Month: June 2020

Chrysler is continuing its series of ads for the Pacifica minivan with actress Kathryn Hahn, but with the added complication of social distancing. The latest campaign, which the brand is using on social media and other websites, is called “Pacifica Mom on Quarantine.” The confessional-style ads were shot via iPhone with just two crew members
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Mazda is launching a special edition MX-5 Miata to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Announced Monday in a Mazda press release, the car is scheduled to arrive in United States dealerships later this year. While Mazda was founded in 1920, the company didn’t produce its first car—the R360—until 1960. The R360 was a “kei car,”
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While we are waiting for Lamborghini to unveil the SCV12 track-exclusive monster later today, the automaker has surprised us with an exclusive motor yacht. Called the ‘Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63’, it’s the result of a collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and The Italian Sea Group. The name is a clear reference to Lamborghini’s 1963 foundation as
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As in-lane bidders return to wholesale auto auctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: Used-vehicle buyers want both physical and digital sales. In-lane buyers at Manheim returned last week for the first time in three months at a handful of auctions while rival ADESA was allowing in-person buyers at more than two dozen
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Tesla is entering the European energy market with its Autobidder platform to monetize energy storage products. Earlier this year, we reported on Tesla’s Autobidder product, a step toward becoming an electric utility. The company described the product: “Autobidder provides independent power producers, utilities, and capital partners the ability to autonomously monetize battery assets. Autobidder is
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VIENNA — Austria will boost financial incentives for buying battery-powered cars and bicycles, and triple grants for charging points from July in its efforts to fight global warming. Electric car buyers will get 5,000 euros ($5,640) in support from Wednesday, up from 3,000 euros, Economy Minister Leonore Gewessler told a news conference on Monday. The
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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles scored a coup to mark its reopening after a three-month shutdown. It’s hosting the first public display of Tesla’s Cybertruck since the dystopian-styled pickup made its infamous debut last fall. The Cybertruck exhibit, set up front and center in the lobby, was originally scheduled to last through Friday,
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Car dealership Lookers has agreed to correct its accounts after auditors found it overstated profitability by a total of £19m over several years. Auditors Grant Thornton have been investigating potential fraud at the Altrincham-based firm. Their draft report found some “fraudulent expense claims” and “several areas” where financial controls “require strengthening”. Earlier this month, Lookers
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Optimistically gloomy” is how George Augustaitis, the director of industry analytics at CarGurus, recently described American consumers. And that about sums up my attitude about the car business these days. His point was that Americans are very down about the state of the economy, but they are hopeful that things will get better quickly. I’m
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AKRON, Ohio, June 25 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Lordstown Motors announced today a strategic relationship with the two Ohio-based companies agreeing to collaborate on tires and service in addition to future tire intelligence opportunities. The announcement coincides with Lordstown’s debut of its first all-electric pickup truck, the Endurance, featuring Goodyear tires
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DETROIT — General Motors’ diesel engines, once known to be clunky, loud and unreliable, are now helping draw new pickup buyers to GMC and are on the road to eventually making up one-fifth of light-duty Sierra sales, company officials say. Hitting a 20 percent take rate for the Sierra’s 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel, vs.10 percent today,
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By Joey Klender Posted on June 28, 2020 Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shorts are coming out, and their vocal stances against the electric automaker are just in time for Summer. Temperatures are rising, so naturally, the shorts are appearing from thin air, just as Tesla’s momentum is building to finish out the second quarter of 2020.
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BERLIN — BMW should shift course and establish a technology platform just for full-electric cars, moving away from developing cars that can be fitted with either electric or combustion engines, the head of the influential works council said. “Only with our own e-architecture can we fully exploit the advantages of an electric vehicle,” Manfred Schoch
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HOLLY, Mich. — Dave Pericak smiles as he hops in the driver’s seat of a topless 1971 baby blue Ford Bronco. The late-afternoon sun glints off his Aviator sunglasses as he turns the key and the restored SUV rumbles to life. Pericak is finishing a long day of shooting promotional material for the July reveal
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