Infiniti Readying New Platform for Electrified Cars

First Up 04/24/18

Trump Says He May Tie Mexican Immigration Control to NAFTA
According to Reuters, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to make Mexican immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA trade deal on Monday, even as ministers from Canada, the United States, and Mexico readied a fresh push to finalize a revamped accord this week. “Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post. “Our Country cannot accept what is happening!” Discussion of immigration controls has not been a part of formal negotiations on the new NAFTA accord, and talks by all accounts - including Trump’s - are progressing. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray dismissed Trump’s comment in his own Twitter post. Mexico decides its immigration policy in a sovereign manner, he said, and it would be “unacceptable” to condition the renegotiation of NAFTA. Read more here

Infiniti Readying New Platform for Electrified Cars
Nissan Motor Corp.'s Infiniti luxury brand will introduce an all-new platform for its entire range when it shifts to exclusively electrified powertrains in 2021, reports Automotive News. Infiniti President Roland Krueger said the platform will be unique to the Infiniti brand and share only select components with the mass-market Nissan marque. The new platform will be designed to house two different powertrains that will drive all newly redesigned Infiniti vehicles for 2021: Either a pure electric, battery-driven motor, or Nissan's e-Power range extender hybrid setup. The platform is based on the Q Inspiration concept vehicle that was unveiled at this year's Detroit auto show to presage a next-generation top-tier sedan. The platform will be scalable to cover the entire Infiniti lineup, except the full-sized QX80 SUV, Krueger said Monday at an Infiniti design event ahead of the Beijing auto show. Read more here

NHTSA Widens Safety Probes of Ford, VW, and Nissan Vehicles
The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is expanding three investigations for brake and air bag troubles that could affect more than 2.3 million vehicles from Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan, reports The Detroit Free Press. The expansions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were announced Monday and over the weekend on the agency’s website after investigators found more consumer complaints about the problems. NHTSA has expanded a 2016 investigation to include just over 1 million vehicles. The probe now covers the 2006-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ as well as the 2006-2011 Mercury Milan. The government is expanding an investigation into the 2015 recall of 416,000 Volkswagens to address driver air bags that failed to inflate. The probe now affects 1.2 million CC, Passat, Eos, Golf, GTI, Tiguan, Jetta, and Jetta Sportwagen vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years. Read more here

U.S. Court Blocks Trump Effort to Delay Boost in 'Gas Guzzler' Fines
Automakers will face steeper penalties if they fall short of annual U.S. fuel economy targets after a federal court blocked a Trump administration move to delay a scheduled increase in the fines, handing a victory to environmental groups and several states. According to Automotive News, the ruling by a federal appeals court in New York overturned a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decision last July to indefinitely delay a rule to more than double the value of the fines from taking effect. Several states including New York, California and Vermont sued and alleged NHTSA’s move was unlawful. Environmental groups also sued the Trump administration over the delay. Since the mid-1970’s, automakers have been fined $55 for each mile per gallon they fall short of annual Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets set by NHTSA. Those fines are multiplied by the number of vehicles sold in a given model year. Read more here

2018 Women in Remarketing Honorees
“Recognizing Excellence.” That’s more than just the moniker under Auto Remarketing’s Women in Remarketing logo. It’s one of the reasons why Auto Remarketing publishes this issue of the magazine each year. This special feature, which can be found in the April 15 issue, recognizes excellence among the leaders of the remarketing and used-car business. Each of the leaders honored in the Women in Remarketing program takes on different responsibilities within the industry, and the companies they represent encompass a diverse cross-section of the used-car market. Each has a unique and inspiring story to tell, both within and beyond the business world. Click here to check out this year's honorees

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