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GM Heritage Center photo by Frank Sherosky

Detroit auto industry still suffering from lack of CAD designer skill portability

Imagine if you had five more computer operating systems than just Windows, and in order to get a new job, you had to be fluent in all of them, not to mention proficient. Then you get the scope of the problem still plaguing many within Detroit's unemployed engineering and design community, while the auto industry cries that it cannot find skilled designers.
Cutaway of Cyclone Engine, courtesy of Cyclone Power Technolgies

Cyclone Power updates with news on Waste Heat Engine builds and LSR run at NASA

The LSR run on the NASA landing strip has been known for a while, but Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, and Phoenix Power Group LLC announced that they have also successfully completed fabrication, assembly and initial testing of the first pre-production Waste Heat Engines (WHE-25) manufactured by TopLine Energy Systems. It doesn't take an engineer to see the connection with automotive.
Ford logo at NAIAS

Does the tight UAW-Ford vote reflect cracks in solidarity with the national union?

With a slim margin separating the United Auto Workers union from passing a new 4-year contract with Ford, it’s obvious the rank and file are not unanimously happy with how the national union has handled the Ford negotiations. Question is: Is there a deeper wound festering deep within the UAW?
Daily Chart of Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) for 10/14/2011

Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) must step up rare earth materials production for EVs

In statements before Congress, Molycorp described China, which now controls some 97% of the world’s supply of rare earth metals, will continue to limit exports of the valuable elements, restricting its supply largely to domestic customers. Question is, can the supply of non-Chinese miners like Molycorp meet future demand of electrified vehicles?
Weekly chart of Navistar stock

Carl Icahn stakes his claim on Navistar, stock rises after hours after market down day

Navistar International (NYSE: NAV) stock was on the rise after-hours Thursday after activist investor, Carl Icahn, disclosed a 9.8 percent stake in the company. Was his decision based on technical or fundamental analysis and its report at 2011 DEER conference in Detroit?
Tesla Roadster at the BPI 2011 Ride and Drive

The Business of Plugging In 2011: Media drives EVs at Ride and Drive

The Business of Plugging In 2011, a Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan held a Ride and Drive event on October 11 for the media. With representation by Eaton, GE, GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz-AMP and Tesla, what are the best three combo-words to describe the experience?
Chevrolet Spark 2013

Chevy Spark to follow Volt and Malibu Eco in 2013, but for select drivers

General Motors (Public, NYSE:GM) this morning announced its new all electric urban minicar 2013 Chevy Spark. This electric car, coming to US market, will be for sale only in limited quantity and only for select types of drivers. The stock market welcomed today's announcement, sending GM stock up 3.33 percent at the time of this writing.
Bob Weed and John Hipchen of Copper Development Assoc at BPI 2011

Copper Development Association scores well at The Business of Plugging In 2011

The Copper Development Association did more than just spread the word at The Business of Plugging In 2011 about the value of copper induction motors now used by Tesla Motors in their electric vehicles. It gave new insight to attendees of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) conference.
The Business of Plugging In 2011 in Dearborn, Michigan runs Oct 11-13

The Business of Plugging In 2011 opens today, focuses on widespread adoption of PEVs with Ride and Drive

The Business of Plugging In 2011, a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Conference will open at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan and runs from October 11 - 13, uniting automotive, utility and new technology thought-leaders with policy makers, financiers and researchers as they focus on widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). [See updates from Torque News via here and Twitter, especially Ride and Drive report.]
Daily chart of Toyota stock as of 10:50 a..m on 10/10/2011

Toyota stock opens higher but still trending below 50-day moving average

Despite news about the 2012 Camry debut and the plans to diversify location of key part production around the globe, Toyota stock opened higher this morning which was trading last week near or just below its key price resistance area of 67.56 set in September, 2010 and well below its 50-day moving average.
Navistar uses the MAXFORCE

Navistar reports Super Truck accomplishments at 2011 DEER Conference

Through the DOE project, Navistar was to develop and demonstrate technologies to improve Class 8 truck and trailer aerodynamics, combustion efficiency, waste heat recovery, hybridization, idle reduction, and reduced rolling resistance tires. Day 1 at the 2011 DEER Conference provided the venue for an update.
Weekly chart of GM stock up to 9/30/2011

S&P upgrades GM credit rating, places Ford on upgrade watch, and GM responds

In an update, GM responded to the rating agency, Standard & Poor's of General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) credit rating in direct response to the company's new four-year-labor deal with the UAW. Question still remains, though: Will it make much of a difference to the present stock price in light of overwhelming economic conditions affecting the entire auto stock sector?
Cutaway image of the cyclone Power external combustion engine

Cyclone Power taps former White House Climate Change Task Force member as advisor

Cyclone Power Technologies (Pink Sheets: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, announced that it has signed an advisory agreement with former President Bill Clinton's former Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force, Roger Ballentine and his company, Green Strategies Inc.

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