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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:34:22 GMT

A Ford Fusion equipped with driverless controls at a Michigan test center. Ford says it will build driverless vehicles at a Michigan plant previously designated for electric car production.The move will take advantage of lower costs and clear the way for a new Michigan plant to make driverless vehicles instead, which Ford said would mean even more jobs.

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Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:32:54 GMT

Go-Jek drivers waiting for ride requests on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.In Indonesia’s traffic-ridden capital, one start-up makes it easy to get around — or not to have to in the first place.

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Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:01:20 GMT

A Volvo factory in Goteborg, Sweden. Volvo is trying to apply learning from the use of driver-assistance features to design fully autonomous cars.Volvo is putting cameras in vehicles to see people interact with driver-assistance features and will use the data in designing fully autonomous cars.

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How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:51:23 GMT

Cars damaged in a crash after freezing rain fell near Ferrières, France, in January 2013.The slick roadway condition can be difficult to detect and develops unpredictably. Here’s what you can do to avoid this hazard.

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China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:32:47 GMT

Liu Qingfeng, the chairman of iFlyTek, after his presentation at a conference in Beijing about artificial intelligence.Global car brands and Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek’s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technology.

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Life Lessons: Fabulous Life Lessons From Gianni Agnelli

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:42:54 GMT

Gianni Agnelli skiing near the Sestriere ski resort in Italy in 1967.In the new documentary “Agnelli,” the head of Fiat, who died in 2003, is revealed as that rare species of man: a fashionable playboy with gravitas.

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Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:02:14 GMT

Detroit Vegan SoulHow a 21st-century Detroit navigates the dangers of regeneration is a particularly poignant question on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit race riots.

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China Will Lead an Electric Car Future, Ford’s Chairman Says

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:22:09 GMT

Fords at an auto show in Guangzhou, China, last month. Ford Motor said Tuesday that it planned to introduce 15 models in China by 2025 that run at least in part on batteries.Ford Motor said Tuesday that it planned to offer 15 new models in China by 2025 that run at least in part on batteries.

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Wheels: The Near Future of Driving: Eyes Forward, but No Hands at 10 and 2

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:33:02 GMT

Neal Boudette drove from Michigan to Indiana largely without having to put his hands on the wheel. That meant finding other things to do, like taking a selfie. The Cadillac Super Cruise system is the latest in semiautonomous driving technology, allowing drivers to keep their hands off the wheel as long as they pay attention to the road.

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Indian Automaker’s Plant Is Latest Sign of Detroit Comeback

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:37:57 GMT

An off-road vehicle from Mahindra, the Retriever, on display at an event Monday announcing the company’s plans for an assembly plant in the Detroit area.Mahindra will open the area’s first new vehicle assembly factory in 25 years, building off-road vehicles. The move may signal larger ambitions in the American market.

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November Mixed for U.S. Sales as Automakers Hike Discounts

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:45:32 GMT

Major automakers posted mixed U.S. November new vehicle sales on Friday and predicted a competitive December as they rush to sell vehicles and boost their 2017 numbers before the year comes to an end.

China to Export Trumpchi Cars to U.S., Maybe With a New Name

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:20:15 GMT

Cars made by GAC Group, the parent company of Trumpchi cars, on display at the Guangzhou auto show on Friday.GAC Motor wants to lead an export push as China prepares the rest of its auto industry to go global and, in particular, target the American market.

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Chrysler Pacifica Owners Say Minivans Suddenly Shut Off

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:23 GMT

The interior of the 2017 Pacifica minivan, a model introduced by Fiat Chrysler in 2016.No crashes or injuries have been linked to the issue, but more than 50 complaints have been filed. The automaker sees no sign of a consistent problem.

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Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:15:49 GMT

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, revealed the company’s new electric semi truck at a Thursday night presentation in Hawthorne, Calif.Aiming to remake a multibillion-dollar industry, the automaker said it would have a semi for sale in two years that would be nearly self-driving.

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Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:53:41 GMT

Interstate 10 in Phoenix, just before dawn.Arizona’s promise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft.

