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  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • How to get "frozen" caliper bolts out??

    03/20/2017 9:07:15 AM PDT · by Paul R. · 141 replies
    You | 3/20/2017 | Me
    Advice needed: It's either corrosion or a gorilla with a wrench, or both, but I cannot get the brake caliper bolts on our Ford Explorer out. FoMoCo exacerbates the problem by using bolts with shallow heads, so it is difficult to keep a socket on them. I have tried various penetrating oils such as PB Blaster, smacking the bolt heads with a medium hammer, etc. to no effect. More info. in my 1st comment...
  • Trump wants Toyota to build new plants in US

    03/16/2017 3:28:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | March 16, 2017 | Yuichiro Kanematsu
    AUSTIN, U.S. -- At a meeting with auto executives in Michigan on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump once gain asked Toyota Motor and rival carmakers to build plants in the country. Trump met with the heads of major automakers on a visit to the Midwest city of Detroit, Michigan, and nearby areas where many auto factories are located. The meeting also included officials from the automakers' labor unions. In a speech he gave in front of autoworkers after the meeting, Trump pledged to review fuel efficiency regulations that were tightened by Barack Obama's administration. The Obama administration was keen to...
  • Alkane Truck Company to Establish Assembly Operations Across North America

    03/14/2017 7:08:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    PR Web ^ | March 14, 2017 | Miguel H. Peña and Pedro Flores
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (PRWEB) March 14, 2017 - Alkane Truck Company, the South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced it will establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the USA, Canada and Mexico over the next 36 months. Alkane is coordinating with economic development offices across North America to identify potential business partners interested in becoming contract assemblers. “We will provide training for their employees and deliver all components required to assemble Alkane vehicles for direct shipment to our existing and ever-expanding dealership network," says Bob Smith, CEO of Alkane Truck Company. "These business partners will...
  • BMW supplier Gestamp to add 130 jobs in Union (South Carolina)

    03/11/2017 3:54:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | March 8, 2017 | Bob Montgomery
    BMW supplier Gestamp North America announced Wednesday it will invest $129 million and boost its workforce by a third with 130 jobs new jobs in an expansion of its Union County facility. The growth is needed to meet an increased demand in business from the automotive industry, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. “We are very excited about this project, our partnership and the confidence they have in our community,” Union County Supervisor Frank Hart stated. “This major industrial expansion is a testament to the fact that Union County is a great place to locate, operate and expand...
  • Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

    03/04/2017 4:22:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 3, 2017 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, according to people familiar with the matter, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American auto industry to produce more electric cars. The announcement — which is expected as soon as Tuesday and will be made jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, and the transportation secretary, Elaine L. Chao — will immediately start to undo one of former President Barack Obama’s most significant environmental legacies. During the same week, and possibly on the same day,...
  • Here's How Trump Can Make American Cars Great Again

    02/24/2017 4:02:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 59 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/24/2017 | Staff
    Regulation: If President Trump wants to help autoworkers and car buyers, he doesn't need to attack imports. All he needs to do is junk the government's misguided 40-year campaign to force consumers into smaller cars. For those who don't know, the federal government first imposed the "Corporate Average Fuel Economy" standard in 1975, in response to the government-caused energy crisis. The standard requires automakers to meet annual fuel economy targets based on the fleet of cars they sell in a year, or pay stiff penalties. By the time the standards started to bite in the early 1980s — which forced...
  • Thousands of new auto jobs expected in west Alabama

    02/22/2017 1:47:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kelvin Reynolds
    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Thousands of automotive jobs are coming to west Alabama but to get those jobs, you will require technical skill and training. They're jobs with current and future automotive parts suppliers for companies like Mercedes Benz US International. Donny Jones, COO for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, says training for those jobs is already underway. "What we're seeing with the power grant and the $1.5 million we'll have an adult education component in K through 12 and preparing people for the jobs coming available here in West Alabama," Jones said. The positions are coming...
  • Nevada official says Tesla Gigafactory has over 1,000 workers and hiring 150-200 more each month

