Month: April 2019

Volkswagen plans to start series production of the eighth-generation Golf at the car’s home factory of Wolfsburg by the end of the third quarter, according to multiple company sources. The latest iteration of Europe’s No. 1-selling car is scheduled to debut in October. VW originally planned to debut the Golf at the Frankfurt auto show
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The sixth-generation Chevy Camaro hasn’t caught fire like the previous-generation car, and its sales slump as continued into the first quarter of the year. The Dodge Challenger continued to outsell the Camaro through the first quarter of 2019. According to a report from The Detroit Free Press last Thursday, Dodge’s muscle car sold 13,431 units
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The 2019 Toyota Camry lineup comprises a staggering 10 trim levels, most of which offer additional option packages. Starting with a point for good standard equipment in the base Camry L, we add another point for the breadth of the range and wind up at a 7 out of 10 score. (Read more about how
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For years now, the various sectors at work in this industry have looked at the safety threat posed by used cars with open recalls and dismissed it as too big, too complex for any one party to resolve. That may be true. But it’s also too big for the industry to ignore — not only
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SANTIAGO/NEW YORK — The U.S. push to challenge China’s dominance in the production and sale of electric vehicles has at least one weak link: Most of the raw materials needed to make the batteries are dug elsewhere. Both Chinese and U.S.-based companies have invested heavily in lithium mining projects in Chile, Australia and Argentina, some
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ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz will discontinue sales of its full-electric Smart brand in the U.S. and Canada. The luxury automaker blamed a “declining micro-car market” in the U.S. and Canada, combined with high homologation costs. U.S. Smart sales in 2018 plunged 58 percent from a year earlier to 1,276 cars. Smart went full electric starting with
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PARIS — Renault is refreshing its light-commercial vehicle range, hoping to build on its leadership in the high-margin van segment in Europe. In addition to showing a concept for the next-generation Kangoo car-derived van, due in 2020, Renault displayed facelifted versions of the Trafic small van and Master medium van, as well as the EZ-Flex
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SHANGHAI — When the redesigned Infiniti QX50 compact crossover launched last spring, executives heralded it as the brand’s most important product since the original Q45 luxury sedan three decades ago. Officials expected the crossover to become the brand’s top seller in the U.S. Reality has not met expectations. Sales this year through March were 3,583
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has introduced his plan to combat climate change — a $5 trillion plan with a requirement of net-zero emissions by 2050. A former Texas representative who lost a Senate race to Ted Cruz in 2018, O’Rourke has drawn a fair share of criticism early in his presidential candidacy for a lack
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SHANGHAI – Three months after groundbreaking, Tesla Inc. is rushing to complete its multibillion-dollar factory on the outskirts of Shanghai to capitalize on growing demand in the world’s largest electric-car market. Foundations for the plant have been laid, and construction workers are erecting walls and other structures for the factory, which could eventually rival production from
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have Japanese automakers produce more vehicles in the United States, according to a readout of their recent meeting provided by the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Saturday. The two discussed recent public announcements by Japanese car makers, such as Toyota Motor Corp.’s decision
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On the left side of the steering wheel, in easy reach of your thumb, is a home button and wheel that scrolls through the many different infographic displays in the instrument cluster—everything from the radio to the power consumption monitor. One of these modes is Driving Support, which gives the driver a simple, illustrated view
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SHANGHAI — As Daimler’s incoming CEO, Ola Källenius will soon be making decisions on where to take an ax to costs as the automaker adjusts to the headwinds of trade tensions, plateauing sales and a pricey electrification strategy. The new boss reportedly is looking for about $6.75 billion in cost savings and efficiency gains by
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