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1st Gear: GM To Offer Wireless Phone Charging By 2014
Plugging in your phone to charge it is sooooo 2012. That's why more and more automakers are investing in wireless charging for your devices when they're in the car.
Karl Henkel over at the Detroit News reports that General Motors just inked a deal with Powermat Technologies Ltd. — whose products can charge the batteries of various devices without a need for a plug — to put wireless charging on some 2014 cars, staring with the Volt. GM has a $5 million stake in Powermat.
As Karl notes, they're not the first to do this. Toyota already offers it on their Avalon, and it's a Mopar option on some Chrysler cars too. This could be the next big thing in cars — for your phone, at least.
2nd Gear: The Acura TLX Will Be Smaller, But Will Anyone Care?
Acura, a company whose strategy has long consisted mostly of selling Really Nice Accords, will kill off the TL and TSX Really Nice Accords next year for a smaller, lighter Really Nice Accord called the TLX.
Automotive News reports that the aged TSX, once an enthusiast favorite and probably the last great Acura for people who care about driving, will be discontinued in order to use the newest Accord platform in all markets. The new TLX will slot in between the current current TL and TSX sedans.
The TLX will get the 310-horsepower Earth Dreams V6 from the RLX, also a Really Nice Accord, and will come with available all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering.
I dunno, Acura, it sounds like a Really Nice Accord, but how well has that worked for you lately?
3rd Gear: Hyundai Gets A Wee Baby Strike In Korea
Hyundai's workers in South Korea are staging a strike this week for higher wages and benefits, but just a little bitty one. The Detroit News reports 46,000 workers in Seoul will strike for four hours over two days.
Hyundai has been having labor issues in their home country as of late.
Labor strife has dragged down earnings at Hyundai and its Kia affiliate after unions elected hard-line leaders. Earlier this year, Hyundai workers refused to work overtime for three weeks. That resulted in lost output of 83,000 vehicles worth 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion), according to the company. In 2012, the maker of the Elantra and Santa Fe estimated it lost production of 82,000 vehicles worth 1.7 trillion won due to 92 hours of walkouts.
4th Gear: GM Has Big Plans For Buick And Opel
Automotive News reports that what GM CEO Dan Akerson calls their "flanker brands," Buick and Opel, will become more closely tied together product-wise to bolster sales and profits for both brands. A big part of that is the Buick Encore mini-SUV, sold in Europe as an Opel Mokka.
Any chance we can get the Opel Adam in America, then? My crazy plan will work, I promise!