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German Police Raid Audi Offices, Escalating Volkswagen Diesel Inquiry – New York Times

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Trump’s plan to roll back Obama’s fuel economy rules for cars, explained – Vox

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bit by bit, President Trump is starting to rewrite the multitude of policies the Obama administration put in place to fight global warming. Today’s target is a big one: the fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks. In 2011, the Obama administration began crafting sweeping new rules that would steadily increase the efficiency of US passenger vehicles through 2025. By the final year, the Environmental Protection Agency expects new…

Swedish student startup gets deal to build electric cars – ABC News

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A group of Swedish university students that raised 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens. The two sides said Wednesday that they were starting a partnership that will see them create 50,000 lightweight city cars annually starting next year. The twin-seat vehicles, called L7e, have 15kW engines with a maximum speed of 130 kilometers…

How Many Cars Does the Average American Own? – Cars.com News

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CARS.COM — You’ve heard the Notorious B.I.G.-espoused philosophy of “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” Well, researchers at the far-less-notorious UMTRI — the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute — recently released a study spanning from 1984 to 2015 showing instead, “fewer cars, less driving.” Related: Trillions of Miles! U.S. Sets Driving Record in 2015 The ongoing study by university researcher Michael Sivak, now in its ninth…

Fiat Chrysler merger looming? – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share VIDEO PLAYLIST: MONEY MATTERS7 celebrities who will inspire you to spend wisely | 1:32 Actor Terry Crews, originally from Flint, went viral after a wallet photo of him inspired a student to save cash, Detroit Free Press CLOSE x Embed x Share VIDEO PLAYLIST: MONEY MATTERSGiving up $5 habits to save money | 2:03 Low-income families in Detroit get tips from a banker on how…

2017 BMW 540i Is Faster and Smarter Than Ever – The Drive

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Even this 540i raised a conundrum of modern luxury cars: Once you get used to some optional feature, it’s no longer a an expensive trifle, but something you can’t live without. Just about any enthusiast will defend the $3,200 Dynamic Handling Package, along with the $2,600 M Sport Package, because they deliver concrete performance gains. Dynamic Handling features include adjustable adaptive dampers and active anti-roll bars; the latter now fully…

Volkswagen’s latest car looks like an Audi – The Verge

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Behold the Volkswagen Arteon, ostensibly an upgrade over the staid Passat — but let’s be honest, a Passat has never looked this sharp and dashing. To my eyes, this new sporty sedan from VW shares more heritage with Audi’s A5 Sportback (or its edgy R series) than Volkswagen’s own lineup. Bearing the R-Line branding to signify its sportier aspirations, the Arteon is presented as a gran turismo that combines performance…

Volkswagen CEO: US remains ‘core market’ – USA TODAY

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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The Cheapest And Costliest Cars And Trucks To Maintain And Repair – Forbes

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To determine the “true” cost of owning a given car or truck, one has to look beyond the transaction price and consider long-term ownership expenditures including a vehicle’s depreciation, fuel economy, and insurance premiums. Usually far more difficult to research and compare are the annual costs of maintenance and repairs, the differences in which can add up to several thousand dollars over a five-year ownership cycle, depending on the make and…

Volkswagen Leaves Door Open to Merger With Fiat Chrysler – Fortune

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Volkswagen left the door open to a potential tie-up with Fiat Chrysler or another rival on Tuesday, as a drop in operating profit at its biggest car brand showed the challenges it still faces 18 months on from its emissions scandal. The German company is likely to see heightened competition in Europe after Peugeot maker PSA Group agreed this month to buy General Motors’ Opel business to create a stronger…

Volkswagen’s latest car looks like an Audi – The Verge

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Behold the Volkswagen Arteon, ostensibly an upgrade over the staid Passat — but let’s be honest, a Passat has never looked this sharp and dashing. To my eyes, this new sporty sedan from VW shares more heritage with Audi’s A5 Sportback (or its edgy R series) than Volkswagen’s own lineup. Bearing the R-Line branding to signify its sportier aspirations, the Arteon is presented as a gran turismo that combines performance…

Volkswagen CEO: US remains ‘core market’ – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Diesel Car Sales Slow Somewhat In Germany Following Talk Of Potential City Bans – CleanTechnica

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Policy & Politics Published on March 14th, 2017 | by James Ayre 0 March 14th, 2017 by James Ayre  As speculated in the comments section of our article on Stuttgart’s decision to begin selectively banning diesel cars from the city during times of high air pollution, diesel car sales in the region…

The Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best – Ultimate Classic Rock

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Even though the above gallery of the Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best traces a supernova career, they started out on a much smaller scale. Singers Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr met while knocking around the Cleveland area, and eventually worked in a series of bands with names like the Grasshoppers, Milkwood, Richard and the Rabbits and Cap’n Swing. In time, and after a move to Massachusetts, the Cars began…

Volkswagen’s latest car looks like an Audi – The Verge

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Behold the Volkswagen Arteon, ostensibly an upgrade over the staid Passat — but let’s be honest, a Passat has never looked this sharp and dashing. To my eyes, this new sporty sedan from VW shares more heritage with Audi’s A5 Sportback (or its edgy R series) than Volkswagen’s own lineup. Bearing the R-Line branding to signify its sportier aspirations, the Arteon is presented as a gran turismo that combines performance…

Volkswagen reportedly open to Fiat Chrysler merger talks – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Matthias Mueller, chairman of German automaker Volkswagen attends the company’s annual press conference to present its financial results for 2016 at the company headquarters in Wolfsburg on March 14, 2017.(Photo: ODD ANDERSEN, AFP/Getty Images) Volkswagen Group reportedly opened the door to a possible merger with rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, setting the stage for a potentially seismic shakeup in the global automotive industry. Volkswagen global CEO Matthias Mueller told reporters in…

Volkswagen CEO: US remains ‘core market’ – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Up to 35 cars crash on Kennedy Expressway late Monday – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seven people were injured, one critically, in two crashes late Monday that involved about 35 cars on the southbound express lanes of the Kennedy Expressway near Division Street, officials said.  The crash was first reported about 10:15 p.m. Troopers said there were two separate crashes caused by the weather that involved a total of 35 vehicles. Earlier, troopers had estimated that 15 to 30 vehicles had crashed.  The damage to…

Multiple cars involved in crash on Kennedy Expressway – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seven people were injured, one critically, in two crashes late Monday that involved about 35 cars on the southbound express lanes of the Kennedy Expressway near Division Street, officials said.  The crash was first reported about 10:15 p.m. Troopers said there were two separate crashes caused by the weather that involved a total of 35 vehicles. Earlier, troopers had estimated that anywhere from 15 to 30 vehicles had been involved…

Why Ford Sees a Future With Fewer Cars and More Questions – Barron’s

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It’s not often that you hear a car company talking about reducing the number of vehicles on the road, but Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor, acknowledged on Monday that things need to change in the automotive industry. Ford was interviewed Monday morning at a South by Southwest event in Austin, Tex. He addressed big-picture issues facing car companies, consumers, and government as the industry makes a transition…