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Tied to Europe, Britain’s Car Industry Is Vulnerable After ‘Brexit’

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:01:03 GMT

The assembly line at the Toyota plant in Burnaston, England. Toyota buys parts and hires workers from across the European Union.After becoming an efficient industry with deep links to the Continent, it must grapple with the impact of the country’s vote to leave the European Union.

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Driven: Video Review: With the LaCrosse, Buick Continues to Pamper

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:35:45 GMT

The new model has a coddling suspension that mercifully shrugs off rough roads, and the brand’s new face gives the car a modern look.

Worried Auto Industry Braces for Change Under Trump

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:55:40 GMT

Robots make welds on metal frames for the Ford Escape sport utility vehicle at an assembly plant in Louisville, Ky. Ford said it would keep production of a Lincoln S.U.V. in the United States. President-elect Donald J. Trump has criticized the company for its investments in Mexico.Tariffs on imported vehicles and parts and fewer subsidies for electric cars are among the possible changes that concern domestic automakers.

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At $55 million, a Ferrari Races Into the Stratosphere

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:29 GMT

Talacrest, a specialist classic Ferrari dealer based in southern England, is offering for sale this 250 GTO, the second one built, at $55 million.A British dealer is asking $55 million for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, potentially the highest-ever price for a car.

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E.U. Threatens to Sue 4 Countries Where VW Sold Polluting Cars

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:13:08 GMT

Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany, in April.The move against Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain is an apparent attempt to catch up after facing criticism for a lax response to a yearlong scandal.

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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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Uber Bets on Artificial Intelligence With Acquisition and New Lab

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:37:49 GMT

Checking a vehicle at an Uber recruitment event this year. The company wants to improve how the computers behind self-driving vehicles make decisions.With the Geometric Intelligence deal, Uber wants to make major advances in how the computers behind self-driving vehicles think and make decisions on the road.

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November U.S. Auto Sales Up 3.7 Percent on Back of Steep Discounts

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:42:28 GMT

Hefty discounts helped boost November U.S. auto sales 3.7 percent, automakers reported on Thursday, putting the industry within reach of the annual sales record set in 2015.

Lapo Elkann, Italian Scion and Fashion Designer, Is Arrested in Manhattan

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:43:13 GMT

Lapo Elkann, who was arrested in Manhattan on Sunday, is suspected of making a false police report.The 39-year-old is a grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, who turned his family’s auto company, Fiat, into a worldwide conglomerate.

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Intel to Team With Delphi and Mobileye for Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:26:55 GMT

Mobileye is an Israeli company that specializes in vision systems that have been used in some of the autonomous-driving systems made by Tesla Motors.For Intel, especially, the collaboration is an effort to catch up in autonomous vehicles, a field where some chip makers have made deeper inroads.

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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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Sinosphere: Daimler Executive Is Removed After Accusations of Insulting Chinese

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:47:14 GMT

Chinese news reports said the German head of a truck and bus division used bigoted language and pepper spray in a parking dispute, setting off a furor on social media.

Volkswagen to Cut 23,000 German Jobs in Bid to Lift Profit

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:18:01 GMT

A Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Germany. The company said its plan would lead to savings of $3.9 billion a year.The move is rare for an automaker so heavily controlled by unionized workers, but it is unlikely to close the company’s productivity gap with Toyota.

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Fair Game: The Kind of Car Insurer That Gives Consumers the Best Value

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:24:17 GMT

Mutual insurance companies owned by policyholders paid claims at a higher rate, providing the best value to consumers, a study found.

Your Money Adviser: How to Buy a Car When You Have an Upside-Down Loan

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:20:45 GMT

There are ways to minimize the financial pain of trading in a car that is worth less than what you owe.

Tesla and SolarCity Shareholders Approve Merger

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:17:48 GMT

Putting the two together will yield a green-energy company whose products include electric cars and solar panels for homes.

Clarence M. Ditlow III, Auto Safety Crusader, Dies at 72

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:47:06 GMT

Clarence M. Ditlow III, the head of the Center for Auto Safety, in his Washington office in 2009.As head of the Center for Auto Safety, Mr. Ditlow exposed hundreds of automotive defects and was instrumental in forcing the recall of millions of vehicles.

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Driven: Video Review: Chevy Cruze May Help You Ditch Your Comfort Zone

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:03:17 GMT

The second-generation model costs more than other compacts, but it’s quiet, comfortable, attractive, efficient and dependable — and well worth a test drive.

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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Expanding Smart Car Fleet, New York Police Just Got More ‘Adorable’

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:14:25 GMT

Smart Fortwos are replacing scooters that for years have had their own odd place in New York City’s fleet of otherwise muscular police vehicles.Since their rollout last year, the tiny, bean-shaped vehicles have drawn the attention, and sometimes the affection, of curious passers-by.

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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: Let the Lessee Beware: Car Leases Can Be the Most Binding of Contracts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:00:44 GMT

Allie Mangel sits in her Ford Edge, which she leased before learning she had to stop driving because she was losing her vision. She was unable to get out of the lease.An auto lease, a common alternative to buying a vehicle, is a three-party contract that can be hard to break.

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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.

Self-Driving Truck’s First Mission: A 120-Mile Beer Run

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:00:15 GMT

An Otto truck on a San Francisco street in May.Otto, the Uber-owned self-driving vehicle operation, delivered 2,000 cases of Budweiser 120 miles to Colorado Springs from Fort Collins, Colo.

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Buying at a Used Car Auction? What You Don’t Know Could Kill You

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:46:08 GMT

A car auction Tuesday in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.Consumers are able to purchase cars that have deadly defects and sellers have few obligations to disclose the defects to them.

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New York International Auto Show

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:15:10 GMT

Media previews began on Wednesday, with the unveiling of many new models. The show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 3.

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