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  • ZF exterior curtain airbag

    German supplier ZF has developed external crash safety airbags for cars that could make their way to production in as little as two years. The company showed off an external airbag system at the recent Airbag 2018 Symposium in Germany. The system is quite similar to current technology used for airbags found inside cars. The airbag is two to three times larger than a standard interior airbag, though, and another major difference is the need for multiple inflators. ZF developed the concept system for the side of the car, which would deploy in the event of a side-impact crash. In testing, ZF...

  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
    Lamborghini recalls Gallardo for faulty dashboard warning lights

    A small number of Lamborghini Gallardo models will need to return to dealerships after the Italian firm issued a recall for the supercar. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, Lamborghini said 1,152 Gallardo models suffer from faulty dashboard warning lights...

  • Bloodhound SSC conducts first public test - October 26, 2017
    Bloodhound land speed record attempt disbanded

    Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt, was disbanded Friday after it failed to secure new funds. The attempt had been on hold since October 15 when Bloodhound entered administration, a process similar to bankruptcy protection. To get off the...

  • 2015 Maserati Ghibli
    Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli recalled for damaged fuel lines

    Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli owners should keep an eye on their mailboxes for a recall notice. The Italian brand has recalled 6,301 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans over potentially damaged fuel lines. The brand said in documents filed with NHTSA in November that the damaged fuel lines could...

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies passenger pod
    HyperloopTT inks deal to build test track in Germany

    After showing off the design for its future passenger transport pod, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced a new deal to build a test track in Germany, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The startup company, one of a few that aims to realize Tesla CEO Elon Musk's vision for high-speed tunnel...

  • Waymo self-driving car prototype
    Waymo self-driving service won't launch in 2018 as promised

    Waymo won't launch a public self-driving car service this year, the company admitted Wednesday. Instead, the self-driving provider will offer a small-scale service in Phoenix, Arizona to existing volunteers that have already been screened. The limited service, called Waymo One, is a step toward...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show

    Volkswagen's generation of cars scheduled to start arriving around 2026 will likely be the brand's last to be fitted with internal combustion engines in most major markets. That's according to Michael Jost, strategy chief for the VW brand, who said the automaker will slowly phase out internal combustion engines in an effort to reduce emissions. “Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral,” he said at an industry conference near the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg...

  • Herbert Diess
    VW boss hints at second US plant, sharing capacity with Ford

    Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess dropped further hints about the German automaker's potential partnership with Ford following a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. Diess, together with Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche and BMW Group CFO Nicolas Peter, met with U.S. officials including Commerce...

  • Mazda MX-6
    Mazda trademarks the MX-6 nameplate, again

    Mazda is keen to keep its classic names from falling into other's hands as the Japanese automaker has filed to renew the the trademark for the name "MX-6." The company filed the trademark with the Japanese Patent Office in October before it was published to the online archives in November...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    Electric cars could lead to end of FWD, say VW execs

    The front-wheel-drive layout may be approaching the end of its heyday if the future VW execs imagine comes to pass. In a roundtable interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show, Matthew Renna, North American head of e-mobility, said future electric cars will likely have their powertrains in the rear and use...

  • Donald Trump
    Trump tweets China will “reduce and remove” tariffs on US-made cars

    Following the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, over the weekend, President Donald Trump late Sunday took to Twitter to announce that China has agreed to “reduce and remove” the current 40-percent tariff on cars imported into the country from the United States. China has agreed to...

  • 2020 Lincoln Aviator
    Lincoln wants to hit the gas pedal on Chinese production due to tariffs

    Ford wants to accelerate its plans for a local production plant in China to build Lincoln vehicles as local tariffs begin to eat into profits. Joy Falotico, head of Lincoln and Ford’s chief marketing officer, told Bloomberg in an interview published Wednesday that even a small improvement...

