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Wheels: For Electric Car Owners, ‘Range Anxiety’ Gives Way to ‘Charging Time Trauma’

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:14:31 GMT

Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle in Las Vegas in January 2016.Compared to a short pit stop at a gas station, charging an electric vehicle can be a time-consuming experience. But change is at hand.

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Kobe Steel’s Falsified Data Is Another Blow to Japan’s Reputation

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:38:19 GMT

A Nissan Motor Corporation assembly line in Yokohama, Japan, in August. Nissan and other Japanese automakers said they would investigate whether they would be impacted by Kobe Steel’s disclosure that some employees had falsified inspection certificates.Employees altered inspection certificates to meet specifications, setting off a rush by Toyota, Boeing and others to see if they had used the raw materials.

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G.M. Acquires Strobe, Start-Up Focused on Driverless Technology

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:28:56 GMT

Mary T. Barra, chairwoman and chief executive of General Motors, last month in Shanghai. G.M. has made electric and autonomous cars an increasing focus of its strategy.With the deal, the nation’s largest automaker is snapping up a company with expertise in developing laser-based sensors that create high-definition images for autonomous vehicles.

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Ford Chief Outlines Investment Shift Away From Passenger Cars

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:50:06 GMT

Jim Hackett, chief executive of Ford Motor, had promised a plan to improve the company’s “fitness” and strategic direction.The executive, Jim Hackett, told investors that the company would focus development on trucks, S.U.V.s, and electric or self-driving vehicles.

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G.M. and Ford Lay Out Plans to Expand Electric Models

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:48:02 GMT

Mary Barra, G.M.’s chief executive, discussing features on the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt in January 2016. G.M. said it would introduce two new all-electric models within 18 months as part of a broader goal to create an emissions-free fleet.General Motors says it will add at least 20 electric vehicles to its lineup by 2023. Ford followed with its own initiative with 13 offerings.

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Wheels: How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricanes

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:12:53 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of vehicles were flooded by this year’s storms.With some basic due diligence, as well as a discerning eye, you can usually avoid buying a water-damaged car.

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Lyft Adds Ford to Its List of Self-Driving Car Partners

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:01:13 GMT

A Ford Fusion equipped with autonomous controls in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lyft is working with Ford on a self-driving vehicle partnership.Lyft was already working with Waymo, a sister company of Google, and General Motors on self-driving partnerships. Now add Ford to that list.

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Volkswagen Issues Profit Warning Over Cost of Diesel Repairs

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:31:27 GMT

A Volkswagen dealership in Raynham, Mass. The automaker said costs for repairing diesel cars in the United States were unexpectedly high.Technical problems have added to the astronomical cost of the carmaker’s emissions scandal, as it tries to cope with slipping market share in Europe.

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G.M. Chief, in China, Challenges Planned Bans of Gasoline Cars

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:32:37 GMT

Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, said on Friday in Shanghai that her company was making a big push to develop electric cars but that consumers, not government dictates, should decide how cars are powered.As the country joins others taking aim at combustion engines, Mary Barra of G.M. said customers, not government rules, should choose car technologies.

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G.M. Workers Strike in Canada as Mexico Jobs Raise Tension

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:03:36 GMT

Strikers at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, on Monday.About 2,750 union workers at an Ontario factory staged the nation’s first walkout at an auto assembly plant in 21 years as an impasse was declared in talks.

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Singapore Grand Prix: After the Race, the Real F1 Celebrations Begin

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:19 GMT

The Code 20’s party in Shanghai in April after the Chinese Grand Prix featured dancers and a light show.Once relegated to hotel bars, after-race parties have grown to become big business full of drivers, celebrities and royalty.

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Tesla Self-Driving System Faulted by Safety Agency in Crash

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:03:44 GMT

The Tesla involved in a fatal crash in Florida in May 2016. Federal investigators said a system capable of automatically steering and controlling the car had “played a major role” in the accident.In a fatal accident last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said, the automaker allowed autonomous driving in unsuitable conditions.

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China’s Electric Car Push Lures Global Auto Giants, Despite Risks

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:31:59 GMT

Honda Motor Company showed its NeuV concept electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai in June.G.M., Ford and Volkswagen are increasingly working on new-energy vehicles in a country that is pressuring them to share trade secrets.

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Where Your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Were Born

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Inside the Porsche Museum.Two museums in Germany’s motor city, Stuttgart, supply automotive history, test drives and the awe of seeing cars being created.

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Among the Masters at the Ferrari and Lamborghini Museums

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:26 GMT

An F1 car hangs on the wall in the entrance of the Museo Ferrari Maranello.The designs are dazzling at three automobile museums in Italy. And then you get to drive.

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What Ed Sheeran Can Tell Us About the Market for Classic Cars

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 03:32:52 GMT

The British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran said he felt so uncomfortable in his Aston Martin DB9 that he stopped driving it.The 26-year-old pop star’s attitude to fast vehicles reveals a generational shift that the big auction houses will have to grapple with.

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Italian Grand Prix: At the Italian Grand Prix, a Passionate Home-Field Advantage for Ferrari

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:01:26 GMT

The Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, top left, got the tifosi treatment at the Italian Grand Prix in 2015, when he took third place.On Sunday, thousands of the team’s fans will fill the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, and they will be making some noise.

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Wheels: Storm Has Car Dealers Doing Swift Business, if They Can Open

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:54:56 GMT

Cary Wilson said his four dealerships, with a combined inventory of more than 2,200 new vehicles, had only perhaps 30 that were too damaged to sell. “It could have been much worse,” he said.More than a half-million vehicles may need to be replaced following the vast flooding from Harvey — a number that could surpass the effects of Sandy and Katrina combined.

