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Joey Logano’s hilarious Twitter vote for Auto Club intro music –

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Joey Logano asked Twitter for help for which song he should walk out to at driver introductions next weekend at the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. His choices were quite brilliant and will bring out some ’90s nostalgia, too. They included MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’, LL Cool J’s ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’, and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’. Notice a theme to…

GM stamping plant site fetches 4 proposals, valued at up to $1 billion – Indianapolis Star

Friday, March 17, 2017

Buy Photo The former GM Stamping Plant at 340 S. White River Parkway West Drive was mostly demolished in 2013. Four Indianapolis developers have submitted proposals to redevelop the site.(Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)Buy Photo The former General Motors stamping plant site in Indianapolis likely will become a mixed-use development with public access to the White River, based on several proposals that have been submitted to the site’s owner. Four Indianapolis developers…

Toyota and Nissan take different roads to Brexit – Financial Times

Friday, March 17, 2017

Toyota and Nissan take different roads to Brexit

Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston – BBC News

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Toyota is to invest £240m in upgrading its UK factory that makes the Auris and Avensis models. The Japanese carmaker’s investment in the Burnaston plant near Derby will allow production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. The factory employs about 2,500 people, while another 590 work at Toyota’s engine plant at Deeside, North Wales. Burnaston made about 180,000 vehicles last year, most of which are…

GM Is Rehiring 500 Workers That Were Slated for Layoffs – Fortune

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

General Motors plans next year to rehire 500 Michigan assembly plant workers who are to be laid off in May, citing increased demand for larger vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. GM said last week it planned to lay off 1,100 workers in May at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Michigan. The company is moving production of the GMC Acadia mid-size SUV to Spring Hill, Tennessee, from the…

Why Ford Sees a Future With Fewer Cars and More Questions … – Barron’s

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It’s not often that you hear a car company talking about reducing the number of vehicles on the road, but Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor, acknowledged on Monday that things need to change in the automotive industry. Ford was interviewed Monday morning at a South by Southwest event in Austin, Tex. He addressed big-picture issues facing car companies, consumers, and government as the industry makes a transition…

Study: Toyota, suppliers support 30K jobs in Ky. – Courier-Journal – The Courier-Journal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Buy Photo Tony Hendrichs supervises the engine assembly line at the Toyota Georgetown plant. The plant celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.(Photo: Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal)Buy Photo Toyota and suppliers to its operations at Georgetown, Kentucky support nearly 30,000 jobs in the state and also poured $1.8 billion in payroll into the economy in 2015. The automaker’s operations in Indiana also generated an impact of 27,500 jobs, fueled by a $4.6 billion…

Boeing and Ford power ahead with China expansion – CNBC

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Cruise’s Kyle Vogt: GM Will Deploy Automated Rideshare Cars ‘Very Quickly’ – Forbes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

General Motors An autonomous Chevrolet Bolt is tested at General Motors’ Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. (General Motors) When General Motors bought Cruise Automation for $581 million one year ago it was a head-turning deal that brought together a massive, traditional Midwestern carmaker with a tiny San Francisco startup. This quirky pairing may be working as Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt says automated GM vehicles controlled by Cruise technology are going…

Ford Raptor for 2017 is rough, ready and cushy – Detroit News – The Detroit News

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Ford Raptor tears up the 50-mile Borrego Desert course with 4-wheel-traction and versatile Fox sports shocks.(Photo: Ford Motor Co.) Ford’s F-150 has been America’s bestselling truck for 40 straight years, and its bestselling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the country’s most popular mode of transportation. The Raptor is the high-performance, off-road version of the F-150. It’s not a…

Soul searching at GM after selling Opel – USA TODAY

Friday, March 10, 2017

The company buying GM’s European operatinos, PSA Groupe, is an agile competitor. Here, visitors look at the Peugeot car “Instinct”, connected by Samsung technology on the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February(Photo: JOSEP LAGO, AFP/Getty Images) DETROIT — General Motors’ $2.2 billion deal to sell its European operations reshapes the global auto industry. For the first time in decades, GM management must figure out exactly…

Dodge Might Have Just Revealed the Demon’s 0-60 and 1/4 Mile Times, And More –

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dodge’s latest SRT Demon teaser video had a nifty little data dump at the end: screenshots of the car’s Performance Pages, the infotainment system displays that record drag strip data and engine output to help you fine-tune your driving. We’ve slowed them down and pored over them to find out exactly what Dodge is giving away with these details. First, the video in full. Watch to the very end, where…

Toyota i-TRIL concept hits the high notes at Geneva – CNET

Friday, March 10, 2017

It seems Europe gets all the cool concept cars and this year’s Geneva Motor Show is no exception. Toyota has just given us the i-TRIL, which hints at what it thinks the suburbanites of 2030 will be driving. Surprise, it’s electric and capable of autonomous driving. This ultra-maneuverable concept is powered by an electric motor, pushing all of its power to the rear wheels. Toyota says it expects a range…

The Future Tesla Model 3 Buyer Drives A Toyota, And That’s A Huge Problem – Forbes

Friday, March 10, 2017

Customers wait in line ahead of the Model 3 announcement (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg) California carmaker Tesla is sitting on, at last count, 373,000 pre-orders for its more affordably priced Model 3 sedan. A confidential study conducted for a major automaker shows that Tesla’s Model 3 has changed the market long before its release, legitimizing electric vehicles as a mass market choice. The typical person who’s plunked down a $1,000 deposit for…

Ford details some of the big hardware challenges to overcome in self-driving – TechCrunch

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ford’s still keen on its mission of delivering a fleet of self-driving vehicles in operation by 2021, but there remain significant technical hurdles to overcome between now and then. Ford’s chief program engineer for autonomous vehicle development Chris Brewer detailed some of the biggest challenges his team needs to take on to ensure its self-driving cars can take the road — safely — in time for the company to meet…

GM Near Deal to Sell Opel to Peugeot Maker, PSA – New York Times

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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Class C-2: Howells-Dodge captures first girls basketball state championship – Omaha World-Herald

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Diller-Odell’s Madison Jurgens, center, tries to shoot under pressure from Howells-Dodge’s Samantha Brester, left, Erin Prusa and Chelsea Bayer, right.

Honda bets on WR-V, new City to rev up sales in next fiscal – Economic Times

Sunday, March 05, 2017

NEW DELHI: Japanese carmaker Honda is pinning hopes on its upcoming compact crossover WR-V and the new City sedan to rev up its India sales in the next fiscal. The company has sold a total of 1,24,114 units in the April-January period this fiscal, a decline of 23.2 per cent. “Last year we were in a run out period of previous models and now we have launched the new City…

Ford’s new room-sized 3D printer upends additive manufacturing as we know it – CNET

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Robo Recall makes the case for Oculus Touch The new full-scale game from Epic is free for Touch owners. by Dan Ackerman Like nearly every automaker, Ford is keen to figure out how 3D printing can improve its ability to develop and build new cars. Additive manufacturing holds the promise of shorter lead times, increased customization and lighter weight parts, among other efficiencies. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of blue-sky thinking…

2017 NCAA Tournament auto bids: Jacksonville State first into bracket –

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Download the CBS Sports App today and get instant tournament news and alerts, plus play Bracket Games! The first fact you need to know about Jacksonville State: It’s located in Alabama, not Florida. The second fact you need to know about Jacksonville State: It is the first team in the 2017 NCAA Tournament field. The Gamecocks clinched their first Big Dance bid in program history by winning the Ohio Valley Conference…