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Auto CEOs Ask Trump for a CAFE Break

Top execs send letter to Trump pushing for easing fuel economy rules.

by on Feb.13, 2017

President Donald Trump, center, met with the CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to discuss jobs.

Change can come quickly with a new Presidential administration. At least that’s what Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and others are banking on when it comes fuel economy rules.

The group of makers all signed their corporate names to a letter asking President Donald Trump to revise tougher fuel efficiency standards coming in 2025, according to Reuters. The tougher standards may not be achievable and could cost thousands of jobs, the makers warn.

Government News!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in early January finalized fuel efficiency rules instituted by then-President Barack Obama should be locked in through 2025. (more…)

Canadian Auto Union Blasts GM for Moving Work to Mexico

Union president says its time to tear up NAFTA.

by on Jan.27, 2017

Unifor President Jerry Dias harshly criticized GM's plan to move some SUV production from Ontario to Mexico.

Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers, blasted General Motors for the company’s decision to shift some production from Ingersoll, Ontario, to Mexico and vowed to pressure the Canadian government to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“This decision reeks of corporate greed. It is not based on sales, it is another example of how good jobs are being shifted out of Canada for cheaper labor in Mexico and Unifor will not let it happen without a fight,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Trade News!

GM said it plans to lay off more than 600 workers at the CAMI–GM plant. The Ingersoll plant is not covered by the GM-Unifor contract reached last fall in which GM promised new investment at its Canadian factories. (more…)

Toyota Readies Robot to Help Healthcare Workers

Honda continues development of ASIMO.

by on Jul.31, 2015

Toyota will begin using its Human Service Robot in trials with healthcare workers to see if they are viable.

And now we all know where the real-life version of the movie iRobot begins … with the introduction of Toyota’s Human Service Robot or HSR.

In the aforementioned film, humans become reliant upon robots to handle life’s mundane responsibilities. The end result is that the robots view humans as a problem begin to implement a plan to rid the planet of them. That’s when Will Smith comes in, sans DJ Jazzy Jeff, and saves the world.

The Last Word!

Toyota’s HSR isn’t anywhere near that level of ability or pervasiveness, with its highly maneuverable, compact, and lightweight cylindrical body and folding arm, the HSR can pick objects up off the floor, retrieve objects from shelves, and perform a variety of other tasks. (more…)