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Ford, China’s Zotye Auto plan JV to build electric vehicles – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Ford Motor is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese firm Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand, tapping into a boom for such vehicles in the world’s top auto market. China, struggling with alarming pollution levels in major cities, is aggressively pushing plug-in vehicles and has poured in tens of billions in investment, research funding and subsidies,…

Ford to offer British car buyers incentives to scrap older cars – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Ford logo is seen on a wheel at a car store in London, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Car manufacturer Ford is offering car buyers in Britain a 2,000-pound ($2,570) incentive to trade in older vehicles for new, less polluting models. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)(Photo: Frank Augstein, AP) LONDON — Ford is offering car buyers in Britain a $2,570 incentive to trade in older vehicles for newer, less polluting models. The offer announced…

Great Wall says watching Fiat Chrysler; no talks yet – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co Ltd (601633.SS) reiterated its interest in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) on Tuesday, but said it had not held talks or signed a deal with executives at the Italian-American automaker. China’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufacturer made a direct overture to Fiat Chrysler on Monday, with an official saying the company was interested in all or part of…

Chevrolet’s Minivan Surrogate Improves But Misses Key Safety Content – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GM Featuring a bold and refined new look, the completely redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is built of style and purpose. The all-new Traverse offers customers best-in-class cargo space and convenience features that make loading and unloading a breeze. I recently had the opportunity to take my family to the west side of Michigan for a weekend for a series of short road trips in a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The Traverse…

Austria, carmakers agree to update software of 600000 diesel cars – Reuters.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said on Tuesday he had agreed with carmakers to update the software of 600,000 diesel cars to reduce pollution following a similar deal struck in Germany after a large-scale emissions scandal. Leichtfried said the deal also included extra payments to buyers of more environmentally friendly cars. He said that for potential buyers of electric cars all available financial help could add up…

Ford to offer incentives to scrap older cars – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Ford, China’s Zotye Auto plan JV to build electric vehicles – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Ford Motor is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese firm Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand, tapping into a boom for such vehicles in the world’s top auto market. China, struggling with alarming pollution levels in major cities, is aggressively pushing plug-in vehicles and has poured in tens of billions in investment, research funding and subsidies,…

What is the diesel scrappage scheme 2017, what are Ford and BMW offering and are diesel and petrol cars being … – The Sun

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CAR giants like Ford, BMW and Mercedes are offering hefty scrappage deals as the government considers a scheme to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. Both moves are being made in a bid to cut air pollution. Here’s what we know so far. Cash incentives are to be offered to drivers of old diesel cars in a bid for them to switch to a more environmentally…

Ford announces £2000 scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Ford is the latest car company to launch an incentive for UK consumers to trade-in cars over seven years old, by offering £2,000 off a new model. Unlike schemes by BMW and Mercedes, which are only for diesels, Ford will also accept petrol cars. All of the part-exchanged vehicles will be scrapped, Ford said, which would have an “immediate positive effect on air quality”. Old cars,…

China’s Great Wall eyes Fiat Chrysler bid – BBC News

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Image copyright FCA China’s Great Wall Motor is sizing up Fiat Chrysler, the Italian-American carmaker that also owns Jeep. A Great Wall official told Reuters it had “an intention to acquire” some or all of the world’s seventh-largest car maker. However, Fiat Chrysler said it was yet to receive an approach from Great Wall – China’s biggest SUV maker. Earlier reports said the Chinese firm had asked to meet Fiat…

Volkswagen’s electric Microbus successor set to go on sale in 2022 – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

The VW Microbus is about as iconic as they come in the world of automobiles, and the I.D. Buzz is the electric, modern incarnation of that van Volkswagen introduced as a concept back in January. In June, the automaker surprised many by announcing the I.D. Buzz would eventually become a production vehicle, instead of just another concept destined to fade away in the mists of time. Now, Volkswagen is confirming…

BMW shows off the new M5 in Need for Speed Payback – The Verge

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

The much-rumored (and thoroughly leaked) new BMW M5 finally got the official announcement treatment today. That debut didn’t happen at an auto show, or even a BMW event, though. Instead, BMW showed off the new performance sedan at a games conference. The M5 — which will be featured in Need for Speed Payback when the game is released this fall — was shown off during EA’s Gamescom presser in Germany….

China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler‘s Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun’s goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty…

Volkswagen’s electric Microbus successor set to go on sale in 2022 – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

The VW Microbus is about as iconic as they come in the world of automobiles, and the I.D. Buzz is the electric, modern incarnation of that van Volkswagen introduced as a concept back in January. In June, the automaker surprised many by announcing the I.D. Buzz would eventually become a production vehicle, instead of just another concept destined to fade away in the mists of time. Now, Volkswagen is confirming…

PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars – NPR

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Before sunrise, a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Castagna Landaulet on the Pebble Beach Golf Links’ 18th green for judging. The car is owned by Peter and Jennifer Gleeson of Edmonds, Wash. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where hundreds of the wealthiest car collectors buy, sell and show off their cars. Bruce W. Talamon for NPR hide caption toggle caption Bruce W. Talamon for NPR Before sunrise, a 1928…

2 killed in Miss. after stolen BMW ruptures chlorine tank – CBS News

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. – County officials in Mississippi say a toxic cloud of chlorine was released when a stolen car crashed into a utility station and killed two passengers.  Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says the BMW convertible was stolen roughly one or two hours before the wreck Saturday night and that speeding likely caused it. County coroner Gary Hargrove says authorities were working to identify the victims. County Fire Chief…

Driverless Cars Need Ears as Well as Eyes – WIRED

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

You need just two eyes and two ears to drive. Those remarkable sensors provide all the info you need to, say, know that a fire engine is coming up fast behind you, so get out of the way. Autonomous vehicles need a whole lot more than that. They use half a dozen cameras to see everything around them, radars to know how far away it all is, and at least…

PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars – NPR

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Before sunrise, a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Castagna Landaulet on the Pebble Beach Golf Links’ 18th green for judging. The car is owned by Peter and Jennifer Gleeson of Edmonds, Wash. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where hundreds of the wealthiest car collectors buy, sell and show off their cars. Bruce W. Talamon for NPR hide caption toggle caption Bruce W. Talamon for NPR Before sunrise, a 1928…

Why tech still can’t save kids in hot cars – CNET

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Why tech still can’t save kids in hot cars In spite of recent innovations, this one’s still on you. by Brian Cooley Carmakers have come up with cool advancements like keyfobs that limit radio volume when a teen is driving and sunroofs that lower themselves at highway speed to reduce wind noise. Yet kids are still dying in hot cars that can’t seem to do much to help them. I…

Auto giant Continental buys Singapore-based Quantum Inventions for $29M – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

German automotive giant Continental is furthering its push into the future of transportation after it got its check book out to acquire Quantum Inventions, a Singapore-based company that specializes in mobility data services. The deal was announced in June with little fanfare and it is officially undisclosed, but a source told TechCrunch that it is around the SG$40 million mark — that works out to around $29 million. That’s a pretty significant…