    02/19/2017 5:19:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Teslarati ^ | February 19, 2017 | Carolyn Fortuna
    Head of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development says Tesla has hired more than 1,000 workers at its Gigafactory plant outside of Reno, and on pace to increase hiring by another 150 to 200 workers each month. Executive Director Steve Hill told the Senate Finance Committee last week during a budget review meeting that the California-based electric carmaker and energy company is ramping up hiring and expects the factory to have 3,200 workers by March 2018. “They’re hiring 150 to 200 more every month,” says Hill. News of Tesla’s workforce expansion comes on the heels of an independent audit...
  • Company bringing 130 jobs to Ridgeville (Company from India in South Carolina)

    02/11/2017 5:18:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Times and Democrat ^ | February 10, 2017
    COLUMBIA – Sundaram-Clayton Limited (SCL), a leading Indian manufacturer and supplier of aluminum cast products to global automotive original equipment manufacturers, announced Thursday that it will be launching its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Dorchester County. By investing $50 million, the company is expecting to create 130 new jobs over the next five years....
  • Audi’s Super Bowl ad sure looks like they were betting on Hillary

    02/04/2017 6:08:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 1, 2017 | Claire Atkinson
    A car ad about gender equality? By a female director? This year’s Super Bowl advertisers may have planned for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Audi’s 60-second Super Bowl commercial is pitched to dads but has a message about equal pay. The ad sees a father watching his daughter win a go-cart race and then walks her to his new Audi 5S sports car. The commercial, called “Daughter” from ad agency Venables Bell & Partners, ends with a billboard that reads: “Progress is for Everyone.”
  • Man shot during argument over bright headlights

    02/03/2017 11:18:37 PM PST · by Daffynition · 38 replies
    ABC13 ^ | , January 31, 2017 | staff reporter
    SPRING LAKE, NC -- A North Carolina sheriff's office says a man was shot during an argument over bright car headlights. Investigators said the victim was headed down a North Carolina highway on Saturday evening when he met an oncoming vehicle with its bright lights on. The victim flashed his lights in an attempt to get the oncoming driver to dim the bright lights.
  • Tesla fans say they are cancelling Model 3 orders over Musk's Trump connection

    01/31/2017 11:19:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Ferris
    Customers on the waiting list for the Tesla Model 3 sedan may have been bumped up in line a bit. Electric car blog Electrek reports that at least a few people have said they are cancelling their orders for the yet-to-be-released car over Elon Musk's collaboration with President Donald Trump's administration....
  • Fiat Chrysler Ready To Move Pickup Trucks From Mexico If Trump Plays Cards Right

    01/26/2017 9:13:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2017 | Joann Muller
    The chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said his company could quickly move production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks to Michigan from Mexico if President Donald J. Trump's "America First" economic plan provides enough incentives. "Properly motivated, it could be executed very quickly by FCA," possibly by 2019 or 2020, Sergio Marchionne told analysts during a conference call to discuss the company's record financial results for 2016. Automakers have been under pressure from the new Trump Administration to build more of their cars in the United States as part of the president's agenda to create more American jobs. But the...
  • Wal-Mart to start selling cars in Houston, Dallas

    01/25/2017 8:10:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2017 | Ileana Najarro
    Wal-Mart has partnered with online car retailer, CarSaver to start selling cars at Supercenter locations in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Oklahoma City. Beginning April 1, Carsaver staff will be in 25 Wal-Mart Supercenters helping customers select a new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle and apply for financing and auto insurance on kiosks. Customers will be directed to make an appointment with a local certified dealer for final sale. Sixteen AutoNation stores in Houston, Dallas and Phoenix have already lined up to participate in the program. The model was first tested in Florida last year with nearly 80 percent of dealership...
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields ‘Excited’ for Donald Trump ‘Renaissance in American Manufacturing’

