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GM Near Deal to Sell Opel to Peugeot Maker, PSA – New York Times

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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Class C-2: Howells-Dodge captures first girls basketball state championship – Omaha World-Herald

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Diller-Odell’s Madison Jurgens, center, tries to shoot under pressure from Howells-Dodge’s Samantha Brester, left, Erin Prusa and Chelsea Bayer, right.

Honda bets on WR-V, new City to rev up sales in next fiscal – Economic Times

Sunday, March 05, 2017

NEW DELHI: Japanese carmaker Honda is pinning hopes on its upcoming compact crossover WR-V and the new City sedan to rev up its India sales in the next fiscal. The company has sold a total of 1,24,114 units in the April-January period this fiscal, a decline of 23.2 per cent. “Last year we were in a run out period of previous models and now we have launched the new City…

Ford’s new room-sized 3D printer upends additive manufacturing as we know it – CNET

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Robo Recall makes the case for Oculus Touch The new full-scale game from Epic is free for Touch owners. by Dan Ackerman Like nearly every automaker, Ford is keen to figure out how 3D printing can improve its ability to develop and build new cars. Additive manufacturing holds the promise of shorter lead times, increased customization and lighter weight parts, among other efficiencies. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of blue-sky thinking…

2017 NCAA Tournament auto bids: Jacksonville State first into bracket – CBSSports.com

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Download the CBS Sports App today and get instant tournament news and alerts, plus play Bracket Games! The first fact you need to know about Jacksonville State: It’s located in Alabama, not Florida. The second fact you need to know about Jacksonville State: It is the first team in the 2017 NCAA Tournament field. The Gamecocks clinched their first Big Dance bid in program history by winning the Ohio Valley Conference…

GM CEO ‘exploring opportunities’ for Opel with Peugeot – Reuters

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON General Motors (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday the Detroit automaker is exploring opportunities with French automaker PSA Group (PEUP.PA), but declined to discuss a potential sale of its money-losing European Opel unit. At the Economic Club of Washington, Barra did not address in detail the talks with Peugeot that became public two weeks ago and refused to say when the largest U.S. automaker might decide whether…

Ford: Breakout Ahead – Seeking Alpha

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

On the fourth of August 2016, I wrote an article about the difficult environment for car manufacturers. I advised to just stick to car parts retailers. I just didn’t see any value back then. Shortly after, Ford (NYSE:F) dropped about 8%. However, Ford bottomed in November of 2016 and has rallied about 10% since then. I am now switching my view on Ford because I believe that there are a…

GM, tech firms in Illinois self-driving fight – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Champions of self-driving cars are embarking on a journey through one of the state’s most winding and hazardous passageways — the Illinois General Assembly. Recently, state legislation was introduced that seeks to regulate use of this emerging technology by imposing tighter auto safety standards on cars using automated driving systems. It argues this is best accomplished by restricting the operation of self-driving cars to companies that make their own vehicles…

BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto – TechCrunch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course). During our conversation, we touched upon quite a few topics, ranging from self-driving cars, to…

Honda Chases Silicon Valley With New Artificial-Intelligence Center … – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TOKYO—Honda Motor Co. is creating a research arm focused on artificial intelligence, an area where one of its American advisers says it risks falling behind. R&D Center X will open in Tokyo in April as a software-focused counterpart to Honda’s existing hardware-focused basic research center, which built the robot Asimo, the company said…

Exploring One Issue At Ford – Seeking Alpha

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Ford Explorer was the fifth best selling SUV in the United States last year. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) sold just under 250,000 Explorers in 2016. That makes the model Ford’s fourth best selling vehicle in the US. It is safe to say that the Explorer is important to maintaining and ultimately increasing sales in 2017. With that in mind, the recent reports of mechanical issues related to the Explorer…

GM pushing self-driving car rules that undercut competitors – nwitimes.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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New Mazda CX-5: Sleeker Styling, Sharper Steering … And A Hit With The Ladies – Forbes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The second generation takes strategic design hints from the CX-9 and Mazda3 and offers the best-looking proportions in its class. Photo by Yoshitada Moro. Back in 2012, the CX-5 was the first model in Mazda’s reborn line-up to combine the company’s two signature tag lines, Kodo design language and Skyactiv technology. Boasting some of the prettiest contours to ever come out of Japan and class-topping fun-to-drive dynamics, the compact crossover…

2016 Honda Civic Touring Update 2: Growing Pains? – Motor Trend

Thursday, February 23, 2017

No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Although we’ve enjoyed our 2016 Honda Civic Touring during our daily commute and various road trips (look for more on that in a future update), we also get to take care of our long-term loaners as if they are our own. With nearly 18,000 miles on the clock, our Civic Touring has had two scheduled service visits and one surprise visit…

Dodge Challenger Demon Gets Dedicated Drag Mode and Dampers, Might Make 815 Horsepower! [Video] – Car and Driver (blog)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Thursday means more Demon propaganda from the horsepower fetishists at Dodge. This time, it’s about the ultra Challenger’s new Drag mode and adaptive suspension. Compared with the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Demon’s adaptive Bilstein dampers are “drag tuned,” which in the racing community means they are designed to maximize load transfer to the rear axle during a hole shot by limiting rebound on the front axle. They’ll work in concert…

GM should sell Opel despite likely job cuts, analysts say – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Opel was founded by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. GM became a part-owner in 1029.(Photo: Opel) The sale of General Motors’ European division would be good for the Detroit automaker and give French automaker PSA Group greater market share, but it is likely to lead to thousands of job cuts in Britain and Germany. The Detroit automaker’s decision to put its money-losing European division up for sale has caused alarm…

Head of US Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The U.S. head of Honda is retiring to make gin and vodka with his sons. John Mendel, 62, executive vice president for the Japanese carmaker at American Honda Motor Co. in Torrance, told a group of dealers Monday night that he’s retiring. He goes out on a high note: Honda sales in the U.S. last year were up 3.2% to 1.64 million vehicles. The highly regarded Mendel joined Honda in 2004…

Toyota and Shell could build 7 hydrogen refueling stations in California – Ars Technica

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

reader comments 30 Toyota and Shell will likely build seven hydrogen refueling stations around California if the state’s Energy Commission approves a proposed $16.4 million in grants. Both Toyota and Shell see their current products—combustion-engine vehicles and gas, respectively—being phased out in the long term (think 2050). They’re diversifying now to be ready if and when the economics are more favorable for the switch. The announcement of the California stations…

Kobe Bryant’s Agent, Rob Pelinka, Reportedly Will Be New Lakers GM – Bleacher Report

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Harry How/Getty Images Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 22, 2017 The Los Angeles Lakers will be turning to a familiar face in their search for a new general manager, as Kobe Bryant‘s agent, Rob Pelinka, is reportedly set to be hired. Pelinka and the Lakers are finalizing a multiyear deal, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who added he will begin working soon. Bryant was “pushing hard” for Pelinka to become the…

Tesla’s market cap is closing in on Ford’s – CNNMoney

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tesla’s market value is poised to overtake that of 114-year old Ford. Tesla (TSLA), which reports full-year earnings Wednesday, was worth $43.8 billion Tuesday morning, while Ford (F) clocked in at $49.5 billion. So the electric automaker only needs to gain another 13% to catch Ford at its current valuation. Certainly Tesla, which is much smaller than Ford, is growing much faster. Tesla’s value has climbed 27% since the start…