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Volkswagen is finally putting an electric Microbus into production – The Verge

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus, which it hopes to begin selling by 2022. Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version…

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Power Electric Cars of the Future … – WIRED

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling. Lithium, a soft white metal first discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfvedson, has become widely used in manufacturing, most…

The New BMW Z4 Is The Most Promising Car From BMW Since The 2 Series – Jalopnik

Saturday, August 19, 2017

After years of sitting in the shallow end of BMW’s lineup as a sort-of also-ran, the German roadster is back with the new Z4, and it’s the most promising sign of life out of BMW since the introduction of the 2 Series. The BMW Z-cars have never been performance icons. Introduced as James Bond’s car of choice with a disappointing role in GoldenEye back in 1995, the original Z3 roadster was…

Feds: FCA exec bribed UAW officials for ‘company-friendly’ positions – Detroit Free Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Over a period of years, former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli and former UAW Vice President General Holiefield helped to save Chrysler and then stole millions intended for worker training, authorities say. Wochit Buy Photo Al Iacobelli, left, and General Holiefield(Photo: Detroit Free Press photos)Buy Photo It started out as a scandal about personal greed. Fiat Chrysler and UAW executives, authorities said, were scheming together to line…

Feds: Fiat Chrysler VP bribed UAW execs ‘to take company friendly positions’ – Detroit Free Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Over a period of years, former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli and former UAW Vice President General Holiefield helped to save Chrysler and then stole millions intended for worker training, authorities say. Wochit Buy Photo Al Iacobelli, left, and General Holiefield(Photo: Detroit Free Press photos)Buy Photo It started out as a scandal about personal greed. Fiat Chrysler and UAW executives, authorities said, were scheming together to line…

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Power Electric Cars of the Future – WIRED

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling. Lithium, a soft white metal first discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfvedson, has become widely used in manufacturing, most…

Former UAW Official Charged in Fiat Chrysler Payoff Case – New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The government said that Jerome Durden, a former Fiat Chrysler official, conspired to divert more than $4.5 million in training center funds. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to conspiracy and preparing false tax returns and faces up to 37 months in prison under a plea deal. A former Fiat Chrysler vice president for employee relations, Alphons Iacobelli, was charged last month with making $1.2 million in improper payments to…

Roy Lunn, Innovative Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92 – New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2017

One of Mr. Lunn’s most celebrated cars was the experimental Mustang I, a two-seat, four-cylinder aluminum-bodied sports car with its engine midway between the front and rear axles. It was unveiled in 1962 and later became one of the most popular of the sporty, compact so-called pony cars. Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the engine and chassis. “It had a very interesting reception,” Mr. Lunn told Hemmings Classic Car magazine…

Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe – Reuters

Saturday, August 19, 2017

(Reuters) – A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) officials over a four-year period. Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, who a union official until February 2016, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws in U.S. District Court in Detroit. King was one of the senior…

This Week in the Future of Cars: Old Is New Again – WIRED

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the nation’s premier automotive event, is on the horizon, and cars built before Hawaii was even a state will sell for millions upon millions of dollars. Perhaps that explains why so much of the news this week is about making the long-ish in tooth new again. We’ve got another DeLorean, an off-road vehicle gone new-agey electric, even a stolid state Department of Transportation trying on…

Delphi Buys Stake In Innoviz, Another Tech Partner For Self-Driving Cars – Forbes

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Delphi Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi) Delphi Automotive said Friday it has taken a minority stake in Israel’s Innoviz Technologies, a two-year-old developer of advanced laser-based sensors for self-driving cars. Terms were not disclosed. It’s…

10 Features Consumers Will Want To Watch Out For In Driverless Cars – Forbes

Friday, August 18, 2017

Shutterstock The onset of driverless cars is becoming more of reality day by day. As safety increases in these autonomous vehicles, vehicle owners are taking more notice and considering the possibilities ahead. With manufacturers such as Tesla, Uber and Google leading the charge, it is only a matter of time before one drives into your neighborhood. Offering an abundance of features, these driverless cars are sure to intrigue vehicle owners…

2019 BMW Z4: What to Expect – Automobile

Friday, August 18, 2017

BMW should have badged it Z3. Why? Because the new Z4 is in many ways a reincarnation of the first Z3 roadster that rolled off the line at the automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory back in the mid 1990s. It sheds the last Z4’s bulky and ill-conceived retractable hardtop in favor of an electrically operated soft top. There are no more ungainly cutlines segmenting the elegant silhouette, and cargo volume…

Marchionne Fuels The Inevitable Breakup Of Fiat Chrysler – Forbes

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jeep is the jewel in the FCA crown as CEO Sergio Marchionne marches to an inevitable break-up of the company. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) It increasingly looks like Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is fueling interest in selling or spinning off the company’s brands as a way of maximizing shareholder value and finding new management leadership before he retires in 2019. Trade weekly Automotive News reported Monday that the automaker…

Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

German car company BMW is taking advantage of a captive audience of auto fans and journalists assembled for the annual Monterey Car Week to unveil a pair of concept vehicles on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The two concept cars, which the company says precede production cars that will be revealed some time next year, represent new versions of BMW’s M8 sports car and its Z4 roadster. Photographs released by…

Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler – Reuters

Thursday, August 17, 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German carmakers Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and BMW (BMWG.DE) may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt (SIXG.DE) hinted on Thursday. Daimler and BMW have discussed pooling their car-sharing businesses to better compete against ride-hailing companies like Uber [UBER.UL] and Lyft which have started offering pay-per-use mobility services which are more convenient than car…

Volkswagen submits roadmap on recall of 3.23 lakh cars before NGT – Economic Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NEW DELHI: German auto major Volkswagen, which is embroiled in a global emission scandal, today submitted a roadmap before the National Green Tribunal to recall over 3.23 lakh vehicles in the country fitted with a ‘defeat device’ meant to fudge emission tests. The roadmap was submitted by it in pursuance to the NGT’s direction passed yesterday. The automobile giant is in the process of recalling several million cars across the…

Improvements make the Buick Encore competitive – Chicago Sun-Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Buick’s Encore is in its first encore. Launched in 2013, the Encore basically pioneered the small luxury crossover niche. The problem is, other competitors took note and improved on the concept. Today, Buick is trying to work Encore back into a tight circle that includes entries from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz (and soon, from Cadillac). An update this year gives Encore a fresher look inside and out. The exterior…

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW in Intel’s self-driving super group – The Verge

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for self-driving technology has lured another automaker into the fold. On Wednesday, the group announced an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to join in the development of a semi-autonomous and fully autonomous technologies for production vehicles with the German automaker and the technology companies. It also marks a significant move for FCA in keeping pace with other automakers in the self-driving stakes. “In…

Ford to ditch steering wheels in driverless cars of the future – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ford has moved a step closer in its plans to make autonomous vehicles after it was granted a patent for a car with a fully removable steering wheel and foot pedals. The US car giant’s design would allow the steering wheel to be removed from the vehicle, placing the air bag in a compartment in front of what was the driver’s seat. Ford said the steering wheel, which would be refitted if needed…