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Now what’s hottest at the Detroit auto show? – USA TODAY

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Ukraine unrest: No end in sight to ‘medieval’ protests – BBC News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

21 January 2014 Last updated at 11:56 ET By David Stern BBC News, Kiev The clashes in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, have been fierce and dramatic. Waves of masked anti-government protesters hurl pavement stones and petrol bombs at lines of riot police, who cower behind their shields and then return fire with stun grenades, tear gas and plastic…

Scandal-Tested Gov. Christie Sworn Into 2nd Term – ABC News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie has been sworn into office for a second term with a renewed call for bipartisanship even as Democrats demand more answers about a bridge scandal that has led to other questions about abuse of power. The Republican governor says he has a mandate to stay the course and unite the state’s sometimes divergent interests. He also reiterated his call for tax cuts for the middle class. Unlike…

Republican US Senator Vitter to run for La. governor – Reuters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator David Vitter announced on Tuesday he plans to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015, saying that he thinks he can help the people of his state more from the governor’s office than from Capitol Hill. “I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana – helping us fully reach…

Why The Washington Post passed on Ezra Klein – Politico

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Washington Post would do anything for Ezra Klein. Well, almost anything. For nearly five years, the Post has steered a bounty of financial resources to its star economics columnist and blogger. It has allowed him to have a contributor deal with MSNBC, a column with Bloomberg View, and to write long-form for The New Yorker. It has provided him with eight staffers to keep Wonkblog, his popular…

China’s pollution crisis threatens car sales – CNN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pollution controls could put a damper on auto sales growth in China. China’s booming car sales could take a hit this year as the government steps up its battle against pollution. The Chinese government is limiting the number of new vehicle registrations in many major cities this year in hopes of clearing the country’s thick, smoggy air. Sales in the largest cities could be limited to 300,000, while a limited…

Fiat completes buyout of US carmaker Chrysler – Reuters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat has completed its buyout of Chrysler, making the U.S. business a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker as it gears up to use their combined resources to turn around its loss-making operations in Europe. The company announced on January 1 that it had struck a $4.35 billion deal – cheaper than analysts had expected – to gain full control of Chrysler, ending more than a year…

Now what’s hottest at the Detroit auto show? – USA TODAY

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Hyundai Connects With Verizon to Bring Wireless to Its US Cars – Bloomberg

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) — Hyundai Motor Co. today will unveil a deal with Verizon Communications Inc. to provide wireless service in its U.S. cars and trucks, signaling the importance of the connected auto as the must-have feature for drivers. Verizon’s service will appear this year on 2015 Hyundai models, starting with the Genesis sedan arriving in showrooms in May, Mark Bartolomeo, a vice president at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said in…

Detroit Auto Show: Carmakers Push for Google, Apple Integration Despite Risks – Hollywood Reporter

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It is a measure of the increasing co-dependence between the auto and tech industries that both are infiltrating each other’s products — and even trade shows — as never before.  Detroit Auto Show: BMW Introduces 2 Series Coupe Detroit Auto Show: Bentley Debuts High-Performance Continental Model Detroit Auto Show: Porsche Re-Introduces Targa Model to 911 Line Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes Unveils New C-Class, Concept S-Class Coupe At the CES…

‘Charge rage’: Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers – San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the…

North American International Auto Show in Detroit – WTOP

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here are some highlights from this year’s annual auto show which runs until January 26th. Presented by Jiffy Lube

China’s pollution crisis threatens car sales – CNN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pollution controls could put a damper on auto sales growth in China. China’s booming car sales could take a hit this year as the government steps up its battle against pollution. The Chinese government is limiting the number of new vehicle registrations in many major cities this year in hopes of clearing the country’s thick, smoggy air. Sales in the largest cities could be limited to 300,000, while a limited…

Toyota may rethink Thai investment plans if crisis lingers – Reuters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) may reconsider investing up to 20 billion baht ($609 million) in Thailand, and could even cut production, if political unrest drags on, the head of the Japanese automaker’s local unit said on Monday. Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in Thailand, producing 800,000 vehicles a year. Plans to increase its annual capacity by 200,000 vehicles a year over the next three to four…

China’s pollution crisis threatens car sales – CNN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pollution controls could put a damper on auto sales growth in China. China’s booming car sales could take a hit this year as the government steps up its battle against pollution. The Chinese government is limiting the number of new vehicle registrations in many major cities this year in hopes of clearing the country’s thick, smoggy air. Sales in the largest cities could be limited to 300,000, while a limited…

How low can they go? Entry-level luxe cars heat up – CNBC.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nonetheless, Sullivan said, it’s a little odd and unexpected to see the Germans get so competitive in this crowded market. In some ways they’re reversing roles with the Japanese, whose luxury brands originally debuted in the 1980s as bargain alternatives. The lowest-priced Lexus, the IS250, now goes for $35,950. Only Honda‘s entry-level Acura ILX, at a suggested retail price of $26,900, comes in at a lower price than the new…

‘Charge rage’: Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers – San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the…

Global Auto Makers Need To Spend $3 trillion In 10 Years – McKinsey – Forbes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ford F-150 The automotive industry is in pretty good short-term shape, judged by the new cars being paraded at the Detroit car show, but lift your eyes to the medium and long-term horizon and prospects are a bit more complicated. The only cloud on the U.S. horizon now is the fear that as sales growth slows this year, manufacturers might feel forced to cut prices and splurge on discounts to…

How Toyota raced the clock to create the FT-1 sports car – Automotive News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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