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1. Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama
- Friday, September 08, 2017
With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.
2. Last Word: Megasite Prospect, Crosstown Opening Plans and New Chandler Numbers
- Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Tennessee is pursuing the new $1.6 billion assembly plant Toyota and Mazda announced just last week to turn out 300,000 vehicles a year and there is that regional megasite in nearby Haywood County that isn’t being used. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to add the joint facility to the state’s auto industry.
3. Haslam Wants Tennessee to Land New Toyota-Mazda Plant
- Wednesday, August 09, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he is making the case for Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. to build a new assembly plant in Tennessee.
4. Summertime Blues: Car Sales Head for 7th Straight Down Month
- Wednesday, August 02, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of new cars and trucks showed declines in July as automakers cut back on low-profit rental car sales and consumers waited for Labor Day deals.
July was likely the seventh straight month of lower sales. Analysts have been predicting lower U.S. sales this year as demand levels out after an unprecedented seven straight years of growth.
5. Volvo Goes Electric, Ditches Cars Powered Solely by Gas
- Thursday, July 06, 2017
HELSINKI (AP) – Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine.
6. Experts: Takata Bankruptcy Means Air Bag Victims Get Less
- Wednesday, June 21, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company.
7. Women CEOs Earn Big Pay, But Few of Them Have the Top Job
- Thursday, May 25, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies.
The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent.
8. Fields Out at Ford; New CEO Hackett Known for Turnarounds
- Tuesday, May 23, 2017
DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) – Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services.
9. Auto Sales Tumble; 7-Year Win Streak Could Come to an End
- Wednesday, May 03, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – The six top-selling automakers in the U.S. reported sales declines last month as demand seems to be slowing after seven straight years of growth.
General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Honda on Tuesday all reported weaker U.S. sales than a year ago.
10. The iPhone of Cars? Apple Enters Self-Driving Car Race
- Monday, April 17, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too.
11. Memphis Looks to Detroit’s Riverfront for Inspiration
- Monday, April 17, 2017
In a lot of ways Memphis and Detroit are kindred spirits. Both cities have similar populations, demographics, soul-laced musical legacies and are both looking to rebuild their economies after getting hammered by the recession.
12. Car Sales Keep Falling, But Buyers Pay More for Trucks, SUVs
- Tuesday, April 04, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Passenger car sales continued to plummet last month and were a drag for many automakers, even with offers of some very juicy discounts.
For now, the auto industry isn't worried because it's making solid money selling reams of SUVs and trucks to consumers who are loading them up with expensive features. But some analysts see the large inventories of cars as a looming problem.
13. Trump Announces Challenge to Obama-Era Fuel Standards
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.
14. Intel Drops $15B on Mobileye in Race for a Driverless Future
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Intel will buy Israel's Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.
15. Google's Self-Driving Car Company Escalates Battle With Uber
- Monday, March 13, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered vehicles.
16. General Motors Invests $47M Into Tennessee, Michigan Plants
- Monday, February 06, 2017
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is investing $47 million into two plants in Tennessee and Michigan.
In Tennessee, the automaker says it will spend $27 million to prepare its Spring Hill plant to assemble a right-hand drive SUV that will be exported to Australia as the Holden Acadia.
17. Ford CEO Hopeful That Trump Will Ease Gas Mileage Standards
- Friday, January 27, 2017
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co.'s top executive is hopeful that President Donald Trump could ease government fuel economy requirements and reduce corporate taxes to help the auto industry grow and create jobs.
18. White House Doubles Down on Trump's Voter Fraud Claim
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.
19. Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook
- Thursday, January 19, 2017
It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.
20. GM to Add or Keep 7,000 US Jobs, Make $1B Factory Investment
- Wednesday, January 18, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.
21. Takata Agrees to Guilty Plea, Will Pay $1B for Hiding Defect
- Monday, January 16, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators.
22. General Motors Exudes Optimism, Raises Outlook for 2017
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Optimistic executives at General Motors say strong sales in two core markets, the U.S. and China, along with cost-cutting will power the company to higher profits in 2017.
23. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.
24. Volkswagen: Draft Deal in Scandal Contains $4.3B in Fines
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that it was in "advanced talks" with United States authorities over a proposed settlement in its diesel emissions scandal under which the company would pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines.