    01/24/2017 12:11:53 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation, and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing,” Fields told reporters after the meeting, according to the Detroit News. Fields also praised Trump’s decision to kill former President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, pointing out that it failed to address currency manipulation.
  • Trumps Give Biz Leaders 30 Days To Put Together Plan To Create Jobs

    01/23/2017 12:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WWJ-FM ^ | January 23, 2017
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields says President Donald Trump’s meeting with some big league business leaders was “very positive.” The new president met with a group of top manufacturing leaders — including Fields, Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX; Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical; and the executives from Dell, Johnson & Johnson and Lockheed Martin — for what the Trump administration called “a listening session” in the in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Monday. Liveris told reporters following the meeting that he was impressed with how “engaged” the president was, explaining...
  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • Funniest commercial ever, from VW!!!!

    01/14/2017 11:06:22 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    vw commercial ^ | 1/14/2017 | self
    http://drive.google.com/file/ d/0Byng4ND1o- JLdWRoNUxFYy1nYkk/view?usp= drive_web
  • EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions (Obama getting back at Chrysler)

    01/12/2017 5:35:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/12/17 | David Shepardson and Bernie Woodall
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG. FCA shares plummeted as the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion. The EPA action affects 104,000 U.S. trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, about one-sixth the vehicles in the Volkswagen case. The EPA and California Air Resources Board told Fiat Chrysler it believes its undeclared auxiliary emissions control software allowed vehicles to generate excess pollution in violation of the law and...
  • Report: Trump’s ‘Cadillac One’ Limo Will Be Equipped with Tear Gas Cannon, Shotgun

    01/12/2017 2:15:13 PM PST · by bkopto · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/12/2017 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Donald Trump’s presidential limousine will be equipped with a tear gas cannon, shotgun, and even bottles of the President-elect’s blood type, according to multiple reports. The “Cadillac One” limo, which will make its public debut on Inauguration Day, will replace a fleet of nearly a dozen vehicles that have served President Obama since 2009, Autoweek reported. The vehicle, also known as “The Beast,” will come with a price tag of up to $1.5 million, the New York Post reported.
  • Toyota's $10bn US investment seen as nod to Trump

    01/10/2017 5:22:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Nikkei Asian Review ^ | January 10, 2017 | Kazuyuki Okudaira
    DETROIT, U.S. -- Toyota Motor will invest $10 billion in the U.S. over five years to produce new models and boost productivity, the company president announced Monday, amid growing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to create jobs in America. President Akio Toyoda spoke to reporters at the North American International Auto Show here, where he unveiled the new Camry sedan. Toyota plans to begin manufacturing the new model in Kentucky by the end of the year. Highlighting employment efforts, he stressed that the Japanese automaker has 136,000 workers in the U.S. and has invested $22 billion in the country during...
  • Fiat CEO Warns May Shut All Mexico Production If Trump Tariff Too High

    01/09/2017 11:22:23 AM PST · by lafroste · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/9/2017 | Tyler Durden
    Agree with his proposed policies or not, it's difficult to argue that Trump is delivering on his promises to the autoworkers of the Midwest who single-handedly voted him into the White House. Before even taking office, the mere threat of import tariffs has caused Ford to cancel the construction of a $1.6 billion new facility in Mexico, and has automotive CEO's from Toyota to Chrysler walking on eggshells as they carefully try to flaunt all of the capital investments they're making in U.S.-based facilities. While likely secretly hoping for the status quo, Fiat Chrysler's U.S. CEO, Sergio Marchionne, admitted earlier...
  • Toyota announces $10 billion U.S. investment days after Trump warning

    01/09/2017 9:49:08 AM PST · by StormPrepper · 59 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 09, 2017
    Chalk up another win for the president-elect? Toyota is set to make a $10 billion capital investment in the U.S. over the next five years, Toyota Motor North America chief executive Jim Lentz said during an interview at the Detroit auto show, Reuters reported.
  • Fiat Chrysler to build 3 new Jeeps, create 2,000 jobs in US

