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U.S. reconsiders 54.5 MPG Standard

How would a 54.5 MPG standard impact automakers and automotive retail?

Aug. 16, 2017
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Uber Settles FTC Claim Over Loose Privacy Settings

Uber has settled a claim made by the Federal Trade Commission that the ride-sharing company “failed to monitor access to consumer information by employees,” and has agreed to implement a comprehensive privacy system as a result. In a statement on Tuesday, the FTC said that Uber will also subject itself to independent audits over the […]

Aug. 16, 2017
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DOJ: Dismiss Toyota Criminal Charge

This all started in 2014, when Toyota was agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement.

Aug. 15, 2017
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Chicago Mechanics’ Strike Continues After Two Weeks

The Automobile Mechanic’s Local 701, a union representing nearly 2,000 auto mechanics in the Chicago area, voted over the weekend to continue its two-week strike which began on August 1. On Saturday the union voted and “overwhelmingly rejected” the area auto dealerships negotiation group’s latest offer, said Sam Cicinelli, directing business representative for Local 701. […]

Aug. 15, 2017
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Urban Science Report: Rooftops Rising

The report suggests that the overall number of dealerships is on the rise.

Aug. 14, 2017
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Mazda’s Diesel-Style Gas Engine

A few days after announcing their alliance with Toyota to build electric cars and a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S., Mazda announced their newest engine: SkyActiv-X. The first commercial gasoline engine to use diesel-style ignition, SkyActiv-X will hit the market in 2019, according to Mazda. The innovative engine will have all the advantages of […]

Aug. 14, 2017
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Dealership Workers Save Man Trapped In River

The ailing man was stranded in the river for 45 minutes and got bitten by a snake.

Aug. 11, 2017
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Compare & Contrast: Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevy Bolt

On Monday, Tesla revealed the new Model 3 specs – so, of course, let the comparisons begin. As expected, the Model 3’s closest competitor is the Chevy Bolt. The Model 3 and the Bolt are Tesla and Chevy’s respective first attempts to appeal to consumers while holding strong on range as well as what has […]

Aug. 11, 2017
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Carvana Acquires Carlypso

Just months after expanding to the Motor City, Carvana has made an acquisition.

Aug. 10, 2017
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Ethics Committee: Texas Congressman Did Not Violate Conflict of Interest Rules

On August 1, the House Ethics Committee ruled that Texas Republican Roger Williams “did not violate congressional conflict-of-interest rules in 2015 when he pushed changes to legislation that could have benefited his auto dealership” (Chron). However, the panel did warn Williams that “this is an area where mistakes can be made,” citing an example from […]

Aug. 10, 2017
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Ford Investigating Explorer Carbon Monoxide Risks

3 police officers in Massachusetts were hospitalized due to high carbon monoxide in their vehicles.

Aug. 9, 2017
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Elon Musk Employs Common Dealership Tactics with Model 3

While Tesla, Inc., tends to proclaim how innovative and set-apart its electric vehicles are from the competition, Elon Musk’s methods for promoting the new Model 3 echo how mainstream dealers have traditionally drawn showroom traffic. In a July 31 report, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote that Tesla’s marketing tactics for the Model 3 are “similar […]

Aug. 9, 2017
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