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TheCarConnection.com
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:00 am
2017 Lexus NXThe 2017 Lexus NX doesn't stray too far from the crossover that made its debut just a couple years ago. The front-drive hybrid model is gone this year, but the rest of the lineup is intact: NX 200t, NX 200t F Sport, and NX 300h. All-wheel drive is available in both 200t models, and standard in the hybrid 300h. The 2017 Lexus NX earns a 6.5 out of...
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Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:02 am

People pass television installation at Panasonic pavilion before start of IFA consumer electronics fair in BerlinBy Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp is in talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. An acquisition of ZKW would expand Panasonic's automotive lineup, which currently centers on batteries and navigation systems, as it shifts its focus to corporate clients to escape price competition from lower-margin consumer electronics manufacturers. Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, and declined to comment further.


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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's model and plant expansion.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been amicably resolved -- by the accountant.
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Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 pm
The GM Women's Retail Network is taking an active role to get young women trained as dealership technicians, with scholarships, internships and host dealerships.
Yahoo Automotive
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:51 pm

Visitors look at Panasonic Corp's luxury brand home appliances called J concept at CEATEC JAPAN 2015 in MakuhariJapan's Panasonic Corp is in the final stages of talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. Privately held ZKW supplies light-emitting diode headlights and lighting modules to U.S. and European automakers such as General Motors Co and BMW . Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, adding it does not comment on individual deals.


TheCarConnection.com
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:00 am
2017 Lexus GS FA mid-size four-door sedan, the GS F is a salvo at rivals like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, and Audi RS 7. It has the handling prowess to meet or beat those cars, but not the power. The 2017 Lexus GS F is the fourth model in Lexus' performance-oriented F sub-brand. It follows the IS F from 2008, the 2012 LF A, and the 2015 RC...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:00 am
2017 Lexus LSThe 2017 Lexus LS 460 is nearing the finish line on its run as one of the most comfortable, luxurious full-size luxury sedans from the respected automaker. It may fade as a new version arrives soon, but it leaves the lasting memory as one of the most meticulously crafted sedans on the road. This year, the big Lexus sheds its hybrid powertrain in...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:00 am
2017 Lexus GSUnlike Lexus's ES sedans, which appeal to comfort-oriented buyers, the GS is a sport sedan, first and foremost. Offered in GS 200t, GS 350, GS 350 AWD, and GS 450h hybrid models—each with its own available F Sport treatment—the mid-size GS four-door serves as sharper-edged competition for luxury heavyweights like the Mercedes-Benz...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:00 am
2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017It has been mighty quiet in Chrysler's showrooms lately, but there's one especially good reason to make you way to one: The Chrysler Pacifica, a model we named as our Best Car to Buy 2017. Really, the rebooted Chrysler minivan (which discards its Town & Country nomenclature) is that good. It's the first minivan we've gone crazy over in a long...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:44 am
2018 Toyota Camry2018 Toyota Camry teased ahead of Detroit reveal Toyota has given us our first look at the next-generation Camry and confirmed that the new mid-size sedan would make its first appearance at the Detroit auto show next month. EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 fuel economy goals No doubt about it: 2016 has been the Year of WTF. The latest proof...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:00 am
2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum EditionThe 2017 Cayenne brings the attitude, and many of the visual cues, of Porsche's sports cars to a very family-friendly, sport-utility format. The lineup is varied, with the naturally aspirated base model, the turbocharged S, the S E-Hybrid plug-in, the amped up GTS, the incredibly powerful Turbo, and the even loonier Turbo S. With the addition of...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:56 am
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (Euro-spec)It’s likely that the first time you saw the Lexus NX or the Mercedes-Benz GLC, you took note. And that’s saying something, as the market is flooded with compact crossover offerings nowadays. Leave it to two of the top luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, not just to make good with a ubiquitous format and produce two of the better...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:05 pm
2018 Toyota CamryToyota has given us our first look at the next-generation Camry and confirmed that the new mid-size sedan would make its first appearance at the Detroit auto show next month. The back fender of the new Camry looks to take plenty of cues from the current Toyota Prius (and by extension the Mirai). That has us holding our collective breath to see if...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:23 am
Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012Many of you seem underwhelmed by automatic emergency braking, but earlier this year, more than 20 auto brands vowed to make the technology standard on new vehicles by the year 2022. The only problem? Those vows aren't binding, which leaves car companies free to renege on their promises. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brokered...
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:28 pm

A man works on a tent for NXP Semiconductors in preparation for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las VegasBy Paola Totaro LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labor and workforce conditions won a new global award on Wednesday for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations. The inaugural Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award was conferred on U.S. technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest chip supplier to the automotive industry. The award, designed by Turner Prize winning sculptor Anish Kapoor, aims to recognize businesses that submit their labor practices to scrutiny and excel in efforts to investigate human rights abuses and clean up their supply chain.


