Month: November 2019

Many in the automotive industry are talking about the need to consolidate to overcome the challenges of emissions regulations and autonomous cars, but Carlos Tavares is doing something about it. In 2017, PSA acquired Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors and within 18 months the money-losing German/British brands were recording 5 percent operating margins. This year, Tavares
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The arrival of Tesla Inc.’s latest attempt at automotive disruption — a high-performance cargo hauler called the Cybertruck — left Wall Street analysts befuddled and its would-be pickup competitors snickering. CEO Elon Musk had trumpeted the electric pickup for years, promising futuristic Blade Runner-inspired looks and specs that top offerings from the Detroit 3. The
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Electric powertrain supplier and supercar builder Rimac has its fingers on the pulse of the market, but it’s not planning to cave and build a performance SUV, its boss says. Company founder and CEO Mate Rimac told Top Gear in a recent interview that while the market may exist for hotted-up SUVs, he doesn’t believe that
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The 2020 Audi A7 strikes an enviable balance between luxury, performance, practicality, and style. Moreover, with its 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain, the A7 is even somewhat frugal. It is the automotive equivalent of a German chocolate cake that’s made out of vegetables, albeit one procured from a pricey artisan bakery and not Safeway. We score the
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LOS ANGELES — Alfa Romeo, battling a 27 percent U.S. sales decline this year, admitted to “shortcomings” in its U.S. product lineup and promised the 2020 model-year versions of the Giulia midsize sedan and Stelvio compact crossover will begin to fix them. Bob Broderdorf, director of Alfa Romeo North America, told an audience of media
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DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW reached a tentative agreement on a four-year labor contract covering wages, benefits and job security for 47,200 workers, the union and company said Saturday. The UAW did not immediately provide details of the deal but it’s expected to follow the framework set by contracts the union has ratified
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Big youth climate emergency marches yesterday ahead of the Madrid talks next week. No-show British PM Boris Johnson is replaced with a melting ice sculpture at climate crisis debates. Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s brother Mike says unnecessary emails are hurting the environment. Scottish farmers are successfully growing and irrigating crops with seawater. And more… Greta
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The all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette’s impressive $59,995 starting price is only good for the first year, as we reported back in August, and unless it goes up by $20,000, Chevrolet will continue to lose money on low-trim cars, a senior GM source tells MotorTrend. We had a feeling the $59,995 starting price was too good
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DETROIT — Perched at the top of McLaren Automotive’s product lineup is the Ultimate Series, an elite group of hypercars built in scarce production runs with prices that start in the high six figures. That’s far out of reach for most of the North American vehicle market, but McLaren is expanding the segment rapidly —
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BERLIN — Germany’s VDA car industry association has appointed Hildegard Mueller, a former conservative politician and utilities lobbyist, as its new president. Mueller, 52, takes on the role from former Ford Germany boss Bernhard Mattes as German automakers face tougher emissions rules which are forcing them to invest heavily in electrified vehicles. Mueller was a
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The 2006 Lamborghini Concept S previously offered at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey Car Week auction is going up for sale yet again at the auction house’s annual Abu Dhabi event later this month.  Lamborghini’s Concept S was the design brainchild of former Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi design director Luc Donckerwolke. Before departing to work for
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The 2020 X3 offers thrilling performance in top trims, but even the base car is noteworthy.  Starting from an average score of 5, the 2020 X3 gets points above average for a good ride and powertrains that range from very good to excellent. It’s an 8 out of 10.  The base engine is a 248-hp
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DETROIT — Since taking the CEO job at Adient in October 2018, Doug DelGrosso has been operating as a kind of field surgeon — cutting away situations of the past that left the seating giant with billions in losses, applying a tourniquet to its bleeding business units and ultimately asking the company’s employees to endure
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PARIS — Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi plan to appoint a general secretary at the helm of their partnership to boost cooperation and reboot joint operations after the departure of former alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. Renault is trying to repair relations with its Japanese partners after they were shaken by Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo a year
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LOS ANGELES — Alfa Romeo, battling a 27 percent U.S. sales decline this year, admitted to “shortcomings” in its U.S. product lineup and promised the 2020 model-year versions of the Giulia midsize sedan and Stelvio compact crossover will begin to fix them. Bob Broderdorf, director of Alfa Romeo North America, told an audience of media
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The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities. The 2020 Lexus IS was once a gym rat, but its consistent routine means its predominantly European competition has bypassed this once-compelling four-door compact sedan. The allure of a decent value and the option of a strong, smooth V-6 engine don’t
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