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Qualcomm shows off wireless charging for electric vehicles – Reuters

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it had demonstrated how electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly while driving, a technology some believe will help accelerate the adoption of self-driving cars. The smartphone chipmaker said a so-called “dynamic charging” test took place on a test track in Versailles, France. It used two Renault Kangoo vehicles driving over embedded pads in the road that transferred a charge to the cars’ batteries…

Auto Makers Settle Takata Air-Bag Claims for $553 Million – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Several auto makers agreed to pay more than $550 million to resolve claims stemming from rupture-prone Takata Corp. 7312 -1.50% air bags, the latest legal settlement in a long-running safety crisis linked to numerous deaths and injuries. Toyota Motor Corp. TM 1.02% , Subaru Corp. FUJHY 0.50% , Mazda Motor Corp. 7261 -2.23% and BMW AG BMW -1.43% reached a collective $553 million settlement with current and former owners and…

General Motors Will Stop Selling Cars in India – Fox Business

Thursday, May 18, 2017

General Motors said it will stop selling vehicles in India, the latest retrenching by the U.S. auto maker as it redirects investment in future technology and bolsters its presence in more-lucrative markets where it has a leadership position.  Continue Reading Below Once the world’s biggest car company in terms of sales, GM has been retreating from several major and unprofitable markets under Chief Executive Mary Barra. In doing so,…

5 electric cars giving supercars a run for their money – Business Insider – Business Insider

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rimac Tesla has made a name for itself as an electric carmaker that doesn’t compromise on speed. In February, the Model S with the 100 kWh battery reached 60 mph in just under 2.3 seconds (2.275507139 seconds, to be exact) while operating in Ludicrous mode. It was enough to beat a Porsche 911 Turbo S. But Tesla isn’t the only one trying to push speed boundaries with its electric vehicles….

Consumer advocates urge investigation of mystery BMW fires – ABC … – ABC News

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Officials from two leading auto safety organizations are calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency tasked with investigating potential defects, to investigate a series of fires in parked BMWs following an ABC News report last week. Meanwhile, several new consumer complaints from BMW owners reporting similar incidents have appeared in NHTSA’s database and on BMW owners’ blogs in the past several days. Calling the 43…

Swedish police successfully test electric cars – ABC News

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Swedish police say their testing of nine electric cars has sparked “positive reactions,” saying units that operated the vehicles will continue to use them. Henrik Langmark of Sweden’s National Police says there were “a few reservations” about the range of the cars, adding they were most useful in urban traffic. All the tested electric vehicles were used for shorter distances like shuttling to meetings or taking people to detention or…

Why are US auto sales suddenly slipping into reverse? – CBS News

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

When news leaked out Tuesday that Ford Motor (F) would cut 10 percent of its salaried workers, it underscored how the auto industry’s strong sales are slipping after years of consecutive growth since the Great Recession.  In April, the industry reported a 4.7 percent sales drop, according to industry tracker Autodata. General Motors (GM), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) and Ford showed declines of 7 percent or more in sales. Japanese car…

BMW Upset With ABC News for Reporting Their Cars Randomly Explode – The Drive

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

After a bombshell report by ABC News last week uncovered over 40 instances of parked BMWs spontaneously bursting into flames since 2012, the company is on the defensive. Or rather, offensive. According to Automotive News, BMW of North America called the story “sensationalistic” and went on to say “With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are extremely rare.” In all of these instances, the…

BMW’s British staff suspend strikes in ‘pensions robbery’ row –

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Workers at BMW’s plants in Britain have suspended strikes over plans to make changes to their pensions after the company offered staff a new deal. Up to 3,500 workers at the company’s UK plants have been staging 24-hour walk-outs over the German car giant’s plans to close the final-salary pension scheme. A total of eight strikes were planned over April and May, with four having already taken place, bringing production…

Auto sales are slowing, and upheaval is next – CNNMoney

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The U.S. auto boom that fueled record sales and profits is winding down. Next up: A radical transformation that could threaten the survival of some automakers. “The auto industry is changing more today than it has in the past 50 years,” General Motors CEO Mary Barra has said publicly — more than once. ‘; for (i = 0; i 4) { afterParagraphFour = true; } currentParagraph = storytext.childNodes[i]; heights +=…

Audi and Volvo go all-in on Android – Engadget

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Since Nougat, Google has been pushing Android as a “turnkey” platform that car makers can use on their cars in the same way phone manufacturers do. This news is tied in to the fact that Google has its developer conference coming up, and needs to hook developers on for the ride. We’ve already seen this in action, Google was demoing a Maserati that was running Android at last year’s I/O….

Two more die from injuries sustained in auto auction crash –

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Two more people died this week from injuries sustained when an SUV sped into a crowd of people at an auto auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, north of Boston. The deaths were confirmed by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. A total of five people died and at least five others were injured. Those killed ranged in age from 36 to 55. A family member of one of those killed was not…

5th victim of auto auction crash dies – WCVB Boston

Sunday, May 14, 2017

BILLERICA, Mass. — A fifth person has died of injuries sustained in the horrific crash at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, officials said. Ruben Espaillat, 55, of Methuen, died Saturday of injuries sustained in the May 3 crash, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Several people were hit when a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee apparently lurched out of control and crashed through a wall. The 76-year-old man who…

Porsche and Audi Recalls: Growing Concern Over Gas Leaks – Forbes

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images By Christopher Jensen A concern over gas leaks has prompted the recall of 241,000 Audi and 51,000 Porsche models in the United States, according to reports posted Friday on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Audi action is an expansion of a recall last October of 143,000 models for the same problem. The automaker said it concluded the new recall was…

Acura makeover returns brand to its roots – The Detroit News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Buy Photo With a new look derived from the Precision convept, the TLX A-Spec signals Acura’s return to making sporty cars.(Photo: Henry Payne / The Detroit News)Buy Photo Louisville, Kentucky – Acura is going back to the future. To jumpstart stalled sales, Honda’s luxury brand is defying the trend toward robotic cars and returning to the sporty, driver-focused image that inspired Acura’s birth three decades ago. That strategy includes the…

Elon Musk unveils a 125 mph electric sled to fast-track cars through tunnels – CBS News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Whether it’s slick marketing or the way we’ll all be traveling in the future, the idea for Elon Musk’s new, 125-mile-per-hour electric sled appeared to take hold last year when Musk lost patience with car traffic.  “Traffic is driving me nuts,” he tweeted in December, 2016. “Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” With that, the so-called Boring Company was born, another addition to Musk’s ever-growing…

2018 BMW 2 Series: New peepers and other subtle adjustments – CNET

Friday, May 12, 2017

Some mid-cycle facelifts are easy to spot, while others require a serious eye for detail. If you’re not a Bimmerphile, the 2018 BMW 2 Series likely falls into the latter category. In terms of aesthetic updates, the main feature is a new set of peepers. Now, the 2 Series gains bi-LED headlights as standard equipment across the entire range, although an adaptive LED setup remains optional. The new headlights feature…