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What was Volkswagen thinking? – The Week Magazine

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat on emissions tests is “shaping up as one of the great corporate scandals of the age,” said Danny Hakim, Aaron Kessler, and Jack Ewing at The New York Times. The German automaker has admitted it installed sophisticated software in millions of diesel vehicles that allowed the cars to spew far more pollutants…

The irreversible damage of Volkswagen’s stunning deceit – Salon

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Volkswagen’s ruse to circumvent U.S. auto emissions standards has left many wondering about the precise environmental impact of its cars, which emitted more pollutants than regulations allow. Although the extra pollution is impossible to quantify so soon, experts agree that although the amount is globally insignificant, it might add to Europe’s regional health concerns. On September 18 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discovered that four Volkswagen vehicles from model years…

Are golf carts the future of electric vehicles? – CBS News

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Despite plummeting gas prices, more and more Americans are driving electric vehicles instead of cars. But we’re not talking about a Tesla or another trendy hybrid. They’re driving low-speed electric vehicles, more commonly known as golf carts. Many look more like miniature hot rods than a vehicle to get around golf greens. “I own two golf carts, one for me to go golfin’ in and one for me to take…

UAW, Ford Reach Tentative Deal Averting Plant Strike – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, October 03, 2015

ENLARGE The United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. F 2.34 % reached a tentative contract agreement late Friday night, averting a strike set for Sunday at one of the auto maker’s pickup truck plants. Local 249 union members were preparing to walk off the job over a variety of unresolved issues at the Claycomo, Mo., plant which produces F-150 pickup trucks and Transit vans. Plants typically reach their…

GM plans $5.5B in cost cuts to help finance new mobility – Business Insider

Saturday, October 03, 2015

eapcontent.ap.orgFILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra talks about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid car at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. General Motors on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 told investors it plans to cut $5.5 billion in manufacturing, purchasing and administrative costs during the next three years, helping to finance a big push into autonomous cars and car- and ride-sharing…

Toyota Prepares to Push the 2016 Tacoma as GM’s New Trucks Gain – Motley Fool

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma has begun arriving at U.S. dealers. Image source: Toyota Toyota (NYSE:TM) has an all-new version of its midsize Tacoma pickup for 2016. And it plans to make sure that everyone knows about it. The company is launching a major new ad campaign for its popular pickup, including new television ads that will debut on Monday.  Toyota executives told Automotive News that the campaign will be…

UAW faces tough road to salvage failed Fiat Chrysler deal – Automotive News

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Workers exit during a shift change at Fiat Chrysler’s truck assembly plant in Warren, Mich., on Thursday. A strong recovery at Detroit’s three automakers has failed to vanquish threats to union jobs from lower-wage workers in Mexico and non-union factories in the Southern United States. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG   …

Toyota Prepares to Push the 2016 Tacoma as GM’s New Trucks Gain – Motley Fool

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma has begun arriving at U.S. dealers. Image source: Toyota Toyota (NYSE:TM) has an all-new version of its midsize Tacoma pickup for 2016. And it plans to make sure that everyone knows about it. The company is launching a major new ad campaign for its popular pickup, including new television ads that will debut on Monday.  Toyota executives told Automotive News that the campaign will be…

GM sees double-digit earnings growth in 2016 – Business Insider

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Thomson ReutersGeneral Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra speaks to the media during the GM Global Business Conference at the GM Milford Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan By Joseph White and Bernie Woodall MILFORD, Mich. (Reuters) – General Motors Co on Thursday said it is targeting an increase in earnings per share to between $5 and $5.50 per share, from its goal of $4.50 per share this year. The No. 1…

That Buzzfeed Article About Autonomous Cars Is Stupid Trolling Bullshit And … – Jalopnik

Saturday, October 03, 2015

A couple of days ago, a Buzzfeed writer got a ride in one of Google’s autonomous koala-cars and got an erection so powerful that it drew enough blood from his brain to cause him to have a mild stroke that turned him into some sort of inane troll. At least, that’s the only theory that makes sense. For the most part, the article is pretty innocuous, covering the usual autonomous…

