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  • 2019 Jaguar XE

    Despite a market that continues to crave crossover SUVs, Jaguar's underperforming sedans are safe. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on January 11 that the XE and XF sedans will continue after Jaguar CEO Ralf Speth safeguarded their future. He said sedans will play an integral part in Jaguar's electrification strategy and are important to long-term strategies in Europe and China. Specifically, Speth said as Europe and China implement stricter emissions regulations, sedans are inherently easier to work with due to their superior aerodynamic properties. Taller SUVs are more...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3 in Tesla assembly plant parking lot, Fremont, CA, November 2017
    Tesla cuts 7 percent of workforce

    Tesla on Friday announced in a company email that it has cut 7 percent of its full-time workforce. The move is aimed at getting overheads down so the company can start churning out more affordable Model 3 sedans, namely the promised $35,000 Standard model which will have a 220-mile range. Tesla...

  • 2019 Audi A3
    US indicts 4 former Audi execs over diesel scandal

    A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four former executives at Audi over their alleged involvement in the Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents obtained by Bloomberg. They include Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten...

  • 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350
    Lotus' Chinese production plans begin to firm

    Lotus' new owner, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the Chinese company that turned around Volvo and made Polestar a high-end EV brand, has ambitious plans in store for the sports car manufacturer from Hethel. The goal is to transform Lotus into a proper Porsche rival, by launching high-volume models...

  • NEVS logo
    Faraday Future investor buys EV startup that took over Saab

    China's Evergrande Group, a key investor in U.S.-based Faraday Future, announced Tuesday it has acquired a controlling stake in NEVS, the Chinese-backed, Swedish company born out of the ashes of Saab. In a statement, Evergrande said it acquired 51 percent of NEVS in a quest to diversify into the...

  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess
    Ford and VW to collaborate on mid-size pickups, commercial vans

    The commercial vehicle operations of Ford and Volkswagen will be much more closely aligned in the near future. The two announced Tuesday a substantial partnership that will see a number of commercial vehicles jointly developed by the two brands. Each will also build vehicles for the other brand...

  • Volkswagen to build EVs at Chattanooga, Tennessee plant starting in 2022

    Volkswagen on Monday confirmed it will build electric cars at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in 2022. The automaker will invest $800 million in the site for electric car production and in the process create around 1,000 jobs directly at the plant, plus additional jobs at supplier firms. VW is preparing a family of next-generation EVs based on its MEB modular platform, the first of which will be a Golf-sized hatch due later in 2019. We won't see the hatch in the United States; instead, the first MEB-based EV sold here will be a small crossover based on 2017's Crozz concept. It...

  • 2019 McLaren 600LT
    Luxury brands rack up record sales in 2018

    Last year was a banner year for numerous luxury automakers. We've compiled 2018 global sales for five of them, and each of them saw sales expand to new records. The feat is particularly notable as the overall new-car market begins to plateau, and consumer confidence, even in once-booming China...

  • 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
    Next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor reportedly coming to the US

    While the North American market won't be treated to the off-road-oriented Ranger Raptor, we may get the next-generation model. In a Thursday report, Road & Track dug into social media profiles of Ford engineers and found that the next-generation Ranger is under development and will likely...

  • Cadillac Escala concept, 2016 Monterey Car Week
    Cadillac will become lead EV brand at GM, challenge Tesla

    Cadillac will become the leading electric car brand at General Motors in an attempt to lure sales away from Tesla while also countering the onslaught of EVs in the pipeline at the German luxury brands. The announcement was made by GM on Friday during an investor call conference, where the automaker...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW poaches Apple executive for self-driving car development

    Volkswagen has successfully hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to help lead self-driving technology development. His larger role is direct responsibility for technical development for commercial vehicles, and he will also lead the company's Mobility as a Service initiative, which...

  • 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake review update
    Jaguar-Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide

    Jaguar-Land Rover plans to reduce its workforce around the world by 4,500 employees, citing a sales downturn in the United Kingdom over Brexit and in China. Bloomberg reported on the job cuts Thursday. JRL said they come as demand for diesel-powered vehicles continues to fall. The 4,500 cuts come...

