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  • Haynes Manual

    John Haynes may not be a familiar name to many people, but his contributions to the automotive world are larger than life. The man responsible for the Haynes Manual has passed away at the age of 80. Haynes Publishing announced its founder's passing on Monday and said Haynes passed away after a short illness. His rise to stardom among those who like to tinker with cars and DIY-ers around the world began in Sri Lanka, where he was born. At the age of 12, he and his brother moved to the United Kingdom to attend a boarding school where Haynes quickly discovered his passion for cars. Haynes...

  • Porsche 356 cars were produced at Recaro-predecessor Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter & Co. GmbH,
    Roots of Recaro: Car seat company traces to original Porsches

    Just when you think you know something about automotive history, something comes in over the transom that makes you realize you don’t know as much as you think. Today’s example: A news release from Recaro Automotive Seating celebrating its 70-year history as a supplier to Porsche. OK...

  • Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototype
    Amazon invests in self-driving car company Aurora Innovation

    What started with books has reached the budding self-driving car sector. Amazon has invested in self-driving car company Aurora Innovation, the self-driving technology firm announced last Thursday. The actual figure it had received from Amazon wasn't disclosed in Aurora's announcement, but in...

  • General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
    GM cuts 4,000 jobs in North America in latest round of layoffs

    General Motors on Monday began the process of cutting 4,000 jobs currently held at its operations in the United States and Canada. It follows the automaker's announcement last November that it would idle three vehicle plants (plus two component plants) in North America due to slowing sales of sedan...

  • TVR Griffith prototype, 2017 Goodwood Revival
    Red tape delays TVR Griffith until 2020

    The world was supposed to welcome a reborn TVR Griffith early this year. Now, it's been put on hold until 2020. A report from Dutch website AutoRAI, first spotted by Motor1, detailed the new delay that TVR blames on construction processes at its new Welsh factory. In December TVR said it would...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Second Apple engineer accused of stealing self-driving car tech secrets for China

    Following an accusation last July against an ex-Apple engineer, the FBI has arrested a second Apple employee after he allegedly tried to steal self-driving car technology secrets and leave the country. The employee is Jizhong Chen, and according to a CNBC report on Wednesday, the FBI arrested him...

  • Ford Gravity Sketch 3D and VR design tool

    Ford designers could one day trade in their pens and paper for a totally three-dimensional and virtual reality experience. The automaker shared Tuesday that it is testing a 3D and VR design experience from a company called Gravity Sketch. The collaboration is the first of its kind, according to Ford, and immerses the designer in the car he or she sketches. Instead of starting with a 2D sketch that's turned into a 3D model, Gravity Sketch puts designers in the car as they create it. A headset creates the VR world around the designer, while controllers and gestures imitate sketching movements...

  • NEVS 9-3 concept, 2017 CES Asia
    Saab's Chinese owner partners with Koenigsegg, purchases 20-percent stake in supercar maker

    China's NEVS purchased the remnants of Saab years ago, and now the company has taken a stake in another Swedish automaker. NEVS announced it has purchased a 20-percent stake in Koenigsegg and partnered to create a new joint venture between the two companies. In the Tuesday announcement, the Chinese...

  • Mercedes Me store in Mercedes-Benz MBUX system
    Mercedes-Benz wants to sell optional features after a new vehicle purchase

    The buying process won't be over for Mercedes-Benz owners after they take their new car home. The luxury brand has introduced a new feature via its Mercedes Me application that allows owners to purchase optional features after the car has left the dealer. The brand announced last Tuesday that...

  • Porsche Taycan prototype
    Easing range anxiety: Porsche Taycan to come with 3 years of Electrify America charging

    Porsche won't leave Taycan owners to their own devices when it comes time to charge their electric sedans on the road. The German luxury and sports car maker announced Monday that every Taycan will come with three years of free charging at Electrify America stations. The goal is to provide Taycan...

  • Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa
    Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa to step down amid Renault alliance fractures

    One day after Carlos Ghosn stepped down as CEO and chairman of French automaker Renault, its alliance partner Nissan will see a similar shakeup. Ghosn's protege and current Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa announced he will step down from his role in the coming months, Bloomberg reported Friday. Saikawa...

  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler
    FCA to launch car-sharing and subscription pilot via Jeep brand

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will kick the tires on three car-sharing and car-subscription services with its Jeep brand beginning at the end of January. The Detroit News reported on two of them on Jan. 16, and Motor Authority discovered the third by reaching out to FCA for further information...

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

    Apple has let more than 200 employees go from its secretive Project Titan self-driving car operation. CNBC first reported on the move Thursday and an Apple spokesperson acknowledged the cuts in a statement to the news organization. The spokesperson said Apple will refocus on other projects and areas in 2019 and some groups were moved to other parts of the company. However, the company still believes "there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever." Last year, we learned...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn presenting at company annual meeting, Yokohama, Jun 2015
    Gone Ghosn: Embattled Renault boss steps down from French automaker

    Embattled businessman Carlos Ghosn has chosen to resign from the chairman and CEO roles at French auto giant Renault. The news was first announced by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in an interview with Bloomberg held on Thursday at the The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and...

  • Roland Krueger
    Former Infiniti boss tapped to lead Dyson EV project

    Dyson has tapped former Infiniti boss Roland Krueger to lead its new electric car project. The British firm, famous for its line of bagless vacuum cleaners, announced in 2017 plans to build an electric car. The company has committed $2.7 billion to the project, some of which will be used to...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and 2018 BMW i3
    BMW and Daimler reportedly in talks over subcompact, self-driving car partnership

    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...

  • 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

    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 and reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions. In the process, the new regulations could put speed limits on its famed "no limits" areas on the Autobahn. The speed limits would be part of a plan to curb transport emissions, which according to the report, have not fallen since 1990. Specifically...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

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