Car electronics

Ford turns Amazon Alexa into a driver assistant – CNET

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Enlarge Image This year, Ford will integrate Amazon’s Alexa with its Sync 3 infotainment system, letting drivers search for destinations and access other services. Photo by Wayne Cunningham/CNET Roadshow Where many automakers integrate Google for online destination search, Ford announced at CES that it will use Amazon‘s Alexa service. In addition to letting drivers ask Alexa to find destinations from their cars, the integration supports a host of other services,…

US Auto Sales Set Annual Record – Wall Street Journal

Thursday, January 05, 2017

U.S. light-vehicle sales hit a second consecutive annual high, aided by a fourth-quarter surge in demand that exceeded expectations and bolstered the outlook for an industry that has been a key engine for economic growth. Such gains, however, are coming with a steep price tag. December’s sales pace, one of the strongest monthly performances in the industry’s history, was fueled by discounts of $3,542 per vehicle on average, according…

Record 2016 for US Auto Industry; Long Road Back May Be at End – New York Times

Thursday, January 05, 2017

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Dodge – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, January 02, 2017

The biggest changes coming to Dodge in 2017 are some new trims for old models and the end of the run for the bottom and top of the lineup. Production of the Dart ended in September, though dealers still have thousands of the slow-selling compact sedans to sell. On the other end of the performance brand’s power spectrum, production of the Viper sports coupe is scheduled to end at the…

49ers announce firings of coach Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke – ESPN

Monday, January 02, 2017

3:38 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers made it official Sunday night that coach Chip Kelly has been relieved of his duties — in addition to general manager Trent Baalke losing his job with the team. Baalke had confirmed to a local radio station Sunday morning that he had been fired Friday, while Kelly said after the 49ers’…

Source: Payton talking future with Saints GM – ESPN

Monday, January 02, 2017

1:36 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment ATLANTA — Sean Payton met with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis to discuss his coaching future following Sunday’s season finale, a source told ESPN. Those talks are expected to continue into the week, as the Saints try to determine whether Payton will keep coaching in New Orleans or Loomis will be willing to explore a trade with…

2017 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Test Drive And Review: My Next Mazda? – Forbes

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Full disclosure: I own two Mazda vehicles. One is a 2012 Mazda3 5-door that my wife drives to work every day; and the other is a 2014 CX-5 crossover vehicle. That puts me in a weird position to review the 2017 Mazda3. I’m at once very familiar with the platform, and also a little bit on the defensive – why did I buy not one but two vehicles of the…

49ers still plan GM search, possible coaching change after York family meeting – CBSSports.com

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The 49ers have been planning an organizational transition for weeks, as previously reported, and still intend to begin that process with the search for a new general manager, according to league sources. A new GM would then have the green light to remove coach Chip Kelly, sources said. Given the team’s brutal season and Kelly’s failure to duplicate his college offense in the NFL, there is a strong expectation that…

Bask In The Irresistible Adorableness Of The Fiat PanDAKAR – Jalopnik

Sunday, January 01, 2017

GIF via Twisted Wrench Scrutineering for the grueling Dakar Rally is on now before teams set off on Jan. 2. With it each year comes some incredible machinery, including not only the insane Kamazes that are as big as a house, but also James May’s small car of choice: a Fiat Panda. Advertisement Fiat started entering its Panda Cross in the Dakar Rally 10 years ago, according to Red Bull….

Appeals Court Rules for Auto Dealer in General Motors Sales Target Lawsuit – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of a New York Chevrolet dealer who fought General Motors’ attempt to terminate his franchise over subpar sales, a ruling that could alter how auto makers hold dealerships accountable for sales performance. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said GM’s method for assessing the sales of Beck Chevrolet, in Yonkers, N.Y., violated New York’s franchise laws. GM unfairly relied on…

US Auto Makers Move to Adapt as Low Fuel Prices Drive Consumers Away From Smaller Cars – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Solid December sales are expected to nudge 2016 to a second straight record for the U.S. light-vehicle market, but factory workers in towns such as Lordstown, Ohio, aren’t dancing in the streets. Demand for small and midsize passenger cars has collapsed amid a sustained run of cheap fuel, pushing buyers to gravitate toward sport utilities, crossover wagons and pickups. While selling an increasing amount of pricey light trucks is good for…

Auto sales expected to match last year’s record, but may be plateauing – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Growth and vitality: For seven years, that has been the central story for the U.S. auto industry. That story’s coming to an end — the growth part, anyway. Final numbers are due Jan. 3, but 2016 figures for unit sales of light motor vehicles are expected to come in right around last year’s total of 17.43 million — maybe a bit lower, maybe a bit higher, but not much either…

Appeals Court Rules for NY Auto Dealer in General Motors Sales Target Lawsuit – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of a New York Chevrolet dealer who fought General Motors’ attempt to terminate his franchise over subpar sales, a ruling that could alter how auto makers hold dealerships accountable for sales performance. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said GM’s method for assessing the sales of Beck Chevrolet, in Yonkers, N.Y., violated New York’s franchise laws. GM unfairly relied on…

GM reportedly sent the first ‘trainload’ of Chevy Bolt EVs to California before the end of the year – Electrek

Saturday, December 31, 2016

After delivering the first few Chevy Bolt EVs two weeks ago, only a handful more units have been making their way to customers in California, but GM has now reportedly shipped the all-electric car in volume for the first time with a ‘trainload’. Hybridcars reported today: “Today and tomorrow they are arriving “in volume” and reportedly a trainload of Bolts sent to the San Francisco Bay Area depot in Milpitas…

Ford to unveil its next-generation self-driving car – USA TODAY

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ford is moving ahead in the development of self-driving cars, like this one(Photo: Ford) DETROIT — Ford will debut an upgraded version of its self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, the giant trade exposition for the electronics industry. Increasingly, CES has become a showcase for automakers wanting to unveil their latest in self-driving car technology as well as infortainment systems and…

Can Honda make the minivan cool? – MarketWatch

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Honda’s onslaught of new products will continue in January with the debut of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan at the Detroit auto show. The fifth-generation Odyssey that will make its debut in Detroit promises redesigned styling, powertrain updates and undisclosed “innovative features” — remember this is the brand that first put a shop-vac in the cargo area. The basics of the Odyssey…

Harrison Ford on Carrie Fisher: ‘She lived her life bravely’ – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, who rose to prominence for portraying Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, died Dec. 27 at age 60 . “Star Wars” costar Harrison Ford responded to the news with the following:

US regulators open investigation on 2009-2011 Ford Fusion – CNBC

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

U.S. safety regulators are investigating Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2009 to 2011 model years for brakes that may fail in certain conditions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday. There have been three reported crashes related to this issue, but no injuries, NHTSA and Ford officials said. The probe was opened on Dec. 20 and involves one of Ford’s most popular models, the Fusion….

Auto Sales Could Set A Record For 2016 After All – Forbes

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

There’s probably a first-quarter hangover right around the corner, but it looks like 2016 U.S. auto sales may set a new record after all, by the thinnest of margins. U.S. automakers will report sales for December 2016 and for the full year of 2016 on Wednesday, Jan. 4. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said in their latest jointly developed December auto sales forecast they expect 2016 sales to beat last…

Michigan’s auto plants seek bright future amid change – Detroit Free Press

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks roll off the line in August 2015 for the first time in the U.S. Production of the trucks at Ohio Assembly Plant, previously built in Mexico, helps secure more than 1,000 hourly UAW jobs and a $168 million plant investment in the United States.(Photo: Sam VarnHagen, Ford Motor Company) The auto show returns to downtown Detroit next month with new models wrapped in shiny new…