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Volkswagen will bring its modern day, all-electric hippie Microbus to the road by 2022 – Mashable

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Volkswagen is ready to join the electric car revolution — and it’s doing so with a buzzy refresh of one of its most classic vehicles.  The automaker announced that it will make its I.D. Buzz electric Microbus concept a reality by 2022, giving VW fans, EV enthusiasts, and modern day hippies alike a good reason to mark their calendars. The concept was first unveiled earlier this year to much acclaim,…

Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Tops $600M, ‘Cars 3′ Tops $300M, ‘Dunkirk’ Nears $400M – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paramount and Hasbero ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk continued to make waves in its fifth weekend, dropping just $6.585 million (-40%) over the Fri-Sun frame to bring its 31-day domestic cume to $165.4m. This not only puts it above this summer’s relatively similar openers like Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: The Last Knight, but it also puts it ahead of Star Trek…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited: In toniest trim, it transforms family travel – STLtoday.com

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

The family road-trip experience has certainly changed. Back in the day, we all crammed into a six-passenger station wagon — yeah, it had a front bench — where the primary entertainment was AM radio and the main pastime was Beetle Bop. (The first kid to spot a Volkswagen Beetle got to punch his or her sibling in the arm. BROTHER: “Ow! You hit too hard!” SISTER: “What a…

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

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 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 everything from keyfobs that limit radio volume when a teen is driving to 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 get…

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

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 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 everything from keyfobs that limit radio volume when a teen is driving to 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 get…

Sold! Aston Martin draws record $22.6 million – CNNMoney

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

James Bond’s favorite car company just made a splash on the auction scene. A glossy turquoise 1956 Aston Martin with a racing legacy sold for $22,550,000 — the most a British-made car has ever fetched at auction. The record price was set at RM Sotheby’s classic car auction in Monterey, California Friday. After a bidding war, the Aston Martin DBR1 was claimed by an unidentified buyer who called in a…

Volkswagen is finally putting an electric Microbus into production – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus, which it hopes to begin selling by 2022. Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version…

Volkswagen to revive popular microbus as electric vehicle – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 of 11 2 of 11 3 of 11 4 of 11 5 of 11 6 of 11 7 of 11 8 of 11 9 of 11 10 of 11 11 of 11 Last SlideNext Slide Volkswagen said it would start selling the I.D. Buzz microbus in 2022.(Photo: Volkswagen Group) Seeking to reignite Americans’ love affair with…

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Power Electric Cars of the Future – WIRED

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling. Lithium, a soft white metal first discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfvedson, has become widely used in manufacturing, most…

Feds: Fiat Chrysler VP bribed UAW execs ‘to take company friendly positions’ – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Over a period of years, former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli and former UAW Vice President General Holiefield helped to save Chrysler and then stole millions intended for worker training, authorities say. Wochit Buy Photo Al Iacobelli, left, and General Holiefield(Photo: Detroit Free Press photos)Buy Photo It started out as a scandal about personal greed. Fiat Chrysler and UAW executives, authorities said, were scheming together to line…

Former UAW Official Charged in Fiat Chrysler Payoff Case – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

The government said that Jerome Durden, a former Fiat Chrysler official, conspired to divert more than $4.5 million in training center funds. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to conspiracy and preparing false tax returns and faces up to 37 months in prison under a plea deal. A former Fiat Chrysler vice president for employee relations, Alphons Iacobelli, was charged last month with making $1.2 million in improper payments to…

This Week in the Future of Cars: Old Is New Again – WIRED

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the nation’s premier automotive event, is on the horizon, and cars built before Hawaii was even a state will sell for millions upon millions of dollars. Perhaps that explains why so much of the news this week is about making the long-ish in tooth new again. We’ve got another DeLorean, an off-road vehicle gone new-agey electric, even a stolid state Department of Transportation trying on…

Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe – Reuters

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

(Reuters) – A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) officials over a four-year period. Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, who a union official until February 2016, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws in U.S. District Court in Detroit. King was one of the senior…

Roy Lunn, Innovative Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92 – New York Times

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

One of Mr. Lunn’s most celebrated cars was the experimental Mustang I, a two-seat, four-cylinder aluminum-bodied sports car with its engine midway between the front and rear axles. It was unveiled in 1962 and later became one of the most popular of the sporty, compact so-called pony cars. Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the engine and chassis. “It had a very interesting reception,” Mr. Lunn told Hemmings Classic Car magazine…

Classic cars aren’t such a racy investment any more – Quartz

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

At this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an elite annual car show, a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 is set to sell for a cool $20 million. Not far behind is an orange-trim 1970 Porsche, valued at $16 million. Overall, auctions at the event are expected to bring in $290 million. (Gawk at the classic cars in this Bloomberg photoessay of the event.) The projected proceeds are 14% lower than last…

Delphi Buys Stake In Innoviz, Another Tech Partner For Self-Driving Cars – Forbes

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Delphi Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi) Delphi Automotive said Friday it has taken a minority stake in Israel’s Innoviz Technologies, a two-year-old developer of advanced laser-based sensors for self-driving cars. Terms were not disclosed. It’s…

10 Features Consumers Will Want To Watch Out For In Driverless Cars – Forbes

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Shutterstock The onset of driverless cars is becoming more of reality day by day. As safety increases in these autonomous vehicles, vehicle owners are taking more notice and considering the possibilities ahead. With manufacturers such as Tesla, Uber and Google leading the charge, it is only a matter of time before one drives into your neighborhood. Offering an abundance of features, these driverless cars are sure to intrigue vehicle owners…

2019 BMW Z4: What to Expect – Automobile

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

BMW should have badged it Z3. Why? Because the new Z4 is in many ways a reincarnation of the first Z3 roadster that rolled off the line at the automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory back in the mid 1990s. It sheds the last Z4’s bulky and ill-conceived retractable hardtop in favor of an electrically operated soft top. There are no more ungainly cutlines segmenting the elegant silhouette, and cargo volume…

007′s Family Cars? Aston Martin Is Planning Both A Wagon And An SUV – Forbes

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Aston Martin The elegantly trimmed Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is expected to go into a limited production run of just 99 units in 2018. Just as one can’t help associating secret agent James Bond with the storied Aston Martin brand of sports cars, it’s difficult to fathom either 007 or his favorite automotive marque being particularly family minded. Sure, Bond was wed in 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret…

Auto groups side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA origin rules – Reuters

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States are pushing back against the Trump administration’s demand for higher U.S. automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. At talks underway this week in Washington, automaker and parts groups from all three countries were urging negotiators against tighter rules of origin, said Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. But U.S. Trade…