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GM Fires 15 Over Ignition Scandal but Says ‘No Cover-Up’

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra said Thursday that the company had fired 15 mostly senior executives over the deadly ignition scandal that has placed the automaker under federal investigation.

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Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion for Deadly Defect Cover-Up

Toyota Motor Corp. will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects.

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CAR Muslim Ethnic Cleansing: What If Thousands of Christians Were Forced Out of a Muslim Country?

The Central African Republic has a population of 4.5 million, about 15 percent of them Muslim, or about 670,000 people.

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On the Verge of Genocide

“Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children’s throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles” as malaria and AIDS wreak parallel horrors, The Guardian reported Friday.

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Volvo Launches Pedestrian Air Bag

Safety first: Volvo has long built its reputation on making the driving experience as safe as possible for those riding inside the Swedish automaker’s vehicles. Now the company is taking it to the next level with the introduction of the pedestrian air bag.

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Big Bucks for GM Boss

It seems that the romantic notion of cutting back on executives’ astronomical salaries, especially execs at corporations that benefited from government funding, hasn’t exactly caught on like wildfire in the American auto business. Take General Motors, for example.

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China Becomes New World Export Leader

China is heading into the Year of the Tiger with a roar. Last week it was announced that China has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest auto market, and this week Chinese state media is reporting that the country’s exports leaped 17.7 percent in December, overtaking Germany as the global leader.

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telegraph.co.uk

21st Century Strikebreakers Raid S. Korea Plant

Strikebreakers have come a long way from their origins as goons with billy clubs. In South Korea, police commandos dropped from helicopters to try to end a car factory sit-in in Pyeongtaek, where laid-off employees have occupied their former workplace and are demanding their jobs back.

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Toyota to Post First Loss in 70 Years

Here’s yet another sign of the econo-polcalypse: Toyota Motor Corp., which has been profitable for decades thanks to steady sales and shrewd leadership, has predicted a loss for the first time in 70 years.

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Crippling the Auto Union Is Just a Warm-Up

I must admit that when the danger of a global financial implosion became apparent in March, I did not understand how all those worthless Wall Street credit swaps really could be the fault of an overpaid union welder at an auto plant somewhere in Michigan.

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Auto Bailout Comes With Car Czar, Standard

White House and congressional leaders have agreed to bail out the auto industry. Detroit will get $15 billion in loans and, to make sure the Big Three keep running after their warranties expire, a so-called car czar will oversee long-term restructuring. And because we’re really serious about getting this right, George W. Bush gets to pick the car czar. D’oh!

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


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cartype.com

Ford Asks Gov’t for $9 Billion

After a dismal November, Ford Motor Co. is hanging by a thread, but the automaker told Congress on Tuesday that it is in better shape than Chrysler and General Motors and could make it through its current economic crisis with a little help—to the tune of $9 billion in standby loans.

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Chrysler’s Electric Car Coming in 2010

With gas-guzzling brands such as Jeep and Dodge, Chrysler has had a particularly hard time selling its cars to weary consumers, but it turns out that the company has three forward-thinking models headed to a showroom near you.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


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engadget.com

Toyota Gets Ready to Plug In

Fuel economy has done wonders for Toyota’s bottom line, so the hybrid pioneer has decided to add a plug-in to its lineup by 2010 and will have a hybrid version of every vehicle it makes sometime in the 2020s. Why so long? Because new batteries have to be developed in order to make the plan work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


God Guns Gas
max71.com

Free Gun With Purchase

A car dealership in Missouri has found its sales quadrupled after the introduction of an offer that gives customers a free gun with the purchase of any used or new vehicle. The promotion, which is said to be a response to Barack Obama’s recent comment on Midwestern voters who “cling to guns or religion,” continues until the end of the month.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

You Take the High, Palestinians Take the Low

An interim decision by the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday marked the beginning of what could become a two-tiered road system in the West Bank. With two separate legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis already in operation, critics fear segregated roads would lead toward further institutionalization of apartheid in the occupied territories.

