Blog

A Study of More Than 50000 Cars Says These Are The Most Unreliable (Prepare To Be Dumbfounded) – Inc.com

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. I’ve been test-driving cars lately. At certain times, I get the craving for the new-car smell and the salesperson’s cheery patter. Well, the former, at least. Actually, that’s almost unfair. I’ve found that many car salespeople have become remarkably un-carselly. Having test-driven more than half a dozen cars recently, I’ve not…

BMW 520D SE review: ‘One of the most complete cars you can buy’ – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Price: £36,025Top speed: 146mph0-62mph: 7.5 secondsMPG: 68.8CO2: 108g/km It’s unnerving being in the presence of an intellectual superior – especially when it’s a car. It’s something we are going to have to get used to. This latest 5-Series is the smartest and most technological BMW yet. Its neuro-robotic mind, or central computer, relentlessly anticipates, responds and adapts to everything you’ll ever encounter on the road… well, almost everything. We drivers…

These are the suicide cars and trucks that made the battle of Mosul so bloody – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Post Contributor Badge This commenter is a Washington Post contributor. Post contributors aren’t staff, but may write articles or columns. In some cases, contributors are sources or experts quoted in a story. More about badges | Request a badge

General Motors may eliminate up to six cars from lineup, report says – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Clockwise from upper left, 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, 2017 Cadillac CT6, 2016 Chevrolet Impala, 2018 Buick LaCrosse, 2017 Cadillac XTS and 2017 Chevrolet Volt.(Photo: General Motors) DETROIT — General Motors has put six of its cars under review and is evaluating whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from Reuters. The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as consumers…

Audi to update 850000 cars as diesel recalls widen – CNBC

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

<!– –> HOME EDITION News Economy Finance Health Care Real Estate Wealth Autos Earnings Energy Life Media Politics Retail Commentary Special Reports Asia Europe CFO Council Markets Pre-Markets U.S. Asia Europe Stocks Commodities Currencies Bonds Funds ETFs Investing Trading Nation Trader Talk Financial Advisors Personal Finance Etf Street Portfolio Watchlist Stock Screener Fund Screener Tech Mobile Social Media Enterprise Gaming Cybersecurity Tech Guide Make It Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials…

Did Volkswagen Kill the Diesel Market? Or Was It Already Dead? – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

After Volkswagen was caught cheating on diesel emissions, consumers have become more skeptical about diesel vehicles. Now, manufacturers across the globe are forced to rethink their plans for the high-mileage technology. Facing accusations that it also duped emissions tests, Daimler AG this week announced the recall of 3 million diesel vehicles sold in Europe. Industry analysts believe the automaker could follow up with a similar move in the U.S. where…

Audi to Modify Up to 850000 Diesel Vehicles as Carmakers Face Backlash – New York Times

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

A day before Audi’s announcement, BMW said it would offer to upgrade the software in more than 350,000 vehicles. The BMW chairman said the company believed “there are more intelligent options than driving restrictions,” referring to the European cities — including Munich, where BMW is based — that have considered banning or restricting diesel vehicles. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Daimler announced on Tuesday that it would modify three…

As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up – New York Times

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Self-driving cars would obviate those problems, even if they would introduce new fears. (One well-publicized accident, a fatal 2016 crash involving a Tesla that was set to “autopilot” mode by its owner, sparked worries among regulators, who later concluded that Tesla’s driver-assistance system was not to blame for the accident.) Graphic The Race for Self-Driving Cars There are increasing signs that autonomous cars have arrived — and may be driving…

Lyft accelerates efforts to develop self-driving cars – Reuters

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Lyft Inc has formed a self-driving car division, company executives said, a bold investment for the second-largest U.S. ride-services firm as it jockeys for position in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle race. The executives said on Thursday the company would soon open a facility in Palo Alto, California, that would eventually be staffed by “several hundred” engineers. Lyft engineers will collaborate there with autonomous vehicle experts…

