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03/26/16
automotive

Video: Chrysler Turbo Encabulator
The "new dodge" era:



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03/26/16
f1

Haas F1 Preview: Sustaining Gains Into Bahrain
Until Haas F1 Team took to the grid last weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, it had been 30 years since an American team competed in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Simply showing up prepared and putting two cars on the track that made competitive lap times was the goal. And for industry veterans curious to know what kind of organization Haas F1 Team would be, the professional appearance displayed during preseason testing in Barcelona and at the season's first race in Australia set a goal to surpass expectations.

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03/26/16
wec

Ford GT makes dynamic European debut at The Prologue
For the competitors in the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘The Prologue’ test at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France heralds the dawn of a new season of racing. For the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC team this test is the official start of the road to Le Mans.

The learning curve will be steep, as the team will compete in just two races –the 6 Hours of Silverstone and the 6 Hours of Spa – before arriving at Le Mans in a little over two months’ time so a comprehensive test program for the Ford GT is vital.  

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03/26/16
wec

ACO Confirms New LMP1 Regulations for 2018
New regulations for LMP1 in 2018
New regulations for LMP1 in 2018
The ACO has confirmed plans for an all-new set of LMP1 regulations for 2018, which will have a larger dependency on hybrid power and further cuts in fuel flow and energy.

Sportscar365 reports that, under the new proposed regulations, manufacturers will be allowed to run up to three hybrid systems. The FIA and ACO is also set to expand into the 10MJ hybrid subclass for the first time.

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03/26/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief: Saturday
Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve
  • Villeneuve: F1 must restore credibility
  • Ecclestone: Mercedes, Ferrari to split wins
  • Renault clears new front wing for Bahrain
  • Palmer 'more relaxed' after Formula 1 debut
  • Ricciardo expects Bahrain to suit Red Bull
  • Button: Drivers need 'full package' to succeed
  • Alonso to use new power unit in Bahrain

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03/26/16
f1

Video: Mercedes reflects on Australia
Mercedes explain the untold story of how Nico Rosberg nearly lost the win during the 2016 F1 Australian GP and reveal how we approached the new radio restrictions; showing you just how hot the radio chatter got on the pit wall.



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03/26/16
wec

Video: Ford GT40 - 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans
Wonderful period video from brake pad manufacturer Ferodo on the 1968 Le Mans race from the standpoint of John Wyer's Gulf Oil Ford GT40 team, who won the race. The first 4 minutes shows a high speed in-car lap around Le Mans narrated by Stirling Moss. Wonderful video with footage of Alfa Romeo 33s, Porsche 908s, Matras, etc.... Note the straights with trees and nothing to stop a car from hitting them.

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03/26/16
fe

Formula E CEO looking to New York for U.S. Expansion
Alejandro Agag
Alejandro Agag
Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, wants to see his series grow and wants the U.S. along for the all-electric ride.

Agag talked about some of his frustrations with the United States in March at Mexico City--a venue that replaced Miami on this season’s schedule. The only U.S. venue planned for Formula E in 2016 is the streets of Long Beach, California.

And that’s not good enough for Agag, who wants more from his targeted markets.

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03/25/16
automotive

Chinese investors make 'long bets' on electric-car companies
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
China's aggressive promotion of electric cars is turning into boon for a few U.S. Companies.

The Chinese government offers generous incentives for new electric cars, and is pushing companies to develop and sell more of them.

That level of enthusiasm is leading Chinese investors to show more interest in U.S. electric-vehicle companies than they might otherwise receive.

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03/25/16
wec

Jani Quickest on Friday at Paul Ricard
Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Porsche has topped the time charts in the opening day of testing at the Prologue, with the German manufacturer showing the upper hand in all three sessions at Paul Ricard.

Neel Jani ended as quickest of the day, thanks to the Swiss driver's 1:37.487 lap set in Friday's two-hour night session.

