Auto News for July 13

General Motors announces Wednesday, August 13, 2014, it will start construction of a $174-million stamping facility that will create or retain about 145 jobs as part of companyÕs Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. The new facility, which comes on line in 2016, will produce stamping components for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS family of vehicles and a future product. (2013 File Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)

GM says it may have to shut down all of its assembly plants in North America over a contract dispute with a key supplier, the Detroit News said. Clark-Cutler-McDermott supplies the General with acoustic insulation and other interior materials. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, halted production last Friday and laid off all of its workers. CCM is apparently the sole provider of the key parts that GM uses in virtually all of its products. A court hearing will be held on all this on today. Clark-Cutler said it has been losing money on its GM contract totaling $12-million since 2013.

Fiat Chrysler has announced the launching of a “Public Bug Bounty program” to expose vulnerabilities in the software used in its vehicles. It has signed an agreement with San Francisco based “Bugcrowd” a company that analyzes systems to determine where they might be hacked. Researchers who find a flaw could earn a reward of up to $1,500 if a substantial flaw is discovered.

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For the first time in history, a Lamborghini dealership has reached over one million likes on Facebook. It is also quite possible that Lamborghini Newport Beach (Calif.) could be the first car dealership in general to reach this milestone. Lamborghini Newport Beach recognized the value of social media early on and established a Facebook account in September of 2010.

Porsche’s new 4.0-liter, 543 horsepower twin-turbo V8 will be offered in both the Audi A8 and the Bentley Mulsanne. The announcement came at the opening of a new plant where the engines will be produced in Stuttgart, Germany.

Jaguar Land Rover will build 100 research vehicles in the U.K. to test autonomous and connected technology, where cars can communicate with one another. The government will require that an actual person be behind the wheel of the test cars.

Also, an automotive servicing and repair company has found that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has had an impact on many people’s vacations. It said 1.5 million Brits has decided to vacation in the U.K. instead of going abroad. It said Brexit has had the greatest impact on young people with 880,000 of them deciding to “holiday” at home.

 

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