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What’s hot in car tech? Audi’s new A3 – Philly.com

Friday, March 21, 2014

“GREAT THINGS in small packages” is a consumer tech mantra, with makers compacting ever more features into ever smaller designs. This goal is being applied to upscale compact cars in the U.S. market, with the 2015 Audi A3 4-door as an apt case in point. BY THE NUMBERS: Jazzing up big sister A4’s staid looks, nicely outfitted at $29,900 (plus delivery) and laden with extraordinary tech…

Auto dealers fire back at Tesla CEO: ‘This Musk guy, he wants all the profits … – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, New Jersey announced that it would begin enforcing a ban on the direct sale of automobiles by manufacturers, a change that will cripple electric-vehicle maker Tesla’s business in that state. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, responded with a fiery blog post accusing state legislators of cutting a backroom deal with traditional franchised auto retailers — retailers with which Tesla has consistently refused to do business — and playing…

Government Hitting the Brakes on Driverless Cars – OZY

Friday, March 21, 2014

picture source BMW testing driverless car beep beep, beep beep, yeah! March 20, 2014.By Ambreen Ali Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Why you should care The technology is almost there, but if you’re in the U.S., you may have to wait a while before you can get your hands on your very own “autonomous vehicle.” Imagine a day when driving to work means…

Auto dealers fire back at Tesla CEO: ‘This Musk guy, he wants all the profits … – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, New Jersey announced that it would begin enforcing a ban on the direct sale of automobiles by manufacturers, a change that will cripple electric-vehicle maker Tesla’s business in that state. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, responded with a fiery blog post accusing state legislators of cutting a backroom deal with traditional franchised auto retailers — retailers with which Tesla has consistently refused to do business — and playing…

Auto dealers fire back at Tesla CEO: ‘This Musk guy, he wants all the profits … – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, New Jersey announced that it would begin enforcing a ban on the direct sale of automobiles by manufacturers, a change that will cripple electric-vehicle maker Tesla’s business in that state. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, responded with a fiery blog post accusing state legislators of cutting a backroom deal with traditional franchised auto retailers — retailers with which Tesla has consistently refused to do business — and playing…

Auto dealers fire back at Tesla CEO: ‘This Musk guy, he wants all the profits … – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, New Jersey announced that it would begin enforcing a ban on the direct sale of automobiles by manufacturers, a change that will cripple electric-vehicle maker Tesla’s business in that state. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, responded with a fiery blog post accusing state legislators of cutting a backroom deal with traditional franchised auto retailers — retailers with which Tesla has consistently refused to do business — and playing…

2015 Acura TLX confirmed for New York debut – Autoblog (blog)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

2015 Acura TLX to Debut at the 2014 New York International Auto ShowTLX to deliver higher levels of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism with thrilling performance The production Acura TLX performance-luxury sedan will make its world debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Designed to compete in the midsize luxury segment, the 2015 Acura TLX will deliver higher levels of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism with exhilarating performance…

Why Tesla should stop fighting auto dealers – CNN

Thursday, March 20, 2014

.cnn_html_media_utility::before{color:red;content:’>>’;font-size:9px;line-height:12px;padding-right:1px} .cnnstrylccimg640{margin:0 27px 14px 0} .captionText{filter:alpha(opacity=100);opacity:1} .cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:visited,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:link,.captionText a,.captionText a:visited,.captiontext a:link{color:#004276;outline:medium none} .cnnVerticalGalleryPhoto{margin:0 auto;padding-right:68px;width:270px} ]]> Under a new law, Tesla Motors cannot sell cars directly to consumers in New Jersey effective April 1. A Google map is displayed on a screen in a Tesla Model S sedan. The Tesla Model X is unveiled at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California, in 2012. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has…

The Biggest Threat To The US Auto Industry From GM’s Recalls – Forbes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Tuesday, General Motors General Motors named a 40-year company veteran, Jeff Boyer, to a new position as vice president of global vehicle safety. He joined the automaker in 1974, when GM’s leadership of the automobile industry, both in the United States and around the world, was unrivaled. But during Boyer’s four decades at the car company, GM saw its market share take a steady slide. The automaker lost its…

Ohio auto dealers fight Tesla over sales model – Fox News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ohio auto dealers are sparring with California-based automaker Tesla, which is selling its electric cars from two Ohio storefronts. Ohio is among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. Last Tuesday, New Jersey officials approved a regulation effectively prohibiting automakers from going straight to customers. Tesla vice president Diarmuid O’Connell visited Ohio legislative leaders that same day to try…

Head-to-Head Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander versus 2014 Acura MDX – New York Daily News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

These days, a luxury experience doesn’t always come with a luxury badge. This applies to everything from cars and clothes, to hotels and restaurants. This is good news for the masses, but it also puts heat on luxury brands to build extra value into products. Otherwise, all you’re really getting is a fancy badge. So what happens when Acura gently revises the redesigned MDX crossover while Toyota…

Ten Cars People Won’t Buy – 24/7 Wall St.

