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  • Fiat Chrysler plans to open new assembly factory in Detroit to build SUVs: Sources

    12/06/2018 12:54:02 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    cnbc ^ | December 6, 2018 | Robert Ferris | Phil LeBeau
    Fiat Chrysler plans to open a new assembly factory in Detroit to build sport utility vehicles, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The move comes as all of Detroit's Big Three automakers abandon sedan lines in favor of more popular and profitable SUVs and cross-over vehicles. The industry is also under pressure from President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
  • DUI suspect caught sleeping in Tesla traveling 70 mph, CHP says

    12/03/2018 7:52:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4:02 PM, DECEMBER 3, 2018 | BOB PONTING
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Two California Highway Patrol Officers came up with a technique on the spot to stop a speeding Tesla Model S with an allegedly drunken driver asleep behind the wheel on the 101 Freeway in Redwood City on Friday, authorities said. The encounter took place just before 4:30 a.m. on the southbound freeway near Whipple Avenue, the CHP said in a written statement. The officers saw the car traveling at about 70 mph and realized the driver appeared to be unconscious, officials said. The driver showed no response when the officers activated their emergency lights and sirens...
  • Trump: China agrees to reduce tariffs on US autos

    12/02/2018 8:18:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/18 | By Brandon Conradis
    President Trump announced on Sunday that China had agreed to reduce tariffs on U.S.-produced vehicles shipped into the country. DEVELOPING
  • Thousands moved out for a new GM factory; now it's closing

    11/30/2018 5:59:21 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2018. | David Shepardson;
    General Motors Co on Monday pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant that builds it, both examples of a costly gamble that is not paying off. GM’s widely touted factory of the future, forced on a town desperate for jobs and hailed decades later by former resident Barack Obama, is set to wind down over the next few years, leaving beleaguered Hamtramck wondering what happened. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday that he told GM chief executive Mary Barra Monday that “we moved thousands of people out of that neighborhood...
  • GM is laying off thousands of workers, closing three plants, and ending production of the Chevy Volt

    11/26/2018 9:07:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 172 replies
    Verge ^ | 11-26-2018 | Andrew Hawkins
    Amid flagging sales, General Motors confirmed on Monday that it will no longer make the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, ceasing production on March 1st, 2019. The news comes as part of a wider plan by GM to slash car production in North America and halt production of several low-selling brands. Trading on GM shares was briefly halted on the stock exchange early on Monday in anticipation of “major operational changes,” according to CNBC. GM plans to “unallocate” three assembly plants — in Oshawa, Ontario; Detroit, Michigan; and Warren, Ohio — putting the future of those plants in doubt, Reuters reports....
  • Calif. group's 7 stores close abruptly amid financial woes

    11/25/2018 9:17:47 PM PST · by Califreak · 31 replies
    Automotive News ^ | 11/24/18 | Hannah Lutz/Melissa Burden
    The rise of Rahim Hassanally, a prominent young dealer in California, may be coming to a bitter end, after seven of his dealerships abruptly shuttered following months of financial woes. The single store of Momentum Auto Group that remains open after the November closures, sources say, is Momentum Chevrolet, which is majority-owned by General Motors. The dealership group, with stores in Fairfield, San Jose and Vallejo in the San Francisco Bay area, ranked 124th on Automotive News' list of the Top 150 Dealership Groups in the U.S. last year, with 7,753 new-vehicle and 4,749 used-vehicle retail sales in 2017. The...
  • General Motors plans to close Canadian assembly plant -TV report

    11/25/2018 5:58:49 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    Reuters Canada ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2018 | Staff
    TORONTO, Nov 25 (Reuters) - General Motors Co is planning to close all operations at a plant near Toronto and an announcement is expected on Monday, a local TV news channel reported on Sunday Citing multiple sources, CTV News reported that the plant closure in Oshawa in the province of Ontario was expected to affect “thousands” of high-paying jobs. GM builds sedans on one assembly line and pickup trucks on another. The plant closure is part of global restructuring, the report added. A Canada-based GM spokesman declined comment. GM employs about 2,500 union staff and roughly 300 salaried employees in...
  • Freudenberg to host open house/job fair (30+ jobs in Ohio)

