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Made in America: Toyota Camry Tops the List

Made in America: Toyota Camry Tops the List

BUSINESS

Finding a vehicle that’s “made in America” is more difficult than ever, according to automotive classified website Cars.com.

According to the site’s annual American Made Index, the vehicle that’s most American is the Toyota Camry. The Camry has claimed the top spot five times, most recently in 2012.

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Paris Ride Sharing Success Inspires London

Paris Ride Sharing Success Inspires London

BUSINESS

  • Program has 150,000 French members
  • Launches in London in early 2016
  • Electric cars will be mainstream in future

Bolloré, owner of the all-electric car-sharing service Autolib, has seen success in Paris and is now expanding to London.

Autolib launched in Paris in 2011. At the time, the company hoped to reach 80,000 members, the number needed to break even, but it has surpassed that goal and currently has 150,000 members.

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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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