    01/08/2017 3:15:23 PM PST · by mandaladon · 92 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Jan 2017 | Tom Krisher
    DETROIT (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler will add three new Jeeps to its lineup including a pickup truck as it invests $1 billion in two U.S. factories, furthering its effort to increase production of hot-selling SUVs and pickup trucks and get out of producing small and midsize cars. The expansion will create 2,000 new jobs. The Italian-American automaker said Sunday it will modernize a factory in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, to make the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer large SUVs. A factory complex just south of there in Toledo, Ohio, also will get new equipment to make the...
  • Mexican Ford plant workers blame Trump for dashed dreams

    01/07/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2017 | Christopher Sherman
    VILLA DE REYES, Mexico (AP) -- Word spread quickly through cellphone messages and shouts between co-workers that Ford Motor Co. had canceled its new $1.6 billion car plant at its sprawling 700-acre high desert site in north-central Mexico. "When I saw it on the phone, (I thought), 'Well, no, it can't be,'" said Higinio Salazar, a security guard who spent the past five months logging traffic into and out of the site and hoped to have steady work for months to come. "It was on orders of Mr. Trump," he said bitterly....
  • Trump has already created thousands of jobs, but needs big reforms to keep them

    01/06/2017 7:16:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KTVL-TV ^ | January 6, 2017 | Leandra Bernstein
    Donald Trump pledged that his administration would be about three things, "jobs, jobs, jobs." When Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it would invest $7 billion in a new U.S. plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and hire 700 new workers, Trump appeared to be keeping one of his most important campaign promises. According to experts, if Trump wants to continue on his path towards millions of well-paying American jobs, there is only so much he can do from the Oval Office and on Twitter. Trump will need buy in from lawmakers to get regulatory and tax reforms if he...
  • Trump has a secret weapon on jobs and trade

    01/03/2017 4:48:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | January 3, 2017 | Paul Sracic
    Ford Motor announced Tuesday that it would not invest in new manufacturing operations in Mexico, and instead would create 700 new jobs in Michigan. This follows on the heels of a similar announcement by the United Technologies unit, Carrier, in November that it would save hundreds of jobs at an Indiana plant, and not move them to Mexico. These moves did not take place in a vacuum. In each case, the companies faced an implicit, and sometimes explicit, threat from President-elect Donald Trump. And it will be fascinating to watch what GM ultimately does in response to Trump's tweet Tuesday...
  • Ford Cancelling Mexico Plant, Invest $700 million in MI expansion instead

    01/03/2017 8:05:42 AM PST · by rb22982 · 218 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/3/2017 | CNBC
    Ford canceling plans for $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, investing $700 million in Michigan expansion instead
  • Bjorn Nyland Praises The Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    01/02/2017 3:47:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | December 31, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Bjorn Nyland has just posted a glowing review of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Bjorn is a video blogger who has made an international reputation by creating videos about road trips he has taken in his Tesla Model S and Model X. In fact, creating content for this YouTube channel has become nearly a full time job for him. Earlier this year, he won a Tesla Model X in a Tesla referral contest by generating more Model S referrals than anyone else in the European area. Nyland is committed to the electric car lifestyle and is now branching out to cover...
  • NY Times goes on safari to Texas, struggles to understand natives’ love for their “trucks”

    01/02/2017 12:50:18 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 172 replies
    http://legalinsurrection.com/ ^ | 01/02/2017 | William A. Jacobson
    “People in Texas will buy trucks even if they’re not going to haul anything heavier than raindrops.” The NY Times went on safari to Texas, and it has an article about a peculiar love of the natives for trucks, Rodeo Offers a 90-M.P.H. Glimpse of Texans’ Truck Mania: Tim Spell has noticed a peculiar condition that affects Texans’ mental, physical and automotive well-being. “I call it ‘truck-itis,’” said Mr. Spell, the former automotive editor for The Houston Chronicle. “People in Texas will buy trucks even if they’re not going to haul anything heavier than raindrops. I was interviewing one guy....
  • 10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.

