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Sleek And Spooky: The 10 Best Classic Halloween Movie Cars – Forbes

Friday, October 27, 2017

Arguably one of the scariest cars in film history is this murderous 1958 Plymouth Fury from ‘Christine.’ And you thought your car had a mind of its own sometimes.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) It’s been a long time since we’ve driven a truly scary car. The 1985 Yugo immediately comes to mind, a sputtering claptrap of a vehicle that even when new felt old and worn and had the mechanical life…

BMW creates whole new SUV line with X2 – USA TODAY

Friday, October 27, 2017

The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise sans helmet — all of the thrills with none of the danger — according to BMW. Video provided by AFP Newslook

Volkswagen beats forecasts in third-quarter earnings – The Independent

Friday, October 27, 2017

Volkswagen lifted its profit target for the year on Friday after cost cuts at its core autos division helped it outstrip third-quarter earnings forecasts. The world’s largest carmaker is spending billions of euros to reposition itself two years after a diesel emissions scandal, focusing on electrification of its mass-market and luxury brands while developing what it calls “digital mobility services” for those who do not want to own a vehicle. “Earnings…

Facebook’s Marketplace Partners With Auto Dealers To Boost Used Car Sales – Forbes

Friday, October 27, 2017

Courtesy of Facebook A preview of Facebook’s Marketplace tab with new auto-focused features. Facebook is making a push to expand the sale of used cars on its e-commerce tab, Marketplace. The company announced on Thursday that it is partnering with a handful of auto dealers such as Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global and Socialdealer to expand the selection of vehicles available to U.S. shoppers on Marketplace over the coming weeks….

To Let Self-Driving Cars Go Anywhere, Train Them Everywhere – WIRED

Friday, October 27, 2017

For a moment there, Arizona was the place for autonomous vehicles learning to drive. It’s a logical starting point for experimental tech—still in its wobbly, Bambi legs stage—that likes warm weather, little rain, and wide open roads. It’s easier for their complicated sensors to “see” there, you see. Arizona is, in other words, a lot like California, without the aggressive Department of Motor Vehicles and its pesky regulations. Governor Doug…

Wall Street loves electric cars, America loves trucks – Reuters

Friday, October 27, 2017

DETROIT (Reuters) – Wall Street may love the shares of Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla Inc, but Americans love big, fuel-thirsty trucks like Ford Motor Co’s bestselling F-Series pickups and are paying ever higher prices to buy them. The auto industry is at a crossroads, with the future of legacy automakers like Ford, General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV uncertain as governments float proposals to ban internal combustion…

Japan’s automakers tuning up to rekindle youthful passion for cars – Reuters

Friday, October 27, 2017

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – By day, the Daikoku Parking Area hums with transport trucks en route to and from the Port of Yokohama. On weekend evenings, it transforms into a revved-up runway of tuned-up Japanese cars. The unassuming rest stop is famous to car enthusiasts as a temple of the country’s motor culture, but it also illustrates a “youth” problem that auto companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan…

Subaru Let Uncertified Workers Inspect Cars, Source Says – Bloomberg

Friday, October 27, 2017

Subaru Corp. allowed uncertified workers to inspect vehicles before shipment, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, the latest scandal to hit Japanese manufacturers after a similar issue was found at Nissan Motor Co. An internal investigation found that workers training to be certified were involved in inspections at Subaru’s main factory complex in Gunma prefecture, the person said, asking not to be identified because the information is…

Japan’s automakers tuning up to rekindle youthful passion for cars – Reuters

Friday, October 27, 2017

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – By day, the Daikoku Parking Area hums with transport trucks en route to and from the Port of Yokohama. On weekend evenings, it transforms into a revved-up runway of tuned-up Japanese cars. The unassuming rest stop is famous to car enthusiasts as a temple of the country’s motor culture, but it also illustrates a “youth” problem that auto companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan…

Waymos’s self-driving cars are headed to the cradle of the US auto industry – The Verge

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Waymo is bringing its fleet of self-driving cars to Detroit, a city steeped in car history. The Alphabet unit announced today that it would begin testing its autonomous vehicles in Michigan just in time for an icy winter. The goal would appear to be twofold: teach self-driving cars how to handle slippery, unplowed roads; and thumb their nose at the legacy automakers who are scrambling to keep up to Alphabet’s…

