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  • EU threatens $294B in retaliatory tariffs if Trump imposes foreign car levies

    07/02/2018 9:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/02/2018 | BY EMILY BIRNBAUM
    The European Union threatened retaliatory tariffs on $294 billion of U.S. exports if the U.S. imposes tariffs on cars and car parts from the EU, Reuters reported. The EU sent a submission to the U.S. Commerce Department on Friday claiming tariffs on EU automobiles could increase costs for manufacturers in the U.S. The submission comes as the Commerce Department investigates automobile imports to the U.S. The EU submission also reports a 25 percent tariff could have a $13–14 billion negative impact on U.S. gross domestic product, Reuters reported. According to the report, the EU exported $43.6 billion worth of cars...
  • 2019 Volvo S60 to be unveiled June 20 at Charleston [SC] plant

    06/08/2018 4:14:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 20 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Sean Szymkowski
    As Volvo prepares to inaugurate its first United States-based manufacturing facility in South Carolina, the Swedish luxury marque announced it will also reveal the 2019 S60 sedan at the same location. The S60 will make its debut at the Charleston production facility on June 20. Motor Authority is scheduled to be on hand in Charleston for the reveal of the S60 and a tour of the new plant. The reveal is part of Volvo's shifting strategy around media events. Volvo issued a press release about that strategy on Friday. Rather than attend major auto shows, Volvo said it will plan...
  • Vanity - USA through "Trump" now owns the aircraft & automobile industry across the world.

    01/11/2018 9:22:10 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 8 replies
    Last year the Boeing Aircraft Company delivered over 730 complete aircraft to operators across the world, literally destroying, Airbus, the European (European Union) aircraft manufacturer. Boeing stands alone as the greatest and largest supplier of aircraft worldwide. Boeing is also in talks to puchase Embraer aircraft, a Brazil based commuter aircraft manufacturer...and today, Boeing demonstrated a "cargo drone" that will change the world of air cargo hauling in the next five to ten years. The USA is basically doing the same thing in producing worldwide automobiles right here in the USA. Not only do we produce most "American" cars here,...
  • America first, with Germany’s help

    01/08/2018 9:39:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | January 7, 2018 | Christopher Cermak, Tim Rahmann and Harald Schumacher
    Donald Trump wants more companies — foreign and domestic — to produce goods in the United States. We spoke to German companies already in the US about whether they’ll take the bait. Jim Sheak remembers the good old days when Akron, Ohio, was a major manufacturing hub. The tire company Goodyear was founded here back in 1898, giving it the nickname Rubber City. Then, one by one in the past three decades, Goodyear and companies like it reduced their presence or pulled out entirely. Akron, like many Rust Belt cities, was left with empty factories and a shrinking population. Ironically,...
  • Report: Ford to end North American production of Fusion

    12/24/2017 6:13:52 AM PST · by jjotto · 70 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    New reports surfaced on Wednesday claiming Ford is planning to concentrate production of the next-generation Fusion mid-size sedan in China. The current Fusion is produced at plants in Spain, Mexico and China. However, Automotive News (subscription required) and Reuters have learned from their respective sources that production of the next-generation Fusion, due in 2020, will take place exclusively in China. The Spanish plant is safe as Ford in November said it will spend $887 million at the site to produce the next-generation Kuga, Europe's version of the Escape compact SUV. It’s not clear what Ford has in store for the...
  • Waymo Engineer Issues Most Infuriating Car-related Tweet We’ve Ever Read

    12/09/2017 4:39:03 AM PST · by jjotto · 25 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | December 4, 2017 | Matt Posky
    The internet is a black hole filled with an endless stream of stupid thoughts and bad ideas. While it’s usually best to ignore it, every so often something breaks through the obnoxious drone of social media that is so egregious, you couldn’t possibly turn a blind eye if you wanted to. We are obligated to present to you a recent tweet from Vahid Kazemi, a software engineer for Google’s self-driving arm Waymo, and describe how it made us feel. Kazemi begins his digital announcement stating that he’s driving in Los Angeles. While that isn’t a crime in itself, it is...
  • Fisker patents solid-state battery that promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging [Maybe]

    11/15/2017 6:00:50 AM PST · by jjotto · 23 replies
    Motor Aurhority ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion models, along with charging that could end up quicker than the time it takes to fill a gas tank. Revived electric car company Fisker has now revealed that it’s filed patents for solid-state battery technology that could enable a range of 500 miles and a charging time of just one minute. The key are three-dimensional electrodes that have 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid-state electrodes, along with high electronic and ionic conductivities. According to Green Car...
  • Europeans Slowly Fall Victim to Pickup Truck Fever

    11/07/2017 2:28:56 AM PST · by jjotto · 102 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | November 6, 2017 | Steph Willems
    Don’t worry, they aren’t suffering. As shown by the rise of pickup trucks as daily drivers and family haulers in North America, Europe’s burgeoning love affair with versatile light trucks isn’t hurting the owners. It’s traditional passengers car makers who must worry. Sales stats arriving from the Continent show a marketplace that’s increasingly different from years gone by. The increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers in the land of diesels, manual transmissions, and small displacements is nothing new, but the exploding popularity of honest-to-God pickups is. According to JATO Dynamics data published by Automotive News Europe, midsize pickup sales in...
  • The world's first road car: F5 is set to become the fastest production car (300MPH) of all time

    11/04/2017 2:54:24 PM PDT · by mairdie · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tony Middlehurst and Rob Hull
    For THISISMONEY.CO.UK Weathermen and weatherladies sometimes use the Fujita scale to describe storm levels. The highest point on the Fujita scale is F5, which refers to wind speeds of between 261mph and 318mph. Why do you need to know this? Because it explains the Venom F5 name chosen by American fast car specialists Hennessey for their latest madness machine. How mad is it? Well, it has a claimed top speed of 300mph-plus. All this from a road-legal car with number plates and indicators.
  • ‘Struggling’ Businessman Gave Rep. Meeks $40K Loan (Guyana ties?)

