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  • This is what happens if you run a red light

    From texting to drunk driving, some folks don't understand that driving is a privilege and not a right. Keep your eyes on the road and stay safe, because if you don't you might run a red light. This is what that could look like. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put together a crash-test video to show what a red-light running accident might look like. A 2007 Chrysler Sebring faces off against a 2010 Ford F-150. The results aren't pretty. It's the Chrysler that gets it the worst since it's hit from the side. As the sunroof glass is sent flying into the ether, the roof...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan reportedly to fire chairman Carlos Ghosn over misconduct

    Carlos Ghosn, the man credited with saving Nissan from bankruptcy in the late-1990s, allegedly lied about his salary to investors and used company money for personal expenses, the automaker said Monday. In a statement, Nissan said it would remove Ghosn and another director, Greg Kelly, after an...

  • Faraday Future completes first pre-production FF91 on August 28, 2018
    Faraday Future employees sue key investor

    Drama continues to unfold between electric car startup Faraday Future and its key investor, Chinese conglomerate Evergrande Health Industry Group Ltd. A Wednesday report from The Verge uncovered that Faraday Future employees have now sued the investor. Employees filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles...

  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in Hamburg, Germany
    Daimler delivers first electric Mercedes-Benz bus in Germany

    Mercedes-Benz's first electric bus is now ready to hit the streets in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Parent company Daimler announced Thursday the first of 20 Mercedes eCitaro buses was handed over to Hochbahn, a public transport company in the city. The eCitaro made its debut in September and...

  • Al Gardner, Maserati North America chief
    Maserati names FCA dealer network head as new North America chief

    As part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley's executive shifts, Al Gardner has been selected to lead Maserati in North America. Harald Wester, Maserati's chief operating officer, made the announcement on Monday, according to Automotive News (subscription required). Gardner will now report...

  • Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
    Ford partners with Walmart for new self-driving delivery pilot

    Ford has begun various trial delivery services with its self-driving car prototypes across the United States, but now it has announced its most ambitious program yet. The automaker said on Wednesday it has partnered with Walmart and Postmates for a self-driving delivery service. The program will...

  • Maven

    General Motors' Maven mobility brand recently launched its foray into the peer-to-peer car sharing business via Peer Cars. But, next year, it won't be just GM vehicles. Vice president of GM Urban Mobility and Maven, Julia Steyn, said Monday the brand's Peer Cars car-sharing service will add non-GM vehicles in mid-2019, Automotive News (subscription required) reported. Peer Cars allows GM vehicles owners and eligible lessees to rent out their cars when they're not in use. Like rival services, GM splits profits from the rentals 60/40. The move to include brands outside of Chevrolet, GMC, Buick...

  • 2018 Zotye T600
    China's Zotye prepares to enter US by 2020

    Are Americans ready to accept Chinese car brands? We'll find out soon enough as a second Chinese automaker has announced its intention to enter the United States. Zotye announced on Tuesday it will work with importer HAAH Automotive to start selling cars here by late 2020. The announcement follows...

  • 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design
    Care by Volvo subscription program proves more popular than expected

    Care by Volvo jumped off the starting line with a hiccup, but the subscription program has become more popular than executives first expected. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that within four months of the program's launch, Volvo ran out of the entire number of subscriptions...

  • The Campagna T-Rex 14R - image: Campagna
    T-Rex maker Campagna files for bankruptcy

    The company behind the wild T-Rex three-wheeler has sought bankruptcy protection. According to a Jalopnik report from Monday, Campagna has filed for bankruptcy, though the extent of the Canadian firm's money problems is unknown. Campagna has built the T-Rex three-wheeler since 1995. As the pride...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Waymo's self-driving taxi service reportedly starts early December

    In a matter of weeks, Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car business, will launch the world's first commercial service involving fully self-driving cars. Citing a person familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the service is scheduled to start in Phoenix, Arizona in early...

  • Geely logo
    Geely to develop hyperloop-style supersonic train

    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the Chinese automaker that controls the Volvo and Lotus brands, on Tuesday announced plans to develop a hyperloop-like train capable of supersonic speeds. That means in excess of 767 mph. The train will use magnetic levitation to eliminate ground friction and vacuum...

