Month: September 2020

China’s carmakers risk falling behind global rivals because the country trails in the production of advanced components like chips and software that are crucial for modern vehicles, a prominent industry adviser warned. The government should form a comprehensive component strategy and build a platform that connects automakers with suppliers, helping local developers of advanced parts,
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Automakers say they will not be able to meet potentially more stringent CO2 emissions reduction targets in the European Union without a larger electric car charging infrastructure. In a “State of the Union” address on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised a new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Von der Leyen
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The Aviator’s size makes it a great SUV, but dulls its performance. It’s composed on the highway, but slower than it might be. We give it a 6 for performance.  How fast is the Lincoln Aviator? The Aviator can hit 60 mph in about seven seconds, thanks to its strong 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Rated at
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DETROIT — General Motors’ latest strategy: Give and take. Partnerships with Honda Motor Co., electric vehicle startup Nikola Corp. and battery supplier LG Chem show GM’s willingness to share technology and manufacturing power for the mutual benefit of itself and its allies. The approach also can shave the massive costs required to become an EV
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Dale Willey, who was chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 2007, died Aug. 14. He was 79. Willey started his automotive retail career at his father’s Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 1961. After his father’s death in 1965, his family sold the store and Willey went to work as a salesperson
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TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. and advertising firm Dentsu Group Inc. and have agreed to form a business alliance and establish two companies to improve Toyota’s communications and digital transformation strategy, Dentsu said in a statement Wednesday. Both the firms will operate under a holding company, of which Toyota will own 66 percent and Dentsu
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PARIS — Renault has hired Luciano Biondo, the head of Toyota Europe’s assembly operations in Valenciennes, northern France, to lead its factory network in the region, focusing on electric vehicles and light-commercial vans. Marvin Cooke, senior vice president for manufacturing at Toyota Motor Europe, will assume Biondo’s responsibilities as part of his current job, Toyota
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What kind of car is the 2021 Lincoln Corsair? What does it compare to? The Lincoln Corsair is a compact luxury crossover SUV with seating for up to five passengers. It’s a lovely vehicle with a good crash-test record and ample features, as well as a coming plug-in hybrid edition.  The Corsair compares with vehicles
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After five long years, the scars of the largest, most expensive scandal in automotive history are finally starting to fade. As a brand, Volkswagen’s U.S. market share is back to where it was in the days before its $33.3 billion diesel emissions scandal exploded in public on Sept. 18, 2015. Its dealer network is once
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WASHINGTON — Three senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday asked government auditors to study why U.S. auto safety regulators have failed to write dozens of new auto safety regulations. The delayed rules include rear belt warnings, revisions to vehicle defect reporting requirements, child restraint side impact tests, requirements for automakers to
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group named Porsche veteran Klaus Zellmer as the new head of sales and marketing at the automaker’s namesake brand. Zellmer succeeds Jürgen Stackmann, who is leaving the company, VW said in a statement on Tuesday. Zellmer, 53, moves to the new post from his role as head of Porsche North America. Kjell
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What kind of car is the 2021 Hyundai Venue? What does it compare to? The 2021 Hyundai Venue is a five-passenger hatchback that’s sometimes marketed as a crossover SUV. Without all-wheel drive on its options list, we keep it in the car column, though it’s blessed with the interior space and flexibility of some of
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If I were to summarize the retail technology trends of the past six months, I’d use two words: accelerate and pivot. The coronavirus pandemic has sped up retailers’ use of technology to help them sell and service cars, and companies that provide those tools quickly changed course to build products that would help dealerships operate
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By Joey Klender Posted on September 15, 2020 Nikola Motor (NASDAQ: NKLA) shares fell during Tuesday’s trading session after Hindenburg Research made yet another response to the company’s possible involvement in fraudulent behavior. NKLA shares fell a total of 8.27% during Tuesday trading hours. The company’s price per share now sits at $32.83 apiece. Hindenburg’s
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