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Chicago Auto Show 2017: What’s new from Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler – WLS-TV

Friday, February 10, 2017

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place opens to the public on Saturday and runs through Feb. 20. It’s the largest auto show in the country, with hundreds of cars and trucks and five indoor test tracks. One of the hot trends at the show this year is the subcompact SUV. ABC7’s Roz Varon spoke on the 2018 Toyota C-HR, a smaller Toyota RAV4, and the 2018 Ford EcoSport,…

Dodge police cars getting ambush-protection tech – Fox News

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dodge is improving the safety of its police cars…when they’re parked. It’s equipping all of its 2017 Charger Pursuit vehicles with an electronic protection system that can detect potential ambushes and help safeguard the officers in the car. The Officer Protection System uses the car’s parking radars to monitor activity behind the car. If anyone approaches the vehicle it sets off an alarm, turns on the rearview camera,…

Japan’s love of tiny cars sore spot as Trump, Abe meet – Reuters

Friday, February 10, 2017

TOKYO/DETROIT When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan’s bulging automotive trade surplus will be a sore spot, but the path to balancing auto exports and imports will be no easier than it was in the 1980s. Trump may press Abe to do more to level the trade imbalance with Japan during a White House visit or a round of golf, but the…

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, But That’ll Take A … – NPR

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pilot models of self-driving cars for Uber are displayed in Pittsburgh. Autonomous vehicles are expected to cut traffic jams, but not before enough human drivers are off the road. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP/AFP/Getty Images Pilot models of self-driving cars for Uber are displayed in Pittsburgh. Autonomous vehicles are expected to cut traffic jams, but not before enough human drivers are off the road. AFP/AFP/Getty Images The promise…

Volkswagen Ex-Chairman’s Account Is Latest Plot Twist in Emissions Scandal – Wall Street Journal

Friday, February 10, 2017

BERLIN—Volkswagen AG’s former chairman has told prosecutors that senior executives and directors were aware of the company’s emissions cheating months before it was disclosed by U.S. authorities, raising questions about the car maker’s official narrative of the scandal. Details of sworn testimony by ex-chairman Ferdinand Piech, which recently were reported in the German media, contradict statements about the scandal by other senior Volkswagen officials, according to members of Volkswagen’s supervisory board. In…

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, But That’ll Take A While – NPR

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pilot models of self-driving cars for Uber are displayed in Pittsburgh. Autonomous vehicles are expected to cut traffic jams, but not before enough human drivers are off the road. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP/AFP/Getty Images Pilot models of self-driving cars for Uber are displayed in Pittsburgh. Autonomous vehicles are expected to cut traffic jams, but not before enough human drivers are off the road. AFP/AFP/Getty Images The promise…

Chicago Auto Show 2017: New technology, driverless cars – WLS-TV

Friday, February 10, 2017

The future of the automobile was a hot topic at the Chicago Auto Show. The show opens to the public on Saturday but Thursday was Media Day. The Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest–manufacturers note that by reserving some of their product debuts for the show. The Hyundai Elantra GT was unveiled the way car makers like to do it — with video, shiny covers and models — a…

Japan’s love of tiny cars sore spot as Trump, Abe meet – Reuters

Friday, February 10, 2017

TOKYO/DETROIT When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan’s bulging automotive trade surplus will be a sore spot, but the path to balancing auto exports and imports will be no easier than it was in the 1980s. Trump may press Abe to do more to level the trade imbalance with Japan during a White House visit or a round of golf, but the…

Piëch Throws Bombs, Volkswagen Spins Out Of Control – Forbes

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Ferdinand Piech (Photo: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg) “The hallway radio is speechless,” sighed a highly-placed Volkswagen manager when I asked him today what the hallway radio, a.k.a “Flurfunk,” as the the scuttlebutt among Volkswagen’s executives is called in Wolfsburg, thinks about a nuclear bomb dropped by VW’s patriarch supreme Ferdinand Piëch. The spokesman for majority shareholder Porsche just dragged labor unions, German politicians, and his own cousin Wolfgang Porsche into the brutal…