25. GM CEO: Won't Change Production Plans Despite Trump Tweet
- Tuesday, January 10, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors has no plans to change where it produces small cars because of criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, the company's top executive said Sunday night.
26. US Auto Sales Near Record Highs in 2016
- Thursday, January 05, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – Demand may be slowing, but U.S. consumers still bought a whole lot of cars and trucks in 2016.
U.S. sales of new vehicles – which set a record of 17.47 million in 2015 – could hit a new high in 2016. Consulting firm LMC Automotive and car-buying site Edmunds.com each predict sales will squeak past the previous record and reach 17.5 million in 2016.
27. Ford Cancels Plan to Build New Mexican Plant, Adds US Jobs
- Wednesday, January 04, 2017
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) – The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.
28. GM's Main China Venture Fined $29M in Anti-Monopoly Case
- Monday, December 26, 2016
BEIJING (AP) – General Motors Co.'s main joint venture in China was fined $29 million on Friday on charges it suppressed competition by enforcing minimum sales prices for dealers, the latest in a string of penalties against foreign auto brands under the country's anti-monopoly law.
29. GM to Temporarily Close 5 Factories as Car Inventory Builds
- Tuesday, December 20, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors will temporarily close five factories next month as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars on dealer lots.
The factories will close anywhere from one to three weeks due to the ongoing U.S. market shift toward trucks and SUVs, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said Monday. Just over 10,000 workers will be idled.
30. Gov't to Require Cars be Able to Talk to Each Other
- Wednesday, December 14, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.
31. Trump Forms an Advisory Group of CEOs for Input on Jobs
- Monday, December 05, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Friday announced the formation of an advisory group of more than a dozen CEOs and business leaders who will offer input on how to create jobs and speed economic growth.
32. Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November
- Friday, December 02, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.
33. EPA to Keep Strict Gas Mileage Standards in Place
- Thursday, December 01, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.
The decision means that automakers, at least for now, will still have to meet strict fuel economy requirements and that companies likely will continue building small cars and electric vehicles still even though people are buying more SUVs and trucks.
34. Volkswagen Teases With Sketch of New Upper Midsize Car
- Tuesday, November 29, 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is coming out with a new model that will add to its offerings of larger cars in the United States, where its market share has lagged the competition.
35. Government Wants Phone Makers to Lock Out Most Apps for Drivers
- Monday, November 28, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.
The voluntary guidelines unveiled Wednesday are designed to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also wants automakers to make infotainment systems easy to pair with smartphones.
36. US Allows GM to Delay Recall to Prove Safety of Air Bags
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto safety regulators are allowing General Motors to delay a large recall of potentially defective air bags, giving the company time to prove that the devices are safe and to possibly avoid a huge financial hit.
37. Volkswagen Bets on New Technology to Bounce Back From Crisis
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen's namesake brand hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a broad restructuring that will mean more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.
38. Volkswagen to Shed 30,000 Jobs, Cutting Costs After Scandal
- Monday, November 21, 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
39. GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.
40. Tennessee Manufacturers Seek Workers As Industry Rebounds
- Tuesday, November 08, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee manufacturers are in need of young employees as the industry rebounds and older manufacturing workers retire.
According to State Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd, of the 344,000 manufacturing workers in Tennessee, about 77,000 will retire in the next decade, the Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2f9AKGW) reported.
41. GM Starts Producing 200-Mile Electric Chevrolet Bolt
- Monday, November 07, 2016
ORION TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) – It can go more than 200 miles on battery power and it costs less than the average new vehicle in the U.S. But in an era of $2 per gallon gasoline, the Chevrolet Bolt probably won't do a whole lot to shift America from gasoline to electricity.
42. Facebook Pushes Ahead With Video Ambitions
- Thursday, November 03, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Whether it's a video clip of your friend's dog or a live stream of the presidential debates, you are likely watching more videos on Facebook than ever. And that means you're also more likely to see video ads.
43. October US Sales Fall as Auto Boom Slows
- Wednesday, November 02, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – It's a chilly autumn for U.S. auto sales. Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to fall in October as consumer demand wanes. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive expect total October sales to fall by just over 7 percent, with retail sales to individual customers dropping 8 percent.
44. Toyota to Test Car-Sharing System That Doesn't Use Keys
- Tuesday, November 01, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Toyota will test a new car-sharing system next year that lets users unlock doors and start cars with their smartphones.