    11/23/2018 11:46:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Courier ^ | November 2, 2018 | Lou Wilin
    Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, an automotive products maker at 555 Marathon Blvd., will mark its 40th anniversary in Findlay with an open house and job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Freudenberg will be hiring for a salaried position, some lab technicians, and 30 production jobs. Some of the jobs are maintenance and journeyman-level positions. “We’ll interview people on the spot,” said Stephanie Frazier, human resources manager. Some of the hiring will be to fill openings made by turnover, and some will be for additional positions, she said. Freudenberg reported employing 248 in February. The nationwide shortage of manufacturing...
  • Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s Chairman, Arrested Over Financial Misconduct

    11/19/2018 7:29:44 AM PST · by billorites · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2018 | Motoko Rich
    The Nissan chairman, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested on Monday after an internal company investigation found that he had underreported his compensation to the Japanese financial authorities for several years. Nissan said it was cooperating with Japanese prosecutors. It also said that it had opened its inquiry after a whistle-blower alleged that Mr. Ghosn had been misrepresenting his salary as well as using company assets for personal use. Both he and a director, Greg Kelly, who was also accused of misconduct, were taken in by authorities, the company said. It is a remarkable tumble for Mr. Ghosn, who arrived at Nissan...
  • DMV OKs fully driverless vehicle testing on Silicon Valley streets (California)

    11/16/2018 7:10:04 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 41 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 10/30/18 | Megan V. Winslow
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, October 30 granted Waymo a permit allowing the autonomous vehicle company to begin fully driverless testing on Silicon Valley streets, including in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.Sixty companies are currently permitted in California to test autonomous vehicles with a “safety driver” beside the wheel, but Tuesday's announcement makes Mountain View-based Waymo the first to secure clearance for truly driverless testing, according to the DMV. “It gives us the ability to remove someone from the driver’s seat,” said Alexis Georgeson of Waymo Corporate and Policy Communications. In addition to Los...
  • How Hyundai Motor, once a rising star, lost its shine

    11/12/2018 4:27:17 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 4, 2018 / 5:13 PM | Hyunjoo Jin, Ben Klayman, Yilei Sun
    At a near-empty Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) showroom in the Chinese mega city of Chongqing, the store manager is grumbling about his shortage of customers and a lack of bigger, cheaper SUV models popular in the world’s largest auto market. Even with discounting of as much as 25 percent, his dealership was selling barely a hundred vehicles a month, said the manager surnamed Li. A nearby Nissan (7201.T) dealership was selling about 400 vehicles a month, a store manager there said. “The sales are simply poor,” Li told Reuters. “Look at the Nissan store next door, they have tens of customers...
  • VANITY * VANITY * VANITY

    11/07/2018 2:50:41 PM PST · by knarf · 66 replies
    self ^ | November 7, 2018 | knarf
    FIVE incomplete readiness tests for vehicle inspection
  • 1980 Chevy Corvette Four Door Can’t Be Unseen, Seeks $217k

    11/05/2018 7:32:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 85 replies
    motor1 ^ | Nov 05, 2018 at 2:25pm | Christopher Smith
    What you are seeing is real, and depending on how you feel about custom creations such as this, that could be a good thing or the stuff of nightmares. In either case, NBS Auto Showroom in Milpitas, California can set you up with all the details on this 1980 Chevrolet Corvette four-door and how to buy it, if you’re so inclined. Presumably, the sales team will also have some logic behind its asking price of – wait for it – $217,203. Mind you, that’s not an even $217,200, but $217,200 and three extra dollars. Or to put it another way,...
  • UAW Scandals Show Why Michigan Needs to Keep Workers' Right to Work Protections

    11/03/2018 6:39:17 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | November 3 | Mark Mix
    According to the latest available U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of Michiganders employed in the auto and auto parts manufacturing industry is about half what it was at the turn of the millennium. United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses, who for decades have wielded their government-granted monopoly-bargaining power to foist counterproductive work rules and inefficient benefit plans on unionized autoworkers and automakers, bear a large part of the responsibility. Of the roughly 170,000 remaining Michigan auto manufacturing employees, it’s likely that more than 100,000 are subject to UAW officials’ monopoly-bargaining power. In order to keep their jobs, employees must...
  • What I Learned About Young People While Trying to Buy a Car

