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  • Lotus Hethel headquarters renovations

    The Lotus headquarters will soon undergo a transformation. The company has submitted plans for a new customer experience center, heritage center and museum. Lotus' Friday announcement comes as the company celebrates 70 years since founder Colin Chapman built his first car, and the Hethel, England headquarters plan comes as the latest investment in an injection of much-needed funding to the brand. Recall, China's Geely acquired Lotus in a 2017 deal and has proposed plans to invest up to $2 billion in Lotus to turn the sports car maker into a global luxury brand. The plans for the Hethel...

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership
    VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

    Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
    Volkswagen developing virtual test drivers for self-driving tech

    Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies...

  • Ford GT Race Car, 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona
    Breakthroughs in racing helps speed up car development at Ford

    It's long been known that race car technology eventually filters down to and improves cars designed for the road. However, the technology can also benefit the way cars are designed and the speed at which they are developed. That's what Ford is discovering by getting its race car engineers to work...

  • 2019 Cadillac XT4
    Cadillac moving its headquarters back to Detroit from New York

    The Cadillac brand will return to Detroit after a controversial relocation to New York City in 2015. The brand's new president, Steve Carlisle, announced the relocation in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The move back to Detroit follows the departure of former Cadillac...

  • Dieter Zetsche during Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept launch at the 2016 Paris auto show
    Dieter Zetsche to pass Daimler leadership role to Ola Källenius in 2019

    A high-level executive shuffle is underway at German auto giant Daimler, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. Daimler confirmed Wednesday that longtime CEO Dieter Zetsche will pass the reins to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019. Källenius will also be responsible for the...

  • Franciscus van Meel

    After four years on the job, current BMW M boss Frank van Meel will exit the role. BMW has appointed van Meel, formerly of Audi Quattro GmbH (Audi Sport), to chief of total vehicle development. Replacing van Meel will be Markus Flasch, chief engineer for the new 8-Series. Evo reported on the executive shuffle on Friday and said the shift from van Meel to Flasch shouldn't create any major diversions from the M division's current product plans. Van Meel championed a four-tier M strategy that introduced "M Performance" models beneath proper M cars. M cars themselves will start at base M, then...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche is done with diesels–this time for real

    Porsche wasn't able to avoid the recent diesel emissions scandal that afflicted a number of Volkswagen Group brands, with a diesel version of its popular Cayenne SUV among the vehicles fitted with emissions cheating software. With regulators now tightening emissions standards and placing extra...

  • Daimler and the BMW Group merge mobility businesses
    BMW and Daimler's joint mobility business will be based in Berlin

    Daimler and BMW Group announced in March that the two rivals would join forces and combine their various mobility services under one equally owned joint venture. The two German auto giants have since confirmed that the mobility joint venture will be headquartered in Berlin. The company, which...

  • Audi Select launches in Dallas, Texas
    Audi launches car subscription service in Dallas

    Three years after launching its Audi On Demand short rental service, the German premium brand has waded into the full-blown car subscription segment with Audi Select. Audi announced Thursday that the new Audi Select car subscription service will launch in Dallas, Texas, starting with a flat...

  • Ford Trucks F-Vision Future Truck concept
    Electric self-driving semi concept previews Ford's long-haul vision

    Ford isn't exactly known for semitrucks around the world, but that may soon change. At the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany on Thursday, Ford showed off its F-Vision Future Truck concept. Ford Otosan, based in Turkey and the automaker's largest commercial vehicle production base, debuted the...

  • JD Classics center in Maldon, United Kingdom
    Classic car restorer and dealer JD Classics sold to new owner

    JD Classics can breathe a sigh of relief as it's been sold to a new owner. AM Online reported Tuesday that the major classic car restorer and dealer found a buyer in Woodham Mortimer, a company controlled by HPS Investment Partners LLC. Woodham Mortimer's purchase of JD Classics secured 60 jobs at...

  • J Mays

    Longtime Ford designer J Mays has a new position at appliance maker Whirlpool. The veteran designer has been appointed vice president and chief design officer of Whirlpool Corporation, based in western Michigan. Whirlpool announced Mays' appointment on Monday. He'll be responsible for "translating consumer insights, needs and wants...into next-generation product design concepts," the company said. Mays became a distinguished automotive designer after starting his career as an exterior designer at Audi. He quickly moved to BMW and worked on the 5-Series and 8-Series lines in the early 1980s...

