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GM's Barra Sends Letters to 1.9M Car Owners in Ignition Switch Recall
Talking-Car Plans Advance as U.S. Says Lives to Be Saved
Chrysler Names Bigland to Lead Alfa Romeo Brand in N.A.
Commentary: What Driving a Car Will be Like 25 Years From Now
Study: Gen Y Leaving Small Cars for Boxy Crossovers
It's Electric: Experts Split on the Future of EVs
Jay Leno Gives Some Words of Car Wisdom
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GM's Barra Sends Letters to 1.9M Car Owners in Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra this month sent letters to about 1.9 million owners affected by GM's high-profile ignition switch recall of 2.59 million cars, urging them to complete repairs. One letter went to more than 1 million owners who had not ordered parts through their dealer or online. A second went to about 875,000 owners who had placed parts order, but hadn't gotten cars fixed. Letters included information about the compensation fund for victims and families harmed by the defective ignition switches. At least 13 deaths are linked to the defect. The fund began accepting claims Aug. 1. The automaker also is now offering specific ignition switch-related recall information by vehicle model and year on its recall website, gmignitionupdate.com.
Source: The Detroit News
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Talking-Car Plans Advance as U.S. Says Lives to Be Saved

The U.S. Transportation Department moved forward on writing rules that may mandate automakers' use of talking-car technology, saying more than a thousand lives a year might be saved on the nation's roadways. Two of the most promising crash-avoidance technologies warning drivers of oncoming vehicles may prevent 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives annually, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in rulemaking notice today on so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communications. “By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety,” said David Friedman, the agency's acting administrator. “V2V technology is ready to move toward implementation.”
Source: Bloomberg
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Chrysler Names Bigland to Lead Alfa Romeo Brand in N.A.

Robert Hegbloom takes over as head of Ram brand

Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the U.S., has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said [Monday] in a statement. Bigland's post at Alfa is a new position, and he retains his responsibilities as head of Chrysler's U.S. sales and CEO of Chrysler Canada. The moves are effective immediately.
Source: Automotive News
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Commentary: What Driving a Car Will be Like 25 Years From Now
By William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford

In the next 25 years, what it means to build, own, or simply drive a car will have fundamentally changed. This will become a matter of necessity and the result of innovation. When Henry Ford founded the company bearing his name in 1903, he saw the car as a means of providing freedom of mobility to people around the world. But over a hundred years later, a number of emerging trends threaten that promise of freedom. We already see it happening. Long commutes and traffic jams once associated with older, established cities such as London, New York or Tokyo are spreading throughout the world's emerging economies. As the world's population grows and prosperity expands, the number of vehicles on the road could double to two billion or more by 2050. At the same time, it is expected that more than 50 percent of the world's population will be living in cities. That means more congestion, longer commutes and a growing thirst for fuel, unless we act now. With these trends, it is clear that our current approach to transportation is not sustainable. What is required is an approach that sees the car not as an individual vehicle, but as part of a broader transportation network. Cars in the future must become smarter and fully integrated into the transportation ecosystem.
Source: CNBC
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Study: Gen Y Leaving Small Cars for Boxy Crossovers

When it comes to top choices for a new car, Gen Y is growing up. More Millennials — folks born from the early 1980s through the early 2000s — are drifting away from the compact cars that got them through college or their first jobs and moving into roomier crossover SUVs, considered optimal for feeding their addictions to sports and an active lifestyle, as well as for starting a family, a new study finds. With the leading edge about age 32, many also have better jobs with incomes that can handle the generally more expensive vehicles.
Source: USA Today
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It's Electric: Experts Split on the Future of EVs

Electric vehicles are generating more buzz in the auto industry as the years go by. But looking 25 years into the future, analysts' opinions vary greatly over how much influence these vehicles will have on drivers and automakers. Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, predicts that by 2039, almost all private transportation will be done by electric vehicles. Kevin Riddell, manager of powertrain forecasting at LMC Automotive, said gas-powered vehicles may not have the near 100 percent penetration they have now, but they will likely still make up 50 to 75 percent of the market. Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at GasBuddy.com, said gasoline will be "king of the kingdom" for the next 10 to 15 years, but beyond that, it's too hard to predict. Welcome to the great debate over the future of electric vehicles.
Source: CNBC
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Jay Leno Gives Some Words of Car Wisdom

Comedy legend and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno might just be the most famous car guy in Hollywood. And that's a tough distinction to get, with so many auto aficionados residing in California. He's got in a series of airplane hangars at Burbank Airport a collection of more than 200 cars and motorcycles – from 1920's Bentley's to McLaren's P1 supercar. And among them are many unique collectibles, like the street-legal 2001 Chrysler Tank Car that uses an actual engine taken from an M47 Patton Tank! Yes, he's a car guru and yes; most of us around the world actually utterly envy him. So, in the spirit of reconciliation, click here for some car wisdom quotes he churned out during a Business Insider interview.
Source: INAUTONEWS

Editor's note: Jay Leno will provide keynote remarks during the 2015 NADA Convention and Expo in San Francisco on Jan. 24. The convention runs Jan. 22-25. For more information and to register, visit www.nadaconvention.org.
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"As these innovations take hold, the automobile manufacturer will become more of a personal mobility company, constantly innovating how vehicles interact with the world around them."

   
-- William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford, commenting on the future of the auto industry, CNBC, Aug. 18

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