Managing Automotive

News, knowledge, and insights for the automotive industry.

Managing Automotive
Employment, Industry Interests, Litigation, Recalls, Regulatory
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Managing Automotive

The latest issue of Managing Automotive is out!

Managing Automotive is an email and online publication offering insights and industry interests for the automotive industry.

Rundown of the latest happenings in the automotive industry after the jump.

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Industry Interests
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NHTSA chief David Strickland to step down

David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leaving the agency. 

[Detroit Free Press]

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Industry Interests, Regulatory
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Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sets Record High

The EPA issued its annual report that tracks the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States. Read the report here:

[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]

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General Motors names Barra as first female CEO at major automaker

General Motors global product chief Mary Barra has been named the new CEO.

[USA Today]

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“We just sold our very first vehicle with Bitcoin as payment!”

Lamborghini Newport Beach sold its first vehicle, a Tesla Model S Performance, via Bitcoin payment. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic currency developed in 2009 which uses cryptography to secure transactions. Lamborghini Newport Beach writes, “[we] are proud to announce that we are fully capable of accepting Bitcoin as payment for vehicles. We are excited to be opening the door to this new currency.”

[Newport Beach Lamborghini Blog]

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Industry Interests, Regulatory
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Autonomous Vehicle Testing Regulations Published

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a press release that announced proposed regulations governing the testing of self-driving and autonomous cars on California's public roadways have been published in the Office of Administrative Law's California Regulatory Notice Register.

[CA Department of Motor Vehicles]

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Zipcar Launches Service at 23 New Colleges This Fall

Zipcar Inc. has launched its car-sharing service at 23 new colleges and universities this fall — now nearly 350 campuses across the United States and Canada feature Zipcars. 

[Auto Rental News]

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EPA and DOE Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2014 Models
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, which helps consumers to identify and choose the most fuel efficient vehicles.
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At Request of FTC - Telemarketer Ordered to Pay $5.1 Million to Reimburse Victims of Car-Buying Scam
A federal court has ordered a Canadian telemarketer to pay more than $5.1 million to American and Canadian consumers who were scammed into paying hundreds of dollars based on false claims that the telemarketer had buyers lined up for their cars, and that refunds would be provided if the cars weren’t sold.
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9th Circuit Will Not Revive Class Action Over Prius Defect
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a putative class action accusing Toyota Motor Corp. of not fixing its Prius vehicles, ruling a fuel-tank defect that caused inaccurate gas gauge readings in cold weather wasn't covered by Toyota's warranty.
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