  • 2019 Nissan Armada
    Nissan, Mitsubishi next-gen infotainment to be powered by Google's Android

    Google's Android operating system will be at the core of next-generation infotainment systems from Mitsubishi and Nissan arriving on the market in 2021. The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance announced Tuesday that future infotainment systems will feature the Android operating system to outfit its...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra prototype
    Toyota Supra to be built alongside BMW Z4 at Austrian plant

    Toyota confirmed Wednesday that its new Supra sports car will be built alongside the related BMW Z4 (shown below) at a plant in Graz, Austria. The plant is operated by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr and has produced the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz for several decades and more recently...

  • Lucid AIr
    Saudi Arabia invests $1B in Tesla rival Lucid

    Saudi Arabia may or may not be interested in taking Tesla private but the Middle Eastern country, via its Public Investment Fund (PIF), is ready to invest in rival electric car brand Lucid Motors. Silicon Valley-based Lucid confirmed Monday that the Saudis will invest $1.0 billion in the company...

  • Volkswagen Group MEB modular electric car platform
    VW Group will have 27 EVs based on MEB platform by 2022

    The Volkswagen Group on Monday gave an update on progress of its modular platform for non-premium cars, known as MEB, an acronym for the German translation of “Modular Electric Toolkit.” The automaker said 27 models spread across four brands (likely Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi)...

  • Navya Autonom Cab
    Navya already sells fully self-driving cars, including in US

    It's hard to believe how quickly the future is approaching. Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project, plans to launch its first commercial service for self-driving cars later this year, essentially a fully automated ride-hailing service covering about 100 square miles in Phoenix...

  • Volvo 360C concept

    Volvo has scored a win with the Swedish Transportation Agency (Transportstyrelsen). The company has been granted permission to test its self-driving cars in the country on public roads, DI Digital reported Friday. The government documents stated that Volvo may operate self-driving cars on public roads in the Gothenburg area, but they will be restricted to 60 kph, or about 37 mph. The government also stipulated that the self-driving cars must have a human driver present and he or she needs to have one hand on the steering wheel at all times when the car operates autonomously. Operators will...

  • Carbon Revolution carbon-fiber wheel production
    Discover how carbon-fiber wheels are made

    We've already shown readers how carbon-ceramic brakes are made, so now let's take a look at how carbon-fiber wheels come to life. The video above comes from Australian-based company Carbon Revolution. The company, which has rocketed to success thanks to its innovative one-piece carbon-fiber wheels...

  • Ferrari 488 Pista fitted with carbon fiber wheels
    Carbon Revolution expands operations to supply 150,000 carbon fiber wheels annually

    Australian outfit Carbon Revolution plans a massive expansion of its operations due to strong demand for its innovative one-piece carbon fiber wheels. The company announced Friday it will spend $72 million to expand its plant in the city of Geelong to increase capacity from a current 10,000 wheels...

  • Nio shares start trading on New York Stock Exchange on September 12, 2018
    Nio shares start trading on NYSE, value company at $6.41B

    Shares of Chinese electric car startup Nio started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday under the ticker symbol NIO. A total 160 million shares were listed at a price of $6.26, which was just $0.01 above the lower bound range of the company's initial public offering announced in late...

  • Gordon Murray Design iStream construction
    Gordon Murray Design's iStream Superlight tech can cut car weight in half

    British engineering outfit Gordon Murray Design has touted its iStream construction for a few years, but the latest iStream Superlight method doubles down on the architecture's core principles: it can cut a car's weight in half. Compared to traditional stamped metal, the iStream Superlight method...

  • JD Classics center in Maldon, United Kingdom
    Major classic car dealer and restorer JD Classics hits financial troubles

    Classic car sales have been on a tear for the past decade but that hasn't insulated one of the biggest names in the business from becoming insolvent. British firm JD Classics, a dealer of classic cars but also an expert restorer and organizer of classic racing events, entered administration on...

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