The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) announced a new AFLA Mini-MBA program in partnership with Bentley University, a highly renowned business school in the Boston area with a strong track record in executive education.
According to Bill Elliott, AFLA’s Executive Director, “This program will provide high-potential fleet professionals an opportunity to be immersed in an educational experience designed to enhance career skills while also forming lasting bonds with classmates and instructors.”
As part of Trump's investigation of whether tariffs on imported cars and components are needed to safeguard national security, a 34-page questionnaire was sent to several automakers this month, seeking sensitive details about company finances, factories, supply chains and other topics.
“The breadth and depth of this request is invasive, requiring massive amounts of proprietary and confidential business data from global operations — all under the pretense of national security,” said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents several carmakers who received the survey.
Read the article at The Detroit News.
Buyers of electric cars and plug-in hybrids can get up to a $7,500 federal tax credit as long as the manufacturer hasn’t sold more than 200,000 qualifying vehicles. That means come Jan. 1, 2019, for Tesla buyers, and July 1, 2019, for GM buyers, the federal tax credits will be cut in half, to $3,750. And then a year later, they will expire completely.
“I would imagine that most people truly waiting for that base model should not count on getting the tax credit—or at least no more than a quarter of it,” a Tesla spokeswoman said.
Read the report at Consumer Reports.
The U.S. saw 7 million traffic collisions in 2016 - reported crashes, that is. An extensive survey from the NHTSA found that drivers admitted failure to report their collisions at a rate of 29%.
Autonomous cars would replace human drivers, the most complicated variable of a crash assessment. A year spent enduring a 0% improvement in collisions could yield more valuable data on road design flaws, mechanical faults and maintenance needs than has ever been collected previously.
Read the article at Forbes.
The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs, citing a national security risk, have been opposed by many, including the Association of Global Automakers which represents Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW and Hyundai.
“If South Korean car exports to the U.S. get blocked and hurt sales, the U.S. factory in Alabama that went into operation in May 2005 could be the first one to be shut down, putting some 20,000 American workers at risk of layoffs,” the statement from the Hyundai labor union reads.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.