The Smart Key Box system eliminates the need for a physical key. Toyota will test the system in San Francisco with the Getaround car-sharing service starting in January. A Toyota investment fund put money into Getaround this month.
45. Lexus, Toyota and Buick Top New Auto Reliability Survey
- Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology.
It's the fourth straight year that Lexus came in first and Toyota came in second. Two of their hybrids – the Toyota Prius and the Lexus CT 200H – were named the most reliable vehicles. But Buick – General Motors Co.'s near-luxury marque – is the first domestic brand to crack the top three since the magazine began tracking vehicle reliability in the early 1980s.
46. Ford Cutting Production as US Demand Slows
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting production as U.S. demand for new vehicles slows, but so far, its rivals aren't doing the same.
47. Meet Olli
- Saturday, October 08, 2016
With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.
But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.
48. Haslam Visits Tenn. Plants For Manufacturing Week
- Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has kicked off a week to promote the manufacturing sector with a visit to the Beretta plant in Gallatin.
The Monday visit coincided with the 490th anniversary of the Italian gunmaker’s first military contract. Company officials also announced that the plant has been certified by the Army to produce its military firearms at the facility.
49. Automakers Report Mixed US Sales Results in September
- Tuesday, October 04, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results in September as demand for new cars and trucks sputtered.
Nissan's sales rose 4.9 percent over last September and Toyota's were up 1.5 percent. General Motors' and Honda's sales were flat, Fiat Chrysler's fell 1 percent and Ford and Volkswagen both reported 8-percent declines.
50. Will Boom in Loans at Retailers, Manufacturers Turn to Bust?
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.
Not one has "bank" in its name, but they are all big lenders, and getting bigger by the day.
51. How Could Your Brand Capitalize on Live-Streaming?
- Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Since Facebook Live launched in April of this year, live-streaming events have become very popular. While competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.
52. Memphis City Council to Take Second Vote on Pot Ordinance
- Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Sept. 20, on the second of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police to write a citation or ticket for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.
53. Trailblazer on the Track
- Friday, August 26, 2016
Two or three times a week, the dream returns. No matter that it has been 13 years since she was behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster. No matter that she is now 76 years old.
Shirley Muldowney was, is, and will always be the “first lady of drag racing.” And the lady dreams. Still.
54. Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships
- Friday, August 19, 2016
Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:
55. July US Auto Sales Could Fall on Weaker Demand
- Wednesday, August 03, 2016
U.S. auto sales were expected to drop slightly in July as unusually hot weather – and softening demand – kept buyers at home.
Kelley Blue Book predicted a 1 percent decline from last July to about 1.5 million new cars and trucks. Sales were strong at the beginning of the month thanks to Independence Day promotions, but weakened after that, KBB senior analyst Alec Gutierrez said.
56. Business Leaders Offer List of Corporate Best Practices
- Friday, July 22, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett and several other prominent business leaders have released a group of recommendations for improving corporate governance.
The list of best practices includes recommendations to choose board members from diverse backgrounds who are independent of a company's management.
57. GM Recalls About 308K Cars; Air Bags May Not Work in Crash
- Friday, July 22, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors is recalling nearly 308,000 older Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. and Canada because the air bags might not inflate in a crash.
The recall covers Impalas from the 2009 and 2010 model years that were made before Feb. 10, 2010.
58. Court Ruling Opens Door to More GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has decided that people injured in crashes caused by faulty General Motors Co. ignition switches can sue the company even if they were hurt before GM's 2009 bankruptcy filing.
59. General Motors, Lyft Expand Car Rental Program
- Tuesday, July 12, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and ride-hailing service Lyft are expanding their Express Drive short-term vehicle rental program to California and Colorado.
The program lets Lyft drivers rent GM cars for $99 a week or less depending on the number of Lyft rides they complete. It launched in Chicago in March and has expanded to Boston, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
60. AAA Auto Club Says Not All Gasoline Is The Same
- Friday, July 08, 2016
Many motorists are clogging their car's engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.
That's the conclusion of a study released Thursday by the AAA auto club.
Federal rules in place since 1996 require all gasoline to have some engine-cleaning additives, but many major brands have extra detergents. AAA said tests it commissioned from an independent lab found that lesser gasolines left 19 times more deposits on engine intake valves than so-called top-tier fuels after the equivalent of 4,000 miles of driving.
61. US Auto Sales Expected to Hit Record in First 6 Months
- Tuesday, July 05, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they're still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.
