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TheCarConnection.com
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:39 pm
2017 Nissan Armada, Press Drive, Carmel, California, July 2016The second generation of the Nissan Armada has taken its time coming to the U.S. The first version emerged in 2004, a spin-off of the Titan pickup truck, and it lasted through the 2015 model year, an eternity in the dealer showroom. With the 2017 Armada, Nissan has adopted what is basically a U.S. version of the global Nissan Patrol SUV. The new...
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:38 pm
2017 Nissan PathfinderThe Nissan Pathfinder mid-size people mover gets a modest refresh for 2017 after its 2014 redesign. Changes to this 7-passenger crossover SUV include new front and rear fascias that create a more truck-like look, engine improvements, a new infotainment system, and new active safety features. We give the Pathfinder an overall score of 6.8, with...
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:35 pm
2017 Nissan MaximaThe 2017 Nissan Maximais a four-door sport sedan with a heavy emphasis on style over 0-60 mph times. It looks like a wild child, but at heart, it's a capable cruiser with above-average handling. With the Maxima, Nissan has a automaker's fraternal twin to the mid-size Altima. Although the two share a similar platform and related powertrains, the...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:35 pm
2017 Nissan Titan, California Press Drive, July 2016The 2017 Nissan Titan is the automaker's full-size pickup. A long-overdue successor to a truck that made its debut in 2004, the new Titan is built in Canton, Mississippi, and is offered as either the light-duty Titan or as the near-heavy-duty Titan XD. Both Titans come in five trim levels: S, SV, Pro 4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve. The new...
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:33 pm
2017 Nissan 370ZThe 2017 Nissan 370Z is the descendant of what could be the most beloved car in Nissan history. Back when it was Datsun, the Z car gave the Japanese company its name in the U.S. Since then, it's evolved into a grippy, quick two-seater with an instantly recognizable outline. It's well-known, but today's Z has just a few rivals in cars like the Audi...
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:30 pm
2017 Nissan GT-R Track EditionThe 2017 GT-R ranks as one of the world's top-performing production cars. With its front-engine, all-wheel-drive layout, it offers immense capability and accessible performance, and it's pretty much a class of one. It gets a 7.4 overall from us based on its remarkable performance and great features. There's room for improvement in styling and...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:00 pm
Years of pining for Honda's Civic Type R in the U.S. are finally coming to an end as the automaker signals what the car will look like.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:01 pm
2017 Ram 1500 NightThe 2017 Ram lineup is going big before it makes its move back up to Warren Assembly in Michigan. The truckmaker announced Wednesday that several trims are getting special treatment this year, ahead of the next-generation Ram's debut late next year or early 2018. We already know about the Ram 1500's Night package that adds a blacked-out front...
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:57 pm

A sign with the TAKATA logo is seen outside the Takata Corporation building in Auburn Hills, MichiganTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese auto safety parts supplier Takata Corp <7312.T> said on Thursday it expected to book a special profit of about 10 billion yen ($99 million) in the July-September quarter from the sale of U.S. interiors unit Irvin Automotive Products Inc.


Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:21 pm
Daimler is working on a new "hypercar" and also plans to expand its range of upmarket AMG Mercedes-Benz performance cars by at least 10 models. The hypercar, due to be produced in about 2.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:00 pm
Volkswagen is mulling new models to bolster its car-heavy U.S. lineup as it charts a U.S. recovery plan, its global brand chief says.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:00 pm
Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:15 pm
Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said Wednesday he is hopeful the company can reach agreement by the end of the year with the U.S. government on the size of a fine to settle a criminal investigation of the company's alleged violations of U.S.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:15 pm
Securing investments at key Canadian plants is again Unifor's top priority in the latest round of labor negotiations with the Detroit 3, this time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:55 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. of Japan is selling its automotive interior trim and seating material operation, raising cash as its inflator recall costs continue to mount.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:27 pm
U.S. auto supplier Piston Group closed today on the $175 million acquisition of Takata subsidiary Irvin Automotive. The acquisition adds Irvin's interiors manufacturing operations to Piston's assembly and sequencing business
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Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:22 pm
Volkswagen will launch a compact electric car in 2020 with a range of up to 370 miles as it seeks to sell 1 million EVs per year by 2025, the automaker said Wednesday. VW revealed a concept car, dubbed the I.D., to hint at the compact EV.
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Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:30 pm
Land Rover wants to expand its base of buyers and more aggressively attack the full-size SUV market with the all-new Discovery -- a larger, roomier and more fuel-efficient replacement for the LR4 sold in the U.S. since 2009.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:38 am
2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD diesel engineOn Wednesday, Chevrolet confirmed the whispers: the new heavy-duty Silverado will be available with world-class grunt. When equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and Sierra HD produces 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. For spec hunters, that's less twist than the new 2017 Ford Super Duty's...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:30 am
2017 Land Rover Discovery, 2016 Paris Auto ShowThe Discovery is back. Land Rover will revive the nameplate it retired in the 2005 model year, and will pair the new vehicle with the existing Discover Sport under the Land Rover imprimatur. The brand-within-a-brand concept is a bit blurry here, since the new Discovery technically is a closer relative to the aluminum-bodied Range Rover and Range...
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Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:25 am
2016 Ford Focus RSThis morning, Ford issued two recalls affecting more than 75,000 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S. RECALL #1: 2013-17 Ford Focus hatchback and Ford Focus RS UNITS AFFECTED: 64,038 in the U.S. and 9,877 in Canada This recall stems from a software glitch that allows hatchbacks to unlock and unlatch with one press of the inside latch...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:19 am
VW is laying out a bold plan to bring EVs to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after an emissions scandal rocked the company.
Yahoo Automotive
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:56 pm