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Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:25 pm

A logo and stock information for auto supplier Mobileye NV is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the NYSEAuto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Israeli technology firm Mobileye NV will put an Intel Corp chip at the heart of their joint effort to produce self-driving vehicles by 2019, the companies said on Tuesday. The move is a boost for the world's largest semiconductor maker, which is also working with German luxury car maker BMW AG and Mobileye on self-driving technology, but has not been able to extend its broader chip dominance into the fast-emerging autonomous vehicle market. Companies from Alphabet Inc's Google to Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Tesla Motors Inc are vying to put autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads, which could radically reshape transportation across the country.


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Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:18 am

Signs are seen outside the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Halewood in Liverpool, northern England.Britain's biggest carmarker Jaguar Land Rover said it wants to build electric cars in Britain in what would be a further boost to the UK automotive sector after the Brexit vote. The Indian-owned carmaker built just under a third of Britain's 1.6 million cars last year and showcased its first electric car earlier this month, which will be built in Austria.


Yahoo Automotive
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:22 am

Automobiles are shown for sale at a car dealership in Carlsbad, CaliforniaU.S. auto sales in November will be up 5 percent from a year earlier, making it possible that 2016 will top last year's record high, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Wednesday. Autodata Corp, another industry consultant, says November 2015 annualized sales were at a rate of 18.25 million, which would suggest a steeper decline this month than J.D. Power and LMC forecast. Jeff Schuster, lead forecaster for LMC Automotive, said the U.S. auto sales forecast in 2016 remains at 17.4 million vehicles, but with a bias toward the upside.


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Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:26 am

Ploss, CEO of German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon, and CFO Asam pose before annual news conference in MunichBy Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German chipmaker Infineon raised its medium-term profitability target on Wednesday, banking on strong growth in its automotive business as carmakers invest heavily on electric and self-driving vehicles. The increased operating margin target outweighed a cautious annual revenue forecast and Infineon shares traded 1.6 percent higher at 16.69 euros by 1100 GMT (6 a.m. ET), having gained more than 20 percent this year. Car makers including Volkswagen are rushing to develop electric and self-driving cars, pushed by tougher anti-pollution rules and the emergence of new competitors from the technology sector such Alphabet's Google.


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:32 pm
Volkswagen will cut spending on factories, equipment and technology over the next four years, it said on Friday, as it struggles to fund a strategic shift to electric cars while grappling with the cost of its emissions scandal. Volkswagen (VW) announced a long-awaited turnaround plan for its core brand on Friday which foresees 30,000 job cuts globally at the division and 3.7 billion euros ($3.9 billion) in annual cost savings from 2020. After a meeting of its supervisory board, VW said it would steadily reduce capital expenditure in the coming years to 6 percent of automotive sales by 2020 from 6.9 percent last year, and cut development costs to the same level.
Yahoo Automotive
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:18 am

No-haggle car pricing: what buyers should knowYou're walking around the car lot, zeroing in on a model you like, when you notice a "No-Haggle" sign next to the price tag. Initially, you feel a wave of relief because you hate to negotiate. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:50 am
By Costas Pitas WOKING, England, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Shareholders in McLaren's Formula One team and luxury sports car sister company are committed to both businesses and have turned down bids from prospective buyers, the CEO of the brand's automotive firm told Reuters on Friday. Ron Dennis, who headed the McLaren Technology Group (MTG) that runs the Grand Prix racing team, was forced out this week after what Sky News said was a dispute over a Chinese takeover bid that Dennis backed and other investors opposed. Founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren and known for winning titles with drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, the British brand set up a separate sports car maker known as McLaren Automotive in 2010 to rival the likes of Ferrari and Aston Martin.