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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Aug 14, 2019 at 20:40. 12 comments

GM And Ford Are Hunkering Down For A Recession

GM And Ford Are Hunkering Down For A Recession
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Everyone’s batten down the hatches for rougher times ahead. That’s the theme for The Morning Shift for Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Cheery, I know.

1st Gear: GM And Ford Batten Down The Hatches

This isn’t exactly a revelation , but The U.S.’s top two automakers reiterated this week that they’re...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 12, 2019 at 20:13. 24 comments

There Is No Hybrid Future At GM And Volkswagen

There Is No Hybrid Future At GM And Volkswagen
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Scrapped hybrids, dropping NEV sales in China, and some backtracking on big vehicles. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, August 12, 2019.

1st Gear: GM And Volkswagen Are Scrapping Hybrids

As automakers around the globe lean on hybrids as a way to enable compliance with fuel...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 08, 2019. 24 comments

Tesla Defends Its Safety Claims As It Maybe Faces A Wider Investigation

Tesla Defends Its Safety Claims As It Maybe Faces A Wider Investigation
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Tesla stands by its safety claims despite repeated questions from America’s auto safety regulator, General Motors looks at investing in EV charging infrastructure, Ford recalls some new SUVs and more for The Morning Shift of Thursday, August 8, 2019.

1st Gear: Stand By Your Car

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Aug 07, 2019. 15 comments

Trump's 'Great News' For Shuttered GM Ohio Plant Is In Real Trouble

Trump's 'Great News' For Shuttered GM Ohio Plant Is In Real Trouble
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Less-than-stellar profits for Workhorse, Ford playing with different sales models, Tesla getting served a cease-and-desist and more await you in The Morning Shift of Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

1st Gear: Workhorse Not Working Out So Great Still

When General Motors announced it would shutter five...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jul 30, 2019. 5 comments

GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit

GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit
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The Democratic debates in Detroit promise to take on problems in the auto industry, car sales might still be plummeting, and the world is still a tough place for low-emissions and autonomous vehicles. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

1st: Democrats Fight to Take...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019. 24 comments

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW kind of sucks , but it is still a union, and therefore inherently good. They started negotiations this week for new contracts with the Big Three, ahead of their current contracts’ expirations in September. It wants the usual things—more pay, better job security, better benefits, etc.—but it’s also bargaining at a time when everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

That shoe...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 14, 2019.

GM Built A Modern Hybrid Citroën DS That Was Years Ahead Of Its Time 

GM Built A Modern Hybrid Citroën DS That Was Years Ahead Of Its Time 

I’m not exactly sure what was in the water or gin or drug-spiked milk or whatever American car company execs drank at the turn of the recent century, but there seems to have been an odd fascination with iconic French cars. Chrysler almost made a plastic 2CV , and General Motors seems to have built a very advanced Citroën DS successor, the GM Precept.

The General Motors Precept was a concept...

David Tracy David Tracy Jun 22, 2019. 23 comments

GM Is Trying to Avoid Recalling Takata Airbag Inflator-Equipped Trucks and Some Folks Aren't Happy

GM Is Trying to Avoid Recalling Takata Airbag Inflator-Equipped Trucks and Some Folks Aren't Happy

Japanese auto safety supplier Takata admitted that certain airbag inflators that it supplied to General Motors for use in GMT900 trucks were defective. But GM continues to petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying that the trucks are actually safe and don’t need to be fixed. Unsurprisingly, some folks aren’t happy.

By now we’ve all already heard about the biggest...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jun 19, 2019. 24 comments

The Nissan-Renault Alliance Is Disintegrating: Report

The Nissan-Renault Alliance Is Disintegrating: Report
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More Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance drama, General Motors’ fight with the United Automobile Workers union, Walmart’s plan to go driverless and profit, Geely’s new autonomous-software partner, and how London will handle that little “pollution” problem it has. All of this and more in The...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Jun 17, 2019. 24 comments

Hummer Back?

Hummer Back?
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

General Motors has big plans for electrification, already promising 20 new electrified models in the next few years. But it’s also working on an EV truck platform, which reportedly is being considered for an electric revival of ostentatious off-road brand Hummer , of all things.

It's Time for America to Forgive Hummer

It’s been nearly a decade since the death...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jun 12, 2019. 21 comments

The VW-Ford Partnership Is Going Autonomous

The VW-Ford Partnership Is Going Autonomous
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Ford and Volkswagen are ready to become partners in autonomy, GM is funneling more money into trucks, and, yes, there’s a hell of a lot more Renault-Nissan drama to catch up on. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

1st: Ford and VW Ready to Seal the Autonomy...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Jun 12, 2019.

