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China introduces 10% extra tax on ‘super cars’ – BBC News

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tax goes into effect on Thursday China has introduced an additional 10% tax on “super cars”, including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce. The tax, affecting cars that cost more than 1.3m yuan ($189,000; £151,024), is aimed at curbing lavish spending and reducing emissions, authorities said. It is part of a wider effort by Chinese authorities against flashy demonstrations of wealth, which has already…

2017 Bentley Bentayga: A First Class Road Trip To New York City – Forbes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Photo ©2016 Kelley Blue Book It’s a shame that the New Jersey Turnpike won’t allow 180 mile-per-hour cruising speeds. If it did, I’d have the aluminum accelerator pedal of the Bentley buried into its deep pile carpet. The sport-ute’s twin-turbocharged W12 would be whirling near redline as the Woodrow Wilson, Joyce Kilmer, and Grover Cleveland service areas pass by in a blur. And my wife and two teenage children, accompanying…

BMW’s Car Sharing Program Launches ReachNow Residential – Forbes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ReachNow is a premium car sharing program that is owned by BMW, exclusively featuring select BMW and MINI vehicles, including the electric BMW i3. The program is currently available in Seattle, Portland and New York City, and operates with a smartphone app and some unique car sharing features. ReachNow will launch a new innovation, ReachNow Residential, on December 8, 2016 with the Albanese Organization at The Solaire, the developer’s high-rise…

BMW’s Car Sharing Program Launches ReachNow Residential – Forbes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ReachNow is a premium car sharing program that is owned by BMW, exclusively featuring select BMW and MINI vehicles, including the electric BMW i3. The program is currently available in Seattle, Portland and New York City, and operates with a smartphone app and some unique car sharing features. ReachNow will launch a new innovation, ReachNow Residential, on December 8, 2016 with the Albanese Organization at The Solaire, the developer’s high-rise…

BMW’s Venture Capital Arm Is Moving To Silicon Valley And Looking For Startups – Forbes

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) brand logo badge is displayed on the hood of a 740i M Sport sedan at the BMW Group Tokyo Bay showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Sales of imported cars costing 10 million yen ($96,500) or more have surged 19 percent this year through September and reached the highest share of the import segment in a decade. Deliveries of minicars such…

BMW’s Venture Capital Arm Is Moving To Silicon Valley And Looking For Startups – Forbes

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) brand logo badge is displayed on the hood of a 740i M Sport sedan at the BMW Group Tokyo Bay showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Sales of imported cars costing 10 million yen ($96,500) or more have surged 19 percent this year through September and reached the highest share of the import segment in a decade. Deliveries of minicars such…

BMW’s Venture Capital Arm Is Moving To Silicon Valley And Looking For Startups – Forbes

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) brand logo badge is displayed on the hood of a 740i M Sport sedan at the BMW Group Tokyo Bay showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Sales of imported cars costing 10 million yen ($96,500) or more have surged 19 percent this year through September and reached the highest share of the import segment in a decade. Deliveries of minicars such…

Self-driving Cars Excite Industry, But They’re Not Yet Ready For Prime Time – Forbes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Technicans examine data following the trial of an autonomous self-driving vehicle in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London.  (Photo credit JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images) There has been much fevered talk about the imminence of self driving cars, leaving the impression with the public that it won’t be very long before the automobiles we buy don’t even have steering wheels or pedals. This has been fuelled by the car…

BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017: Welt am Sonntag … – Reuters

Sunday, November 27, 2016

FRANKFURT German luxury carmaker BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company sources. BMW will rework the front and rear of the i3 and equip the car with a new battery to increase its range substantially beyond the current 300 km maximum, the paper said, adding that the increase…

Self-driving Cars Excite Industry, But They’re Not Yet Ready For Prime Time – Forbes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Technicans examine data following the trial of an autonomous self-driving vehicle in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London.  (Photo credit JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images) There has been much fevered talk about the imminence of self driving cars, leaving the impression with the public that it won’t be very long before the automobiles we buy don’t even have steering wheels or pedals. This has been fuelled by the car…

Check Out These Five New Electric Cars From China, World’s Largest EV Market – Forbes

