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  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins

    Apple is developing self-driving technology using a fleet of nearly 60 Lexus RX 450h crossover SUVs fitted with various cameras and sensors used to guide the vehicles. One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on August 24, California's DMV confirmed in a traffic accident report, the first for the tech giant's self-driving program. According to the report, Apple's self-driving car with a safety driver onboard was rear-ended by a driver in a Nissan Leaf while in a merging lane on the Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale, California. The self-driving car had slowed to just 1 mph while seeking...

  • 2018 Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Koenigsegg yet to deliver any engines to Spyker

    Dutch sports car marque Spyker announced in March 2017 that it will start using V-8 engines for its flagship C8 line sourced from Sweden's Koenigsegg, instead of the aging Audi units that have powered the C8 since the nameplate's launch in 2000. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to have been any...

  • Dyson Hullavington campus for electric car development
    Dyson reveals plans for electric car test track

    It's been a year since vacuum giant Dyson announced plans to build an electric car, something founder and chief engineer James Dyson has been hinting at since 2008. The company on Thursday gave an update on the plans, confirming that the former Hullavington air force base in southern England it...

  • Nio Formula E race car, EP9, ES8 and Eve concept car
    Nio launches IPO, shares to start trading mid-September

    Chinese electric car startup Nio on Tuesday launched an initial public offering, with its filing revealing the company intends to sell 160 million shares priced between $6.25 and $8.25. Hitting a share price in the upper range would raise $1.3 billion for the company's coffers and see it valued at...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
    Aston Martin announces intention to launch IPO

    Reports of Aston Martin launching an initial public offering (IPO) date back as far as the brand’s sale by Ford to a consortium led by Prodrive founder David Richards in 2008. Now it appears that the IPO is close to happening. The automaker announced Wednesday its intention to potentially...

  • Faraday Future completes first pre-production FF91 on August 28, 2018
    Faraday Future's first pre-production FF91 rolls off line at Californian plant

    Electric car startup Faraday Future appears to be back on track with development of its first model, the FF91, following a rough couple of years resulting from cash shortages and a senior executive exodus. The Chinese-backed, U.S-based company reached a major milestone Tuesday with the completion...

  • 2018 Toyota Sienna

    Toyota is deepening its ties with Uber. The Japanese auto giant announced Monday it will invest $500 million in Uber, which follows an undisclosed investment made in 2016. Toyota also said Monday it will integrate Uber's self-driving technology together with its own Toyota Guardian active safety system in purpose-built Sienna minivans to be added to Uber's ride-hailing fleet starting in 2021 on a trial basis. Toyota Guardian, which is still in development, is designed to predict potential collisions and make corrections to avoid them, in essence adding another set of eyes to the self-driving...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW reportedly tried buying Aurora to catch up in self-driving car race

    The Volkswagen Group looks to be a bit behind in the mobility and self-driving car segments compared to some rivals as the automaker is on the hunt to scoop up experts on the subject. It appears Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup based in California, was one of the firms VW approached...

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle
    Ford outlines steps to ensure safety of its self-driving cars

    Ford has promised to deliver a self-driving car by 2021. The automaker is targeting Level 4 self-driving capability, meaning the car will drive on its own but be limited on where it can go and in which whether conditions it can handle. A more capable Level 5 car that can completely replace a human...

  • 2017 Trumpchi GS8
    GAC confirms European expansion, new A10 for 2018 Paris auto show

    GAC Motor is on track to be the first major Chinese automaker to launch in the United States. The state-owned company said in 2017 that it plans to start selling its cars in the U.S. in 2019, with the mid-size GS8 SUV confirmed as one of the first models. The automaker has already been showing its...

  • Jaguar Land Rover Classic
    Jaguar Land Rover building classic car department in US

    After consolidating its various operations under a single banner in 2016, Jaguar Land Rover's classic car division is set to reach the United States. The company announced last week that Savannah, Georgia will be home to the first Jaguar Land Rover Classic base outside of Europe. It will join two...

  • Ford Performance Shelby FP350S
    Here's how Ford trains high-performance test drivers

    Being a test driver sounds like a pretty cool job. Automakers need people to log miles at every level of vehicle produced. Of course, this means that some test drivers have a lot more fun than others, such as Ford's tier-four drivers that get to pilot vehicles like the Mustang Shelby GT350-based...

