Month: October 2019

With the 2020 RX, Lexus has addressed some of our long-standing complaints about its formerly dreadful infotainment system. We can’t call the pricey SUV a strong value, but its standard and optional features lift it to a score of 7 here. For 2020, a touchscreen and touchpad replace the former mouse-like infotainment controller; Android Auto,
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NIO is fighting to survive Black clouds are gathering over Chinese EV startup NIO, which announced today that its chief financial officer (CFO) – Louis T. Hsieh – has tendered his resignation (effective October 30, 2019). NIO this year encountered many adversities, starting with lower sales/demand, battery recall and the general challenging market in China,
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FRANKFURT — Opel/Vauxhall appointed Pascal Martens as the new head of its light commercial unit to executive ambitious growth goals for the business. Belgian national Martens, who is currently Opel’s director of sales, will assume the role on Nov. 1. He succeeds Tobias Stoever, who has been appointed head of Peugeot marketing in Germany. PSA
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NASHVILLE — The bright red Nissan badge that will appear on the front grille of the 2020 Titan XD PRO-4X pickup next year is more than a fashion statement. It’s a signal that Nissan’s strategy in the full-size pickup market is shifting. Big pickups remain the gotta-have vehicle for millions of earnest American contractors, farmers,
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The 2020 Mini Countryman is a luxury subcompact crossover SUV in everything but its badge and has a price to prove it. We give it X out of 10 for the wide variety of options but take away credit for its quick-climbing cost. (Read more about how we rate cars.) In base Classic trim, the
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The redesigned Toyota Yaris gets the company’s first application of a new platform for small cars that aims to spice up driving dynamics in the gas-sipping, utilitarian runabout. And on the outside, the next-generation Yaris sports expressive new looks for a peppy new persona, with large front air intakes, dramatic side creasing and flared rear
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Mitsubishi Motors isn’t relocating its North American headquarters from beachy Southern California to suburban Nashville just to save money and cozy up to alliance partner Nissan, which made the move there more than a decade ago. The smallest of Japanese automakers in the U.S. is also reinventing its work culture — down to the coffee.
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By Eric Ralph Posted on October 28, 2019 SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell teased new information detailing the wealth of benefits that the next-generation Starship launch vehicle could bring for the deployment of the company’s Starlink internet satellite constellation. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket can launch 60 Starlink satellites at a time but that’s
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Van life was a big deal in the U.S. in the ’70s. Remember those port-hole windows, shag carpeted interior walls and ceilings, stripe jobs, and “If this van’s a rockin’…” stickers? There’s none of that extroverted nonsense in Japan, but mono-space one-box vehicles are everywhere around here, and some of them manage to exude a
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DETROIT — General Motors’ new contract with the UAW, which members ratified last week after a 40-day strike, gives the automaker what it wanted: the closure of three underutilized plants, a key piece of its restructuring plan. But the win comes with a trade-off. The sweeteners offered to secure workers’ approval, including a record $11,000
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A new TRD Pro package this year adds some excitement to the 2020 Toyota Sequoia but doesn’t disguise this design’s age. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia is a thirsty, ponderous large SUV that hasn’t changed much in the 12 model years the current design has been on the market. An upgraded TRD Pro trim level this
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TOKYO — The auto show here is typically quirky and innovative. But like other once-global events, the Tokyo show is largely a regional one these days. But the biennial expo still serves the world’s third-largest auto market, and most of the big brands here are big players in North America, too. Automotive News Asia Editor
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What is attribution science, and how does it hold fossil-fuel companies accountable for the climate crisis? The editor of the prestigious medical journal the Lancet asks health professionals to protest climate change. EVs in Britain are going to get green license plates. European parliament votes to protect the bees from harmful pesticides. Trump pollution policy changes
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