Autos

BMW and Volkswagen Try to Beat Apple and Google at Their Own Game – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Big data is a challenge for all automakers, but especially German companies because they target affluent customers who want the latest technology. Advertisement Continue reading the main story At the same time, the focus on computing pits the automakers against Silicon Valley tech companies with far more experience in the field, and creates an opening for firms like Apple and Google, which are already encroaching on the car business. Google…

Volkswagen Summer Camp Now Accepting Applications – The Chattanoogan

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer camp takes a high tech twist at the Volkswagen Academy as applications are now being accepted for the third annual Volkswagen Summer Camp being held July 17-21.  Volkswagen Summer Camp is offered free or charge and is designed to give 14- to 18-year-old students a dynamic, hands-on introduction to the Automation and Car Mechatronics programs taught at the Volkswagen Academy.  “The Volkswagen Academy is an exciting…

Uber’s Other Big Problem: Driverless Cars Aren’t Ready Yet – MIT Technology Review

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the past eight years, Uber’s chief executive officer and co-founder Travis Kalanick played the role of disruptive entrepreneur with wild abandon—and to great effect. The company has revolutionized ground transportation in many of the world’s cities, often ignoring existing regulations, the concerns of entrenched taxi companies and many of its own drivers, and commonly accepted levels of decency in the workplace. Now Kalanick has been ousted, and his successor…

Shocking moment ‘scorned girlfriend’ smashes up ‘cheating boyfriend’s’ BMW and hurls a rock through window before … – The Sun

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN avenging woman is caught on video hurling a large rock through the window of a BMW allegedly belonging to her “cheating boyfriend”. She is also said to have smashed up the prized black motor with a tent peg and ripped off the number plates in a furious ten-minute rampage. Video shows the mystery woman lifting a large stone above her head and lobbing it through the window of a BMW…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid review: – CNET

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Playing the range game, I set out from San Francisco in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with a fully charged battery, the instrument panel noting 35 miles of electric range, headed for the coast. Pacifica minivan and Pacific ocean, makes enough sense for a car review. Only 32 miles to Half Moon Bay, but due to a big hill on the route I expected the engine to kick in well…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

BMW buffs restore legendary vehicle – Plattsburgh Press Republican

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

MORRISONVILLE — Bob Gerry and his son, Justin, restored a vintage BMW that now sits in a museum. The 1974 BMW 2002tii sport sedan had for many years belonged to Yale Rachlin, longtime editor of Roundel, the magazine of the BMW Car Club of America. When Justin located the car, said Bob, who lives in Morrisonville and has been a BMW devotee for many decades, “it was…

Shocking moment ‘scorned girlfriend’ smashes up ‘cheating boyfriend’s’ BMW and hurls a rock through window before … – The Sun

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN avenging woman is caught on video hurling a large rock through the window of a BMW allegedly belonging to her “cheating boyfriend”. She is also said to have smashed up the prized black motor with a tent peg and ripped off the number plates in a furious ten-minute rampage. Video shows the mystery woman lifting a large stone above her head and lobbing it through the window of a BMW…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Spied! 2019 Volkswagen Jetta – Car and Driver

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

What It Is: After more than a half-dozen years on the market, Volkswagen’s sixth-generation Jetta is finally getting a well-deserved redesign. Although today’s Jetta has improved with age thanks to running changes such as an independent rear suspension, a wider availability of desirable infotainment features, and a host of powertrain improvements, Volkswagen’s compact sedan has grown long in the tooth and suffers from cut-rate cabin materials and a boring exterior…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Volvo takes on Tesla over high-performance electric cars – Financial Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Volvo takes on Tesla over high-performance electric cars

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill – Sky News

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be introduced to encourage the use of electric and self-driving cars, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech. The first all-electric car to be built in the UK rolled off of the production line in 2013, and the Government wants “almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050″. Of more than 36.7 million licensed vehicles in the UK, just over 100,000…

Programs bring electric cars to low-income people – USA Today – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tries out a car at the launch of what is being billed as the nation’s largest electric vehicle’ car sharing program for disadvantaged communities(Photo: MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — Electric cars have a Tesla-like image of being pricey, but new programs seek to put them in the hands of lower-income drivers as well in the name of cleaner air. A new program here…

What Will Driverless Cars Actually Look Like? – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Automakers desperately want to kill off mirrors. The pieces of glass attached to the roof and side of almost all modern vehicles increase aerodynamic drag, a point of frustration for automotive designers trying to build the sleek, fuel-efficient cars of the future. Soon, though, the government-mandated safety features may no longer be necessary. Tiny rear-facing cameras now common in newer cars (and required starting next year) have largely made mirrors…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…