Tag: auto

Ghosn Planned to Oust Nissan CEO Prior to Arrest in Japan, Sources Claim

Prior to his arrest in Japan last month over presumed financial misconduct, Carlos Ghosn was allegedly planning to remove Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa. The plot has certainly thickened. Ghosn, who was serving as Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman at the time, was believed to be on the cusp of an upper-level […]

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Track Edition of Refreshed Lexus RC F to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

While Lexus has cranked out a few impressive sporting models over its lifetime, “performance” is not a term that’s synonymous with the brand. Instead, Lexus seems to evoke words like “reliability,” “luxury,” and “high resale values” from the collective consumer mindscape. However, the brand does do dynamics. You can log […]

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FCA’s Manley Taps Amazon Exec as COO for North America

Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley, thrust unexpectedly into the leader’s chair following Sergio Marchionne’s death in early July, has called on a former Amazon executive to serve as chief operating officer. The automaker announced Thursday that Mark Stewart, 51, ex Vice President of Operations for the online commerce giant, will […]

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Battery Prices Likely Heading for the Ceiling After Congo Raises Royalty Rate

The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared cobalt a “strategic” substance, nearly tripling the royalty rate miners will have to pay on it. According to a governmental decree, miners will now pay 10 percent in royalties to extract the element. While we’ve previously warned of the likelihood of a global supply […]

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The Government’s Coming for Your Classic Car, but They Can’t Take It All: Aston Martin CEO

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer isn’t very trusting of his government’s plan to ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2040. The 55-year-old Brit had a few things to say about the UK’s intentions last year, none of them very kind to policy makers. Since then, it seems he’s grown even […]

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Waymo’s First Commercial Self-driving Service Launches in Phoenix

We’ve arrived. It’s officially #TheFuture. After years of talk within the auto industry, Waymo says it will become the first company to offer a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles when the program launches in Arizona today. Called Waymo One, the Google subsidiary plans to offer the first batch of rides […]

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QOTD: Change Is a Bad Thing?

On the Junkyard Find post at the start of this week, conversation turned to vehicle models which resisted change from the designer’s pen (or ruler) and the engineer’s… tools. Today we talk about the good old days, and how sometimes things stay the same. The very subject of the Junkyard […]

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White House Wants to End EV Subsidies ASAP

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow announced Monday that the Trump administration is seeking an end to federal subsidies on electric cars. Interestingly, the move appears to be related to General Motors’ plant closings and layoffs. The company’s restructuring plan hasn’t gone over well with policy makers or the American public, […]

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French Motorists Spark ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests and Riots Over Fuel Taxes and Regulations (UPDATE: New Green Taxes to Be Suspended)

Despite everything  you’ve heard about road rage, motorists tend to be pretty meek — at least when it comes to government regulations, and particularly in Europe. They passively accept, and pay for, mandated safety and emissions regulations as well as for taxes on the fuel for their vehicles. Perhaps, though, […]

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Another Tesla Driver Arrested for DUI While Using Autopilot

California Highway Patrol arrested a 45-year-old man early Friday morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence while his 2017 Tesla Model S was operating in Autopilot on Highway 101. While condemned previously for its misleading marketing, Tesla has been clearer of late that Autopilot is not self-driving. Likewise, […]

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Rare Rides: A Serious All-terrain Truck From Volvo – the 1979 C202 Laplander

Today’s Rare Ride fits squarely in the I Didn’t Know About This file. It’s a military-grade Volvo from the 1950s, which the company transformed into a civilian vehicle nearly three decades later. Presenting the C202 Laplander. The Laplander range of vehicles began development in the early part of the 1950s. […]

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coming to Detroit in January

Not to be outdone by Toyota’s announcement of an all-wheel drive Prius at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford issued a teaser promoting the most capable variant of one of its own iconic models — the Mustang Shelby GT500. However, the car isn’t coming to LA. According to Ford’s social […]

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Android Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown]

Article Contents The latest Auto update is rolling out and it’s making a couple of substantial changes, at least by the standards of an Auto update. You’ll now have the option to see the first several words of incoming messages when they arrive, and the music player has been given a makeover that changes both […]

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2020 Jeep Gladiator: A Lineup Forms Outside the F&I Office

The midsize truck market’s explosive growth has already brought the Ford Ranger back to our spacious skies and amber waves of grain. However, Jeep thinks America the Beautiful wants a midsize truck that tackles the purple mountains’ majesties while looking down upon the fruited plains. Enter the 2020 Jeep Gladiator; […]

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Rare Rides: A 1994 E500 – the Porsche Sedan by Mercedes-Benz

What do you get when you combine the sporty personality of Porsche with all the comfort and luxury of a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The answer is this E500. In the late 1980s Mercedes found itself riding a wave of popularity. Building quality automobiles of restrained and tasteful luxury had served the […]

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GM to Shed Five North American Plants, Numerous Products, Amid Restructuring Drive

Heavy-duty streamlining has reached the production level at General Motors. After last night’s bombshell (though not unexpected) report claiming Canada’s oldest auto plant would cease operations late next year, more news is trickling out about the automaker’s production future. Add Ohio and Michigan to the list of locales expected to […]

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Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Still Going Strong in Europe

While Volkswagen’s diesel emission fiasco has died down in the United States, costing the automaker billions before going achieving dormancy, the legal fires burn brightly in Europe. On November 14th, a German court ruled that VW must reimburse the owner of a Golf the full price of the vehicle from […]

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Renault-Nissan Boss Carlos Ghosn to Be Sacked; Industry Titan Faces Arrest in Japan

Carlos Ghosn, the globe-straddling executive behind the Renault-Nissan Alliance and the resurrection of Mitsubishi Motors, has reportedly been arrested in Japan following a whistleblower-prompted investigation into financial irregularities. In a statement, Nissan said Ghosn and board director Greg Kelly allegedly violated Japanese financial laws by under-reporting compensation levels for years, […]

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