TTAC News Round-up: Infamous GM Engineer Speaks, You Only Get One particular With Dinner, and Hydrogen’s Hedged Bet

Recalled GM ignition switch

The man in the middle of GM’s faulty ignition switch has finally spoken, and the word “mistake” came up at least twice.

That, does anybody have the number for Google, GM and Honda may join forces, and take a cab … right after the break!

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch

Former GM engineer says ‘mistakes had been made’ in faulty switch

The engineer at the center of a huge recall, hundreds of lawsuits and 124 deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch that could turn off mentioned Friday in videotaped testimony that he “made blunders in improvement of that portion,” according to Reuters (via Automotive News).

Ray DeGiorgio worked for GM for 23 years and helped develop a faulty ignition switch that could turn off and disable security systems in millions of automobiles. Five years later, when officials recognized the part’s failure, DeGiorgio’s signed off on a modify to the element — but not the component quantity — to address the issue. Lawyers have stated that not altering the element quantity is proof of a cover-up by GM.

DeGiorgio hasn’t spoken a lot publicly (he as soon as told the New York Times in his driveway that he “didn’t lie, cheat or steal”) and his deposition will be important in the initial of several lawsuits against GM.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI® Hellcat

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: We haven’t forgotten about self-driving automobiles, guys

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ head of security mentioned Friday that the automaker is committed to creating autonomous drive technologies, regardless of getting seemingly dead last behind Ford and Basic Motors, who’ve announced a number of self-driving advancements.

Our engineers are actively exploring autonomous-car technology and its implications. For strategic factors, we don’t talk about future item plans. Nevertheless, we at present offer several automated driver-assist attributes, such as our sensor-fusion forward collision warning systems. These activities help demonstrate our commitment to advancing the improvement of autonomous-automobile technologies.

Or, “Does any person have the number for Google?”

Michael Dahl’s statement is associated to a 52-week low for FCA stock, which has been battered not too long ago due to the fact of a lawsuit and investors’ worries that the business can’t keep up with other people in autonomous technology.

Eneos Gas Station With Hydrogen Pumps

Honda, GM could consider joint fuel cell plant

Honda and Common Motors may jointly develop a fuel cell plant to cut costs and make accessible sooner option fuel cell vehicles, according to Reuters (by means of Automotive News).

The extremely little marketplace for hydrogen-powered vehicles has meant automakers such as Toyota, BMW, Daimler and Nissan have hesitated in establishing a fuel cell plant on their own. Hydrogen-powered automobiles are most well-known in Japan — where GM is not — and have a quite tiny presence in California, mostly due to lack of infrastructure to fuel them.


Feds want states to decrease BAC to .05

The National Transportation Safety Board said it wants states to reduced their blood-alcohol content limits from .08 to .05 to aid cut back on fatal crashes where alcohol is involved.

According to the safety administration, the risk of a fatal crash has far more than doubled by the time a particular person becomes legally drunk, and lowering the BAC threshold could lessen the number of folks killed on roadways.

The proposal is component of a bigger push by the agency to minimize the number of impaired drivers on the roads.

While all states use the .08 BAC as the legal limit several states differ in enforcement, threshold for enhancers, repeat offenders and adoption of an interlock device — which we’ve talked about a lot right here.

According to NBC, when Australia dropped its BAC from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5 to 18 % drop in fatal crashes.

GM safety

Automakers join in security pact

Eighteen automakers — every key automaker that operates in the U.S. — joined a voluntary security pact Friday to focus on better automobile safety, improved access to early warning data and elevated cyber security in automobiles, according to Reuters.

The broad consensus was produced following one more busy year for car recalls and fines, and an growing concentrate by federal regulators on car security and automakers’ duty for their cars.

Critics of the pact stated the National Highway Site visitors Security Administration must have held their discussions in public with input from outsiders.

“From seatbelts to catalytic converters to airbags to fuel economy standards, automakers have established time and time once again that they do nothing voluntarily,” Democratic Sens. Edward Markey  and Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.

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Nissan Moves Diaz To Trucks Only, Promotes Canadian Chief to Takeover North American Sales

Fred Diaz with Cummins Diesel For Nissan Titan

Nissan announced Tuesday that it would move current U.S. chief Fred Diaz to concentrate on truck sales for North America and promote Nissan’s chief in Canada, Christian Meunier, to lead the group in North America.

“We are now poised to capitalize on the substantial investments we have created in our trucks with the launch of the all-new Nissan Titan, and these modifications will help our capability to do so,” Nissan North America chairman Jose Munoz said in a statement announcing the alterations.

In his new function, Diaz will oversee truck sales — Titan and Frontier — for all of North America to support jumpstart that brand from a minor player to a far more critical contender. He was previously head of Ram brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prior to joining Nissan in 2013.

President, Nissan Canada Inc.

Christian Meunier

According to a statement announcing the adjust, Meunier will take more than sales, advertising and product planning for Nissan in North America. Meunier helped lead Nissan to record growth in Canada soon after taking over in 2013. Ahead of taking more than in Canada, he was head of Nissan in Brazil.

“Nissan’s organization in Canada has improved substantially under Christian’s watch and is delivering consistent performance improvements,” Munoz mentioned in a statement. “We look forward to Christian’s leadership of Nissan Division’s enterprise in the U.S. and Canada.”

Meunier will report to Munoz, according to the statement. Diaz will report to Meunier.

The organization also announced that Judy Wheeler, head of sales in the Southeast region for Nissan, would be promoted to head of sales for the U.S.

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