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  • 2017 Peugeot 3008

    We already knew that the French brand Peugeot will once again be sold on U.S. shores after exiting the market in 1991. Now we know more about how the French company plans to tackle operations on these shores thanks to a Tuesday report from Automotive News Europe (subscription required). The Peugeot brand's CEO Jean-Phillipe Imparato said he would detail plans for the U.S. return next year, but shared it will focus on the compact and mid-size segments in the U.S. He specifically noted feedback on the 3008 crossover was "super," especially with consumers in California. Test groups appreciated...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
    Toyota patent details fragrance system to bombard thieves with tear gas

    Toyota has an idea that sounds like it came from James Bond's Q Branch. It would turn a seemingly harmless fragrance dispenser into something of an anti-theft device. A new patent from the Japanese automaker details a system that can spew tear gas at would-be carjackers. Australian website WhichCar...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX30
    Infiniti says goodbye to the QX30, Western Europe

    Western Europeans will have one fewer luxury brand to consider when shopping for a new car. Nissan's luxury division, Infiniti, announced a global restructuring on Tuesday that will see the brand exit Western Europe in early 2020. The changes do not affect any operations in Eastern Europe, however...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots
    VW Group commits to 70 EVs by 2028

    Volkswagen Group announced plans to launch 70 new electric cars by the end of 2028, up from a previous plan of only 50, at its annual press conference held Tuesday in Wolfsburg, Germany. The first of these 70 EVs is the 2019 Audi e-tron that's just gone on sale. Some of the others we know of...

  • 2008 Lamborghini Estoque Concept
    Lamborghini could introduce fourth model line around 2025

    If Lamborghini continues on the path of success as it has in recent years, next decade will realize a new model line for the Italian firm. It won't be an SUV, though. Instead expect a 2+2 grand touring car. The firm's CEO Stefano Domenicali spoke with Autocar and in a Saturday report and declared...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla to raise prices after March 18

    Tesla announced Sunday that it will raise prices by about 3 percent on average across the board. The only exception will be the base Model 3, known as the Standard Range, which will keep its $36,200 starting price. The increased pricing will be introduced after March 18, so potential buyers have a...

  • 2019 Volvo S90

    Beginning with 2021 model-year vehicles, Volvo will impose an electronic speed limiter of 112 mph on all its vehicles. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Volvo announced the decision on Monday, and Motor Authority reached out to Volvo spin-off Polestar to learn if the decision will also apply to the new electrified car brand. JP Canton, a Polestar spokesperson, told MA the speed cap does not apply to any vehicles from the brand. Volvo said it wants to start a conversation surrounding the idea automakers may have a right to install technology to change drivers' behaviors. This first step tackles...

  • Ford builds last Taurus in North America on March 1, 2019
    Ford ends North American production of Taurus

    In a sign of the times, Ford in 2015 unveiled its redesigned Taurus in China, where large sedans still sell in significant numbers. With sedan sales on the decline in these parts, Ford didn't even bother introducing the redesigned car here and instead continued producing the previous generation for...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

  • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    FCA announces $4.5B investment for next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, electrified SUVs

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Tuesday it would spend $4.5 billion at its production plants in Michigan to build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, an unnamed three-row SUV related to the Grand Cherokee, and its upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs. Those products, and more for...

  • 2018 Peugeot 508
    Pull out your berets as Peugeot is returning to US

    Peugeot will return to the United States and Canada in the next decade, parent company PSA Group announced Tuesday. The announcement was made at a conference outlining PSA's overwhelmingly positive financial results for 2018, which included sales of 3.88 million vehicles and a net profit of $3.7...

  • Honda Civic hatchback production in Swindon, UK
    Honda Civic Type R production moving to North America as UK plant closes

    Honda will move production of the Civic's hatchback body style from a plant in the United Kingdom to North America, the automaker's CEO has confirmed. The news, which was widely expected, comes just a week after the automaker announced it will close its plant at Swindon in South West England in...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

    Rivian doesn't plan to keep owners tied down to built-in batteries and their ranges if a new patent discovery is any clue. The startup electric car maker filed to patent removable auxiliary battery pack technology. The Rivian Forums first discovered the patent on Monday, though Rivian filed for the patent last July. As of today, it remains pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The technology would essentially boost a Rivian electric vehicle's range with an additional battery pack. Rather than simply venturing out with 400 miles of range, which is what the company said to...

  • 2019 Cadillac CT6-V
    Cadillac CT6, Chevy Impala production to continue into 2020

    Two General Motors sedans previously confirmed to cease North American production this year will live on a bit longer. As first reported by Reuters on Friday, GM will continue to build the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan until January 2020. The original...

  • BMW Group and Daimler merge mobility services into joint-venture company
    BMW and Daimler reveal details of joint company to target Uber, Lyft

    BMW Group and Daimler are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants announced a year ago plans to merge their existing mobility services into a global joint-venture company, and on Friday they finally...

  • Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
    California bill proposes America's own Autobahn on certain local highways

    California could introduce no-speed limit lanes on two local highways. The state is considering the construction of new lanes on Interstate 5 and State Route 99 that would not have speed limits. The news comes from local CBS News affiliate CBS 13, which reported Monday that a new bill introduced in...

  • Honda Civic hatchback production in Swindon, UK
    Honda to close UK plant, Civic hatchback and Type R production could come to North America

    Amid a global manufacturing restructure, Honda confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to shut down its production plant in the United Kingdom. The shutdown will effectively pull Honda manufacturing from England. The plant, located in Swindon, currently builds the Honda Civic hatchback and the Civic...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    Book it: Amazon delivers millions to Tesla-rival Rivian to build electric SUVs, pickups

    Rivian inched closer to prime time on Friday with the announcement it had received $700 million in the latest round of equity investment. Online shopping and technology giant Amazon was the lead investor. Amazon's total investment was not disclosed in Rivian's announcement, but the company...

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles logo

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cut a check for $77 million for failing to meet federal fuel economy requirements in 2016. Consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs has done wonders for the Ram and Jeep brands, but that popularity has a price. Reuters reported last Thursday the multi-million fine is a civil penalty and it could be one sign that automakers continue to have trouble meeting current emissions regulations. FCA continued to argue, like other automakers, assumptions that surround the current regulations finalized in 2012 do not reflect today's reality. Seven years ago, car buyers began to...

  • Haynes Manual
    Founder of the Haynes Manual, John Haynes, dead at 80

    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...

  • 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...

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