Month: October 2019

Volvo has a guilty conscience. Perturbed by the impact its vehicles have had on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the brand is committed to reinventing itself as a leader in sustainable transportation. To that end, it will unveil one new all-electric vehicle each year through 2025. With the debut of the XC40 Recharge, that
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Used-vehicle leasing subscription service Fair says it is laying off 40 percent of its staff and removing CFO Tyler Painter, brother of CEO and co-founder Scott Painter. In an email to Fair staff this week, Scott Painter stated: “As one of the pioneers in automotive fintech, we now need to focus on being a profitable
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Our man Lucky Costa does everything automotive, but his specialty is electrical stuff. In this Roadkill Extra, absorb Lucky’s expert tutelage on how to use a digital volt-ohm meter. We’ve provided this free episode on YouTube to give you a taste of Roadkill Extra so you can decide if you’d like to subscribe for more
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What does a well-to-do adrenaline junkie put in an underground garage in Park City, Utah? Well, the answer could be any number of things, but when you’re Ken Block, it’s toys—really cool toys.  It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that Block likes to keep some of his more interesting rides close to home,
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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has reached the end of the line, probably. Mercedes calls the 2020 model the final one, though it remains uncertain whether it will replace the two-seat roadster. It’s dithered before, and the SL’s always returned. This time, we’re not so sure, given the success of the AMG GT coupe and coming
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The hardball tactics started in an airport parking garage. Car owners arrived at Orlando International Airport expecting to hand keys to their vehicles to arriving guests, who had arranged to borrow them on the Turo car-sharing platform. Instead, they received citations for illegally operating businesses on airport property. A Turo executive who examined the rash
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In 1974, Volkswagen introduced its follow-up to the original people’s car, the classic Mk 1 Golf. Forty-five years and seven major redesigns later, the eighth-generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf has arrived to continue the nameplate’s legacy and presumably get it to its fifth decade. So far, it hasn’t been confirmed if the standard Golf 8 will
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Wholesale used-vehicle prices, which have been on a wild ride for the better part of the last two years, appear to be cooling off, Cox Automotive analysts say. And overall used-vehicle sales volume is expected to dip in 2019. Wholesale prices on the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index fell 1.04 percent from August to September.
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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reported a quarterly profit after seeing a big boost to sales in China. The firm made a pre-tax profit of £156m in the three months to 30 September, with revenues up 8% to £6.1bn. Sales in China – a key market for car manufacturers – were up by nearly a
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DETROIT — The UAW will focus negotiations on Ford Motor Co. after hourly members at General Motors ratified a four-year labor pact that includes significant wage gains and bonuses, ending a 40-day national strike that has idled plants in three countries.  “As America’s No. 1 producer of vehicles and largest employer of UAW-represented autoworkers, we look forward
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There is only one Mustang that Ford had yet to recreate—the baddest of all, the Boss. That is, until now. Meet the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the best, most well-rounded Mustang ever. We take it to the track to see how it performs. READ THE STORY HERE: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1102_2012_ford_mustang_boss_302_test/index.html Also find Motor Trend on: Tweets
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Jaguar Land Rover turned profitable in its latest quarter while working through a cost-cutting program. The UK automaker’s pretax profit was 156 million pounds ($200 million). Revenue rose 8 percent to 6 billion pounds, JLR’s owner, Tata Motors, said Friday. Tata Motors itself lost 2.17 billion rupees ($31 million) in the three months ended Sept.
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The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider is unburdened by fancy technology or super luxury features, as a good sports car should be. We give it 4 out of 10 here; it lacks standard automatic emergency braking, for one, and its infotainment system gives us fits. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The base Classica model
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When it comes to international auto shows in foreign countries, Japan’s often feels like the most “foreign.” The Tokyo Motor Show never fails to astound us with its fun and funky off-beat concepts and production cars. The Japanese often conceive of vehicular needs and use cases that just don’t seem to occur to folks in
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FRANKFURT — There appears to be a budding friendship between the CEOs of Volkswagen Group and Tesla, the electric-car company suddenly back on the ascent. At an event where VW was presenting the new Golf hatchback Thursday, CEO Herbert Diess quibbled with reporters who suggested Tesla is in trouble because it’s too small. “Tesla is
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It has been a long time coming, but Nissan executives assure us that new Frontier midsize pickup is coming and we will see it soon. “It is a priority for us,” said Ivan Espinosa, corporate vice president of Global and Japan product planning. We will see the renewed pickup next year. Nissan officials have not decided
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Racing icon and automotive retail leader Roger Penske has received the nation’s top civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — from President Donald Trump. Trump awarded the medal to Penske, Team Penske owner and CEO of Penske Automotive Group, the nation’s second-largest auto retailer, during a ceremony Thursday in the Oval Office at
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It’s pretty clear by now to all that electricity represents the auto industry’s (immediate) future, with most of the big players in the market having stepped up their efforts to rapidly expand into the new-energy vehicle segment. Looking beyond the inevitable death of ICE-powered vehicles, Mercedes-Benz asked themselves how would the S-Class evolve? And they
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