Auto News for June 9


 The Detroit News reports 15,000 salaried Ford workers will receive buyout offers with a goal of cutting 1,400 jobs in the U.S., Canada and the Asia/Pacific region. This out of a total workforce of about 201,000. A Ford official said the company is confident it will attain its reduction goal.

 Every August, an estimated one million people turn out to see thousands of classic, muscle and collector cars parade along Woodward Avenue outside Detroit. After six years, Chevrolet has quietly dropped it sponsorship of the big parade and display. Officials say another sponsor has been lined up and will be announced in the near future, the Detroit News reported this morning. Chevrolet said it regularly evaluates its sponsorships based on its business needs. Backers say the event will go on as scheduled Aug. 19th.

 Nissan will offer standard Automatic Emergency Braking on one million U.S. vehicles in the 2018 model year. That would more than double the number of vehicles with that feature. AEB uses radar technology to monitor a vehicle’s proximity to the vehicle ahead, giving the driver audible and visual display warnings to help the driver reduce the vehicle’s speed if a potential frontal collision is detected

 Talk about “how sweet it is!” Volvo is out with a self-steering truck for Brazilian sugar cane growers. Backers say its main attribute is that it reduces damage to younger plants vital to future harvests. Currently four percent of young plants are run over and the soil compacted by the moving trucks at harvest time. Something to remember when you sweeten your drink at Starbucks.





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