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CANADA: Automakers Agree to Emissions Reductions
by Ian AustenNew York Times
April 5th, 2005
The Canadian government and nearly all the world's major automakers reached an agreement Tuesday under which the companies would voluntarily reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their vehicles. The Canadian minister of natural resources suggested that the nation can be a model for the state of California.

GERMANY: Volkswagen forced to stop paying salaries to ex-workers in politics
by Bertrand BenoitFinancial Times
January 14th, 2005
Volkswagen, the German car maker, bowed to public pressure yesterday, saying it would abolish its controversial practice of paying salaries to employees who leave work for full-time politics.

IRAN: France Steps Up Its Investments in Iran
by Borzou Daragahi The New York Times
June 23rd, 2004
Undeterred by Iran's pariah status in the United States and by the shortcomings of the country's commercial climate, French companies (many of them car companies) have been increasing their presence in the country in the last few years.

JAPAN: Former Mitsubishi Boss Arrested
BBC
June 10th, 2004
Japanese police have arrested a former head of Mitsubishi Motors and five other executives as part of a probe into the death of a truck driver.

US: Bush Proposal May Cut Tax on S.U.V.'s for Business
by Danny HakimNew York Times
January 21st, 2003
The Bush administration's economic plan would increase by 50 percent or more the deductions that small-business owners can take right away on the biggest sport utility vehicles and pickups.

US: For Cruise Ships, A History of Pollution
by Edwin McDowellThe New York Times
June 16th, 2002
On April 19 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001.

US: General Motors Protests Proposed Fuel Standards
Associated Press
February 25th, 2002
Fearing that increased fuel economy standards will doom the pickup trucks they produce, hundreds of General Motors Corp. workers chanted "Save our trucks, save our jobs," during a meeting Monday with union, company and political leaders.

US: Bostonians Outraged at Corporate Subway Sponsorship Plan
by Pamela FerdinandSan Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2001
State transportation officials, looking for new revenue, are taking a cue from professional sports arenas and seeking corporate sponsors to purchase naming rights for subway stations here.

Grave Danger Posed Under NAFTA by Unsafe Mexican Trucks
Public Citizen
February 6th, 2001
Although a trade panel is expected this week to order the United States to permit access to all U.S. roads by Mexican trucks, the U.S. should continue to limit access because of the grave dangers many Mexican trucks pose to motorists on U.S. highways, Public Citizen has concluded in a report released today.

US: Ford/Firestone = Homicide?
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on Corporations
September 12th, 2000
Matthew Hendricks is one of more than 150 deaths around the world linked to Firestone tread separations. The families and friends of those killed in these accidents want to know -- what did Ford and Firestone know about these tires and when did they know it?

JAPAN: Police Raid Mitsubishi Motors
Business Recorder
August 28th, 2000
Japanese police investigators raided the offices of Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Sunday on suspicion of concealing customer complaints and recalls from government inspectors for decades, Kyodo news agency reported.

GERMANY: DaimlerChrysler Facing SEC Investigation
by David MchughNational Post (Canada)
Automaking giant DaimlerChrysler AG said Thursday that it was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after a fired employee told labour officials he was dismissed for complaining that the company was using secret bank accounts to bribe government officials.

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