This is the Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parcel it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? Since today's the second day of the Frankfurt Motor Show, we've decided to make the top six stories the six most important unveilings from day one of the show. The rest of the news is in "Reverse."
⏎ Bob Lutz criticizes Jennifer Granholm for pursuing Toyota engineering center. [Ann Arbor]
⏎ Jefferson North plant expects to add jobs if Maserati is a hit. [Detroit Free Press]
⏎ Infiniti could share Mercedes small-car platform. [AP via Houston Chronicle]
⏎ Ford, UAW Agree to Bargain Past Tonight's Contract Expiration. [Bloomberg]
⏎ Engine Makers' New Math. [Wall Street Journal]
⏎ Porsche Bets on Faster $123,000 Iconic 911 to Revive Stock. [Bloomberg]
⏎ The challenge of a 'Vette redesign: Don't screw it up. [Automotive News]
⏎ Fiat, Chrysler CEO affirms goal of 6M cars a year. [AP via Bloomberg]
⏎ Mercedes Renews Small-Car Push. [Wall Street Journal]
Today in Automotive History:
On September 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. ("Affectations," said Gertrude Stein when she heard the news of Duncan's death, "can be dangerous.") [History]
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