Volkswagen halts sales of some models in Australia after emissions scandal – The Guardian

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Volkswagen has suspended the sale of some diesel cars in Australia while it addresses its emissions-cheating scam. Following a meeting with government authorities, the company has decided to immediately halt the sale of affected vehicles fitted with 1.6 or 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines. “The suspension will remain until the emission issues are addressed in those vehicles,” it said in a statement on Saturday. Related: Australia says Volkswagen faces legal action…

Town that Volkswagen built from scratch girds for trouble – Business Insider

Saturday, October 03, 2015

eapcontent.ap.orgFILE – In this June 16, 1954 file photo, VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkwagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany. Thanks to Volkswagen, Wolfsburg boomed in West Germany’s postwar rebirth and today the town and the company are inseparable. (AP Photo/Reithausen, File) WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg is the town that Volkswagen built — literally put on the…

How Auto Worker Strikes Could Affect Year-End Car Sales – TIME

Saturday, October 03, 2015

More U.S. Auto Sales Reach 10-Year HighSee the Coolest Features of Tesla’s Newest CarThis Is the New Tesla’s Weirdest Feature Automakers are on their way to posting the biggest annual sales since before the recession. Models from Detroit’s “Big Three” of General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler have been zooming off dealer lots, and the seasonally-adjusted selling rate for new cars hit 18.1 million in September — meaning that cars…

Volkswagen emissions scandal could cost $86 billion, report says – CNET

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The US EPA claimed that roughly 500,000 VW diesels (including this 2014 Jetta TDI) cheated on their emissions tests. Antuan Goodwin/CNET If a major financial services company’s estimate is accurate, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel emissions scandal could cost the automaker up to $86 billion. Credit Suisse has advised investors that other estimates aren’t adequately taking into consideration secondary costs and cascading fallout from the scandal, according to CNNMoney. “The market does…

There May Be A Big Union Fight Brewing In American Auto – Daily Caller

Friday, October 02, 2015

The auto industry is on the rise again and workers are trying to get in on the action by threatening with strikes as early as this weekend if they don’t get better agreements. September saw a sharp increase in sales for the major car makers who have struggled in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008. Workers are now demanding a replacement to the initial concessions set up by The United Auto…

GM already has 1 million connected cars on the road – Fortune

Friday, October 02, 2015

If things go the automotive industry’s way, there will be millions of four-wheeled wireless hotspots traveling U.S. roads by 2020. What you might not realize is that General Motors GM already accounts for 1 million of them. High-speed connectivity will enable dozens of new, revenue-generating applications. That includes everything from maintenance adjustment and emergency response to navigation help and passenger entertainment — even mobile apps that open your door if…

Honda Using Experimental New ASIMO for Disaster Response Research – IEEE Spectrum

Friday, October 02, 2015

During the Fukushima crisis in Japan, the lack of Japanese robots that were available to help out was notable. There was some question as to why Honda didn’t just send ASIMO (arguably one of the most sophisticated and capable humanoid robots in existence) to help out. The simple answer is that ASIMO wouldn’t be able to handle that kind (or any kind) of extreme environment. The robot was never intended to be a…

Honda rules out Toro Rosso engine deal – Motorsport.com

Friday, October 02, 2015

Honda has dismissed speculation it could give a last-minute deal to Toro Rosso for next season, as Red Bull’s teams continue to work on trying to convince Ferrari to give it the engines they want. With Red Bull boss Christian Horner having admitted that both the company’s teams are in a ‘critical’ situation regarding power supply for next year, there had been suggestions in recent days that Honda…

GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars – Fox News

Friday, October 02, 2015

FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra talks about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid car at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. General Motors on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 told investors it plans to cut $5.5 billion in manufacturing, purchasing and administrative costs during the next three years, helping to finance a big push into autonomous cars and car- and ride-sharing…