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Second Terror Plot in Two Days for UK

Two men have been detained for allegedly attempting to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow Airport. Only a day before, two cars were found in London packed with explosives and nails. Britain’s national terrorism threat level remains “critical,” the highest possible.

Posted on Jun 30, 2007 READ MORE


Exxon Mobil Posts Record Profit

The oil company notched an annual profit of $39.5 billion, the largest ever by a U.S. company. You can leave your Ph.D. at home when connecting the dots between this and the Iraq war.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Awkward Marriage for Oil and Auto Industries

While oil companies have been raking in record profits, Detroit has struggled to pitch gas guzzlers to consumers, causing a rift in the once amicable relationship.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Renewed Violence in France

Authorities are scrambling to address a possible resurgence of violence after two buses were torched near Paris on Wednesday.  Last year’s civil unrest led to the destruction of some 9,000 vehicles in and around the city.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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From CNN

Forget Air Bags—Silicone Implants Will Do

A 24-year-old woman in Bulgaria survived a car crash because her silicone breasts acted as air bags.

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


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California Sues Auto Industry

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer went after the six biggest U.S. and Japanese automakers on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit that cites greenhouse gas emissions as a public nuisance.  Lockyer blamed the carmakers for millions of dollars worth of damage, and said he was out to get the taxpayers’ money back.

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


The Ultimate Low-Emission Driving Machine

BMW has just announced that it intends to be the first car company to bring a hydrogen-burning vehicle to market.  The race is on, with GM parading its hydrogen prototype on CBS on Tuesday, and Toyota and Honda fighting over who loves trees more.  Still, one has to wonder when the environmentally friendly car will trickle down from luxury status and low emissions can be had by all.

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


Families Demand Compensation for WWII Deportations

More than 200 families have threatened the French state railway with legal action if it refuses to compensate them for its role in transporting relatives to death camps during WWII. The railway companies argue they were forced to carry out the deportations, though a court in June sided with victims’ families.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Kicking the SUV Habit—Finally

Ford announced its largest production cuts in 20 years, blaming high gas prices for customers shifting away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.

  • We were wondering how long it would take Americans to wean themselves from their SUV addiction.
  • Now, if we could just get a few more of these next-generation electric cars on the road….

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Tesla electric car
    From the L.A. Times

    No Gas, But Zero to 60 in Four seconds

    The Tesla company’s new all-electric car can go 250 miles off a 3.5-hour charge and hit speeds of 130 mph. And although at $100,000 apiece, they’re not ready for the masses, the Teslas represent a huge leap over GM’s 1996 all-electric model, and offer a glimpse of things to come.

    Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Parents Use Gadgets to Spy on Teens

    Invasion of privacy is not just for the NSA anymore! Parents have always snooped, but as the SF Chronicle reveals, new tech toys are taking what was once standard parental prying to a whole new level of unacceptable surveillance and spying. Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned conversation? (Via boingboing.net)

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Who Killed the Electric Car

    The Next Must-See Documentary

    Check out the new movie that The New York Times calls “a prosecutorial examination of the role of oil companies, the automobile industry and the Bush administration (them again) in stymieing the development of emission-free electric vehicles.”

     

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Volvo five fuel prototype
    From TreeHugger.com

    Volvo Prototype Can Run on Five Fuels

    The prototype car offers one more demonstration that the only thing shackling us to gas-powered cars is the inability of our lawmakers to stop taking money from Big Oil and Big Auto.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Attacks Kill 54, Wound 120 in Iraq

    The car bomb attacks in southern Iraq and Baghdad made for the bloodiest day in weeks.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Gridlock
    From enterstageright.com

    A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

    Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Full Tanks Put Squeeze on the Working Class

    Check out these moving portraits of people who can no longer visit family or friends, who can no longer take their children to the movies, even—all because of the stratospheric gas prices.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Google Blacklists BMW For Gaming Search Results

    The search company discovered that the carmaker was playing a shell game with its Web pages to boost traffic. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


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