    10/23/2018 4:25:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 157 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2018 | Dennis Prager
    This past week, I went to five car dealers in an upper-middle-class suburb of Los Angeles to see what SUV I'd like to lease. I wanted to patronize local car dealers because I want them to stay in business. In each case, I experienced the following: I was greeted pleasantly upon entering the dealership. A young salesperson asked if he or she could help me. I told the salesperson the model I was interested in. He or she made a copy of my driver's license and returned with a key to the car, and off we went. In every instance,...
  • Tesla rival Lucid Motors gets $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia goes on massive hiring spree

    10/22/2018 4:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Thinknum ^ | October 22, 2018 | James Mattone
    Earlier this month, California-based electric car startup Lucid Motors ($LUCIDMOTORS) locked in a billion-dollar infusion from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. Through this deal, the official sovereign wealth fund of the Saudi government is helping to put Lucid on track to produce its first commercially available electric vehicle, the Lucid Air, on the market in 2020, thus putting it in direct competition with Tesla ($NASDAQ:TSLA). Since announcing its deal on September 17, Lucid listed more than double the amount of job openings month-over-month, which is understandable given a billion-dollar influx in capital....
  • Mercedes supplier hosting hiring fair Tuesday (Tomorrow night in West Blocton, Alabama)

    10/22/2018 3:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | October 22, 2018 | Kelvin Reynolds
    TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - MöllerTech is looking to hire more people to work in its Woodstock plant. The company, along with West Alabama Works and others, have organized a hiring event. MöllerTech builds interior parts for Mercedes SUV’s, but other Mercedes suppliers will consider applicants who apply for jobs with MöllerTech. “Mercedes has their other two plants being built now and the recent announcement of their battery plant and then we have all the other suppliers,” Donny Jones with West Alabama Works said. Applicants should wear khakis with a buttoned down shirt or polo. They’re also asked to bring a...
  • Schumer: Investigate stretch limo industry; update regulations

    10/21/2018 5:04:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Newsday ^ | 10/14/18 | Vincent Barone
    **SNIP** “One of the problems is there are gaping, glaring loopholes in regulating stretch limousines. And, for sure, for every inch a limousine stretches … they get considerably more dangerous,” the Democratic Senate minority leader said during a news conference in his Manhattan office. “They are neither classified as trucks or as cars, and while limousines themselves are glutting, when they are stretched … there is no regulation at all.” **SNIP** “What I’m asking is that the NTSB investigate every stretch limo crash that we’ve had in this country,” Schumer said. “There have been a bunch. There’s now enough information...
  • GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

    10/17/2018 6:26:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | Oct 17, 2018, 2:22pm EDT | Andrew J. Hawkins
    The next data minefield is your car. ... GM captured minuted details such as station selection, volume level, and ZIP codes of vehicle owners, and then used the car’s built-in Wi-Fi signal to upload the data to its servers. The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators. And it got really specific: GM tracked a driver listening to country music who stopped at a Tim Horton’s restaurant. GM spokesperson James Cain says that connected vehicle data can help develop...
  • Ford Just Came To Trump' Defense & Destroyed Fake News Media & Their Lies: Tariffs & Their Layoffs

    10/13/2018 10:00:50 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    fbnewscycle.com ^ | October 13, 2018 | BAISH
    The mainstream media is hellbent on ruining President Trump's reputation. Their latest ploy has been blaming him for Ford Motor's recent announcement of layoffs within the company. The liberal media claimed that Trump's tariffs were to blame. A spokesperson for Ford spoke to Watchdog.org, however, and explained that the whole thing is a "MISCHARACTERIZATION." The most recent job cuts will have an impact on salaried employees only. Manufacturing employees will not be affected. The spokesperson also explained that it has nothing to do with President Trump's tariffs. "The reports you have read about our organization redesign work being related to...