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MILAN — Stellantis and iPhone assembler Foxconn will announce a strategic partnership on Tuesday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now part of Stellantis, said in January it planned to set up a joint venture with Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s parent company, to build electric cars and develop Internet-connected vehicles, initially focused on the Chinese market. Efforts
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For many car enthusiasts, attending the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a bucket-list occasion. Since 1950, the annual event in Carmel, California, has hosted the world’s most beautiful and expensive collectible cars for a week of lavish parties, blue-chip auctions, glamorous rallies, and exclusive high-roller meetings. It was canceled last year because of the coronavirus
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Agency said it is opening a safety probe into a fatal May 5 Tesla crash in California amid growing concerns about the automaker’s driver assistance systems. A Tesla crashed into an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, killing the driver and injuring the truck driver
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Marelli and supplier Punch are forming a joint venture to develop and manufacture e-axles. The joint venture, named Marelli Electric Powertrain Strasbourg, will bolster both companies as they seek to supply integrated systems to EV markets in Europe and the Americas, Marelli and Punch said Tuesday. Marelli, the Japanese-Italian supplier formed from heating, AC and
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SAO PAULO — Volkswagen Group has finalized a commitment to launch a new investment cycle in Brazil, its CEO for South America told Reuters in an interview on Friday. “We have defined (the investment) and we already stopped production at our factory in Taubate to prepare the new platform,” Pablo Di Si said. Di Si
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LONDON — McLaren Group has appointed an executive from the telecommunications sector as chief financial officer overseeing its road car, racing and engineering divisions. Kate Ferry, 48, took over the role on April 1 from Paul Buddin, 40, who has resigned as a director, according to company records filed in the UK. Ferry joins McLaren
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Skoda has increased the size of the new Fabia small hatchback and expanded safety and comfort equipment, but it will not offer a hybrid version to keep down costs. Skoda unveiled the Fabia online on Tuesday ahead of its sales launch in Europe in September. A station wagon version will follow later. The fourth-generation Fabia
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The HR-V will become the second vehicle offered in Europe by Honda only with a full-hybrid drivetrain. The crossover will use the same drivetrain as the Jazz small-segment hatchback with two electric motors and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that make a combined output of 129 hp, Honda said in a statement. The e:HEV powertrain has
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AUSTIN — Toyota will acquire Lyft’s self-driving technology unit for $550 million, the companies said, as the Japanese automaker steps up its automation ambitions with the newly created Woven Planet division. Woven Planet, which Toyota set up in January to develop connected vehicle, autonomous and semi-autonomous driving technology, will take over all of the more
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BERLIN — Porsche is speeding up its e-mobility drive with plans for a German factory to manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles, CEO Oliver Blume told a German newspaper. “Battery cells are a key technology for Germany’s automobile industry which we must also have in our own country,” Blume told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Porsche
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MUNICH — BMW will build a prototype of a solid-state battery car before 2025, joining an accelerating race for a technology that promises to boost the power and range of electric vehicles. The automaker said its researchers are working “intensively” on solid state batteries, calling cell storage the central plank of its electric vehicle shift.
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Volkswagen brand is targeting family buyers in China with the ID6, its biggest battery-powered model to date. The three-row, seven-seat crossover is tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers “in terms of space, functionality, design and, in particular, user experience,” VW said in a statement on Saturday ahead of the model’s public
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