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Business, Technology, Equipment

Chip Shortage Forces More Production Cuts by GM, Ford

GM assembly plant Midsized pickup trucks and full-size vans are parked outside a General Motors assembly plant where they are produced, March 24, in Wentzville, Mo. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

DETROIT — The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as chip supplies seem to be growing tighter.

April 9, 2021
Government, Business

Infrastructure Plan Could Include $3 Trillion in Tax Increases

President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House campus on March 29. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House campus on March 29. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden is aiming for summer passage of an infrastructure plan that is expected to cost more than $3 trillion, and the White House hopes to take a more deliberate and collaborative approach with the contentious Congress than it did on the COVID-19 rescue package, officials said.

March 30, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

NLRB Finds Elon Musk Tweet Violated Labor Law

Elon Musk by Susan Walsh/Associated Press Elon Musk by Susan Walsh/Associated Press

DETROIT — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board.

March 26, 2021
Business

VW Seeks Damages From Former Execs for Diesel Scandal

Volkswagen electric vehicles stand inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen electric vehicles stand inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Ole Spata/dpa via Bloomberg News)

BERLIN — Volkswagen is seeking damages from two former top executives for their role in the diesel emissions scandal that cost the German automaker billions of euros and a hefty dent in its reputation.

March 26, 2021
Business, Technology

Chip Shortage Worsens as Fire Shuts Factory for a Month

Aerial view of the Naka factory where fire broke out Aerial view of the Naka factory where the fire broke out. (Renesas Electronics Corp.)

NEW YORK — A fire at a plant owned by Japanese chipmaker Renesas could deepen the ongoing global semiconductor shortage that has especially hampered automobile production.

March 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Chip Shortage Forces Ford to Build Trucks Without Computers

Ford F-150 trucks at dealer Ford F-150 trucks sit on display at a car dealership in Peoria, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

DETROIT — A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers.

March 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

NHTSA Probes Engine Fires in Nearly 1.9M Toyota RAV4 SUVs

Toyota logo Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press

DETROIT — The U.S. government is investigating complaints of engine compartment fires in nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 small SUVs.

March 1, 2021
Government, Business, Top 100

Extreme Winter Weather Causes Vaccine Shipping Delays

Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press) Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Extreme winter weather has dealt the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines, delaying shipment of three days’ worth of shots, or about 6 million doses.

February 19, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, Autonomous

Toyota to Add Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota assembly line video demo. (Shuji Kajiyama/Associated Press) Toyota says its research shows that plug-in hybrids can be as clean, and less costly, than full battery-electric vehicles. (Shuji Kajiyama/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Toyota says it will roll out two new battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in gas-electric hybrid in the U.S. this year as the parade of new EVs continues.

February 10, 2021
Business, Logistics

A.P. Moller-Maersk Reports Rebound in Business

Maersk A Maersk shipping container at the Port of Los Angeles. (Port of Los Angeles)

The world’s biggest shipping company, Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, on Feb. 10 reported a sharp rise in earnings for the fourth quarter, when global demand for goods rebounded from an earlier slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

February 10, 2021

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