    12/29/2016 8:01:37 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | Devon Thorsby
    U.S. News compiled data on car thefts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2014 – the most recent year for complete data from the bureau – to determine which of the 100 largest metro areas in the country had the highest rate of car theft. Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot for highest rate of car theft, with a total of 6,131 thefts in 2014 and 676.9 thefts per 100,000 people. The City of Albuquerque acknowledges its high rate of auto theft on its website, noting New Mexico’s shared border with Mexico gives car thieves added incentive because...
  • How Not to Predict the Future

    12/30/2016 4:01:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | October 13, 2016 | Rob Tracinski, editor
    When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot of people really want to be true. What a coincidence. So we take for granted that electric cars are the future, and the internal combustion engine is on the way out. That we're going to power everything with renewable energy, especially solar, and oil is...
  • Catawba County manufacturing plant to add 143 jobs, $110M in investment (North Carolina)

    12/29/2016 7:29:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Charlotte Business Journal ^ | December 27, 2016 | Ken Elkins
    Catawba County was the biggest winner in last week’s announcement that GKN Driveline would bring 302 jobs and $179 million in investment to four of its N.C. facilities. A GKN Driveline facility in Maiden will get almost half of the jobs (143) and more than 60% of the investment ($110 million). It’s the second big expansion at the Maiden plant in two years as GKN works to meet demand for new technology in automobile drivetrain design. In 2014, the company added 228 employees and spent $114 million at the plant. Once the latest new hires are added over the coming...
  • The year ahead in automotive trends

    12/27/2016 4:38:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | December 27, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The four mega-trends shaping the global auto industry over the next 15-odd years are undoubtedly vehicles with lower emissions, new powertrain technologies, autonomous automobiles and vehicle digitalization. Reflecting these mega-trends, one can anticipate more developments in lightweighting, drivetrain optimization, car computerization, infotainment and driverless transportation in 2017. Here PlasticsToday gives its take on some of the key developments expected in 2017. Staying connected, and entertained Rather than being interested in the size of the engine and the shape of the car, consumers are now more interested in “infotainment” systems, being connected, autonomous driving and diverse mobility, notes consultant McKinsey. Traditionally,...
  • Video shows street-racing crash that killed 2 in Anaheim

    12/25/2016 5:29:44 PM PST · by BBell · 30 replies
    http://mynewsla.com ^ | 12/23/16 | Ken Stone
    Anaheim police Friday released new video of a suspected vehicle involved in a fiery street-racing crash that authorities say killed two 19-year-old men and inflicted life-threatening injuries on another victim, hoping it would generate new leads in the case.The new surveillance video shows a tow truck driver near the scene, so investigators are hoping to track down that driver as a witness only, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. The video shows the other car suspected of taking part in the street racing to be a black Ford Mustang, not red as earlier reported.The Mustang’s driver fled the scene of...
  • Range Rover X-mas gift for our son!

    12/25/2016 5:38:05 PM PST · by BBell · 64 replies
    "It's so nice to know their are still amazing people in this world. Santa was bringing a Range Rover for our son for Christmas but his mother had to take it one step further and have it delivered on the back of a tow truck. Crazy yes. Impossible let No!! After posting on a local pay it forward page that we were looking for a tow truck driver who may be able to fulfill our request early Christmas morning. It was only minutes later we had a reply from Craig who owns Hop tow it who was more than willing...
  • (VANITY) Help with Monte Carlo seat!

