Month: February 2020

The Tesla Cybertruck isn’t scheduled to start production until 2021, but in the meantime Hot Wheels is offering a downsized version. Hot Wheels is set to deliver remote-control Cybertrucks in two sizes—1:10 scale and 1:64 scale. Like the real thing, the toy Cybertruck is proving extremely popular. The larger 1:10-scale RC truck sold out within
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Next week’s Geneva auto show will offer flashes of opulence and bold moves into electrification — even though a slew of industry leaders are staying out of the limelight. Not attending the Geneva show: Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Subaru. But for high-end segment stars such as Aston Martin and Bentley, Geneva
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The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology even though the automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than two years ago. The NTSB in 2017 recommended that automakers including Tesla make their driver-assist systems
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Those familiar with Toyota have surely seen its TRD branding on myriad vehicles. That initialism stands for Toyota Racing Development, the company’s longstanding tuning and racing arm that takes run-of-the-mill models and turns them into proper off-roaders and, more recently, better-handling versions of cars like the Camry and Avalon. But the Toyota Supra, the brand’s
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Carlos Ghosn, the exiled former leader of Nissan Motor Co., will address the Automotive News World Congress March 25 via a satellite feed. Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon from Japan in December while contesting charges of financial wrongdoing, will appear at 9:30 a.m. EDT in a live, 45-minute interview. Only World Congress attendees will have
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By Eric Ralph Posted on February 24, 2020 NASA has revealed that the astronauts assigned to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut launch debut are training for a space station mission many times longer than initially planned. Scheduled to deliver two NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than (NET) late-April or
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MILAN — Maserati will call its upcoming supercar the MC20. The MC20 will have an advanced electric powertrain,  Maserati said in a news release without giving further details. The MC20 is expected to go on sale in 2021 as a rival to Ferrari F8 Tributo and Lamborghini Huracan models. The MC20 name underlines the sporting
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Subaru will give its subcompact Crosstrek crossover a new engine option this year, in response to consumers saying the model could use a bit more power, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll. Subaru will introduce a new Sport version of the Crosstrek this year that will get a 2.5-liter engine instead of the
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Honda Civic Type R project leader Hideki Kakinuma passionately believes the company should continue to build high-performance cars, even as it switches its focus to more environmentally friendly powertrains. Does that mean there might one day be an electric-powered Honda Type R? Kakinuma smiles, then answers the question: “Yes, of course an electric Type R
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Volkswagen Group faces a new reckoning over its diesel-emissions scandal — its first U.S. jury trial. The world’s largest automaker says it’s paid plenty to right wrongs, but hundreds of car owners who declined to join a $10 billion settlement contend it hasn’t repented enough. A trial set to begin Monday in San Francisco federal court
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PARIS — After watching a stream of top executives follow Carlos Tavares to PSA Group in the past several years, Renault scored a big win when it landed Gilles Le Borgne as executive vice president of engineering.  Renault’s interim CEO, Clothilde Delbos wasted no time showcasing Le Borgne at the automaker’s 2019 financial results presentation on Feb.
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The Lotus Evija electric hypercar is a step closer to reality. Lotus has set up a manufacturing facility for the car at its home base in Hethel, United Kingdom. The facility is currently building prototype cars, but series production and the first customer deliveries will begin this summer, Lotus said. Work on the Evija production
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The 2020 QX80 starts at $66,750, and comes with a correspondingly decent suite of standard features. For 2020, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have finally been added to the QX80, as standard features no less. There are plenty of options to be had on Infiniti’s big SUV, but some are better picks than others.  We
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Henio Arcangeli Jr. was something of a surprise choice two and a half years ago to run the automobile division of American Honda Motor Co. The U.S. arm, as well as global parent Honda Motor Co., are known for their insular culture and strong preference for promoting internally. And Arcangeli was an outsider, both to
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An eBay ad for C8 Corvette wheels may have just revealed the style and design of the upcoming next-generation Corvette Z06’s rollers. The ad for “2020 Corvette C8 Carbon Revolution [20/21-inch] Factory Original OEM Wheels Rims Set” was recently posted to the auction site by user certifiedfactorywheelsinc with an asking price of $4,500. (That’s ridiculously cheap for
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Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $3 billion to settle U.S. investigations into more than a decade of widespread consumer abuses under a deal that lets the scandal-ridden bank avoid criminal charges. The deferred-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice spares the company a potential conviction that can create serious complications for banks, if it
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