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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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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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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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Wheels: How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricanes

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:12:53 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of vehicles were flooded by this year’s storms.With some basic due diligence, as well as a discerning eye, you can usually avoid buying a water-damaged car.

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Lyft Adds Ford to Its List of Self-Driving Car Partners

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:01:13 GMT

A Ford Fusion equipped with autonomous controls in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lyft is working with Ford on a self-driving vehicle partnership.Lyft was already working with Waymo, a sister company of Google, and General Motors on self-driving partnerships. Now add Ford to that list.

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Volkswagen Issues Profit Warning Over Cost of Diesel Repairs

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:31:27 GMT

A Volkswagen dealership in Raynham, Mass. The automaker said costs for repairing diesel cars in the United States were unexpectedly high.Technical problems have added to the astronomical cost of the carmaker’s emissions scandal, as it tries to cope with slipping market share in Europe.

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G.M. Chief, in China, Challenges Planned Bans of Gasoline Cars

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:32:37 GMT

Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, said on Friday in Shanghai that her company was making a big push to develop electric cars but that consumers, not government dictates, should decide how cars are powered.As the country joins others taking aim at combustion engines, Mary Barra of G.M. said customers, not government rules, should choose car technologies.

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G.M. Workers Strike in Canada as Mexico Jobs Raise Tension

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:03:36 GMT

Strikers at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, on Monday.About 2,750 union workers at an Ontario factory staged the nation’s first walkout at an auto assembly plant in 21 years as an impasse was declared in talks.

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Singapore Grand Prix: After the Race, the Real F1 Celebrations Begin

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:19 GMT

The Code 20’s party in Shanghai in April after the Chinese Grand Prix featured dancers and a light show.Once relegated to hotel bars, after-race parties have grown to become big business full of drivers, celebrities and royalty.

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Tesla Self-Driving System Faulted by Safety Agency in Crash

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:03:44 GMT

The Tesla involved in a fatal crash in Florida in May 2016. Federal investigators said a system capable of automatically steering and controlling the car had “played a major role” in the accident.In a fatal accident last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said, the automaker allowed autonomous driving in unsuitable conditions.

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China’s Electric Car Push Lures Global Auto Giants, Despite Risks

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:31:59 GMT

Honda Motor Company showed its NeuV concept electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai in June.G.M., Ford and Volkswagen are increasingly working on new-energy vehicles in a country that is pressuring them to share trade secrets.

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Where Your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Were Born

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:00:25 GMT

Inside the Porsche Museum.Two museums in Germany’s motor city, Stuttgart, supply automotive history, test drives and the awe of seeing cars being created.

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Among the Masters at the Ferrari and Lamborghini Museums

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:00:26 GMT

An F1 car hangs on the wall in the entrance of the Museo Ferrari Maranello.The designs are dazzling at three automobile museums in Italy. And then you get to drive.

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What Ed Sheeran Can Tell Us About the Market for Classic Cars

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 04:32:52 GMT

The British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran said he felt so uncomfortable in his Aston Martin DB9 that he stopped driving it.The 26-year-old pop star’s attitude to fast vehicles reveals a generational shift that the big auction houses will have to grapple with.

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