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Tests allege Fiat Chrysler diesels exceed smog limits – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE The EcoDiesel Ram 1500 is the first diesel offered in the light-duty pickup truck. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Fiat Chrysler is under scrutiny for diesel engines that could violate federal emission limists. Here’s the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.(Photo: PR NEWSWIRE) DETROIT — Researchers who helped uncover diesel emissions test cheating at Volkswagen are now accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of exceeding allowable pollution levels with two of its…

Munich, Home to BMW, Considers Diesel Ban to Tackle Pollution – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Volkswagen to Offer EU Diesel Car Owners Extended Warranty but No Money Back: EC – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Researchers who targeted VW diesel cheating turn sights on Fiat Chrysler – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Researchers at West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions claim that certain diesel Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees pollute more than allowed by law, according to multiple reports. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles calls the results misleading.(Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) The researchers who helped uncover diesel emissions test cheating at Volkswagen are now accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of exceeding allowable pollution levels with two of its diesel vehicles. But…

IBM, BMW to market connected car services – MarketWatch

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

International Business Machines Corp. said Wednesday it is pairing with BMW to provide cloud-based data management for the German auto maker’s recently launched connected car initiative, a move by the centenarian tech giant to deepen its move into passenger vehicles. IBM is working to sign up auto makers for its cloud-computing platform and stake a claim in the burgeoning market for connecting passenger cars with customized services based on real-time…

GM says it’s ready to mass produce self-driving cars – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Self-Driving Cars Could Soon Save the Average Family at Least $5,600 a Year Time GM Chairwoman and CEO Mary Barra talks with workers and members of the media at the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township on June 13, 2017 about the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt.(Photo: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press) LAKE ORION, Mich. — General Motors said Tuesday it has finished making 130 self-driving Chevrolet…

Say hello to BMW’s new 6 Series crossover – Business Insider

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BMW 6 Series GT. BMW On Tuesday, BMW’s 6 Series family of coupe models received a new sibling. The 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is a four-door, crossover-style hatchback that will replace the company’s outgoing 5 Series Gran Turismo.  “The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo  is an eye-catching statement, packaged into a flowing, sculptural design language which gives the car a modern and sporty feel,” BMW Group Design…

In The Race Toward Self-Driving Cars, GM Has Something Apple And Google’s Waymo Lack: A Car – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GM Photo Workers adding sensor roof rack to Chevrolet Bolt EV for autonomous testing. Pity GM: On the day it chose to tout its substantial advancements in the development of self-driving cars, the Detroit automaker’s news was overshadowed by confirmation from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, that the iPhone giant is developing its own autonomous driving technology. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook called autonomous driving systems “a core technology that we…

In The Race Toward Self-Driving Cars, GM Has Something Apple And Google’s Waymo Lack: A Car – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GM Photo Workers adding sensor roof rack to Chevrolet Bolt EV for autonomous testing. Pity GM: On the day it chose to tout its substantial advancements in the development of self-driving cars, the Detroit automaker’s news was overshadowed by confirmation from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, that the iPhone giant is developing its own autonomous driving technology. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook called autonomous driving systems “a core technology that we…

Abandoned for Decades, a 1952 Buick Gets a Makeover – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jerry Gray, 73, a retired floor-installation business owner and insurance man from Belgrade, Mont., on his 1952 Buick Roadmaster Riviera, as told to A.J. Baime. For me, the Buick’s story begins with a plane crash. In 1998, I started building a kit airplane, and when I finished in 2002, I flew it to Florida and safely back. But a month later, I crashed while trying to land. My wife Suzy…

2018 BMW 6-series Gran Turismo Revealed: 5 Grows into 6 – Car and Driver

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If you’ve wondered why the successor to the BMW 6-series will be called the 8-series, even though it will be virtually identical in size, it’s because of this car: the 6-series Gran Turismo, which is moving up from its previous 5-series designation and taking on the number that once denoted BMW’s sexiest coupes. Despite the number change, BMW’s big hatchback is positioned in the same niche and has exactly the…

GM says it’s ready to mass produce self-driving cars – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Self-Driving Cars Could Soon Save the Average Family at Least $5,600 a Year Time GM Chairwoman and CEO Mary Barra talks with workers and members of the media at the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township on June 13, 2017 about the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt.(Photo: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press) LAKE ORION, Mich. — General Motors said Tuesday it has finished making 130 self-driving Chevrolet…

Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on driverless cars – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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BMW gears up for electric buses with Proterra investment – GreenBiz

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Electric bus upstart Proterra shifted into a higher gear Tuesday with another substantial funding round: a $55 million infusion led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management and the corporate venture arm of German automaker BMW. The new backing is intended, at least in part, to fuel Proterra’s investments in additional manufacturing capacity at its plants in Los Angeles and Greenville, South Carolina, said Toby Kraus, vice president of finance and…

Chrysler recalls all the Pacifica Hybrids for battery problems – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chrysler has been quick to hype its 2017 Pacifica Hybrid — a plug-in hybrid minivan that gets 84 miles per gallon equivalent. But the hype train has to make a quick stop at Recall Station. Fiat Chrysler has issued a voluntary recall for all the Pacifica Hybrids — since it’s a new car, this amounts to just 1,368 vehicles in the US and 309 in Canada, for a total of…

The Rolling Spreadsheet: Three Year Old Cars For $5500 – The Drive

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube all have two horrific things in common besides rampant narcissism and the Godless desperation that comes from having everyone trying to out clever each other.   First off, they’re free. The only thing that gets monetized are your words, images, videos, and political drivel. You post. Others pay to figure out what you’re thinking. It’s a fair deal for what amounts to data mining…

LG Chem denies media report of $6.2 billion Volkswagen battery deal – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SEOUL South Korean battery maker LG Chem Ltd (051910.KS) denied on Tuesday a media report that it has signed a 7 trillion won ($6.20 billion) deal to supply electric vehicle batteries for Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE). The DongA Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that LG Chem would be the battery supplier for Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive project. The report did not cite any direct sources. “No contract has been agreed on,”…

Proterra Nets $55 Million From BMW i Ventures and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management – Greentech Media

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Electric busmaker Proterra closed a $55 million funding round with new investors BMW i Ventures and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management. The company raised a $140 million Series E just six months ago to build a second EV bus factory, now up and running in Los Angeles. The latest round is smaller, at $55 million, with the primary goal of forging new strategic alliances, said VP of Finance and Strategy Toby Kraus….

Alternative Transport Services Won’t Usurp Auto Ownership, Study Says – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Jaguar Land Rover is the latest in a long line of automakers to invest in alternate vehicular transportation, sinking $25 million in ride-sharing company Lyft via the automaker’s InMotion mobility services business. While the company’s release emphasizes its support of Lyft’s expansion and technology plans and the ability to advance its own autonomous vehicle program, we suspect the more immediate impact will come from supplying…

GM European exec leaves ahead of sale to PSA Group – The Detroit News

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

General Motors Co.’s head of Europe is leaving his post, effective immediately, just months away from the planned sale of the Opel and Vauxhall business in Europe to French automaker PSA Group, GM said Monday.(Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) General Motors Co.’s head of Europe is leaving his post, effective immediately, just months away from the planned sale of the Opel and Vauxhall business in Europe to French automaker…