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Jim Hackett, Ford’s New C.E.O., Has a History of Turnaround Stories

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:43:15 GMT

Jim Hackett, 62, had been overseeing the Ford subsidiary that works on autonomous vehicles, an area where the company has lagged.Before Ford, Mr. Hackett was an executive at a furniture company, and he spent a year overhauling the University of Michigan’s athletic department.

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Driven: Video Review: Cadillac CT6 Adds ‘Sporty’ to the Luxury Lexicon

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:54:31 GMT

Cadillac’s flagship sedan is positioned against the best that Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes offer. But this car is more affordable.

Wheels: What Self-Driving Cars See

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:26:03 GMT

Raw data captured from a Luminar sensor while driving along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.Lidar, the sensing technology, is the centerpiece of an intense court fight in California between two key players on the road, Uber and Waymo.

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U.S. Sues Fiat Chrysler, Accusing It of Using Software to Pass Emissions Tests

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:28:15 GMT

The Fiat Chrysler display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The emissions issue has essentially stopped Fiat Chrysler’s domestic sales of diesel-powered Ram trucks and Grand Cherokees.The move occurred days after the company acted to modify software that the government had said concealed the actual emissions from about 104,000 vehicles.

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Ford, Trudging Into the Future, Ousts Mark Fields as C.E.O.

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:07:12 GMT

Mark Fields at the New York International Auto Show in April. He has stepped down as Ford’s chief executive.The automaker promoted Jim Hackett and vowed to catch up in the race to build self-driving cars and to bolster its conventional product line.

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German Prosecutors Search Daimler Offices in Diesel Emissions Inquiry

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:43:06 GMT

Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Daimler, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.The company is one of several European automakers that have attracted the attention of regulators on both sides of the Atlantic over environmental standards.

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Even Harley-Davidson Can’t Resist the Tug of Overseas Factories

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:26 GMT

New motorcycles arriving from the United States at a Harley-Davidson showroom in Bangkok. Seeking to avoid high tariffs, the company is planning to build a factory in Thailand.Lauded by President Trump as a symbol of American manufacturing, the company hopes a new plant in Thailand will help it clear trade barriers to woo Southeast Asian buyers.

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Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:27:26 GMT

An Uber car crossing the Ninth Street Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh last September, when a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions began picking up riders in a test program.Nine months after Uber rolled out self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, the city’s relationship with the ride-hailing company has soured.

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Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:35 GMT

President Trump ignited a national discussion of blue-collar jobs. Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying, grinding, unhealthy work. We talked with drivers about why they do it.

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Fiat Chrysler to Modify 100,000 Vehicles After Accusations of Emissions Cheating

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:44:29 GMT

Fiat Chrysler cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.The company said it would issue a software update for the vehicles as part of efforts to reach a settlement with United States regulators.

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Wheels: First Came the Hydrogen Cars. Now, the Refilling Stations.

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:56:12 GMT

Heather McLaughlin, who in February leased a 2017 Honda Clarity FC, refueling her car at a hydrogen station in Hayward, Calif. The state has 30 hydrogen stations and intends to have 100 by 2020.California has 30 hydrogen refilling stations, and automakers are poised to add stations in the Northeast, from New York to Boston.

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$553 Million Accord for U.S. Drivers Over Takata Airbags

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:30:18 GMT

Cars that were traded in during the Takata recall in a car lot in West Palm Beach, Fla., in January.The deal by Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Honda would settle a class-action lawsuit over losses from a recall to repair a deadly defect.

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Uber Threatens to Fire Star Engineer in Legal Battle Over Driverless Cars

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:58:34 GMT

A self-driving Uber car in Pittsburgh last year. Uber has been accused by Waymo of conspiring with a former Google engineer to steal trade secrets from Google.The company’s top lawyer ordered Anthony Levandowski to comply in a lawsuit brought by Waymo, a self-driving car business, or face “adverse employment action.”

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VW Engineers Wanted O.K. From the Top for Emissions Fraud, Documents Show

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:42:06 GMT

Matthias Müller, the chief executive of Volkswagen, in Hanover, Germany, this month.The documents, along with the continuing criminal investigations in the United States and Germany, signal that the scandal is creeping closer to Volkswagen’s boardroom.

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How Uber and Waymo Ended Up Rivals in the Race for Driverless Cars

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Uber employees testing a self-driving Ford Fusion in Pittsburgh last year.Google was an early ally of Uber when it was a ride-hailing start-up. That relationship changed when both pursued self-driving technology in earnest.

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Driven: Video Review: A Quieter and More Refined Mazda CX-5

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:27:23 GMT

Car buyers crave style, handling and reliability, all of which Mazda delivers in the redesigned crossover.

Mercedes-Benz Brings a New Model (of Battery) to U.S. Homes

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00:23 GMT

Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar have announced a partnership to bring energy storage units to the United States residential solar market.In a partnership with Vivint Solar, the automaker will market a storage device that can help power lights, appliances — and even electric cars.

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Wheels: Discounted Cars Benefit Buyers, but May Spell Trouble for Industry

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:51:05 GMT

Wes Lutz, owner of Extreme Dodge in Jackson, Mich., said steep discounts of new cars were a reaction to a slowing market and increased inventories.Hefty price cuts are the latest signs of difficulty in the auto industry, which faces declining sales.

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Wheels: 2017 Could Prove to Be a Turning Point for Plug-In Hybrids

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:30:27 GMT

A prototype of Kia’s new Niro plug-in hybrid, which has a starting price of about $23,000.New models may help ease consumers’ fears of running out of power before they reach the charging station.

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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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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.

Review: Cars and Culture Clashes in ‘Lowriders’

Wed, 10 May 2017 21:45:46 GMT

Gabriel Chavarria, left, and Theo Rossi, playing vastly different brothers in “Lowriders.”A father is immersed in the lowrider world, while a son wants only to pursue his art. And then another son is released from prison.

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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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Neighborhood Joint: Custom Motorcycles, Made Indian Larry’s Way

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:00:33 GMT

A custom-made bike at Indian Larry Motorcycles in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For those who cannot afford the motorcycles, which start at $65,000, the shop also sells T-shirts, hats and gear.The Brooklyn shop sells about eight built-from-scratch bikes a year and counts Ewan McGregor and Brad Pitt among its clientele.

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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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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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