  • Daimler and Bosch self-driving car prototype

    Daimler and Bosch, two giants of the auto industry, have been jointly developing a self-driving system which they will be ready to trial in the second half of 2019. The first of the trials will be run in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically between downtown and west San José along the busy San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor. With more than a million residents, San José is the third biggest city in California. Crucially, the first trial will run just a few short miles from the headquarters of Apple and Alphabet Inc., two rivals competing in the self-driving car race. The...

  • 2020 Tesla Roadster
    Robyn Denholm replaces Elon Musk as Tesla chairman

    Tesla late on Wednesday named Robyn Denholm as its new chairman to replace Elon Musk, effective immediately. Musk was forced to give up the role as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a lawsuit filed against him for his infamous “funding secured” tweet...

  • Land Rover Defender Works V8
    Ineos' Land Rover Defender rival could be built at Ford plant

    Land Rover's last Defender has a tough, low-cost appeal that will likely be lost when the redesigned model arrives in 2020. That's because Land Rover looks to be basing its new Defender on a modular, aluminum-intensive platform that will be shared with future versions of the Discovery and Range...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW the latest to join Baidu's Apollo self-driving car program

    There has been a flurry of announcements concerning the Apollo self-driving car program of Chinese tech giant Baidu in the past week. The latest comes from Volkswagen Group which on Friday said it would join the Apollo program. The automaker also said it would gain a seat on the program's board of...

  • 2016 Volvo V60
    Volvo certified vehicle program now includes unlimited mileage warranty

    Volvo announced its revised Certified by Volvo pre-owned vehicle program on Thursday, and it has a new offer to attract buyers. Each certified pre-owned Volvo will come with an unlimited mileage warranty. While it's not a lifetime warranty, Volvo said it can customize the warranty to a buyer's...

  • Utah Motorsports Campus
    Geely purchases Utah Motorsports Campus

    Geely has bought itself a race track. The Chinese automaker announced Monday it has completed the purchase of the Utah Motorsports Campus, formerly known as the Miller Motorsports Park. The Toole County Commissioners has said it agreed to sell the motorsports park to Mitime Utah Investment LLC for...

  • 2019 Arc Vector

    Jaguar Land Rover via its InMotion Ventures investment fund has backed an electric motorcycle startup by the name of Arc. It's part of the British automaker's goal of delivering excitement in a world of increasing electrification. “Electric vehicles are pivotal for the future of urban mobility, helping people travel through cities quickly and cleanly as possible,” InMotion Ventures boss Sebastian Peck said. “We want to make sure that we’re not only changing the way people move but delivering unparalleled outdoor experiences while doing so.” Arc was started by...

  • Faraday Future FF 91
    Faraday Future seeking new investment

    Faraday Future has officially opened itself to "potential investors from around the world." The electric-car start-up said it has begun exploring strategic options, according to a Thursday Reuters report, and hopes to attract new investors. Options include debt and equity financing. This year has...

  • Ford and Baidu self-driving car prototype
    Ford partners with Chinese tech giant Baidu to test Level 4 self-driving cars

    Ford and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have joined forces to develop self-driving technology. The two firms announced last week that they will jointly test Level 4 self-driving cars in Beijing, initially in a program of two years duration starting in late 2018. A Level 4 self-driving car...

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004
    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus picks Connecticut for new plant

    American sports car manufacturer and race team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on Thursday revealed the first details on a new plant to be assembled in Connecticut. The site (shown below) will join SCG's existing plant in New York where the company builds the 003 supercar and is laying the groundwork...

  • BOOK by Cadillac
    Chapter closed: Book by Cadillac subscription goes on hiatus

    Book by Cadillac, the luxury brand's car subscription service, will shut down effective Dec. 1. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the subscription service's end and cited ongoing challenges for the program's demise. Motor Authority reached out to Cadillac for additional information on the...

  • Volvo 360C concept
    Volvo will jointly develop self-driving car with Chinese tech giant Baidu

    Volvo hit the accelerator Thursday on the further integration of the automotive and tech industries by announcing plans to jointly develop a self-driving car with Chinese internet services giant Baidu. The plan is to mass produce the cars in China for sale to fleets as well as individuals. Timing...

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