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Detroit Auto Show May Be Celebrating an Era About to End

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:27:58 GMT

A truck under wraps before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Trucks now make up two-thirds of all new vehicles sold, prompting some manufacturers to run those plants almost round the clock while slowing production at car plants.Three years of record sales mask signs that harder times lie ahead: bigger incentives, more fleet purchases and higher used-car values.

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G.M. Says Its Driverless Car Could Be in Fleets by Next Year

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:09:50 GMT

General Motors says its Cruise AV, with no steering wheel or pedals, could be ready for commercial ride services next year if it gets the necessary federal and state approvals.Once federal and state agencies grant approval, the electric vehicle will be ready for production on a standard assembly line, the automaker said.

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Chrysler Pacifica Minivans in Recall Over Engine Stalling

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:55:02 GMT

Fiat Chrysler said an update to the Pacifica minivan’s engine control software would fix a problem that could cause sudden stalling.The action, affecting 154,000 vehicles from the 2017 model year, was announced after owners filed safety complaints or shared concerns through social media.

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Wheels: How Car Companies Decide You’ll Ride a Mustang or Catch a Tiguan

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:45:13 GMT

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. Volkswagen initially named the model by asking the readers of a German car magazine to cast votes.Newly minted models include the Atlas, the Stinger, the Urus and the Velar. So how do car companies settle on a name? It’s an art mixed with science.

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Common Sense: Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Survives, but G.M. and Tesla Aren’t Cheering

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:12:19 GMT

A Tesla charging station in Mountain View, Calif. The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, has sharply criticized the government’s restriction on the electric vehicle tax credit, which begins to phase out after a company sells 200,000 electric vehicles.The manufacturers complain that they will soon be at a disadvantage — once they hit a sales mark that leaves their buyers without the benefit of a tax credit.

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As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:33:23 GMT

A Jatco factory in Fuji, Japan. An immediate, total shift to electric vehicles “would kill my business,” said Terry Nakatsuka, the carmaker’s chief executive.The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.

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Tatsuro Toyoda, Who Led Toyota’s Global Expansion, Dies at 88

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:56:05 GMT

Tatsuro Toyoda in 1984 at the wheel of a Chevy Nova at the New United Motor Manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif., a joint venture of Toyota and General Motors.Mr. Toyoda led Toyota’s first factory in North America, bringing with him a Japanese approach to manufacturing and labor relations.

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Competing With the Giants in Race to Build Self-Driving Cars

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:02:40 GMT

Sterling Anderson, left, and Chris Urmson at Aurora Innovation, a start-up founded by three veterans of autonomous vehicle research, including Mr. Urmson.Aurora, a start-up founded by the former head of Google’s self-driving project, will feed its technology into car giants Volkswagen and Hyundai.

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Tech Fix: The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:14:01 GMT

CES, the giant tech trade show, provides a window into emerging tech trends.The stars of next week’s giant electronics show won’t be flashy gadgets. Instead, the focus will be on artificial intelligence and its impact on homes, cities and cars.

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New Jersey Is Last State to Insist at Gas Stations: Don’t Touch That Pump

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 03:03:25 GMT

Legislators in New Jersey have proposed allowing self-service at gas stations, but the public backlash was ferocious.As of Jan. 1, the only other holdout, Oregon, allows people in certain counties to fuel up their cars themselves.

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In Norway, Electric and Hybrid Cars Outsell Conventional Models

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:23:17 GMT

Free parking and charging stations for electric cars in Oslo. Norway offers generous incentives that make the vehicles cheaper to buy, and other benefits once they are on the road.The country offers generous benefits to buyers of vehicles that run on new types of fuel, making ownership more affordable.

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Car Sales End a 7-Year Upswing, With More Challenges Ahead

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:02:28 GMT

Chrysler Pacifica minivans at a dealership in Jackson, Mich., where incentives were being offered last spring to reduce manufacturers’ inventory.The decline in the American market in 2017 is expected to continue, and may force carmakers to trim production and find new ways to entice customers.

