Venezuela gets desperate, seizes a GM plant and vehicles

The political climate in America may be tense at the moment, but it’s nothing compared to what’s happening in Venezuela. The South American nation is in such a state of chaos that authorities in the city of Valencia have seized a General Motors plant, forcing the automaker to suspend operations there for the foreseeable future.

A complicated situation

The troubles in Venezuela are complex, but they’re largely rooted in the country’s heavy dependence on oil exports.

When crude prices were high, the situation in Venezuela was better, but since oil began its sharp plunge in the summer of 2014, the economy has been in a tailspin. Inflation has surged, reaching 800 percent last December.

The financial troubles have had a direct effect on everyday Venezuelans. The country has become an outrageously dangerous place–the most murderous on Planet Earth–and the U.S. State Department has warned travelers about visiting Venezuela “due

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GM Design Great Harley Earl’s 1968 C3 Corvette Will Cross The Block At Mecum Kissimmee

Harley Earl is a well-known name by any automotive designer. He’s the man who really started it all at General Motors when he was appointed to lead the art and color department at the automaker. Earl left his mark on countless designs throughout decades of work.

So, it’s a no-brainer that any collector would want to add a vehicle commissioned specifically for Earl to his or her collection. That is exactly what we have here.

This 1968 C3 Corvette was owned by Earl himself and was likely the final vehicle built for him before he passed away in 1969. Earl often was able to have a vehicle custom built for himself before a final release to the public.

The vehicle’s tag reads, ““This car built especially for Harley J. Earl,” and it was indeed sent back to GM Design following its assembly in St. Louis, Missouri. The most notable features about the

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2017 Genesis G90: From Portland to Seattle

The Pacific Northwest has long been a place for escape — whether it’s hiking through forests thick with fir trees, tasting the saltwater spray from the bow of a whale-watching ship, or simply sitting back and enjoying a steaming cup of good coffee. Lately though, well-off folk have been moving here en masse, escaping their urban metropolises to two main port cities, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Before the venture capitalists and other moneyed interests displace the funky people who built these places and forever alter the function and feel of these two inimitable cities, we wanted to visit Portland, see Seattle, explore the surrounding areas, and talk to the people that turned the Pacific Northwest into a charming corner of our country. Behind the wheel for the journey was Epic Drives host Justin Bell, who set off from Portland in an all-new 2017 Genesis G90 to follow

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Hampstead police: Search is on for driver who nearly hit pedestrian – Eagle

HAMPSTEAD — Police said they are searching for the driver of a pickup truck who nearly hit a pedestrian on Maple Avenue Thursday morning.

Officials said the dark-colored vehicle is likely a Chevrolet GMC with a dog crate in the back.

Police said they believe the incident was targeted toward a specific person.

Police have released a photo of the car they are looking for.

Police are also searching for the driver of a blue Mustang who they said was driving recklessly Wednesday night on Tewksbury Road. A picture of that vehicle was not available.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact Hampstead police at 603-329-5700.

Watch eagletribune.com  for developments. A complete report will appear in Friday’s edition of The Eagle-Tribune.

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Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now?

Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company’s 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the U.S. after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that it filed an application to sell 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2017 Ram 1500 models fitted with its EcoDiesel-branded engine. The SUVs and trucks were in limbo after a January announcement by the EPA that it had discovered up to eight undisclosed Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices on those trucks that altered performance on emissions tests.

The company fired back at the hint that its cars cheated emissions tests by saying that the devices prolonged the engines’ lives.

“They cannot be classified as defeat devices because we’re trying to defeat nothing,” FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said in January. “These were mechanisms that were put in place to protect the

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