Archives for October 12th, 2013

NHTSA Says Automakers Should Disable In-Car Texting and Web-Surfing [UPDATED]

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While we didn’t talk about it in our review of the 2013 Ford Focus ST, a wonderful driver’s car with a questionable interior layout, we were amazed with one feature the car had in its MyFord Touch infotainment system: A text message service that had two full pages of pre-programmed messages you could send your friends without having to pick up your ...

Ford Adding 2,000 Jobs in Kansas City

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Ford Adding 2,000 Jobs in Kansas City The Ford Motor Company has announced that it will add more than 2,000 new jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, and that more than 1,000 of those positions will be filled by new hires rather than returning workers. The automaker said that demand for the F-150 pickup truck is “surging,” requiring 900 additional workers and a third shift starting in the third quarter of 2013. The company also ...

US, Japan trade talks could see scrapping of car and truck tariffs

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Trade issues between the United States and Japan, especially in the automotive sector, have struck a repetitive note for decades: our market is open to them, their market is effectively closed to us. Even though Japan doesn't apply tariffs to cars we export there – whereas we tax Japanese passenger cars 2.5 percent and Japanese light trucks 25 percent – other barriers like Japan's 2,000-unit cap in the Preferential Handling Program and regulatory hurdles have ...