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Volkswagen Test Rigging Follows a Long Auto Industry Pattern – New York Times

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Fiat Is the Car of Choice for Pope Francis – U.S. News & World Report

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Volkswagen Scandal Opens Door to Possible Fiat Takeover – TheStreet.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Updated from 8:31 a.m. EDT to include resignation of Volkswagen’s CEO. NEW YORK (The Deal) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles  (FCAU) has vocally sought a merger partner. Volkswagen (VLKAY)  is suddenly reeling. Don’t be surprised if Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne makes a move. Germany’s VW has lost nearly $30 billion in market capitalization — about one third of its total — this week after admitting that more than 11 million vehicles had software…

Pope Francis loves America and Fiat Chrysler vehicles – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Not Just Volkswagen: A List of Past Auto Industry Scandal – Inc.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

With Volkswagen’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide contain software that can rig emissions tests, the German automaker joins a list of auto industry scandals that spans several decades. Among them, Ford Pintos that burst into flames, Toyota vehicles that take off unintentionally and air bags that explode, showering a car’s interior with shrapnel. FORD PINTO At least 27 people died during the 1970s due…

Safety Agency to Shift Gears on Auto Industry Self-Certification – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Following a series of deadly scandals, and now Volkswagen’s attempt to cheat on federal emissions standards, the U.S. government will be less accepting of auto industry claims, especially when it comes to self-certified testing, warns the top federal vehicle safety regulator. “We’re questioning everything now,” said Mark Rosekind, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during an appearance Tuesday at an industry conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi….

Pope Francis begins USA tour in low-priced Fiat – Fox News

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 (AP) Pope Francis started his big American trip with a little Italian style. After the Pontiff landed at Joint Base Andrews and was greeted by President Obama, he slipped into the backseat of a Fiat 500L sporting the Vatican’s SCV 1 license plates, for Stato della Città del Vaticano, or State of Vatican City. It was not immediately clear if the Serbian-made vehicle was supplied by the Vatican Embassy’s motor…

Fiat 500L: Good choice for frugal Pope – CNNMoney

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What was that bulbous-looking car that whisked Pope Francis away from the tarmac on Tuesday? A Fiat 500L by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In fact, the Pope is making good use of Fiat Chrysler wheels on his visit to the United States. The 500L is big brother to the more familiar Fiat 500 mini car. Prices start at about $20,000. Unlike the Fiat 500, which would have been entirely impractical for…

Auto Stocks Skid on Volkswagen – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Volkswagen emissions scandal hit shares of auto companies hard Tuesday, as investors sold everything from makers of auto parts to car manufacturers. Volkswagen AG shares tumbled nearly 17% in Europe on Tuesday, bringing its losses so far this week to 31%. The German company said Tuesday that as many as 11 million vehicles around the world have the software allegedly used to cheat emissions tests and disclosed it would…

GM exec disses the Apple car, calls it a ‘gigantic money pit’ – Fortune

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

No one has made a nickel selling electric cars, Bob Lutz told CNBC Monday, responding to reports that Apple has redoubled its automotive efforts and is aiming to introduce an electric car in 2019 or 2020. “Apple has no experience,” Lutz said. “There’s no reason to assume Apple will do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. I think this is going to be a gigantic…

Honda’s ‘paper’ commercial is its best one since ‘the cog’ – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What do you do during commercials? Grab a snack? Talk with your friends? Check your phone for notifications? With the seemingly ever-decreasing creativity and popularity of TV commercials, it’s often the undesired approach to sit through three minutes of people trying to sell you stuff while you wait for your show to come back on. However, every now and again, a gem does appear. In this case, Honda has created…

GM exec disses the Apple car, calls it a ‘gigantic money pit’ – Fortune

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

No one has made a nickel selling electric cars, Bob Lutz told CNBC Monday, responding to reports that Apple has redoubled its automotive efforts and is aiming to introduce an electric car in 2019 or 2020. “Apple has no experience,” Lutz said. “There’s no reason to assume Apple will do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. I think this is going to be a gigantic…

The case against grip, as evidenced by the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Ars Technica

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Today we are completely and continuously bombarded by numbers—from near and far, in our work and even in our games. But if you deconstruct one particular human-machine interface, numbers mean nothing. Supremely high levels of grip from tires on sports cars do no favors for your driving pleasure or the joyful mastery of a challenging, twisty road. In fact, they do quite the opposite. Super-high-grip tires mask mechanical communication. For the…

GM exec disses the Apple car, calls it a ‘gigantic money pit’ – Fortune

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

No one has made a nickel selling electric cars, Bob Lutz told CNBC Monday, responding to reports that Apple has redoubled its automotive efforts and is aiming to introduce an electric car in 2019 or 2020. “Apple has no experience,” Lutz said. “There’s no reason to assume Apple will do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. I think this is going to be a gigantic…

Many Messages in the GM Settlement – New York Times

Monday, September 21, 2015

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RPA Gets Artsy with ‘Paper’ for Honda – AgencySpy

Monday, September 21, 2015

For the latest spot in its “The Power of Dreams” campaign for Honda, RPA teamed up with stop-motion animation director PES and a group of artists for the two-minute “Paper.” The spot opens with a depiction of founder Soichiro Honda using a radio generator to power his wife’s bicycle. From there, animated depictions of the company’s history and vehicles transition into each other with clever transitions, ending with the line “You…

The Ford Focus RS: Just How Fast Is This Car? – The Cheat Sheet

Monday, September 21, 2015

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Googleplus Stumbleupon Reddit Source: Ford The previous generation Ford Focus RS was a crazy machine that sent 305 horsepower through the front wheels in all its torque-steering glory. Sadly, it was only available in Europe and never made its way stateside. When the next generation was announced, though, America finally got included. It was big news. When we heard the RS was getting all-wheel-drive and more than…

Super Sedan Showdown: Dodge’s Charger vs. Chevrolet’s SS – The Cheat Sheet

Monday, September 21, 2015

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Googleplus Stumbleupon Reddit Source: Chevrolet It’s the heavyweight battle between two of America’s most powerful sport sedans — the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and Chevrolet SS. If you’re reading this article, the appeal of a sports car may be starting to wane. Or perhaps your growing family isn’t willing to hoist themselves into that excuse of a backseat in your cramped Challenger or Camaro. Don’t fret, as…

UAW, FCA betting pickups, SUVs lead to prosperity – The Detroit News

Monday, September 21, 2015

UAW’s Dennis Williams and FCA’s Sergio Marchionne on Tuesday announced the tentative deal shifting car production to Mexico.(Photo: Steve Perez / The Detroit News) As 40,000 United Auto Workers members vote this week on a tentative four-year deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, they will be betting that pickups and SUVs lead to new jobs and higher profits. Under the proposed agreement, there is no set number of jobs to…

Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen car arrives but won’t be cheap – USA TODAY

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp.’s all new fuel cell vehicle FCV”Mirai is displayed after its unveiling event in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The world’s largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. Toyota hopes to sell 400 in Japan and…