More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

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Volkswagen emissions scandal

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

QZ8501 (AirAsia)

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tesla makes electric debut in China market despite hurdles

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-01-25

A Tesla on show at the CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo/Xinhua)

US electric vehicle maker Tesla made its debut in China this week amid applause over its lower-than-expected price tag, but consumers are still concerned about issues such as battery charging.

The company plans to have showrooms and maintenance centers open in more major cities in east China this year as part of its outreach to consumers in the world's largest auto market, Veronica Wu, Tesla's vice president, told Xinhua on Friday.

She also said CEO Elon Musk wants to double Tesla's auto production this year and sees China as a key driver of its global auto sales growth.

Despite these ambitions, its efforts to build a strong presence in China face many hurdles.

Wu said pre-orders of its Model S in China have been dynamic in the past few months, but prospective car buyers in China are still resistant to the idea of driving a purely electric vehicle, mostly out of concern that it is hard to find places to recharge the car.

At Tesla's Beijing showroom — the first and so far only one in mainland China — Xinhua reporters found customers gathering around the company's popular Model S, with some venturing inside to try driving an electric vehicle.

A sales representative at the showroom said people who check out the Model S come with a broad range of questions, but the most frequently asked is where to charge the car, especially when running long-distance trips.

Tesla has said it will build free-to-use charging stations along expressways linking Beijing and Shanghai. The Model S can run up to 500 km after an hour of charging at one of these stations.

The insufficient infrastructure will likely hold back Tesla's sales and expansion in China. But Wu expressed confidence in the Chinese government's commitment to advancing its green initiatives. "Based on our contacts with officials in central and local governments, we find that authorities are very open to discussions about sustainable solutions to problems posed by growing automobile ownership," she said.

Wu labels Tesla's commitment to the Chinese market "unprecedented" compared with many multinational firms such as Apple and Motorola that she has previously worked for.

Tesla marked its entry to the highly competitive Chinese auto market with an online announcement on Thursday that the price of its Model S constitutes only its original price in the United States and unavoidable taxes and shipping costs.

Yet competitive pricing alone does not promise strong sales in China. A host of big Chinese cities have moved to cap the growth of automobile ownership to alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution.

Authorities have been encouraging purchases of hybrid and electric cars by granting more quotas and subsidies for buyers, but Tesla has yet to make the official list of cars eligible for such preferential policies.

Wu said Tesla is in talks with relevant government departments over this issue, recognizing that Tesla's inclusion on the list would make its cars much more attractive to Chinese consumers.

She said the company has grand vision for its China business, even though its current China-based team of less than 30 people is building from scratch.

Wu also said she felt encouragement from the fact that China has seen "leapfrog development across many industries in the past" as an unsatisfactory status quo in many sectors has led to faster adoption of the latest technologies.

Kingston Chang, Tesla's general manager in China, also added, "Though we sell cars, we are more of a tech company and we are in a business consistent with China's goal of developing more sustainably. This means huge opportunities for us going forward."

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