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MUNICH — Two employees of German supplier Webasto have been infected with the coronavirus, the supplier said. One of the employees worked at the supplier’s headquarters in Stockdorf, near Munich, Germany, the company said in a news release on Tuesday. The second employee from China had been working in Stockdorf earlier this month. “The two colleagues are doing well under the circumstances,” Webasto CEO Holger Engelmann said in a statement. Webasto said it has canceled all employee trips to China for at least the next two weeks. Webasto makes heating, air conditioning and roof systems. It has 11 factories in…

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Nearby, the bulk of the company’s second-generation BMW 3-series fleet sits parked in a gleaming white garage. Aptiv is using Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, which at least for now are only for r&d purposes. Later, Hyundai vehicle platforms will be added to the fleet, a result of the $4 billion joint venture Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group unveiled in September.In another room, a screen covers an entire wall. It provides a visual overview of the real-time location of every vehicle in service. Employees can click on a vehicle and get a treasure trove of instant information on vehicle speed or…

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LAS VEGAS — Riding along Interstate 15 at dusk, you can see the sun set behind the mountains and canyons west of Las Vegas, casting brilliant hues of purple and pink, red and orange, across the desert floor. But instead of looking outside, Austin Russell admires the view on the screen in front of him. “This looks great,” said Russell, the founder and CEO of Luminar, a lidar technology company. “This is the first time I’ve really seen this.” He examines the point cloud produced on the screen by his company’s latest product, Hydra, which combines sensing, software and computing…

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Some automakers have abandoned many of their small-car offerings as consumers continue to gravitate toward light trucks. But U.S. buyers of used vehicles show more nuanced tastes. That was apparent in a study by Autolist, a San Francisco-based vehicle-shopping platform acquired this month by CarGurus. Autolist said it looked at more than 4 million used vehicles that left its marketplace from April to September 2019. It included only vehicles from the 2015 to 2018 model years and left out those with fewer than 100 miles on their odometers. The fastest vehicles to move ranged from small cars to a large…

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75 with Ford Roger Campbell Sr., second from left, retired dealer principal of Campbell Ford in Ozark, Mo., received a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co., along with, from left, John Campbell, vice president, Stephanie Campbell, finance manager, and Roger Campbell Jr., dealer principal. Source link

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“When we think about John and Chrissy, they’re approachable, they’re fun, they’re young luxury,” Mark Del Rosso, CEO of Genesis North America, told Automotive News last week. “America and the world can relate to Chrissy and John.” Del Rosso himself is part of the fresh vision at Genesis, arriving in October after executive positions at Audi and Bentley.The Super Bowl ad campaign, including two teasers released last week and a 60-second spot that will air during the game, builds on the reputation of Legend and Teigen for playfully ribbing each other. The teaser clips revolve around a symbolic going-away party…

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1967 Company’s first rotary engine vehicle, the 2-door Cosmo Sport, introduced. Two make it to the U.S. as official imports of the Curtiss-Wright aviation company. Exports to Europe begin. 1968 A Canadian sales company is established. 1970 Mazda Motor of America (N.W.) Inc. is established in Seattle. 1971Mazda debuts the rotary-powered RX-2. 1972 Mazda Technical Center and Toyo Kogyo U.S. Representative Office established. The rotary powered RX-3 debuts. 1975 Mazda Motor of America (Central) Inc. is established. 1977 Oil supply worries drive up U.S. fuel prices. Mazda builds a compact car to achieve greater fuel efficiency called the 323, or…

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Fears surrounding the fast-spreading coronavirus prompted automakers and suppliers last week to restrict business travel in and out of China, where the key auto-industry city of Wuhan was identified as the illness’ epicenter. In an effort to contain the outbreak, which had been blamed for 41 deaths as of late Friday, Jan. 24, Chinese officials have restricted travel for 35 million people — including a complete quarantine of Wuhan, a city of 11 million, 400 miles west of Shanghai. On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government was arranging a charter flight to begin evacuating U.S. citizens and…

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Genesis is pulling out all the stops for the marketing debut of its GV80 crossover, enlisting power couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to throw a symbolic going-away party for “old luxury,” and coming out party for the brand’s “young luxury” aesthetic, in its first-ever Super Bowl ad. “When we think about John and Chrissy, they’re approachable, they’re fun, they’re young luxury,” Mark Del Rosso, CEO of Genesis North America, told Automotive News this week. “America and the world can relate to Chrissy and John.” Legend, 41, is a singer and songwriter who was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”…

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WASHINGTON — Environmentalists and consumer advocacy groups are castigating automakers for supporting the Trump administration’s effort to relax fuel economy standards, amid fresh warnings from a Democratic leader that the plan won’t deliver promised safety benefits and will raise costs for consumers. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said the administration’s latest draft plan for fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for autos, which is now being reviewed by the White House, fails to deliver many of the benefits promised when it was initially proposed in 2018. Although the Trump administration backed off from a harsher initial plan that would have frozen…

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