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Ford Motor Changes CEO from Jim Hackett to Jim Farley

Farley, an automotive leader with global experience and a successful track record (He launched Lexus at Toyota), collaborated with Hackett over the past three years to develop and execute Ford’s Creating Tomorrow Together plan. Continue reading

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Autonomous Driving – Aptiv and Hyundai $4 Billion JV

Hyundai Motor Group affiliates — Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis — will collectively contribute $1.6 billion in cash at closing and $ 0.4 billion in vehicle engineering services, R&D resources, and access to intellectual property. Continue reading

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Honda at 800,000 Hybrids as Toyota Reaches 400,000 in Europe

In the U.S. alone Toyota has 1,000,000 Prius owners. Moreover Toyota has built a substantial environmental reputation as the global leader in hybrid vehicles with sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids now well over 3,000,000 vehicles.

In spite of clear fuel economy benefits and high U.S. fuel prices, hybrids remain a tiny portion of the U.S. auto market – a little over 2% of sales because mainstream buyers refuse to pay a premium amounting to several thousand dollars over a comparable gasoline-fueled car. Plug in hybrids with expensive lithium ion battery packs will compound the problem. The Prius plug-in coming this year adds another $4,000 to the cost of the standard Prius hybrid. Continue reading

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