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Brewers to name 30-year-old David Stearns GM – CBSSports.com

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers are going to name 30-year-old David Stearns their new general manager, CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman confirmed Sunday afternoon. Stearns, who had been the top assistant to Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, replaces Doug Melvin, who announced in August that he was stepping down after 13 seasons. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com had the story first. Stearns is a 2007 Harvard graduate…

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…

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…

Dodge Gives the Cop Car a Dash of Tesla – WIRED

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Police cars are effectively a mobile office for 12-hour shifts. And with many departments runnings two officers to a squad car, comfort and an efficient use of space is really important. They’re also pretty cramped places to be. Aside from the belts that carry guns and tasers and handcuffs, cops need quick access their in-car radio, buttons for sirens and flashing lights, and, crucially these days, a laptop to get…

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…

UAW-Fiat Chrysler pact raises pay, profit-sharing – MyFox Detroit

Saturday, September 19, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — Hourly pay, profit sharing and performance bonuses will rise, but car production will move to lower-cost Mexico and be replaced by trucks and SUVs under a new contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers. Union leaders explained the four-year pact to factory-level union representatives at a meeting Friday in Detroit and local leaders voted to recommend that members pass it. It will now go to…

UAW-Fiat Chrysler pact raises pay, profit-sharing – U.S. News & World Report

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Justice Falls Short in GM Case – New York Times

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Did Audi Just Wreck the Argument for Toyota’s Hydrogen Car? – Motley Fool

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Toyota says that recharging time makes its hydrogen-powered Mirai a better bet than battery electric cars. But a new Audi SUV calls that claim into question. Source: Toyota. Toyota‘s (NYSE: TM) Mirai is an electric sedan powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, a device that chemically extracts the energy from hydrogen gas to produce electricity.  It’s a clean technology — the only “exhaust” is water vapor — but producing hydrogen…

Ford Brings In-Vehicle Notifications And Sensor Access To Its Sync AppLink … – TechCrunch

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ford is holding its annual developer conference in tandem with the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon this weekend and ahead of the event, the company announced an update to its Sync AppLink developer platform. AppLink, which allows smartphone apps to connect to the car, now allows developers to make better use of Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system. This means apps can now push in-vehicle notifications to both the car’s audio system and its…

2016 Toyota Tacoma stays quiet and comfy on and off pavement – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, September 19, 2015

After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks. It’s so quiet, cushy and comfortable that it hardly seemed to be a truck at all. The plush seats, lush suspension, refined interior and single-finger steering lulled me into a Barcalounger-like state of relaxation. Floating above traffic, I imagined the…

UAW Contract With Fiat Chrysler Would Give 2nd-Tier Workers Big Raise – New York Times

Friday, September 18, 2015

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GM Stock Yields 4.7% and Can Drive Higher By 40% – Barron’s

Friday, September 18, 2015

General Motors will pay $900 million to settle a criminal investigation into its failure to recall faulty ignition switches linked to more than 100 deaths, the Department of Justice said Thursday. The amount was “lower than most had been expecting,” wrote Sterne Agee analyst Michael Ward in a note to investors. Separately, GM (ticker: GM) settled a class action suit involving nearly 1,400 cases, many of which extended beyond ignition…

How CEO Mary Barra is using the ignition-switch scandal to change GM’s culture – Fortune

Friday, September 18, 2015

The announcement yesterday of a $900-million settlement between General Motors GM and the U.S. Justice Department in the ignition-switch case reveals new information about CEO Mary Barra’s continuing cultural rehab of the company. It’s an unusually powerful story so far—and one reason it’s so compelling is that we still don’t know how it will turn out. The agreement by GM to pay a $900-million fine settles criminal charges the U.S….

$900 Million Penalty for GM’s Deadly Defect Leaves Many Cold – New York Times

Friday, September 18, 2015

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AP Source: UAW-Fiat Chrysler Pact Raises Pay, Profit-Sharing – ABC News

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hourly pay, profit sharing and performance bonuses will rise, but car production will move to lower-cost Mexico and be replaced by trucks and SUVs under a new contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers, a person briefed on the deal said. Union leaders will explain details of the four-year pact to factory-level leaders at a meeting Friday afternoon in Detroit. They’ll vote on it, and if approved, it…

Ford Motor Company’s Transformation in Europe Rolls On – Motley Fool

Friday, September 18, 2015

In recent times, it was common for some investors to dread quarterly reports from Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). It wasn’t because it was performing poorly — in fact, Ford had made extraordinary progress rebounding from the financial crisis and reinventing its entire vehicle portfolio. Most investors dreaded the quarterly report because, no matter how great things looked in the grand scheme of things, Ford’s operations in Europe were a black…

Mother of GM Crash Victim: Why Is Justice Dept. Allowing GM Write a Check to … – Democracy Now!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Federal prosecutors have agreed to settle a criminal probe into General Motors for concealing an ignition switch defect linked to at least 124 deaths. Under the deal, General Motors agreed to pay $900 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, but no GM executives will be prosecuted for covering up the deadly defect….

$900 Million Penalty for GM’s Deadly Defect Leaves Many Cold – New York Times

Friday, September 18, 2015

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