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Take 5 with Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo, at the launch of the Stelvio crossover – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

The all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is crucial to the Italian performance brand’s return to the U.S. The performance crossover is based on the Giulia midsize sedan introduced late last year, sharing the same 280-horsepower turbo engine, suspension, chassis, interior — just about everything, except the body. It is the brand’s third model since returning to the U.S. in 2015 after a 20-year absence, and follows the low volume but…

Chrysler 300 steals spotlight at Chapman Chrysler Jeep – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

The 2017 Chrysler 300 is quickly becoming one of Chapman Chrysler Jeep’s best-selling vehicles, so popular that it’s difficult to keep any on the lot. Since its inception in 2005, the Chrysler 300 has earned many accolades, including its fifth “Best Buy” award in the luxury segment for Consumers Digest. Awarded most recently to the 2017 Chrysler 300, this award identifies vehicles that provide the greatest value for each specific…

Trump’s job promises face challenge in auto sector – The Hill

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

President Trump’s promises to revive the struggling American manufacturing industry faces new headwinds as the automotive sector, the largest driver of manufacturing jobs, announces thousands of new layoffs.  The layoffs come as the auto industry faces declining growth after a post-recession rebound. In less than a year, Ford has said it will cut as many as 20,000 jobs. General Motors has cut production at four U.S. assembly lines, costing 4,400 workers…

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…

420 new jobs coming to Spartanburg Co., 25th Anniv. of BMW in area – WSPA.com

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

It’s a big week for Spartanburg County. This week marks the 25th anniversary of BMW’s announcement that it was coming to the county Council members also announced this week the creation of 420 new jobs from 4 companies looking to locate here, and one more looking to expand. BMW filled a huge void in Spartanburg County. It came during a time that the area’s textile industry had dried up and…

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: 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ford’s Signal to the Auto World: Here Comes China – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

China represents a competitive challenge and a profitable opportunity for American carmakers. China is already the world’s largest automaker, with annual car production roughly equal to that of the United States and Japan combined. Chinese players have long wanted to develop underused factories dotting major cities to increase production and export the excess. Advertisement Continue reading the main story For years, it has been a quixotic dream. Such factories tend…