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  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess

    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, something VW CEO Herbert Diess hinted at last month month following a meeting with White House officials, where he stated VW could share some of Ford's spare capacity in the United States. Under the new partnership, Ford will develop and build mid-size pickups for both brands, likely next-generation...

  • 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
    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 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 in addition to 1,500 employees laid off last year, and represent 10 percent of the company's global workforce. Workforce reductions are part of a $3.2 billion cost-cutting plan to boost savings and cash flow through 2020 as the brands continue to invest in electric cars and self-driving technology...

  • 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
    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 in the coming years. The goal...

  • Carlos Ghosn

    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 misconduct. CNN Business reported Ghosn told the judge he is "innocent of the accusations" and he always acted "honorably and legally" and with the knowledge of the appropriate company executives as he worked to rescue Nissan from financial disaster two decades ago. His work built the Renault-Nissan...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DBS 59
    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

    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 in sales of 7.4 percent compared to the previous year, Ford managed to sell 75,842 Mustangs in 2018. The figure is more than enough to claim the number one spot after its first full year on sale after a mid-cycle refresh. The Mustang gained a revised front and rear clip and a host of other optional...

  • Faraday Future FF91 prototype
    Faraday Future ends dispute with key investor

    Faraday Future has managed to stave off what seemed like imminent death by ending a dispute with key investor Evergrande Health Industry Group, the same company Faraday Future accused last October of trying to gain its intellectual property. The two firms said Monday that they have agreed to...

  • Audi brand logo on München office
    Audi's AID subsidiary leads self-driving car development at VW Group

    Self-driving car development is well underway at numerous automakers and technology companies. At Volkswagen Group, Audi leads the charge. The brand spun-off a start-up company called Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID, about a year and a half ago. The company has been tasked with working on...

  • Volkswagen beach buggy teaser on corporate Christmas card
    Volkswagen teases reborn beach buggy with Christmas card

    Volkswagen may have teased its idea for a reborn beach buggy with an image on its corporate Christmas card. Autocar reported on the image Thursday, which shows Santa Clause behind the wheel of an open-top, lifted buggy. We can even see knobby tires in the sketch on the front passenger tire. Even...

  • Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
    Uber self-driving car prototypes back on the road 9 months after fatal crash

    Uber on Thursday rolled out its self-driving car prototypes on public roads for the first time since the March accident where one of the prototypes hit and killed a woman, Elaine Herzberg, pushing a bicycle across a stretch of road in Tempe, Arizona. The prototypes are currently testing near Uber's...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn re-arrested on fresh charges

    Japanese prosecutors re-arrested former Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn on Friday on new charges. The new charges allege Ghosn transferred losses exceeding $16 million from his own private investments onto the books of Nissan between 2008 and 2012, thus inflicting financial...

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