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After spending billions of dollars and years of time chasing the dream of autonomous vehicles, the auto industry is beginning to realize that — while there have been some excellent technological developments along the way — true Level 5 and even unsupervised Level 4 autonomy are still well into the future. Some executives in the
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The Woodward Dream Cruise, a massive celebration of car culture that fills the main drag of Detroit’s suburbs every August, has been canceled this year. Officially, at least. But that decision is unlikely to deter many of the hot-rodders and muscle car owners from showing up and clogging the eight lanes of Woodward Avenue throughout
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LOS ANGELES — Just as the coronavirus pandemic was plunging the U.S. auto industry into crisis and stripping millions of car sales from stunned retailers, Duke Hale was searching for American factory space to assemble Chinese crossovers for his Southern California startup. Hale, CEO of HAAH Automotive Holdings, partnered with China’s Chery Automobile Co. this
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About 2,200 jobs supplying Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing plants are at risk. Trade union Unite said 40% of DHL Supply Chain staff at plants in the Midlands and North West may lose their jobs. Unite said it was “a massive, bitter blow” and called on the government to protect car manufacturers as production has declined
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A theft of a $120,000 Maserati from a dealership in New York City was foiled by a red light in the next block. An employee of Maserati of Manhattan who noticed a white 2019 Quattroporte GTS missing from the showroom June 26 spotted it running on the street near the exit from the service department,
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The pickups that dealers have been clamoring for are at last arriving on their lots — at least in small numbers. But the dealers’ sigh of relief is followed by a jolt of fear: How will such small shipments get them through the rest of the summer? Bert Ogden Auto Group typically carries about three
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China has changed the global auto industry over the past couple of decades. But China itself has changed, too. During the previous recession — the Great one — while the U.S. was stumbling and shepherding two automakers through a bankruptcy reorganization, China was growing like mad. It became the largest market in the world —
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Britain’s Ineos Group, one of the world’s largest chemical companies you’ve likely never heard of, is preparing to enter the auto industry with a new-from-the-wheels-up utilitarian SUV. It’s a boxy, rugged-looking, midsize four-by-four whose size and shape makes it a near doppelganger for the classic Land Rover Defender 110 wagon that ended production in 2016.
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Even as a pandemic severely impacted scores of its stores, Volkswagen set an all-time certified pre-owned sales record in May. The brand’s long-struggling U.S. dealers racked up 11,087 CPO sales for the month, thanks in large part to a reconfigured warranty offering and a program from Volkswagen Credit for 0 percent financing for up to
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Why do they bother? That question is asked of smaller brands that find themselves struggling to compete in the U.S. market sometimes. Why don’t they just throw in the towel? A few decades ago, industry sages wondered aloud how a brand such as Mitsubishi could seriously envision competing in the U.S. — not just against
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It started with a cup of coffee. In attempts to curb drowsy driving, Mercedes-Benz introduced a system that identified clues that a motorist was growing tired, such as how often they departed their lane. If the system detected trouble, it illuminated an icon resembling a steaming cup of coffee on the instrument cluster. Roughly a
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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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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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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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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. knows there’s no room for error in launching its redesigned F-150 pickup. But executives are confident they won’t repeat the costly mistakes that tripped up early Explorer production last year. To roll out the Explorer, Ford tore its Chicago Assembly Plant down to the studs, rebuilt it in 30 days
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The Hyundai-Aptiv autonomous driving joint venture has ambitious plans to advance the development and commercialization of Level 4 and 5 autonomous technologies in just a couple of years. The JV, formed in March, is headed by President Karl Iagnemma, founder of self-driving technology startup nuTonomy. He’s a University of Michigan graduate and the author of
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Car taxes should be increased to help fund the battle against climate change, government advisers say. They say ministers should bring forward the date for ending sales of new conventional cars from 2035 to 2032. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the chancellor should also consider increasing the tax on gas for home heating.
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Lexus updated its IS sport sedan for 2021, improving the suspension, safety and infotainment functions as well as the styling, but it left the car on its 7-year-old platform. Keeping the IS on its existing platform allowed engineers to focus on improvements to the sedan’s ride and handling, Lexus said. That should allow the compact
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There’s one question that permeates almost every discussion surrounding self-driving vehicles: When are they coming? For self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics, there’s a more relevant question: Where are they coming? In the company’s two-year existence, Kodiak engineers have concentrated on geography instead of timelines. Kodiak’s autonomous technology is purpose-built to handle driving on what the
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Up to 1.4 million Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in Britain could be equipped with illegal defeat devices, according to a lawsuit being launched today. They include a petrol-powered version of one of the UK’s best-selling family cars, the Nissan Qashqai. The law firm behind the case, Harcus Parker, claims that some cars produced up
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As automakers fill voids in their product lineups with new vehicles and return to segments they abandoned, a growing number of newly launched vehicles have familiar-sounding names. While the calendar says 2020, nameplates that disappeared in the early 2000s, the 1990s and in some cases even longer ago have returned in updated form. And more
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Battling through an economic collapse triggered by a subprime mortgage crisis is different from dealing with one set off by a virus. Yet in some ways, the challenges are similar. So it’s helpful to reflect on what industry leaders were saying 11 years ago, the final year of the Great Recession, when U.S. auto sales
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Nissan’s redesign of its flagship Rogue model delivers an improved portfolio of family-friendly technologies expected of a crossover. But also notable is what Nissan’s volume-leading nameplate will not offer — a hybrid powertrain. When the new 2021 Rogue launches this fall, it will offer a single powertrain: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. That’s in contrast
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TOKYO — Toyota is transforming the humble Yaris subcompact into a fire-breathing 268-hp hot hatch as part of the brand’s new effort to build fun-to-drive street cred. The sporty new GR Yaris series won’t be available in the U.S. anytime soon. But it could foreshadow Toyota’s performance strategy for the U.S. The GR line draws
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