    12/16/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 34 replies
    me | 12/16/16 | me
    I want to replace the broken driver's seat in our Monte Carlo. Need help - mostly just info.
  • Tesla is playing the tax subsidy game, and winning

    12/11/2016 8:47:50 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 9, 2016 | Dan Morain
    In the never-ending competition among states for jobs, Arizona stung California by enticing Lucid, a Menlo Park-based electric car company, to build its factory in Case Grande. But as Deana Carrillo has concluded, “Every company has its black box.” They all have internal reasons for coming, staying or departing for greener tax-subsidized pastures. Carrillo is executive director of the entity within Treasurer John Chiang’s office that goes by the unwieldy name of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The authority had offered a $44 million sales tax break to Lucid. However, the Arizona Commerce Authority offered $46.5...
  • Ford CEO turns to Trump to help blunt EPA’s regulatory surge

    12/04/2016 7:51:27 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | John Smith
    Ford Motor company CEO, Mark Fields, a staunch Trump opponent during the presidential campaign, now wants the President Elect to help with EPA’s surprise decision to keep long term fuel economy targets in place. A mid-term review of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets set in 2012 kicked off earlier this year, but the timing of the agency’s recent decision to maintain the 54.5 mile-per-gallon goal reeks of politics, Fields claims. For automakers, reaching 54.5 mpg means extra costs. To avoid this, Ford is prepared to turn to its election campaign sparring partner — President-elect Donald Trump — for help.
  • Ford Open to Deals With Trump to Keep Jobs in U.S., CEO Says

    12/02/2016 7:24:31 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 81 replies
    bloomberg ^ | December 2, 2016 | Keith Naughton
    <p>Ford Motor Co. is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if he puts the right policies in place, the automaker’s chief executive officer said.</p> <p>“We will be very clear in the things we’d like to see,” Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview at Bloomberg offices in Southfield, Michigan. “We’ll continue to advocate for currency-manipulation rules to promote free and fair trade. One of our priorities is making sure fuel-economy standards reflect market realities, tax reform in general we would be very supportive of, and the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles.”</p>
  • 6 million Americans have stopped paying their car loans, and it's becoming a 'significant concern'

    11/30/2016 10:18:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Turner
    There is a lot of talk out there about the auto-loan market right now. Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos has said the auto-lending market should "scare the heck out of everybody," while the auto-lending practices of some used-car dealerships has been given the John Oliver treatment on TV. It's a topic we've been paying attention to as well. In a presentation in September at the Barclays Financial Services Conference, Gordon Smith, the chief executive for consumer and community banking at JPMorgan, set out some eye-opening statistics on the market. Now the New York Federal Reserve is taking a closer look...
  • Trump a ‘game changer’ for auto industry, Fiat CEO says

    11/24/2016 5:30:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Malay Mail ^ | November 25, 2016
    CASSINO, Nov 25 — President-elect Donald Trump’s critical stance toward free trade could affect Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s business in North America, according to the Italian automaker’s chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne. Trump’s election “certainly is a game changer, mainly because I think that there are a number of conditions in the US which are not yet spelled out,” Marchionne told Bloomberg Television at an Alfa Romeo plant in Cassino, Italy. Statements Trump has made about trade are “a big issue” because of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s impact on Fiat’s operations in the US, Mexico and Canada. Trump...
  • Ford says Lincoln MKC production will stay in Kentucky, not move to Mexico. (Debunk the lie)

    11/18/2016 10:39:44 AM PST · by dynoman · 45 replies
    Antomotive News ^ | 11/18/16 12:16 am ET | Automotive News
    “DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. had considered moving production of the Lincoln MKC to Mexico, but instead the compact premium crossover will remain at the Louisville Assembly Plant, the automaker confirmed Thursday night. Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said the Cuautitlan plant was the “likely” new plant for the MKC when the automaker’s deal with the UAW expires in 2019. But now the automaker plans to build the next generation of the MKC in Louisville, Kelli Felker, Ford’s global manufacturing and labor communications manager told Automotive News late Thursday.”
  • Woman bad-mouths car dealer, gets threatened with nude photos, lawsuit says

