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Chrysler thinks Californians are smarter than the rest of us – Roadshow – CNET

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There’s a pretty sizable difference between traditional hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids. But Chrysler is banking on consumer ignorance as it swaps between the two terms based on where its plug-in minivan is marketed. Within the state of California, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will be marketed as a plug-in hybrid, whereas in every other state it will just be called a hybrid, Bloomberg reports, citing a conversation with Fiat Chrysler…

Chrysler thinks Californians are smarter than the rest of us – CNET

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There’s a pretty sizable difference between traditional hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids. But Chrysler is banking on consumer ignorance as it swaps between the two terms based on where its plug-in minivan is marketed. Within the state of California, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will be marketed as a plug-in hybrid, whereas in every other state it will just be called a hybrid, Automotive News reports, citing a conversation with Fiat…

Volkswagen to pay millions more in California for diesel scandal – Sacramento Bee

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Volkswagen agreed Thursday to pay California an additional $153.8 million in the carmaker’s diesel air-pollution scandal. The new payment comes on top of more than $15 billion Volkswagen already has agreed to pay government agencies and consumers after admitting it rigged hundreds of thousands of cars to cheat on air-pollution regulations. Volkswagen will pay $93.8 million into an air pollution control fund operated by the California Air Resources Board. It…

Exclusive-BMW Favours UK Plant to Build Electric Mini: Sources – New York Times

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BMW has about 4,600 staff working in Oxford, while VDL currently employs around 4,500. That is set to rise to more than 5,000 after production of the BMW X1 model is added to the Dutch plant in August, a sharp rise from only 1,500 in 2012. Carmakers have been among the most vocal critics of Brexit, warning their global supply chains will be hit hard by any resulting introduction of…

BMW is rumored to launch new i3 with close to 200 miles of range – Electrek

Thursday, July 20, 2017

On the new electric vehicle front, BMW had nothing to offer since launching the i3 and i8 almost 5 years ago and they are not expected to have a new EV built from the ground up to be electric until the end of the decade. But they could be releasing updated versions of their current EVs in order to compete with new longer range electric cars coming to market. The…

Big Bird and Sesame Street gang star in Chrysler Pacifica ads – USA TODAY

Thursday, July 20, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will sponsor “Sesame Street” on PBS. As part of the deal, characters like Big Bird, the Count, and Cookie Monster are appearing in online commercials for the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Wochit Chrysler will use Sesame Street characters in its Pacifica ads(Photo: Fiat Chrysler) Big Bird, the Count and Cookie Monster have a new gig.   They’ll…

Why Electric Cars Are Everywhere Except Here, Now – Bloomberg

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It might seem like there’s more news about electric cars lately than actual electric cars on the road. Tesla took a step toward becoming a mass-producer this month when the $35,000 Model 3 sedan started rolling off a California assembly line. Volvo said it will begin phasing out cars that run just on fossil fuels in two years. France plans to eliminate gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles entirely by 2040. Automakers…

BMW Invests In Online Used Car Startup Shift – Fortune

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BMW has invested in Shift Technologies, an online marketplace for used cars, as part of a $37 million financing round. The funding was led by BMW’s venture capital arm BMW iVentures, and partner Christian Noske has joined the startup’s board. BMW is interested in technology companies that “challenge the status quo and build products that help improve transportation options for consumers,” Noske said in a statement explaining the investment. DCM…

Sporty Buick Regal GS 3rd entry in Regal lineup for ’18 – The Detroit News

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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US House panel approves broad proposal on self-driving cars – Reuters

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. Representative Robert Latta, a Republican who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee overseeing consumer protection, said he would continue to consider changes before the full committee votes on the…

Mercedes recalls 3m diesel cars over emissions concerns – The Guardian

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Almost every new Mercedes-Benz diesel car bought in the UK during the past six years is being recalled to improve their emissions performance. Germany’s Daimler, which makes the vehicles, said the measure to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) output, which will cost the company about €220m (£195m), would involve no cost to owners. The action is being taken in relation to nearly all cars with diesel engines meeting the Euro 5…

Cleaning crew boo-boo touches off raging fire at Chevrolet dealer in Sterling Heights – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE TODAY’S TOP STORIESAttorneys Mike Morse and Joumana Kayrouz deny accusations | 0:58 Personal injury attorneys Mike Morse and Joumana Kayrouz emphatically deny allegations that they sought kickbacks from a now-imprisoned doctor. JC Reindl/Detroit Free Press x Embed x Share CLOSE TODAY’S TOP STORIESWatch: Al Avila explains J.D. Martinez trade | 9:39 Tigers general manager Al Avila explains the trade of J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks…

Investors Are Pouring Millions Into a Startup That Could Speed the Development of Self-Driving Cars – Fortune

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nauto, the automotive tech startup that uses a combination of artificial intelligence, cameras, motion sensors, and GPS to understand and improve driver behavior, has raised $159 million from a diverse group of investors that includes General Motors, venture capital firm Greylock Partners, and the Softbank Group Corp. Greylock Partners and Softbank led this Series B financing round. Reid Hoffman, a partner at Greylock (and a co-founder of LinkedIn), will also…

Why is Comcast using self-driving cars to justify abolishing net neutrality? – The Verge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Yesterday, Comcast filed its comments in favor of the FCC’s plan to eliminate the 2015 net neutrality rules. While much of the document was devoted to arguments we’ve heard before — Comcast believes the current rules are anti-competitive and hurt investment, but generally supports the principles of net neutrality — one statement stood out. Buried in the 161-page document was this quirky assertion (emphasis ours): At the same time, the…

Daimler to Modify 3 Million Mercedes Cars Over Diesel Concerns – New York Times

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By volunteering to upgrade the cars’ emission systems, Daimler appears to be trying to avoid the fate of Volkswagen. The carmaker, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, paid more than $22 billion in civil and criminal penalties and legal settlements in the United States after admitting to manipulating diesel emissions controls. The financial penalties for Volkswagen were much worse than they might have been because it staged an elaborate cover-up after regulators…

A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet – New York Times

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photo Credit Angus Greig There is simply no credible way to address climate change without changing the way we get from here to there, meaning cars, trucks, planes and any other gas-guzzling forms of transportation. That is why it is so heartening to see electric cars, considered curios for the rich or eccentric or both not that long ago, now entering the mainstream. A slew of recent announcements by researchers,…

FCB Wins BMW in Canada as US Review Looms – AdAge.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The U.S. creative account for BMW is expected to go into review next year, according to people familiar with the situation. Credit: BMW Interpublic Group’s FCB has been named agency of record for BMW in Canada, months before the luxury automaker is expected to launch a U.S. review. The move marks the end of a long relationship with Cunardi, which had handled the brand north of the border since 1995….

Electric Vehicles: Imminent Breakout or Breakdown? – Forbes

Monday, July 17, 2017

The media flavor of the day is “Peak Oil Demand.” It’s being predicted due to plummeting battery costs for electric vehicles, which are on the verge of reaching a point where electric vehicles become competitive with internal combustion vehicles, resulting in a drop in oil consumption.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance believes they will be as cheap as gasoline cars by 2025, and the New York Times says “Electric Cars’ Breakout Could Be…

Volkswagen considers options for transmissions maker Renk: sources – Reuters

Monday, July 17, 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is considering options for majority-owned transmissions maker Renk (ZARG.F), as the German carmaker streamlines operations to help fund an overhaul following its emissions scandal, people close to the matter said. Volkswagen (VW) is working with Citi (C.N) to decide on the future of Renk, which may result in a sale of the maker of transmissions and bearings used in ships to wind turbines, the sources…