Friday, November 25, 2016

Changan BenBen EV, by Tycho de Feijter The market for electric cars and all sorts of other electric vehicles keeps booming in China. Subsidies can be as high as 90,000 yuan ($13,000) and more and more consumers and companies are buying in. Local Chinese automakers make up most of the electric car market and are now seriously investing in research & development, leading to better cars with more power and…

Bentley already issues recall for brand new Bentayga SUV – CNET

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Enlarge Image “I can’t be bothered to go to the dealership myself. Just send one of the interns to do it.” Photo by Bentayga Some cars barely have time to leave dealerships before they’re recalled for various small issues. That’s the case this week with Bentley‘s ultra-posh Bentayga SUV. Bentley issued a recall covering 378 examples of the 2017 Bentayga. The affected vehicles have build dates between March 1 and…

Black Friday deals are juicy on used cars, too – USA TODAY

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

x Embed x Share Looking to buy a new or used car? If you don’t ask for these incentives, you’re missing out. USA TODAY Used cars are offered for sale in Glendale, Calif., in this 2007 file photo(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP) Black Friday conjures up dreams of scoring flat-screen TVs, video games, jewelry and winter clothing for super-low prices. But after the gobble gobble, think about some vroom vroom….

November US auto sales to show 5 percent rise: JD Power, LMC – Reuters

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DETROIT U.S. auto sales in November will be up 5 percent from a year earlier, making it possible that 2016 will top last year’s record high, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Wednesday. The consultants estimated industry sales in the United States this month at 1.39 million vehicles, up from 1.32 million, helped by two more selling days than a year earlier. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate…

Why self-driving cars won’t put all Uber drivers out of a job – CNET

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Enlarge Image Uber self-driving cars are already being tested in the US. Photo by CNET At first glance, Uber has what seem like dramatically opposing goals: in the short term, to get more people driving for the company — and in the long term, to replace human drivers with robots. But Uber’s Guy Levin, who spoke Thursday at an industry event in London, said that self-driving cars won’t completely replace…

Acura’s Precision Cockpit fuses AI and Android in your auto – Engadget

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The centerpiece of the cockpit, for gadget fans, are the two 12.3-inch display panels. One squarely in your line of view where your dials would go, and the other located right above the central stack. The line-of-sight display is where you’ll find your virtual dials of course, but there’s so much more going on. One of the most impressive features is the built-in 3D engine, that serves up images of…

Acura’s Precision Cockpit fuses AI and Android in your auto – Engadget

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The centerpiece of the cockpit, for gadget fans, are the two 12.3-inch display panels. One squarely in your line of view where your dials would go, and the other located right above the central stack. The line-of-sight display is where you’ll find your virtual dials of course, but there’s so much more going on. One of the most impressive features is the built-in 3D engine, that serves up images of…

The Stelvio is a Ferrari SUV with an Alfa Romeo badge – The Verge

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When Ferrari was spun off from Fiat, many wondered if the independent company would need to build highly profitable and highly in-demand SUVs to stay afloat. I don’t know if Ferrari will build an SUV (company brass insist it won’t), but now I know what that mythical Ferrari SUV would look like: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, unveiled today at the LA Auto Show. It’s part three of the Alfa Romeo…

Electric cars are now required to make noise at low speeds so they don’t sneak up and kill us – The Verge

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Electric and hybrid-fuel cars will be required to produce noise when traveling at low speeds under a new rule issued by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is to prevent these vehicles from injuring pedestrians, especially people who are blind or are visually impaired. Electric cars, which are growing increasingly popular among manufacturers and consumers, make hardly any engine noise. The only noises they usually generate is caused…

BMW’s ReachNow car sharing expands to Brooklyn, adds new services – CNET

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Enlarge Image The BMW i3 won’t be available in Brooklyn to start, but if the system proves popular with New Yorkers, that could change. Photo by BMW It was only a matter of time before BMW’s ReachNow car sharing service headed east. After successfully starting in Seattle and expanding to Portland, ReachNow is set to land in New York City. ReachNow will soon set up shop in Brooklyn, BMW said…