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03/25/16
irl

Indy Trading Post Back With Clauson At Indy
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

The 100th Indianapolis 500 is going to be a landmark event more than a century in the making, and Indy Trading Post is going to be part of it as a returning sponsor of Bryan Clauson and the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing team, as they team up with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2016 edition of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing

Indy Trading Post (www.indytradingpost.com), located just south of downtown Indianapolis, is Indy’s #1 source for guns and knives, as well as being Indianapolis’ destination for family shooting sports.  In addition to their sale, Indy Trading Post provides a place to learn to learn to handle firearms safely in a relaxed environment, and promotes responsible gun ownership by providing a safe, clean, and family friendly environment staffed by experienced professionals.

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03/25/16
f1

Raikkonen to re-use Australia engine
An investigation at Ferrari's base in Maranello has showed that Kimi Raikkonen will be able to reuse the power unit he ran with in Australian despite having encountered a fire that forced him to retire from the race early on.

Raikkonen showed promising pace after grabbing the second place during the tumultuous start in the season-opener Australian race. The Finn then had to retire after the safety car period as flames shot out of his car.

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03/25/16
irl

Power glad to be back behind the wheel
Will Power
Will Power
Will Power, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was laid back and happy after returning to the cockpit for the first time since setting the track record and winning the pole for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 12.

"It felt good, really good," the Team Penske driver said after a daylong solo test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham on March 22.

Power sat out the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener March 13 due to effects from an inner-ear infection that prompted concussion-like symptoms including nausea, headaches and neck stiffness. It was only after a thorough battery of tests the day after the race that Power was determined not to have sustained a concussion.

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03/25/16
irl

Hinchcliffe, IndyCar legends entertain in Big Apple
Hinchcliffe, Luyendyk, Mears and Fittipaldi
Hinchcliffe, Luyendyk, Mears and Unser Jr.

It was fitting that four Indy car drivers – three retired with multiple Indianapolis 500 wins each and one current Verizon IndyCar Series driver – would meet for a forum to discuss everything racing in New York City. For this rollicking and informative discussion was made for the Broadway stage.

“A Celebration of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500,” held at the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, was sponsored by Car and Driver and Road & Track magazines and streamed live on IndyCar.com, in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. It featured four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears, two-time 500 winners Al Unser Jr. and Arie Luyendyk, and someone who hopes to earn his first “500” win this May, James Hinchcliffe.

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03/25/16
nassprint

GM exec says Chevy's success forced Ford to get Stewart-Haas
Mark Kent
Mark Kent
, GM's director of racing, has described Ford's joining forces with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 as a "bold move" but has pledged support to the team to season's end.

Kent told Motorsport.com: "Ford hasn't won a drivers' or manufacturers' championship in over a decade. So obviously they've been looking at Chevrolet and realizing it takes great teams and great depth to be able to win championships. We've been able to win the last 13 manufacturers' titles and nine of the last 11 drivers' championships. So Ford realized they had to do something. They made a bold move."

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03/25/16
nassprint

O'Donnell talks about "full fields", race winnings
Steve O'Donnell
Steve O'Donnell

Interviewed by the Charlotte Observer, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell talked about various issues including the size of Sprint Cup fields and why race winnings are no longer released:

Q: Although there are four spots available each race for non-charter "open" teams, they haven't all been filled since Daytona and fields have been composed of 39 of a possible 40 cars. Is that a concern?

O'Donnell: "When we looked at the charter system, we decided to leave four spots open. We didn't necessarily think those four spots would be occupied at each race and we'd love to maybe have them filled. But we're concentrating on the quality of the race teams that do show up each week. We're happy with that. We've got 36 teams and whichever open teams that show up and it's provided quality racing."

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03/25/16
Nassprint

Hendricks' GM Doug Duchardt gives season-to-date assessment
Hendricks driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona
Hendrick Motorsport  driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona
CONCORD, N.C. –After a thrilling start to the season, the first off-weekend of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has arrived.

