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VW Jumps to Six-Week High as Investors Expect Settlement in U.S.
Diesel Debacle Aside, Audi Is Killing It In The U.S.
In Race to 54.5 MPG, Powertrains Gain Complexity at a Cost
Used-Car Prices May Show 1st Full-Year Drop Since 2008
More Than a Year's Work, Employee Feedback Went into Ford's Dearborn Project
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VW Jumps to Six-Week High as Investors Expect Settlement in U.S.

Volkswagen AG rose to a six-week high after the manufacturer said it expects no need for a U.S. trial in mid-2016 over damages related to rigging diesel-engine control software to dupe emission tests. The carmaker does “not believe” a trial will be necessary after it updates a judge Thursday on its proposed solution for dealing with the 600,000 diesel vehicles affected, Volkswagen said late Tuesday in an agenda for the hearing.
Source: Bloomberg

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Diesel Debacle Aside, Audi Is Killing It In The U.S.

While the world waits for the Volkswagen Group to settle its differences with U.S. and state regulators over the German company’s falsification of the emissions of its diesel vehicles, which has crushed the company’s shares, a story of one of the company’s clear successes has been lost. Though VW’s Audi division has been impacted by the diesel debacle, its brand and operations have hardly been touched. Moreover, the company’s U.S. sales hit 200,000 last year, topping the goal management set for it in 2008 three years ahead of schedule.
Source: Forbes

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In Race to 54.5 MPG, Powertrains Gain Complexity at a Cost

Powertrain executives from Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors gathered in Detroit last week and spoke of the future of automobile propulsion systems during a panel discussion at the 2016 SAE World Congress. Their message: As we get closer to the government’s fleetwide 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard in 2025, engines and transmissions will become a whole lot more complex.
Source: Automotive News

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Used-Car Prices May Show 1st Full-Year Drop Since 2008

The first quarter marked the first year-over-year decline in NADA Used Car Guide’s measure of used-vehicle prices in about seven years. And if this keeps up, used values will fall on an annual basis for the first time since 2008.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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More Than a Year's Work, Employee Feedback Went into Ford's Dearborn Project


Photo credit: Crain's Detroit Business

When you're overhauling 7.5 million square feet of space, not everyone can be 100 percent satisfied. But Carl Roehling and SmithGroupJJR sure tried when they put forward an expansive plan to modernize and reconfigure Ford Motor Co.'s research and engineering campus and world headquarters space in Dearborn.
Source: Crain's Detroit Business

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