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Electric Vehicle Sales Strong in 2021; SUVs Sales Still Dominate the Market

In December, data showed SUVs on course to account for more than 45% of global car sales in 2021.

January 18, 2022 - IEA

Autonomous Vehicles

World's First Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Factory Planned for Michigan

Waymo, not General Motors, is brining automobile manufacturing back to Michigan.

January 24, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Demographic Changes Spell Trouble Ahead for Auto Industry

It's not only young adults who are delaying in getting drivers licenses, but a drop in licenses among all age groups according to a new analysis of license data from 1983-2014 by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

January 21, 2016 - The Fiscal Times

Electric Vehicles Are Money Losers, But That's Expected

All-electric vehicles - those without tailpipes or gas tanks, are entering the marketplace, particularly in California, but unlike other models from the same manufacturers, they are not expected to sell well. So why are they even being manufactured?

May 13, 2013 - USA Today

Has Europe Reached Its Car Peak?

Declining populations and economic malaise in many European countries are just some of the forces contributing to what most agree seems like a lasting decline in the continent's demand for automobiles.

January 18, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Capitalizing on India's Auto-Rickshaw Sector

India's Bajaj Auto company introduces an ultracheap small car focused on the country's rickshaw industry. Meanwhile, an unrelated study finds that the unorganized auto-rickshaw sector presents a huge business opportunity.

January 6, 2012 - The New York Times

Detroit: Beyond the Bailout, Immigration is Key Issue

The formula for Detroit's current status is complicated -- a mix of local, regional and national socioeconomic forces. But while many hands have shaped the good and bad of today's Detroit, the impact of current federal policy is easy to spot.

January 4, 2012 - City Limits

More Americans Living Car-Free

The New York Times Automobiles Section discusses the growing population of Americans living car-free.

October 22, 2009 - The New York Times

Demotorizing with Generation Y

A study conducted by J.D.Power and Associates shows that young people are leading a shift in perception about desire for cars.

October 9, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

Roadmap for a Sustainable Car Industry

John DeCicco, senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, and author of the Green Book--a rating system for the environmental impact of cars--talks about the regulatory reforms necessary for the car industry.

June 6, 2009 - VerdeXchange News

How to Rekindle America's Love Affair with the Car

The Daily Show's resident "problem solver" John Hodgman offers his advice on renewing America's "love affair with the car": eliminate public transit and bomb foreign auto makers. [Video]

April 9, 2009 - The Daily Show

GM Shake-Ups Frazzle Factory Town

Ypsilanti, Michigan, has been a GM factory town for more than 50 years. With the recent ouster of GM CEO Rick Wagoner by the federal government, many in the oft-shaken town are worried about its future.

April 3, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

Struggling Auto Town Revived By New Industry

The former GM auto industry town of Anderson, Indiana, which struggled as factories closed, is experiencing rebirth as a new industry plans to move in.

March 6, 2009 - The New York Times

Stimulus For Transit, Un-Stimulus For Auto Industry

Funding in the federal stimulus package for high speed rail has been cheered by transit advocates across the country. This opinion piece argues that in addition, funds should be taken away from the auto industry.

February 25, 2009 - The Boston Globe

Young, Japanese, and Car-Free

Young Japanese men and women are ditching the car as a status symbol, sparking concern for car companies.

January 7, 2009 - The Oregonian

Big Three a Hard Sell Among Young Folks

Research shows that of the ten vehicles most popular with 16-35-year olds, not one comes from the Big Three U.S. manufacturers. argues that it will take more than a bailout to attract younger customers.

January 5, 2009 - Campus Progress

What's Good for GM...and the Nation

Michael Moore writes that the only bailout of the Big 3 automakers that makes any sense is a government takeover that re-tools the industry to build sustainable transportation modes including trains, buses, subways and light rail.

December 6, 2008 -

Friday Funny: Eulogy for the Hummer

A victim of soaring gas prices, a slumping economy and a changing public consciousness, the Hummer appears headed for extinction.

December 5, 2008 -

Cities are Gas Guzzlers, Too

Like the major automakers, cities have been warned for years that they need to rein in sprawl and become more energy-efficient; and having neglected these warnings must now restructure how they operate, says Jack Diamond of the Globe and Mail.

December 2, 2008 - The Globe and Mail

Bailout Should Transform Detroit into 'Transportmaker'

As the federal government prepares to bail out the flailing U.S. automotive industry, it should think about changing the face of the industry from carmaker to "transportmaker", according to Robert Goodman.

November 17, 2008 - The New York Times

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