After five races – including the Daytona 500 and a West Coast swing - General Manager Doug Duchardt said Hendrick Motorsports has seen “mixed results.”

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03/25/16
f1

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone writes pointed open letter to drivers
Ecclestone fires back at drivers
Ecclestone fires back at drivers
Bernie Ecclestone wasted little time sending a reply to the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after the organization wrote an open letter on Wednesday, demanding change to the governance system that runs Formula One.

The GPDA letter, signed by McLaren driver Jenson Button, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alex Wurz, said the "decision-making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured."

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03/25/16
Irl

Premium seats go on sale for Boston GP
BOSTON - Grand Prix of Boston Powered by LogMeIn announced that Premium Grandstand tickets and Club tickets go on sale today,Friday, March 25, 2016 at 1 p.m. E.T. Premium tickets and Club tickets for the inaugural Labor Day event September 2-4, 2016 in the South Boston Waterfront area will be available at www.indycarboston.com or by calling 857-598-5566.

“We’ve had a huge level of interest in our tickets since they went on sale March 15,” said John Casey, President of the Grand Prix of Boston. “The excitement and support for the event has been amazing. The Premium tickets and Club tickets will offer additional options for our fans and corporate partners to enjoy this amazing weekend.”

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03/25/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • F1 drivers will play "musical chairs' again in Bahrain
    F1 drivers will play "musical chairs' again in Bahrain
    'Musical chairs' stays in place for Bahrain
  • Bernie Ecclestone will likely never own controlling stake in F1 again
  • Sky Sports' $425M Deal Threatens To End Free-To-Air F1 Coverage in UK
  • Ecclestone Responds To Drivers' Letter, Saying He Agrees With Complaints

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03/25/16
irl

IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe unveils new beer (Update)
UPDATE PRESS RELEASE
James Hinchcliffe Beer

On April 2, 2016, Flat12 Bierwerks will release Hinchtown Hammerdown, a limited edition, pilsner-style beer brewed in partnership with Verizon Series IndyCar driver, James Hinchcliffe. The collaboration beer is brewed every year for the month of May -- which in Indianapolis, is all about racing.

This year’s release is made all the more momentous by James Hinchcliffe’s full recovery and return to racing after his involvement in a major crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 18, 2015.

That wasn't how the season was supposed to end for one of the brightest racing talents out there, but now #HinchI5Back and better than ever. Flat12 couldn’t be more excited for Hinchcliffe’s return to the track and for the return of this specialty brew,Hinchtown Hammerdown.

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03/24/16
F1

Pirelli confirms Monaco debut for ultrasoft
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has announced its compound selections and mandatory sets for the Monaco Grand Prix, with the Italian company to bring its Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft rubber.

Pirelli has allocated a set of Super Softs and Softs for the race, and a set of Ultra Softs for qualifying.

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03/24/16
racing news

Former racer Gary Brabham convicted in Australia
Gary Brabham, one of the three sons of triple F1 world champion Jack Brabham, has been found guilty of child rape on a six-year-old girl and convicted in the Brisbane District Court.

Brabham was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of indecent treatment of a girl under the age of 12. He was found not guilty of another five charges of indecent treatment. The offenses occurred between 2003 and 2007.

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03/24/16
nassprint

NASCAR Fines Danica Patrick & Kyle Busch
NASCAR has dropped the hammer on Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch for their actions last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR issued a $20,000 fine to Patrick after officials ruled she violated safety rules when she walked towards the race track to gesture at Kasey Kahne, who made contact with Patrick and caused her to crash on the front stretch. Patrick has also been placed on probation for the next four events.

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03/24/16
irl

Aquarium construction will not impact LBGP
Long Beach Circuit
Long Beach Circuit

The $53-million expansion of the aquarium in Long Beach, Calif., will not cause any disruption to the Toyota GP of Long Beach.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is planning a $53 million wing that represents the first major expansion in its 18-year history.

