Tag Archives: Car Policy

Import Cars Could Soon Be a National Security Threat

Big tariffs on imports could be coming on “national security” grounds, the German automakers are bracing for them, one of Tesla’s top lawyers quits and much more for The Morning Shift of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

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Volvo’s Now Shifting Its Production Plans Because of Trump’s Trade War With China

President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is goofing up production plans for practically every automaker at this point, a list that now includes Volvo, which has canceled plans to export S60 sedans made in the U.S. to China, reports Bloomberg.

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Tesla’s ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ Is a Step in the Right Direction 

Tesla’s late night rollout of a new feature for its semi-autonomous driving system called “Navigate on Autopilot” puzzled me, if not just because of the time it was introduced to the world, but the feature itself: What’s the value in a car that tells you what lane you should be in, when it won’t drive there entirely…

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Trump’s Trade War Threatens BMW’s Biggest Factory in the World, but South Carolina Doesn’t Seem to Mind

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Textiles used to dominate this part of South Carolina, which locals call the Upstate. But after the textile industry went overseas, BMW came in and built its biggest car factory in the world, bringing back prosperity in the process. But for more than a few voters and public officials in the…

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More Than Half of All New Car Loans in Canada are Financed for 84-Months: Report

Every morning I wake up, splash some water on my face, and say, to no one in particular, “Today’s the day we’ll see the auto industry start trending away from absurdly long loan terms. Surely everyone will realize, today, that this can’t end well.” Today is not that day. In Canada, we’re told by way of the CBC, more…

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Tesla Should’ve Never Sold A ‘Full-Self Driving’ Option To Begin With

Tesla surprisingly announced on Thursday that a new mid-range option of Model 3 is now available, starting at $45,000. At the same time, the company quietly removed the capability to add the Full Self-Driving Capability package for $3,000 from Tesla’s online configurator. It’s a feature that should’ve never been…

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Ford Gets its Money for the Michigan Central Station Revival

To the surprise of no one, Detroit City Council on Tuesday signed off on a $104 million tax break for Ford to rebuild the Michigan Central Station near downtown Detroit. The project is slated to become the hub of Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicle efforts, and it’ll come to fruition with the very generous help of…

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We’re Absolutely Screwed Unless We Switch to Electric Vehicles

A new report from the United Nations offers a terrifying and stark forecast of the immediate consequences of climate change—far worse than previous thought, as The New York Times put it. One particular noteworthy point offered up is a call for cities to transition to electrification, and fast.

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This New Emissions Test Has Completely Blown Apart the German Auto Industry

Things are not looking good for the supposedly most advanced and technically able auto industry in the world. The day of regulatory reckoning is here, in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

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The Car Loans That Never Die

Richard Parker locked down a job at a Ford plant in the Detroit area, and, like most residents of the region, needed a car to get to work. It was 1991, and at the time he had shaky credit, so it was plenty difficult finding a company willing to lend him money for the purchase. That changed with Credit Acceptance…

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