Monday, March 17, 2014

By Douglas A. McIntyre March 15, 2014 9:35 am EDT Auto dealer inventories are at five-year highs. The most important effect of this for consumers is that dealers and car companies will soon open up another aggressive round of discounts and attractive financing to move the poorest selling vehicles off the lots. Inventories, probably larger due to poor weather, are actually big enough that the car companies even have deals on…

Ohio Auto Dealers Fight Tesla Over Sales Model – ABC News

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ohio auto dealers are sparring with California-based automaker Tesla, which is selling its electric cars from two Ohio storefronts. Ohio is among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. Last Tuesday, New Jersey officials approved a regulation effectively prohibiting automakers from going straight to customers. Tesla vice president Diarmuid O’Connell visited Ohio legislative leaders that same day to try…

Bugatti-Driving 26-Year-Old Tied to Penny-Stock Website – Bloomberg

Monday, March 17, 2014

Short-sellers and stock promoters have puzzled for years over who operated one of the largest penny-stock websites. A U.S. lawsuit points to a Bugatti-driving 26-year-old from Montreal. John Babikian used an e-mail list called AwesomePennyStocks to tout a coal company’s stock while dumping his own shares, the Securities and Exchange Commission said last week in a civil complaint. AwesomePennyStocks’ messages about that firm and 38 others, sent over five years,…

Columbus auto show’s popularity hints at economic resurgence – Columbus Dispatch

Monday, March 17, 2014

The shiny red Mazda 6 was calling Arlene Varney’s name. The Centerburg resident spent yesterday afternoon trolling the Columbus International Auto Show with her husband, knowing that her 2003 Cadillac DeVille could kick the bucket any day. “It’s got 196,000 miles on it,” she said. “I’m hoping for 200,000.” But hope doesn’t get you to work, so Varney put another 45 miles or so on the DeVille to kick tires…

Australian Grand Prix: Bernie Ecclestone ‘horrified’ at quiet new F1 cars … – The Independent

Monday, March 17, 2014

Although the arrival of the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units produced an entertaining season-opening race at Melbourne’s Albert Park on Sunday, the noise level failed to impress. The screaming sound of the old V8 engine has gone, and in its place is a huskier decibel level, complete with whistles and whirrs from the turbo. It is a sound Ecclestone knew long ago would not be right for F1, even…

Columbus auto show’s popularity hints at economic resurgence – Columbus Dispatch

Monday, March 17, 2014

The shiny red Mazda 6 was calling Arlene Varney’s name. The Centerburg resident spent yesterday afternoon trolling the Columbus International Auto Show with her husband, knowing that her 2003 Cadillac DeVille could kick the bucket any day. “It’s got 196,000 miles on it,” she said. “I’m hoping for 200,000.” But hope doesn’t get you to work, so Varney put another 45 miles or so on the DeVille to kick tires…

Ten Cars People Won’t Buy – 24/7 Wall St.

Monday, March 17, 2014

By Douglas A. McIntyre March 15, 2014 9:35 am EDT Auto dealer inventories are at five-year highs. The most important effect of this for consumers is that dealers and car companies will soon open up another aggressive round of discounts and attractive financing to move the poorest selling vehicles off the lots. Inventories, probably larger due to poor weather, are actually big enough that the car companies even have deals on…

Formula One cars not loud enough, says Australian Grand Prix organiser – The Guardian

Monday, March 17, 2014

Australian Grand Prix organisers claim their contract may have been breached because the Formula One cars were not loud enough. The quieter cars, under this season’s new F1 rules, detracted from the “sexiness” of the race and meant Melbourne did not get what it paid for, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive, Andrew Westacott, says. Grand Prix chairman, Ron Walker, has already been in discussions with Formula One chief Bernie…

Volvo Thinks Magnetic Roads Will Guide Tomorrow’s Autonomous Cars – Wired

Monday, March 17, 2014

Image: Volvo We live in a world where satellites and microprocessors can tell us how to get anywhere we want to go, but Volvo believes the future of transportation lies with something much simpler: magnets. Yes, magnets. Volvo argues that magnets, unlike electronic transmission, are unfazed by poor weather conditions or obstacles in the road, so they can reliably guide vehicles along the road. It recently completed a research project…