The whale-shaped Pacific Visions wing will include a state-of-the-art immersive theater, a new art gallery, 6,000 square feet of floor space for animal exhibits and room for cultural events.

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03/24/16
irl

Rahal: Removal of undertray downforce reduced overtaking at St Pete
An explanation from Graham Rahal on why we saw less overtaking in this year's IndyCar race at St. Petersburg: "We gotta get the underway back on. I don’t understand the mentality. It’s common sense in traffic that the wings are not effective. The undertray is only way to create downforce. When we take those off, we lack the downforce. I’d rather they limit the wing angles, and give you the undertray back."

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03/24/16
automotive

Judge Extends Deadline for VW Diesel-Engine Fix Proposal
A federal judge gave Volkswagen AG another month to come up with a fix for its diesel-powered cars that violate U.S. emissions standards after the German auto maker failed to meet the judge’s initial deadline writes Sara Randazzo of The Wall Street Journal.

An attorney for Volkswagen said at a hearing Thursday in San Francisco that engineers are working “around the clock” on a fix for some 600,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. that Volkswagen has admitted it equipped with software that tricks emissions tests.

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03/24/16
track news

Sonoma Raceway Upgrading Track With New Video Displays
Sonoma Raceway today announced upgrades that will add more than 5,000 square feet of Panasonic LED digital signage. The track will replace its lap/leader board, which has stood above Turn 1 since '94, with an 85-foot tall, four-sided LED scoring tower.

The pylon will debut at June's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350.

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03/24/16
f1

Tilke "There Is No Track Like Baku City Circuit"
Hermann Tilke
Hermann Tilke
Hermann Tilke is a name well known to most Formula 1 fans across the world. This would have much to do with the fact that he has been responsible for designing the majority of Formula 1's 'new' circuits, including the likes of the Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi), Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore), Bahrain International Circuit and Circuit of The Americas (Austin). Most recently, he has undertaken the challenge of designing a viable and challenging Formula 1 track on the streets of downtown Baku as the city prepares for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE this summer. Taking time out from his busy schedule, he spoke to Baku City Circuit about his hopes for this year's inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan.

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03/24/16
wec

WeatherTech Racing to Run 24 Hours of Le Mans
WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) and Marc Miller (Holland, Mi.) will drive the No. 89 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE AM in the 24 Hours of Le Mans to run June 18-19 at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.

WeatherTech Racing is partnering with German Porsche stalwarts Proton Competition for its return to Le Mans. The all-American WeatherTech Racing trio has experience at the twice-around-the-clock French classic race. MacNeil will be running the race for the third time. His last run was in 2014 where he was a part of a two-man team that finished fifth in the LM GTE Pro class. Keen is running Le Mans for a third time, having finished second in 2010. Miller competed last year in a Viper and was unclassified when the car retired on lap 304. The WeatherTech Racing Porsche RSR will run on Michelin tires.

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03/24/16
f1

Ecclestone agrees with drivers over governance
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday joined forces with F1 drivers who are complaining about the governance of the sport.

Sections of the media had interpreted the Grand Prix Drivers' Association's rare letter this week as a scathing attack on authorities including the F1 supremo.

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03/24/16
wscc

Jones Named DeltaWing Technology Group Chief Operating Officer
Perry 'P.T.' Jones
Perry 'P.T.' Jones
Perry 'P.T.' Jones has joined the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. as chief operating officer overseeing all aspects related to the DeltaWing companies, which includes DeltaWing Technologies Inc., DeltaWing Manufacturing Co. LLC, Panoz, and Panoz DeltaWing Racing. In a related announcement, Jones also has been appointed to the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. board of directors.

Jones has extensive automotive experience, most recently as Advanced Vehicle Systems Program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and ORNL’s primary contact with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies, overseeing ORNL’s vehicle and transportation research program strategy. He also was the principle investigator for the DOE’s Green Racing Initiative, providing direction for sustainable motorsports.

