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GM, Honda to Partner on N. American Products

GM, Honda to Partner on N. American Products

General Motors and Honda have tentatively agreed to co-develop vehicle platforms and both piston- and battery-based powertrains for the North American market.

The companies say the alliance will span multiple unspecified model segments. Each company will market its version of the resulting vehicles separately.

Fast Start

GM and Honda will begin planning meetings immediately and expect to start engineering work early next year. GM President Mark Reuss predicts the partnership will deliver “significant synergies” and cost savings.

The companies say the partnership they envision also will delve into connectivity, production and purchasing collaboration.

Collaborating more closely on EVs makes especially good sense, particularly for Honda. The company, which lags its ...READ MORE

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Jeep Resurrects Luxury Grand Wagoneer

After a nearly 30-year hiatus, Fiat Chrysler is set to revive the top-end Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV.

The carmaker unveiled the premium 4x4 in concept form (along with its Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid sibling) this week. Production is due to start in the second quarter next year at FCA’s Warren, Mich., truck plant.

Here are a few takeaways:

It’s Worth the Wait

The concept 7-seater, which is expected to closely approximate the production model, lives up to its heritage.

The new Grand Wagoneer is inspired by the original (produced from 1984 to 1991) but features an unprecedented “level of premium execution” for FCA, according to Design Chief Ralph Gilles. “We strived to create an elegant design with a timeless silhouette, featuring countless beautifully ...READ MORE

Trade Groups Squabble Over Rights to Vehicle Data

Should you be able to decide who has access to the data your car collects about its mechanical and electronic condition?

“You bet,” says the Global Alliance for Vehicle Data Access. “Not so fast,” retorts the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

The squabble has been sparked by a proposed Massachusetts state law that would give owners the ability to allow their cars’ data to be accessed by independent repair shops.

The requirement, which faces a state referendum vote in November, would take effect a year from now when the 2022 model year begins.

Who Has Rights to What?

So far, so good. But how would this accessing actually occur?

The measure specifies that cars be equipped to reveal their operational data either wirelessly or through a remote server ...READ MORE

Renault Adopts Brand-Centric Structure, Adds New Mobility Unit

Following up on a 3-year cost-cutting plan announced earlier this year, Renault is reorganizing its operations to focus on its brands rather than geographic regions.

The new structure creates four business units, including one each for its three brands (Alpine, Dacia and Renault) plus the newly formed Mobility group.

The change is designed to improve profitability and value rather than volume. Renault also expects the simplified structure to strengthen team cohesion, while boosting morale and motivation.

Brand Leaders

Luca de Meo, who became Renault’s CEO on July 1 after leading Volkswagen’s SEAT unit, also will be charge with the company’s namesake brand. The revised strategy calls for the marque to move upmarket and away from small, entry-level cars.

The rest of ...READ MORE

Putting the Brakes on Large Truck Crashes

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

The old adage is especially relevant to safety equipment pertaining to cars (the goose) and heavy-duty trucks (the gander), according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The insurance industry group found that semi-trucks could avoid more than 40% of rear-end collisions if they were equipped with both automatic emergency braking (AEB) and forward-collision alert systems. That’s about the same benefit rate as the devices have in passenger cars and trucks.

The difference is that most new light vehicles already are or soon will be equipped with the technologies, while relatively few big rigs in the U.S. have them installed.

By the Numbers

Accidents involving semi-trucks in the U.S. have ...READ MORE

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