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Tesla Calls Out Michigan on “Raw Deal”

by zAutos.com on October 20, 2014

Tesla Motors is taking on Michigan after the state passed a bill that bans their direct-sales model.

House Bill 5606 was originally a single amendment that focused on reducing dealership fees, but Senator Joe Hune amended the bill, shifting the focus to governing franchise relations. Considering Tesla does not have any dealerships and instead relies on direct sales, the bill effectively prohibits Tesla from selling vehicles in Michigan.

The EV maker called the move → Read More

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Top GM Lawyer Retires

by zAutos.com on October 19, 2014

General Motors’ top lawyer, Michael Millikin, is set to retire in early 2015 after 37 years with the company. Millikin’s announcement comes just three months after a brutal hearing with Congress regarding GM’s deadly ignition switch recalls.

During the hearing in July, Senators asked Millikin how he wasn’t aware of the defect. Millikin told lawmakers that he wasn’t notified of the issue until after GM announced the initial recalls back in January. However, an external investigation led by Anton Valukas found that Millikin’s attorneys had been → Read More

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Toyota Becomes Global Hybrid Leader

by zAutos.com on October 18, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. announced last week that they had surpassed their goal of 7 million hybrid units sold, making them the global leader in hybrid vehicles.

“Hitting the 7 million mark represents our customers’ recognition of the benefits of Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations, in a company statement. “The appeal of excellent fuel economy, driving dynamics and the quality of our vehicles combined with our dealers’ dedication to customer service makes Toyota → Read More

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Volvo Expands Production in Sweden

by zAutos.com on October 17, 2014

Volvo Cars is adding a third working shirt at their Torslanda production plant to meet customer demand for their new vehicles. The expansion is planned for the first quarter of 2015, starting just before the production of their all-new XC90.

Adding the third shift will create approximately 1,300 new jobs, increasing the total number of employees at the Torslanda, Gothenburg plant by 40 percent. In addition to the third shift, Volvo will also implement a new working agreement to support → Read More

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Chevy Spark Surpasses 1M Sales Worldwide

by zAutos.com on October 16, 2014

Chevrolet’s mini Spark is burning hot in 71 markets worldwide. The brand recently announced that their Spark model had surpassed 1 million global sales, proving that small cars can be popular in today’s market.

The Spark, or Beat as its known in India, has sold the most units in South Korea, quickly followed by Mexico and the United States. In the U.S., sales are up 10 percent year to date.

“Our small cars – Spark, Sonic and Cruze – attract → Read More

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