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• Volkswagen factory workers in Germany may have cause for celebration: VW agreed to raise their wages by 5.7 percent over the next 20 months. The pay increase came as sort of a spin-off of an industrywide manufacturing labor pact negotiated by the IG Metall union affecting 770,000 manufacturing employees around the state of Bavaria. Volkswagen’s agreement with IG Metall is separate, but crafted along the same lines as the larger regional pact. In all, the pay increase will affect 102,000 VW employees at six of the company’s German factories. (Automotive News)

• Researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research have just released a study suggesting that the federal government’s new fuel economy standards may be undermined by the used car market. The new standards, which call for cars and light trucks to have an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (although there is evidence that real world conditions will mean that number is closer to 35 m.p.g.), may be offset by the number of gas-guzzling used cars likely to stay on the market. The study estimates that the new rules will cause people to hang on to trucks and S.U.V.’s for longer, diminishing the effectiveness of stricter fuel economy standards by 13 to 23 percent. Researchers found that higher gas prices, rather than manufacturer controls, would make gas guzzler owners more likely to scrap them. (The Washington Post)

• Ford’s much-hyped EcoBoost engine has come under the scrutiny of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the agency received reports of sudden loss of power on 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6-equipped 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Complaints filed with the safety agency detailed stalling and stuttering when attempting to pass at highway speeds. The turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which come in several different displacements, are an important part of Ford’s powertrain lineup and are featured in a range of the company’s vehicles. N.H.T.S.A.’s investigation, which may or may not lead to a recall, affects about 400,000 Ford trucks. Ford said it would cooperate fully with the agency. (The New York Times)

• Better Place, the electric car battery-swapping company, decided to close its doors last week. The Israeli company had created an electric car charging network based upon a system of swappable batteries, but even after it had become partners with Renault, only 1,000 of the specially equipped electric cars hit the road in Israel and Denmark, where charging infrastructure had been created. Dan Cohen, the company’s chief executive, said that although Better Place had a number of satisfied customers, its niche market appeal made it difficult to achieve the sort of sales needed to cover operating costs. (The New York Times)

• After the roar of engines at Monaco’s Formula One track had died down over the weekend, the driver Lewis Hamilton was back in the saddle of a Jet Ski. Unfortunately, a tight turn next to a boat full of photographers left a pile of cameras and smartphones drenched and the photographers angry over a $150,000 repair bill. But Mercedes later said that Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, a fellow driver, had been performing for a film crew when the incident occurred and had not damaged equipment. The company said it would replace a camera or two as a gesture of goodwill, but balked at the veracity of the $150,000 figure. (

• Henrik Fisker may be trying to get his luxury hybrid car company back. The founder of Fisker Automotive had resigned from the company in March over strategy disputes with other executives. It wasn’t long before the Fiskerless Fisker laid off most of its work force. Mr. Fisker is now working with a group of investors to salvage the company he started six years ago and faces competition from another group, including Bob Lutz, a former General Motors executive. (Reuters)

• It looks like a cross between a General Motors EV-1 and a first-generation Honda Insight, but the XL1 is a diesel hybrid and it’s all Volkswagen. Although the cars are super efficient – according to Volkswagen, they’ll get 261 miles per gallon – Volkswagen says it will make only 250 of them, none of which are likely to make it to the United States. (Autoblog Green)
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