    07/19/2010 10:25:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 19, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the same time that Guyanese-born businessman Edul Ahmad gave Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) an unsecured $40,000 personal loan, he was pleading poverty to state authorities who had suspended his real estate license, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in yesterday’s New York Post. Meeks failed to report the 2007 loan on his annual financial disclosure report, that all member of Congress are required to file, until June of this year after the FBI reportedly started asking questions about the loan. Meeks has repeatedly referred to Ahmad as his “friend,” but when asked by the New York Post last...
  • Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably won’t own one

    05/15/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies
    reneweconomy.com.au ^ | 5/9/2017 | Giles Parkinson
    By 2030, you probably won’t own a car, but you may get a free trip with your morning coffee. Transport-As-A-Service will use only electric vehicles and will upend two trillion-dollar industries. It’s the death spiral for cars. A major new report predicts that by 2030, the overwhelming majority of consumers will no longer own a car – instead they will use on-demand electric autonomous vehicles. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous electric vehicles (A-EVs), the report says, 95 per cent of all US passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand, autonomous, electric vehicles that will...
  • Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity

    02/07/2017 11:54:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Four people who worked for the House of Representatives have a history of massive debts and bankruptcy, a fondness for fast cars and real estate, and unusually complicated webs of intertwined finances. The three brothers and a wife of one of them are under criminal investigation into sensitive congressional information security. Chiefs of staff for dozens of Democratic lawmakers who employed the four were informed last week that a criminal probe was underway into their use of congressional information technology systems, including the existence of an external server to which House data was being funneled, and into the theft of...
  • Teens Were on Facebook Live at Moment of Pennsylvania Crash That Killed Them: Police

    12/08/2016 6:05:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/08/2016
    Brooke Hughes, 18, from Scranton, and Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, 19, from Dunmore, died in the crash, which happened just after midnight Tuesday near Mount Pocono, according to KTLA sister station WNEP in Scranton. The pair died after their car was hit from behind by a big rig. The video, which has been taken down from Facebook, shows Hughes driving along Interstate 380 while holding the cellphone, according to the Times-Tribune newspaper in Scranton. Morrison-Toomey asks, "Are you going live?" But before Hughes can respond, lights suddenly fill the interior of the car and there's the sound of screeching tires. Then the...
  • Tesla rates poorly in Consumer Reports reliability survey

    10/27/2016 6:49:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Performance Drive ^ | 10-26-16 | Alexi Falson
    Tesla has scored extremely poorly in terms of reliability in the latest survey published by Consumer Reports. The 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey was taken out by Lexus, with Toyota, Buick, Audi and Kia in the top five spots. Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram on the other hand – all from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – took honours for worst-in-show, which had around 500,000 respondents in this year’s survey.
  • 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...
  • The Electric Car Future That Never Happened

    08/17/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Not long ago, many experts were projecting gas prices above $5 per gallon for the U.S. President Barack Obama said “with more research and incentives” there would soon be 1 million electric plug-in cars on the road. The top executive at General Motors claimed the company could sell 120,000 Chevy Volts in a year. That was in 2011, when GM’s electric plug-in car was still in its infancy. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm very publicly bought her own Chevy Volt after telling the media that electric car batteries represented the “beginning of new Michigan.” That didn't happen, despite massive spending...
  • Nissan proposes ethanol for future fuel cell cars, to avoid hydrogen fueling

    06/16/2016 3:42:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 23 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | June 15, 2016 | John Voelcker
    Electric cars are showing up all over the place, but hydrogen fuel-cell cars have lagged behind, with only three Asian makers committed to offering them in the U.S. That's partly because setting up a network of hydrogen stations to fuel them is slow and expensive. Now Nissan has a better idea. Rather than pumping hydrogen into the cars at very high pressure, the company proposes to offer a different kind of fuel-cell car — one that is filled with ethanol instead. That fuel, or an ethanol-and-water blend, is "reformed" to produce a supply of hydrogen on board the car itself....
  • Ford to build plant in Mexico, ramp up output from the country: WSJ

    03/24/2016 2:44:24 PM PDT · by jjotto · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | Javier E. David
    Auto giant Ford is planning a new assembly plant south of the U.S. border, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, and will sharply increase factory output from Mexico just months after signing a labor deal. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Journal reported that Ford will add half a million units of annual capacity from Mexico starting in 2018, which is double the amount it built in 2015. The new assembly complex will be based in San Luis Potosi, and Ford will expand an existing facility near Mexico City, the publication added. The move may heighten the debate over...
  • Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales

    03/01/2016 9:57:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/26/2016 | Jack Spencer
    People who wish to purchase a new car can do so only through an auto dealer, and not directly from the manufacturer. A new company could break that practice, but it will need help from the Legislature first. Under what some have called the anti-Tesla law, direct-to-consumer sales of motor vehicles are currently prohibited in Michigan. House Bill 5312 would end that prohibition, meaning that Tesla and other companies could sell their vehicles directly to consumers, provided the sale takes place at least 10 miles away from existing auto dealerships. “Gov. Snyder said he wanted the Legislature to have an...
  • Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

    02/09/2016 8:52:56 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 161 replies
    Observer ^ | 2/9/2016 | Steven Hill
    Elon Musk's Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Teslas move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars. And of course Google, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Apple, Audi, Bosch and Delphi Automotive (the big auto parts manufacturer) all have their own...