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  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show

    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 imagines a future in which people will simply ride in cars rather than own them. Reuters reported on Hitzinger's hiring on Wednesday and noted the former Apple executive was part of the company's Project Titan team. Project Titan was Apple's self-driving electric-car project and was disbanded years ago...

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    Jaguar-Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide

    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...

  • 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

    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 is to realize a Level 4 autonomous semi truck that will drive itself on set routes without the expectation for any driver intervention. The automaker said it will skip research into a Level 3 system because that technology does not provide great enough benefits. The investment will create 200 new...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Carlos Ghosn appears in court amid Nissan and Infiniti executive shakeup

    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...

  • 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

    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 over as CEO of Cruise. "Partnering with DoorDash will provide us with critical learnings as we further our mission to deliver technology that makes people's lives better and more convenient," he said in a statement. According to Automotive News (subscription required), DoorDash will execute the...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    Dodge Challenger outsells Camaro in 2018, but Mustang still king

    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...

  • 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

    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 damage on the automaker, Bloomberg reported Friday. Ghosn, who was originally arrested on November 19 on allegations of financial misconduct at Nissan, and later charged with violating Japan's financial reporting rules regarding disclosure of his salary, was expected to be released Friday from a Tokyo...

  • Apple store
    Apple hires senior designer from Tesla

    Apple has once again sparked rumors it may be developing more than just self-driving car software. The California-based technology giant has hired Andrew Kim, a former senior designer at Tesla. The Verge reported on Kim's hiring on Monday and said Kim's first day at Apple was last week. Kim's...

  • Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO farewell message 2018
    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche thanks workers, interviews for new position in farewell video

    Long-time Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will step down at the end of this year and hand the top leadership role to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019, but he's already on the hunt for a new job. Well, not really. But Zetsche gave his departure a characteristically comedic twist in a...

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    FCA planning turbocharged inline-6 to replace Pentastar V-6?

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could say so-long to the V-6 engine and usher in a new inline-6 engine instead. On Tuesday, Allpar, a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles enthusiast website, reported on the possible straight-6 engine in development at FCA, noting that it would eventually find its way under the...

  • Daimler and BMW Group merge mobility divisions
    Daimler and BMW win approval to merge mobility divisions

    Daimler and BMW Group are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants in March announced plans to merge their various mobility services into a 50:50 joint-venture company headquartered in Berlin, and on...

  • Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018
    First test run completed at 35 mph in Musk's LA Boring Company tunnel, turns cars into "rail-guided trains"

    What started as a joke has turned into a real-life prototype. Elon Musk japed that he'd dig tunnels under Los Angeles to avoid traffic, and on Tuesday his Boring Company opened its first prototype tunnel in LA. The entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX also provided more details on how the system...

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