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Wheels: Cars Lose the Spare Tire for a Leaner Ride, but It Could Cost You

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:32:47 GMT

Full-size spares, long a fixture of trunks everywhere, gave way to space-saving “doughnuts.” But even those miniature temporary replacements are going away.Full-size spares gave way to space-saving “doughnuts,” but now carmakers may provide only the tools for a quick, do-it-yourself fix.

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Vocations: When Designing Luxury Cars Is Like Making Jewelry. And Friends.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:29:51 GMT

Earl Lucas checks the lines of a Navigator model at the Lincoln Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. Mr. Lucas is the company’s chief exterior designer.Earl Lucas, Lincoln Motor Company’s exterior design chief, was inspired by his mother’s aesthetic sense and his early training designing jewelry.

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Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:01:19 GMT

US Xpress trucks, some fitted with driverless technology, in Georgia.With fewer cultural hurdles and more financial incentives than car owners, big-rig operators are charting the route to an autonomous future.

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Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Cut Out Human Drivers in Road Tests

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:04:03 GMT

Waymo’s driverless cars at a media event in June in Chandler, Ariz. The company, a unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent, is believed to be the first to test such cars on public roads without backup drivers.The Alphabet unit says it expects to allow passengers to ride in truly driverless cars in its tests within the next few months.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Reassures Investors Over Model 3 Delays

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:21:36 GMT

Tesla Model 3 cars at the company’s factory in Fremont, Calif. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, sought on Wednesday to reassure investors that the pace of Model 3 production would pick up by early next year.The electric-car maker cited record output of its existing models, and its chief said bottlenecks on its first mass-market offering were being resolved.

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BMW Recalls Roughly a Million Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:49:41 GMT

BMW is recalling about a million vehicles at risk of catching fire even when they are not in use.The recalls include several 3 Series models and various BMWs with six-cylinder engines.

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Wheels: Wheels Drive Auto Industry Forward, in Showrooms and Aftermarket Shops

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:34:56 GMT

New wheel designs, materials and color options — including printing with a pad, or tampon, process — give drivers many options for a custom look.Be they understated and utilitarian or exotic and outrageous, a fresh set of rims can make any car look new — even a new one.

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Volkswagen Sales in U.S. Rebound After Diesel Scandal

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:47:53 GMT

Jeff Williams, a Volkswagen dealer in Lansing, Mich., has found renewed interest from customers.Two years after the automaker’s cheating on emissions compliance was revealed, its dealers are finding renewed customer interest.

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Peter Schutz, Executive Who Saved a Signature Porsche, Dies at 87

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:19:10 GMT

Peter Schutz in an undated photo with a Porsche 356 Cabriolet.Mr. Schutz, whose family had fled the Nazis, returned to Germany to be the only American to lead the sports car maker. He stopped it from killing the 911 model.

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Waymo Enlists AutoNation to Maintain Driverless Test Fleet

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:41:53 GMT

One of the cars being used by Waymo in the Phoenix area to test driverless technology.The move is a sign that the self-driving unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent, is closer to putting its technology into cars in ride-hailing operations.

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Wheels: Forgetting a Child in a Back Seat Can Kill. Cars May Soon Warn You.

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:32:55 GMT

A House bill passed last month would require new cars to include a device for detecting children in the back seat.Lawmakers are weighing whether to force automakers to include a device to alert drivers when a child in the back seat of a car after it has been turned off.

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Subaru Admits Inspection Failings, in Another Blow to Japan’s Carmakers

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 23:33:00 GMT

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the chief executive of Subaru Corporation, apologized on Friday at a news conference in Tokyo about the carmaker’s improper inspections.The announcement follows a similar revelation from Nissan and comes as the country’s manufacturing sector faces unusually intense scrutiny.

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Cost of Volkswagen Scandal Could Hurt Company’s Electric Vehicle Push

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 05:37:54 GMT

Visitors look at the Volkswagen Polo at the Tokyo Motor Show. The German carmaker’s latest earnings report showed a 50 percent drop in net profit after setting aside money to cover costs related to the emissions scandal.The carmaker reported an increase in revenue, but said it still had work to do to overcome the damage caused by its diesel emissions cheating.

