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The Mazda CX-3 is the cutest ‘cute-ute’ — and the perfect first car – Business Insider

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Matthew DeBord/BI We call ’em “cute utes,” and they’re increasingly all the rage. What are they? Subcompact crossover SUVs, the 21st-century version of the “econo-boxes” of the late 20th century — minus the box, but with lots of econo. They’re also fairly adorable, wittle smushed-down SUVs that don’t resemble that 1990s hatchback, which screamed “college student” or “first job.” Hence the cute before ute. We may be looking at a…

GM: you won’t buy self-driving cars at dealerships for a while – Engadget

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Much of it has to do with pure geography, he explains. It’s relatively easy to have self-driving cars navigate the relatively small and orderly world of a city, but it’s another for them to venture across the country. They’d have to consider a much larger area with varying terrain and weather conditions. We’d add that varying signs and rules of the road could complicate matters. And there’s the question of…

Deadline Nears in Fiat Chrysler’s Canadian Labor Talks – Wall Street Journal

Monday, October 10, 2016

The union representing 9,750 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV workers in Canada threatened to walk off the job should the Italian-U.S. auto maker fail to match the contract terms granted by General Motors Co. last month, according to the head of the union representing Canadian auto workers. Unifor President Jerry Dias said in an interview on Monday that Fiat Chrysler has said it won’t adopt the pattern set by Unifor’s contract with GM….

Fiat Chrysler targets kids though social media to sell minivan – Reuters

Monday, October 10, 2016

DETROIT Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which popularized the minivan three decades ago and remains its top seller, is seeking to stay on top with a social media campaign targeting its new Chrysler Pacifica model directly at the people squabbling in the backseats – American kids. Minivans may be not be sexy to moms and dads and indeed market share of the segment has fallen in the United States in recent years,…

GM’s president explains why buying a self-driving car at a dealership is still a long way off – Business Insider

Monday, October 10, 2016

REUTERS/Joshua Lott If you’re already dreaming of a world where you can head to a dealership to buy a self-driving car, keep dreaming. According to GM’s president, that’s still a long way in the future.  Dan Ammann, who’s been president of General Motors since 2014, says self-driving cars are on the horizon — less than 10 years away — but it’ll be a lot longer before they’re in the driveways…

Unifor makes final strike preparations at FCA plants – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, October 10, 2016

About 9,750 unionized employees at three Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants in Ontario are set to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday if a new collective bargaining agreement can’t be reached. “Talks with FCA [are] ongoing. Employer still resisting pattern agreement,” Unifor Local 444, which represents workers at FCA’s Windsor assembly plant, tweeted early this morning. It also said the master bargaining committee is working to get a…

Spy photos capture Google’s self-driving Chrysler minivans – Engadget

Monday, October 10, 2016

While a minivan may not be the self-driving vehicle of your dreams, Google said in May that it “gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.” Judging by the photos, it has also developed a roof-mounted sensor pack, including radar, lidar and cameras that protrudes less, and some kind of bumper-mounted device….

Trying to Disrupt the Auto Industry With The Onion’s Help – New York Times

Monday, October 10, 2016

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The Value of Nothing: Rethinking the Auto Industry – The Big Picture – Motor Trend

Monday, October 10, 2016

No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Think about this for a second: Uber is worth more than General Motors. That’s right, a company that makes nothing, owns nothing, and has yet to turn a profit is, according to the arcane math of the financial mavens who deal in such ephemera, worth close to $70 billion. GM, which last year manufactured and sold a record 9.8 million cars…

Fiat Chrysler’s Big Pickup Discounts Could Be a Big Problem for General Motors – Motley Fool

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sales of FCA’s Ram pickups soared last month thanks to big discounts. Image source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) said this week that sales of its Ram pickup trucks soared last month, up 29% from a year ago. That gain came in a month in which most automakers saw sales drop year over year. FCA’s overall sales were down 1%, so it’s not like people were suddenly flocking…

Trying to Disrupt the Auto Industry With The Onion’s Help – New York Times

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Photo Elio Motors, which makes a car with three wheels, went to The Onion’s agency for its latest campaign. PAUL ELIO, the innovative engineer behind the commercial three-wheel car, had only a vague sense of what he wanted from his namesake company’s latest major advertising campaign. He did know, he said, that he wanted it to be laugh-out-loud funny. His model: the popular Kmart ad from 2013 portraying customers gleefully…

Can German auto regulators usher in the zero-emissions age? – Christian Science Monitor

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The internal combustion engine, which powered the world’s automobile boom, could soon be a relic of the past – at least in Germany. The country’s federal council, or Bundesrat, has resolved to ban all gas and diesel-powered cars by 2030. According to the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, “only zero-emission passenger vehicles will be approved” for use after that time. By enacting such a ban, Germany could herald a new…

Fiat Chrysler’s Big Pickup Discounts Could Be a Big Problem for General Motors – Motley Fool

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sales of FCA’s Ram pickups soared last month thanks to big discounts. Image source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) said this week that sales of its Ram pickup trucks soared last month, up 29% from a year ago. That gain came in a month in which most automakers saw sales drop year over year. FCA’s overall sales were down 1%, so it’s not like people were suddenly flocking…

Toyota positions Prius Prime as a value play – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Sunday, October 09, 2016

OJAI, Calif. — To fully understand the selling points of the new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, pull out a calculator. With just 25 miles of electric-only range, the newest member of the Prius family isn’t going to let you play EV enthusiast for very long. Its closest competitor on the market today, the Chevrolet Volt, has enough range to let your imagination run more than twice as far, 53 clicks…

Toyota’s pint-size travel buddy – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Saturday, October 08, 2016

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. has long tried to pitch its vehicles as “irreplaceable companions.” But in this age of artificial intelligence, the company is taking the man-machine relationship to a new level. Enter Toyota’s newest companion: the palm-sized Kirobo Mini robot. The 4-inch-tall black-and-white talking cherub, complete with cutesy yellow eyes, red boots and a Toyota logo emblazoned on its chest, takes its name from the Japanese words for…

Auto review: An impressive debut for Mirai – Post-Bulletin

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Unlike other electric motor cars, the Mirai refuels fast. You pull into a hydrogen filling station, just as you would a gasoline car, and pump and you are back to a full tank of fuel in about five minutes.

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

Should GM and Ford Investors Worry About Declining Auto Sales? – Motley Fool

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The U.S. auto industry posted another year-over-year sales decline last month. Total industry sales slipped 0.5% to 1.44 million units. That translates to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.76 million vehicles, according to Autodata. Not surprisingly, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F) both reported that sales were lower year over year in September. However, the sales pace remains red-hot by historical standards. Moreover, despite an uptick in incentives,…