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TheCarConnection.com
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:00 am
NRG eVgo electric-car charging stationElectric cars have operating costs far lower than those of gasoline vehicles. And even considering the point-of-source emissions of power plants that make the grid power EVs are plugged into, they’re cleaner, more energy-efficient picks for the future—especially if they can meet your needs as a second car for everyday commuting. Yet...
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Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:57 am
Toyota, already planning to build one new assembly plant in China in 2017, is in talks to further ramp up production in the world's largest auto market.
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Wed Apr 21, 2460 2:29 pm
In the latest heart-warming stunt by an automaker, Hyundai helps a daughter contact her astronaut dad.
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Wed Apr 21, 2500 2:29 pm
Auto suppliers are responding to automakers' needs for better fuel economy, claiming half of this year's Automotive News PACE Awards with innovations that cut weight or make powertrains more efficient.
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Sat Apr 21, 1381 2:29 pm
Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers.
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Tue Apr 21, 8663 2:29 pm
ZF raised $2.4 billion with the company's first bond sale in its 100-year history to help pay for its acquisition of automotive safety components supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.
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Sun Apr 21, 8346 2:29 pm
A new mobile video app that curates official Web videos posted by automakers on sites such as YouTube and organizes them into individual channels on the app is now live.
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Wed Apr 21, 6179 2:29 pm
Top aluminum rolled products maker Novelis announced Monday the surprise departure of CEO Philip Martens -- a former rising star executive at Ford -- who helped the India-owned supplier shift toward the automotive sector.
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Tue Apr 21, 2640 2:29 pm
Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. to come up with the more aggressive looks of the refreshed ES sedan that goes into production in the United States later this year.
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Thu Apr 21, 6783 2:29 pm
It's showtime for the 2015 PACE Awards. The winners will be announced tonight at a black-tie event at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The 21st annual awards honor innovation in the supplier community.
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Apr 21, 3919 2:29 pm
Norway is reviewing its subsidies for electric vehicles after generous government incentives made the country the biggest user of battery powered cars in the world, hurting state revenues, the finance ministry said. Norway registered its 50,000th electric car on Monday, almost three years earlier than expected thanks to government schemes that have cut taxes and provided a plethora of benefits, including an exemption from tolls and parking fees, free recharging stations and the use of bus lanes. A fifth of all new cars sold in Norway have been electric so far this year and tiny Norway, with just 5.1 million people, accounted for a third of all European battery powered car sales last year, official data showed. "Our goal is to present a final agreement on the review of the future of automotive and fuel taxes," the finance ministry said.
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Apr 21, 1100 2:29 pm
2008 MINI Cooper HardtopThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched an investigation of the 2012 Subaru Impreza following numerous complaints that the car's safety system had incorrectly disabled the front passenger airbag. Now, BMW is recalling more than 90,000 MINI Cooper hardtop, convertible, and S models for precisely the same problem. ALSO...
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Mon Apr 21, 0200 2:29 pm
2016 Ford Taurus (Chinese spec)From The Car Connection: 2016 Nissan 370Z Review Nissan’s latest Z car is arguably the best to date. Over the course of this generation, the current 370Z has built on its long heritage, resulting in a thoroughly modern sports car with excellent driving dynamics and (mostly) excellent ride quality. The base car is available in either coupe or...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Apr 21, 8040 2:29 pm
The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybridsTesla Motors accounts for a tiny fraction of the world's car sales, but after just a few years in the biz, the small company has already had a huge effect on laws, public opinion, and the auto industry. However, according to a new book by Ashlee Vance, things could've gone very different for Tesla. In an excerpt from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and...
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Tue Apr 21, 4595 2:29 pm
Geely is showcasing a concept sport sedan at the Shanghai auto show this week that was developed by a team led by former Volvo Cars design chief Peter Horbury. The segment is dominated by models like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz CLS.
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Tue Apr 21, 7187 2:29 pm

A 2015 red Ford Taurus sedan is seen in the showroom at the Suburban Ford dealership in Sterling Heights, MichiganBy Norihiko Shirouzu and Joseph White SHANGHAI/DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's global premiere of its redesigned Taurus sedan in China underscores a shift in its U.S. home market from the big sedan to roomier, utilitarian crossover SUVs. There's a similar trend in China, the world's biggest car market, but there is still a decent appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans while, in the United States, demand has stagnated. According to research firm IHS Automotive, China's market for large sedans has overtaken the United States, with sales of around 4 million last year, topping the 3.6 million sold in the U.S. By 2020, IHS expects that gap to have widened to 5.3 million large sedans in China and 3.7 million in the U.S. Ford unveiled the Taurus redesign, which it says is aimed specifically for the Chinese market and won't be for sale in the U.S., at a media event on Saturday ahead of the Shanghai autoshow.


