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NEVS’ reorganization plan approved after all?

Filed under: Europe, Government/Legal, Saab What a difference a day makes. Thursday, we reported that current Saab parent National Electric Vehicle Sweden had its application for creditor protection denied by the Swedish court for being “vague and completely undocumented.” But NEVS was back in court on Friday, and this time the application was granted. However, [...]

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Porsche’s former CEO Wiedeking to stand trial over VW-share manipulation

Filed under: Europe, Government/Legal, Porsche, Volkswagen, Earnings/Financials Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking (left in the above photo) could potentially be facing some time in the slammer after all. The last we had heard, he and former Chief Financial Officer Holger Haerter (right) had avoided a trial in April due to a lack of evidence. However, [...]

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States have failed to spend nearly $540M in federal highway safety grants

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General has revealed yet another fiasco in highway funding. No, it’s not a misuse of federal funds. Instead, it’s a complete and total lack of use for government monies. In this case, the DOT’s inspector general has discovered that [...]

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Man who drove Bugatti Veyron into lake pleads guilty, faces 20 years in prison [w/video]

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, Supercars, Bugatti Remember the guy who caught on video driving a Bugatti Veyron into the Gulf Bay in Texas? Well, he’s now facing a few decades behind bars. You might wonder why some seriously bad driving in a million-dollar supercar could lead to such a long stint in the [...]

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How privacy fears are driving automakers in the age of the connected car [w/poll]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology A recent GAO report concluded car companies don’t adequately disclose how and why they share location data. As cars collect and store more and more data about the whereabouts of their drivers, automakers are responding to critics who say they should be more transparent about how those details are used. [...]

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Why one Long Island county dismissed $2.4 million in speed-camera fines [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Technology, Earnings/Financials The goal of speed cameras should be to improve safety and change driver behavior, not to make motorists feel like they’re being ripped off. A speed-camera program in one Long Island county issued almost 40,000 tickets over the past month. They’re all being expunged. A malfunction with the cameras caused [...]

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TX officer allegedly lets 140-mph street racer go with a warning [w/poll]

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Videos, Ford, Police/Emergency Being pulled over by the police is one of the most nerve-racking situations that a driver can go through, and it’s even worse when you know that the officer has you dead to rights for speeding well over the posted limit. In this video, the driver [...]

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Lexus parts prices cut in China amidst antitrust fears

Filed under: Government/Legal, Lexus, Canada It’s been a topsy-turvy summer for foreign businesses in China ever since that country’s National Development and Reform Commission and State Administration for Industry & Commerce launched a horde of investigations into anti-monopoly practices. When the law outlining monopolistic behavior was passed in 2008 foreign companies appreciated it, expecting it [...]

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Thieves target NYC U-Haul lots, steal 100s of catalytic converters worth nearly $400k

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal Type “stolen U-Haul catalytic converter” into a search engine and you’ll get scads of results on the issue sourced from local papers all over the country. Conduct that same search on vehicles in general and the results will be numbingly numerous, trucks and vans the victims in almost all of them [...]

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Infiniti moves to trademark Eau Rouge

Filed under: Concept Cars, Sedan, Performance, Government/Legal, Infiniti With Formula One taking to Belgium and the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend – boasting a reputation as one of the most beautiful courses on the calendar – all eyes will likely be on the tricky Eau Rouge corner, which challenges drivers’ high-speed car control over a [...]

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Ford worker files for UAW dues refund, stirs right-to-work debate

Filed under: Government/Legal, Ford, UAW/Unions Let’s start with some history: Ford’s Dearborn truck plant, part of the company’s massive River Rouge complex, was the center of a strike in 1941 that led to Ford signing the first “closed shop” agreement in the industry. The agreement obliged every worker at the plant to be a dues-paying [...]

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US government moves to mandate car connectivity [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Videos The federal government is inching closer to mandating cars have the ability to communicate with each other, in a move regulators say could reduce crashes while still protecting motorists’ personal information. “By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety.” – David [...]

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Aston Martin trademarks DB10 through DB14

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Aston Martin, Luxury What comes after DB9? That’s the big question currently surrounding Aston Martin as the British purveyor of luxury GTs prepares to replace its long-serving core model. And now we may have a clue at what the answer will be. Reports coming in from the UK indicate that [...]

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Only 1 in 234 pass Melbourne’s tough new taxi driver test

Filed under: Government/Legal, Work, Australia In London, cab drivers undergo a grueling testing and memorization regime known ominously as “The Knowledge.” Obtaining a license to drive one of the British capital’s distinctive black cabs is so difficult that students often use motor scooters to get around and learn some 320 routes on 25,000 roads, a [...]

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Thieves still love older Hondas and pickups most, says NICB [w/video]

Filed under: Sedan, Truck, Government/Legal, Safety, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Nissan, Toyota No one wants to have their car stolen, but a new study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau has some bad news for older Honda owners and pickup drivers. Fortunately, it has better news for drivers overall. The group is reporting that [...]

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Japanese spark plug giant NGK pleads guilty to price fixing, to pay $52M fine

Filed under: Maintenance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota The ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into price fixing in the automotive industry has nabbed one more company breaking the law. Japanese parts giant NGK Spark Plug Company agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of pricing fixing and bid rigging in the in the [...]

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