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Opinion: Improving Life for Auto Dealers
GM Engineer Talks to Investigators
Reuss: GM Employee Morale High Despite Recalls
Eight U.S. States to Roll Out Electric Vehicle Plan
BMW, Mercedes Lead Push for Crash-Avoiding Autobraking
Consumer Reports Pans Subaru Hybrid, Praises Diesel Jeep
Google Plans Own Fleet of Self-Driving Cars
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Opinion: Improving Life for Auto Dealers
By U.S. Rep. Gary Peters

More than 15 million Americans bought a new car last year. All of them also received a piece of paper which informed them that their vehicle complies with the Clean Air Act. This is surprising because compliance with the Clean Air Act is a requirement before a vehicle leaves the factory and long before a customer can even take it on a test drive. Anyone who has ever bought or sold a car knows that the in addition to bringing home a new car or truck, consumers also bring home a mountain of paperwork. Some of these documents are critical: important information about how to safely operate the vehicle, the condition of the vehicle at sale, their legal rights and the financial details of the transaction. But requiring auto dealers to distribute outdated notices, like the certification of compliance with the Clean Air Act, only serves as a distraction to the consumer and an unnecessary burden on the dealer. Auto dealers should be hard at work selling cars and trucks and creating jobs in our local communities, not processing outdated paperwork. Congress mandated this certification in the 1970s and Congress has a responsibility to eliminate it when it no longer serves the original purpose of protecting consumers.
Source: The Detroit News
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GM Engineer Talks to Investigators

Suspended employee met with Congressional probers on his role in deadly ignition-switch design

One of the General Motors Co. engineers at the center of the controversy over the company's handling of a deadly ignition switch defect has met with congressional investigators, indicating lawmakers are accelerating their probe, according to people familiar with the matter. Raymond DeGiorgio, who was suspended last month with pay, traveled to Capitol Hill to talk about his role in a design change to ignition switches installed in 2.6 million GM compact cars that the company recalled earlier this year, two people who know of the meetings said Wednesday.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Editor's note: For more information on the GM recall, go to www.gmignitionupdate.com or www.safercar.gov.

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Reuss: GM Employee Morale High Despite Recalls

In spite of a slew of recalls that have dogged the company for months, General Motors white-collar employees are working with high spirits, a top GM executive said Wednesday. Employee morale is high compared with 2012, Mark Reuss, GM's global product chief, said at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 2014 Technology Forum in Detroit. He attributed the uptick in morale to new CEO Mary Barra's management style.
Source: Automotive News
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Eight U.S. States to Roll Out Electric Vehicle Plan

California, New York part of proposal to spur sales through consumer incentives and regulatory action

Leaders of eight large, coastal U.S. states, including California and New York, are expected to roll out Thursday more details of a plan aimed at spurring sales of 3.3 million "zero emission vehicles" by 2025 through a combination of consumer incentives and regulatory action. The plan will be light on specific details, which will be worked out by the individual states in the alliance—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together these states account for about 28% of the U.S. auto market, according to a draft of the plan. The sales goal is ambitious in light of current slack demand for electric vehicles.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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BMW, Mercedes Lead Push for Crash-Avoiding Autobraking

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Daimler AG are among automakers that are improving and speeding up their use of automatic brakes as part of efforts to reduce front-end crashes, a U.S. safety group said. The BMW 5-Series and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz E-Class were two models with the most reliable systems, which use sensors, cameras and lasers to anticipate collisions and slow the car down, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said in a report. The systems are a focus of U.S. regulators looking to reduce highway crashes, which claimed 33,561 lives in 2012.
Source: Bloomberg

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Consumer Reports Pans Subaru Hybrid, Praises Diesel Jeep

Consumer Reports praised three new more fuel-efficient models — the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and BMW 3 Series, along with Honda Accord Hybrid, but said the hybrid didn't deliver the 47 mpg on the window sticker. The magazine said the Chrysler Group LLC SUV tied with the diesel-powered Volkswagen Touareg TDI as the most efficient non-hybrid midsized SUV" — averaging 24 mpg — 6 mpg better than the gasoline version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep and BMW diesels boosted fuel economy by a significant 6- and 7-mpg overall to 24 and 35 mpg "without a significant compromise in performance or refinement," the magazine said. The Jeep got 32 mpg on the highway and the smaller BMW got 49 mpg.
Source: The Detroit News
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Google Plans Own Fleet of Self-Driving Cars

Google will launch its own fleet of autonomous vehicle prototypes – with no steering wheels and no gas or brake pedals – as the technology giant begins a new phase of its self-driving car project. Google designed the car and plans to have about 100 test vehicles that are fully autonomous with extra safety features, company co-founder Sergey Brin said during a conference Tuesday hosted by technology blog Re/code in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Source: Automotive News

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   --- U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), commenting on NADA-supported H.R. 724, a bill to eliminate an unnecessary paperwork burden on auto dealerships, The Detroit News, May 29

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