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In Mercedes project, latchkey kids get chauffeured rides

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 05:01
Mercedes had a particular group of customers in mind when it launched Boost, an Uber-like shuttle service, in 2013. They were children, and they simply needed to get to soccer practice.

Aural sparkle, arachnids, and calzone stuffed with sushi-grade tuna: What people think of the Fiat 124 Spider

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 05:01
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, marks the two-door's return after several decades. Here's what some critics and others are saying about the 124.

Next Caddy crossover due in '18

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 05:01
Cadillac is billing the XT5 as the first of four new crossovers planned for its lineup. But the next one is more than two years away.

Spider 'ain't a badge exercise'

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 05:01
The task seemed simple: Re-create the most popular Fiat ever sold in the U.S. for the 21st century. The reality, it turned out, was a little more complicated than typing 'Miata' into Google Translate and choosing 'Italian.'

Ford workers approve UAW contract after late push by union leaders

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 04:30
A last-ditch push by UAW leaders to rally support for a proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. mustered just enough votes to overcome widespread opposition and bitterness among workers as the company generates record profits.

VW, under deadline, submits fix to 2.0-liter diesel emissions violations

Automotive Business Review - 21 November, 2015 - 00:45
The EPA and California air regulators received an initial proposal from Volkswagen, which faced a Friday deadline, to address emissions violations with the company's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles.

UAW ratifies national labor pact with GM

Automotive Business Review - 20 November, 2015 - 23:30
The UAW ratified a new four-year labor agreement with GM, ending two weeks of deliberations amid opposition to the deal from skilled-trades workers.

China Mulling More EV Incentives in Wake of Poor Sales

China car times - 2 April, 2014 - 08:12

As electric vehicles sales remain weak, China is considering adding new measures to entice buyers into buying electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

It wasn’t long ago that the Chinese government backed away from its plan to gradually reduce EV subsidies (instead opting for much less steep reductions over the next few years). It now appears that the government intends to add more icing to the cake in the form of tax breaks. According to Ma Kai, Vice Premier in the State Council, the Chinese government is considering excepting all “new energy” vehicles from the 10% vehicle purchase tax that normally accompanies the purchase of a new vehicle. This tax cut would come in addition to efforts to further extend the subsidies beyond the Dec 31st end date. More details are due to be released in the coming months.

The 10% tax reduction certainly wont hurt the adoption of alternative energy vehicles in China, but likely will do little to spur demand either. China desperately needs a dramatic and well-publicized effort to roll out a comprehensive national network of charging stations if the government truly seeks to bring electric vehicles to the market in large numbers.

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