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Ford to Expand U.S. Production of Trucks and S.U.V.s

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:39:31 GMT

President Trump met with auto industry leaders including Ford’s chief executive, Mark Fields, far right, in Michigan two weeks ago.An investment of $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, praised by President Trump, will add or preserve 130 jobs at an engine factory.

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Driven: Video Review: Mini Countryman Takes On the Big Boys

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:53:25 GMT

This brand will never offer the hulking S.U.V.s that Americans prefer. But this new vehicle offers enough room for four happy campers.

Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:51 GMT

Steven Gold outside his home in Oak Park, Mich. “If I were still a good driver in a few years, I’d consider a semiautonomous car,” he said.More older adults are without children, and many live in suburbs where public transportation is not readily available. Self-driving cars might be a solution.

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China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:30:31 GMT

The Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. Taxes on imported cars have become a growing area of friction between the United States and China.Autos are emerging as a potential point of contention ahead of President Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart, but the industry sees no easy answers.

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State of the Art: Trump Says Regulations Impede. Perhaps Not in the Electric Car Business.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Sometimes the only way to push technology advances is through rules. Loosening the ones on fuel economy could leave the car industry out of step with the future.

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Wheels: Sleepy Behind the Wheel? Some Cars Can Tell

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:25 GMT

An illustration by Nvidia of its Co-Pilot system, showing how it will track a driver’s facial gestures to detect drowsiness.Some automakers already offer drowsiness detection systems, and more are likely to follow with ever more sophisticated technology.

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Offices of Volkswagen and Audi Chiefs Searched in Raid, Warrant Says

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:50:34 GMT

Matthias Müller, the chief executive of Volkswagen, said last week that no current member of the Volkswagen management board was involved in any wrongdoing.A judge in Munich authorized investigators to seize documents from Matthias Müller, Volkswagen’s chief executive; Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief; and dozens of others.

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Trump, Easing Emissions Rule, Vows to Expand Auto Jobs

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:48:26 GMT

President Trump spoke on Wednesday with Mary T. Barra, chief executive of General Motors, at a vehicle technology center in Ypsilanti, Mich.Donald Trump, speaking to auto executives and workers in a former assembly plant near Detroit, halted a move by Barack Obama to tighten fuel-economy standards.

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German Police Raid Audi Offices, Escalating Volkswagen Diesel Inquiry

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:30:39 GMT

Members of Audi’s management board, including Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, fourth from left, on Wednesday in Ingolstadt, Germany.Searches of Audi offices threaten to damage the image of one of Volkswagen’s main sources of badly needed profit.

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German Authorities Raid U.S. Law Firm Leading Volkswagen’s Emissions Inquiry

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:36:14 GMT

Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany this week. The carmaker is the subject of a wide-ranging inquiry into an emissions-cheating scheme.Munich prosecutors seized documents from Jones Day, suggesting investigators believe the firm may have withheld information collected in an internal investigation into the carmaker’s emissions fraud.

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As VW Pleads Guilty in U.S. Over Diesel Scandal, Trouble Looms in Europe

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:32:24 GMT

The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company’s guilty plea on Friday does not end its legal troubles.Even as it moved to end legal action in the United States over its efforts to illegally evade emissions standards, the German carmaker faces mounting legal woes in Europe.

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Trump Using Detroit as Stage for Loosening Obama’s Fuel Economy Rules

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:50:04 GMT

American car manufacturers said the fuel-economy standards put in place by President Barack Obama would be technologically difficult and expensive to comply with.Automakers have said the fuel standards, which have been widely praised by environmentalists, would be expensive and technologically difficult to achieve.

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Take a Number: Volkswagen’s Emissions Fraud May Affect Mortality Rate in Europe

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:10:47 GMT

Traffic during August, in Lyon, France. Scientists estimate that because Volkswagen sold 11 million diesel cars worldwide rigged with software that cheated emissions tests, 1,200 people in Europe will die prematurely.Software that allowed the auto manufacturer to skirt environmental rules could lead to 1,200 deaths because of excess air pollution, researchers said.

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Peugeot Maker’s Deal for G.M.’s Opel Faces Political Headwinds

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:26:10 GMT

A Vauxhall Vivaro truck on the production line at a plant in England in 2013. The British prime minister emphasized the need to protect the country’s plants and the homegrown brand.The possibility of job cuts and factory closures in Europe could spark nationalist appeals.

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Common Sense: Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:03:03 GMT

A Cadillac CT6 being prepared for the opening of the Chicago Auto Show in early February. Cadillacs have been used by every president since Woodrow Wilson.On the Oscars broadcast, the message will be working together to overcome challenges. But these days, can even invoking unity be a risk for a brand?

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Lured by Deals, Car Buyers Go for SUVs, Pickups in February

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:00:48 GMT

Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry.

