How to build a McLaren supercar

A McLaren Senna sits on the factory floor. Every McLaren starts out as a 175-pound carbon-fiber tub, made by Mubea Carbo Tech of Salzburg, Austria. McLaren will bring tub production in-house once it opens its Sheffield, Eng-land, plant next year. “All cars start off as a spider (convertible), and then we bond the roof structure […]

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Startup supplier Tula Technology worries about CAFE rollback

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado’s engine, below, uses Tula Technology’s Dynamic Skip Fire feature to boost fuel economy. WASHINGTON — Tula Technology Inc. is a late-stage powertrain startup that is finally producing revenue, hitting the market with innovate software designed to optimize the power output and fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines. The company’s algorithm selects […]

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Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

U.S. supermarket operator Kroger said it will start testing driverless grocery delivery on Thursday with technology partner Nuro at a single Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kroger and rival Walmart each have teamed up with autonomous vehicle companies in a bid to lower the high-cost of “last-mile” deliveries to customer doorsteps, as online retailer […]

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Tariffs hit toolmakers in supply chain

A profit pinch point is developing for automakers and suppliers working on new vehicle platforms: the cost of the tools to build them. Toolmakers are adding tariff costs to their prices, says Laurie Harbour, a consultant who works closely with the North American supplier and tool-and-die industries. Harbour warns that a wave of higher-than-expected bills […]

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Why Chicago cops are worried about fraudulent car purchases

Photo credit: Crain’s Chicago Business A flood of vehicles obtained fraudulently and shipped to metro Chicago has prompted the Chicago Police Department this summer to warn dealers nationwide to exercise “extraordinary diligence” in verifying the identity of online customers. The police department said it was fielding at least three requests a week to investigate and […]

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Detroit preps for annual automotive Mardi Gras

Spanning 16 miles of Woodward Avenue, the Woodward Dream Cruise of classic and muscle cars is expected to attract more than 1.3 million people and 40,000 vehicles. Photo credit: Woodward Dream Cruise via Facebook DETROIT — The traffic jam/party of the year known as the Woodward Dream Cruise is back for a 24th year. Car […]

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Five Questions With Stellar Moto Brand Founder Jenna Stellar

Los Angeles native Jenna Stellar vividly remembers going to sidecar races all around Southern California to watch her father race in the late ’70s. As a Hollywood costumer and rider, she’s uniquely qualified to boldly launch a motorcycle clothing company. Whereas the demands of movies and television warrant all-nighters and one-off garments, motorcycle gear for […]

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Why Toyota is expanding in China

BEIJING — Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. will build additional capacity at its auto plant in China’s Guangzhou, a company source told Reuters, in addition to beefing up production at a factory in Tianjin city by 120,000 vehicles a year. A person close to the company said Toyota will build capacity at the production hub in […]

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