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Tesla Reports New Setback for Model 3, With Output Lagging

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:45:24 GMT

The Tesla Model 3 at its introduction in July. The number of cars Tesla has produced has fallen far short of company projections.Production of the electric-car maker’s mass-market offering was far below forecasts in the fourth quarter. The report sent the company’s shares lower.

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China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:41:08 GMT

Smog on a main thoroughfare in Harbin, China, in November. Officials are under intense pressure to rein in dangerous air pollution.The suspensions pointed to Beijing’s growing willingness to test forceful antipollution measures and assume a leading role in the fight against climate change.

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Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:48:33 GMT

Kenichi Yamamoto championed rotary engines and eventually became president of Mazda Motor Corporation.He led the engineering team that produced an innovative answer to the conventional piston automotive engine. He later led the company.

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Wheels: Sotheby’s Tries Selling New York as a Car Auction Destination

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:27:18 GMT

A 2014 Pagani Huayra that was sold by RM Sotheby’s in early December. The auction totaled $45.5 million in sales.After a racecar was sold as a work of contemporary art, a December auction put automotive crossover appeal on display.

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Geely Buys Stake in Volvo Trucks, Despite China Restrictions

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:07:13 GMT

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which bought Volvo Cars in 2010, announced a deal on Wednesday that would make it the largest shareholder in AB Volvo, which makes trucks.The government in Beijing has unveiled an array of new regulations to temper outbound investment. But Chinese companies are still going global.

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Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.8 Million Ram Trucks Over Rollaways

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 01:32:44 GMT

A Ram 1500 pickup on an assembly line at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Warren, Mich., in 2014. It is among the models being recalled.The automaker said the vehicle could be shifted out of park without a driver’s foot on the brake. Seven injuries were linked to the defect.

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Wheels: Carmakers Try to Keep Waste Out of the Ground as Well as the Air

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:53:57 GMT

Steel shavings are moved to large container at a General Motors factory in Flint, Mich. It has been more than 12 years since the plant has sent anything to a dump.Automakers have been trying for years to stop sending anything to landfills. Now they are using other would-be trash to make parts.

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Ford Apologizes for Sexual Harassment at Chicago Factories

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:33:12 GMT

Employees at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant in 2010. This week, a New York Times article detailed accounts of sexual harassment and retaliation at that factory as well as another, Chicago Stamping.The company’s chief executive released an apology two days after a New York Times article detailed decades of misconduct.

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Wheels: Lamborghini’s Urus Is the Luxury S.U.V. Party’s Most Flamboyant Guest

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:15:00 GMT

“This is our ticket to the future,” Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s head of design, said of the Urus, which can go nearly 190 miles per hour.The Italian sports car company’s previous S.U.V. predated Porsche’s Cayenne. Its second follows in the Porsche’s footsteps as a beefed-up sports car.

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Wheels: List of Safety Picks Dings Some Cars for a Failure to Illuminate

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:33:08 GMT

Inside a 2018 Subaru Outback during a passenger-side small overlap front crash test. Starting for 2018, vehicles must attain a certain standard in the test to be certified as a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Outback succeeded.New crash and headlight requirements established by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cut in half the number of vehicles to earn a coveted safety designation.

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Wheels: The Technological Race to Find You a Place to Park

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:23:51 GMT

Apps can predict where on- and off-street spaces will be available, direct drivers to them, reserve a space and let drivers pay for the spot through a smartphone.Car companies, app makers and navigation services are trying to fix one of the most persistent headaches for drivers: getting a parking spot.

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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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Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Valley

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:31:58 GMT

A rendering of the renovated Detroit garment factory where Ford will base a team working on electric and self-driving cars.The automaker, long absent from the city proper, will create a hub there for work on self-driving and electric cars.

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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:32:07 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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How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:09:48 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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SUVs Are Main Attraction at L.A. Auto Show

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:42:40 GMT

The floor at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America's roads: full of SUVs.

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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