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GM Deal with Navistar Paves the Way for More Midsize Pickups
How Auto Companies Are Making Their Cars Lighter
Mitsubishi Motors to Hire Auditor to Oversee Errant Tech Unit
Uber CEO Wants to Partner With Automakers, Not Build Cars
Formula One Development Tool Now at Hand for the Family Sedan
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GM Deal with Navistar Paves the Way for More Midsize Pickups

General Motors has contracted with Navistar International Corp. to build some of its commercial vans, a move aimed at enabling GM to produce more hot-selling Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups. Navistar said [Thursday] that it will manufacture cutaway versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, which are made at GM’s plant in Wentzville, Mo. Offloading some van production to Navistar’s plant in Springfield, Ohio, starting in the first half of 2017, should enable the Wentzville plant to crank out more Colorados and Canyons.
Source: Automotive News

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How Auto Companies Are Making Their Cars Lighter

The global auto industry is leaving no molecule untouched as it searches for new and different ways to wring weight from its vehicles in the quest to reduce carbon emissions and boost fuel economy. Stricter emissions and fuel-economy standards in the U.S. and many other parts of the world have auto makers not only using more aluminum but sampling other potential materials, such as magnesium, high-strength steels, carbon fiber, compressed wood and even soy. For every 10 pounds they can squeeze out of their machines, it means about 10 to 15 pounds less of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere each year.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Mitsubishi Motors to Hire Auditor to Oversee Errant Tech Unit

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to bring in an outside auditor to monitor its technology division, blamed for at least three high-profile cheating scandals, two people familiar with the thinking of the company's leadership said. The move, not yet formalized, would see a third-party auditor oversee major research and development and engineering processes and decisions at the company, they said. This would partly be a response to the company's recent admission that it cheated on fuel economy tests for some models, and would be a way to "modernize" the division at a time of increasing competitive pressures in the auto industry.
Source: Reuters

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Uber CEO Wants to Partner With Automakers, Not Build Cars

Uber Technologies Inc. wants to work with carmakers, not build vehicles itself, Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said, leaving open the possibility of more partnerships after last month’s agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. Just go to a German manufacturing facility, “and you will very quickly realize you do not want to make cars,” Kalanick said at a panel in Berlin with Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche, citing a visit to a Daimler factory near Stuttgart. Instead of seeking to acquire its own automaking capacity, he said Uber will “work with companies that make them.”
Source: Bloomberg

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Formula One Development Tool Now at Hand for the Family Sedan

In the world of motor sports, the British firm McLaren has a distinguished record of innovation, from the use of carbon fiber to create ultralight, ultrastrong chassis to pioneering a single device to control a car’s electrical systems, engine and gearbox. An even bigger game-changer may lie ahead. McLaren, which invented a sophisticated simulator system for designing and testing its Formula One cars and sports cars, has begun marketing the technology to mainstream automakers. It says the system could radically improve the speed and efficiency of developing ordinary cars.
Source: The New York Times

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