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Ted Cruz Digs Himself In Further On Obamacare: 'Likely That It Will Take Another Election For A Full Repeal'
Marchionne Said to Hire Obama Car Czar Bloom for Chrysler
Manual Labor Helps Chrysler Boost Capacity
Subaru Aims for 500,000 U.S. Sales by 2015
These 5 Things Need to Happen Before Electric Cars Really Go Mainstream
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Ted Cruz Digs Himself In Further On Obamacare: 'Likely That It Will Take Another Election For A Full Repeal'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) didn't have much to say Thursday in response to House Republicans fuming at him for conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate doesn't have the votes to repeal Obamacare and leaving the battle -- and all its political perils -- for House conservatives to fight. In fact, Cruz, a tea party favorite who has championed an Obamacare repeal, went further and said even some Senate Republicans don't support the latest push for defunding President Barack Obama's signature health care law. He also said a full repeal of Obamacare doesn't have a chance until at least after the 2014 elections. "Right now, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid has 54 Democrats and they presumably are going to stand with him ... and a number of Senate Republicans have expressed that they may support the Democrats here," Cruz told a couple of reporters, just after his remarks at an event hosted by the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Source: Huffington Post

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Editor's note: More than 400 new-car and -truck dealers, including dealer association executives, from across the country attended NADA’s 38th annual Washington Conference this week for issue briefings and meetings with members of Congress. Speakers included Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; David Strickland, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Karl Rove, political strategist and commentator; NADA President Peter Welch; NADA Chairman David Westcott; and NADA Government Relations Committee Chairman Brian Hamilton. Watch for a special edition of NADA Headlines later today with more coverage from the conference.
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Marchionne Said to Hire Obama Car Czar Bloom for Chrysler

Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne hired Ron Bloom, who helped run President Barack Obama's auto-industry team, to advise the carmaker on buying the rest of Chrysler Group LLC, a person familiar with the matter said. Bloom, now a Lazard Ltd. vice chairman, will assist the Fiat CEO in trying to strike a deal with the United Auto Workers' retiree health-care trust, the only other shareholder in Chrysler, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Marchionne needs an agreement to complete his takeover of the U.S. auto manufacturer. At the same time that he seeks concessions on behalf of the Fiat boss, Bloom is advising Detroit retirees fighting benefit cuts in the city's $18 billion bankruptcy.
Source: Bloomberg
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Manual Labor Helps Chrysler Boost Capacity

Chrysler Group LLC is getting creative when it comes to boosting capacity at its engine and transmission factories, adding more labor-intensive lines with less automation to increase flexibility and save money. When it became clear in February that the company could not meet demand for its new four-cylinder Tigershark engine with the lines at its Dundee Engine Plant, Chrysler decided to add a line at its Trenton North Engine Plant. But unlike the highly automated line in Dundee, much of the work on the new line is being done by hand. For example, fasteners that are installed automatically at Dundee are being put in manually by workers at Trenton. Opting for a less automated line in Trenton allowed Chrysler to get it up and running much faster than would otherwise have been possible. Harlow said it also cost less than a more automated line and will be easier to reconfigure as the company's needs change.
Source: The Detroit News
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Subaru Aims for 500,000 U.S. Sales by 2015

Subaru's U.S. sales will soar to 500,000 units by 2015, helped by new models, additional production capacity and rising industry volumes, the brand's top marketer says. Sales this year will range between 410,000 and 420,000 units, but Subaru could easily sell 10,000 to 20,000 more vehicles if it had more manufacturing capacity, said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Subaru of America. Subaru has one factory in Japan and a second in Lafayette, Ind. The U.S. factory will be expanded in 2016 when it adds production of the Impreza compact.
Source: Automotive News
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These 5 Things Need to Happen Before Electric Cars Really Go Mainstream

In 1997, the world's first real consumer-oriented electric car -- the Prius -- debuted in Japan. Sixteen years and many new models later, electric cars have stayed stubbornly at about 2 percent of global sales for light vehicles, which Navigant Research projects will only grow to 3 percent by 2020. But the sector is far from dead. The past few weeks have seen something of a boom in rollouts of new electric cars: General Motors is developing a $30,000 vehicle that can go 200 miles on a single charge, BMW plans to launch the i3 this fall and Volkswagen says it will bring an electric compact to the United States within two years. The all-electric Fiat just went on sale. Cadillac, Audi and Mercedes have prototypes as well. And overall sales have recently bumped. Is the sudden proliferation a sign that electric cars are actually moving into the fast lane? Maybe. But there are still a bunch of pieces that need to fall into place before we'll see very widespread adoption. Click here to see what has to happen.
Source: The Washington Post
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