Month: February 2019

DETROIT — General Motors North America President Alan Batey, a 40-year veteran of the company, will retire effective April 1. Succeeding Batey will be Barry Engle, president of GM International, in the new position of executive vice president and president of the Americas, the automaker announced on Thursday. The company on Thursday separately announced Alicia
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It shouldn’t be long until Volkswagen allows journalists to experience the new T-Roc R in production form, but before that happens they have allowed Autogefuhl to take a closer look at the near-production study in the studio, so let’s see if it makes a good first impression. The German group’s second fast compact crossover after
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The 89th running of the Geneva International Motor Show gets underway on March 5 and organizers have confirmed over 100 world or European premieres. More than 70 exhibitors will be present, too, including all your favorite performance and luxury marques plus a number of newcomers. Approximately 700,000 visitors are expected to cross the floors of
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The 2019 BMW M5 seamlessly melds speed with luxury; it’s an opulent sedan with few rivals. Its price is similarly rich. The 2019 M5 starts north of $100,000 and doesn’t stop for coffee toward $120,000. We give the 2019 M5 points above average for exceptional features, good warranty, customization possibilities, and its infotainment screen. A
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SAN DIEGO — Since launching the first mainstream electric vehicle nearly a decade ago, Nissan has been outgunned by faster, more powerful competitors that travel farther on a full charge. Now it is responding to the wave of modern EVs. The new Leaf Plus, with expected range of up to 226 miles, enables the grandfather
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When BMW and Daimler announced a €1bn (£880m) partnership last week to develop a suite of “mobility services” together, it was a clear sign of how the auto industry had changed. For one thing, the German giants – who plan to work on driverless vehicles, ride-hailing, and pay-per-use cars together – are normally fierce rivals
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Carvana posted a wider fourth-quarter loss of $86.4 million as the used-vehicle upstart continued to spend heavily to expand into new markets. Revenue jumped 121 percent to $584.8 million as retail units sold climbed 105 percent to 27,750. The used-vehicle retailer’s gross profit rose 156 percent to $56.1 million during the latest quarter. The company’s
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By Eric Ralph Posted on February 27, 2019 The most viable competitor to SpaceX’s Starlink Internet constellation has completed a demonstration launch, placing the first six OneWeb satellites in a circular orbit 1000 km (620 mi) above Earth. Designed as a constellation of approximately 650-900 satellites, OneWeb aims to provide uninterrupted Internet access across the
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Teslas are also about spare design and That Screen. The Polestar 2 counters with Scandinavian heritage that’s unmistakable inside and out, and Volvo’s beloved Sensus screen grows to 11.0 inches here. But unlike its Volvo cousins, Polestar’s infotainment system is powered by an Android operating system running Google Automotive Services—a claimed industry first. This is
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BERLIN — Volkswagen on Wednesday praised its cooperation with Ford and took pains to highlight its rival’s autonomous vehicles technology, as both carmakers explore deepening their partnership to include self-driving cars. VW and Ford have agreed to develop a range of commercial vehicles together and explored cooperating on electric cars. VW has however so far
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Renault has topped the 200,000 mark for sales of electric vehicles in Europe, meaning almost one electric vehicle in every three sold is a Renault. At the same time, it has crossed a symbolic milestone in France with 100,000 vehicles registered. Renault continues to lead the European electric vehicle market for the fourth consecutive year
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Qoros has recruited three veterans of Japan’s auto industry for senior executive posts, including CEO, in a bid to enhance its management ranks and product development capability. Yajima Kazuo, former global director of alternative energy vehicles at the Renault-Nissan alliance, has been appointed CEO, Qoros said. The Chinese automaker also named Nagahara Oki, former global
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The 2019 Lexus LC pulls cues from some of the world’s greatest sports cars and its chassis engineers should be commended, but the big coupe suffers from an identity crisis. We give it 8 out of 10 for performance, awarding it points for its ride quality, its solid powertrains, and its good handling. It’d do
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TO THE EDITOR: The COO of Friendship Automotive Enterprises most likely has never done F&I (“Dealers take hard look at F&I managers’ pay,” Feb. 11). Without a sale, no one gets paid, including the owner. F&I managers facilitate profitability through sales of products and by keeping deals together. A good F&I manager makes sure everyone
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The Lamborghini Huracan Evo debuted earlier this year as a refreshed version of the Huracan LP 580. Now, the automaker is back with a drop-top version for the Geneva Motor Show. Like the coupe, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder makes 630 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque from a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine. The
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SAN FRANCISCO – It’s a mystery: Who, exactly, is Elon Musk’s Twitter Sitter? And what the heck is he or she thinking? Tesla Inc. has declined to identify the in-house lawyer who is supposed to watch over Musk’s prodigious — and legally contentious — tweeting habits. Now that the billionaire is once again courting trouble with
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