TheCarConnection.com
Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:16 pm
General Motors ignition assembly parts, packaged and shipped Thursday, April 17, 2014This week, General Motors prevailed in a very important court case. According to Auto News, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that the automaker's 2009 restructuring shields it from a number of lawsuits stemming from last year's Switchgate fiasco. Unfortunately for GM, that may not be the end of the story. ALSO SEE: 2016 Fiat 500X First Drive...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:38 pm
police_mustang7.jpgIt’s fair to say that teenage drivers and twenty-something men carry a reputation for being especially ticket-prone. But that might be an unfair impression, as they’re not the age group that gets the most tickets—and a look at new survey results reaches some very different conclusions. Those age 50 to 64 are the actually the most...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:07 am
2016 Fiat 500XFiat kick-started itself here in the U.S. with a pair of European twins--the tiny 500 hatchback and the bigger 500L. Now it has a real chance to win over American car buyers with its first small crossover SUV. Will the new 500X be big and bold enough to tackle the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V? We found some answers in our first drive of the 2016...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:37 am
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on displayAnother one bites the dust -- and more will surely follow. Auto News reports that the Maryland legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tesla to open up to four retail locations in the state. Governor Larry Hogan hasn't indicated whether he'll sign the bill, but at least one delegate with knowledge of the situation says that Hogan is likely...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:30 am
Dodge's online configurator for the Viper SRT GTCFrom The Car Connection: 2015 Tesla Model S Review On sale less for less than three years, the Tesla Model S electric car has been nothing less than a silent sonic boom that has shaken the auto industry like no other vehicle in half a century. Not only is it sold by a carmaker that only got its start 10 years ago, it good-looking, fast, and...
Yahoo Automotive
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:57 am

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in HangzhouAlibaba Group Holding Ltd deepened its push into the automotive business on Friday, saying it had struck a partnership with Shanghai General Motors (GM) to offer online sales and financing for GM cars. Currently, Shanghai GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands are available for sale on Alibaba's TMall.com website, and the two companies said they would collaborate by using Alibaba's big data analysis to serve ads to prospective car buyers, offer loans and provide after-market services. Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company, unveiled this week the creation of a new "smart living" division that would link Internet-related services to various kinds of everyday products, from televisions and home appliances to cars. Almost 50 car brands and 10,000 dealerships have partnered with Alibaba in China, the company said.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:03 pm

The new Lincoln MKX Crossover vehicle makes its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on January 13, 2015 in DetroitChina is crucial to foreign carmakers as the world's biggest auto market, but slowing economic growth and a corruption crackdown are denting its appeal as they gather for the country's premier industry show. Vehicle sales in China reached 23.49 million last year, well ahead of the United States, which it overtook in 2009. "The reality is, despite lower growth rates... the numbers in China are still the largest in the world," said London-based principal analyst for IHS Automotive, Namrita Chow. "It's still a big market for automakers to fight for market share." The downturn comes as growth in China, the world's number two economy, is faltering.


TheCarConnection.com
Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:58 pm
2009 Volkswagen RoutanVolkswagen has issued a recall for 2009 and 2010 models of the Routan minivan. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle may suffer from the same kind of ignition switch flaws that spawned massive recalls at General Motors and other automakers last year. ALSO SEE: 2015 Kia Sedona: Crash-Test Ratings Now All In...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:01 pm

Volkswagen Chief Executive Winterkorn speaks at the annual news conference of Volkswagen in BerlinVolkswagen has plunged into a full-blown leadership crisis after Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn let it be known on Saturday he will fight for his job even though the carmaker's chairman has reportedly withdrawn confidence in the CEO. Ferdinand Piech, who has spent almost 22 years at the helm of VW, nine as CEO, said he has "distanced" himself from Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported on Friday, exposing unusual dissent between VW's two top leaders. It comes as VW is seeking to cut billions of euros of costs to boost profitability at its troubled core division while struggling to forge a long-planned alliance of truck brands and to revive operations in the United States. Winterkorn, who in his eight-year reign has overseen VW's transformation from a struggling German group saddled with high labor costs into one of the world's most successful automotive companies, will not run away from his job and feels emboldened by support from strong allies, two sources at Wolfsburg-based VW told Reuters on Saturday.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:30 am