  • August Achleitner (left) hand over Porsche 911 lead engineer role to Frank-Steffen Walliser (right)

    There are many Porsche purists out there but just one "Mr. 911" as far as the automaker is concerned. Porsche announced Tuesday at the 2020 Porsche 911's debut that August Achleitner, 63, will move on from the iconic sports car—just as the company revealed his final act. On Friday, Porsche announced that Frank-Steffen Walliser will take over the role. Walliser will assume responsibility for the 911 and 718 at the beginning of 2019 and the changeover will take place over the course of the first quarter of the year. Many will recognize Achleitner for the work he's done on the Porsche 911...

  • GM Cruise AV self-driving car
    GM president takes over Cruise self-driving car business

    As a sign of the growing importance of its Cruise self-driving business, General Motors President Dan Ammann is taking over as CEO of the San Francisco-based startup. GM announced Thursday that Ammann will take over from current Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt on January 1, 2019. Vogt founded Cruise...

  • Volvo logo
    Volvo and self-driving car partner reveal breakthrough lidar

    Volvo and its Silicon Valley-based partner Luminar announced a breakthrough lidar system that should help both companies make Level 4 self-driving cars a reality sooner. Lidar is the essential component that many automakers and technology companies have employed to give a self-driving car sight...

  • North American Car of the Year logo
    2019 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year finalists announced

    On Wednesday, jurors narrowed down a list of semi-finalists to three finalists in each category for the 2019 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year awards. This time, the finalists for North American Car of the Year are: Genesis G70 Honda Insight Volvo S60 All three fended off a handful...

  • BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
    BMW mulls second US plant

    BMW is considering a second plant in the United States, the automaker's CEO Harald Krüger told Reuters in an interview Tuesday. The plant would be for engines and transmissions and supply BMW's existing vehicle plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina and possibly the new vehicle plant that BMW...

  • 2019 Jeep Renegade
    Italian plant will reportedly build sub-Renegade sized Jeep model

    Jeep has plans for another model smaller than the current Renegade, and it appears an Italian plant will produce the vehicle. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that the Pomigliano factory near Naples will be home to the unnamed Jeep model. The facility currently builds the...

  • 2019 Cadillac CT6, 2018 New York auto show

    General Motors announced a purge to its passenger car lineup on Monday, and we have official confirmation the Cadillac CT6 sedan is part of the car cull. A Cadillac spokesperson confirmed with Motor Authority that the CT6 sedan will exit production in mid-2019. The spokesperson confirmed the 2019 CT6 will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in all configurations, which includes the newly announced CT6-V. The latest Cadillac V variant features a hand-built 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged "Blackwing" V-8 engine and makes 550 horsepower. Cadillac will also build the regular CT6 sedan with the...

  • Sketch for potential Morgan sports car due in mid-2020s
    Morgan could be mystery buyer of outgoing Aston Martin Vanquish IP

    In October, it was revealed that a company had bought the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish's tooling and design drawings. Today, we may know who the mystery buyer was. Automotive News (subscription required) reported last week that fellow British automaker Morgan may be the company behind...

  • Aston Martin DBS 59 special edition
    Aston Martin to double production by 2025, says CEO

    Aston Martin has ambitious plans to continue its growth well into next decade. The British luxury brand, which went public last month, plans to double its current production figures by 2025, CEO Andy Palmer said. The brand's first SUV, the DBX, should contribute a healthy margin to the doubled...

  • 2019 Buick Lacrosse
    GM to kill Chevy Volt, Cruze, and Impala, axe three plants; Buick LaCrosse to follow

    General Motors on Monday said that it will discontinue the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, and Impala early next year and shutter three assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada as it reduces its workforce and feeds demand for crossover SUVs and pickups rather than sedans. GM said that the assembly plants it...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Nissan, Mitsubishi drop Carlos Ghosn as chairman following his arrest

    At a special board meeting held Thursday, directors at Nissan unanimously voted to drop Carlos Ghosn as the automaker's chairman and representative director. The decision followed the arrest of Ghosn on November 19 on allegations of underreporting of personal income with financial regulators and...

  • Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric delivery van in Germany
    Elon Musk open to working with Daimler on electric van

    Only last month, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche revealed in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that the company's 2014 divestiture of a stake in Tesla didn't exclude the possibility of a future cooperation between the two firms. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since given similar comments...

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