Month: August 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auto retailers in South Florida on Friday were preparing for Hurricane Dorian, which as of Friday morning was expected to hit South and Central Florida’s Atlantic coast early next week, potentially as a powerful Category 4 storm. Earl Stewart, whose Earl Stewart Toyota is but 1,000 yards from the Atlantic Intracoastal
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German premium automakers find themselves in unfamiliar territory: trailing mass market rivals in profitability. BMW and Daimler have seen returns shrink in the normally lucrative second quarter, pushing their profitability below those of volume peers. BMW’s closely watched automotive EBIT margin collapsed to 2.8 percent in the first half, while Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz car division had
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The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is as basic as a new vehicle comes, no matter how much you spend. We give it 4 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Available in ES, LE, and SE trims, the Mirage ranges from around $14,000 upwards, with the sedan costing $1,000 more than
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He was one of the best. I remember my first meeting with Ferdinand Piech, when he was a rising star at Audi after having been booted out of Porsche along with the rest of his family. When I asked him how far we were, at that moment, from the East German border, he said with
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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — As GMC designed an off-road version of its Sierra pickup, customers said they wanted something different: boldness, capability and luxury — not flashy chrome. From that effort came the Sierra AT4, an understated, matte-accented truck that’s a departure from GMC’s tried-and-true Denali formula. “It was kind of like an ‘aha! moment’
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Now that the A-Class sedan has come to the U.S., the CLA no longer holds the entry-level position in the Mercedes lineup. And that means it no longer gets an entry-level price tag. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 will start at $37,645 when it goes on sale late this year. That’s a whopping $3,550 hike from
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COLOGNE — Deutsche Post has received expressions of interest from potential partners for StreetScooter, its electric van business, board member Tobias Meyer said on Friday. “We see broad interest along the entire value chain,” Meyer said, adding that Deutsche Post was in contact with parts suppliers, electric vehicle manufacturers and operators. The German postal services
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The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is a value-oriented crossover SUV option that is best in lower-trim forms. With expanded active safety tech this year, we give it 6 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Outlander models include ES, SE, LE, a new SP (Special Edition), SEL, and GT trims, which
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Ferdinand Piech was featured in The Six Men Who Built the Modern Auto Industry by Richard Johnson, the now-retired print editor of Automotive News. Here are excerpts from the 2005 book. Ferdinand Piech was not the usual 26-year-old engineering graduate when he began working at his family’s sports-car company in April 1963. He was the
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WASHINGTON — Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., on Thursday urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to “promptly” remove regulatory barriers for cars without steering wheels and brake pedals. Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards for self-driving cars, many of them written under the assumption that a
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SAO PAULO — Volkswagen will invest 2.4 billion reais ($577 million) in one of its Brazil factories, Sao Paulo state governor Joao Doria said on Thursday during a visit to the automaker’s headquarters in Germany. Sao Paulo state is the heart of Brazil’s auto industry, although its relevance has been in decline in recent years
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FRANKFURT –  The Frankfurt auto show, which opens next month, is stepping up security checks to prepare for potential disruption by climate activists who are calling for people to join anti-car protests. Police are already investigating a group calling itself “Rocks in the Gearbox” after more than 40 luxury vehicles were vandalized at a car
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Porsche is expanding its vehicle subscription service to include four new North American cities, the brand announced Wednesday. Originally launched as pilot programs in Atlanta, Porsche is now rolling out its Porsche Passport and Porsche Drive vehicle subscription services to Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, and Toronto. The Porsche Passport program allows members to lease
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