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03/24/16
wec

TDS Racing and Greaves Motorsport withdraw, Algarve Pro Racing will take part in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Two teams drop out of 2016 24 Hours of LeMans
Two teams drop out of 2016 24 Hours of LeMans
Two teams have withdrawn from the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours on 18-19 June. The no. 59 Aston Martin Vantage V8 entered by TDS Racing in LM GTE Am will not start the 84th event and the first reserve Greaves Motorsport (no. 45 Gibson 015S-Nissan in LM P2) has cried off. Thus, Portuguese squad Algarve Pro Racing’s no. 25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan has been invited to start the race.

The Portuguese team managed by Samantha Cox, which was second on the reserve list in February when the entries for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours were announced, has taken advantage of the withdrawal of TDS Racing and first reserve, Greaves Motorsport, and has been invited to take part in the Sarthe classic on 18th June.

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03/24/16
wec

Porsche Reveals New 919 Hybrid
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Porsche
Porsche has revealed the 2016 livery of its 919 Hybrid LMP1 contender, ahead of the official presentation of the new car at Paul Ricard on Thursday.

The German manufacturer opted to launch the revised livery for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans through its own online platforms Wednesday morning.

The new Porsche 919 Hybrid will makes its first public appearance at the two-day Prologue pre-season test, later this week.

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03/24/16
wec

Toyota Launches TS050 Hybrid
TS050 Hybrid said to be a major step forward
TS050 Hybrid said to be a major step forward
Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing has taken the wraps off its new TS050 Hybrid Thursday at Paul Ricard, ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Following reveals by Audi and Porsche, the Japanese automaker is the third and final LMP1 manufacturer to unveil its 2016 challenger, and is arguably the biggest departure from its previous model.

The TS050 Hybrid features an all-new 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine combined with a battery hybrid system, which is now running in the 8MJ hybrid subclass for the first time.

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03/24/16
irl

IndyCar Race at Phoenix Lands Title Sponsor
Phoenix race gets a sponsor, now all it needs is a good crowd on race day
Phoenix race gets a sponsor, now all it needs is a good crowd on race day

The Verizon IndyCar Series and Phoenix International Raceway said when the two sides came to an agreement to put the one-mile track back on the schedule that they didn’t need a title sponsor in the first year of the new relationship to be successful.

PIR said they’re in this partnership for the long haul and wanted to build a fan base again first.

Well, they got a bonus on Wednesday.

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03/24/16
f1

Sky Signs New Broadcast Partnership With F1 Management
Sky will pay Bernie huge sums of money
Sky will pay Bernie huge sums of money
Sky agreed to a new broadcast partnership with Formula One Management. Under the new agreement, Sky Sports will be the home of F1 in the U.K. and Ireland from '19-24, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, together with highlights of all other races and qualifying sessions, will be shown on a free-to-air basis and at least two other primetime live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix along with other F1 content. Sky Sports F1 will be the only place to watch each Grand Prix weekend live for the next three seasons in the U.K. Sky Sports

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03/24/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Vettel among drivers speaking out
    Vettel among drivers speaking out
    F1 drivers say governance threatens sport's future
  • As Britain switches, Wurz worried about F1's pay-TV future
  • Verstappen says no feud with Sainz
  • Rosberg first in queue for 2017 talks - Wolff
  • Hamilton returns fire after Charlie Whiting criticism
  • Renault not giving up on 2016 - Vasseur
  • Lauda denies Mercedes still sandbagging
  • Monza not giving up on Italy GP yet
  • Schumacher was right about Vettel - Clear

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03/24/16
automotive

Rivals race to catch up with Tesla at New York Auto Show
Why aren’t more people buying loads of electric vehicles in the U.S.?

Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault and Nissan attempted to answer this question during the 2016 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday morning. The consistently low sales are a “temporary slowdown,” expected to ramp up as governments put more pressure on companies to improve the carbon emissions of their vehicles, Ghosn said. However, the real challenge for auto makers may be motivating consumers to buy them.

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