Audi to update 850000 cars as diesel recalls widen – WDSU New Orleans

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday. The company said in a statement that it “aims to maintain…

Audi to update 850000 cars as diesel recalls widen – Seattle Times

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday. The company said in a statement that it “aims to maintain…

How BMW And Parkmobile Are Using Big Data And IoT To Change The Way We Park Our Cars – Forbes

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Learning to live with, let alone prosper from, the widespread changes being brought about by technology, sometimes requires changes in behavior on our part. Smart homes, for example, don’t simply mean we don’t have to remember to switch the lights on and off or set our IoT thermostats. We have to learn how to set up automation programs and sometimes make changes to our habits to accommodate sensors and new…

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars – The Verge

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could notify all his or her friends of the acquisition. Over the past decade, smartphones have taken over as the devices that keep tempting us to buy new hardware with ever-escalating…

Audi Takes Heat for Ad That Suggests Husbands Shop for Brides Like They Do for Cars – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

The same automaker that aired an ad about a young girl overcoming sexism during the 2017 Super Bowl is now facing a global backlash over a television spot that suggested husbands-to-be give their prospective brides the same scrutiny they do a used car — or horse. The 30-second commercial shows the mother of the groom running up to closely inspect the bride-to-be, at one point opening up her mouth to…

BMW ‘favouring Oxford’ to build new electric Mini – BBC News

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers at the Cowley plant, where BMW makes Minis, had been on strike BMW’s Oxford factory is the favoured location for building an electric version of the Mini, sources have claimed. Two sources told Reuters the company is leaning towards the UK plant, where it has invested heavily in recent years. The company makes about 60% of its approximately 360,000 compact cars at the…

Car companies race to roll out self-driving cars, but the rules aren’t ready – CBS News

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Car companies are racing to get self-driving cars on U.S. highways. But federal regulators are playing catch-up. Starting next year, a largely autonomous Audi hits the highways. This fall, students at the University of Michigan will be hopping a driverless bus across campus. A driverless bus being rolled out at the University of Michigan. Carmakers are promising mass-market, fully self-driving cars by 2021, and tech companies like Uber and…

BMW Has One of the 10 Hot New Luxury Cars Priced Over $100000 That You Could Buy Today – TheStreet.com

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Luxury automakers had the convertible market mostly to themselves during the economic downturn, but that doesn’t make convertibles any less of a rich man’s game. U.S. carbuyers pay an average of $94,408 for a high-end luxury car or $91,877 for a high-end performance car — based on Kelley Blue Book’s June transaction prices — but that might buy you a fixer-upper in the loftier tiers of the luxury vehicle market….

Ferrari Employees Are Not Allowed to Buy Their Own Cars From the Factory – The Drive

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

One of the biggest perks of working for an auto manufacturer is the employee discount. From the C-Suite to the assembly line, everyone gets a crack at the company’s latest offerings at a special discounted price. Unless you work for Ferrari, that is. In an interview with Australia’s Drive, Ferrari’s chief marketing and commercial officer Enrico Galliera laid down yet another of the automaker’s infamously stringent rules—company employees are normally forbidden…

BMW ‘favouring Oxford’ to build new electric Mini – BBC News

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers at the Cowley plant, where BMW makes Minis, had been on strike BMW’s Oxford factory is the favoured location for building an electric version of the Mini, sources have claimed. Two sources told Reuters the company is leaning towards the UK plant, where it has invested heavily in recent years. The company makes about 60% of its approximately 360,000 compact cars at the…

Exclusive-BMW Favours UK Plant to Build Electric Mini: Sources – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

BMW has about 4,600 staff working in Oxford, while VDL currently employs around 4,500. That is set to rise to more than 5,000 after production of the BMW X1 model is added to the Dutch plant in August, a sharp rise from only 1,500 in 2012. Carmakers have been among the most vocal critics of Brexit, warning their global supply chains will be hit hard by any resulting introduction of…