    11/11/2016 6:47:24 PM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    The State ^ | 11/10/2016 | WOMACK
    DUBLIN, GA. Unhappy with her experience buying and trading cars at a midstate car dealership, a Dublin, Ga., woman posted a complaint on social media. The woman then found herself on the phone with an employee who threatened to distribute nude photos of her if she didn’t remove the comment, she alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Amy D. Graham is suing Jeff Smith Chevrolet, claiming that the Byron dealership is liable for intentionally inflicting emotional distress and publicly disclosing “embarrassing private facts,” according to the suit, filed in Bibb County Superior Court. The suit also names Jeff Smith Management...
  • This Badass Kurd Plunged His Bulletproof BMW Into ISIS Snipers to Save 70 Lives

    11/04/2016 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 4, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim and Peshmerga fighter Ako Rahman (Photo courtesy of Gov. Karim's office) After the ground offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS was launched in mid-October, Islamic State terrorists attacked Kirkuk, Iraq.Nearly 90 civilians and Peshmerga were killed by ISIS in the surprise counterattack Oct. 21, which included suicide bombers and gunmen targeting police stations and a city power plant.But the death toll could have been higher if one Kurd and his armored BMW hadn't stepped in.Ako Rahman, a member of the Peshmerga’s 116th Brigade in Tuz, volunteered to plunge into the fighting to save more than 70...
  • Ford idles Mustang plant amid slow sales

    10/11/2016 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 107 replies
    mlive.com ^ | October 11, 2016 | David Muller
    Ford Motor Co. is idling its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the Dearborn automaker builds the Ford Mustang and the revived Lincoln Continental. The site will be idled for one week, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. "We continue to match production with demand," Felker said in response to a query about whether the idling was due to slower Mustang sales. "Mustang remains the top seller in its segment in total and retail sales..." Sales of all Ford-brand cars fell by double-digits in the U.S. in September, as Americans continue to gravitate toward crossovers and SUVs, but the...
  • GM’s Tax Shelter-Another $16 billion not available to other car makers [Has Hillary condemned this?]

    10/03/2016 6:01:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    As everyone else’s taxes rise, one favored outfit may not have to pay federal taxes for years: General Motors. In another sweet deal from its benefactors on Pennsylvania Avenue, the government-owned car company is set to profit from billions of dollars in tax breaks not available to other businesses in the same predicament. The new GM will be allowed to claim a tax benefit from some $16 billion of net operating losses carried over from the old company, allowing it to avoid paying taxes on future profits, perhaps for years. The issue is a common accounting practice called “tax-loss carry...
  • Wacky Warping Wheels Let a Car Twist and Slide in Any Direction

    10/01/2016 8:40:52 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 32 replies
    popular mechanics ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | Eric Limer
    Whether it's by the use of tiny car-lifting robots or totally spherical wheels, the idea of a car that can move effortlessly sidewise is an endlessly appealing one. Parallel parking becomes a dream, parking garage management becomes a piece of cake. And out of all the ways to make that dream come true, these "Liddiard Wheels" seem like a pretty compelling one. Designed by one William Liddiard, the wheels are similar to the kind of "omni wheels" you'll find on some robots and heavy machinery. The difference with these is that they are on an actual car, they have one...
  • Hacking News - Tesla model S hacked from 12 miles away | MalwareTips.com

    09/20/2016 4:44:34 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 49 replies
    Malwaretips ^ | 09/20/2016 | Softpedia
    Hacking News - Tesla model S hacked from 12 miles away | MalwareTips.com https://malwaretips.com/threads/tesla-model-s-hacked-from-12-miles-away.63609/ Tesla model S hacked from 12 miles away Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/tesla-model-s-hacked-from-12-miles-away-508468.shtml         Security experts from Chinese security firm Tencent Keen Security Lab have hacked a Tesla Model S from afar, taking control over a variety of car functions, including its ability to break.         The research team revealed its findings on the company's blog yesterday, accompanied by a video demonstration. They also notified Tesla in advance, via the company's bug bounty program, and the automaker has addressed all issues via a firmware update to its cars.        ...