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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 3

Engineering design plan shifting at Mercedes

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is putting more emphasis on how design and manufacturing engineers can collaborate early in vehicle development. The previous singular attitude was “the car is designed, and then we build it,” says Jason Hoff, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, which runs the automaker’s assembly plant in Alabama. The new approach is that manufacturing engineers get more involved “at the very first development stage of every new product,” he says at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. – Wards Auto

Mercedes posts record July U.S. sales

Mercedes-Benz posted record July U.S. sales, pulling further ahead of BMW AG’s namesake brand and Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus in the luxury-auto sales race. Deliveries for Daimler AG’s Mercedes climbed 3.6 percent to 28,523, boosted by a 47 percent gain for its GLC and GLK sport utility vehicles. Sales fell 6.5 percent from a year earlier for Lexus and 4.4 percent for BMW. – Alabama News Center

UAB researchers know why texting is so addictive

Our brains also have a way of fooling us. Every time we look at social media or text or do anything else while behind the wheel and nothing bad happens, we think we will be safe if we do it again. Think about it along the lines of reinforcement theory, said Despina Stavrinos, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's distracted driving research lab. – News4Jax

BBA plans college-to-career fair Thursday

The Birmingham Business Alliance will host a day-long career fair and professional development conference, College-2-Career Intensive (C2Ci), on Thursday at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Ballroom beginning at 9 a.m., featuring over a dozen participating companies. – News release

Avadian opens new Huntsville location

Avadian Credit Union held a ribbon cutting recently at its new Huntsville location, along with Avadian employees and board members, Huntsville Chamber members and others. Located at 3301 Memorial Parkway SW, the South Parkway branch marks the eighteenth location for the credit union in the state and the second Huntsville area location. – News release

Old Press-Register building in play in Mobile

McNair Historic Preservation announced Tuesday that it has been engaged to prepare and submit Federal Historic Tax Credit Applications and assist with issues of designation, compliance and regulatory assistance to ensure the historic designation listing and historic tax credit eligibility. Originally constructed as the Adams Motor Company in 1920, the structure was repurposed for the Mobile Press-Register in 1944. – McNairHP.com

Nissan sees mixed results in July

Better dealer availability helped lift some of Nissan’s most popular models in July, but the gains did not significantly offset a dip in Altima and Pathfinder sales. The brand sold 122,530 cars and trucks in July, up 2 percent from a year ago. A 26 percent drop, or 8,893 vehicles, in sales of the high-volume Nissan Altima offset a 33 percent jump in sales of Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover. – Automotive News

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