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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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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.

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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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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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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Ford Moves to Trim Its Ranks as Its Chief Faces a Test

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:01:21 GMT

Mark Fields, the Ford chief executive, at the New York International Auto Show last month.With Mark Fields under investor pressure, the automaker is shedding 1,400 salaried jobs in a step to balance cutbacks with technology investments.

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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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Hyundai Whistle-Blower, in Rarity for South Korea, Prompts Recall

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:48:38 GMT

Kim Gwang-ho, an automotive engineer, in Yongin, South Korea, last month. Mr. Kim was the source of internal Hyundai documents that prompted the government to order a recall.A victory for a worker who accused the automaker of hiding defects could help efforts to extend protections for insiders claiming problems or wrongdoing.

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Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:31:00 GMT

Waymo’s self-driving minivan in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January.The fiercely competitive autonomous vehicle market got a jolt when Lyft, the ride-hailing start-up, and Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google’s parent company, confirmed a partnership.

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Uber Engineer Barred From Work on Key Self-Driving Technology, Judge Says

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:51:48 GMT

Anthony Levandowski in 2016. Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing it of stealing trade secrets to develop self-driving cars, and Waymo said the thief was Mr. Levandowski.Uber sidestepped a full shutdown of its self-driving car efforts when a judge stopped short of issuing a temporary injunction against the company’s autonomous vehicle program.

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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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A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:23 GMT

The Ford plant in Hangzhou.Car manufacturing in China, once labor-intensive, is now heavily automated.

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As Ford Takes Investor Meeting Online, Brickbats Still Sting

Thu, 11 May 2017 23:06:12 GMT

The automaker came under fire from shareholders over its stock price, its leadership and even the format of the event itself.

Driven: Video Review: A Competition Puts S.U.V.s Through Their Paces

Thu, 11 May 2017 20:01:44 GMT

The competition is tough — and also a little sloppy — at the Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition, also known as Mudfest.S.U.V.s can now be pumped with performance or stuffed with luxury. Auto reviewers gather each year to find the best.

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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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Ask The Wirecutter: Reasons Not to Dismiss GPS Devices for Your Car

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:07:27 GMT

Rik Paul, the autos editor at The Wirecutter, testing GPS systems on the road. One big advantage a car GPS unit has over phone apps: It doesn’t need a data connection to plot a route.While apps like Google Maps provide accurate traffic information, dedicated car-GPS devices do have some advantages.

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Wheels: As Auto Prices Rise, Used Cars Are Looking Shinier

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:14:17 GMT

Emily Hurwitz, 28, an advertising executive who lives in San Francisco, with her 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, which was recently purchased through Shift, a used-car online retailer.With new vehicles averaging $34,000, sometimes a model just a few years older can offer considerable savings — if you don’t mind slightly older technology.

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