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Electric cars will fuel huge demand for power, says National Grid – The Guardian

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A dramatic growth in electric vehicles on Britain’s roads could see peak electricity demand jump by more than the capacity of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by 2030, according to National Grid. The number of plug-in cars and vans could reach 9m by 2030, up from around 90,000 today, said the company, which runs the UK’s national transmission networks for electricity and gas. The impact of charging so…

German Fines 3 Volkswagen Suppliers for Alleged Collusion – New York Times

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BERLIN — Germany’s antitrust authority has fined three suppliers of Volkswagen AG a total of 9.6 million euros ($11 million) for allegedly colluding on how to pass on increasing raw material prices to the automaker. The Federal Cartel Office said Thursday it imposed fines on Elring Klinger Abschirmtechnik of Switzerland, Estamp of Spain and German firm Lydall Gerhardi. A fourth company, Carcoustics International of Germany, wasn’t fined because it helped…

Electric Cars Are the Future? Not So Fast – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Skepticism of electric cars melts a bit more with each new announcement from the likes of Tesla, which last week launched production of a mass-market vehicle, and Volvo, which days later promised to phase out gasoline-only engines by 2019. But that progress comes with two big caveats: First, it has relied on extensive public subsidies and, second, it has done little to reduce planet-warming emissions of carbon dioxide. If electric cars are ever to displace gasoline engines without…

Hot Wheels: The Most Stolen New And Used Cars – Forbes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Honda The 1997 Honda Accord was the most stolen car in the U.S. last year, with over 50,000 units from all models years taken.. Better make sure your car insurance is paid up, and consider buying that car alarm if you own a 1997 Honda accord, as it was the most stolen car in America last year, according to the annual “Hot Wheels” list compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau…

After dieselgate, Volkswagen loosens reins on empire – Reuters

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – When Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller vowed to reform the carmaker after its emissions scandal, decentralizing power from its Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany was a top priority. That commitment is now being put to the test in one of the company’s most important international projects: building a low-cost car for India. Mueller said in March he was giving the job to the group’s Czech brand Skoda, which…

Viper factory in Detroit to close after Fiat Chrysler kills supercar – USA TODAY

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE According to a report from R&T, this is the last year that Dodge Vipers (which is owned by Fiat Chrysler ) have sold out. They’re done. Newslook The 2017 Dodge Viper GTC, made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.(Photo: FCA US LLC) Fiat Chrysler will close the Detroit factory where workers made the small-volume Dodge Viper supercar by hand. The Italian-American automaker informed Michigan government officials that…

The Chevrolet Bolt Is A Great Vehicle — Why Aren’t Chevy Dealers Pushing It? – Forbes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sam Abuelsamid 2017 Chevrolet Bolt I can certainly understand the motivations that automakers have in trying to minimize the differences between traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and new electrified models. People are often averse to change, the canonical example being the introduction of new Coke. Yet over the course of the past two decades, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in society such as how we communicate in the 10 years since…

Thousands of Volkswagen owners complain about cars’ power … – Daily Mail

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thousands of Volkswagen owners have complained about their cars losing power after the firm’s garages removed the controversial technology that allowed it to cheat on strict emissions tests. The emissions scandal emerged in 2015 when it was revealed that VW had installed a so-called defeat device to make its cars appear more environmentally friendly.  The car maker has recalled 1.2million cars in the UK alone, with more than 720,000 having…

Why are US car sales falling? – BBC News – BBC.com – BBC News

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption GM, which owns Chevrolet, has seen sales dip Car sales in America – the world’s second-largest market – are stalling, but there’s debate about whether the downshift is due to normal economic cycles or a sign of bigger changes. Major firms, such as Ford, General Motors and Toyota, have reported sales dips in the first half of the year. They come after a record…

2018 BMW X3: This one avoids the immigration debate – STLtoday.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In announcing its latest crossover, BMW — right out of the chute — makes clear this SUV’s origins: “The all-new 2018 BMW X3,” reads the opening line of the official press release, “was unveiled today at BMW Plant Spartanburg, S.C., where it will be produced … “ Obviously, the folks at BMW want to make sure the first thing you know about the new X3 is it’s made…

The Chevrolet Bolt Is A Great Vehicle — Why Aren’t Chevy Dealers Pushing It? – Forbes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sam Abuelsamid 2017 Chevrolet Bolt I can certainly understand the motivations that automakers have in trying to minimize the differences between traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and new electrified models. People are often averse to change, the canonical example being the introduction of new Coke. Yet over the course of the past two decades, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in society such as how we communicate in the 10 years since…

2019 BMW 3-series Spied! – Car and Driver

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What It Is: The BMW 3-series gets completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, and these images are our clearest look yet at what we can expect from the all-new compact luxury sedan. Like its bigger 5- and 7-series stablemates, the new 3-series features large headlights that appear to merge into the brand’s classic kidney grille design. That grille will employ shutters that open and close at higher speeds in…

Volkswagen owners claim their ‘dieselgate’ cars have developed ‘life-threatening faults’ – Mirror.co.uk

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Volkswagen owners caught up in the Dieselgate scandal claim their cars have developed potentially life threatening faults. Owners told Wednesday’s BBC One Watchdog programme how their vehicles have suddenly gone into “limp mode” after having a software upgrade. Some drivers say it meant their car rapidly decelerating to 20mpg while going along. The claims echo those reported in the Mirror in April this year. We revealed how, of 37,000 owners…

Why are US car sales falling? – BBC News

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption GM, which owns Chevrolet, has seen sales dip Car sales in America – the world’s second-largest market – are stalling, but there’s debate about whether the downshift is due to normal economic cycles or a sign of bigger changes. Major firms, such as Ford, General Motors and Toyota, have reported sales dips in the first half of the year. They come after a record…

The Chevrolet Bolt Is A Great Vehicle — Why Aren’t Chevy Dealers Pushing It? – Forbes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sam Abuelsamid 2017 Chevrolet Bolt I can certainly understand the motivations that automakers have in trying to minimize the differences between traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and new electrified models. People are often averse to change, the canonical example being the introduction of new Coke. Yet over the course of the past two decades, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in society such as how we communicate in the 10 years since…

China Car Sales Bounced Back in June – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SHANGHAI—Chinese passenger-car sales bounced back in June, raising hopes that the world’s biggest auto market is gaining momentum after a tepid start to the year. Passenger-car sales—which had declined in April and May, the biggest dip in two years—were up 2.3% in June from a year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said on Tuesday. The 1.83 million vehicles sold pushed the first-half total to 11.25 million, up…

A Colorado Subaru Enthusiast Club’s Cars Are Being Stolen Left and Right – The Drive

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

If you’re a Subaru enthusiast in Colorado—or actually, maybe just anyone who lives in Colorado—lock your car and set the alarm. Charles Ohl, an administrator of the Simply Subies Colorado group, told Denver7 News that at least 10 members have reported having their pride and joy vehicles stolen during the past week, with even more thefts occurring during the past month.  Simply Subies Colorado, which counts more than 1,600 members…