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Automakers Build War Chests to Finance a Self-Driving Future

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:17:05 GMT

Robust sales of Ford’s F-series pickups helped the company post a $1.6 billion profit for the third quarter, a 63 percent increase over the same period a year ago. Domestic automakers are leaning on their best sellers as they prepare for costly moves into electric and self-driving vehicles.Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have revamped their businesses to enhance profitability and lay the foundation to develop high-tech models.

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General Motors Posts a Loss From Asset Sale, but Shares Rise

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:28:51 GMT

Mary T. Barra, chairwoman and chief executive of General Motors, speaking in Shanghai last month.The automaker took a charge associated with shedding its Opel and Vauxhall divisions in Europe. Its chief said the quarter reflected “solid results.”

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Toyota Demands ‘Clarity’ Over Brexit

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:57:33 GMT

A Toyota Auris rolls off the assembly line at the carmaker’s plant in Burnaston, England, where it said in March that it would invest a further $315 million.Remarks from a senior executive at the carmaker highlight the risks facing Britain as it navigates complex negotiations to leave the European Union.

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Price-Fixing Inquiry Moves From BMW to Daimler and Volkswagen

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:00:43 GMT

The Mercedes-Benz logo on the headquarters of Daimler in Stuttgart, Germany. European Union regulators are looking into whether the country’s three major vehicle manufacturers — BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen — colluded on the cost of auto parts.After raiding BMW last week, European Union regulators looking into possible collusion over equipment costs searched Daimler and Volkswagen offices.

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Once So Chic and Swooshy, Freeways Are Falling Out of Favor

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:00:25 GMT

The Scajaquada Expressway looms over the Delaware Park in Buffalo, but maybe not for long.Several cities face pressure to tear down the 1960s-era mega-roads and reinstate pedestrian-friendly streets. Jane Jacobs told you so!

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London Adds Charge for Older Diesel Vehicles to Fight Pollution

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:32:45 GMT

A traffic jam in central London. Drivers of older, polluting vehicles face an additional penalty.It will now cost almost $30 to drive such cars in the center of the British capital, as the mayor cites “a health crisis” caused by poor-quality air.

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BMW Headquarters Are Raided in Collusion Inquiry

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:10:50 GMT

A BMW plant in Munich. The automaker acknowledged its offices were raided, but stressed that it is not included in an emissions scandal that has hurt Volkswagen’s reputation.The raid by the European Commission is a sign that an antitrust investigation involving German automakers may be intensifying.

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Australia Mourns the End of Its Car Manufacturing Industry

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:56:20 GMT

Former Holden employees sit on the back of their Holden Ute outside the company’s plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on Friday as fans of the Australian-made vehicle mark the shutdown of the production line.On Friday, Holden employees bid farewell to Australia’s last car factory, wondering if the government could have done more to save it.

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Wheels: Would You Like My Car to Make You Some Water?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:17:12 GMT

A new system designed by Ford engineers collects water from the air-conditioner’s condensing coils, filters it and then delivers it to people in the car.Engineers are finding ways to have cars do much more than take us from Point A to Point B — including producing and dispensing water.

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A 100-Car Army of Sound in Los Angeles

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:22:00 GMT

A new composition by Ryoji Ikeda created a wash of sound — car stereos blaring variations on the note A — as part of the Red Bull Music Academy festival.

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Japanese Carmakers Call Kobe Steel’s Products Safe Despite Scandal

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:30:31 GMT

The headquarters for Kobe Steel in Tokyo. Positive safety reviews of its products by Toyota, Honda and Mazda could help lift a cloud over the company, which has said its inspectors falsified data.A round of positive findings from Toyota, Honda and Mazda could help lift a cloud over the Japanese supplier, which has said its inspectors falsified data.

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Wheels: An Electric Car and a Rugged Throwback: The Dreams of 2 Rich Britons

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:43:01 GMT

Jim Ratcliffe, center, declared his intention to build “a spiritual successor” to the Land Rover Defender, the famed vehicle of safaris and exploration. Mr. Ratcliffe owns two of the original models.James Dyson is looking to the future, and Jim Ratcliffe to the past. But to make their cars a reality, they must overcome the auto industry’s high barriers to entry.

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

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:14:31 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 21:38:19 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 17:28:56 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 15:50:06 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 01:48:02 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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