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Tesla’s Self-Driving System Cleared in Deadly Crash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:34:39 GMT

Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S, which was operating in Autopilot mode, crashed into a tractor-trailer.The highway agency found that while Tesla’s Autopilot feature didn’t prevent a crash in Florida, the system performed as it was intended.


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Driven: The BMW X4 M40i Is Fast, if Not Practical

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:01:15 GMT

It is hard to resist the 355 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque served up by the M40i.



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

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:59:11 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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Ex-Chief of VW Holds Firm During Grilling on Emissions Deception

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:59:40 GMT

Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive of Volkswagen, arrived on Thursday for questioning before a parliamentary committee in Berlin.Martin Winterkorn, appearing in public for the first time since his resignation, told German lawmakers that he had not heard the term “defeat device” before the scandal broke.


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By Announcing New Jobs, Corporations Help Themselves Too

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:36:25 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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Trump Attacks BMW and Mercedes, but Auto Industry Is a Complex Target

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:18:27 GMT

A BMW at the New York International Auto Show in 2016. After praising German manufacturing prowess in an interview with Bild, President-elect Donald J. Trump threatened to impose a 35 percent tariff on every car that BMW imported to the United States.The globalized trade in vehicles, in which Detroit owns European brands and German cars come from Alabama, could make it hard to raise barriers.


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3 Takata Executives Face Criminal Charges Over Exploding Airbags

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:23:51 GMT

U.S. prosecutors charged the executives in a case that involved 11 deaths and instigated the largest automotive recall in American history.



E.P.A. Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Secretly Violating Emissions Standards

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:55:38 GMT

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is one of several Fiat Chrysler models that the E.P.A. said broke rules on pollutants.Federal regulators said the automaker used secret software that allowed more than 100,000 vehicles to emit illegal levels of harmful pollutants.


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More VW Executives Could Be Charged, Court Documents Suggest

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:34:54 GMT

The chief executive of Volkswagen, Matthias Müller, addressed employees in a production hall at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, last March.Two suspects were conspicuously missing from the group of six Volkswagen executives indicted on Wednesday in the emissions scandal.


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Volkswagen’s Diesel Scandal: Who Has Been Charged?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:36:20 GMT

The executives charged in the emissions case worked across multiple divisions of the company.A look at the executives charged in the company’s diesel emissions scandal paints a portrait of an organized deception carried out over several years.


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6 Volkswagen Executives Charged as Company Pleads Guilty in Emissions Case

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:37:35 GMT

The officials charged in the case include a former head of development of the Volkswagen brand and the head of engine development.



Volkswagen Executive’s Trip to U.S. Allowed F.B.I. to Pounce

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:20:53 GMT

Oliver Schmidt in 2014. Formerly Volkswagen’s top emissions compliance executive in the U.S., he has been charged with defrauding the government and violating the Clean Air Act.Federal agents arrested Oliver Schmidt, a top Volkswagen official now charged in the emissions scandal, as he prepared to depart Miami for Germany on Saturday night.


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Detroit Auto Show Reveals a Google-Designed Van That Could Steer the Industry

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:30:11 GMT

John Krafcik, the chief executive of Waymo, on Sunday at the unveiling of a minivan that was a collaboration with Fiat Chrysler.The minivan, built by Fiat Chrysler with self-driving sensors from Waymo, is the first heavyweight collaboration between a major automaker and one of Silicon Valley’s elite.


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Trump’s Industry Criticisms Shift Detroit Auto Show’s Focus

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:11:54 GMT

Setting up cameras at the Detroit auto show on Monday before a news conference that announced the new BMW 5-series.Ford and Fiat Chrysler announced at the show that they would create jobs in the United States as the industry grappled with what direction to take.


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Wheels: Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:29:04 GMT

Ford Motor’s Sync 3 entertainment and navigation system being demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas. Ford said it would integrate Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition system into Sync.Ford Motor is announcing it will incorporate Amazon’s Alexa into its vehicles, one of many efforts by automakers to improve voice-recognition systems.


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Trump’s Twitter Warning to Toyota Unsettles Japanese Carmakers

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 01:12:01 GMT

A Toyota showroom in Tokyo on Friday. Stocks in Toyota fell on Friday after Donald J. Trump threatened high taxes on the carmaker if it added a plant in Mexico.Shares in Toyota fell and Japanese officials hustled to respond after Donald J. Trump threatened a “big border tax” on the company if it added a plant in Mexico.


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Record 2016 for U.S. Auto Industry; Long Road Back May Be at End

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:47:14 GMT

General Motors announced plans to cut shifts at three plants, including this one in Hamtramck, Mich.A total of 17.55 million vehicles were sold, but struggling passenger car sales, reliance on sales incentives, and a new administration raise questions.


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Even Before He Takes Office, Trump Knocks Automakers on Their Heels

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:42:19 GMT

Ford employees in Michigan cheered the news on Tuesday that the company would invest millions of dollars to increase production there.In a stunning reversal, Ford said it would scrap plans to build a plant in Mexico, while General Motors defended making a “small number” of Chevys there.


