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Car Makers Bring Fuel Efficiency To Trucks

Big U.S. auto makers are racing to equip pickup trucks with fuel-efficient engines, a surprising pivot away from their longstanding practice of putting gas-guzzling engines into large vehicles.
 Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV all now are betting truck buyers want better gas mileage in addition to raw horsepower. That insight has touched off a surge in innovation.

Car chiefs ill-prepared for robotic age

Carmakers are failing to prepare their workers for the digital transformation expected to shake up the labour force in the coming years, a variety of experts say.
 A survey by Accenture found only 2 per cent of car executives “plan to significantly increase investment” in reskilling programmes, even though most acknowledge that workers require new skills to work with robotics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

American Vehicles Got Enormous, Parking Spots Remain the Same

Shawn Massoudi is loyal to his brawny white Cadillac Escalade, which offers a roomy interior and three rows of seating for his family of five.
 There is one gripe. It is no joy ride finding parking for the behemoth sport-utility vehicles in the puny spaces available in many Los Angeles parking lots and garages.
 “Everything is marked compact car,” said Mr. Massoudi, 41. “This vehicle is a tank compared to a compact car.”

Rolls-Royce tries yet again to make restructuring work

George is a Rolls-Royce engineer in his mid-40s who has worked at the aero engine company since graduation.
 When chief executive Warren East this week unveiled the most drastic job cut programme of the past 18 years in a bid to force through a radical transformation of the UK's premier engineer, George did not even bother to read the announcement. It was the seventh restructuring in recent years, so he knew the script: a lot of activity but not always a lot of actual change.

Colliding with reality

Elon Musk — tech visionary, showman, fixture of the gossip columns — knows how to mount a charm offensive. As the Tesla boss opened his company's annual shareholder meeting last week he appeared to choke back tears, declaring: “This is going to sound a little cheesy, but at Tesla we build our cars with love.”

Why We Find Self-Driving Cars So Scary

TESLA CEO Elon Musk recently took the press to task, decrying the “holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie.” That, he said, is “why the public no longer respects them.”
 Mr. Musk's frustration is fueled in part by widespread media attention to accidents involving Tesla's self-driving “autopilot” feature. On the company's most recent earnings call, he said that “there's over one million… automotive deaths per year. And how many do you read about? Basically, none of them…but, if it's an autonomous situation, it's headline news…. So they write inflammatory headlines that are fundamentally misleading to the readers. It's really outrageous.”

Fiat Chrysler Bets on Trucks, Tech

BALOCCO, Italy—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Friday presented a five-year vision for the company that embraces the two biggest trends in the industry—meeting demand for SUVs and trucks and investing in future technologies such as electric powered and self-driving cars.
 If its plan pans out, the auto maker expects to double operating profit to €16 billion ($18.71 billion) by 2022 and hit double-digit profit margins, compared with 6.8% today.

Lamborghini's Guide to Genius: Get Out of the Way

At the Geneva Motor Show in 1971, an Italian industrialist named Ferruccio Lamborghini unveiled a new sports car his company hoped to build. Then something remarkable happened.
 Frantic onlookers began mobbing the yellow prototype—banging elbows to get a better view. Three years later, when it went on sale, the automotive press couldn't believe their stopwatches. Not only was this the most breathtakingly futuristic rolling sculpture anyone had ever seen—but it also was the fastest production car they'd ever tested.

Fiat Chrysler sets out to treble profits in a changing industry

Ambulances were called to Amazon's UK warehouses 600 times in the past three years, according to an investigation by the GMB union into working practices at the ecommerce giant's fulfilment centres.
 Amazon's 14UKwarehouses have been the subject of long-running concerns about working conditions. Freedom of information requests made by the GMB to ambulance services near the centres showed hundreds of calls for medical help in recent years.