Sales through June were expected to be up 2 percent over last year to 8.66 million, according to Kelley Blue Book.
62. AP Sources: VW to Pay Nearly $10.2B to Settle Emissions Claims
- Friday, June 24, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps costing about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.
63. Female CEOs See Pay Rise, But Numbers Remain Small
- Thursday, May 26, 2016
For the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off.
64. GM Offers Debit Cards or Longer Warranties in Mileage Case
- Monday, May 23, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be getting compensated, the automaker said Friday.
Those who purchased their SUV will get to choose a debit card or an extended warranty, while lessees will receive the debit card.
65. Production Unaffected By Fire at GM Plant in Spring Hill
- Monday, May 23, 2016
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – A fire at the General Motors plant in Tennessee was quickly extinguished and will not affect production at the Spring Hill facility.
GM spokesman Tom Wickham said Friday that the fire in the air handling unit is believed to have been caused by a welding spark.
66. GM Stops Sale of SUVS; Mileage on Window Stickers Was Wrong
- Monday, May 16, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. is telling dealers not to sell about 60,000 SUVs in the U.S. because the gas mileage listed on the window stickers was inadvertently overstated.
67. Last Word: TNReady Termination, NFL Draft Day and What Drove The Bible Bill
- Thursday, April 28, 2016
When students in public schools take tests these days, it is about more than how they are doing and whether they know what is being taught them.
The scores play a significant role in how teachers are evaluated and rated. And both play a role in their careers and how much they will be paid. They play a role in whether the state decides to take over a school or the school system they remain in decides to essentially start over with an Innovation School model.
68. GM Making Investments at Tennessee and Michigan Factories
- Thursday, April 28, 2016
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is investing $790 million at its plant in Tennessee and another $118 million in Michigan.
The company said Wednesday that it will create nearly 800 jobs at the Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant as part of the new high-efficiency engine program and other modernization initiatives.
69. Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era
- Friday, April 22, 2016
Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.
70. Hankook Tire Moving North American Headquarters To Nashville
- Thursday, April 14, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – South Korean tiremaker Hankook is moving its North American headquarters to Nashville.
Company and state officials announced in a ceremony at the state Capitol on Wednesday that 200 jobs will move to downtown Nashville, which is about 40 miles southeast of Hankook's new factory in Clarksville.
71. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young
- Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally.
72. Experts Caution Self-Driving Cars Aren't Ready for Roads
- Monday, April 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.
73. Orders for Lower-Priced Tesla Hit 198,000
- Monday, April 04, 2016
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.
74. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen?
- Saturday, March 26, 2016
Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.
But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.
75. Robotics Expert: Self-Driving Cars Not Ready for Deployment
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – A robotics expert is warning against a rush toward widespread deployment of self-driving cars, saying they are "absolutely not" ready.
The director of Duke University's robotics program, Missy Cummings, told the Senate's commerce committee the cars aren't yet able to handle driving in bad weather, including standing water, drizzling rain, sudden downpours and snow. She says they certainly aren't equipped to follow a policeman's directions.
76. Last Word: Tiger Drumbeat, Eye on Drones and Shelby County Biggest Home Sale
- Monday, March 14, 2016
Let the coaching drumbeat resume after the Tigers Sunday post-season collapse one game past Tulsa.
A confession here – I am so sports challenged that I thought UConn was a team from Alaska until I saw it spelled out.
In my defense, who associates Huskies with Connecticut?
My point is what happens next isn’t just about basketball. It’s about a change with a good track record of being emotional in the worst way.
It’s linked to how we want to be known for treating people and what they think of us as a result of that.
In those two areas, it’s never just business. It’s always personal.
Josh Pastner’s four predecessors were each very different case studies in this regard.
It could have been any stop in any city with a basketball court and a one-and-done star he could find and recruit to John Calipari. But he still had to hide under a blanket in the back seat of a car on the way to the airport and lie about it long after everyone knew.
Knew about the Kentucky job that is. The mess he left at the university would surface shortly thereafter.
Tic Price was two fast seasons and the proof that the Memphis job isn’t just about what happens on the court and the attendance at games.
Price was clearly excited about coming to Memphis. He clearly understood the importance and heritage of Tigers basketball and valued it. And he wasted no time at all getting lost in the Memphis that is not a part of that all encompassing world.
