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Fiat to Increase Stake in Chrysler
Nissan, in Bid to Boost Leaf, Plans 100 EV Chargers for Dealers
Editorial: Give Auto Companies Room to Innovate
Toyota: No. 1 U.S. Automaker in Patents Filed
How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities
Cincinnati Car Dealers Breathe Life into CPR Training Program
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Fiat to Increase Stake in Chrysler

Italy's Fiat SpA has exercised another option to buy shares in Chrysler Group LLC even though it has yet to take possession of two earlier tranches of shares because of a price dispute. Fiat, which already owns 58.5% of Chrysler, has been exercising options since last year as part of a plan to take over its U.S. partner and create an auto maker big enough to compete on a global scale. It has been unable to acquire the shares because it has been arguing about the price it should pay the U.S. union trust that owns the remaining 41.5% stake in Chrysler. Nevertheless, Fiat said Monday it had exercised an option to buy a third tranche representing about 3.3% of Chrysler's outstanding equity, offering $254.7 million.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Nissan, in Bid to Boost Leaf, Plans 100 EV Chargers for Dealers

Nissan Motor Co., aiming to boost sales and awareness of the Leaf electric vehicle, plans to install more than 100 public DC quick chargers at dealers certified to sell the EV in 21 U.S. markets. The units, which use the CHAdeMO standard, can charge the Leaf from depleted to about 80 percent in about 30 minutes, Nissan said. U.S. consumers have been reluctant to embrace electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in large part because of ongoing concerns with driving range, an inadequate charging infrastructure and pricing. Leaf sales are up 213 percent this year through June to 9,839 units, though volumes remain below Nissan's expectations. The investment follows a 24-dealer pilot program that Nissan rolled out at dealerships in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. Nissan said it used the pilot to evaluate how frequent the chargers were used and the impact that on-site charging has on a dealership's operations.
Source: Automotive News
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Editorial: Give Auto Companies Room to Innovate

Stodgy government regulations are hampering technological benefits

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne made headlines this spring when he revealed that the company will lose $10,000 on every electric Fiat 500e that is sells in the California car market. Like other manufacturers, Marchionne says Fiat is forced to sell the battery-powered vehicles in order to meet the state's requirements that every manufacturer must sell a certain number of so-called zero-emission vehicles. As California goes, so goes the nation, and manufacturers are concerned about similar federal rules in the future. Marchionne's complaint is not that auto companies can't innovate, but that by picking winners and losers overly-prescriptive, politicized government bureaucracies get in the way of innovation that customers want. The result of this government over-regulation is a diversion of private capital to unwanted products, while more promising technologies go unaddressed. Zero-emission vehicles, for example, made up just one half of 1 percent of vehicle sales last year, meaning the Fiat 500e may never reach sales volumes where it can become profitable. Americans benefit from the world's freest consumer markets. Auto regulators should encourage industry innovation, then let the consumer decide.
Source: The Detroit News
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Toyota: No. 1 U.S. Automaker in Patents Filed

But Honda and General Motors say they hold the most patents on fuel cell technology

Toyota is boasting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued more patents to it than any other automaker last year. Not to be outdone, Honda and General Motors say they are the No. 1 and No. 2 leaders among automakers for fuel cell-technology patents. While it may sound like industry oneupmanship, who's on top in filing patents actually matters a fair amount. Patents generally reflect automakers' successes in research and development and also signal their ability to create tomorrow's breakthroughs.
Source: USA Today
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How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities

By now, seeing one of Google's experimental, driverless cars zipping down Silicon Valley's Highway 101, or parking itself on a San Francisco street, is not all that unusual. Indeed, as automakers like Audi, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz make plans for self-driving vehicles, it is only a matter of time before such cars become a big part of the great American traffic jam. While driverless cars might still seem like science fiction outside the Valley, the people working and thinking about these technologies are starting to ask what these autos could mean for the city of the future. The short answer is “a lot.”
Source: The New York Times
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Cincinnati Car Dealers Breathe Life into CPR Training Program

The training program of the Miami Township Fire Department was enhanced when the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, presented a Resusci Anne Torso unit to emergency personnel recently. This donation was sponsored by Mike Castrucci Ford in Milford. “If the right kind of treatment can be given to a victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved,” said Jim Petry, firefighter/paramedic, EMS instructor for Miami Township. “CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while waiting for professional help to arrive.” There has been an increase in the number of survivors from ventricular fibrillation as result of increased CPR training across the country. The training typically takes three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures. The donated manikin will allow the department to continue providing this training in the community.
Source: Cincinnati.com (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Quotable
"What automation is going to allow is repurposing, both of spaces in cities, and of the car itself."

    --  Ryan Calo, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law, commenting on the effect of driverless cars on the city of the future, The New York Times, July 7


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