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BMW car club chapter bans some new Bimmers from the track – CNET

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Collision avoidance technology, like autonomous emergency braking, can be a major benefit on the street. But one BMW Car Club of America chapter believes it can be too oppressive for the track. The Genessee Valley chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA) announced that it will no longer allow certain late-model Bimmers from participating in its High Performance Drivers’ Education (HPDE) events. In a statement, the group claims…

For Alabama Christians, Governor Bentley’s Downfall Is a Bitter Blow – New York Times

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Hard Questions on Our Transition to Driverless Cars – Harvard Business Review

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the automobile. In so doing, it will transform much more than that. Given how central automotive transportation is to our cities, commerce, and daily lives, saying that AI will change life as we know it is no understatement. To understand where this new mobility might take us, it’s important to distinguish between two types of AI-powered motor vehicles: self-driving and driverless. Self-driving vehicles offer the…

A BMW Car Club Chapter Is Banning New Bimmers from its Trackdays – RoadandTrack.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Many years ago, when I was heavily involved in the BMW Car Club of America, one of my closer friends asked me exactly what it was we did at club events. “Do you just sit around and talk about your BMWs?” he asked, with an expression on his face that belies his readiness, even eagerness, to express his contempt for said leisure-time activity. (BMW has issued the following comment to…

Governors gone bad: Alabama’s Bentley latest on a long list – CNN

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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China first-quarter auto sales strongest since 2014 despite tax cut rollback – Reuters

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BEIJING China auto sales grew 7 percent in the first quarter, China’s automakers’ association said on Tuesday, with the strongest January-March period since 2014 setting up the world’s largest auto market for a better-than-expected year. Many in the industry had feared that sales would be weak in the first three months after the government rolled back a tax cut on small engine cars on Jan. 1, contributing to expectations for…

Audi picks lower cost eastern European sites to build new SUVs – Reuters

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BERLIN Audi (NSUG.DE) will expand its lineup of higher margin sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and assemble two new models at lower cost plants in eastern Europe, the German premium carmaker said on Tuesday, as it strives to boost profitability. The Volkswagen-owned (VOWG_p.DE) brand last month reported a 37 percent plunge in operating profit after it raised provisions to help meet the cost of the group’s diesel emissions test-cheating scandal. [nL5N1GS22D] Audi…

Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to charges tied to allegations he tried to cover up affair with a top aide – Washington Post

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned Monday after fighting for more than a year against allegations he used public resources to carry out and conceal an affair with his former top aide. Pressure built on Bentley to step down over the sex scandal as state lawmakers opened impeachment hearings against him this week and state Republican officials called for him to leave the governor’s mansion. Bentley also pleaded guilty on Monday…

Former Alabama governor Robert Bentley’s year from hell, a timeline – Washington Post

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Amid growing evidence of an alleged affair with a former top aide and allegations that he used public resources to carry it out and cover it up, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) spent a year denying he had anything worth losing his job. But on Monday, Bentley resigned from his job and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors related to covering it up. It’s a dizzying about-face in a sometimes hard-to-follow, sometimes too-good-not-to-follow saga. Here’s everything…

Spencer Collier: Bentley finally got what he deserved – AL.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

As the resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley was announced Monday afternoon, at least one person in the state wasn’t tuned in to a television, or radio station or social media to watch the much-expected drama finally play out. Spencer Collier, who served as Secretary of Law Enforcement until he was fired by Bentley last year and who was the first to go public with the governor’s affair with top…

25% of U.S. driving could be done by self-driving cars by 2030, study finds – TechCrunch

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Self-driving still seems to be a ways off from active public use on regular roads, but once it arrives, it could ramp very quickly, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group. The study found that by 2030, up to a quarter of driving miles in the U.S. could be handled by self-driving electric vehicles operating in shared service fleets in cities, due mostly to considerable cost savings for…

Yes, we’re letting diesel cars choke our kids. Here’s how we got in this mess – The Guardian

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

“You told us to buy diesels!” These days the average diesel driver is not a happy camper. Hot on the heels of Volkswagens being fitted with a hidden cheat code, we now have the government telling us diesels are not a green choice after all. Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, is blaming diesel cars for poor air quality in the capital and calling for the older vehicles to be scrapped. At…

Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal – New York Times

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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How Alabama’s ‘Luv Guv’ Broke New Ground in a Scandal-Plagued State – POLITICO Magazine

Monday, April 10, 2017

Even after a year of titillating revelations, the release on Friday afternoon of the special investigator’s report on the affair between the 74-year-old governor and his much younger and still-married aide still had the capacity to amaze the most seasoned Alabamian political observers. The bar was high after a tape came out last March of Robert Bentley, the one-time Sunday school teacher and dermatologist, on which the governor was heard…

Tesla Overtakes GM to Become Most Valuable US Auto Maker – Fox Business

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) on Monday became the largest U.S. auto maker by market value, overtaking General Motors Co. (GM) — a feat that would have seemed highly improbable 13 years ago when the electric-car maker first began tinkering with the idea of making a sports car.  Continue Reading Below Shares of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla rose as high as $312.75 during Monday morning trading, pushing the company’s market capitalization…

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley impeachment hearings begin today – AL.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

A legislative committee starts hearings this morning to consider impeachment of Gov. Robert Bentley, a historic process that could remove the governor from office over allegations that he abused his power to try to hide from the public an affair with top advisor Rebekah Mason. The governor has denied misusing state resources. Bentley’s lawyers tried to block today’s hearings and the release of a scathing investigation report issued Friday by Jack…

Nixonian lack of cooperation could lead to Bentley’s impeachment, report says – AL.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

When the Alabama House Judiciary Committee in July named Birmingham attorney Jackson Sharman to lead the investigation into the impeachment charges against Gov. Robert Bentley, the governor pledged his cooperation “throughout this process.” But by the time the report on Sharman’s investigation was released Friday, it was clear he believes Bentley failed in that promise, to the point that the governor’s lack of cooperation could be another ground for his…

Rogue leads crossovers’ surge as cars continue fall – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Numbers explain first-quarter jitters Crossover sales are going rogue in more ways than one. The segment now accounts for roughly one in every three vehicles sold since October 2016, with the Nissan Rogue driving to become the top-selling nonpickup in America. “That is the hottest segment in the market, and Nissan is definitely going for a volume strategy,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds senior analyst. Sales of crossovers since 2012 have…

Auto show: It’s goodbye small and hello big in New York – USA Today – USA TODAY

Monday, April 10, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The 2017 New York Auto Show will feature hot performance cars and a bevy of SUV’s. But watch out, these vehicles may be on the high end of the price spectrum. USA TODAY Dodge Challenger Demon will be the most powerful car ever created, Fiat Chrysler says(Photo: Fiat Chrysler) The auto industry has always had a knack for rolling out new models at just the wrong…

Nixonian lack of cooperation could lead to Bentley’s impeachment, report says – AL.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

When the Alabama House Judiciary Committee in July named Birmingham attorney Jackson Sharman to lead the investigation into the impeachment charges against Gov. Robert Bentley, the governor pledged his cooperation “throughout this process.” But by the time the report on Sharman’s investigation was released Friday, it was clear he believes Bentley failed in that promise, to the point that the governor’s lack of cooperation could be another ground for his…