  • Ford's Robutt sweat seat tester

    It sounds odd, but Ford has a test for sweaty derrieres. It's all in the name of long-term quality. The automaker showed off its robotic sweaty butt simulator, appropriately named "Robutt," in a Wednesday announcement that explained how the Blue Oval ensures seat quality. Ford first used Robutt to simulate a decade's worth of drivers sitting in a seat while perfectly dry. The process allowed Ford to see how seats held up under regular conditions. However, we're not always bone dry when we climb into our vehicles. Robutt was then modified to simulate what happens when drivers sit down on a...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos
    Ford, VW tipped to announce deeper ties at 2019 Detroit auto show

    Evidence is mounting that Ford and the Volkswagen Group could form deeper ties than once imagined. Both automaker's announced a memorandum of understanding last June to research partnerships and joint-production of vehicles, with commercial vehicles specifically mentioned, but that might have just...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550
    Mercedes holds onto US luxury sales crown in 2018 despite decline

    Mercedes-Benz managed to retain its top spot in the sales charts for luxury cars in the United States in 2018, a year that saw most brands report lower sales than the previous period. Mercedes was included in the list of brands that reported lower sales, with its 2018 tally minus commercial...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Kenworth to build semi trucks powered by Toyota fuel cells

    American truck manufacturer Kenworth will build a fleet of 10 semi-trailer trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell-electric powertrains sourced from Toyota. The two firms made the announcement on Tuesday in Las Vegas at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. The collaboration is part of the $41 million...

  • Freightliner Cascadia semi truck
    Daimler announces major investment in self-driving semi trucks

    German automaker Daimler revealed the new Freightliner Cascadia at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday and also announced a major new investment into self-driving technology. Daimler said it has earmarked $570 million for investment in self-driving semi trucks int he coming years. The goal...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Carlos Ghosn appears in court amid Nissan and Infiniti executive shakeup

    Embattled auto industry icon and former Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time since his Nov. 19 arrest. The appearance gave him his first opportunity to tell his story as Japanese prosecutors charged the executive with financial...

  • Ford C-V2X technology running on 5G network

    Numerous automakers have begun preparing for a connected-car future, but Ford is the latest to step into the arena. The automaker announced on Monday that it will use 5G networks to integrate vehicle-to-everything technology in all of its vehicles by 2022. Ford calls the technology C-V2X, or "cellular vehicle-to-everything" technology. However, despite the cellular name, the system is completely wireless and does not require a cell tower to bounce information to and from cars. Dedicated short-range communication networks are similar, but won't utilize a 5G network. Toyota and Lexus previously...

  • Gordon Murray receives Commander of British Empire award
    Gordon Murray receives CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for services to motoring

    Gordon Murray presents one heck of a resume, but now he can add "Commander of the British Empire" to it. Queen Elizabeth II awarded Murray the accolade in December for his "services to motoring." Hemmings reported on the honor on last Friday. The CBE designation is one of five classes of the...

  • Aston Martin DBS 59 special edition
    Aston Martin preparing for "worst case scenario" with no deal Brexit looming

    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Reuters on Monday that the automaker has prepared for a "no deal" Brexit future by stockpiling some finished cars in Germany and planning to fly parts in on private jets. "We have to prepare for the worst case scenario," he told Reuters. Palmer said the automaker...

  • LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 crate engine
    Experts predict 2018 to be peak year for internal-combustion engine sales

    We may have lived through the peak year of car sales with internal-combustion engines (ICE) in 2018. Experts and analysts from several firms believe sales of ICE-powered cars will only shrink from here on out. The analysis comes from a Financial Times (subscription required) report on Sunday, Dec...

  • GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
    GM Cruise and DoorDash partner for self-driving food deliveries

    General Motors and its Cruise self-driving car division announced a new partnership with popular food delivery service DoorDash that will employ autonomous vehicles to deliver food this March. Both companies announced the new pilot program on Thursday days after former GM President Dan Ammann took...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    Dodge Challenger outsells Camaro in 2018, but Mustang still king

    Executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford have reason to celebrate over their muscle cars, while Chevrolet is likely taking a hard look at its Camaro. The 2018 sales figures are in from all three American automakers, and the results put Ford on top in the muscle car wars. Despite a decrease...

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