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Peugeot experiences €4bn in lost sales over Iran bans

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Employees of French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) from Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris, demonstrate in protest at job cuts in front of the Paris Motor Show in Paris, September 29, 2012. The French automaker Peugeot has experienced an estimated four billion euros in lost sales after cutting ties with the Iranian automaker Iran Khodro under pressure from an American partner company, Press TV reports. Peugeot’s... 

MP wants to outlaw Russian dash cam videos

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The trace of a flying object in the sky over Chelyabinsk / still from a dashboard camera Posting videos from a vehicle’s dashboard camera online violates the Russian constitution and should be banned, the head of the Lower House mass media committee has said. Aleksei Mitrofanov spoke at a Tuesday roundtable dedicated to protection of children from the hazards of the internet, in particular obscenities... 

Police start using ‘black boxes’ in car crash investigations

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Nearly every car being manufactured right now comes with a little added bonus by way of a tiny recording device nestled under the center console. And if you’re looking to keep your driving habits under wraps, you might want to start worrying. As many as 96 percent of the cars mass-produced in 2013 include event data recorders, or EDRs, yet the existence of these small “black box” surveillance... 

ACLU reveals docs of mass license plate reader surveillance

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The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents confirming that police license plate readers capture vast amounts of data on innocent people, and in many instances this intelligence is kept forever. According to documents obtained through a number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by ACLU offices across the United States, law enforcement agencies are tracking the whereabouts of... 

Obama administration sues BMW plant for not employing felons

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BMW X3 being manufactured at the Spartanburg, SC plant. The Obama administration objects to the fact that not enough black felons are not being employed at the plant. The EEOC is suing a BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC. The EEOC says they are discriminating against black people by not employing felons. The notorious EEOC is a Soviet style commission created to fulfill the unconstitutional mandates of... 

Iranian experts unveil new UAV, solar car

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Iranian researchers have produced an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be used for reconnaissance mission together with a domestically-designed and -developed solar car. The aircraft, named ‘Afar’ and developed by Iranian technicians at the Qazvin Branch of the Islamic Azad University, has a wingspan of three meters (about 10 feet) and a hull length of 1.5 meters (about 5 feet). The... 

German truck maker MAN to see lower sales in 2013

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German truck manufacturer MAN expects lower sales and earnings in 2013 after the net profit of the company in 2012 contracted to 189 million euros (USD253 million) in the face of Europe’s faltering economy. According to a statement released by the company on Friday, “MAN Group will see a … decline in revenue and a disproportionately large drop in operating profit in 2013.” “Despite the... 

French Peugeot sales drop by 16.5 % amid eurozone crisis

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The logo of French car maker PSA Peugeot is seen on a car parked in front of French Economy minstry in Paris, September 11, 2012. French auto-giant Peugeot has reported a 16.5 percent drop in sales of cars and spare parts worldwide as Europe’s financial crisis takes its toll on the country. The business, known fully as PSA Peugeot Citroen, recorded worldwide unit sales in 2012 of “assembled vehicles... 

Global automotive industry stepping into new era

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Top managers of the global automotive industry interviewed by KPMG consultancy unanimously agreed that redistribution in the auto market is to be expected within the next five years. They believe that in the stagnating traditional markets, markets of developing countries, in particular, Asian ones, will have increasingly more weight. This will give an additional impetus to the development of the Chinese... 

Renault warns unions of factory closures amid cuts, layoffs

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Employees of “Auto Chassis International” owned by French automaker Renault, attend a rally to protest against job cuts in Le Mans, western France on January 23, 2013. Renault has officially warned unions that car factories will close unless they seal an agreement of salary cuts and thousands of layoffs in the floundering company. “If there is no deal, it is impossible to leave things... 

First Batmobile sold for $4.6 million at auction

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The very first of six Batmobiles produced for the 1960s original Batman TV series has sold at auction for $4.6 million reaching the previous record for a celebrity car, the Aston Martin DB5 featured in “Goldfinger” with Sean Connery. The car was designed by Hollywood customizer George Barris and made for $15,000 from a 1955 concept Ford Futura, bought by the filmmakers for a symbolic $1, The Hollywood... 

France's Renault to cut 7500 jobs by 2016

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French car sales slump 7.8% percent in October. France’s Renault has announced some 7,500 layoffs by 2016 as the floundering company seeks to sharpen its competitive edge. Renault said on Tuesday that it has settled with unions over making 5,700 redundancies through natural attrition after making employees retire three years earlier. “If an agreement is signed with unions, this staff redeployment... 

Toyota to pay $1.1bn to settle safety lawsuit, as it seeks to regain goodwill

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Toyota, the third largest carmaker in the US market, has settled a US lawsuit that blames the company for defects in the speed control system in its vehicles. The class action has been the biggest safety crisis in the Japanese company’s history. The key accusation is that millions of Toyota cars accelerate unintentionally, with the proposed settlement set to cover economic losses from possible safety... 

GM set to close Opel plant in west Germany after 2016

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Opel cars are parked in front of Opel’s plant in the western German city of Bochum on June 8, 2009. US auto giant, General Motors, has decided to stop car production at a plant of the troubled and loss-making German carmaker, Opel, after 2016. Head of the Opel works council, Rainer Einenkel, said on Friday that there will be no more auto production at Opel plant in Bochum, situated about 442... 

Cop cars to be replaced with drones by 2025

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Honda R&D Americas, Advanced Design Studio, California Law enforcement agencies across the US are lining up to be among the first to use drones to serve and protect, but unmanned vehicles are likely to replace the traditional cop cruiser in just a few short years. In places like California, Texas and Washington State, police officers in recent weeks have intensified their demands for surveillance... 
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