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  • Qiantu K50, 2016 Beijing auto show

    It was two years ago that we first learned of a Chinese design company by the name of CH-Auto looking to branch out into production of high-end electric cars, starting with a small electric sports car to potentially be built in the United States. CH-Auto has been quiet since then but last week it announced the signing of a partnership agreement with California's Mullen Technologies to develop and assemble electric cars in the United States for sale across North America under the brand name Qiantu. The first model will be the Qiantu K50 electric sports car first shown at the 2016 Beijing auto...

  • Saab 9000 with joystick driver control Photo: Goodwood
    Born from jets: Saab once built a car with a joystick

    Saab has a quirky history that ended too soon with General Motors' Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization the end of last decade. For years, Saab built cars and did things its own way. And one time, the Swedish premium brand even built a car with a joystick control. Goodwood author Gary Axon...

  • Bloodhound SSC
    Bloodhound land speed record project saved by buyer

    A savior for Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company working on an attempt to smash the land speed record for a steerable car, has been found. The savior is Ian Warhurst, who it was announced on Monday is the new owner of Bloodhound Programme. It isn't clear how much Warhurst paid for Bloodhound...

  • Lilium Jet VTOL concept
    Former McLaren design boss joins Lilium flying taxi startup

    Frank Stephenson shocked many when he stepped down from the lead design role at McLaren in early 2017. It turned out he wanted to apply his design skills in an entirely new segment: flying taxis. The renowned designer, responsible for cars like the McLaren P1 and 650S (and in earlier roles the...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    Microwave-pulse ignition, backed by ex-Porsche CEO, claims lower emissions

    A German startup claims it has the technology to help keep internal-combustion engines on the road for decades to come. MWI Microwave Ignition believes it can cut gasoline and diesel fuel usage by 30 percent and reduce emissions from a typical engine by 80 percent, according to a Thursday...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Renault keeps Carlos Ghosn on board for now

    In an emergency meeting following the charges placed by Japanese authorities against Carlos Ghosn and his subordinate Greg Kelly on Monday for financial misconduct related to the reporting of salaries at Nissan, the board of directors at French automaker Renault have decided to retain Ghosn as...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018

    Honda believes it has discovered a breakthrough in solid-state batteries that could lead to higher-density units compared to today's lithium-ion batteries. The new battery is also much more stable, a boon over today's lithium-ion batteries which pose a risk of overheating due to their property nature. Scientists at the Honda Research Institute in partnership with researchers from California Institute of Technology and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab discovered a new means to operate fluoride-based batteries at room temperatures. In an announcement last week, the researchers and scientists said they...

  • First Tesla Model 3 AWD Performance produced
    Tesla seeks $167M from ex-employee in ongoing legal battle

    Tesla sued a former employee for allegedly stealing confidential photos and video of Tesla's manufacturing systems and other trade secrets this past summer, and it's just been reported the electric car company is seeking $167 million in damages from the lawsuit. CNBC reported Tuesday that Tesla's...

  • 1985 Chevrolet K10
    Generation X, Millennials take over in the classic car market

    For the first time, individuals that make up Generation X and Millennials have surpassed Pre-Boomers and Baby Boomers as the largest share of those interested in classic car ownership. Popular classic car insurer Hagerty released data findings on Tuesday that showed Gen Xers and Millennials...

  • Bram Schot
    Bram Schot officially replaces Rupert Stadler as Audi CEO

    Audi on Wednesday confirmed Bram Schot will serve as its new CEO starting January 1, 2019. Schot, currently the sales and marketing boss at the German automaker, has served as interim CEO since June. He was asked to take over after former CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in relation to a German...

  • Daimler future electrified vehicles
    Daimler to spend $22.75B on batteries through 2030

    German automaker Daimler has put its money where its mouth is with its promise of a fully electrified future: the company announced Tuesday that it will purchase $22.75 billion worth of batteries through 2030. The automaker has plans to not only go all-in on electrification for the Mercedes-Benz...

  • Volkswagen logo
    Another scandal at VW: Automaker sold pre-production vehicles as used cars

    Volkswagen's 2015 diesel emissions scandal isn't entirely in its rearview mirror yet, and now another scandal threatens the automaker. VW confirmed this week that it sold thousands of pre-production Volkswagen vehicles as used cars, which did not meet regulations in the United States and Europe...

  • Rivian R1S

    Pininfarina will launch itself into the car business in 2020 with the Battista electric hypercar (previously PF0), but it will follow up its first act with an electric SUV that will reportedly use engineering from American electric car startup Rivian. Autocar India reported the news on Friday, citing a source that confirmed the PF1, the code name for Pininfarina's electric SUV, will ride on Rivian's modular skateboard platform. The platform, which Rivian said it's open to licensing to other automakers, will provide the bones for the startup's first two vehicles: the RT1 electric pickup truck...

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk on "60 Minutes"
    Elon Musk says he doesn't respect SEC, his tweets have no oversight

    Elon Musk stepped back into the limelight after a tumultuous year. The automaker he oversees, Tesla, was rocked with SEC investigations, production qualms, but turned a profit for the first time in years this year. In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, Musk recapped 2018 and...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    Ex-Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn charged with financial misconduct

    The former head honcho of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, was charged by Japanese authorities on Monday for violating the country's financial reporting rules. The charges specifically relate to alleged false disclosures regarding Ghosn's salary made in securities filings for...

  • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    3-row Jeep Grand Cherokee will reportedly be built at idled Detroit plant

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will reportedly retool an idled plant in its Mack Avenue Engine Complex located in Detroit to build a three-row version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The information was first reported on Friday by The Detroit News, which cited multiple sources familiar with the matter. A...

  • ZF exterior curtain airbag
    External airbags might be on your next new car

    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...

  • 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 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 ground, it needed to raise some $33 million. “While not an insignificant amount, the [$33 million] Bloodhound requires to break the land speed record is a fraction of the cost of, for example, finishing last in a F1 season or running an Americas Cup team,” Andrew Sheridan, an appointed...

  • 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
    VW's next-gen cars could be its last with internal combustion engines

    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...

  • 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...

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