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  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and 2018 BMW i3

    Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is already partnered with BMW Group in the area of mobility, with the two German auto giants last month having received regulatory approval to merge their various mobility divisions into a single joint-venture company. Now the two are reportedly in talks over partnering in the area of self-driving cars, which on the surface appears like a natural extension of the mobility merger deal. Citing sources at Daimler and BMW Group, Handelsblatt reported Monday that the two firms are examining the possibility of extensive alliances, including in the areas of...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Rain reportedly confuses Waymo self-driving cars

    It appears precipitation is enough to require the human back-up driver to take control in a Waymo self-driving car. According to a report from The Verge, rain was one of a few factors that prevented Waymo's self-driving car from carrying out its autonomous duties. The insight came from one of just...

  • Toyota President Akio Toyoda (left) and Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga
    Toyota and Panasonic to form battery joint venture

    Toyota and Panasonic on Tuesday confirmed plans for a joint-venture company responsible for production of vehicle batteries, not only to supply Toyota but also rivals. Pending approval by regulatory authorities, which is expected to take until late 2020, the joint-venture company will be...

  • Bugatti Veyron owner hits 250 mph on the Autobahn
    Climate action could put an end to unlimited speeds on Germany's famed Autobahns

    A new set of proposals could drastically alter laws on Germany's famed Autobahns and make no speed limits a thing of the past. Reuters reported Friday that the government is set to pore over a series of draft proposals from the National Platform on the Future of Mobility to tackle climate change...

  • 2017 Karma Revero
    Karma and Pininfarina to collaborate on EVs

    Karma, the electric car startup born out of the remains of the original Fisker, has teamed up with Italian design house and fellow EV startup Pininfarina to collaborate on future electric cars. The two firms announced Thursday that they will work together and that the first results of their...

  • 2019 Jaguar XE
    Jaguar sedans safe despite SUV boom

    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...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3 in Tesla assembly plant parking lot, Fremont, CA, November 2017

    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 currently sells pricier Mid Range and Long Range models with 260 and 310 miles of range, respectively. In the company email, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed out that the 7-percent cut comes after a 30-percent increase in jobs in 2018. Bloomberg reported Friday that Tesla had about 45,000 staff in 2018, so...

  • 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
    VW will invest $800M in US plant for EV production

    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...

  • 2019 McLaren 600LT

    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, begins to wane. Yet, North America and Asia continue to be the largest markets for the most luxurious cars and supercars. McLaren The British supercar maker saw sales jump a whopping 49.3 percent over 2017 figures. McLaren confirmed North America remains its largest market after a stellar sales...

  • 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
    Ford tests to make sure its seats can withstand our sweaty butts

    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...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos

    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 been the start. Citing two people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported Wednesday that the two automakers will announce a deeper alliance during the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which starts January 14 in Detroit. The announcement is expected to be limited however, as talks are...

  • 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
    Ford selects 5G networks to integrate V2X technology in 2022

    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...

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