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Daimler Accused of Selling Over One Million Cars with Excess Emissions
Fiat Chrysler Makes Diesels Again as U.S. Is Said to Near Ruling
Brace for Impact: U.S. Sales Plunge Ahead
Electric Cars Are the Future? Not So Fast
Carmakers Flex Their Muscles with Performance Models
NADA Show 2018 Returns to Las Vegas from March 22 to 25
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Daimler Accused of Selling Over One Million Cars with Excess Emissions

German carmaker Daimler has been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States, Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court. Two months ago Stuttgart prosecutors searched Daimler sites in Germany following allegations of false advertising and the possible wrongful manipulation of exhaust gas treatment systems in diesel cars.
Source: Reuters

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Fiat Chrysler Makes Diesels Again as U.S. Is Said to Near Ruling

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV resumed making diesel Ram pickups that were ordered off the market by U.S. regulators, preparing for a verdict from the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of being able to sell them. The carmaker began building a small number of the Ram trucks again this month, a spokesman said. The EPA is close to deciding whether or not to approve the pickups and the diesel-powered Jeep sport utility vehicle for sale as 2017 models, two people familiar with the matter said.
Source: Bloomberg

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Brace for Impact: U.S. Sales Plunge Ahead

A significant downturn in U.S. new-vehicle sales is coming because it is intrinsic to the industry, leading analysts say, but it likely will not be the painful trough of a decade ago and should give automakers and suppliers the opportunity to recast their business for a fast-approaching shift in the automotive ecosystem.
Source: WardsAuto

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Electric Cars Are the Future? Not So Fast

Though they’re no longer ugly, impossibly expensive and impractical, electric vehicles need to out-innovate fossil fuels if they are ever to displace the internal combustion engine

Electric cars have come a long way. They are no longer ugly, impossibly expensive and impractical, thanks to technological advances that have slashed battery storage from $1,000 per kilowatt-hour in 2010 to $273 per kwh last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Carmakers Flex Their Muscles with Performance Models

Mean muscle cars and speedsters are announcing their presence loudly in showrooms. For all the talk of the self-driving cars of the future, there’s a curious flip side. Look no further than the burn-out button on all upcoming Ford Mustangs, the fearsome 840-horsepower Dodge Demon dragster, even the trio of scrappy Honda Civics that debuted this year. Companies like Tesla Inc., Waymo and Uber may be disrupting the industry. But Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors Co. and other automakers are playing to their strengths by emphasizing horsepower and performance.
Source: The Detroit News

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NADA Show News
NADA Show 2018 Returns to Las Vegas from March 22 to 25

Online registration for dealers and their managers -- which includes an early-bird discount and hotel selections -- opens Oct. 2, 2017.

NADA Show 2018 (formerly the NADA Convention & Expo) returns to Las Vegas for four days running from Thursday, March 22, to Sunday, March 25. "The NADA Show provides one of the best networking opportunities in the industry—from attending the dealer-franchise meetings and workshop sessions to shopping for the latest products and services in the exhibit hall," said Richard Stephens, NADA Show committee chairman. "Attendees will be among the first in the industry to see what’s new and what’s next in automotive retailing," added Stephens, a Ford and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealer in Danville, W.V. For more information, visit www.nadashow.org.
Source: NADA

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Quotable
"Autonomous cars are (coming), but they're still on the way. We're going to be driving our own cars for quite a while, and there's still value in offering cars that people truly enjoy."

    -- Stephanie Brinley, an analyst with forecaster IHS Automotive, commenting on the influx of muscle and performance cars, The Detroit News, July 12

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