Autos

How Volkswagen Rallied Its Employees After Its Emissions Scandal (At Least For Now) – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Volkswagen’s bounced back from its 2015 emissions scandal by embracing a strategy of transparency and the public consumption of crow. Its workers, once shamed, have regained confidence and morale–but for how long? (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images) When German car manufacturer Volkswagen AG was discovered in 2015 to have cheated on emissions test, the company’s reputation took a long, slow, face-first slide through the muck. Internally, too, the company’s employees…

HERE’s Real-Time Traffic pools live data from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mapping expert HERE is launching a Real-Time Traffic service that pulls aggregated data from sensors in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are actually out driving the road, making it the first commercial traffic service of its kind that collects real-time information from vehicles from competing carmakers, according to HERE. The car companies involved are actually all part owners of HERE, however, after the mapping business was spun out of…

Electric cars win? Britain to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. Britain’s step, which follows France, amounts to a victory for electric cars that if copied globally could hit the wealth of oil producers, as well as transform car industry jobs and…

Ex-Fiat Chrysler executive charged in union official payoff – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Electric cars: everything you need to know – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How will I charge an electric car? The first generation of electric-car buyers have been people with homes where it is easy to plug one in. “The vast majority of Nissan Leaf customers are [families with] 2.4 children, mums and dads, with off-street parking,” said Gareth Dunsmore of Nissan Europe. “Tomorrow that won’t be the case.” Dunsmore envisages charging points becoming ubiquitous at workplaces, and at shopping centres, railway stations,…

Britain bans gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 – CNNMoney

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Britain will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 as part of a bid to clean up the country’s air. The decision to phase out the internal combustion engine heralds a new era of low-emission technologies with major implications for the auto industry, society and the environment. “We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars,” U.K. environment secretary Michael Gove told the BBC on Wednesday….

Sneak Peek: The Hottest New Cars For 2018 – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images The new-for-2018 812 Superfast is the quickest Ferrari in Prancing Horse history, reaching 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Good times or bad, recession or recovery, there is one constant in the auto business, and that’s a fleet of shiny new models headed to dealerships like clockwork each fall. The class of 2018 is no exception, led by an array of highly anticipated debuts and…

Volkswagen earnings: What to expect – MarketWatch

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BERLIN–Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE), Germany’s largest car maker, reports second-quarter earnings before markets open on Thursday. Here are a few things to watch: RESULTS: Net earnings are expected to rise sharply to 3.48 billion euros ($4.05 billion) from EUR1.16 billion a year earlier, largely due to one-off charges in the previous year to cover costs related to the Diesel scandal, according to a Dow Jones News analysts’ poll. Analysts expect Volkswagen…

$800 Million Subway Rescue Plan Adds Cars and Subtracts Seats – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The authority will start with a pilot program on the shuttle train between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan, Mr. Lhota said. Subway officials said they hoped to start the program as soon as possible, perhaps later this year. The plan includes adding extra cars to trains on the C line, accelerating repairs to 1,300 signals that cause the most…

Volkswagen Executive to Plead Guilty in Diesel Emissions Case – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The automaker has also agreed to pay $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties in the case brought by the Justice Department — part of $22 billion in settlements and fines Volkswagen is paying out in the United States, making it one of the costliest corporate scandals in history. Mr. Schmidt’s cooperation would be a coup for the Justice Department’s case against Volkswagen. Mr. Schmidt is one of eight former…

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle….

BMW did not receive post-Brexit government reassurance before its Oxford Mini decision – The Independent

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

German carmaker BMW has announced plans to build an electric Mini at its plant in Oxford, but said that it hadn’t received any reassurances from the Government over post-Brexit trading arrangements before making the decision. On Tuesday, BMW said that it would be building the battery-powered, zero emissions vehicle in 2019, and that it had considered locations in Germany and the Netherlands before settling on the UK. Mini makes around…

German Car Cartel Triggers Rat-Out-Race Between Daimler, Volkswagen And BMW – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler, Harald Krueger, BMW, and Matthias Mueller, Volkswagen (Photo: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) One of the aims of the German car-cartel that became public over the weekend was to avoid “an arms race” of AdBlue tank sizes. Strangely, it turned into a race for who rats out whom first. According to a report in the usually well-informed Sueddeustche Zeitung [German], Daimler was first in coming clean with Germany’s and…

2017 Buick LaCrosse review: – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You’ve probably seen the commercials. Thirty-something woman is surprised her friend drives a Buick. Super-cute actor Max Greenfield and his super-cuter French bulldog extol the luxury of heated seats. Buick’s mission to attract a younger demographic means it brought out the big guns with the redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse. The LaCrosse is Buick’s full-size sedan, slotting in above the midsize Regal and the compact Verano. It’s offered in base, Preferred,…

Revealed: the top 10 cars bought by premiership footballers – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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More US cars are now made in Mexico – MarketWatch

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The “Made in Mexico” label has become more plentiful on American car lots this year, even as auto makers pressured by President Donald Trump kicked off the year with promises to create more jobs in the U.S. A move by auto makers to produce some popular sport-utility models in Mexican factories helped spur a 16% increase in production of light vehicles in Mexico during the first six months of the…

India Moves to Ban Self-Driving Cars to Protect Jobs – The Drive

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

India could ban self-driving cars before they ever hit its roads. In a statement to reporters, Nitin Gadkari, the country’s transport and highways minister said the government will not allow autonomous cars because they pose a threat to jobs, according to the Hindustan Times. “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this,” Gadkari said. “We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a…

BMW to build electric Mini in UK – Financial Times

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BMW to build electric Mini in UK

BART shows off new train cars – SFGate – SFGate

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-shows-off-new-train-cars-11346212.php By Steve Rubenstein Updated 9:13 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017 BART is testing new trains that are designed to fit more people. Take a look inside the new BART trains. Media: Michael Macor BART’s brand spanking new electric train cars tried their very hardest on Monday to work like they were supposed to. It’s not easy being the new kid on the block. What BART proved Monday during its gala…