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Kettering's new vehicle and mobility systems development proving ground will open in the spring.


Maven car-sharing service app image
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General Motors is evaluating a year-old car-sharing program. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with executive director of urban mobility Peter Kosak about Maven.


The Environmental Protection Agency said Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing and failing to disclose software in some 104,000 cars and trucks that alters emissions.

The automaker was required by law to disclose the software to regulators during the certification process but did not do so, the EPA announced Thursday. While the agency is still investigating the nature of these devices, it said the software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Chevy Traverse photo
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General Motors has taken the wraps off the updated Chevy Traverse. WKAR's Scott Pohl went to the Detroit Auto Show for a look.


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A prominent Detroit journalist explains the impact he thinks ride-sharing and self-driving cars could have on Michigan’s auto industry. We talk with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News.


2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe
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Cadillac’s Lansing presence remains strong for 2016. Current State speaks with chief executive engineer Dave Leone from the Detroit Auto  Show.


Camaro convertible photo
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“Lansing strong” might be the mantra for the 2016 Camaro. Sales have been brisk and it’s built at the capital city’s Grand River Assembly. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Camaro Executive Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser.


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General Motors is back in the high life again. 2015 may prove to be the automaker’s best sales year ever. The company has rebounded well in the six plus years since emerging from bankruptcy. Will GM’s success last in the new year? We talk with David Muller, automotive reporter for MLive.


Auto journalist analyzes UAW-GM pact

Nov 6, 2015
Aerial view of auto assembly plant
Courtesy / Second Shift

General Motors’ 52,000 UAW workers are voting on a proposed new contract with the automaker. We get an update and explore what the agreement could mean with Crain’s Automotive’s GM beat writer Mike Colias.

Contract talks are starting today between union bargainers and the management of General Motors. Current State talks with Sean McAlinden of Ann Arbor’s Center for Automotive Research.


U-M study anticipates impact of driverless cars

Feb 16, 2015
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Gradually, Ann Arbor is becoming known for a remarkably futuristic technology: the self-driving car.

This spring, work is expected to wrap up on a 32-acre “driverless town” on the outskirts of the city. There, Google and others will be testing vehicles featuring an array of cutting edge technology.  

One goal is a driverless vehicle not only programmed to follow a particular route, but also to avoid all kinds of less predictable developments: mistakes by other drivers, changes in the road surface, weather and so on.

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All this week, we’ve been taking you to the Detroit Auto Show to see what’s new, what’s groundbreaking, and what’s just plain fun. On the main floor of the auto show, you can see a massive 3D printer, and it’s printing a car. And if you venture to Hall E in the Cobo Center, you can see the finished product.

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Lee Herge, Chief Operating Officer of the Chandler, Arizona based Local Motors.

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The 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Detroit heard a keynote address on Sunday from General Motors CEO Mary Barra, in which she announced how GM plans to integrate automated driving technology into Cadillacs in a couple of years.

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Yesterday, General Motors announced Mary Barra would become the company's next CEO. Barra is the first female CEO of a major U.S. auto company.

Do car companies perpetuate stereotypes in their ads?

Oct 22, 2013

Jalopnik's Aaron Foley singles out this ad for the Toyota Prius as an example of the auto industry's stereotypical marketing to minorities. 

Target marketing is nothing new. From their cleaning products to fast food to pick-up trucks, companies have been directing their advertising at certain segments of the population for ages. But when does target marketing cross the line from just good commerce into perpetuating stereotypes about certain groups in our society?

Aaron Foley, a Detroit-based writer for Jalopnik – Gawker Media’s popular blog on cars – had a post on the subject last Friday in which he wrote,  “As a minority, it’s borderline insulting that automakers are over-thinking this.”  He says that the auto manufacturers are particularly egregious offenders of using stereotypes to market their products to minorities. He joins us to elaborate.  

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