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No Mr. President “cars (canNOT) be built in the US” Ford Inc. rebuffs Trump’s statement

WASHINGTON: President of the United States Donald Trump recently stirred a controversial debate as he tweeted saying that because of his 25% tariffs on chinese-made automobiles Ford has now decided to make their cars in the US. “This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!” Trump tweeted. “Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs.” CNBC. This is just the beginning. This car can now…

Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving

WASHINGTON: Ford Motor said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts. The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015. Ford…

Ford self-driving test van ‘talks’ to pedestrians via light signals

WASHINGTON: Ford Motor and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a way to enable self-driving vehicles to communicate their movements visually to pedestrians, cyclists and to human drivers, the researchers said on Wednesday. The new communications method, which uses simple light signals to depict whether a self-driving vehicle is slowing or accelerating, has the potential to become a universal industry standard in all countries, Ford and institute researchers said. The automaker set out to find “a way to…

European carmakers hope to catch Tesla with faster e-car chargers

FRANKFURT: Europe's biggest carmakers are drawing on the full force of the continent's industrial prowess to build a network of ultra-fast charging stations as they look to stoke demand for electric cars and break Tesla's stranglehold on the market. BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and Daimler plan to build about 400 next-generation charging stations in Europe that can reload an electric car in minutes instead of hours. The long time it takes to charge batteries is one of the main disadvantages of electric cars compared to…

Fiat avoids Trump wrath, but Mexico imports coming soon

DETROIT: Fiat Chrysler so far has escaped the wrath of President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter feed, but the automaker is due to start importing models from Mexico as soon as this month. Fiat Chrysler shifted production of the new Jeep Compass to Mexico so it could build another vehicle in the Illinois plant outside of Chicago, where the Compass was produced until last month. The move was part of the overall effort to boost production for its popular Jeep brand, according to the company's executives. So far FCA has…

As Trump targets Toyota over Mexico, Nissan faces bigger risk

TOKYO: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened Toyota over its Mexican-built cars, but the biggest risk from a punitive tariff would be for its compatriot Nissan, the largest automaker operating in the country. Trump has criticized U.S. companies like General Motors and Ford  which manufacture abroad, accusing them of costing U.S. jobs. On Thursday he took on Toyota, warning the world's largest automaker that it would face a "big border tax" if it exported Mexico-built cars to the U.S. market. But it is Nissan,…

Ford cancels $1.6 billion Mexican plant after Trump criticism

Ford Motor said on Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and will invest $700 million at a Michigan factory, after it had come under harsh criticism from President-elect Donald Trump for its Mexican investment plans. The second largest U.S. automaker said it would build new electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles at the Michigan plant. Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said the decision to cancel the new plant in Mexico was in part related to the need to "fully utilize capacity at existing…

Ford studies using drones to guide self-driving cars

DETROIT: Ford Motor is studying a system to use drones to help guide self-driving vehicles, including on off-road adventures, company officials said. Drones launched from an autonomous vehicle would help guide it by mapping the surrounding area beyond what the car's sensors can detect. Vehicle passengers can control the drone using the car’s infotainment or navigation system. "At some point, people are going to want to take their autonomous vehicle into the woods or off road where the drone could guide them," said Alan…