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China Has the Only Way to Get Humans to Space Right Now China Has the Only Way to Get Humans to Space Right Now

Yesterday, the Soyuz rocket carrying an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed, forcing the crew capsule to make a dramatic ballistic descent back to Earth, just as the abort system is intended to do. The rocket failure means the Soyuz spacecraft and booster will be grounded until the problem is found,…

This Month Is Your Last Chance to Get the Full EV Tax Credit on a Tesla This Month Is Your Last Chance to Get the Full EV Tax Credit on a Tesla

Tesla’s tax credit time is up, oil production is at all time highs, BMW isn’t confident about next year, and an auto supplier founder is suing his daughter over the family fortune. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

China’s Auto Market Could Shrink This Year for the First Time in Decades China’s Auto Market Could Shrink This Year for the First Time in Decades

China’s struggling auto sales, German automakers fighting stricter emissions regulations, an American leading the Volkswagen North America arm, joint ventures in China and talks about ethanol. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

'Peak Car' Is Real 'Peak Car' Is Real

The way we think of car driving is that it’s bad for the environment but good for people and the economy, but a recent study suggests that as some point we hit “peak car,” and that the economy can actually grow after we hit it.

The Real Reason All These Crossovers Are Selling Like Crazy The Real Reason All These Crossovers Are Selling Like Crazy

The real reason SUVs and crossovers are performing so well, Americans can barely afford new cars, Faraday Future is still a mess and more today on The Morning Shift for Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

The U.S. and China Are Canceling One Another’s Port Visits And It's A Bigger Deal Than You Think The U.S. and China Are Canceling One Another’s Port Visits And It's A Bigger Deal Than You Think

Last week, China turned down a request for a U.S. Navy helicopter carrier to visit Hong Kong. And in May, the Chinese Navy was disinvited to this year’s RIMPAC exercises that attracted 25 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region. Both developments are pretty big deals in U.S.-China relations. Here’s why.

New Chinese SUV Features Animated Holographic Waifu Personal Assistant New Chinese SUV Features Animated Holographic Waifu Personal Assistant

Automakers have struggled with infotainment systems for years, only recently landing on systems that are straightforward and intuitive. Now a Chinese automaker wants to take it to the next level, offering holographic anime character personal assistants in the new Bestune T77 crossover. It’s car-waifu time, everybody!

Trump Wants More American Cars in Japan, Which Will Never Happen Trump Wants More American Cars in Japan, Which Will Never Happen

More high hopes and impossible dreams from the Trump administration, China’s electric future, Tesla’s strict NDA practices target unions and much, much more for The Morning Shift on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

A New Ultra Long Range Plane Is Set to Make the Longest Direct Flight in the World A New Ultra Long Range Plane Is Set to Make the Longest Direct Flight in the World

A huge Airbus A350-900ULR is being delivered to Singapore Airlines today where, once in service, it will make the longest continuous flight in the world, from Singapore to Newark airport—a flying time of just under 19 hours.

Mercedes Is Going To Import Cars From India While Everyone Is Looking At China Mercedes Is Going To Import Cars From India While Everyone Is Looking At China

President Donald Trump’s administration is laser-focused on trade with China, particularly by placing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese-made goods. So while everyone’s looking there, cars are starting to be imported into the United States from India instead.

The American Car Brands Are Losing in China The American Car Brands Are Losing in China

Ford and General Motors are losing ground in China, Volvo braces for the hurricane headed for the Carolinas, Tesla’s biggest boosters are beginning to sour on Elon Musk’s shenanigans and more on The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

Inside China’s Plan to Build the Second-Biggest Aircraft Carrier Fleet in the World Inside China’s Plan to Build the Second-Biggest Aircraft Carrier Fleet in the World

China’s Navy is on a roll. The Navy, or more properly the People’s Liberation Army Navy, has launched more than a hundred ships of all kinds over the past decade, including destroyers, amphibious ships, frigates, and corvettes. The PLAN is now the largest Navy in Asia, with more than 300 warships. Yet of the hundreds…

The Bleeding At Ford Isn't Over: Report The Bleeding At Ford Isn't Over: Report

Ford is still undergoing a massive shift, Volkswagen still can’t get its pollution under control, and the Chinese automotive industry is a mess. This is The Morning Shift.

GM Engineers Went on Public Tours of a Ford Plant for 'Intelligence Gathering' in Their Bid to Beat the F-150 GM Engineers Went on Public Tours of a Ford Plant for 'Intelligence Gathering' in Their Bid to Beat the F-150

The truck wars continue, the trade wars also continue, Elon Musk continues, and, well, Maserati. This is The Morning Shift for Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

Buick Could Drop The Chinese-Built Envision From Its U.S. Lineup Over Tariffs Buick Could Drop The Chinese-Built Envision From Its U.S. Lineup Over Tariffs

The Buick Envision is a meh car, but somehow Buick dealers sold 42,000 of these things in the U.S. market last year, making up 20 percent of its total U.S. sales. But it’s built in China and imported here, so thanks to the proposed Trump administration tariffs on imported cars, it could vanish from Buick’s American…

Chinese Space Agency Official Thinks Planned US Lunar Orbital Station Is Pretty Stupid Chinese Space Agency Official Thinks Planned US Lunar Orbital Station Is Pretty Stupid

I’m not sure how closely you’ve been following the cislunar space real estate market, but NASA has been planning to build something in an interesting halo orbit around the Lagrange Point between the Earth and the moon. This station has been called the Deep Space Habitat or Deep Space Gateway in the past, but the…

There's a Whopping 487 Electric Vehicle Makers in China Now There's a Whopping 487 Electric Vehicle Makers in China Now

Major automakers and startups are vying to launch electric vehicles in the U.S. in the coming years, competing for a small slice of the car buying public. But however crowded the field gets here, it’s nothing like what’s going on in China, which now has, no joke, 487 electric vehicle makers based in the country.

BMW Might Just Set A Record In China BMW Might Just Set A Record In China

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Tesla Plans To Build China Plant With Capacity To Make 500,000 Vehicles Annually (Updated) Tesla Plans To Build China Plant With Capacity To Make 500,000 Vehicles Annually (Updated)

Tesla now wants to build a factory in China with an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles, according to reports. The planned project comes just one day after Tesla hiked prices for the Model S and Model X in China due to a brewing trade war with the U.S.

The New Chevrolet Blazer May Ignite A Tweetstorm When President Trump Realizes It's Built In Mexico The New Chevrolet Blazer May Ignite A Tweetstorm When President Trump Realizes It's Built In Mexico

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