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Wheels: Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:45:40 GMT

BMW’s technician training center in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. The shortage of technicians is so acute that BMW began its own recruiting program.Car companies have had to create special training and hiring programs to meet the need, and the jobs that are available can pay handsomely.

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Driven: Video Review: Subaru Impreza, Still Solid, but a Little More Stylish

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:12:26 GMT

The new Impreza Sport looks as though a design team was part of the process from Day 1. And it looks even better on stormy days.

Supreme Court Rebuffs G.M.’s Bid to Limit Ignition-Switch Lawsuits

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:22:56 GMT

The General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich. The company had argued it was not liable for claims over faulty ignition switches made before G.M. claimed bankruptcy in 2009.By declining to review a lower-court ruling, the justices cleared the way for plaintiffs to proceed with hundreds of claims over deaths or injuries that occurred before General Motors declared bankruptcy.

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Waymo to Offer Phoenix Area Access to Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:27 GMT

John Krafcik, Waymo’s chief executive, in January. The company is seeking a broader range of feedback from riders in self-driving cars, he said.The self-driving-car outfit, spun out of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is moving to the next phase of testing: putting civilians inside its Chrysler minivans and Lexuses.

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No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:50:50 GMT

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of several prototypes being designed by Kitty Hawk, a start-up based in Mountain View, Calif.This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.

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Haven’t Bought a Car in a While? It’s a New World Out There

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:19 GMT

With people keeping their vehicles longer, a visit to the dealership may leave some feeling like Rip Van Winkle.

G.M. Takes a Back Seat to Tesla as America’s Most Valued Carmaker

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:57:58 GMT

Mary T. Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, with President Trump at a Michigan event last month to discuss automaking and job creation.General Motors has achieved steady profits in a booming domestic market and has tried to prove its innovative approach, but investors are unimpressed.

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Toyota to Invest $1.3 Billion in Kentucky Plant

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:21:36 GMT

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Ky., in 2015. The company announced a $1.3 billion investment in the plant on Monday.While the upgrade will not add jobs, it is the latest move by an automaker to enhance its American manufacturing and was endorsed by President Trump.

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Trucking Companies Knight and Swift to Combine in All-Stock Deal

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:31:19 GMT

A Swift Transportation Company truck at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa. The company said it would combine with Knight Transportation but maintain its brand.The two firms will operate under a single holding company as they seek greater scale amid weaker pricing in the trucking industry.

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Even Amid Trade Tensions, Ford Pushes Pickup Trucks in China

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:48:05 GMT

A Ford pickup truck was among the models on display at a media event ahead of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition last year. Detroit’s automakers see a potential new world of drivers in China, where tastes have turned in recent years toward bigger, beefier cars.As cars remain a point of conflict, Detroit pushes to sell pickups in a market long skeptical of them, in an effort to tap a Chinese taste for American brands.

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Ex-Director of F.B.I. Is Picked to Oversee Takata Restitution

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:47:21 GMT

A technician removes a recalled Takata airbag inflator in a Honda Pilot. The company recalled tens of millions of the devices for a defect that can cause the airbags to unexpectedly explode.A judge said he intended to appoint Robert Mueller to administer payments of nearly $1 billion to victims and automakers for defective airbags.

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As U.S. Targets Berlin on Trade, German Manufacturers Lobby Trump

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:04:41 GMT

In South Carolina, welders work on BMW X5 and X6 models. The company’s biggest plant in the world is in South Carolina.Hostility from the Trump administration has been a rude shock in Germany, threatening the bedrock of the country’s economy.

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Volkswagen Share Sale Keeps the Automaker a Family Affair

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:28:07 GMT

Ferdinand Piëch, the former Volkswagen chief executive, oversaw the company’s rise to become the largest carmaker in Europe.The Porsche family patriarch Ferdinand Piëch is selling most of his stake to relatives rather than to an outside investor who might have demanded changes.

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Tumbling Car Sales Drag Down US Auto Market in March

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:10:09 GMT

Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.

Tesla Reports Jump in Vehicle Production but Aims for Much More

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:20:31 GMT

The electric-car maker said it produced 25,418 vehicles in the first quarter, compared with 15,510 a year ago. The company wants to produce 500,000 cars in 2018.

Volkswagen to Pay 10 States Over Environmental Claims

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:11:25 GMT

An e-Golf at a Volkswagen factory in Germany. The automaker plans to have three all-electric models for sale here by 2020.The company will pay $157 million as part of its efforts to resolve the legal fallout of its decade-long scheme to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

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Driven: Video Review: Jaguar Figures Out the Compact Sport Sedan

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:54:04 GMT

Jaguar’s quietly handsome XE is more than a good romp on the back roads. It’s the brand’s most affordable vehicle.

Wheels: Soon, Your Car May Be Able to Read Your Expressions

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:14:11 GMT

Matt Dunford, exterior designer, with the Fiat Chrysler Portal concept car in January at the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual show.Facial recognition and other technology are set to further personalize the driving experience.

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Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:50:53 GMT

Ford’s latest Lincoln Navigator is larger and more powerful than its predecessor, while aiming squarely at car owners seeking luxury features.At the New York International Auto Show, powerful sport utility vehicles are at center stage, a sign of the continuing shift away from traditional passenger cars.

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Ask The Wirecutter: Reasons Not to Dismiss GPS Devices for Your Car

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:07:27 GMT

Rik Paul, the autos editor at The Wirecutter, testing GPS systems on the road. One big advantage a car GPS unit has over phone apps: It doesn’t need a data connection to plot a route.While apps like Google Maps provide accurate traffic information, dedicated car-GPS devices do have some advantages.

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Wheels: As Auto Prices Rise, Used Cars Are Looking Shinier

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:14:17 GMT

Emily Hurwitz, 28, an advertising executive who lives in San Francisco, with her 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, which was recently purchased through Shift, a used-car online retailer.With new vehicles averaging $34,000, sometimes a model just a few years older can offer considerable savings — if you don’t mind slightly older technology.

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Common Sense: Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:16:00 GMT

Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, entering Trump Tower for a meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump in early January.The electric-car maker is the latest company to become a market darling based not on what it has achieved but on a vision of a dominant future.

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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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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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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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