Volkswagen Golf VII cars are pictured in a production line at the plant of German carmaker Volkswagen in WolfsburgBy Laurence Frost and Agnieszka Flak PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) - Europe's auto-market recovery gained a firmer footing in March, industry data showed on Thursday, as a sharp recovery in some mid-market brands eclipsed growth in no-frills "crisis cars". Total registrations rose 10.8 percent to 1.65 million cars across the region, the Brussels-based Association of European Carmakers said, taking the first-quarter expansion to 8.5 percent. It has been a long time since we last experienced this situation in Europe," said Carlos Da Silva, an analyst at forecaster IHS Automotive, adding the trend of private demand finally picking up would also help the mix of vehicles being sold and overall pricing. Mid-market models, which had suffered most in a prolonged slump ending last year, outpaced the budget stablemates that had eclipsed them during the crisis, when frugality reigned.


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Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:01 pm

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with reporters as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, IowaBy Amanda Becker MONTICELLO, Iowa (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton blasted executive pay and tax rates for hedge-fund managers on Tuesday, using the first stop of her low-key campaign rollout in Iowa to highlight her promise to help Americans struggling toward economic recovery. Clinton, who launched her 2016 White House bid on Sunday, held a roundtable discussion with a small group of students and educators and said she wants to "begin a conversation" with Americans on the road to the election. "There is something wrong when hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses or the truckers that I saw on I-80 as I was driving here over the last two days," Clinton said, perched on a stiff metal chair in the automotive shop of a community college. Some hedge fund managers and private equity firm partners, among the wealthiest financiers on Wall Street, benefit from a tax code loophole that lets them pay the capital gains tax rate, which is lower than the ordinary tax rate, on large portions of their incomes.


Yahoo Automotive
Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:28 am

Volkswagen Chief Executive Winterkorn speaks at the annual news conference of Volkswagen in BerlinVolkswagen has plunged into a full-blown leadership crisis after Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn let it be known on Saturday he will fight for his job even though the carmaker's chairman has reportedly withdrawn confidence in the CEO. Ferdinand Piech, who has spent almost 22 years at the helm of VW, nine as CEO, said he has "distanced" himself from Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported on Friday, exposing unusual dissent between VW's two top leaders. It comes as VW is seeking to cut billions of euros of costs to boost profitability at its troubled core division while struggling to forge a long-planned alliance of truck brands and to revive operations in the United States. Winterkorn, who in his eight-year reign has overseen VW's transformation from a struggling German group saddled with high labor costs into one of the world's most successful automotive companies, will not run away from his job and feels emboldened by support from strong allies, two sources at Wolfsburg-based VW told Reuters on Saturday.


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:00 am

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in HangzhouSHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , the world's biggest e-commerce company, has formed an automotive unit and a 'smart living' division in the past week, the firm said on Friday, as it ramps up its cloud computing, hardware and big data operations. Alibaba, like many rival Chinese tech firms, is racing to introduce Internet and computing capabilities to various kinds of everyday products, ranging from televisions and home appliances to cars. This has the $214-billion company pitched against rivals like social networking and online entertainment giant Tencent Holdings Inc , search leader Baidu Inc , e-commerce competitor JD.com Inc and hotshot smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL]. In this packed field, China's online shopping titan is banking on its big data analysis and cloud computing abilities to provide an edge, as it looks to repeat the successes it has seen in overall e-commerce with more specialized categories.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:46 pm

Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 17,936.74, up 55.89 points (0.31 percent)Wall Street shares ended modestly higher Thursday ahead of the long holiday weekend, with traders confident that the next day's March jobs data will not change the overall economic picture. On the final session of the week before a three-day Easter weekend, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 65.06 points (0.37 percent) at 17,763.24. This is this time of year when people go on spring break, and tomorrow will be Good Friday," said Hinsdale Associates's Bill Lynch. The jobs report is expected to show the economy added a 250,000 net new positions last month, lower than February's 288,000 but still strong.