It was the only job Larry Finch wanted and ultimately the job he couldn’t continue to have. That after ignoring conventional wisdom as a player and coming from Melrose High to Memphis State, bringing a beloved team with him and then picking Memphis again in the ABA over the Lakers in the NBA.
None of that was considered in pushing him out the door and then naming a building after him.
Dana Kirk wanted to be the hustler John Calipari was. He was certainly impersonal enough about it and he took the team to an era where a post-season NCAA bid was expected and is still expected to this day.
But his impersonality exacted a high cost and he paid most of that cost. Although you could argue the experience for his team that produced some legendary players also made some of them legendary casualties of his emotional distance. It didn’t allow him to go elsewhere because he never figured out that he was being underestimated just as much as the team whose needs he ignored was in the national view of college basketball.
While Calipari dodged big trouble twice, Kirk wasn’t even in Calipari’s league when it came to ducking and timing.
We are past our inferiority complex. That’s what the last NFL drive of the 1990s did for us.
But it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we see the people chosen to occupy these very public positions as a reflection to the world of who we are.
77. GM Buys Software Company to Speed Autonomous Car Development
- Monday, March 14, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that's been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.
78. Automakers Post Healthy February US Sales Gains
- Wednesday, March 02, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains last month as consumers – giddy from Super Bowl ads – returned to showrooms after a snowy January.
Ford's sales rose 20 percent over last February, boosted in part by higher sales to rental car fleets. Honda's sales were up 13 percent and Fiat Chrysler's rose 12 percent. Nissan's sales rose nearly 11 percent and Toyota's were up 4 percent. Hyundai's sales rose 1 percent.
79. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities
- Saturday, January 16, 2016
When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”
The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.
80. With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.
81. US Auto Sales Expected to Hit an All-Time High in 2015
- Wednesday, January 06, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before.
U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.5 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. Analysts expect sales could go even higher this year as unemployment continues to decline and more young buyers enter the market.
82. US Regulators Slap BMW With $40M Fine for Safety Violations
- Tuesday, December 22, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday BMW failed to send the agency accurate recall information.
83. GM, Toyota Sales Up in Strong November for US Auto Industry
- Wednesday, December 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.
Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. Car buying site Edmunds.com predicted sales of new cars and trucks will hit 1.33 million, eclipsing the previous November record set in 2001.
84. Germany's Largest Trade Union Opening US Office Near Nashville
- Thursday, November 19, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States.
85. Berkshire Hathaway Reduces Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart Stakes
- Tuesday, November 17, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company sold some of its Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart shares during the third quarter, and made several smaller changes to its stock portfolio.
86. Ruling Could Expose GM to Large Verdicts in Ignition Cases
- Tuesday, November 10, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.
87. Automakers Post Big Oct. Sales Gains; Record Year in Sight
- Wednesday, November 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.
Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.
88. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains
- Monday, October 19, 2015
U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.
Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.
89. EPA to Change Diesel Tests to Thwart VW-Like Cheating
- Monday, September 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.
90. Automakers Commit to Put Automatic Brakes in All Cars
- Monday, September 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars, a step transportation officials say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries.
91. Toyota to Invest $50M in Car-Tech Research at Stanford, MIT
- Monday, September 07, 2015
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.
92. High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit and Silicon Valley Face to Face
- Thursday, August 20, 2015
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.
93. Ryder Expanding in Spring Hill, to Add 606 Jobs
- Thursday, August 13, 2015
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say 606 new jobs are coming to Maury County where Ryder Supply Chain Solutions plans to expand its warehousing, transportation, kitting and assembly operations.
94. US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand
- Tuesday, August 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.
SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.
95. Ford Surprises in 2Q With Record North American Profit
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.
96. GM Tops 2Q Profit Forecasts on Trucks, SUVs
- Friday, July 24, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Big profits from trucks and SUVs helped General Motors overcome a sales slowdown in China, economic problems in Venezuela and payments to ignition switch crash victims as the automaker's second-quarter net income rose sixfold to nearly $1.12 billion.
97. SUVs, Muscle Cars Help Auto Industry Maintain Momentum
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) – Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.
98. Talent Takes the Wheel
- Friday, May 29, 2015
As the economy continues to improve, employers are beginning to think of what they can do to attract and retain the best talent. In fact, I was just asked for tips on this very topic by a local employer.
99. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.
100. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones
- Wednesday, May 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.
AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.