Cruise Automation plans to double in size in 2019 report says

first_img 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff General Motors Self-driving cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos null Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 81 Photos Car Industry 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Cruise is planning on doubling its staff by the end of 2019 in advance of launching a robotaxi service. Cruise Automation The GM-backed autonomous vehicle startup Cruise is getting ready to go on a hiring spree in the next year. A Reuters report published on Monday confirmed that the company plans to double in size by the end of 2019.Why such rapid expansion? Well, the company is pushing to get its self-driving taxi service up and running. To do that, it’s going to need a lot more people, mostly engineers according to Cruise spokesperson Ray Wert in a statement to Reuters.This is hardly the latest personnel shakeup at Cruise either. Former GM President Dan Ammann left his position at the General to head up things at Cruise, allowing former CEO Kyle Vogt to transition to president and chief technology officer.With this massive expansion on the horizon and GM money to back it, it will be interesting to see if Cruise can execute its taxi plan and move out of the shadow of other self-driving car companies like Waymo. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comment More From Roadshow 41 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 1 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animalcenter_img 52 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 0 More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better General Motors Cruise AV is more than a Bolt without a steering wheel 10 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Self-driving cars 26 Photos Share your voice 69 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 18 Photos 49 Photos Car Industry Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Umar Ashraf Young Millionaire Who Made His Fortune With Smart Investments

first_imgUmar Ashraf known as @umarashraf on Instagram is a 24-year-old entrepreneur who has made his fortune with smart investments and risk management in the stock market. His secret to success is simple. Never give up and always be a student to the game.Ashraf was introduced to trading stocks very early on in his life. The result of that gave him a competitive approach. Starting from nothing Ashraf was able to learn how to make smart decisions with the investments he was making. His risk management skills gave him an edge because Ashaf knew how to read the markets. His passion for trading in the market let him understand the nuances of modern-day trading and risk management.Ashraf considers himself a “forever learning student”, he is also eager to come up with new and up-to-date trading and risk management strategies to help him and his clients flourish in the stock industry. His knowledge, hunger and determination to turn opportunities into new and existing investments has contributed to his recent achievements.Ashraf prides himself on helping others learn how to trade through his most recent venture, Stock Market Lab. This educational platform has become widely popular among users online. As a result, Ashraf has been able to help thousands of people learn the ins and outs of the stock market.Ashraf has also been able to leverage his fun lifestyle to become a widely recognized Instagram personality. He currently has over 80,000 followers.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Gayeshwar sent to jail 55 BNP men put on remand

first_imgBNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy taken to a Dhaka court in a prison van on 31 January. Photo: Sajid HossainA Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to jail in a case filed with the Ramna police station.The court also put 55 other BNP leaders and activists on remand in four separate cases filed in connection with an attack on a prison van.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order.Read more: BNP leader Azizul Bari Helal ‘detained’ Gayeshwar Chandra Roy’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia alleged that Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was arrested only for his political statements.A group of BNP activists broke open prison van and snatched away two of their fellows in front of the High Court Mazar gate on Tuesday.The incident took place when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was returning after appearing at a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Police detained 69 BNP men in connection with Tuesday’s incident.last_img read more

NYC to Honor Trailblazer Shirley Chisholm with Statue

first_imgBy The Associated PressPioneering lawmaker Shirley Chisholm will be honored with a statue in the New York City borough she served as the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.City officials announced Nov. 30 that a monument to Chisholm will be installed at the entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.In this 1971 file photo, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., is shown. The pioneering lawmaker will be honored with a statue in the New York City borough she served as the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. New York City officials announced Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, that a monument to Chisholm will be installed at the entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. (AP Photo)The Brooklyn-born Chisholm served in Congress from 1969 to 1983. In 1972 she became the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. She died in 2005 at age 80.The statue’s artist will be announced in early 2019, and city officials say it will be installed by the end of 2020.The decision to honor Chisholm grew out of an initiative to erect more monuments to women in New York City’s public spaces. There are now just five statues of historical women.last_img read more

Intl Mother Language Day observed at IndoBangla border

first_imgBALURGHAT: International Mother Language Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at the Zero Point of Bangladesh territory with representatives of both countries on Thursday.The programme was conducted by Amra Mukti Yodhdhar Sontan Command, Saptahik Alokito Simanto, Hakimpur of Bangladesh and Ujjiban Society, Balurghat Chhandam, Uttarer Robbar and Meghalaya Tura Committee of South Dinajpur district from India. The long struggle of achieving recognition of Bengali language, particularly in Bangladesh, bore fruit after UNESCO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day in 1999. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The Language Movement is considered to have laid the foundation for vehement nationalism in the mind of Bengalis and also distinguished the cultural animosity between the authorities of the then East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) and West Pakistan,” said Zahidul Islam, secretary of Alokito Simanto. The secretary of Ujjiban Society Suraj Das said: “The military government made several attempts to establish Urdu as their sole national language, as the western wing of Pakistan considered Urdu a product of Indian Islamic culture, while they felt Bengali language symbolized Hinduism.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Hindu-Muslim division had also been considered and was being played upon and exploited by the political elite of the country most effectively and almost in a routine manner, for their own benefits in the name of the nation and the state. “Speaking more specifically, the seeds of partition between the Hindu and Muslim communities were sown in 1948, when Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, declared in Dhaka that Urdu would be the state language of Pakistan,” Das said. The Language Movement had a major cultural impact on the Bengali society and inspired the development and celebration of Bengali language, literature and culture. The day is also observed as ‘Martyr’s Day’. “Those who lost their lives to uphold the prestige and defend the rights of their mother language became hallowed martyrs,” said Biswanath Laha, acting head of Uttarer Robbar. Reputed poets and eminent writers of both countries took part in a language seminar on the occasion. A colourful cultural programme was also organised.last_img read more