By Simon Alvarez Posted on October 20, 2019 Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen recently made a rare appearance at owner-enthusiast Ryan McCaffrey’s Ride the Lightning podcast, where he provided several key insights into the electric car maker’s design process from the early days of the Model S to the upcoming next-generation Roadster.  While speaking
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FRANKFURT – Tesla Inc.’s attempts to humble Porsche with a new lap record on Germany’s legendary Nordschleife racetrack have reignited a controversy about the value of lap times, as the circuit steps in to quash claims of cheating. Porsche and Tesla are battling to establish supremacy in lap times for four-door electric sports cars, but comparisons
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Ferrari’s forthcoming SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid hypercar is well into development, and a car-spotter managed to capture video of two test cars lapping the famous Fiorano test track. Despite the move to hybrid and turbocharging technologies, the SF90 Stradale still manages to sound like a proper Ferrari. Even through the muffing turbochargers, the engine wails
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The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is an immense SUV with serious four-wheel-drive capability, with an off-road heritage unmatched by most rivals. It’s not exceptionally well-suited to urban or even suburban life, but that’s part of this big 4×4’s charm. We rate it 5.4 out of 10, a score earned by a combination of its spacious
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DETROIT — With plans to reshape its vehicle lineup, cut its work force, shut down several plants and invest heavily in electric-vehicle production, General Motors is transforming its business model for the future, CFO Dhivya Suryadevara said. That transformation includes cultural shifts within the company. “We will be taking deliberate, tough decisions that we need
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DETROIT — A proposed contract with General Motors that more than 46,000 UAW members are voting on this week contains lucrative bonuses and wage gains, but it doesn’t bring any production from Mexico to the U.S. or save three plants that shut down this year.The UAW’s national strike against the automaker will extend at least
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Vans are awesome—they haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? That’s exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didn’t just give it a couple
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General Motors on Friday said it temporarily halted production of its Chevy Blazer midsize crossover in Mexico because of a parts shortage due to a month-old strike by 46,000 U.S. hourly GM employees. The UAW on Wednesday reached a tentative agreement with the Detroit automaker on a new four-year-contract but will remain on strike until
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Climate crisis protests in London: Extinction Rebellion, bans, and broccoli. Italy and Croatia team up to replenish the Adriatic Sea’s suffering fish population. Lobbying has to be part of corporate action when it comes to climate change. Five ways to construct buildings with resilience in the face of the climate crisis. And more… Extinction Rebellion
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Skoda has sought to reassure its employees after reports suggested that its owner, Volkswagen Group, is considering repositioning the brand downward to compete with low-cost marques such as Renault’s Dacia. In an internal letter to employees seen by Automotive News Europe, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier wrote that brand values of space, functionality, value for money
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Hyundai Motor America’s hard-charging marketing chief, Dean Evans, is leaving the Korean automaker after “four highly successful years” to pursue a new business opportunity, the company said Friday. Brian Smith, the COO of Hyundai’s U.S. arm, will take over Evans’ duties on an interim basis. “Hyundai is greatly appreciative to Dean for his contributions,” the
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The 2020 Toyota Prius is a good choice for commuters made even better with more smartphone connectivity this year. It’s hard not to have an opinion on the 2020 Toyota Prius. The car’s expressive shape, impressive fuel economy, and reasonable price have made it a favorite with drivers interested in saving fuel. But gas is
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DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
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DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
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