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GM and Isuzu Partnering to Sell Trucks

GM and Isuzu Partnering to Sell Trucks

BUSINESS

U.S. automaker General Motors Co. and Japanese auto manufacturer Isuzu Motor Ltd. are partnering to produce trucks as GM reenters the medium duty work truck market.

GM benefits from reentering the commercial truck market while Isuzu will benefit from adding to its lineup.

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General Motors Continues Repair of Classic Corvettes Damaged in Sinkhole

General Motors Continues Repair of Classic Corvettes Damaged in Sinkhole

BUSINESS

General Motors Co. has begun the process of repairing classic Corvettes damaged 16 months ago when a sinkhole opened underneath a museum showroom.

On Feb. 12, 2014, a sinkhole opened under a showroom at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Of the eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole, only three will be able to be repaired.

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NTSB Recommends Collision Avoidance Become Standard

NTSB Recommends Collision Avoidance Become Standard

BUSINESS

  • There are 1.7 million rear-end accidents in the U.S. annually
  • Safety systems save lives
  • Auto alliance disagrees with recommendation

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommends collision avoidance systems be standard features on all new vehicle as a matter of public safety.

In a 60-page report released earlier this month, the NTSB said customers shouldn’t have to pay extra for safety.

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Top Selling Cars in the U.S. in May 2015

Top Selling Cars in the U.S. in May 2015

BUSINESS

The top auto manufacturers have reported May results for U.S. sales, and while cars fared better than in past months, SUVS and trucks are still popular with buyers.

Total sales for the month were 1.6 million vehicles, a 1.6% increase from 2014.

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Uber Releases Game App for iPhone

Uber Releases Game App for iPhone

BUSINESS

  • Goal to show what it’s like to be an Uber driver
  • App also can be used as recruiting tool
  • Uber being investigated in UK

Web-based minicab service Uber wants to show potential drivers and the public what being an Uber driver is like. The company has developed a smartphone app for iOS called UberDRIVE.

The game allows users to pick up passengers and drive through the city. Players are also quizzed on local trivia.

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Virginia Allows Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Virginia Allows Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

BUSINESS

Virginia recently became the latest U.S. state to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles on its roads.

The state has approved testing for a 70-mile stretch of highways in Northern Virginia, some of the most-congested roadways in the country. These roads will allow researchers to determine how autonomous cars handle road traffic, traffic jams and construction zones.

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Ford Shortens Summer Shutdown for 14 Plants

Ford Shortens Summer Shutdown for 14 Plants

BUSINESS

Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. auto manufacturer, plans to shorten the annual summer shutdown at five of its manufacturing plants and nine stamping and powertrain plants in preparation to produce an extra 40,000 vehicles.

This is the third consecutive year, Ford has shortened its shutdown.

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Land Rover Working on Vehicle That Senses Pot Holes

Land Rover Working on Vehicle That Senses Pot Holes

BUSINESS

British luxury auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is hoping to make driving a lot smoother and reduce vehicle damage.

The company has developed technology that senses potholes and alerts drivers. It also will be able to sense broken drains and raised manhole covers.

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On Order Since 2012, Tesla Ready to Release Model X

On Order Since 2012, Tesla Ready to Release Model X

BUSINESS

Tesla Motors Inc., the smallest and youngest publicly held American automaker,will release its long awaited Model X SUV, CEO Elon Musk says, in three to four months.

On order since it was unveiled as a concept car in February 2012, the Model X was originally planned to go into production in 2013 with a scheduled delivery in August 2015. Technical glitches delayed production several times.

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U.S. Justice Department Probe of General Motors Released

U.S. Justice Department Probe of General Motors Released

BUSINESS

The U.S. Justice Department has released an interview it conducted last year with General Motor Co. CEO Mary Barra.

The interview was concerning the company’s ignition-switch problems. The switches slipped out of place, turning off the engine, airbags, power steering and power brakes. GM knew of the issue for a decade but did not issue a recall until 2014.

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