Trump Wants More American Cars in Japan. Japan’s Drivers Don’t. – New York Times

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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Listen Up: Cars Are Part of Politics, and Politics Are Part of Cars – The Drive

Thursday, February 09, 2017

You can set your watch by it, or maybe a timing belt: Write about an American factory moving offshore, fuel-economy standards, or anything at all about electric cars, and some reader will respond: I didn’t come here to read about politics.  In a bygone age, a reader so moved would have to scribble on a page, lick an envelope and give us a licking via the U.S. Mail. Now the…

Tesla aims to start pilot production of Model 3 cars on Feb. 20: Sources – CNBC

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Musk had told investors last year that the company could miss the July 2017 startup target if suppliers do not meet deadlines. Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3, which is priced at roughly $35,000 before government incentives. If successful, the sedan could raise Tesla beyond a niche luxury player in the automotive sector. Tesla has not had a profitable year since going public in 2010, though the…

The Cheapest-To-Own Cars And Trucks For 2017 – Forbes

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

According to Kelley Blue Book, the Chevrolet Spark is the cheapest car to own, in terms of long-term expenses, for 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) All but the wealthiest car buyers compare sticker prices when shopping for a new ride, but we’d guess far fewer consider how much money a given vehicle will actually cost to own and operate over the course of several years. The sharpest car shoppers work the…

2017 Buick Envision review: – CNET

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Buick exists in a space that is neither mainstream nor luxury. Its middle-of-the-road pricing slots it into what can best be described as a near-premium segment, where everything gets a bit fancier without commanding huge prices. The Envision is the latest entry in this field, and boy howdy, the field of two-row, decently priced crossovers is already quite thick. But the Envision carves itself a nice little niche, thanks to…

Volkswagen is investing $2 billion to push into electric vehicles – Business Insider

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Volkswagen’s electric microbus concept. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Volkswagen launched a new US-based unit that will manage $2 billion in investments in zero emission vehicle infrastructure and awareness programs for the next decade on Tuesday as part of a court settlement on its excess diesel emissions. The world’s largest automaker by sales said the unit plans to install more than 500 charging stations nationwide, including more than 300 stations in 15 metro…

The 2017 BMW M760i is a hell of a car, but is it an M? – Ars Technica

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

reader comments 40 As any fan of LJK Setright will no doubt remind you, the V12 is the king of engines, perfectly balanced no matter the V-angle. The LJK is also something of a dying breed; smaller-capacity turbocharged V8s are more than capable of giving top-of-the-line models sufficient power without the complexity, cost, and and weight of 12 cylinders. But dying isn’t the same as being extinct, and BMW has decided…

Crash-test comparison proves how much safer small cars are today – CNET

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Modern cars are significantly safer than their forebears. If you don’t believe me, you can watch 20 years of crash testing to prove it. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), the safety group released a video showing the differences between a 1997 Rover 100 and a 2017 Honda Jazz, otherwise known as the Fit. Even after the first crash, it’s clear how far…

Volkswagen launches $2 billion push for electric cars – MarketWatch

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Volkswagen AG launched a U.S. subsidiary Tuesday designed to oversee $2 billion in investments to promote zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars, a commitment the German auto giant made in the wake of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for several years. Dubbed Electrify America LLC, the organization is an attempt to show a renewed commitment to clean vehicles by pouring…

F1’s "spectacular" 2017 cars have banished ugly noses – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Formula 1’s 2017 cars have delivered on the looks front, with leading figures insisting there is no repeat of rule errors like that which opened the door for ugly noses a few years ago. As well as the changes coming for this year being aimed at making cars faster, some of the tweaks were aimed at making F1 cars look more aggressive again. It came against the backdrop…

How South Korea Plans To Put Driverless Cars On The Road By 2020 – Forbes

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The race is heating up to launch self-driving cars worldwide, and Asia is off with a jolt as some 10 million driverless cars are predicted to hit the roads by 2020. China has piloted a self-driving bus, while Tokyo is laying the foundation for driverless vehicles in time for the 2020 Olympic Games. South Korea has been in the slow lane, but thanks to some government moves and a push…