  • Elon Musk

    It’s hard to overstate Elon Musk’s contributions to the 21st century. As one of PayPal’s founders, Musk cemented his fortune. As the dreamer behind SpaceX, he cemented his vision for humanity’s future. As Tesla’s CEO, he’s created an automaker that not only established itself as a major force in a few short years but also redefined the idea that “environmentally responsible” and “enviable” aren’t mutually exclusive. And now it’s time for Musk to step aside. As the ongoing circus around Tesla continues, it’s clear...

  • Gyon brand launch in Los Angeles, California
    Chinese luxury EV brand Gyon debuts without a car

    Yet another Chinese electric car startup has announced its intentions, only this one doesn't have a flashy concept to show us just yet. The new company goes by the name Gyon, and its launch took place on August 8 in Los Angeles, California. Present at the event was Tom LaSorda, a former Chrysler...

  • Ford to spend millions rehabbing Michigan Central Station
    Ford to spend $740M to turn Detroit train station into tech HQ

    Ford recently made news when it purchased the defunct Michigan Central Station. Closed in 1988, the former Amtrak hub is now going to be turned into a tech center for the Blue Oval brand. Now Ford has revealed it will shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to get the old building into shape...

  • Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal
    SEC subpoenas, board surprised, investor lawsuits: Tesla woes mounting?

    A reported subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission may add to the long list of growing worries for Tesla and its embattled CEO Elon Musk that now includes potential investor lawsuits, federal inquiries, and reports that the automaker's board of directors may not have been fully briefed...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    All SRT products undergo 24 hours of racetrack endurance testing

    Performance cars need to perform, and that means withstanding the rigors of track duty and the heat buildup it causes. We've seen that Chevrolet tests every Camaro SS and above (plus 1LE models) on a racetrack for 24 hours and that Audi Sport models do almost 5,000 miles on the Nürburgring...

  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator
    Lincoln asking top dealers to create stand-alone showrooms

    Lincoln has been on a slow churn toward restoring long-lost former glory. Ford Motor Company's luxury brand is aiming for greatness, and the plan will either work or the company will fall back as a luxury also-ran. In an effort to nudge the ship in the right direction, Lincoln is looking for a few...

  • original Ford Mustang Bullitt, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. | HVA photo

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a 6-part series examining where the collector car hobby is headed in the next decade and beyond. Mark Gessler is president of the Historic Vehicle Association and National Historic Vehicle Register, a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and Library of Congress to document and preserve America’s automotive heritage. He also is the North American Ambassador to FIVA, the international body focused on vintage vehicles. He was the founder of Scuderia Sports Zagato and has three overall victories in the Mille Miglia...

  • 2019 Ford F-150
    Ford will shrink platform count to just 5

    Alan Mulally helped steer Ford through the previous decade's global financial crisis by moving the automaker's global lineup onto a core set of platforms under a strategy known as One Ford. It saw Ford go from 30 platforms prior to Mulally joining as CEO in 2006 down to nine in 2015, a year after...

  • 2018 Lotus Evora GT430
    Geely could invest almost $2B to turn Lotus into a Porsche rival

    China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is prepared to invest the necessary funds to make Lotus into a world-beating luxury and sports car brand. If Geely has its way, Lotus will be England's Porsche. And the Chinese automaker could dump as much as $2 billion into the brand to begin the process...

  • 2019 Ferrari Portofino
    Ferrari makes $80K profit per car; reportedly beats entire industry

    Ferrari hears the sweet ring of the cash register with every new car sold. The Italian company banks a profit of $80,000 per car sold and tops the industry, per a study from German economics professor Ferdinand Dudenhoffer. Motor1 translated the study's findings to show Ferrari's well-off margins...

  • Tesla Autopilot
    You'll soon be able to compare safety of electronic driver aids across vehicles

    Most major automakers offer electronic driver aids these days, some of which like Tesla's Autopilot can control the steering of a car. However, the performance levels of driver aids vary across brands and road conditions, in some cases dramatically. Currently, there's no independent body that...

  • Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal
    Elon Musk isn't kidding, Tesla board confirms TSLA could go private

    Elon Musk disrupted multiple industries on Tuesday when the Tesla CEO [NASDAQ: TSLA] took to Twitter to float the idea of taking the Silicon Valley automaker private. Musk mused Tesla could be bought back at $420 per share. On Wednesday morning, multiple members of Tesla's board of directors signed...

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