenient — no matter how civic-minded the proposal — is immediately controversial in California, and often a nonstarter. Getting between Californians and their cars can spell the end of a political career. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have committed to help slow climate change and...
  • Sources: Volvo plant in Berkeley County to invest $1B, bring 4,500 jobs (South Carolina)

    09/18/2017 7:10:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | September 18, 2017 | Brenda Rindge
    Volvo Cars hasn’t yet produced its first automobile in Berkeley County, but it is already looking to double its investment there to $1 billion and hire a total of 4,500 workers, sources close to the negotiations said Monday. The Swedish carmaker is looking to spend an additional $500 million to add a second production line at its site off Interstate 26 near Ridgeville, the sources said. The expansion will add 2,500 workers in addition to the 2,000 people Volvo currently is hiring. Volvo officials have said the Ridgeville auto plant remains on schedule for a late 2018 opening. Berkeley County...
  • Once-secret project bringing 746 jobs, $120 million auto facility to Alabama

    09/13/2017 3:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | September 13, 2017 | Kelly Poe
    The once-secret project the Jefferson County Commission in June identified only as "Project Sunrise," was revealed today to a planned $120 million facility being built by Autocar, LLC. The project will reuse old buildings on more than 1 million square feet on property in both Birmingham and Center Point in the currently vacant Meadowcraft Complex at the intersection of Carson Road and Highway 79. "This project represents a significant expansion of Autocar's existing operations, which we were able to accelerate to meet our rapid growth," Autocar Chairman Andrew Taitz said. "I can tell you we conducted an extensive review of...
  • Will the ethanol industry's hurricane lobbying pay off?

    09/09/2017 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/09/17 | John Siciliano
    ... "In this time of stress on our fuel supply system, why wouldn't we remove a barrier that would allow E15 to be sold less than two weeks before the allowable date of Sept. 15," said Paige Anderson, director of government relations at the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, representing gasoline station owners and convenience store chains that sell fuel. ...