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Dealers Wait for Power, People to Return after Irma
Car-Centric Houston Struggles after Loss of Countless Autos
U.S. to Unveil Streamlined Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines Tuesday
California Wants a Say as Trump and Car Makers Talk New Mileage Rules
Daimler CEO Says Migration to e-Cars Should Be Left Up to Market
Auto Sales Seen Ticking Up as Twin Storms Spur Replacement Cycle
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Dealers Wait for Power, People to Return after Irma

Florida dealer Larry Zinn was holed up in a hotel room Monday, blindly assessing from afar the impact Hurricane Irma had on Warren Henry Auto Group's stores. Zinn's uncertainty extended to his own logistics of when he will be able to fly back to his home and if he will have enough staff to run stores when they can reopen. "The bigger problem is many people were evacuated so we have staff who are all over the country right now," said Zinn, general manager of Warren Henry Auto Group in Miami with six stores in Florida. "Some areas are not allowing people back in yet. Miami Beach, for example, will start allowing people back in tomorrow at noon. We're waiting for the airports to open back up."
Source: Automotive News

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Car-Centric Houston Struggles after Loss of Countless Autos

The Houston area has lost hundreds of thousands of cars, says Michael Hartmann, general manager of Don McGill Toyota of Katy, a city of 17,000 about 30 miles west of Houston. "We have a shortage of rental cars and people not sure how to go about handling claims and just what to do with their lives."
Source: The Associated Press

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U.S. to Unveil Streamlined Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines Tuesday

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will unveil on Tuesday streamlined safety guidelines for automakers that want to deploy self-driving vehicles, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, as members of Congress push their own proposals to remove regulatory barriers to the technology. The new Transportation Department policy is expected to offer the lighter regulatory touch that automakers have pushed for. For example, the Transportation Department is expected to state that automakers do not have to seek approval from regulators before putting self-driving vehicles on the road.
Source: Reuters

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California Wants a Say as Trump and Car Makers Talk New Mileage Rules

Trump administration, which has been meeting with auto industry, expects to include state in talks going forward

California officials, long advocates of demanding clean-air regulations, say they have been sidelined from a series of discussions in recent months between the Trump administration and auto makers that are angling for relief from stringent fuel-economy standards. The Golden State’s clean-air officials hold considerable sway in setting emissions standards requiring auto makers to sell vehicles that get increasingly better mileage. California holds an Environmental Protection Agency waiver that allows the state to set its own tougher regulations that many other states follow.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Daimler CEO Says Migration to e-Cars Should Be Left Up to Market

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said the migration from combustion-engined cars to electric vehicles should be left up to the market rather than forced by quotas. "We want to reach the maximum speed ourselves, we don't need quotas for that," he said at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters

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Auto Sales Seen Ticking Up as Twin Storms Spur Replacement Cycle

Consumers in Texas and Florida are expected to boost U.S. car and truck purchases late this year and into
2018 after an initial sales drag from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Without the bump from buyers needing to replace damag ed vehicles, the U.S. auto market was at risk of dipping below 17 million units this year, according to LMC Automotive. The researcher now expects deliveries to exceed that threshold and has raised its 2018 outlook for new light-vehicle sales in the U.S. by about 100,000 to 17.1 million.
Source: Bloomberg

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"We've lost 500,000 to 1 million cars."

    -- Urban planner Kyle Shelton of Rice University in Houston, commenting on the damage caused in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, The Associated Press, Sept. 11

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