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Your Money Adviser: For Car Buyers, Larger Inventories May Mean Good Deals

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:59:22 GMT

Labor Day weekend, typically a prime time for consumers to make new car purchases, may be even better for buyers this year given stagnant auto sales.

Car Owners Inundate Insurers With Claims After Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:41:39 GMT

A submerged car in Houston this week. Insurers said they expected hundreds of thousands of claims.Losses on hundreds of thousands of autos will put a burden on underwriters in Texas, particularly regional and local companies.

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There’s a Pizza Delivery in Ford’s Future, by Driverless Car

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:12:28 GMT

Domino’s plans to deliver pizzas in Ann Arbor, Mich., using a self-driving Ford Fusion.The automaker is showcasing its autonomous-vehicle technology with a trial of Domino’s deliveries in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Tech Tip: Apps to Provide Peace of Mind With a Teenager Behind the Wheel

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:02:33 GMT

Keeping tabs on a young new driver is easier than it used to be, thanks to several new apps and services intended for nervous parents.

Wheels: Bidding Before California Car Show Suggests Collectible Market Is Healthy

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:05:56 GMT

The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 racecar going on the block at the Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, Calif. It sold for $22.5 million.Prices for classic cars started to fall about a year and a half ago. But the bidding at six major auctions preceding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance suggest the market may be stabilizing.

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Volkswagen Engineer Gets Prison in Diesel Cheating Case

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:02:05 GMT

James Liang, a Volkswagen engineer, is the first employee sent to prison in the scandal that has tainted the company’s reputation and cost it billions in fines and settlements with consumers.A federal judge sentenced a key player in a decade-long scheme to evade federal emissions rules. The term was stiffer than prosecutors recommended.

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Wealth Matters: Can’t Afford to Buy a $3 Million Ferrari Enzo? Lease One Instead

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 01:34:11 GMT

Aston Martins at the Putnam Leasing showroom in Greenwich, Conn. Not everyone can afford to buy a collectible supercar, but for some, leasing them may be within reach.Leasing a collectible or high-performance car is an increasingly common arrangement in a rarefied world where want trumps need.

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Britain Joins List of Countries Testing Autonomous Trucks

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:49:30 GMT

The trial is one of several around the world examining “platooning” technology, where small convoys of trucks move in concert, aiming to cut emissions and congestion.

Fiat Chrysler Is at a Crossroads. It’s Looking to China for a Solution.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:57:12 GMT

A Fiat Chrysler dealership in Shelbyville, Ky. The company has been in talks with Chinese companies about possible equity investments or other deals involving its Jeep brand and Ram unit.Even before one suitor’s interest emerged this week, the automaker had been in talks for months on Chinese investments or other deals, officials say.

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Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:30:45 GMT

Apple has reduced the ambitions of its driverless car project. The company’s chief executive, Tim Cook, at an event last year.The tech giant was going to build its own self-driving car. Now it is sticking to the underlying technology and testing it in an employee shuttle service.

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Audi Engineer Implicates Superiors in Diesel Case, Lawyer Says

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:12:24 GMT

Volkswagen and Audi diesels bought back by Volkswagen from consumers sit in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.A former employee being held in a Munich jail says top managers knew pollution equipment was inadequate, setting the stage for emissions fraud.

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Roy Lunn, Pioneering Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:52:20 GMT

Roy Lunn with two Ford GTs in 2016.The British-born Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the Mustang, GT40 and Jeep Cherokee and helped build an almost impregnable presidential limousine.

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Shell of Old G.M. Surfaces in Court Fight Over Ignition Flaw

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:59:30 GMT

Families of victims of an ignition defect in General Motors cars gathered in Washington in 2014 before a congressional hearing. G.M. scuttled an agreement to accept liability on Thursday.Plaintiffs’ lawyers thought they had a deal with a trust for the prebankruptcy General Motors to benefit their clients. Then the new G.M. intervened.

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Wheels: The Internal Combustion Engine Is Not Dead Yet

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:34:23 GMT

Doug Lund, a salesman, in June showed the engine of a Toyota Prius C hybrid to Mary Jean Jones, a shopper in Salt Lake City.Batteries and electric motors will have a major role in powering cars and trucks of our future. But gas engines have a lot of life left.

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Wheels: A Smartphone App to Relieve Your Car-Buying Agony

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:11:36 GMT

Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach, Calif., one of thousands of dealerships across the country that now accept AutoGravity’s smartphone app for auto financing.Several new apps allow people to secure a loan, browse a dealership’s offerings and even negotiate a price — no haggling required.

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Driverless-Car Outlook Shifts as Intel Takes Over Mobileye

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:35:51 GMT

The Mobileye system identifies relevant objects and road information in a self-driving vehicle.The chip giant gains new prominence in the race to make autonomous vehicles part of everyday life.

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Iran Reaches Deal With Renault Despite New U.S. Sanctions

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:41:58 GMT

From left, Thierry Bolloré of Renault celebrates the signing in Tehran of a joint automaking venture, with the Iranian executives Mansour Moazzami and Kourosh Morshed Solouki.The pact to increase auto production is a victory for President Hassan Rouhani, re-elected this year after vowing to revitalize his country’s economy.

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Wheels: Harley-Davidson’s Newest Rival Is an Old Brand

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:15:17 GMT

In a Harley-Davidson dealership in Michigan.Sales of Indian motorcycles, a revered brand that disappeared for decades, are rising while Harley sales are falling.

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