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BMW is rumored to unveil an all-electric 3 Series in September to compete with Tesla’s Model 3 – Electrek

Thursday, June 29, 2017

While BMW’s electric car plans have long been confusing, the German has been positioning itself for moving more seriously in the electric vehicle space lately. The company started holding meetings to warn employees that EVS are coming and here to stay and they announced production expansion for their upcoming electric vehicles. Now a long-rumored all-electric (not its half hearted 330E) version of its popular BMW 3 Series is reportedly going to be unveiled in…

Best 4th Of July Deals On ‘All-American’ Cars, Trucks And SUVs – Forbes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is among the “most American” models having the highest percentage of domestic content, and is being offered for the 4th of July weekend with 10% off the MSRP, along with other discounts. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) The 4th of July is the most patriotic of our national holidays, and most of us celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with fireworks and picnics. And automakers are…

Tata Motors, Volkswagen partnership plan chokes on structure, benefits issues – Economic Times

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MUMBAI: The much-anticipated emerging-market partnership between Europe’s largest car maker Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile company by revenue, has hit a dead-end and is unlikely to end in a collaboration. Several people associated with the two companies revealed that while several rounds of discussions and studies are still pending, the talks may not fructify as the VW Group is not convinced about obtaining any significant cost benefits…

BMW reportedly plans to introduce an all-electric 3-Series sedan later this year – CNBC

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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New, bigger incentives for electric cars could be ahead in California – The Mercury News

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

California could be poised to set up more generous rebates and incentives for electric vehicle buyers — and not just affluent drivers cruising in Teslas. Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is pushing a proposal to establish a $3 billion fund to support the spread of electric vehicles with bigger rebates, more programs for low-income buyers and the deployment of more charging stations. It would also deliver discounts at dealerships, eliminating the…

Are new cars affordable? Not for residents of these cities – CBS News

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Shopping for a new car can be stressful on a number of levels, the least of which is deciding what kind of automobile fits your budget.  Unfortunately, new cars are unaffordable for most Americans, with a new Bankrate.com study finding the median-income household can absorb the cost of a new car in just one of the country’s 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Residents of that city, Washington, D.C., have a…

Volkswagen’s cars will be ‘talking’ to each other by 2019 – Engadget

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The system will initially be limited to warnings and local information, but as the tech rolls out it’ll be possible to bring more extensive features on board, such as real-time traffic light monitoring and information on emergency service vehicles. So you’ll be able to see how far away an ambulance is, and which direction it’s travelling in, without getting flustered trying to locate it in your mirrors. The technology uses…

BMW to streamline car equipment levels to pay for R&D – Reuters

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MUNICH BMW (BMWG.DE) will streamline its manufacturing process, offering fewer variants of engines and equipment, to offset high research and development (R&D) spending through 2019, the German carmaker’s finance chief Nicolas Peter said on Wednesday. The group is developing electric, autonomous and connected cars in addition to vehicles with combustion engines to meet more stringent emissions tests. At the same time, China’s aggressive push to introduce electric car quotas has…

New Cars Are Too Expensive for Median Income Household … – Fortune

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Twenty years ago, being able to afford a car and a mortgage didn’t seem so remarkable. Many Baby Boomers still brag about putting themselves through college and buying their own car with just a part-time job. However, a median-income household today can only afford an average-priced new car in one of the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas according to a Bankrate.com report. “Americans are having to overextend themselves to pay…

Fiat Chrysler shows off a new Hellcat, Durango and a luxury Ram pickup – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Buy Photo Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat FCA North America, stands next to the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. Kuniskis says the widebody completes the strongest Dodge muscle car lineup in history.(Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offered up a glimpse of its newest offerings Tuesday, focusing…

BMW commits to new jobs at at US factory – MarketWatch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BMW AG is the latest auto maker to commit to new jobs at a U.S. factory following criticism from President Donald Trump, saying Monday it will create 1,000 American jobs through 2021 as it works to boost its production of sport-utility vehicles in South Carolina. The jobs are part of a $600 million investment planned for the German auto maker’s Spartanburg, S.C. factory. BMW has been building vehicles in South…

Volkswagen partners with Nvidia to expand its use of AI beyond autonomous vehicles – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Volkswagen is working with Nvidia to expand its usage of its artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies beyond autonomous vehicles and into other areas of business, the two companies revealed today. VW set up its Munich-based data lab in 2014. Last year it pushed on with the hiring of Prof. Patrick van der Smagt to lead a dedicated AI team that is tasked with taking the technology into areas such as…

Volvo taps Nvidia’s hardware to put self-driving cars on the road by 2021 – The Verge

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Volvo has announced a new initiative to put its own self-driving cars on the road by 2021. The Swedish carmaker is teaming up with Autoliv (a Swedish-American firm that makes automotive safety systems) to develop the necessary software, while a partnership with chipmaker Nvidia will supply the computing power. Volvo’s cars will be powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX ‘supercomputer’ — a custom hardware array designed specially for self-driving cars. The…

BMW adding 1000 jobs at South Carolina car plant – Charleston Post Courier

Monday, June 26, 2017

+2  Elected officials on hand to hear about BMW’s latest expansion plans included U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (left), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (second from left) and Gov. Henry McMaster (fourth from left). Provided/BMW North America Automaker BMW topped off its silver-anniversary celebration with South Carolina in high style Monday, announcing plans to add 1,000 jobs and invest another $600 million at…

This Is (Officially) the 2018 BMW X3 – The Drive

Monday, June 26, 2017

On the inside, a potent combination of incremental changes—and hexagons—rules the day. BMW’s new 10.25-inch infotainment screen pokes out the center of the redesigned “driver-focused” dashboard, but you’ll see familiar HVAC and audio controls in the center stack. A larger panoramic moonroof, new full-color heads up display, updated three-spoke steering wheel, and ventilated front seats all differentiate the new X3 from the outgoing model. Additionally, the rear seats will tilt…

These are the most American-made cars – MarketWatch

Monday, June 26, 2017

Two Ohio-built SUVs from Fiat Chrysler are the most American-made vehicles to roll off the assembly line, according to a Cars.com index released Monday. The Jeep Wrangler (including the Wrangler Unlimited four-door) and the Jeep Cherokee rank first and second among the top 10 on the consumer site’s longstanding American-Made Index, with European-American, American and Japanese brands cracking the list but…

Apple is leasing six cars from Hertz for autonomous software testing: Sources – CNBC

Monday, June 26, 2017

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: A Critical Step On Volkswagen’s Road To Recovery – Forbes

Monday, June 26, 2017

Volkswagen of America The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan should give a boost to VW sales Volkswagen’s U.S. sales topped out in 2012 at an impressive 438,000 units. That number is even more impressive given VW’s sales of 256,000 units just 2 years earlier. The company appeared to be on a major growth spurt, with no end in sight. Of course the sales growth did end, starting with a 30,000-unit slide in 2013 followed by…

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: A Critical Step On Volkswagen’s Road To … – Forbes

Monday, June 26, 2017

Volkswagen of America The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan should give a boost to VW sales Volkswagen’s U.S. sales topped out in 2012 at an impressive 438,000 units. That number is even more impressive given VW’s sales of 256,000 units just 2 years earlier. The company appeared to be on a major growth spurt, with no end in sight. Of course the sales growth did end, starting with a 30,000-unit slide in 2013 followed by…