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April car sales plummet. Does that signal a longer-term decline? – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Wages are growing and surveys show consumer confidence is high. So why are motor vehicle sales taking a hit? U.S. sales were down in April for the big automakers: Ford fell 7% from April a year ago; General Motors, 5.8%; Fiat-Chrysler, 6.8%; and Toyota, 4.4%. Volkswagen was the exception, rising 3.1% as the company paid off diesel owners in the emissions-cheating scandal and persuaded large numbers to stick with the…

US auto sales slump in April as cars suffer – USA TODAY

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chevrolet cars are positioned on a dealer lot in Pittsburgh.(Photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP) Disappointing U.S. new vehicle sales in April suggested that the auto industry is receding from its breakneck pace, reducing the chances of a third consecutive record year. Overall, the industry reported a 4.7% sales decline to 1.43 million units, according to industry tracker Autodata. Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book analysts had projected industry sales declines of 4%…

New Car Sales Are In The Longest Losing Streak Since 2009 – Jalopnik

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the stories you need to know for your next dinner party. Advertisement 1st Gear: This Does Not Look Good For a couple years, the Morning Shift story at the beginning of every month was “Another month of record sales!” As the country recovered from the recession—or…

The Real Reason India Is Talking Up Electric Vehicles – Forbes

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Earlier this week, Piyush Goyal, the Indian minister in charge of energy and power said, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way…. The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.” Small truck driving along a dirt road in Korala, Nepal-China border. Would you trust an electric vehicle to make it across that expanse? (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty…

Microscopic Cars Square Off In Big Race – NPR

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Nanocar Race, which happened over the weekend at Le centre national de la recherché scientific in Toulouse, France, was billed as the “first-ever race of molecule-cars.” CNRS hide caption toggle caption CNRS The Nanocar Race, which happened over the weekend at Le centre national de la recherché scientific in Toulouse, France, was billed as the “first-ever race of molecule-cars.” CNRS This car race involved years of training, feats of…

US car sales drop faster than expected – Financial Times

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

US car sales drop faster than expected

How self-driving cars will profoundly change real estate – CNBC

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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Samsung is now allowed to test driverless cars as it challenges Google, Uber, Apple – CNBC

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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Worries for motor trade as new car sales fall 10% this year – Irish Times

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

New car sales are down 10 per cent on last year. In a further sign of trouble for the motor trade, sales in April fell 24 per cent on the same month last year. According to registration figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 83,831 new cars were registered up to the end of April. Just 7,865 were registered last month, compared to 10,381 in April 2016….

BMW announces production expansion for its upcoming electric vehicles – Electrek

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The best way to know if a legacy automaker is getting serious about electric vehicles is to see if they are investing in converting their current manufacturing capacity to electric vehicle manufacturing capacity. We recently reported on Daimler and Volkswagen making the move in Germany and BMW now announces that it is following suit. Today, the automaker confirmed that it will build the first fully electric MINI in 2019 and…

Samsung self-driving cars take fight to Apple, Uber and Google’s Waymo – The Guardian

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Samsung is stepping up its plans for self-driving cars to rival former Google project Waymo, Uber and Apple, bringing the key players from the battle for smartphone dominance to the brave new world of autonomous vehicles. The South Korean electronics manufacturer, which is the world’s largest smartphone maker and a chip giant in its own right, has been given permission to test its self-driving cars on public roads by the…

Volkswagen gets touchy-feely in new Atlas ads (and it works) – New York Daily News

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Volkswagen’s history is a little checkered, to say the least. When your company’s biography is bookended by being founded by Nazis and perpetrating one of the biggest pollution cover-ups the world has ever seen, it’s tough to wax poetic about the good-ol’ days. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. ‘LIKE’ US HERE. However, between all that terribleness, VW has made some quality cars…

Samsung Electronics Given Go-Ahead to Test Self-Driving Cars – Barron’s

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Samsung Electronics (005930.KR) has been given the green-light test its self-driving car technology in South Korea. The Korean electronics giant joins a long-list of high-tech businesses that are trialing autonomous driving, which also includes Apple, Alphabet and China’s Baidu. Samsung plans to dabble in the technology by developing advanced sensors and artificial intelligence technologies with a commercial Hyundai-made vehicle. Samsung becomes the first electronics company to receive permission from the…

A $50000 Chrysler Minivan Explains Slowing U.S. Auto Sales – Bloomberg

Monday, May 01, 2017

To understand why the U.S. auto market isn’t growing, consider a top-of-the-line minivan from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV now costs about $50,000. With twin second-row touch screens, reclining third-row seats, a vacuum and automated parallel parking, the Chrysler Pacifica packs plenty of features to justify a hefty expense. But this big a price tag puts the prototypical family vehicle out of reach for most Americans. A Chrysler Pacifica. After U.S. auto…

How will N.J. use millions from Volkswagen settlements? – NorthJersey.com

Monday, May 01, 2017

Port Newark is one of the biggest operations of the Port of New York and New Jersey.(Photo: Chris Pedota/Staff Photographer) As New Jersey waits to receive up to $72 million related to deals Volkswagen reached in the past year to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests, state lawmakers are starting to lay out priorities for how the money should be spent. A Senate environment committee…

BMW envisions hydrogen filling stations as simple, elegant – CNET

Monday, May 01, 2017

When the world starts building hydrogen filling stations en masse, we’ll have a chance to rethink how fuel fill-ups will look. According to BMW, they’re going to look pretty slick. BMW subsidiary Designworks teamed up with Shell to envision the hydrogen filling station of the future. It’s very familiar — you’ll pull up to an available pump, which has a nozzle and stands tall like current gas pumps. Enlarge Image…

US probing BMW, Honda, Toyota, others for alleged patent violations – CNET

Monday, May 01, 2017

While a single company might commit a patent violation, a new investigation to that end involves a handful of companies in the auto industry. The US International Trade Commission, which helps oversee intellectual property infringement cases, has opened an investigation against a number of automakers and suppliers over an alleged patent violation. The investigation began after Intellectual Ventures II, a patent holding firm, filed a complaint with the USITC. Enlarge…

11 crazy concept cars already unveiled in 2017 – Business Insider

Monday, May 01, 2017

Volkswagen Concept cars are only getting crazier. As automakers invest more heavily in self-driving tech and artificial intelligence, they’re using bizarre concepts to showcase their vision for future production models. Concept cars tend to be packed with features you may not see for decades, but they provide an interesting glance at where the auto industry is heading. Scroll down for some of the crazier concepts we’ve seen this year so…

Electric Vehicles Are on the Rise: Here’s How to Sustain Their Growth – Singularity Hub

Monday, May 01, 2017

The struggle for electric vehicles to gain legitimacy in a world dominated by supersized SUVs and overbearing big rigs is something of a David and Goliath story. The underdog just landed a blow right between the eyes of America’s major car manufacturers. In April, Tesla became the most valuable automaker in the US, passing General Motors in total market value. GM has since regained the lead by a slim margin,…

A $50,000 Chrysler Van Explains Why U.S. Auto Sales Are Slowing … – Bloomberg

Monday, May 01, 2017

To understand why the U.S. auto market isn’t growing, consider a top-of-the-line minivan from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV now costs about $50,000. With twin second-row touch screens, reclining third-row seats, a vacuum and automated parallel parking, the Chrysler Pacifica packs plenty of features to justify a hefty expense. But this big a price tag puts the prototypical family vehicle out of reach for most Americans. A Fiat Chrysler Pacifica. After U.S….