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TheCarConnection.com
Fri Mar 28, 2200 2:27 pm
2015 Tesla Model SWhile Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the...
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 8860 2:27 pm
Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 8860 2:27 pm
Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 8860 2:27 pm
Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they'll need to offer large incentives to meet California's mandate for zero-emission vehicles.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 8860 2:27 pm
Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 8860 2:27 pm
Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover.
TheCarConnection.com
Sun Mar 28, 0060 2:27 pm
Infographic: Distraction and Teen CrashesWe've all been there: motoring along, our minds somewhere else, when suddenly our attention snaps back to the road, and we realize that we're barreling toward the back end of a car or a semi or a squirrel. It happens. ALSO SEE: Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed According To Signs It happens most frequently with inexperienced drivers -- especially...
Automotive News Breaking News
Fri Mar 28, 8831 2:27 pm
Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis.
Automotive News Breaking News
Thu Mar 28, 8695 2:27 pm
Some AutoNation dealerships' service advisers will know which vehicles need fixing before they even talk to the driver, thanks to a new partnership with vehicle analytics company Zubie.
Automotive News Breaking News
Thu Mar 28, 7652 2:27 pm
Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Mar 28, 7430 2:27 pm
Manheim invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company, and the two companies have formed a 'strategic alliance' to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more consistent inspection...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Mar 28, 5440 2:27 pm
2015 Honda Accord HybridIf your aim is to buy one of the best designed, best engineered, most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans on the market, then the Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy are two of our top-rated sedans here at The Car Connection. These are two models you shouldn’t miss as a sedan shopper. Both offer families—and comfort-minded commuters—a...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Mar 28, 8520 2:27 pm
2014 Tesla Model SFor Tesla fans below the Mason-Dixon line, we have good news and bad news, courtesy of Auto News. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: Georgia has passed a bill that (a) increases the number of outlets that Tesla can operate in the state and (b) allows the automaker to sell an unlimited number of vehicles. That's a very different...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Mar 28, 6600 2:27 pm
Teaser sketch for potential Mercedes-Benz pickup truckFrom The Car Connection: 3D-Printed Car Hits The Road In China, At A Cost Of $1,770: Video 3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers. Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed...
Automotive News Breaking News
Mon Mar 28, 5177 2:27 pm
A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn't have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn't so sure anymore.
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Mar 28, 3040 2:27 pm
Ford Intelligent Speed LimiterFord Motor Co. [NYSE: F] has revealed a system that may help prevent unintended speeding—and, in some cases perhaps, speeding tickets themselves. ALSO SEE: Tesla Wins In Georgia, Loses In West Virginia Intelligent Speed Limiter, a function that’s on the way to market in some of the automaker’s European models, uses a...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Mar 28, 8840 2:27 pm
Chen Mingqiao, designer of China's first 3D printed car (unveiled March 24, 2015)3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers. ALSO SEE: Dodge Challenger Vs. Ford Mustang: Compare Cars The auto industry has been particularly intrigued. First came the...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Mar 28, 4880 2:27 pm
Old Gas PumpsTwo curious studies have come out in recent weeks -- curious not because they're suspicious or because they contradict one another, but because they paint an intriguing picture of a changing America. ALSO SEE: Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs? MILEAGE INCREASING The first study was released by the U.S. Department...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Mar 28, 0200 2:27 pm
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550eFrom The Car Connection: Volvo Project Aims To Make 'Roam Delivery' Easier Than Home Delivery Do you have issues with home package delivery? With you could simply get deliveries tucked neatly into your car? The automaker Volvo is working on that. Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs? Would you reconsider a minivan, if...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu Mar 28, 8880 2:27 pm
2015 BMW i3The BMW i3 and Chevrolet Volt are two very, very different approaches to offering an electric car with a gasoline range extender. The little BMW is a battery-electric vehicle that offers a small two-cylinder "REx" range-extending engine as an option for around $4,000--the sole electric car in the world that can be ordered with or without an...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:05 am

A visitor looks at a display showing Panasonic network loudspeakers during the IFA Electronics show in BerlinBy Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn't have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. Tsuga has spearheaded a radical restructuring at the Osaka-based company that has made it one of the strongest turnaround stories in Japan's embattled technology sector. Tsuga previously told Reuters that company was interested in M&A deals in the European white goods market, a sector where Panasonic has comparatively low brand recognition.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:15 am

The British car brand, which was bought by India's Tata Motors for $2.3 billion from Ford in 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis, said the investment showed its commitment to Britain's resurgent car industryIndian-owned luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover announced a £600 million ($894 million, 814 million euros) investment in advanced car manufacturing in Britain on Thursday. The British car brand, which was bought by India's Tata Motors for $2.3 billion from Ford in 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis, said the investment showed its commitment to Britain's resurgent car industry. "Jaguar Land Rover continues to demonstrate its unwavering support to the British automotive industry through sustained investments in advanced research, technology and innovation," Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth said in a statement.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:41 pm

