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Peugeot CEO Plans Ambitious U.S. Reentry

Peugeot SA CEO Carlos Tavares has confirmed the company plans to re-enter the U.S. market and go all-electric with its product portfolio. The return state-side is being led by former General Motors engineers, who were acquired by PSA Group during its recent acquisition of Opel.  Tavares detailed his plan by asserting that 100-percent of Peugeot's lineup will be electrified by 2025.…

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GM Selects Flint as Home for new Diesel Six-Cylinder

General Motors has confirmed plans to produce its new light-duty diesel six-cylinder in Flint, Mich. Production will take place at the company's existing engine plant, with engines ultimately finding their way into the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.  According to an Automotive News report, GM will begin production of the new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel in late 2018 or early 2019. So far the company…

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Marchionne Says FCA Brands Won't be Broken Up

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told reports Monday the company has no plans to break up its brands. The comment comes on the heals of speculation that Chinese automakers were interested in acquiring certain brands from FCA, namely the coveted Jeep brand.  “We’re not going to break up anything,” Marchionne told reporters at a scheduled press conference, reported by Reuters. “We have…

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Chrysler Pacifica Recalled for Stalling

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the recall of 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica models. The automaker says the new minivan could stall its engine unexpected, which could cause an accident.  The Center for Auto Safety recently petitioned the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) after it received 50 complaints over stalling issues on the 2017 Pacifica. FCA commenced an investigation…

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Cruise AV: GM Removes the Steering Wheel

General Motors has revealed the Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle to lack two critical features: a steering wheel and pedals. The reveal is part of a safety petition the company has filed with the Department of Transportation. GM and subsidiary Cruise Automation say their fourth-generation autonomous vehicle is ready for testing without a driver, deeming the antiquated steering wheel…

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FCA Announces $1 Billion Investment, Employee Bonus

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the latest corporation to leverage the passage of corporate tax cuts as a springboard for good press. The company has announced a $1 billion investment into its manufacturing operations and a $2,000 bonus for over 60,000 U.S. workers.  FCA's investment announcement related to the production of its next-generation Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The company says…

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Lawsuit Claims Ford Cheated Diesel Emissions Testing

A proposed class action lawsuit is alleging Ford Motor Company cheated on the diesel emissions testing of 500,000 F-Series Super Duty pickups. The lawsuit is naming both Ford and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany as defendants. Bosch has been involved in other diesel emissions scandals, including Volkswagen AG's 2015 scandal.  The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for…

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Report: Joint Toyota-Mazda Assembly Plant Headed for Huntsville

Toyota Motor Company and Mazda Motor Corp. are expected to announce tomorrow plans to build a new assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The two companies have been mulling several cities in recent months as options for their new plant.  Reports of the site selection process are coming from Reuters, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The new factory is slated…

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