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October/November 2018

VW Stumbles From Dieselgate To Hail Cannon Controversy

Hail cannons are the latest high tech offerings for automotive plants wary of having their brand new, sparkling products being damaged by sudden meteorological disturbances.

Sienna Falls Short In Three-Way Minivan Safety Check

An August evaluation of three popular family minivans gave Top Safety Pick designations to the 2018 versions of the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey, while finding the Toyota Sienna just short of that rating.

Direct Impact

Taking on various roles, Mississippi-based Hopkins Advantage helps clients across the automotive industry focus on productivity

Changing Climate

Federal government looks to rewrite regulations on fuel economy, greenhouse emissions.

Superior Paving Adopts Smartdrive Fleet Safety Program

Superior Paving, one of the largest asphalt pavers in the South, has selected the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Program to increase the company’s safety culture throughout its entire fleet.

Arriving in November: BMW’s Fast, Muscular X5

BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina made final preparations to begin production of the new beast throughout the summer.

Nissan Invests $170 Million In Two Plants For All-New 2019 Altima

Nissan in August celebrated the sixth generation of its popular Altima sedan, announcing a $170 million investment to its Canton, Mississippi and Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plants to the produce the 2019 model.

Building More than Cars

Nissan workers help Habitat for Humanity construct houses in Mississippi

Lexus ES350 Production Commences In Kentucky

Toyota Motor’s longest established U.S. assembly site, in Georgetown, Kentucky, began production in August of the redesigned 2019 Lexus ES350 sedan.

Alabama Hosts Inaugural Supplier Diversity Conference

The AAMA and J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College brought together top automotive and aerospace industry experts to examine supplier diversity in both those industries.

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