Women walk past Volkswagen and Honda cars on display at an automobile market in BeijingHONG KONG (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co LP, search engine Baidu Inc and hedge fund Coatue said on Wednesday they will jointly invest $170 million in Chinese online used-car auction firm Uxin, aiming for a piece of the booming used-car market. Uxin will use the funds to expand a newly launched platform where auto retailers sell used cars to individuals, the companies said in a joint statement. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Mar 28, 4560 2:26 pm

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad 40 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Andrea Shalal and Irene Klotz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is rapidly increasing production of the engines that power its Falcon 9 rocket and expects to meet its target of 13 launches and two test flights this year, President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters. SpaceX, the technology upstart founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is stepping up hiring of engineers and other workers to help boost production, including many from other sectors such as the automotive industry and the military, company officials said. This year, the company expects to produce at least 180 engines, with that number set to increase to 240 next year, and 400 in 2017, Shotwell told Reuters in an interview late last week. Shotwell said increasing production put the company on track to complete 13 launches this year.


Yahoo Automotive
Sat Mar 28, 8229 2:26 pm

FAW Group CEO Xu Jianyi talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on July 6, 2014China is investigating the top executive of one of the country's biggest automakers FAW, the Communist Party's corruption watchdog said, as a prolonged graft crackdown targets more state-owned companies. The chairman and party secretary of China FAW Group, Xu Jianyi, had been placed under investigation for "severe" violations of discipline and the law, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said Sunday, using a phrase that typically refers to corruption. FAW, originally known as First Automotive Works, is China's third biggest automaker with sales of more than three million vehicles last year, according to an industry group.


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:07 pm
By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive PLC aims to demonstrate its growing prowess in self-driving cars with what it bills as the "longest automated drive ever attempted in North America" - a 3,500-mile coast-to-coast excursion in a specially rigged Audi SQ5 that will mostly drive itself. Delphi, one of the largest suppliers of automotive electronics and safety systems, is using the long journey in the Audi crossover to acquire real-world data from a sophisticated array of cameras, radar and lidar -- a laser mapping technology -- as well as wireless connected-vehicle technology. Delphi also wants to test and demonstrate its active safety systems, which are being developed with such suppliers as Mobileye NV, an Israeli maker of computer vision and collision avoidance systems, and software provider Ottomatika, a spinout from Carnegie Mellon University's self-driving car program. The Delphi drive will kick off March 22 near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, with plans to wind up in New York City just before the annual auto show opens there on April 3.
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:50 pm

This Monday, March 10, 2015 photo shows the entrance of the Exide Technologies recycling plant in Vernon, Calif. The battery recycler at the center of a long public fight over its toxic output has agreed to shutter its plant. The closure comes under a deal Wednesday, March 11, 2015 with federal prosecutors and will result in the "immediate and permanent" closure of the recycling plant.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A battery recycling plant that violated hazardous waste laws and spewed toxic emissions for decades on the outskirts of Los Angeles will close and spend $50 million to clean the site and surrounding neighborhoods, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:16 pm

File photo of a view of the General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit(Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling about 64,000 Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric cars for a software update to prevent carbon monoxide buildup when a driver forgets to shut off the vehicle, Automotive News reported on Thursday, citing a statement from the company. GM is aware of two injuries related to the issue, Automotive News said. The company is recalling cars from the 2011-2013 model years for a software update to limit how long the car can be left idling, the website said. (http://bit.ly/1GwWujT) GM could not be immediately reached for comment. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:44 am
South Korea's Kia Motors will begin selling cars in Mexico in July, tapping a growing market before it commences production at its first plant there next year. Kia Motors, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor , plans to bring the Forte compact from Korea to Mexico, while selling U.S.-made Sorento sport utility vehicle (SUV) and Europe-manufactured Sportage SUV in Mexico, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Hyundai Motor last year launched car sales in Mexico, selling the Sonata, Elantra and Tucson and i10. Mexico, the second-largest car market in Latin America, is expected to grow 3 percent to 1.16 million vehicles this year, from 2014, and to continue steady growth until 2020, according to forecast by IHS Automotive.
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:14 pm

The Great Smoky Mountains are shown in the background in this view of the Alcoa Aluminum plant in AlcoaAlcoa Inc agreed to pay $1.3 billion to acquire titanium supplier RTI International Metals Inc, the metals company's latest investment in more profitable products for the aerospace and automotive industries. Alcoa is offering the equivalent of $41 per share - a 50 percent premium over RTI's closing price on Friday in an all-stock transaction. RTI's stock rallied nearly 40 percent, but Alcoa's shares fell 7.5 percent to a nine-month low on concern it overpaid, analysts said. New York-based Alcoa, best-known as an aluminum producer, said around 80 percent of RTI's business is in aerospace and defense.