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Driven: Video Review: A New Porsche Cayman, and Still a Driver’s Dream

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:51:51 GMT

Porsche remakes the Cayman in a very stealthy fashion, subtracting two cylinders and adding a turbocharger.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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Toyota Agrees to $3.4 Billion Settlement in Corrosion Case

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:58:30 GMT

The proposed deal covers about 1.5 million Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia S.U.V.s suspected of receiving inadequate rust protection.

A Slow Ride Toward the Future of Public Transportation

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:36:53 GMT

A self-driving bus in Helsinki, Finland, which has been at the forefront of efforts to use technology to rethink public transportation.A self-driving bus being tested in Finland holds promise for reducing cities’ dependence on cars.

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Wheels: In Russia, a Western Taste for High-End Auto Sales

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 01:21:49 GMT

A customer at a Porsche dealership in Moscow in 2014. Car sales have fallen significantly in Russia, but buyers with money have been drawn to high-end cars from the West.Overall vehicle sales are down, but affluent Russians spur a demand for more expensive cars and Western-style dealerships.

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Volkswagen Parts Ways With the Historian Who Chronicled Its Nazi Past

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:54:30 GMT

Part of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The facility, still the automaker’s main manufacturing center, was once a Nazi prestige project making military goods including land mines, parts for rockets and anti-tank weapons.A group of prominent academics has accused the company of reverting to secretive ways over its use of forced labor during World War II.

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Tesla’s Bid for SolarCity Gets Support From Shareholder Adviser

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:54:12 GMT

Workers securing solar panels during a SolarCity installation in Albuquerque, N.M.The backing of Institutional Shareholder Services could sway Tesla shareholders because the firm’s recommendations carry great weight among mutual funds.

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Driven: Video Review: McLaren 570GT Is a Rare Blend of Speed and Comfort

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:41:49 GMT

The company takes a softer approach, including a quieter cabin, with the GT compared with the 570S, but it still goes from 0-60 m.p.h. in 3.3 seconds.

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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Itineraries: Thinking of Renting a Car in the Yucatán? Think Twice

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:28:59 GMT

A 2016 Nissan Versa, left, collided with a 2015 Nissan Tsuru in a car-to-car crash test in Virginia last week.Because national laws vary, the make of car you drive at home might not have the same safety features in many other countries.

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Trilobites: An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:22 GMT

A Smart car in Annapolis, Md. The author owns one and loves that his “little rattletrap” gets 40 miles per gallon.The app is a result of research that looks at 125 cars and measures their mileage and the greenhouse gases generated in making and powering them.

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Wheels: One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:46:14 GMT

Connected Car services become contextual to the driver’s location and lifestyle.Cars that direct drivers to appointments and stores — or even monitor the driver’s health — are coming, experts say.

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New Climate-Friendlier Coolant Has a Catch: It’s Flammable

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:09:55 GMT

Tubes used for testing at Honeywell’s lab in Buffalo.An alternative to hydrofluorocarbons for use in cars’ air-conditioners has far less impact on global warming but raises concerns about safety as well as cost.

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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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