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Wheels: Sunroofs Are Growing in Size and Popularity. Rules Haven’t Kept Up.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:12:49 GMT

The sunroof of a Mercedes-Benz coupe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not set specific safety standards meant to reduce ejections through sunroofs, but that could change soon.More buyers are ticking the sunroof option box, and carmakers in search of an open-air feeling are making them bigger. Safety advocates see a problem.


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Ford Ousts Chief of North American Unit for ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:10:57 GMT

Raj Nair in 2014. Ford Motor said on Wednesday he had left the company after engaging in actions that were inconsistent with the carmaker’s code of conduct.The carmaker declined to elaborate on what led to the departure of Raj Nair, who had been with the company for three decades and had led its North American operations since June.


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Wheels: To Power the Future, Carmakers Flip on 48-Volt Systems

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:38:57 GMT

A Volkswagen Passat fitted with a 48-volt system from Delphi. Mild hybrid systems that use 48-volt components can increase fuel economy by up to 15 percent and cost $1,000 or less per vehicle.New electrical architecture will help satisfy the demands of cars that are increasingly loaded with gadgets and will enable lower-cost hybrid drive systems.


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Trump Rules: How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:28 GMT

The big rigs on Fitzgerald’s lot in Crossville, Tenn., house rebuilt diesel engines and are exempt from rules on modern emissions controls.A Tennessee truck dealership lavished a local Republican congresswoman with campaign donations. It also sells “Make Trucks Great Again” caps.


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Wheels: More Luxury Buyers Ditch the Imports and Pick Up a Truck

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:08:08 GMT

Lee Victorian of Ann Arbor, Mich., with his 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck at a carwash. Mr. Victorian added options to the premium model that brought the sticker price to about $80,000.Premium versions of American pickups and S.U.V.s are hot sellers, driving the financial fortunes of domestic carmakers scrambling to make more tricked-out trucks.


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Tesla Model 3, Elon Musk’s Grail, Remains a Costly Pursuit

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:54:20 GMT

Model 3 cars outside the Tesla factory in Fremont.The electric-car maker, reporting another quarterly loss, is scrambling to root out glitches in the manufacturing of its first mass-market offering.


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Wheels: Car Navigation Systems Plot a Course Forward Against Phone Apps

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:36:36 GMT

The new Porsche Cayenne uses a next-generation navigation system from HERE, which is owned by Audi, BMW and Daimler. HERE is accumulating road data from 500,000 vehicles around the world to improve its mapping service.In-dash navigation systems aren’t as nimble as their smartphone counterparts. But as cars get more complicated, built-in could mean better.


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Ram Trucks Commercial With Martin Luther King Jr. Sermon Is Criticized

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:00:14 GMT

A Super Bowl commercial for Ram trucks showed people helping others while the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. extolled the virtues of service. At the end, the phrase “Built to Serve” was shown.A Super Bowl ad by Ram had viewers openly wondering whether the company really used Dr. King’s words about the value of service to sell vehicles.


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BMW and Daimler Move Against Executives Over Diesel Tests on Monkeys

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:46:52 GMT

The University Hospital RWTH, in Aachen, Germany, where human volunteers were subjected to doses of nitrogen dioxide in research financed by German carmakers.Daimler suspended a manager and BMW said an employee had been “relieved of his current tasks” amid an outcry over emissions experiments on monkeys.


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DealBook: Tesla’s Elon Musk May Have Boldest Pay Plan in Corporate History

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:10:35 GMT

Elon Musk has high ambitions for Tesla. “I actually see the potential for Tesla to become a trillion-dollar company within a 10-year period,” he said.Mr. Musk agreed to stay as chief executive for 10 years, with compensation tied to $50 billion leaps in Tesla’s valuation. Otherwise, he makes zero.


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Ford Says It’s a New Era. Wall Street Isn’t Buying It.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:58:29 GMT

Jim Hackett, Ford’s chief executive, at the Detroit auto show this month. He has called for the company to focus more on growing markets like China and to shift production to larger, more profitable vehicles.Eight months into its chief’s tenure, the company’s stock is languishing and some analysts are perplexed. Disappointing earnings added to the puzzle.


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Wheels: Alexa, What Happened to My Car?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 23:19:12 GMT

Byton, a start-up electric-car maker, promoted its Alexa integration at the 2018 CES trade show in Las Vegas.The arrival of voice-controlled assistants in cars raises security and privacy concerns. Depending on automakers’ setups, it could expose your information or property.


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Driving a Car in Manhattan Could Cost $11.52 Under Congestion Plan

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:01:56 GMT

A proposal to charge drivers in the busiest parts of Manhattan is designed to unsnarl city streets. Midtown traffic now crawls at an average of 4.7 miles per hour.New York could become the first U.S. city with a pay-to-drive system. Trucks and for-hire vehicles would cost more, but key bridges would stay free.


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Wheels: When Detroit Muscle Powered a Breakthrough in Heart Surgery

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:31:59 GMT

The Michigan Heart was presented to the Smithsonian in 1954. Dr. Forest D. Dodrill, third from left, and the General Motors engineer Edward V. Rippingille Sr., fourth from left, pioneered the project.In 1952, a team of doctors from Harper Hospital and employees from General Motors engineered a mechanical pump that helped pave the way for modern open-heart surgery.


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G.M. Chief Cautions Trump Administration on Upending Nafta

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:45:35 GMT

The leadership team of General Motors discussed the company’s prospects at an investor conference in Detroit on Tuesday. From left, Mary T. Barra, chief executive; Dan Ammann, president; and Chuck Stevens, chief financial officer.Mary Barra said that the United States should not scrap the trade pact and that any changes should account for the interests of American automakers and workers.


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