Month: January 2021

WASHINGTON — Tesla Inc. filed a petition with U.S. auto safety regulators saying that 612,000 vehicles produced since 2012 do not fully comply with federal safety standards because displays can be switched from miles per hour to only metric measurements, documents released on Friday show. The automaker asked NHTSA to declare the noncompliance issue inconsequential
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TOKYO — Kia is dumping “Motors” from its corporate name as part of a global brand relaunch meant to position the South Korea automaker as a mover in electric vehicles and new mobility. In changing its name to Kia Corp., from Kia Motors Corp., the company is reaching for a new identity that better reflects
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Pinterest users are known to be planners, with some using the platform to create vehicle wish lists that they hope to turn into reality one day. Digital Air Strike, a digital marketing agency, is helping dealerships pursue Pinterest’s affluent users as they build digital boards showing interests that can include wedding dresses and food as
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What kind of car is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne? What does it compare to? The Porsche Cayenne kicked off the idea of the luxury performance SUV. It’s a five-passenger mid-size crossover offered in standard and coupe body styles.  Is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a good car? Review continues below Porsche pours excellence into the Cayenne.
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Toyota Motor Corp. thinks cars that can drive themselves should be able to clean themselves, too. The automaker filed a U.S. patent application for a system that would allow autonomous vehicles to sense when they’re dirty and drive to a car wash. The system determines when the vehicle has traveled on an unpaved road or
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen said it would further cut car production at its Wolfsburg plant in northern Germany due to a shortage of semiconductors that has hit the industry worldwide. Staff producing the Tiguan, Touran, and Seat Tarraco models at Wolfsburg will work reduced hours, VW said in a statement on Wednesday. Production of the Golf
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Bentley on Tuesday named Andreas Mindt as its new design chief. Mindt is currently head of exterior design at fellow Volkswagen Group brand Audi and starts his new role on March 1. He replaces Stefan Sielaff, himself an ex-Audi designer, who is leaving Bentley after a six-year stint to pursue other opportunities. In his new
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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 GMC Canyon? What does it compare to? The 2021 GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck that shares DNA with the Chevy Colorado. It competes with the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier.  Is the 2021 GMC Canyon a good truck? Review continues below It is
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TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. will officially launch the e-Palette autonomous people mover this summer, about a year behind schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But when the shuttle finally starts transporting people around Tokyo, Toyota says the operating systems running it will be almost as unique as the all-electric runabout’s rolling-box design. Toyota detailed
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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday urged automakers to address inadequate vehicle manufacturers’ emergency response guides to address EV fires. The recommendations follow a series of NTSB investigations into four Tesla EV battery fires since 2017, including three high-speed crashes in which the lithium-ion battery reignited after firefighters extinguished the vehicle fires.
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Bentley has appointed Audi’s head of exterior styling, Andreas Mindt, to lead design at the British ultraluxury brand. Mindt will be tasked with defining the design language for the company’s electrified future, Bentley said in a statement on Tuesday. He succeeds Stefan Sielaff, who has left Bentley after nearly six years as design boss. Mindt
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The famed Borg-Warner Trophy features the images of every driver who has won the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race. But a new race is scheduled for October 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring cars without drivers, at least without a human driver sitting in the cockpit. The inaugural Indy Autonomous Challenge, which unveiled its Dallara
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