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Hyundai’s U.S. Chief Is Out, as Automaker Seeks to Rekindle Growth

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:02:21 GMT

David Zuchowski had led the American unit of the South Korean company for nearly three years, as the U.S. market shifted away from Hyundai’s strengths.



Silicon Valley Dominating Self-Driving Tech? Motor City Says Not So Fast

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:42:32 GMT

Ford testing a self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid near the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.Silicon Valley, with Google and Tesla, is developing the smart cars of tomorrow, but the Detroit Three are working hard on self-driving projects in Michigan.


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In a Retreat, Uber Ends Its Self-Driving Car Experiment in San Francisco

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:39:27 GMT

A self-driving Uber car in a garage in San Francisco last week.Uber, which defied state regulators who said the service was illegal, stopped the autonomous car program after only a week.


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Driven: The Volvo S90 Is Very Swedish, and Very Appealing

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:11:47 GMT

The S90 does something more than just offer safety and a Swedish vibe. It competes against the established luxury brands for the first time.



Wheels: Would-Be Carmakers Tap the Wisdom, and Dollars, of Crowds

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:20:37 GMT

A prototype of the three-wheeled, gasoline-powered vehicle that Elio Motors wants to build. The company’s founder says it would get 84 miles per gallon and have a $7,300 starting price.Start-up vehicle companies, often using quirky designs, are turning to crowdfunding to finance their challenges to the established automakers.


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Wheels: Driving Down Memory Lane in the Original Minivan

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:57:12 GMT

The writer at the wheel of a 1984 Chrysler minivan at the Historical Vehicle Association in Allentown, Pa., last week.An appreciative turn behind the wheel of a 1984 Dodge Caravan, the car that made the station wagon obsolete and paved the way for the S.U.V.


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Wheels: Automakers Prepare for an America That’s Over the Whole Car Thing

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:24:06 GMT

Kelly Skow, a 28-year-old video producer, riding the Los Angeles subway’s Expo rail extension to her job in Santa Monica. She has all but come to the same conclusion many younger Americans have made: that a car is not really necessary.Mobility services — ride hailing and other means of ferrying people to public transportation — look to be a lucrative and increasingly important sideline for carmakers.


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Texas Journal: Rodeo Offers a 90-M.P.H. Glimpse of Texans’ Truck Mania

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:23 GMT

Nick Cappa, a RAM representative, inspects one of their trucks before Texas Auto Writers Association members arrive to test drive them as part of the Texas Truck Rodeo.Because no other state has a bigger influence on the American truck world, the title of Truck of Texas can bring an automaker to tears.


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Cars Talking to One Another? They Could Under Proposed Safety Rules

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:30:48 GMT

A driver eats as he exits the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey. Proposed rules would require vehicles to talk to one another and warn of impending collisions, many of which are caused by distracted driving.Under the rules, cars would be able to use wireless technology to detect if another vehicle was moving too fast in their direction and headed for a collision.


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Wheels: Out of Africa, an All-Road Honda Motorcycle

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:19:45 GMT

David Thorpe, right, a former World Motocross Champion, on a Honda Africa Twin motorcycle while competing at the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race in October in England.The arrival of a new Africa Twin is well timed to a surge of interest in bikes suited to long-distance treks, pavement optional.


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Wheels: Dull Car Finish Now Shines

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:53:51 GMT

Tony Morales applies a matte finish to a car at Simon’s Shine Shop in Chicago.A flat matte finish is gaining popularity, with car enthusiasts willing to pay as much as thousands more for a vehicle with the dull look.


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Wheels: Giving Today’s Car a Well-Tuned Interior

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:32:08 GMT

A test of Bose’s noise-canceling technology. Bose has been working on active noise cancellation with automakers including Nissan and General Motors since 2010.Automakers are using sensors and audio systems to diminish engine noise — or enhance it — for the driver and passengers.


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A Vehicle’s Sound System Can Be a Matter of Life and Death

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:28:45 GMT

A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Since electric motors are virtually silent, the Leaf has a system that emits a sound to alert pedestrians when it is driven at low speeds.For safety’s sake, auto acoustics are tweaked to help drivers distinguish between warning sounds, and let drivers and passengers converse safely.


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Climate Protection Advocates Fear a Rollback of Emissions Standards

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:34:55 GMT

An interstate near San Francisco. Donald J. Trump’s vow to undo climate policies may torpedo stricter fuel-efficiency targets.President-elect Trump has indicated he will look for a quick exit from America’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


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Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:00:16 GMT

Brett Hudson installed a Bluetooth system in his 2002 Chevy TrailBlazer to allow hands-free phone calling, but he concedes that the setup is not risk-free.Highway deaths have surged in the last two years, and experts put much of the blame on in-car use of smartphones and dashboard apps.


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Wheels: A Father, a Son and the Porsche They Went In On Together

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:07:07 GMT

James Schembari prepares to drive a Porsche on the company’s track in Atlanta. He and his son Sam were at the company’s headquarters after leasing a 2016 Cayman S.How a shared affinity for horsepower led to test runs on the racetrack, a joint lease and shared custody of a 2016 Cayman S.


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Buy a New Ride and Take a Spin With a Pro

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:08:49 GMT

Ford and Mercedes are among the automakers who offer United States buyers a chance to drive on a course and receive free professional instruction.