Japan’s automakers tuning up to rekindle youthful passion for cars – Reuters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – By day, the Daikoku Parking Area hums with transport trucks en route to and from the Port of Yokohama. On weekend evenings, it transforms into a revved-up runway of tuned-up Japanese cars. The unassuming rest stop is famous to car enthusiasts as a temple of the country’s motor culture, but it also illustrates a “youth” problem that auto companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan…

Japan’s automakers tuning up to rekindle youthful passion for cars – Reuters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – By day, the Daikoku Parking Area hums with transport trucks en route to and from the Port of Yokohama. On weekend evenings, it transforms into a revved-up runway of tuned-up Japanese cars. The unassuming rest stop is famous to car enthusiasts as a temple of the country’s motor culture, but it also illustrates a “youth” problem that auto companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan…

You can’t buy a self-driving BMW until 2021 (and that’s a good thing) – Engadget

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The varying degrees of autonomous vehicles the automaker is set to drop in 2021 are nothing new. BMW announced those plans way back in March. But at the briefing, Dr. Klaus Buettner, BMW’s head of the autonomous group, explained why it wasn’t rushing Level 3 vehicles onto the road and how important its partners Intel, Mobileye, Delphi and a host of tier-one suppliers are to making that dream a reality….

As electric vehicles make a move to the mainstream, utilities are … – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 26, 2017

In a move highlighting the growing importance of electric charging stations to utilities, Italian power giant Enel has bought a small, fast-growing California developer of charging stations and power management software. Through its EnerNOC subsidiary, Enel acquired San Carlos, Calif.-based Electric Motor Werks for an undisclosed amount, in a transaction that could be a harbinger of things to come for a new generation of grid storage and power management software…

California cars are running on restaurant grease – The Denver Post

Thursday, October 26, 2017

By Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla’s car factory in Fremont. Seven years after the Golden State began offering credits to producers of low-carbon fuels, cities and companies across California are using diesel brewed from fats and oils to fuel everything from fire trucks to United Parcel Service delivery vehicles. Now, the value of the credits…

Nissan wants its electric cars to ‘sing’ so that you’ll hear them coming – The Verge

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nissan unveiled a new electric concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show today called the IMx, and it’s relatively standard fare as far as these types of futuristic car announcements go. It’s a crossover SUV with a sparse interior that lets giant OLED displays splash and clash with wood grain details. It promises a dreamy 600 kilometer (372 miles) of range without shorting the theoretical driver on power — it’s…

BMW’s smallest crossover yet: The X2 | Ars Technica – Ars Technica

Thursday, October 26, 2017

reader comments 55 You used to know where you were with BMW. It made dependable, fun-to-drive sedans, with the occasional foray into GT cars like the 6 and 8 Series. But then the car buying public went mad, and everyone decided they really wanted a wagon. But they wouldn’t buy actual wagons, apparently because of the association with mom’s station wagon from the ’70s. And they wouldn’t buy hatchbacks, either, because those…

As electric vehicles make a move to the mainstream, utilities are taking notice – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 26, 2017

In a move highlighting the growing importance of electric charging stations to utilities, Italian power giant Enel has bought a small, fast-growing California developer of charging stations and power management software. Through its EnerNOC subsidiary, Enel acquired San Carlos, Calif.-based Electric Motor Werks for an undisclosed amount, in a transaction that could be a harbinger of things to come for a new generation of grid storage and power management software…

BMW to make limited self-driving available in 2021 – CNET

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Given the sophistication of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance in recent BMW cars, such as the M760i, you would think the company is well on its way to fully self-driving cars. During a presentation on its self-driving timeline, however, Klaus Büttner, BMW’s vice president of autonomous driving, emphasized a more cautious approach. Enlarge Image BMW is currently testing self-driving cars on public roads, using the brand Personal CoPilot for…

Car2go: Smart cars are out, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are in – Seattle Times

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

All those little car2go Smart cars that you see around Seattle? By the end of the year they’ll be gone. Car2go, the car-sharing company owned by Daimler, is replacing all the Smart cars in its Seattle fleet with Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company has slowly been upgrading its fleet of smartphone-accessed rental cars, replacing the two-passenger Smart cars with five-passenger Mercedes vehicles. The company will offer Mercedes four-door coupes and small…