Toyota Will Start Selling Its Hybrid Powertrains To Just About Everyone

Toyota Will Start Selling Its Hybrid Powertrains To Just About Everyone
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1st Gear: When Everything’s A Prius, Nothing Is?

The Toyota Prius is considered an unstoppable blight unto the car enthusiast, spreading its fuel-efficient tentacles across the land, consuming the formerly good souls of those powerless to resist its purported money savings. It’s so successful,...

Alanis King Alanis King Jun 12, 2019. 22 comments

GM's Cruise Self-Driving Prototypes Are Riddled With Technical Glitches, Safety Concerns: Report

GM's Cruise Self-Driving Prototypes Are Riddled With Technical Glitches, Safety Concerns: Report

Last time we checked in on General Motors’ Cruise autonomous-vehicle arm, it was worth a surprising $19 billion , because the dream of a self-driving world is one people are willing to dump loads of cash into, growing skepticism or not. That $19 billion, though, has apparently gotten Cruise a whole lot of on-road glitches and safety concerns so far.

I guess it’s a good thing Cruise decided to...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Jun 06, 2019. 22 comments

GM Claims Electric Cars Will Be the Same Price As Gas Cars 'A Lot Sooner Than People Think'

GM Claims Electric Cars Will Be the Same Price As Gas Cars 'A Lot Sooner Than People Think'

GM is stepping up the bullish rhetoric on electric cars. During a conference presentation on Sunday, the company’s president, Mark Reuss, said electric cars will soon cost the same as gas cars and “reach parity a lot sooner than people think,” as reported by Bloomberg.

If we’re talking about sticker prices, this is a pretty bold—if unspecific—prediction. GM’s most popular EV, the Bolt, has an...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Jun 06, 2019. 24 comments

What The Hell Happened Between Renault and Fiat Chrysler?

What The Hell Happened Between Renault and Fiat Chrysler?
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Fiat Chrysler’s latest best hope just collapsed, Ford shuts down a plant, and GM defends shutting down a plant. All that and more in the Morning Shift for Thursday, June 6, 2019.

1st Gear: Let the Autopsy Begin

The grand merger plan between Renault and Fiat Chrysler , just barely a week old,...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Jun 05, 2019. 24 comments

The Tweel Revolution Is Coming

The Tweel Revolution Is Coming

Tire technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over my lifetime, and certainly over the last 15 years. Michelin have been trying to make Tweels a thing for as long as I can remember, and finally has GM on its side to develop a production-ready Tweel-based “Uptis” tire. Uptis gets its name as a shortening of “Unique Punctureproof Tire Sysem” but Tweel is a better name as it is a portmanteau...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon May 26, 2019. 22 comments

Different Strokes For Different Folks: A Super Cruise Discussion

Different Strokes For Different Folks: A Super Cruise Discussion

GM’s Super Cruise system is, by some accounts , the best semi-autonomous system on the market today. If safety is part of the consideration, and it should be, then it is certainly the best . But it isn’t without its flaws, such as that little problem about direct sunlight throwing the system into total confusion and kicking control back to the driver.

Although we reviewed Super Cruise on...

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David Tracy David Tracy May 23, 2019. 24 comments

Automakers Cut 38,000 Jobs in the Last Six Months and More Are on the Way: Report

Automakers Cut 38,000 Jobs in the Last Six Months and More Are on the Way: Report
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Things start getting depressing when you count up automakers’ recent job cuts, Dr. Z retires but not before telling Daimler to cut costs, Bosch gets fined for role in Dieselgate, Tesla has doubters on Wall Street and more for The Morning Shift of Thursday, May 23, 2019.

1st Gear: 38,000 Job Cuts...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee May 21, 2019. 20 comments

GM's New Electrics Could Be Why the Mid-Engine Corvette Isn't Here Yet

GM's New Electrics Could Be Why the Mid-Engine Corvette Isn't Here Yet

If you hated General Motors’ current infotainment system , then rest assured with the knowledge that a replacement is on its way. And it’s not just a replacement for the infotainment, either—it seems like there’s an update from the ground up. Unfortunately, this update may or may not have delayed GM’s other big projects; namely, the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette.

Mules of the mid-engine...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling May 20, 2019. 19 comments

GM Thought About Selling Its Detroit Headquarters: Report

GM Thought About Selling Its Detroit Headquarters: Report

General Motors is headquartered at Detroit’s Renaissance Center, which was actually built by Henry Ford II in the 1970s the first time there was hope of a Detroit renaissance. GM has been there since 1996, though they recently considered selling it, apparently as part of a cost-cutting measure.

The RenCen, as it is colloquially known, is a series of seven structures, with the main one—the...

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