A sign with the TAKATA logo is seen outside the Takata Corporation building in Auburn Hills, MichiganTakata Corp's interiors subsidiary, Irvin Automotive, will be purchased by the Piston Group, a Detroit auto parts maker that is headed by former National Basketball Association player Vinnie Johnson, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.The deal is expected to close later this week, the source said, at an undisclosed price. The Takata deal with Piston Group is not directly related to the larger effort to secure a lifeline for Takata and its primary seat belt and air bag businesses. The plan to sell beleaguered Takata to a rescuer, slated by year-end, is likely to extend into next year as some bidders want to drag the air bag maker through bankruptcy to wipe out most of its debt, Reuters reported on Monday.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:50 am

IAA truck show in HanoverGerman car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler on Tuesday launched an alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson , Huawei [HWT.UL], Intel , Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars. The new alliance, branded the 5G Automotive Association, will "develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration," the founders said in a statement. One of the aims of 5G, the technology standards for the next generation of much faster and more reliable mobile telecoms networks, is to enable a wide variety of devices to connect up and operate via the Internet - the "Internet of Things." Network equipment providers such as Ericsson and Nokia have said the 5G technology currently in development could be available for use as early as next year but mass-market upgrades to mobile networks are not expected until some time around 2020.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:08 am

A plane flies behind cranes standing on construction sites at dusk in LondonBy Barbara Lewis LONDON (Reuters) - Volkswagen's admission it cheated pollution law has exposed a wider problem of diesel emissions from thousands of generators belching fumes across building sites and countryside. In London, where the pollution is aggravated by a construction boom, a firm that helped expose the extent of the Volkswagen scandal has shifted its attention to diesel generators and is working with city authorities and researchers from King's College London (KCL) to analyse the problem. "It (the Volkswagen scandal) served to rip the lid off all these related issues about engines," said Nick Molden, CEO of Emissions Analytics, which helps automotive businesses raise their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:03 pm

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, John Deere lawn tractors are on display at a Home Depot in Robinson Township, Pa. Financing at Deere & Co., which leases much of its farm and construction equipment, has risen in recent years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:38 am

Cars travel north towards Los Angeles on interstate highway 5 in San DiegoSeptember U.S. auto sales are forecast to drop nearly 1 percent from a year ago despite a record high for consumer discounts, J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Monday. The two auto industry consultants said September U.S. new vehicle sales will be 1.43 million, down 0.8 percent from a year earlier. Retail sales to consumers, which do not include multiple fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government, were seen declining 1.4 percent in September.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:33 am
Online used-car retailer Vroom raised $50 million in a Series E funding round from existing and new investors, bringing the total funding to $218 million. The latest round was led by existing investor T Rowe Price Associates Inc, and added technology-focused investment firm Altimeter Capital and Foxhaven Asset Management as investors. New York-based Vroom's other investors who participated include private equity firm L Catterton, venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners and boutique investment bank Allen & Co. Vroom, started in 2013, said the funding would help expand its operations in the United States and increase inventory.
Yahoo Automotive
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:38 am

Volkswagen admitted installing emissions cheating devices in 11 million diesel-powered vehicles around the worldJust on Friday, two legal claims landed on Volkswagen's doorstep with Blackrock -- the world's largest investment manager -- saying it would join a legal action accusing the car giant of misleading shareholders, echoed by the German federal state of Hesse. The scandal "has had huge effects on Volkswagen and the whole sector", said industry expert Stefan Bratzel of Germany's Center for Automotive Management. VW built itself over decades into Europe's car champion and now sells vehicles under 12 separate brands -- from Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen to luxury brands Audi and Porsche.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:09 pm
Self-driving cars and electric vehicles could provide important sources of new revenue for Adient, the $17-billion automotive seating and interiors business that is being spun out of Johnson Controls Inc, Adient's top executive said on Thursday. "There are new entrants coming into the business, non-traditional auto companies that want to make autonomous and connected electric vehicles," said Adient Chief Executive Officer Bruce McDonald. "It's an opportunity for us to partner in a different way - to provide complete interiors, which could mean much higher revenue per vehicle." Among the company's newest customers, he added, are two California-based electric vehicle makers - Tesla Motors Inc and startup Atieva, which hopes to put its first EVs on the road in 2018.