Month: March 2020

While the US is focused on the coronavirus crisis, states are quietly redefining fossil-fuel infrastructure as critical in order to prevent protests such as the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations. The idea is to make civil disobedience more difficult. Both political parties are quietly making these changes. The word “trespass” is used a lot in all
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BorgWarner Inc. may back away from its $1.5 billion deal for Delphi Technologies Plc after the latter auto-parts supplier tapped out its credit line without receiving permission from its acquirer. Delphi drew down its full $500 million revolving credit facility to position for the downturn related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Gillingham, England-based parts maker
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Acura has named a new advertising executive as it plans to introduce new products, including Type S performance variants. Sage Marie, 44, will become assistant vice president of Acura advertising, effective April 1. He is currently assistant vice president, public relations at American Honda, and has been with the company since 1998. Acura head Jon
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Mini has launched many retro special editions, but the 2021 Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition convertible references a model of a somewhat newer vintage. The Sidewalk Edition was originally launched in 2007 and, like that model, the 2021 version features mostly cosmetic changes. Starting at $39,250, the Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition is the
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect title for Grace Huang. Over the course of several hours on March 12, leaders at Cox Automotive’s Manheim were weighing what to do with vehicle auctions amid a spreading coronavirus pandemic. The next day they decided to make all of Manheim’s auctions completely digital.
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Penske Automotive Group said it is slashing executive pay, furloughing employees, postponing $150 million in capital expenditures and taking a range of other steps to “to help mitigate the financial and operational impact of COVID-19.” CEO Roger Penske and President Robert Kurnick will accept no salary for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, while executives
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MT senior editor Ron Kiino and the Motor Trend staff take the updated 2011 Ford Mustang GT out for some testing including the dyno to see how Ford’s potent new 5.0-liter V-8 really is under the hood. Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1003_2011_ford_mustang_gt_premium_test/index.html Shot by: Jim Gleason Edited by: Jim GLeason
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DETROIT – The partnership looked promising. On March 18, General Motors CEO Mary Barra told President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow that the automaker might be able to help make much-needed ventilators, the scarce breathing machines used to keep coronavirus patients alive. The deal would help the company, which has had tense relations with Trump.
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The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro is an automotive icon of the 1980s and arguably the most original Camaro bar the first iteration of the series (1967-1969). Spanning ten model years from 1982 to 1992, the third-generation F-body Chevy Camaro has had many iterations but none was perhaps more intriguing than the Berlinetta offered for the 1982-1986
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With factories and dealerships closed by the coronavirus crisis, European auto sales could fall by up to 20 percent this year, representing millions of vehicles, industry analysts and financial ratings services say. “The global auto industry is expected to witness an unprecedented and almost instant stalling of demand in 2020,” said IHS Markit, whose forecasts
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Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury upstart, is taking the premium segment by storm. The brand has just been rated the most dependable by influential research firm J.D.Power, and it has fresh product in the showroom in the form of the 2020 G90 full-size sedan and 2021 GV80 mid-size SUV, and more is on the way. Soon, a
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Volkswagen and Audi have temporarily tweaked their logos to help spread the message about the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. In short videos posted on social media and their websites, the German brands urge people to follow the prevailing advice from medical experts to avoid spreading the virus. Audi shows the four
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SAN FRANCISCO — On a rainy December afternoon, Anthony Levandowski sat on a stool near the front of a coffee shop, engrossed in his phone. He scrolled through pictures on a website that dares users to discern the difference between images of humans generated by artificial intelligence and actual photos of humans. For the uninitiated,
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On March 11, an employee of Roy O’Brien Ford in St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited his pregnant sister. Three days later, she went into labor and developed a fever. When the employee phoned the dealership to say his sister was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test and he had potentially been exposed, leadership acted
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has extended production stoppages at its plants in Europe by at least one more week. The automaker’s factories in Italy will remain closed after the government ordered a halt to non-essential activities until April 3 to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Originally the plants were due to resume production on March
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On March 11, an employee of Roy O’Brien Ford in St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited his pregnant sister. Three days later, she went into labor and developed a fever. When the employee phoned the dealership to say his sister was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test and he had potentially been exposed, leadership acted
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DETROIT — Two Ford Motor Co. workers have died from the coronavirus, the UAW said Saturday. One worked at the automaker’s Dearborn Stamping plant while the other was a skilled trades employee at the Ford Data Center in Dearborn, Mich., the union said. The pair are the first Ford employees known to have died from the
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