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Auto Safety Chief Hits America's Hot Roads to Push Recall Repairs
GM Begins Autonomous Car Tests in Scottsdale, Arizona
Self-Driving Cars Rip Up an Industry's Supply Chain
Electric Car Charging Station Companies Issue Warning over VW Settlement
Jaguar Is the Hottest Car Company in America
Veterans Receive Scholarships from Auto Dealers
Register for NADA Convention by Sept. 9 and Save $100; Top Hotels Selling Out
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Auto Safety Chief Hits America's Hot Roads to Push Recall Repairs

Under a blazing sun in a Florida college parking lot, employees of the U.S. government's auto safety regulator, Toyota Motor Corp. and a tire industry trade group checked vehicles for recall notices, under-inflated tires and improperly installed child safety seats. Frustrated by the failure of many American motorists to take cars with safety defects to dealers for repairs, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind on Tuesday began a political campaign-style swing through southern states to push for better vehicle maintenance. "Shaking hands and kissing babies: our version is checking VINs, tires and car seats," Rosekind said in an interview at the tour's second event in Orlando.
Source: Reuters

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GM Begins Autonomous Car Tests in Scottsdale, Arizona

General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona. Testing of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago. It's the second city for GM's real-world tests. Autonomous Bolts with Cruise Automation software have been driving around San Francisco since May 20. GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the company is considering other cities for tests but wasn't ready to announce locations.
Source: Associated Press

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Self-Driving Cars Rip Up an Industry's Supply Chain

The auto industry’s self-driving revolution has spurred the biggest two years of car-supplier takeovers in a decade, with more coming as parts makers struggle to keep up with the pace of technological transformation. The total value of automotive-supplier deals in 2015 and 2016 was $74.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, with each of those years far exceeding the $17.7 billion annual average in the previous 10 years.
Source: Bloomberg

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Electric Car Charging Station Companies Issue Warning over VW Settlement

Electric vehicle charging companies are calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG is required to invest in clean car infrastructure, saying VW should not have the power to shape the nascent electric car charging space. The German automaker agreed to invest the money, which includes $1.2 billion nationally and $800 million in California, as part of its penalties for equipping hundreds of thousands of its diesel vehicles sold in the United States with software designed to cheat tailpipe emissions tests.
Source: Reuters

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Jaguar Is the Hottest Car Company in America

The British brand’s new F-Pace SUV has made all the difference.

The memo that the U.S. car market is finally slowing down apparently didn’t make it to Coventry, England. From its U.K. headquarters, Tata Motors' Jaguar brand has rocketed to the front of an increasingly listless crowd of vehicles in America. In the first seven months of this year, Jaguar sales surged 59 percent, handily outpacing every other brand on the road. Volvo was a distant second, with a 29 percent increase in cars sold. Most of Jaguar’s luxury rivals—including Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, and Mercedes—have reported a dip in sales for the year to date. "We couldn't be more tickled," said Chris Marchand, executive vice president of operations at Jaguar Land Rover North America.
Source: Bloomberg

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Veterans Receive Scholarships from Auto Dealers

Members of the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association raised a record $110,000 at its annual charity golf outing to provide scholarships to veterans training to enter the retail-auto industry. This year's recipients include five veterans who are retraining at Lincoln Technical Institute to begin careers in the auto industry.


GNYADA fundraiser provides scholarships to veterans. Pictured (l to r): Joe Rosario, Yonglie Li, Chris Delpeshe, GNYADA Chairman Nick Toomey, Jose Martinez and Alex Zvyagin.


“The scholarships help provide deserving students with the tools and skills needed to complete their education and develop long-lasting careers in the retail-auto industry,” said Nick Toomey, GNYADA chairman. “This year, we are thrilled to recognize five special students who are veterans who have served their country with honor and are now completing their studies in order to join the workforce in the retail-auto industry as their favored civilian career."
Source: GNYADA

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Register for NADA Convention by Sept. 9 and Save $100; Top Hotels Selling Out

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Source: NADA

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