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US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better: report – Reuters

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DETROIT (Reuters) – New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models, Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more likely than older models to…

Volkswagen Attending Pikes Peak for First Time in 30 Years, This Time with an Electric Car – The Drive

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The engineering that went into the car was mesmerizing for the time. Engineers utilized electronic throttle position sensors, despite the motor being fit with mechanical cable-driven throttle bodies, in order to match throttle between both engines. Sadly, by the end of the race, the car suffered a transmission failure. Then, Volkswagen went radio silent for 30 years. Fortunately, fans kept the name alive by building period-correct cars to aide in…

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan – CNNMoney

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns. The automaker said Thursday that it had halted production of vehicles for the Japanese market after discovering that inspections were not carried out properly at several factories. “Certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan’s own processes,” the company said in a statement. The stoppage won’t affect cars produced…

Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan – CNNMoney

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns. The automaker said Thursday that it had halted production of vehicles for the Japanese market after discovering that inspections were not carried out properly at several factories. “Certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan’s own processes,” the company said in a statement. The stoppage won’t affect cars produced…

To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans – WIRED

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls…

To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans – WIRED

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls…

Volkswagen wants to dominate Pikes Peak with this all-wheel-drive electric racer – Autoweek

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Volkswagen has made a big deal about its push into electric vehicles, but we didn’t realize that push would include a gnarly all-wheel-drive race car aimed squarely at a Pikes Peak record. Until today, that is. VW has just announced its intention to return to Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after a 30-year absence — its last attempt was with a twin-engine Golf in 1987 — with…

Volkswagen wants to dominate Pikes Peak with this all-wheel-drive electric racer – Autoweek

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Volkswagen has made a big deal about its push into electric vehicles, but we didn’t realize that push would include a gnarly all-wheel-drive race car aimed squarely at a Pikes Peak record. Until today, that is. VW has just announced its intention to return to Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after a 30-year absence — its last attempt was with a twin-engine Golf in 1987 — with…

Consumer Reports names its most reliable cars – CBS News

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tesla (TSLA)’s Model 3, the electric car maker’s most affordable vehicle as it targets the automotive mainstream, is likely to be dependable as well as thrifty, Consumer Reports concludes its annual reliability survey. The magazine bases its prediction for the Model 2, which started shipping to customers in July despite production snafus, on survey data for the more expensive Tesla Model S. The two vehicles share much of their technology,…

Almost A Third Of All New Cars Don’t Have Spare Tires: Report – Jalopnik

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It used to be that if tire grievances happened to you on the road, you simply pulled over, got out the jack and spare tire and changed the the thing yourself. Then you’d be back on the road once more. Easy. But this isn’t the case anymore for an alarming number of people in new cars, a new AAA study finds. The reasoning itself is innocent enough: automakers want to…

Sacramento auto show rolls into Cal Expo – Sacramento Bee

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Many of the latest-model cars consumers will be seeing on dealer lots next year will be on display Friday through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show at 1600 Exposition Blvd. is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This…

Six Favorite Cars from the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Sale – Automobile

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It’s October, and that means the collector car extraordinaires over at Barrett-Jackson are gearing up for one of its largest sales of the year, held at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The docket isn’t usually filled with vintage Ferraris or Pre-War Bugattis, but Barrett-Jackson has long remained a magnet for top-tier Americana and cutting edge supercars. We shuffled through the extensive list of available cars and picked out…

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story – ABC News

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In a story Oct. 17 about a Boston self-driving car study, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a computer simulation showed that the advent of self-driving cars would likely add vehicles to the roads. The analysis showed that while vehicles would travel longer distances, there would be fewer of them on roads. A corrected version of the story is below: Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl A new…

Shell launches fast-charging stations for electric vehicles – The Independent

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell has launched a fast-charging service for electric vehicles at three Shell service stations near London and in northern England, the company said on Wednesday. The service, which charges most electric vehicle batteries from zero to 80 per cent within half an hour, is the oil major’s first foray into fast-charging electric vehicles, whose use is set to grow with consumers’ demand for cleaner cars. Shell will expand the…

Self-Driving Cars Could Come to Manhattan – New York Times

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The driverless trials will include two passengers: an engineer sitting behind the wheel to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat, according to the governor’s announcement. Such tests were recently made legal with legislation passed as part of New York’s 2018 budget. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “The spirit of innovation is what…

Cobalt stand-off key to future of electric vehicles – Financial Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Daimler recalls 400000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK – BBC News

Monday, October 16, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Daimler is recalling about 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK over a potential airbag safety issue. The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017. The recall is not related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal, and there have been no fatalities. The fix for the airbag issue takes only an…

Daimler plans revamp to prepare for electric vehicles – Financial Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

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