Jury Rejects U.S. Seizure of Luxury Cars From Exporters

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:11:55 GMT

A jury has ordered the federal government to return luxury cars, including BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Land Rovers, that it seized from a small Tennessee company in 2013.The ruling is something of a conclusion to a crackdown on companies that used middlemen to buy cars from American dealers and sell them for big profits in China.

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Carlos Ghosn, Executive Who Revived Nissan, Will Step Aside

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:49:06 GMT

Carlos Ghosn at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. He was dispatched to a struggling Nissan in 1999 by Renault, after the French carmaker bought a large stake in the Japanese company.Mr. Ghosn, a rare foreign executive in Japan, took control of the Japanese automaker in 2001 and helped save it from collapse with large job cuts.

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U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:44:10 GMT

Last year, traffic deaths increased 6 percent, to 40,200, according to estimates released on Wednesday by the National Safety Council. The two-year increase — 14 percent — is the largest in more than a half a century.For the first time since 2007, more than 40,000 were killed in crashes last year, a safety group estimated, pointing to lax law enforcement as a factor.

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Study: Technology Trouble Dents Car and Truck Reliability

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:09:49 GMT

Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners.

Driven: Video Review: Not-So-Standard Equipment on the Otherwise Standard Corolla

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:09:59 GMT

Toyota is adding lifesaving technology to the 2017 sedan and many of its other passenger cars.

State of the Art: Uber Case Could Be a Watershed for Women in Tech

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Uber’s reputation is in tatters. Fixing its culture is the only way out.

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Wheels: Cars Will Talk to One Another. Exactly How Is Less Certain.

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:25:20 GMT

Starting this month, the 2017 Cadillac CTS will offer short-range communication for vehicle-to-vehicle alerts between cars up to 1,000 feet apart.A federal agency’s plan to require communication hardware in future cars is spurring efforts to have vehicles not only see, but talk, to reduce collisions.

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Wheels: Building a Road Map for the Self-Driving Car

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:12:38 GMT

An image from a digital map developed by Ford that was taken at Mcity, an autonomous-vehicle test site at the University of Michigan. Along with sensors, autonomous vehicles will need detailed maps of the road and the obstacles ahead. Creating these maps will be a monumental task.

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Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Might Need Standards, but Whose?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:49:41 GMT

A more standardized approach to self-driving cars could reduce the amount of processors and wiring needed.Some say autonomous vehicles should have common technology before they hit the road, but there is also a strong case for independent approaches.

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Omaha’s Answer to Costly Potholes? Go Back to Gravel Roads

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:14:16 GMT

A stretch of Farnam Street in Omaha that the city unpaved in 2014 as a way to cut upkeep costs.While President Trump has called for major spending on infrastructure, cities like Omaha have resorted to unusual solutions to problems unlikely to see federal funding.

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Wheels: With a Saw and a Big Budget, Owners Transform Cars Into Convertibles

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:08:57 GMT

Jeff Moran, the owner of Drop Top Customs in High Springs, Fla., said his company converted 60 to 65 cars to convertibles last year.Automakers have pulled many convertible models, leaving lovers of top-down driving to find their own solutions.

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Your Money Adviser: Accident Not Your Fault? Your Insurance May Still Go Up, Report Says

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:10:28 GMT

Motorists in New York and Baltimore tended to pay the most after being involved in accidents they did not cause, a consumer group found.

Wheels: Headlights Get New Attention as More Than a Car Design Flourish

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:09:28 GMT

A deer, literally in the headlights in downtown Eastport, Me., last October.Shifting safety warnings and evaluations focus on how vehicles light up the roadways. At the same time, manufacturers are poised to roll out new headlamp technology.

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Wheels: China’s Answer to Tesla Is Hopeful Entrant to Global Car Market

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:43:51 GMT

Lu Qun, chairman of Qiantu Motor, in Beijing in December.Electric vehicles offer a new chance to Chinese car-making efforts that have floundered in the past. But lavish state aid could be as much bane as boon.

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Your Money: How to Buy a Used Car in an Age of Widespread Recalls

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:22:52 GMT

Earl Stewart, a Toyota dealer, at one of his lots in West Palm Beach, Fla. He refuses to sell used cars with open recalls, but he does not turn away buyers trading in cars whose airbags have not yet been fixed, like the ones at this lot.Dealers are scrambling every which way amid a recall of over 60 million Takata airbags, and consumers need to ask some very pointed questions.

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Wheels: A Whiff of a New-Car Smell, Just a Page Flip Away

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:05:53 GMT

Steve Hayes in his Manhattan apartment with some of the 13,500 automobile sales brochures he has collected.For Steve Hayes, a childhood hobby turned into a collection of 13,500 automotive marketing brochures. Most of them will soon be up for sale.

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By Announcing New Jobs, Corporations Help Themselves Too

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:36:25 GMT

Mary T. Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, at a news conference in Detroit in December. The company said on Tuesday that new investments would add or retain a combination of 1,500 jobs at plants it did not identify.In promoting plans to add jobs, some of which have long been in the works, companies help position themselves favorably with the Trump administration.

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