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Julie Hamp leaves Toyota in wake of drug smuggling arrest

Julie Hamp leaves Toyota in wake of drug smuggling arrest

Filed under: Government/Legal, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Toyota, JapanAfter having been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle Oxycodone into Japan, Julie Hamp has stepped down from her post as Toyota's Chief Communications Officer and most senior female executive.Continue reading Julie Hamp leaves [more]
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EPA rates Toyota Mirai at 67 mpge with 312-mile range

EPA rates Toyota Mirai at 67 mpge with 312-mile range

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Toyota, Alternative Fuels, Technology, Sedan, HydrogenThe Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan has earned an EPA rating of 67 mpge with a 312-mile driving range. Buyers also get three-years or $15,000 in free hydrogen to keep it going.Continue reading EPA rates [more]
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Import pickup truck-killing Chicken Tax to be repealed?

Import pickup truck-killing Chicken Tax to be repealed?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Mazda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Asia, Europe, TruckComing trade deals in the Pacific and in the EU could finally put an end to the Chicken Tax that exerts a 25-percent import tariff on foreign pickup trucks. Although, it might be a while before we see a bevy of new models o [more]
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Uber France execs arrested for running 'illegal' taxi service

Uber France execs arrested for running 'illegal' taxi service

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, EuropeFrench police interview and then arrest the CEO of Uber France and general manager of Uber Europe, charging them with running an illegal taxi service and hiding documents.Continue reading Uber France execs arrested for running 'illegal' taxi serviceUber Fr [more]
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Officials hint at possible win for Uber in Mexico City

Officials hint at possible win for Uber in Mexico City

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Transportation AlternativesThe smartphone-based ridesharing app Uber might be getting some good news in Mexico City and be allowed to operate there legally.Continue reading Officials hint at possible win for Uber in Mexico CityOfficials hint at possible win for [more]
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Economic officials say Tesla gigafactory will open in a year

Economic officials say Tesla gigafactory will open in a year

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Marketing/Advertising, TeslaThe first batteries from the Tesla Gigafactory are now expected within 12 months. This is a bit sooner than was previously planned.Continue reading Economic officials say Tesla gigafactory will open in a yearEconomic officials say Tes [more]
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Black-and-gold California license plates return after nearly 50 years

Black-and-gold California license plates return after nearly 50 years

Filed under: Government/Legal, ClassicsAfter a two-year pre-order program, the first batch of new black-and-gold California license plates in nearly 50 years are making their way to drivers. The tags start at $50 and can be ordered for any car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle, or trailer.Continue rea [more]
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MasterCard wants to use credit card data to reveal your car, driving habits

MasterCard wants to use credit card data to reveal your car, driving habits

Filed under: Government/Legal, United StatesMasterCard International has applied for a patent related to technology that can scan purchasing habits to determine a consumer's car type and driving habits.Continue reading MasterCard wants to use credit card data to reveal your car, driving habitsMaster [more]
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Amid Confederate flag fight, Stars and Bars stripped from cars [UPDATE]

Amid Confederate flag fight, Stars and Bars stripped from cars [UPDATE]

Filed under: Government/LegalWhether its emblazoned on bumper stickers, license plates or vehicles themselves, the Confederate flag has been a fixture of the automotive landscape for as long as cars have been on the road. This week, that's changing.Continue reading Amid Confederate flag fight, Stars [more]
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NHTSA investigating 630k Jeep Wranglers for possible airbag fault

NHTSA investigating 630k Jeep Wranglers for possible airbag fault

Filed under: Government/Legal, Jeep, Safety, SUVThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the 2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler for the possibility of the driver's side airbag not deploying due to a wiring issue. If a recall is necessary, it could affect an estimated [more]
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Recharge Wrap-up: London Mayor to drive Formula E car at London ePrix, S. Korea expands charging infrastructure

Recharge Wrap-up: London Mayor to drive Formula E car at London ePrix, S. Korea expands charging infrastructure

Filed under: Celebrities, Government/Legal, Green, Motorsports, Emissions, ElectricFour countries ask European Commission for "challenging" CO2 targets. Seoul government to add 100,000 EV charging sites. Boris Johnson to test drive Spark-Renault SRT_01E ahead of final Formula E races.Continue readin [more]
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Senator: NHTSA audit is 'one of worst I've ever seen'

Senator: NHTSA audit is 'one of worst I've ever seen'

Filed under: Government/LegalFederal officials and an executive from automotive supplier Takata took turns Tuesday explaining to Congress why it took years before any of them took action to protect motorists from a deadly airbag defect and why safety problems still threaten drivers.Continue reading [more]
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Tesla comes out swinging against automakers that can't make EVs

Tesla comes out swinging against automakers that can't make EVs

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Tesla, Emissions, Green Culture, Electric, HybridTesla thinks that the California Air Resources Board is moving in the wrong direction by loosening the rules for midsize automakers. The company also wants even fewer zero-emissions vehicles credits available on t [more]
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Japanese police raid Toyota HQ following Hamp arrest

Japanese police raid Toyota HQ following Hamp arrest

Filed under: Government/Legal, Toyota, JapanJapanese police reportedly raided Toyota's headquarters today, following the drug-related arrest of global communications boss Julie Hamp last week.Continue reading Japanese police raid Toyota HQ following Hamp arrestJapanese police raid Toyota HQ followin [more]
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NHTSA isn't as thorough as you think

NHTSA isn't as thorough as you think

Filed under: Government/Legal, SafetyAn audit by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General discovers dire problems within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its investigation methods prior to GM's ignition switch recall.Continue reading NHTSA isn't as thoroug [more]
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US proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

US proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Fuel Efficiency, United StatesThe Obama administration has proposed tough new fuel economy standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans.Continue reading US proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucksUS p [more]
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Tesla, Ecotricity settle Supercharger diferences

Tesla, Ecotricity settle Supercharger diferences

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Tesla, UK, ElectricTesla, Ecotricity are no longer in a legal battle over charging stations along UK motorways.Continue reading Tesla, Ecotricity settle Supercharger diferencesTesla, Ecotricity settle Supercharger diferences originally appeared on Autoblog on Su [more]
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Akio Toyoda backs exec Julie Hamp after drug-related arrest

Akio Toyoda backs exec Julie Hamp after drug-related arrest

Filed under: Government/Legal, Toyota, JapanAkio Toyoda, president of the Japanese automaker that bears his name, is personally backing Julie Hamp, the American businesswoman who was hired to run Toyota's global PR and reports directly to him, after she was arrested by police in Tokyo for the illega [more]
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Uber says drivers and passengers banned from carrying guns

Uber says drivers and passengers banned from carrying guns

Filed under: Government/Legal, GreenRide-hailing app company Uber says it is banning its riders and drivers from carrying guns.Continue reading Uber says drivers and passengers banned from carrying gunsUber says drivers and passengers banned from carrying guns originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, [more]
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Elio Motors will offer shares to non-accredited investors

Elio Motors will offer shares to non-accredited investors

Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Green Automakers, United StatesElio Motors is on Start Engine and asking for funds from non-accredited investors. That's people like you and me.Continue reading Elio Motors will offer shares to non-accredited investorsElio Motors will offer shares to non-accredi [more]
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